Shaykh Abdul Hadi al Arwani was the imam of the An Noor Mosque in Acton since 2012, and was known for his criticism of the Assad regime in Syria. His supporters told BuzzFeed News he had been shot and killed, although police have not yet confirmed that he was the victim in question.
“Everyone knows that Assad and the Americans are working together.” Even though Syria was redacted from the report, a perceived U.S. alliance with Assad is a line that connects Obama and Bush for many Syrians.
Corker says the operations would have been “very targeted, very brief.”
Fares Cachoux’s striking designs illustrate three and a half years of bloody uprising in Syria.
The attack on Syria is more aggressive and expansive than many anticipated. But it remains unclear what the U.S. hopes to achieve, writes BuzzFeed News’s Mike Giglio.
Ali Ferzat, an award-winning satirist and cartoonist, takes on the Foley murder with a new drawing, exclusively published here. “We thought this would only affect the people of the Middle East. But now it has affected the United States directly.”
Agency investigators said both insurgents and the country’s government should face trial at the International Criminal Court.
Revenge of the realists. “It is not in our interest to defeat Assad as long as groups like ISIS will be winners.”
Syrians who knew Moner Mohammad Abusalha recall when the American first arrived: “When we received him, we were shocked. He didn’t look like a fighter at all.”
“We don’t have months. We have days.”
“This started under the banner of fighting terrorists but changed to attacking the city.”
“I pray that the Syrian armed forces will continue to exhibit extraordinary gallantry in the war against terrorists.”
Forces loyal to Assad operated out of Aleppo’s Carlton Hotel, according to reports. Islamist rebels claim responsibility for the bombing.
The U.S. was quick to denounce Monday’s news that Syria will hold presidential elections in June. “We think it’s absurd.”
Russia and China had previously vetoed three resolutions that pressed President Bashar Assad to end the conflict in Syria. But on Saturday the two countries joined the rest of the U.N. Security Council to send a message to Assad.
Raed Fares, a prominent activist working in Syria, narrowly survived an assassination attempt last month. In an interview across the border in Turkey, where he’s recovering, he said he’s going back — even though he expects to be attacked again. “I have a lot of work to do.”
Photographer Goran Tomasevic won first prize at the World Press Photo Contest in the “Spot News Stories” category, recognized for his brutally intimate portrait of opposition forces in Syria. All photos were taken on Jan. 30, 2013 during a battle with government forces in Damascus. WARNING: Graphic content.
Moaz al-Khatib was the first Syrian opposition leader to propose negotiations with the Assad regime. Now he’s watching from the outside.
Citizen journalists, who have helped to show the world Syria’s war, are now covering the peace conference in Switzerland.They’re still getting used to the idea of being so close to the regime — whose supporters attacked some of them outside the talks on Wednesday.
Many Syrians thought Bashar al-Assad had the chance to be their savior when he addressed his anxious nation on March 30, 2011. An in-depth look at the decisions that set Syria on a path to three years of bloodshed instead, as Assad’s representatives enter peace talks in Switzerland this week.
The Syria peace conference set to begin in Switzerland this week was jolted by Sunday’s announcement that Iran had been invited. Update: Iran’s invitation withdrawn.
They say there are plans to open up an office in Damascus.
To one prominent activist, Syria’s revolution is already lost. “If we keep going down this line, I think this will be known in history as the Islamic revolution in Syria.”
Mother Agnes Mariam will speak at churches and colleges around the country, says the Syria Solidarity Movement.
A U.S. state department official calls the idea “a farce.” Iran thinks otherwise.
Cynthia McKinney is on a fact-finding mission to Syria with Ramsey Clark. h/t: Max Blumenthal
But the Syrian president denied using them in the sarin gas attack that killed thousands of civilians in August.
With prospects of congressional authorization looking grim, the president is suddenly talking about avoiding an intervention in Syria if the country gives up its chemical weapons.
The Russian foreign minister began getting a plan together within hours of Kerry’s remarks floating the idea of putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, ambassador to Jordan says.