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Syrian Conflict Turns to Aleppo

Aleppo becomes main arena for conflict as bloody battles are staged in Syria’s second largest city and regime forces prepare to strike.

Syrian Conflict Turns to Aleppo

IDF Chief: Syria Intervention Could Lead to Regional War

IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz warned lawmakers that a misstep by Israel in securing Syria's chemical weapons could backfire

IDF Chief: Syria Intervention Could Lead to Regional War

US Warns Syria Over Chemical Weapons

Pentagon officials tell Syria not to 'even consider' using chemical weapons; Israel will secure Syrian stockpiles if regime collapses

US Warns Syria Over Chemical Weapons

Syrian Gunships Deployed as Rebels Make Gains

Helicopter gunships attacked dissidents and rebels as fighting raged in the regime stronghold of Damascus and the key city of Aleppo.

Syrian Gunships Deployed as Rebels Make Gains

Arab League Offers Assad Safe Exit

A ministerial committee of the Arab League has offered embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad a safe-exit if he agrees to step down.

Arab League Offers Assad Safe Exit

Israel Files Complaint Over Golan Incursion

An incursion into the Golan Heights by some 500 Syrian soldiers last week has led Israel to lodge a complaint with the United Nations.

Israel Files Complaint Over Golan Incursion

Syrian Rebels: Assad's Regime is Crumbling

Syrian army defectors and rebel commanders say that Damascus attack would hasten the end of President Bashar Al-Assad's rule.

Syrian Rebels: Assad's Regime is Crumbling

Annan Seeks Delay as Powers Balk on Syria

The world powers say they will not intervene as a bomb blast in Damascus raises questions about the regime's ability to survive.

Annan Seeks Delay as Powers Balk on Syria

Annan in Iraq Seeking Solution to Syrian Crisis

UN special envoy Kofi Annan is barnstorming the Mideast region looking for allies in his quest to end the ongoing bloodshed in Syria

Annan in Iraq Seeking Solution to Syrian Crisis

Annan Arrives in Tehran After Damascus Talks

UN special envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Iran, where he hopes to enlist the aid of Tehran in salvaging his already sunk Syrian peace plan

Annan Arrives in Tehran After Damascus Talks

Annan Sees 'Progress' as Syrian Blood Flows

UN special envoy Kofi Annan says his talks with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad were 'productive' as at least 100 more are slain.

Annan Sees 'Progress' as Syrian Blood Flows

Assad Blames U.S. for Fueling Uprising

In an interview on German TV, Syrian President Bashar Assad says the U.S. is partnering with those “terrorists”.

Assad Blames U.S. for Fueling Uprising

France, Syrian Opposition Call for More Sanctions

More than 100 nations attended the Friends of Syria conference in Paris to discuss ways to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

France, Syrian Opposition Call for More Sanctions

WikiLeaks to Release 2.5 Million Syrian Cables

The self-appointed whistle blowers of WikiLeaks have begun releasing a trove of Syrian emails revealing Western ties.

WikiLeaks to Release 2.5 Million Syrian Cables

Syria Violence Renders Observer Force Moot

UN observer chief Maj. Gen. Robert Mood says his force cannot resume its mission amid escalating violence; slams diplomats failures

Syria Violence Renders Observer Force Moot

Moscow Cuts Odds on Assad's Survival: '10%'

Sources close to the Kremlin say Russian leaders have a grim view of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's future as a leader; no to asylum.

Moscow Cuts Odds on Assad's Survival: '10%'

Annan Spokesman: Syria Ceasefire 'Imperative'

The death toll in the 16-month uprising against the Syrian regime tops 16,500 in President Bashar al-Assad's 'torture archipelago.'

Annan Spokesman: Syria Ceasefire 'Imperative'

Assad Targets Opposition Leaders with ‘Counter-Terrorism’ Laws

The Syrian regime ramps up its offensive; passes new counter-terror law, as opposition leaders discuss a 'post-Assad' Syria.

Assad Targets Opposition Leaders with ‘Counter-Terrorism’ Laws

Turkish FM Urges Syrian Opposition to Unity

Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu warned Syria's often fractious opposition against discord saying only al-Assad would benefit

Turkish FM Urges Syrian Opposition to Unity

Kofi Annan Optimistic as Syria Bleeds

UN special envoy Kofi Annan says he believes a ministerial crisis talk on Syria will yield 'an acceptable result.'

