Syrian Rebels State Terms for Freeing the 48 Iranians

The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) has laid out conditions for releasing 48 Iranians who were kidnapped in Damascus this month. In an interview with VOA’s Persian News Network, Deputy FSA Commander Colonel Malik al-Kurdi said the hostages would be freed if the Iranian government respected the human rights of “its own people”

Assad’s brother Maher may have lost leg in bombing, report

President Bashar al-Assad’s feared brother Maher lost a leg in a bomb attack on the Syrian leader’s security cabinet a month ago, Western and Gulf sources said on Thursday. While a Lebanese politician with ties to the Assads questioned their assertion that Maher al-Assad had been badly wounded, it would be a heavy blow to […]

3 prominent US senators calls for aid to Syrian rebels

THREE prominent US senators have called for direct US military aid to Syrian rebels, including use of US air power to protect rebel-controlled areas in the country. The senators — John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham – said in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post they were aware of the risks associated with […]

2 U.S. Senators Suggest Helping Syrian Rebels

Beirut, Lebanon – With the Syrian government continuing its deadly crackdown on its citizens, two senior American senators who were on their way to the Middle East spoke out strongly on Sunday in favor of arming the Syrian opposition forces. The two Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

Up to 500,000 may need food aid in Sudan

The World Food Program estimates that as many as a half million people could be forced to flee Sudan if the government in Khartoum does not allow humanitarian aid into the country, while a top US official says a humanitarian crisis is looming. World Food Program deputy executive director Ramiro Lopes da Silva said WFP […]