Daily Archives: October 25, 2012

How will Syria mark Eid al-Adha?

Damascus residents reported artillery barrages by Syrian troops hours before Friday’s scheduled start of a ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. They said that on Thursday night troops stationed on a mountain overlooking the Syrian capital targeted … Continue reading

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Syria rebels report advances in Aleppo

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Rebels seized two northern districts in Syria’s largest city Aleppo on Thursday, activists said, on the eve of a proposed truce for a Muslim religious holiday. “We have just liberated Ashrafiyeh and the Syriac quarter,” a rebel … Continue reading

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FSA close to securing “buffer zone” in northern Syria

By: Paula Astatih and Sami Amara BEIRUT, Lebanon – Al-Assad regime forces withdrew from the city of Harem in Idlib Governorate on Tuesday following prolonged bloody clashes there. Following this, the Free Syrian Army [FSA] announced that it had been … Continue reading

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Bleary-Eyed Syrian Troops Fight a Building at a Time

By: Janine Di Giovanni HOMS, Syria — For more than 24 hours, President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers fought their way through this city, bleary-eyed men, worn down by months of combat. Afraid to go into the streets, where snipers pick their … Continue reading

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Manu Brabo, Associated Press photographer, talks about his time in Syria

Manu Brabo is a photographer who recently returned from Aleppo where he was covering the civil war for the Associated Press. We emailed him six questions about his experiences on the front line. In recent images from Aleppo, you get … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera TV channel: Syrian insurgents shoot down Air Force helicopter

Syrian insurgents have shot down an Air Force helicopter, Al Jazeera TV channel said today. According to the TV channel, the helicopter was shot down near the city of Idlib. The Syrian authorities have not yet confirmed this information. Previously, … Continue reading

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Syria government indicates accepts holiday truce: Russia

By: Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has indicated to Russia that it will accept U.N.-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s proposal for a Muslim holiday ceasefire in Syria, Moscow’s U.N. envoy said on … Continue reading

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US cool on military options against Syria

The United States is eager hear from Turkish figures about the Syrian conflict, yet the same willingness does not apply to Washington’s prospects for a military option in Syria, a top U.S. general has implicitly indicated to Turkish academics. Although … Continue reading

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Spiraling Syria violence pulls friends apart

Turkey-Syria ties, once crowned by a close friendship between the two countries’ leaders and joint ministerial meetings, have hit rock bottom as spiraling violence engulfs Syria and a Syrian shelling killed five Turks earlier this month. When Tunisian fruit vendor … Continue reading

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Syria, ‘most’ rebels agree to truce

DAMASCUS – Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday that Syria and “most” rebel chiefs have agreed to a truce this week, boosting hopes of a breakthrough in the conflict, but the main armed opposition group was sceptical. Syria itself … Continue reading

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