Daily Archives: December 31, 2011

Syria observer mission deserves political, moral support

Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said over the weekend the Arab League observer mission to Syria needed to be supported both morally and politically, adding that the crisis in that country could only be resolved through a political settlement. … Continue reading

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Video: Syrian opposition fear failure of Arab mission

  Syria’s opposition has expressed concerns over the success of the Arab League mission as violence continues to rage across the country. Some of the latest amateur video available on social networks appears to show more examples of the violent … Continue reading

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The Syrians have lost their fear. Is it time for a no-fly zone?

By: Paul Vallely When President Assad finally falls in Syria, will he be shot like Gaddafi in Libya, tried like Mubarak in Egypt, or flee to Saudi like Ben Ali in Tunisia? On Friday, for the first time, the protests … Continue reading

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Arrests at gunpoint in Syria

  Amateur video purports to show Syrian security forces making armed arrests as protests continue and Arab League observers patrol the country. Katharine Jackson reports.

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Syrian opposition signs plan for post-Assad future

By: Erika Solomon Two leading Syrian opposition parties have agreed a road map to democracy should mass protests nearly in their 10th month succeed in toppling President Bashar al-Assad, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters on … Continue reading

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Observers In Syria Concerned By Sniper Fire

Arab League observers inside Syria have shown concern after witnessing government snipers firing at protestors from rooftops. The monitors are inside the country to investigate whether the state is sticking to an agreement to pull heavy weapons out of the … Continue reading

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Syria accused of reneging on Arab League pledge to release 700 prisoners

By: Nick Meo Syria’s government has gone back on a pledge to release hundreds of political prisoners from its jails, according to a human rights group. The government had promised to release more than 700 detainees from jails last week … Continue reading

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Red Cross: Humanitarian Aid Hampered by Violence in Syria

By: Lisa Schlein The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is concerned about the escalating violence in Syria. The aid organization says it is particularly worried that the wounded and sick are unable to get access to … Continue reading

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Arab League monitor: I saw snipers with my own eyes

Dramatic amateur footage has emerged from cities across Syria of an apparently brutal crackdown by government forces after the biggest demonstrations in months. Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets across Syria’s towns and cities after Friday … Continue reading

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Syria’s two largest opposition groups sign draft to unite against Assad, establish democracy

Syria’s two largest opposition groups signed an agreement on setting up a democracy after President Bashar Assad’s regime falls, opposition figures said Saturday. The move is so far the most serious by the fractured opposition to unite against the regime … Continue reading

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