LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

BAGHDAD (AP) - There's new pressure on Syria's fractured political opposition to attend an international conference aimed at ending the country's civil war.

In Baghdad today, Syria's foreign minister offered the first direct confirmation that the Assad regime is willing to take part in the talks. He says his government believes the conference is a "good opportunity for a political solution for the crisis in Syria."

Some Syrian opposition leaders have said they are willing to attend, but insist Assad's departure must top the agenda.

The Syrian crisis began in March 2011 with pro-democracy protests and morphed into a bloody civil war. More than 70,000 people have been killed and several million displaced since the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted.

Meawhile, a pair of rockets slammed into a car dealership and a residential building in strongholds of Lebanon's Hezbollah (hez-BUH'-lah) militant group in Beirut today, wounding four people. The attacks come a day after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah (HAS'-ahn NAS'-ruh-lah) vowed the group would help propel Syrian President Bashar Assad to victory in the country's civil war.

Read or Share this story: http://on.wlbz2.com/1m08P6B