Alistair Dawber

Alistair Dawber is The Independent’s Jerusalem correspondent. The paper’s former foreign editor and deputy foreign editor, Alistair joined The Independent in 2008 as a business correspondent. He is a Liverpool fan, in exile

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People jubilating in the center of Qusayr as they celebrate the Syrian government's recapture of the town earlier in the week after nearly three weeks of heavy fighting

US ponders arming Syria rebels as Hezbollah-backed government forces gain upper hand

Washington meetings come in wake of rebels' loss of Qusair

Aleppo: Syrian rebels execute teenager Mohammad Kattaa in front of his parents, say reports

A teenage boy from the Syrian city of Aleppo is reported to have been executed in front of his family by an Islamist rebel group, which accused him of blasphemy.

Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel could act to prevent the Syrian civil war from spilling into a buffer zone between the two countries

Netanyahu says Israel will act to defend itself if Syrian civil war spills over

Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel could act to prevent the Syrian civil war from spilling into a buffer zone between the two countries.

Danny Danon has cast doubt on whether the country’s government is willing to accept a future Palestinian state

'The international community can say whatever they want': Israeli minister Danny Danon decries two-state solution

A rising star on the right of Israeli politics has cast doubt on whether the country’s government is willing to accept a future Palestinian state.

Putin offers Russian troops as Golan Heights peacekeepers to replace Austrian forces

Vladimir Putin has offered to send Russian troops to act as peacekeepers in the Golan Heights after Austria said it would withdraw its forces following violent clashes in the area earlier this week.

Israel bolsters defences at Syrian border after regime forces take Golan

Meitur unit deployed along with infantry from other armored divisions

A picture taken on June 6, 2013 from the Israeli side along the Israel-Syria ceasefire line in the Golan Heights shows smoke billowing from a fire caused by clashes between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to the regime near the Quneitra crossing

Syria: Concern in Jerusalem as Austrian peacekeepers withdraw from regime-seized Golan Heights border crossing

A border crossing between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights was the scene of heavy fighting yesterday, which eventually led to loyalist troops taking control of the position.

Sorry Yair Lapid, charm and good looks alone won't get you very far in Israeli politics

Less than two months after taking office and after passing a controversial budget, the the career prospects of this telegenic finance minister are looking at lot less rosy

'Gay rights activist' arrested over Tel Aviv gay youth centre attack that left two dead

Action comes just a day before city's annual gay pride festival

The head of Al-Qa'ida, Ayman al-Zawahr

Al-Qa'ida head Ayman al-Zawahri posts video call for Syrians to topple President Assad after fall of border town Qusayr

'America, its agents and allies want you to bring down the criminal Baathist regime, and then set up a government loyal to them'

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