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May 24, 2013

SYRIA News, may 24, 2013

General says Israel poised for war on Syria if Assad falls
Reuters
HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel is poised for a large-scale assault on Syria to prevent advanced weapons reaching jihadi rebels or Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, Israel's air force chief said on Wednesday.
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Oppition leader tells Syria's Assad to cede power over Facebook
Haaretz
Oppition leader tells Syria's Assad to cede power over Facebook. Under the proposed peace plan for the Syrian civil war Bashar Assad would hand power to a deputy then go abroad with 500 members of his entourage, without immunity from prosecution.
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Syria's Assad continues to butcher his own people: White House
Sahara Samay
Carney said it is definitely a "brutal environment" in Syria and Assad continues to cling onto power."When we review our options and when the President reviews our options, and he reviews all options, including the question of whether or not to provide ...
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Friends of Syria warn Assad of repercussions of not committing to peace
Al-Bawaba
World powers urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to commit to peace but warned Thursday that if he fails to negotiate a political transition they would boost their backing of the opposition. The stark warning came from a meeting of the Friends of ...
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Syrian rebels, US disagree on peace talks
USA TODAY
Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Syrian government Wednesday to attend the proposed peace talks that would also include Russia, a chief patron of Syria that has refused to support rebel demands thatAssad be forced out in return for peace.
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Syria-linked clashes kill 9 in Lebanon's Tripoli
AFP
The latest violence began as the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a withering assault on the rebel stronghold of Qusayr, near the border with Lebanon. Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah has been sending fighters across the ...
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Israel's air force chief warns tensions with Syria could escalate into a ...
National Post
Syrian and Israeli forces briefly exchanged fire on the Golan Heights border Tuesday, prompting Israel's military chief, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, to accuse Syrian President Bashar Assad of encouraging and directing operations against Israel and warning he ...
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General: Israel Prepared to Attack Syria If Assad Falls
Antiwar.com
Israeli officials have been making much of their plans to launch additional attacks against Syria's Assadgovernment, but that doesn't mean that they're any more keen on whoever might replace him. Israeli Major General Amir Eshel, the head of the ...
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Kerry downplays Syria government's gains
Los Angeles Times
"If Bashar al-Assad thinks that the gains that he's made in the last few days are going to be determinative of this, then he is miscalculating," Kerry said before a meeting of the pro-opposition Friends of Syria bloc. "I don't believe there's a ...
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Israel maintaining intense intelligence activity in Syria and working with ...
Haaretz
New York Times says Israel has discounted the possibility of a buffer zone in Syria as it would be seen as incursion and spark immediate conflict with Assad's forces, but is considering a 'proxy' force in the country. By Haaretz | May.23, 2013 | 10:00 ...
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Kerry: Arming rebels on the table if Assad shuns peace talks
The Daily Star
AMMAN: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Wednesday that arming rebels was a real option if President Bashar Assad did not engage in peace talks, but the logistics of doing so remained elusive. Kerry is in Amman for the “Friends of Syria ...
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Syrian Army Advances Signal Assad May Survive for Years
Businessweek
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, whose government was last year described as close to collapse by groups ranging from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to the armed opposition, may remain in power for years to come. “The regime is still in place ...
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Syria-linked clashes kill six in Lebanon
Herald Sun
"This war is the continuation of the 1985 war that Syria waged against us," Qabbut said. In 1985, theSyrian army clashed with Sunni groups in Tripoli, and bombarded areas of the city, during Lebanon's civil war. Syria's President Assad, who is ...
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US to Assad: talk peace in Syria or we help rebels
Sydney Morning Herald
The United States warned it will offer further support to Syria's embattled opposition if President Bashar al-Assad failed to get behind a US and Russia-driven peace initiative in Geneva next month. Speaking after the latest "Friends of Syria" meeting ...
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Opinion: Ankara's all-too-fragile Syria policy
Deutsche Welle
Ankara, therefore, would have been well-advised not to put too much pressure on itself to get involved when the Arab Spring spilled over into Syria and led to a major uprising against dictator Bashar al-Assad. But Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ...
