Plans to evacuate besieged rebel districts of Aleppo were under threat as renewed air strikes and shelling rocked the Syrian city in a bombardment the United Nations said “most likely constitutes war crimes”.
By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday that it has finished destroying the lethal chemical agents that were removed from Syria after President Bashar Assad’s forces were accused of using poison gas against civilians a year ago this week. In a statement, President Barack Obama hailed the joint civilian […]
By Mousab Alhamadee, McClatchy Foreign Staff REYHANLI, Turkey — Moderate rebel forces are warning that they are in danger of losing their last foothold in Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial center, and that government troops are pressing an offensive that is just three miles from completely cutting rebel supply lines. Rebel commanders interviewed in recent days […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — A massive car bomb exploded Friday in a government-controlled village in central Syria, killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens more, Syrian state media reported. The blast was the latest in a series of bombings apparently targeting zones in Syria where the population is loyal […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Syrian authorities on Sunday named two politicians from tolerated opposition groups as official contenders in June against an imposing incumbent: President Bashar Assad, the overwhelming favorite. The presidential election scheduled for June 3 will be the first since Syria scrapped its previous referendum system in favor of […]
Washington (AFP) – U.S. government officials saw as early as November hundreds of images of alleged mass torture and killings of detainees held by the Syrian regime, the State Department said. But President Barack Obama’s administration at the time decided against making public a report alleging the large-scale torture and murder of 11,000 detainees by […]
Montreux (Switzerland) (AFP) – The United States on Wednesday led a fierce denunciation of the Syrian regime and vowed it would step up support for the opposition as it seeks to topple President Bashar al-Assad. The top U.S. diplomat, John Kerry, set the tone when he stressed before 40 nations and international organizations gathered at […]