Syria

Gunmen Massacre Over 40 Syrian Government Soldiers Who Had Sought Temporary Safety in Iraq

March 4, 2013

“Ali al-Musawi, a spokesman for Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, accused “armed groups from the Iraqi and Syrian side” of coordinating the attack.”

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Activist: Syrian Rebels Take Control of Key City of Raqqa After Heavy Fighting With Government Forces

March 4, 2013

“The Local Coordination Committees, a network of anti-Assad activists in Syria, said the governor’s palace in Raqqa had been seized by insurgents”

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Syrian Rebels Form Exile Government in the Rebel-Controlled Province of Aleppo

March 4, 2013

“To provide a possible conduit for the U.S. aid, representatives of rebel groups elected a 29-person council here as the government in rebel-controlled northern province of Aleppo province.”

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Syria and Iran Criticize United States Non-Lethal Aid to the Syrian Rebels

March 2, 2013

“The foreign ministers of Syria and Iran on Saturday harshly criticized the United States over its decision to provide aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, saying that such assistance would only prolong the conflict.”

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White House Increases Humanitarian and Non-Lethal Aid to the Syrian Rebels

February 28, 2013

“Under a broad definition of “nonlethal,” assistance to the opposition could include items like vehicles, communications equipment and night vision gear. The Obama administration has said it will not — at least for now — provide arms to the opposition.”

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Sources: White House Strongly Considering Increasing Aid to the Syrian Rebels

February 26, 2013

“The Obama administration is moving toward increasing aid to the Syrian opposition, including providing nonlethal military equipment and possibly strategic military training, sources told CNN Tuesday.”

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Syrian Opposition Agrees to Attend “Friends of Syria” Meeting in Rome on Thursday

February 25, 2013

“Al-Bunni told Al-Arabiya TV the decision was made based on guarantees al-Khatib heard from western diplomats that the conference would be different and that the opposition would receive real commitments this time.”

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem: Syria Ready For Talks With Opposition Movement Leaders

February 25, 2013

“But Moualem said at the same time Syria would pursue its fight “against terrorism,” alluding to the conflict in which the United Nations says 70,000 people have been killed.”

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Syrian Rebels Storm and Capture a Police Academy Near Aleppo

February 24, 2013

“Turning President Bashar al-Assad’s own armaments against him, the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) used captured tanks to launch a fresh offensive on the compound in Khan al-Asal on the outskirts of the city.”

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U.S. Urges Syrian Opposition Leadership to Attend Talks in Rome

February 24, 2013

“There appear to be growing tensions between the fighters on the ground and opposition members outside the country.”

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Aid Workers: Over 400,000 Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

February 24, 2013

“The Lebanese government — by design — has largely left them to fend for themselves. Deeply divided over Syria, haunted by memories of an explosive refugee crisis a generation ago, it has mostly ignored the problem, dumping it on overwhelmed communities like Qaa.”

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Russia and the Arab League Propose Direct Talks Between Syrian Government and Opposition Rebels

February 20, 2013

“Mr Lavrov said the Kremlin and the Arab League wanted to establish direct contact between the Syrian government and the opposition.”

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Report: Russia Continuing to Send Weapons to Syria Despite Agreement to Stop

February 18, 2013

“The flow of arms has, however, continued unhindered with the Russians stressing that there was no United Nations prohibition on supplies and it was simply fulfilling its contractual obligations.”

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European Union Partially Lifts Arms Embargo on Syrian Rebels at the Request of Great Britain

February 18, 2013

“Details of what will be allowed in practice must still be determined, but diplomats said governments could offer advice on bolstering security or holding back Assad’s forces, for example.”

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Car Explosion Kills 12 People Near the Turkish-Syrian Border; Unclear if Explosion Was Accidental

February 11, 2013

“Turkish media say the explosion of a car near the border between Turkey and Syria has killed at least 12 people and wounded nearly 30 others.”

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