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Explosions in Damascus Kill 20

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Deadly twin car bombs have ripped through the Syrian capital, Damascus. Activists say the blasts Wednesday have killed at least 20 people. Television footage shows firemen hosing down the remains of charred vehicles. Debris from the blasts was scattered about the street. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says violence across the country has killed […]

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Syrian Military Bombs Factory in North

Posted November 27th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say military warplanes have bombed a factory in the country’s north, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more. Activists say Tuesday’s attack targeted an olive press factory near the city of Idlib. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says violence across the country has killed more than 40,000 people since the […]

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Syrian Rebels Seize Major Dam in North

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian rebels have seized control of a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in northern Syria after days of heavy clashes, the latest in a string of recent advances for opposition fighters. A resident of the nearby town of Manbij confirmed Monday’s report, adding that employees of the six-turbine Tishrin Dam were continuing […]

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Syrian Rebels Claim Capture of Helicopter Base Near Damascus

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rebels say they have captured a government helicopter base near Damascus as they try to close in on President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power in the capital. A video released by Syrian activists on Sunday appears to show anti-Assad rebels roaming around the Marj al-Sultan air base, about 15 kilometers east of Damascus, after […]

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Heavy Fighting as Syrian Rebels Push for Damascus

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian government troops backed by tanks battled to oust rebel forces from an opposition stronghold in a Damascus suburb on Tuesday in the heaviest fighting in the capital for months. Opposition sources said elite Republican Guard troops attacked the rebel-held suburb of Daraya and were met by fierce resistance from anti-government fighters, who hung on […]

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NATO Considers Turkish Missile Request for Syria Border

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance would consider a request from Turkey to deploy Patriot anti-missile batteries along its border with Syria. Rasmussen said Monday the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had received no formal request from member-state Turkey so far but added that if one was made, “we will consider that as a […]

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Israel Returns Fire From Syria

Posted November 18th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Israeli military says its artillery has fired into Syria in response to gunfire aimed at Israeli troops in the Golan Heights. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in Syria. Israel says none of its troops were injured in the initial incident. Israel has lodged a complaint with the United Nations about […]

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Britain Welcomes Syrian Opposition Leaders

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Britain is holding talks with Syrian opposition leaders in London Friday, saying it needs to know more about the opposition’s plans before it can formally recognize the group. British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the BBC ahead of talks with the new Syrian opposition leader, Muslim cleric Mouaz al-Khatib, and other opposition leaders that he […]

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Turkey Recognizes Syrian Opposition

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The newly formed coalition of Syrian opposition groups is getting another boost, this time from Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahemt Davutoglu Thursday recognized the Syrian National Coalition “as the sole legitimate representative of the people of Syria.” His comments came at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Djibouti, one day after France […]

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France Raises Issue of Arming Syrian Rebels

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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France says it will bring up excluding defensive weapons from the current arms embargo on Syria in order to help rebels fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview Thursday his country would work toward a coordinated plan for Syria with its European allies. “For […]

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