Daily Archives: July 14, 2012

45 officers of Tlass family defect from regime – Businessman Firas Tlass

By: Mohamed Nassar DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The eldest son of former Syrian Defense Minister General Mustafa Tlass, Firas Tlass, informed Asharq Al-Awsat that a total of 45 members of the Tlass family have defected from the al-Assad regime, … Continue reading

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U.N. observers find signs of Syria massacre

BEIRUT, Lebanon – U.N. observers investigating Syria’s latest reported mass killing said they found signs of a heavy assault that targeted specific homes of opponents of the Assad regime. The observers’ statement Saturday was the first outsiders’ look in the … Continue reading

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Syria massacre: Assad’s forces ‘shot anything moving’

By: Martin Chulov BEIRUT, Lebanon – The small town of Tremseh has suffered what may be the single worst atrocity of the Syrian uprising, say eyewitnesses. Residents of the battered Syrian town of Tremseh have described being chased from their … Continue reading

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In Fleeing Pilot, Hints of Trouble for Syria’s Assad

By: C. J. Chivers ANTAKYA, Turkey — To escape the government he served until it gave him an order he could not obey, Capt. Akhmed Trad, a pilot in Syria’s air force, needed a plan: how to spirit himself over … Continue reading

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Exclusive interview: why I defected from Bashar al-Assad’s regime, by former diplomat Nawaf Fares

By: Ruth Sherlock BEIRUT, Lebanon – The most senior Syrian official to defect from Bashar al-Assad’s regime has told how the “tragic and unbelievable” destruction of his country moved him to join the growing opposition movement. Nawaf Fares, a former … Continue reading

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Calls grow for UNSC action

DAMASCUS, Syria – Syrian troops and pro-regime militias stormed and torched a southern town on Saturday, reports said, as UN observers visited a central village where a mass killing has provoked harsh global condemnation. UN chief Ban Ki-moon lashed out … Continue reading

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Anonymous Declares War on WikiLeaks After Syria Files’ Row

By: Gianluca Mezzofiore The Anonymous hacking collective has declared war on whistleblowing website WikiLeaks following a furious Twitter row over the disclosure of two million e-mails from Syrian political figures, ministries and companies. After WikiLeaks’questioned his identity and claimed he … Continue reading

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UN urged to act as Saudi Arabia envoy says US will attack Syria

The international community called Friday on the UN to act against an “outrageous escalation” of violence in Syria after the death of over 300 people in the central town of Traimseh countries. The opposition denounced this latest massacre while the … Continue reading

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Violence persists in Syria despite international outcry

DAMASCUS, Syria – Hundreds of troops storm town in southern Syria as UN chief warns divisions appear to be giving Assad ‘a licence to kill’. Hundreds of troops stormed a town in southern Syria on Saturday, reports said, as UN … Continue reading

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4 Palestinians shot dead at protest in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria – Four Palestinian refugees were killed and several others were injured after Syrian security forces opened fire at demonstrators in Al-Yarmouk refugee camp on Friday, sources said. Palestinians in the Damascus-area camp told Ma’an that hundreds of refugees … Continue reading

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