January 31, 2012 |
MOSCOW — Russia's unwillingness to endorse a U.N. resolution calling for the ouster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad arises from domestic, international, commercial and military calculations, analysts agree, but underlying all of them is the Kremlin's belief that Russia would have nothing to gain from Assad's departure. Even if he steps down in the end, the thinking goes, sticking by him now may not exact that much of a cost. Syria is an important customer for Russian armaments and hosts a recently reopened Russian...
June 1, 2011 |
ANTALYA, Turkey — For nearly three months, protesters in Syria have repeatedly braved bullets to take to the streets, first demanding reforms and then the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. On Wednesday, the movement to transform Syria appeared to take a critical step forward in an unlikely spot: With this sunny beach resort town as a backdrop, about 300 Assad opponents gathered at a hotel to try to give structure and voice to a movement that has been leaderless and disparate.
October 19, 2011
AMMAN, Jordan — Libya on Wednesday recognized Syria's opposition National Council as the country's legitimate authority, as tens of thousands of Syrians rallied in support of President Bashar al-Assad in the northern city of Aleppo and Assad's troops pressed an ongoing offensive to crush the seven-month-old uprising against his rule. The opposition council has pledged to seek international protection to stop civilian deaths and has called for the uprising to remain peaceful. "We ask other countries ...
November 5, 2012
CAIRO — The top financer of the Syrian opposition is no Arabian Peninsula oil kingdom or cloak-and-dagger Western spy outfit, but struggling, war-ravaged Libya, which is itself recovering from a devastating civil conflict . According to a budget released by the Syrian National Council and posted to its Web site late Sunday, the Libyan government contributed $20.3 million of the $40.4 million that the opposition umbrella group has amassed since...
November 11, 2012 |
DOHA, Qatar — Fractious Syrian opposition groups finally struck a deal Sunday to form a new umbrella organization after a week of heated negotiations that were nearly derailed on several occasions. The new organization, called the National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian Opposition, is intended to act as the single entity that manages the political and military affairs of the opposition and as the conduit for humanitarian and military aid. At the end of October, Secretary of State Hillary...
December 31, 2011 |
BEIRUT — Two leading factions of Syria's political opposition moved toward forming a coalition by agreeing on a blueprint for a democratic transition of power, a step hailed and condemned by their deeply divided members. The accord by the leaders of the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the National Coordinating Committee for Democratic Change (NCC) rejects foreign intervention in Syria but calls for the protection of civilians by all legitimate means, according to a statement on the NCC's Web site.