Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Israeli military carries out airstrikes in Syria

June 23, 2014
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Bismarck Tribune    

"Israeli warplanes bombed a series of targets inside Syria early Monday, the Israeli military said, in response to a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager the previous day. In all, Israel said it struck nine military targets inside Syria, and 'direct hits were confirmed.' The targets were located near the site of Sunday's violence in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command center and unspecified 'launching positions.' There was no immediate response from Syria." (06/22/14)

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The Middle East harvests bitter imperialist fruit

June 23, 2014
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The wall-to-wall coverage of the disintegration of Iraq ought to carry this credit: This bloodshed was made possible by the generosity of British and French imperialists. The stomach-wrenching violence in Iraq -- not to mention the horrendous civil war in Syria, the chronic unrest in Palestine/Israel, and problems elsewhere in the Middle East -- are direct consequences of the imperialist acts of the British and French governments at the end of World War I, the history-altering catastrophe that began 100 years ago this August 4." (06/20/14)

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Syria: Regime claims Hama province car bomb kills 34

June 20, 2014
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Reuters    

"A car bomb in Syria's western Hama province killed 34 and wounded more than 50, Syria's state news agency SANA said on Friday, blaming the attack on rebels fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. It was not immediately clear if the attack was in any way related to the militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is very active in Syria and has seized vast tracts of territory across the border in Iraq." (06/20/14)

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America can’t force Iran’s surrender

June 18, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett  

"For years, we've been calling on the United States to sit down and discuss its mutual interests with Iran like adults, instead of shouting across the Atlantic. ... Now there's an opportunity to work together to face down a common threat, and even Republican leaders like Lindsey Graham, the unfailingly hawkish South Carolina senator, are starting to see things our way. The United States should engage Iran not just as an unavoidably influential player, however, but as an actor with its own concerns about terrorism -- including by jihadis involved in the U.S.-supported campaign against Bashar Assad's government in Syria. If the United States tries -- as in past episodes of cooperation with Tehran -- to elicit Iranian help in Iraq without recognizing Iran’s wider interests -- dialogue will fail." (06/18/14)

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Syria: Regime bombing kills 20, locals and opposition allege

June 18, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"Syrian army helicopters bombed a refugee camp along the Jordanian border on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, mostly children and women, residents and opposition activists said. They said the army dropped several barrel bombs -- highly destructive improvised explosives, use of which has been condemned by Western powers as a war crime -- on the camp in the village of Shajra, 2 km (1 mile) from the Jordanian border." (06/18/14)

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Syria: Assad expected to win third term in sham election

June 3, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Syria is holding a presidential election in government-held areas, amid heightened security. President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven-year term in office. However, critics of the Syrian government have denounced the election as a sham. ... Even as the election got under way in some areas, activists reported fighting in others. Opposition fighters have warned they will try to disrupt the vote, and the National Coalition -- the main Western-backed opposition group -- is boycotting it." (06/03/14)

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Syria: Mortar attack on Assad campaign rally kills scores

May 23, 2014
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Fox News    

"A mortar shell struck an election gathering in southern Syria for President Bashar Assad, killing a number of people, state media and opposition activists reported Friday. ... The state-run SANA news agency said the mortar strike late Thursday killed an unspecific number of people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on activists on the ground for its reports, said the shelling targeted an 'electoral tent' where Assad's supporters had gathered and killed 21 people, including 11 civilians." (05/23/14)

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Syria: Times of London journalist shot, wounded

May 15, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Veteran Times of London war correspondent Anthony Loyd and photographer Jack Hill are recovering in Turkey after narrowly escaping being taken hostage in Syria. The newspaper said Thursday the pair had been double-crossed and briefly kidnapped by rebel fighters in Syria. Loyd was shot in the legs and severely beaten. Hill was also badly beaten. They were injured while trying to return to Turkey after an assignment in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The paper said they were taken captive by the people entrusted with helping them cross the border." (05/15/14)

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Syria: Rebels claim Aleppo hotel bombing

May 8, 2014
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ABC News    

"A rebel-claimed bombing Thursday in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo leveled a hotel near the ancient Citadel that government troops used as a military base, along with several other buildings, activists and militants said. Syrian state television said the explosion struck a government-held area on the edge of a contested neighborhood in old part of Aleppo. ... The Islamic Front rebel group claimed responsibility for the blast. A statement posted on its official Twitter account Thursday said that its 'fighters this morning leveled the Carlton Hotel barracks in Old Aleppo and a number of buildings near it, killing 50 soldiers.' It did not say how it knew how many soldiers died." (05/07/14)

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Polio: Syria’s war on children

May 7, 2014
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In These Times
by Terry J. Allen  

"Although there is no cure for polio, there is a cure for its spread: vaccination. After Jonas Salk discovered a vaccine in the 1950s, massive global vaccination campaigns came tantalizingly close to exterminating a disease that once affected hundreds of thousands each year. Syria was declared polio-free in 1995, but the current war between Damascus and a tangle of opponents has selectively devastated vaccination efforts." (05/06/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16642/syrias_war_on_children  

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Syria: 18 killed in suicide bombings

May 2, 2014
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Business Standard [India]    

"At least 18 people were killed and 50 were injured Friday in two suicide car bombings in central Syria, a media report said. A suicide bomber blew up a booby-trapped car in Jidreen town, killing 17 civilians, including 11 children, the official SANA news agency reported. Another terrorist detonated a car bomb in al-Hmairi town, also in Hama, killing a civilian." (05/02/14)

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Syria: Deadly explosions in Homs, Damascus

April 29, 2014
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"A car bomb has exploded in the central Syrian city of Homs killing around 36 people, just hours after an attack in Damascus killed 14, government officials said. Tuesday’s attacks came a day after Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian president, nominated himself for the June 3 presidential elections, a race he is likely to win amid a raging civil war aimed at undermining the leader and his government. A Syrian government official said the car bomb that hit Homs exploded in the city's predominantly Alawite district of Zahra." (04/29/14)

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Syria: Mortar shells kill 12 in central Damascus

April 29, 2014
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ABC News    

"Syrian state media say mortar shells have exploded in central Damascus, killing 12 people and wounding scores. The official SANA news agency says four shells struck in the capital's Shaghour neighborhood on Tuesday morning." (04/29/14)

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Syria: Assad says he’ll run for third term

April 28, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will run for a third term, in an election the opposition has dismissed as ending any hope for a political solution to the country’s three-year war. ... For the first time, other candidates besides the country’s ruler are allowed to run. Six other contenders have stepped forward so far. A new electoral law approved last month blocks opposition members in exile from running by stipulating candidates must have lived in Syria for the past 10 years and have no other citizenship." (04/28/14)

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Obama regime: “Indications” chemical weapons used again in Syria

April 21, 2014
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Fox News    

"The Obama administration said Monday it has 'indications' chemical weapons were used in Syria earlier this month, and is investigating whether the Assad regime might have been responsible. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki discussed the allegations a day after French President Francois Hollande said France also had indications the regime is still using chemical weapons." [editor's note: Not sure what "still" means -- all indications were that the last "chemical attack" was carried out either by the US-sponsored rebels or by Turkey on said rebels' behalf - TLK] (04/21/14)

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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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