Syrian army increases attacks near the border of Jordan & Golan Heights

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army stepped up shelling of opposition-held parts of the southwest as it mobilises for a campaign to regain the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, opposition sources said. Violence erupted at the frontline town of Kafr Shams, near the Syrian-held Golan Heights, and further

U.N. says Syrian government committed war crimes & crimes against humanity by deliberately starving civilians

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government troops and affiliated forces committed war crimes and a crime against humanity in their long siege of eastern Ghouta through heavy bombardment and "deliberately starving" 265,000 people, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday. About 20,000 rebel fighters entrenched in the besieged area, some belonging to "terrorist groups",

Plans for Syria’s constitutional committee drafted by Iran, Russia and Turkey

GENEVA (Reuters) - Senior officials from Iran, Russia, and Turkey held "substantive" talks on Tuesday on how Syria's constitutional committee will be set up and will function, and more such talks are planned within weeks, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said. The discussions in Geneva were the first visible diplomacy

Syria: Highway between Homs and Hama reopens

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government re-opened the highway between the cities of Homs and Hama on Wednesday a month after its forces retook a rebel-held pocket that had straddled the road that was closed for almost seven years. Motorists waved Syrian flags as they drove down the highway whose re-opening