Syrian opposition members say they have sensed a shift in Russia's stance on the conflict in their homeland and voiced hope Tuesday that Moscow will crank up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - More than two and a half years into the civil war devastating Syria, the United States and Russia are pushing the combatants to the negotiating table in Geneva, but on terms that mark a shift in favor of Bashar al-Assad against the increasingly fragmented rebels seeking to oust hi
BRUSSELS — A day after the European Union agreed to lift its arms embargo for Syrian rebels, Russia confirmed Tuesday it was giving the Syrian government more high-powered missiles – raising the prospect of a new foreign-fed arms race in the Middle East.
By Arshad MohammedJAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Assad government for stalling Syrian peace talks and pressed Russia to stop supplying it weapons, telling Moscow it needed to be part of the solution.International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said in Geneva on Saturday that the first two rounds of peace talks had not made much progress but that the two sides had agreed on an agenda for a third round at an unspecified date.
President Barack Obama meets Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday for potentially vexatious talks, as both leaders now offer open military backing to rival sides in Syria's civil war. Obama, who leaves Washington on Sunday, will confront Putin at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, after his administration signaled it would begin arming vetted rebels battling Syria's government, Russia's top Arab ally.
David Cameron pledged Monday to redouble efforts for a negotiated settlement to the Syrian crisis, saying he no longer believed that the rebels could overthrow President Bashar al-Assad outright. The pledge came as gruesome video emerged.
The video shows a rebel militia leader from Homs, Khaled al-Hamad, or “Abu Saqqar,” cutting the heart and liver out of a corpse.
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian rebels on Wednesday freed 48 Iranians held captive since August after President Bashar Assad’s regime promised to release hundreds of detainees in the first major prisoner swap of the country’s civil war, officials said.
The exchange came just days after Assad vowed to press ahead with the fight against rebels despite international pressure to end the bloodshed that has left more than 60,000 people dead.
The instances in which chemical weapons are alleged to have been used in Syria were purportedly small in scale: nothing along the lines of Saddam Hussein’s 1988 attack in Kurdish Iraq that killed thousands.
That raises the question of who would stand to gain as President Bashar Assad’s regime and the opposition trade blame for the alleged attacks, and proof remains elusive.
PARIS — Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday he is convinced the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, a day after the United States claimed multiple attacks have killed as many as 150 people.
Washington says it has proof Assad’s forces used chemical weapons — including the nerve agent, sarin — against Syrian rebels.
Speaking in Paris alongside French President Francois Hollande, Harper said he accepts the U.S. claims.