January 15, 2013 |
Most of the injured Syrians who check into the volunteer-run recovery center here stay only a few weeks, maybe a month. As soon as they regain strength and mobility, they find temporary housing in Turkey or return home to fight against the Syrian regime. A line of new patients waits to take their place. Then there are those living on the ground floor: the paralyzed children, mothers and fighters who have been here for months and probably will not leave any time soon. Their spinal cords were severely damaged...
August 19, 2012 |
ALEPPO, Syria — A shadowy jihadist organization that first surfaced on the Internet to assert responsibility for suicide bombings in Aleppo and Damascus has stepped out of the shadows and onto the front lines of the war for Syria's cities. Here in Aleppo, the al-Nusra Front for the Protection of the People of the Levant, widely known as the Jabhat al-Nusra, is fielding scores of fighters, some of them foreigners, in the battle for control of Syria's commercial capital,...
December 22, 2011 |
BEIRUT —An Arab League committee traveled to Damascus on Thursday to discuss the logistics of a planned mission to monitor an increasingly violent uprising and the response of the Syrian security forces, which has been widely condemned as disproportionately brutal. Following the imposition of sanctions by the Arab League, the government of President Bashar al-Assad agreed Monday to implement a plan for hundreds of observers to enter the country. They are set to report on a...
January 2, 2013 |
BEIRUT — The United Nations' human rights chief said Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed in the bloody conflict in Syria , a figure that far exceeds even estimates given by opposition groups after nearly two years of fighting. "The number of casualties is much higher than we expected and is truly shocking," U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay said, according to Reuters news service. The tally, which Pillay said was based on an "exhaustive" five-month analysis in which...
April 13, 2013 |
BEIRUT — A Syrian government airstrike on a town in the country's northwest killed at least 20 people Saturday, shattering storefronts, setting cars ablaze and sending a giant plume of black and gray smoke into the sky. President Bashar al-Assad's air force has been one of his biggest assets in the two-year-old civil war, and he has used warplanes and helicopters to try to check rebel advances, although the regime also frequently hits civilian areas....
October 7, 2012 |
ALEPPO, Syria Leading the fight in Sakhour on the eastern side of this embattled city is the Tawafuk Battalion of the Free Syrian Army. It reports to a new coordinating body known as the Military Council, according to Mustafa Shabaan, the acting commander of Tawafuk. But wait a minute: A young fighter named Thaer tells me there are six or seven other battalions fighting in Sakhour, too, in what many claim is the decisive battle for Aleppo. Who commands these disparate fighters?