Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

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)

http://nyti.ms/J5zLSA  

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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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Syria: Activists report new violence as France scolds UN

April 25, 2012
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Reuters    

"Syrian forces shot dead four civilians on a bus on Wednesday and fighting raged near Damascus, dissidents said, as international pressure mounted on President Bashar al-Assad to honor U.N.-backed ceasefire pledges to order his troops back to barracks. ... As well as urging faster deployment of U.N. monitors, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Paris would push for a so-called 'Chapter 7' resolution, which would mean punitive sanctions, next month if Assad's forces did not pull back." [editor's note: The usual disclaimer -- the "dissidents" reporting regime violence in the mainstream media seem to be front organizations based in the UK and funded by the US. Their claims may be no more reliable than the Assad regime's; we just don't know - TLK] (04/25/12)

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Syria: 28 alleged killed in post-UN-visit violence

April 23, 2012
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United Press International    

"Dozens of people were killed in Syria Monday when government forces fired on Hama and killed people who spoke with U.N. observers, witnesses said. Opposition networks said between 28 and 38 people were killed, one day after protesters massed in the city to greet the U.N. peace monitors, The Wall Street Journal reported." (04/23/12)

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Syria: Shots fired as UN observers visit

April 18, 2012
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CNN    

"Security forces fired at demonstrators in a Syrian city Wednesday while United Nations observers were visiting, activists said. The incident took place near Damascus in the city of Arbeen where, activists said, demonstrators congregated near the Grand Mosque in Arbeen's market to welcome the observers, who are in the country monitoring the country's shaky cease-fire." (04/18/12)

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Syria: Regime, opposition accuse each other of breaking cease-fire

April 17, 2012
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New York Times    

"Antigovernment activists in the Syrian conflict accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on Tuesday of the most widespread violations of an already fractured five-day-old cease-fire .... The Syrian government said its forces were responding to provocations from Mr. Assad’s armed opponents and accused them of trying to sabotage the cease-fire, part of a peace plan negotiated by Kofi Annan, the special emissary of the United Nations and the Arab League." (04/17/12)

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UN monitors arrive in Syria

April 15, 2012
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CNN    

"The first members of a U.N. monitoring team have arrived in Syria, a U.N. spokesman said early Monday, four days after a so-called cease-fire that is showing serious signs of collapse. The six monitors arrived Sunday in Damascus and will begin their work Monday morning, said Kieran Dwyer, a spokesman for peacekeeping missions at the United Nations." (04/15/12)

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/15/world/meast/syria-unrest/  

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Syria: Let’s you and him fight

April 11, 2012
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Lieberman and McCain never met a war they didn’t like, at least so long as it was fought with other people’s money, with other people’s blood, and for the benefit of themselves and their cronies in government and among the corporati. ... McCain and Lieberman have been both prominent architects of the existing US police state and staunch advocates of its endless extension. Who the hell are they to criticize Assad’s Syria? But this, of course, is what governments and politicians do." (04/11/12)

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Fighting rages in countdown to Syria truce

April 11, 2012
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Reuters    

"Syria was due to observe a ceasefire from dawn on Thursday, but its fierce attacks on opposition neighbourhoods in the run-up to the U.N. deadline fuelled widespread doubts it would comply. The Syrian army also showed few signs of withdrawing troops from urban areas, something supposed to have begun on Tuesday under the peace plan agreed with international envoy Kofi Annan." (04/11/12)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/syria-idUSL6E8FB5NZ20120412  

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Syria defies cease-fire plan as peace hopes fade

April 10, 2012
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Bismarck Tribune    

"Syrian troops defied a U.N.-brokered cease-fire plan on Tuesday, launching fresh attacks on rebellious areas, but special envoy Kofi Annan said there was still time to salvage a truce that he described as the only chance for peace. More than a year into the Syrian uprising, the international community has nearly run out of options for halting the slide toward civil war." (04/10/12)

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Syria: Regime fires over borders with Lebanon, Turkey

April 9, 2012
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Billings Gazette    

"Syrian forces opened fire across two tense borders Monday, killing a TV journalist in Lebanon and at least two people in a refugee camp in Turkey on the eve of a deadline for a cease-fire plan that seems all but certain to fail. Across Syria, activists reported particularly heavy violence with more than 125 people killed in the past two days." (04/09/12)

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Syria: Regime sets conditions on withdrawing troops

April 8, 2012
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Wall Street Journal    

"Syria's Foreign Ministry said Sunday it won't withdraw troops from civilian areas unless all rebel groups provide written guarantees they will lay down their weapons, a further blow to efforts to arrange a cease-fire and implement a peace plan backed by the United Nations. Syria's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdessi, said the U.N. was failing to hold the opposition to account in the peace deal." (04/08/12)

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