Syria

Fighting Between Government Forces and Syrian Rebels Escalates in Damascus, Syria

February 11, 2013

“In this war of murky battlefield reports, it is hard to know whether the rebels’ recent forays past some of the capital’s circle of defenses.”

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Syrian Rebels Capture Country’s Largest Hydroelectric Dam

February 11, 2013

“Rebels led by the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra now control much of the water flow in the country’s north and east, eliciting warnings from experts that any mistake in managing the dam may drown wide areas in Syria and Iraq.”

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MSF Report: Lebanon Should Offer Free Medical Care to Syrian Refugees

February 9, 2013

“In a report, MSF criticized both the Lebanese government and U.N. refugee agency for what it called slow and problematic procedures for Syrians to register as refugees, a necessary step to receive food and other assistance.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta Endroses Arming the Syrian Rebels For the First Time Publicly

February 8, 2013

“In testimony to Congress, Leon Panetta said he still supported the supply of weapons to rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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Leaders at Islamic Summit Urge Dialogue Between Syrian Government and Opposition Coalition Leaders

February 8, 2013

“Like previous diplomatic initiatives on Syria, opposition chief Mouaz al-Khatib’s call for talks made less than a week ago appeared doomed to failure.”

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Syrian Rebels And Government Forces Clash In And Around Damascus For the Second Consecutive Day

February 7, 2013

“They put the overnight death toll at 30 people, mostly from heavy army bombardment on the rebellious neighborhoods of Jobar, Zamalka and Hajar al-Aswad.”

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Satellite Imagery Indicates Syrian Research Center Unharmed By Israeli Air Strike

February 7, 2013

“Israel’s Channel 2 News broadcast what it said were satellite images of the complex, taken eight months before the attack and a few days after it.”

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Presidents of Iran, Turkey, and Egypt Meet in Cairo on Wednesday

February 7, 2013

“”There was a three-way summit of Egypt, Turkey and Iran about the crisis and we look forward to it leading to the resolution of this crisis. We are optimistic,” Salehi said.”

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Iran Foreign Minister Salehi: Syrian Government Ready to Negotiate With the Opposition Coalition

February 7, 2013

“Shi’ite Iran is President Bashar al-Assad’s main backer in the region, and has been at loggerheads with mostly Sunni-led Arab states that have called for Assad to step down.”

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Syrian Youth Defy the Syrian Government and Protest in the Capital of Damascus

February 7, 2013

“Around fifty youths marched in protest under the slogan “the lying Syrian media.” The protest was held in the area of Al-Baramkeh near the headquarters of the Syrian Arab News Agency.”

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Syrian Rebels Attack Military Checkpoints in Central Damascus (Video)

February 6, 2013

“Some antigovernment activists described the resumption of fighting, which had lapsed for the past few weeks, as part of a renewed effort by rebels to seize control of central Damascus, the Syrian capital, although that depiction seemed highly exaggerated.”

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Syrian Rebels Attack Adra, Near Damascus, in Addition to Jobar

February 6, 2013

“Video footage purported to show an armored vehicle in the area being hit by a rocket. Thousands of refugees have fled to the town, which is home to Syria’s largest prison.”

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Syrian Rebels and Government Forces Battle Close to Damascus; Most Intense Fighting Near the Capital in Weeks

February 6, 2013

“A disorganized rebel advance on the city failed last year. Ghazi said that this time opposition fighters had established supply lines to support their offensive.”

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Report: Syrian Rebels Detonate Two Suicide Car Bombs in Palmyra, Syria

February 6, 2013

“A bomb destroyed part of the back wall of the [military intelligence] compound near the Roman-era ruins in the city and then a suicide car bomber drove through, detonating the vehicle and destroying parts of the facility, activists in Palmyra said.”

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Israel Deploys Third Iron Dome Missile Defense System Near its Borders With Syria and Lebanon

February 5, 2013

“The Iron Dome systems have been deployed alongside a U.S.-supplied Patriot battery, which has been stationed in the north for years, as Israel is on the alert for weapons leaking out of the Syrian civil war that could be turned on the Jewish state.”

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