Assad needs time to fight Syria’s rebels, report

BEIRUT, Lebanon – President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said on Wednesday that his government’s battle against opposition forces would need “time” and that a proposal floated by Syria’s opponents to create buffer zones inside the country was unrealistic.

Syrian rebels patch together an arsenal

TAL RIFAAT, Syria — As the midsummer sun blazed over this partially deserted Syrian city one recent afternoon, two young men appeared in a pickup truck in an alley near several auto repair workshops. Protruding from the truck’s bed was a steel pipe about 3 feet long and 2½ inches wide, resting on a simple […]

Fears grow over fate of Syrian city of Aleppo

International concern was mounting Friday over a looming massacre as Syrian troops bombarded the besieged city of Aleppo with artillery, strafed it with aircraft and pulled in major reinforcements ready to crush the outgunned rebels.

Syria: Aleppo could be ‘ the mother of all battles’

The battle for Syria’s second city, Aleppo, is a crucial fight that could determine the direction of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, observers say. Troops and rebel fighters are massing in and around the city, and Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the regime, pulled no punches describing the fighting in the northern commercial […]

U.S. concerned Syrian regime planning massacre in Aleppo

The United States said on Thursday it appeared that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were “lining up” for a massacre in the city of Aleppo, but again ruled out military intervention in the conflict.

Analysis: The ‘day after’ in Syria

By David Ignatius

It is time for Washington to emphasize what the United States can do, rather than what it can’t, in Syria. U.S. policy is caught between two imperatives

Syrian troops, rebels reinforce for big Aleppo battle

Syrian rebels have stepped up their stockpiling of ammunition and medical supplies in preparation for a major battle in Aleppo, a BBC reporter says. The rebels, who are in control of large parts of Syria’s second city, have set up checkpoints