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Syrian rebels hold pro-government prisoners in former schoolupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 17:08:00

In what has been one of the hottest summers many Syrians can remember, the classrooms of an elementary school in the north of the country are packed full -- not with schoolchildren, but with pro-government prisoners captured by rebels.

After the fall of the House of Assad, could Syria be worse?updated: Fri Jul 27 2012 07:51:00

Recent events have left Syria watchers near breathless: government loss of control of border crossings into Iraq and Turkey, rebels temporarily holding portions of Damascus, the unexplained movement of some of Syria's extensive arsenal of chemical weapons, and fighting spreading to the streets of the traditional Alawite stronghold of Aleppo.

Troops converge on Aleppoupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 07:51:00

Journalist Luke Harding tells CNN of the conditions inside the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Explosion kills top Syrian officialsupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 21:15:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the attack in Damascus that killed 4 key Syrian officials in Bashar al-Assad's inner circle.

A Russian perspective on Syriaupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 05:49:00

Dmitri Simes, a think tank president, gives Putin's perspective on the conflict in Syria

Russian views on Syria more nuanced than they may appearupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 05:49:00

The Russian government shares many of the U.S. concerns about the continuing violence in Syria, but Moscow is reluctant to embrace Washington's proposals to solve them because it is wary of its motives, experts say.

Syrian: Dead baby had pacifier in mouthupdated: Thu May 31 2012 09:06:00

Fingerpointing, almost unbearable grief following massacre at Houla. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Why the Syrian regime is killing babiesupdated: Thu May 31 2012 09:06:00

When a slow-motion massacre has unfolded over the course of 15 months, it's easy to lose the world's attention. But even the most jaded gasped in horror as news emerged of the latest carnage inflicted on the Syrian people. The images from the town of Houla defied belief.

Famed Syrian novelist writes for oppositionupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 11:02:00

Some Syrian writers used to like Bashar al-Assad. Choosing their words carefully, they might say they tolerated him.

Landmines used to stop fleeing in Syriaupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 11:02:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports on evidence Syrian forces mined border areas to stop fleeing civilians.

Annan's deal is al-Assad's last chanceupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 19:35:00

Once again, Syria is at a crossroads. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan deserves applause for brokering a ceasefire in a conflict where others have failed, and where some have been only too ready to press military buttons. Despite the seeming success of diplomacy, the conflict in Syria is far from over. This is only a new beginning.

Video reveals horror in Syriaupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 12:00:00

As the U.N. Security Council debates action, activists say 45 women and children were killed Sunday night in Homs.

For Syrian activists, YouTube is a sword and shieldupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 12:00:00

Syrian forces stormed the town of Douma this week, fired at the home of activist Mahmoud Saab, wounded the father of two and then hanged him from the balcony of his home.

Underground medical expertise refined in Syrian crucibleupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 21:58:00

At first glance, it looked like movie night at the neighborhood mosque. Dozens of teenage boys sat mesmerized on the carpeted floor, staring at a screen mounted on the wall.

Report: Syrian general gunned down in Damascusupdated: Sat Feb 11 2012 18:46:00

A Syrian general was gunned down in the heart of the capital on Saturday, according to state media, as fresh violence flared in several cities and world powers mulled a way to halt the government's bloody offensive against civilians.

Al-Assad hangs on by ruthlessness, reformist imageupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 10:16:00

When the Tunisian revolt erupted last year, Tunisia's president fled power in weeks. When Egyptians took to the streets, longtime leader Hosni Mubarak was swiftly ousted as well.

How Assad's tactics are workingupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 10:16:00

Bashar al-Assad's tactics of lie, divide and conquer are paying off in Syria, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Vetoes leave Syria headed for a bloody stalemateupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 05:18:00

The double veto cast by Russia and China at the United Nations Security Council on Saturday represents a clarifying moment in the Syrian uprisings.

Security Council talks disband without agreement on Syriaupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 01:50:00

A Security Council meeting ended Thursday evening with no agreement on a draft resolution intended to pressure Syria to end its months-long crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.

Red Crescent official, priest killed in Syriaupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 05:49:00

A Red Crescent official and a priest were among the two dozen reported killed Wednesday in Syria, where a pro-government militia stormed neighborhoods in a city already notorious for an earlier revolt.

Russian influence in Syria, Arab Leagueupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 05:49:00

CNN's Becky Anderson talks to Arwa Damon and Nic Robertson about reporting from inside Syria.

Activist: Blood can run, but Syrian people won't back downupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 22:33:00

When Catherine al-Talli was 13 years old, a group of strangers came knocking at her family's home in Syria. It was 1992.

Syria increasingly isolatedupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 10:50:00

Arab brothers and old friends are starting to turn on Damascus. Ben Wedeman reports.

Can Syria's president survive?updated: Fri Nov 18 2011 10:50:00

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad looks more isolated with each passing day as his regime continues a bloody eight-month crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Analysts: As crackdown continues, Syria's al-Assad is increasingly isolatedupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 20:59:00

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is looking increasingly isolated as his regime continues its bloody eight-month crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Syria angry over Arab League suspensionupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 20:40:00

The Syrian foreign minister has reacted angrily to suspension from the Arab League. CNN's Rima Maktabi reports.

New fighting reported in Syria; Jordan's king on Syria's president: 'I would step down'updated: Mon Nov 14 2011 20:40:00

A day after a neighboring Arab ruler indirectly called for Syria's dictator to step down, his opponents inside the country did battle early Tuesday against government troops, an opposition group said.

