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Syrian rebels report capture of provincial capital

Syrian rebels report capture of provincial capital

Syrian opposition fighters captured the northeastern city of Raqqa on Monday and crowds toppled a statue of President Bashar Al Assad’s father, opposition sources and residents said. The fall of Raqqa on the Euphrates River would be a significant development in the two-year-old revolt against Assad. The rebels do not claim to hold any other […]

March 5, 2013 | By More
42 Syrian soldiers killed in Iraq

42 Syrian soldiers killed in Iraq

FALLUJAH, Iraq – Unidentified armed men on Monday ambushed a convoy carrying Syrian soldiers who had crossed into Iraq from the site of weekend fighting, killing 42 Syrians and seven Iraqis, security officers said. The soldiers crossed into Iraq from the Yaarubiyeh border crossing, the scene of heavy fighting on Saturday between rebels and troops […]

March 5, 2013 | By More
Assad refuses to quit as foes advance in north Syria – See more at:

Assad refuses to quit as foes advance in north Syria – See more at:

President Bashar al-Assad insisted he will not step down and blasted Britain’s support for his armed foes who reportedly killed dozens of soldiers on Sunday in attacks on a police academy in northern Syria. “We are ready to negotiate with anyone, including militants who surrender their arms,” Assad told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper, in a […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
Egypt’s army intervenes in Port Said clashes

Egypt’s army intervenes in Port Said clashes

PORT SAID, Egypt — The military intervened in clashes between thousands of protesters and police in a restive Egyptian canal city on Sunday, the latest in a cycle of violence that killed two security members and two civilians, and which continues to rock Egypt two years after the uprising that ousted longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
Bahrain condemns Human Rights Watch report

Bahrain condemns Human Rights Watch report

MANAMA – Bahrain has slammed a Human Rights Watch report released after a team from the rights panel visited Bahrain on February 28. The Interior Ministry released a statement in which it highlighted contradictions in the report and said the report did not represent correct facts. It quoted officials out of context and it ignored […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
Saudi police crack down on illegal rally

Saudi police crack down on illegal rally

RIYADH — The Saudi police have arrested 176 people, including 15 women, for holding an illegal protest to demand the release of prisoners, the official Saudi Press news Agency (SPA) reported late on Friday. The agency, quoting a police spokesman, said protesters were arrested “after refusing to break up a gathering outside the offices of […]

March 3, 2013 | By More
European states expected to start arming rebels

European states expected to start arming rebels

London: Some European countries are expected to break with Washington and start supplying the Syrian rebels with weapons in the next few months, the representative of the Syrian opposition in Britain has told the Guardian. The National Coalition’s London representative, Walid Saffour, predicted that by the next meeting of the western and Arab Friends of […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
Dozens of rebels, troops die in Syria battle

Dozens of rebels, troops die in Syria battle

A ferocious battle on the outskirts of the northern city of Raqa, near the Turkish border, killed dozens of Syrian troops and rebel fighters on Saturday, a watchdog reported. “Fierce clashes pitting rebel fighters from several battalions against regular troops have raged since dawn on the outskirts of Raqa city,” said the Syrian Observatory for […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
Assad ‘will take part’ in 2014 poll

Assad ‘will take part’ in 2014 poll

Bashar al-Assad will take part in Syria’s next presidential election in 2014, the foreign minister of close Damascus ally Iran said on Saturday. “In the next election, President Assad, like others, will take part, and the Syrian people will elect whomever they want,” Ali Akbar Salehi said at a news conference with his visiting Syrian […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
Syrian rebel chief: Fighters desperate for weapons

Syrian rebel chief: Fighters desperate for weapons

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Syria’s rebels said Friday that the food and medical supplies the United States plans to give his fighters for the first time won’t bring them any closer to defeating President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s civil war. “We don’t want food and drink, and we don’t want bandages. […]

March 2, 2013 | By More