Sieda : Undermining SNC will prolong Assad’s rule

The head of Syria’s main opposition group has warned that those who he says are trying to undermine his Syrian National Council will inadvertently prolong the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Abdelbaset Sieda’s remarks at an SNC convention came as the group pushed back against U.S. criticism

‘Main battle’ about to begin in Aleppo: UN

Officials believe the “main battle” is about to begin in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Thursday. “The focus is now on Aleppo, where there has been a considerable buildup of military means, and where we have reason to believe that the main battle is about to start,”

Syrian troops kill 35 unarmed civilians in Damascus suburb

Syrian troops killed at least 35 people on Wednesday, mostly unarmed civilians, when they shelled and overran a suburb of the capital Damascus, residents and activist organizations said. “The tanks and troops left around 4 p.m. When the streets were clear we found the bodies of at least 35 men,”

Syria conflict: Aleppo conflict sees ‘escalation’

The UN says fighting in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo has increased significantly in the past few days. Sausan Ghosheh of the UN mission in Syria told the BBC that opposition forces were now in possession of heavy weapons, including captured tanks. She urged both sides to show restraint and to distinguish between civilians and […]

Syrian rebels accused of public executions

Syrian rebels clashing with pro-Assad forces in the city of Aleppo have been accused of publicly executing fighters and targeting people in their homes. After 12 days of clashes, which president Bashar al-Assad says will determine the fate of Syria, the fighting in Aleppo remains a stalemate. As the bloody battle continues

US slams Assad as ‘cowardly’ for urging troops to fight on

The United States Wednesday denounced Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as “cowardly” and “despicable” for calling on his forces to continue the fight against opposition rebels. “We think it’s cowardly quite frankly to have a man who’s hiding out of sight be exhorting his armed forces

UN confirms Syrian opposition has “tanks” in Aleppo

The UN Supervision Mission in Syria said it’s deeply concerned about the situation in Aleppo city, confirming that the armed rebels, for the first time, are in possession of heavy weapons including tanks. In briefing Wednesday,

Assad whereabouts remain a mystery

President Bashar al-Assad told his troops on Wednesday that their battle against rebels would determine Syria’s fate but his written message gave no clues to his whereabouts two weeks after a bomb attack hit his inner circle.