Syria

Syrian Opposition Leader Moaz Alkhatib Criticized for Meeting With Iran and Russia

February 4, 2013

“The Russian and Iranian foreign ministers, and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, portrayed Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib’s new willingness to talk with the Assad regime as a major step towards resolving the two-year-old war.”

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Syrian President Assad: Israel Attempting to Destabilize Syria

February 4, 2013

“Bashar al-Assad has accused Israel of trying to destabilise Syria by attacking a military research base outside Damascus last week, and said his country was able to confront “current threats … and aggression”, according to state media.”

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Israel Planning a “Buffer Zone” Within the Syrian Border For When the Syrian Government is Overthrown

February 4, 2013

“Israel intends to declare a buffer zone inside the Syrian border to prevent radical groups from getting too close to its territory when the embattled Damascus regime topples, security sources said on Sunday.”

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Iran Supreme National Security Council Secretary: Israel Will Regret Its Airstrike Against Syria

February 4, 2013

“The remarks come as Israel is reportedly planning to set up a buffer zone along its border with Syria to guard against Islamist fighters.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Condemns Israel’s Air Strike in Syria

February 4, 2013

“Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of waging “state terrorism” as he condemned the air strike on Syria as an unacceptable violation of international law.”

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Vice President Biden Meets With Syrian Opposition Leader Mouaz al-Khatib

February 4, 2013

“And while Biden implicitly criticized Russia for supporting the Assad government, he gave the Syrian opposition little hope that Washington would change its mind about allowing more sophisticated arms to flow to the rebels.”

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Syrian Opposition Leader Mouaz al-Khatib Meets With Russia and Iran Foreign Ministers

February 4, 2013

“Syrian opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib has met the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran for the first time, opening a window to a possible breakthrough in efforts to broker an end to Syria’s conflict.”

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Report: Israel Air Strike Damaged Purported Chemical and Biological Weapons Research Site in Syria

February 3, 2013

“That complex, the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, has been the target of American and Western sanctions for more than a decade because of intelligence suggesting that it was the training site for engineers who worked on chemical and biological weaponry.”

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Report: White House Rejected Plan Presented by Secretary of State Clinton and CIA Director Petraeus to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels

February 2, 2013

“Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Petraeus presented the proposal to the White House, according to administration officials. But with the White House worried about the risks, and with President Obama in the midst of a re-election bid, they were rebuffed.”

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49th Munich Conference Focuses on Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Mali

February 2, 2013

“Vice President Joe Biden will meet separately on Saturday with Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, UN Special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference as all sides strive for a resolution to the 22-month conflict.”

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Lebanese Militant Group Hezbollah Declares “Full Solidarity” With Syria

January 31, 2013

“The Thursday statement said Hezbollah “expresses full solidarity with Syria’s command, army and people,” and called the strike “barbaric aggression”.”

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Israel Officials Still Have Yet to Formally Confirm Airstrike in Syria

January 31, 2013

“Israeli officials remained silent on Thursday about their airstrike in Syrian territory the day before, a tactic that experts said was part of a longstanding strategy to give targeted countries face-saving opportunities to avoid conflict escalation.”

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Syrian Opposition Coalition Leader Expresses Willingness to Negotiate With Syrian President Assad

January 30, 2013

“The sheik later clarified in a second statement that he was expressing his personal opinion.”

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Report: Syrian Weapons Convoy Targeted by Israel Included Russian-Made SA-17 Anti-Aircraft Missiles

January 30, 2013

“Israel conducted a rare airstrike on a military target inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, foreign officials and Syrian state TV said Wednesday, amid fears President Bashar Assad’s regime could provide powerful weapons to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.”

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Officials: Israeli Air Strike Near Damascus, Syria, Targeted Weapons Convoy Destined for Hezbollah in Lebanon

January 30, 2013

“Israeli jets bombed a convoy near Syria’s border with Lebanon early on Wednesday, sources told Reuters, apparently targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah in what some called a warning to Damascus not to arm Israel’s Lebanese enemy.”

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