Syria

The third donors conference in Kuwait aimed at raising billions of dollars aid for Syria

As many as 78 nations and 40 international organisations will attend the third donors conference aimed at raising billions of dollars for war-torn Syria, host country Kuwait said Monday. The March 31 gathering at foreign ministers level will be opened by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a foreign ministry official told the KUNA news ...

Assad awaits U.S. ‘actions’ after Kerry comments

Syria’s President Bashar Assad said Monday he was waiting for action from Washington after Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged talks with Damascus were necessary to end the country’s conflict. Kerry’s spokeswoman clarified his remarks, stating that U.S. policy was unchanged and Assad had no role in the country’s future, while several countries that back the opposition vowed they would ...

Kerry says U.S. must negotiate with Assad

In a stunning reversal of policy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Washington will have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad for a political transition in Syria and is exploring ways to pressure him into agreeing to talks. Kerry, who made the comments during an interview with CBS News in Egypt, did not repeat the standard ...

Little hope as Moscow hosts Syria talks

Syrian opposition figures met in Moscow Monday as part of a Russia-coordinated bid to wind down the war in Syria, although there was little hope of a breakthrough. The main opposition group, the Turkey-based National Coalition, has boycotted the talks while Syrian President Bashar Assad cast doubt on the Moscow initiative bearing any fruit. Nevertheless, members of his government were ...

Rockets fired from Syria hit Israeli-occupied Golan: Army

At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said. There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side. Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner said in a text message the Syrian fire was “intentional, not spillover from the Syrian civil war” as has sometimes been ...

Bus Bombing Kills Shiite Pilgrims in Syria

At least six people were killed in a bomb attack on a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims from Lebanon near a historical marketplace in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday. In a statement released via Twitter, Jabhat al Nusra, or the Nusra Front, a branch of al Qaeda in Syria, claimed responsibility for the attack and applauded the suicide bomber they said was ...

Rebel leader promises Damascus rocket storm

A Syrian rebel leader has vowed a resumption of rocket fire on Damascus beginning Wednesday. Zahran Alloush, the leader of the Islam Army, made the vow in a statement released Tuesday and said the barrage would come in response to a series of deadly regime air raids on the Damascus suburbs. “Because the capital is full of military barracks, intelligence ...

Dozens killed as regime, rebels trade salvos around Damascus

Syrian regime forces and rebel fighters traded salvos of rockets and mortar bombs Thursday in and around Damascus, killing over 70 people. Outside observers said anti-government forces struck first, after a rebel commander vowed to hit government-held areas of the capital to avenge the past week’s strikes by government warplanes on opposition-held suburbs. That commander, Zahran Alloush of the Islam ...

Christians flee jihadis after Syria abductions

BEIRUT: Hundreds of Assyrian families have fled their homes in northeastern Syria after a mass kidnapping of their community by ISIS, activists said Wednesday. Some 1,000 families have fled their villages in Hassakeh since Monday’s abductions, said Osama Edward, director of the Sweden-based Assyrian Human Rights Network. About 800 of them have taken refuge in the city of Hassakeh and ...

UPDATED: Syria rebels reject envoy plan to freeze Aleppo fighting

Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo on Sunday rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura’s plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, dealing a blow to his peace efforts. “We refuse to meet with Mr Staffan de Mistura if it is not on the basis of a comprehensive solution to Syria’s drama through the exit of (President) Bashar ...

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