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Hezbollah commander killed outside home

...breach of the Shiite militant group's security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.The killing of Hassan al-Laqis, 53, was the latest in a series of attacks against the Iranian-backed...
Empire Editorial: Is there an upside to blasting away at Syria?

More than 100,000 Syrians have died under the regime of Bashar Hafez al-Assad over roughly 30 months of violent conflict. Artificially-drawn red lines aside, we're trying and failing...
President Assad says Syria able to face Israel

BEIRUT - In his first response to Israel's weekend airstrikes, President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that Syria is capable of facing Israel, but stopped short of threatening retaliation for the strikes near the...
We must not be the world's policeman

...everything Secretary of State John Kerry says about chemical weapons in Syria were true, the evidence would prove only that Bashar al-Assad committed crimes against civilians. It would not prove that the U.S. government has either the moral or legal...
Syrian rebel groups break with exiled opposition

...coalition.The new alliance is a potential turning point, entrenching the schism within the rebellion and giving President Bashar Assad fuel for his long-stated contention that his regime is battling Islamic extremists in the civil war.The Turkey-based...
Car bombs, violence mar Syria's shaky truce

...the civil war to pour into the streets and demand President Bashar Assad's ouster.Chants of "Syria wants freedom!" rang...shrouds for the Eid." Others shouted, "You will fall, Bashar!"In marches in the southern city of Deraa, three people...
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Dying for democracy in Syria

...from the brutality of the Assad regime. For four decades, thousands upon thousands paid the price for their opposition to Bashar Assad and his father, Hafez Assad. We have been intimidated, arrested, tortured and killed. Since the uprising began in...
Egypt leader in Iran: World must back Syria rebels

...wrong side of Syria's civil war, Egypt's new president urged the world Thursday to support the rebels seeking to topple Bashar Assad and suggested that Tehran could risk a deepening confrontation with regional powers over the fate of the regime in Damascus...
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Outside editorial: Moscow sends mixed signals on Syria

...but Russia continues to send maddeningly mixed signals about whether it recognizes that the time has come for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down.Already a humanitarian tragedy, the civil war in Syria now threatens to spill into international conflict...
Outside editorial: Syrian winter: Assad shoots democracy advocates

...rallying a few weeks ago, Syrian President Bashar Assad set out to change their tune. He...Hafez Assad, whose death in 2000 brought Bashar to power. Others chanted, "The people...made such indulgence untenable. After Bashar took over, he held out the hope of liberalization...


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