The rumble of engines in the sky immediately set the Aleppo neighborhood below on edge. Men peeked from shops anxiously at the Syrian warplane circling slowly overhead. Housewives emerged on balconies to gauge whether they were about to be hit. But the kids hanging out on the street were unfazed. One kept dribbling his basketball.
- 15 October, 2012 -- Landmark mosque in Aleppo burned in fighting
Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered on Monday immediate repairs to a historic mosque in the city of Aleppo after fierce fighting between rebels and regime forces set parts of the compound on fire over the weekend.
- 21 March, 2013 -- Obama skeptical of Assad claim on chemical weapons
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States is investigating whether chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria, but he's "deeply skeptical" of claims by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime that rebel forces were behind such an attack.
- 6 January, 2013 -- Violence in Syria rages ahead of Assad speech
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists are reporting heavy clashes between rebels and government forces around the country hours before President Bashar Assad is expected to address the nation.
- 23 October, 2012 -- Syria opposition chief doubts truce can take hold
The leader of the main Syrian opposition group says chances are slim that a U.N.-proposed truce for a Muslim holiday this week can take hold in Syria, partly because the plan is too vague.
- 6 October, 2012 -- Syria vows to ‘crush’ rebels, launches new attacks
Syria's military will "crush" armed rebels, President Bashar Assad's defense minister warned Saturday, as the regime shelled rebel positions in two cities and near the Lebanese border in a widening offensive.