Japanese TV journalist killed in Aleppo, Syria gunfight

A Japanese woman journalist died of wounds sustained in a gunfight between Syrian forces and rebels in Aleppo on Tuesday, becoming the first Japanese national killed in the 17-month-old conflict. Mika Yamamoto, a 45-year-old award-winning

Military helicopters pound Aleppo as onslaught looms

Beirut, Lebanon (Reuters) – Syrian military helicopters pounded a central district of Aleppo on Saturday as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad prepared for an onslaught on rebel fighters that could determine the fate of the country’s biggest city, opposition sources said.

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.

Renowned Syrian sculptor Wael Qastun ‘tortured to death’

RENOWNED Syrian sculptor Wael Qastun has been tortured to death in the flashpoint central of city of Homs, an artists’ association has said. A statement released by the Syrian Coalition of Artists for Freedom said Qastun “died under torture”.

Annan Heading To Iran After Syria Meetings

United Nations-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan says he and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have agreed on an “approach” to end the violence in Syria. Speaking after talks with Assad on in Damascus on July 9, Annan didn’t disclose details, but said he also intends

Annan admits failure of Syrian peace mission

Kofi Annan, the joint UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, has admitted his failure in solving Syrian crisis, according to a French daily. “We have made significant efforts to resolve this situation by peaceful political methods. Obviously, we have not succeeded.

Assad’s friend Gen. Tlas deserts Syria for France

Manaf Tlas, a family friend of President Bashar al-Assad and head of a unit of his elite Republican Guard, has fled Syria for France and has information about the regime that could help its opponents, the Syrian rebel army said on Friday.