Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Syria: Rebels fire at presidential palace as opposition storms capital

November 7, 2012
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Fox News    

"Syrian rebels made a new push into Damascus on Wednesday, clashing heavily with troops in the rebellious suburbs of the capital and firing mortars at a presidential palace and a Palestinian refugee camp, activists said. The regime stronghold of Damascus has seen a surge in violence this week with some of the fiercest clashes in months. In recent days, opposition fighters also stepped up assaults on high-ranking supporters of President Bashar Assad in the capital." (11/07/12)

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Syria: Gunmen kill brother of parliament speaker

November 6, 2012
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New York Times    

"The brother of Syria’s speaker of Parliament was assassinated on Tuesday in a central Damascus neighborhood, the official Syrian news agency reported, as clashes between the government and the rebels convulsed most major cities. ... The assassination came just one day after the funeral of Mohamed Rafeh, 30, a television star who was abducted and killed, apparently by opponents of the government, over the weekend." (11/06/12)

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Syria: Bomb explodes in central Damascus, injuring 11

November 4, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"A bomb exploded Sunday near the offices of a trade union in central Damascus, injuring 11 people, state media reported. The official Syrian news service blamed 'terrorists,' its usual label for armed rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar Assad. The target of the attack was not immediately clear." (11/04/12)

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Syria: “Ceasefire” collapses into chaos

October 29, 2012
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The Atlantic Wire    

"Neither side took the United Nations-backed ceasefire in Syria very seriously and on Monday, the tenuous four-day truce collapsed into all-out fighting. The start of the week marks the end of one of the holiest days on the Mulsim calendar, Eid al-Adh, which UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi saw as an opportunity to establish a very limited agreement. But as fighting continued throughout the weekend, reports on the ground now depict a return to full-scale civil war on the final day of the truce." (10/29/12)

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Syria: Regime “agrees to Eid al-Adha ceasefire”

October 24, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The UN's envoy to Syria says President Bashar al-Assad's government has agreed to abide by a ceasefire during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Cairo that most opposition factions had also said they would observe any ceasefire. ... Eid al-Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as proof of obedience to God." (10/24/12)

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Turkey: Regime claims stolen cargo from Syrian plane is munitions

October 11, 2012
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New York Times    

"Escalating a confrontation with Russia, Turkey’s prime minister said Thursday that Russian military equipment and ammunition bound for Syria’s Defense Ministry had been confiscated from a Syrian civilian jetliner on a Moscow-to-Damascus flight, which was forced to land in Ankara on suspicion of illicitly carrying war material. ... The forced grounding of the Syria jetliner came after Turkish transportation authorities had warned all Turkish aircraft to avoid flying over Syrian territory, possibly in anticipation of retaliatory action by Syria." (10/11/12)

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Syria: Car bomb blast rocks air force intel compound

October 8, 2012
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Global Times [Chinese state media]    

"A suicide car bomb went off Monday evening in front of the Syrian air force intelligence compound at the Harasta suburb of the capital Damascus, sources said. Intense clashes have followed the blast and are still raging on, the sources said, however, no reports of casualties have emerged with the absence of official comments." (10/08/12)

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Turkey: Parliament authorizes invasion of Syria

October 4, 2012
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Fox News    

"Turkey's Parliament authorized military operations against Syria on Thursday and its military fired on targets there for a second day after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town. For its part, Syria admitted it was responsible for the shelling that killed five people in Turkey and formally apologized for the deaths, a top Turkish official said." (10/04/12)

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Syria: Suicide attack strikes remote Kurdish town, kills at least four

September 30, 2012
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Washington Post    

"A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a Syrian security compound in a remote, predominantly Kurdish town Sunday, killing at least four people, state media said, in a new sign that the country’s largest ethnic minority might be drawn into a widening civil war. Opposition activists said at least eight Syrian intelligence agents were killed and several dozen people wounded in the attack in the northeastern town of Qamishli, more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) from the capital Damascus." (09/30/12)

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Syria: Rebels bomb army command in Damascus

September 26, 2012
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Reuters    

"A Syrian rebel bomb attack reduced the army headquarters in Damascus to a smouldering wreck on Wednesday as world leaders, unable to break the diplomatic deadlock in the conflict, met at the United Nations. The rebels said the assault on President Bashar al-Assad's power base in the center of the capital killed dozens of people. The army said four guards were killed and 14 wounded in what it said were suicide attacks." (09/26/12)

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Syria: Rebels claim 30 killed in regime airstrike

September 20, 2012
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United Press International    

"Syrian opposition leaders say 30 were killed and 100 more hurt when government planes bombed a crowded gas station. ... The airstrike took place in the village of Ayn Issa, a border town on Syria's northern border with Turkey, The New York Times reported. Ayn Issa is close to a key Turkish border crossing post that rebels seized two days ago." (09/20/12)

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Syria: Rebels reportedly seize Turkey border crossing

September 19, 2012
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Fox News    

"Rebels seized control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey on Wednesday, pulling down the Syrian flag and sending a stream of jubilant people pouring across the border into Turkey. An Associated Press reporter at the scene Wednesday said people were moving freely across the Tal Abyad crossing, crawling under barbed wire. Some appeared to be wounded." (09/19/12)

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Syria: 12 killed in bombing at Damascus funeral for earlier blast victims

August 28, 2012
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Washington Post    

