Tag Archives: Latakia

Syrian government forces quit town linking Aleppo to south: monitor

Saraqeb straddles the junction of two main highways leading to Aleppo and the pullout will make it harder for government forces to reinforce or resupply Aleppo, where they have been battling with rebels for control since late July. The opposition … Continue reading

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Syria detainees ‘tortured and executed

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the incidents occurred in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo and the coastal region of Latakia. A report by the group warned torture and extra-judicial or summary executions of detainees in the context of … Continue reading

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Assad Draws Shock Troops From Elite Sect in Syria

By: Bill Spindle LATAKIA, Syria — Flag-draped coffins depart from the drab military hospital here each morning these days, carrying the dead soldiers of the Syrian regime along winding rural roads to ancestral villages in the surrounding hill country. All … Continue reading

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As Fighting Rages, A Prisoner Swap In Syria

By: Deborah Amos The bitter fighting in Syria seems to grow worse by the day, yet the rebels and the government do occasionally manage to work out something that requires each side to trust the other: prisoner swaps. In one … Continue reading

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Teen reportedly commits suicide in Latakia after being raped in detention

Aishi Zidan, a journalist with the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, told WMC’s Women Under Siege that on August 2 she spoke with a family in Turkey outside the Kilis refugee camp at the Turkey-Syria border who told her about the … Continue reading

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How a freedom-fighting pharmacist showed me the complex truth about Syria’s sectarian conflict

By: Luke Harding It was 5am, and Mohamad Baree was hiding with his fighters behind a large rock. Some 300 metres away, a column of Syrian army tanks was advancing towards Aleppo through the countryside. The group of rebels were … Continue reading

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Syria ship container trade slides as violence grows

By: Jonathan Saul LONDON – Ship container volumes at Syria’s biggest terminal Latakia have dropped over 20 percent in the past six months year-on-year as growing turmoil hampers trade even for basic goods including food, trade sources say. Syrian rebels … Continue reading

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Syria: Bashar al-Assad ‘flees to Latakia’

By: Damien McElroy Opposition sources and a Western diplomat stated Mr Assad was in the coastal city of Latakia, directing the response to the assassination of his top lieutenants, according to Reuters. Mr Assad, who has not made a public … Continue reading

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Syria rebels storm army barracks, kill 20: Syrian Observatory

By: Oliver Holmes and Sophie Hares BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian rebels stormed an army barracks in the northwestern province of Latakia overnight on Wednesday and killed at least 20 troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, a group which monitors violence … Continue reading

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UN visits Haffa but finds it deserted and a ‘stench of dead bodies’

By: Adrian Blomfield For nearly a week reports of some of the bloodiest clashes of Syria’s 15-month uprising filtered out of Haffa. Amid allegations of regime helicopter gunships attacking the town and mass casualties on both sides, fears had mounted of a … Continue reading

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