The day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said U.S. forces were ready to strike Syria, a website backing President Bashar al-Assad announced that an elite group called the “Eagles Martyrdom Aerial Squadron” was ready to sacrifice itself in kamikaze attacks on the enemy.
The cucumbers at Haitham Mohammad’s stall used to travel a few miles to Damascus from the lush fields of Ghouta around the Syrian capital. They now get shipped from more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) away.
Five years after the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri , his son’s government of national unity has sought to stabilize a country torn for decades by sectarian war. The search for Hariri’s killers puts that goal at risk.