Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Syria: Damascus bomb kills ten

June 17, 2013
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ABC News    

"A car bomb targeting a checkpoint near a military airport in an upscale neighborhood of the Syrian capital has killed 10 soldiers, activists said Monday as President Bashar Assad's troops pressed ahead with an offensive to regain territory they lost to rebels trying to topple his regime. The army has scored major victories in key battlefields in western and central Syria in the past weeks, and is now setting its sights on the country's largest city, Aleppo, in the north, parts of which have been opposition strongholds." (06/17/13)

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Syria: Regime troops “preparing for Aleppo assault”

June 10, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Syrian government forces are reported to be preparing for a major offensive on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo and its surroundings. A security source said it would start 'in the coming hours or days,' echoing a pro-government newspaper article saying troops were 'deploying heavily.' Activists said there were no signs yet of a renewed push on the Aleppo. The development comes only days after government forces backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Qusair." (06/10/13)

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Syria: Regime troops “retake Golan Heights crossing”

June 6, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Syrian army has taken control of a UN-monitored crossing in the Golan Heights which had been overrun by rebel forces, Israeli military sources say. Tanks and armoured vehicles were used in the raid at Quneitra, near Israeli-held territory, the BBC was told. The fighting came a day after Syrian troops -- backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah militants -- retook the key town of Qusair after a three-week siege." (06/06/13)

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Syria: Regime troops retake al-Qusayr

June 5, 2013
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USA Today    

"Syrian rebel fighters and wounded civilians were forced to flee al-Qusayr Wednesday, as Syrian troops, supported by Hezbollah militia, advanced on the strategic city close to the Lebanese border. ... The Free Syrian army, which had held on to the city for months through increasingly fierce bombardment and attacks by the regime, killing hundreds, conceded that they had to make a retreat from the town that lies on a key supply route." (06/05/13)

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Russia confirms long-range missile deal with Damascus, says weapons deter foreign intervention

May 28, 2013
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Winnipeg Free Press    

"Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday, May 28, 2013, that Moscow has a contract for the delivery of the S-300s to Syria and sees the deal as a key deterrent against foreign invasion in that country. The Deputy Foreign Minister wouldn’t say whether Russia has shipped any of the long-range S-300 air defense missile systems, but added that Moscow isn’t going to abandon the deal despite strong Western and Israeli criticism." (05/28/13)

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Syria: Russia sends more missiles to Assad regime

May 17, 2013
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New York Times    

"Russia has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday. ... Unlike Scud and other longer-range surface-to-surface missiles that the Assad government has used against opposition forces, the Yakhont antiship missile system provides the Syrian military a formidable weapon to counter any effort by international forces to reinforce Syrian opposition fighters by imposing a naval embargo, establishing a no-fly zone or carrying out limited airstrikes." (05/16/13)

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UN General Assembly calls for political transition in Syria

May 16, 2013
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RTT News    

"The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for a political transition in Syria and condemning the the Syrian government's increased use of heavy weapons in the escalating conflict. The non-binding resolution was adopted by the Assembly 107 votes to 12, with 59 abstentions. While China and Russia were among the 12 nations which voted against the draft resolution, those abstained from voting included Brazil, South Africa and India." (05/16/13)

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Syria: Rebels launch assault on Aleppo prison

May 15, 2013
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Houston Chronicle    

"Syrian rebels launched a coordinated assault on the main prison in the northern city of Aleppo Wednesday in an attempt to free hundreds of regime opponents believed to be held in the facility, activists said, while an Internet blackout engulfed the country for the second time in two weeks. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels detonated two car bombs simultaneously outside the walls of the central prison Wednesday morning before trying to storm the facility." (05/15/13)

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Syria cut off from global Internet

May 8, 2013
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Syria's Internet blackout entered into its second consecutive day, which the state news agency blamed on a fault in optical fibre cables. Landline phone services between Syrian provinces have also been down since Tuesday, SANA said on Wednesday. ... Syrian authorities have cut phone and Internet service in select areas in the past to disrupt rebel communication when regime forces are conducting major operations." (05/08/13)

