Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Syria: Assad says war turning in his favour

April 13, 2014
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Reuters    

"President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that Syria's three-year conflict was at a 'turning point' due to his forces' military gains against rebels, state media said. Assad's allies have portrayed him as confident and in control and they expect him to run for and win a presidential election in July -- a turnaround from last year when he looked on the verge of defeat as rebels advanced towards Damascus, struck in the heart of the capital and took control of key areas." (04/13/14)

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFBREA3C0K520140413  

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Syria: “Fierce fighting” in Latakia

April 4, 2014
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Fierce battles raged on Thursday over key flashpoints in Syria’s Latakia province, a [pro-rebel propaganda front organization] said, nearly two weeks into a rebel offensive against the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s clan and his Alawite sect. Fighting was especially fierce over a strategic hilltop known as Observatory 45, overrun by rebels last week, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights." (04/04/14)

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Syria: Regime claims five killed by mortar attacks in Damascus

April 3, 2014
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Fox News    

"Syria's state run news agency says indiscriminate mortar attacks by rebels have killed five civilians and wounded dozens in the capital, Damascus. The Syrian Red Crescent Society also said its first aid teams were on high alert Wednesday after a barrage of mortar shells struck Damascus and nearby suburbs. It said more than 50 injured were transferred to hospital." (04/02/14)

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Israeli force attack Syrian army sites after Golan bombing

March 19, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Israel says it has attacked several Syrian military sites in retaliation for a bombing that wounded four of its troops in the occupied Golan Heights. Among the targets were a headquarters, a training facility and artillery batteries, the Israeli military said. The Syrian army had 'aided and abetted' the attack on a patrol near the ceasefire line on Tuesday, it added. There has been no comment yet on the air strikes from Syria and it is not clear if there were any casualties." (03/19/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26641815  

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Lebanon: Regime troops open road to Syrian border town

March 19, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Security officials say Lebanese troops have dismantled roadblocks and reopened a key road to a predominantly Sunni town near the Syrian border. The officials say the road leading to the town of Arsal was opened on Wednesday morning and that reinforcements were sent to defuse tensions. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The development comes after days of tensions in the area, where Shiite Hezbollah gunmen and local residents had blocked off the road to the Sunni town of Arsal." (03/19/14)

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Syria: Kidnappers free nuns, maids

March 9, 2014
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CNN    

"Thirteen nuns and three maids kidnapped in late November from a Greek Orthodox monastery in Syria were freed Sunday, a pro-Syrian government news network and Lebanese state media reported. ... In December, Syrian state news service SANA reported that armed terrorists took the nuns, implying that rebels fighting to oust al-Assad were behind the attack. The chief of an opposition group based in London told CNN he had confirmed that al-Nusra Front fighters abducted the nuns, but Rami Abdurrahman said the fighters did so to protect them from what the group believed would be an impending attack by Syrian government forces." (03/09/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/09/world/meast/syria-nuns-freed  

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Lebanon: Syrian regime aircraft attack border town

March 5, 2014
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Reuters    

"Syria carried out air raids inside Lebanon on Wednesday close to the Syrian border and near one of the last rebel-held Syrian border towns, Lebanese security sources said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages from the air strikes, which the sources said appeared to be linked to a Syrian military offensive against the rebel stronghold of Yabroud." (03/05/14)

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UN Security Council passes Syria resolution

February 24, 2014
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CNN    

"Hoping to ease suffering in Syria's besieged cities, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to boost access for humanitarian aid. All 15 Security Council member states approved the resolution, including Russian and China which had balked in the past. The document calls for an end to violence, including the use of barrel bombs, and condemns al Qaeda-affiliated terror attacks. The council strongly condemned Syrian authorities for widespread violations of humanitarian law and urged all parties to lift sieges of populated areas, including in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs." (02/23/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/22/world/meast/syria-un-aid-resolution/  

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UN Security Council vote on Syria aid likely Friday

February 21, 2014
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Oman Tribune [Oman]    

"The UN Security Council will likely vote on a draft resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in war-torn Syria on Friday, diplomats said, but it was unclear if Russia and China would support or veto the western- and Arab-backed text. Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg finalised the draft on Wednesday, which includes demands for cross-border aid access, an end to shelling and aerial bombardment -- including barrel bombs -- and threatens 'further steps' in the event of non-compliance." (02/21/14)

http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news_main_page&id=2632  

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Syria: Rebels reorganize, push for arms

