Daily Archives: December 28, 2011

Video: A journalist who visited Syria talks about what he witnessed.

A journalist who visited Syria talks to CNN’s Becky Anderson about what he witnessed, and talks about his experiences in various neighborhoods in the Syrian province of Homs, including Baba Amr and Khaldiyeh.

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Obama administration secretly preparing options for aiding the Syrian opposition

By: Josh Rogin As the violence in Syria spirals out of control, top officials in President Barack Obama’s administration are quietly preparing options for how to assist the Syrian opposition, including gaming out the unlikely option of setting up a … Continue reading

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‘No proof’ Qaeda operating on Lebanon-Syria border

There is “no conclusive proof” that Al-Qaeda is operating along the Lebanese-Syrian border, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Wednesday, as controversy brews over remarks by Lebanon’s pro-Syrian defence minister. “There is no conclusive evidence of the presence of Al-Qaeda … Continue reading

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Video: The people of Homs protest against the government in the presence of the army and Arab League observers

Civilians of Homs protest against the government in the presence of army officials and Arab League observers. The people of Bab Dreib & Bab al-Sibaa converge at a checkpoint between the two neighborhoods and protest in the faces of Assad … Continue reading

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Syria’s neighbors: How 5 border nations are reacting to Assad’s crackdown

By: Nicholas Blanford Turkey Turkey, Syria’s non-Arab neighbor to the north, has seen its regional influence increase significantly in recent months. Once a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey has come out strongly against the Syrian regime’s crackdown. It … Continue reading

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See no evil? Activists doubt credibility of Arab League mission to Syria.

By: Ariel Zirulnick Arab League observers are touring Syria’s most tense cities to ensure the government is withdrawing the Army and bringing an end to widespread bloodshed. But activists are expressing great skepticism about the mission’s ability and willingness to … Continue reading

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Arab League needs to tell the truth about Syria

THE HOPES of Syrians for an end to the criminal repression by the regime of Bashar al-Assad now depend on the Arab League and the observer force it dispatched to the country this week. It is a very thin reed. … Continue reading

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Violence Flares in Syria Despite Observers’ Visit

By: Kareem Fahim Violence continued to flare in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday, despite the presence of Arab League observers who are supposed to be monitoring a withdrawal of government forces from the city. At least one person … Continue reading

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Video: Warning Graphic Content: Arab League shown dead boy in Syria

Warning: video contains graphic images Unconfirmed reports suggest the boy’s name was Ahmad Mohammed al-Ra’i and he was 5 years old. Neither the timing nor location of the video can be confirmed as it is very difficult for independent media … Continue reading

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Syria: From a regional giant to a pariah state

By: Phil Sands For a month, almost two, it looked as though 2011 was going to be a good year, even an easy one, for the Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad. After a long boycott, the United States returned an ambassador … Continue reading

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