Missile strike in Aleppo kills 26 as Syrian battle enters third week

Members of the Free Syrian Army talk as they sit with their weapons in a damaged street in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district. A missile strike near Aleppo has killed 26. Photo: Reuters

A missile strike near Syria’s biggest city Aleppo killed 26 people and government warplanes pounded Qusayr, a watchdog said on Monday, as a regime offensive to retake the town entered its third week.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 1:55pm

Syria bombards Qusayr, Damascus bombing kills nine

A street with damaged buildings in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district in Syria. Photo: Reuters

Syria’s air force bombarded Qusayr on Sunday, two weeks into a Hezbollah-backed assault, as a car bomb in Damascus killed nine members of the security forces.

The regime responded to a Red Cross appeal to let them help civilians trapped in Qusayr by saying they would only be admitted once its forces had defeated rebels there.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Syria rebukes Erdogan's 'repression'

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AFP

Syria gleefully turned the tables on Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan over his response to anti-government demonstrations, calling on him to halt the violent repression of peaceful protests or resign.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:53am

Damascus car bombing kills 9 security forces members

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Xinhua

A car bombing in Damascus on Sunday killed at least nine members of the security forces, a watchdog said, as regime warplanes bombarded the embattled Syrian town of Qusayr, a rebel holdout.

The violence came as France’s foreign minister said a conference to find a political solution to the conflict could be delayed from June to July.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:33pm

Daughter defends US woman killed in Syria

Nicole Mansfield was killed last week in Syria. Photo: AP

The daughter of a 33-year-old American woman who converted to Islam and was killed in fighting in Syria last week insisted her mother was "not a terrorist", although the dead woman's father said he had expressed concerns about her to the FBI.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

‘Very confident’ Assad threatens Israel

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad threatened Israel with renewed fighting in the Golan Heights and said Russia was committed to supplying him with advanced missiles, in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

31 May 2013 - 10:32am

US demands Hezbollah withdraw from Syria

"To the great Lebanese people save your children from Hezbollah gangs, they kill in Syria," a sign reads at a protest in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

The United States demanded the immediate withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters from Syria on Wednesday, saying their active role in combat there was an “extremely dangerous escalation”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Gunmen kill 3 Lebanon troops near Syria border

Najib Mikati. Photo: Reuters

Unknown gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers near the Syria border overnight, an official said on Tuesday, in the deadliest such attack since the start of the Syrian revolt more than two years ago.

28 May 2013 - 4:20pm

France to probe samples from Syria for sign of chemical arms

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Photo: AP

French authorities will analyse samples brought back from Syria by two journalists after they reported the Syrian army was using chemical weapons against rebel forces, a top official said on Tuesday.

28 May 2013 - 12:19pm

EU failure will allow Britain, France to arm Syrian rebels against Assad

Merkava tanks are stationed in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria. Photo: AFP

After a marathon negotiating session in Brussels, EU governments failed to bridge their differences and let a ban on arming the opposition expire, with France and Britain scoring a victory at the expense of EU unity.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Syria 'ready' to attend peace talks in Geneva

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem. Photo: AP

The Syrian government has agreed in principle to take part in an international conference in Geneva next month aimed at ending the country's civil war, its foreign minister said yesterday.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Syria opposition to consider peace talks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AFP

Syria’s main opposition group gathers on Thursday for a landmark conference in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss peace talks with the regime, as rebels on the ground suffer a massive army onslaught.

The National Coalition’s fresh round of talks is set to run for three days.

23 May 2013 - 2:46pm

Syrian opposition urges rebels to join key battle

George Sabra. Photo: Reuters

Syria’s main opposition group is urging rebels to come from around the country to reinforce Qusair, a western town under attack by Syrian troops and members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group.

George Sabra, the acting chief of the Syrian National Coalition, says in a statement that “forces from outside Syria” aim to destroy Qusair and that rebels should “rescue” it.

22 May 2013 - 5:53pm

Obama and Turkey's Erdogan demand Assad step down

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted on Thursday that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad must quit power as part of moves to end Syria’s bloody civil war.

17 May 2013 - 12:58pm

UN says 3 peacekeepers abducted between Israel-Syria

Armed men broke into a UN outpost in a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria and abducted three UN military observers, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Thursday.

Herve Ladsous said that the unarmed observers were held for about five hours and released unharmed on Wednesday morning.

17 May 2013 - 9:42am