Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

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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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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