Syrian Army

  • Syrian army kills 140 Islamic State fighters August 22, 2014

    Damascus: At least 140 fighters of the Islamic State (IS) were killed on Thursday in an ambush by the Syrian army near an airbase in al-Raqqa province, a media report said. The Syrian army ambushed the militants in the vicinity of al-Tabaqa airbase, which had been under attack by the Sunni...
  • At least 162,000 killed in Syria conflict: Monitoring group May 19, 2014

    Beirut: At least 162,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels trying to overthrow him. The pro-opposition, British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that losses among fighters on...
  • Syrian army advances as rebels rain down Damascus October 13, 2013

    Damascus: The Syrian army on Saturday advanced against the rebels in the countryside of the capital Damascus and pushed its way to the northern city of Aleppo, as the rebels rained down Damascus with mortar shells, media reported. In a bid to secure the heart of Al-Ghouta, the eastern countryside of...
  • Syrian army advances in countryside of Damascus August 27, 2013

    The Syrian army continued advancing against the rebels in the countryside of Damascus, mainly in Jobar and Muadaieh, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said. The Syrian army made notable advances Monday and almost besieged Jobar from all directions to isolate it, Xinhua reported. Meanwhile, a security source said the army troops will...
  • UN lists Syrian Army and militias as sex predators April 17, 2013

    United Nations: The UN Security Council has listed Syria's Army and intelligence agency and an allied militia as sexual war criminals for assaults on women and children, along with the al Qaeda movement in Mali and various African rebel movements. The "name and shame" tally of sexual predators and outlaws was...
  • 50 Syrian soldiers desert Army and join rebels April 13, 2013

    Rome: At least 50 Syrian soldiers have deserted the army and joined rebel forces, Syrian activists said. A colonel was among the deserters who joined the rebels near the city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, amid raging battles in the area, Syria's Local Coordinating Committees opposition group said on its...
  • 42 killed, over 80 wounded in Syria mosque blast March 22, 2013

    Damascus: At least 42 people were killed, including a senior Muslim cleric, and over 80 wounded in an explosion at a mosque in downtown Damascus on Thursday. A suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the mosque during a religious lesson being given by Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti, a...
  • Syrian troops kill 35 in Damascus: activists August 2, 2012

    Amman: Syrian troops killed at least 35 people on Wednesday, mostly unarmed civilians, when they shelled and overran a suburb of the capital Damascus, residents and activist organisations said. "The tanks and troops left around 4 pm. When the streets were clear we found the bodies of at least 35 men,"...
  • Syrian rebels flee shattered stronghold March 2, 2012

    Beirut: Defeated Syrian rebels abandoned their shattered stronghold in Homs, giving way to a 26-day army assault on a city that had become a symbol of the year-long revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Activists said Syria's army had begun hunting down and killing insurgents who stayed to cover their comrades' "tactical...
  • Assad forces renew barrage on Syria's Homs February 23, 2012

    Amman/Beirut : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces bombarded opposition Sunni Muslim districts in the city of Homs for the 20th day on Thursday, activists said, despite international outrage over the reported killing of more than 80 people on Wednesday. Rockets, artillery and mortar rounds rained on the districts of Inshaat and...
  • Syria pulls tanks from streets of Homs December 27, 2011

    Beirut: After days of punishing assaults, Syria's army began withdrawing tanks from the restive city of Homs on Tuesday just as a team of Arab League observers was on its way to the central city, according to activists and an Arab official. Opposition activist Mohammed Saleh said the heavy bombardment of...
  • Syrian forces kill 11 in swoop on northern towns August 12, 2011

    Beirut: The Syrian army shot dead 11 people in a western town near the Lebanese border on Thursday and stormed a northwestern town near Turkey's border, activists said. The shooting in the western town of Qusair also wounded many others, according to several Syrian human rights and activists groups. Anti-government protests are...