Daily Archives: August 17, 2012

Meeting in Syria called off as states refuse to attend

Syrian troops and rebels clashed near Aleppo’s civilian and military airports east of the city yesterday, as Russia cancelled a meeting of the international contact group when western members refused to attend. The government has attempted to keep the city’s … Continue reading

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Video: From Beneath the Heaps – Episode 3 A Fighter’s Break

This episodes shows the life of the Free Syrian Army, how they spend their days when they are not on the battlefield, and how they are happy, even with this hardship that the entire country is experiencing.

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Video: CNN – American Ready to Fight in Syria

An American who fought alongside rebels in Libya is now heading to fight and film in Syria. CNN’s Nick Valencia reports.

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Syrian rebels’ morale deflated by warplanes

By: Hugh Naylor Azzaz – Sheared-off apartment walls, homes reduced to rubble and bodies trapped under layers of concrete and twisted metal. The destruction from an air raid that killed more than 40 people is a stark reminder to the … Continue reading

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Clashes Near Airport in Contested Aleppo

By: Brian Murphy BEIRUT — Government troops fought back rebels near the airport of battle-scarred Aleppo, Syria’s state media said Friday, in the first official acknowledgement combat had neared a strategic gateway to the country’s largest city. As fighting raged … Continue reading

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UN names Algerian diplomat as Syria envoy; refugee crisis dire

The United Nations on Friday confirmed that veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi would become the new international mediator on Syria, as the 17-month-old conflict slid deeper into civil war and refugees fled to Turkey in increasing numbers. Brahimi, who hesitated … Continue reading

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Syria’s youth found peaceful protest ‘became irrelevant’

By: Phil Sands No great soul-searching accompanied his transformation from peaceful demonstrator to rebel with the Free Syrian Army; it is a path many of his friends had already taken. Arrested for protesting in the Damascus suburb of Dummar, Mohammed, … Continue reading

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First Syrian in space joins revolt against Assad

A Syrian astronaut who was part of a Soviet space mission a quarter of a century ago condemned the world’s failure to stem violence in his home country on Friday and urged President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents to keep up their … Continue reading

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Algerian diplomat is U.N.’s new Syria envoy

An Algerian diplomat has been appointed to replace Kofi Annan as the special U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria. He is Lakhdar Brahimi, Eduardo Del Buey, the spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Friday. Brahimi previously was a … Continue reading

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Syria reports clashes near airport in contested Aleppo

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian forces battled rebels near the airport in war-battered Aleppo, Syria’s state media said Friday, in the first official acknowledgment that fighting has reached the doorstep of the strategic site in the country’s largest city.   In … Continue reading

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