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Why Mitt Romney’s sabre-rattling on Syria signifies nothing

By: Heather Hurlburt Unless Romney can answer how arming rebels would not make a bad situation worse, his proposal looks like a ploy, not policy. Syria’s Dante-esque hell is now having its five minutes in the spotlight of the US presidential campaign, … Continue reading

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Dispatch from Aleppo: Victims of Syria’s Brutal Crackdown

By: Donnatella Rovera Every protest I observed during three days in Aleppo ended the same way: with the army, security forces and shabiha – the infamous militias who do some of the government’s dirty work – opening fire on non-violent demonstrators who posed … Continue reading

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Video: Ban Ki-moon warns of Syria civil war

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warns that massacres of civilians in Syria could cast the country into a devastating civil war. Simon Hanna reports. Source: Reuters

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Pro-Assad Militias Under Scrutiny After Syrian Massacre

By: Michael Lipin WASHINGTON, United States – Syrian pro-government militiamen known as the “shabiha” are facing international scrutiny for their alleged role in the May 25 massacre of more than 100 civilians in the central Syrian town of Houla. U.N. … Continue reading

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Erdoğan calls on world to heed desperation of Syrians

İSTANBUL, Turkey – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged the world not to remain silent in the face of bloodshed in Syria, saying the children massacred there are also children of humanity. Referring to a weekend massacre in the … Continue reading

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Syrian boy played dead to survive Houla massacre

Syrian boy played dead to survive Houla massacre. BEIRUT, Lebanon – When the gunmen began to slaughter his family, 11-year-old Ali Al Sayed says he fell to the floor of his home, soaking his clothes with his brother’s blood to … Continue reading

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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 violence: Families herded ‘like sheep’ to die in Houla massacre

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Jordan — The gunmen arrived shortly before dusk, some in uniform and some in plain clothes, before herding whole families into rooms and killing them in cold blood, according to survivors. “They entered our homes … Continue reading

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11-year-old played dead to survive Syria massacre

By: Bassem Mroue and Elizabeth Kennedy BEIRUT  — When the gunmen began to slaughter his family, 11-year-old Ali el-Sayed says he fell to the floor of his home, soaking his clothes with his brother’s blood to fool the killers into … Continue reading

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UN rights body to hold session on Syrian massacre

By: John Heilprin GENEVA  — The U.N.’s top human rights body will hold a special session Friday on the deteriorating situation in Syria and last week’s massacre of more than 100 Syrian villagers, officials said. The U.N. Human Rights Council … Continue reading

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