Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad vows to display captured foreign mercenaries

By: Ian Black Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has promised to display captured foreign “mercenaries” who have been fighting his regime and denounced western governments for failing to protest at the violence being perpetrated by his enemies. In his first interview … Continue reading

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Palestinian writer Salameh Kaileh detained, beaten, taunted in Syria

By: Eman El-Shenawi Syrian authorities deported Palestinian writer Salameh Kaileh this week to Jordan after three weeks of detention and relentless torture and taunting over his anti-regime writings, the prominent writer told Al Arabiya late Wednesday. Security forces had stormed … Continue reading

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Diplomat: Confidential report finds Iran shipping arms to Syria

A confidential draft U.N. report accuses Iran of exporting arms to the Syrian government in violation of a ban on weapons sales, a Western diplomat said Wednesday on condition of anonymity. The draft report describes three seizures of Iranian weapons … Continue reading

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Violence continues across Syria; activists say gov’t troops out to ‘destroy’ Rastan

As many as 20 people have been killed by the gunfire of Syrian forces across the country on Thursday, the Sham news network reported. Violence continued inside Syria, as residents of Rastan in central Syria said government forces shelled the … Continue reading

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Syrian opposition leader offers to resign

The president of the Syrian National Council (SNC), the country’s main opposition bloc, has offered to resign after a key activist group accused him of monopolising power, just two days after he was re-elected for a third three-month term. Burhan … Continue reading

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Syria opposition chief resigns

Syrian National Council chief Burhan Ghalioun said Thursday he is resigning to avert divisions within the opposition bloc, after activists on the ground accused him of monopolising power. “I will not allow myself to be the candidate of division, I … Continue reading

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Exclusive – U.N. probes possible North Korea arms trade with Syria, Myanmar

A U.N. panel of experts that monitors compliance with sanctions on North Korea is investigating reports of possible weapons-related shipments by Pyongyang to Syria and Myanmar, the panel said in a confidential report seen by Reuters on Thursday. “The DPRK … Continue reading

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Turn the tide against Bashar al-Assad

More than nine months after President Obama declared that Bashar al-Assad must go, it is clear that neither diplomacy nor sanctions alone will dislodge the Syrian dictator. On the contrary, Assad’s campaign of killing will continue with no hope of a diplomatic … Continue reading

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Minister says no plans for deployment of additional forces to Syria

By: Marie O’halloran There are currently no plans to send further Defence Forces personnel to assist the UN military observer mission in Syria. Minister for Defence Alan Shatter said the six Irish monitors involved would remain in situ. He also said … Continue reading

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Video: UN Monitor Crawls Away from Intense Shooting in Idlib

A United Nations monitor is seen crawling away from intense shooting from the Assad army in Idlib. A brave protester helps the monitor and drags him away to safety.

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