Daily Archives: January 9, 2012

500 Syrian army defectors in north Lebanon, report says

BEIRUT – A poorly armed group of some 500 Syrian army defectors have fled into Lebanon using old smuggling routes, the Washington Post reported Monday. The prominent newspaper quoted one Syrian army defector in the border area of Akkar saying … Continue reading

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Syrian troops open fire in Homs as observers visit

By: Bassem Mroue BEIRUT — Syrian troops fired on protesters Monday in the restive city of Homs as Arab League observers toured the area to see whether President Bashar Assad’s regime is abiding by its pledge to halt the 10-month-old … Continue reading

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Arab monitors “buy time” for Assad-Syria opposition

By: Alistair Lyon Arab League monitors are only giving Syrian authorities more time to crush their opponents, opposition figures said on Monday after the League opted to keep the mission in place despite Syria’s failure to comply fully with an … Continue reading

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Pope praises Arab team in Syria

The pope said he was praying for an end to the violence in Syria and for peaceful dialogue with political forces. Damascus gave the Arab League permission to send an observer mission to the country to ensure the government is … Continue reading

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Video: Government forces attack protesters in the presence of Arab League monitors

Government forces in Khaldiyeh, Homs attacked a group of unarmed protesters, not knowing an Arab League convoy was between the large crowd.

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As Syria unravels, prices soar for guns, grenades, and RPGs

By: Nicholas Blanford The cost of an AK-47 has nearly doubled, from $1,200 to $2,100, since the Syrian uprising began in March. The armed opposition says weapons are necessary to hasten the fall of Assad’s regime. The demand for black-market … Continue reading

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GRAPHIC Video: Bandar Maadmani’s final moments

 

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Arab monitors “buy time” for Assad: Syria opposition

By: Alistair Lyon Arab League monitors are only giving Syrian authorities more time to crack down on opponents, opposition figures said on Monday after the League opted to keep the mission in place despite Syria’s failure to comply fully with … Continue reading

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GRAPHIC Video: Mother weeps over her martyred son

Weeping over the martyr Saif al Din al Zuhuri, who was fasting when murdered.    

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Hariri: Arabs should have referred Syria case to U.N.

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday that the Arab League should have sought U.N. help on the crisis in Syria. “It is unfortunate that the killing continues [in Syria] and the Arab League should have raised the issue with … Continue reading

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