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Heavy fighting over police academy in north Syria

Heavy fighting over police academy in north Syria

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces fought fierce clashes with rebels attacking a police academy near the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, while the bodies of 10 men — most of them shot in the head — were found dumped along the side of a road outside Damascus, activists said. Rebels backed by captured tanks […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
West to send Syrian rebels aid, not arms

West to send Syrian rebels aid, not arms

Western powers pledged aid for Syrian rebels on Thursday but stopped short of offering them weapons, disappointing opponents of President Bashar al-Assad clamouring for more arms. More than 70,000 Syrians have been killed in a fierce conflict that began with peaceful anti-Assad protests nearly two years ago. Washington has given $385 million in humanitarian aid […]

March 1, 2013 | By More
Syria rebels seize iconic Aleppo mosque

Syria rebels seize iconic Aleppo mosque

Beirut: Rebels seized control of the Umayyad Mosque in Syria’s second city of Aleppo on Thursday after days of fierce clashes that damaged the historic building, a watchdog reported. Regime troops were forced to withdraw at dawn, taking up positions in buildings around the landmark structure, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The mosque’s […]

March 1, 2013 | By More
Syrian forces clash with rebels around Aleppo

Syrian forces clash with rebels around Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes on rebels trying to storm a police academy outside Aleppo on Wednesday, while jihadi fighters battled government troops along a key supply road leading to the southeastern part of the city, activists said. Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial capital, became a key front in the […]

February 27, 2013 | By More
Pressure mounts for Syria dialogue

Pressure mounts for Syria dialogue

DAMASCUS — The parties to the Syrian war came under intense international pressure Wednesday to open direct talks to end their two-year conflict, on the eve of a Rome meeting of the Friends of Syria group. The main opposition National Coalition, meanwhile, was preparing for a weekend gathering in Istanbul to elect a prime minister […]

February 27, 2013 | By More
Syria says ready for talks with armed opposition

Syria says ready for talks with armed opposition

The Syria government is ready to hold talks with the armed opposition seeking to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime, the country’s foreign minister said Monday. Walid al-Moallem, who was in Moscow to discuss Syria’s civil war with Russian officials, did not say whether the rebels would first have to lay down their arms before Damascus […]

February 26, 2013 | By More
Missiles kill at least 141 in Aleppo

Missiles kill at least 141 in Aleppo

26 February 2013 BEIRUT — At least 141 people, half of them children, were killed when the Syrian military fired at least four missiles into the northern province of Aleppo last week, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The international rights group said the strikes hit residential areas and called them an “escalation of unlawful […]

February 26, 2013 | By More
Syria missile strikes Aleppo put toll put at 58

Syria missile strikes Aleppo put toll put at 58

Beirut: Three surface-to-surface missiles fired by Syrian regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo have left 58 people dead, among them 36 children, a watchdog said on Sunday, updating an earlier toll. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revised its toll upwards after more bodies of women and children were removed from the rubble […]

February 24, 2013 | By More
Assads behaviour surprising – Mousa

Assads behaviour surprising – Mousa

The actions of the Syrian president are not only surprising to people who knew him, but also contradict the thoughts Bashar Al Assad expressed earlier, the former Secretary-General of the Arab league Amr Mousa said. Moreover, Mousa said while the political solution is the most preferable one to the bloody confrontation which has been going […]

February 24, 2013 | By More
Assad’s Assets

Assad’s Assets

Bashar al-Assad is in deep trouble, but it does not yet look terminal. After the NATO intervention in Libya—not to mention the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan—no external power, and surely no Western country, has an appetite for military intervention. Russia has started to express its alarm at what its Syrian friends are doing, […]

February 24, 2013 | By More