Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

The Syrian schoolboys who sparked a revolution

By: Amal Hanano On March 20 last year, an intelligence officer in Damascus rounded up a group of teenagers from Daraa and told them: “You disrespected the president, but he has decided to pardon you.” The boys were surprised. They … Continue reading

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Splits in ‘Friends of Syria’ group may help embattled leader Assad

By: Ben Evansky There was a moment at the State Department’s daily briefing Wednesday when spokeswoman Victoria Nuland referred to the “Friends of Syria” group as “Friends of the Syrian People.” Asked why, she said the organizers of the group’s … Continue reading

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Syria crisis: US urges Saudis to support diplomacy to end bloodshed

By: Ian Black The US is urging Saudi Arabia to support international diplomatic efforts to resolve the bloody crisis in Syria amid concern that the Saudis and Qatar are planning to arm the rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. … Continue reading

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Actress icon of Syrian revolt warns of sectarian warfare

  Fadwa Suleiman, an actress who became an icon of Syria’s revolution, is furious that her country’s peaceful protest movement has been drawn into armed conflict with the regime. She said she is saddened to see that “the revolution is … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Iran helps Syria ship oil to China: sources

By: Jessica Donati Iran is helping its ally Syria defy Western sanctions by providing a vessel to ship Syrian oil to a state-run company in China, potentially giving the government of President Bashar al-Assad a financial boost worth an estimated … Continue reading

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FM: Turkey no option but to intervene in Syria

By: A.Taghiyeva Turkey’s intervention in the situation in Syria is not Ankara’s choice, but a direct obligation, Anadolu agency quotes Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, as saying. “Turkey cannot silently watch over the situation in Syria. Our intervention in the … Continue reading

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Syrian rebels attack air force base, as army shelling kills 4

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The Syrian military pressed ahead with its shelling of dissident areas across the country, as armed opposition rebels targeted an air force base on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, opposition activists said Friday. ‘The attack targeted … Continue reading

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Assad regime’s barbaric acts

There is something almost snake-like and mesmeric about the regime of Bashar Assad, the way in which it has continued to both seemingly accept and then defy anguished calls for peace, from its own people and from the Arab world. … Continue reading

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Clinton, in Saudi Arabia, Explores Syria Crisis

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to work out a unified strategy on the crisis in Syria in talks with Saudi officials on Friday as further violence stymied U.N. efforts to convince Damascus to implement a cease-fire. Clinton’s … Continue reading

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US hits Syrian defense officials with sanctions

By: Matthew Lee WASHINGTON DC, United States – The Obama administration on Friday expanded sanctions against top members of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military and security apparatus, targeting his defense minister and two other senior officials. The Treasury Department placed … Continue reading

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