Syrian man loses 18 relatives; scene cannot be described

In a calm voice, Sheikh Mohammed Fardoun listed his relatives, 18 in all, who he said were killed Thursday in an airstrike by Syrian Army MiG fighter jets in the northern town of Maaret al-Numan. “Fatma Assam Hajj Khamis, Abdel Aziz Hajj Khamis, Abu Abdel Azziz Hajj Khamis, Hassan Hajj Khamis,” he told CNN in […]

Rebels hold Syria loyalists in Aleppo, Idlib

Beirut, Lebanon – (Reuters) Rebels have detained scores of Syrian officers, soldiers and pro-government militiamen this week in Idlib province and in the city of Aleppo, where a major battle is anticipated, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

Syria’s neighbors funding, arming rebels, report

Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by the Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States, according to opposition activists and U.S. and foreign officials.

The only true revolution in Syria is nonviolent

The present conflict in Syria is a rather ugly mutation of the Arab uprisings that erupted across the Middle East and North Africa over a year ago. As in other countries, the uprising in Syria began with peaceful demonstrations for democratic reform, only to devolve into a violence that has now brought the country to […]

Syria rebels build a shadow state in countryside

In the rolling blue hills and lush olive groves of the north Syrian countryside, a fledgling rebel state is forming, as opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime attempt to take control. The winding roads are criss-crossed with regular Free Syrian Army (FSA) checkpoints and although some are simply lines of rocks scattered across

Free Syrian Army: Six tanks and helicopter destroyed in Idlib

Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander Colonel Riad al-Assaad told Al-Jazeera television station on Saturday that the Syrian rebels on Saturday “shot down a helicopter [belonging to the Syrian army] and destroyed six tanks [in the city of] Edleb – where a number of soldiers defected [from the state army] along with two tanks.”