Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

Images: Inside Syria’s 27 torture centres.

By: Anthony Bond ‘ We took their fingernails out with pliers and we made them eat them. We made them suck their own blood off the floor’: Grisly accounts from inside Syria’s ’27 torture centres’ Syrian intelligence agencies are running … Continue reading

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Video: Human Rights Watch Accuses Syria of Using Torture Facilities

The rights watchdog group says the Syrian regime operates at least 27 torture facilities around the country.

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Syria: Assad regime accused of running torture network in reign of terror

By: Michelle Nichols Syrian intelligence agencies are running a network of torture centres where detainees are beaten with batons and cables, burned with acid and sexually abused, a human rights campaign group has revealed. The state-sanctioned abuses amounted to crimes … Continue reading

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Clinton joins talks on Syria

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lead a United States delegation to talks on the conflict in Syria being hosted by France this week, a US official confirmed on Tuesday. “The secretary will lead our delegation to the … Continue reading

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Last chance for Syria?

Last week during a trip to London I was invited to dinner with a group of people predominantly from the Middle East. Among those present were Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese, Saudis and Jordanians. They all came from different walks of life, … Continue reading

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Syria, jihad and the boys from Tunisia’s Ben Guerdane

“It’s not acceptable,” says the young Tunisian from behind his wispy beard. “No human on this planet will accept it, and no Arab.” In crushing a nationwide uprising, Bashar Al Assad has insulted Islam by destroying mosques while followers of … Continue reading

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Assad says he regrets Syria forces shot down Turkish fighter jet

Bashar al-Assad has said that Syrian air defence forces shot down a Turkish fighter last week because they believed it was an Israeli aircraft and expressed the hope that tensions would not escalate further. The Syrian president’s comments, which fell … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch report outlines torture in Syrian detention centers

In an effort to suppress opposition against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Syria has been running a network of 27 torture centers, the international Human Rights Watch announced Tuesday in a report. The report, titled “Torture Archipelago,” is based upon interviews … Continue reading

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Syria: ‘Largest single-day exodus’, Turkish media report

By: Carol J. Williams Recent weeks have seen an escalation in the number of Syrian troops fleeing the country. The troops flee as the international community has failed to decide on a unified response to the crisis in Syria. Turkish … Continue reading

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Syrian army attacks rebels, Turkey scrambles F16s

By: Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Lebanon – The Syrian army pressed attacks on rebels on Tuesday, bombarding the city of Douma near Damascus, and Turkey said it had scrambled F-16 fighters the previous day after Syrian helicopters flew near its border. Turkey’s armed … Continue reading

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