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# damascus - Monday 23 July, 2012

Syrian regime forces accused of summary executions

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that state forces executed at least 23 people yesterday.

Syria: Government troops fight back against rebels in Damascus

The move is an attempt to take over rebel-held areas in Damascus and Aleppo, two of the biggest cities in the country.

# damascus - Sunday 22 July, 2012

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Syrian war: fierce fighting continues in Damascus and Aleppo

Rebels have launched an operation to ‘liberate’ Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Both sides are claiming territorial gains.

# damascus - Saturday 21 July, 2012

Thousands flee Syria as war rages on

Despite the UN’s extension of its observation mission, violence continues to escalate across the country.

# damascus - Friday 20 July, 2012

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Executions reported as rebels seize border crossings in Syria

Iraq says that all of its borders with Syria have been seized.

# damascus - Wednesday 18 July, 2012

Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law killed in Damascus suicide bombing

A suicide bombing targeted the national security headquarters in central Damascus with Syrian state TV reporting that Defence Minister General Daoud Rajha was also killed.

# damascus - Monday 16 July, 2012

Civil war declared in Syria as fighting escalates

Meanwhile, the UN is pressing China and Russia to back tougher action against Bashar Assad.

# damascus - Friday 29 June, 2012

US, Russia hold talks on Syria

Meanwhile, violence continues in Syria with activists stating it has been a particularly bloody week around the nation’s capital.

# damascus - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Pro government TV station attacked in Syria

Seven people were killed in the attack after explosives were detonated in the channel’s offices.

# damascus - Sunday 10 June, 2012

Syrian troops renew shelling of Homs, 38 killed

Women and children have been sheltering in basements for days, according to activists.

# damascus - Thursday 10 May, 2012

Two strong explosions shake Syrian capital

Violence continues in Damascus despite UN-backed ceasefire.

# damascus - Friday 27 April, 2012

Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10

Despite a cease-fire agreement, chaos and violence continue in Syria – with protests ongoing and a suicide attack in Damascus today that killed ten people.

# damascus - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Reports of three intelligence officers killed in Syria

As monitors continue to visit parts of the unrest-stricken country, reports say that around 30 people died in Hama yesterday.

# damascus - Friday 20 April, 2012

Clinton pushes for greater action on Syria

The US has increased the supports it is making available to the Syrian opposition.

# damascus - Friday 6 April, 2012

Syria steps up offensive in Damascus suburbs

Opposition activists believe Assad’s regime is stepping up attacks to gain ground ahead of an internationally sponsored cease-fire due to take place next week.

# damascus - Sunday 1 April, 2012

Gulf countries agree a 'pot of gold' to fund Syrian rebels

The large-scale plan was agreed at a meeting of foreign ministers in Istanbul today as violence continues in Syria.

Column: ‘Staying in Syria was too risky’ – an Irish journalist’s story

Stephen Starr lived in conflict-torn Syria for five years until last month, one of the only Irish journalists able to do so. Here he explains why he had to leave.

# damascus - Friday 23 March, 2012

EU slaps sanctions on Assad's wife and mother

Intercepted emails recently showed that the president’s wife Asma spent thousands on designer shoes and bespoke furniture as the government continued its violent crackdown.

# damascus - Monday 19 March, 2012

Syrian troops and gunmen clash in Damascus

The clashes follow Saturday’s car bombings, which killed 27 people. Three strong explosions were reported in Damascus last night.

# damascus - Sunday 18 March, 2012

Explosion in Syria's second city Aleppo

Syrian state media is reporting an unspecified number of casualties from today’s blast.

Why has the world not intervened in Syria?

A number of Middle East experts tell TheJournal.ie why Syria is not Libya.

# damascus - Saturday 17 March, 2012

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Dozens killed as twin explosions strike Syrian capital

State news agency SANA says that car bombs appear to have been involved in the attacks which killed several people this morning.

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# damascus - Thursday 15 March, 2012

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Syria: 6 things we have learned from the Assad emails

The Guardian has today published details from thousands of emails it reports were sent and received by the embattled president Bashar Assad and his wife in recent months.

# damascus - Sunday 11 March, 2012

Kofi Annan leaves Syria without securing peace deal

The UN envoy was rebuffed by president Bashar al-Assad as he attempted to broker a ceasefire.

# damascus - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Kofi Annan meets Syrian president in bid to defuse violence

The visit comes amid reports that a number of high-ranking military officers have joined rebel forces against Bashar al-Assad.

# damascus - Sunday 26 February, 2012

Syrians vote on new draft constitution as violence continues

Opposition parties are boycotting the vote and have called for Assad to step down immediately.

# damascus - Saturday 18 February, 2012

Syria troops fire on Damascus funeral, say activists

Eyewitnesses say the procession numbered around 15,000 – which would make it among the largest anti-government gatherings to have taken place in Damascus during the 11-month rising.

# damascus - Sunday 12 February, 2012

Al-Qaeda chief urges outside help for Syria rebels

Ayman al-Zawahri calls on Muslims elsewhere in the Arab World to join the uprising against Syrian president Bashar Assad.

# damascus - Saturday 11 February, 2012

Military official shot dead in Damascus

Dr Issa al-Kholi is the highest ranking military official to have been killed since unrest began almost a year ago.

# damascus - Friday 10 February, 2012

Syria: 28 killed in Aleppo bomb blasts

Bashar Assad’s forces continue to bombard the city of Homs as the government said that military complexes in the economically important city of Aleppo had been targeted today.

# damascus - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Over a dozen dead as shelling of Syrian city of Homs continues Syria This post contains videos

Over a dozen dead as shelling of Syrian city of Homs continues

Scores of people have died in the last week alone as UN chief Ban Ki Moon said that the failure to agree a resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council has been “disastrous”.

# damascus - Wednesday 8 February, 2012

Syria: Dozens reported dead as shelling of Homs continues Syria This post contains videos

Syria: Dozens reported dead as shelling of Homs continues

The violence comes despite more assurances from president Bashar Assad to end the bombardment and start dialogue with rebel fighters.

# damascus - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Syria: Shelling resumes in Homs as Russian foreign minister due for talks

Sergei Lavrov is in Damascus today but has remained tight-lipped about what he will tell Syrian officials after Russia’s veto of a UN resolution last week.

# damascus - Monday 6 February, 2012

US closes Syrian embassy amid growing unrest

The US has reiterated its calls for the international community to act in support of the Arab League’s peace plan.

# damascus - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

UN to hold key talks on resolution demanding Assad steps aside

The move comes as Syrian troops push further into Damascus suburbs, crushing pockets of resistance.

# damascus - Monday 30 January, 2012

Syrian troops storm rebel strongholds near Damascus, 62 reported dead

The widescale offensive near the capital suggested the regime is worried that military defectors could close in on Damascus.

# damascus - Saturday 7 January, 2012

Syria: Government vows to respond with 'iron fist' to terrorist threats

The announcement comes following the deaths of 26 people in an apparent suicide bombing in a Damascus neighbourhood that has witnessed anti-regime protests.

# damascus - Friday 6 January, 2012

15 killed in Damascus suicide bombing: report

Syrian state media reports that a bomb exploded in the city earlier today.

# damascus - Wednesday 28 December, 2011

Four Syrian soldiers killed as Arab League begins second day of observing

Human Rights Watch has accused Syrian authorities of hiding hundreds of detainees from the observers now in the country.