Daily Archives: July 1, 2012

Idlib dispatch: Syrian rebels are better armed, more numerous and stronger by the day

By: Ian Pannell IDLIB, Syria – Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad says his country is at war. Rebels in Idlib province who are better armed, more numerous and stronger by the day agree, reports the BBC’s Ian Pannell. Mishu is not … Continue reading

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France says Geneva Syria plans implies Assad must go

PARIS, France – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that a text agreed by members of the U.N. Security Council in Geneva on a political transition for Syria implied that President Bashar al-Assad would have to step down. World powers … Continue reading

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Russian finger may have pushed the button to down Turkish jet

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Diplomatic sources have claimed  that Russian authorities may be behind the decision to down the Turkish jet that was shot down by Syrian forces on June 22, according to the British daily Sunday Times. Middle Eastern sources said … Continue reading

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Assad’s forces on offensive; Moscow defends him again

By: Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian forces swept through the corpse-strewn streets of nearly-deserted opposition districts on the outskirts of the capital on Sunday, as the conflict enters a new phase of heavier fighting near Bashar al-Assad’s seat of … Continue reading

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Facade of calm fading fast in Damascus as rebels reach the capital

By: Phil Sands DAMASCUS, Syria – A normal Wednesday morning in the southern suburbs of Damascus; the air still cool from the night before, the birds singing, the shadows cast by the cedar trees still long on the ground. A … Continue reading

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Activists say Syrian troops fire on Damascus funeral, killing 30

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Opposition activists said Syrian forces killed more than 30 people on Saturday when they fired a mortar bomb into a funeral procession in Damascus for a man who died in shelling 24 hours earlier. They said amateur … Continue reading

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Turkey scrambles jets as Syrian choppers near border

By: Yesim Comert Turkey scrambled fighter jets three separate times Saturday as Syrian helicopters neared the border between the two countries, Turkey’s military said Sunday. The helicopters were in Syrian airspace, but were getting close to the border, the armed … Continue reading

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Syrian Opposition rejects Transition Plan

Syrian opposition groups have rejected a United Nations-backed plan for a political transition in Syria, calling it “ambiguous” and “a farce” while ruling out any possibility of sharing power with President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian National Council has rejected a … Continue reading

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Syria transition plan has support, but may not be the answer

By: Patrick J. McDonnell BEIRUT — The United States and other world powers meeting Saturday in Geneva threw their weight behind a United Nations-brokered plan for a transitional government for Syria, but the move appeared to raise more questions than … Continue reading

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Turkey scrambles F-16 jets on Syria border

Turkey has scrambled six F-16 fighters jets near its border with Syria after Syrian helicopters came close to the border, the country’s army says. Six jets were sent to the area in response to three such incidents on Saturday, the … Continue reading

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