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  • Report: Israel attacked two targets in Syria

    October 31, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    Israel attacked two targets in Syria, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network reported.

    The attacks in Latakia and Damascus on Wednesday night targeted SA-8 portable missiles that were to be transferred to Hezbollah in northern Lebanon, according to the report published Thursday...

  • Across enemy lines, wounded Syrians seek Israeli care

    September 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Not a hundred miles from Damascus, a Syrian rebel lies in a hospital bed, an Israeli sentry at the door. Nearby a Syrian mother sits next to her daughter, shot in the back by a sniper.

    What started this year as a trickle is now a steady flow of Syrians, scores of civilians and...

  • Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

    September 9, 2013 | 5:53 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned U.S. military strikes.

    But Obama, speaking in a series of...

  • Pope, in Syria peace appeal, calls for end to spiral of death

    September 7, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria's conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a "spiral of sorrow and death."

    Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria "a...

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  • Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor hit by U.S. strike

    September 4, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Russia said on Wednesday that a military strike on Syria could have catastrophic effects if a missile hit a small reactor near Damascus that contains radioactive uranium.

    The Foreign Ministry called on the U.N. nuclear agency to urgently assess the risk as the United States...

  • U.S. readies strikes, Syrians prepare for attack

    August 28, 2013 | 10:59 am

    People in Damascus stocked up on supplies on Wednesday and some left homes close to potential targets as U.S. officials described plans for multi-national strikes on Syria that could last for days.

    United Nations chemical weapons experts completed a second field trip to...

  • Israel worried about fate of Syria’s conventional arsenal

    January 29, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Syria's advanced conventional weapons would represent as much of a threat to Israel as its chemical arms, should they fall into the hands of Syrian rebel forces or Hezbollah guerrillas, Israeli sources said on Tuesday.

    Such concerns suggest that Israel, which has signaled...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Is Syria bluffing on chemical weapons?

    December 6, 2012 | 10:20 am

    As rebel forces move closer to Damascus, there are reports of activity in Syrian chemical weapons sites, raising fears in the region that Syria could use those chemical weapons. NBC News reported that the Syrian army has loaded bombs with precursors of Sarin nerve gas which could...

  • 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...

  • Obama warns Syria’s Assad chemical weapons a ‘red line’

    August 20, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    President Barack Obama bluntly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday not to cross a “red line” by using chemical or biological weapons in his country’s bloody conflict and suggested that such action would prompt the United States to consider a military response.

    Pointing...

  • Securing Syria chemical weapons may take tens of thousands of troops

    August 16, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    The United States and its allies are discussing a worst-case scenario that could require tens of thousands of ground troops to go into Syria to secure chemical and biological weapons sites following the fall of President Bashar Assad’s government, according to U.S. and diplomatic...

  • Druse students return to Golan from Damascus

    August 8, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Dozens of Druse students studying in Syria returned to their Golan Heights homes.

    The students, who had been studying at a university in Damascus, crossed from Syria into Israel on Tuesday through the Kuneitra crossing. They had received permission to return two weeks ago.

    Their...

  • Syrian government control of Damascus weakening, Israel says

    July 17, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Syrian government control of Damascus is slipping and President Bashar Assad has redeployed troops from areas near the Israeli border to bolster his forces around the city, Israel’s army intelligence chief said on Tuesday.

    “The Syrian military is acting very brutally, which shows...

  • Hamas reportedly leaving Damascus

    December 8, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Hamas is reportedly thinning its ranks in Damascus as pan-Arab pressure builds on the Syrian regime.

    Diplomats said this week that the Palestinian Islamist group, which has long had its headquarters in the Syrian capital, has been quietly relocating staff to Gaza following the Arab...

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