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Bolstered by victory in Qusair, Assad forces turn sights on Homs, Aleppo

With fresh momentum from the capture of a strategic town in western Syria, President Bashar al-Assad's forces have turned their sights to driving rebel fighters from the country's densely populated heartland, including the cities of Homs and Aleppo.

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 3:00am

Fierce fighting rages at Syria’s Aleppo prison

Syrian troops backed by tanks and warplanes on Wednesday fought to repel an attack on the central prison in Aleppo after rebels blew up its walls in suicide car bombings, a watchdog said.

15 May 2013 - 11:58pm

Minaret of Aleppo’s ancient Umayyad mosque destroyed

The minaret of Aleppo’s ancient Umayyad mosque was destroyed on Wednesday, Syrian state media and a watchdog reported, with the regime and the opposition blaming each other.

25 Apr 2013 - 1:06am

No news on kidnapped Syria bishops

Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox archdiocese said on Wednesday it had no news on two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria, a day after a Christian association said the two men had been released.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:38pm

Masses flee as Syrian war claims 140 lives on Sunday, rights group says

Fierce fighting between Syrian rebels and regime forces has sparked an exodus of residents from the Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern city of Aleppo, a watchdog group says. Violence also engulfed areas in and around Damascus on Sunday, where children were among eight civilians killed in shelling of Kafar Batna village, while a missile slammed into a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, causing more casualties.

2 Apr 2013 - 2:56am

Syria army using missiles to advance on Aleppo

The Syrian army’s use of surface-to-surface missiles on Aleppo is part of a bid to advance on the northern city, swathes of which have fallen into rebel hands since mid-last year, a watchdog said Saturday.

23 Feb 2013 - 8:28pm

Syria rebels on offensive as UN rights chief calls for action

Regime troops on Saturday fended off fierce rebel onslaughts around Aleppo international airport and the adjacent Nayrab military airbase, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

17 Feb 2013 - 2:23pm

Sixty-five people executed in Syria’s Aleppo

At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a “new massacre” in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

30 Jan 2013 - 9:02am

Fierce fighting in Syria's north as estimated death toll tops 60,000

Furious combat raged around the main airport and a military airbase in northern Syria yesterday, a day after the United Nations gave a staggering toll of 60,000 dead in the 21-month civil war.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:23am

Aleppo's Souk Madina now a battleground following fire

The familiar passageways have turned hostile, the comforting labyrinth now a maze of menace.

But Abu Taher threaded his way through the alleys of Aleppo's ancient Souk Madina on Tuesday, past piles of debris and charred storefronts, determined to see whether his textile shop had survived the recent conflagration. He came alone, risking his fate to the hidden gunmen seeking targets.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am