Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

Annan concerned about escalation of Syria violence

By: Bassem Mroue BEIRUT, Lebanon — International envoy Kofi Annan said Monday he was “gravely concerned” about the escalation of fighting in Syria, citing the shelling of opposition areas in central Homs province and reports of mortar, helicopter and tank … Continue reading

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Syria Homs Shelling By Regime Forces Kills 38

By: Diaa Hadid and Zeina Karam BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s main opposition group on Sunday picked a secular Kurd as its new leader after criticism that the former head was too autocratic and the group was becoming dominated by Islamists. … Continue reading

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Clashes reported in Damascus as Syrian opposition, rebels call for mass defections

Severe clashes were reported at the Damascus neighborhood of al-Abbaseen overnight between the Syrian government forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Al Arabiya reported on Monday citing the Syrian Media Center. As many as 21 people have been killed … Continue reading

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Insight: Syria massacres, ethnic cleansing that may backfire

By: Samia Nakhoul Sectarian massacres in Syria may show militias nurtured by the authorities are a “Frankenstein’s monster” which will alienate allies, provoke foreign intervention and tear the country apart, hastening the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad. As Washington raised … Continue reading

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Syria: Battle for the cities

By: Ivan Watson, Omar al Muqdad and Shiyar Sayed Mohamed ISTANBUL, Turkey – The Syrian government blamed last Friday’s rebel attack on an electric power station in downtown Damascus on “armed terrorist gangs” — the same epithet it has used … Continue reading

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U.N. Fears for Syrians Trapped by Fighting

By: Rick Gladstone The United Nations reported intense fighting between the Syrian military and opposition forces in multiple locations across Syria on Monday and expressed alarm about civilians trapped in besieged rebel strongholds in the central city of Homs and … Continue reading

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U.S. accuses Syria of ‘new horrific tactics’

The United States accused the Syrian government of using “new horrific tactics” Monday, as UN observers reported Syrian helicopters were firing on rebellious areas and concerns mounted that civilians were trapped in besieged cities. Violence in Syria has spiked in … Continue reading

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US fears new Syria carnage as helicopters fire on towns

The US voiced fears that Syria’s government is planning a new massacre, as regime helicopters fired on rebel stronghold towns and raging violence killed nearly 90 people yesterday. On the political front, the newly elected leader of Syria’s exiled opposition … Continue reading

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Cartoon: China, Russia, & Syria

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Stop Grave Abuses of Children

New York – The United Nations Security Council should impose an arms embargo and other targeted sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on the Syrian leadership in response to widespread killings and other grave violations against children. A report … Continue reading

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