Middle East

  • Golan Druse start to turn against Syria's Assad
    2365e6c020b39e15160f6a7067006e59 2012-07-28 07:56:28 UTC
    BUKATA, Golan Heights (AP) — The raging civil war just across the cease-fire line in Syria is posing an uncomfortable political choice for the Druse people in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Do they maintain their traditional loyalty to the government of Bashar Assad, whose family has vowed...

  • Fears grow over fate of Syrian city of Aleppo
    Diaalnews 2012-07-28 06:31:22 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — International concern was mounting Friday over a potential massacre as Syrian troops bombarded the besieged city of Aleppo with artillery, strafed it with aircraft and reportedly pulled in major reinforcements ready to crush the outgunned rebels. The battle is one of the most imp...

  • Syrian troops kill 6-year-old fleeing into Jordan
    Ebc7a285091a9015160f6a7067004cb3 2012-07-27 18:43:34 UTC
    RAMTHA, Jordan (AP) — The family crept across farmland under night's cover, heading for the border, when Syrian troops opened fire. Bullets whizzed around them as they broke into a mad dash, survivors say. The 6-year-old boy, holding his mother's hand, broke away and ran ahead. He nearly made it ...

  • NATO: Afghan militant attacks up 11 percent
    Diaalnews 2012-07-27 07:42:23 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 percent, compared to the same period last year. The latest statistics also say that the number of attacks in June was the highest for any month since fighting surged i...

  • Report: Syrian legislator flees to Turkey
    Ayw_3mrccaefs3y.jpg-large 2012-07-27 07:36:15 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says a Syrian legislator from the northern city of Aleppo has fled to Turkey and warned that Syria was preparing for a massive offensive on cities where rebels are fighting government forces. The rebels are locked in fierce fighting with the gove...

  • Palestinians in Syria get pulled into civil war
    36fa8122ef777814160f6a706700e1e9 2012-07-27 07:28:23 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Like other communities sucked into Syria's widening civil war, the Yarmouk neighborhood in Damascus has seen death and destruction. Soldiers and snipers have gunned down demonstrators. Some protesters have taken up arms to fight back. But there's one key difference: Most of Yarmo...

  • Syrian defector wants to help unify opposition
    0e7fa00ad4f65d14160f6a7067008023 2012-07-26 19:26:54 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's most prominent defector offered himself up Thursday as a figure to unite the fractious opposition, saying he failed to persuade his former friend, President Bashar Assad, to end a bloody crackdown that has killed thousands of Syrians. The remarks by Manaf Tlass, a Syrian ...

  • Palestinian cash crisis getting worse: minister
    87682_mainimg 2012-07-26 19:21:15 UTC
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The cash-strapped Palestinian self-rule government is finding it harder each month to stay afloat, its finance minister said in an interview Thursday. The Palestinian Authority is struggling with its worst financial crisis in years, in part because key donor countrie...

  • Iran offers Syria "experience and capabilities"
    Diaalnews 2012-07-26 08:17:33 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A high-ranking Iranian official says his country is ready to share "experience and capabilities" with the Tehran-backed regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. In a report published late on Wednesday by official news agency IRNA, Iran's vice president in charge of int...

  • Syrian rushes troops to Aleppo to fight rebels
    C84c6966d52c5e14160f6a706700a3aa 2012-07-25 17:22:10 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of government tanks converged on Syria's largest city Wednesday as President Bashar Assad marshaled his forces to stamp out a five-day rebel fight to wrest Aleppo from the regime's grasp. As the fighting raged in Aleppo, Turkey said that it had sealed its border to trade w...

  • Official: Israel to act if Syria arsenal breached
    Diaalnews 2012-07-25 07:24:35 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister says Israel will act immediately if it discovers Lebanese Hezbollah militants are raiding Syria's chemical or biological weapons stocks. Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio on Wednesday: "For us, that's a casus belli, a red line." Israel's politica...

  • Russia warns Syria against using chemical weapons
    Diaalnews 2012-07-25 04:53:45 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia chided its longtime ally Syria on Tuesday over its threat to use chemical weapons in case of a foreign attack, but Moscow gave no sign it was abandoning President Bashar Assad's regime, despite growing international condemnation over the violence in the Arab country. Syria...

  • Iran general: Reprisals await 'Arabs' over Syria
    Untitled 2012-07-24 17:37:00 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards has warned "hated Arab" rivals they could face repercussions for their efforts to topple the Tehran-backed regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria, a report said Tuesday. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri did not specify any country ...

