Civil War

Syria’s Assad admits army struggling for manpower

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to win his country’s long-running civil war while acknowledging his troops are struggling to maintain control over territory amid lack of manpower. In a televised speech on Sunday before local dignitaries in Damascus, the embattled president tried to justify why the Syrian army has given[…]

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Yemen: No talks until rebel pullout

The UN announced Wednesday a date for its conference on Yemen. But Yemen’s Riyadh-based government swiftly demanded a pullback of the Iran-backed Shiite rebels from seized territory as a precondition to joining the talks set for May 28 in Geneva. The developments came as Tehran headed off a potential confrontation[…]

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Relief workers highlight extent of Syrian war

Two humanitarian workers involved with relief efforts in civil-war torn Syria, have detailed some of the atrocities witness in the troubled Middle Eastern country. Both are in the South Africa as guests of the Gift of the Givers (GOTG), seeking not only to shed light on the current situation, but[…]

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HRW identifies 1,500 sites of Syrian air strikes

Human Rights Watch said Tuesday it has identified nearly 1,500 sites where the Syrian government has carried out indiscriminate air attacks over the past year using barrel bombs and other improvised weapons that have killed or injured thousands of people. The human rights group accused President Bashar Assad of lying[…]

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Syrian government seeks to besiege East Aleppo

Heavy fighting around Aleppo in northern Syria, as Syrian government forces seek to encircle rebels, could leave tens of thousands of people cut off from all humanitarian supplies, a medical charity warned Thursday. The push by government forces and its allies has so far failed to close off the city’s[…]

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UN envoy says Yemen on brink of civil war

The UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has warned that the country may be on the brink of civil war and accused all sides of contributing to the political and economic turmoil. Yemen is slipping further into chaos as the Houthis, an armed Shia group from the north, consolidate[…]

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