Daily Archives: April 2, 2012

Paul Conroy’s wife says he will return to Syria

Paul Conroy, from Devon, suffered serious leg injuries in an attack on Homs in February in a shelling which killed two other journalists. He was eventually smuggled out of Syria and has been in hospital in London for more than a … Continue reading

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Syria: America Steps onto the Slippery Slope

Today’s award for the most euphemistic lead paragraph goes to the New York Times. Paraphrasing Hillary Clinton, the Times says the U.S. has agreed to “send communications equipment to help rebels organize and evade Syria’s military.” It might be nice … Continue reading

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Syria agrees to stop shelling by April 10, but doubts abound

Syria has agreed to an April 10 deadline to abide by a U.N.-backed peace plan that would require its forces to stop shelling opposition-held areas and withdraw tanks and heavy weapons from cities and towns, special envoy Kofi Annan told … Continue reading

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Citizen Journalist in Syria Is Captured and Tortured, Activists Say

By: Matt Flegnheimer A citizen journalist in Syria who has been instrumental in assisting those covering the conflict in Homs, helping evacuate wounded journalists from inside the city’s neighborhood of Baba Amr, has been seized and perhaps tortured by the … Continue reading

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Syria’s rebels abandon territory in major cities in favour of new guerilla war

By: Ruth Sherlock Reeling from the loss of key opposition strongholds in the cities of Homs, Deraa and Idlib to government troops, the rebels have been left with no alternative but to recalibrate their strategy by waging a fragmented guerilla … Continue reading

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Syrian refugees: In their own words

Abu Ali, 42, from Azmareen Abu Ali had to leave his home in Azmareen, a small town of about 5,000 inhabitants just across the border, eight months ago. He owns several acres of olive groves and a farm that he … Continue reading

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Video: CNN esclusive – Paul Conroy escapes Homs

CNN has exclusive footage shot by Paul Conroy of his escape from Homs, Syria. He talks to CNN’s Nima Elbagir.

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UPDATE 2-ICRC chief in Syria for talks on aid, detainees

By: Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA – The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross arrived in Damascus on Monday for talks aimed at expanding aid operations and gaining access to all detainees, the agency said. Jakob Kellenberger, who will … Continue reading

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Ellison Has Strong Words for Syria’s Assad

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday chaired a congressional hearing on human rights violations in Syria, and he used the opportunity to condemn Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and call for a globally supported “humanitarian zone.” However, Ellison says he does … Continue reading

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Annan asks for UN Security Council support after Syria accepts ceasefire deadline

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has asked the UN Security Council for support in implementing an April 10 deadline for Syria to partially implement his peace plan, with a full ceasefire within 48 hours thereafter, envoys said on Monday. Mr. … Continue reading

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