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SYRIA News, May 04, 2013

Officials: Israel launches airstrike into Syria
Salt Lake Tribune
Israel has targeted weapons in the past that it believes are being delivered to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. Earlier this week, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said his group would assist Syrian President Bashar Assad if needed ...
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Readying a diplomatic and possible military push in Syria, US seeks Russian ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is trying to leverage new evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons, and make a fresh diplomatic and possible military push with allies to end the country's civil war.
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Syria: massacres of Sunni families reported in Assad's heartland
The Guardian
According to Syrian opposition activists, these killings happened in the coastal city of Banias, a Sunni family gunned down in the midst of the Alawite heartland, the Shia minority sect largely loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Although ...
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The Guardian
Syria's Assad Still Controls Chemical Weapons: Israel
Jewish Daily Forward
A senior Israeli official said on Saturday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad retains control ofSyria's reputed chemical weapons and they are not sought by his Hezbollah guerrilla allies in neighbouring Lebanon. Defence Ministry strategist Amos ...
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Israel: Syrian chemical arms safe, Hezbollah does not want them
The Daily Star
Defence Ministry strategist Amos Gilad spoke after another Israeli official disclosed that Israel had sent warplanes on Friday to attack a Hezbollah-bound missile shipment in Syria, where Assad is battling a more than two-year-old insurgency. Israel ...
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Obama 'does not foresee' sending ground troops to Syria
RT
He believes that although Obama has been shying away from direct US involvement in the 2-year Syrian conflict, America is playing the region like “chess” – trying this or that tactic – all with the ultimate aim of removing Assad, and in so doing ...
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Massacre reported in Syrian village as US weighs its role
Salt Lake Tribune
Beirut • The bodies of the Syrian boys and young men in jeans and casual shirts were strewn along a blood-stained pavement, dying apparently where they fell. Weeping women moved among the dead, and one of them screamed, "Where are you, people of ...
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Ted R. Bromund: Obama can back Syrians or ignore “red line'' violations
Gulf Today
The White House now believes Syrian strongman Bashar Assad has used the poison gas sarin against his own people. Last August, President Barack Obama called the use of chemical weapons a “red line.” He now faces two choices: intervene in a conflict ...
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Lessons of Lebanon apply to Syria
Nashua Telegraph
U.S. intervention also would make us de facto allies of Assad's principal enemies, the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Nusra Front, Syria's al-Qaida. Do we really wish to expend American blood and treasure to bring about a victory of Islamists and jihadists ...
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Is Assad winning in Syria?
Jerusalem Post
The imminent demise of the regime of Bashar Assad has been announced on numerous occasions over the last two years of civil war in Syria. But the regime has held on. Despite some advances by rebels in the south of the country in the early months of ...
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Obama must now bomb Syria chemical weapons to cover Israel's tracks
Stabley Times
While Syrian leader Assad has become increasingly seen as a menace to the region by his Muslim neighbors, they've been reticent to take action against him or invite the United States to do the same. Jordan continues to take in refugees as Assad's ...
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Assad makes appearance in Syrian capital: state TV
AFP
DAMASCUS — President Bashar al-Assad made a public appearance Saturday at Damascus University for the unveiling of a monument dedicated to students killed across Syria since an uprising erupted against his rule, state media said. "President Bashar ...
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad unveils statue during rare public appearance
Telegraph.co.uk
3:23PM BST 04 May 2013. Syrian state television reported that President Assad "joined thousands of students and the families of martyred students at the unveiling of a statue to the memory of the martyrs of Syria's universities at the University of ...
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US Considering Several Options On Syria: Pentagon - RTTNews
RTT News
"This administration has been focused squarely on Syria for a long time," he said, adding that the US government has been using diplomatic and economic levers to try and get Syrian president BasharAssad to step down. Admitting that Pentagon and US ...
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Assad makes appearance in Syria capital
The Australian
"President Bashar al-Assad joined thousands of students and the families of martyred students at the unveiling of a statue to the memory of the martyrs of Syria's universities at the University of Damascus," state television reported. A photograph ...
