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Internet Shut Down in Syria; Fighting Cripples Airport

Internet Shut Down in Syria; Fighting Cripples Airport

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Someone in Syria pulled the plug on Internet access in the country Thursday, and most of the nation’s telephone service was also cut, raising concerns of many observers that the government of President B…

Twin Blasts Rock Damascus Suburb, At Least 34 Dead

Twin Blasts Rock Damascus Suburb, At Least 34 Dead

Archival photo. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Two suicide bombers detonated vehicles packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb Wednesday, killing at least 34 people in a neighborhood of religious communities largely supporting t…

Twin Blasts Rock Damascus Suburb, At Least 34 Dead

Twin Blasts Rock Damascus Suburb, At Least 34 Dead

Archival photo. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Two suicide bombers detonated vehicles packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb Wednesday, killing at least 34 people in a neighborhood of religious communities largely supporting t…

John McCain Wants Patriot Missiles to Build No-Fly Zone over Syria

John McCain Wants Patriot Missiles to Build No-Fly Zone over Syria

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Speaking at a forum in Washington, D.C., Sen. John McCain talked about the current situation in Syria, speculating that President Bashar al-Assad would ultimately lose his battle to stay in power.However, the Ari…

Summit in Iran Concludes with Call for End to Hostilities in Syria

Summit in Iran Concludes with Call for End to Hostilities in Syria

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) — The summit in Iran about how to deal with the conflict in Syria ended with the participants urging a ceasefire and an end to aggressions between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and opposition forces.A…

Islamic Militant Groups Oppose New Syria Coalition

Islamic Militant Groups Oppose New Syria Coalition

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The new Syria opposition coalition endorsed by the U.S., Turkey and Arab countries is getting the cold shoulder from extremist Islamist groups fighting in Syria.Formed last week, the National Coalition of…

Iran Hosts Meeting to Find Peaceful Syria Settlement

Iran Hosts Meeting to Find Peaceful Syria Settlement

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran hosted a meeting Sunday described by Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi as “a major step to move out of the current crisis in Syria.”The so-called “National Syrian Dialogue Meeting” featured an estimated 200 …

The UK May Soon Recognize Syrian Rebel Group

The UK May Soon Recognize Syrian Rebel Group

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(LONDON) — So far, France is the only Western nation to formally recognize the Syrian opposition group, but the United Kingdom may soon join the French.U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague is scheduled to meet Friday with le…

Syria Launches More Air Strikes, Blasts French Recognition of Rebel Coalition

Syria Launches More Air Strikes, Blasts French Recognition of Rebel Coalition

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syrian authorities on Wednesday ordered additional air strikes against rebels in villages close to the Turkish border, and blasted a French government decision to formally recognize the newly-formed Syrian rebel…

France Recognizes New Syrian Coalition; May Arm Rebels

France Recognizes New Syrian Coalition; May Arm Rebels

BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/GettyImages(PARIS) — France has taken the step of formally recognizing the new Syrian opposition coalition as the “only representative of the Syrian people and therefore as the future provisional government of a democratic …

Syria’s New War Strategy Could Involve Israel

Syria’s New War Strategy Could Involve Israel

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears to be taking steps to expand the 20-month-long conflict in his country to include a once-bitter enemy, Israel.Last weekend, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired …

Is Israel Being Drawn into Syrian Conflict?

Is Israel Being Drawn into Syrian Conflict?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — For the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired at Syria on Sunday after a mortar round from that country landed in the Golan Heights.There were no damage or injuries but Israeli …

New Syrian Coalition Named

New Syrian Coalition Named

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DOHA, Qatar) — There’s a new main opposition group seeking the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.After meeting for days in the Qatari capital of Doha, a new coalition called the National Coalition for Opposition…

Great Britain Offers a Way Out for Syrian President

Great Britain Offers a Way Out for Syrian President

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Britain’s prime minister is telling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to get out of the country while he still can.Al-Assad appears more determined than ever to stick out the conflict until the bitter end …

Bashar Al-Assad Says He Will Live and Die in Syria

Bashar Al-Assad Says He Will Live and Die in Syria

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not going anywhere.In an interview with Russia Today to be broadcast on Friday, he told the TV network, “I’m not puppet, I wasn’t made by the West to go to th…

Turkey’s Missiles Could Create No-Flight Zone over Syria

Turkey’s Missiles Could Create No-Flight Zone over Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) — The U.S. and the rest of the West have been opposed to creating a no-fly zone over Syria, fearing the might of President Bashar al-Assad’s air force despite the leader’s seeming reluctance to trust many of his …

Syrian President Can’t Trust Most of His Pilots, Former General Alleges

Syrian President Can’t Trust Most of His Pilots, Former General Alleges

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DOHA, Qatar) — President Bashar al-Assad is being hampered by apparent disloyalty, making it more difficult to launch air strikes against rebel targets, a former air force general is alleging.Maj. Gen. Mohammed Fares, now …

Report: 50 Syrian Soldiers Killed in Bombing

Report: 50 Syrian Soldiers Killed in Bombing

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — At least 50 Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed in a suicide car bombing Monday, perhaps the deadliest single blow dealt to President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since the conflict with rebels began nearly 20 …

Russia Still Resistant to Transitional Government in Syria

Russia Still Resistant to Transitional Government in Syria

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Russia continues to be a thorn in the side of those seeking a quick resolution to the ongoing conflict in Syria.After talks with the Arab League and Egyptian leaders in Cairo Monday, Russian Foreign Minister…

Israeli Army Jeep Hit by Syrian Gunfire

Israeli Army Jeep Hit by Syrian Gunfire

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GOLAN HEIGHTS, Israel) — An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Jeep was hit by gunfire from Syria while on a routine patrol along the border in the Golan Heights, military officials in Israel confirmed. According to the IDF, the Jeep w…

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