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  • Syria security forces kill six as protests erupt across the country

    May 6, 2011 | 8:21 am

    A human rights activist said Syrian security forces have killed six people during widespread protests on Friday.

    Thousands of protesters held rallies in major areas across the country, including the capital, Damascus, and its suburbs.

    The activist said five people were killed...

  • Report: Over 50 killed in bloody ‘day of rage’ clashes

    April 29, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    At least 50 protesters were killed in in pro-democracy demonstrations throughout Syria on Friday, including 15 in the south Syrian town of Daraa, according to opposition members.

    Casualties have been reported throughout the country in Homs, Latakia and Rastan, in Syria’s latest ‘day...

  • Obama signs executive order sanctioning Syrians involved in government crackdowns

    April 29, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday imposing new sanctions against two relatives of President Bashar Assad, Syria’s intelligence agency and its director, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force in response to their part in crackdowns on...

  • U.N. human rights body passes resolution condemning Syria crackdown on protests

    April 29, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    The top United Nations human rights body condemned Syria on Friday for using deadly force against peaceful protesters and launched an investigation into killings and other alleged crimes.

    The 47-member forum, which held an emergency session at U.S. request, endorsed a U.S.-sponsored resolution by 26 votes to 9 with 7 abstentions.

    “Member states came together to condemn the brutal tactics used by the Assad regime to silence peaceful dissent,” U.S. human rights ambassador Eileen Donahoe said in a statement.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

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  • Protests erupt across Syria on ‘Day of Rage’

    April 29, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrations Friday in the capital Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia - the heartland the ruling elite - wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.

    Other...

  • IAEA makes it official: Israel hit Syrian nuclear reactor in ‘07

    April 28, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    Israel struck a nuclear reactor when it allegedly bombed a Syrian site in 2007, the head of the international nuclear watchdog said.

    Yukiya Amano, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the structure in the Syrian desert destroyed by Israeli warplanes was definitely...

  • Guest not: Britain takes back Syria’s wedding invite

    April 28, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Britain rescinded an invitation to the royal wedding to Syria’s ambassador because of Syrian government attacks on anti-government protesters.

    The invitation was withdrawn Thursday, the day before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, according to reports, citing...

  • US: Assad no longer potential peace partner for Israel

    April 27, 2011 | 9:02 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is not a partner for a peace deal with Israel, a U.S. State Department official said.

    Jake Sullivan, director of Policy Planning for the department, said during a special State Department briefing Tuesday in answer to a reporter’s question that it is...

  • Assad story

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 26, 2011 | 5:15 pm

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  • Syria forces deploy near Baniyas as regime cracks down on protesters [MAP]

    April 26, 2011 | 1:20 pm

    Syrian security forces deployed in the hills around the coastal town of Banyias on Tuesday in preparation for a possible attack on the coastal city to crush the five-week popular uprising in the country, a protest leader said.

    “Forces wearing black and carrying AK-47s deployed today...

  • Syria rights group: At least 400 civilians killed in crackdown on protesters

    April 26, 2011 | 8:53 am

    Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 400 civilians in their campaign to crush month-long pro-democracy protests, the Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said on Tuesday.

    The group, founded by jailed human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, said the United Nations...

  • Syria escalates crackdown as tanks go to restive city

    April 25, 2011 | 5:17 pm

    Video footage captured in Syria shows military action taken by government

    From NYTimes.com:

    The Syrian Army stormed the restive city of Dara’a with tanks and soldiers and helped detain dozens in towns across the country Monday in an escalation of the widening crackdown on...

  • At least 39 said killed and dozens wounded by Syria troops in Daraa

    April 25, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    At least 39 people were killed and 70 wounded Monday by Syrian security forces in the southern city of Daraa, pro-democracy activists said, after the army moved into the city where the current wave of protests began, and fired at protesters.

    “Bodies of the dead and wounded were seen...

  • U.S. plans sanctions on Syria in wake of brutal crackdowns

    April 25, 2011 | 8:19 am

    The Obama administration may level sanctions against Syria as punishment for President Bashar Assad’s government’s violent crackdown on protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

    The U.S. is currently drafting an executive order that will empower President Obama to...

  • Death toll in Syria protests climbs to at least 25

    April 22, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Security forces shot dead at least 25 pro-democracy protesters in Syria on Friday, human rights campaigners said,  as protesters flooded into the streets after prayers in at least five major areas across the country.

    The protesters were killed in suburbs and towns surrounding...

  • Iran assisting Syria in crackdown, according to U.S. intelligence

    April 14, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Iran reportedly is providing material assistance to the Syrian government in its effort to quell protests.

