Daily Archives: July 2, 2012

Syria’s paramilitary gangs a law unto themselves

By: Erika Solomon, Douglas Hamilton and Peter Graff HOMS, Syria – When rifle-toting members of Syria’s shabbiha pro-government paramilitary gangs strut into a shop, cowed residents of Homs know to clear out of their way. Accused of atrocities that include … Continue reading

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UN rights chief: Strengthen Syria observer mission

By: Ron DePasquale UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. high commissioner for human rights called Monday on the Security Council to strengthen the suspended U.N. observer mission in Syria and asked that Syria be referred to the International Criminal Court in … Continue reading

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Video: CNN – Activists Report Massacre in Douma

CNN’s Mohammed Jamjoom reports on another massacre in Syria, as clashes move to the heart of the capital. Graphic video.

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85 Syrian soldiers defect to Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says nearly 300 Syrians have defected to Turkey, including 85 soldiers. The Anadolu Agency says this happened Monday and that the 293 Syrians included a general and several other officers. The report says … Continue reading

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New attempt to end Syrian bloodshed brings optimism, doubt

Syrian opposition groups met Monday in Cairo, Egypt, trying to find common ground as the violence continued in Syria and spilled over into neighboring Lebanon. Syrian government forces shelled several villages with artillery and mortar fire Monday, while troops stormed … Continue reading

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Syria rebels to boycott Cairo opposition talks

Syria-based rebel fighters and activists said they would boycott an opposition meeting in Cairo on Monday, denouncing it as a “conspiracy” that served the policy goals of Damascus allies Moscow and Tehran. The two-day meeting, to be attended by the … Continue reading

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UN human rights chief renews call on Security Council to refer Syria to ICC

The United Nations human rights chief today renewed her call on the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC), stressing the need to ensure accountability for the serious abuses committed by both sides … Continue reading

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UN calls for strengthening of Syria observer mission

The U.N. human rights chief has called on the Security Council to strengthen the suspended U.N. observer mission in Syria. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also called for the Syrian conflict to be referred to the International … Continue reading

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Syria helicopters strike Damascus suburb; diplomacy stalled

By: Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian attack helicopters bombarded a suburb of Damascus on Monday and Turkey said it had scrambled warplanes near the border in the north, as a 16-month conflict entered a more violent phase and diplomacy appeared to … Continue reading

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Syrian regime TV reporter defects

By: Martin Chulov ANTAKYA, Turkey – Ghatan Sleiba, from the pro-Assad al-Dunya channel, says he has been providing intelligence to the rebels for months. A presenter from the Syrian regime’s main television channel has defected to the opposition and revealed … Continue reading

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