Daily Archives: October 17, 2012

Syria battles rage as both sides weigh truce plan

Syrian forces on Wednesday bombarded opposition belts in the country’s battle-scarred north, as both sides indicated they are ready to explore a truce proposal floated by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Warplanes targeted a rebel blockade of a highway in Idlib … Continue reading

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A war chest for Syria’s rebels

Left on its current course, America’s sensibly cautious policy toward Syria is unfortunately going to come to an unhappy end: The jihadist wing of the opposition will just get stronger and gain more power to shape Syria’s future. But what’s … Continue reading

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Malaysia calls for easing of tension between Turkey, Syria

Malaysia has called on Turkey and Syria to resolve their differences peacefully without resorting to any military action, a statement by the Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. The statement noted that Malaysia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Hussein … Continue reading

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Caricature: Syrian BBQ – Chef Bashar Al-Asad the killer

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Syria and Turkey’s exit strategy

In Syria, as the number of dead and refugees increases, endless political and military debates ensue. Unless an important development ends this state of affairs, tragedies and controversies are likely to continue for a long time to come. There are … Continue reading

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In Syria’s war, long-repressed minority finds new freedom

Of the changes triggered by Syria’s 19-month-old uprising, few have been as sudden as the seeming empowerment of the country’s long-oppressed Kurdish minority. In what was once the headquarters of Syria’s ruling Baath Party in the town of Afrin, a Kurdish-populated town of about … Continue reading

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Long cultivated by Assad, Syria’s business elite feels squeeze of war, sanctions

  CAIRO — Syria’s wealthy, long cultivated by President Bashar Assad as a support for his regime, are seeing their businesses pummeled by the bloody civil war. Factories have been burned down or damaged in fighting. International sanctions restrict their … Continue reading

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Turkey fires back after shell from Syria lands in Hatay

Turkish military fired back after a mortar shell from Syria landed in Turkey’s Hatay province near Syrian border on Wednesday. Hatay Governor’s Office said that a mortar shell landed in a field near Hacıpaşa town of Altınözü district at 4:15 … Continue reading

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The U.S. election and the price of sitting out Syria

For the last 19 months Syria has fallen deeper and deeper into civil war. What started in March 2011 as another offshoot of the Arab Spring, the demand for freedom and reform, was met so brutally that ordinary Syrians decided … Continue reading

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Syria mediator warns conflict could consume Middle East

BEIRUT, Lebanon – International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday that Syria’s civil war risked spreading across borders into an “all-consuming” conflict unless it was eventually addressed. Brahimi, speaking after talks in Beirut, said he hoped this month’s Islamic holiday … Continue reading

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