Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Syria: Regime forces hit rebels, Russia scorns opposition

April 4, 2012
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"Syrian forces pressed a crackdown on rebel bastions on Thursday despite a truce pledge, with more than 40 people reported killed, as Russia said the opposition would never defeat President Bashar al-Assad's army even if 'armed to the teeth.' The [US-government-funded 'opposition' group] Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops stormed and shelled several towns or villages, following fierce assaults and clashes the previous day that killed at least 80 people." (04/05/12)

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Report: Syrian troops start pullout

April 3, 2012
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Associated Press    

"Syrian troops began pulling out Tuesday from some calm cities and headed back to their bases a week ahead of a deadline to implement an international cease-fire plan, a government official said. The claim could not immediately be verified and activists near the capital Damascus denied troops were leaving their area." (04/03/12)

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Syria: Regime commits to April 10 deadline on Annan plan

April 2, 2012
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San Jose Mercury News    

"Syria's government has promised that its armed forces would withdraw from population centers by April 10 and stop shooting within 48 hours after that date if rebels also stop, the special emissary attempting to end the violent year-old uprising in Syria told the U.N. Security Council on Monday." (04/02/12)

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Syria: Obama regime unveils next corporate welfare program

April 1, 2012
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New York Times    

"The United States and dozens of other countries moved closer on Sunday to direct intervention in the fighting in Syria, with Arab nations pledging $100 million to pay opposition fighters and the Obama administration agreeing to send communications equipment to help rebels organize and evade Syria’s military, according to participants gathered here. ... There remains no agreement on arming the rebels, as countries like Saudi Arabia and some members of Congress have called for, largely because of the uncertainty regarding who exactly would receive the arms." (04/01/12)

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Assad: Foreign aid to rebels must stop under peace plan

March 29, 2012
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bdnews24.com (Bangladesh)    

"President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday Syria would spare no effort to ensure the success of international envoy Kofi Annan's peace mission but warned it would not work without securing an end to foreign funding and arming of rebels opposing him. Assad is under international pressure to call his troops and tanks back to their bases, a year into a popular revolt against his iron rule. Fighting between troops and rebels killed at least 38 more people on Thursday, 15 of them soldiers." (03/30/12)

http://www.bdnews24.com/details.php?id=221312&cid=1  

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US Senate’s Triumvirate of Evil files resolution to arm Syrian opposition

March 28, 2012
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NOW Lebanon [Lebanon]    

"Senior US lawmakers filed a resolution Wednesday in the Senate condemning deadly violence ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and urging the arming of the country's opposition. Republican Senator John McCain presented the text, co-sponsored by four other senators including Lindsey Graham and independent Joe Lieberman ....McCain is also strongly in favor of air strikes against Syrian forces, but that proposal was not in the resolution." (03/29/12)

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=381158  

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Syria: Regime accepts UN envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan

March 27, 2012
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Boston Herald    

"Syria has accepted a peace plan by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan, which includes a cease-fire by Syrian forces and a daily two-hour halt to fighting to evacuate the injured, Annan’s spokesman said Tuesday. But there was no immediate end to the bloodshed as intense clashes between Syrian troops and rebel fighters spilled across the border into Lebanon on Tuesday and heavy gunfire slammed into the rural, sparsely populated frontier area, officials said." (03/27/12)

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Syria: Regime troops quell Aleppo riots

March 25, 2012
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Voice of Russia [Russian state media]    

"Syrian forces used helicopters to quell riots in the vicinity of the second largest city in the country Aleppo. According reports on Qatari 'Al Jazeera,' elite special units pursued the rebel group calling itself The Free Syrian Army." (03/26/12)

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_03_26/69588783/  

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Clashes across Syria despite UN ceasefire call

March 22, 2012
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Borneo Post [Borneo]    

"More than 40 people died in clashes across Syria on Thursday, opposition activists said, as a U.N. Security Council call for an immediate end to the fighting fell on deaf ears. ... It is impossible to verify reports from Syria because authorities have denied access to independent journalists." (03/23/12)

