Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

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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Russia sending navy ships to Syria

June 18, 2012
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CBS News    

"The Interfax news agency said Monday that two Russian navy ships are to sail to Syria to protect Russian citizens and its naval base there. This would mark the first time since the uprising in Syria started that Russia is sending extra troops to its base in Syria. Interfax quoted an unidentified Russian navy official as saying that the Nikolai Filchenkov and Caesar Kunikov amphibious assault vessels will be heading to the Syrian port of Tartus, but didn't give a precise date." (06/18/12)

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UN suspends observer mission in Syria due to uptick in violence

June 17, 2012
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CNN    

"The United Nations on Saturday suspended its monitoring mission in Syria due to intensifying violence, sending a strong indication that prospects for peace are failing. 'There has been an intensification of armed violence across Syria over the past 10 days,' said Gen. Robert Mood, who heads the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria." (06/17/12)

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Syria: Rebels strengthen control of the countryside

June 17, 2012
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Sacramento Bee    

"This city is almost completely empty after a week of heavy shelling by the Syrian government. But it is empty of government forces as well. The shelling, which killed 20 civilians and five rebel fighters, failed to dislodge rebels who had driven the Syrian military out of nearly a dozen bases and checkpoints in the city over a period of two days earlier this month." (06/17/12)

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Syria: Russian choppers censured by Clinton sold decades ago

June 13, 2012
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Business Week    

"Russia is only repairing helicopters sold to Syria by the Soviet Union, two people familiar with the matter said, after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said shipments of Russian attack choppers were escalating 15 months of violence. Russia has been fixing about 20 Mi-24 choppers that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's father Hafez acquired, under a contract signed four years ago, said one of the people, who works in Russia's defense industry and declined to be identified because the matter is confidential." (06/13/12)

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Clinton claims Russia is sending gunships to Syria

June 12, 2012
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MSNBC    

"Russia is sending a new shipment of helicopter gunships to Syria, a move that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday could escalate the conflict 'quite dramatically.' Syria already has a fleet of the Russian gunships which are armed with rockets, cannons and heavy machine guns." (06/12/12)

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Syria: UN observers attacked near besieged town

June 12, 2012
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Abilene Reporter News    

"The U.S. accused Russia of escalating the Syrian conflict by sending attack helicopters to President Bashar Assad's regime, and U.N. observers were attacked Tuesday with stones, metal rods and gunfire that blocked them from a besieged, rebel-held town where civilians were feared trapped by government shelling. There was no immediate reaction from the Russian Foreign Ministry on the accusation by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton." (06/12/12)

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Obama regime accuses Assad regime of “new horrific tactics”

June 11, 2012
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Miami Herald    

"The United States accused the Syrian government of using 'new horrific tactics' Monday, as U.N. observers reported Syrian helicopters were firing on rebellious areas and concerns mounted that civilians were trapped in besieged cities. Violence in Syria has spiked in recent weeks, as both sides ignore an internationally brokered cease-fire that was supposed to go into effect April 12 but never took hold." (06/11/12)

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Syria violence kills 29 as revolt toll tops 14,100

June 10, 2012
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Pakistan Today [Pakistan]    

"Violence in Syria killed at least 29 people on Sunday, bringing the death toll since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to more than 14,100, [a US-backed, UK-based "non-governmental organization"] said. Those killed since March last year comprised 9,862 civilians, 3,470 soldiers and 783 army deserters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said." (06/10/12)

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Syria: 80 regime troops killed, “activists” say

June 4, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 80 Syrian soldiers were killed by rebels over the weekend in clashes and attacks on security forces checkpoints, an activist group says. Rebels told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that more than 100 soldiers had died in the suburbs of Damascus and Idlib province. The Observatory said it had confirmed the names of 80 dead with local medics." [editor's note: As always, take these reports with a large grain of salt. The "Observatory" appears to be one guy in the UK, and there's a good chance he makes up these "reports" on the fly and gets the accompanying numbers from random.org - TLK] (06/04/12)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18322412  

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Lebanon on edge as Syrian conflict spills over

