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Situation in Syria is Assad's fault: White House
Business Standard
"The fact of the matter is the terrible situation in Syria is the fault and responsibility of Bashar al-Assad. He has murdered tens of thousands of his own people. He has acted with impunity, like a tyrant, to hold onto power, and it is the rightful ...
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President Obama's 'red line' for Syrian regime means nothing
New York Daily News
The credibility of the U.S. is ever more on the line with the astonishing revelation that President Obama engaged in unexpected improvisation in drawing a chemical weapons “red line” for Syria's BasharAssad. In a press conference last August, Obama ...
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2 mortars fired from Syria land in Golan; none hurt
Ynetnews
2 mortars fired from Syria land in Golan; none hurt. Army says errant shells launched during fierce battles between Syrian rebels, Assad forces explode in southern Golan Heights region; IDF downsizes drill in north to reduce tensions. Top Commander ...
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Ynetnews
Few options for Syria's Assad to strike back after Israeli raids
Reuters
Through four decades of official hostility with Israel, Assad and his father before him kept the Golan Heights frontier quiet. Were Assad to pull back troops, Israel is worried that the heights it captured fromSyria in 1967 could become a springboard ...
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Are Syria's rebels using chemical weapons?
The Week Magazine
he U.S. appears to be moving toward at least arming the anti-government forces in Syria trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad, and perhaps leading Western airstrikes on Syria. President Obama, long reluctant to directly involve the U.S. in Syria's ...
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Israel Prepares for Possible Backlash After Airstrikes on Syria - The ...
Christian Post
Explosions at the Jamraya military and scientific research center in Damascus on Sunday, being attributed to Israel, were seen by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as "a declaration of war," a top Syrian official told CNN. The airstrikes ...
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Christian Post
Syrian Expatriates Organization Decries Recent String of Massacres In City of ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
The Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) is extremely alarmed and dismayed by a recent string of brazen massacres targeting several villages in northwest Syria. The BBC reported that government troops backed by Assad's militiamen have been targeting ...
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Israel to Syria's Assad: Airstrikes not aimed at helping rebels
NBCNews.com (blog)
JERUSALEM - Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday that its recent airstrikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion. Officials say Israel is reluctant to take sides in ...
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Israel to Assad: air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels
Reuters
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a two-year rebellion, and played down the prospects of an escalation.
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Turkey choosing between 'bad and worse' in Syria crisis
AFP
The Islamist-rooted government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shunned dialogue with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and explicitly called for his ouster after diplomacy failed to convince him to adopt democratic reforms. And Turkey ...
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AFP
US insists Assad, not rebels, likely behind chemical weapons use in Syria
Globe and Mail
The White House says it is highly likely that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, not the rebel opposition, was behind any chemical weapons use in Syria. White House spokesman Jay Carney says there is certainly evidence that chemical weapons have ...
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Israel: Air strikes were 'against Hezbollah and not the Syrian regime'
The Guardian
Former Mossad director Danny Yatom said Assad "most likely won't respond at this time. The Syrian army and the regime, which are almost completely preoccupied with survival, have no interest in opening a new front against Israel … On the other hand it ...
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The Guardian
Pentagon Still Believes Assad Has Control of Syria's Chemical Arsenal
Wired
Little was echoing comments made Thursday by his boss, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and the British defense chief that Assad still has control of the hundreds of metric tons of chemical weapons and their precursors in Syria. All that was occasioned ...
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Iran sends Army into Syria: Revolutionary Guards to help Assad as Israel bombs ...
Mirror.co.uk
Iranian forces are flooding in to war-ravaged Syria to back up President Assad's ailing forces. Crack troops including Revolutionary Guards have flown in and a Western intelligence source said Iran now has more than 1,500 military personnel in Syria.
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Mirror.co.uk
Israeli raids in Syria highlight Arab conundrum
Salt Lake Tribune
Cairo • Five weeks ago, the head of the Arab League capped a summit in Qatar with an impassioned appeal to strengthen the rebel fighters trying to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad. On Sunday, he denounced Israeli's airstrike into Assad's ...
