Daily Archives: January 29, 2012

Pro-government hactivists deface Al Jazeera coverage of Syrian violence

The Al Jazeera English website was attacked and defaced on January 29 by hackers supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Targeting the news organization’s “Syria Live Blog,” which has been providing ongoing coverage of the Arab League’s observer mission to Syria … Continue reading

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German minister urges Russia to support Arab solution in Syria

AMMAN – German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Sunday backed the Arab League’s suspension of its mission in Syria and urged Russia to support an Arab-led resolution at the United Nations. ‘I think the latest decision of the Arab League … Continue reading

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How to get Russia on board in Syria? Hint: Think of the sea

By: Soner Çağaptay Russian foot-dragging is now a key barrier between the Syrian demonstrators and their prospective liberation from Bashar al-Assad’s rule. Even the timid Arab League has called for al-Assad to leave, and Syria’s powerful neighbor, Turkey, has declared … Continue reading

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Clashes rage near Syria capital, League eyes UN

DAMASCUS – Fierce clashes broke out near the Syrian capital yesterday as President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents sought to crank up the pressure for UN action after the Arab League withdrew its observers. Regime forces fired heavy artillery and mortar rounds … Continue reading

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Syria activists: Tanks move towards central Damascus

Syrian tanks and troops are reported to have launched a fresh attack on anti-government activists in suburbs of Damascus. These pictures were apparently taken in the suburb of Douma – they appear to show military vehicles on the streets. The … Continue reading

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Video: Syria apparently losing control of suburbs

CNN’s Arwa Damon travels to the outskirts of Syria’s capital and finds the government is in less and less control.

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Video: Free Syrian Army says it captured five Iranian soldiers

Members of the Free Syrian Army say they have taken hostage seven Iranians, five of whom were allegedly soldiers complicit in the Syrian government’s military crackdown on protesters in the opposition-controlled city of Homs. The Farouk Brigade of the FSA, … Continue reading

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Syrians in Bulgaria Protest against Violent Assad Regime

Scores of Syrians gathered in front of the Syria embassy in Bulgarian capital Sofia to protest the on-going violence in their home country, which they see as instigated by President Bashar Al-Assad’s embattled government. The protest has been occasioned by … Continue reading

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Russia Supports Assad, Syria, Last Friend In Middle East

By: VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV MOSCOW — Russia’s defiance of international efforts to end Syrian President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on protests is rooted in a calculation that it can keep a Mideast presence by propping up its last remaining ally in the … Continue reading

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Syria hurtling towards a bloodier crisis

By: Ian Black Uprising has reached Damascus but Assad regime isn’t giving in – and unless Russia agrees UN can’t do much Syria’s uprising stands poised between intensifying international diplomacy that may achieve little and escalating violence that is taking … Continue reading

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