UAE’s Etihad aiways suspends all Damascus flights

Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier announced on Thursday that it had suspended flights between Abu Dhabi and Damascus with immediate effect and until further notice. “The decision, while not taken lightly, has been made due to the deteriorating security position in Syria,”

U.S. Accuses Hezbollah of Aiding Syria’s Crackdown

The United States accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on Friday of deep involvement in the Syrian government’s violent campaign to crush the uprising there, asserting that Hezbollah has trained and advised government forces inside Syria and has helped to expel opposition fighters from areas within the country.

Syrian officer who witnessed Houla massacre Defects

A senior official from the Syrian Air Force has defected and sided with opposition forces, and claims he witnessed the Houla massacre first hand. The Guardian spoke to Major Jihad Raslan, who was on leave in his house 300 metres away from the small village of Taldous, one of the first areas assaulted in the […]

Syria’s Assad says he’s surgeon saving patient

Syrian President Bashar Assad defended his government’s crackdown on opponents Sunday, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient. In his first speech since January, Assad appeared unmoved by scathing international criticism of his ferocious response to the 15-month-old revolt

Turkish PM accuses Assad of ‘autocratic’ behaviour

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused his one-time ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of autocratic behaviour, saying that such an approach would not serve peace. “So far, I haven’t seen him approach reforms with a democratic understanding. He is still approaching issues with … an autocratic approach,”

Defiant Assad denies any role in Houla massacre

Syrian President Bashar Assad denied Sunday that his government had anything to do with last week’s gruesome Houla massacre, saying not even “monsters” would carry out such an ugly crime. In a televised speech to parliament, Assad said his country is facing a “real war” and blamed foreign-backed terrorists and extremists for the bloodshed.

US reaches out to Syria’s main ally, Russia

Washington reached out to Syria’s most important ally and protector Saturday, urging Russia to join a coordinated effort to resolve the deadly conflict as the violence spilled across the border into Lebanon, a senior State Department official said. The international community has been frustrated by the failure of a U.N.-brokered peace plan to stop the […]

U.S. poised to vet weapons for Syrian rebels

As one diplomatic effort after another fails to end more than a year of brutal violence in Syria, the Obama administration is preparing a plan that would essentially give U.S. nods of approval to arms transfers from Arab nations to some Syrian opposition fighters.