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Capture of key Syrian city by Assad’s forces edges war closer to Lebanon

11 June 2013
Syrian government forces, supported by the Lebanese Hizbollah militia, retook the crucial city of Qusair last week. 

Proxy war in Syria is part shadow boxing

04 June 2013
The great powers seem to be squaring off over bleeding, war-torn Syria, writes Alex Callinicos. Britain and France have bludgeoned the European Union (EU) into ending its embargo on arms supplies to the rebels. 

Western arms threaten Syria’s troubled revolt

28 May 2013
People fighting Assad's regime in Syria have welcomed the European Union's decision to lift the arms embargo against the Syrian opposition. But the West has offered a poisoned gift.

Imperialist powers go into battle for spoils of Syria's revolution

21 May 2013
The “chaos” of the Syrian revolution marks a shift in the balance of power in the Middle East. It is not certain which competing imperial and regional powers will win.But it is clear that the Syrian revolution could end up being the loser. 

Britain doubles 'non-lethal' aid to Syria

14 May 2013
Two car bombs went off in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, last week, killing at least 47 people and injuring many more. It intensified the fear of Syria’s civil war extending across the border. 

Support revolt by opposing the West

07 May 2013
Calls for Western intervention in Syria are getting louder.

Syrian rebels' fury at Israeli bombs

07 May 2013
As Israeli planes bomb Damascus and the Assad regime begins a bloody new offensive, rebels in Syria are fighting to defend their revolution and its independence, reports Simon Assaf

West won't help revolt in Syria

30 April 2013
The allegation that Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad used Sarin nerve gas against opposition forces has led some Western politicians to renew calls for military intervention.

Palestinian revolutionary: 'Assad is no friend of the Palestinians'

23 April 2013
Haitham is a revolutionary from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. He spoke about the role of Palestinians in the Syrian revolution at last month’s World Social Forum in Tunisia

Syria: the struggle within the revolution

23 April 2013
The Syrian revolution is portrayed as degenerating into anarchy and sectarianism, now at the mercy of outside powers. But Simon Assaf interviewed revolutionaries taking part in the committees determined to take control of their own lives in the midst of the fighting

Cameron warns on arms to Syria

21 March 2013
David Cameron threatened to break the European arms embargo on sending military aid to Syria on Friday of last week.

West fights for Syrian transition

21 March 2013
British special forces have joined other Western powers training Syrian fighters based in Jordan.

No end to Syria war, says Assad

12 January 2013
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria sent a defiant message to the opposition last Sunday in his first public speech in six months.

Thousands more join Syrian revolt

31 December 2012
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime faces the prospect of a long and slow defeat.

Unease over Syrian National Initiative's links to the West

06 November 2012
The launch of a new Syrian umbrella organisation to replace the discredited Syrian National Council (SNC) has created deep uncertainty inside the revolution.

Rebel victories in Syria show up fragility of Assad regime

30 October 2012
A string of rebel victories over the past month could turn the tide of the uprising against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Assassination threatens Beirut with return of sectarian violence

23 October 2012
The car bomb that killed the head of Lebanese intelligence in Beirut on Friday of last week has dragged the country further into the Syrian crisis.

Syrian rebels keep fighting

16 October 2012
The United Nations (UN) has waved through more sanctions on Syria—freezing the assets of 28 individuals and two companies.

The Syrian revolution poses a severe test for Turkey's rulers

09 October 2012
The first real sign that the civil war in Syria could spill over into a wider conflict came last week. A series of mortar and artillery exchanges took place across the border between Syria and Turkey.

West wants to control our revolution, says Syrian activist

04 October 2012
"The spotlight is now on Turkey, which is firing artillery rounds into Syria. But I don’t think Turkey is going to escalate. It’s not in their interests, and none of the Arab countries have shown support for this.

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