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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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"Stoking unrest"

July 1st, 2012 Comments off

“…. PA officials fear that certain senior Fatah commanders who have fallen foul of Mr Abbas—in particular a former intelligence chief, Tawfiq Tirawi, and a prominent strongman, Muhammad Dahlan—are stoking the unrest in the hope of creating a security vacuum they could later fill. Hamas, which still controls the Gaza Strip but is heavily suppressed in the West Bank by both Israel and the PA, awaits the tardy coming of the Arab spring to Palestine. The Israelis may be content to see Mr Abbas tied up with recalcitrant Palestinians rather than tackling Israel on the world stage….
Donors, too, are tired. Cash from the Gulf has dwindled, partly because the United Arab Emirates, which used to send $200m a year, seems to have sided with Mr Dahlan…”



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"… a Decade or more!"

March 15th, 2012 Comments off
“…  One year after a popular uprising began against the Syrian strongman – fanned by Arab Spring optimism after the swift fall of dictators in Tunisia and Egypt – Mr. Assad is fighting back, … 

So far, the Syrian case has differed from every other Arab Spring example, … “Not only has Assad absorbed the first shocks of the uprising, in fact he is on the offensive,” says Fawaz Gerges, a Mideast specialist at the London School of Economics who has done fieldwork in Syria in the past year.
“He can mobilize half a million men, skilled, active, healthy men who can fight,” says Mr. Gerges, noting that Assad has barely deployed any of his hundreds of planes and helicopters.
“You’re talking about a regime that has been preparing itself for 40 years for the worst-case scenario,” adds Gerges. “Assad seems to be in charge of how and when he’s using force…. He’s really acting, of course in a very brutal way, but as a man walking tall – not a man scared. Acting decisively. Yesterday it was Idlib, today it is Deraa. This is a systematic, concerted effort; he is going for the kill.”



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The ‘Spy’ who runs Egypt?

February 4th, 2012 Comments off

Arab strongman: With Gadhafi death, an era passes (AP)

October 22nd, 2011 Comments off

FILE - In this photo released Tuesday, April 27, 2004 by the European Commission, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi  walks past a painting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Libya's information minister said Gadhafi was killed Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. (AP Photo/European Commission)AP – He often looked like a comical buffoon, standing before audiences, bedecked in colorful robes, spouting words that most of the world considered nonsense.

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Envoys from 60 countries meet in Paris to discuss support for Libya

September 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Amid calls for guerrilla warfare by ousted strongman Moamer Gaddafi, world leaders gathered in Paris have unblocked US $15 billion in funds to help Libya rebuild.
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Analysis: Peril and promise in twin Syria, Libya crises (Reuters)

August 20th, 2011 Comments off

Syrian supporters living in Lebanon march under a giant Syrian flag in support of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in front of the Syrian embassy in Beirut July 24, 2011. REUTERS/ Cynthia KaramReuters – Now that he has called for Syria’s leader to leave, President Barack Obama faces the daunting challenge of smoothing the way to a post-Assad era — just as another Arab strongman looks increasingly beleaguered in Libya.

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Palestinian police seize guns, files in raid on Dahlan home (AFP)

July 28th, 2011 Comments off

Members of the Palestinian party Fatah and the Palestinian Legislative Council leave the house of ex-strongman Mohammed Dahlan, who is under investigation for murder and corruption, in the West Bank city of Ramallah after a raid by Palestinian police.(AFP/Abbas Momani)AFP – Scores of Palestinian police on Thursday raided the Ramallah home of ex-strongman Mohammed Dahlan who is under investigation for murder and corruption.

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Gaddafi is facing fuel shortages and a cash flow crisis, according to intelligence reports

July 13th, 2011 Comments off

Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan strongman who has been fighting a popular uprising since March, is facing fuel shortages and cash flow problems, according to the latest US intelligence reports.
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Kadhafi digs in as Arab states brace for protests (AFP)

February 25th, 2011 Comments off

Libyans stand atop an army tank in the dissident-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya on February 24, 2011. The region is in full revolt as an insurrection against strongman Moamer Kadhafi intensified, and a string of Arab states braced for a fresh wave of anti-regime protests.(AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)AFP – Eastern Libya is in full revolt as an insurrection against strongman Moamer Kadhafi intensified, and a string of Arab states braced for a fresh wave of anti-regime protests.

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