Kofi Annan Optimistic as Syria Bleeds

Explosion Rocks Syrian Palace of Justice

A large explosion shook downtown Damascus as bloody fighting continues in and around the capital.

Explosion Rocks Syrian Palace of Justice

Turkey Placing Aircraft on Syrian Frontier

Turkish prime minister says Ankara is 'totally in the right' over the downing of one of its jets by Syria; incident 'won't go unanswered'

Turkey Placing Aircraft on Syrian Frontier

Syria May Have Mistaken Turkish Jet for Israeli One

The downing of a Turkish fighter plane by Syria may have been a case of mistaken identity, a Syrian minister says amid rising tensions.

Syria May Have Mistaken Turkish Jet for Israeli One

Annan Invites Major Powers to Syria Pow-Wow

With Syria's popular uprising crossing into civil war and tensions with Turkey rising, the major powers prepare to meet

Annan Invites Major Powers to Syria Pow-Wow

Erdogan: Turkey Does Not Intend to Attack Syria

Turkey's premier says Ankara has no intention of attacking Syria, but orders troops deployed on the Syrian border amid rising tensions

Erdogan: Turkey Does Not Intend to Attack Syria

Dozens Killed in Damascus Suburb Clashes

Fierce fighting on the outskirts of Damascus has left dozens killed in some of the heaviest fighting seen in Syria's capital to date.

Dozens Killed in Damascus Suburb Clashes

UN Monitors Visit Site of Latest Syrian Massacre

UN monitors visit site of Mazraat al-Qubair massacre, report smelling burnt bodies and seeing body parts around the village.

UN Monitors Visit Site of Latest Syrian Massacre

UN Monitors Blocked from Site of Syria Massacre

United Nations monitors in Syria fired upon and prevented from accessing the site of the latest massacre in the country.

UN Monitors Blocked from Site of Syria Massacre

U.S., Allies Call for Syria Transition Government

The U.S., EU, Turkey and Arab states agree Assad must go but Russia and China are as obstinate as ever.

U.S., Allies Call for Syria Transition Government

Syria Accused of New Massacre as UN Meets

President Bashar al-Assad's regime stands accused of killing at least 78 people at Mazraat al-Qabeer as the world powers convene.

Syria Accused of New Massacre as UN Meets

Damascus 'Risking Genocide'

Italy says Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's policies risk a genocide; France says new premier's appointment a 'masquerade'

Damascus 'Risking Genocide'

Syrian Rebels Kill at Least 80 Assad Troops

President Bashar al-Assad's fiery speech refusing to implement the Annan ceasefire plan has led FSA fighters to launch a new offensive

Syrian Rebels Kill at Least 80 Assad Troops

Rebel Chief Calls on Annan to Admit Failure

FSA chief Riad al-Assad called on UN envoy Kofi Annan to admit his peace plan had failed - and to free the rebels to act against the regime.

Rebel Chief Calls on Annan to Admit Failure

Ban: Syria Massacres could Ignite Civil War

“We are not there to play the role of passive observer to unspeakable atrocities," UN head says of presence in Syria.

Ban: Syria Massacres could Ignite Civil War

Saudi Scholar Puts Out Hit on Assad

As global blow-back for the Houla massacre mounts, a death bounty of $450,000 has been put on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's head

Saudi Scholar Puts Out Hit on Assad

High Noon in Syria: Rebels Give Assad Ultimatum

FSA commanders have given Syria's gov't until noon on Friday to honor a UN backed ceasefire – or face 'courageous decisions'

High Noon in Syria: Rebels Give Assad Ultimatum

Annan Leaves Syria Empty Handed

UN envoy Kofi Annan left Syria without securing any 'bold steps' from officials to end the slaughter bleeding the country.

Annan Leaves Syria Empty Handed

UN Officials Finger Assad Thugs in Houla Massacre

Observers say pro-Assad Shabiha thugs killed 108 in Houla 'execution style' – incl. women, children, and entire families

UN Officials Finger Assad Thugs in Houla Massacre

Syria: 41 More Die as Annan Delivers Message to Gunmen

An incensed Kofi Annan arrived in Syria for talks with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad bearing a message for 'everyone with a gun'

Syria: 41 More Die as Annan Delivers Message to Gunmen

Islamist at Core of Lebanon Bloodletting Freed

A military judge in Lebanon has freed a radical Islamist whose arrest sparked deadly clashes in the country; bail $333.

