Syrian rebels clashed with Assad forces

BEIRUT, Lebanon- Syrian rebels clashed with forces loyal toPresident Bashar al-Assad in southwest Damascus on Sunday, forcing the closure of the main highway to the southern town of Deraa, activists said. The fighting came as United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos visited Syria ahead of a U.N. aid conference which aims to raise $1.5 billion […]

Syrian FM: Talk of Assad’s removal unacceptable

Syria’s foreign minister said on Saturday any discussion of President Bashar al-Assad’s future was “unacceptable”, a week after an international envoy said the president should not be part of a transitional government. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem’s comments showed the government has dug in

Brahimi: Assad can’t be part of new government

The international peace envoy for Syriasaid on Wednesday he did not see President Bashar al-Assad being part of a transitional government envisaged by a peace plan agreed by major powers last year. “Surely he would not be a member of that government,” Lakhdar Brahimi, the envoy, told Reuters in an interview in Cairo, in some […]

Syrian refugee influx could break Lebanon,Jordan: Bahimi

The United Nations envoy for Syria has warned that further violence could create waves of refugees which may destabilise neighbouring countries. Lakhdar Brahimi said: “If you have a panic in Damascus and if you have 1 million people leaving Damascus in a panic, they can go to only two places, Lebanon and Jordan.”

Syria’s Assad is scared and Isolated as regime crumbles

His official portrait still refers to Bashar al-Assad as “The Hope” of the Syrian nation, but signs are increasing that the man who presides over Syria’s embattled government has little of it left for himself. Accounts of conditions inside the Syrian regime in recent days have shed new light on the psychological toll of the […]