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Syria Crackdown

What I Learned On The Ground In Syria

Ming Holden | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Ming Holden

I am anti-war. That's precisely why I support a US strike in Syria.

Amid Battle Cries: One Question

David Freudberg | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Freudberg

When all is said and done, when the chain reaction of events from an American strike on Syria has played out, how many more innocent men, women and children will have been killed or injured physically and psychologically? Alternatively, it is fair to ask how many will have been spared?

Syria Denies Reports Of Chemical Weapons Attack

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Syria denied reports on Wednesday that chemical weapons had been used in an attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus whi...

Activists Accuse Syrian Forces Of Launching Gas Attack

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2013 | World

(adds details of bombardment) BEIRUT, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Syrian activists accused forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesd...

Syrian Civil War: Russia Forges Risky Ties With Islamists

James Dorsey | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Russian President Vladimir Putin is countering foreign criticism of his pro-Assad policy and Russia's declining credibility in sections of Arab public opinion by forging ties with Islamist detractors.

Civil War in Syria: The Spillover Threat

James Dorsey | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Water tankers line the unpaved road outside a pre-fab United Nations meeting room in Za'atari, the Syrian refugee camp in a desert just south of the Jordanian-Syrian border that is home to 110,000 escapees from the brutal war in Syria.

Syria Bags Pyrrhic Victory on the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 02.21.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Supporters of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad portrayed this weekend's winning of the West Asian soccer championship by defeating Iraq as a unifying,...

A Must Read: Decade of Lost Chances

Sami Moubayed | Posted 02.19.2013 | Books
Sami Moubayed

An avalanche of Syria books are on the market, nearly all written in haste, filled with speculation and predictions of dubious value, and highly commercial in nature. A refreshing exception is Carsten Wieland's book Syria: A Decade of Lost Chances.

Internet Still Dark In Syria, Airport Road Reopens

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 01.30.2013 | World

MASNAA, Lebanon — Syrian security forces killed as many as 20 Lebanese gunmen who were fighting alongside rebels in Syria on Friday, raising ten...

Turkey Sends Newly-Born Syrian Twins Back To Border

AP | PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 09.08.2012 | World

BAB AL-SALAMEH, Syria -- Pregnant with twins, Fatima Abdallah survived shelling, hid under relatives' beds and went without food during a treacherous ...

'People Fear For Their Lives Every Minute Of The Day'

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2012 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Syrian civilians' living conditions are worsening dramatically, as it becomes harder t...

Assad Wants More Time

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.29.2012 | World

BEIRUT — In a striking admission, President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that his armed forces will need time to defeat...

Number Of Syrians Fleeing To Turkey Tops 50,000

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2012 | World

ISTANBUL, Aug 9 (Reuters) - More than 2,000 people fled violence in Syria to reach neighbouring Turkey in the past two days, bringin...

Syria's Christians, Caught in the Middle of Worsening Chaos

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 07.27.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

Members of Syria's diverse Christian communities are finding themselves engulfed in the fog of war and increasingly targeted.

What the Syria 62 Do Not Want Us to Remember

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.24.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Maybe the Syria letter-writers should rewrite their letter, and address it to Nuri Al-Maliki and Jalal Talabani, urging them to enable the creation of a "safe zone" along the Iraqi-Syrian border, something that could prove to be the tipping point in the Syrian civil war.

Fight For Aleppo Has Begun, Say Syrian Rebels

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

BEIRUT — A new rebel group boasting some 1,000 fighters launched an operation Sunday to capture Syria's largest city, Aleppo, while government t...

Are We in the Final Battle for Damascus?

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.15.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

It has been in the making, as consistently predicted in this blog, and now it is finally happening. The Sunni uprising against the Alawite-dominated regime of Bashar Assad is fast approaching the point of decision.

The Progression Of World Views On Syrian Conflict

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.15.2012 | World

-- Sunday's statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross that it considers Syria's conflict a civil war is the latest in the progression...

Syria Death Toll Tops 17,000, Says Opposition Group

AP | Posted 07.09.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- An opposition group that documents human rights violations in Syria says more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against...

Assad Rejects Comparisons To Egypt, Libya

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 07.08.2012 | World

BERLIN -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he is not afraid of meeting the same fate as the deposed and disgra...

Syria Accused Of Running Torture Centers

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | World

NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) - Syrian intelligence agencies are running torture centers across the country where detainees are beaten with batons and ...

Helicopter Gunships Bombard Syrian Town

Reuters | Posted 08.29.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis ANTAKYA, Turkey, June 29 (Reuters) - Helicopter gunships bombarded a strategic town in northern Syria overnight...

White House Condemns All Violence In Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.27.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday condemned all acts of violence in Syria, including attacks by insurgents on supporters ...

Syria Forms A New Government

AP | Posted 06.23.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree forming a new government Saturday, but it will be headed by a key loyalist and the foreign, de...

Saudi Arabia, Qatar Reportedly Paying Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, June 23 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Qatar are paying salaries to rebel forces fighting in the Syrian revolt against President...