Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

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Syria High-level Defections Reveal Assad Weakness

The defection of Syria’s ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf al-Fares, could be the beginning of large-scale defections by high government officials from the government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to regional experts. Defections of rank-and-file military, mostly Sunnis, have increased as … Continue reading

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Syria crisis: border tribes could finish off Assad regime

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) avoids the words “civil war”. It prefers the blander “non-international armed conflict”, but the meaning is essentially the same, and the ICRC’s declaration that it has spread across Syria is an important milestone. According … Continue reading

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Damascus fighting a Syria ‘turning point’

Activists say fighting between Syrian troops and rebels around the capital Damascus could be a turning point in the 16-month uprising. Syria’s military has deployed armoured vehicles near central Damascus as troops battled rebels around the capital in what activists … Continue reading

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U.N. Relief Agency Seeks More Syria Aid

By: Nick Cumming-Bruce Geneva — The Syria conflict is expanding the emergency needs of its population faster than international aid agencies are able to provide relief despite a big increase in aid deliveries, a top United Nations aid official warned … Continue reading

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New Fighting in Damascus After Syria Denies Attack on Civilians

By: Neil MacFarquhar BEIRUT, Lebanon — New fighting was reported in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday, a day after the government denied that it had used heavy weapons to attack a small farming community, where United Nations monitors documented … Continue reading

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Armor-backed Syrian troops enter Damascus district

AMMAN, Jordan – Syrian troops backed by armored vehicles entered the district of Midan in central Damascus on Monday to drive out rebels who have secured a foothold at a striking distance from major state installations, neighborhood activists said. In … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Assad ‘Shabiha’ loyalist: how I raped and killed for £300 a month

By: Ruth Sherlock IDLIB, Syria – Sitting in the dark, fetid cave that served as his makeshift prison, Mohammed confessed with the frankness of a man who knew he had no escape from death. For the equivalent of £300 a … Continue reading

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Syria conflict: Reports of heavy fighting in Damascus

The Syrian capital Damascus has seen some of the heaviest fighting of the conflict so far, according to reports from activists and residents. Mortar and small-arms fire was reported in several areas as government forces clashed with the Free Syrian … Continue reading

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Syria’s Collapse Could Be a Chem Weapon Nightmare

By: Kris Alexander What’s worse than a power-mad dictator with weapons of mass destruction? A power-mad dictator who may be about to lose them. This is the situation the world may soon be forced to face in Syria as the Assad … Continue reading

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