Putin accepts 'changes' in Syria

Vladimir Putin. Photo: Xinhua

Russian President Vladimir Putin distanced himself further than ever before from his long-time ally in Syria yesterday, saying he understands Syria needs change.

Friday, 21 December, 2012, 3:38am

Syria's Farouk al-Sharaa says neither Damascus nor rebels can win civil war

Protesters with a spoof poster of Gone With the Windfeaturing the Syrian and Russian flags at a rally against Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Reuters

Syrian Vice-President Farouk al-Sharaa has said neither his government nor the rebels fighting to overthrow it can achieve a decisive victory in the conflict - a rare admission by a top official that the outcome sought by President Bashar al-Assad is unlikely.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Abbas, Hamas slam Syrian refugee camp attack

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has appealed for a halt to firing on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, after air strikes on Yarmuk camp in Damascus killed at least eight civilians.

The Islamist Hamas movement, whose leadership-in-exile was based in Damascus until a recent falling-out with Syrian authorities, condemned the attacks, calling them a crime.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

In long-awaited move, Obama recognises Syrian opposition

“We have made a decision that the Syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough," said US President Barack Obama in an interview. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama proclaimed Syria’s newly reframed opposition as the “legitimate” representative of the nation’s people on Tuesday, in the most significant US intervention in a brutal civil war.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Changing faces: Syrian Fadi Chehne sees his future in China

Syrian Fadi Chehne lives in China but worries about his homeland.

Four years ago, Fadi Chehne moved to China with his father, who wanted to pursue new business opportunities in Asia when the economic crisis hit the West. The 24-year-old, who was born in Syria and grew up in Morocco, studies international trade in Beijing. Although he did not want to move initially, he now sees a future for himself in China.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

US concerned about fundamentalists' influence in Syria

A video uploaded on YouTube allegedly shows Syrian Islamist rebel groups including Al-Nusra Front delivering a speech rejecting the newly formed opposition bloc. Photo: AFP

The US State Department has expressed concern over the influence of fundamentalist groups in Syria, including al-Nusra Front, which is said to have ties to al-Qaeda.

As opposition fighters in Syria struggle to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that groups such as al-Nusra are increasingly "a matter of concern" to Washington.

8 Dec 2012 - 5:51am

Nato approves Patriot missiles to help Turkey to defend against Syrian attack

Patriot missile system. Photo: EPA

Nato has approved Turkey's request for Patriot missiles to defend its border against Syria following a series of blunt warnings to Damascus not to use chemical weapons.

6 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

US warns Syria against using chemical weapons

A teddy bear lies among the rubble of damaged buildings after fighting between rebels and government forces in Aleppo. Photo: AP

The White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons, after intelligence reports showed the Syrian regime may be readying the arms and may be desperate enough to use them against rebels, US officials said.

One US official said Monday that Syria had begun mixing chemicals that might be used to make deadly sarin gas.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:25pm

Nato warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen gives a press briefing at Nato headquarters in Brussels. Photo: EPA

Nato told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday that any use of chemical weapons in his fight against rebel forces would be met by an swift international response.

4 Dec 2012 - 9:31pm

Briefs, December 1, 2012

Former US president George H.W. Bush is in hospital. Photo: AP

Syrian web, phone lines still down amid clashes

1 Dec 2012 - 3:47am

Car bombs kill 54 near Damascus

A damaged car is seen at the area where two booby-trapped cars exploded in Jaramana area, Damascus, Syria. Photo: EPA

Simultaneous bombings in the mostly Druze and Christian town of Jaramana, near Damascus, yesterday killed more than 50 people and left a trail of destruction.

The explosives-packed cars blew up at daybreak in a pro-regime neighbourhood of the mainly Christian and Druze town of Jaramana, state media and a rights watchdog reported.

29 Nov 2012 - 6:37am

New Syria opposition bloc wins Gulf, Arab recognition

The National Coalition’s newly installed leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib (centre) at Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Monday. Photo: AFP

The six Gulf states recognised a newly formed opposition bloc as the Syrian people’s legitimate representative on Monday, as border violence stoked fears of a spillover of the 20-month conflict.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Bashar al-Assad rejects offers to leave Syria, warns West against intervention

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to "live and die" in Syria, saying in an interview broadcast yesterday that he will never flee his country despite the bloody, uprising against him.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Britain backs Assad ‘safe exit’ as Syria violence rages

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: EPA

Bombings, clashes and air strikes shook Syria on Tuesday as British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would back giving safe passage to President Bashar al-Assad if it meant ending the bloodshed.

7 Nov 2012 - 10:35am

Briefs, November 7, 2012

Brother of parliament speaker assassinated

BEIRUT - Gunmen shot and killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker as he drove to work in the capital, Damascus, the state-run news agency reported on Tuesday. The Sana news agency said Mohammed Osama Laham, brother of Parliament Speaker Jihad Laham was killed. AP  

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am