May 20, 2012
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"Two members of an anti-Assad group have been shot dead in Lebanon, raising fears the turmoil in Syria is spilling over the border. Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid, a Sunni Muslim cleric, and Muhammed Hussein Miraib, both members of the Lebanon-based March 14 political alliance, were shot by Lebanese soldiers on Sunday. A security official said they were shot in their car as it sped through a Lebanese army checkpoint without stopping." (05/21/12)

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Syria: 23 regime troops reported killed

May 14, 2012
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New York Times    

"Nearly two dozen Syrian government soldiers were killed in intense clashes with the opposition over control of the central, rebel-held city of Rastan, opposition groups said Monday, deepening questions about the viability of a cease-fire engineered under United Nations auspices. The sectarian tensions that erupted in Syria also spilled over the border into Lebanon, setting off a third day of gun battles between Sunni Muslims and Alawites in the northern city of Tripoli, according to witnesses and local press reports." (05/14/12)

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Syria: Homs shelled as UN monitors seek ceasefire

May 9, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"There has been intense shelling by the Syrian army overnight in the city of Homs - described by opposition activists as the worst in weeks. Eleven United Nations monitors are now stationed in Homs to try to implement a ceasefire there. But a BBC correspondent in Homs says they have an impossible task, with both sides breaking the truce." (05/09/12)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18015452  

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Annan: “Last chance” to avoid civil war in Syria

May 8, 2012
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has told the UN Security Council his Syria peace plan may be the 'last chance' to avoid civil war as the government pursues attacks on civilians. Mr Annan gave a dire assessment of the situation in Syria as he briefed the 15-nation council on his efforts to get president Bashar al-Assad to carry out his six-point plan." [editor's note: If it's not already a civil war, what the hell is it? - TLK] (05/09/12)

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Syria: Regime holds parliament vote, opposition boycotts

May 7, 2012
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Syrians cast ballots Monday in parliamentary elections billed by the regime as key to President Bashar Assad's political reforms, but the opposition dismissed the vote as a sham meant to preserve his autocratic rule. ... The elections are the first under a new constitution, adopted three months ago. The charter for the first time allows the formation of political parties to compete with Assad's ruling Baath party and limits the president to two seven-year terms." (05/07/12)

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Syria: Regime forces reportedly raid Aleppo University, kill four

May 3, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"At least four students were killed, dozens injured and about 200 arrested Thursday when Syrian government forces stormed student dorms at Aleppo University, firing automatic guns and tear gas, activists said. The predawn raid was followed by the closure of the university, sending ripples across Syria as some in the opposition wondered aloud whether the major city was finally fully joining the uprising." (05/03/12)

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Deadliest day for Syria troops as monitors fan out

May 2, 2012
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India TV [India]    

"Rebels yesterday killed 22 troops in the Syrian army's deadliest day of a three-week-old ceasefire deal, even as UN observers said they were having a 'calming' impact as they deploy on the ground. ... Major General Robert Mood brushed off criticism that the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, or UNSMIS, had been too slow to get off the ground and said their numbers would double within days." (05/03/12)

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Ladsous: Both sides violating Syria truce

May 1, 2012
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CBS News    

"The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday that U.N. military observers in Syria are reporting cease-fire violations from the government and opposition and he demanded an immediate halt to all violence. Herve Ladsous refused to say which side was responsible for the most violations. But he said the unarmed observers have documented a number of Syrian heavy weapons deployed in populated areas -- including armored personnel carriers and Howitzers -- despite the government's claim that it had withdrawn tanks and troops from cities and towns as required under international envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan." (05/01/12)

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Syria: Islamists claim responsibility for suicide attack

April 29, 2012
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"An Islamist group styling itself 'al-Nusra Front' claimed reponsibility at the weekend for a suicide bombing which killed at least nine people in the Syrian capital Damascus after weekly prayers last Friday. The group named the bomber as Abu Omar al-Shami and said he detonated his explosives amidst 150 members of the Syrian security forces who were gathered outside the Zain al-Abideen mosque in the Midan district of Damascus." (04/30/12)

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