Daily Archives: March 2, 2012

Syria: escape for trapped civilians ‘now a suicide mission’

By: Ruth Sherlock Those who guided fugitives out of the Syrian city while bringing in medical supplies took such risks that they were called “suicide missions”. One of these people was Omar, who lay in a hospital bed in neighbouring … Continue reading

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‘Mummy, mummy’: How terrified cries of Homs children nearly cost Spanish journalist his life

By: Sarah Titterton Mr Espinosa, who survived the same blast that killed Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin last week, has given a dramatic recount of his escape from Syria in which he accused President Bashar al Assasd’s forces of opening … Continue reading

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Images: Map of Violence in Syria

Exactly how bad have things got? The United Nations reports over 8,700 deaths by the end of February in the updated infographic above which covers deaths by region. Source: Guardian

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Avaaz faces questions over role at centre of Syrian protest movement

By: Ed Pilkington Amid the mass of reporting and commentary around the bloody events in Syria this week, one aspect has largely gone unnoticed: the extraordinary role played by an online campaigning group that despite its infancy has managed to … Continue reading

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French Journalists Return Home After 9 Days Trapped in Syria

By: Maia de la Baume VILLACOUBLAY, France — After escaping from the central Syrian city of Homs, where for nine days they were trapped in the besieged neighborhood of Baba Amr, two French journalists returned to France on Friday evening. … Continue reading

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Execution-style killings in Syria? – 35 more shot dead

BEIRUT – Syrian activists accused regime forces of carrying out execution-style killings and burning homes yesterday as part of a scorched-earth campaign in a restive neighborhood in the city of Homs, while the Red Cross headed to the area following … Continue reading

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Is Assad scared of a war crimes trial? Assault on Homs suggests not.

By: Howard LaFranchi WASHINGTON – Diplomats critical of Syria are using terms such as ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘war criminal.’ But the Homs assault suggests Assad sees defeating the rebels as more vital for his survival. Bashar al-Assad’s pull-out-the-stops assault … Continue reading

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Video: Rastan Massacre (Graphic)

Protesters in Rastan are shot and killed

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Syria Crisis: Understanding The Uprising (Q&A)

After weeks of bloody siege, Syrian troops have moved into one of the most restive neighborhoods of Homs, one of the cities at the center of the country’s uprising against President Bashar Assad. The Red Cross is preparing to move … Continue reading

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Thousands of Iraqis protest Assad rule

Iraqis demonstrate in the mostly Sunni town of Heet against the bloody crackdown in Syria and shout slogans describing the President Bashar Al-Assad as a ‘coward’ and ‘the enemy of God’ Thousands of Iraqis demonstrated against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad … Continue reading

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