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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Syria Is Broken and These Peace Talks Won’t Put It Together Again

There are simply too many factions and too many guns.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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U.N. Zeroes In on Aid to Syria: Half the Country in Dire Need

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have died in Syria since the country began imploding in 2011.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Kerry Presents Case for Attack on Syria

After the British Parliament’s refusal to join a U.S. attack on Syria, the secretary of state declared Friday there was “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the government of President Bashar al-Assad used poison gas against its citizens. Meanwhile, the Obama administration released an unclassified intelligence report intended to back up the claim.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Syria May Survive but Many Syrians Will Not’

In a sad farewell note to the country he spent a long time covering, reporter Patrick Cockburn describes how ordinary Syrians struggle to survive amid a seemingly interminable civil war stoked by foreign governments pursuing their own interests.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Chemical Weapons: ‘A Retold Drama Riddled With Plot Holes’

“In any normal society,” writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, “the red lights would now be flashing.”

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE


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Two More Deadly Blasts Rock Damascus

Two explosions left a scene of smoldering carnage in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday morning, killing 55 people and injuring nearly 400.

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Syrian Troops Kill Mourner at Damascus Funeral

Fear and bloodshed remain a constant in the Syrian capital of Damascus, where at least one person was killed and several were injured Saturday when security forces opened fire at the funeral of three youths killed Friday during a protest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian General Killed by Gunmen in Damascus

A Syrian military general and hospital director was killed in an attack by three gunmen in a residential street in Damascus on Saturday in an assassination that marks a move away from the anti-government uprising’s nonviolent roots. The killing came ahead of a meeting of Arab League members in Cairo to consider a new response to the violence in Syria.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Russia-Sized Obstacle Blocks U.N.’s Syrian Plan

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council’s attempt to pass a resolution strongly encouraging regime change in Syria, which by definition would mean the end of President Bashar Assad’s tenure in office, was again met with resistance from Russia.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syria on the Verge of Civil War

The Arab League and the rest of the international community seem at a loss to prevent rising tension and violence in Syria from driving the country into full-blown civil war.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Assad Waves an ‘Iron Hand’ at Opposition

Arab League, shmarab league. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is evidently still unwilling to make room for the possibility that he is in anything resembling a precarious position, as he made a defiant speech on Tuesday in Damascus, blaming foreign media for making him look bad and dissing the Arab League.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Arab League Pushes for Progress in Syria

The presence of delegates from the Arab League hasn’t eradicated the deadly clashes between governmental forces and civilians in Syria, although some of the more obvious signs of strife had diminished by Monday. According to the head of the visiting coalition, the violence persists from behind the scenes as snipers continue to claim lives. 

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Arab League Lands in Syria

Delegates from the Arab League arrived in Syria on Monday in yet another attempt to resolve the crisis that’s only intensified since the Syrian government made the evidently hollow gesture last week of agreeing to stop military-enabled assaults on its own people and allow observation from outside its borders.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Syrians Look to Arab League as 26 Killed in Crackdown

So much for promises: Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s administration made a very public peace deal just nine days ago, 26 people were reported killed Friday as protesters came out in force in hopes that the Arab League ... (more)

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New Violence Against Syrian Demonstrators

An estimated 2,000 people have been killed in the five months since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began assaulting the pro-democracy protesters he refers to as terrorists. (more)

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Pro-Gov’t Protesters Descend Upon U.S., French Embassies in Syria

Syrian protesters siding with Prime Minister Bashar Assad’s regime made their displeasure with the U.S. and France apparent, after those countries showed support for the opposition, by attacking their embassies in Damascus on Monday.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE



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EU to Place Sanctions on Syria

The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on Syria next week in response to the Assad regime’s latest violent crackdowns, which have killed as many as 16 protesters.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Syria Ends Emergency Rule as Opposition Gains Momentum

Observers say the concessions could mark the beginning of the end for President Bashar al-Assad. (more)

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syrian Protests Turn Deadly

At least 20 people were killed when Syrian police opened fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city of Daraa as demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad continued across the country.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hossam Ali

Cops Disperse Syrian Funeral for Protesters

A crowd of 20,000 people at a funeral for six slain protesters in the southern Syrian town of Dara’a was dispersed by police with tear gas and truncheons Saturday.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


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Getting the Story on Gaza

In this installment of BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen’s diary about the Israeli-Palestinian war, Bowen describes how, thanks in part to technology, the word on Gaza is getting out despite the Israeli ban on foreign journalists.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE



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U.S. Attack in Syria Kills 8

Syrian authorities have demanded to know why U.S. forces crossed the Iraq-Syria border and killed eight people. A U.S. official said the raid—the first ever on Syrian soil—targeted foreign fighters. Damascus said the dead were Syrian civilians.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Dozens Killed in Sudan Plane Crash

A Sudan Airways passenger jet carrying around 200 people crashed while landing at the Khartoum airport late Tuesday, skidding off the runway during stormy weather, catching fire and splitting in half. Dozens of people on the craft were reported killed after earlier estimates placed the toll much higher.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Syria: Nukes or Peace?

This past week, Syria made headlines not once but twice. One story implicates the country in enriching uranium and says that the CIA confirmed to Congress that the target of a mysterious Israeli air raid in northern Syria on Sept. 6, 2007, was a reactor built with North Korean help.

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Still Fuming Over Pelosi Diplomacy

The White House has continued to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria, while ignoring an earlier trip by a Republican congressional delegation. The speaker’s office maintains that it is worth meeting with “every country that has an interest in avoiding a chaotic Iraq.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Syrians Repel Attack on U.S. Embassy

Armed Islamic militants, believed to be members of an Al Qaeda-linked group, brazenly stormed the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. The attackers didn’t breach the walls, and three of them were killed, along with a Syrian counter-terror officer.
This comes at a time of heightened U.S.-Syrian tensions over America’s support for Israel in its fight against Lebanon.

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Will Accept Hezbollah Alive, but Not Kicking

In a reconsideration of its goals, Israel has deemed a disarmed (as opposed to destroyed) Hezbollah an acceptable outcome to its actions in Lebanon.

Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


Serious Miscalculations About Syria

A young scholar who has lived in Damascus finds it not a “rogue state” but a complex, jittery mosaic surprisingly receptive to America.

Posted on Dec 1, 2005 READ MORE


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