Daily Archives: August 16, 2012

FSA claims killed 35 Syrian government soldiers and seized anti-aircraft weapons

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) said Thursday that it has killed 35 soldiers from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Aleppo, and showed a video of weapons it claimed to have seized from the embattled regime in Damascus. The FSA’s Abu … Continue reading

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Lebanese clan calls halt to abductions

BEIRUT, Lebanon – A Lebanese Shi’ite clan that abducted more than 20 Syrian opposition activists and a Turk declared an end to its wave of hostage-taking on Thursday, saying it had enough hostages to press for the release of a … Continue reading

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Syria: Bashar al-Assad’s brother Maher ‘loses leg’

Maher al-Assad, the brother of Bashar, lost a leg in an attack in Damascus last month, it has been claimed. A diplomat told the Reuters news agency that Maher lost a leg during an explosion when the regime’s security cabinet … Continue reading

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Syria rebels organize towns without Assad

By: Suleiman Al-Khalidi DARAT AZZAH, Syria – In the Syrian town of Darat Azzah, a secondary school has turned into a police station, a courthouse and a temporary town hall run by the rebels who are seeking to end President … Continue reading

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UN to Discuss Future of Syria Monitoring Mission

By: Alex Villarreal A day after a bombing near the U.N. observer headquarters in Damascus, the United Nations Security Council is meeting to discuss the future of the monitoring mission in Syria, whose mandate is set to expire on Sunday. … Continue reading

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Lebanon kidnap sparks fears of Syria spillover

By: Dominic Evans and Hadeel Al Shalchi Gulf Arab states began evacuating their citizens from Lebanon on Thursday after kidnappings linked to Syria’s civil war showed violence has begun to spread across a region torn by sectarian divisions. Lebanese Shi’ite … Continue reading

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Syria crisis humanitarian impact doubles, U.N. official says, 2.5M affected

By: George Baghdadi DAMASCUS, Syria – United Nations emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos said Thursday in Damascus that the humanitarian impact of Syria’s civil war had more than doubled in four months, and that the spiraling violence was blocking the … Continue reading

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UN to debate setting up a new office to support peace efforts in Syria after observers leave

The Security Council on Thursday will debate whether to establish a new civilian office to support U.N. and Arab League efforts to end the 18-month conflict in Syria as the U.N. military observer mission comes to an end Sunday. The … Continue reading

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Editorial: Column: Richard Cohen says U.S. blew it in Syria

The awful things that could have happened had the United States intervened in Syria are now happening anyway. The insurrection has become a civil war. Neighboring countries are being dragged in. A refugee crisis has been created. Jihadists have entered … Continue reading

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US hails OIC for suspending Syria

The United States commended Muslim states for suspending Syria’s membership in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, saying it sent a “strong message” to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “Today’s action underscores the Assad regime’s increasing international isolation and the widespread support … Continue reading

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