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  • Syrian Opposition Cleric Al-'Ar'our Appeals to Israel for Help in Treating Wounded Syrians

    02/13/2012 7:09:54 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 2-10-12 | Safa TV (Kuwait)
    Following are excerpts from an interview with Syrian opposition cleric Sheik Adnan Al-'Ar'our, which aired on Al-Safa TV on Febraury 10, 2012: Interviewer: We've just received the news that Messi, the soccer player, donated money to treat 1,000 wounded [Syrians]. This non-Arab player sent a clear message to the Arab League, which has not given money to treat a single wounded person so far. Adnan Al-'Ar'our: Good people, this is shameful, by Allah. Good people, we don't want any weapons from you. All we want is for you to treat the wounded and open up your hospitals. Have your hearts...
  • Free Syrian Army is all that stands between civilians and tanks

    02/12/2012 2:25:01 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/11/2012 | Richard Spencer, Homs
    As Syria's rebellious cities are bombarded and the regime's tank crews prepare to move, only a rag-tag and poorly armed but determined army stands in their way. The last straw for Captain Abu Mahmoud came when 13 of his fellow officers were lined up and shot by a Syrian firing squad. They had been identified as potential deserters - all officers have their own team of watchers from military intelligence to monitor their behaviour - and were executed just in case, he said. He was headed at the time with his Third Division for Idlib in the north, scene already...
  • Syrian forces bombard rebel city of Homs: activists

    02/06/2012 5:33:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Syrian forces bombarded Homs on Monday, killing 50 people in a sustained assault on several districts of the city which has become a centre of armed opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian National Council opposition group said. The bombardment came a day after the United States promised harsher sanctions against Damascus in response to Russian and Chinese vetoes of a draft U.N. resolution that would have backed an Arab plan urging Assad to step aside.
  • Syrian activists: 200 dead in government assault

    02/03/2012 6:31:08 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    In a barrage of shelling, Syrian forces killed 200 people and wounded hundreds early Saturday in Homs in an offensive that appears to be the bloodiest episode in the nearly 11-month-old uprising, activists said.
  • Battles go on around Damascus

    01/30/2012 5:41:39 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Street battles raged on the doorstep of the Syrian capital on Monday, as President Bashar al-Assad's troops sought to consolidate their grip on suburbs rebel fighters had taken only a few miles from the centre of Assad's power. Activists and residents said Syrian troops now had control of Hamouriyeh, one of a cluster of districts where they have used armored vehicles and artillery to beat back rebels who came as close as eight km (five miles) to Damascus. An activist said the Free Syrian Army - a force of military defectors with links to Syria's divided political...
  • Syria rebels gain foothold in Damascus

    01/28/2012 5:45:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/28/12 | Jeremy Bowen
    Syria rebels gain foothold in Damascus By Jeremy Bowen BBC Middle East editor, Damascus When the BBC team approached a checkpoint set up by the rebel Free Syria Army in the suburbs of Damascus, masked men with Kalashnikov assault rifles and hand grenades moved towards us - a few of them offering dates and biscuits. It is customary to give mourners something sweet, and a funeral was about to start that they said they were protecting. I had no idea before I saw them with my own eyes that the Free Syria Army was so active in and around Damascus....
  • Syria rebels 'overrun town' ahead of Arab meet

    01/23/2012 6:48:27 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Asharq Alawsat/AFP ^ | Jan. 22, 2012
    Army defectors overran a protest hub near Damascus before pulling back, activists said on Sunday, ahead of an Arab League meeting to decide the future of its heavily criticised observer mission to Syria. Fierce clashes erupted late Saturday in Douma, just northeast of the capital, after security forces shot dead four civilians at a funeral in the town, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "Groups of deserters took control of all districts in the town of Douma, near Damascus, after fierce fighting on Saturday with Syrian security forces," the Observatory's chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
  • UN says deaths in Syria unrest exceed 5,000

