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  • U.N. hopes chemical arms team deploys to Syria soon

    March 27, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    The United Nations hopes that a team investigating allegations about the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war will deploy to the country as early as next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday named Swedish scientist...

  • Fearful Syrian voters will keep Assad in power, Hezbollah deputy leader says

    March 12, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is likely to run for re-election next year and win, with Syria remaining in military and political deadlock until then, said the deputy leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.

    Sheikh Naim Qassem, who predicted a year ago that Assad would...

  • U.S. to give Syrian rebels medical, food aid, not arms

    February 28, 2013 | 10:09 am

    The United States said on Thursday it will for the first time give non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels and more than double its aid to Syria's civilian opposition, disappointing opponents of President Bashar Assad clamoring for Western weapons.

    The U.S. cast the aid as a way to...

  • Iranian Guards commander killed in Syria

    February 14, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    An Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander has been killed inside Syria by rebels battling Iran's close ally President Bashar Assad, Iranian officials and a rebel leader said on Thursday.

    Syrian rebels have repeatedly accused Tehran of sending fighters to help Assad crush the...

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  • Clinton warns Russia, Iran of Syria conflict spreading

    February 1, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iran and Russia on Thursday to rethink their support for Syria, saying the most dire scenarios of the conflict spilling beyond its borders could come to pass.

    Clinton told reporters there are signs Iran is sending more people and...

  • Iran blames Israel for Syrian airstrike

    January 31, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Iran is blaming Israel for an attack in Syria, and Iran’s foreign minister threatened revenge saying the attack was “clearly coordinated with the West.”  

    “The attack reveals the cooperation between the rebels (trying to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad)...

  • By the numbers: Rising Syrian death toll, refugee wave

    January 30, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Here is a look at the rising human cost of Syria's civil war as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday that international donors had pledged more than $1.5 billion to aid displaced Syrians, meeting a U.N. target.

    DEATH TOLL IN SYRIA

    - The United Nations said earlier this...

  • Israel said to have attacked Syrian weapons transport

    January 30, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Israeli planes reportedly struck a Syrian weapons transport on the Lebanese border amid increasing fears that the country’s chemical weapons stockpile could fall into the hands of Hezbollah.

    The strikes, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning, were reported to...

  • Sixty-five found executed in Syria’s Aleppo, activists say

    January 29, 2013 | 11:56 am

    At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a "new massacre" in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar Assad, activists said.

    Opposition campaigners blamed the government but it was impossible to...

  • Does anyone give a damn about Syria?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 18, 2013 | 9:28 am

    It’s hard to believe that every day the news reports have Syrians dying like flies and noone seems to give much of a damn. The report yesterday that 80 students were blown to smithereens was particularly galling. They were studying at their University in Aleppo when, apparently,...

  • U.S. says it has no reason to believe Syria used chemical weapons

    January 16, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    The United States has no reason to believe Syria has used chemical weapons during its 22-month conflict with rebels seeking to end the Assad family's rule, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

    Asked if the United States had any reason to believe that Syrian President...

  • Israel to build security fence on Syrian border

    January 7, 2013 | 9:41 am

    Israel will erect a security fence along its border with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    "We know that on other side of our border with Syria today, the Syrian army has moved away, and in its place, Global Jihad forces have moved in," Netanyahu said Sunday...

  • December 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 30, 2012 | 12:38 am

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    Actions, Not Words

    The Obama administration needs to take a tougher stance with Middle Eastern rulers, writes Dov S. Zakheim in the National Interest

    Apart from threatening action if Assad uses chemical weapons, as well as reportedly some training of opposition...

  • Netanyahu, Jordan’s Abdullah discuss Syrian chemical weapons

    December 27, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly met Jordanian King Abdullah in Amman to discuss the risk of Syria's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants, Israeli media reports said on Wednesday.

    Two TV stations and Israeli news sites quoted unnamed...

  • December 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 19, 2012 | 12:26 am

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    Three Sins of the Israeli Left

    Writing for Al-Monitor, Nadav Eyal examines the missteps by Israel's center-left that have left it in freefall.

    Circumstances required the left to re-imagine Israel in a way that would attract voters to it, and there was fertile...

