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Syria Violence

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.

Deadlocked Security Council Members Bicker Over Syria Violence

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2012 | World

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, July 25 (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council members blamed each other for rising violence i...

Is A Breakaway State Assad's Last Resort?

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.24.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- In the recent sectarian violence in Syria, some observers see a grim pattern: Alawite fighters from President Bashar Assad's minority sect, ...

Defected Syrian General Speaks Out

Posted 07.24.2012 | World

By PAUL SCHEMM, The Associated Press BEIRUT — A top Syrian military commander, a close friend of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has confirmed his...

Reports: 30 Feared Killed As Syrian Forces Attack Worshippers

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2012 | World

AMMAN, July 24 (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed up to 30 worshippers on Tuesday as they converged on a mosque to perform Ramadan evening prayers in ...

Clinton: Syrian Rebels Are Gaining Ground

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels are gaining ground and will eventually control swathes of territory, but Syrian President Bashar al-A...

A Public Ready to Act Against Genocide, in Syria and Beyond

Mark Penn | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
Mark Penn

Conventional wisdom has it that our country is turning inward. But with dramatic global events that often unfold on the Internet, the public seems to have a heightened awareness of the risk of genocide and other kinds of mass atrocities -- and want our leaders to act.

Assad Reshuffles Top Security Posts

Posted 09.23.2012 | World

By PAUL SCHEMM, The Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria -- President Bashar Assad on Tuesday reshuffled the generals at the core of his regime's highl...

Activists: 6 Children Killed In Shelling

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2012 | World

AMMAN, July 24 (Reuters) - A Syrian army bombardment killed at least six children and four other civilians on Tuesday in the town of Herak on the so...

Short Takes On Controversial Matters

Ed Koch | Posted 09.22.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is absolutely right to call upon President Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney to do more than sympathize with the families and friends of the 12 people who were shot and killed in Colorado last week.

Gruesome Turn For Damascus

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

MASNAA, Lebanon — After a bloody, weeklong siege in the Syrian capital, residents who stayed behind are facing hours-long lines for gasoline and...

Why Are Beijing and Moscow Backing Bashar?

Rajan Menon | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The tide does seem to have turned in the long war between Assad's forces and a motley, but increasingly potent, insurgency. What explains China and Russia's decision to back a regime that's begun to look like it's living on borrowed time?

Iraq Opens All Borders To Syrian Refugees

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

AL-WALEED, Iraq, July 23 (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has told Iraq's border officials to allow Syrian refugees into the county, ...

Jordan Tightens Border Security With Syria

AP | DALE GAVLAK | Posted 07.23.2012 | World

AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's king has announced that security along the country's northern frontier has been tightened, but Syrian refugees fleeing viole...

Arab League Offers $100 Million To Aid Syrian Refugees

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

DOHA, July 23 (Reuters) - The Arab League's ministerial committee on Syria has agreed to offer $100 million in aid to Syrian refugees, Qatar's prime...

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...

Security Council Extends U.N. Monitor Mission In Syria

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER and ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday renewing the 300-strong U.N. observer force in Syria for 30 ...

Russian Envoy To France: Assad Ready To Step Down

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

PARIS -- Russia's ambassador to France said Friday that he believes Syria's president is ready to step down "in a civilized way." But the Syrian gover...

Syria: Getting Worse in Tolerating the Intolerable?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 09.19.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The longer the carnage continues in Syria, the harder it will be for the families of at least 17,000 dead to seek a negotiated settlement rather than revenge.

Syria Sees Deadliest Day Of Fighting Since Start Of Uprising

AP | ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

By ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian troops and tanks on Friday drove rebels from a Damascus neighborhood wher...

Another Top Syrian Official Dies After Bomb Blast

AP | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian TV says the country's national security chief has died of wounds suffered in a rebel blast. Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar is the fou...

Syria: Beyond the UN Veto

Richard N. Haass | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Richard N. Haass

The failure to renew the diplomatic mission being led by Kofi Annan (with its associated group of observers) is no great loss. The peace plan under which Annan was operating had and has no chance of being accepted.

Security Council Set To Vote On Extension Of Monitoring Mission In Syria

Reuters | Posted 09.18.2012 | World

DAMASCUS, July 19 (Reuters) - Major General Robert Mood left his hotel in Damascus on Thursday to fly to Geneva after a 90-day U.N. peace monitoring...

Russia Reassessment Critical After Syrian Officials' Killings

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The suicide attack Wednesday that killed Syria's defense minister and other top military officials, could not have been better timed to shake Russia's leaders out of their go-slow complacency toward forcing an end to the fighting there.

Fighting In Damascus Rages On

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

BEIRUT, July 18 (Reuters) - Syrian forces hit rebel positions across the capital on Wednesday, state media said, shortly after Damascus vowed to pun...