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US to increase military support to Syria rebels

President Barack Obama has authorised sending US weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, a US official said on Thursday after the White House said it has proof that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against opposition forces fighting to overthrow Presid

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 11:34am 1 comment

Lebanon issues warning after Syria helicopter attack

Lebanon’s army warned on Wednesday it will hit back against any new attacks from Syria after a helicopter gunship struck an eastern town, ratcheting up tensions amid US-British talks on the conflict.

13 Jun 2013 - 11:34am

Syrian army pounds Aleppo airbase

Syria’s army launched multiple attacks on rebel positions on Tuesday in the northern province of Aleppo, including insurgent-held areas of a key airbase, a monitoring group said.

11 Jun 2013 - 4:15pm

Syrian child execution by jihadist rebels puts militant justice in spotlight

Photographs of the bloodied face of a 14-year-old boy executed in front of his parents by jihadist rebels in northern Syria have thrown into stark relief the sometimes extreme justice meted out in rebel-held areas.

11 Jun 2013 - 11:01am 2 comments

Syria's civil war threatens to escalate into regional sectarian conflict

The Egyptian cleric was in a fervour. As Hezbollah's Shiite fighters helped Bashar Assad to crush Syrian rebels, he wanted to sound the alarm to Sunnis across the Middle East.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:18am

UN seeks fresh Golan troops after Austria pullout

The UN force in the Golan Heights was thrown into disarray on Thursday after Austria withdrew its troops and two peacekeepers were injured as Syrian government and rebel fighters battled for a border crossing.

Peacekeepers from the Philippines and India were wounded by mortar shrapnel as the Syrians fought for the strategic crossing, according to diplomats.

7 Jun 2013 - 10:59am

US condemns Hezbollah-backed assault on Syrian town

The United States on Wednesday condemned a Hezbollah-backed assault on the town of Qusayr, as France kept up the pressure for action over what it said was the regime’s use of sarin gas.

The condemnation came as efforts to organise a peace conference in Geneva between the warring sides stalled, with diplomats blaming differences over who could take part.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:02pm

Syrian army in full control of Qusayr region, says state TV

Syria’s army has overrun the strategic town of Qusayr, state media said on Wednesday, after a blistering offensive spearheaded by thousands of fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.

5 Jun 2013 - 2:36pm

France and Britain confirm use of sarin nerve gas in Syria

France said on Tuesday it has confirmed that the nerve gas sarin was used “multiple times and in a localised way” in Syria, including at least once by the regime. It was the most specific claim by any Western power about chemical weapons attacks in the 27-month-old conflict.

Britain later said that tests it conducted on samples taken from Syria also were positive for sarin.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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

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.

Regime opponents also suffered a blow when one of the main groups in the National Coalition withdrew from the bloc, denouncing its leadership.

4 Jun 2013 - 1:55pm