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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Israeli officials threatened even tougher retaliation if attacks persist.
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.
August 9, 2012 |
AMMAN, Jordan - Syria's prime minister completed his defection by crossing into Jordan at dawn Wednesday after two days of hiding inside his homeland, according to Jordanian officials and a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army. They described an operation that involved deceiving the news media into reporting that Prime Minister Riad Hijab had already made it to Jordan so that the Syrians would stop looking for him. FSA spokesman Ahmed Kassem, who told the Associated Press on Monday that Hijab had defected, said Wednesday that he had actually been inside Syrian territory for the last two days waiting to cross.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is weighing its options for more direct involvement in the Syrian civil war if the rebels opposing the Assad regime can wrest enough control to create a safe haven for themselves, U.S. officials said. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it's only a matter of time before the rebels have enough territory and organization to create such areas. "More and more territory is being taken," Clinton said this week. "It will eventually result in a safe haven inside Syria, which will then provide a base for further actions by the opposition.
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.
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.