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In complicating move, al-Qaida backs Syrian revolt

...extremists will try to exploit an uprising against President Bashar Assad that began with peaceful calls for democratic still bleeding day after day, and the butcher (Bashar Assad) isn't deterred and doesn't stop," said al-Zawahri...
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Rebels level historic Aleppo hotel in Syria

...could still deal heavy blows elsewhere in Syria even as they withdrew from Homs, surrendering that city to President Bashar Assad's forces.In Homs, 95 miles south of Aleppo, army troops were poised to enter the city's old quarters after hundreds...
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Latest platform for Syria's president: Instagram

BEIRUT - Syria's embattled president already has a Facebook page, Twitter account and a YouTube channel. Now Bashar Assad is turning to the popular photo-sharing service Instagram in the latest attempt at improving his image as his country...
Sen. Begich sets out parameters for supporting military action in Syria

...committee.Obama is trying to make a case with members of Congress for strikes aimed at dismantling Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons capabilities. The U.S. has said it has proof the Assad regime is behind attacks that Washington...
Syria says it won't give up power in peace talks

...talks will begin Jan. 22 in Geneva. The meeting, which would be the first face-to-face talks between President Bashar Assad's government and its opponents since the Syrian war began, has raised hopes that a resolution to a conflict that...
Analysis: Kerry gets credit for moving ball on thorny foreign policy issues

...conflict, warmed up relations with Iran and got the disorganized Syrian opposition closer to peace talks with President Bashar Assad's government.Analysts agree that victory remains distant on all those fronts, but they see reason for a cautious...
Red line? US says Syria used poison

WASHINGTON - The White House declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence indicates Syrian President Bashar Assad has twice used deadly chemical weapons in his country's fierce civil war, a provocative action that would cross President Barack...
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Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government's war strategy

...suppress demonstrations against the government of President Bashar Assad and that have been accused over the last two years of...Muslim, as are the rebels battling the government. Bashar Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for more than four decades...
U.S. secretly providing arms training to Syria rebels since '12

...more than 100,000 people and his administration's fear that Islamic militants now leading the war against President Bashar Assad could gain control of advanced U.S. weaponry.The training has involved fighters from the Free Syrian Army, a loose...
Activists say dozens killed in Syrian village

...who dominate the country's rebel movement, while most of the surrounding villages are home to members of President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.With the conflict now in its third year, the sectarian divide in the...
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