Annan Quits as Syria Mediator as US Authorizes Covert Support

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 10:12 am

Kofi Annan has stepped down as the international crisis mediator for the UN on Syria, in an acknowledgement that without unity on the Security Council, nothing will be done at an international level.


Kurdish Rebels Gain Control of Northern Syria, Risking Turkish Response

By: Friday July 27, 2012 1:48 pm

Observers are bracing for what many believe could be a massacre in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the biggest by population in the country. Regime war planes have already bombed the city where rebels have assembled in an attempt to take and hold ground. Now artillery shelling is taking place, according to the rebels, and tank columns may be rolling in.

Syria in Chaos After Attack on Regime

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 8:09 am

Yesterday’s attack on the seat of power in Syria has completely changed the dynamic in that country. Fighting continues in the neighborhoods surrounding Damascus, the capital, including in patches close to government buildings and the presidential palace. Residents can surely feel the difference between a regime in control and one that can face attacks at the highest levels at any time. The attack will probably lead to even less constraints by the regime, if that’s possible, on the use of deadly force.

Suicide Attack Kills Syrian Defense Minister, Other Top Officials

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:55 am

A suicide bomb killed the Syrian defense minister and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law today, among other top officials, in the most direct and effective attack on the Syrian regime since the beginning of the uprising and civil war.

Syria’s Civil War Intensifies With Fighting in Damascus

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 2:15 pm

Fighting in the Syrian capital of Damascus raged for a third straight day, the most sustained challenge to the seat of power of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government has escalated their response as a result, and there appears to be no end in sight.

Russia Hints at Giving Up on Syria

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 5:48 pm

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s continued survival is predicated on their Russian patrons to a large extent. So this shift from Moscow is really a crushing blow.

Libya Holds Vote for Parliament

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 1:00 pm

Libyans headed to the polls today for the first time in over 40 years, electing a national assembly that will play a caretaker role, while a Constitution gets written and the country moves forward in the wake of the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi.

Syria’s Assad Declares “State of War”

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 8:30 am

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has essentially declared a civil war in a meeting with his new cabinet, which was broadcast on state-run TV. He did this as fighting raged just outside of the capital of Damascus, and as gunmen stormed a pro-government TV channel, killing seven.

Turkey Considers Syria “Clear and Imminent Threat”

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 11:05 am

That fear of escalation between Syria and Turkey grew stronger today, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Syria as “a clear and imminent threat,” promising to retaliate for a downed Turkish jet, and warning the Syrians about approaching the Turkish border.

Britain, US May Offer Assad Clemency for Power Transition

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 8:55 am

Allowing Assad, who has murdered at least 10,000 of his own people in the past year or so, to receive clemency would be a gut-wrenching outcome. But if it ends the carnage, it could be seen as a positive step.

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