Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

UK says ‘arms’ ship for Syria heading back to Russia

A Russian-operated ship said to be carrying military helicopters to Syria appears to have turned back after its British insurer removed coverage for the vessel, U.K. officials said Tuesday.  Britain’s Foreign Office said the ship, the MV Alaed, changed course … Continue reading

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Britain fires first shot for military intervention in Syria

By: Con Coughlin The British government’s dramatic intervention to prevent Russia delivering attack helicopters to Syria represents a serious escalation in the West’s involvement in the Syrian crisis. By freezing the insurance cover of the MV Alaed, a Russian cargo ship, that was … Continue reading

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U.N. alarmed at rising death toll in Syria, Homs situation

By: Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS – Time is running out for U.N.-backed peace efforts in Syria as the escalation of violence in the country’s 15-month conflict drives the death toll higher and sparks more human rights abuses, a senior U.N. official said … Continue reading

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Fears grow for fate of Syria’s chemical weapons

By: Jonathan Marcus Syria’s significant stockpile of chemical weapons adds a frightening additional element to the crisis that threatens to engulf the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. There are growing concerns – shared both in neighbouring countries and among key … Continue reading

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Russian shipment of attack helicopters for Syria halted off Scotland

By: Alastair Jamieson A ship carrying military helicopters and missiles from Russia to Syria was halted off the coast of Scotland on Tuesday after its British insurers canceled the vessel’s cover, prompting it to turn back. The MV Alaed was … Continue reading

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Syrian forces pound cities as Obama, Putin meet

By: Matt Spetalnick and Erika Solomon BEIRUT, Lebanon – U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Monday that the violence in Syria must stop but gave no sign of agreeing on how to do it even as Syrian security forces … Continue reading

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Fresh violence in Syria ahead of UN briefing

Syrian government forces have been engaged in shelling Syrian towns on Tuesday, opposition sources say. Bombardment was reported in the town of Rastan in Homs province, as well as areas near the capital, Damascus, including the suburb of Douma. The … Continue reading

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Syrian opposition uniting to topple al-Assad

Several Syrian opposition groups announced a new joint action committee Tuesday to consolidate efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In an effort to “expedite the toppling of the criminal Assad regime,” the groups agreed to form the committee to … Continue reading

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Syria faces ire over fresh Russia arms shipment

By: Jonathan Saul and Thomas Grove A cargo ship now moving off the north-west coast of Scotland is believed to be carrying Russian weaponry to Syria, according to an insurer which says it has withdrawn coverage for the vessel. Britain … Continue reading

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Lebanon diesel import leap points to Syria smuggling

By: Jessica Donati LONDON, United Kingdom – Lebanon’s private sector imports of diesel jumped in April and May, data obtained by Reuters shows, and industry analysts say Lebanese factions are smuggling the fuel into Syria where supplies are desperately tight … Continue reading

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