U.S. Pledges $60 Million to Syrian Opposition

The United States, stepping up its support for the Syrian opposition, announced on Thursday an additional $60 million in assistance to help the opposition provide basic services in areas it controls. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would also provide food rations and medical supplies to the Free Syrian Army

Syria opposition to seek military support at Rome meeting

The Syrian opposition will demand “qualitative military support” at talks with major powers in Rome this week to help in its struggle to oust President Bashar al-Assad, a leading Assad opponent said on Wednesday. The announcement during an interview with Reuters came after the United States said it would increase aid to the opposition

Syria rebels down another regime helicopter

Syrian rebels shot down another regime helicopter near a military airbase in the northern province of Aleppo on Monday, as warplanes pounded towns across the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “A helicopter was seen falling from the sky as it burst into flames after it was hit near Minnigh military

John Kerry says Syria’s Assad must go

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in London on Monday that continued violence inSyria represented further evidence that it was time for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to relinquish his post and condemned recent violence against civilians. Speaking alongside Kerry, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague called for support for Syria’s opposition to be increased significantly

8 top Syrian Alawite officers defected to Jordan, report

Top Syrian Alawite military officers have defected from the Syrian regime run by their co-religionist Bashar al-Assad amid political maneuverings by Alawite dissidents and clashes, NOW quoted its sources as saying Jordanian military sources told Now reporter Fadi Saad that “eight high-ranking Syrian officers have found refuge in Jordan along with their families”