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Pro-Western fighters in Syria

July 23rd, 2012 Comments off
“By Saturday evening, a group of some 150 foreign fighters describing themselves as Islamists had taken control of the post.  These fighters were not at the site on Friday, when rebel fighters captured the post.  Some of the fighters said they belonged to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), while others claimed allegiance to the Shura Taliban.  They were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, rocket launchers and improvised mines.  The fighters identified themselves as coming from a number of countries: Algeria, France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates — and the Russian republic of Chechnya, itself prey to two brutal conflicts in the 1990s as Moscow clamped down on separatist militants.”” (thanks Austin)

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Syrian forces hunt for rebels in Damascus

July 23rd, 2012 Comments off

In this citizen journalism image taken on Monday, July 16, 2012 and provided by Edlib News Network ENN, a Syrian girl holds a poster with Arabic that reads, "greetings from Kfarnebel's children to the Free Syrian Army soldiers in Damascus," during a demonstration in Kfarnebel, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian rebels have launched an offensive to "liberate" the country's largest city of Aleppo, an opposition commander said Sunday, while in Damascus government troops backed by helicopter gunships wrested back control of rebel-held neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTOSyrian forces went house to house kicking down doors in the capital Damascus Monday, searching for any remaining rebel fighters behind the clashes that shook the capital last week before the government appeared to reassert control over contested neighborhoods.

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Syrian troops retake border crossing from rebels

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off

This citizen journalist image shot through a broken car window shows smoke billowing from a building after fighting between rebels and Syrian troops in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in south Damascus, Syria, Saturday, July 21, 2012. This week, fierce fighting between troops and rebels reached the Syrian capital, the central bastion of Bashar Assad's rule, shattering parts of the city and sending thousands of people fleeing to neighboring Lebanon and Iraq. Activists and residents reported a tense calm in Damascus Saturday but said sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard throughout the night. (AP Photo)Iraqi security officials and state TV say the Syrian military has retaken control of a border crossing from rebel fighters who seized it a day earlier.

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Syria rebels seize north Iraq crossing: Iraq governor

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

Iraqi soliders guard the Iraq-Syria border point at Albu Kamal on July 20Syrian rebels took control of the main crossing between Iraq and Syria along the two countries' northern border on Saturday, the governor of the Iraqi province of Nineveh told AFP.

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Tighter gun control unlikely, D.C. watchers say – Boston Herald

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

DAWN.com

Tighter gun control unlikely, D.C. watchers say
Boston Herald
By Richard Simon / The Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON – The Aurora, Colo., mass shooting is reigniting a debate over whether tougher gun laws are needed, but congressional legislation is a long shot, especially in an election year.
Gun Deaths: A Familiar American ExperienceABC News (blog)
Colorado shooting unlikely to spur changes in gun lawsReuters
Obama has largely steered clear of gun debateCNN (blog)
NPR
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Syrian troops seize Damascus neighborhood

July 20th, 2012 Comments off

This undated combo image made of 3 photos released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows former defense minister Hassan Turkmani, left, Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Dawoud Rajha, center, and Bashar Assad's brother-in-law Major General Assef Shawkat, right, in Damascus, Syria. Syrian government forces struck back against rebels with attack helicopters and shelling around Damascus Thursday, July 19, 2012 a day after an audacious bomb attack that killed three senior members of the ruling regime. (AP Photo/SANA)Syrian troops regained control of a rebellious neighborhood in Damascus Friday as more than 300 people were reported killed the day before in a sharp escalation of the country's civil war.

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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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Consolidating power

June 21st, 2012 Comments off

The appendix to last year’s interim Constitutional Declaration issued by SCAF ensures the generals remain in control, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
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Syrian troops reclaim town from rebel control

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

BEIRUT – Syrian forces have reclaimed a mountainous town from the rebel control after eight days of heavy fighting and bombardment, signaling that both sides were using heavy weapons despite a UN-bac
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Syria claims it has retaken rebellious village

June 13th, 2012 Comments off

This image made from amateur video released by Shaam News Network and accessed Tuesday, June 12, 2012 purports to show a UN observer vehicle surrounded by civilians in Deir el-Zour, Syria.(AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT, DATE, LOCATION OR AUTHENTICITY OF THIS MATERIALSyrian forces pushed out scores of rebels holed up in a rebellious area near the Mediterranean coast Wednesday and state television said they retook control of the region following eight days of fierce shelling and clashes.

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