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Brother of Syrian President Reportedly Leads Military Crackdown

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Maher al-Assad is the younger brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As leader of the Republican Guard he is reported to be the official who is leading a military crackdown in northern Syria on Friday. The Syrian government promised ‘decisive action’ after it said 120 security force members on Monday were ‘massacred’ in a northern […]

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Residents Continue to Flee Deadly Unrest in Syria

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces opened fire Friday on protesters in a southern village, killing at least two people as refugees fleeing the nationwide violence continued streaming into Turkey. Activists and witnesses say the deaths happened on Friday in a village in the Daraa region, where about 1,000 people had gathered for an anti-government protest. They say […]

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Rival Rallies Unfold in Politically-Charged Yemen

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Rival rallies are unfolding across Yemen where supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh are cheering his reported recovery from injuries while opponents are calling for the formation of a transitional government without him. Mr. Saleh’s loyalists are celebrating word from Saudi Arabia that the president has been moved out of intensive care there. He is […]

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Israeli Police Briefly Enter Jerusalem Holy Compound

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli police briefly entered Jerusalem’s holy mount complex on Friday to disperse Palestinian demonstrators who Israeli authorities say were hurling rocks. The Old City compound is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Israeli police say they used stun agents to disperse the crowds that threw rocks at […]

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Syrian Forces Begin Operations in Northern City

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television says the nation’s army started operations on Friday to “restore security” in the northern city of Jisr al-Shughour near the Turkish border. State television says the army moved to gain control of the city at the request of residents, who the report says asked the military to arrest “armed gangs” the government […]

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Yemeni Jets Attack Islamic Militants, Killing at Least Three

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Yemen say an air raid on suspected Islamic militants in the southern part of the country has killed at least three people. Few details of the attack near the town of Jaar were immediately available. One official told the French News Agency the strike killed three relatives of an al-Qaida militant. Suspected al-Qaida […]

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New Airstrikes Target Libyan Captial

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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A new round of suspected NATO airstrikes shook the Libyan capital early Friday, a day after allied and Arab nations pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Libya’s opposition council and civilians affected by the country’s conflict. The 22-member Libya Contact Group announced the series of financial measures Thursday as it met in the United […]

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Syrian Forces Begin Operations in Northern City

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television says the nation’s army started operations on Friday to “restore security” in the northern city of Jisr al-Shughour near the Turkish border. State television says the army moved to gain control of the city at the request of residents, who the report says asked the military to arrest “armed gangs” the government […]

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Syria Says Its Forces Begin Operations in Northern City

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television says the nation’s army has started operations to “restore security” in the northern city of Jisr al-Shughour near the Turkish border. Residents said the army had amassed at least 40 tanks and troop carriers seven kilometers outside the city before moving toward it. The Syrian government says “armed gangs” massacred than 120 […]

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Syrian Forces Mass Near Northern City as Hundreds Flee to Turkey

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say Syrian forces and tanks are massing outside the northern city of Jisr al-Shughour after hundreds of its residents fled across the border to safety in Turkey to avoid an anticipated government assault. Residents say about 40 tanks and troop carriers have deployed about seven kilometers outside the city of 50,000. The Syrian government […]

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