Syrian army rushes reinforcements to Aleppo to fight rebels

Syrian troops rushed dozens of tanks and reinforcements Wednesday toward Aleppo, the country’s strategically vital commercial capital, in a bid to crush a rebel advance that has spread to wide swaths of the sprawling city. As five days of fighting in Aleppo intensified

Key role floated for highest-ranking Syrian military defector

The Obama administration and officials of some Arab and Western nations are discussing ways to place Syria’s highest-ranking military defector at the center of a political transition in the Arab state, according to U.S. and Middle East officials.

Arabs to push UN General Assembly for resolution on Syria

Arab nations announced plans Wednesday to go to the U.N. General Assembly and seek approval of a resolution calling for a political transition and establishment of a democratic government in Syria following the Security Council’s failure to address the escalating crisis.

Syria crisis: Stakes high for Hezbollah

Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah has publicly tied its future to Bashar al-Assad, but as the tide turns against the Syrian president it is silent on whether it will join the fight to support him. The stakes are high for the group which fears that toppling Assad will pave the way for increased Western […]

Syrian forces loyal to Assad close in on Aleppo

Syria sent thousands of troops towards Aleppo on Wednesday, where attack helicopters have been pounding rebel fighters, stepping up its assault on the country’s largest city to combat a growing revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Jordan: Syria’s chemical weapons could be seized by al-Qaeda

The king of Jordan warned Wednesday that his northern neighbour Syria was on the brink of all-out civil war and that in a worst-case scenario, chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda. King Abdullah II told CNN a bomb attack that killed core members of the Syrian regime was a “tremendous blow” to […]

Turkey to search ship possibly carrying weapons to Syria

Turkish authorities are preparing to board and search a German-owned cargo ship reported to be carrying Iranian weapons bound for Syria. Citing unnamed dissident sources within the Syrian government, the German magazine Der Spiegel first reported last week that the Atlantic Cruiser was carrying Iranian arms

Lebanese Army denies reports that Hezbollah prevented it from inspecting weapons shipment

The Lebanese army denied a media report that Hizbullah members have prevented it from inspecting a truck loaded with weapons in the western Bekaa valley. MP Antoine Saad said in remarks published on Sunday that the Lebanese army was stopped by members of Hezbollah from inspecting a truck loaded with drugs in the Bekaa town […]

Massive stockpile of Russian arms have fueled Syrian assault

After a winter of bloodshed in which President Bashar al-Assad deployed tanks and rockets to pulverise his own cities, figures released yesterday showed that Damascus splashed out millions of dollars both before and during the anti-government uprising in an effort to develop an enormous arsenal of largely Russian-made weapons. Arms deliveries skyrocketed by nearly 600 […]