Daily Archives: June 2, 2012

Woman reports being photographed and threatened with rape

A May 29, 2012, article in The Telegraph interviews “Rami,” an activist helping Syrians flee to Jordan. Rami described how one night he was forced to flee, leaving his wife, “Hadija,” and their five children at the family home in … Continue reading

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I saw massacre of children, says defecting Syrian air force officer

By: Martin Chulov A senior Syrian military officer has described how he defected to opposition forces after witnessing hundreds of pro-regime militiamen carry out the now infamous massacre of more than 100 civilians in the town of Houla one week … Continue reading

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The Shabiha: Inside Assad’s death squads

By: Harriet Alexander The door to Dr Mousab Azzawi’s clinic, on the Mediterranean coast of Syria, was always open to anyone who needed help. But, operating in the heartland of the feared Shabiha militia, there were some patients the doctor … Continue reading

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Syrian leaders will not be allowed amnesty, says UN human rights chief

By: Conal Urquhart The United Nations commissioner for human rights has warned Bashar al-Assad and his supporters that there can be no amnesty for crimes committed under their regime as reports of more violence emerged from Syria. Navi Pillay, the … Continue reading

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Walking the tightrope that is reporting rape in Syria

By: Lauren Wolfe and Jackie Blachman-Forshay On May 19, Sen. Joseph Lieberman wrote a piece in The Washington Post exhorting the U.S. to “step up” efforts to provide the Syrian resistance with the “means to defend themselves against Assad.” Among … Continue reading

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Video: CNN – Doctors in Syria struggle to save lives

CNN’s Ivan Watson reports on doctors in Syria struggle to save lives as a new video shows gruesome images.

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US reaches out to Syria’s allies in Russia

By: Bassem Mroue BEIRUT — Washington reached out to Syria’s most important ally and protector Saturday, urging Russia to join a coordinated effort to resolve the deadly conflict as the violence spilled across the border into Lebanon, a senior State … Continue reading

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‘Audacious steps’ needed in Syria, Arab diplomats say

By: Joe Sterling As a U.N.-backed peace initiative founders in Syria, Arab leaders signaled the need on Saturday for more robust measures to end the violence there. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani said envoy … Continue reading

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Violence breaks out in Lebanon amid fears that Syria conflict is spreading

By: Conal Urquhart At least 10 people have been killed and 30 wounded in northern Lebanon amid fears that the continuing crisis in Syria could spill over into all-out sectarian war in the region. The gun battle in the town … Continue reading

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Satellite pictures back up Houla massacre accounts

The US state department has published satellite photos said to show mass graves in Syria after government forces attacked civilian areas. A website operated by the department is displaying the photos, taken by a commercial satellite, of what it says … Continue reading

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