    12/13/2011 7:53:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Dec. 13, 2011
    Rights chief calls situation "intolerable" but Syrian ambassador to UN says country is victim of "huge conspiracy". More than 5,000 people are now believed to have been killed in the Syrian government's crackdown on protests, the United Nations human rights chief has told the UN Security Council. The UN's Navi Pillay said on Monday there were reports of increased attacks by opposition groups on President Bashar al-Assad's security forces but highlighted "alarming" events in the besieged protest city of Homs, according to diplomats in the closed meeting. More than 14,000 people are estimated to have been detained and at least...
  • Al Assad vows to fight till death as violence escalates in Syria

    11/20/2011 3:08:41 PM PST · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Damascus: Syrian President Bashar Al Assad defiantly vowed to fight and die if needed as an Arab League deadline for his government to stop its lethal crackdown on protesters expired with 20 more people killed. Upping the pressure on Syria, the Arab League on Sunday announced it had rejected amendments proposed by Damascus to its proposal to send a 500-strong delegation to monitor the violence in Syria. (con't at link above) And Turkish President Abdullah Gul said there was “no place for authoritarian regimes” in the Mediterranean region. Among the dead on the weekend were four intelligence agents killed as...
  • AP Interview: Self-exiled uncle of Syrian leader re-emerges as foe of troubled regime

    11/20/2011 2:57:26 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov. 16, 2011
    -excerpt- ...Bashar Assad’s uncle, a former Syrian vice president and military strongman who many say has blood on his own hands....claimed Tuesday that the Syrian people need a strong, stable hand to end the crisis — and he’s just the man
  • Syrian forces kill 14 civilians despite Arab League peace deadline

    11/19/2011 5:29:57 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | Nov 19, 2011
    Fourteen civilians were killed in a crackdown on dissent against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday, activists said, despite a deadline by the Arab League for Damascus to take steps to end the bloodshed. The Arab League, a powerful political group of Arab states, set the Saturday deadline for Syria to comply with a peace plan, entailing a military pullout from around restive areas, and threatened sanctions if Assad failed to halt the violence. But on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12 civilians were killed in security force raids while two army defectors died when...
  • Canada engaging Syrian opposition movement

    11/19/2011 5:22:52 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    National Post ^ | Nov. 17, 2011
    OTTAWA — The Canadian government has been quietly engaging Syria’s opposition and pro-democracy movement, including facilitating several meetings with Foreign Minister John Baird and opening the doors of Canada’s embassy in Turkey to the Syrian National Council. “We have right now a very good relationship with the Canadian government,” Syrian National Council member Osama Kadi said Thursday. “We have met with the minister of foreign affairs many times and he has showed a very positive attitude toward the Syrian National Council.” In late August, Canadian Ambassador to Turkey Mark Bailey hosted a reception to honour and welcome SNC members and...
  • Syrian Soldiers Killed in Clash With Defectors

    11/15/2011 8:30:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Fox ^ | November 15, 2011
    Dozens of soldiers and security forces were gunned down by suspected army defectors in southern Syria, a deadly ambush that comes as President Bashar Assad increasingly appears unable to manage the crisis, activists said Tuesday.
  • Syrian tanks open fire despite Arab League deal (shocked)

    11/03/2011 6:45:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Syrian activists say tanks mounted with machine-guns have fired on a city at the heart of the country's uprising.
  • Activists: Deadly attacks in Homs kill at least 20

    11/02/2011 10:24:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Machine-gun fire and explosions erupted inside a Syrian city at the heart of the country's uprising Wednesday as activists reported two grisly attacks that killed at least 20 people in the past 24 hours.
  • Syrian official: Damascus planting landmines

    11/02/2011 10:19:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian official and witnesses say Damascus is planting landmines along parts of the border with Lebanon.
  • Syrian forces kill 24, protesters call for protection

