Daily Archives: June 7, 2012

In Syria, a massacre feels eerily familiar

By: Moni Basu Among the dead were 40 women and children. Again, as in Houla, the images are chilling. Babies, lifeless. Wrapped in blankets, white shrouds. Women with faces in hues of ghostly whites, deep purples and reds — the … Continue reading

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Inside Syria: You will never guess who arms the rebels

By: Tracey Shelton JABAL AL-ZAWIYA, Syria — At the Free Syrian Army base here, a group of men led a nervous prisoner from his cell to a car waiting outside. A few hours later, the rebels returned alone, with a … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton assails Assad: ‘Syria will not, cannot be peaceful until Assad goes’

By: Dylan Stableford U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of doubling down on “simply unconscionable” violence on Thursday, a day after reports that at least 78 people—including women and children—were killed by pro-government forces … Continue reading

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‘Heavy clashes’ in outskirts of Syrian capital Damascus

Fierce fighting broke out in the outskirts of Syria’s capital, Damascus, and surrounding suburbs late last night, anti-government activists said. Residents in Damascus said they heard heavy gunfire from the fighting, while activists in nearby suburbs said they heard explosions … Continue reading

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Survivor tells of horror in Syrian village

By: Erika Solomon and Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Lebanon – Six hours after tanks and militiamen pulled out of Mazraat al-Qubeir, a Syrian farmer said he returned to find only charred bodies among the shouldering homes of his once-tranquil hamlet. “There was smoke … Continue reading

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Syria’s new massacre slammed as ‘barbarity’ at U.N. General Assembly

U.N. monitors seeking to reach the site of a new reported massacre of Syrian villagers by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were shot at with small arms, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday. Ban, speaking at the … Continue reading

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Turkey, Qatar Co-chair Friends of the Syrian People Meeting in Washington

Turkey and Qatar co-chaired a meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People International Working Group in Washington, the United States. Delivering a speech in the meeting, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said, “We the United States hope that all … Continue reading

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Assad’s ghost militia strikes fear into Syria revolt

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Jordan – Tattooed youths with AK-47s descend from hilltops onto villages pounded by Syrian artillery and break into homes, slit the throats of women and children or hack them to death. They leave, sometimes carrying … Continue reading

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UN says Syrian troops block observers from entering massacre site

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The chief of U.N. observers in Syria says his monitors have been blocked by Syrian troops from the site of a new mass killing. Gen. Robert Mood said in a statement Thursday that some U.N. patrols were … Continue reading

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Video – CrossTalk: Syrian Tsunami (ft. Robert Fisk)

Will the Syrian crisis spill over the border? Will Lebanon be the first state to feel the repercussions? With Lebanon already hosting thousands of Syrian refugees, the country may see an increase in sectarian tension. Can Syria’s bloody scenario be … Continue reading

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