US-Trained Syrian Rebels Investigating Reports Officer Handed Over Weapons To Al Qaeda GroupU.S.-trained rebels who recently returned to Syria said Wednesday they have lost contact with one of their officers and that they are investigating reports he defected and handed over his weapons to al Qaeda's branch in the country.
'There Is No Cease-Fire For Anyone': Clashes Break Out Outside Rebel-Held Ukrainian City Following TruceClashes broke out Sunday outside the main rebel-held city in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine, throwing the freshly forged cease-fire agreement between government troops and Russian-backed separatists into further doubt.
Pro-Russian Rebels Soften Demand For Full Independence From UkrainePro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.
NATO Official: Russia Wants To Turn Eastern Ukraine Into A 'Frozen Conflict'Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.
500 Reported Killed In Rebel Infighting In SyriaRebel-on-rebel clashes have overshadowed the fight against president Bashar Assad.
McCain Had Syria Trip Planned 'For Weeks, If Not Months'Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with Syrian rebels.
Kerry: US Prepared To Help Syrian Rebels 'Fight For The Freedom Of Their Country'Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States and its Arab and European allies will step up their support for Syria's opposition to help them "fight for the freedom of their country" if President Bashar Assad's regime doesn't engage in peace talks in good faith.
Before Peace Deal, Syria Wants More Details About US-Russian PlansThe Syrian government wants more details before deciding whether to take part in a proposed U.S.-Russian initiative to negotiate a peaceful end to Syria's crisis, the country's information minister said, staking out a similar position to the main opposition group.
Obama Says Syria Situation Has Hit 'Critical Juncture,' Directs Aid To RebelsPresident Barack Obama says the situation in Syria has reached, in his words, a ‘‘critical juncture.’’
Kerry Meeting With Syrian Rebel LeadersU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Syrian opposition leaders and Russia's top diplomat a day after saying the U.S. could soon step up aid to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
Ambassador: No Chemical Weapons Used By US-Backed Syrian RebelsThe U.S. ambassador to Syria said Wednesday the Obama administration has no evidence to support President Bashar Assad's claims that U.S.-backed rebels used chemical weapons in northern Syria, but is looking carefully at the conflicting reports.
Top Dem Calls On Obama Administration To Offer Lethal Aid For Syrian RebelsThe top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling on the Obama administration to train and arm select elements of the Syrian opposition as well as provide humanitarian assistance as the deadly civil war marked an ignominious second anniversary on Friday.