Daily Archives: September 17, 2012

54 people killed nationwide Clashes rage in Syria

Meanwhile, peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who just spent four days in Syria, was to meet with the Syria “contact group” in Cairo as it seeks ways to end the bloodbath. The district of “Midan is under the control of the … Continue reading

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Syria crisis: Middle East heavyweights hold Cairo meeting

Foreign ministers from Egypt, Turkey and Iran met in Cairo earlier today to discuss the bloody civil war in Syria, the Kuwait News Agency reported. It was the first high-level meeting between the Middle East heavyweights whose job it is … Continue reading

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UN report backs claims of war crimes in Syria

United Nations investigators say they have expanded a secret list of Syrians and military units suspected of committing war crimes during the 18-month-old conflict between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his opponents. The human rights investigators, led by Paulo Pinheiro, … Continue reading

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Syria: Assad regime forces shell Lebanese town in cross-border hunt for rebels

Syrian jets have fired on Lebanese territory in one of the most serious cross-border violations since the country was plunged into turmoil 18 months ago. Security officials said four missiles hit a remote area on the edge of the Lebanese … Continue reading

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Video: U.N. describes ‘alarming’ development in Syria

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Towns in rebel-controlled Syria experiment with self-government

The leaders of the council governing Souran, a town in rebel-controlled Syria, decide to hold an impromptu meeting right on the footpath along its main street, a gesture of open government that would impress Canada or Sweden. They draw together … Continue reading

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August produces worst toll in Syria conflict, says UN

August was the worst month for casualties so far in Syria’s 18-month conflict, the United Nations said on Monday, warning that the worsening “grim spiral of violence” could threaten the country’s neighbors. U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace … Continue reading

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Syria army retakes flashpoint Aleppo district

Syrian forces said they had secured a flashpoint district of Aleppo city on Monday after a week of fighting, although an AFP correspondent said some parts were still unsafe for residents to return. The district of “Midan is under the … Continue reading

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Magnitude of human rights violations in Syria has dramatically increased – UN panel

The scale and frequency of gross human rights violations in Syria has significantly increased in recent weeks, according to a new report by the United Nations independent panel probing abuses committed during the country’s ongoing conflict. The report of the … Continue reading

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Syria conflict: Tony Blair says ‘ramp up’ pressure

Tony Blair says pressure on President Bashar al-Assad must be stepped up, calling events in Syria “appalling”.   The former UK prime minister, who is now Middle East envoy, said leaving Syria alone would have “very brutal” and “very bloody” … Continue reading

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