Monthly Archives: June 2012

Syrian tanks ‘amass on border’ as Assad threatens opposition

The claim by Gen Mustafa al-Sheikh, head of the FSA’s military council, could not be independently confirmed, but it suggested that the Syrian army was responding to a Turkish military build-up on the border. It could represent a significant escalation … Continue reading

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Syria’s widows: Hungry and homeless, but undefeated

By: Tara Sutton With criminals and rebels helping them on their way, Syria’s army of refugees marches by night, in single file and silence, towards the Jordanian border. More than 140,000 desperate people, many of them women and children, have … Continue reading

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Analysts Pessimistic About Syria Crisis Talks

On the eve of ministerial talks on Syria, International envoy Kofi Annan says he is optimistic about achieving an acceptable outcome. But, negative comments from Russia and the Syrian government about Annan’s proposed transitional plan for Syria indicate many difficulties … Continue reading

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Amnesty warns against Syria ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’

Amnesty International on Friday urged world leaders at a Geneva conference on the Syrian conflict not to sacrifice human rights for the sake of a political settlement. It called on Saturday’s meeting “not to pursue any policy of issuing amnesty … Continue reading

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World powers to push Russia on Syria solution

The urgency of their task was underscored on Friday as Syrian government forces bombarded the Damascus suburb of Douma with unparalleled ferocity in a desperate attempt by Mr Assad to reclaim full control of his capital city. Later in the … Continue reading

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Clinton, Lavrov hold talks on Syria; Russian diplomat cites agreement ‘on most things’

The top U.S. and Russian diplomats have held talks on Syria ahead of an international conference on Saturday that aims to ease Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey … Continue reading

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Assad forces bombard northern towns, avoid Turkish border

ANTAKYA, Turkey – Helicopter gunships bombarded a strategic town in northern Syria overnight and tanks moved close to the commercial hub of Aleppo, rebels said, but kept well clear of new Turkish air defences installed to curb Syrian action near … Continue reading

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Image: Demonstrators protest against Syria’s President Assad after Friday prayers in Binnish

Demonstrators protest against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Binsh, near Idlib, June 29, 2012. Source: Reuters

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Turkey reinforces border: Assad’s helicopters hammer northern Syria

Helicopter gunships bombarded a strategic town in northern Syria overnight and tanks moved close to the commercial hub of Aleppo, rebels said, but kept well clear of new Turkish air defenses installed to curb Syrian action near its frontiers. Turkish … Continue reading

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Syrian Groups Say Bloody Day Left High Toll of Civilians

By: Rob Nordland Syria’s opposition on Friday reported the deadliest 24-hour period so far in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and said rebel fighters had seized two Syrian generals, one of them the highest-ranking officer to fall into insurgent … Continue reading

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