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UN council backs Syria peace plan

Dec 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

In January we hope and expect to be at the table and to be able to implement a full ceasefire says US Secretary of State John Kerry

SYRIA PEACE PLAN. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and UN Special Envoy for the Syria Crisis Staffan de Mistura speak at a press conference following the unanimous adoption of a resolution calling for a cease-fire and political talks to help end the civil war in Syria at the United Nations Security Council meeting. Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

Syria dissidents meet to forge new opposition alliance

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:15 PM

The new grouping would offer an alternative to the National Coalition the exiled opposition bloc that is widely recognized and supported by Arab and Western governments

Syria talks kick off in Moscow but little progress expected

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:47 AM

UPDATED The discussions are expected to focus on humanitarian issues and serve as a way for Russia a main backer of the Syrian regime to build its profile as a potential mediator in the conflict

Syria talks start in Moscow as West's approach alters

Jan 28, 2015 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED The Kremlin sponsored talks are not expected to yield a major breakthrough as the main opposition group the exiled National Coalition refuses to attend

In this file photo, a Russian policeman guards during New Year celebrations on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 01 January 2015. Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

UN seeks more cross-border aid deliveries to Syria

Nov 26, 2014 - 9:39 AM

The UN Security Council will move to allow cross border deliveries of relief supplies to Syria for another year as new figures showed more Syrians were in need of aid

Volunteers from two of three non-governmental organizations currently operating relief groups in Arsal, Lebanon, after international humanitarian actors halted operations in the border town due to security reasons, distributes boxes of aid to Syrian refugees in Al-Masri refugee camp on October 25, 2014. Maya Hautefueille/AFP

Anti-Assad countries beef up aid to Syria opposition

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:50 AM

The Friends of Syria group reaffirmed the need for a political settlement in Syria after more than three years of civil war but the SNC leader said the prospects for a negotiated deal were virtually nil

IN LIMBO. A Syrian refugee family braves a sand storm at the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 24 September 2014. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

US, Arab allies launch air strikes on ISIS jihadists in Syria

Sep 23, 2014 - 9:42 AM

UPDATED US media reported five Arab states took part in the air raids as part of a new international coalition formed to attack the Islamic State group

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Syrian opposition elects el-Bahra as new leader

Jul 10, 2014 - 7:39 AM

The Syrian National Coalition will be hoping Hadi el Bahra enjoys greater success than his predecessor Ahmad Jarba in keeping up the pressure on the regime

NEW OPPOSITION CHIEF. In this file photo, Syrian opposition chief negotiator Hadi el-Bahra arrives for a meeting during the second round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, 15 February 2014. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Hundreds evacuated from Syria's Homs on eve of talks

Feb 09, 2014 - 10:16 PM

UPDATED State television said the operation – the second evacuation in 3 days – took place under fire from armed terrorist groups

DISPLACED. An image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus hangs on the partially destroyed wall of a house belonging to a Christian family in a neighbourhood besieged by government forces in the central Syrian city of Homs on February 1, 2014. Photo by AFP

Syria talks to continue despite deadlock over power transfer

Jan 28, 2014 - 9:43 AM

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi admitted that talks haven t produced much but he said he would bring the country s warring sides together again on Tuesday

NO PROGRESS. UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference after a round of talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Syria warring sides join world powers in Montreux for talks

Jan 22, 2014 - 6:40 AM

Officials express little hope of a breakthrough at the conference but say just bringing President Bashar al Assad s regime and the opposition to the same table will be a sign of progress

TALKS VENUE. Police block the street at the arrival of Syrian government delegation at their hotel on January 21, 2014 on the eve of the so-called Geneva II peace talks in Montreux. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Ban boots Iran out of Syria peace talks

Jan 21, 2014 - 6:42 AM

The UN secretary general was forced to act after the Syrian opposition threatened to withdraw from the talks if Iran takes part

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York, 17 January 2014. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Syria's Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal

Jan 20, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Assad calls for the talks scheduled to begin on Wednesday January 22 in Montreux in Switzerland to focus on what he termed his war against terrorism

