Feb. 6, 2013 World Health Organization warns of outbreaks of hepatitis A and other serious health issues plaguing Syrians displaced by war, in effort to add new sense of urgency to humanitarian crisis in Syria.MORE »

Feb. 7, 2013 Syrian insurgents attack military checkpoints and other targets in parts of central Damascus, shattering lull in fighting as prospects for talks to end nearly two-year-old conflict dim.

Feb. 8, 2013 Deep divisions in the Obama administration over rising violence in Syria spill into public view for the first time in blunt exchange between Senator John McCain of Arizona and the leaders of the Pentagon Defense Secretary Leon E Panetta, testifying before Senate Armed Services Committee, acknowledges he and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Martin E Dempsey, supported plan in 2012 to arm carefully vetted Syrian rebels, but plan was vetoed by White House.MORE »

Feb. 9, 2013 Group of teenagers from Dara’a, Syria, carry the burden and honor of having participated in an incident that sparked the country’s bloody revolution group was arrested and tortured for graffiti challenging the rule of Pres Bashar al-Assad, setting off demonstrations that later widened into civil war.MORE »

Feb. 9, 2013 Two videos that show Syrian soldiers and rebels dancing and singing have provoked sharply different political reactions.MORE »

Feb. 9, 2013 United Nations refugee agency says Syria’s conflict is now driving 5,000 people out of country each day in desperate scramble for safety; reports that surge brings total number of registered refugees to 787,000, with many living in dire conditions without adequate humanitarian support.MORE »

Feb. 10, 2013 Public relations controversy erupts after leading Israeli newspaper publishes comments from interview with Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, leader of Syria’s main exile opposition group; Syrian government falsely characterizes Sheik Khatib’s remarks to feed fears of rebel government.MORE »

Feb. 11, 2013 front page Rebel advance in Damascus, Syria, creates a new level of alarm and disorder, after months of defensive fighting that has raged in its suburbs.”MORE »

Feb. 12, 2013 Syrian insurgents and opposition activists say that rebel forces have taken control of country’s largest hydroelectric dam, assertion that, if confirmed, would give them significant control over vital reservoir and what remains of sporadic power supplies in country.MORE »

Feb. 13, 2013 Syrian insurgents seize control of Al Jarrah airfield in Aleppo Province and capture usable warplanes for first time in nearly two-year-old conflict; seizure comes day after insurgents took control of Syria’s largest hydroelectric dam.MORE »

Feb. 14, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry says he plans to use his first foreign trip to advance new ideas about how to persuade Syria’s Pres Bashar al-Assad to yield power and agree to political transition.MORE »

Feb. 14, 2013 At least one senior Iranian official is reported killed in attack while driving from Syria to Lebanon, which draws attention to suspicions of Iran’s role in Syrian civil war.MORE »

Feb. 15, 2013 Syrian insurgency claims to have gained near-total control of Hasaka province, northeastern region that is home to some of few remaining domestic oil production facilities that supply fuel for Pres Bashar al-Assad’s military forces.MORE »

Feb. 16, 2013 Syria’s main opposition body formally endorses initiative to pursue political solution through talks with members of Syrian government, provided that Pres Bashar al-Assad and security and military leaders involved in his bloody crackdown are excluded.MORE »

Feb. 17, 2013 Kidnappings of more than 140 people have provoked fears of expanded sectarian conflict in Syria’s northern Idlib Province; one set of hostages is released in good condition after negotiations between residents of two affected villages; kidnappings for money or political reasons have become common in Syria as government control has eroded.MORE »

Feb. 19, 2013 Pres Obama could revisit arming Syrian rebels as Pres Bashar al-Assad holds firm.MORE »

Feb. 19, 2013 United Nations Human Rights Council report on Syria finds credible evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both government and opposition forces in the six months up to mid-January; cites accounts of massacres, summary executions, torture, attacks on civilians, sexual violence and abuses against children.MORE »

Feb. 20, 2013 Syrian antigovernment activists say army rocket leveled several buildings in rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, killing at least 19 people and possibly leaving dozens more buried under rubble; attack appears to have caused one of worst civilian tolls in embattled city since its university was struck in multiple bombing in January.MORE »

Feb. 21, 2013 Lebanese military court charges former government information minister Michel Samaha and Syrian security official Brig Gen Ali Mamlouk with conspiracy to kill Lebanese political and religious leaders and foment sectarian strife, recommending death penalty for both.MORE »

