Daily Archives: August 23, 2012

Son of late Chechen warlord reported killed in Syria

The son of a late Chechen rebel warlord has been killed in Syria by government forces battling a rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad, Russian media and websites sympathetic to Islamist insurgents in Russia’s Caucasus region reported. Rustam Gelayev was killed … Continue reading

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Robert Fisk: Aleppo’s poor get caught in the crossfire of Syria’s civil war

In Aleppo, the rich have already left, the middle classes stay at home and the poor suffer. You only have walk through the old French park beside Saadalah al-Jabri Square to meet them, three families of 19 souls, the women … Continue reading

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Military hits town near Damascus, 100 killed in Syria

Troops and tanks swept into a restive town near Damascus on Thursday in an assault aimed at crushing opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, whose struggle to keep power has dragged Syria into an increasingly bloody civil war. Artillery and helicopters … Continue reading

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West could intervene on use of chemical weapons in Syria

David Cameron joined Barack Obama yesterday in warning the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapons would be “unacceptable” and hinted that it could prompt Western military intervention. Western leaders – criticised for failing to find a solution to … Continue reading

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France wants to study partial Syria no-fly zone

France’s defense minister said Thursday that the international community should consider enforcing a no-fly zone over parts of Syria. Jean-Yves Le Drian said completely closing Syria’s airspace was equivalent to “going to war” and would require a willing international coalition … Continue reading

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Japanese Journalist’s Final Report From Syria Is Released After Her Death

By Robert Mackey Two days after the Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto was shot and killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, her news agency released some of the footage she recorded in her final hours. The video, posted online with subtitles … Continue reading

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Austin Tice: ‘It’s nice and all, but please quit telling me to be safe.’

The following was posted by Austin Tice on his Facebook page on July 25. It is republished here with the permission of his parents. It’s nice and all, but please quit telling me to be safe. Against my better judgment, … Continue reading

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Heavy Fighting in Syrian Capital

Parts of Syria’s capital were under siege Thursday, with pitched fighting reported between Syrian government forces and rebels. Activists reported shelling and house-to-house raids in Daraya, on the edge of Damascus, as well as clashes in the city’s Hajar al-Aswad … Continue reading

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Fighting Across Syria As Last UN Monitors Leave

BEIRUT — Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopters broke into a Damascus suburb on Thursday following two days of shelling and intense clashes as part of a widening offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces to seize control of parts … Continue reading

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Damascus onslaught as regime forces go house-to-house for rebels

Syrian army shells crashed into southern Damascus yesterday and helicopters fired rockets and machineguns in the heaviest bombardment of the city this month. “The whole of Damascus is shaking with the sound of shelling,” said a woman in the Kfar … Continue reading

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