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House Votes 273-156 To Arm Syrian Rebels Against Islamic State

The Senate will vote on the issue on Thursday.

September 18, 2014

Obama’s Request To Arm Syrians Faces Skepticism Before Congress Votes

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s request for Congress to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels seemed a modest piece of the administration’s new offensive against Islamic State militants. But it has proved to be anything but easy as skeptical lawmakers appear to have more questions than resolve […]

September 15, 2014

Syria’s Violence Prompts Worse Humanitarian Crisis In A Century

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — Nearly half of Syria’s population has been displaced either internally or externally as refugees in the worst humanitarian crisis to strike the Middle East in at least a century, according to new data released by the International Rescue Committee. The complex civil war, which has now […]

August 29, 2014

Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb In Another Setback For Rebels

By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times Syrian forces regained control over a strategic suburb of the capital on Thursday as rebels under heavy bombardment said they were forced to withdraw. The fall of Mleiha, the Damascus suburb that the rebels had controlled for nearly two years, is a major setback for the beleaguered opposition, which […]

August 14, 2014

As Syrian Army Sets Sights On Aleppo, Residents Flee A Broken City

By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times ALEPPO, Syria — Minutes after the barrel bomb eviscerated the crowded market, those still alive had to contend with matters of survival — and collecting what little remained of the dead. A woman with tired eyes walked away cradling a bottle of water and a few onions like she […]

August 1, 2014

Obama Asks Congress For $500 Million To Train Syria Rebels

By Christi Parsons and Michael Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials said. Obama asked for […]

June 27, 2014

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

U.S. Left With No Point Man In Syria After ‘Moderate’ Rebels Fire Their Commander

By Roy Gutman and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Foreign Bureau REYHANLI, Turkey — Caught off guard by the abrupt dismissal of the U.S. point man for moderate Syrian rebels, the Obama administration is now searching for new clients to aid in an insurgency that’s dominated by Islamist factions, including groups with connections to al-Qaida. The downfall […]

February 18, 2014

Aid Mission To Syria’s Homs On Hold, Peace Talks Falter

Damascus (AFP) – The evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of Syria’s third city Homs was suspended on Tuesday, as a mediator said peace talks in Switzerland were making little progress. Aid teams had been on standby to resume humanitarian operations in the central city on Tuesday, but by mid-afternoon the provincial governor said […]

February 11, 2014

Assad And The Rebels

January 15, 2014