Daily Archives: December 21, 2011

Syria Army Pounds Northern Towns

By: Nour Malas Dissident Troops Pull Back, as Blackout Delays Reports of Deadliest Attacks Yet Syrian military forces have killed hundreds of people in two days of tank and mortar shelling in the country’s north, antigovernment activists reported, reversing dissident … Continue reading

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50 US experts implore Obama to press Syria harder

By: Oren Kessler Around 50 US-based experts on Middle East policy and strategy signed an open letter to President Barack Obama this week imploring him to demonstrate greater leadership on the Syria crisis. Their petition calls for tougher sanctions, greater … Continue reading

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Arab team prepares Syria mission after deadly assault

By: Dominic Evans Arab League officials arrive in Syria on Thursday to prepare for monitors overseeing an Arab peace plan, after activists said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces carried out the deadliest assault in their nine-month crackdown on protests. The Syrian … Continue reading

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Activists say scores killed in assault on Syrian valley

By: Alexandra Zavis, Katie Paul and Rima Marrouch In one of the deadliest reported episodes of a nine-month uprising, Syrian security forces assaulting a valley near the Turkish border surrounded and killed more than 100 people in a hail of … Continue reading

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Syrian regime must get off its high horse

The focus should never steer away from what is needed to be done in Syria. It is obvious what the direction needs to be as far as the future of the country is concerned. All the current steps therefore should … Continue reading

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UN extends force along Israeli-Syrian border

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping force along the Israeli-Syrian border, warning that events in the region could impact its operations. The 15-member council renewed the mandate of the more than 1,000-strong force for … Continue reading

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Turkey and the Arab Spring: A Challenging Winter Ahead

A little over a year ago, a young Tunisian greengrocer doused himself with petrol and set himself on fire. Frustrated by continual mistreatment by the authorities, widespread extortion and a lack of opportunities in his native country, Mohammed Bouazizi’s actions … Continue reading

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Two-day ‘massacre’ in Syria leave 250 dead as opposition pleads for intervention

Syria’s main opposition group on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council and Arab League to hold emergency meetings into “the bloody massacres” as it reported 250 people killed in the past 48 hours. Washington warned of new international measures against … Continue reading

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Border Traders Hit Hard by Syrian Sanctions, Violence

By: Henry Ridgwell The government crackdown in Syria is having economic reverberations across the region. In addition to sanctions imposed on Syria, many transport firms are finding it too risky to enter Syria. That’s having consequences on traders on both … Continue reading

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Security Council extends UN force along Israeli-Syrian border, noting Mideast tensions

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping force along the Israeli-Syrian border, warning that events in the region could impact its operations. The 15-member council renewed the mandate of the more than 1,000-strong force for … Continue reading

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