| May 5, 2014
| 4:30 AM
In the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the main commercial street was busy. Shops were open, with customers strolling the aisles, and cars filled the streets. Only a few dozen stores were closed.
It wasn’t what activists had hoped for when they...
| May 8, 2014
| 11:55 AM
A huge blast destroyed a hotel in the historic heart of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday after rebels detonated explosives in a tunnel dug beneath government lines, according to opposition and government accounts.
The explosion ripped...
| May 8, 2014
| 10:50 PM
Anti-government media activists in Syria have released a video purporting to show rebel fighters preparing the massive bomb attack Thursday that obliterated a historic building in the embattled city of Aleppo in which Syrian army soldiers were billeted....
| May 10, 2014
| 6:49 PM
Buildings, checkpoints and billboards here in the Syrian capital are festooned with fresh portraits of President Bashar Assad.
Once drab storefronts have been enlivened with new coats of paint in the national colors. Boisterous rallies exalt the...
| May 11, 2014
| 9:54 PM
The people of war-battered central Homs came Sunday to salvage what remained of their belongings and residences after years of conflict and siege.
Most found little beyond devastated homes, looted businesses and a handful of tokens from better times....
| May 12, 2014
| 4:05 PM
On the long-militarized edges of Syria’s Old City of Homs, volunteers Monday took down walls of cinder block and brick that had long served as shields against snipers hidden in the ruins of the rebel-held ancient quarter.
“For us, the war is...
| May 13, 2014
| 4:31 PM
The Syrian city of Aleppo is suffering an extreme water shortage days after an antigovernment Islamist faction shut down two pumping stations, government officials and a pro-opposition monitoring group said.
The shutdown has left more than 2 million...
| May 13, 2014
| 1:02 PM
The United Nations special representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, announced his resignation Tuesday, two years after taking on a position that he had described as "nearly impossible."
The announcement of the veteran Algerian diplomat's departure...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 8:40 PM
Israeli navy commandos clashed with Hamas gunmen during a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the first such gunfight of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire.
The Israeli force was attacking...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:59 PM
A militant faction in Syria said it has come up with a smartphone application that improves the accuracy of strikes and helps fighters calculate which weapon best suits the battle objective.
The Islamic Front, one of the largest militant umbrella groups...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:00 AM
For two years, Emad Fa'aas was a devoted rebel fighter. In the early days when Syrian rebels took up arms against the government of President Bashar Assad, he joined other fighters in attacking military checkpoints, sometimes traveling to neighboring...