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Battle for Aleppo intensifies as both sides reinforce

July 26th, 2012 Comments off

Helicopter gunships strafed several neighbourhoods of the commercial capitalSyrian troops and rebels sent reinforcements to the intensifying battle in the second city Aleppo, as the US said fresh defections from the regime showed President Bashar al-Assad's "days are numbered".

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Syrian envoy to UAE defects after wife joins rebels

July 25th, 2012 Comments off

Syria’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defected Wednesday, a day after his wife, the Syrian envoy to Cyprus, announced she was joining the rebels. Abdel Latif al-Dabbagh’s wife Lamia …
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Defector general Tlass calls for Syrian unity

July 25th, 2012 Comments off

Undated file picture shows top Syrian General Manaf Tlass smoking a cigar in an undisclosed locationSyrian general Manaf Tlass Tuesday called on Syrians to unite and start building a post-President Bashar al-Assad Syria as he made his first public appearance since defecting from the regime.

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Wall Street Journal on US "covert" policies in Syria

July 24th, 2012 Comments off
“The U.S. has been mounting a secret but limited effort to speed the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without using force”.  Let me count the lies in this one sentence: it is neither secret nor limited and it is certainly violent.  (thanks Laleh)

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Assad ‘moves chemical weapons to Syria border’: rebels

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

A portrait of Syria President Bashar al-Assad is set alight on July 23 during clashes near AleppoSyria's rebels accused strongman Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of moving chemical weapons to the country's borders, a day after his beleaguered regime said it would use its stockpiles if attacked.

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Feared regime forces assault Syrian capital

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off

An armed Syrian rebel wearing the jersey of FC Barcelona rests with comrades near the northern city of AleppoFeared forces led by President Bashar al-Assad's brother used helicopter gunships Sunday in a new assault on rebels in Damascus, activists said, as clashes also raged in Syria's second city Aleppo.

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Rebels claim deadly bomb attack on Syria top brass

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

Image grab from YouTube shows a burning Syrian army tanks in the town of AazazRebels claimed a bomb attack which struck at the heart of Syria's senior command, killing at least three of President Bashar al-Assad's top brass and warned of more carnage to come.

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To the Last Ditch: Maher al-Asad

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

Reuters has a profile of Maher al-Asad, younger brother of Bashar, head of the Republican Guard, and a man portrayed as the most brutal of the Asads. The death of brother-in-law ‘Assaf Shawkat today narrows the Asad inner clique even more as the family circles the wagons.


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US sees Assad ‘losing control’

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

The killing of three top figures at the heart of Syria’s defence establishment shows President Bashar al-Assad is losing control, the White House says.
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Assad will use chemical weapons: top defector

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

Nawaf Fares, pictured in 2009, the first Syrian ambassador to defect to the oppositionSyrian President Bashar al-Assad will use chemical weapons against opposition forces and may have already deployed them, Nawaf Fares, the first Syrian ambassador to defect, told the BBC on Monday.

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