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  • March 12, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 12, 2013 | 3:43 am

    Headline: Obama Meets With Arab-Americans Ahead Of Mideast Trip

    To Read: Leon Wieseltier sees parallels between Obama's current by standing in Syria and Clinton's inaction in Bosnia:  

    I am finding crushing parallels: a president who is satisfied to be a bystander, and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • U.N. lifts Syria death toll to ‘truly shocking’ 60,000

    January 2, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    More than 60,000 people have died in Syria's uprising and civil war, the United Nations said on Wednesday, dramatically raising the death toll in a struggle that shows no sign of ending.

    In the latest violence, dozens were killed in a rebellious Damascus suburb when a government...

  • 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...

  • Air strikes, car bombs wreck last day of Syrian ‘truce’

    October 29, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Syrian jets bombed parts of Damascus on Monday in what residents said were the capital's fiercest air raids yet, at the end of what was supposed to be a four-day truce.

    "More than 100 buildings have been destroyed, some leveled to the ground," said opposition activist Moaz...

  • Bomb kills powerful Assad kin; battle in Damascus

    July 18, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    A bomber killed three of Bashar Assad’s top military officials on Wednesday - including his powerful brother-in-law - in a devastating blow to the Syrian leader’s inner circle as rebels closed in vowing to “liberate” the capital.

    Slain brother-in-law Assef Shawkat was one of the...

  • Assad moves forces from Golan to suppress violence

    July 18, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Syria’s defense minster and several other government officials were killed or hurt by a suicide bomber in Damascus, a day after Israel’s army intelligence chief said that President Bashar Assad had moved his troops from the Golan Heights to the capital.

    Also killed in Wednesday’s...

  • 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...

  • U.N. chief ‘deplores’ Syria border clashes

    April 9, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he deplores the cross-border shootings from Syria into Turkey and Lebanon ahead of a ceasefire deadline in the yearlong conflict that has pushed Syria to the brink of civil war.

    Turkey said two officials working in a refugee camp...

  • Syria approves new constitution amid bloodshed

    February 27, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    Syrian artillery pounded rebel-held areas of Homs as President Bashar al-Assad’s government announced that voters had overwhelmingly approved a new constitution in a referendum derided as a sham by his critics at home and abroad.

    The outside world has proved powerless to halt the...

  • Heroes of the Arab Spring

    By Rob Eshman

    August 24, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    A journalist with family in Syria told me there’s a joke going around that country these days.

    “Why don’t women in Damascus have to wear a veil?”

    “Because there’s no men there.”

    In cities and towns throughout Syria, ordinary, unarmed citizens are protesting the...

  • Assad promises elections, complete reform package in Syria within months

    June 20, 2011 | 7:27 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that a national dialogue would begin soon, promising parliamentary elections in August and a complete reform package by September, in a speech responding to three months of protests against his rule.

    In a televised address at Damascus...

  • Syria forces kill seven protesters as world pressure on Assad grows

    May 27, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    Syrian security forces shot dead seven people on Friday, rights campaigners said, as protesters defied a nationwide crackdown by President Bashar Assad which world leaders condemned.

    Three protesters were killed in the central city of Homs, another three in the Damascus suburb of...

  • Protests erupt across Syria on ‘Day of Rage’

    April 29, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrations Friday in the capital Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia - the heartland the ruling elite - wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.

    Other...

  • Presidents Conference’s Hoenlein, Assad meet in Damascus

    January 3, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

    Hoenlein said the meeting Monday was at the invitation of Syria and not, as had been reported originally by the...

  • Attack Forces Israel to Strike at Syria

    By Dan Baron

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Israeli airstrike on an Islamic Jihad training camp near Damascus, which followed the group's deadly suicide bombing in Haifa on Saturday, was a sign to the Arab world that Israel will not be constrained by borders when it comes to the war on terrorism.

    The attack came...

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