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Fierce Air Strikes On Aleppo After Syrian Army Declares Offensive

“Can you hear it? The neighborhood is getting hit right now by missiles. We can hear the planes right now,” Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist, told Reuters. “The planes are not leaving the sky, helicopters, barrel bombs, warplanes.”

September 23, 2016
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Syria Truce Largely Holds, Aid Preparations Underway

A nationwide ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia was mostly holding across Syria on Tuesday and efforts to deliver badly needed aid to besieged areas including the northern city of Aleppo got cautiously underway.

September 13, 2016
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Assad Vows To Take Back All Of Syria Hours Before Ceasefire

An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Monday to take back all of Syria, hours before the start of a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia, which Assad’s opponents described as stacked in his favor.

September 12, 2016

Syrian Officials, Rebels Reach Deal To Restore Electricity To Aleppo

By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times The Syrian government and rebels struck a rare agreement Monday to restore electricity in Aleppo province, cut off by the opposition for more than a week, in exchange for a cessation of airstrikes by the military. Several rebel groups severed the electricity for the province, demanding that the government […]

April 28, 2014

Pair Of Car Bombs Explode In Syrian City Of Homs

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — A pair of car bombs exploded Wednesday in a busy residential district in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 25 civilians and wounding more than 100, Syria’s official media reported. The state news agency blamed the attacks on “terrorists,” the government’s standard description […]

April 9, 2014

Israel Bombs Syria Army Targets After Golan Attack

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel launched air raids against Syrian army positions early Wednesday and issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb on the occupied Golan wounded four Israeli soldiers. The Syrian army said the air strikes killed one soldier and wounded seven, cautioning that the assault endangered “the security and stability […]

March 19, 2014

Assad Military Advance In Western Syria Pushed Deal That Led To Nuns’ Release, Official Says

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIRUT — The deal that saw the release over the weekend of 13 Syrian nuns who had been abducted in December by anti-government fighters happened largely because rebel forces fear they are about to lose control of the area where the nuns were being held. Lebanese security officials familiar […]

March 10, 2014

‘Reconciliation’ Takes Hold In Beleaguered Syria Town

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times TAL KHALAKH, Syria — For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn’t speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. “I was ashamed,” recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with […]

March 10, 2014

175 Rebels Killed Near Damascus, Syrian Government Says

By Weedah Hamzah BEIRUT — The Syrian military killed more than 175 rebel fighters Wednesday in an ambush near Damascus, state news agency SANA reported. Syrian television showed pictures of rows of bodies that it claimed were the remains of rebels killed at Otaiba Lake in the eastern Ghouta area. “An army unit eliminated scores […]

February 26, 2014

Russian Aid To Syria Is Hurting Peace Talks, Says Kerry

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau JAKARTA, Indonesia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday accused Russia of enabling Syria’s efforts to settle the civil war on the battlefield rather than in negotiation. In an appearance in the Indonesian capital, Kerry complained that Moscow, along with Iran and the Hezbollah militant group, are providing […]

February 17, 2014

Syrian Peace Talks Hit Impasse Over Political Transition

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times GENEVA — Peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian war hit an impasse Monday when the most contentious issue — the future governing structure — came up for discussion between representatives of President Bashar Assad and the U.S.-backed opposition. However, neither side walked out of the conference, and […]

January 27, 2014

Photos May Provide Evidence Of Torture, Killing Of Syria Detainees

By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times With peace talks due to begin this week in Switzerland, a report lays out new evidence that the Syrian government engaged in the “systematic torture and killing” of detainees that it says could support charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. A team of legal and forensics experts, […]

January 21, 2014

Kerry Heads For High-Stakes Syria Talks

Washington (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday headed on a perilous mission to try to kickstart talks to end the Syrian war, only hours after the high-stakes peace conference teetered on the edge of collapse. Taking off before dawn in a bid to out-fly a winter storm bearing down on the U.S. […]

January 21, 2014

Syria’s Assad Expects To Run Again, Rejects Power Deal

Damascus (AFP) – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said there is a “significant” chance he will seek a new term and ruled out sharing power with the opposition seeking his ouster, in an exclusive interview with AFP before the Geneva II peace talks. Speaking on Sunday at his presidential palace in Damascus, Assad said he expected […]

January 20, 2014

Vatican Urges Syria Ceasefire As Kerry Visits

Vatican City (AFP) – The Vatican urged an unconditional ceasefire in Syria and the involvement of all regional players including Iran in peace talks next week, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Holy See on Tuesday. Kerry spoke to the Vatican’s right-hand man, Pietro Parolin, chiefly about Syria and preparations for the […]

January 14, 2014

Kerry Heads To Vatican Ahead Of Papal Holy Land Trip

Paris (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet top officials at the Vatican Tuesday to discuss Middle East peace efforts ahead of Pope Francis’s first visit to the Holy Land in May. Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki said he would meet with Secretary of State of the Holy See Pietro Parolin “to discuss […]

January 13, 2014

U.S. Denounces Iran Role In Syria Ahead Of Conferences

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday accused Iran of helping “brutalize” Syria as Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to talk to Russia about Tehran’s potential role at a peace conference. Kerry will meet in Paris on January 13 with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss whether Iran should take part in […]

January 7, 2014