ASSAD SPEAKS. In a picture released on January 20, 2014, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP at the presidential palace in Damascus on the weekend. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Syria opposition threatens talks boycott over Iran invite

Jan 20, 2014 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED The Syrian National Coalition said it would withdraw from the negotiations unless the invitation to Iran extended by UN Sec Gen Ban Ki moon was retracted

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York, 17 January 2014. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

ISIL 'reaching out' to Syria rebels: audio message

Jan 20, 2014 - 12:49 AM

The remarks mark a shift for ISIL which said earlier it would crush opposition fighters and considered members of the Syrian National Coalition and the military command of the Free Syrian Army to be legitimate targets

West hails Syria opposition vote to join peace talks

Jan 19, 2014 - 6:40 PM

United States Britain France and Germany were equally elated with the opposition s decision to overcome internal divisions and go to Switzerland

Syria opposition to join peace talks to oust Assad

Jan 19, 2014 - 7:59 AM

The exiled Coalition votes by 58 votes to 14 with two abstentions and one blank vote at a meeting in Istanbul to attend the so called Geneva II talks which open Wednesday

Syria peace hopes at Paris crossroads

Jan 12, 2014 - 3:11 PM

Kerry and ministers from 10 other countries in the Friends of Syria grouping will seek to persuade the opposition National Coalition to attend talks due to start later this month in Switzerland

IN TATTERS. A Syrian flag flutters in the foreground with Damascus' Sheraton hotel (C) and Mount Qasyun in the backgound on December 12, 2013. Louai Beshara/AFP

Syria rebels besiege Qaeda-linked jihadists

Jan 07, 2014 - 10:43 AM

The new front in Syria s increasingly complex civil war opened less than three weeks away from a planned peace conference

Aleppo bombing kills hundreds, threatening Syria talks

Dec 24, 2013 - 11:20 AM

The vicious campaign has seen aircraft drop barrels of TNT on rebel held neighborhoods in Aleppo – a tactic widely condemned as unlawful – flooding hospitals with victims

THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

Regime seizes Syria town as conflict passes 1,000th day

Dec 10, 2013 - 7:06 AM

The violence again showed no signs of abating with a powerful storm forecast to make matters worse for Syrians

RUINED BY WAR. A picture taken on December 8, 2013 shows a devastated street of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

First test for Syria rebel government: provide services

Nov 13, 2013 - 6:08 PM

But the fractious internal politics of the Coalition along with the strength of Al Qaeda affiliated jihadists on the ground and advances by regime troops all pose key challenges for the new government

Deadly bombs hit Syria cities after peace talks flop

Nov 07, 2013 - 12:30 AM

UPDATED The latest upsurge of violence in Syria came a day after Washington and Moscow failed to announce a date for proposed peace talks

BLAST SCENE. A handout photo made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows damage at al-Hejaz square in Damascus, Syria, 06 November 2013. According to SANA, eight civilians have been killed and 50 others wounded in the blast in al-Hejaz Square. EPA/SANA Handout

Assad tells envoy Syrians will decide on peace talks

Oct 31, 2013 - 12:19 PM

The meeting came a day after the Red Crescent evacuated hundreds of civilians from a besieged town near Damascus

DAMASCUS MEETING. Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) meets with the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L), in Damascus, Syria, 30 October 2013. EPA/SANA/Handout

Syria talks in London agree no future role for Assad

Oct 22, 2013 - 11:56 PM

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says Syrian President Bashar al Assad Assad has no role in a peaceful and democratic Syria

Assad: 'Factors not in place' for Syria peace talks

Oct 22, 2013 - 8:15 AM

His comments come as US Secretary of State John Kerry says any attempt by Assad to be re elected would extend the country s civil war

'WHY NOT RUN AGAIN?' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a television interview with journalist Ghassan Bin Jeddo from Al Mayadeen TV in Damascus, Syria, 21 October 2013. EPA/SANA handout

Russia, US OK mid-November Syria peace talks – Lavrov

Oct 07, 2013 - 2:42 PM

The so called Geneva 2 peace conference aims to bring together the warring sides in Syria

