Daily Archives: July 17, 2012

Syria Believed to be Moving “Some” Chemical Weapons

By: Barbara Starr The United States believes Syria has moved “some” chemical weapons in recent days, a U.S. official told CNN on Friday. The stockpile is believed to be is under the control of regime forces, the source said. The … Continue reading

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Captured Shabiha Assad Loyalist in Detention Center Admits to Rape and Murder

A July 14 story in The Telegraph (UK) included confessions of rape and murder from an Assad supporter, as well as the claim that he received a salary of 30,000 Syrian pounds (US$466) each month to act indiscriminately, with a … Continue reading

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UN says Syrian refugees almost tripled to 112,000

GENEVA — The United Nations says the number of Syrian refugees who have sought help from it since April has almost tripled to 112,000. The U.N. refugee agency says women and children make up three-quarters of the Syrians who it … Continue reading

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Arming for the Syrian War: Do Soaring Prices Predict Escalating Conflict?

ISLAHIYE, Turkey — Abu Hamed, a former Syrian Army captain who is now a guerrilla commander fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, sat cross-legged in a tent in a refugee camp this week, echoing one of the Syrian opposition’s most … Continue reading

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Clashes spread to new areas in Syrian capital

By: Zeina Karam BEIRUT — Syrian government forces attacked rebels with helicopter gunships in the heart of Damascus on Tuesday, escalating a campaign to crush their opponents as clashes spread to new areas, illustrating the rebels’ growing reach. Cracks of … Continue reading

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Just How Deadly Is Assad’s Arsenal?

By: John Reed Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Syria’s government has been moving its stockpile of chemical weapons — thought to be the world’s largest. It is not clear whether the regime is preparing to use them … Continue reading

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Syria United Nations Vote Delayed

By: Alex Spillius Western allies are determined to push ahead with a resolution, seen by The Daily Telegraph, that would trigger sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN charter if the Syrian army does not withdraw its troops to barracks … Continue reading

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Hollande says Syrian defector Tlas is in France

A Syrian general and one-time friend of President Bashar al-Assad who fled Damascus this month is in France, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. General Manaf Tlas, a member of Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority, had been reported to be in … Continue reading

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Pilot’s Escape from Syria Illustrates Difficulty of Defecting

By: Liz Sly ALTINOZU, Turkey — When helicopter pilot Ahmad Trad decided he wanted to defect from the Syrian air force earlier this year, he realized it wasn’t going to be easy. His Damascus air base was closely monitored, he … Continue reading

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Video: Interview with Cartoonist Ali Ferzat (English Subtitles)

1st Episode of SAMAR MEDIA’s series of interviews on Cartoonists from the Arab World.

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