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  • In this Monday, March 24, 2014 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian soldiers carry the coffin of the commander of the pro-government National Defense Forces Hilal Assad, during his funeral at a hospital in Latakia province, Syria. State TV reported late Sunday that Hilal Assad was killed in the fighting against opposition fighters in Kassab. The commander was a member of Syrian President Bashar Assad's family but the TV did not say if they were close relatives. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syrian rebels battle deeper into coastal province

    Syrian rebels pressed their offensive deeper into the coastal heartland of President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect on Wednesday, battling government troops backed by warplanes for control of at least two villages in the heavily wooded and mountainous terrain, activists said.

  • A wounded Israeli soldier is brought to a hospital in Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. A roadside bomb hit an Israeli patrol near the frontier with the Golan Heights on Tuesday, the army said, wounding four soldiers in the most serious violence to strike the area since the Syrian conflict began three years ago. Israel said it responded with artillery strikes on Syrian army targets. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed the strategic area in a move that was not internationally recognized. (AP Photo/Hertzel Shapira) ****ISRAEL OUT***

    Israeli airstrikes kill 1 Syrian soldier, wound 7

    Israeli airstrikes against Syrian military posts in the Golan Heights killed one soldier and wounded seven on Wednesday in the most serious escalation between the two neighboring countries since Syria's civil war broke out three years ago.

  • Ready: A Super Hornet is prepared to launch from the USS Nimitz. The carrier was scheduled to return home but was ordered to stay in the Red Sea. (U.S. Navy via associated press)

    Syria creates a Russian safe zone, civilian danger zones

    Syria's military is preparing for a U.S. strike by dispersing its forces into apartment buildings, schools and mosques, and may be hiding its most valuable assets inside a Russian naval base, betting that U.S. missiles will avoid it.

  • Military launches offensive on outskirts of Damascus, killing 12

    The Syrian military launched an offensive to regain control of suburbs on the eastern edge of Damascus on Sunday, storming neighborhoods and clashing with groups of army defectors in fierce fighting that sent residents fleeing and killed at least 12 people, activists said.

  • Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem watches videos of corpses during a news conference Monday to bolster the Syrian regime's contention that armed gangs are behind the country's violence. A U.N. probe condemns the regime for violence against protesters.

    Syrian forces abused, killed kids, report says

    Children were raped, tortured, illegally detained and shot dead in a crackdown by Syria's military and security forces on protesters for democracy, a U.N. investigation reported Monday.

  • **FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad (Associated Press)

    Hackers hit Syrian government websites

    Hackers supporting Syria's anti-government protesters attacked 10 websites belonging to central or local government ministries, spreading the six month-long bloody rebellion against the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad into cyberspace.

  • Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) prays during a service for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, at the Hafez Assad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syrian security forces carry out raids, arrests

    Syrian security forces searching for anti-government protesters raided houses in central Syria and made arrests, activists and residents said Wednesday.

  • An Egyptian boy sits on the shoulders of a man during a protest against the Syrian regime, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.  (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

    Syrian FM pledges elections by year's end

    Syria's foreign minister is promising Syrians "free and fair" general elections by the end of the year.

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