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  • Syrian government forces ride a motorcycle around the main square after being deployed in Yabroud town, Syria, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters seized a key rebel supply town on the Lebanese border on Sunday, driving them from the area and scoring a major blow against them in the three-year-old-conflict. The fall of Yabroud immediately emboldened government forces to attack nearby rebel-held towns, pressing forward in what has been nearly a yearlong advance against rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad. The Syrian revolutionary flag is seen painted at right. (AP Photo)

    Syrian army ousts rebels from border stronghold

    With rebels fleeing into neighboring Lebanon, Syrian government troops and Hezbollah fighters captured a strategic town near the frontier Sunday, ousting opposition fighters from their last stronghold in the vital border area.


  • Two Lebanese doctors passe an entrance of the hospital of the American University of Beirut, where Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem receiving medical treatment, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday March 14, 2014. Lebanese security officials said al-Moallem has been rushed to a Beirut hospital and is undergoing treatment there. Lebanese lawmaker Assem Qanso, who visited al-Moallem on Friday, said outside the hospital that Syria's top diplomat is "in stable condition" and would undergo an operation. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syrian foreign minister's heart surgery a success

    Syria's foreign minister, a close confidant of President Bashar Assad and a staunch defender of the government, underwent a successful heart operation Friday, state media said.


  • Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade adjust their weapons during training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties. The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Israel takes risk with airstrike on Hezbollah

    Israel has opened a new front in its attempts to halt weapons smuggling to Hezbollah, striking one of the group's positions inside Lebanon for the first time since the sides fought a war eight years ago.


  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, a citizen journalism image provided by the United Media Office of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows members of the United Nations investigation team take samples from sand near a part of a missile that is likely to be a chemical rocket, according to activists, in the Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria. The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria's deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a nearly 700-foot (213-meter), U.S. government-owned ship, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Local Committee of Arbeen, File)

    U.N. tells Syria to hurry on chemical weapons disposal

    The U.N. Security Council called on Syria Thursday to speed up the removal of its most harmful chemical weapons agents from the country, expressing "growing concern" at several missed deadlines.


  • ** FILE ** In this Saturday Feb. 1, 2014, citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center (AMC), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian citizens gather near flames caused by a Syrian government forces warplane attack, in al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

    Syrian airstrikes kill at least 18 in Aleppo

    The Syrian government extended its intense aerial campaign against rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, conducting a series of airstrikes that killed at least 18 people, including five children, activists said.


  • In this citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center (AMC), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian residents and rescue workers carry a body from a building damaged by the Syrian forces airplanes in the neighborhood of Qadi Askar in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The Aleppo Media Center said the air raid killed and wounded several people. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

    US says Syria must comply with chemical arms deal

    The United States accused the Syrian government Thursday of using stalling tactics to delay efforts to remove and destroy chemical agents, an indication that the international community's patience is wearing thin over the slow pace of the operation.


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    Syrian opposition says Assad must not stay in power, setting up clash at outset of peace talks


  • Prof. Ake Sellström, left, head of the U.N. mission to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in the Syria, listens U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon makes a statement after receiving a report from the mission on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at U.N. headquarters.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    U.N. inspectors confirm Syria chemical attack, lack evidence to assign blame

    Chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year, in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August that forced the government to abandon its secret chemical stockpile, U.N. inspectors have said.


  • This Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows two Free Syrian Army fighters helping a wounded comrade during clashes in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    Syrian army captures suburb south of Damascus

    Syrian troops captured a contested suburb of Damascus on Wednesday as the government forged ahead with a punishing military offensive that already has taken four other opposition strongholds south of the capital, state media said.


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