Syria

Official: Second Patriot Missile Battery Sent By NATO To Turkey’s Border With Syria Now Active

January 30, 2013

“The United States, Germany and the Netherlands each committed to sending two batteries and up to 400 soldiers to operate them after Ankara asked for help to bolster its air defenses against possible missile attack from Syria.”

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President Obama Pledges $155 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Syria

January 29, 2013

“Obama said he authorized an additional $155 million in aid for food, medical care and clothing for Syrians and refugees, bringing the U.S. total to $365 million.”

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Lakhdar Brahimi to the United Nations Security Council: Syria “Breaking Up Before Everyone’s Eyes”

January 29, 2013

“”Unprecedented levels of horror have been reached. The tragedy does not have an end,” Mr Brahimi told a closed meeting of the 15-member council, according to diplomats.”

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Syrian Government Warplanes Strike Rebel Targets Around Damascus, Including Ghouta and Yalda

January 29, 2013

“The areas on the capital’s doorstep have been rebel strongholds since early on in the revolt. In recent months, the rebels have used them as a base from which they have been trying to push into central Damascus, the seat of Assad’s power.”

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Syrian Rebels Take Control of a Government Intelligence Building in Deir el-Zour, Freeing Prisoners

January 29, 2013

“Syrian rebels stormed a government intelligence complex in the oil-rich east of the country on Tuesday, freeing at least 11 people held in a prison at the facility, activists said.”

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Over 71 Bodies of Executed Fighting-Age Men Discovered in Aleppo, Syria

January 29, 2013

“Sherlock said she counted at least 71 bodies in different stages of decomposition, mostly between the ages of 20 and 40, as well as two boys aged about 11 and 15.”

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United Nations: Syrian Refugees Exceed 700,000

January 29, 2013

“More than 700,000 Syrian refugees have registered in neighboring countries or await processing there, and aid workers are struggling to keep up with the exodus, the United Nations said on Tuesday.”

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United Nations Envoy to Syria Expected to Offer a “Bleak” Forecast for the End of the Syrian Conflict

January 29, 2013

“French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told an emergency gathering of representatives of 50 nations that Syria faces collapse and the “risk of extremist groups gaining ground” in the Middle East.”

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Russia: Chances of Syrian President Assad Staying in Power Getting “Smaller and Smaller”

January 29, 2013

“”I think that with every day, every week and every month, the chances of his preservation are getting smaller and smaller,” Medvedev said, according to the transcript”

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President Obama: Uncertain on Whether the U.S. Should Militarily Intervene in Syria

January 29, 2013

“In a pair of interviews, Obama responded to critics who say the United States has not been involved enough in Syria, where thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced according to U.N. officials.”

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Hacked Defense Contractor E-Mails Reveal Potential Western Plot to Frame Syria With Chemical Weapons

January 29, 2013

“”We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.”"

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United Nations: Lack of Funding May Further Limit Food Rations For Syrian Refugees

January 28, 2013

“About four million Syrians rely on international assistance to cope with fallout from the 22-month old conflict in which the UN estimates more than 60,000 people have died. Many of them get daily food rations.”

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Syrian Government Forces and Rebels Clash in Damascus, Daraya, Arbee and Zabadani

January 28, 2013

“In the north, troops clashed with rebels in al-Hasaka province along Syria’s border with Turkey, the Observatory said, adding that at least 10 rebels were killed in the fighting that erupted Sunday after the opposition fighters attacked a government checkpoint.”

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Syrian Rebels Visiting Paris Appeal for an Additional $500 Million in Aid

January 28, 2013

“Arab and Western “Friends of Syria” agreed in December to provide a total of $145 million of support for the opposition, two-thirds of it from Saudi Arabia, but the money has yet to be delivered.”

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France Foreign Minister: Syria Risks “Falling Into the Hands of Islamist Militant Groups”

January 28, 2013

“Western concern over the growing strength of jihadist militants fighting autonomously in the disorganized ranks of anti-Assad rebel forces is rising.”

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