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  • Few options for Syria’s Assad to strike back after Israeli raids

    May 6, 2013 | 10:44 am

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has few good options for military retaliation after Israel's air strikes over the weekend but the attacks could redouble support from his regional allies Iran and Hezbollah.

    Assad, already battling rebel fighters who have seized large parts of his...

  • Russia, China express alarm after Israel hits Syria

    May 6, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Russia and China expressed alarm on Monday over the regional repercussions of two Israeli air raids on Syria, while Israel played down strikes which its officials said targeted Iranian missiles bound for Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

    Oil prices spiked above $105 a barrel, their...

  • Israel to Assad: Air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels

    May 6, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.

    Officials say Israel is reluctant to take sides in Syria's civil war for fear its actions...

  • Israel strikes Syria, says its targeting Hezbollah arms

    May 5, 2013 | 5:06 pm

    Israeli jets devastated Syrian targets near Damascus on Sunday in a heavy overnight air raid that Western and Israeli officials called a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah.

    As Syria's two-year-old civil war veered into the potentially atomic arena of...

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  • White House: Evidence Syria used chemical arms not ‘airtight’

    April 26, 2013 | 9:38 am

    The White House said on Friday it was continuing to study evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and would not set a timetable for corroborating reports.

    "I'm not going to set a timeline, because the facts need to be what drives this investigation, not a...

  • White House: U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons

    April 26, 2013 | 7:38 am

    The U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons on anti-government rebels.

    The White House on Thursday informed Congress that intelligence shows that Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered government troops to use sarin gas against the rebels.

    "Our...

  • Is Obama in Trouble Because of Israel (Again)?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 23, 2013 | 8:59 am

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    Israeli officials confirmed today that the Syrian Assad regime has used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels:

    Senior Israeli military officials on Tuesday stated that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons against the country’s...

  • Israeli intelligence: Syria used chemical weapons

    April 23, 2013 | 8:04 am

    Syrian forces have used chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians, the head of Israel's military research said.

    The weapon likely is sarin-based, which targets the nervous system and can cause paralysis or death, Brig. Gen Itai Baron, the head of the Israel Defense...

  • Historic Damascus synagogue looted and burned

    March 31, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground.

    The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue, according to reports on Sunday.

    The...

  • Israeli general: Israel could withstand Syrian chemical weapons

    March 29, 2013 | 5:12 am

    Israel could withstand any attack involving Syrian chemical weapons, an Israeli general said on Friday, adding it was improbable that Damascus would order such a strike.

    The fate of Syria's reputed chemical arsenal is a focus of international concern. Israel has threatened to go...

  • Syrian rebels take towns near ceasefire line with Israel

    March 21, 2013 | 3:16 am

    Syrian rebels have overrun several towns near Israel's Golan Heights in the past 24 hours, rebels and a monitoring group said on Thursday, fuelling tensions in the sensitive military zone.

    "We have been attacking government positions as the army has been shelling civilians, and...

  • With Islamic groups replacing traditional foes, Israel faces long-term instability on its borders

    March 19, 2013 | 6:31 am

    Three weeks ago, militants in Gaza landed a rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

    Two weeks ago, Egypt raised its state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula, warning of an increase in jihadist activity there.

    Last week, a rock thrown by a West Bank Palestinian critically...

  • U.N. curbs Golan patrols after peacekeepers seized, diplomats say

    March 14, 2013 | 7:54 am

    U.N. peacekeepers monitoring the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israel's Golan Heights have scaled back patrols after rebels detained 21 Filipino observers for three days last week, diplomats said on Thursday.

    The seizure of the unarmed observers highlighted the...

  • Syrian video shows Filipino peacekeepers in “safe place”

    March 7, 2013 | 8:07 am

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights released a video on Thursday purporting to show six Filipino peacekeepers from a United Nations convoy detained in the south of the country on Wednesday.

    In the video, a man who identifies himself as a captain in the U.N. Filipino battalion...

  • Syrian rebels say they’ve seized U.N. convoy near Golan Heights [VIDEO]

    March 6, 2013 | 9:04 am

    Syrian rebels say they have seized a convoy of United Nations observers near the Golan Heights, according to videos posted on the Internet site YouTube on Wednesday by a violence monitoring group.A young man saying he was from the "Martyrs of Yarmouk" brigade said the convoy would...

