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Latest Syria Items
The Obama administration imposed financial sanctions on Syrian and Iranian domestic security forces in response to the killing of peaceful anti-government protesters in Syria.
It's a familiar nightmare for Syrians. In 1982, Syria's military employed a "scorched-earth" policy to quell protests in the northern town of Hama, killing 25,000 people. But Syrian refugees now fleeing into Turkey say that although history appears to be repeating itself, the outcome will be different this time.
A Kremlin Mideast envoy told a visiting Syrian opposition delegation on Tuesday that Russia sees no other friend in Syria than its people, saying "leaders come and go."
The State Department this week rejected demands for the recall of Ambassador Robert Ford from Syria, coming from top members of Congress who claimed his presence in Damascus is being used for "propaganda" by the Syrian regime to deflect attention from its brutal crackdown on dissent.
Iran on Monday unveiled underground silos that can hold missiles capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf as it began 10 days of war games, the country's latest show of military force amid a standoff with the West over its disputed nuclear program.
Syrian forces opened fire at funerals for slain political protesters, a human rights activist said Sunday, leaving two more people dead as the government of President Bashar Assad tries to subdue weeks of demonstrations against the leader.
Three months into Syria's bloody political showdown, some 200 critics of President Bashar Assad's regime prepared to convene in an unprecedented opposition gathering Monday in Damascus after another deadly weekend for anti-government protesters.
Syrian troops pushed to the Turkish border Thursday in their sweep against a 3-month-old pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey.
Syria's foreign minister claimed Wednesday the Damascus government soon would present "an unprecedented example of democracy" in the troubled Middle East, a bold assertion for an embattled regime that has kept a hard-line authoritarian grip on its people for decades.