In Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zor, a network of tribes and smugglers has exploited the chaos of war to create an illicit oil trade that makes European hopes of buying crude from President Bashar al-Assad's opponents a distant prospect.Powerful Sunni Muslim tribes have deployed armed fighters around oil production facilities and pipelines that have fallen under their control and set up smuggling and trade deals, according to sources in the province including rebels, an oil company employee and people with ties to the tribes.
Bouthaina Shaaban, an advisor to President Bashar Assad, makes the rounds to make the case that protesters are right about the need for reforms — and to dispute reports that the Assad regime is targeting opponents. Read Post
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's President Bashar Assad claimed in an interview published Thursday that countries conspiring against Syria have "used up all their tools" in their campaign to overthrow his regime. The remarks came as Western-ba... Read Post