“Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel,” Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said, vowing that his country would do “whatever is necessary" in defense.
Islamic State is turning to car bombings because it is in danger of being demoted from caliphate to just a run-of-the-mill terrorist organization.
The governor of Homs Province, Talal al-Barazi, said Wednesday that 80 percent of the rebel fighters in that city have now been evacuated.
In a sad farewell note to the country he spent a long time covering, reporter Patrick Cockburn describes how ordinary Syrians struggle to survive amid a seemingly interminable civil war stoked by foreign governments pursuing their own interests.
"In any normal society," writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, "the red lights would now be flashing."
More than half of the population of Syria will likely need aid by the end of the year, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees has warned, adding that the civil crisis is the most serious the global body has ever dealt with.
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Despite news of the Syrian government's acceptance of a peace plan brought in by special envoy Kofi Annan a day before, by Wednesday it was clear that those headlines didn't mean much in the way of actual progress in Syria.
On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov signaled a shift in his country's position vis-à-vis the ongoing crisis in Syria, indicating that Russia may be willing to cooperate more with the U.N. Security Council's proposed plan, but with some stipulations.