Syrian rebels

Israel PM says could block weapons to Syrian rebels

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: EPA

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has urged caution over international calls to arm Syrian rebels and reserved the right for the Jewish state to block the supply of weapons that could be turned against it.

Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 6:07pm

Syrian Foreign Minister calls on rebels to disarm, engage in national 'dialogue'

Walid Muallem

Syria’s foreign minister invited the country’s rebels on Saturday to lay down their weapons and take part in a national dialogue, saying everyone who participates will be included in a new Cabinet with wide executive powers.

20 Jan 2013 - 1:48pm

Rebels take control of key Assad air base

A Free Syrian Army fighter uses binoculars near the Menagh military airport, in Aleppo's countryside. Photo: Reuters

Rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime scored a significant victory yesterday when they took control of one of Syria's most important northern airbases, seizing tanks, helicopters and large amounts of ammunition.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad losing control of his country, says Russia

Rebels on guard during an air strike in Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

Syria's most powerful ally, Russia, said for the first time yesterday that President Bashar al-Assad is losing control of his country and the rebels might win the civil war, dramatically shifting the diplomatic landscape at a time of enormous momentum for the opposition.

14 Dec 2012 - 5:15am

Syria rebel attack on school kills 9 students, teacher: TV

A rebel mortar attack on a school in a camp for displaced people near Damascus on Tuesday killed nine students and their teacher, Syrian state television reported, branding it a “horrific crime.”

The broadcaster also reported 20 people were injured in the attack, but it was not immediately possible to verify their identities.

4 Dec 2012 - 10:47pm

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26 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

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France raises prospect of arming Syrian rebels

16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am

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Britain to begin talks with Syrian rebels

8 Nov 2012 - 4:15am

Car bomb kills 50 in Syria as air strikes pound rebels

Syrian citizens gathering in front of damaged buildings and cars at the site of bomb explosion at the Mazzeh Jabal area in Damascus.

Syrian rebels launched a devastating car bomb attack Monday that killed 50 pro-regime fighters, a watchdog said, as air strikes pounded rebel positions and the opposition held talks on an overhaul.

6 Nov 2012 - 12:30pm

US rejection of Syrian group shocks allies

A member of the Free Syrian Army walks in an area of Aleppo where clashes with pro-government forces continue. Photo: Reuters

The US administration's decision to drop its recognition of the Syrian National Council (SNC) as the leading Syrian opposition group and propose creating a new umbrella organisation surprised and puzzled close allies.

4 Nov 2012 - 1:26pm

Syrian jets hammer Damascus on last day of Muslim holiday

Smoke billows over Arbeen during an attack by Syrian regime forces in the outskirts of Damascus. Photo: AFP

Syrian warplanes hammered Damascus on Monday with loud explosions shaking the capital on the fourth day of a Muslim holiday marked by the failure of a ceasefire bid, a correspondent said.

The explosions, which appeared to come from several different districts, could be heard over about two hours and were among the most intense in the city since the beginning of the 19-month conflict.

29 Oct 2012 - 7:23pm

Syria army says will fight back against rebel violations

Syrian rebels announced the failure of a truce declared for Eid al-Adha, as fighting raged, warplanes buzzed key cities and at least 150 people were reported killed since a ceasefire came into effect.

The Syrian army on Saturday accused rebels of committing increasing violations of a failed truce proposed for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday and vowed to fight back.

“For the second day, terrorist groups continued to flagrantly violate the ceasefire announced and respected by the army command,” the military said in a statement on state television.

28 Oct 2012 - 2:22am

Syrian rebels say they shot down fighter jet during Aleppo battle

The tail said to be that of the shot-down MiG jet. Photo: AFP

Syrian rebels have shot down a fighter jet in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group and an army defector said.

"The rebels shot down the fighter jet in the west of Aleppo province, where fierce battles are taking place," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The jet was bombarding the village of Khan al-Asal."

15 Oct 2012 - 5:05am

Syrian rebels threaten to execute Iranians

Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi. Photo: EPA

Rebel fighters will execute dozens of Iranians they kidnapped in August unless Syria’s army withdraws from the embattled Eastern Ghuta area of Damascus province, a rebel commander said on Friday.

6 Oct 2012 - 2:38pm 1 comment

Syria air strike kills 12, 5 children: watchdog

A military air strike on the town of Salqeen in Syria’s mostly rebel-held province of Idlib on Monday killed 12 people, including five children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:25pm