December 17, 2012 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Militants detonated a car bomb at a bustling market in Pakistan's volatile tribal belt Monday, killing at least 17 people and injuring more than 70 others just two days after Pakistani Taliban fighters launched a coordinated assault on an airport in the nearby city of Peshawar. The powerful explosion tore through several shops and severely damaged more than a dozen vehicles in the town of Jamrud, the administrative headquarters of the Khyber tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, local officials said.
December 13, 2012 |
BEIRUT -- A top Russian official conceded Thursday that time may be running out for Moscow's close ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, as the latest in a series of car bomb attacks reportedly killed 16 outside the Syrian capital. "We must face the facts: The possibility exists that the [Syrian] government may progressively lose control over an increasing part of the territory," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in Moscow, according to Russian news accounts. "An opposition victory can't be excluded.
November 28, 2012 |
AMMAN, Jordan -- Dozens of people were killed Wednesday morning in four consecutive explosions that rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus. Twin car bombings first struck the pro-regime suburb of Jaramana around rush hour near the town's main square. An eyewitness told activists that the first bomb went off near the entrance of a building and as people gathered to help the injured a nearby Mercedes also exploded. Witnesses reported many bodies lying in the street, and photos from the scene showed damaged buildings and cars under rubble.
November 10, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Several car bombs rocked the southern Syrian city of Dara on Saturday, a day in which opposition activists meeting abroad failed again to reach agreement about the shape of a government-in-exile acceptable to the United States and other nations sympathetic to the rebellion against President Bashar Assad. The explosions in Dara - where the opposition movement sprang up almost 20 months ago - come as escalating turmoil envelops Syria amid new United Nations warnings that a humanitarian crisis could morph into a catastrophe.
November 7, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Syria's armed opposition, driven back from Damascus in a fierce government counteroffensive last summer, appears to be responding with a revamped strategy that runs through some of the capital's most explosive sectarian and ethnic fault lines. A pair of bombings this week struck districts that are strongholds of President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam whose adherents are generally hostile to the Sunni-led uprising. Trusted Alawite commanders run much of Assad's security apparatus.
October 29, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Syrian government shelling of areas held by opposition forces and a car bomb in a suburb considered loyal to President Bashar Assad killed and injured dozens of people Monday, activists and state news media said. The fighting came on what was supposed to be the last day of a four-day holiday cease-fire. The truce, however, was broken within hours of its start Friday. Activists reported fierce government shelling in Damascus, the capital, and its suburbs. In the Hajar Aswad neighborhood, eight people in a minibus were killed when a shell struck a building and caused rubble to fall onto the vehicle, activists said.
October 27, 2012
BEIRUT - The first day of a cease-fire in the Syrian conflict in observance of the Eid al-Adha holiday went as many observers had expected: It was violated within hours, and both sides blamed each other. The four-day truce, which began Friday with the Muslim holiday, was brokered by the international envoy to Syria and was intended to provide at least a brief respite from the bloody violence, as well as possibly begin a long-term cessation of fighting. Instead, opposition activists said 49 people were killed across the country - a lower daily death toll than has become the norm in Syria - including about 10 who died after a car bomb went off in a Damascus neighborhood Friday afternoon.
October 21, 2012 |
BEIRUT - A top intelligence official was among eight people killed when a powerful car bomb exploded in the Lebanese capital, evoking memories of this nation's brutal civil war and igniting fears of major violence spilling over from Syria. The explosion in a bustling district was the most dramatic indication that Syria's bruising civil conflict may be spreading havoc beyond its borders, provoking instability in Lebanon, Turkey and other neighboring nations. Hours after the midafternoon blast, which also left scores injured, authorities confirmed that the dead included Gen. Wissam Hassan, intelligence chief for Lebanon's Internal Security Forces.
October 19, 2012 |
BEIRUT -- A top Lebanese intelligence official was among the eight people killed by a car bomb that exploded Friday in a bustling central district of the Lebanese capital -- igniting fears that spillover violence from neighboring Syria may inflame sectarian tensions in Lebanon. Hours after the midafternoon blast, which also left scores injured, authorities confirmed to the press that the dead included Col. Wissam al-Hassan, intelligence chief for the Internal Security Forces. Hassan was allied with a political bloc that is a fierce opponent of the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
October 19, 2012
BEIRUT - More than 40 civilians, many of them women and children, were killed Thursday in an airstrike on the northern city of Maarat Numan, activists said, in another bloody day in Syria during which more than 200 people reportedly were killed. Maarat Numan, strategically located on the main highway that connects Syria's two major cities, Aleppo and Damascus, has been the site of more than a week of fierce clashes and intense shelling by government helicopters and warplanes. Thursday's attack came a day after activists posted a video showing what they said was a government helicopter shot down by rebels near the city.