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Assad to make rare speech

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will deliver a rare speech on Sunday about the uprising against his rule, which has killed 60,000 people and brought civil war to the edge of his capital. Related Posts: UN to discuss Syria Ban Syria rebels Syria has chemical, biological weapons New PM SYRIAN UNREST

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Syrian rebels battle army near Damascus

BEIRUT – Syrian rebels clashed with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus airport on Tuesday, battling for the capital's outskirts after 20 months of conflict which the United Nations said has driven half a million people from the country.

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39;We welcome this fight'

Hell came to Syria months ago. But, this week, something seems different: It feels worse. And that makes one resident feel better. "The worse it gets now, the more we know the rebels will win," she said. "We welcome this fight."

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Islamic militants help seize missile base in Syria

Fighters from a shadowy militant group with suspected links to al-Qaida joined Syrian rebels in seizing a government missile defense base in northern Syria on Friday.

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Syrian helicopter crashes under fire in Damascus

A Syrian military helicopter crashed in flames under rebel fire in Damascus on Monday, and a government warplane fired rockets at targets on the capital's outskirts for what rebels said was the first time.

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Intense clashes mark 2nd day of major Muslim holiday in southern Syrian city, Damascus suburbs

BEIRUT – Intense fighting on Monday between rebels and Syrian regime forces killed six people, including two children and two women in the southern city of Daraa, two rights groups said.

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Fighting causes food shortages in Aleppo

Civilians flee as buildings burn and the Syrian regime's forces clash with rebels in the city of Aleppo.

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