Security forces storm Syrian city, activists sayupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 13:08:00

Security forces raided a northern Syrian city amid explosions and gunfire early Thursday and casualties have been reported, activists said.

When will Syrian standoff end?updated: Thu Aug 11 2011 11:18:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the Syrian government's defiance in the wake of growing global pressure.

Bashar al-Assad: Syria's unintended presidentupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 11:18:00

Bashar al-Assad wasn't supposed to rule Syria.

Syria: Understanding the unrestupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 09:48:00

Five months into the country's uprising, a defiant Syrian regime continues its relentless assault on pro-reform protesters in the face of international rebuke and calls for restraint.

Deaths pile up in Hama siegeupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 22:00:00

Scores of people died Thursday in and around the restive Syrian city of Hama, activists said, corroborating reports of widespread casualties a day after the start of a new military clampdown targeting protesters.

Security Council condemns Syria violenceupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 22:00:00

The U.N. Security Council issues a statement condemning the violence in Syria. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

Restive Hama is historic hotbed of rebelliousnessupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 12:38:00

The Syrian city of Hama has an ancient past as part of the Roman, Greek and Byzantine empires, but recent deadly violence has revived memories of its more recent history as a hotbed of unrest and brutal government crackdown.

Syrian president sacks governor of restive provinceupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 12:47:00

The Syrian president sacked the governor of a restive province, a day after tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of its capital.

Syrian presidential adviser denies peaceful protesters targetedupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 07:07:00

A top adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad defended the regime's actions Tuesday, arguing that the government is not attacking peaceful protesters, despite widespread witness reports of a fierce crackdown against displays of dissent.

Activist speaks out against crackdownupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 07:07:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks with Razan Zaitouneh, a human rights activist in Syria.

Syrian border city playing pivotal role in conflictupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 09:25:00

A small city near the Turkish border has become the latest thorn in the side of Syria's regime and events there this week could become pivotal in that nation's crisis.

Clashes increase along Syrian borderupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 09:25:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports thousands of civilians continue to flee Syria as the uprising enters its third month.

Report: Deaths mount in Syrian violenceupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 13:25:00

The number of people killed by indiscriminate gunfire from government forces in the western Syrian city of Hama on Friday may exceed 80, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing reliable medical sources.

Report: 'Rampant torture' in Syriaupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 13:25:00

Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch says there's strong evidence the Syrian regime has committed crimes against humanity.

'Chilling' details on Syrian boy's deathupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 13:12:00

Relatives of the boy known as a symbol of the Syrian uprising have details about his death. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

4 killed as protesters, security forces clash in Syriaupdated: Sat May 14 2011 12:05:00

Four people were killed in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in several Syrian cities on Friday, a human rights advocate said.

Syrians rescue shooting victimsupdated: Sat May 14 2011 12:05:00

Videos posted online show Syrians attempting to rescue shooting victims. CNN cannot confirm this video. (Graphic content)

Syrian protests small but spreadingupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 09:17:00

CNN's Hala Gorani explains though small the protests in Syria are significant because they are spreading.

Dozens of Syrians reported killed in Daraaupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 09:17:00

Violent protests erupted Friday in Syria, with dozens of people killed in and around the restive city of Daraa and a boy slain in the coastal town of Latakia, reports said.

Deadly attack on protesters raises questions about Syria's stabilityupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 08:16:00

With reports emerging that at least one high-ranking Syrian military commander refused to participate in a bloody, predawn raid that left dozens dead in the southern border city of Daraa -- the heart of Syria's weekslong civil unrest, questions are being raised about possible cracks in President Bashar al-Assad's hold over the military.

Syria: The key piece in a regional Rubik's cubeupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 05:03:00

Henry Kissinger once said: "The Arabs can't make war without Egypt; and they can't make peace without Syria." It was a back-handed tribute to Syria's consistently hard line against Israel and its critical geographical position in what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls "a rough neighborhood."

Syria cracks down on dissentupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 05:03:00

Witnesses describe a major military operation in Daraa, Syria, following anti-government protests. Rima Maktabi has more.

Supporting Assad in Syriaupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 17:09:00

Demonstrators pour into the streets of Damascus to support Syria's embattled leader.

Challenges for al-Assad as events in Syria threaten regional upheavalupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 17:09:00

In January, Bashar al-Assad sat down for a long interview with the Wall Street Journal. That was noteworthy in itself; the Syrian leader doesn't spend much time with the Western media. He was in confident mood -- saying that Syria would not succumb to the unrest then spreading in Tunisia and Egypt.

Syrian protests thrust president into new spotlightupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 21:54:00

He grew up as the second son of late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, deep in the shadow of his father.

Tough choices facing Syria's presidentupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 21:54:00

CNN's Stan Grant reports on protests in Syria and the choices facing its self-described modern leader.

Protesters mobilize in Tahrir Squareupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 10:07:00

Frederik Pleitgen reports from Cairo with the latest on the violence and injuries. The Mystery Behind a Syrian Murderupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 17:00:00

The assassination of a top general close to President Assad may be a sign of internal rifts within the regime

Former VP says Syria's president a traitorupdated: Fri Jan 06 2006 07:11:00

Syria's former vice president says the country's leader is a "traitor" who has damaged Syria and caused it to be alienated from the Arab world.

Syrian lawmakers lambaste ex-VPupdated: Sat Dec 31 2005 15:01:00

A day after Syria's former vice president made a series of damning remarks about President Bashar al-Assad, the country's lawmakers stood behind their leader and said that Abdul Halim Khaddam should be tried for treason for his comments.

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