Syrian President Bashar Assad said the regime has received the first shipment of sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft missiles, while the main Western-backed opposition group announced yesterday that it would not participate in peace talks.Friday, 31 May, 2013, 4:47am
Israel’s defence minister on Tuesday signalled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon issued his warning shortly after a top Russian official said his government reserves the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missiles.29 May 2013 - 2:32am
Syrian rebel authorities have vowed to punish a fighter who was shown in a gruesome video apparently cutting out and eating the internal organs of a government soldier.
The incident has highlighted war crimes allegations against the opposition and put the rebel leadership and its backers on the defensive.16 May 2013 - 1:41am
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
The United States said on Tuesday it was evaluating allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria but dismissed charges that the opposition had used such weapons in the two-year-old conflict.20 Mar 2013 - 4:24am
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday called on Europe’s leaders to lift an arms embargo on Syria to help insurgents fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.15 Mar 2013 - 1:41am
The Syrian government said on Monday it was “ready” for talks with rebels as the opposition overturned its planned boycott of a conference to consider the “next steps” in ending the deadly two-year conflict.
As diplomatic efforts to end the conflict kicked into high gear, President Bashar al-Assad’s foreign minister said the authorities in Damascus were ready to talk to armed rebels.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
More than 30 people were killed in a 24-hour period in a Palestinian refugee camp south of the Syrian capital Damascus amid fierce clashes between the army and rebels, Palestinian sources said on Monday.5 Nov 2012 - 8:55pm
The Syrian army on Saturday accused rebels of committing increasing violations of a failed truce proposed for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday and vowed to fight back.
“For the second day, terrorist groups continued to flagrantly violate the ceasefire announced and respected by the army command,” the military said in a statement on state television.28 Oct 2012 - 2:22am
The Syrian military has agreed to halt military operations from Friday morning for the Muslim holiday weekend but reserves the right to respond to rebel attacks, the army announced.25 Oct 2012 - 11:33pm
Syrian rebels killed at least 18 soldiers in a car bomb and ground attack on a military position in Idlib province on Wednesday, as fighting also raged in the country’s commercial capital, Aleppo.
Four Armenian Syrians were killed and 13 wounded on the road home from the airport after a trip to Yerevan.12 Sep 2012 - 7:23pm
Syrian guns pounded rebel positions in Aleppo and heavy fighting rocked the Old City amid a flurry of diplomatic activity Tuesday, as world powers pressed on with the formidable task of seeking an end to the bloodshed.12 Sep 2012 - 3:10pm
Syria said on Monday new UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi could only make headway if outside countries ceased helping rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and instead declared support for a UN-backed peace plan.3 Sep 2012 - 8:17pm
A journalist died of wounds she sustained in a gunfight between Syrian forces and rebels in Aleppo yesterday, becoming the first Japanese national killed in the 17-month-old conflict.22 Aug 2012 - 3:37am