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Syria ceasefire undermined by Rastan clashes

Syrian rebels have reportedly killed at least 23 soldiers in battles around the town of Rastan just north of Homs. Several civilians also reportedly died. Activists say government forces began bombarding the town on Sunday night. According to the UK-based … Continue reading

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Syria troops storm village, month-old truce in tatters

Regime forces stormed a village in central Syria on Sunday, killing five civilians, wounding 18 and setting houses on fire, monitors said, as a UN-backed truce entered a second month looking in tatters. The assault on Al-Tamanaa Al-Ghab village in … Continue reading

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At least 23 killed across Syria

The fresh wave of bloodletting came as the UN mission in Syria said it now has 189 military observers on the ground, nearly two-thirds of its planned strength of 300. The observers are tasked with shoring up a ceasefire brokered … Continue reading

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Annan’s Mission Impossible

By: Salman Shaikh The world is learning hard lessons in Syria. The United States has already admitted that the mission of U.N. and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan is likely to fail, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

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Rebel chief Riad al-Asaad ‘threatens new Syria attacks’

Syria’s rebel leader has threatened to resume attacks because President Bashar Assad’s government has not honoured a ceasefire, a pan-Arab newspaper reported today. Free Syrian Army chief Riad al-Asaad told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that “our people are demanding … Continue reading

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‘Race against time’ to stop full Syria war: UN chief

International powers are “in a race against time” to prevent all-out civil war in Syria, where the government could use the presence of ceasefire observers to prepare a new assault, UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned. Speaking ahead of a key … Continue reading

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Head of U.N. force in Syria says monitors’ presence has cut government violence

The United Nations general leading the mission to monitor a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in Syria said Thursday that he believed the mission was beginning to have an effect. “Since I arrived on Sunday, we’ve seen less mortar fire and less shelling,” … Continue reading

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Syrian cease-fire violations deepen gloom over options for ousting Assad

Western hopes for salvaging a nearly four-week-old cease-fire in Syria have all but evaporated, as new assessments raise fresh doubts about the prospects for the U.N.-brokered accord and the chances for removing the country’s repressive leadership in the near term, … Continue reading

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Monitors find tanks, angry residents in Syria town

UN ceasefire monitors, in the Syrian town of Douma yesterday, saw that the army had not withdrawn tanks in line with a truce agreement and were confronted by residents who complained that the UN observers were just “watching us die”. … Continue reading

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White House: Time to try another tactic in Syria

WASHINGTON—It may be time for the world to acknowledge that a cease-fire is not holding in Syria, and that it is time to try another approach to stop the violence, the White House said Thursday. “If the regime’s intransigence continues, … Continue reading

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