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Fighting flares in Lebanese city over Syria loyalties

By: Oliver Holmes TRIPOLI, Lebanon – Four people were killed and 15 wounded in overnight gun battles in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in a second night of fighting between Sunni and Alawite gunmen loyal to different sides in the … Continue reading

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Editorial: In Syria, it’s past time for the United States to act

By: Richard Cohen The awful things that could have happened had the United States intervened in Syria are now happening anyway. The insurrection has become a civil war. Neighboring countries are being dragged in. A refugee crisis has been created. … Continue reading

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Dissent Among the Alawites: Syria’s Ruling Sect Does Not Speak with One Voice

By: Steven Sotloft ANTAKYA, Turkey – The Alawites emerged in the 9th century. Led by Muhammad ibn Nusayr, they broke with the Shi‘ites, who now form majorities in Bahrain, Lebanon and Iran, embracing doctrines that remain largely obscure to this … Continue reading

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Insight: Syria massacres, ethnic cleansing that may backfire

By: Samia Nakhoul Sectarian massacres in Syria may show militias nurtured by the authorities are a “Frankenstein’s monster” which will alienate allies, provoke foreign intervention and tear the country apart, hastening the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad. As Washington raised … Continue reading

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Syria’s Alawites call on Bashar al-Assad to be tougher

By: Adrian Blomfield Over the course of Syria’s 15-month uprising President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of many things. Being too soft on his opponents was not one of them. But as the corpse of a fighter was buried in … Continue reading

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Editorial: Syria: The blood of future massacres is on Russia’s hands

The answer to the Syrian tragedy isn’t complicated: It’s a political transition, starting now, from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to a government of national unity that includes the opposition but also retains the basic structure of the Syrian … Continue reading

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Editorial: Syria’s neighbors are growing restless

By: David Ignatius The Middle East sometimes resembles a string of detonators wired to explode together — and this seems especially true now of Syria and its neighbors. There is political instability nearby in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, as the … Continue reading

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Army kills Sunni cleric in Lebanon

TRIPOLI - Army troops shot dead a Sunni cleric on Sunday when his convoy failed to stop at a checkpoint in north Lebanon, the scene of deadly clashes linked to the uprising in Syria, a security official said. He told AFP that … Continue reading

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As Syria burns, neighboring Lebanon feels the heat

By: Zeina Karam BEIRUT – The tensions between the two neighborhoods were building for days in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. On one side live Sunni Muslims who hate the Syrian regime. On the hill above are members of … Continue reading

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Syrian actress finds her true calling in real life drama

AMMAN: Syrian actress Fadwa Sulaiman says she was drawn to a life in drama because of its promise of freedom. Disillusioned at the level of state control even in theatre and film, she joined protests last year against President Bashar … Continue reading

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