Syrian government forces and their Hezbollah allies from Lebanon pounded rebels yesterday in an offensive to retake the strategic city of Al-Qusair, as the country’s civil war escalates into a regional conflict.
Syrian opposition leader Moaz al- Khatib, whose offer to hold talks with President Bashar al- Assad’s regime was resisted by his comrades, resigned as head of the rebel coalition as the Arab League agreed to recognize the group as Syria’s representative.
The U.S. will provide support directly to Syrian rebel fighters for the first time, increasing U.S. involvement in the two-year-old war to oust President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Sometime after midnight on a recent Thursday in Damascus, restaurant manager Aziz Asfahani joined friends at the newly opened Bartini lounge bar, where Syria’s elite dine and dance till dawn on tabletops to the thump of patriotic songs.
The rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been seeking recognition, money and resources for months. Now that they’ve started making significant progress toward ousting him, they might get some.
The slaughter of children and women in the Syrian town of Houla, reminiscent of past massacres that provoked the United Nations to step in, has failed to budge Russia into stepping away from its only Mideast ally.
President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech signaled a desire to avoid foreign entanglements that could endanger his domestic agenda. George Washington wasn’t able to do that, and Obama may not be either.