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Syria: Regime forces take eastern city from rebels

March 20, 2012
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Juneau Empire    

"Syrian soldiers backed by tanks seized the eastern city of Deir el-Zour from rebels on Tuesday, the latest opposition stronghold to fall to an offensive by the better equipped Syrian military. Activist Osama Mansour said government troops and armored cars entered the city about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Iraqi border from four sides, sparking short gunbattles with fighters from the Free Syrian Army." (03/20/12)

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Report: Russian troops arrive in Syria

March 19, 2012
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ABC News    

"A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was 'a bomb' certain to have serious repercussions. ... the Russian Black Sea fleet's Iman tanker has arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea with an anti-terror squad from the Russian Marines aboard according to the Interfax news agency. The Assad government has insisted it is fighting a terrorist insurgency. The Russian news reports did not elaborate on the Russian troops' mission in Syria or if they are expected to leave the port." (03/19/12)

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Russia joins Red Cross call for daily truce in Syria

March 19, 2012
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BBC News [UK]    

"Russia has joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in calling for a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Syria. In a statement, the foreign ministry called on the government 'and all armed groups who oppose it' to agree to ceasefires 'without delay.' Russia has twice vetoed Western-backed draft resolutions on Syria at the UN Security Council." (03/19/12)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17438937  

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Syria: Blast hits Aleppo; clashes and protests across country

March 18, 2012
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Reuters    

"A car bomb ripped through a residential area of Syria's second city Aleppo on Sunday, as activists reported heavy clashes across the country between state forces and rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. ... state news agency SANA said terrorists were behind the car bomb that killed two people and wounded 30 others when it exploded in a central area close to a state security office and a church. Opposition activists accused the government of staging the explosion to back up its official line that foreign-backed extremists are behind the uprising." (03/18/12)

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Syria: Pro-Assad rallies mark anniversary of revolt

March 15, 2012
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Reuters    

"Flag-waving crowds took to the streets of Syrian cities on Thursday in an orchestrated show of loyalty to President Bashar al-Assad on the first anniversary of an increasingly bloody revolt against his rule. Official media announced government forces had cleared 'armed terrorists' from the northwestern city of Idlib, suggesting the army was gaining ground in the uprising which has cost at least 8,000 lives and crippled the Syrian economy." (03/15/12)

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Antonov: Russia will keep selling weapons to Syria

March 14, 2012
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Seattle Times    

"Russia has no intention of curtailing military cooperation with Syria despite calls from the West to stop arming President Bashar Assad's regime, a senior Russian government official said Tuesday. Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Russia will abide by existing contracts to deliver weapons to Syria despite Assad's yearlong crackdown on the opposition, during which the U.N. says over 7,500 people have been killed." (03/13/12)

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UK paper claims to have Assad’s emails

March 14, 2012
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CBS News    

"Thousands of emails purported to be from the private accounts of Bashar Assad and his wife show the Syrian president took advice from Iran on how to handle the uprising against his rule, joked about his promises of reform and bypassed U.S. sanctions to shop on iTunes, the Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday. The newspaper said it got the trove of emails from a member of the Syrian opposition whom it does not identify." (03/14/12)

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Syria: Regime troops press offensive in Idlib after rebels retreat

March 13, 2012
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Chicago Tribune    

"Syrian troops pressed an offensive Tuesday in rugged northwestern Idlib province after forcing a rebel retreat from the strategic regional capital, opposition officials said. The government assault in Idlib -- which follows an advance in central Homs province, another major rebel stronghold -- suggests that the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad may be making progress against insurgent fighters who remain outgunned against tanks and armor." (03/14/12)

http://trib.in/zwZode  

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Syria: “Massacre” in Homs leaves 45 women, children dead, activists say

March 11, 2012
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CNN    

"At least 45 women and children were killed in the Syrian city of Homs late Sunday, opposition activists said, hours after the U.N. special envoy to Syria met with the country's president in an effort to reach a diplomatic solution to end the violence. ... CNN cannot independently confirm reports of casualties or attacks in Syria because the government has severely restricted the access of international journalists." (03/11/12)

