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  • Syria’s Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike

    September 9, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.

    The Obama administration faces a crucial...

  • An Israel-Syria war would not be a ‘surprise’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2013 | 7:31 am

    A shorter and somewhat different version of this article was published last week by the IHT-NYT.

    Six months ago, my 6-year old daughter had to pay her first visit to the bomb shelter, as rockets were being fired at Tel Aviv. Last Monday, she had to pay her second, and then third...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • In Aleppo, Syrian rebels bogged down in sniper war

    October 18, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    Plucking up his courage, a young boy ducks and darts down a bullet-scarred street in Aleppo, as a rebel with a megaphone shouts directions.

    "Don't turn right! Stay left, stay left. Now go, run, run!"

    A sniper shot cracks out, and the boy's dangerously bright pink shirt...

  • Western troops in place to protect Jordan from Syrian spillover

    October 15, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Ahmed Thiabat sits on his balcony in Jordan overlooking the Syrian town of Tal Shehab just over the Syrian border. This once tranquil farmland has become a battleground for troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and rebels fighting to unseat him.

    Thiabat, a farmer and...

  • Hezbollah claims responsibility for drone that entered Israeli airspace

    October 11, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged on Thursday sending a drone aircraft that was shot down last weekend after flying some 25 miles into Israel.

    Nasrallah said in a televised speech that the drone's parts were manufactured in Iran and it was assembled...

  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad says election, not war, solution for Syria

    October 2, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a national dialogue leading to elections was the way towards a solution to Syria's crisis, in remarks broadcast on Tuesday.

    He told Al Jazeera television that war was not the way forward, adding: "There is another way to find a solution,...

  • 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...

  • Syrian town deserted, burned after clashes

    June 14, 2012 | 5:43 pm

    The Syrian town of Haffeh was smoldering and nearly deserted on Thursday after days of clashes between government forces and rebels, while activists reported more army assaults on pro-opposition areas across the country.

    United Nations monitors had been trying to enter the town...

  • Israel urges tougher action against Assad

    May 30, 2012 | 8:26 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Wednesday for tougher world action against Bashar al-Assad, saying he doubted the Syrian president “lost an hour’s sleep” over the expulsion of his envoys from several capitals after the Houla massacre.

    “These events in Syria compel the...

  • West pushes U.N. Syria vote despite Russian criticism

    April 13, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Western powers brushed aside Russian criticism of a U.S.-drafted Security Council resolution authorizing an advance team of U.N. observers to monitor Syria’s fragile ceasefire and said on Friday they hoped to put it to a vote this weekend.

    The U.N. missions of Britain, France and...

  • Call for Friday protests is first test of Syria truce

    April 12, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    Syrian opposition activists called mass protests for Friday to test a fragile, day-old ceasefire by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, and international pressure mounted for Damascus to fully comply with a U.N.-backed peace plan.

    Anxious to build on a truce between the armed forces...

  • Syria storms out of U.N. rights meeting

    February 28, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva stormed out of the U.N. Human Rights Council Tuesday after demanding angrily that countries stop “inciting sectarianism and providing arms” to opposition forces in his country.

    Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said sanctions were preventing...

  • Hamas ditches Assad, backs Syrian revolt

    February 24, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule.

    The policy shift deprives Assad of one of his few remaining Sunni Muslim...

  • ‘Friends of Syria’ to demand ceasefire

    February 23, 2012 | 6:21 pm

    Western and Arab nations will demand that Syrian forces implement an immediate ceasefire to allow relief supplies to reach desperate civilians in bombarded cities such as Homs when they meet in Tunis on Friday.

    Piling pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, U.N. investigators accused...

  • Start planning now for transition in Syria

    February 15, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Syria is in the midst of a civil war. The common wisdom both from inside and out is that the Assad dynasty is doomed to follow the plight of Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak in Egypt, and Gadhafi in Libya, not to mention Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The questions are how, when and how many...

  • AJC, ADL press U.N. for firmer action against Syria

    August 4, 2011 | 11:38 am

    A U.N. Security Council statement condemning Syria’s crackdown on dissidents was inadequate, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League said.

    In its statement Wednesday, the United Nations condemned the “widespread violations of human rights and the use of force...

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