A video posted online claims to show smoke rising over the Syrian city of Palmyra amid reports Islamic State fighters have seized around a third of the historic Syrian city that is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped by rebels in Syria last year have been released, with signs that two Turkish pilots whose abduction was linked to their capture may also be freed.
“The nine Lebanese held in Syria are on their way to Turkey,” Lebanon’s Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said on Friday.19 Oct 2013 - 2:47pm
“Maalula, city of culture and history, welcomes you,” reads a sign at the entrance to Syria’s best known Christian town. But any semblance of welcome evaporates once inside Maalula.20 Sep 2013 - 11:09am
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday sought to muster European Union support for military strikes against Syria, after a G20 summit failed to resolve bitter international divisions on the issue.7 Sep 2013 - 6:14pm 1 comment
The Pentagon is moving forces into place in case President Barack Obama opts for military action against Syria, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested on Friday.24 Aug 2013 - 5:25pm
Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said. A witness described what appeared to be a sectarian attack indiscriminately targeting members of the minority.17 Aug 2013 - 8:33pm
Air strikes by the Syrian military killed at least 20 people in the northwestern province of Latakia overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.
“The toll in several air strikes on the town of Salma in Jabal Akrad rose to at least 20 people,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.10 Aug 2013 - 5:03pm
Rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have captured a key air base in the northern province of Aleppo after a months-long battle, a monitoring group reported on Tuesday.
“The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [jihadist group] and other opposition groups took total control at dawn today of Minnigh air base,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.6 Aug 2013 - 2:50pm
The UN sounded the alarm on Saturday about the plight of women and children in Syria’s Homs, urging all parties in the conflict to enable access to some 400,000 trapped civilians.3 Aug 2013 - 4:44pm
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he was “sure of victory” over rebels fighting to topple him, in an Army Day message carried by state media on Thursday.
“If we in Syria were not sure of victory, we would not have had the will to resist nor been able to persevere in the face of more than two years of aggression,” he said.1 Aug 2013 - 4:12pm
Syrian rebel leaders met with the UN Security Council for the first time on Friday to discuss the country’s two-year war and appealed to Russia to stop its powerful political and military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.27 Jul 2013 - 11:45am
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.
Kerry held his first meeting with Syrian National Coalition president Ahmad Jarba at the US mission to the United Nations in New York.
The coalition is to meet UN Security Council envoys on Friday.26 Jul 2013 - 3:49pm
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
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
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