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Syria President Bashar Al Assad makes appearance in Damascus
gulfnews.com
The visit is the second time Al Assad has been seen in public this week, after a Wednesday trip to a Damascus electrical plant on Labour Day. The embattled leader has made increasingly rare public appearances since the beginning of the uprising against ...
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Assad makes appearance in Syrian capital
Al-Arabiya
A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency on May 1, 2013, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) paying a visit to an electrical plant in central Damascus to mark Labour Day. (Reuters)). Tweet. AFP, Damascus -. Syrian leader Bashar ...
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Bashar al-Assad appears in Damascus for unveiling of 'martyrs' statue
Telegraph.co.uk
Syrian state television reported that President Assad "joined thousands of students and the families of martyred students at the unveiling of a statue to the memory of the martyrs of Syria's universities at the University of Damascus." A photograph of ...
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Telegraph.co.uk
Syria rebels training for long, drawn-out conflict
AFP
With Western reluctance to intervene militarily in Syria's civil war, the rebel Free SyrianArmy (FSA) hopes to topple President Bashar al-Assad by creating a skilled fighting force from mostly civilian recruits, some as young as 16. The FSA granted ...
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AFP
Sectarian killings reported in Syrian village - La Crosse Tribune
La Crosse Tribune
Syria's 2-year-old crisis has largely broken along sectarian lines: the Sunni majority forms the backbone of the rebellion, while President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, anchors the regime's security services and ...
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Assad makes public appearance in Syrian capital - The Straits Times
Straits Times
President Bashar al-Assad (above) made a public appearance on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Damascus University for the unveiling of a monument dedicated to students killed across Syria since an uprising erupted against his rule, state media said.
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Syria: Assad visits Damascus university – video
The Guardian
The Syrian president makes a rare public appearance on Saturday as he visits Damascus University to unveil a new statue. Bashar al-Assad was cheered by pro-government crowds as patriotic music played. The statue is a tribute to Martyrs who have dies in ...
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The Guardian
Assad makes appearance in Syrian capital: state TV - FRANCE 24
FRANCE 24
Picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 12, 2013 shows Syria'sPresident Bashar al-Assad heading a cabinet meeting in the presidential palace in Damascus. Assadmade a public appearance Saturday at Damascus ...
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Syrian president visits Damascus university
The Daily Star
BEIRUT: Syrian state TV says President Bashar Assad has visited a Damascus campus, his second public appearance in a week. The report says Assad inaugurated on Saturday a statue dedicated to "martyrs" from Syrian universities who died in the country's ...
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Syrian Sunnis flee coastal town fearing sectarian violence
Chicago Tribune (blog)
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hundreds of Sunni Muslim families fled Syria's coastal town of Banias on Saturday, fearing further sectarian violence after fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed dozens of people overnight, according to activists. The ...
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Obama sails a dangerous strait as syrian conflict rages
Farmington Daily Times
International cooperation is nearly absent. Meanwhile, 70,000 Syrian citizens have been killed, many in the most brutal ways. Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force has bombed citizens waiting for bread outside bakeries. His army's snipers have ...
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Syrian National Coalition claims 50 killed in new massacre
The Guardian
Syria's main opposition group has accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of committing a "large-scale massacre" in a Sunni village near the Mediterranean coast in which activists say at least 50 people were killed with guns, knives and blunt objects.
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The Guardian
Sunnis flee Syrian city after reports of killings
San Jose Mercury News
Elsewhere, President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance in the capital Damascus and as Israeli officials confirmed the country's air force carried out a strike against Syria, saying it targeted a shipment of advanced missiles bound for the ...
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Syrian president appears to honor killed students
Xinhua
DAMASCUS, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared on Saturday among hundreds of students to inaugurate a monument at the Damascus University, local media said. The report spelled no further details, but the president's ...
