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Bulgaria shows images of bomber behind attack on Israelis

July 20th, 2012 Comments off

Israeli soldiers carry one of the coffins of five Israelis who were killed during the terror attackBulgarian authorities on Thursday released images of the suspected suicide bomber behind a deadly attack on Israeli tourists that Israel has blamed on Iran.

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In Tremseh: NYTimes: "Murky" but evidence suggests events "more closely followed the Syrian government account" than that of opposition activists.

July 15th, 2012 Comments off
“… Before the United Nations team entered the town, a combination of videos, televised confessions of numerous captured fighters and reports from activists outside the area all indicated that a battle on Thursday between the military and local fighters in Tremseh, a village of 11,000 people about 22 miles northwest of Hama, resulted in a slaughter of rebel forces.
The videos that have emerged so far online, the source of much of the information on any fighting that is available outside Syria, have shown the victims to be young men of fighting age. One showed 15 bodies. Another one, said to show a group of reinforcements being sent to Tremseh, also showed a group of young men in civilian clothes carrying their personal weapons.
There were also new questions about the death toll, with initial figures from activists of more than 160 and other reports putting the toll at more than 200. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group based in Britain that has a network of contacts in Syria, said that it had been able to confirm only 103 names, and 90 percent of them were young men. There were no women’s names on the list of 103 victims obtained from activists in Homs.

An initial roster of 20 names published by the Syrian National Council, the main umbrella opposition group in exile, was mostly a list of men between 19 and 36, although it included the name of a 6-year-old boy. Activists from the area contacted Saturday stuck to the narrative that there had been a massacre in Tremseh…
After the high toll was announced from Tremseh, as was the case with Houla and other similar episodes, Western leaders lined up to condemn the mass killings of civilians. Col. Riad al-Assad, based in Turkey as the ostensible leader of the loose coalition of fighters called the Free Syrian Army, told the Arabic television network Al Jazeera on Thursday that there had been no opposition fighters in the town.
Although what actually happened in Tremseh remains murky, the evidence available suggested that events on Thursday more closely followed the Syrian government account. But Syrian officials colored that account with their usual terminology of blaming “foreign terrorist gangs” for all violence. The government said the Syrian Army had inflicted “heavy losses” on the “terrorists.”
The picture emerging is that there was a large group of fighters from the town and the local area bivouacked in Tremseh. The Syrian Army moved in early Thursday, blocking all exits and blasting away with machine guns, tank shells and rockets fired from helicopters, laying waste to the town.
“Whenever the Syrian Army knows there are fighters concentrated in an area, they attack,” said the leader of the Observatory, who goes by the pseudonym Rami Abdul-Rahman for safety reasons. “The majority of people killed in Tremseh were either rebel fighters from the village or from surrounding villages.”…”



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Activists: Massacre in Syria kills more than 100

July 12th, 2012 Comments off

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2008 file photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Nawaf Fares, left, is sworn in as Syria's ambassador to Iraq before Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem in Damascus. Fares, who became Syria's highest ranking diplomat to defect to the opposition on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, dismissed the main international plan seeking to stop the violence, saying Thursday that nothing short of Assad's ouster is acceptable. (AP Photo/SANA, File)Syrian activists reported a new massacre late Thursday in the central Hama province, saying regime forces killed more than 100 people in shelling and other attacks.

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China joins Russia in staying away from Syria talks

July 5th, 2012 Comments off

A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows rebels in IdlibChina joined Russia on Thursday in boycotting a meeting aimed at coordinating efforts to stop the bloodshed in Syria, where three senior army officers were among more than 150 people reported killed in 48 hours.

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US plans bid to retrieve Arab dictators’ assets

June 29th, 2012 Comments off

Robert Hormats, the under secretary of state handling economic affairsThe United States plans to hold a conference in September with newly democratic Arab countries to help them recover assets spirited abroad by autocrats, a US official said Thursday.

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Egypt to decide venue for Morsi oath

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

Mohamed MorsiEgypt was to decide on Thursday the venue for Islamist Mohamed Morsi's swearing in ceremony as the nation's first civilian president, as Washington praised the military for facilitating a "free" poll.

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UN raises aid appeal for Syrian refugees to $193 mn

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

Syrian refugees walk at the Kilis refugee camp in Turkey near the Syrian borderThe United Nations doubled its appeal for aid funds on Thursday to help thousands of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria, the majority of whom are women and children.

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Iraq parliament speaker threatens to oust premier

June 21st, 2012 Comments off

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 file photo, Iraq's Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi attends a meeting for the main Sunni-backed bloc in Baghdad, Iraq. The speaker of Iraq's parliament says the nation's prime minister must answer lawmakers' demands to unsnarl a political deadlock or face a vote to oust him from power. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)The speaker of Iraq's parliament declared Thursday that lawmakers are prepared to oust the nation's prime minister if he refuses to share authority with his political opponents and break a deadlock that has all but paralyzed the government.

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Smell of death greets UN monitors in Syrian town

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

Smoldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death greeted U.N. observers who entered the nearly deserted Syrian town of Haffa on Thursday, a day after President Bashar Assad’s forces overran it as part of a major offensive to recover rebel-controlled territories.
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Kuwaiti tweeter jailed 6 months for insulting Shias

June 4th, 2012 Comments off

AFP/Tribune, Kuwaiti tweeter jailed 6 months for insulting Shias, 31 May 2012 "Kuwait’s court of appeals Thursday reduced a seven-year jail term of a Sunni tweeter to a six-month imprisonment for allegedly insulting the faith of the Shia minority, his lawyer said."
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