    The Wall Street Journal on Thursday quoted Obama administration officials as saying that they have intelligence showing that Iran is providing the Assad regime in Syria with...

  • Gilad: Israel faces isolation ‘no less severe than war’

    April 4, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    The chief of Israel’s diplomatic-security bureau warned this week that Israel faced an isolation “no less severe than war” should the United Nations recognize Palestine as an independent state this September.

    In remarks carried by Channel 10, General (res.) Amos Gilad said behind...

  • U.S.: Violence isn’t the answer to grievances of Syrian people

    April 1, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    The White House on Friday condemned Syria’s violent crackdown on anti-government protesters and urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to promptly take concrete steps toward meaningful reform.

    “The Syrian government has an important opportunity to be responsive to the legitimate...

  • Turkey to UN: We seized illegal Iran arms shipment en route to Syria

    March 31, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Turkey has informed a UN Security Council panel that it seized a cache of weapons Iran was attempting to export in breach of a UN arms embargo, according to a document obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

    Security Council diplomats said the report of the seizure from an Iranian cargo...

  • Assad blames protests on ‘Israeli agenda’

    March 30, 2011 | 8:46 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed recent anti-government protests on “enemies with an Israeli agenda” during an address to the nation.

    “Our enemies work every day in an organized and public fashion to hurt Syria,” Assad said Wednesday in his first public address since...

  • N.Y. rabbi pleads guilty to money laundering

    March 29, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    A leader of New York’s Syrian Jewish community pleaded guilty to laundering money through a religious charity.

    Rabbi Saul Kassin, 79, pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain Monday in federal court. He faces up to $250,000 in fines and could face up to five years in prison, though...

  • Unrest in Syria presents Israel with potential dangers and opportunities

    March 29, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    With the turmoil rocking the Middle East now threatening the regime in Syria, Israel faces potentially grave dangers and huge opportunities.

    The dangers are clear: The emergence of a more radical regime in Syria could mean a stronger Iran-Syria-Hezbollah axis. Iran could get direct...

  • U.S. condemns Syria’s ‘brutal repression’ of protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the Syrian government on Tuesday for the harsh way it had responded to pro-democracy protests, while the State Department spokesman said Syria must make more progress on reforms.

    “In a series of side meetings I also had the chance to...

  • Syria government resigns in effort to appease protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East.

    Assad, whose family has controlled Syria...

  • Report: U.S., France nixed Kerry visit to Syria

    March 28, 2011 | 10:34 am

    The Obama administration and France reportedly nixed a visit by U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to Syria.

    Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has cultivated a relationship with the regime otherwise treated as a pariah in the West in the hope of...

  • Clinton: U.S. not ready to intervene in Syria

    March 28, 2011 | 8:47 am

    The United States is not ready to send troops to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    “Certainly we deplore the violence in Syria,” Clinton said during an interview on the “Face the Nation” program on CBS Television that aired Sunday. “We call—as we have on...

  • When Syria falls

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    The writer Leon Wieseltier opened his keynote address at the Daniel Pearl Memorial lecture at UCLA last month with a telling joke.

    “For 50 years, nothing ever changed in the Middle East,” he said, “until the minute I sat down to write this speech.”

    How true. Monarchs and...

  • Warren Christopher, overseer of Mideast talks, dies

    March 21, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Warren Christopher, the U.S. Secretary of State whose intensive shuttling shepherded talks with Syria, Jordan and the Palestinians in the mid-1990s, has died.

    Christopher died March 18 at home in Los Angeles of complications from cancer. He was 85.

    As secretary of state under...

  • At funeral, Syrian protesters chant for freedom

    March 21, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    Anti-government demonstrators chanted “God, Syria, freedom” at the funeral of a fellow protester in the southern Syrian city of Deraa.

    The protesters at Monday’s funeral added to the chant, “The people want the overthrow of corruption,” Reuters reported. Black-uniformed security...

  • Fresh clashes in Syria as thousands protest Assad regime

    March 21, 2011 | 8:56 am

    The Syrian army deployed on Monday at the entrances to the southern city of Daraa as officials tried to calm passions following protests for freedom in which five civilians were killed, residents said.

    Thousands of mourners marched at the funeral of 23-year-old Raed al-Kerad who died on Sunday, the latest of five protesters to be killed by security forces. Mourners chanted slogans demanding political freedom and an end to corruption.

    “God, Syria, freedom. The people want the overthrow of corruption,” they chanted.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

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