"A car bomb exploded during a funeral in southeastern Damascus on Tuesday, killing 12 people and injuring 48, Syrian state media reported. The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency accused 'terrorists' of carrying out the attack and noted that the funeral, in the predominantly Christian area of Jaramana, was being held for two people who had died in an explosion Monday." (08/28/12)

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Syria: Regime planes bomb rebel-held town

August 15, 2012
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CBS News    

"Syrian fighter jets screamed through the sky Wednesday over this rebel-held town, dropping bombs that leveled the better part of a poor neighborhood and wounded scores of people, many of them women and children buried under piles of rubble. Activists said more than 20 people were killed. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 23 people died in the double airstrike and more than 200 were wounded." (08/15/12)

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Syria: Rebels say they downed jet; regime claims technical error

August 13, 2012
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USA Today    

"Syrian rebels claim to have shot down a Syrian MiG fighter jet, while Syrian state-run media say a pilot ejected from a warplane after a technical failure, the Associated Press reports. Activists released a 33-second video that they claim shows the warplane catching fire after being hit by ground fire over the eastern province of Deir el-Zour." (08/13/12)

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Syria: Regime jets pound rebels as opposition calls for no-fly zone

August 12, 2012
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New York Times    

"Syrian jets fired on areas in and around Aleppo again on Sunday, continuing an escalation of force that has led activists and rebels to demand that foreign forces establish a no-fly zone to counter the government’s air superiority. ... While the fighting raged in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, the Syrian authorities on Sunday reported two bomb attacks in Damascus, the capital." (08/12/12)

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Syria: Regime claims control of Aleppo rebel area

August 8, 2012
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The Australian [Australia]    

"Syria says its troops have seized a rebel-held Aleppo district after storming it and 'annihilating' most of the insurgents, as a long-threatened ground assault on the key city was launched. The rebels promptly denied the claim, acknowledging that a 'barbaric and savage attack' on the neighbourhood of Salaheddin was underway but later saying they had recaptured much of what they lost." (08/08/12)

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Turkish military stages tank exercises near Syria border

August 1, 2012
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Reuters    

"Turkey's army staged tank exercises near the Syrian border on Wednesday, Turkish officials said, in a move highlighting Ankara's unease about security on the frontier. The exercises were held after a series of Turkish military deployments to the area prompted by the spiraling violence in the 17-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There is no indication Turkish forces will cross the border." (08/01/12)

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Syria: New clashes reported in two largest cities

July 22, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"New clashes and military shelling were reported Sunday in Syria's two major cities, as the warring sides in the country's escalating conflict intensified their information battle on the airwaves, the Internet and social media. A rebel commander, identified as Col. Abduljabbar Aqidi, declared in an opposition video released on YouTube that the battle had begun to 'liberate' the northern city of Aleppo .... In Damascus, the Syrian capital, opposition activists reported a determined military assault on the Mezzeh district, home to many embassies and offices." (07/22/12)

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Syria: Bomb kills regime officials

July 18, 2012
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Washington Post    

"A bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting Wednesday in the Syrian capital, killing the defense minister as well as President Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law in the harshest blow to the government’s inner circle in the 16-month uprising. Syrian state-run TV said the blast came during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials in Damascus, which has seen four straight days of clashes between rebels and government troops." (07/18/12)

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Syria: Rebels push war into Damascus

July 16, 2012
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Pioneer Press    

"Syrian rebels fired grenades at tanks and troops while regime armor shelled Damascus neighborhoods Monday, July 16, sending terrified families fleeing the most sustained and widespread fighting in the capital since the start of the uprising 16 months ago. Fierce clashes nearly encircled the heavily guarded capital as rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad pushed the civil war that has been building in Syria's impoverished provinces closer to the seat of power." (07/16/12)

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Syria: Hama massacre reports discredited

July 15, 2012
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Antiwar.com    

"A purported massacre by the Syrian army near Hama on Thursday has turned out to be a battle between government forces and armed rebel militias, in another example of Western leaders hyping Syrian rebel propaganda. ... online videos and news reports detailed the heavy casualties sustained by the rebel forces making it out to be a massacre of mostly unarmed opposition members by Syrian forces. Spokesmen for the opposition claimed the number of dead to be as high as 250 .... New details of the incident, however, reveal the death count to have been much less, around 100. Almost all of those killed were men of military age who were armed and engaged in a battle with government forces." (07/14/12)

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Syria: Opposition claims 220 killed in regime attack

July 12, 2012
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National Post [Canada]    

"More than 200 Syrians, mostly civilians, were massacred in a village in the rebellious Hama region when it was bombarded by helicopter gunships and tanks and then stormed by militiamen, opposition activists said. If confirmed, it would be the worst single incident of violence in 16 months of conflict in which rebels are fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad and diplomacy to halt the bloodshed has been stymied by jostling between world powers." (07/12/12)

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NATO to Assad: Defending Syrian airspace “unacceptable”

June 26, 2012
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CNBC    

"NATO allies on Tuesday condemned Syria's shooting down of a Turkish military plane as unacceptable but they stopped short of threatening any military response that might drag them into a conflict with Syria's government. ... Damascus said it downed the aircraft in self-defense after it strayed into Syrian airspace.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47961392  

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Monitors to stay in Syria, UN says

June 19, 2012
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WCYB News    

"The U.N. monitoring mission in Syria will remain in place for now, despite having halted its activities amid rising violence, its leaders said Tuesday. Security Council members met in private with the mission's leader, Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, who halted operations Saturday. He reported then that the escalating violence between government troops and opposition groups was making it too risky for the monitors to do their jobs." (06/19/12)

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