Monthly Archives: November 2011

EU to tighten financial, oil sanctions on Syria, diplomat says

The European Union will tighten sanctions against Syria’s oil and financial sectors this week to punish the regime over its crackdown on protesters, a European diplomat said Monday. EU foreign ministers meeting Thursday will adopt a raft of sanctions including … Continue reading

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Syria’s Brotherhood Favors Turkish Model, Not Iran’s

by: Massoud A. Derhally Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood would follow the Turkish model were it to gain power should President Bashar al-Assad’s regime fall, said Mohammad Shaqfah, the exiled leader of the outlawed Syrian group. “We are … Continue reading

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Video: Prayer & Funeral in Deir Ezzor for Martyr Ghiath Al-Rawi

In this video, residents of Deir Ezzor pray and mourn over martyr, Ghiath Al-Rawi. The funeral turns into a spontaneous protest as people chant anti-regime slogans.

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Syria rebels: Assad regime recruiting Iranian, Hezbollah mercenaries

The Syrian regime is beginning to lose control over its security forces and is thus forced to hire mercenaries from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, the Free Syrian Army spokesman told the Saudi newspaper Asharq Alawsat Newspaper on Sunday. The spokesman, … Continue reading

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U.N. report documents Syria’s ‘gross violations of human rights’

by: Alice Fordham BEIRUT— The United Nations further ratcheted up international pressure on the Syrian government Monday with the release of a report that documents the torture and killing of civilians by state security forces, in a step that could … Continue reading

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Sea alert: Russian warships head for Syria

Moscow is deploying warships at its base in the Syrian port of Tartus. The long-planned mission comes, providentially, at the very moment when it could help prevent a potential conflict in the strategically important Middle Eastern country. The Russian battle … Continue reading

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Turkey to declare its own sanctions on Syria

Turkey will swiftly implement economic and financial sanctions against the disobedient Syrian administration amid growing tension with its southern neighbor, whose leader accused Ankara of having “imperial dreams.” Hours after the Arab League approved sanctions against its own member, the … Continue reading

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Syria Calls Arab League Sanctions ‘Economic War’

by: Neil MacFarquhar and Nada Bakri DAMASCUS, Syria — Outraged at the Arab League’s unprecedented battery of sanctions on Syria, the country’s foreign minister denounced the steps Monday as “economic war” by brethren states and he hinted at retaliation. The … Continue reading

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U.N. council to release report on Syria violations as Arabs tighten noose on Assad

Dubai – The United Nations Human Rights Council is expected to release a new report on the violations committed by the Syrian regime amid reports of the possibility of referring the Syrian file to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and … Continue reading

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France invites Turkey to EU meeting on Syria

PARIS, Nov 28 – France has asked its European Union partners to invite non-member Turkey to this week’s foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels to discuss the next steps in dealing with Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protests. “We have proposed that … Continue reading

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