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Russian ships to pick up munitions and head to Syria

Two Russian ships heading for a naval exercise off Syria this month are picking up munitions to drop at the Syrian port of Tartous, news agencies reported on Thursday. Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main foreign protector during … Continue reading

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France, European partners to review ban on arming Syria opposition

France will discuss supplying arms to Syrian opposition forces with its European partners in the coming weeks now that an opposition coalition has been established, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. France is wary of militarizing the 20-month-old conflict, … Continue reading

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Syria clashes rage as Opp appeals for arms

DAMASCUS – Syria’s new opposition chief on Tuesday called on world powers to arm President Assad’s foes, as Arab and EU leaders urged his coalition to seek broader support inside the war-torn country. While fierce clashes raged across the country, … Continue reading

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Who is arming the Syrian conflict?

By: Nick Thompson Syria’s shelling of a border town in Turkey has sparked fears that President Bashar al-Assad’s attempt to snuff out a rebellion at home could turn into a damaging regional war between the two neighbors. Five civilians, all women and … Continue reading

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Iraq searches Syria-bound Iran plane

Iraq stopped and searched a Syria-bound Iranian cargo plane for weapons on Tuesday, but allowed it to continue as no prohibited items were found, Iraqi officials said. Washington has been pressuring Baghdad to ensure that all Iranian planes flying through … Continue reading

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Iraq to check Syria-bound Iran flights for arms: Zebari

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Iraq will ask Syria-bound Iranian planes passing through its airspace to land for random inspections after Washington said they could be ferrying arms to Damascus, the Iraqi foreign minister said in an interview. U.S. officials had … Continue reading

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West Accuses Iran of Shipping Arms to Syria

The four Western powers trying to rein in Iran’s nuclear program accused Tehran on Thursday of shipping arms to Syria in violation of U.N. sanctions and ignoring demands to open key nuclear facilities to U.N. inspectors. The United States, Britain, … Continue reading

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Digital-Camera Scopes vs. Cluster Bombs in Syria’s Lopsided Civil War

On one side of the Syrian rebellion: guns that use digital camera zooms for their scopes; soldered lengths of pipe transformed into explosive shells; Howitzers rescued from the scrap heap. On the other side: what appear to be bombs that … Continue reading

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New sanctions target Syria’s arms suppliers

The Obama administration moved Wednesday to punish companies from Belarus and Iran for allegedly providing Syria with weapons and communications gear used to battle rebels in the country’s 18-month-old civil war. Treasury Department officials also announced sanctions against a Syrian … Continue reading

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Israel, Syria trade accusations at U.N. nuclear meeting

Syria, itself suspected of illicit nuclear activity, accused the West at a major U.N. meeting on Wednesday of double standards in implicitly condoning an Israeli atomic arsenal and warned of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Israel hit … Continue reading

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