Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

Bashar al-Assad’s Syria offers Iran a springboard into the Arab Middle East

By: Simon Tisdall The prospect of direct western military or “humanitarian” intervention, overt and covert, to speed regime change in Syria appears to be strengthening after last week’s UN debacle and the regime’s ensuing violent efforts to finish off its … Continue reading

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Escalating concerns over Syrian attacks

By: Merve Busra Ozturk Armed forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed hundreds of civilians as they thrust into Homs, firing rockets and mortar rounds to subdue opposition districts. Shelling started after a Russian-Chinese veto of an Arab-backed UN resolution … Continue reading

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West reluctantly weighs military aid for Syria rebels

By: Nicholas Blanford After diplomatic efforts at the UN failed Saturday, there is a growing consensus that supporting the rebel Free Syrian Army may be the only way to break the stalemate between Assad and his opponents. With Syria’s violence escalating … Continue reading

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Syrian forces attack Homs, kills 68, says opposition

Syrian government forces Wednesday pushed deep into the restive central province of Homs, killing at least 68 people including the deaths of a reported 18 babies, opposition activists told dpa. ‘The number of deaths is most likely to increase. We … Continue reading

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Professors Back Close of U.S. Embasssy in Syria

By: Sabrina A. Mohamed With protests in Syria escalating in the current wave of civil unrest among Arab states, Harvard professors agreed with the United States’ decision to close the Syrian Embassy in Damascus. Professors from the History and Near … Continue reading

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Report: Pentagon ‘Beginning Review Of Syria Options’

By: Mark Memmott As the U.S. continues to search for diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria, “the Pentagon and the U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities,” CNN is reporting. The cable news … Continue reading

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On Syria, go back to the United Nations

By: Salman Shaikh The shock of Russia and China’s joint veto of a watered down United Nations resolution seeking to halt the violence in Syria and start a political transition has left many asking what to do next. Failure to … Continue reading

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Syria Crisis: Dramatic Footage Reveals Scale Of Devastation In Homs As Tank Columns Roll

By:  Michael Rundle Dramatic footage of rocket attacks and tank assaults in the town of Homs in Syria have emerged as activists reported the heaviest bombardment of civilian areas since the start of anti-government protests. Videos posted to YouTube by … Continue reading

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Turkey Debates Role in Possible Syria Intervention

By: Dorian Jones Turkey is hardening its stance against the Syrian leadership and its Western allies are increasingly looking to Ankara for efforts to help unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There is debate in Turkey over whether international sanctions and … Continue reading

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U.S. grasps for way to “help” in Syria

The United States is looking for ways to help Syrians struggling against a government crackdown, but the number of effective options appears appear limited. The Obama administration says it is not considering invading Syria or arming its rebels to remove … Continue reading

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