The militia is the key to Syrian regime’s new war strategy

Beirut, Lebanon- A Syrian government militia that the U.S. has declared a terrorist organization is becoming increasingly important to the Syrian government’s strategy as it attempts to shore up its still-loyal but beleaguered military. The militia, known as the National Defense Force or the People’s Army, is an extension of the shabiha,

FSA commander escaped an assassination attempt

The Free Syrian Army Joint Command spokesman and commander in central Homs province, Colonel Kassem Saadeddine, said in a video posted on Wednesday that he had escaped an assassination attempt by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Thanks be to God, we have returned after having escaped from the hands of Assad’s bands,

Romney blames U.S., U.N. for Syria massacres

In the wake of the al-Houla massacre of civilians on Friday – and more mass graves of civilians discovered on Saturday in the Idlib village of Khan Sheikhoun – the Obama administration has announced today it will expel Syria’s most senior envoy in Washington, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other congressional critics say […]

Russian FM urges unbiased probe of Syrian Massacre

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday expressed deep concern over a recent massacre in the Syrian town of Houla and called for an unbiased investigation of the tragedy. An objective and unbiased probe into all circumstances of what happened [in Houla] should be carried out under the auspices of the UN Supervision Mission in […]

Assad “shabbiha” likely responsible for Houla massacre: UN‎

Most of the 108 people killed in the Syrian town of Houla were civilians, nearly half of them children, and entire families were shot dead in their homes, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday. Witnesses and survivors have told U.N. investigators that most victims died in two bouts of summary executions carried out […]

More than 100 executed by Syrian authorities, report

Syrian security forces have summarily executed at least 101 people, including civilians, since late 2011 in attacks on cities and towns, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Monday. The report “documents the involvement of Syrian forces and pro-government shabeeha militias in summary and extrajudicial executions of defecting soldiers, opposition fighters and opposition supporters,