July 27, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - The number of dead in Syria's civil war has passed 100,000, the U.N. chief said Thursday, calling for urgent talks on ending 21/2 years of violence even as President Bashar al-Assad's government blasted the United States as an unsuitable peace broker. In the latest example of the relentless carnage, a car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded 66 in a pro-regime, residential area near the capital. All international attempts to broker a political solution to the Syrian civil war have failed.
May 22, 2013 |
MUSCAT, Oman - Iran has sent soldiers to Syria to fight alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia, a senior State Department official said Tuesday. An unknown number of Iranians are fighting inside Syria, the official said, citing accounts from opposition forces supported by Western and Arab governments. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview a strategy session that Secretary of State John Kerry will hold Wednesday with key opposition supporters.
April 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House declared yesterday that U.S. intelligence indicates Syrian President Bashar Assad has twice used deadly chemical weapons in his country's fierce civil war, a provocative action that would cross President Barack Obama's "red line" for a significant military response. But the administration said the revelation won't immediately change its stance on intervening. The information, which has been known to the administration and some members of Congress for weeks, isn't solid enough to warrant quick U.S. involvement in the 2-year-old conflict, the White House said.
March 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Lebanon's prime minister resigned Friday due to an impasse over a new election law and the cabinet's refusal to extend the tenure of the national police chief. Najib Mikati's resignation comes at a time of rising tensions and sporadic violence in Lebanon largely linked to the civil war in Syria. Lebanon and Syria share a complex network of political and sectarian ties that are often inflamed, and many fear that the war in Syria will bring violence to Lebanon. These tensions have roiled Lebanon's fragile political scene as well.
February 19, 2013
MOSCOW - The body of a Russian lawmaker was found in a garage, cemented in a barrel, and a former government official has been accused of ordering the killing over an $80 million debt, officials said Monday. Mikhail Pakhomov, 37, was reported missing last week. He was last seen last Tuesday, when three unidentified men pushed him into a car outside a restaurant in Lipetsk and drove away. Russian television stations aired footage provided by police that showed a fragment of a barrel, pieces of concrete and officers carrying what appeared to be Pakhomov's badly beaten body on a stretcher and loading it into a vehicle.
February 4, 2013 |
When Hillary Clinton took office, much of the world had been alienated from the United States by the policies of the Bush administration. Expectations were high that President Obama's team would change the tone, and Clinton delivered. She put a glamorous, smart, politically astute face on American policy. Yet Clinton produced no diplomatic breakthroughs nor any new strategic doctrine. And when it comes to issues of war and peace - in the Mideast, South Asia, and North Asia - she leaves a minimal legacy.
December 17, 2012 |
BEIRUT - An Islamist faction of Syrian rebels captured an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo, its fighters said Sunday, as forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad advanced on the country's largest city. Also Sunday, Syrian warplanes blasted a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, killing eight people and wounding dozens, activists said. Some Palestinian groups in the Yarmouk camp have been backing Assad's regime. The infantry base was the second major army installation taken by rebels in a week in Aleppo.
December 1, 2012 |
MASNAA, Lebanon - Syrian security forces killed as many as 20 Lebanese gunmen who were fighting alongside rebels in Syria on Friday, raising tensions amid mounting fears that the Syrian civil war is inflaming the region. The Lebanese security officials said the gunmen were killed as they tried to enter the Syrian town of Tal Kalakh, near the Lebanese border. The officials asked that their names not be used because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Syrian state-run media also reported that Lebanese gunmen were killed.
November 14, 2012 |
TEL HAZEKA, Golan Heights - Israeli tanks struck a Syrian artillery launcher Monday after a stray mortar shell flew into Israeli-held territory, the first direct clash between the neighbors since the Syrian uprising began nearly two years ago. The confrontation fueled new fears that the Syrian civil war could drag Israel into the violence, a scenario with grave consequences for the region. The fighting has already spilled into Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. "We are closely monitoring what is happening and will respond appropriately.
November 12, 2012
JERUSALEM - Israel was drawn into the fighting in neighboring Syria for the first time Sunday, firing warning shots across the border after an errant mortar shell landed near an Israeli military installation in the Golan Heights. While Israel appeared eager to calm the situation, its response was a potent reminder of how easily the Syrian civil war - already spilling across borders with Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan - could explode into a wider regional conflagration. Israel has little love for President Bashar Assad, who has provided refuge and support to Israel's bitterest enemies through the years.