Apr 16, 2014

Syria rebels 'get U.S.-made missiles'

Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad for the first time received at least 20 U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a “Western source,” a rebel official said Tuesday. “Moderate, well-organized fighters from the Hazm movement have for the first time received more than ...

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

Apr 15, 2014

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten. On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council ...

Assad says Syria's civil war turning in regime's favor

Apr 14, 2014

Assad says Syria's civil war turning in regime's favor

President Bashar Assad said Sunday that the war that has torn Syria apart for three years and cost more than 150,000 lives is turning in the government’s favor, state news agency SANA reported. “This is a turning point in the crisis, both militarily in ...

In Assad's coastal heartland, Syrian conflict creeps closer

Apr 13, 2014

In Assad's coastal heartland, Syrian conflict creeps closer

For three years, residents of Syria’s Mediterranean provinces have watched from their coastal sanctuary as civil war raging further inland tore the country apart, killing tens of thousands of people and devastating historic cities. But a 3-week-old offensive by rebel fighters in the north ...

More poison gas claims emerge in Syrian civil war

Apr 13, 2014

More poison gas claims emerge in Syrian civil war

Both sides in Syria’s bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country of chemical weapons. What exactly happened Friday ...

Syria forces accused of new poison gas attack in capital

Apr 4, 2014

Syria forces accused of new poison gas attack in capital

Opposition activists again accused President Bashar Assad’s forces of using poison gas in Syria’s civil war on Thursday, showing footage of an apparently unconscious man lying on a bed and being treated by medics. The alleged attack on the neighborhood of Jobar in the ...

Mar 19, 2014

Syria launches 'space agency' amid raging war

Syria’s government on Tuesday decided to establish a “space agency” to conduct scientific research despite the civil war that has torn the country apart and devastated its economy. State news agency SANA said the Cabinet had approved a project to create the so-called Syrian ...

U.S. shutters Syrian Embassy in Washington

Mar 19, 2014

U.S. shutters Syrian Embassy in Washington

The Obama administration ordered the Syrian government on Tuesday to suspend its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, requiring all personnel who are not legal U.S. residents to leave the country. The order, three years after the start of Syria’s bloody civil ...

War crimes evidence in Syria solid enough for indictment: U.N.

Mar 19, 2014

War crimes evidence in Syria solid enough for indictment: U.N.

U.N. investigators said Tuesday they had expanded their list of suspected war criminals from both sides in Syria’s civil war and the evidence was solid enough to prepare any indictment. The U.N. inquiry has identified individuals, military units and security agencies as well as ...

107-year-old Syrian is reunited with family in Germany

Mar 18, 2014

107-year-old Syrian is reunited with family in Germany

A 107-year-old woman who fled the conflict in Syria has arrived in Germany to be reunited with her family, including her newborn great-great-granddaughter, officials said Monday. Sabria Khalaf fled her home in Syria seven months ago with her son, Kenan, traveling to Turkey and ...

Syrian forces set for assault on remaining rebel enclaves

Mar 18, 2014

Syrian forces set for assault on remaining rebel enclaves

Syrian regime forces were readying an assault Monday on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning a key opposition bastion. The capture of the town of Yabroud on Sunday by Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters ...

Syria conflict marks three-year anniversary amid offensive

Mar 16, 2014

Syria conflict marks three-year anniversary amid offensive

Syrian troops advanced in a major rebel-held town near the Lebanese border amid heavy bombardment from warplanes, artillery and tanks as the country’s bloody conflict marked its third anniversary Saturday, state media and activists said. The conflict, which began amid Arab Spring protests across ...