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Syria Eid al-Adha ceasefire marred by clashes

Syrian activists have reported a series of clashes in violation of a ceasefire to mark a four-day Islamic holiday.     Violence appeared to have died down as the ceasefire period began on Friday morning, before reports of fighting in … Continue reading

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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 activists record all they can for history’s sake

As his camcorder scanned the charred walls and partially collapsed roof of the mosque on the outskirts of town, Adnan Sheikh began his narration like he had dozens of other times: “Moadamyeh al Sham, 8-30-2012, the remnants of the damage … Continue reading

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Brahimi says Syria agrees to ceasefire during Eid al-Adha holiday

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday the Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, a decision Damascus would announce shortly. “After the visit I made to Damascus, there is agreement from the … Continue reading

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An immediately iconic photo of Syria’s rebels

Posted by: Max Fisher Source: Washington Post

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Gunmen, soldiers fight in Lebanon in spillover from Syria

At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded in gunbattles in the Lebanese capital Beirut and coastal Tripoli on Monday in further unrest linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria, security and hospital sources said. The clashes have heightened … Continue reading

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Syria activists adapt to new roles as relief volunteers

When Hytham was released from a Syrian prison in the spring after his third incarceration for being an opposition member, he expected to return to the streets with thousands of other activists to call for the fall of the government. … Continue reading

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Turkey changes tack on Syria

While Syria continues to strain Turkey’s ties with Russia and Iran, all three countries are ensuring that the tension is contained. Barbs have been exchanged between Turkey and Russia after the Syrian passenger plane forced down by Turkish jets last … Continue reading

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UN peace envoy Brahimi to arrive in Damascus on Saturday, says Syria

International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who is trying to secure a truce in Syria for Eid Al Adha, will arrive in Damascus on Saturday, the foreign ministry said. “Brahimi will meet Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Saturday morning,” ministry spokesman … Continue reading

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The U.S. election and the price of sitting out Syria

For the last 19 months Syria has fallen deeper and deeper into civil war. What started in March 2011 as another offshoot of the Arab Spring, the demand for freedom and reform, was met so brutally that ordinary Syrians decided … Continue reading

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