Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

On Turkish border, doctors keep medical aid flowing to Syria

By: Jonathon Burch REYHANLI, Turkey – When the Syrian army rolled into his hometown to crush rebellion there, Omar, an orthopedic surgeon, knew it was only a matter of time before his field hospital was discovered by President Bashar al-Assad’s … Continue reading

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Chief U.N. Syria monitor sees push for military solution

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The chief U.N. monitor in Syria said on Friday that there was a move towards military gains in the country rather than a willingness for peaceful transition. “There appears to be a lack of willingness to see a peaceful transition. Instead there is a … Continue reading

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US official: Russia sends troops to Syria as peace hopes fade

By: Jim Miklaszewski Russia is sending armed troops to Syria amid escalating violence there, United States military officials told NBC News Friday, in a move certain to frustrate Western efforts to put pressure on the regime of President Bashir Assad. … Continue reading

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France may send Syrian rebels communications equipment

By: John Irish PARIS, France – France is considering providing communications equipment to Syrian rebels to encourage a “stronger revolt” against President Bashar al-Assad’s government as major powers look for an alternative to a U.N. peace plan, its foreign minister said. … Continue reading

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Syria gunship use shows regime worried

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The embattled Syrian regime’s use of helicopter gunships to strafe rebel strongholds and slaughter civilians marks a deadly new phase in the 15-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad. It suggests that the regime, which mightily outguns the disparate … Continue reading

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Syrian peace plan falters; Russia warns against “plots”

By: Thomas Grove and Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Lebanon – Both rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are intensifying violence in Syria and striving for military gains rather than peaceful transition, the chief U.N. monitor in Syria said on Friday. Major-General Robert Mood’s … Continue reading

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U.S. military completes initial planning for Syria

By: Barbara Starr The U.S. military has completed its own planning for how American troops would conduct a variety of operations against Syria, or to assist neighboring countries in the event action was ordered, officials tell CNN. In recent weeks, … Continue reading

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Syrian forces use sexual violence against men, women, children: HRW

Government forces have used rape and other sexual violence against men, women and children during the Syrian uprising, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. The U.S.-based group said it had recorded 20 incidents from interviews inside and outside Syria with eight victims, … Continue reading

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EU bans exports of luxury goods to Syria

By: Sebastian Moffett BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union on Friday banned exports to Syria of luxury shoes, caviar and boats, as well as goods with possible military applications, in an effort to step up the pressure on President Bashar … Continue reading

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Syria: Sexual Assault in Detention

Syrian government forces have used sexual violence to torture men, women, and boys detained during the current conflict. Witnesses and victims also told Human Rights Watch that soldiers and pro-government armed militias have sexually abused women and girls as young … Continue reading

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