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Syrian Observatory: 42 soldiers killed in Israel strike
Jerusalem Post
Earlier Monday, a high-ranking Syrian military source was quoted by the New York Times as saying that dozens of elite Republican Guard troops stationed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's palace in Damascus were killed in the strike. The paper also ...
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Obama hunts for new strategy after misreading power of Syria's Assad
Washington Times
Ten months later, Mr. Assad not only remains in power but also has solidified support from Iran, which has organized militias to augment Syria's armed forces. There also is evidence that Mr. Assad authorized the use of chemical weapons, a “red line ...
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Washington Times
Syria threatens Israel, says airstrikes near Damascus open door to 'all options'
Washington Post
BEIRUT — The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Sunday that a series of powerful Israeli airstrikes near the Syrian capital opened the door to “all the options,” underscoring the possibility that Syria's civil war could spill across ...
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Washington Post
Disabled Syria rebel returns to the front line
gulfnews.com
It was in Latakia city, an Al Assad stronghold, where someone bet him 500 Syrian Pounds to slap a statue of late president Hafez Al Al Assad. If caught in the act, the authorities would have arrested him. But he had the nerve to pull it off as they ...
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gulfnews.com
Israeli airstrikes prompt threats, anger in Syria - Journal Star
Lincoln Journal Star
Despite new concerns about a regional war, Israeli officials signaled they will keep trying to block what they see as an effort by Iran to send sophisticated weapons to Lebanon's Hezbollah militia ahead of a possible collapse of Syrian President Bashar ...
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Message to Assad
Jerusalem Post
The Assad regime is now seeking to exploit the raids to tie the rebels to “the Zionist entity.” The regime may succeed in tricking Arabs in the region into believing that Syrian opposition forces are receiving Israeli support and thus delegitimize the ...
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Netanyahu to Assad: Israel's sole interest is to bar weapons from reaching ...
FRANCE 24
According to two senior Israeli officials briefed on the outcome of the meeting, the main decision was to send as pacifying a message as possible to Syrian President BasharAssad, in order to prevent further escalation in the north. Though Israel has ...
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FRANCE 24
Israel's Target in Syria Was Hezbollah, Not Assad
the Diplomat (blog)
At first glance, the two series of Israeli air strikes inside Syria on Friday and Sunday may suggest that Israel is no longer reluctant to take sides in Syria's two-year-old civil war. But the likelihood that Jerusalem would seek to precipitate the by ...
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REFILE-Israel to Assad: air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels
TrustLaw (blog)
JERUSALEM, May 6 (Reuters) - Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion. Officials say Israel is reluctant ...
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Syria: civil war turns regional crisis
The Guardian
Iran reacted to the airstrikes on Sunday by saying it would do more than just arm Assad. Iran's ground forces commander, General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, said it would support Syria's army with assistance in training, although he denied Iran would have ...
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White House: Assad likely used chemical arms
The Border Mail
Washington: The White House asserted Monday that it's highly likely that Syrian President BasharAssad's regime, not the rebel opposition, was behind any chemical weapons use in Syria. Responding to weekend airstrikes in Syria, the White House also ...
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UN strongly suspects Syrian rebels used sarin gas
Jerusalem Post
Click for full JPost coverage. Syrian President Assad's government and the rebels accuse each another of carrying out three chemical weapon attacks, one near Aleppo and another near Damascus, both in March, and another in Homs in December. The civil ...
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Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Helicopter in East
ABC News
Syrian rebels shot down a military helicopter in the country's east, killing eight government troops on board as President Bashar Assad's troops battled opposition forces inside a sprawling military air base in the north for the second straight day ...
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ABC News
UN Sources Say Syrian Rebels — Not Assad — Used Sarin Gas
The Atlantic Wire
A member of the United Nations commission of inquiry announced on a Swiss-Italian television show that they believe the Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons onAssad's troops. "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing ...
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The Atlantic Wire
Israel's sights set on Hezbollah – not Assad
NBCNews.com (blog)
Is Israel walking a tightrope that will lead inevitably to a sudden clash with Syria? Israel takes comfort in its intelligence assessment that President Bashar al-Assad would rather absorb the blows and the humiliation than confront Israel. The ...
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Choose your enemy: Assad or Israel?
