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MARAAT NUMAN, Syria — Each morning, after saluting the Syrian flag and before the warplanes take off, soldiers at army bases across Syria are given political orientation. During the lectures, conscripts and career officers alike are repeatedly...
ARSAL, Lebanon — When Mustafa Ezzedine, a Sunni Muslim from this Sunni border town, wanted to buy some furniture, he undertook a clandestine trip into war-torn Syria rather than face harassment, or worse, from Shiite Muslim security officers or...
FrameworkNish L. Nalbandian is a freelance photographer based in Denver. He has traveled and photographed extensively around the world, mostly via motorcycle, over the last several years. In 2009, he rode a motorcycle from San Diego to Cairo (via cargo ship and...
BEIRUT – Residents of a Kurdish neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo fled Sunday under intense government shelling estimated at three shells per minute, activists said. The bombardment on the Sheikh Maqsood district came two days after...
BEIRUT -- A Syrian rebel commander who led the opposition Free Syrian Army for more than a year was wounded by a bomb planted in his car Sunday. Col. Riad Asaad, who defected from the country's air force and fled to Turkey in 2011, was in the eastern...
This post has been updated. See the note below for details.ANTAKYA, Turkey -- A senior pro-government Sunni Muslim cleric was killed in the Syrian capital Thursday night when an explosion struck the mosque where he had been giving a lecture. More than a dozen other people were killed in the blast at the Iman...
Tags: Explosions, Emergency Incidents, Suicide, Bashar Assad
President Obama's decision to provide the Syrian opposition with another $60 million in aid — while continuing to withhold weapons — will disappoint those who have argued that the United States should step up its role in the battle to...
BEIRUT--Syrian officials said the death toll from a blast in Damascus, the capital, early Thursday has increased to at least 53 people and that at least 235 were injured. The midmorning explosion was probably a massive car bomb that detonated on busy Al...
BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels on Friday said that after a weeks-long battle in northwestern Idlib province they had seized a strategic air base, depriving the government of its ability to carry out helicopter airstrikes in the area. The Taftanaz air base...
FrameworkWednesday's Pictures in the News begins in France with an aerial photo of tracks left by skiers in the French alps. Recent snowfalls have encouraged skiers to hit the slopes and the Val d'Isere authorities have opened certain slopes early. In...
FrameworkIn Thursday's Pictures in the News: Protesters are kept away from the presidential palace where the Egyptian army deployed tanks and gave opponents of Mohammed Morsi a deadline to leave the area following fierce street battles that left several people...
A new word defines the debate over Syria in Washington: endgame. Policymakers expect the regime in Damascus to fall soon, and their focus has shifted to what happens then. In a cold-blooded, pragmatic sense, the United States and its allies don't want...
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