Tag: Syria

Syrian troops battle rebels in Aleppo prison

Syrian troops battle rebels in Aleppo prison

May 16, BEIRUT (AP) — The orchestrated assault began at dawn, but by nightfall, the rebels had not dislodged regime forces or freed some 4,000 prisoners held there, according to two pro-opposition monitoring groups. Across Syria, the Internet was restored after a blackout of more than eight hours, the second nationwide outage in a week. […]

May 16, 2013 | By More
John Kerry warns Syria to attend transition talks

John Kerry warns Syria to attend transition talks

May 15, AP – Kerry said he has every expectation that both sides in the conflict, which has left more than 70,000 dead, will participate in an international conference to negotiate a peaceful transition in Syria. The conference, which Kerry said likely will be held in early June, is noteworthy because it will be endorsed […]

May 15, 2013 | By More
Accelerating diplomacy: US, Britain press Russia on Syria

Accelerating diplomacy: US, Britain press Russia on Syria

May 14, AP – ‘Syria’s history is being written in the blood of her people, and it is happening on our watch,’ Cameron said. Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to build momentum behind a new US-Russia sponsored conference on Syria, now expected to take place in June, as they met at the […]

May 14, 2013 | By More
President Barack Obama hosts Prime Minister David Cameron for talks on Syria, G-8

President Barack Obama hosts Prime Minister David Cameron for talks on Syria, G-8

May 13, AP – Iran, the Mideast peace process, counterterrorism and trade are other likely topics for Monday’s meeting. The U.S. and Russia agreed last week to arrange an international conference to bring representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and the opposition to the negotiating table. There is no date yet, but such talks […]

May 13, 2013 | By More
Despite car bombing Turkey says it won’t be drawn into Syria conflict

Despite car bombing Turkey says it won’t be drawn into Syria conflict

May 13, ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The bombings left 46 people dead and marked the biggest incident of violence across the border since the start of Syria’s bloody civil war, raising fears of Turkey being pulled deeper into a conflict that threatens to destabilize the region. Turkey’s prime minister vowed Sunday his country won’t be […]

May 13, 2013 | By More
9 detained in connection with car bombings in Turkey

9 detained in connection with car bombings in Turkey

May 12, AP – The bombings left 46 people dead and marked the biggest incident of violence across the border since the start of Syria’s bloody civil war, raising fears of Turkey being pulled deeper into the conflict. Nine Turkish citizens believed to have links to the Syrian intelligence agency have been detained in connection […]

May 12, 2013 | By More
40 dead, around 100 injured in Turkey car bombings near Syria

40 dead, around 100 injured in Turkey car bombings near Syria

May 11, ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s interior minister says the death toll in the explosions in a town across the border from Syria is around 40, according to private NTV television. Muammer Guler said Saturday around 100 other people were injured in the two car bomb explosions and that 29 of them are in […]

May 11, 2013 | By More
Russia, Britain planning new push to end Syria war

Russia, Britain planning new push to end Syria war

May 11, AP – The U.S. and Russia this week agreed to try to convene an international conference this month to come to a political solution to end the two-year Syrian civil war, but gave no indication how they would convince President Bashar Assad into talks with the rebels seeking to overthrow him. British Prime […]

May 11, 2013 | By More
Kerry: Russia sells missile defense to Syria

Kerry: Russia sells missile defense to Syria

ROME (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the transfer of advanced missile defense systems from Russia to Syria would be a “destabilizing” factor for Israel’s security. Kerry said the U.S. has expressed concerns about what such defensive systems in Syria would mean for Israel’s security. He wouldn’t address what the missiles might […]

May 9, 2013 | By More
Armed group abduct Four UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Armed group abduct Four UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights

May 8, AP – An armed group captured the group of Filipino peacekeepers as they were patrolling on the Golan Heights, a ceasefire zone between Syria and Israel, UN spokeswoman Josephine Guerrero said Tuesday. Four UN peacekeepers have been detained on the Golan Heights, an area which has witnessed spillover from Syria’s conflict. Meanwhile, Syria […]

May 8, 2013 | By More