Daily Archives: June 13, 2012

Smuggled arms boost Syrian rebels

‘We still have less than we need but it is entering the country’ Newly armed with mortars, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades smuggled across borders by truck and donkey, Syria’s rebels are now ready to step up their fight against … Continue reading

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France to propose U.N. Chapter 7 provision on Syria

By: John Irish and Patrick Vignal PARIS, France – France will propose making United Nations envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria obligatory by invoking the U.N.’s “Chapter 7″ provision, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday, describing the conflict there as a … Continue reading

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Russia rejects Hillary Clinton’s claims of sending attack helicopters to Syrian regime’s military

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia’s foreign minister has rejected the U.S. claim that Moscow is sending attack helicopters to Syria. Russian news agencies reported Wednesday that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied a claim by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton … Continue reading

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Russia-America tussle over Syria invokes Cold War

By: Douglas Hamilton TEL AVIV, Israel – The world could slip back into a Cold War over Syria and the sprawling Arab country could break up into two or three warring parts, with unforeseeable consequences for the Middle East, a senior Israeli … Continue reading

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Britain says Syria on verge of collapse

KABUL, Afghanistan – British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday that Syria was on the verge of collapse and that he would be holding urgent talks with his Russian counterpart on Thursday to ensure implementation of a peace plan … Continue reading

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Hillary’s Little Startup: How the U.S. Is Using Technology to Aid Syria’s Rebels

By: Jay Newton-Small Syria’s regime may have overwhelming firepower, but the rebels are winning in another arena— with U.S. help. Abu Ghassan looks more like a hipster than a revolutionary. Decked out in a pink shirt and black jeans, he … Continue reading

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Syria seeks big barley imports, unlikely to succeed

By: Maha El Dahan and Jonathan Saul LONDON, United Kingdom – Syria wants to import 600,000 tonnes of barley after violence prevented the local crop from coming to market, an article on the Ministry of Agriculture’s website said, while traders … Continue reading

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Russia accuses U.S. of supplying arms to Syria rebels to fight Assad

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of supplying weapons to Syria’s rebels, worsening the conflict engulfing Moscow’s allied regime in Damascus. “They (the United States) are providing arms and weapons to the Syrian opposition that … Continue reading

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Syria becoming wider global, regional proxy war

By: Peter Apps LONDON, United Kingdom – With the United States accusing Russia of providing attack helicopters and ethnic violence spiraling out of control, Syria’s conflict is pulling world and regional powers into a mounting proxy confrontation. While Washington, Moscow and Beijing … Continue reading

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Rebels say Syrian army bombing and burning Haffeh

By: Jonathon Burch ANTAKYA, Turkey – While Syrian government helicopters and tanks are pounding the western town of Haffeh and the surrounding villages, ground troops are rounding up young men and looting houses, according to Syrian rebels who have fled … Continue reading

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