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West may boost Syria rebels if Assad won't talk peace
Reuters
AMMAN (Reuters) - Washington threatened on Wednesday to increase support for Syria's rebels if President Bashar al-Assad refuses to discuss a political end to a civil war that is spreading across borders. Rebels called for reinforcements to combat an ...
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Kerry warns Syria's Assad against rejecting political solution
Firstpost
AMMAN (Reuters) – Western governments are ready to increase support to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad if he rejects a political solution to Syria's civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. Kerry said recent military ...
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Turkey sees Assad's hand in twin car bombings
Trade Arabia
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said those involved in the bombings in Reyhanli on Saturday were thought also to have carried out an attack on the Syrian coastal town of Banias a week ago, in which fighters backing Assad were reported to have killed ...
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Syria Crisis: US Warns Al Assad Against Turning Down Solutions
CHANNELS
Ahead of the talks to end the Syria crisis which had dragged on for so long and record casualties as bloodshed continues to be on the increase, the United States Secretary of State; John Kerry has calledSyria President Bashar al-Assad not to reject ...
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US, allies say Assad cannot play role in Syria's future
Xinhua
In a communique issued by "Friends of Syria" meeting, the foreign ministers of the United States, several Arab and European states said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his regime members and all those involved in the bloodshed in Syria cannot ...
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Clashes in Lebanon feed fear of Syria spillover
Boston.com
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad fired heavy machine guns and lobbed mortar shells at each other Thursday in some of the worst fighting in the port city of Tripoli in years. The battles raised the five ...
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Calls for Assad to go as Friends of Syria meet
Gulf Times
But he said that “in the event that we can't find that way forward, in the event that the Assad regime is unwilling to negotiate... in good faith, we will also talk about our continued support and our growing support for the opposition to permit them ...
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Clashes between al-Assad supporters, opponents leave 16 dead in Lebanon
CNN International
Tripoli is home to both Alawite and Sunni Muslims, and sectarian tensions have worsened in recent months as the civil war in neighboring Syria rages on. Q&A: Is Syrian war escalating to wider conflict? The Alawites support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Syrian Opposition Holding Key Talks
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
"But we also understand that the killing that is taking place, the massacres that are taking place, the incredible destabilization of Syria, is spilling over into Lebanon, into Jordan, and has an impact obviously on Israel. So, we have an obligation to ...
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Syrian rebels launch assault on Aleppo prison
KRQE
While many Palestinians in Syria have remained on the sidelines during a 26-month conflict, the Yarmouk camp has been the scene of heavy clashes between a small, pro-Assad group, The Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine-General Command, and ...
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Assad is Back, and Syrian Peace Will Be on His Terms
OilPrice.com
Amid this changing geopolitical power theater, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has issued a public statement to a newspaper in Argentina. Assad says there will be no dialogue with the “opposition” because there is no unified opposition with whom to sit ...
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Syria opposition welcomes support for Assad ouster
WGME
BEIRUT (AP) -- A spokesman says Syria's main opposition bloc welcomes renewed calls by its foreign supporters that Syrian President Bashar Assad give up power at the start of any political transition aimed at ending the country's civil war. The Syrian ...
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5 dead in Lebanon clash of Assad foes, backers
San Jose Mercury News
BEIRUT—Opponents and supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad traded heavy machine gun fire and mortar shells in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, leaving five people dead in what was described as some of the heaviest fighting there in years, ...
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Bashar Al-Assad: Syrian Government Exchanges Rocket Fire With Israel
PolicyMic
The Middle East is once again witness to a growing conflict, but unlike the internal conflicts that have prevailed over the past several years, this one involves two historically feuding regional powers: a vigilant Israel and an embattled Syria. On ...
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US, Allies Want Transitional Gov't in Syria to End Crisis
CRIENGLISH.com
At a meeting held in the Jordanian capital Amman, the foreign ministers said that Syrian President Assadshould hand over power to a transitional government as a way of ending the cycle of violence in the country. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ...
