Daily Archives: July 8, 2012

Syria’s Freedom

    By: Anas El-Khatib They told them don’t ever say a word about the Syrian government They say I don’t have the right to talk because I don’t know anything about Syria politically They may be right, but they … Continue reading

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Kofi Annan arrives in Damascus, Syria tests missiles as crisis deepens

Kofi Annan arrived in Damascus on Sunday evening for talks with President Bashar al-Assad, his spokesman said, a day after the international peace envoy admitted that his peace plan had so far failed to end 16 months of bloodshed. Syria’s … Continue reading

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Clinton: “Friends of Syria” must unite to stop Russia, China “blockading” progress

PARIS – The United States and its international allies called Friday for new, global sanctions against President Bashar Assad’s regime, stepping up the pressure after the defection of a top general dealt a major blow to the Syrian leader. The … Continue reading

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President Assad accuses US of ‘destabilising’ Syria

In an interview for German TV, Mr Assad also said Saudi Arabia and Qatar were arming “terrorists” in Syria. He also accused Turkey of giving the “terrorists” logistical support. Meanwhile, Syria’s armed forces have been conducting “large-scale” manoeuvres to test … Continue reading

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Assad military conducts large-scale exercises as fighting spills into Lebanon

DAMASCUS, Syria – Assad’s military began large-scale exercises simulating defense against outside “aggression,” the state-run news agency said Sunday — an apparent warning to other countries not to intervene in the Syrian crisis. On Saturday, the Syrian conflict spilled further … Continue reading

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The story behind the defection of Syrian general Manaf Tlas

The defection of Brigadier-General Manaf Tlas dealt a severe blow to the Syrian regime and sent everyone wondering how a top military official once considered closest to President Bashar al-Assad then turned against him. Manaf Tlas, 48, is known to … Continue reading

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U.N. head outlines options for Syria mission

Despite the escalating violence in Syria that led to the suspension of monitoring activities, the United Nations can continue to play a crucial role in the embattled country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report to be presented to the … Continue reading

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Turkey signals resort to UN action over Syria crisis

By: Gozde Nur Donat ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey has started to build a case for stronger UN involvement in quelling the violence in Syria within the framework of Article 39 of Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which envisages the … Continue reading

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Syria tests missiles against coastal attack

By: Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syria’s navy fired live missiles from ships and helicopters over the weekend, state media said on Sunday, in an exercise aiming at showcasing its ability to “defend Syria’s shores against any possible aggression”. Syrian … Continue reading

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