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May 31, 2013

American woman killed in Syrian civil war; regime reported to have upper hand

163 people killed in Syria today, according to a local activist committee. The fact that one of them was a Michigan woman has turned heads at the State Department; according to both AP and John McCain, the regime has recently gained the upper hand in the two-year-old conflict, which has claimed roughly 80,000 lives so far. source

16:31 // 10 months ago
February 8, 2013
10:12 // 1 year ago
December 6, 2012
0:22 // 1 year ago
July 22, 2012
Before he was infamous: Assad family photos show different side of leader
The Daily Telegraph has acquired photos of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad with his family, taken five to seven years ago, when he was perceived as a different type of leader than people see him now. “Unseen by the photographer, and by most visitors to Syria,” writes reporter Nick Meo, “were the torture chambers, tanks and chemical weapons that the family relied on to maintain their brutal rule.” It’s unlikely Assad’s family life looks anything like this these days. (photo by Camera Press)

Before he was infamous: Assad family photos show different side of leader

The Daily Telegraph has acquired photos of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad with his family, taken five to seven years ago, when he was perceived as a different type of leader than people see him now. “Unseen by the photographer, and by most visitors to Syria,” writes reporter Nick Meo, “were the torture chambers, tanks and chemical weapons that the family relied on to maintain their brutal rule.” It’s unlikely Assad’s family life looks anything like this these days. (photo by Camera Press)

13:51 // 1 year ago
July 18, 2012
The Free Syrian Army carried out this attack in retaliation for the massacres committed by the regime and because of the international silence. We promised that we are going to hit the regime in its most sensitive axis. This was necessary for us.
COL. MALIK KURDI, deputy commander of the Free Syrian Army, which claimed responsibility for an attack in Damascus that killed Syria’s defense and deputy defense ministers. (via the Washington Post)

Some intelligence experts are already calling this attack devastating for the Syrian government, one that could hasten Assad’s fall. Analyst Anthony Skinner of Maplecroft, for example, says the deaths are “a massive psychological blow to the regime.”

(via inothernews)

9:05 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2012
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15:44 // 2 years ago