Daily Archives: February 19, 2012

Iran warships dock in Syria’s Tartous port

Iran state media says two vessels have crossed Suez Canal and arrived in Syria, provoking angry response from Israel, Al Jazeera reported. Iranian warships have crossed the Suez Canal and docked in Syria’s port of Tartous, Iranian state media has … Continue reading

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Syrian security forces clamp down on Damascus

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Angus MacSwan AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Police and militia patrols fanned out in the Syrian capital’s Mezze district on Sunday to prevent a repeat of protests against President Bashar al-Assad that have threatened his grip on Damascus, … Continue reading

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Syrian opposition sees radicals at work for regime

The Free Syrian Army says terrorists are operating in Syria on behalf of the Assad regime as its military forces continue to bombard opposition cities despite United Nations condemnation. Aref Hamoud, a colonel in the Free Syrian Army, said his … Continue reading

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Video: Inside ‘free’ Syria

Jonathan Rugman reports from northern Syria, where opponents of President Assad are in control.

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Syria refugees tell of civilian misery in besieged Homs

By: Wyre Davies The latest evidence from Syria suggests that President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing an all-out assault on areas still controlled by his opponents. The BBC has spoken to Syrian refugees who say the situation in many towns … Continue reading

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Syria ‘disintegrating under crippling sanctions’

One of Syria’s leading businessmen says its economy is being crippled by foreign sanctions and that the government is slowly disintegrating. Faisal al-Qudsi, the son of a former Syrian president, told the BBC the military action could only last six … Continue reading

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Syria Conflict, Bosnia War Parallels Grow From Intervention

By: Douglas Hamilton Cold-blooded sniper killings, indiscriminate shelling, surgery by flashlight, death, fear and hunger in a darkened city under the ruthless hammer of a superior force. In its random cruelty, the conflict in Syria starts to resemble the war … Continue reading

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Syria has made a curious transition from US ally to violator of human rights

By: Mehdi Hasan In recent weeks, US officials have been falling over one another to denounce the brutality of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. President Obama has accused it of committing “outrageous bloodshed” and called for Assad to stand … Continue reading

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2 judicial officials slain in Syria

By: Bassem Mroue and Brian Murphy BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen in Syria staged a guerrilla-style ambush that killed a senior state prosecutor and a judge Sunday in an attack that suggested armed factions are growing bolder and more coordinated in … Continue reading

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Assad’s ‘ghost gangs’ that haunt Damascus

Derived from the Arabic for “ghost”, the word Shabiha ( Shabeeha) has come to embody the latest repressive twist of Syria’s minority dictatorship. In neighbourhoods such as Moaddemiya, a rebellious suburb near the capital brutality meted out by the Shabiha … Continue reading

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