Syria

Russia: We’re happy to sell weapons to Syria’s Assad

March 13, 2012

“The comments by Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister, Anatoly Antonov, that existing contracts will be adhered to despite reports of up to 8,000 dead, come as activists prepare to mark a grim year since their call for reform descended into bloodshed.”

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Sectarian divide in the Middle East forcing Hamas to choose between supporting Syria or Iran

March 8, 2012

“Although Hamas could once comfortably ally itself with fellow Sunni powers while at the same time receiving aid and hospitality from Shiite forces in Syria and Iran, the region’s growing sectarian divide means the group is likely to have to pick sides.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta tells Congressional hearing U.S. needs ‘international permission’ to strike Syria; Pentagon later clarifies as ‘international mandate’

March 8, 2012

“”He was re-emphasizing the need for an international mandate. We are not ceding U.S. decision-making authority to some foreign body,” a defense official told CNN.”

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International Committee of the Red Cross: Syria’s district of Baba Amr deserted

March 7, 2012

“The U.N. humanitarian chief toured the shattered Syrian district of Baba Amr on Wednesday but found most residents had fled following a bloody military siege, while activists accused the government of trying to cover up evidence of atrocities there.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Dempsey warn against U.S. intervention in Syria

March 7, 2012

“President Obama has authorized initial U.S. planning for possible intervention in Syria, but the lack of unity within the Syrian opposition and the international community currently argue against such a mission, top U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.”

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Senators McCain (R-AZ), Lieberman (I-CT), and Graham (R-SC) issue joint statement urging President Obama to conduct airstrikes against Syria

March 7, 2012

“[I]f requested by the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army, the United States should help organize an international effort to protect civilian population centers in Syria through airstrikes on Assad’s forces.”

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The Obama Administration moves to provide direct assistance to the Syrian opposition

March 7, 2012

“For now, riskier options, such as creating a no-fly zone in Syria, using U.S. military force there, or engaging directly with the Free Syrian Army, are all still off the table. But the administration has decided not to oppose, either in public or in private, the arming of the rebels by other countries, the officials said.”

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WikiLeaks: Undercover NATO troops are already in Syria

March 6, 2012

“Western powers have categorically denied military involvement in Syria’s internal conflict, for which they have no international mandate. But if the information contained in the letter is reliable, a radically different picture of Western activity in Syria emerges.”

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‘Friends of Syria’ working to end Syrian President al-Assad’s ‘reign of terror’

February 22, 2012

“In London, U.K Foreign Secretary William Hague said Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik “died bringing us the truth about what is happening to the people of Homs.””

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Syrian violence intensifies following an additional 74 deaths on Wednesday, including 2 journalists

February 22, 2012

“”This tragic incident is another example of the shameless brutality of the Assad regime,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.”

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Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Correspondent Anthony Shadid dies from an asthma attack in eastern Syria after slipping into the country to report on the uprising against President al-Assad

February 17, 2012

“New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who strove to capture untold stories in Middle East conflicts from Libya to Iraq, died Thursday in eastern Syria after slipping into the country to report on the uprising against its president.”

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The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly votes to condemn Syria and call for President al-Assad to step down

February 16, 2012

“The vote in the 193-member world body on the Arab-sponsored resolution was 137-12 with 17 abstentions. Several countries complained immediately afterward that they were unable to vote due to problems with the U.N.’s voting machine.”

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Syrian Opposition Forces: Syrian Government considering using chemical weapons on civilians and rebels near Homs

February 14, 2012

“Opposition activists said they had received reports that the Syrian army had transferred a significant quantity of grenades and mortars containing chemical agents to a school building in Homs.”

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Secretary of State Clinton: The U.S. needs the consent of President al-Assad to put troops in Syria

February 13, 2012

“We support the Arab League’s decisions coming out of the meeting in Cairo to try to end the violence and move toward a transition. And we look forward to working closely with them in the lead-up to the meeting in Tunisia. There are a lot of challenges to be discussed as to how to put into effect all of their recommendations,” Clinton said.”

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Syrian Government Forces continue their assault on Homs, killing dozens of civilians Thursday

February 9, 2012

“Syrian government artillery barrages killed dozens of civilians in Homs on Thursday, activists said, as President Bashar al-Assad, bolstered by Russian support, ignored appeals from world leaders to halt the carnage.”

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