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Russian jets struck CIA-backed rebels in Syria

Oct 01, 2015 - 10:18 PM

US Senator John McCain says he could absolutely confirm that the strikes were against the Free Syrian Army

Obama eyeing Syria strikes ahead of big Islamic State speech

Sep 10, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Obama will enlist public support for a new military venture abroad at a poignant moment – the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks

President Barack Obama boards Marine One at the Wall Street Landing zone for departure en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, N.Y., June 17, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Qaeda unit in Syria border town joins ISIS

Jun 25, 2014 - 10:25 PM

After months of clashes between the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Al Nusra Front in several parts of Syria Nusra s Albu Kamal branch pledged loyalty to ISIS


Moderate Syria rebel officers quit over 'lack of military aid'

Jun 14, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Nine top officers from the moderate Free Syrian Army resign over shortages and mismanagement of military aid from donor countries to their uprising against President Bashar al Assad


Deal for Syria rebels to withdraw from Homs bastion

May 03, 2014 - 8:26 AM

The agreement comes after government forces began an assault against the few remaining rebel held areas in the city last month

WITHDRAW FROM HOMS. Syrian policemen and citizens inspect the damage at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Abbasid neighborhood, Homs province, Syria, April 29, 2014. Photo by STR/EPA

Syria rebels get US-made missiles: source

Apr 16, 2014 - 1:07 AM

Moderate well organized fighters from the Hazm movement have for the first time received more than 20 TOW anti tank missiles from a Western source

ISIL 'reaching out' to Syria rebels: audio message

Jan 20, 2014 - 12:49 AM

The remarks mark a shift for ISIL which said earlier it would crush opposition fighters and considered members of the Syrian National Coalition and the military command of the Free Syrian Army to be legitimate targets

West hails Syria opposition vote to join peace talks

Jan 19, 2014 - 6:40 PM

United States Britain France and Germany were equally elated with the opposition s decision to overcome internal divisions and go to Switzerland

Top Syria rebel killed as Russia pushes peace

Nov 19, 2013 - 8:48 AM

Meanwhile Syrian regime envoys hold closed door consultations in Moscow with Russian officials on efforts to organize a much delayed peace conference

RUNNING FROM DANGER.  A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army runs in a street of Aleppo's Salah al-Din neighborhood during fighting against Syrian government forces on November 18, 2013. AFP / Karam al-Masri

Syria opposition condemns jihadist attacks on rebels

Sep 20, 2013 - 2:36 PM

Syria s opposition National Coalition condemned recent attacks by loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant against Free Syrian Army rebels

ATTACKS ON REBELS. Syria's opposition National Coalition condemned attacks by Al-Qaeda loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Free Syrian Army rebels

US-Russia plan on Syria arms wins China support

Sep 15, 2013 - 4:10 PM

China s support eases the US Russia plan s route towards the UN Security Council and hiking pressure on Damascus to act within days

IN AGREEMENT. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) before a press conference in Geneva on September 14, 2013 after they met for talks on Syria's chemical weapons. AFP/Philippe Desmazes

US and Russia in landmark deal on Syria weapons

Sep 14, 2013 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED Arms inspectors must be on the ground in Syria by November with the goal of eliminating the country s chemical weapons by mid 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry says

AGREEMENT. The United States and Russia, in talks to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program came to agreement on the size of its toxic stockpiles. Photo by AFP

Syria rebels agree to meet Kerry, dismiss Damascus offer

Feb 26, 2013 - 12:30 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague convinced the opposition to revoke its boycott on a Friends of Syria conference in Rome on Thursday

Turkey to ask for NATO support on border with Syria

Nov 20, 2012 - 8:14 AM

NATO said Monday November 19 it would urgently consider a request from Ankara to deploy Patriot missiles along Turkey s troubled border with Syria as the EU announced its recognition of the new Syrian opposition coalition

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen talks to the media upon arrival to the EU Council Building prior to the start of a meeting of European Union defense ministers, on November 19, 2012 in Brussels. AFP PHOTO/THIERRY CHARLIER

Assad makes rare appearance as Syrians stage Eid protests

Aug 20, 2012 - 8:00 AM

President Bashar al Assad made a rare public appearance for the Muslim holiday of Eid on Sunday August 19 as activists staged protests across Syria to rage against the regime

'Over 20 killed' in air strike in Syria

Aug 16, 2012 - 12:16 AM

Air strikes in Aazaz which lies just to the north of Syria s commercial hub Aleppo kills over 20 The area is often used as rear base by rebel Free Syrian Army fighters

Syria rebels claim jet downing as army advances in Aleppo

Aug 14, 2012 - 6:50 AM

Syrian rebels claimed they downed a fighter jet Monday August 13 but the regime seized the upper hand in Aleppo as it advanced into a new rebel held district

CITY UNDER SIEGE. Two men on a motorcycle ride through a debris-filled street in northwestern Aleppo on August 12, 2012, as Syrian government forces pressed their assault on rebels in the country's northern commercial capital, with both sides reporting atrocities. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE

General says all Damascus retaken, Aleppo pounded

Aug 05, 2012 - 7:51 AM

The Syrian army said it has seized the last rebel held district of the capital as insurgents in Aleppo came under heavy bombardment by regime forces

Syria foes bolster forces for long Aleppo battle

Aug 01, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Syrian troops and rebels poured into Aleppo on Tuesday as both sides battened down for the long haul on day four of a pivotal battle in the nearly 17 month conflict

BATTLE SCARS. A picture shows destroyed buildings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 29, 2012. The battle between rebels and regime for Syria's second city Aleppo is a crucial fight that could determine the trajectory of the more than 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, experts say. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE TORRES

Fighting rages before dawn in battle for Syria's Aleppo

Jul 30, 2012 - 4:49 PM

Syrian forces and rebels clashed violently in and around Aleppo as the battle for control of the northern city raged into a third day

Syrian opposition demands arms, says Assad should be tried

Jul 29, 2012 - 9:33 AM

The head of the exiled Syrian opposition called on for the rebels to be armed insisting that Bashar al Assad should be tried for massacres and not be offered asylum

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. File photo, December 3, 2003. Photo by Ricardo Stuckert / Agência Brasil

Syria threatens to use chemical arms if attacked

Jul 24, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Syria admitted Monday July 23 it has chemical weapons and warned of using them if attacked though not against its own civilians

Syria: Feared forces launch new assault on Damascus

Jul 22, 2012 - 5:19 PM

Feared forces headed by Pres Bashar al Assad s brother used helicopter gunships in a new offensive against rebels in Damascus on Sunday

A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on July 17, 2012 shows opponents to the regime blocking the roads with burning tires in Damascus Jobar neigborhood on July 16. Syria's military deployed armored vehicles near central Damascus as troops battled rebels around the capital in what activists said could be a turning point in the 16-month uprising. AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK

Violence rages across Syria as UN mission clock ticks

Jul 21, 2012 - 10:15 PM

UPDATED Heavy clashes rage between Syrian troops and rebels with at least 24 people killed

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2059 (2012), extending the mandate of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) for thirty days, 20 July 2012 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Photo by Devra Berkowitz / UN.

More than 100 dead as violence stepped up in Syria

Jun 24, 2012 - 8:28 AM

More than 100 people were reported killed Saturday June 23 in violence across Syria as Turkey downplayed the Syrian shooting down of a Turkish plane while President Bashar al Assad formed a new cabinet with key posts unchanged