Brahimi in Damascus as Assad forces pound rebels

International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Syria’s capital on Thursday as state forces pounded its eastern outskirts to flush out rebels trying to retain a foothold in Damascus. Brahimi’s mission is a challenging one as neither side in the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad seems ready to put down arms.

Brahimi describes his Syria mission as ‘nearly impossible’

The new UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has given a deeply pessimistic view of the task ahead of him, as he takes up his new post. Speaking to the BBC, the Algerian described his mission as “nearly impossible”.