U.S. to vet and screen moderate Syrian rebels before training

The U.S. military will subject Syrian rebels taking part in a new training program to psychological evaluations, biometrics checks and stress tests under a screening plan that goes well beyond the steps the United States normally takes to vet foreign soldiers, a sign of the risks the Obama administration faces as it expands support for […]

FSA commander handed over to Lebanon’s General security

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr handed over Free Syrian Army Colonel Abdullah Rifai , who was arrested at a Lebanese Army checkpoint near Arsal on November 9 , to the General Security. The Lebanese Army said in a statement on November 9 that it arrested Rifai who was being smuggled into the country by Khaled […]

FSA official: We will treat Hezbollah as merceneries

Deputy commander of the Free Syrian Army Colonel Malik al Kurdi told An Nahar Newspaper  that what happened on the Lebanese-Syrian border, “confirms  what  we  have been saying all along  and that  is Hezbollah and Iran are deeply  involved in the suppression of the Syrian people

Rebels selling artifacts to fund the fight against Assad

MAFRAQ, Jordan — To the caches of ammunition and medicines that they lug each day from this border city back into their homeland, Syrian rebels have added new tools to support their fight against President Bashar al-Assad: metal detectors and pickaxes. The rebels, struggling to finance their effort, have joined an emerging trade in illicitly […]

Syria’s FSA threaten to pursue Hezbollah in Beirut

Leaders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have announced in a statement that they captured 13 suspected members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia around the Syrian city of Homs, and threatened to launch full scale attacks against the Lebanese capital city of Beirut if Hezbollah doesn’t withdraw entirely from the region.

Civil war:Residents in Syria’s capital ‘stuck in the middle’

After 18 months of violent unrest, clouds of black smoke suggest conflict is closing in on Syria’s capital. On the streets of Damascus, no one flinches when artillery shells explode just a few miles away. Residents who support neither the government nor the opposition say the situation is out of their control.

Free Syrian army quietly carving out its own “mini state”

WHILE THE UN dithers over whether to accept Turkey’s proposal for a safe zone within Syria, the Free Syrian army is quietly carving out its own “mini state” from the towns and strategic areas it now controls. Since capturing the crucial border town of Azaz six weeks ago, the FSA has even reopened the adjoining […]

Syria Rebels Seize an Air Defense Post and Its Missiles, report

Opposition fighters in Syria said early Saturday that they had captured an air defense base in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, taking at least 16 soldiers captive and seizing weapons and ammunition in what appeared to be part of a broader rebel offensive against Syrian military installations in several parts of the country.