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Syrian opposition condemns al-Qaida militants
September 20, 2013 08:45 PM
BEIRUT: Al-Qaida militants fought heavy street battles against Kurdish gunmen in northern Syria on Friday but reached a cease-fire with mainstream Western-backed rebels after fierce fighting near the border with Turkey. The infighting, which ended with al-Qaida's takeover of a border town, was...
Aleppo prison inmates caught in deadly stalemate
September 19, 2013 12:07 AM
BEIRUT: The prisoners are crammed together in small, dark rooms with no water or electricity and barely enough food to survive. Diseases such as scabies and tuberculosis are rampant among them. Every so often, the crash of artillery shells rocks their sprawling prison complex, a stark reminder of...
Activists: Syrian rebel infighting kills nearly 50
September 12, 2013 04:44 PM
BEIRUT: Activists say infighting between rebel forces in Syria has killed at least 50 in clashes in the country's northeast.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that the fighting took place in Hassakeh province.It says clashes between Kurdish fighters and members of the...
Syrian army attacks hills around Christian village
September 09, 2013 11:40 AM
BEIRUT: Syrian troops launched an attack Monday on hills overlooking a Christian-majority village near the capital Damascus, two days after rebel forces captured the ancient community, an activist group said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighters from the...
Syrian troops kill more than 60 in desert ambush
August 07, 2013 11:58 AM
BEIRUT: Syrian troops ambushed a large group of rebels Wednesday trudging through what once was a secret route through a desert road northeast of Damascus, killing more than 60 fighters in a barrage of machine gun fire and leaving their bodies in the sand. State television claimed those killed...
Syrian war takes center stage on Ramadan TV series
August 01, 2013 12:07 AM
BEIRUT: Blasts echo in the distance as two longtime friends and neighbors sit along a narrow street in old Damascus chatting about Syria, when one of them calls the civil war raging in their home country a “crisis.” “It is called a revolution!” the other shouts. “If you are one of those who...
U.S. soprano Renee Fleming cancels Baalbeck opening night show
June 21, 2013 05:36 PM
BEIRUT: American soprano Renee Fleming, who was scheduled to open the Baalbeck International Festival at the end of June, has canceled a festival official said Friday, citing the deteriorating security conditions. The news surfaced as the organizers of Lebanon's most famous summer music festival...
Kurds carve out autonomy in chaos of Syrian civil war
June 19, 2013 12:28 AM
BEIRUT: Taking advantage of the chaos of the civil war, Syria’s Kurdish minority has carved out a once unthinkable degree of independence in its areas, creating its own police forces, even its own license plates, and exuberantly going public with its language and culture. But by pursuing their own...
US aid would boost rebels: Syrian rebel chief
June 14, 2013 01:34 PM
BEIRUT: The commander of the main Western-backed rebel group fighting in Syria said Friday he hoped that U.S. weapons will be in the hands of rebels in the near future, saying it will boost the morale of the fighters on the ground. The comments by Gen. Salim Idris to Al-Arabiya TV followed a...
Syrian troops repel rebel attack on Aleppo prison
May 16, 2013 02:04 PM
BEIRUT: Syrian rebels withdrew from a prison in the northern city of Aleppo Thursday after heavy fighting with government troops, an activist group said, as it more than doubled its tally of deaths from sectarian killings in a coastal city earlier this month. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory...
Syrian rebels, government fight over key highways
May 11, 2013 01:23 PM
BEIRUT: Syrian rebels on Saturday cut a newly built bypass road linking the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, an activist group said, while state media reported that government troops have secured a strategic highway between the capital and the southern city of Daraa. The reported...
Tensions spike after new Israeli strikes in Syria
May 05, 2013 09:59 AM
BEIRUT: Israeli warplanes struck targets in the Syrian capital Sunday for the second time in three days, officials and activists said, unleashing a series of massive explosions and raising fears of possible wider conflict in the region. The attacks, which Israeli officials said targeted...
Activists fear large death toll near Damascus
April 22, 2013 01:09 PM
BEIRUT: Six days of clashes in two Damascus suburbs may have killed hundreds of people, a dramatic spike in the rising death toll in the Syrian civil war, activists said Monday. The reports came as President Bashar Assad's forces pressed on with a major offensive in the suburbs against...
Hezbollah-backed Lebanese Shiites fight in Syria
April 15, 2013 08:17 AM
AL QASR, Lebanon: Masked men in camouflage toting Kalashnikov rifles fan out through a dusty olive grove, part of a group of Hezbollah-backed fighters from Lebanon who are patrolling both sides of a porous border stretch with Syria. The gunmen on the edge of the border village of al-Qasr say their...
Oil sector buckles under rebel gains
April 08, 2013 12:43 AM
BEIRUT: Syria’s vital petroleum industry is breaking down as rebels capture many of the country’s oil fields, with wells aflame and looters scooping up crude, depriving the government of much needed cash and fuel for its war machine against the uprising. Exports have ground practically...


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