Daily Archives: January 17, 2012

Damascus on edge under Assad’s always watchful eye

By: Ayman Mohyeldin Inside Syria Day 1 DAMASCUS — To say that Damascus suffers from a cult of personality is an understatement. Arriving in Damascus airport, there is no mistaking who runs Syria: “Doctor Bashar al-Assad.” In the short walk … Continue reading

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Syria ready to let monitors stay; Obama ups pressure

Syria is ready to let Arab monitors extend their mission beyond this week, an Arab League source said, but U.S. President Barack Obama said he was looking to increase international pressure on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step aside. Damascus … Continue reading

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Army, rebels agree ceasefire in Syria town

Syrian troops fighting rebels in the town of Zabadani near Lebanon agreed on Tuesday to a ceasefire under which the army would withdraw and insurgents would leave the streets, a senior opposition leader in contact with residents said. “Tank bombardments … Continue reading

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Obama decries ‘terrible brutality’ in Syria

By: Stephen Collinson WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday decried continued and “unacceptable” levels of violence in Syria and pledged to redouble international efforts to force President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Obama also thanked King Abdullah II … Continue reading

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Video: Bloodshed in Syria

Amateur video out of Syria shows bloodshed on the streets as Arab League monitors continue their mission. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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I praised Assad at gunpoint, says Syrian tribal leader

By: Simon Cameron-Moore A Syrian tribal leader apologized on Tuesday for backing President Bashar al-Assad on state television, saying a gun was being pointed at his head while he made the broadcast last year. Sheikh Nawaf al-Bashir, who has since … Continue reading

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Tribal chief: UN must act or Syria fighters will

Istanbul – Syrian dissident and tribal chief Nawaf al-Bashir warned Tuesday that the struggle against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime will be radicalised if the UN Security Council fails to act. “We want an immediate end to this terror orchestrated for … Continue reading

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Syrian regime death toll climbs to 6,275, decree has ‘no value’

By: Lynn Herrmann Damascus – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime continues attacks on its citizens, with security forces killing seven more people on Sunday, bringing the death toll in the country since the uprising began last March to at least, … Continue reading

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Russia Keeps Up Support For Ally

By: Steve Gutterman MOSCOW – Russia signalled on Tuesday it would not make major concessions over its draft Security Council resolution to end bloodshed in Syria, sticking by its key ally in the Middle East. Moscow and Western members of … Continue reading

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New Wave of Killings in Syria

By: Nada Bakri BEIRUT, Lebanon — Violence surged Tuesday in Syria as activists reported at least 30 people killed, including four soldiers who had defected, in several towns and cities across the country. In the northern province of Idlib, near … Continue reading

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