Syria

Former Syrian Prime Minister: Syria’s Government is “falling apart”

August 14, 2012

“President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is losing control over most of Syria, the former minister, Riad Hijab, said in his first public remarks since he defected earlier this month.”

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Syrian Rebels claim to have shot down a MiG fighter jet flown and captured the pilot

August 14, 2012

“Syria acknowledged a pilot bailed out of a disabled plane but blamed the crash on a technical malfunction.”

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Syrian Refugee Camps in Jordan and Turkey swell far past their capacities

August 9, 2012

“In Jordan’s Zataari camp, opened just two weeks ago on a desolate desert plain, some 3,300 displaced Syrians have raised complaints about conditions that include dust storms and tents that are home to snakes and scorpions.”

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi calls for “serious and inclusive talks” between the Syrian Government and Opposition Groups

August 9, 2012

“State television broadcast the opening statement of the talks, which Salehi said were attended by delegations from Russia, China, Iraq, Pakistan, Jordan, India, among others.”

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Syrian Rebel Commanders have lost control of the strategic Salah al-Din district in the northern city of Aleppo

August 9, 2012

“The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has confirmed it has retreated from Salah al-Din, a densely packed area of narrow streets on the south-west side of Aleppo, where rebel fighters had been heavily dug in.”

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Secretary of State Clinton: The United States is accelerating its planning for Syria’s “day after”

August 8, 2012

“Clinton would not predict how long Assad can hold on in the face of what she called an increasingly better-organized and better-equipped rebel force, but she suggested that the United States is accelerating planning for what she called “the day after.””

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Syrian Government Security Forces launch a new ground assault on Aleppo

August 8, 2012

“It was not immediately clear if the offensive was “the mother of all battles” that Syria’s state-controlled media vowed last month would take place for control of Aleppo.”

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Syrian President Assad appears on State TV for the first time in 3 weeks, appearing with an Iranian Envoy to show solidarity

August 8, 2012

“It also highlighted Assad’s deepening reliance on a shrinking list of allies, led by Tehran.”

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Analysis: How Iranian spies are losing the “shadow war” with the U.S. and Israel

August 8, 2012

“They’re still dangerous, but a series of recent incidents widely attributed to these groups suggest that as spies, assassins and terrorists, they just aren’t what they used to be.”

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Saudi King Abdullah invites Iran President Ahmadinejad for an extraordinary summit of Muslim Leaders in Mecca

August 7, 2012

“The Saudi monarch “sent a written letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to attend the extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting which will be held in Mecca” in mid-August.”

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Obama Administration shifts its focus on Syria from diplomacy to assisting the Syrian Rebels

August 7, 2012

“The U.S. still wants to avoid any military involvement, banking on a complicated policy of indirect assistance to the rebels.”

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Turkish Lawmakers criticize President Obama’s baseball bat photo, calling it an “implicit insult” to Turkey

August 6, 2012

“[Turkish Prime Minister] Erdogan dismissed the entire flap, calling Obama “a [respectful and polite] friend.”"

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Fear of Retribution weighs over Syrian Defectors

August 6, 2012

“Fearful of deadly retribution for his defection to Jordan, Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab sought help from rebels to spirit dozens of family members out of the country.”

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Syrian Rebels: 3 Iranian Captives killed during an air attack by Syrian Government Forces

August 6, 2012

“Fighters from the al-Baraa brigade of the rebel Free Syrian Army kidnapped 48 Iranians on Saturday on suspicion of being military personnel, but Tehran says they are pilgrims.”

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Twitter account of Reuters News hacked; False tweets about Syria were posted online

August 6, 2012

“The incident follows the company’s disclosure that the blogging platform of the Reuters News website was compromised on Friday and a false posting purporting to carry an interview with a Syrian rebel leader was illegally posted on a Reuters’ journalist’s blog.”

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