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April 26, 2011 | 5:15 pm
April 26, 2011 | 1:20 pm
Syrian security forces deployed in the hills around the coastal town of Banyias on Tuesday in preparation for a possible attack on the coastal city to crush the five-week popular uprising in the country, a protest leader said.
“Forces wearing black and carrying AK-47s deployed today...
April 26, 2011 | 8:53 am
April 25, 2011 | 5:17 pm
The Syrian Army stormed the restive city of Dara’a with tanks and soldiers and helped detain dozens in towns across the country Monday in an escalation of the widening crackdown on...
April 25, 2011 | 1:58 pm
At least 39 people were killed and 70 wounded Monday by Syrian security forces in the southern city of Daraa, pro-democracy activists said, after the army moved into the city where the current wave of protests began, and fired at protesters.
“Bodies of the dead and wounded were seen...
April 25, 2011 | 8:19 am
April 22, 2011 | 10:46 am
Security forces shot dead at least 25 pro-democracy protesters in Syria on Friday, human rights campaigners said, as protesters flooded into the streets after prayers in at least five major areas across the country.
The protesters were killed in suburbs and towns surrounding...
April 14, 2011 | 11:13 am
Iran reportedly is providing material assistance to the Syrian government in its effort to quell protests.
The Wall Street Journal on Thursday quoted Obama administration officials as saying that they have intelligence showing that Iran is providing the Assad regime in Syria with...
April 4, 2011 | 5:28 pm
The chief of Israel’s diplomatic-security bureau warned this week that Israel faced an isolation “no less severe than war” should the United Nations recognize Palestine as an independent state this September.
In remarks carried by Channel 10, General (res.) Amos Gilad said behind...
April 1, 2011 | 3:28 pm
The White House on Friday condemned Syria’s violent crackdown on anti-government protesters and urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to promptly take concrete steps toward meaningful reform.
“The Syrian government has an important opportunity to be responsive to the legitimate...
March 31, 2011 | 5:03 pm
Turkey has informed a UN Security Council panel that it seized a cache of weapons Iran was attempting to export in breach of a UN arms embargo, according to a document obtained by Reuters on Thursday.
Security Council diplomats said the report of the seizure from an Iranian cargo...
March 30, 2011 | 8:46 am
March 29, 2011 | 3:38 pm
A leader of New York’s Syrian Jewish community pleaded guilty to laundering money through a religious charity.
Rabbi Saul Kassin, 79, pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain Monday in federal court. He faces up to $250,000 in fines and could face up to five years in prison, though...
March 29, 2011 | 3:16 pm
March 29, 2011 | 2:50 pm
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the Syrian government on Tuesday for the harsh way it had responded to pro-democracy protests, while the State Department spokesman said Syria must make more progress on reforms.
“In a series of side meetings I also had the chance to...
March 29, 2011 | 8:58 am
Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East.
Assad, whose family has controlled Syria...
March 28, 2011 | 10:34 am
The Obama administration and France reportedly nixed a visit by U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to Syria.
Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has cultivated a relationship with the regime otherwise treated as a pariah in the West in the hope of...
March 28, 2011 | 8:47 am
The United States is not ready to send troops to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.
“Certainly we deplore the violence in Syria,” Clinton said during an interview on the “Face the Nation” program on CBS Television that aired Sunday. “We call—as we have on...
March 23, 2011 | 2:11 pm
The writer Leon Wieseltier opened his keynote address at the Daniel Pearl Memorial lecture at UCLA last month with a telling joke.
“For 50 years, nothing ever changed in the Middle East,” he said, “until the minute I sat down to write this speech.”
How true. Monarchs and...
March 21, 2011 | 1:11 pm
Warren Christopher, the U.S. Secretary of State whose intensive shuttling shepherded talks with Syria, Jordan and the Palestinians in the mid-1990s, has died.
Christopher died March 18 at home in Los Angeles of complications from cancer. He was 85.
As secretary of state under...
March 21, 2011 | 1:02 pm
Anti-government demonstrators chanted “God, Syria, freedom” at the funeral of a fellow protester in the southern Syrian city of Deraa.
The protesters at Monday’s funeral added to the chant, “The people want the overthrow of corruption,” Reuters reported. Black-uniformed security...
March 21, 2011 | 8:56 am
The Syrian army deployed on Monday at the entrances to the southern city of Daraa as officials tried to calm passions following protests for freedom in which five civilians were killed, residents said.
Thousands of mourners marched at the funeral of 23-year-old Raed al-Kerad who died on Sunday, the latest of five protesters to be killed by security forces. Mourners chanted slogans demanding political freedom and an end to corruption.
“God, Syria, freedom. The people want the overthrow of corruption,” they chanted.
Read more at Haaretz.com.
March 10, 2011 | 10:21 am
Syria is seeking to replace Libya on the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Libya was suspended from the 47-nation body on March 1, the first time a country has been suspended since the council was founded in 2006.
Syria, led by President Bashar Assad, declared Wednesday that it...
March 4, 2011 | 10:13 am
A Hamas delegation from Gaza reportedly is en route to Syria to discuss a possible deal for the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The delegation was to leave Gaza on Friday for Sudan, then continue on to Damascus, the Gaza-based Palestine Today reported. The Hamas leadership in Damascus traditionally has taken a harsher line on Israel-related issues than the Hamas leadership in Gaza.
Israel and Hamas have been in touch via a German mediator regarding talks to release Shalit, who was taken captive in a cross-border raid in June 2006.
February 24, 2011 | 10:17 am
Two Iranian warships that passed through the Suez Canal reportedly docked in Syria.
The ships, a frigate and a supply ship, arrived at Syria’s main port at Latakia on Wednesday night after becoming the first Iranian naval ships to pass through the canal since the 1979 revolution....
February 24, 2011 | 8:56 am
February 17, 2011 | 10:19 am
Two Iranian warships bound for Syria withdrew a request to sail through the Suez Canal.
The ships stopped Thursday in an area near the Saudi Arabian Red Sea port city of Jiddah after reportedly withdrawing the request. Other reports suggested that the ships never requested...
February 16, 2011 | 2:06 pm
Two Iranian warships have left for Syria and plan to sail through the Suez Canal, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.
Lieberman in a statement released Wednesday called the move a recurring Iranian “provocation.” His statement suggested that Israel would not ignore...
February 14, 2011 | 12:22 pm
Malcolm Hoenlein, head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said he met for several hours with Syrian President Bashar Assad during a secret visit to Damascus.
In an interview published Monday by The Associated Press, Hoenlein said his recent...
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...