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Erdogan: 'Hear Screams' From Syria

Posted 01.17.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's prime minister says the world must urgently "hear screams" from Syria and do something to stop the bloodshed. Recep ...

Syria's Assad Internationally Isolated

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 01.16.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syria's president faced a growing challenge to his iron rule from home and abroad Wednesday, with renegade troops launching their most ...

Rare, High Profile Attack Near Damascus

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 01.16.2012 | World

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian army defectors attacked military and intelligence bases near the capital and an army checkpoint Wednesday during a spate of assau...

Poor, Misunderstood Iran!

David Harris | Posted 01.15.2012 | World
David Harris

The latest International Atomic Energy Agency report sends yet another clear warning of Iran's goal, at least for those prepared to see the truth as it is, not as they might wish or pretend it to be.

Syria Blames American Incitement In Arab League Suspension

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 01.14.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Jordan's king said Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad should step down for the good of his country, the first Arab leader to pub...

Arab League Votes To Suspend Syria After Bloody Crackdowns On Protesters

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 01.12.2012 | World

CAIRO — In a surprisingly sharp move, the Arab League voted Saturday to suspend Syria over the country's bloody crackdown on an eight-month upri...

Security Forces Guilty Of Crimes Against Humanity, Rights Group Says

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 01.11.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrians snatched from their homes turn up dead, often mutilated. Soldiers gun down former comrades who defected to the opposition. A hu...

Syrian Security Forces Kill 21, Including 8-Year-Old Girl

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces raided homes and clashes erupted between soldiers and army defectors Thursday, killing at least 21 people across...

Troops Kill 2 More In Syria

AP | Posted 01.08.2012 | World

By ZEINA KARAM and JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press BEIRUT -- The death toll from the eight-month Syrian uprising has reached 3,500, the U.N. said T...

Bloodshed In Syria: Government Troops Kill At Least 11 At Start Of Holiday

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 01.06.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrians in the restive region of Homs performed special prayers for a major Muslim holiday to the sound of explosions and gunfire as go...

Assad's Tanks Kill the Arab League Deal

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The ink is not yet dry on the joint Arab League Syria document that was supposed to put an end to the Syrian uprising, and the tanks are back in the streets. And they kill, mainly in the Sunni stronghold of Homs, but not only there.

Arab League Calls For WIthdrawal Of Tanks From Syria's Streets

AP | By BEN HUBBARD | Posted 01.02.2012 | World

CAIRO -- The Arab League will unveil on Wednesday its plan to ease violence in Syria, calling for the withdrawal of tanks and armored vehicles from th...

Arab Spring/Islamist Fall

Ken Blackwell | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Ken Blackwell

The Scriptures tell us that the ruler does not bear the sword for nothing, but to be a terror to evildoers. In vast swaths of the Arab world, however, the ruler is the evildoer.

Arab League Submits Plan To End Bloodshed In Syria

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 12.31.2011 | World

By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY, Associated Press BEIRUT -- An Arab League committee has submitted a plan to end the bloodshed in Syria and a response from...

Syria's Assad Warns West Not To Meddle

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.30.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad warned the Middle East will burn if the West intervenes in his country's 7-month-old uprising, threatenin...

Poll: Syria's Growing Isolation Among Arabs

James Zogby | Posted 12.29.2011 | World
James Zogby

All sides must be wary of allowing this situation to continue. As gruesome as it has been to watch unarmed demonstrators being shot in the streets, it can get much worse. The conflict could further escalate into an all-out civil war.

Lessons From Libya

Will Marshall | Posted 12.28.2011 | World
Will Marshall

What we've witnessed in Libya, in fact, could be a new model for collective security in which the United States no longer bears a disproportionate share of the risks and costs of intervention. Unfortunately, the new model probably isn't applicable to Syria.

Security Forces Crack Down On Protesters, Killing 30

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 12.28.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces opened fire Friday on protesters and hunted them down in house-to-house raids, killing about 30 people in the de...

Beyond Qaddafi: Our Middle East Mission Is Not Over Yet

Col. Cedric Leighton | Posted 12.24.2011 | World
Col. Cedric Leighton

The time has come to think boldly of a brand new course that will help the Arab World extract itself from the malaise it has found itself in since the end of the Second World War.

U.S. Ambassador To Syria Leaves Country

AP | By BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.24.2011 | World

By BASSEM MROU -- The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blam...

Reports: 2100 Arrested, 114 Dead In Syria's Homs This Month

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 12.22.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrian security forces fanned out Saturday through suburbs of the capital Damascus in search of regime opponents, while fi...

'Your Turn Is Coming Bashar'

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 12.21.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Energized by the killing of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, thousands of protesters in Syria and Yemen poured into the streets Friday and said...

Government Security Forces Reportedly Kill At Least 10

AP | By BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.19.2011 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian security forces and pro-government gunmen killed at least 10 people in a rebellious central province Wednesday, activists said, just ...

Worth Versus Value: Hamas and the Case of Gilad Shalit

Shai Baitel | Posted 12.17.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

In the Middle East a transaction should not be measured by its worth rather than by its value. Hamas has won much more than the release of over a thousand Palestinian prisoners. It has won strength and influence.

Syrian Regime Accused Of Targeting Doctors

AP | By ZEINA KARAM | Posted 12.17.2011 | World

BEIRUT -- A major activist group on Monday accused Syrian security forces of stepping up their crackdown on doctors suspected of treating wounded anti...