Syria

March 19, 2014

The closed Syrian embassy is pictured in Washington on March 18, 2014. The US closed down Syria's embassy in Washington and ordered its remaining diplomatic staff to leave the country if they were not US citizens. (AFP)
15:05 GMT

Russia and Syria have slammed the United States for its decision to close Syrian embassy and consulates in the country, saying that it proves "Washington is seeking a regime chance in Damascus".

The Syrian army captured the last rebel stronghold of Yabroud on the Lebanese border Sunday (SANA/AFP)
07:33 GMT

After taking over the last rebel stronghold on the Lebanese border, Syrian regime forces continue to advance and have taken control of several strategic mountains and hills near the former rebel area of Yabroud.

Four Israeli soldiers were wounded in the Golan Heights border explosion Tuesday (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Israeli forces attacked Syrian army positions overnight Tuesday in response to this week's Golan Heights bombing that left four Israeli soldiers wounded.

Limited food and medical supplies to many besieged areas, including Yarmouk, have caused dozens of civilian deaths since the war began in 2011 (File Archive)
07:08 GMT

U.N. aid flows resumed in the besieged Yarmouk camp in the suburbs of Damascus this week, ending a two-week suspension due to security conditions.

Regime airstrikes have reduced Syria's second largest city Aleppo to shambles (Fadi Halabi/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Damage from Syria's war stands at an estimated $31 billion as the conflict enters into its fourth year.

March 18, 2014

The Syrian army has largely been in control of the entire Latakia province since the start of the civil war in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Five rockets have targeted Syria's main transit port for its chemical weapon destruction since the start of the month.

The U.S. has suspended activities at the Syrian embassy's consulates in Michigan and Texas as well (AFP)
17:22 GMT

The U.S. has decided to suspend all operations of the Syrian Embassy in Washington as well as its consulate counterparts in Michigan and Texas.

Syrian government forces captured Yabrud, one of the last rebel-stronghold areas near the Lebanese border, last week (SANA/AFP)
16:28 GMT

The fate of Qalamoun is critical for both regime and opposition forces due to its strategic placement, both physically and chronologically in Syria's ongoing civil war.

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in Tuesday's Golan Heights blast (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
15:56 GMT

The Israeli army released a statement via Twitter blaming Tuesday's explosions in Golan Heights on the Syrian government.

Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with Javad Zarif on Monday to discuss the Syrian crisis. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT

Javad Zarif said Iran is willing to help with any "logical attempts" to end the conflict in Syria.

Asala Nasri dreams of getting away to peace and quiet (Image: Facebook)
07:32 GMT

No yachts, top line electronics, or fancy cars for Asala Nasri on her dream getaway. She wants to be in a land of peace, quiet, and fresh food.

A pro-government forces member flashes the "V-sign" for victory next to a comrade in the main square of the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014. (AFP)
06:48 GMT

Syrian regime forces began an assault Monday on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning a key opposition bastion.

March 17, 2014

The Syrian conflict has now entered its fourth year. (AFP/File)
19:51 GMT

A car bomb in Homs killed six Monday.

Lebanon's Arsal has frequently been attacked by rockets from the neighboring war in Syria (File Archive)
13:21 GMT

Security sources reported Monday that three rockets launched from the Syrian-Lebanese border struck the village of Nabi Othman earlier in the day.

Bold, beautiful, and hard bent on helping Syria, Angelina Jolia stands up to the podium.  (Image from archives)
11:42 GMT

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie spoke out for those suffering the ravages of civil war in Syria.