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Syria rebel chief rejects U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal

Syria’s rebel Free Syrian Army chief rejected Saturday a US-Russian deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014. “We cannot accept any part of this initiative,” General Selim Idriss told reporters in Istanbul. He preceded that by saying: “We in the Free Syrian Army are unconcerned by the implementation of…

CIA agents training Syrian rebels since late 2012: reports

The CIA and US special operations forces have been training Syrian rebels for months, since long before President Barack Obama announced plans to arm the opposition, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Training for rebel forces covers the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and has been carried out at…

Syrian rebels ‘in tactical pull out of Baba Amr’

Syrian rebels “tactically” pulled out of the Homs neighbourhood of Baba Amr Thursday after nearly two days of an all-out assault by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, the head of the Free Syrian Army said. Rebels “have pulled out tactically in order to protect the remaining civilians,” Colonel Riyadh…

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