Syria Protests

  • Syria: Govt forces, rebels in battle for Aleppo August 27, 2012

    The Syrian city of Aleppo has become another major battleground in recent weeks. ...
  • In Turkey, nations meet to plan for new Syria April 1, 2012

    Istanbul: Dozens of countries on Sunday sought to set conditions for a new Syria, pushing for tighter sanctions and diplomatic pressure to further isolate President Bashar Assad, while urging the opposition to offer a democratic alternative to his regime. Yet the show of solidarity at the "Friends of the Syrian People"...
  • Assad wants foreign powers to stop backing rebels March 30, 2012

    Beirut: President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday Syria would spare no effort to ensure the success of international envoy Kofi Annan's peace mission but warned it would not work without securing an end to foreign funding and arming of rebels opposing him. Assad is under international pressure to call his troops...
  • Britain shuts embassy in Syria, withdraws staff March 1, 2012

    London: Owing to security concerns, Britain has withdrawn all diplomatic staff from its embassy in Syria and suspended its services in the violence-torn country. The "deteriorating security situation" had put British staff posted there in danger, Foreign Secretary William Hague informed Parliament on Thursday. In a statement, he said British Ambassador...
  • Syrian Americans appeal to UN to diffuse tension February 21, 2012

    As the West considers ways to stop the violence, Syrian Americans are doing what they can to help diffuse the situation. ...
  • Syria violence: Homs continues to be shelled February 20, 2012

    Egypt has publicly snubbed President Assad by ordering the withdrawal of its ambassador in Damascus. ...
  • Syrian gunboats fire on coastal city, 19 killed August 14, 2011

    Beirut: Syrian gunboats pounded the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia with heavy machine-gun fire on Sunday, killing at least 19 people in the latest wave of the regime's crackdown on anti-government protests. The attacks were part of an aggressive new military offensive that began with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan...
  • Syrian forces kill 15, US slaps sanctions August 11, 2011

    Amman: Syrian forces killed 15 civilians in the city of Homs on Wednesday, an activists' group said, despite international calls for President Bashar al-Assad to end a bloody crackdown on protests against his rule. The United States said the world was watching Syria "in horror" and slapped sanctions on a Syrian...
  • Syrian armored military assaults kill 57: reports August 7, 2011

    Amman: At least 57 Syrian civilians were killed in armored military assaults by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on Sunday to crush a five-month uprising against his rule, a grassroots activists' organization said. Among them were 38 in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor and 13 in the Houla Plain, 30 km...
  • More than 2,000 dead in Syrian crackdown: Clinton August 5, 2011

    Washington: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has accused the Syrian government of killing more than 2,000 of its own citizens during its ongoing brutal crackdown against opposition protesters as the Obama administration moved to further isolate President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle. The administration is unhappy with Assad's actions...
  • EU slaps more sanctions on Syria August 2, 2011

    Brussels: The European Union expanded its sanctions against Syria on Monday, imposing asset freezes and travel bans against five more military and government officials. The EU decision brings the number of individuals targeted by the EU to 35, including President Bashar Assad. Four government entities are also on the list. The EU...
  • Syrian troops attack Hama for second day August 2, 2011

    Beirut: Anti-government protesters in the Syrian city of Hama set up barricades and took up sticks and stones to defend themselves Monday after one of the bloodiest days so far in the regime's campaign to quell an uprising now in its fifth month. The protesters vowed not to allow a repeat...
  • Syrian security forces fire on rallies, 14 killed July 15, 2011

    Beirut: Syrian security forces killed at least 14 protesters on Friday as hundreds of thousands flooded the streets nationwide in the largest anti-government demonstrations since the uprising began more than four months ago, witnesses and activists said. In a significant show of the uprising's strength, thousands of protesters turned out in...
  • Huge protests grip Syria; 12 killed in clashes July 2, 2011

    Beirut: Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded cities around Syria on Friday in one of the largest outpourings against the regime of President Bashar Assad since the uprisings began more than three months ago. At least 12 people were killed in various clashes, activists said. The demonstrations underscored the resilience...
  • Syrians flee to Lebanon; death toll rises to 20 June 25, 2011

    Beirut: Hundreds of Syrians, some with gunshot wounds, have crossed into neighboring Lebanon in search of a refuge from the growing violence in their homeland, a Lebanese security official said on Saturday. Most arriving at the border came shortly after Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters across Syria on...
  • 15 die as Syrians march demanding Assad's ouster June 25, 2011

