Daily Archives: May 23, 2012

Editorial: Syria’s neighbors are growing restless

By: David Ignatius The Middle East sometimes resembles a string of detonators wired to explode together — and this seems especially true now of Syria and its neighbors. There is political instability nearby in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, as the … Continue reading

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Amnesty sees possible crimes against humanity by Syria

The Syrian government may have committed crimes against humanity by using “lethal” force and “torturing” detainees in its crackdown on a 14-month uprising, Amnesty International said on Thursday. In its annual report, the London-based human rights watchdog accused the government … Continue reading

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Inside Syria: War-torn city of Homs scarred by violence, riddled with fear

HOMS, Syria — Fighting has ravaged Syria over the past 14 months, as evidenced in parts of the Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr. Nearly destroyed, hollow buildings stand on the side of roads seldom traveled by either cars or people. … Continue reading

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Syria Prisons Are ‘Human Slaughterhouses,’ Ex-Detainee Says

AMMAN, Jordan – A prominent Palestinian writer who was jailed in Syria for nearly three weeks described the facilities as “human slaughterhouses,” saying security agents beat detainees with batons, crammed them into stinking cells and tied them to beds at … Continue reading

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Violence claims more lives as U.N. chief warns Syria is at ‘pivotal moment’

Five people were killed on Tuesday when an explosive device detonated in the Damascus neighborhood of Qaboun, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Qaboun, in northern Damascus, has been a center of opposition protests demanding the end of … Continue reading

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Syrian troops pound Rastan as U.N. team brokers swap between regime, rebels

Regime forces Wednesday pounded rebel bastion Rastan, in central Syria, at an average rate of “one shell a minute,” said a monitoring group, adding that 11 people were killed across the country amid reports that a U.N. has brokered an … Continue reading

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Syrian activists report troop shooting

A Syrian activist group says troops opened fire on protesters after about 1,500 people took to the streets in the country’s second city for an anti-government rally. Wednesday’s attacks on civilian dissidents led to clashes between the Free Syrian Army, … Continue reading

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Syria Beset By Violence

The refusal of Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime to comply with the provisions of the U.N.-backed Kofi Annan plan, which include a ceasefire and a pullback of heavy weapons from populated areas, is leading to grave consequences. Syrian civilians … Continue reading

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Syria assails rebel town, admits effect of sanctions

Syrian forces tried to storm the rebel bastion of Rastan yesterday under cover of heavy gunfire, shelling and rocket bombardment, reports said, as Damascus admitted sanctions were biting hard. Meanwhile, the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) denied it was behind … Continue reading

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Syria: Sanctions cost country $4 billion

By: Albert Aji and Ben Hubbard Syria’s oil minister has blamed international sanctions for shortages of cooking gas and other basic goods, saying the measures have bled $4 billion from the nation’s ailing economy. President Bashar Assad’s regime must strike … Continue reading

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