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has the syrian opposition lost the war?


journalist patrick cockburn and syrian american council adviser mohammed ghanem offer differing views on the syrian war.






syrian opposition calls on us to spare civilians in raqqa


beirut (ap) — a leading syrian opposition group is calling on the u.s.-led coalition to stop targeting residential areas in and around raqqa, the islamic state group’s de facto capital. the syrian national coalition says it is “increasingly concerned” about civilian casualties in the campaign against the extremist group. the exiled opposition coalition is taking […]






syrian opposition forces, turkish troops push into al-bab


syrian opposition forces say they have advanced inside the islamic state-held town of al-bab, in northern syria.






syria and monitoring group blast turkey over civilian deaths


the syrian government and an opposition monitoring group condemned friday what they called turkey's "crimes" against the syrian people in the northern town of al-bab that is controlled by the islamic state group. meanwhile, a top turkish military official said most of the town is under control of allied syrian opposition fighters.






syrian dissident launches new opposition bloc from lebanon


a prominent syrian dissident has launched a new opposition party, calling from lebanon for free and fair elections in syria.






syrian opposition calls on us to spare civilians in raqqa


a leading syrian opposition group is calling on the u.s.-led coalition to stop targeting residential areas in and around raqqa, the islamic state group's de facto capital.






turkey steps up training of syrian opposition forces


turkey's state-run news agency says the country has intensified its training of syrian opposition fighters.






syrian opposition seeks extension of current geneva talks


geneva (ap) — the syrian opposition will seek an extension of the current round of u.n.-hosted peace talks underway in geneva, saying wednesday it needed more negotiating time. salem meslet, an opposition spokesman, said it was “not right” that this round is expected to last just four days. the opposition needed time to prepare its […]






is kenya's democracy in crisis?


we ask kenya's raila odinga about running for president again and debate whether the syrian opposition lost the war.






syrian troops, turkey-backed forces surround is stronghold


beirut (ap) — syrian state media and an activist group say pro-government forces have a nced toward al-bab, completing the encirclement of the islamic state-held town, which had been partially besieged by turkey-backed opposition forces. turkish troops and syrian opposition fighters have been trying to seize the town for weeks. the syrian government and the turkish-backed […]






syrian opposition voice concern over transitional phase


many questions remain unanswered about transitional phase, syrian opposition say.






dozens killed in airstrikes on syrian city of raqqa


beirut (ap) — syrian state media and opposition activists are reporting that airstrikes on the northern city of raqqa have killed dozens of civilians. u.s.-backed syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture the city from the islamic state group since june 6, and have been marching under the cover of airstrikes by the u.s.-led […]






car bombing near syrian town captured from islamic state kills 60


turkey's news agency said friday that a car bombing killed 60 people near a town just captured from islamic state militants by turkish forces and syrian opposition fighters. anadolu news agency said the explosion killed civilians and syrian opposition fighters in the village of sousian, north of...






the latest: syrian gov’t demands opposition unity for talks


beirut (ap) — the latest on developments in syria and at peace talks in geneva (all times local): 9:45 p.m. the syrian government’s top envoy to geneva peace talks says his side will meet face-to-face with the opposition only if its various factions come together in a “unified, patriotic opposition.” bashar al-ja’afari, syria’s ambassador to […]






syrian national coalition hails us strike on homs base


syrian opposition group's official tells al jazeera us involvement 'could really be opportunity' to end syria's war.






observers: large explosion rocks syrian capital


beirut (ap) — a large explosion rocked the syrian capital early thursday, followed by a fire near the damascus airport, syrian opposition activists and a monitor said.






observers: large explosion rocks syrian capital


a large explosion rocked the syrian capital early thursday, followed by a fire near the damascus airport, syrian opposition activists and a monitor said.






can syrian rebels build on their damascus attack?


opposition fighters launched brazen assault on the syrian capital, seizing control of areas under government siege.






observers: large explosion rocks syrian capital


beirut (ap) — a large explosion rocked the syrian capital early thursday, followed by a fire near the damascus airport, syrian opposition activists and a monitor said. the explosion was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake, the head of the syrian observatory for human rights rami abdurrahman said. he said the explosion was reported […]






syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels


syrian government troops gained control of the village that houses the main water source for damascus urday, as fighters begin to evacuate, in a major development that caps weeks of fighting in the area, according to syrian state tv and opposition media.






can the latest round of talks end the syrian conflict?


syrian government and opposition representatives are in geneva for a new round of un-sponsored negotiations.






syrian troops capture wide areas from is in country's center


syrian government forces and their allies have captured a wide area from the islamic state group in the country's center, two days after besieging it, an opposition monitoring group and a syrian military arm said saturday.






syrian troops capture central town after heavy clashes


syrian government forces have captured a central town and adjacent villages, boosting security in nearby areas loyal to president bashar assad, and marched deeper into a rebel-held neighborhood of damascus, syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group said sunday.






car bombing near syria town captured from isis kills 35


turkey's news agency says a car bomb north of a town just captured by turkish forces and syrian opposition fighters from islamic state militants has killed at least 35 people.  anadolu news agency says the explosion friday killed civilians and syrian opposition fighters in sousian village, north...






car bombing near syria town captured from isis kills 60


turkey's news agency says a car bomb north of a town just captured by turkish forces and syrian opposition fighters from islamic state militants has killed 60 people.  anadolu news agency says the explosion friday killed civilians and syrian opposition fighters in sousian village, north of the...






idlib's rebel split: a crossroads for syrian opposition


rebel divisions have forced a total reorder of the northern armed opposition a month before un-led negotiations.






syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels


syrian government troops gained control of the main water source for damascus on urday, as the military worked to secure it and remove land mines in a major development that caps weeks of fighting with rebels in the area, according to syrian state tv and opposition media.






syrian army advances at edge of cease-fire zone


beirut (ap) — syrian government forces seized a village from rebels on the edge of a large cease-fire zone in the northwest on sunday as warplanes targeted opposition positions farther inside the area, according to activists. a local media activist who goes by the name obeida hamawi said the government pushed opposition fighters out of […]






syrian group raises death toll in suspected gas attack to 58


a suspected chemical attack in a town in syria's northern idlib province killed dozens of people on tuesday, syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. the britain-based syrian observatory for human rights monitoring group put...






as civilians are organized to return to town retaken from islamic state, car bom


a car bombing north of a syrian town just captured by turkish forces and syrian opposition fighters from the islamic state group killed at least 35 people on friday, mostly civilians who had gathered trying to go back home, turkey's news agency and syrian activists said. according to mohammed al-tawil,...






plane believed to be syrian crashes near turkey-syria border


istanbul (ap) — turkish officials said that an aircraft believed to belong to the syrian military crashed near the turkey-syria border saturday, with the syrian opposition telling turkish media they shot the plane down. prime minister binali yildirim told reporters that “we have information that a mig model plane belonging to the syrian regime” had […]






russia: syrian safe zones plan comes into effect


russia says it will be a month before 'de-escalation zones' are fully established, as syrian opposition voices concern.






russia: syrian safe zones plan takes effect at midnight


russia says it will be a month before 'de-escalation zones' are fully established, as syrian opposition voices concern.






syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands of people begins


the syrian government and opposition forces began a coordinated population swap friday of about 10,000 people from four towns besieged for years amid the country's bloody, six-year civil war.






plane believed to be syrian crashes near turkey-syria border


istanbul (ap) — turkish officials said that an aircraft believed to belong to the syrian military crashed near the turkey-syria border saturday, with the syrian opposition claiming to turkish media they were responsible for shooting the plane down.