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April 25, 2013
14:32 // 1 year ago
October 8, 2012
Sooner rather than later there will be change, a transition. Our only hope is that this happens before more blood is shed, and before Syria self-destructs more than it already has.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul • Pushing for an end to the violence in Syria, and for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle to step down. After nearly a week of daily violence between the two nations, many in the international community are worried about yet another escalation of the Syrian uprising that has led to more than 20,000 deaths. source
15:41 // 1 year ago
October 3, 2012

Car bombs, mortar shells claim 48 lives in Aleppo

  • two car bombs and mortar shells struck a government-controlled district in Aleppo, Syria, only a couple of days after the launching of a major offensive in the city. Syria’s state-run SANA news agency also claims that government forces prevented the detonation of three suicide bombers.
  • 48 people were killed by the bombs and shelling, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which many believe were targeting a military club in Saadallah al-Jabiri square. The attacks reminded many observers of a bombing in July which claimed the lives of four of Syria’s most senior security officials. source
17:16 // 1 year ago
Breaking news regarding the quickly deteriorating diplomatic relations between Turkey and Syria, both of which previously counted one another among their regional allies. source

Breaking news regarding the quickly deteriorating diplomatic relations between Turkey and Syria, both of which previously counted one another among their regional allies. source

15:07 // 1 year ago
October 1, 2012
18:03 // 1 year ago
September 10, 2012
15:52 // 2 years ago
August 21, 2012

Russia, U.S. still can’t agree on military intervention in Syria

  • 50 Syrians killed during army push to retake Damascus suburb source

» Diplomacy failing: After two days of fighting, following an army offensive aimed at retaking the Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya from opposition forces, international tension over the Syrian uprising is flaring again. Though President Obama has threatened American military action, should President Assad try to use chemical or biological weapons, Russian and Syrian officials have once again warned against Western intervention. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that both Russia and China were committed to upholding the norms of international law, and are committed to preventing their violation, while Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said that American intervention would lead to a conflict that stretches “wider than Syria’s borders.”

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19:10 // 2 years ago
August 16, 2012
Report: Maher al-Assad also wounded in July bombing of security building
The Assad regime suffered one of its most public setbacks last month, when members of the Free Syrian Army successfully bombed a secret meeting of senior Syrian military officials. The attack claimed the lives of four people, including al-Assad’s brother-in-law, widely believed to be members of Assad’s inner circle. Now, reports suggest that the President’s brother Maher al-Assad — who gained notoriety after footage emerged of him allegedly firing on unarmed civilians during the early days of the Syrian uprising — may have lost his leg in the attack. If true, it would be the latest in a string of PR blows suffered by the regime. (Photo via syriana2011) source
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The Assad regime suffered one of its most public setbacks last month, when members of the Free Syrian Army successfully bombed a secret meeting of senior Syrian military officials. The attack claimed the lives of four people, including al-Assad’s brother-in-law, widely believed to be members of Assad’s inner circle. Now, reports suggest that the President’s brother Maher al-Assad — who gained notoriety after footage emerged of him allegedly firing on unarmed civilians during the early days of the Syrian uprising — may have lost his leg in the attack. If true, it would be the latest in a string of PR blows suffered by the regime. (Photo via syriana2011) source

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17:16 // 2 years ago
August 2, 2012

Head of Syrian peace effort resigns, but don’t be too hard on him

No more Annan: Kofi Annan, the diplomat tasked by both the United Nations and the Arab League with ending the violence in Syria, has decided to resign his post. Annan had proposed a peace plan for the country, but the first step of that plan—a ceasefire—fell apart within days, and his subsequent efforts to quell the violence failed. This departure may tarnish Annan’s legacy…but it shouldn’t. Absolutely nobody has been able to make any headway whatsoever in resolving the Syrian mess; the violence has perpetuated for sixteen months, and even seems to be getting worse as of late. Perhaps Annan could have come up with a different or better plan, but there’s little reason to expect that would have worked, either. When you can’t even get two sides of a conflict to stop shooting each other, it’s hard to expect a political dialogue to take hold. source

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11:16 // 2 years ago
January 29, 2012
22:57 // 2 years ago