Daily Archives: July 12, 2012

Syrian opposition activists: more than 250 dead in Hama village massacre

By: David Batty More than 250 people have been killed by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the village of Tremseh in Hama province, according to opposition activists. The Revolution Leadership Council of Hama told Reuters that most of … Continue reading

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Activists: Massacre in Syria kills more than 100

By: Elizabeth Kennedy BEIRUT — A Syrian activist group says more than 100 people have been killed in a new `massacre’ in the central province of Hama. There were no additional details on the attack late Thursday and no further … Continue reading

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At least 100 killed in Syrian village

At least 100 people were massacred on Thursday by Syrian government forces in a village in the province of Hama, opposition activists quoted witnesses and residents as saying. The village of Tremseh was shelled by Syrian troops and later stormed … Continue reading

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Defector lashes Assad, troops raid Damascus suburb

By: Mariam Karouny and Erika Solomon BEIRUT, Lebanon – The first ambassador to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called on the army to “turn your guns on the criminals” of the government, as troops swarmed into a suburb of the capital … Continue reading

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Why I defected as Syria’s ambassador to Iraq

Nawaf al-Fares explains why he resigned as both Syria’s ambassador to Iraq and as a member of the ruling Baath Party. Nawaf al-Fares, Syria’s Ambassador to Iraq, on Wednesday announced his defection from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad as … Continue reading

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France says Syrian defector Tlas in talks with opposition

Syrian general Manaf Tlas, a former friend and ally of President Bashar al-Assad who fled Damascus last week, is in contact with Syrian opposition rebels, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. “I know the opposition and this general … Continue reading

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Syria vows to punish defecting ambassador Nawaf al-Fares

By: Martin Chulov BEIRUT, Lebanon – Damascus says its former envoy to Baghdad was actually fired and will face ‘judicial’ consequences. Syria says it will punish its former envoy to Iraq who fled to Qatar and denounced the regime of Bashar … Continue reading

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Rape, assault are weapons of war in Syria: rights group

By: Lauren French WASHINGTON DC, United States – Government forces in Syria are targeting women for rape and assault as the conflict between President Bashar al-Assad and anti-government forces continues to escalate, according to a report released by a human rights group … Continue reading

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The Syrian opposition: who’s doing the talking?

By: Charlie Skelton The media have been too passive when it comes to Syrian opposition sources, without scrutinising their backgrounds and their political connections. Time for a closer look … A nightmare is unfolding across Syria, in the homes of … Continue reading

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Syrian Observers doubt motives behind General Tlass’ defection

Sixteen months after the start of the Syrian revolution, one of the pillars of the regime, General Manaf Tlass, has defected. According to certain leaders of the opposition, the childhood friend of Bashar Al-Assad played an important role leading the crackdown … Continue reading

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