Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Video: Fighters ready for battle with Assad

Video obtained by Reuters show dozens of Free Syrian Army fighters preparing for battle as they camp in a rural area near Deraa. Sunita Rappai reports. Source: Reuters

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New approach needed to end crisis in Syria

Shocking rise in number of civilian deaths shows regime’s disregard for human life. The state of affairs in Syria is alarming given the ongoing violence and the uncertainty facing the country. There is no question that the situation with Syria … Continue reading

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Syria opposition chief resigns amid infighting

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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Syrian forces out to ‘destroy’ rebel town Rastan

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Regime forces sent shells crashing into rebel stronghold Rastan early Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, while calling on UN observers to rush to the town in central Homs province. “The army is trying to … Continue reading

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Obama administration denies role in arming Syrian rebels

By: Olivier Knox President Barack Obama’s administration has repeatedly said over the past few months that it won’t ship arms to Syria’s outgunned opposition, warning that doing so will only escalate the bloody conflict there. But the Washington Post reported Wednesday that … Continue reading

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Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK clash

By: Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Turkey – Three Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels near the Syrian border in southern Turkey on Thursday, the provincial governor’s office said. Separately, a provincial leader of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK … Continue reading

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Diplomat: UN experts say Iran sends arms to Syria

An expert panel monitoring U.N. sanctions on Iran has reported that Syria continues to be the main destination of illicit Iranian weapons, a Security Council diplomat said Wednesday. The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because the panel’s report has … Continue reading

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Death toll mounts in Lebanon as clashes erupt again

Fresh sectarian clashes erupted between pro- and anti-Syrian districts in the north Lebanon port city of Tripoli on Thursday, leaving one person dead and seven wounded, a security official said. “Sporadic clashes involving the use of rockets and machineguns began … Continue reading

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Syria’s Local Coordination Committees Threatens To Withdraw From Syrian National Council

By: Zeina Karam BEIRUT, Lebanon – A key activist group threatened Thursday to withdraw from Syria’s main opposition umbrella grouping, saying the council has drifted away from the spirit of the Syrian revolution. A pullout by the Local Coordination Committees … Continue reading

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