Daily Archives: June 22, 2012

U.S.: Top Assad advisers poised to defect

DAMASCUS, Syria - Top Assad regime advisers have secret plans to defect, U.S. officials said as Jordan granted asylum to a Syrian fighter pilot who landed a warplane near Amman. Senior military figures who are part of President Bashar Assad’s inner … Continue reading

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France calls on Syrian army to desert

The French foreign ministry called on Friday for the Syrian military to desert en masse the day after a Syrian air force colonel defected after landing his MiG fighter in Jordan. “Yesterday’s defection leads us to call on members of … Continue reading

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Inside Syria: Adopt a Syrian rebel

By: Tracey Shelton IDLIB, Syria — Ahmed Assi dodges bullets and missiles on a regular basis. The 24-year-old has been shot at, wounded, hunted down, imprisoned and tortured. He has spent many months camping in the Syrian mountains “Che Guevara … Continue reading

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UN: 1.5 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

GENEVA – The number of Syrians in need of humanitarian aid has shot up by 500,000 to 1.5 million in less than three months, the UN said on Friday. “The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate,” the Office for … Continue reading

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Russia urges Syria to implement Annan peace plan

By: Steve Gutterman ST PETERSBURG, Russia – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that he had urged Syria’s government to “do a lot more” to implement envoy Kofi Annan’s U.N.-backed peace plan, but that foreign countries must also … Continue reading

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Syria: Why ‘benign neglect’ is wrong?

By: Amir Taheri Over the past few week a new group has joined the chorus of apologists for President Bashar al-Assad. It consists of Israeli and/or pro-Israel commentators in the West, especially the United States. To be fair, almost all … Continue reading

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Syria’s Olympics chief denied visa for London Games

The head of the Syrian Olympic Committee, General Mowaffak Joumaa, has been refused a visa to travel to London for the Games, the BBC has learned. It is understood the application has been refused because of his links to President … Continue reading

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