Loveday Morris

Loveday Morris is an award-winning freelance journalist currently based in Beirut and covering the unfolding crisis in Syria. She regularly contributes to the Independent

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (right) meets Iran's Supreme National Security Council secretary Saeed Jalili, in Damascus yesterday

Assad appears on TV to send a message to doubters: I'm still here

Iran launched a double-pronged diplomatic offensive yesterday to secure the release of nearly 50 of its nationals held by Syrian rebels, a hostage crisis that has the potential to suck Tehran into a more active role in the conflict.

Kofi Annan at the UN in Geneva yesterday

Kofi Annan washes hands of Syria 'mission impossible'

Seasoned negotiator's broadside highlights crisis at the UN

The Syrian embassy in London has been a constant target for protests against the bloodletting by President Assad’s regime

Assad's top man in London goes into hiding in protest at regime's bloodshed

Syria's most senior diplomat in Britain yesterday quit his post in protest at the continued bloodletting by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, in the latest in a slew of diplomatic defections.

Assad's fall is 'only a matter of time', says UN general

The former head of the UN observer mission in Syria said yesterday it was "only a matter of time" until President Assad's regime fell, as the international community warned of an impending massacre in Aleppo.

Manaf Tlass is known for his love of cigars and cars

Former golden boy Manaf Tlass emerges as contender to lead Syria

Unthinkable a month ago, it was the name of regime's former golden boy Brigadier General Manaf Tlass that was on delegate's lips yesterday as the fractured Syrian opposition met in Qatar to hash out plans for a transitional government.

A Syrian boy sits atop a damaged military tank at the border town of Azaz, 20 miles north of Aleppo

Syria rebels and regime troops mass in Aleppo for the battle that could decide the war

Thousands of civilians flee as Assad steps up air strikes in bid to destroy opposition foothold

Syria: Senegalese general Babacar Gaye arrives in Damascus to head pared down team of UN observers

Babacar Gaye, a Senegalese general with a reputation for straight talking, has arrived in Damascus to head up a pared down team of unarmed UN observers who remain unable to carry out their mission amid spiralling violence.

A Syrian rebel watches for snipers in Aleppo yesterday

'Dozens dead' as war planes bomb Syria's biggest city

Regime fighter jets bombed the country's most populous city yesterday, according to reports from the ground, in a dramatic escalation of the conflict which drew widespread condemnation.

The regime said President Assad and his wife, Asma, had no plans to leave Syria

Syria rejects offer of safe passage for Assad family amid chemical weapons threats

Regime turns down Arab League offer amid threats to use chemical weapons against 'external aggression'

Now Syria raises the spectre of chemical weapons

The Syrian regime threatened to use chemical and biological weapons in the case of an external attack yesterday, in what appeared to be a chilling warning to Western and Arab nations pushing for intervention in the country's bloody civil war.

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