    10/28/2011 9:56:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Syrian forces shot dead at least 24 civilians on Friday when they fired on demonstrators demanding international protection from President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on seven months of unrest, activists and residents said. Most of the killings took place in the central cities of Hama, where Assad sent tanks and troops to crush dissent three months ago, and Homs, a center of increasingly armed opposition to his autocratic rule.
  • Activist: More than 3,000 detained in Syrian town

    10/03/2011 8:38:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Syrian troops going house to house have detained more than 3,000 people in the past three days in a rebellious town that government forces recently retook in some of the worst fighting since the country's uprising began six months ago, an activist said Monday.
  • Syrian Opposition Launches National Council to Overthrow Assad

    10/03/2011 4:26:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Fox ^ | October 02, 2011
    Syrian dissidents meeting in Turkey have formally announced the creation of a council designed to overthrow President Bashar Assad's regime.
  • Nuclear engineer assassinated in central Syria

    09/28/2011 10:15:52 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    A Syrian nuclear engineer was assassinated in a hail of bullets in central Syria Wednesday, the latest casualty in a string of murders this week of academics and scientists, Syria's state-run news agency and activists said.
  • UN: Death toll in Syria unrest at least 2,600

    09/12/2011 2:42:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    GENEVA (AP) — At least 2,600 people have died in the six months of unrest that has swept Syria, the U.N.'s top human rights official said Monday, as a panel was named to investigate abuses in the Arab country.
  • Syrian city under siege as UN urges action

    09/06/2011 3:53:00 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian soldiers opened fire in the restive city of Homs on Tuesday and armored vehicles rolled through its streets, activists said, as the U.N. secretary-general urged the world community to take action on Syria.
  • 2 killed in new Syrian raid on village

    09/03/2011 10:01:11 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Syrian security forces searching for an alleged high-profile defector from President Bashar Assad's regime killed two people after storming a northern village Saturday, raising the death toll from the past two days to at least 19, activists said.
  • Obama tolerates terror operations run out of Syria’s embassy

    08/30/2011 8:03:51 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jennifer Rubin
    The Wall Street Journal has a stunning report on Bashar al-Assad’s use of embassies around the world to perpetuate his reign of terror: Syria is taking its war against President Bashar al-Assad’s political opponents global, using diplomats in Washington, London and elsewhere to track and intimidate expatriates who speak out against the Damascus regime, according to Syrian dissidents and U.S. officials. Syrian embassy staffers are tracking and photographing antiregime protesters and sending reports back home, Syrian activists and U.S. officials say. Syrian diplomats, including the ambassador to the U.S., have fanned out to Arab diaspora communities to brand dissidents “traitors”...
  • Syrian troops kill 7 after UN team visit

    08/23/2011 4:27:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert
    excerpt - Residents and activists said it was quiet until the team left, after which troops opened fire to disperse the protest, killing four people. Three more were killed by gunmen elsewhere in Homs,...
  • Syrian forces kill 20 despite Assad pledge

    08/19/2011 9:56:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian forces shot dead 20 protesters on Friday despite a pledge by President Bashar al-Assad that a crackdown was over, activists said as thousands marched across Syria, spurred on by U.S. and European calls for him to step down. Most of the violence was in the southern province of Deraa where the uprising against Assad erupted in March, triggering a harsh response in which U.N. investigators say Syrian forces may have committed crimes against humanity.
  • Syria may have committed crimes against humanity: U.N. (may have?)

    08/18/2011 4:45:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian forces have fired on peaceful protestors throughout the country, often at short range and without warning, killing at least 1,900 civilians in what may amount to crimes against humanity, U.N. human rights investigators said on Thursday.
  • AP sources: US call for Assad departure imminent

    08/18/2011 4:32:48 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    U.S. officials say the Obama administration is ready to make an explicit call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power and has notified Arab and European allies that an announcement is imminent.
  • Syrian gunboats fire on coastal city; 10 killed

    08/14/2011 4:53:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Syrian gunboats firing heavy machine guns pounded impoverished districts of Latakia on Sunday, killing at least 10 people in a renewed assault on the Mediterranean coastal city, activists said.
  • Syrian troops fire as thousands protest Assad

