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Syrian Helicopter Appears to Be Shot Down by Rebels

Syrian Helicopter Appears to Be Shot Down by Rebels

Tim Hawley/Getty Images (file photo)(JERUSALEM) — Syrian opposition fighters battling the forces of President Bashar al-Assad managed to shoot down a military helicopter Monday morning in a neighborhood north of Damascus.In a short video clip posted b…

Hundreds Killed in Deadliest Day of Syrian Conflict

Hundreds Killed in Deadliest Day of Syrian Conflict

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Even for a civil war that seems to get bloodier by the hour, Saturday’s death toll in Syria was shocking by all standards.Opposition activists claimed that more than 330 people died — most of them civili…

Fighting in Syria’s Capital Intensifies

Fighting in Syria’s Capital Intensifies

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Damascus has turned into one of the major flashpoints in the civil war between the Syrian government and rebel forces.According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 50 civil…

Syrian President Accused of Violent Intimidation in Damascus

Syrian President Accused of Violent Intimidation in Damascus

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — A Syrian opposition group based in Britain is accusing President Bashar al-Assad of using violent intimidation tactics to break rebel strongholds in the capital of Damascus.According to The Syrian Observ…

Syrian President Accused of Violent Intimidation in Damascus

Syrian President Accused of Violent Intimidation in Damascus

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — A Syrian opposition group based in Britain is accusing President Bashar al-Assad of using violent intimidation tactics to break rebel strongholds in the capital of Damascus.According to The Syrian Observ…

Syria Open to At Least Talking About Regime Change

Syria Open to At Least Talking About Regime Change

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Syria dropped its first hint Tuesday that it would at least be willing to discuss the possible departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a way of ending the 18-month-conflict between government and opposition…

New UN Envoy to Syria Seeks Cooperation from Both Sides in Conflict

New UN Envoy to Syria Seeks Cooperation from Both Sides in Conflict

ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The appointment of veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as United Nations special emissary to Syria late last week isn’t expected to achieve immediate results in trying to end the year-and-a-half-…

Obama Administration Leaning Against Syria No-Fly Zone Option

Obama Administration Leaning Against Syria No-Fly Zone Option

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Washington hasn’t dismissed a plea by rebels in Syria to establish a no-fly zone over the country that would leave them better able to battle pro-government forces.That seems to be one of the options the Obama…

US Ambassador to UN Claims Iran Playing ‘Nefarious’ Role in Syria

US Ambassador to UN Claims Iran Playing ‘Nefarious’ Role in Syria

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration stated bluntly on Thursday that Iran is responsible for much of the violence now occurring in Syria.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice argued that Syrian President …

Syrian Army Takes Over Rebel Stronghold in Aleppo

Syrian Army Takes Over Rebel Stronghold in Aleppo

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(ALEPPO, Syria) — Syrian opposition forces have lost a key section of the country’s largest city of Aleppo in what could be the make-or-break battle of the 18-month-long civil war.Members of the Free Syrian Army acknowledged…

Rebels in Syria Now Using Tanks Against Military

Rebels in Syria Now Using Tanks Against Military

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The use of heavy artillery by rebel forces could be a game-changer in Syria.There were reports Thursday that members of the Free Syrian Army launched a tank attack on the government’s Minakh base near the…

Syrian President Says His Fate Depends on Outcome in Aleppo

Syrian President Says His Fate Depends on Outcome in Aleppo

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — As his troops engage in a life and death struggle with rebels for control of Syria’s largest city, President Bashar al-Assad issued a statement Wednesday that his forces had proven their “steely resolve …

Syrian Government and Foes Giving No Ground in Aleppo

Syrian Government and Foes Giving No Ground in Aleppo

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(ALEPPO, Syria) — Syria’s largest city of Aleppo remained under siege on Tuesday as government forces and rebel fighters both claimed they had made headway in taking control of important pockets of the commercial hub.The out…

It’s Heavy Artillery Versus Guerilla Warfare in Syria’s Largest City

It’s Heavy Artillery Versus Guerilla Warfare in Syria’s Largest City

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(ALEPPO, Syria) — Fighting between government troops and rebel forces in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo intensified Monday as the military used artillery, ground forces and helicopter gunships on opposition strongholds.There…

Opposition Chief Warns Arabs Not to Give Asylum to Syrian President

Opposition Chief Warns Arabs Not to Give Asylum to Syrian President

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Assuming rebels are ultimately successful in toppling the current Syrian regime, the head of opposition forces said on Saturday that Arab governments must turn back any effort by President Bashar al-Assa…

Major Battle for Control of Syria’s Largest City Underway

Major Battle for Control of Syria’s Largest City Underway

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(ALEPPO, Syria) — All signs point to the Syrian government preparing to crush rebel forces in Aleppo, the country’s largest city and commercial capital.Thousands of troops were seen headed to Aleppo on Wednesday, where oppos…

Thousands of Iraqis Continue to Flee Syria

Thousands of Iraqis Continue to Flee Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGDAD) — Choosing the lesser of two evils, as many as 10,000 Iraqi expatriates have returned to their homeland from Syria in just the last week.The Iraqis, who initially moved to escape war in their own country, were told by Ba…

With Rebels on the Move, Syria Steps Up Offensive

With Rebels on the Move, Syria Steps Up Offensive

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syrian government forces have undertaken a systematic assault to drive rebel forces from the capital of Damascus while fighting raged Sunday in the country’s other largest city of Aleppo.Opponents of…

Israeli Intelligence Chief Says Syrian Capital Could Fall to Rebels

Israeli Intelligence Chief Says Syrian Capital Could Fall to Rebels

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may not be able to hold onto Damascus much longer, Israel’s spy chief said on Tuesday.Things are getting so desperate for al-Assad, Major General Aviv Kochavi told an…

Iraqis Urged to Flee Syria

Iraqis Urged to Flee Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — With the conflict in Syria expanding, Iraqi expatriates are being urged to come home.There are an estimated 200,000 to one million Iraqis currently living in Syria, many of whom left their homeland during the height o…

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