Rape is a key reason Syrian Refugees fled, report

Rape is one of the primary reasons that Syrian refugees say they fled their country, “a significant and disturbing feature” of the war raging between rebels and Syrian government forces, the International Rescue Committee said Monday. In a new report based on hundreds of interviews in Jordan and Lebanon, the assistance group said refugees recounted […]

Engel was on his way to Hezbollah stronghold when freed

NBC reporter Richard Engel, who was rescued by the Syrian rebels from his Syrian captors , five days after he was held hostage Syria, said Tuesday that his captors were taking him to an alleged Hezbollah stronghold when he was set free by rebels. “This was a group known as the shabiha. This is a […]

British, Dutch urge sanctions against Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Britain and the Netherlands urged other EU governments on Friday to join the United States in imposing sanctions on the Lebanese political and militant group Hezbollah for providing support to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said the European Union should brand Hezbollah a terrorist

Syria: Minority militias stir fears of sectarian war

Damascus – For months, most of Syria’s minority sects stood warily on the sidelines of the revolt by the Sunni Muslim majority against President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite-dominated rule. But in Damascus, neighborhood vigilante groups are arming themselves in Christian, Druze and Shi’ite Muslim areas,

Massacre Reported in Syria as Security Council Meets

Syrian opposition activists said more than 200 people were killed in a Sunni village on Thursday by government forces using tanks and helicopters, which, if confirmed, would be the worst in a series of massacres that have convulsed Syria’s