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Suspected N.Korea missile parts seized en route to Syria in May

A shipment of graphite cylinders usable in a missile program and suspected to have come from North Korea was found in May aboard a Chinese ship en route to Syria in what appears to have been a violation of U.N. … Continue reading

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After the election, a new push on Syria

The United States and its allies are gearing up for a new push to unify the Syrian opposition and topple President Bashar al-Assad. They are looking to exploit battlefield gains by the rebels and change the trajectory of the conflict before … Continue reading

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Residents flee air strikes on Syria border town

By: Jonathon Burch CEYLANPINAR, Turkey – A Syrian warplane struck homes in the town of Ras al-Ain on Tuesday within sight of the Turkish border, pursuing an aerial bombardment to force out rebels and drawing a new warning from Ankara. … Continue reading

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Syria crisis: West welcomes new opposition body

Western nations, Qatar and Turkey have welcomed the creation of a new Syrian coalition that aims to unify opposition against President Bashar al-Assad.   The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was unveiled in Doha on Sunday. Its … Continue reading

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7 Syrian generals defect to Turkey as rebels hash out new plan

By: Saad Abedine In another sign of cracks in the Syrian government’s armor, seven army generals defected to Turkey on Tuesday, Turkish media reported. The generals were allowed to enter Turkey through the southern Hatay province under tight security measures, … Continue reading

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Syria’s Main Opposition Group Broadens Base

By: Karin Laub DOHA, Qatar – The main Syrian opposition bloc on Monday broadened its ranks to include more activists and political groups from inside the country, officials said, in the face of intense U.S. pressure to create a more … Continue reading

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‘Heroic’ Iran, ‘resistive’ Syria behind Sandy, pro-Assad group claims

By: Saad Abedine When it comes to natural disasters, the divide between assumption and reality can be stark. Or downright absurd. Hours after Superstorm Sandy howled its way through the East Coast this week, unleashing a fatal trail of destruction, … Continue reading

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Official: Iraq Searches Syria-Bound Iranian Plane

By: Sameer N. Yacoub Iraqi authorities forced an Iranian cargo plane heading to Syria to land for inspection in Baghdad to ensure it was not carrying weapons, an Iraqi official said Sunday. It was the second such forced landing this … Continue reading

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The U.S. election and the price of sitting out Syria

For the last 19 months Syria has fallen deeper and deeper into civil war. What started in March 2011 as another offshoot of the Arab Spring, the demand for freedom and reform, was met so brutally that ordinary Syrians decided … Continue reading

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Israeli paper says premier talked peace with Syria; Israel denies it accepted US initiative

JERUSALEM, Palestine — An Israeli newspaper reported Friday that Israel’s prime minister secretly talked peace with Syria through an American mediator, offering far-reaching land concessions, but negotiations ended because of the Syrian civil war.   The prime minister’s office said … Continue reading

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