Syria conflict

Rebels use China missiles to shoot down Syrian army helicopters

Chinese-made missiles have been used to shoot down two Syrian army helicopters, state media reported on Thursday, adding their performance could boost the international sales appeal of Chinese weapons.

Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 8:54pm

Assad says 'bullying' Britain wants to arm terrorists in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with The Sunday Times. Photo: AP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the British government of wanting to arm “terrorists” in his country, in a rare interview with a UK newspaper.

3 Mar 2013 - 11:14am

Hollande visits Russia to press Putin on Syria

France's President Francois Hollande speaks at a meeting with Russian and French businessmen at an economic forum in Moscow on Thursday, prior to a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin. Photo: AFP

French President Francois Hollande visited Moscow on Thursday to press Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in efforts to agree a peaceful transition of power in Syria without President Bashar al-Assad.

28 Feb 2013 - 6:07pm

Syria opposition to boycott international meetings

People cross a makeshift bridge between the Sheikh Maksoud and Bustan al-Basha districts of Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

The Syrian National Coalition decided to boycott talks with world powers after announcing plans to form a government to run “liberated areas” of Syria, in what analysts said was a bid to boost its credibility and win more support from the international community.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:35pm

Syria rebels on offensive as UN rights chief calls for action

A member of the Free Syrian Army stands with his weapon as he looks at a rainbow in Aleppo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

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

Car blast kills at least 10 on Turkey-Syria border

Damaged cars are seen after an explosion at Cilvegozu border gate on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province. Photo: Reuters

At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car exploded on Monday near the border between Turkey and Syria, officials said.

12 Feb 2013 - 12:28am

Syrian Foreign Minister calls on rebels to disarm, engage in national 'dialogue'

Walid Muallem

Syria’s foreign minister invited the country’s rebels on Saturday to lay down their weapons and take part in a national dialogue, saying everyone who participates will be included in a new Cabinet with wide executive powers.

20 Jan 2013 - 1:48pm

Syrian army assault kills more than 100 civilians

A Syrian army assault killed more than 100 civilians, including women and children, on farmland on the outskirts of the central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Thursday.

It said the attack took place on Tuesday.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:42pm

Push for Syria war crimes probe as 26 children die

Internally displaced Syrian children gesture as they pose for a photo at a school in Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

International calls for a war crimes probe into the 22-month Syrian conflict are growing after a watchdog reported at least 26 children have been killed in the latest violence.

Reports of the child deaths came on Monday as New York-based Human Rights Watch accused President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of expanding its use of banned cluster bombs.

15 Jan 2013 - 2:29pm

Russia 'has not, will not' change Syria stance

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting on Syria in Moscow on Friday. Photo: AP

Russia said on Friday that it had not changed and would not change its controversial stance on Syria, after a top Russian diplomat said the defeat of the Syrian regime was possible.

14 Dec 2012 - 8:37pm

Nato chief says Syrian regime 'approaching collapse'

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. Photo: AFP

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is approaching collapse and should immediately take steps to begin talks on a political transition, Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday.

13 Dec 2012 - 9:51pm

Syrian army pounds Damascus rebel districts

Rebel fighters emerge from buildings hitd by Syrian Air Force fighters in Akraba, Damascus. Photo: Reuters

Syrian government forces bombarded rebel districts near Damascus on Tuesday in a counter-attack to stem rebel gains around President Bashar al-Assad’s power base.

4 Dec 2012 - 7:49pm

Russia’s Putin to meet Turkey’s Erdogan for Syria talks

People march on Istiklal Avenue on Sunday, protesting against Russia's President Viladimir Putin's visit to Istanbul on Monday. Photo: AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a landmark visit to Istanbul on Monday to discuss their differences over the crisis in Syria.

3 Dec 2012 - 12:00pm

Car bomb kills 15 in Syria’s Homs

Syrian army soldiers take up their positions during a patrol in Darayah area, southern rural Damascus, on Sunday. Photo: EPA

A car bomb rocked Syria’s third largest city Homs on Sunday killing 15 people, state media said, as the army hammered rebel positions around Damascus in a strategic assault.

3 Dec 2012 - 12:02pm

Syrian jets target rebels near Damascus airport

Syrian citizens walk through in a destroyed street as fighting continues to rage. On Thursday, Syrian troops mounted an assault on rebels near Damascus. Photo: AP

Syrian air force jets bombarded rebel targets on Friday close to the Damascus airport road and a regional airline said the violence had halted international flights to the capital.

30 Nov 2012 - 8:02pm