Feb. 22, 2013 At least three car bombs explode in Damascus, Syria, including powerful blast near downtown headquarters of Pres Bashar al-Assad’s governing party and Russian Embassy; neither opposition groups nor Syrian military forces claim responsibility for attacks, which kill at least 72 people, mostly civilians.MORE »

Feb. 23, 2013 Antigovernment activists in Syria say military fired Scud missiles into at least three rebel-held districts of Aleppo, flattening dozens of houses, killing at least 12 civilians and burying perhaps dozens of others under piles of rubble.MORE »

Feb. 24, 2013 front page Large influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon has heightened sectarian tensions in nation haunted by refugee crises Lebanese government has largely left refugees to fend for themselves, but there is growing sense of emergency about impact crisis will have on country, especially as battle for Damascus looms; Syrian capital is only a half-hour’s drive from the border.MORE »

Feb. 25, 2013 American officials struggle to salvage important meeting with Syrian opposition as John Kerry arrives in Europe, first stop on his maiden trip as United States secretary of state; Syrian opposition leaders are threatening to boycott conference to protest what they see as fainthearted international support.MORE »

Feb. 26, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry says that Obama administration has been considering new steps to increase support for Syrian opposition and hasten departure of Pres Bashar al-Assad.MORE »

Feb. 26, 2013 front page Saudi Arabia is financing large purchase of infantry weapons from Croatia and is quietly funneling them to anti-government fighters in Syria in effort to end stalemate that has allowed Pres Bashar al-Assad to cling to power arms transfers appear to signal shift among several governments to a more activist approach to assisting Syria’s armed opposition.MORE »

Feb. 27, 2013 Human Rights Watch reports that Syrian government fired at least four ballistic missiles in space of week that hit civilian neighborhoods in Aleppo, killing more than 141 people, including 71 children; report, adding to previous information from antigovernment activists, places death toll higher than previously thought.MORE »

Feb. 28, 2013 front page United States is significantly stepping up its support for the Syrian opposition, helping to train rebels at a base in the region and, for the first time, offering groups nonlethal assistance and equipment that could help their military campaign training mission represents the deepest American involvement yet in the conflict, though its size and scope are not clear.MORE »

Feb. 28, 2013 Antonio Guterres, United Nations high commissioner for refugees, warns that number of registered Syrians who had fled their homeland for safety elsewhere in region could surpass one million by March, and that Syrian conflict threatens to overwhelm international response.MORE »

Mar. 1, 2013 Food rations and medical supplies that Sec of State John Kerry says will be provided to Free Syrian Army mark first time that United States has publicly committed itself to sending nonlethal aid to armed factions battling Pres Bashar al-Assad; supplies fall short of weapons and equipment requested by rebels; Kerry defends offering, indicative of caution on part of Obama administration, saying supplies in conjunction with efforts by other countries will make difference in conflict.MORE »

Mar. 1, 2013 Croatian Prime Min Zoran Milanovic says his country will withdraw its soldiers from United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights after reports that Croatia is selling weapons that are being funneled to antigovernment fighters in Syria.MORE »

Mar. 1, 2013 front page Scores of new local councils in rebel-held Syrian towns like Tilalyan are trying to set up courts, police forces and social services, as two-year-old civil war shows signs of stalemate councils’ efforts amount to Syria’s first experiments in self-government after decades of tyranny under Pres Bashar al-Assad and his father Hafez al-Assad.MORE »

Mar. 1, 2013 front page Scores of new local councils in rebel-held Syrian towns like Tilalyan are trying to set up courts, police forces and social services, as two-year-old civil war shows signs of stalemate councils’ efforts amount to Syria’s first experiments in self-government after decades of tyranny under Pres Bashar al-Assad and his father Hafez al-Assad.MORE »

Mar. 2, 2013 Saturday Profile of Syrian Gen Salim Idris, who defected from Syrian Army in July 2012 and is now chief of staff of rebel forces; much of Syria’s future rests on General Idris’s success on battlefield.MORE »

Mar. 3, 2013 Foreign ministers of Syria and Iran harshly criticize United States over its decision to provide aid to rebels fighting to topple Pres Bashar al-Assad, saying that such assistance would only prolong conflict.MORE »

Mar. 5, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry says that Syrian opposition is capable of properly handling military support it receives; Kerry’s comments follow conference in Rome on issue of building support for coalition of opponents to Syrian government of Pres Bashar al-Assad.MORE »

