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# damascus - Monday 23 July, 2012

Syria threatens using WMDs as EU prepares to withdraw citizens
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# Syria

Syria threatens using WMDs as EU prepares to withdraw citizens

Jul 23rd 2012, 7:16 PM 5,404 Views 57 Comments

Cyprus’s justice minister says the bloc is “prepared for the worst”, as Syria reveals its WMD for the first time.

Syrian regime forces accused of summary executions
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# Syria

Syrian regime forces accused of summary executions

Jul 23rd 2012, 2:57 PM 1,797 Views 10 Comments

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
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# Syria

Syria: Government troops fight back against rebels in Damascus

Jul 23rd 2012, 9:18 AM 1,174 Views 5 Comments

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

Syrian war: fierce fighting continues in Damascus and Aleppo
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# Death Toll

Syrian war: fierce fighting continues in Damascus and Aleppo

Jul 22nd 2012, 11:14 AM 1,759 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Syria

Thousands flee Syria as war rages on

Jul 21st 2012, 7:52 AM 1,576 Views 7 Comments

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

# damascus - Friday 20 July, 2012

Executions reported as rebels seize border crossings in Syria
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# Syria

Executions reported as rebels seize border crossings in Syria

Jul 20th 2012, 8:20 AM 2,276 Views 19 Comments

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
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# Syria

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

Jul 18th 2012, 1:10 PM 3,355 Views 44 Comments

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
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# Syria

Civil war declared in Syria as fighting escalates

Jul 16th 2012, 9:16 AM 2,049 Views 11 Comments

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
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# Damascus

US, Russia hold talks on Syria

Jun 29th 2012, 8:50 PM 3,085 Views 16 Comments

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
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# Syria

Pro government TV station attacked in Syria

Jun 27th 2012, 1:25 PM 1,224 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Syria

Syrian troops renew shelling of Homs, 38 killed

Jun 10th 2012, 5:47 PM 1,031 Views 2 Comments

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

# damascus - Thursday 10 May, 2012

Two strong explosions shake Syrian capital
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# Damascus

Two strong explosions shake Syrian capital

May 10th 2012, 7:34 AM 759 Views 1 Comment

Violence continues in Damascus despite UN-backed ceasefire.

# damascus - Friday 27 April, 2012

Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10
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# Syria

Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10

Apr 27th 2012, 8:22 PM 1,401 Views 3 Comments

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
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# Syria

Reports of three intelligence officers killed in Syria

Apr 24th 2012, 12:58 PM 734 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Syria

Clinton pushes for greater action on Syria

Apr 20th 2012, 8:15 AM 743 Views 6 Comments

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
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# Syria

Syria steps up offensive in Damascus suburbs

Apr 6th 2012, 10:17 AM 880 Views 3 Comments

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
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# Syria

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

Apr 1st 2012, 3:00 PM 2,434 Views 6 Comments

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
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# Read Me

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

Apr 1st 2012, 8:30 AM 130 Views 13 Comments

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
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# Sanctions

EU slaps sanctions on Assad's wife and mother

Mar 23rd 2012, 4:28 PM 5,068 Views 17 Comments

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
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# Syria

Syrian troops and gunmen clash in Damascus

Mar 19th 2012, 9:43 AM 716 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Syria

Explosion in Syria's second city Aleppo

Mar 18th 2012, 1:18 PM 889 Views 0 Comments

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

Why has the world not intervened in Syria?
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# Explainer

Why has the world not intervened in Syria?

Mar 18th 2012, 8:45 AM 5,104 Views 28 Comments

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

# damascus - Saturday 17 March, 2012

Dozens killed as twin explosions strike Syrian capital
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# Syria

Dozens killed as twin explosions strike Syrian capital

Mar 17th 2012, 3:00 PM 1,501 Views 5 Comments

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

# damascus - Thursday 15 March, 2012

Syria: 6 things we have learned from the Assad emails
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# Syria

Syria: 6 things we have learned from the Assad emails

Mar 15th 2012, 3:42 PM 2,520 Views 14 Comments

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
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# Syria

Kofi Annan leaves Syria without securing peace deal

Mar 11th 2012, 2:54 PM 1,567 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Syria

Kofi Annan meets Syrian president in bid to defuse violence

Mar 10th 2012, 10:10 AM 855 Views 4 Comments

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
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# Syria

Syrians vote on new draft constitution as violence continues

Feb 26th 2012, 9:20 AM 1,242 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Syria

Syria troops fire on Damascus funeral, say activists

Feb 18th 2012, 12:10 PM 770 Views 6 Comments

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
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# Syria

Al-Qaeda chief urges outside help for Syria rebels

Feb 12th 2012, 10:28 AM 2,616 Views 37 Comments

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
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# Syria

Military official shot dead in Damascus

Feb 11th 2012, 3:27 PM 1,420 Views 6 Comments

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
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# Syria

Syria: 28 killed in Aleppo bomb blasts

Feb 10th 2012, 5:30 PM 1,648 Views 37 Comments

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
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# Syria

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

Feb 9th 2012, 8:53 AM 791 Views 15 Comments

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
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# Syria

Syria: Dozens reported dead as shelling of Homs continues

Feb 8th 2012, 9:08 AM 716 Views 42 Comments

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
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# Syria

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

Feb 7th 2012, 7:57 AM 515 Views 6 Comments

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
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# Syria

US closes Syrian embassy amid growing unrest

Feb 6th 2012, 3:18 PM 1,100 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Syria

UN to hold key talks on resolution demanding Assad steps aside

Jan 31st 2012, 9:43 AM 476 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Syria

Syrian troops storm rebel strongholds near Damascus, 62 reported dead

Jan 30th 2012, 7:35 AM 548 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Syria

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

Jan 7th 2012, 6:57 PM 1,563 Views 4 Comments

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
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# Syria

15 killed in Damascus suicide bombing: report

Jan 6th 2012, 12:01 PM 646 Views 1 Comment

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