Daily Archives: March 31, 2012

Fighting continues in Syria as West, opposition to meet

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis Syrians trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad meet their Western backers on Sunday while fighting has continued despite the Syrian government saying the year-long revolt is over. The political opposition remains divided and has not yet formally … Continue reading

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Friends of Syria to discuss boosting opposition, helping civilians

Officials from dozens of countries gathered in Turkey on Sunday to discuss the dire situation in neighboring Syria, where months of violence has been compounded by a humanitarian crisis. The Friends of Syria session is taking place in Istanbul more … Continue reading

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Protesters Have Fun With Bashar ‘The Duck’ Assad’s New Nickname

By: Michael Rundle Syrian protesters fighting President Bashar al-Assad have a new tool in their arsenal: an internet meme. Buried in the revelations revealed by a leaked cache of emails between the president and his wife, British-born Asma al-Assad, was … Continue reading

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Video: CNN – Key Syrian Activist Arrested

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Syria claims revolt is over, but bloodshed continues

By: Damien Pearse Syria’s foreign ministry has claimed the year-old revolt to topple President Bashar al-Assad is over amid reports that the army is continuing to shell opposition areas. The government statement came as rebels maintained they would not cease … Continue reading

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Syrian ambassador: American response ‘very stern’

DENVER — The U.S. Ambassador to Syria is reiterating the Obama administration’s approach to the conflict in Syria. Ambassador Robert Ford says the administration has been “very stern” toward Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military and security apparatus. On Friday, the … Continue reading

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Syria says it won’t be first to lay down arms

By: Zeina Karam BEIRUT — Syria rejected international envoy Kofi Annan’s call for the regime to halt violence first just days after the government agreed to a cease-fire plan. A senior official declared victory over the opposition. It was the … Continue reading

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Syrian Opposition to Meet With Russian Minister Mid-April

By: Stepan Kravchenko A delegation from the Syrian National Coordination Committee plans to visit Moscow “mid- April” for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the opposition bloc’s Hassan Abdel-Azim said. The visit, initially scheduled for Feb. 6, was postponed … Continue reading

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One face of the Syrian revolt: a jihadi comes home

By: David Enders NEAR RAMTHA, Jordan — Outside a Bedouin shepherd’s tent, in view of the Syrian border, Abu Khalid sits in the grass, a laptop perched on his knees. He is using Skype and a pair of cell phones … Continue reading

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Assad’s forces capture Free Syrian Army commander in Damascus area

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have captured the deputy commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Damascus and its suburbs, Al Arabiya TV reported on Saturday. Colonel al-Moatasim Billah Abu al-Walid is the deputy of Colonel General … Continue reading

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