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Syria

Syria opposition asks John Kerry for US arms

Syrian opposition leaders on Thursday pressed US Secretary of State John Kerry to arm rebel groups and said there could be no peace talks while government forces kill civilians.

Friday, 26 July, 2013, 3:49pm

Syrian refugees face wave of racism in Egypt, Lebanon

A wave of xenophobia is blighting the lives of thousands of Syrian refugees in countries such as Egypt and Lebanon, where they are often blamed for anything that goes wrong.

In Egypt, Syrians are accused of taking sides and interfering in the country’s political crisis, while in Lebanon they are accused of taking the jobs of Lebanese.

25 Jul 2013 - 12:42pm

US congressional hurdles lifted on arming Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama will move forward with a plan for the United States to arm the struggling Syrian rebels after some congressional concerns were eased, officials said on Monday.

“We believe we are in a position that the administration can move forward,” House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said.

23 Jul 2013 - 1:19pm 1 comment

Syrian war creates worst refugee crisis since Rwanda genocide, says UN

Five thousand people a month are dying in Syria’s war, which has now generated the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, UN officials said on Tuesday.

18 Jul 2013 - 2:52am

Syria’s Assad says ousted Baathists made mistakes

Ruling party leaders removed in a reshuffle this week had made mistakes while in office, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad told the Baath party’s mouthpiece in an interview published on Thursday.

11 Jul 2013 - 7:07pm

More than 100,000 killed in Syrian war, says human rights group

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the start of Syria’s conflict over two years ago, an activist group said on Wednesday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been tracking the death toll in the conflict through a network of activists in Syria, released its death toll at a time when hopes for a negotiated settlement to end the civil war fade.

26 Jun 2013 - 7:14pm

Kerry seeks to coordinate aid to Syrian rebels

Washington wants Western and Arab allies to commit to directing all aid to Syrian rebels through the Western-backed Supreme Military Council, a senior US official said before talks in Qatar on Saturday, to try to reduce the power of jihadi groups.

22 Jun 2013 - 5:12pm

Let Syrians decide their fate

US President Barack Obama has succumbed to pressure to get his country directly involved in Syria's civil war. He has decided to arm the rebels, using as justification a belief that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's government has deployed chemical weapons against the fighters trying to overthrow the regime. The US is also considering imposing a no-fly zone, which, if approved, would be its first direct military intervention in the conflict. A worrying path has been embarked upon that offers no solution to a dispute that Syrians, not outsiders, should decide.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 1 comment

Al-Qaeda's Iraq head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, defiant over Syria bid

The leader of al-Qaeda's Iraq arm defiantly has rejected an order from the terror network's central command to stop claiming control over the organisation's Syria affiliate, according to a message purportedly from him that was posted online.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:32am

Mursi cuts ties with Syria, backs no-fly zone

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi said he had cut all diplomatic ties with Damascus and backed a no-fly zone over Syria, pitching the most populous Arab state more firmly against President Bashar al-Assad.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:32am