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France to host ambassador representing Syrian opposition

French President Francois Hollande and the new Syrian opposition leader announced plans Saturday to install an ambassador to represent Syria in France. The surprise move came after talks at France’s presidential palace between Hollande and Moaz al-Khatib, head of the … Continue reading

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France, European partners to review ban on arming Syria opposition

France will discuss supplying arms to Syrian opposition forces with its European partners in the coming weeks now that an opposition coalition has been established, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. France is wary of militarizing the 20-month-old conflict, … Continue reading

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France to push for arming Syria’s opposition coalition

France’s foreign minister has said he will discuss supplying arms to the Syrian opposition coalition with European partners.   The government plans to push for a relaxation of the EU arms embargo to Syria to enable “defensive arms” to reach … Continue reading

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Broadcasters say Syria, Iran jamming news info

GENEVA, Switzerland – European broadcast officials say Syria and Iran appear to be behind the deliberate signal-jamming that has interrupted news delivered by satellite into parts of the Middle East. The Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union alliance says the jamming that … Continue reading

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France says Syria probably behind Ashrafieh bombing

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday that Syria was probably involved in a Beirut car bombing Friday that killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, a top anti-Damascus security official.“It is likely … Everything indicates that this is an extension of … Continue reading

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Western spies get discreetly involved in Syria

By: Fouad EL-Auwad Western intelligence agencies are quietly at work supporting the Syrian opposition from Turkey. While governments officially deny involvement, media reports paint an ever clearer picture. Experts are convinced that intelligence services are active in Syria, although Western … Continue reading

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Syria accuses US, Turkey, France of arming, funding ‘terrorists’

Syria’s foreign minister on Monday accused the United States, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey of supporting “terrorism” by funneling arms, money and foreign fighters to rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad while the U.N. chief decried killings and … Continue reading

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France will not send weapons to Syrian opposition as Turkey tightens border

Paris will not send weapons to the Syrian opposition, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday as Turkey took measures to stop Syrian refugees and rebels coming and going freely across the border. “We do not intend, neither … Continue reading

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Syria’s Manaf Tlas says French intelligence aided his defection

Syrian Brigadier General Manaf Tlas, previously one of President Bashar al-Assad’s closest aides and currently Syria’s most famous defector, said French intelligence helped his escape after deciding to leave his position in the Republican Guard. “The French intelligence helped me … Continue reading

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Syria Criticizes France’s Support of Rebels

By: David D. Kirkpatrick CAIRO — The Syrian government accused France of “schizophrenia” on Sunday for pledging to support a peaceful resolution to the uprising challenging President Bashar al-Assad and simultaneously aiding the armed groups driving the insurrection. At the … Continue reading

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