Inside Syria: Dispatches from the Los Angeles Times

Inside Syria: Dispatches from the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times' Beirut bureau chief, Patrick J. McDonnell, was granted a rare visa to report from Syria in September, his third trip this year. These are official visits, so he is spending his time in government-held areas.

Oft-repeated mantra in Damascus: 'We're tired of this'

9:00 AM EDT, September 29, 2013

Oft-repeated mantra in Damascus: 'We're tired of this'

DAMASCUS, Syria — At a makeshift bus stop across from an expanse of bullet-riddled buildings, three elderly women stepped onto a packed van destined for the Syrian capital's northeastern suburbs, neighborhoods largely under the sway of anti-government insurgents.

Syria's pro-government militias a major boost for Assad's army

11:00 AM EDT, September 21, 2013

Syria's pro-government militias a major boost for Assad's army

DAMASCUS, Syria — At age 70, Ahmad Saidi took up arms after the slaying of his son, a father of five who was killed when a remote-controlled bomb blew up his car.

Syrian rebels accused of massacre near Aleppo

6:56 PM EDT, July 27, 2013

Syrian rebels accused of massacre near Aleppo

DAMASCUS, Syria — State-run Syrian media on Saturday accused antigovernment rebels of massacring more than 100 people during an assault last week on a town outside the northern city of Aleppo, the latest alleged mass killing during the Syrian conflict.

Times reporter Patrick J. McDonnell on his trip to Syria

8:00 AM EDT, June 12, 2013

Q&A: Times reporter Patrick J. McDonnell on his trip to Syria

The Times’ Beirut bureau chief, Patrick J. McDonnell, has just returned from seven days in Syria.

Syrian government holds victory celebration in battered Qusair

7:07 PM EDT, June 9, 2013

Syrian government holds victory celebration in battered Qusair

QUSAIR, Syria — Ecstatic Syrian authorities staged a victory rally Sunday  in the center of this battered but strategic town, where rebels were routed last week after having held control for more than a year, using it as a major logistics hub.

In the Syrian city of Homs, no reprieve from battle

8:23 PM EDT, June 8, 2013

In the Syrian city of Homs, no reprieve from battle

In 2011, the commercial hub of Homs gained notoriety as the cradle of the uprising. Two years later, the war grinds on in the Old City.

Syria loyalists in Damascus cheered by Qusair victory

8:20 PM EDT, June 6, 2013

Syria loyalists in Damascus cheered by Qusair victory

Supporters of Syria's Bashar Assad in a Damascus neighborhood believe the long war is at a turning point after successes in Qusair and elsewhere.

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