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Syria: Regime troops advance on Homs

May 2, 2013
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ABC News    

"Activists say Syrian government troops are advancing in a push to oust rebels from the central city of Homs. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says troops loyal to President Bashar Assad regained control Thursday of the Wadi Sayeh district in the center of Homs. The neighborhood is strategically important for Assad's troops as they try to dislodge opposition fighters from several of the city's central districts that have been under rebel control for more than a year." (05/02/13)

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Syria: Mortar attacks near Damascus kill seven

April 24, 2013
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Houston Chronicle    

"Two mortar shells slammed into a Damascus suburb Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens, Syrian state media and activists said. ... The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the shells hit near a municipality building and a school in Jaramana suburb on Wednesday. The Observatory, which relies on reports from a network of activists on the ground, said 10 people were killed and 30 were wounded in the attacks. Syrian state-run SANA news agency confirmed that two shells landed in Jaramana, a neighborhood southeast of the capital. The state news service said seven people were killed. The different death toll could not immediately be accounted for." (04/24/13)

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Syria: Rebels abduct two bishops

April 23, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Militants in a rebel-held area of northern Syria have abducted two bishops travelling from the Turkish border back to the city of Aleppo. The kidnapping was reported by Syrian state media and confirmed by a member of the official opposition leadership. Yohanna Ibrahim is head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo and Boulos Yaziji leads the Greek Orthodox Church in the city." (04/23/13)

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UN team aims at alleged Syrian chemical weapons

April 9, 2013
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Were chemical weapons used in the Syria war? A team of United Nations chemical-weapons investigators is waiting in Cyprus for a green light from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- who appears to have suddenly gotten cold feet about an international investigation that he called for in the first place. The reason seems to have to do with the broader geopolitics of a war that each day threatens to become more of a regional conflict." (04/09/13)

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Syria: Regime says suicide car bomber kills 15 in Damascus

April 8, 2013
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Washington Post    

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle in a busy residential and commercial district in central Damascus on Monday, killing at least 15 people and sending a huge cloud of black smoke billowing over the capital’s skyline, Syrian state-run media said. ... Monday’s blast, described by state-run Syrian TV as a terrorist suicide bombing, went off near the Sabaa Bahrat Square, one of the capital’s biggest roundabouts. The Syrian central bank, the Finance Ministry and state-run investment agency, a mosque and a school are located nearby." (04/08/13)

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Syria: Regime launches counteroffensive on rebels

April 7, 2013
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"After weeks of rebel gains in the south, the Syrian regime launched a counteroffensive on Sunday with widespread airstrikes and an operation that reclaimed a northern village on a strategically important route. At least 20 people were killed in heavy airstrikes that targeted rebels trying to topple the regime in at least seven cities and regions." (04/07/13)

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Syrian official: 12 killed in university attack

March 28, 2013
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USA Today    

"A Syrian government official says 12 people have been killed and 20 wounded in a mortar attack against Damascus University. ... The government-run Al-Ikhbariya TV station says the mortar shells struck the cafeteria and showed footage of tables and chairs turned upside down, shattered glass and blood on the floor." (03/28/13)

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Syrian opposition takes seat at Arab League summit

March 26, 2013
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Time    

"Syrian opposition representatives took the country’s seat for the first time at an Arab League summit that opened in Qatar on Tuesday, a significant diplomatic boost for the forces fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime. ... The decision for the opposition to take Syria’s seat was made at the recommendation of Arab foreign ministers meeting earlier this week in the Qatari capital, Doha. The Arab League in 2011 suspended the Syrian government’s membership in the organization in punishment for the regime’s crackdown on opponents." (03/26/13)

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Syria: Rebel commander Riad al-Asaad wounded by blast

March 25, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A senior rebel military commander has been seriously wounded by a bomb blast in eastern Syria, activists say. A device exploded next to a car carrying Col Riad al-Asaad, formerly head of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), in Mayadeen, Deir al-Zour province. An FSA spokesman told the BBC he lost a leg and was now in a Turkish hospital." (03/25/13)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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