Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Syria: Rebels “use chemical weapon”

March 19, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Syrian state media say rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad have fired a chemical weapon in the north of the country. 'Terrorists launched a missile containing chemical products into the region of Khan al-Assal in the province of Aleppo, killing 15 people, mainly civilians,' Sana news agency said. The government routinely refers to rebels as 'terrorists.' Rebels denied the report, accusing the government of using chemical agents." (03/19/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21841217  

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Syrian opposition pushes for interim government

March 14, 2013
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Associated Press    

"The main Syrian opposition group is pushing to form a breakaway interim government to rein in chaotic rebel-held areas in the north. But it faces objections from within its own ranks amid fears that such a move is premature and could lead to the fragmentation of the country. The differing views will be put to the test at a two-day meeting starting Monday in Istanbul, where supporters hope to name a prime minister to oversee the formation of an interim government." (03/14/13)

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Syria: Regime losing grip on border with Iraq

March 13, 2013
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CNN    

"Bashar al-Assad's regime has lost control of much of Syria's long desert border with Iraq, as Sunni jihadist groups in both countries grow in strength, according to Western counter-terrorism officials and analysts. The resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq and the growing power of groups like the Nusra Front in Syria pose a broader threat: a cross-border alliance of militant Sunni groups capable of challenging governments in both Damascus and Baghdad and carving out a haven in a region where governments are struggling to exert control." (03/13/13)

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Syria: Rebels detain 21 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights

March 6, 2013
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Armed fighters linked to the Syrian opposition have detained 21 UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the increasingly volatile zone separating Israeli and Syrian troops on the Golan Heights, a new escalation in the spillover of Syria's civil war. The UN Security Council demanded their immediate and unconditional release." (03/07/13)

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Iraq: 48 Syrian troops killed in ambush

March 4, 2013
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Arizona Daily Star    

"Dozens of Syrian soldiers who had crossed into Iraq for refuge were ambushed Monday with bombs, gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades in an attack that killed 48 of them and heightened concerns that the country could be drawn into Syria's civil war. The fact that the soldiers were on Iraqi soil at all raises questions about Baghdad's apparent willingness to quietly aid the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The well-coordinated attack, which Iraqi officials blamed on al-Qaida's Iraq arm, also suggests possible coordination between the militant group and its ideological allies in Syria who rank among the rebels' most potent fighters." (03/04/13)

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Syria: Car bomb attack rocks Damascus

February 21, 2013
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Toronto Sun [Canada]    

"A car bomb killed 53 people and wounded 200 in central Damascus on Thursday when it blew up on a busy highway close to ruling Baath Party offices and the Russian Embassy, Syrian television said. TV footage showed charred and bloodied bodies strewn across the street after the blast, which state media said was the result of a suicide bombing by 'terrorists' battling President Bashar al-Assad." (02/21/13)

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/02/21/car-bomb-attack-rocks-damascus  

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Syria: Dozens killed in blasts at university

January 15, 2013
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Eau Claire Leader-Telegram    

"Twin blasts ripped through a university campus in Syria's largest city on Tuesday as students were taking exams, setting cars alight, blowing the walls off dormitory rooms and killing more than 80 people, according to anti-regime activists and a government official. The opposition and the government blamed each other for the explosions inside Aleppo University, which marked a major escalation in the struggle for control of the hotly contested commercial hub." (10/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/byt79wq  

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Syria: UN claims 60,000 killed

January 3, 2013
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Guardian [UK]    

"At least 60,000 people have died in Syria's conflict, the UN human rights commissioner has said, citing an 'exhaustive' study which has sharply increased the number of those believed killed. Before the latest UN-commissioned survey it had been estimated that up to 45,000 people had perished during the conflict; the up-to-date calculation increases the death toll by a third." (01/02/13)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/02/60000-killed-syrian-war-un  

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Syria: Army pounds rebels around Damascus

December 3, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Fierce clashes and heavy government bombardment were reported Sunday on the outskirts of Damascus as the Syrian military pressed an offensive aimed at securing the capital and its vulnerable international airport. Syrian warplanes and artillery pounded rebel-held positions to the south and east of the capital, opposition spokesmen said, continuing a pattern of heavy strikes that has continued for at least four days." (12/03/12)

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Syria: Assad says he will not leave country

November 8, 2012
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ABC News    

"Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed defiantly to 'live and die' in Syria, saying in an interview broadcast Thursday that he will never flee his country despite the bloody, 19-month-old uprising against him. The broadcast comes two days after British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that Assad could be allowed safe passage out of the country if that would guarantee an end to the civil war, which activists estimate has killed more than 36,000 people." (11/08/12)

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/akakjyt  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/d56sfzo  

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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)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20066613  

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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)

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/737117.shtml  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/9qega4m  

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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)

http://wapo.st/SdAnue  

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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)

http://wapo.st/RqiFkU  

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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)

http://cbsn.ws/R34vpC  

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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)

http://usat.ly/QutpKr  

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