Damascus

  • June 8, 2012  

    Friday morning brought a new barrage of shelling in the Syrian city of Homs. Also, U.N. monitors saw evidence of multiple killings in a small town where activists reported a massacre. They said they found flesh, blood and piles of ash but no bodies. NPR’s Deborah Amos joins Ray Suarez by phone from Damascus. Continue reading

  • May 28, 2012  

    In the aftermath of a weekend massacre in Syria, United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan arrived Monday in Damascus, condemning the “appalling crime.” Heavy artillery and tank fire killed at least 108 in Houla, a collection of villages northwest of Homs. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • May 28, 2012  

    United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Syria’s capital Damascus Monday, condemning a weekend massacre that killed at least 108 people in the village of Houla. Ray Suarez and Alex Thomson of Independent Television News, reporting from Homs, discuss the attacks amid a languishing U.N. cease-fire agreement. Continue reading

  • May 10, 2012  

    Twin bombings tore through the Syrian capital of Damascus Thursday, in the deadliest attacks since the uprising began last year — killing at least 55 people and wounding more than 370, according to state media. There were claims and counterclaims about the blame for the attacks. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • May 10, 2012  

    Suicide bombers struck Thursday in the heart of Syria’s capital of Damascus, killing at least 55 people and wounding at least 370. Jeffrey Brown and NPR’s Kelly McEvers, reporting from Beirut, discuss the finger pointing over who’s behind the attacks and the state of plans to stop the country’s ongoing fighting. Continue reading

  • April 27, 2012  

    In other news Friday, an apparent suicide attack rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus. State TV reported at least 10 people were killed and nearly 30 were wounded in a bomb attack targeted at riot police and troops. In Afghanistan, a NATO servicemember was killed by insurgents in the South. Continue reading

  • April 5, 2012  

    Syrian activists dubbed Thursday’s government assault on the Damascus suburb of Douma as one of the fiercest yet. But regime officials insist troop withdrawals have begun from the provinces of Daraa and Idlib, and peace envoy Kofi Annan said he expects the shooting to stop by April 12. Judy Woodruff updates the crisis. Continue reading

  • March 8, 2012  

    Visiting Damascus on Wednesday, U.N. humanitarian official Valerie Amos said she was concerned for the Syrian people who once lived in the Baba Amr section of Homs, noting “significant” devastation. Ray Suarez reports on defections from Syria’s regime as it continues its bid to repress the uprising. Continue reading

  • February 6, 2012  

    As a new surge of killings erupted Monday in Homs, Syria, the United States shuttered its embassy in Damascus, citing security problems. British Foreign Secretary William Hague also dialed back relations with what he called a “doomed” and “murdering” regime. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • February 6, 2012  

    Citing security woes amid Syria’s escalating crackdown, American and British diplomats have left Damascus. Ray Suarez discusses other countries’ diplomatic and military options and the mounting pressure on Assad’s regime with the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis and Steven Heydemann of the United States Institute of Peace. Continue reading