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“We will continue to say No to the Assad government”
Irish Times
More than two years on, Jouejati is spokes woman for the Local Co-ordination Committees of Syria(LCC), a network of pro-opposition bodies that initially disseminated information regarding anti-regime protests and attacks by Assad's forces but now has ...
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Friends of Syria demands withdrawal of Hezbollah, Iran fighters
Al-Arabiya
Nations gathering at the Friends of Syria meeting called for an immediate withdrawal of fighters belonging to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Iran from Syria, the bloc said in a statement after a conference in Amman. The alliance described ...
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No role for Assad post-conflict - Friends of Syria
euronews
Pro-Assad supporters outside carried banners asking if these are the Friends of Syria, then who are the enemies? The group also urged Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from the conflict and warned of “grave consequences” if the use of chemical weapons ...
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Syrian rebel haven teeters — along with rebellion itself
USA TODAY
BEIRUT — A battle raging for control of a border town critical to the supply of men and arms to opponents of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad may determine whether the two-year rebellion will survive, say analysts and a rebel officer ...
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No role for Assad in Syria's future - alliance
Radio New Zealand
The alliance of countries known as the Friends of Syria, says President Bashar al-Assad has no role in the future of the nation. The 11 countries also pledged to increase support for the opposition. Their statement comes as US Secretary of State John ...
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5 Wise Ideas for Syria
In These Times
Yet, as I argued in my critique of U.S. and NATO intervention in Libya, the West's increasing fixation on military solutions can be counterproductive. A U.S.-driven military “success” in Syria, defined as the fall of the Bashar al-Assad regime, is ...
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Jack Keane and Danielle Pletka: How to Stop Assad's Slaughter
Wall Street Journal
Syria is not Libya. Bashar Assad's troops are well armed, and his ground forces are waging successful campaigns against rebel forces across the country. But eliminating Assad's ability to take to the air and tilting the balance of power in favor of ...
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Israel gearing up for 'surprise war' with Syria if Assad falls – general ...
By RT
The unrest engulfing the Middle East could result in Israel becoming involved in a “surprise war” with Syria, according to the head of the Israeli air force.
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Ex-Syria opposition chief proposes Assad “safe exit” | Ya Libnan ...
By Ya Libnan
Ya Libnan features frequently updated breaking news, world news, op-eds and features, live from Beirut, Lebanon. ... Syria's outgoing opposition chief published an initiative for his war-torn country on Thursday that would grant President Bashar al-Assad a safe exit, and urged dissident factions to adopt his plan. Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib published his initiative on Facebook, as the main National Coalition he headed until March gathered in Istanbul to choose a new leader and discuss a ...
Ya Libnan
West may boost Syria rebels if Assad won't talk peace | Otago Daily ...
[image]Washington has threatened to increase support for Syria's rebels if President Bashar al-Assadrefuses to discuss a political end to a civil war that is spreading across borders.
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Clashes in Lebanon feed fear of Syria spillover « Artesia News
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(AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video). BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese supporters and opponents of SyrianPresident Bashar Assad fired heavy machine guns and lobbed mortar shells at each other Thursday in some of the worst fighting in the port ...
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Kerry Pushing Al-Assad to Find Peace in Syria - World News - ABC ...
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West may boost Syria rebels if Assad won't talk peace - Firstpost
By FP Staff
Forces loyal to Assad had made gains in recent days, but those were “very temporary,” Kerry told a newsconference in Amman before a meeting of the “Friends of Syria” group, made up of Western and regional countries lined up against ...
Firstpost
German intel: Assad strengthening hold in Syria | JPost | Israel News
BND head says gov't regime gaining more control in conflict, contradicting previous reports; rebels in Qusair call for backup.
www.jpost.com/.../German-intel-Assad-strengthening-hold-in-...
Syria's Assad dubious of U.S.-Russia peace initiative - Los Angeles ...
An a photo released by the official Syrian news agency, Argentine journalists… ( Syrian Arab NewsAgency ). BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad has ...
articles.latimes.com/2013/may/18/.../la-fg-syria-assad-201305...
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