Daily Archives: July 11, 2012

440 Syrians, including officers, defect and flee to Turkey

At least 18 Syrian officers have defected and fled to Turkey in the latest wave of defections from the military, loyal to Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad, along with a large group of refugees. A total of 440 Syrians, including … Continue reading

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Syrian Rebels Carve Buffer Zone Near Turkish Border

By: Deborah Amos At this isolated part of the Turkish border, there’s just one Turkish guard, a fence and, beyond an olive grove, Syria. The Syrian side is just a short walk, perhaps 10 minutes. The area looks completely calm … Continue reading

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Lebanon turns its back on Syrian refugees: Financial assistance suspended

BEIRUT – The Lebanese authorities have suspended financial assistance to Syrian refugees in the north of the country, a government source said on Wednesday, sparking concern among the displaced. “Assistance through the Higher Relief Council has been temporarily suspended,” an … Continue reading

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Arms deliveries to Syrian rebels delayed

By: Roula Khalaf BEIRUT — Syrian activists say the flow of arms to rebels has slowed over the past two weeks, a pause that might be temporary but could reflect growing concern over the militarization of the 16-month conflict. Activists … Continue reading

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Nawaf Al Fares, Syria Ambassador To Iraq, Reportedly Defects

By: Mariam Karouny BEIRUT – Syria’s ambassador to Iraq defected on Wednesday in protest at the military crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against a 16-month uprising, Syrian opposition sources said. Nawaf al-Fares, who has close ties to Syrian security, … Continue reading

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Britain, France to counter Russia with draft Syria resolution

By: Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS – Britain and France are prepared to counter Russia with their own draft resolution on the U.N. monitoring mission in Syria after the U.N. Security Council is briefed by international envoy Kofi Annan on Wednesday, diplomats said. … Continue reading

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Damascus and Aleppo stand aside in struggle against Syrian regime

By: Stephen Starr The cities comprise half the population, most of the wealth and will wait for the fighting in the countryside to end THE PICTURES coming out of vast swathes of the Syrian countryside for almost 16 months have … Continue reading

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Video: Syrian rebels reportedly shoot at army tanks in Aleppo

Amateur footage has emerged that reportedly shows Syrian rebels shooting at army tanks in Aleppo, causing one of the vehicles to explode. The video was filmed near the village of Azaz and purportedly shows several tanks being fired at while … Continue reading

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Russia vows to keep supplying arms to Syria

Russia vowed on Wednesday not to follow a Western arms embargo on Syria and promised new air defence systems and other military components to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The announcement came just a day after Russia dispatched a large naval … Continue reading

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Lebanon suspends funding treatment for wounded Syrians

By: Erika Solomon and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Lebanon – Lebanon’s relief agency has suspended funding treatment for wounded Syrians who cross into the country, officials said on Thursday, citing rapidly rising costs as the conflict over the border escalates. Local aid … Continue reading

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