Bassem Mroue

Israeli warplanes strike Syria in escalation

Israeli warplanes has struck areas in and around the Syrian capital, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of missiles.

Hezbollah appeals for calm after Syria kidnapping

The leader of Shi'ite group Hezbollah has appealed for calm after people blocked roads in Beirut to protest the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shi'ites.

Syrian opponents turn to assassinations

Syrian President Bashar Assad's opponents appear to be resorting to assassinations of loyalist military officers in an escalation of their campaign.

Homs laid to waste in Syrian attacks

Syrian troops have shelled rebel-held neighbourhoods in Homs, a day after the UN General Assembly condemned human rights violations by the regime.

Syria rejects unity plan as bloody conflict rages on

Syria has rejected the Arab League's plan to end the country's conflict, saying the call for a unity government is a violation of Syria's sovereignty.

Syrian troops turn on each other

Syrian troops fought intense battles with hundreds of fellow soldiers who have turned their weapons against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrians call for Assad’s death; 11 killed

Tens of thousands of Syrian protesters have shouted for President Bashar al-Assad's death in a dramatic escalation of their rage and frustration.

Syria’s army seizes restive town after mutiny

Syrian troops backed by helicopters and tanks regained control on Sunday of a town where police and soldiers joined forces with the protesters.

Syrian authorities detain hundreds in fresh raids

Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country on Monday.

Natural gas could lead to new Lebanon-Israel war

The discovery of gas reserves under the eastern Mediterranean could mean a huge windfall for Israel and Lebanon, if it doesn't spark a new war.

Iraq calls on militias to freeze operations

The Iraqi government has called on armed groups to follow the lead of the biggest Shi'ite militia and freeze their operations, even as the United States military on Friday reported the deaths of two more American service members in fighting against Sunni insurgents.

Gunmen seize 30 in brazen attack in Baghdad

Gunmen seized the chairman of Iraq's Olympic committee and at least 30 other people on Saturday in a brazen daylight raid on a sports conference in the heart of the city as armed clashes erupted in scattered parts of the capital. Parliament extended the national state of emergency as at least 27 people -- including two American soldiers -- were killed in sectarian or insurgency-related violence.

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