MEETING IN BALI. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) chats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on October 7, 2013. AFP / Sonny Tumbelaka

UN's Ban holds first meeting with Syrian opposition chief

Sep 29, 2013 - 10:38 AM

Meeting likely to infuriate President Bashar al Assad s government

Assad defiant in face of US strikes threat

Sep 01, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Syria said US President Barack Obama has grown hesitant and confused after he postponed a threatened military strike on Damascus pending a vote in Congress

DEFIANT. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 26, 2013 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia in Damascus. AFP / SANA

Syria opposition thinks US will OK strike

Sep 01, 2013 - 7:07 PM

We had a feeling of disappointment We were expecting things to be quicker that a strike would be imminent But we believe Congress will approve a strike

Syria crisis resolution only by 'striking terror with iron fist': Assad

Aug 05, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Assad also dismissed the political opposition to his regime as a failure that could play no role in solving the country s brutal war

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows President Bashar al-Assad giving a speech at an "iftar" meal on the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with political and religious figures in Damascus on August 4, 2013. Photo by AFP/SANA handout

Syria opposition presses Kerry for US arms

Jul 26, 2013 - 7:29 AM

Syrian opposition leaders say that US commitment of military support needs to happen fast

POLITICAL SOLUTION. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) allegedly shows bodies of rebel fighters after being ambushed by government forces in the industrial city of Adra outside Damascus. The UN says only a political solution can bring an end to the civil war, which killed over 100,000 people. AFP/HO/SANA

Syria rebels fight on as peace talks pressure mounts

May 26, 2013 - 9:04 AM

Syrian rebels kept up resistance Saturday May 25 to a Hezbollah backed government assault on a strategic central town

DISCUSSIONS. President of the Syrian National Council (SNC) George Sabra (C) talks with other Syrian opposition members during a break at the Syrian opposition meeting in Istanbul, on May 25, 2013. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Syria to dominate G8 talks as rebels ask US for weapons

Apr 11, 2013 - 10:08 AM

The ministers kicked off their gathering over dinner late Wednesday; North Korea also on agenda

Syria rebels agree to meet Kerry, dismiss Damascus offer

Feb 26, 2013 - 12:30 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague convinced the opposition to revoke its boycott on a Friends of Syria conference in Rome on Thursday

UN chief appeals to Syria as Assad vows to fight on

Feb 12, 2013 - 1:29 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon urged the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad to accept an opposition offer of peace talks hours after Assad himself vowed to fight on

Opposition eyes Syria seat at UN, Arab League

Jan 11, 2013 - 9:19 PM

Syrian National Coalition also asked to be given regime assets frozen as part of international sanctions on the Damascus government

In long-awaited move, Obama recognizes Syrian rebels

Dec 12, 2012 - 11:18 AM

US President Barack Obama proclaimed Syria s newly reframed opposition as the legitimate representative of the nation s people Tuesday

US President Barack Obama speaks to Barbara Walters in an interview in the White House, December 11, 2012. Frame grab courtesy of ABC News.

Turkey to ask for NATO support on border with Syria

Nov 20, 2012 - 8:14 AM

NATO said Monday November 19 it would urgently consider a request from Ankara to deploy Patriot missiles along Turkey s troubled border with Syria as the EU announced its recognition of the new Syrian opposition coalition

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen talks to the media upon arrival to the EU Council Building prior to the start of a meeting of European Union defense ministers, on November 19, 2012 in Brussels. AFP PHOTO/THIERRY CHARLIER

New Syria opposition bloc wins Gulf, Arab recognition

Nov 13, 2012 - 8:13 AM

The six Gulf states recognized a newly formed opposition bloc as the Syrian people s legitimate representative on Monday November 12 as border violence stoked fears of a spillover of the 20 month conflict

OPPOSITION LEADERS. Syrian opposition figure and prominent Syrian human rights activist Haytham al-Maleh (L) congratulates Syrian cleric Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib after he was elected to lead the National Coalition of Forces of the the Syrian Revolution and Opposition, formed after the Syrian National Council (SNC) agreed to the new group, on November 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO/KARIM JAAFAR