Daily Archives: September 18, 2012

Video: Syrian refugees find safety but little hope

Source: The Washington Post

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Turkish Polls Show Waning Support for Ankara’s Syria Policy

A recent opinion poll in Turkey found that only 18 percent of Turks back their government’s support for the Syrian opposition. The poll was the latest in the last few months showing a collapse in public support and putting pressure … Continue reading

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Syria: Conflating Spaces: Syrian Rebels and Refugees in South Turkey

By Kristian Berg Harpviken and Mark Naftalin for ISN Security Watch There are worrying signs that refugee camps in Turkey are being used by Syria’s armed opposition. Not only does this violate basic humanitarian principles but it alters the dynamics … Continue reading

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Refugee camp children bear the emotional and physicial scars of Syria’s civil war

The Syrian civil war began as a popular uprising a year and a half ago against the 42-year dictatorship of the Assad family. It’s estimated 20,000 Syrians have been killed and untold numbers of families are fleeing. Islahiye Camp is … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Indiscriminate government attacks are maiming, terrorizing Syria civilians

The Syrian government has carried out indiscriminate air bombardments and artillery strikes on residential areas that do not target opposition fighters or military objectives, and instead appear aimed solely at punishing civilians seen as sympathetic to rebel forces, Amnesty International … Continue reading

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Assad’s sister defects amid ‘disputes’ between ruling Alawites: source

Bushra al-Assad, the sister of the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has fled Syria with her children, weeks after her husband and ‘guaranteed’ protector Assef Shawqat, who was the deputy chief of staff of the Syrian Armed Forces, was killed … Continue reading

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Border clashes in Syria rage amid reports Assad tested chemical weapons system

Intense fighting raged on Tuesday between Syrian troops and rebels at the Tel Abyad border gate along the Turkish border and some houses in the town of Akcakale on the Turkish side have been hit by stray bullets, a Turkish … Continue reading

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Video: U.N. envoy’s hope for Syria refugees’ return

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Sanctions reach only so far in Syria

By: Louise Osborne It has been just over a year since the United States and Europe announced sanctions against the regime of Bashar Assad to end the violence in Syria. Yet Assad remains in power, and the killings have not … Continue reading

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Syria carries out chemical weapons drill

By: Adrian Blomfield The Syrian army, under the supervision of Iranian advisers, has reportedly tested a missile system designed to fire poison gas shells at a suspected chemical weapons site near Aleppo. Five or six shells capable of delivering chemical … Continue reading

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