Daily Archives: August 14, 2012

Caricature: Syria’s Children

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Assad regime ‘controls less than a third of Syria’, claims former premier

The former Syrian Prime Minister yesterday delivered a withering assessment of the regime’s grip on power, describing it as on the brink of collapse with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in control just a third of the country. In his first … Continue reading

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Assad’s Regime ‘Cracked,’ Syrian Defector Says

As a furious volley of firepower hit the streets of Aleppo, Syria, today, the country’s former prime minister spoke out for the first time since his defection. Ex-Prime Minister Riyad Hijab said that President Bashar al-Assad’s control was crumbling. “The regime is … Continue reading

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Syria fears over Sydney shooting

by: Police Reporter Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Danuta Kozaki Police are investigating whether tensions over the conflict in Syria are to blame for four shootings around Bankstown in south-western Sydney. The ABC understands up to 20 men were having a barbecue … Continue reading

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Syria: Libyan veterans add steel to rebel army trying to oust Assad

Veteran fighters of last year’s civil war in Libya are training rebels fighting to overthrow president Bashar al-Assad. Irish-Libyan fighter Hussam “Sam” Najjar, whose mother was Irish, was part of the rebel unit that stormed Col Muammar al-Gaddafi’s compound in … Continue reading

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Assad’s Aleppo focus allows rebel gains in Syria’s east

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Jordan – As President Bashar al-Assad has concentrated his forces on wresting back control of Syria’s business hub Aleppo, rebels have slowly gained ground in the eastern tribal heartland where the big prize is the … Continue reading

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Russian official: Assad ready to go, brother lost legs

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is ready to give up his powers, said the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mikhail Bogdanov, according to the Saudi Al-Watan newspaper. Bogdanov told the Arabic daily that now the only role of Russia is … Continue reading

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Assad’s rule disintegrating, ex-PM says after defecting

By: Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Hadeel Al Shalchi ALEPPO, Syria – President Bashar al-Assad controls less than a third of Syria and his power is crumbling, his former prime minister said on Tuesday, in his first public appearance since he defected to the … Continue reading

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Panetta: Syria no-fly zone not on front burner

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says plans to set up a no-fly zone over parts of Syria are “not on the front burner,” despite persistent calls from rebel forces there that they need the added protection from escalating regime airstrikes. In … Continue reading

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Ex-Prime Minister of Syria Assails Assad Government

By: DAMIEN CAVE and DALAL MAWAD BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s former prime minister, who fled the country last week, said on Tuesday in his first public appearance since his defection that the government of President Bashar al-Assad was crumbling internally … Continue reading

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