Daily Archives: December 30, 2011

Video: News Wrap: Assad Faces New Challeges as Anti-Government Protests Swell in Syria

Watch News Wrap: Assad Faces New Challeges as Anti-Government Protests Swell in Syria on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. An outpouring of anti-government protesters filled cities across Syria, marking a new challenge for President Bashar al-Assad. The opposition reported … Continue reading

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Seventeen dead as Syrians stage mass protests

By: Erika Solomon and Mariam Karouny Syrian security forces, undaunted by the presence of Arab League observers, have killed at least 12 protesters as hundreds of thousands demonstrated against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, opposition activists said. Five members … Continue reading

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Snipers rule the streets in the besieged Syrian city of Homs

For months, the Syrian city of Homs has been the focus of opposition to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, with almost daily protests since the summer. More recently, defectors from the military have begun organizing armed resistance. Meanwhile, government … Continue reading

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Homs in grief after ‘eye of truth’ dies

By: Salma Abdelaziz Armed with valor, vigor and a lone video camera, citizen journalist Basil al Sayid chronicled the Syrian siege of Homs for months before a sniper picked him off and killed him. Now, the city is mourning a … Continue reading

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Timeline: Crackdown on protests in Syria

By: David Cutler Following is a timeline of events in Syria since protests began: March 16, 2011 – Security forces break up a gathering of 150 protesters in Marjeh Square in Damascus who were holding pictures of imprisoned relatives. March … Continue reading

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Large Protests Held in Syria to Prove Discontent to Monitors

By: Kareem Fahim and Hwaida Saad BEIRUT, Lebanon — Despite a continuing government crackdown, tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of several Syrian cities on Friday, as protesters seemed intent on showing visiting Arab League … Continue reading

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Syria: More Die In ‘Biggest Protest So Far’

Syrian forces are reported to have made further killings as what are thought to be some of the biggest anti-government protests so far have erupted around the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that crowds were largest in … Continue reading

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Video: (Graphic) Nail bomb in Douma

In this video, what appears to be a nail bomb explodes amidst group of protesters (see 0:09 second mark, to the right of the man in the blue jacket). Many people, including the camerman capturing the footage, get hurt.    

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Syrian forces fire ‘nail bombs’ as masses protest

Protesters called for the removal and prosecution of President Bashar al-Assad, whose autocratic regime has been blamed for the deaths of more than 5,000 people since pro-reform protests erupted in March. Activists urged monitors, who started this week a mission … Continue reading

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Syrian rebels raise a flag from the past

By: Borzou Daragahi Syrian protesters not only want a new regime in Damascus, they also want a new flag – and one that bluntly rejects the political and ideological order established by Arab nationalist leaders decades ago. During street protests … Continue reading

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