Daily Archives: May 5, 2012

Syrian cease-fire violations deepen gloom over options for ousting Assad

Western hopes for salvaging a nearly four-week-old cease-fire in Syria have all but evaporated, as new assessments raise fresh doubts about the prospects for the U.N.-brokered accord and the chances for removing the country’s repressive leadership in the near term, … Continue reading

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Syria’s anti-Assad foes jockey for position

ISTANBUL – Emad ad-Din al-Rashid, a former assistant dean at the Islamic law college of Damascus University, opened his laptop and flipped through spreadsheets detailing the unmet needs of seemingly every besieged neighborhood across Syria. From his spare office, he … Continue reading

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Explosions Hit Major Syrian Cities, Leaving at Least 3 Dead

DAMASCUS — An explosion killed at least three people in Aleppo, and two blasts hit a Damascus highway on Saturday in further signs that rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad are shifting tactics toward homemade explosives. Syria’s state news … Continue reading

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Syrians abroad champion continued activism amid violence

By: Noah Blaser On a recent cold Chicago afternoon, hundreds of Syrians met in downtown’s Grant Park to protest Syria’s broken peace plan and the international community’s muddled response to a 13-month-long regime crackdown on dissents by President Bashar al-Assad. … Continue reading

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Syrian cease-fire violations deepen gloom over options for ousting Assad

By: Joby Warrick Western hopes for salvaging a nearly four-week-old cease-fire in Syria have all but evaporated, as new assessments raise fresh doubts about the prospects for the U.N.-brokered accord and the chances for removing the country’s repressive leadership in … Continue reading

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Syrian Army has not pulled out tanks: UN monitors

Douma – United Nations cease-fire monitors, in the Syrian town of Douma yesterday, saw that the army had not withdrawn tanks in line with a truce agreement and were confronted by residents who complained that the UN observers were just … Continue reading

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5 killed in Syria’s increasingly restive Aleppo

By: Ben Hubbard Beirut — A bomb struck a car wash Saturday in Aleppo, killing at least five people, a day after government troops opened fire to break up large protests against a violent university raid in Syria’s largest city. … Continue reading

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Video: Kurds divided by Syrian uprising

For centuries, the towns of Turkish Nusaybin and Syrian Qamishli were one, until politics put a border between them. The governments of both countries have been hard on rebellious Kurdish minorities in the region. Now, with the uprising in Syria, … Continue reading

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Syrian expats fear infiltration by Assad agents

By: Ibrahim Naffee Amid mixed feelings of worry, anxiety and sadness, members of the Syrian community in the Kingdom are closely following news from home about their relatives who take part in the revolution against President Bashar Assad and those … Continue reading

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Monitors find tanks, angry residents in Syria town

UN ceasefire monitors, in the Syrian town of Douma yesterday, saw that the army had not withdrawn tanks in line with a truce agreement and were confronted by residents who complained that the UN observers were just “watching us die”. … Continue reading

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