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‘Liberate Damascus’ operation underway in Syria

The fiercest fighting so far has been reported in Damascus by Syrian opposition activists who claim that an operation to ‘Liberate Damascus’ is currently underway despite the ongoing threat of chemical weapons possibly being used by President Assad’s regime. The … Continue reading

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‘Russia is not naive, it knows Assad will soon leave’

Russia’s current policy in Syria is in contradiction with almost the entire Middle East, which is not normal as Moscow traditionally has very good relations with the Arab world, Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs told me yesterday. “There … Continue reading

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Syrian forces attack town, Assad boasts of survival

By: Mariam Karouny and Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian troops pushed into the rebel-held northern town of Khan Sheikhoun on Thursday, activists said, as President Bashar al-Assad said he would have been toppled like the shah of Iran if his people had not … Continue reading

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Russia says no plan to offer Syria’s Assad asylum

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia dismissed suggestions on Thursday that it was planning to offer political asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said two prominent opposition leaders were coming to Moscow for talks next week. “It (the rumor of Russia granting … Continue reading

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Assad loses control over 60 pct of Syria

Secretary General of the Syrian Turkmen Population said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had lost control over 60 percent of Syria. Secretary General of the Syrian Turkmen Population, Dr. Muhammad Sheikh Ibrahim, said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had … Continue reading

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Syria, jihad and the boys from Tunisia’s Ben Guerdane

“It’s not acceptable,” says the young Tunisian from behind his wispy beard. “No human on this planet will accept it, and no Arab.” In crushing a nationwide uprising, Bashar Al Assad has insulted Islam by destroying mosques while followers of … Continue reading

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Assad says he regrets Syria forces shot down Turkish fighter jet

Bashar al-Assad has said that Syrian air defence forces shot down a Turkish fighter last week because they believed it was an Israeli aircraft and expressed the hope that tensions would not escalate further. The Syrian president’s comments, which fell … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch report outlines torture in Syrian detention centers

In an effort to suppress opposition against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Syria has been running a network of 27 torture centers, the international Human Rights Watch announced Tuesday in a report. The report, titled “Torture Archipelago,” is based upon interviews … Continue reading

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France says Geneva Syria plans implies Assad must go

PARIS, France – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that a text agreed by members of the U.N. Security Council in Geneva on a political transition for Syria implied that President Bashar al-Assad would have to step down. World powers … Continue reading

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Assad’s forces on offensive; Moscow defends him again

By: Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian forces swept through the corpse-strewn streets of nearly-deserted opposition districts on the outskirts of the capital on Sunday, as the conflict enters a new phase of heavier fighting near Bashar al-Assad’s seat of … Continue reading

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