Daily Archives: January 23, 2012

Bashar’s Russian Pals: What Moscow and Damascus have in common.

Bashar Assad is feeling lonely, though not yet lonely enough. First the Turks, Americans and Europeans de-friended him. Now formerly fraternal leaders at the Arab League want him deposed. The Syrian strongman’s forces have killed more than 5,400 people in … Continue reading

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Stalemate Deals Grief and Fury in Syria

By: Kareem Fahim HOMS, Syria — Women threw rice onto three coffins draped with the country’s flag, a tribute to young men who died before they could marry in the violence that is ripping this city apart. One was a … Continue reading

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Spurned Offer Raises Syria Tensions

By: Nour Malas and Bill Spindle DAMASCUS—Syria’s rejection of a surprise Arab League road map to ease President Bashar al-Assad out of power deepened a split between Syrians on the most viable way out of their country’s nearly yearlong bloody … Continue reading

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Press Release: U.S. Citizen Travel to Syria

Press Release: U.S. Citizen Travel to Syria

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Syria’s stubborn strongman

Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected an Arab League plan that would have eased him out of power and laid the groundwork for elections, calling it “flagrant interference” in Syria’s internal affairs. That’s not surprising, but it’s too bad. The … Continue reading

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Fears of escalating violence in divided city of Homs as Syria rejects Arab League plan

By: Liz Sly HOMS, Syria — It was lunchtime on Monday in this frightened, divided city and the streets were emptying fast. As gunfire crackled ominously in the air, merchants pulled down their shutters, soldiers peered nervously over sandbagged positions … Continue reading

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Assad’s Fall Requires Arab League, West to Take Long View: View

Syria’s rejection on Monday of an Arab League plan calling for the country’s president, Bashar Al- Assad, to hand over power was not a surprise, and neither should it be seen as a setback. Rather, those hoping for an end … Continue reading

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Thousands on streets as Syria rejects peace plan

By: Bassem Mroue Syria rejected the Arab League’s wide-ranging new plan to end the country’s 10-month crisis yesterday, saying the League’s call for a national-unity government in two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty. Meanwhile, thousands of people … Continue reading

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Video: Syria’s Assad: How Powerful, Dangerous Is He Now?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed the Arab League’s plans to end his country’s 10-month old crisis Monday. Ray Suarez discusses the organization’s presence in the embattled country with Emile Hokayem of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Andrew Tabler … Continue reading

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Family: 21-year-old missing after travel to Syria

FARMINGTON HILLS – A 21-year-old Syrian-American has been missing for three weeks after returning to Syria from suburban Detroit, a family member in Michigan said Monday. Obada Mzaik flew to Damascus from Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Jan. 3 but wasn’t … Continue reading

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