Syria jets pound city captured by rebels

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AFP

Syrian fighter jets on Thursday pounded Raqa, a day after rebels took full control of the northern city, a watchdog said, raising concern for the fate of loyalists who surrendered.

Thursday, 7 March, 2013, 5:51pm

Syrian soldiers ambushed after crossing into Iraq, 49 dead

Unidentified armed men on Monday ambushed a convoy carrying Syrian soldiers who had crossed into Iraq from the site of weekend fighting, killing 42 Syrians and seven Iraqis, security officers said.

5 Mar 2013 - 12:27am

Britain seeks to arm Syrian terrorists, President Assad says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AFP

Britain has been pushing to lift a ban on the sale of arms to Syria's rebels, but at a meeting last month European Union foreign ministers ruled that only "non-lethal" aid and "technical assistance" could be given to the opposition.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:27am

Syria says ‘ready’ for talks with rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right), with US Ambassador Philip Murphy, arrives in Berlin for a Europe and Middle East tour. Photo: AFP

The Syrian government said on Monday it was “ready” for talks with rebels as the opposition overturned its planned boycott of a conference to consider the “next steps” in ending the deadly two-year conflict.

As diplomatic efforts to end the conflict kicked into high gear, President Bashar al-Assad’s foreign minister said the authorities in Damascus were ready to talk to armed rebels.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Syria army using missiles to advance on Aleppo

People search for survivors among the rubble after a Syrian army rocket attack on the rebel-held Jabal Badro district in the city of Aleppo. Photo: Reuters.

The Syrian army’s use of surface-to-surface missiles on Aleppo is part of a bid to advance on the northern city, swathes of which have fallen into rebel hands since mid-last year, a watchdog said Saturday.

23 Feb 2013 - 8:28pm

French defence minister urges Syrian power transfer

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Photo: AFP

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Saturday called for urgent action to bring about a power transfer in Syria that excludes President Bashar al-Assad.

16 Feb 2013 - 5:49pm

Syrian opposition sets conditions for talks with Assad

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem. Photo: AP

The Syrian National Coalition opposition group is ready to negotiate a departure for President Bashar al-Assad with any member of his government who has not participated in the crackdown on the uprising, a high-level coalition member said on Friday.

15 Feb 2013 - 9:37am

Syria rebels train ‘killing machine’ teenagers

A former school turned into a "military academy" in Tlaleen in the northern Syria's Aleppo province. Syrian teenagers are fighting for the rebels. Photo: AFP

Bored at home and eager to join their older brothers and fathers on the frontline against President Bashar al-Assad’s army, Syrian teenagers are joining the rebel cause, oblivious to international laws prohibiting child combatants.

14 Feb 2013 - 12:44pm

UN chief appeals to Syria as Assad vows to fight on

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: AFP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to accept an opposition offer of peace talks, hours after Assad himself vowed to fight on.

12 Feb 2013 - 3:19pm

Briefs, February 12, 2013

Denny Dolan in hospital after having his finger reattached.

A new virus from the same family as Sars that sparked a global alert last September has been found in another patient in Britain.

12 Feb 2013 - 7:37am

Assad lashes out as Israel admits Syria raid

In a television screen grab, vehicles are damaged after what what Syria said was an Israeli air raid targeted at a scientific research base outside Damascus. Photo: AFP

Israel on Sunday implicitly confirmed it staged an air strike on Syria last week as President Bashar al-Assad accused the Jewish state of trying to further destabilise his war-torn country.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Germany security talks begin with Syria, Mali in focus

US Vice-President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: AFP

High-level officials, ministers and top military brass gathered at the Munich Security Conference Friday with Syria in the spotlight and amid a US warning to Iran over stalled nuclear talks.

2 Feb 2013 - 3:55pm

Syrian rebels make slow headway in south

Syrian rebel fighters in action at the village of Aljanodiy. Photo: AFP

The revolt against President Bashar al-Assad first flared in Deraa, but the southern border city now epitomises the bloody stalemate gripping Syria after 22 months of violence and 60,000 dead.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:19pm

Sixty-five people executed in Syria’s Aleppo

Residents attempt to identify bodies found along a river at a school used as a field hospital in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a “new massacre” in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

30 Jan 2013 - 9:02am

Tehran warns 'foreign intervention in Syria would be an attack on Iran'

A Nato Patriot missile battery is set up in Adana, Turkey. Photo: EPA

Any foreign attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran, a senior Iranian official warned as the first Patriot missile batteries were declared operational along Turkey's tense border with Syria.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:36am