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Fighting Across Syria As Last UN Monitors Leave

BEIRUT — Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopters broke into a Damascus suburb on Thursday following two days of shelling and intense clashes as part of a widening offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces to seize control of parts … Continue reading

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UN Observers Pull Out of Syria

By: Edward Yeranian CAIRO — Members of the United Nations observer mission wound down their operation in Damascus Monday, packing their bags and leaving Syria for Lebanon. A few observers will remain until week’s end. A skeletal crew is due … Continue reading

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Chief UN observer to Syria leaves as mission ends

Major General Robert Mood left his hotel in Damascus on Thursday to fly to Geneva after a 90-day UN peace monitoring mission to Syria ended, even as battles between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebels raged in parts … Continue reading

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UN team investigates reported Syria massacre

By: Ben Hubbard BEIRUT — U.N. observers investigated the latest reported massacre in Syria, entering a village Saturday where activists say regime forces killed dozens of people the past week, as Turkey’s prime minister blasted Damascus’ leadership, warning that the … Continue reading

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UN Members Differ on Conditions for Withdrawing Syria Observers

U.N. diplomats say Syria’s increasing violence is forcing them to consider an early end to the country’s U.N. observer mission, which suspended patrols on Saturday to keep its unarmed staff out of danger. Officials and experts say the 47 nations … Continue reading

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Turkey asks UN to take tougher measures in Syria

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has pleaded for the UN Security Council to come up with a new strategy “to prevent further the aggravation of the Syrian humanitarian tragedy” after the recent dissolution of a UN mission sent to observe international … Continue reading

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Syria civilians need to be evacuated, U.N. observer chief says

BEIRUT — The head of the United Nations observer mission in Syria on Sunday urged both sides in the conflict to take “immediate action” to facilitate the evacuation of civilians trapped amid escalating violence. “The parties must reconsider their position and allow … Continue reading

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UN halts Syria work

UN observers suspended their mission to Syria on Saturday, blaming intensifying violence as troops rained shells down on rebel bastions including Homs, where the opposition warned a massacre was imminent. The United States said the decision marked a “critical juncture” … Continue reading

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U.N. observer team suspends work in Syria

By: Patrick J. Mcdonnell BEIRUT – The United Nations’ decision to suspend its observer mission in Syria could increase pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to comply with a faltering U.N. peace plan that many view as a last chance to … Continue reading

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Syria: Violence continues amid demand to send armed observers

The Syrian army on Sunday intensified its bombing against Sunni neighborhoods of the city of Homs, in part controlled by the rebels, killing at least eleven people and wounding dozens more, according to opposition activists. “About 85% of Homs is … Continue reading

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