Dec 2, 2013 — The polio outbreak in Syria has spread to four cities, and new cases are suspected each day. But U.N. agencies responsible for combating the outbreak can work only with the Syrian government. This limitation has hobbled vaccination efforts in rebel-held regions, where the virus was first detected.
Nov 30, 2013 — The U.S. plans to destroy the chemicals at sea using a process called hydrolysis. The organization charged by the international community with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical stockpile said private companies will likely be contracted to neutralize some other weapons.
Nov 25, 2013 — Representatives from the opposition and from the Assad regime will sit down for the first time, the U.N. says. But great obstacles remain. The opposition says Assad must step down. He and his supporters have said they aren't going to discuss handing over power.
Nov 22, 2013 — The cost of the project would be capped at $54 million, according to the group running the effort to rid Syria of chemical weapons. And contractors must be able to move quickly.
Nov 15, 2013 — Apparently thinking he was a fighter loyal to President Bashar Assad, one Islamist militant group executed a commander from another anti-Assad militia. An apology has been offered.
Nov 8, 2013 — The recent discovery of polio in Syria and Israel should be a wake-up call to European health officials, scientists say. Low vaccination rates in some regions could offer the crippling virus a chance to reenter Europe and possibly gain a foothold. Vaccines used there also make it more likely that people can spread the virus.
Nov 4, 2013 — On one side, they are battling forces loyal to the Assad regime; on the other, Islamist rebels from among their own ranks. But while the Islamists and the regime are both well-funded, the moderate rebels are looking to the U.S. for aid — and getting little in return.
Oct 31, 2013 — Officials in Tel Aviv have refused to comment on the reported attack at a Syrian airbase near the port city of Latakia.
Oct 31, 2013 — An important step has been taken in the quest to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its lethal weapons. Next, an agreement must be finalized on a plan to destroy tons of toxic agents and munitions.
Oct 28, 2013 — The group of hackers working in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed responsibility for the brief attack that hijacked links on the @BarackObama Twitter feed.