Oliver Holmes

US hostage rescuers dropped from night sky, says witness

A witness to the US raid in Syria has described how dozens of commandos arrived in the middle of the night on heavily armed helicopters.

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.

UK opposes Syria intervention as US considers actions

Britain will not join any military action against Syria after a stunning parliamentary defeat of a government motion on the issue.

Syria warns US against military action

Syria warned the US against action over a suspected poison gas attack, saying it would "create a ball of fire that will inflame the Middle East".

US fuels Russian fear of Syria no-fly zone

The Pentagon said US F-16s would to stay in Jordan, as Russia bristled at the possibility they could be used to enforce a no-fly zone inside Syria.

Syria and Iran condemn US plan to aid rebels

Syria and Iran joined forces on Saturday to condemn moves by Western powers to aid rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian forces clash in key town

A fourth member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle has died from a bomb attack this week as rebels converge on the capital.

Syrian rebels kill 25 pro-Assad militiamen

Syrian rebels have killed at least 25 members of militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and troops killed 10 protesters in Aleppo.

Deadly bombs in Syria’s Idlib target security

Nine people are dead and 100 wounded in bomb blasts near Syrian security service buildings as a bombing battle intensifies against government targets.

Syrian cities bombarded as truce deadline nears

Activists accuse Syrian troops of shelling two cities in an effort to weaken forces fighting Bashar al-Assad's government before a ceasefire deadline.

Syria accepts rough peace plan, says Annan

Syria has accepted a ceasefire and peace plan drawn up by Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan as Syrian troops thrust into Lebanon to battle rebels.

Rights group accuses opposition of torture in Syria

Human Rights Watch says armed opposition groups in Syria have kidnapped, tortured and executed supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.

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