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/11/world/meast/syria-unrest/  

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US should not arm Syria’s rebels

March 11, 2012
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Orange County Register
by Malou Innocent  

"With the death toll in Syria now climbing above 7,500, and graphic videos and images of the bloodbath flooding the internet, some in Washington have called for arming the Syrian resistance. That option, compared to other alternatives like a NATO-led no-fly zone, seems antiseptic. But America's arming of rebels will amount to contributing to a worsening situation without a means of reaching a peaceful end state. Restraint, however unpalatable, is the most prudent option in an increasingly intractable situation." (03/08/12)

http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/syria-343793-syrian-regime.html  

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Syria: Two blasts kill at least 25 in Assad stronghold of Aleppo

February 10, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Twin bombings struck security buildings in the Syrian commercial hub of Aleppo on Friday, killing at least 25 and injuring 175, Syrian state media reported. The attacks caused extensive damage to the structures and nearby residences, reported the official Syrian Arab News Agency. State media labeled the strikes 'terrorist attacks,' placing responsibility on armed rebels who have been trying to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad." [editor's note: As if US media, state and otherwise, doesn't label attacks on government buildings -- the Oklahoma City bombing, for example -- "terrorism?" - TLK] (02/10/12)

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Syria: Opposition claims more than 100 deaths in Homs

February 9, 2012
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Imperial Valley Press    

"Diplomats on Thursday were seeking new approaches to remedy the worsening conflict in Syria as opposition activists reported that government shelling and attacks had killed more than 100 people, most of them in the embattled city of Homs." [editor's note: Most mainstream media coverage of the Syria situation apparently relies on claims from "activists" who, upon closer examination, seem to be non-Syria-based employees of US-funded "Non-Government Organizations." My advice: Take it all with a grain of salt - TLK] (02/09/12)

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Syria: Assad ready for talks, “fully commits” to end violence

February 8, 2012
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"Damascus is to shortly announce a national referendum to draw up a new constitution. According to President Assad, the text of the new constitution has already been drafted and will soon be published in newspapers and on the web. It is set to deprive the ruling political party of its monopoly. Officials expect the referendum to be set for March. After the referendum, the country will go to parliamentary polls, so far planned for May." (02/07/12)

http://rt.com/news/syria-lavrov-talks-damascus-657/  

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Gulf regimes pull ambassadors from Syria

February 7, 2012
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CNN    

"An alliance of Arab countries and several European nations announced Tuesday they are calling their ambassadors home from Damascus, big steps in a broad international effort aimed at sending a blunt message to Syria. Three days after Russia and China vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have demanded Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stop the violence against the opposition in his country, world leaders were finding other ways of trying to pressure the regime." (02/07/12)

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/07/world/meast/syria-unrest/  

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Born-again anti-dictatorship in Syria

February 6, 2012
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"When did the U.S. government get religion with respect to Syria’s dictatorship? Sure, right now they’re protesting the Syrian dictatorship’s brutal suppression of a rebellion within the country. They’re issuing all sorts of demands to Syria’s dictator to cease his violence and leave office. Just this past week, they sought to secure some sort of anti-Syrian resolution within the United Nations, without success." (02/06/12)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2012-02-06.asp  

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Syria: US closes embassy, pulls diplomats

February 6, 2012
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Washington Post    

"The United States has closed its embassy in Damascus and pulled all diplomats and U.S. staff out of the country, the State Department said Monday. The decision comes two days after Russia and China vetoed a United Nations resolution condemning Syria’s violent repression of anti-government demonstrators, whose opposition to the government is threatening to become an all-out civil war." [editor's note: If it's a "civil war," it's apparently one in which one side has been armed and aided, possibly even initiated, by the US and its allies, tantamount to invasion by proxy - TLK] (02/06/12)

http://wapo.st/wBMsSA  

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