Syria says US informed it of planned attack on Islamists hours before air strikes

Syria said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry had told the Damascus government in a letter delivered by Iraq that the United States and its allies were going to attack Islamic State in Syria, hours before the air strikes took place.

Tartus in Syria, a supplier of `martyrs` for Assad

Tartus has itself largely escaped the conflict in Syria, but posters of its sons killed fighting for the regime elsewhere in the country line the western city`s main road.

Syria`s Assad visits recaptured Christian town: State TV

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited the ancient Christian town of Maalula, which his troops recently recaptured from rebels, state television said.

Syrian troops kill 55 rebels

The Syrian troops Friday killed 55 armed rebels in separate operations across the country, the state media said.

Syria peace talks to focus on prisoners

Syria`s regime and opposition are expected to discuss prisoner releases at a second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva on Sunday.

Friends of Syria agree no future for Assad and family

Ahmad Jarba, leader of Syria`s opposition National Coalition, said that US-led "Friends of Syria" grouping had agreed Prez Bashar al-Assad and his family will have no role in country`s future.

Al Qaeda group fights back against Syria rebel assault

Al Qaeda-linked jihadists struck back against rival rebels in eastern and northern Syria on Friday after a week of internecine fighting among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in which 500 people have been killed, a monitoring group said.

Russia tells US it will continue backing Assad

Russian officials told visiting US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Friday that Moscow would continue backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s campaign against rebel forces despite peace talks due later this month.

Syria wins cautious praise as chemical disarmament starts

Syria won foreign praise on Monday for starting to destroy its chemical arsenal, although an opposition activist said the world was merely giving President Bashar al-Assad time to kill more people with conventional weapons.

Syrian rebel groups battle each other in north

Al Qaeda militants battled fighters linked to the Western-backed opposition along with Kurdish gunmen in Syrian towns along the Turkish border on Friday, in clashes that killed at least 19 people, activists said.

India welcomes Syria`s decision to join Chemical Weapons Convention

India welcomed Syria`s decision of accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention, a move that may make international strikes against the Middle Eastern nation appear less imminent.

Oz spy agencies confirm Assad regime used chemical weapons on Syrians

Australian spies have confirmed Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons on civilians.

Syria rebel military chief visits Assad heartland

The head of Syria`s rebel Free Syrian Army visited the coastal province of Latakia, as opposition fighters battled regime forces in President Bashar al Assad`s heartland, an activist said.

Syria condemns Egypt move to cut ties

The Syrian government on Sunday condemned Egypt`s decision to cut ties with Damascus and back the armed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, calling it an "irresponsible" move.

Syria`s Assad says he won`t step down

Syrian President Bashar Assad says he won`t step down before elections are held in his war-ravaged country.

Iraq attacks kill 55 less than a week before vote

Insurgents in Iraq deployed a series of car bombs as part of highly coordinated attacks that cut across a wide swath of the country on Monday, killing at least 55 on the deadliest day in nearly a month.

Assad says he ‘can`t think of living outside Syria`

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has stressed that his departure will not stop the fighting in Syria, adding that it`s "nonsense" to suggest that the conflict in the country is about the president and his future.

Kerry says time is now for Syria`s Assad to quit

New US Secretary of State John Kerry says the time has passed for Syrian President Basher Assad to leave power.

Iran supports Assad`s peace plan

Iran Monday backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s new peace initiative, rejected by the Syrian opposition and the West.

Syria respects US warnings on chemical arms

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday made it clear that US totally oppose the use of chemical arms by the Syrian government.