Assad’s loyal elite grows ever smaller

BASHAR AL-ASSAD has not been seen or heard in public since the bomb attack that killed four of his top security advisers, despite appearing a day later on TV appointing a new defence minister. The Syrian President’s state of mind and plans are not known. But his inner circle is shrinking – along with his […]

Thousands of Syrians flee fierce fighting in Aleppo

Fierce fighting has erupted in Syria’s historic northern city of Aleppo, with thousands of residents forced to flee, amid bloody clashes between resurgent Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters and government troops.

Syria:Renewed Clashes in Aleppo, Damascus

Fighting continued Saturday for the second consecutive day in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, between rebels and the Syrian army, which gained ground Friday in Damascus during a murderous day with over 200 dead.

Syria rebels forming unit to secure chemical weapons site

The opposition Free Syrian Army is creating a special unit of men trained to secure Syria’s chemical weapons sites, a former general in the country’s chemical and biological weapons administration has told the Daily Telegraph. “We have a group just to deal with chemical weapons.

Opposition chief reassures minorities on post-Assad Syria

The new head of the opposition Syrian National Council on Friday sought to reassure the country’s minorities on the consequences of a possible fall of the Assad regime, saying their rights would be protected. “A future Syria will be pluralist, middle-class and democratic,” Abdel Basset Sayda told German radio and

Thousands of Syrians flee as rebels wage guerrilla war

Beirut, Lebanon-  Rebels pressed their guerrilla fight to topple Syria’s regime deeper into the capital on Friday, ambushing troops and attacking police stations as thousands of terrified civilians fled to Lebanon and Iraq to escape some of the worst violence of the 16-month conflict.

Israel fears Syria may hand weapons arsenal to Hezbollah

Israel said on Friday it would consider military action if needed to ensure Syrian missiles or chemical weapons did not reach President Bashar al-Assad’s allies in Lebanon, the Shi’ite Islamist movement Hezbollah.

Damascus Bombing claims fourth Assad aide

AMID conflicting reports that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to step down from power — a claim strenuously denied by Syria — it emerged that Wednesday’s bomb attack on the heart of the regime had claimed the head of the country’s security service. General Hisham Ikhtiyar is the fourth senior Syrian official to die in […]