Islamist at Core of Lebanon Bloodletting Freed

Syrian Fires Make Beirut Boil

Syria's ongoing unrest has ignited the worst violence in Beirut since the 2008 clashes that almost plunged Lebanon into civil war

Syrian Fires Make Beirut Boil

Syrian Opposition Leader to Step Down

Syrian National Council head Burhan Ghalioun announced he would step down amid allegations the Muslim Brotherhood secured his re-election

Syrian Opposition Leader to Step Down

Barak: Syria's Assad is 'Doomed'

Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged the int'l community to hasten the departure of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, which he says is inevitable

Barak: Syria's Assad is 'Doomed'

SFA Rebels Hiding UN Monitors From Damascus

A group of UN monitors who may have seen a war crime in Syria are being hidden by SFA rebels until they can be safely extracted

SFA Rebels Hiding UN Monitors From Damascus

Panetta: Al-Qaeda Active In Syria

US secretary of defense Leon Panetta says intelligence indicates Al-Qaeda is targeting the Syrian regime

Panetta: Al-Qaeda Active In Syria

Twin Blasts Kill 55, Wound 372 in Damascus

Two powerful blasts targeting a security services building in Damascus during rush hour have wrought carnage

Twin Blasts Kill 55, Wound 372 in Damascus

Annan: 'Last Chance to Avoid Civil War'

UN-Arab envoy Kofi Annan and peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous say Assad's forces continue their assault despite cease-fire committments

Annan: 'Last Chance to Avoid Civil War'

UN Observers Under Pressure as Syria Bleeds

The tiny UN observer force in Syria is under mounting pressure to enforce a UN-brokered ceasefire despite numbering only 30

UN Observers Under Pressure as Syria Bleeds

Arab League to Press UN Security Council on Syria

As violence continues unabated in Syria, the Arab League is set to ask the United Nations to take measures to protect civilians

Arab League to Press UN Security Council on Syria

France and Turkey Mulling Syria Intervention

As violence rages on in Syria, Turkey wants to create a buffer zone; France wants to invoke Chapter 7 of the UN charter.

France and Turkey Mulling Syria Intervention

UN Observers Seek to 'De-Escalate' Douma Tensions

UN observers monitoring a tentative ceasefire in Syria are returning to Douma, where Assad's forces struck shortly after they departed

UN Observers Seek to 'De-Escalate' Douma Tensions

Annan: The Situation in Syria is 'Bleak'

Special envoy Kofi Annan told the Security Council that the situation in Syria is 'bleak' and expressed 'alarm' as violence continues

Annan: The Situation in Syria is 'Bleak'

UN Approves 300 Syria Observers

Pressure from UN chief Ban Ki-Moon prompted Security Council to expand its Syria observer force tenfold

UN Approves 300 Syria Observers

UN Monitors Set to Begin as Ceasefire Unravels

An advance team of UN peacekeepers arrived to begin their work in Syria as the ceasefire they are to monitor is cast into further doubt

UN Monitors Set to Begin as Ceasefire Unravels

Dawn Quiet Reported in Syria

A UN-backed ceasefire has taken tentative hold in Syria as activists report quiet in key conflict cities; no troop pullback thus far.

Dawn Quiet Reported in Syria

Syria Promises Dawn Ceasefire

President Bashar al-Assad's forces have agreed to honor UN-Arab-league envoy Kofi Annan's ceasefire demand, if the rebels do too....

Syria Promises Dawn Ceasefire

Annan Plan Unraveling As Fighting Continues

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan is rapidly becoming a dead letter as fighting crosses his ceasefire deadline.

Annan Plan Unraveling As Fighting Continues

Annan: Ceasefire Deadline — 0600 on April 12

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan gave Syrian troops, rebel fighters a deadline to stop fighting as bullets continue to fly across the country

Annan: Ceasefire Deadline — 0600 on April 12

Russia May Back UN Draft on Syria

Russia has hinted it will consider backing a US drafted demand for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to honor an April 10 ceasefire date.

Russia May Back UN Draft on Syria

Syria: Fighting Continues as Ceasefire Looms

An advance team of UN peacekeepers are headed to Syria ahead of a planned ceasefire, but fighting has not abated.

Syria: Fighting Continues as Ceasefire Looms