Daily Archives: July 18, 2012

Protesters try to storm Syria embassy in Egypt

By: Aya Batrawy CAIRO — Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas to push back several hundred protesters trying to storm the Syrian Embassy in Cairo and raise the green-striped flag of Syria’s rebels. A security official says that 14 … Continue reading

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Photos Capture Devastation After Mass Killings In Tremseh

On July 12, Syrian security forces launched a devastating assault on the village of Tremseh in Syria’s Hama province. According to activists, tanks and helicopter gunships pounded the small town before it was attacked by pro-regime militiamen. More than 220 … Continue reading

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U.S. Adds Companies and Syrian Officials to Sanction List

By: Edward Wyatt WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department on Wednesday added 29 Syrian government officials and six companies with links to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to its list of entities subject to sanctions, including an asset freeze and … Continue reading

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Assessing defector Nawaf Fares’ claims

Former Syrian diplomat Nawaf Fares, who defected last week, has said President Bashar al-Assad would not shy away from using chemical weapons on his own people, and has colluded with al-Qaeda to carry out attacks. But how valid are the … Continue reading

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Plague of Thugs

By: Christian Caryl Bashar al-Assad has plenty of ways to kill people. He’s unleashed helicopter gunships and tanks against rebels in the streets of his own capital. The White House is warning Syria against the use of chemical weapons. The … Continue reading

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Syria: the carefully planned killings presage more bloodshed to come

By: Richard Spencer Initial reports emanating from state media that a suicide attacker exploding a car bomb was responsible can now be discounted. The building’s exterior was undamaged and this assault was too well-aimed. The Free Syrian Army claims it … Continue reading

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Syrian regime ‘spinning out of control’, warns US

By: Luke Harding The US has said President Bashar al-Assad was rapidly “losing control” of Syria and that the international community had to act swiftly to stop the country from descending into an all-out sectarian civil war. After a day … Continue reading

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Syria moneyman is target of anti-Assad hatred

By: Oliver Holmes and Suleiman Al-Khalidi When protesters took to the streets against the Assad family 16 months ago to launch what has become a nationwide uprising, one of their first chants was “Makhlouf is a thief.” They were referring … Continue reading

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Syria: After ‘very good’ meetings in Beijing, Ban voices hope for Security Council unity

Speaking in Beijing today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he held “very good meetings” on the situation in Syria with China’s President Hu Jintao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, and expressed the hope that the Security Council can reach agreement on … Continue reading

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Editorial: What Americans would do for Syria

By: Dina Smeltz With the fighting in Syria escalating into Damascus, there is still no consensus among U.N. Security Council members to push for sanctions or military intervention (as they did for Libya). But the results of a new survey … Continue reading

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