Syria tightens control on Lebanon border

The thud of shellfire echoed in the snow-covered fields in the Bekaa Valley in the latest salvo of what Syrian rebels say is a concerted effort by President Bashar al-Assad’s army to strengthen its control of the border with Lebanon. Gathered in an orchard close to the border, Syrian fighters said they worry they will […]

Russia “waking up to reality” on Syria, says US

The United States welcomed on Thursday a Russian admission that Syria’s rebels may succeed in their drive to topple President Bashar al-Assad and called on Moscow to join efforts to manage a peaceful political transition. “We want to commend the Russian government for finally waking up to the reality and acknowledging that the regime’s days […]