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Japanese ‘War Tourist’ Gets Flak Back Home

Japanese ‘War Tourist’ Gets Flak Back Home

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Boredom led Toshifumi Fujimoto to one of the world’s most dangerous countries.  Now, the Japanese truck driver’s daring adventure across Syria as a “war tourist” is garnering headlines all aro…

Opposition Military Forces Target Key Syrian Air Base

Opposition Military Forces Target Key Syrian Air Base

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Rebel forces in Syria have intensified their attacks on President Bashar al-Assad’s military by continually pummeling Taftanaz Air Base in the country’s northwest.Not far from the city of Idlib, one of th…

UN Puts Death Toll from Syrian Conflict at 60,000

UN Puts Death Toll from Syrian Conflict at 60,000

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The United Nations high commissioner for human rights announced on Wednesday that the death toll from the conflict in Syria that began in March 2011 now exceeds 60,000 victims.This represents a huge increase i…

Syrian Military Accused of Bombing Gas Station Customers

Syrian Military Accused of Bombing Gas Station Customers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The new year in Syria is starting out as violently as the old one ended with reports of multiple deaths Wednesday from a gas station explosion east of Damascus that witnesses say was caused by a military airst…

Nearly 40,000 Died in Syrian Conflict Last Year

Nearly 40,000 Died in Syrian Conflict Last Year

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syria’s New Year’s Day brought no relief from the carnage that has engulfed the country for nearly two years.The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that at least 115 people died on Tue…

Nearly 40,000 Died in Syrian Conflict Last Year

Nearly 40,000 Died in Syrian Conflict Last Year

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syria’s New Year’s Day brought no relief from the carnage that has engulfed the country for nearly two years.The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that at least 115 people died on Tue…

Russia Contends Al-Assad Won’t Be Pushed Out of Syria

Russia Contends Al-Assad Won’t Be Pushed Out of Syria

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Moscow appears unwilling to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he should forget about trying to hold on to power for the good of his country, which has been embroiled in a nearly two-year-long c…

Special Envoy to Syria Counting on Geneva Plan to End Conflict

Special Envoy to Syria Counting on Geneva Plan to End Conflict

ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — The United Nations-Arab League special envoy put in charge of helping to bring an end to the 21-month conflict in Syria made a somewhat cryptic remark Sunday about having a proposal that could achieve his goal.F…

Is Syria Getting Closer to Finding Solution to End Conflict?

Is Syria Getting Closer to Finding Solution to End Conflict?

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — When United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi spoke with President Bashar al-Assad earlier this week, the embattled Syrian leader must have listened carefully to Brahimi’s proposals for ending the 21-month c…

State Department Comments on Syrian Military Police Chief’s Defection

State Department Comments on Syrian Military Police Chief’s Defection

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The State Department addressed the reports of the assumed defection of Syrian Military Police Chief, Major General Abdul Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, on Wednesday.Acting Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said, &ldquo…

UN Envoy to Syria Holds Talks with Both Sides in Conflict

UN Envoy to Syria Holds Talks with Both Sides in Conflict

ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/GettyImages(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Special United Nations envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met with President Bashar al-Assad and a dissident group over a 24-hour period to try and craft a resolution to the 21-month conflict that has cost …

UN Envoy to Meet with Syrian President

UN Envoy to Meet with Syrian President

ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — United Nations Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi is making another attempt at trying to end the bloody 21-month-long conflict that has roiled the Middle East by meeting with Syrian President Basha…

Reports Calls Conflict in Syria Mostly Sectarian

Reports Calls Conflict in Syria Mostly Sectarian

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sectarian violence now dominates Syria 21 months after President Bashar al-Assad began cracking down on activists supporting democratic reform.A report released by a committee from the United Nations Human Right…

Putin Puts Limits on Defense of Syrian President

Putin Puts Limits on Defense of Syrian President

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — There were mixed signals coming from Moscow about its stance on the Syrian conflict Thursday as President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his government’s opposition to direct international intervention while at the sa…

US Says Syria Has Resumed Launching Scuds at Rebels

US Says Syria Has Resumed Launching Scuds at Rebels

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Within the past day, the Assad regime in Syria once again launched Scud missiles at rebel-held areas in the northwest part of the country, U.S. officials said.Last week, officials said the Syrian regime fired five missi…

Few Back US Military Role in Syria, But Support Jumps in Specific Cases

Few Back US Military Role in Syria, But Support Jumps in Specific Cases

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While Americans broadly prefer to stay out of direct involvement in the conflict in Syria, support for U.S. military action soars in the event of a loss of control of its chemical weapons, the use of such weapon…

UN Urges $1.5 Billion in Humanitarian Aid for Syria

UN Urges $1.5 Billion in Humanitarian Aid for Syria

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Syria needs $1.5 billion more in humanitarian aid, the United Nations said Wednesday, as the number of refugees fleeing violence is expected to swell to one million by mid-2013.
Since President Bashar al-Assad…

Iran Refuses to Pull Support for Syrian Government

Iran Refuses to Pull Support for Syrian Government

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran isn’t willing to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad just yet.With ally Russia on the verge of pulling its once unequivocal support for al-Assad, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian…

Russia Preparing Massive Evacuation in Syria?

Russia Preparing Massive Evacuation in Syria?

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian warships are headed to Syria but apparently not to help prop up the government of ally President Bashar al-Assad.In what seems like reading the handwriting on the wall, Moscow is preparing to evacuate…

NBC Correspondent Richard Engel Freed from Captors in Syria

NBC Correspondent Richard Engel Freed from Captors in Syria

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent at NBC News, and his production team have been released amid gunfire at a Syria checkpoint after they were taken prisoner in the civil war-torn country.”After being …

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