Daily Archives: December 4, 2011

U.S. says Syria’s Assad deepens sectarian strife

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Michael Roddy) President Bashar al-Assad is leading Syria to the brink of civil war by inflaming sectarian hatreds through his bloody crackdown on protesters challenging his rule, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. Assistant … Continue reading

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In Syria, fear and violence recall dark days of 1980s

By: Raja Abdulrahim As the Syrian uprising extends into its ninth month, a cycle of detentions and missing people amid a violent crackdown is playing out like a tragic case of deja vu. Syrian President Bashar Assad has been employing the same tactics that … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Assad Army Burns Rifai Mosque in Homs

This video shows the Rifai Mosque on Fire after being attacked by Assad Army in the Karm Zeitoun area in Homs, Syria on December 4, 2011. A funeral was about to be held at the Rifai mosque for a martyr … Continue reading

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Syrian authorities arrest woman blogger

AMMAN – Syrian authorities arrested a blogger on Sunday who was traveling to Jordan to attend a conference on freedom of the press in the region, her friends said. Razan Ghazzawi, 30, is the latest among scores of bloggers and … Continue reading

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Syrian secret police defect, Arab deadline looms

AMMAN (Reuters) – At least a dozen Syrian secret police have defected from an intelligence compound, activists said Sunday, in what appeared to be the first major desertion from a service that has acted as a pillar of President Bashar … Continue reading

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Video: Arab League gives Syria deadline on observers

An Arab League ministerial committee handed down a travel ban on 19 Syrian officials to Arab states and has presented an ultimatum to Damascus to accept observers to monitor the unrest in the country. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani, the … Continue reading

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U.S. ready to help Syria after Assad falls: Biden

(Reuters) – The United States and Turkey are reviewing how to help Syria if pro-democracy protests drive President Basher al -Assad from power, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday, but the two allies have not discussed concrete “next … Continue reading

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Syria plays diplomatic game; deaths continue

(AP)  BEIRUT – Syria said Sunday it is still negotiating with the Arab League over the bloc’s request to send observers into the country, as tightening sanctions by Arab and other nations fail to halt the eight-month crackdown on anti-government … Continue reading

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Video: US calls on Assad to step down

Dec. 3 – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calls on Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

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Syria says it’s still open to Arab observer plan

BEIRUT — Syria said Sunday it is still negotiating with the Arab League over the bloc’s request to send observers into the country, as tightening sanctions by Arab and other nations fail to halt the eight-month crackdown on anti-government protesters. … Continue reading

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