February 18, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Syria’s rebels are launching a new push to persuade the Obama administration to provide them with advanced weapons, citing the intransigence shown by President Bashar al-Assad’s government at stalled peace talks in Geneva as evidence that more military pressure is needed on his regime. Western and Arab backers of the moderate rebels grouped under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army have promised significant new supplies of arms now that the talks have foundered, according to Assad Mustafa, the defense minister in the opposition’s interim government, who is newly in charge of channeling donations of support." (02/18/14)

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Assad regime to join 2nd round of Geneva peace talks

February 7, 2014
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CBS News    

"Syria's deputy foreign minister said on Friday the government would take part in a second round of peace talks on Syria's civil war in the Swiss city of Geneva, state media reported. The 'Geneva 2' peace conference, which had its first round of talks earlier this month, brought Syria's warring sides together for face-to-face negotiations for the first time since the nearly three-year-old conflict began." (02/07/14)

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Syria: Jihadists allegedly kill 16 rebels

February 3, 2014
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Hindustand Times [India]    

"At least 16 Syrian rebels have been killed in a double bomb attack carried out by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an NGO said. Another 20 rebels were injured in the attack yesterday, some of them seriously, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The attack took place in the town of al-Ra'ei, not far from the Syrian border with Turkey, the group said. The Observatory said an ISIS fighter blew himself up at the headquarters of an Islamist rebel brigade in the Aleppo town, near the border with Turkey." [editor's note: The usual note on the "Observatory" -- it is a pro-rebel propaganda outlet located in the UK, not an actual journalism outfit in Syria. So add salt to the claims - TLK] (02/03/14)

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At Syrian peace table, embittered enemies face off

January 29, 2014
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Reuters    

"When Syria's political foes met across a negotiating table for the first time in nearly three years of conflict, the top priority was to keep them from walking out. Diplomats had talked up the importance of getting the two sides in the same room in Geneva, but at one point things were so bad that it looked like that room might be the departure lounge at the city's airport. But meet in the conference chamber they did, cajoled by officials who arranged the agenda to allow each delegation something it could live with. None of the diplomats Reuters spoke to for this article wanted to contemplate the consequences of failure." (01/28/14)

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Syria: War crimes investigators claim regime killed 11,000 detainees

January 21, 2014
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Guardian [UK]    

"Syrian government officials could face war crimes charges in the light of a huge cache of evidence smuggled out of the country showing the 'systematic killing' of about 11,000 detainees, according to three eminent international lawyers. The three, former prosecutors at the criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone, examined thousands of Syrian government photographs and files recording deaths in the custody of regime security forces from March 2011 to last August. Most of the victims were young men and many corpses were emaciated, bloodstained and bore signs of torture. Some had no eyes; others showed signs of strangulation or electrocution." (01/20/14)

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Syria: Regime reports two attacks on chemical weapons sites

January 9, 2014
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New York Times    

"Syria’s government said Wednesday that insurgents had assaulted two storage sites for some of the deadly chemical weapons components it has pledged to eliminate. It was the first time the Syrian authorities had reported such attacks in the three months since an international effort began to sequester and purge the country of the banned munitions. ... Officials declined to comment on the account by Mr. Sabbagh, who told the executive council that insurgents had assaulted a storage site near the city of Homs and a second site outside Damascus, according to the European diplomat." (01/08/14)

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Syria: First weapons chemicals removed

January 7, 2014
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Fox News    

"Syria has moved the first batch of chemical weapons materials out of the country, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said. According to Reuters, the materials were transported from two sites to the port city of Latakia and onto a Danish vessel." (01/07/14)

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Syria: Rebel infighting spreads to Raqqa

January 6, 2014
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ABC News    

"Clashes between Syrian rebels and their rivals from an al-Qaida-linked faction spread on Monday from the country's opposition-held areas in the north to a key eastern city, activists said. The rebel-on-rebel fighting in the eastern city of Raqqa -- a long-time bastion of an al-Qaida-linked group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant -- reflects a widening war within a war in Syria, this one against radical extremists. It also suggests emboldened rebels are trying to completely overrun their al-Qaida rivals." (01/06/14)