Al-Arabiya
Abdulrahman al-Rashed. Throughout the years, Iran, (former president) Hafez al-Assad and Bashar al-Assad have sought to hijack the Palestinian cause in order to dominate Syria, occupy Lebanon and serve Iranian interests. Other groups also did the same ...
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UN: Syrian Rebels Used Sarin
Voice of America
A member of the United Nations panel investigating possible human rights abuses in Syriasays there are "strong suspicions" that rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons. Carla Del Ponte told a Swiss television station ...
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Voice of America
US horrified by reports of Syria massacre
Indian Express
"As Bashar al-Assad (the Syrian President) continues to cling to power, we will not lose sight of the men, women and children who are being killed by his regime," he said in response to a question. Tags: Syriamassacre · US · Barack Obama · Bashar al ...
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The Onion's Twitter Feed Hijacked by Pro-Syria Hackers
Hollywood Reporter
The Onion has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, a cabal of computer hackers sympathetic to President Bashar al-Assad. our editor recommends. E! Online Twitter Account Hacked · '60 Minutes,' '48 Hours' Twitter Accounts Hacked. The satirical ...
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Hollywood Reporter
Five strategies for the US in Syria
Jakarta Post
In the western media's telling, the civil war in Syria began and continues as a morality play, good versus evil and for good reason. The regime headed for nearly a decade and a half by Bashar al-Assad has pursued policies of extreme brutality ...
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White House Says Ignore Facts, Assad "Likely" Behind Syrian ...
By Tyler Durden
When it comes to the deep hole of lies and inconsistencies that US foreign policy is vis-a-vis Syria, it has two options: stop digging or double down. Following the earlier report by the UN that outright rejected the full blown White House ...
Uber-Neocons: The Main Architects of Post-Assad Syria at Work ...
By aletho
With the approaching Finale for Syria's Assad the Uber-Neocon architects of US foreign policy have been hard at work. Assuming (albeit knowingly) the certainty of the soon-to-come end for Assad's government, the neocon architects are ...
Aletho News
Syrian Rebels Accused of Using Sarin Gas | Taylor MarshTaylor Marsh
By Taylor Marsh
WHATEVER “bind” President Obama was wrongly judged to be in over his “red line” comments on chemical weapons has quickly subsided with the news about the Syrian rebels. U.N. inspectors revealing that anti-Assad rebels may have used ...
Taylor Marsh
Turkish PM blasts 'butcher' Assad in scathing speech on Syria | The ...
By Agence France-Presse
Fox News host blames mass shootings on 'liberal Hollywood's violent video games' ... AFP – Turkey's prime minister on Sunday delivered his most virulent attack so far on Bashar al-Assad, calling the Syrianpresident a “butcher” and warning that he will be held to account for the deaths of tens of thousands of his citizens. “If God permits, we will see this butcher, this murderer receive his judgement in this world … and we will praise (God) for it,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. “You will pay ...
The Raw Story
'concrete suspicions' that Syrian rebels used chemical weapons - RT
By RT
The new report now makes the long-standing accusations of the use of chemical weapons by SyrianPresident Bashar Assad look weaker: "This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," Del Ponte ...
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Syria's Assad makes rare public appearance - CBS News
President shown on state TV touring a Damascus power station amid increasing attacks on capital city, his seat of power.
www.cbsnews.com/.../syrias-assad-makes-rare-public-appearan...
Britain set to end arms embargo on Syrian rebels as Assad - Daily Mail
The British Government has not decided whether to lift a European arms embargo when it expires at the end of May.
www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Britain-set-end-arms-embargo-Syrian-...
Bashar Assad's forces reportedly take key Syria township - latimes ...
Bashar Assad's forces reportedly take key Syria township of Otaiba.
feeds.latimes.com/.../la-fg-syria-town-20130426,0,4619825.st...
Social Media Buzz: Mourning Assad's Foreign Fighters | Syria News
Millions of Syrians are using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Skype to disseminate and discuss the conflict. Each week Syria Deeply ...
www.syriadeeply.org/?p=6517
Syria's Assad in rare visit as rockets hit capital | www.ktvu.com
Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance at a Damascus power station on Wednesday, while two bombs exploded near the city center, ...
www.ktvu.com/news/news/syrias-assad-rare-visit.../nXdZJ/
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