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Fierce fighting erupts near Damascus

Fierce fighting has been reported between Syrian troops and rebel forces in the suburbs of the capital Damascus. Witnesses say it is some of the most intense violence in the area since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began more … Continue reading

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‘Fierce clashes’ in Syria, 86 killed: NGO

Rebel forces and Syrian army units engaged in deadly combat around elite Republican Guard posts in the suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday, as 86 people were killed across the country, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights … Continue reading

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56 killed in Syria; U.N. Security Council to meet

Here is a look at key events Tuesday in the ongoing crisis in Syria: Violence – 56 people were killed Tuesday, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists. Twenty people were reported dead in … Continue reading

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Heavy fighting around Syrian capital

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian government forces battled rebels outside Damascus on Tuesday in what activists said was the worst violence in the suburbs of the capital since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago. Video published by … Continue reading

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Syrian rebels clash with Assad’s elite troops near capital, activists say

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s elite Republican Guard forces clashed with rebels outside the capital Tuesday in some of the most intense fighting involving the special forces since an uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began last year, activists said.   … Continue reading

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After 30 Years In Syria, Outspoken Priest Is Expelled

By: Deborah Amos Syria has expelled an Italian Jesuit priest for his outspoken criticism of the government’s crackdown on a popular uprising. The Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio has lived in Syria for 30 years, helping to restore a 1,000-year-old monastery that … Continue reading

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UN halts Syria work

UN observers suspended their mission to Syria on Saturday, blaming intensifying violence as troops rained shells down on rebel bastions including Homs, where the opposition warned a massacre was imminent. The United States said the decision marked a “critical juncture” … Continue reading

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Syria: Car bomb explodes in Damascus suburb

A car bomb exploded Thursday in a Damascus suburb that is home to a popular Shiite Muslim shrine, wounding at least two people, Syria’s state-run news agency SANA reported, while activists said regime troops continued shelling rebellious areas in central … Continue reading

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Syrian troops accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ by undercover Amnesty workers as Damascus is hit by devastating car bomb

Brutal Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s forces are murdering civilians in organised attacks on towns and villages that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said today. The rights group has now repeated its call for the United Nations Security Council … Continue reading

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Damascus dissent brings uprising to Assad’s gate

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN — Plainclothes police stationed near Syria’s presidential palace, a grey marble Soviet-style compound towering over Damascus, fire automatic rifles into the night as rebels encroach toward the seat of Bashar al-Assad’s power. Gunmen guarding the … Continue reading

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