  • U.S. says Russia ‘waking up to reality’ on Syria

    December 13, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    The United States welcomed on Thursday a Russian admission that Syria's rebels may succeed in their drive to topple President Bashar Assad and called on Moscow to join efforts to manage a peaceful political transition.

    "We want to commend the Russian government for finally waking...

  • Three bombs target Syrian Interior Ministry

    December 12, 2012 | 9:44 am

    A car bomb and two other explosives went off at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus on Wednesday, causing some deaths, state television said.

    It did not give figures on casualties. Lebanon's al-Manar television, which supports Hezbollah, said four people...

  • Is there life after Bashar Assad?

    December 12, 2012 | 9:29 am

    “It might take two weeks or it might take a year, but either way President Bashar Assad is on his way out,” Moshe Maoz, Israel’s pre-eminent expert on Syria told The Media Line. “It’s certainly closer than it was a few months ago.”

    His comments came as Qatar, the small oil-rich...

  • Syrian rebels battle army near Damascus

    December 11, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Syrian rebels clashed with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad near Damascus airport on Tuesday, battling for the capital's outskirts after 20 months of conflict which the United Nations said has driven half a million people from the country.

    Fighting near the airport, 12...

  • December 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 6, 2012 | 1:01 am

     In-depth

    Egypt's Struggle for Power

    Marina Ottaway tells the Council on Foreign Relations that compromise is still elusive in the secularist-Islamist battle for control of Egypt. 

    There is a real struggle for power in Egypt right now between the Islamist forces, mostly...

  • Assad kept chemical weapons out of hands of extremists, Moshe Yaalon says

    December 5, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad responded to past warnings about the security of chemical weapons by taking steps to keep them out of the hands of militants, Israel's vice prime minister Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday.

    Yaalon joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in making clear...

  • Syrian fighting decimates tourism industry

    December 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. International flights into and out of the capital continued despite throughout 20-months of fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels seeking to depose him. But as...

  • Clinton: U.S. will take action should Syria use chemical weapons

    December 3, 2012 | 9:30 am

    The United States is planning action should the Syrian regime use its chemical weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    "I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using...

  • November 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 9, 2012 | 3:00 am

    In-depth

    Obama and the Consensus on Jerusalem

    The president must understand that the unity of Jerusalem is non-negotiable for Israelis across the political spectrum, writes Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine

    If there has been one point of contention with Israel on...

  • Syrian rebels arm Palestinians against Assad

    November 1, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they had begun arming sympathetic Palestinians to fight a pro-Assad faction in a Palestinian enclave in Damascus - a move which could fuel spiraling intra-Palestinian violence.

    Two rebel commanders told Reuters they expected their Palestinian...

  • October 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 28, 2012 | 1:07 am

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    Trying to buy peace with Syria’s tyrant

    The West must pressure the entire Arab world, from Syria to Saudi Arabia, to adopt a model of a free society, writes Natan Sharansky in the Washington Post

    Have the horrors being perpetrated in Syria, let alone the dismal...

  • Beirut car bomb kills leading Syrian foe

    October 19, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Senior Lebanese intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan, who led the investigation that implicated Syria and Hezbollah in the assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was killed by a huge car bomb in Beirut on Friday.

    The bomb, which exploded in a busy street during...

  • October 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 18, 2012 | 2:37 am

    In-depth

    Romney's Sensible Stance on Israel-Palestine

    The Republican presidential nominee had the right idea when he said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'is going to remain an unsolved problem', writes Leon Hadar in the National Interest

    ... perhaps the time has...

  • October 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 12, 2012 | 4:12 am

    In-depth

    Don’t risk Israel’s security on Obama’s words

    Sheldon Adelson lashes out at the president over his policies on Israel, in an opinion piece for JNS.org

    Think about Obama’s anti-Israel friends and mentors—radicals like Rashid Khalidi, Frank Marshall Davis,...

  • Syrian clashes intensify near Turkey border

    October 9, 2012 | 9:22 am

    NATO said on Tuesday it had drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary against any further spillover of violence from Syria's border areas where rebels and government forces are fighting for control.

    Rebel suicide bombers struck at President Bashar Assad's heartland, attacking...

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