Syria: Minority militias stir fears of sectarian war

Damascus – For months, most of Syria’s minority sects stood warily on the sidelines of the revolt by the Sunni Muslim majority against President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite-dominated rule. But in Damascus, neighborhood vigilante groups are arming themselves in Christian, Druze and Shi’ite Muslim areas,

Over 3,000 of Syria’s Armenians fled to ancestral homeland

As the passengers from battle-ravaged Aleppo disembarked at Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport, tearful relatives gripped them tightly in emotional embraces. “Thank God you’ve arrived safe and sound!” one cried out. Since fighting has gripped the city of Aleppo, where many of Syria’s ethnic Armenian community live, increasing numbers have been fleeing

Syria's Armenians: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Two suicide car bombs targeting Syrian regional military and security headquarters shook Aleppo on Feb. 10, claiming 28 victims, among them army conscript Viken Hairabedian. The explosion was one of the worst instances of violence to hit the country since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al Assad began in March 2011. Hairabedian’s death shocked […]