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Double blow to Syrian peace hopes

Forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Qusair. Photo: Reuters

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 warns Russia of strikes on arms supplies to Syria

A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. Photo: AP

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

Free Syrian Army leaders vow to punish 'cannibal' fighter

Khaled al-Hamad, commander of the Omar al-Faruq brigade in Homs, holds the heart of a Syrian government soldier after cutting it out from his dead body. Photo: AFP

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

Minaret of Aleppo’s ancient Umayyad mosque destroyed

The damaged famed 12th century Umayyad mosque without the minaret in Aleppo. Photo: AP

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

US evaluating Syria chemical weapons charges

Medics help wounded men on stretchers at hospital after what the government claimed to be chemical weapons attack by rebels in Aleppo. Photo: EPA

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

France’s Hollande calls on Europe to lift Syria arms embargo

French President Francois Hollande arrives at a European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: EPA

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

Syria says ‘ready’ for talks with rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right), with US Ambassador Philip Murphy, arrives in Berlin for a Europe and Middle East tour. Photo: AFP

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

Over 30 killed in 24 hours at Damascus Palestinian camp

Rebel fighters watch as smoke rises after Syrian government forces fired an artillery round at a rebel position during heavy clashes in Aleppo on Sunday. Photo: AP

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

Syria army says will fight back against rebel violations

Syrian rebels announced the failure of a truce declared for Eid al-Adha, as fighting raged, warplanes buzzed key cities and at least 150 people were reported killed since a ceasefire came into effect.

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

Syrian army says to halt operations from Friday morning

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

Syria rebels kill 18 soldiers, fighting rages near Aleppo airport

A fighter with the Free Syria Army (FSA) fires his weapon during skirmishes with regime forces in the contested neighborhood of Izza in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

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

Aleppo pounded in latest offensive

 Smoke rising after a shelling by the Syrian army, in the city of Aleppo. Syrian guns pounded rebel positions in Aleppo and heavy fighting rocked the Old City on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

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 says UN envoy can only succeed if rebels lose outside support

 Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zouebi described the situation in Syria as “under control” as 18 civilians were killed by government jetfighter in Al-Bab. Photo: EPA

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

Japanese journalist Yamamoto dies after being caught in Syria crossfire

Mika Yamamoto

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