    08/12/2011 7:17:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian soldiers opened fire Friday on tens of thousands of protesters who flooded the streets shouting "We will not kneel!" in a strong show of defiance against President Bashar Assad, whose embattled regime is trying to crush a 5-month-old uprising despite broad international condemnation.
  • Syrian forces fire at protesters in Deir al-Zor

    08/12/2011 5:33:52 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian forces fired live ammunition at protesters coming out of a main mosque after Friday Prayers in the besieged city of Deir al-Zor, witnesses said, as protests against President Bashar al-Assad broke out elsewhere in the country. "Military Intelligence directed their AK-47s at the mosque, hitting the main air-conditioning unit, which caught fire. The whole neighborhood is echoing with the sound of bullets," said one of the witnesses, an engineer in the Ordi district who lives near Harwil Mosque.
  • Syrian troops storm town near Turkish border

    08/11/2011 5:25:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian army stormed a northwestern town near Turkey's border on Thursday, a day after authorities declared the military pulled out of the region, activists said.
  • Syria defies world reproach with new army raids

    08/09/2011 2:29:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    -excerpt- Since the start of Ramadan, more than 300 people have been killed in cities including Hama and Deir el-Zour, an oil-rich but largely impoverished region known for its well-armed clans and tribes whose ties extend across eastern Syria and into Iraq.
  • Syrian defense minister replaced

    08/08/2011 12:43:03 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    -excerpt- Gen. Ali Habib, the country's defense minister since 2009, was removed from his post because of health problems, the SANA report said, but some analysts said the general was unhappy with the crackdown.
  • Activists: Syrian troops kill at least 52 people

    08/07/2011 1:28:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    BEIRUT (AP) — Two Syrian rights groups say government forces have killed at least 52 people in the latest phase of their crackdown on dissent and the toll for the day could rise to 69.
  • Syrian Activists Report Blasts From Besieged Hama

    08/03/2011 8:32:02 AM PDT · by edpc · 2 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3 Aug 2011 | Elizabeth A, Kennedy
    BEIRUT (AP) — Tanks took over a main square in the besieged Syrian city of Hama and electricity and telephone phone lines were cut off Wednesday as President Bashar Assad's regime showed no signs of halting the intense military assault against an uprising now in its fifth month, activists said.
  • Clinton meets Syrian activists as pressure mounts

    08/02/2011 6:04:21 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    -excerpt- Clinton sat down at the State Department with Syrian-Americans who support the push for democracy inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab Middle East this year.
  • EU slaps more sanctions on Syria

    08/01/2011 4:07:30 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    -excerpt- Germany, Britain, France and Portugal have tried unsuccessfully since April to get the U.N.'s most powerful body to condemn Syrian attacks on unarmed civilians.
  • Syria: Dozens Dead As Assad Troops Launch Major Tank Offensive [Where's Obama? Clinton? Biden?]

    07/31/2011 11:28:01 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | July 30,2011 | Adrian Blomfield
    Syria: Dozens Dead As Assad Troops Launch Major Tank Offensive Bodies littered the streets of Hama on Sunday as the Syrian army launched major tank offensives across the country in a fresh bid to crush the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. By Adrian Blomfield, 31 Jul 2011. On one of the bloodiest days of retribution since protests against the Syrian leader erupted in March, up to 95 people were killed in Hama alone. Dozens more were feared dead in other restive cities. For nearly a month the security forces had laid siege to Hama, sealing off access roads into the...
  • Report: 3,000 people missing in Syrian uprising

    07/28/2011 5:50:45 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    -Excerpt- Avaaz said it has identified 1,634 who were killed in the crackdown since March 15. Moreover, 26,000 have been arrested, and many of them were beaten and tortured. Some 12,617 are still in detention, the group said. ... has identified 2,918 Syrians who were arrested or abducted by force by security troops and whose whereabouts are now unknown.
  • 32 killed in Syria protests, Damascus moves-activists

