October 5, 2012 |
ALEPPO, Syria A red-faced fighter named Faisal arrives at the forward headquarters of the Free Syrian Army , pleading for weapons. He's just come from the front line in Sakhour, a neighborhood that has been under attack by the government's forces for three weeks. As he shouts at his superiors, you can hear the thunder of incoming artillery about a half-mile away. Faisal rages that his men are dying and that he needs rocket-propelled grenades to fight the tanks of President Bashar al-Assad's army.
August 7, 2012 |
AL-BAB, Syria — As the Arab world's bloodiest revolt continues to maim, kill and ravage lives on an ever-escalating scale, anti-American sentiments are hardening among those struggling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, in ways that could have profound consequences for the country and the region in a post-Assad era. America, once regarded by the Syrian opposition as a natural friend in its struggle for greater freedoms against a regime long...
February 29, 2012 |
BEIRUT — An ominous communications blackout descended over the besieged Bab Amr district in the central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday as Syrian troops, backed by tanks, launched what appeared to be a major offensive aimed at wresting back control of the area from government opponents. There were reports of at least one fierce battle on the outskirts of the neighborhood, and residents elsewhere in Homs described intense shelling there and in many other parts of the city. There were fears that...
October 31, 2012 |
BEIRUT — Nearly a week of fighting between Kurds and Arab rebels in northern Syria risks opening a new front in the already bloody battle for control of the country, underscoring the complexity of a conflict that threatens to ignite sectarian and ethnic tensions across the region. Efforts were underway Wednesday between the leadership of the rebel Free Syrian Army and Kurdish representatives in Turkey to negotiate an end to the clashes, in which scores of hostages have been seized and more than 40 fighters on both...
July 23, 2012 |
AL-TAL, Syria — In a valley tucked away behind the mountains just to the north of Damascus, Free Syrian Army rebels are gathering their strength and preparing for what they hope will be a final assault on the capital. They may have to wait longer than they had hoped. The bomb that killed four top aides to President Bashar al-Assad last week provided a huge boost to the morale of the loosely organized rebel movement here and across the country, triggering a surge of fighting...
February 19, 2013 |
BEIRUT — Syrian rebels on Tuesday threatened to carry out attacks against Hezbollah inside Lebanon, a dangerous escalation of the conflict that could destabilize Syria's politically volatile neighbor as well as the region. The heightened tensions on both sides of the border came as four mortar rounds hit one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's palaces in Damascus on Tuesday, according to opposition activists. The presidential media office issued a statement saying that the mortar...