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Syria conflict

Push from Syria’s ‘southern front’ aims to overwhelm Assad regime

After months of battlefield stalemate, a flurry of reports suggest a new clandestine effort is under way to open a "southern front" against the Assad regime. Central to the plan is a renewed push to provide Syria's badly divided and often ineffectual moderate, secular rebel groups with additional funds, upgraded weapons and intelligence support.

Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 5:36pm

Syrian children suffering from ‘brutal’ health care methods, says charity

Syria's health care system is on the brink of collapse, with medics forced to engage in "brutal medical practices" to save lives, an international charity organisation said.

12 Mar 2014 - 4:10am

Syria army using starvation as ‘weapon of war’, say Amnesty

The Syrian army has been using starvation as a “weapon of war” in its siege of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Amnesty International said on Monday.

10 Mar 2014 - 7:24pm

UN chief to push ahead with Syria peace talks after negotiations end

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is determined to push ahead with peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition despite the lack of progress during two rounds of negotiations that ended on the weekend.

19 Feb 2014 - 9:18pm

Syria's 'lost boy' not quiet the full picture

A heart-rending picture of a four-year-old Syrian boy apparently alone in the desert, separated from his family and clutching a tattered plastic bag of possessions, seemed to epitomise the refugee crisis caused by the civil war.

19 Feb 2014 - 9:24pm

UN aid chief Valerie Amos urges ‘action on the ground’ in Syria

UN aid chief Valerie Amos urged the United Nations Security Council to act to increase humanitarian access in Syria as the United States, France and Britain tried to find common ground with Russia and China on a draft resolution on the situation.

14 Feb 2014 - 9:52pm

Slow progress as UN council meets with Russia, China on Syria aid resolution

UN aid chief Valerie Amos urged the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to act to increase humanitarian access in Syria as the United States, France and Britain tried to find common ground with Russia and China on a draft resolution on the situation.

14 Feb 2014 - 9:29pm

Evacuations, aid delivery resume in Syria’s besieged city of Homs

Operations to evacuate civilians from besieged parts of Syria’s Homs and deliver aid resumed on Wednesday after being suspended for a day, the provincial governor said.

13 Feb 2014 - 9:16am

Russia to veto Syria aid resolution, denounces draft as foundation for military strikes

Russia said on Wednesday it would veto a UN resolution on humanitarian aid access in Syria in its current form, denouncing the draft as an effort to lay a foundation for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

12 Feb 2014 - 7:24pm

Syria misses another deadline for surrender of its chemical weapons

Syria claims it remains committed to destroying its chemical weapons arsenal by the middle of this year despite missing another deadline.

The delay is being blamed on the war with anti-regime militants and flouts an agreement brokered last September to avert an United States' air strike, mooted after a chemical attack in east Damascus that killed hundreds and drew global outrage.

7 Feb 2014 - 4:10am

Russia says Syria to ship more chemical weapons, attend talks

Russia offered assurances on Tuesday that the Syrian government will show up at a new round of peace talks next week and will soon ship more toxic agents abroad for destruction under a deal to eliminate its chemical weapons arsenal.

4 Feb 2014 - 9:46pm 1 comment

Syrian air force accused of using barrel explosives to kill 76 in Aleppo

The Syrian air force was yesterday accused of killing 76 people by unleashing barrels packed with explosives on Aleppo, a focal point for fighting between regime and rebel forces.

16 Dec 2013 - 10:27pm

Western Muslims fighting in Syria using social media to talk about war

Western Muslims fighting in Syria are using social media to share their experiences and encourage others to join them.

On sites including Twitter, Tumblr and Ask.fm they are providing an unusual insight into one aspect of the brutal war.

10 Dec 2013 - 3:19am 1 comment

Syria calls for money, vehicles to move chemical weapons

Syria's deputy foreign minister warned that efforts to rid his country of chemical weapons could fail if the international community does not contribute money and equipment.

4 Dec 2013 - 4:50am

Nasrallah says Hezbollah will keep fighting in Syria

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed on Thursday to keep his forces in Syria where they are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, in a rare public speech delivered in Beirut.

Nasrallah, who normally appears via video link for fear of assassination by arch enemy Israel, spoke in Hezbollah’s southern Beirut stronghold to mark the Ashura rituals.

14 Nov 2013 - 6:45pm

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