    Beirut: Defying government guns, thousands of Syrian protesters poured down city streets and a main highway on Friday to press demands for President Bashar Assad's ouster. Security forces opened fire, killing at least 15 people, including two children, activists said. "Our revolution is strong! Assad has lost legitimacy!" a YouTube video...
  • Syrian army enters village near Turkish border June 18, 2011

    Beirut: An activist group says Syrian troops backed by tanks and firing heavy machine guns have entered a village near the Turkish border. The Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents anti-government protests, says troops backed by six tanks entered Bdama early on Saturday. The village is about 12 miles (20...
  • Syria: Assad's cousin, target of protesters, quits June 17, 2011

    Beirut: Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad and focus of anti-corruption protests, is quitting business, state media said, in a major concession to demonstrations against Assad's rule. The announcement came on the eve of weekly Muslim prayers, which have usually witnessed the biggest protests and the heaviest...
  • Syrians flee northern town as tanks close in June 16, 2011

    Amman: Thousands of Syrians have fled the historic town of Maarat al-Numaan to escape troops and tanks pushing into the north in a widening military campaign to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad. In Turkey, which has been receiving thousands of Syrian refugees escaping military assaults, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan held...
  • Tanks, troops move to snuff out Syria resistance June 15, 2011

    Boynuyogun: Syrian tanks and the government's most loyal troops pushed into more towns and villages on Tuesday, trying to snuff out any chance that the uprising against President Bashar Assad could gain a base for a wider armed rebellion. Facing the most serious threat to his family's 40-year ruling dynasty, Assad...
  • Syrian president avoiding UN's phone calls June 11, 2011

    United Nations: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, facing international pressure over his crackdown on anti-government protests, has been avoiding calls from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said that Ban tried to reach Assad several times, but he would not come to the phone. "The Secretary General has...
  • Syria forces kill 5, swoop on border town June 10, 2011

    Amman: Syrian forces shot dead five protesters and wounded scores more on Friday, witnesses said, in a widening military crackdown on popular unrest that has sent thousands of civilians fleeing into Turkey this week. The Syrian army swept into a northwest border town where clashes raged earlier this week and begun...
  • Fleeing Syrians tell of revolt, mutiny and mayhem June 10, 2011

    Guvecci: Syrian policemen turned their guns on each other, soldiers shed their uniforms rather than obey orders to fire on protesters, and three young men who tried to escape were beheaded by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. As more than 2,400 Syrians streamed across the open Turkish borders on Thursday...
  • Syrian mutiny, loss of town shows cracks in regime June 8, 2011

    Beirut: A deadly mutiny of Syrian soldiers and loss of control over a tense northern town appeared to show extraordinary cracks in an autocratic regime that has long prided itself on its iron control. Details about the events in Jisr al-Shughour remained murky on Tuesday. The government said 120 forces were...
  • Syrian troops move on restive town, West alarmed June 8, 2011

    Amman: Syrians fled a restive town near the Turkish border on Tuesday, fearing bloodshed as troops with tanks approached, under orders to hit back after the government accused armed bands there of killing scores of its security men. Though accounts of days of killing in Jisr al-Shughour ranged from an official...
  • Syria: 70 killed in anti-Assad protests on Friday June 4, 2011

    Beirut: Syrian forces killed at least 70 protesters on Friday, activists said, in one of the bloodiest days since the start of an 11-week revolt against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al Assad. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday in defiance of security forces determined...
  • More than thirty kids killed in Syria: UNICEF June 3, 2011

    Anger and protests continue against the torture and murder of 13-year-old Hamza, who became the face of the movement in Syria. ...
  • Syrian army tightens grip in areas of unrest May 11, 2011

    Beirut: Tanks and troops rolled into southern villages near the heart of Syria's anti-government uprising Tuesday, while officials in Washington said the US administration is edging closer to calling for an end to the Assad family's long rule after its violent suppression of the protests. The Syrian military has been sealing...
  • Amatuer video which shows victims of Syrian violence May 5, 2011

    Human rights groups claim over 600 people have been killed by security foces. ...
  • Banias: Syrian forces crack down on protesters May 3, 2011

    Amman: Syrian security forces swept into the coastal city of Banias on Tuesday, a protest leader said, taking control of another urban center from demonstrators challenging the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad. "They moved into the main market area. The army has sealed the northern entrance and security forces (sealed)...