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Assad’s ghost militia strikes fear into Syria revolt

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Jordan – Tattooed youths with AK-47s descend from hilltops onto villages pounded by Syrian artillery and break into homes, slit the throats of women and children or hack them to death. They leave, sometimes carrying … Continue reading

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Assad commits massacre, tells lie!

By: Abdulhamit Bilici The Ba’ath Party, known for its success in disseminating propaganda, is maneuvering to avoid responsibility in connection with the Houla massacre, condemned by the UN Security Council, which saw the brutal murder of 108 civilians in Syria … Continue reading

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Assad names new Syrian PM, army battles rebels

By: Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad named a Baath Party stalwart to form a new government on Wednesday, signaling no political concessions to a 15-month-old uprising, as the army battled rebel forces near the Mediterranean coast. … Continue reading

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Damascus merchants put up shutters in challenge to Assad

In the biggest act of civil disobedience by Damascus merchants in Syria’s 15-month-old uprising, many stores have been closed for a week in protest against the massacre of more than 100 people in Houla on May 25. The closures have … Continue reading

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Saudi says it’s time Russia changed stance on Syria

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday that it is time for Russia to change its stance on Syria and work to ensure the peaceful transfer of power in the unrest-hit country. “The time has come for Russia to change its stance from supporting … Continue reading

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Syria’s Shabiha: Killing in Bashar al-Assad’s name

As Syria continues its slide into civil war, President Bashar al-Assad has enlisted civilian armed militias known as “Shabiha” to help protect his regime. According to reports, no assignment is too brutal or bloody for these gangs of murderous thugs … Continue reading

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Gulf states losing faith in Annan Syria plan-Saudi FM

JEDDAH, Saudia Arabia – Gulf Arab states have begun to lose hope that international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan can end more than a year of violence in Syria, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. Prince Saud al-Faisal also called … Continue reading

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White House: Assad lying over regime’s role in Houla massacre

WASHINGTON DC, United States – State Department spokesman Mark Toner says Assad is ‘remarkably out of touch with reality of situation on ground in Syria’. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was lying when he denied his regime had any involvement in … Continue reading

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U.N., Syria sign aid agreement but access key

By: Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA – Syria has agreed to allow the United Nations and international agencies to expand humanitarian operations in the country, where at least 1 million people need urgent assistance after 15 months of conflict, a senior U.N. aid … Continue reading

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Syria: US, European diplomats no longer welcome

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syria barred a string of U.S. and European diplomats Tuesday, saying they were “no longer welcome” as the country plunged into its most profound international isolation in decades. Last week, Western nations expelled Syrian diplomats in a … Continue reading

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