Daily Archives: August 12, 2012

Syrian rebels need no-fly zone-opposition leader

By: Hadeel Al Shalchi ALEPPO, Syria – Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said on Sunday. Battles … Continue reading

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Turkey signals to US, may go ahead ‘solo’ with safety zones in Syria

By: Lamiya Adilgizi and Servet Yanatma ISTANBUL, Turkey – While NATO allies Turkey and the US have started synchronizing their contingency operation plans for Syria amid the influx of thousands of refugees into Turkey in recent days, Turkey has made … Continue reading

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Rebels create new political system in north Syria

AZAZ, Syria – Residents of this north Syrian border town like to snap photos of their children atop the tank parked downtown, one of more than a dozen captured or destroyed by rebels in the battles last month that “liberated” … Continue reading

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Video: Syria rebels get limited support in Aleppo

Locals in Aleppo have kept distance from rebels fighting for control of country’s largest city. In the battle to control Aleppo, rebel fighters are facing the Syrian military with limited support from locals. Some residents give them food and shelter … Continue reading

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Senior Syrian policeman defects – opposition

AMMAN, Jordan – The deputy police commander for the central Syrian province of Homs has defected to Jordan, an opposition source said on Sunday, further undermining President Bashar al-Assad as he struggles to crush an uprising against his rule. “Brigadier … Continue reading

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Blasts, gunfire hit Damascus in blow to Assad regime

DAMASCUS, Syria — Gunmen detonated back-to-back roadside bombs and clashed with police in central Damascus Saturday in attacks that caused no damage but highlighted the ability of rebels to breach the intense security near President Bashar Assad’s power bases. The … Continue reading

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Syria: Chemical Weapons ‘Could Be Used’

Hilary Clinton and Turkey’s foreign minister have said they are planning for every eventuality in Syria, including the possibility chemical weapons could be used. The US Secretary of State is holding talks in Istanbul to discuss the deepening crisis and … Continue reading

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Arab foreign ministers postpone Syria meet

Arab foreign ministers postponed a planned meeting on the Syrian conflict that had been due to take place in Saudi Arabia later on Sunday, a top Arab League official said. Ministers had been due to meet in in the Red … Continue reading

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Baird: Situation in Syria ‘tremendously horrifying’

The situation in Syria is “tremendously horrifying,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said on Saturday as Canada pledged a new round of funding to help those affected by the crisis. The ongoing battle between rebels and the military that has … Continue reading

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U.S., Turkey to study Syria no-fly zone

The United States and Turkey indicated they were studying a range of possible measures over Syria, including a no-fly zone, as battles between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces shook Aleppo and the heart of Damascus. U.S. Secretary of State … Continue reading

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