Middle East Unrest

  • Peace talks must mean Assad's exit: Syrian opposition 30-05-2013 01:47 AM

    Istanbul: The Syrian opposition said on Wednesday it would only take part in planned international peace talks if a deadline was set for a settlement that forces President Bashar al-Assad to leave power. In its first official reaction to the Geneva conference being prepared by the United States and Russia,...
  • Horrific video shows rebel eating Syrian government soldier's heart 15-05-2013 11:20 AM

    Washington: A ghastly video posted online shows how barbaric the Syrian civil war can be. A rebel fighter is seen carving into the body of a Syrian government soldier, cutting out his heart and liver, putting the heart in his mouth and taking a bite, CNN has reported. "I swear...
  • Syrian rebels in strategic battle for south 30-03-2013 03:07 AM

    Beirut: Capitalising on a recent influx of weapons, Syrian rebels are waging a strategic battle for the southern part of the country and seeking to secure a corridor from the Jordanian border to Damascus in preparation for an eventual assault on the capital. On Friday, the rebels celebrated their latest...
  • Syrian civil war: Two years on, over 1 million refugees 07-03-2013 10:05 AM

    Syria's civil war is pushing more people than ever to flee the country. Over the past few months, the exodus has accelerated and now the UN is reporting a dramatic milestone. The number of refugees from the conflict has passed the one-million mark. ...
  • Syria fires Scud missiles at rebels: Official 13-12-2012 05:34 AM

    Kabul: Syrian government forces have fired Scud missiles at insurgents in recent days, escalating the 2-year-old conflict against rebels seeking to overthrow the regime, US officials said on Wednesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, two officials said forces of President Bashar Assad have fired the missiles from the Damascus area...
  • Israel fires guided missile to warn Syria over shelling 12-11-2012 06:13 AM

    Jerusalem: Israel fired a guided missile into Syria on Sunday in a potent "warning shot" after mortar fire from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for the second time in four days. Israel Radio said it was the first direct engagement of the Syrian military...
  • Up to 11,000 people flee Syria in 24-hour period 10-11-2012 04:26 AM

    Beirut: As many as 11,000 people fled Syria in 24 hours, some of them desperately clambering through a razor-wire fence into Turkey on Friday to escape fierce fighting between rebels and government forces for control of a border town. The exodus is a sign of the escalating ferocity of the...