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Rebel Groups in Syria Make Framework for Military

Military commanders of the main Free Syrian Army units from all over Syria agreed Friday to a unified command structure, bowing to intense pressure from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, who the fighters said promised more advanced weapons once a central … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Erdoğan moots three-way regional talks on Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday he had suggested to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad three-way talks including Egypt on the Syria crisis, given the apparent Saudi objection to Iranian involvement in a current quartet. Egypt formed that … Continue reading

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Saudi millions and special forces expertise turn Syria’s rebels into a fighting force

By: Ruth Sherlock IDLIB, Syria – Syria’s ragtag rebel army is being turned into a disciplined military force, with the help of tens of millions of dollars of funding from the Middle East and under the watchful gaze of foreign … Continue reading

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Egypt, Turkey Slam Syrian President

Egypt’s president says Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must learn from “recent history” and step down before it is too late, while the Turkish prime minister said Syria has become a “terrorist state” carrying out massacres against its own people. Egyptian … Continue reading

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Lebanon kidnap sparks fears of Syria spillover

By: Dominic Evans and Hadeel Al Shalchi Gulf Arab states began evacuating their citizens from Lebanon on Thursday after kidnappings linked to Syria’s civil war showed violence has begun to spread across a region torn by sectarian divisions. Lebanese Shi’ite … Continue reading

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UN urged to act as Saudi Arabia envoy says US will attack Syria

The international community called Friday on the UN to act against an “outrageous escalation” of violence in Syria after the death of over 300 people in the central town of Traimseh countries. The opposition denounced this latest massacre while the … Continue reading

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Annan to Convene Meeting on Syria — Minus Iran and Saudi Arabia

By: Nick Cumming-Bruce and Rick Gladstone GENEVA — Kofi Annan, the special Syria representative from the United Nations and the Arab League whose paralyzed peace plan is in danger of collapse, announced in a statement on Wednesday that he was … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia and Qatar funding Syrian rebels

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are paying salaries to rebel forces fighting in the Syrian revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, an Arab diplomat said on Saturday. “The payment has been going on for months and the agreement was made on April … Continue reading

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Saudi clerics to mull whether Syrian women can abort pregnancies from rape

Syrian women raped by gang-like militia or forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to undergo abortion according to a Saudi cleric. Sheikh Ali al-Maliki described rape as one of the most heinous crimes against women and one … 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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