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Syrian regime warplanes bomb hills in Lebanon

January 1, 2014
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Sky News [Australia]    

"Syrian warplanes have bombed a barren range of Lebanese hills used by Syrian rebels and refugees to cross between the two countries, wounding at least 10 Syrians who were rushed to hospital in a nearby Lebanese town. Cross-border strikes have been particularly intense this week around the town of Arsal, where thousands of Syrians have fled to escape their country's civil war over the past months. The attack come days after Lebanese forces fired on Syrian helicopters near the border, an apparent attempt by Lebanon to signal that it would be forceful in defending its territory." (01/02/14)

http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article.aspx?id=938723  

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Syria: Regime signs deal with Russian firm to drill offshore for oil and gas

December 26, 2013
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euronews [EU]    

"The Syrian government has signed a contract in Damascus with a Russian company to search for offshore oil and gas in Syrian waters. Reports say the deal with Soyuzneftegaz spans 25 years and the costs will be met by the firm, which was represented at the signing ceremony by the Russian ambassador. Moscow has refused to back Western sanctions against its ally." (12/26/13)

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Syrian rebel leader Salim Idriss denies he fled

December 12, 2013
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CNN    

"A top Syrian rebel commander denies that he abandoned his post and says he is working to resolve fighting among opposition groups in the country's north, he told CNN on Thursday. In the meantime, a decision by the United States and Britain to halt nonlethal aid makes sense, said Salim Idriss, chief of staff of the Free Syrian Army. Several U.S. administration officials had said that the fate of Idriss, a top rebel commander supported by the West, was uncertain as conflicts persisted between the Free Syrian Army and Islamist groups. Idriss denied reports that he fled to a Gulf state after the Islamic Front allegedly seized a warehouse held by the Free Syrian Army." (12/12/13)

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/12/world/meast/syria-civil-war/  

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Syria: Rebels kill regime intel official

October 18, 2013
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Washington Post    

"A senior Syrian intelligence chief has been killed by rebel forces in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, the opposition and Syrian state media said Thursday, as the rebels claimed new gains in the region. Gen. Jameh Jameh, who led the Syrian military intelligence unit in the province, died 'carrying out his mission in defending Syria,' state television said in a report. It gave no details, but Lt. Col. Mohammad Abboud, a top rebel commander for the eastern front, said Jameh, 59, was fatally shot near his home in the al-Joura neighborhood of Deir al-Zour city, the provincial capital." (10/17/13)

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Syria: Regime bombs suburbs as rebels shell capital

October 15, 2013
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Fox News    

"An activist group says Syrian warplanes have been bombing the suburbs of Damascus while rebels have fired mortar shells at the capital on the first day of a major Muslim holiday. Tuesday's fighting shows how entrenched both sides in Syria's civil war have become. Earlier in the fighting, the sides occasionally attempted to observe holiday cease-fires." (10/15/13)

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Syria: Gunmen abduct six Red Cross workers and local volunteer

October 14, 2013
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MSNBC    

"Gunmen abducted six Red Cross workers and a local  volunteer of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in northwest Syria on Sunday, the  International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The humanitarian  agency had no contact with the unidentified gunmen but was appealing for the  seven to be freed immediately, ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson said, declining to  reveal the nationalities or gender of the six ICRC staff for now." (10/13/13)

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Syria: In northern push, regime troops reopen key road

October 7, 2013
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ABC News    

"After heavy clashes, Syrian government forces have reopened a key road linking the central heartland with the embattled northern province of Aleppo. The state-run SANA news agency and activists from Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say the road was reopened on Sunday night. It was closed since August because of heavy fighting between government forces and rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime." (10/06/13)

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Russia: Syrian rebels could join peace talks

October 1, 2013
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ABC News    

"Russia's foreign minister says 'reasonable' representatives of the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad could take part in prospective peace talks with the regime. Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that the West should help encourage those rebels who don't harbor 'extremist or terrorist views' to join the talks to settle the 2 1/2-year conflict." (10/01/13)

http://tinyurl.com/k9gy2x8  

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