    07/17/2011 3:30:43 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Jul 15, 2011
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed at least 32 civilians on Friday, including 23 in the capital Damascus, in an intensifying crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said. It was the highest death toll in the central neighborhoods of Damascus since the uprising erupted four months ago in the southern Hauran Plain near Syria's border with Jordan.
  • U.S. Blesses Syria Regime Change as Embassy Hit

    07/12/2011 8:40:48 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | JULY 12, 2011.
    By NOUR MALAS And JAY SOLOMON The Obama administration for the first time Monday said it supported regime change in Syria, capping a day in which mobs attacked the U.S. Embassy in Damascus and tensions between the two nations escalated. "President [Bashar al-] Assad is not indispensable and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said following a meeting with her European Union counterpart, Catherine Ashton, in Washington. "Our goal is to see that the will of the Syrian people for a democratic transformation occurs." Earlier Monday, Syrians sympathetic to President Assad...
  • Syrians take to the streets as regime lashes at US

    07/08/2011 9:45:47 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Syrians carrying olive branches and shouting for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's regime streamed Friday into the flashpoint city of Hama, where the U.S. and French ambassadors traveled in a strong show of support for the protest movement.
  • U.S., French envoys in Hama, 13 killed in Syria

    07/08/2011 9:41:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert
    BEIRUT, July 8 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people rallied in the Syrian city of Hama on Friday, calling for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad, as Western envoys visited the city to show support for protesters. -Excerpt- Footage on the Internet showed a huge crowd in Hama's Orontes Square, some carrying a Syrian flag tens of meters long and chanting "The people want the downfall of the regime." In a symbolic show of solidarity, U.S. ambassador Robert Ford and French ambassador Eric Chevallier visited Hama to put pressure on Assad not to crush the protest.
  • TheDC Exclusive: Rep. Kucinich praises Syrian dictator on Syrian television [VIDEO]

    06/30/2011 12:28:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    Despite Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich saying a Syrian media report “mischaracterized” a press conference he gave while on a “fact-finding” trip to Syria, video footage of an interview he gave on Syrian television while in Syria clearly shows Kucinich being deferential to and even laudatory of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. In an exclusive video obtained by The Daily Caller, Kucinich openly praises Assad, whose regime has reportedly killed over 1,300 demonstrators and injured many more since protests against the dictatorship began earlier this year. (Report says Kucinich praised Syrian dictator, congressman says statement ‘mischaracterized’) “What I learned from my...
  • 15 Die as Syrians March Demanding Assad's Ouster

    06/24/2011 12:04:39 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 1+ views
    BEIRUT (AP) — Defying government guns, thousands of Syrian protesters poured down city streets and a main highway Friday to press demands for President Bashar Assad's ouster. Security forces opened fire, killing at least 15 people, including two children, activists said
  • Syria foreign minister promises democracy

    06/22/2011 7:02:41 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    BEIRUT – Syria's foreign minister vowed Wednesday to present "an unprecedented example of democracy" in the country within three months, an extraordinary promise in a nation facing an uprising against an authoritarian system in place for decades
  • Syrian army cuts off lifeline to thousands

    06/20/2011 7:05:33 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    BOYNUYOGUN REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey – Syrian troops combing through restive villages near the Turkish border set fire to homes and a bakery Sunday, cutting off a lifeline to thousands of uprooted people stranded in miserable open-air encampments.
  • Syrian security forces shoot dead 16 protesters (spilling over into Lebanon)

    06/17/2011 1:04:14 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Syrian security forces killed at least 16 people Friday, including a teenage boy, as thousands of people poured into the streets across the country calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's autocratic regime, activists said.
  • Syrische Revolution: Hassan Nasrallah und Khamenei (Schiiten) Bilder werden Verbrannt (video)

    06/15/2011 12:56:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jun 15, 2011
    Syrian protesters burn pictures of Hezbollah's Nasrallah & Iran's Khamenei.