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Tilting Syria
Chicago Tribune
President Barack Obama painted himself into a corner last summer when he said Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons against rebel forces would be a "red line for us." Now there's evidence that chemical weapons have been used in ...
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Syrians flee after second 'massacre'
The Guardian
Sunni Muslim families left on Saturday, fearing further sectarian violence after 77 people were killed overnight by pro-Assad militias, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The pro-opposition monitoring group posted a video online ...
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Israeli warplanes strike Syrian weapons facility, US official says
Fox News
In 2007, Israeli jets bombed a suspected nuclear reactor site along the Euphrates River in northeastern Syria, an attack that embarrassed and jolted the Assad regime and led to a buildup of the Syrian air defense system. Russia provided the hardware ...
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Israel officials: Strike on Syria targeted weapons
Detroit Free Press
Israel has cast a wary eye on Syria's civil war, which has on several occasions spilled over into Israel as well as Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. The Jewish state is particularly worried about President BasharAssad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons ...
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Israel bombs Syrian missile shipment
Financial Times
Israel has bombed targets in Syria for a second time this year, US officials said, following warnings that it would not tolerate the transfer of weapons from Bashar al-Assad's embattled regime to other combatants in the region, including Lebanon-based ...
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Israel bombed Syria, says US - Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald
The US quickly hardened its rhetoric against Syria. Mr Hagel said US intelligence believed Mr Assadhad probably used chemical weapons on a ''small scale'' against civilians. On Friday, US President Barack Obama said if there was strong evidence of a ...
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Syrian Opposition Condemns 'Large-Scale Massacre' by Government Forces
Voice of America
Syria's main opposition is accusing President Bashar al-Assad's government of committing a "large-scale massacre" in a northwest village, where activists say military forces killed dozens of civilians. Citing witness accounts, the Syrian National ...
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Israel Bombs Syria as the US Considers Its Own Military Options
New York Times
Hezbollah has sent trainers and advisers to Syria to help Mr. Assad with his war against the Syrianopposition, American officials say, and Syrian opposition officials report that Hezbollah fighters are also involved in the conflict. A spokesman for ...
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Syrian president visits Damascus university for 2nd public appearance in a week
Fox News
Assad's visit came as Israeli officials confirmed the country's air force carried out a strike againstSyria, saying it targeted a shipment of advanced missiles bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Print; Email; Share; Comments; Recommend ...
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Beware of the Syrian Sucker Punch
Huffington Post
Those seeing the human tragedy unfolding in Syria with a heart full of hell, ready to jump in, stop the bloodshed, and deliver Bashar al Assad a knock-out punch might do well to recall a telling anecdote from journalist Dexter Filkins from his days in ...
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Israel confirms Syria strike, says hit Hezbollah-bound missiles
Hindustan Times
A Lebanese security source said his initial impression was that Israeli overflights were monitoring potential arms shipments between Syria and Lebanon, potentially to Hezbollah, a militant Shi'ite Muslim ally of Iran and Assad. Hezbollah waged war with ...
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Sunnis flee Syrian city after reports of killings - News 13
Central Florida News 13
Syria's main opposition group on Friday accused President Bashar Assad's regime of committing a "large-scale massacre" in a Sunni village near the Mediterranean coast, killing scores of people, according to activists. (AP Photo/The Syrian Revolution ...
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Obama wants certainty on Syrian chemical arms
gulfnews.com
Washington: President Barack Obama, who has said the use of chemical weapons by Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad would mark an unacceptable escalation of the country's long-running civil war, said on Tuesday that the United States must be more certain ...
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Officials: Israel launches airstrike into Syria - Idaho Statesman
FILE - In this June 3, 2012 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, SyrianPresident Bashar Assad delivers a speech at the parliament in Damascus, Syria. Israel launched an airstrike into Syria, apparently targeting a ...
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Syria's Assad in rare visit as rockets hit capital
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, President Bashar Assad, center, visits the Umayyad Electrical Station on May Day, a day after a ...
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