Daily Archives: October 7, 2012

Syria rebels braced for long haul in Aleppo

Syrian rebels, lacking heavy arms and air power, are braced for the long haul as they struggle to take on army strongholds in the city of Aleppo such as the Citadel and Umayyad Mosque. At the end of another day … Continue reading

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Assad’s agents killed son of Syria’s grand mufti: leaked files

Thousands of Syrians have been killed since the outbreak of an uprising in mid-March 2011 and dozens of those were murdered with clear orders from the Syrian regime, “top secret” files obtained by Al Arabiya have revealed. Since Al Arabiya … Continue reading

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Iran seeks Turkish mediation for release of hostages in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has once again called for Turkey’s assistance to secure the release of 48 Iranian hostages being held by the Syrian opposition forces, according to an Iranian news agency. Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported … Continue reading

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Border villages front lines in Syria war

The northeastern border with Syria was once porous but calm, with smugglers regularly ferrying food and fuel between the two countries. But now, the dynamics have changed: Fighters and weapons have replaced consumer goods as the hot commodities, and fighting … Continue reading

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First camp for refugees in Syria rises tent by tent

Bulldozers level the ground and volunteers brave stormy winds to erect tent by tent what engineers say is the first initiative to build a refugee camp inside war-torn Syrian territory. Contractors say it will be the biggest camp for displaced … Continue reading

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Rebels seize Syrian army outpost at Turkey border

By: Hamdi Istanbullu GUVECCI, Turkey – Syrian rebels have seized a government army outpost near the Turkish border province of Hatay and a rebel flag flew over the building on Sunday, while clashes could be heard in the area of … Continue reading

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Assad’s cousin, Housam, captured by opposition brigade: senior preacher

Syrian opposition forces have captured Housam al-Assad, the cousin of the embattled President Bashar al-Assad, a senior religious figure has announced. Assad’s cousin was captured by al-Farouq brigade of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Sheikh Adnan Al Arour, a Sunni … Continue reading

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In Syria’s east, the revolution’s strengths are largely ignored

By: Hassan Hassan Haidar Ali Al Fandi, a doctor I knew during my university studies in Damascus, was killed in the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor two weeks ago. According to activists, security forces raided his home and shot him … Continue reading

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Qatar urges Syrian rebels not to kill Iranian prisoners

By: Mahmoud Habboush DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Qatar, a major supporter of Syrian rebels, urged them on Sunday not to kill Iranians seized two months ago near Damascus, after the captors threatened to start killing their 48 prisoners. Qatari … Continue reading

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Assad’s agents killed son of Syria’s grand mufti: leaked ‘top secret’ files

Thousands of Syrians have been killed since the outbreak of an uprising in mid-March 2011 and dozens of those were murdered with clear orders from the Syrian regime, “top secret” files obtained by Al Arabiya have revealed. Since Al Arabiya … Continue reading

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