  • Assad threatens to retaliate against Israel as shells land on Golan

    March 3, 2013 | 8:02 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said that his country would retaliate against Israel for a January air strike on a weapons facility near Damascus, a day after mortar shells fired from Syria landed in northern Israel.

    The mortar shells fired from Syria landed Saturday on the Golan...

  • Croatia to quit UN Golan force after reports of arms shipments

    February 28, 2013 | 8:55 am

    Croatia will pull its soldiers out of the U.N. peace force in the Golan Heights as a precautionary step, the government said on Thursday, after media reports that Croatian arms were being sent to Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

    The Croatian government denied the...

  • Turkey-Israel: The Status Quo is the Better Alternative

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 11, 2013 | 10:54 am

    Not long ago, a Brookings scholar predicted that:

    As Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian crisis deepens, and as it prepares to deploy Patriot missiles on the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey most certainly will aspire to improve intelligence cooperation with Israel. With regards to...

  • Iran says Israel will regret Syria air strike

    February 4, 2013 | 7:40 am

    Iran told Israel on Monday it would regret its air strike against Syria last week, without spelling out whether Iran or its ally planned any military response.

    "They will regret this recent aggression," Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told a...

  • Syria warns of ‘surprise’ response to Israel attack

    January 31, 2013 | 7:46 am

    Syria warned on Thursday of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.

    Damascus could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes",...

  • Report: Israel attacks target in Syria

    January 30, 2013 | 8:39 am

    Israel reportedly attacked a target inside Syria.

    The report of the attack on a site near the Syrian border with Lebanon came Wednesday afternoon, hours after reports came out of Lebanon that Israel had flown several sorties over its territory on Tuesday night and early Wednesday...

  • Syria may hold uranium stash, Western and Israeli experts say

    January 11, 2013 | 8:32 am

    Western and Israeli security experts suspect Syria may have tonnes of unenriched uranium in storage and that any such stockpile could potentially be of interest to its ally Iran for use in Tehran's own disputed nuclear program.

    They say natural uranium could have been acquired by...

  • Israel hits Syrian artillery that fired on Golan

    November 12, 2012 | 7:39 am

    Israel's army fired tank shells into Syria on Monday and scored "direct hits" in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.

    It was the second time in as many days that Israel had fired across the disengagement line...

  • Catch-2012

    September 5, 2012 | 12:29 pm

    The Syrian army loyal to Bashar Assad recently retook Daraya, a suburb of Damascus. Daraya had been in the hands of the rebels.

    The Syrian armed forces came in with tanks and armored personnel carriers. As troops advanced on foot, the fighters of the rebel Free Syrian Army...

  • Russia tells Syria Chemical Arms Threat Unacceptable

    July 25, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Russia has told the Syrian government clearly that it is unacceptable to threaten to use chemical weapons, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday in its strongest condemnation of a recent warning by a Syrian official.

    In a meeting with Syria’s ambassador to Moscow, Deputy...

  • Assad chemical weapons plans blocked by Moscow

    July 24, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    Increasingly under pressure by rebels intent on unseating him, Bashar al-Assad has considered using chemical weapons against his enemies but Washington and Moscow have formed an unlikely alliance to force him to abandon such plans.

    Analysts and diplomats across the region and beyond...

  • Israel: Syria Government Still in Control of Chemical Weapons

    July 24, 2012 | 9:13 am

    The Syrian government is still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, a senior Israeli defense official said on Tuesday.

    Israel’s foreign minister warned separately that the Jewish state would act decisively if Syria handed over any chemical or biological weapons to its...

  • Spate of attacks kills 107 across Iraq

    July 23, 2012 | 8:23 am

    At least 107 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks in Iraq on Monday, a day after 20 died in explosions, in a coordinated surge of violence against mostly Shi’ite Muslim targets.

    The bloodshed, which coincided with an intensifying of the conflict in neighboring Syria, pointed...

  • Death, grief in Syrian village, U.S. cries “murder”

    July 13, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Graphic scenes of grief and death in a Syrian village bore witness on Friday to a massacre President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents say was the work of his troops and militia allies, drawing words of outrage from the outside world.

    There was “indisputable evidence that the regime...

  • Putin, under fire backing Assad, to visit Israel

    June 13, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to visit Israel, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced.

    It will be Putin’s first visit to Israel since 2005. No date has been set for the visit, The Jerusalem Post reported, citing the ministry.

    The Times of Israel reported Wednesday that...

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