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Syria carnage continues

BEIRUT, Lebanon – UN observers said on Wednesday 13 bodies had been discovered bound and shot in eastern Syria, days after a massacre of 108 civilians, nearly half of them children, ignited a world outcry. Syrian activists said the victims … Continue reading

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Syria’s rebels: Underarmed, under siege

In a cave hewed into the craggy rock of the north Syrian countryside, a dozen men sit planning the future of the Syrian insurgency. A mix of army deserters and volunteers, they are part of the Free Syrian Army, a … Continue reading

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Defectors: Syrian security forces set off Damascus bombs blamed on al-Qaida

By: Martin Chulov Military defectors in northern Syria have denounced claims that al-Qaida was behind a series of deadly bombings in Damascus, contradicting the UN secretary general’s assessment that the terror group is taking a lead in the insurgency. The … Continue reading

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Syria derides UN chief as peace plan in crisis

By: Karin Laub BEIRUT — Syria derided U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon as biased and called his comments “outrageous” Saturday after he blamed the regime for widespread cease-fire violations — the latest sign of trouble for an international peace plan many … Continue reading

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Syria: Clashes around presidential palace in Lattakia

Fighting reported at Saturday dawn between Syrian soldiers and dissident soldiers near a presidential palace in the coastal region of Lattakia, reported the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) and activists. The NGO said that the clashes took place in … Continue reading

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Syria continues rebel bombardment

Syrian troops have clashed with army defectors and shelled rebel districts in Homs, killing at least 11 civilians a day after the government claimed it had begun a withdrawal ahead of the deadline for an international truce plan. Activists said … Continue reading

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Syrian military kills civilians in reprisals, ‘executes own troops,’ defectors say

By: Roy Gutman DOMZIN, Iraq — Former Syrian soldiers who have escaped to northern Iraq are telling grisly stories of how their units executed unarmed civilians for demonstrating against the Assad regime and staged mass reprisals when residents shot back, … Continue reading

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Syria Fighters Announce Command Structure

By: Oliver Holmes BEIRUT – Syria’s armed opposition announced on Thursday a local command structure that aims to bring together disparate rebel groups inside the country under the command of defected officers exiled in neighbouring Turkey. “We declare the formation … Continue reading

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Army defectors vow to fight Bashar al-Assad regime to the end

Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who defected from Bashar al-Assad’s army as they refused to shoot civilians have reaffirmed their commitment to the fight to bring an end to the four-decades of Baath Party rule in Syria amid … Continue reading

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