Assad says army to reinforce besieged troops in northwest Syria


BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that troops would head to an insurgent-held town to help besieged soldiers holed up on its outskirts and said army setbacks were part of normal warfare.

Hezbollah says will attack Nusra Front inside Syria

BEIRUT - Hezbollah's leader said on Tuesday his Lebanon-based militant group will launch an attack inside Syria against al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the mountain region along the countries' border.

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U.S. wants a U.N. team to lay blame for Syria gas attacks - diplomats

UNITED NATIONS - The United States wants a team of United Nations investigators to determine who is to blame for chemicals weapons attacks in Syria in a bid to pave the way for Security Council action against those responsible, diplomats said on Tuesday.

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Syrian barrel bomb attacks are "crimes against humanity" - Amnesty

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syrian government forces are targeting civilians in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo that have forced hospitals and schools to move underground, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, describing the bombings as "crimes against humanity".

World, 05 May 2015

UN kicks off Syria talks, hopes opposition fighters will come

GENEVA - The United Nations said on Tuesday it had launched its third major push in as many years to find common ground between the warring parties in Syria and for the first time said it hoped Syria's armed opposition groups might come to Geneva.

World, 05 May 2015

Army officer reported hurt in Damascus suicide bombing; army denies it

AMMAN/BEIRUT - A senior Syrian army officer was wounded in a suicide bombing in a central Damascus district on Monday, a monitoring group said, though the military denied the report.

World, 04 May 2015

Death toll from U.S.-led strike rises to 52 civilians in Syria

BEIRUT - The death toll from an air strike by U.S.-led forces on the northern Syrian province of Aleppo has risen to 52 including seven children, a group monitoring the conflict said on Saturday.

World, 02 May 2015

Islamist rebels battle Syrian army near Assad heartland

AMMAN/BEIRUT - Islamist rebels and the Syrian army fought fierce battles in Latakia province overnight close to President Bashar al-Assad's ancestral home, the army and rebels said, after weeks of insurgent gains in the country's northwest. | Video

World, 01 May 2015

Syrian rebels fight Syrian army near Assad heartland

AMMAN - Islamist rebels and Syrian army troops on Thursday were engaged in heavy fighting in Syria's northwestern Latakia province in areas close to President Bashar al Assad's ancestral home, the army and rebels said.

World, 01 May 2015

American charged with Islamic State ties contacted Jamaica cleric - U.S. official

WASHINGTON/KINGSTON - An American woman arrested last month for trying to travel to Syria to join the militant group Islamic State was in touch with an Islamist preacher in Jamaica, a federal law enforcement official said.

World, 01 May 2015

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War rages across Syria with no side close to victory

Amateur videos purport to show heavy fighting across Syria with no side close to victory. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.