Mar. 5, 2013 front page More than 40 Syrian soldiers who had sought temporary safety in Iraq are killed in an ambush by unidentified gunmen as Iraqi military was transporting them back to Syria in bus convoy attack is most serious spillover of violence into Iraq since the Syrian conflict began, and threatens to inflame the sectarian tensions that already divide Iraq, where a Sunni minority sympathizes with Syria’s overwhelmingly Sunni opposition.MORE »

Mar. 6, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry says Obama administration supports efforts by Middle Eastern nations to send arms to opposition in Syria, signaling more transparent effort to coordinate military assistance for opponents of Pres Bashar al-Assad; says administration has gained new confidence that Syrian opposition can minimize risk of weapons falling into extremists’ hands.MORE »

Mar. 6, 2013 United Nations report finds that thousands of schools in Syria have been damaged or converted into shelters and that many children have not attended class for two years.MORE »

Mar. 7, 2013 front page Insurgent fighters from Syria seize a group of United Nations troops on patrol in the disputed Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel, threatening to treat them as prisoners of war incident is an abrupt escalation in the conflict that has entangled international peacekeepers for the first time.MORE »

Mar. 8, 2013 United Nations officials negotiate with Syrian rebels who seized group of 21 United Nations peacekeepers in dispute Golan Heights neighborhood between Syria and Israel; rebels offer assurances of peacekeepers’ well-being and appear to back away from threats to hold them as hostages, claiming that they acted to protect peacekeeping unit from Syrian government assault.MORE »

Mar. 8, 2013 Obama administration officials say that Syrian opposition leaders Moaz al-Khatib and Gen Salim Idriss have postponed visit to Washington for series of high-profile meetings; observers speculate that decision may reflect Khatib’s intention to spend time building moderate coalition at home, while others posit that it reflects caution about appearing too closely allied with Americans.MORE »

Mar. 9, 2013 front page Hundreds of millions of dollars in international humanitarian aid for Syrians afflicted by civil war is flowing almost exclusively to areas controlled by Pres Bashar al-Assad, bypassing rebel-held regions where need is most acute result is that funds are effectively funding Assad’s survival; aid is subject to United Nations agreement that relief agencies follow Assad’s rules.MORE »

Mar. 9, 2013 United Nations says agreement has been reached to secure release of 21 Filipino peacekeepers seized by Syrian insurgents in disputed Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel; it is unclear when captives will be freed.MORE »

Mar. 10, 2013 Syrian rebels released 21 detained United Nations peacekeepers to Jordanian forces, ending a three-day standoff that raised new tensions in the region and new questions about the fighters just as the United States and other nations were grappling over whether to allow more arms to flow to the rebel movement; peacekeepers, from the Philippines, arrived safely and unharmed.MORE »

Mar. 12, 2013 Islamic State of Iraq, Sunni militant jihadist group in Iraq, claims responsibility for killing dozens of Syrian soldiers who had sought temporary safety on Iraqi side of border, boasting about massacre in Internet posting; message from groups reflects hardened sectarian animus spreading from Syrian conflict.MORE »

Mar. 12, 2013 Anhar Kochneva, Ukrainian blogger and journalist captured by Syrian rebel group, announces that she has escaped her captors but offers little detail.MORE »

Mar. 13, 2013 front page Syrian military’s ability to fight rebels and hold territory has steadily eroded, with government signaling growing anxiety over its ability to refresh depleted and exhausted ranks of soldiers military remains better armed and organized than rebels, but two years of fighting have caused it to continue scaling back its ambitions and rethink its tactics.MORE »

Mar. 14, 2013 Various factions arrayed against Pres Bashar al-Assad in Syria are already battling to reshape country’s institutions, including courts, schools, mosques and local administrations; reinventing courts is particularly onerous, with secular coalitions facing off against strong-arm tactics from Islamists who wish to institute strict Shariah law.MORE »

Mar. 14, 2013 Amnesty International issues report detailing what it calls war crimes committed by both sides in Syria’s ongoing civil war; cites wholesale destruction of neighborhoods with banned weapons by government forces, as well as escalation of abuses by opposition.MORE »

Mar. 15, 2013 France joins Britain in urging its European Union partners to meet in March and end an arms embargo on Syria, to allow weapons to be sent to the opposition there.MORE »

Mar. 15, 2013 Syria’s civil war is closing out its second year in mosaic of vicious and widely scattered battles, like one along the Damascus-Aleppo highway it is bitterly personal war, in which Islamic rebels and more secular fighters share immediate goal of protecting their families antigovernment fighters have wrested much of northern Syria from Pres Bashar al-Assad’s army, but they move slowly, checked by weapon shortages and lingering pockets of government forces.MORE »