Erika Solomon

Syria ships out first batch of chemical materials

Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country as part of the disarmament programme, which has faced technical problems.

Saudi Arabia to give Lebanese army $3bn

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has indicated that the grant is likely to be spent partly on weapons from France as a counterweight to Hezbollah.

Anticipated strike on Syria sends rebels into hiding

An expected US-led strike on Syria has not only put government forces on alert, it has also alarmed Islamist rebels - who worry they too are targets.

Explosion kills 12 in Aleppo

Twelve people were killed when an explosion rocked a government-held district of the disputed Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

Blast hits Damascus as Turkey sends troops to Syrian border

Rebel forces have attacked Damascus while Turkey deployed anti-aircraft rocket launchers to the Syrian border, building pressure on Bashar al-Assad.

Smell of death lingers at Syrian massacre village

UN monitors say the smell of burnt flesh hung in the air and body parts lay scattered around the deserted Syrian hamlet of Mazraat al-Qubeir.

Syrian violence continues unabated

Syria has told Arab League envoy Kofi Annan that it has begun pulling troops in line with a peace plan accepted by President Bashar al-Assad.

Death toll mounts as Syria holds referendum

The Syrian government kept up its onslaught on Homs and other towns, with at least 100 killed according to human rights campaigners.

New February deadline for Syrian Constitution

Syria will hold a referendum on a draft Constitution on February 26 that limits the presidency to two seven-year terms and allows multiple parties.

Residents flee during Syrian army bombardments

Syrian government forces have attacked President Bashar al-Assad opponents on several fronts, sending residents fleeing from a town near the capital.

Syrian forces target Homs after league suggestion

Syrian forces have bombarded districts of Homs and struck other cities after Arab states pledged support for the opposition battling Bashar al-Assad.

Syria’s rebels warn of increased attacks on al-Assad forces

Frustrated with the Arab League's lack of progress, the head of the Free Syrian Army has threatened to step up attacks on Bashar al-Assad's forces.

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