Daily Archives: October 3, 2012

NATO backs Turkey in emergency summit on Syrian ‘threat’

NATO in an emergency meeting on Wednesday backed Turkey in its military response to Syrian cross border shelling that killed five Turkish nationals and called on Syria to abide by international law. NATO ambassadors met under the alliance’s article 4, … Continue reading

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Turkey strikes Syrian targets after cross-border mortar bomb kills five

By: Martin Chulov Turkey’s military have struck targets inside Syria in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory which killed five Turkish civilians, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said in a statement. The mortar fired from the … Continue reading

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Hezbollah buries top commander ‘killed in Syria’

A senior Hezbollah commander was buried in the east Lebanese Bekaa valley, the Shiite movement said on Tuesday, as Syrian rebels claimed he was killed in Syria. “Hezbollah and the people of the village of Buday…held a funeral for the … Continue reading

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Scores killed and injured in bombings that hit heart of Syria’s Aleppo

At least 40 people were killed and 90 wounded in a series of explosions in the center of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, citing medical sources. State television said four … Continue reading

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Syria refugees grateful for quiet start to school year

TRIPOLI, Lebanon – In the courtyard of a school in northern Lebanon refugee children from neighboring Syria clamor to grab one of the flags of their country’s rebellion being handed out before they enter the classroom. Rich or poor, from … Continue reading

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Austin Tice, Believed Held by Assad Forces, Said Reporting in Syria Is ‘Greatest Feeling’

By: Mike Giglio Tice’s friends remember how the ex-marine and amateur journalist seemed right at home covering the war inside Syria—staying upbeat until the day his communications stopped. Tice called going to Syria ‘the greatest thing I’ve ever done.’ Government … Continue reading

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Mortar from Syria kills at least 3 in Turkey: mayor

AKCAKALE, Turkey – Three people including a child were killed and at least nine others seriously wounded when a mortar bomb fired from Syria hit Turkey’s southeastern border region of Akcakale on Wednesday, the mayor told CNN Turk television. A Reuters witness … Continue reading

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Hezbollah commander killed while on ‘jihad duties’ in Syria

By: Martin Chulov BEIRUT, Lebanon – ONE of Hezbollah’s most senior operatives has been killed in Syria and buried in his home village in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, the militant group has confirmed. Ali Hussein Nassif, a founding member of the … Continue reading

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Bombs hit Syrian government Aleppo, many casualties

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Three bombs exploded on a main square in a government controlled central district of Syria’s second city Aleppo on Wednesday and Syrian state television said many people had been killed. Pro-government Al-Ikhbariya TV said the bombs detonated … Continue reading

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FSA openly recruiting fighters in Regime-controlled areas

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The Free Syrian Army [FSA], has stopped relying on dissident soldiers to increase its numbers and has begun openly recruiting fighters in Syrian cities and villages under the regime’s control, Asharq Al-Awsat can reveal. “A large number … Continue reading

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