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Syrian rebels ask US to shoot down Assad's warplanes with Patriot missiles

Syrian Rebels

A Syrian opposition leader said Tuesday that he had asked the United States to defend rebel-held areas with Patriot missiles. NATO already has Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries in NATO-member Turkey to help defend the country from potential airstrikes by President Bashar Assad's regime.


Fearful Syrian voters will keep Assad in power: Qassem

President Bashar al-Assad is likely to run for re-election next year and win, with Syria remaining in military and political deadlock until then, said the deputy leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.


'Human river' of Syria refugees hits 1 million - UN

Syrian Refugees

The number of refugees fleeing Syria has hit a million – nearly 5 percent of the population – as the U.K. announced it planned to send armored vehicles to rebels fighting President Assad.


Syria rebels say they don't have the weapons to end the war

Syrian Rebels

Just when they expected a flood of heavy weapons to help them make a major push against the forces of President Bashar Assad, rebel commanders in Syria say, arms shipments from outside the country have instead slowed, prolonging a conflict now nearing the end of its second year.


Sixty-five found executed in Syria's Aleppo: activists

At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a "new massacre" in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.


Russia says Assad's prospects fading


Russia said the chances of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad staying in power were growing "smaller and smaller", as fighting on Sunday in southwestern Damascus shut a main highway from the capital.


France sees no sign Syria's Assad will be toppled soon

France said on Thursday there were no signs that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is about to be overthrown, something Paris has been saying for months was just over the horizon.


Russia's Syria evacuation reflects doubts on Assad

The Kremlin's evacuation of Russians from Syria on Tuesday marks a turning point in its view of the civil war, representing increasing doubts about Bashar Assad's hold on power and a sober understanding that it has to start rescue efforts before it becomes too late....


Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal


Russia voiced support on Saturday for international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi but insisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to end the country's conflict.


Syria slams West for rejecting Assad peace plan

Syria’s information minister has slammed the international community for rejecting a proposal by President Bashar Assad aimed at ending the country’s civil war.


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