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Reports suggest Russia struck civilian targets in northern Homs
“Iranian/Russian” strikes favour Al-Assad’s criminal Alawite regime
Airstrikes come as Egypt’s relations with Russia improve, but support likely to remain rhetorical
Amnesty International tells UN not to be “fooled” by Egyptian President’s empty promises
Russia may soon bolster the Syrian army by deploying ground troops, allowing Moscow to expand its influence on the developments in the Syrian war. Western states are doing less and less to resist Russian policies.
A group monitoring the conflict in Syria says Russian forces are expanding a major airport in Latakia province. Russia has reiterated its support for the Syrian regime, but denies it is staging a military build-up
The suicide attack was carried out near the National Hospital in the predominantly Druze stronghold.
Egypt is hosting Syrian opposition for two days to reach political resolution in Syria
Russian letter on Arab politics to summit sparks Saudi condemnation
By James M. Dorsey A satirical video of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress captures the essence of his message and his political strategy on the eve of Israeli elections. “There are three things we must always remember: First Iran, and second Iran, and third Iran, Iran, Iran, again and again; …
Former deputy foreign minister says Syrian delegation visit is a “good sign”
By James M. Dorsey A successful football player near the peak of his career, 22 year-old Nidhal Selmi, died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. His death followed that of Tunisian handball goalkeeper Ahmed Yassin and Ahmed El-Darawi, a former policeman …
By Fadi Elhusseini When the first spontaneous explosions of the Arab democratic revolutions erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, many were hoping that this revolt might usher in a new beginning for the whole region. When Egypt joined Tunisia a few weeks later, hopes mounted and everyone started to think that the long-awaited moment had …
Arab ministers will discuss deteriorating situation in Syria, Iraq and the rise of Islamic State
Daily News Egypt interviewed Bradley to discuss Egypt’s internal political situation and its foreign affairs, ranging from human rights abuses to the recent geopolitical developments in the region.
Among them were 53,978 civilians, including 8,607 children.
The international standoff was underlined Wednesday with Damascus reacting to Lakhdar Brahimi’s announcement that he will step down on May 31 by accusing him of bias and interference in domestic politics.
38 year-old Egyptian had been fighting in Syria alongside the Al-Nusra Front
A military source said “13 rebel chiefs leading operations are dead”, adding there were “many deaths among the insurgents”.
Peace talks in Geneva in January and February that for the first time brought representatives of the regime and the opposition to the table together failed to yield concrete results.
AFP – Saudi Arabia has hit back at Russian criticism of its reported plans to supply shoulder-launched missiles to Syrian rebels, saying it was Moscow’s support for Damascus that was prolonging the conflict. A spokesman told the official SPA news agency late Friday that the foreign ministry had been “astonished by Russian criticism of Saudi …
Lebanon’s army confirmed the attack was a double suicide car bombing, and Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said four people were killed and 103 wounded.
It is estimated that the conflict in Syria has claimed the lives of 115,000 since March, 2011
Syrian state television broadcast images of the president entering the Hassiba mosque and waving to supporters before taking part in prayers.
“It is not possible to use terrorism as a card and put it in your pocket. Because it is like a scorpion which won’t hesitate to sting you at any moment,” said Assad.
Assad’s departure is a key demand of the opposition, who insist it must be a pillar of a mooted Geneva peace conference.
The Al-Nusra Front, a fierce Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad, vowed revenge against villages of the Syrian president’s minority Alawite community.
Obama has refused to publicly specify exactly how Washington will increase aid to the Syrian opposition, after his government said it would offer military support for the first time after determining President Bashar Al-Assad had used chemical weapons.
President Morsi condemns Al-Assad regime and Hezbollah for ‘flagrant aggression’ and pledges to provide financial aid to the Syrian rebels.