Daily Archives: October 16, 2012

FSA captures two pilots after shooting down their plane near Aleppo

The opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured on Tuesday two pilots of the Syrian air force after shooting down their plane on the outskirts of the commercial hub city of Aleppo, Turkey’s state-run Andalou news agency reported. Bassam al-Dada, the … Continue reading

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Historic, once-bustling bazaar in Syria now a battleground

The familiar passageways have turned hostile, the comforting labyrinth now a maze of menace. But Abu Taher threaded his way Tuesday through the alleys of Aleppo’s ancient Souk Madina, past piles of debris and charred storefronts, determined to see whether … Continue reading

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Syria: Iraqi Shiites join forces with Assad

IRAQI Shiite militants, loyal to Iran’s religious leader, are fighting in Syria, alongside president Bashar al-Assad’s troops, according to sources in Iraq. Iraqi Shiite militia involvement in Syria’s conflict exposes how rapidly the crisis has spiralled into a proxy war … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Erdoğan moots three-way regional talks on Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday he had suggested to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad three-way talks including Egypt on the Syria crisis, given the apparent Saudi objection to Iranian involvement in a current quartet. Egypt formed that … Continue reading

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Richard Cohen: Empty talk on Syria

In the frantic search for bipartisan agreement in Washington, I can report something of a breakthrough. Although they will not admit it, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama agree on what to do about the Syrian civil war: Let the … Continue reading

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Foreign ministry demands answers to Egyptian deaths in Syria

The foreign ministry is demanding answers from Damascus into the death of three Egyptians in Homs and Aleppo as the UN special envoy to Syria visits Cairo. Egypt’s foreign ministry announced on Tuesday it had requested the Syrian government explain … Continue reading

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Turkey Hits ‘Limit’ of Syrian Refugees

By: Joe Parkinson and Ayla Albayrak The number of Syrian refugees entering Turkey has exceeded Ankara’s “psychological limit” of 100,000, officials said, underscoring concerns that the country might not be able to cope with a flow of people that shows … Continue reading

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Video: Syria envoy calls for Eid ceasefire

The UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria has called for a temporary halt to the fighting during the Muslim holiday of Eid, which starts next week. But inside Syria – neither side is showing any signs of compromise, as Charles Stratford … Continue reading

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