Daily Archives: April 1, 2012

Clinton to Assad: Don’t delay implementing peace plan

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday he could no longer delay implementing a UN-Arab League peace proposal to end fighting in Syria. Speaking after a meeting between Western and Arab officials and members of … Continue reading

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Syrian Student activist, first interview after detention

Yaman Al Qadery, a former detainee at the Air Force Intelligence Directorate, tells the story of her detention for the first time on the Al Hiwar Channel.  She mentions important details describing the gruesome unethical behavior of State Security forces … Continue reading

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Damascus on edge as Syria’s strife encroaches on capital

Food prices on the rise, gas and electricity run short and latest influx of people fleeing Homs rattles capital Yasser sits in the dark in his clothes shop in Damascus’s Old City, listening to the whirr of generators outside – … Continue reading

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Final communiqué says Annan’s Syria mission not open-ended

A communiqué issued on Sunday by a meeting of mainly Arab and Western governments in İstanbul gives full support to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s peace mission while stressing that it cannot be open-ended. Foreign dignitaries from 74 nations met … Continue reading

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Syrian opposition leaders plead for more help

By: Karen DeYoung ISTANBUL, Turkey—Syrian opposition leaders appealed to international supporters Sunday for “the means to defend themselves” against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and said that their liberation struggle was “moving into a new phase.” In the first formal … Continue reading

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Erdoğan supports Syrian people’s right to self-defense

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the “legitimate demands of the Syrian people must be met, right here, right now” and in what appeared to be a reference to a possible military action, stated that it would be imperative … Continue reading

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Clinton doubts that Assad is interested in peace

By: Bradley Klapper ISTANBUL, Turkey — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed doubt Sunday about whether President Bashar Assad would ever adhere to a U.N.-sponsored peace plan to end Syria’s year of bloodshed, and she urged world solidarity against a regime that she … Continue reading

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Opposition says Syrian rebel fighters to get salaries

Rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria will be paid salaries, the opposition Syrian National Council has announced. Money will also be given to soldiers who defect from the government’s army, the SNC added, after a “Friends … Continue reading

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Friends of Syria Meeting Today a Tipping Point?

By: Daniel P. Sullivan There have been a lot of developments around Syria this week but ultimately landing the world in the same place. Joint UN and Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan appealed to Russia and gained the explicit backing of the … Continue reading

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Iraq warns against arming Syrian rebels

By: Suadad al-Salhy BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq on Sunday warned Arab countries against supplying weapons and financial support to rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying such moves risked escalating the conflict. “We want to extinguish the fire … Continue reading

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