Monthly Archives: March 2012

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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More than 70 countries to attend Syria summit, key figures absent

Representatives from more than 70 countries are to attend a summit on Syria in İstanbul this weekend, while key international figures including UN-Arab League Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan and the European Union’s chief foreign policy official are expected to … Continue reading

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Saudis Seek to Funnel Arms to Syria Rebels

By: Maria Abi-Habib Saudi Arabia has pressed Jordan to open its border with Syria to allow weapons to reach rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, officials from both countries say, a move that could buoy Syria’s opposition and harden the … Continue reading

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Joint Chiefs Chair Sees Syrian Activists Unifying

By: Adam Entous Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the Syrian opposition appeared to be taking steps to unite as a group, a development that he said could help … Continue reading

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Syrian Activists Targeted With Facebook Phishing Attack

By: Eva Galperin and Morgan Marquis-Boire Facebook has been a popular place for Syrian Internet activists to share their opposition to the Assad regime ever since the site was unblocked by the Syrian government in early 2011. While some interpreted … Continue reading

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Fighting rages in Syria as activists urge protests

Fighting raged across Syria Friday, monitors said, as activists called for mass protests to denounce Arab states for “abandoning” them by only urging dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad. Shells rained down on several neighbourhoods of Homs, a main rebel bastion … Continue reading

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