Daily Archives: October 8, 2012

Canadian mother vows to rejoin Syrian civil war to help rebels in fight against Assad

Thwaiba Kanafani shuffles around her cozy east Toronto apartment, daughter Gazal trailing at her side, pulling at her pink and white fleece: “Mama, Mama,” she calls. The three-year-old girl clamours briefly into her mother’s arms, then settles at a toddler-sized … Continue reading

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Showing new confidence, Romney casts White House as weak on Syria; Obama looks to regroup

Republican Mitt Romney, flashing new confidence on the campaign trail as polls showed him gaining ground in a tight race, assailed President Barack Obama’s leadership in the Middle East and declared the U.S. must join other nations in helping arm … Continue reading

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In Syria, a rebellion calls for revolutionary measures

The crack of a sniper rifle and the boom of exploding shells seemed to take turns as Hanadi slipped out of the apartment and onto the dark street. Seconds later, a shell landed nearby and Hanadi groaned, worried that the … Continue reading

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New Syria shell draws Turkish fire after UN warning

Turkey bombarded Syrian army positions afresh on Monday in response to what Turkish officials said was a new shell strike on a border town, just hours after UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned of the dangers. Ban said there was a … Continue reading

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Romney: Obama ‘has failed to lead’ in Syria, Middle East

US President Barack Obama has “failed to lead in Syria” and the broader Middle East, and strains between his administration and ally Israel are emboldening Iran, White House hopeful Mitt Romney warned Monday. Making the case in a major foreign … Continue reading

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Turkey, Syria trade fire; border tensions mount

By: Mehmet Guzel and Zeina Karam AKCAKALE, Turkey — Turkey and Syria fired artillery and mortars across their volatile border for a fifth consecutive day on Sunday, in one of the most serious and prolonged flare-ups of violence along the … Continue reading

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Syria agrees to buffer zone along Turkish border, say reports

By: Martin Chulov BEIRUT, Lebanon – Turkish media says deal struck in wake of this week’s deadly border shelling incident which killed five Turkish civilians. Syria has agreed to keep its forces six miles (10km) from the Turkish border in the … Continue reading

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The Battle for Aleppo

By: Jonathan Spyer ALEPPO, Syria – The area around Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is famous for the Dead Cities, a group of about 700 abandoned settlements, empty since the 10th century. These were once of great interest to archaeologists. Today, … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney: arm the Syrian rebels

By: Ewen MacAskill WASHINGTON DC, United States – Republican presidential candidate is to call for an escalation of the conflict in Syria in a major foreign policy address. Mitt Romney will call for an escalation of the conflict in Syria by arming rebels … Continue reading

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Syria’s Up-and-Coming Rebels: Who Are the Farouq Brigades?

By: Rania Abouzeid RAQQA, Syria – The four men had journeyed for seven hours by bus from the southern Turkish city of Antakya for a meeting they considered crucial. It was about to take place on the patio of a … Continue reading

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