ZEINA KARAM

Military buildup, fighting spells end of Syrian cease-fire

BEIRUT - A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months brought some relief to a war-weary country. Read more

Kurds declare de-facto federal region in north Syria

BEIRUT — Syria’s Kurds on Thursday declared a de-facto federal region in Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria, drawing... Read more

ISIS leader: Group well, mocks Saudis

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group on Saturday released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming that his self... Read more

Ally of Syria's Assad tipped to be Lebanon's next president

BEIRUT (AP) - Under an emerging deal to resolve Lebanon's 18-month political deadlock, one of the strongest allies and a close personal friend of Syrian President Bashar Assad may become the next Lebanese president. Read more

IS bomb on plane would herald new phase in conflict

BEIRUT - At this stage, there is no hard evidence. But reports from the U.S. Read more

IS group loses key town on the Turkish border

BEIRUT - For more than a year, the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border provided a lifeline for the Islamic State group, allowing it to ferry foreign fighters to its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa and sell oil on the black market. Read more

Hezbollah commander killed outside home

BEIRUT — Gunmen assassinated a senior Hezbollah commander after he parked his car in his apartment building’s garage Wednesday in... Read more

Syrian rebel groups break with exiled opposition

BEIRUT — Nearly a dozen of Syria’s powerful rebel factions, including one linked to al-Qaida, formally broke with the main... Read more

Latest platform for Syria's president: Instagram

BEIRUT - Syria's embattled president already has a Facebook page, Twitter account and a YouTube channel. Read more

As Syria burns, neighboring Lebanon feels the heat

BEIRUT - The tensions between the two neighborhoods were building for days in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. On one side live Sunni Muslims who hate the Syrian regime. Read more

Attack kills 120 Syrian forces; crackdown feared

BEIRUT — Armed men killed 120 Syrian security forces and torched government buildings Monday in a northern region where... Read more

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