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Syria 'has given up a third of chemical arms'

Syria has shipped out about a third of its chemical weapons stockpile, including mustard gas, for destruction abroad, the global chemical arms watchdog has said.<p>The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague on Tuesday said Damascus had now handed over six consignments of the …

Syrian air raids hit Lebanese border region

Syrian military helicopters have launched three raids in areas inside Lebanon close to the border town of Arsal, witnesses and Lebanon's official news agency said.<p>On Wednesday, helicopters carried out the raids in the largely unpopulated mountainous areas on the outskirts of Arsal near the Syrian …

UN: Syria starving people into submission

Syrian government forces are waging a campaign of siege warfare and starvation against civilians as part of a military strategy, according to a United Nations report.<p>The UN's independent Commission of Inquiry said on Wednesday that Syrians were being "denied humanitarian aid, food and such basic …

Scheller: torture videos as strategy in the Syrian war | DW | 01.03.2014

<i>Deutsche Welle: Are the</i> <i>human rights violations</i> in the Syrian war part of a strategy?<p>Bente Scheller: I think that especially with these two groups …

Middle East

Iran not invited to Syria peace talks

Iran is not among the first round of nations invited to attend Syria peace talks in Switzerland later this month, a UN spokesman has confirmed.<p>However, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "is in favour of inviting Iran," spokesman Farhan Haq said on Monday.<p>Invitations to the talks are subject to …

Removal of Syria's chemical weapons begins

Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems.<p>The joint mission overseeing the disarmament, the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical …

Al-Qaeda-linked group 'kills' Aleppo captives

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has executed media activists, relief workers and other civilians that were held captive by the al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria's Aleppo, according to activists and a rebel fighter.<p>The prisoners, who were held in the ISIL detention centre in Qadi …

Rival rebel factions clash in Syria

Fighters from several Syrian rebel factions have engaged in fierce battles against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in what activists say is growing resistance to the al-Qaeda-linked group's grip on several areas of the country.<p>Sixteen ISIL fighters were reportedly killed in the …

Syria rebels demand al-Qaeda group surrender

Rebels fighting in Syria have given rivals from an al-Qaeda affiliate 24 hours to surrender, according to activists in the country.<p>Saturday's ultimatum comes amid days of deadly infighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other opponents of Syrian President Bashar …

Threats target Lebanese anti-Syria figures

Several prominent Lebanese politicians and media figures opposed to Syria's regime and its ally Hezbollah have been threatened, according to the official National News Agency (NNA).<p>The agency said Sethrida Geagea, a Christian member of parliament, March 14 member and wife of Lebanese Forces chief …

US: Iran can help in Geneva talks on Syria

The United States has for the first time hinted that Iran may be able to play some kind of role at proposed talks to end<br>the war in Syria.<p>US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday it would be difficult to see how Iran, which did not support last year's international accord on Syria, could be a …

Continued infighting between Syria rebels

Syrian rebel fighters loyal to al-Qaeda ceded ground near the Turkish border to rival rebel groups, activists have said, in what seemed to be a tactical withdrawal to end clashes between those opposed to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Opposition activists said the Islamic State of Iraq and …

Rebel infighting spreads across Syria

Clashes between Syrian rebels and their rivals from an al-Qaeda-linked faction have spread from the country's opposition-held areas in the north to a key eastern city, activists have said.<p>Monday's rebel-on-rebel fighting in the eastern city of Raqqa, a long-time bastion of an al-Qaeda-linked group …

Iran wants a seat at Syrian peace talks | DW | 03.01.2014

For months, Russia and the United States have been the driving force behind preparing the Syria peace conference. Time and again, the actual date has …

Middle East

'Al Qaeda growing stronger in Iraq and Syria' | DW | 04.01.2014

<i>DW: Mr. Steinberg, who is responsible for the recent fighting in Iraq?</i><p>Guido Steinberg: It was the government's attempt to arrest Ahmed al-Alwani, a …

Middle East

Lebanon blasts reflect spillover of Iran-Saudi proxy war in Syria

TEHRAN -- Two deadly bombings in Beirut over the last week and the arrest of a fugitive Saudi militant in the Nov. 19 attack on Iran's embassy in the Lebanese capital reflect the escalating spillover of a proxy<p>war in Syria.<p>Iranian Shiite Muslims and rival Sunnis in Saudi Arabia have been battling …

Middle East

International 'chemical weapons ships' in new bid to collect arms

Danish and Norwegian ships tasked with removing Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons are due to depart from Cyprus on Friday.<p>The frigates and cargo vessels returned to the European port to refuel, after the weapons failed to arrive at the collection point in the Syrian city of Latakia on time to …

Chemical Weapons

Syria: Who is the west supporting?

After over a year of anti-Assad hype, lies, fiction peddled as truth, false flag events, manipulation of facts and photographic evidence, the west …

Turkish governor blocks police search on Syria-bound truck reportedly carrying weapons

Fevzi Kızılkoyun ANKARA / Hürriyet<p>In the only official statement with regard to the truck, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said it was carrying aid to …

Extremism

Saudi Arabia pledges $3bn to Lebanese army

Saudi Arabia has pledged $3bn for the Lebanese army, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman announced, calling it the largest grant ever given to the country's armed forces.<p>The pledge comes just as Lebanon held a funeral for Mohamad Chatah, the former finance minister, amid rising tensions over who …

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband unite for Syria appeal

<b>The leaders of Britain's three main political parties have issued a joint statement urging more support for refugees fleeing Syria's civil war.</b><p>David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg said four million children were caught up in the civil conflict.<p>The three leaders threw their support behind a …

United Kingdom

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The Third Anniversary of the Arab Spring: Towards a Counter Counter-Revolution

Inasmuch as a revolution is a break with history, the Arab peoples' revolution broke with history three years ago this December. But inasmuch as a revolution is an evolutionary process, the revolution has entered its fourth year.<p>The Arab revolution is a long time coming. It has been incredibly …

Muslim Brotherhood

Syria chemical weapons to be destroyed at sea

Russian armoured trucks will help take Syria's chemical weapons out of the country, tracked by US satellite equipment and Chinese surveillance cameras, in an unprecedented international operation, the world's chemical watchdog said.<p>The details are part of an ambitious plan unveiled by the …

Syrians disappeared in 'campaign of terror'

Syrian activists and other citizens have vanished into secret detention as part of a "widespread campaign of terror against the civilian population" by the Damascus government, UN investigators said.<p>"There are reasonable grounds to believe that enforced disappearances were committed by government …

Regime air strikes pound Aleppo for fifth day

Syrian warplanes have bombed northern Aleppo for a fifth consecutive day, with opposition activists alleging that government forces dropped barrel bombs - barrels filled with explosives dropped from helicopters - on the city and several nearby villages.<p>The attacks on Thursday killed at least 11 …