  • Syria unleashes helicopters on rebels in Aleppo
    E6bcce85bb834614160f6a7067001896 2012-07-24 17:26:47 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — With warplanes circling overhead, Syrian attack helicopters pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Tuesday in an escalation of the battle for the country's commercial capital and largest city, residents and activists said. Following a pair of rebel assaults on the country'...

  • Jordan king's treads delicate line on reform
    Diaalnews 2012-07-24 08:31:58 UTC
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — For Jordan's King Abdullah II, preventing the Arab world's wave of uprisings from washing into to his country has been an exercise in careful calibration — easing his absolute grip on power just enough to defuse protests. Upcoming parliamentary elections, the centerpiece o...

  • Syria says will use chemical weapons if attacked
    4fa36493a14d2c14160f6a706700d645 2012-07-23 17:46:19 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction. Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi stressed, however, that Damascus would not use it...

  • Bread queues, destruction as war comes to Damascus
    Bread_queues__destruction_as_war_comes_to_damascus 2012-07-23 17:37:31 UTC
    MASNAA, Lebanon (AP) — After a bloody, weeklong siege in the Syrian capital, residents who stayed behind are facing hours-long lines for gasoline and bread, stinking piles of garbage in the streets and scenes of destruction unimaginable in a city that had long been spared the worst ravages of the...

  • Israel shoring up coalition with Kadima defectors
    Netanyahumofaz_08052012 2012-07-23 10:22:52 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Six of the Kadima Party's 28 lawmakers have agreed to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hawkish coalition, just days after the troubled centrist bloc bolted the government, a party spokesman said Monday. The defection of the party backbenchers, confirmed by Kadima offic...

  • Iran returns sanction fight to Gulf shipping lanes
    La-fg-iran-navy-20120712-001 2012-07-23 17:51:10 UTC
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Pentagon officials announced plans to send U.S. Navy minesweepers and warships into the Gulf for exercises, they carefully tried to avoid framing it as a direct show of force against Iran. Tehran took care of that. Iranian commanders and political leader...

  • Israel official: Syria protecting chemical arsenal
    2038342035 2012-07-22 08:37:19 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli defense official says Syria remains in control of its chemical weapons arsenals, even as the Israeli military considers a possible attack meant to prevent those arms and advanced Syrian missiles from falling into militant hands. Defense official Amos Gilad say...

  • Syrian rebels say fight for Aleppo has begun
    86f157d96eb90014160f6a706700baba 2012-07-22 19:39:23 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A new rebel alliance said Sunday it had launched an offensive to "liberate" Syria's largest city, Aleppo, while government troops backed by helicopter gunships wrested back control of rebel-held neighborhoods in the capital Damascus. The attack on Aleppo, Syria's commercial hub t...

  • Syria revolt reaches Aleppo; rebels target cities
    593687226df5fd14150f6a706700eb83 2012-07-21 20:36:22 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Riding a wave of momentum, Syrian rebels made a run on Aleppo Saturday in some of the fiercest fighting seen in the country's largest city, which has been a key bastion of support for President Bashar Assad over the course of the 17-month-old uprising. The rebels also took over a...

  • Thousands flee as Syrian rebels wage guerrilla war
    426dd28e5573eb14150f6a7067006c14 2012-07-21 07:05:38 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels pressed their guerrilla fight to topple Syria's regime deeper into the capital on Friday, ambushing troops and attacking police stations as thousands of terrified civilians fled to Lebanon and Iraq to escape some of the worst violence of the 16-month conflict. The two-day ...

  • Israelis bury 5 victims of Bulgaria attack
    C49bbba6517ed814150f6a706700e0fd 2012-07-21 05:05:36 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Devastated mourners grasped at dirt atop fresh graves and screamed in agony Friday as they buried the five Israeli victims of a bombing in Bulgaria — an attack that Israel has blamed on Iran and its proxy group Hezbollah. Two days after the deadly blast in a popular vacation s...

  • Analysis: Assad's grip on Syria has become tenuous
    F8bbef4a54ede814150f6a7067003ebb 2012-07-20 22:20:01 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Assad family's grip on Syria has never looked so tenuous. After 17 months of violence and an estimated 17,000 people killed, a lightning-quick turnaround in the momentum of the civil war has put President Bashar Assad's forces on the defensive, a sign that his once-impenetrab...