Daily Archives: July 22, 2012

Video: CNN – More Syrians Abandoning their Homes

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Unrest at 2 refugee camps in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says Turkish security forces have used tear gas, batons and shots fired into the air to quell unrest at two camps housing Syrian refugees. More than 43,000 Syrians have taken refuge in eight … Continue reading

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Malaysia to evacuate students, close Syria embassy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s government says it is shutting its embassy in Syria and evacuating more than 130 students and diplomats because of the escalating civil war. Foreign Minister Anifah Aman says the Malaysian ambassador to Damascus and four … Continue reading

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Family photo album gives insight into Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s private life

By: Nick Meo Some believe that Bashar and Asma al-Assad are hiding in a bunker deep beneath Damascus, others that the Syrian president and his wife have relocated to a heavily protected palace in the loyalist city of Latakia. And … Continue reading

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Syrian Army Overruns Damascus District

Members of a Syrian army division under the command of President Bashar al-Assad’s brother drove rebels out of the northern Damascus district of Barzeh on Sunday and summarily executed several young men, a witness and opposition activists said. “At least … Continue reading

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Fleeing Syrian Kurds seek refuge with Iraqi brethren

By: Patrick Markey Syrian troops usually came before dawn, rounding up young Kurdish men to force them into an army they did not see as their own and into a fight for a government that treated them as outsiders. When … Continue reading

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Amid violence, Syrians race to borders

By: Joe Sterling The Syrian cab driver tolerated beatings, arrests and daily indignities during the country’s 16 months of turmoil. But after a rocket struck his house in the Daraa province city of Herak last week, the man and his … Continue reading

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Syrian death toll tops 19,000, say activists

An activist group claims that more than 2,750 people have been killed in Syria so far this month, bringing the death toll since the conflict began to more than 19,000. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said if the current … Continue reading

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Bashar al-Assad’s Syria is now in a death spiral

By: Jamie Denselow The combination of increasing defections, battles in the capital city and the assassination of senior regime figures have seemingly put Assad’s rule into a death spiral, says Jamie Denselow. Damascus had been largely kept apart from the … Continue reading

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Syrian forces bombard Damascus, fight rages in Aleppo

By: Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Dominic Evans BAB-AL SALAM, Syria – Syrian forces bombarded parts of Damascus with helicopter gunships on Sunday, witnesses said, rounding people up as troops clawed back territory a week after opposition fighters launched a major assault on … Continue reading

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