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  • Pictures Show Historic Damascus Synagogue Destroyed

    05/27/2014 11:36:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Times of Isreal ^ | May 28, 2014
    After numerous reports of damage from civil war, Jobar’s Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue ‘flattened’ in attack on capital’s suburbA historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus was reportedly destroyed amid fighting in Syria’s civil war. Earlier reports from 2013 variously indicated that the centuries-old synagogue was destroyed and intact amid fighting between pro-Assad and Syrian rebel forces.. Opposition leaders said Syrian army forces flattened the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack over the weekend — part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar — and also may have destroyed thousands of Jewish artifacts, The Daily Beast...
  • Palestinian In Damascus: “We Do Not Want Palestine..We Ask For Israeli Citizenship”

    01/27/2014 5:25:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Israellycool ^ | 1/26/14 | Aussie Dave
    Tens of thousands of people in Yarmouk, mostly palestinians, have been besieged for months by Syrian government forces, with little access to food and medicine. The below video was taken in Yarmouk and posted to YouTube Palestinian In Damascus: “We Do Not Want Palestine..We Ask For Israeli Citizenship” Posted by: Aussie Dave in Aussie Dave January 26, 2014 4 Comments 156 Views Tens of thousands of people in Yarmouk, mostly palestinians, have been besieged for months by Syrian government forces, with little access to food and medicine. The below video was taken in Yarmouk and posted to YouTube . It’s...
  • Clerics rule besieged Damascus residents may eat dogs

    10/15/2013 5:31:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 October 2013 Last updated at 11:09 ET | Sebastian Usher
    A group of Syrian clerics have issued a ruling - or fatwa - allowing people living in besieged suburbs of Damascus to eat meat that is normally forbidden. In a video, the Muslim clerics said people could eat cats, dogs and donkeys to stave off hunger. The fatwa comes amid reports of starvation in the besieged, rebel-held Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya. Aid agencies have urged the government to allow humanitarian supplies to the area, where many residents are trapped. Hundreds of civilians, some carried on stretchers, were able to flee Muadhamiya at the weekend following a temporary ceasefire. 'Absurd situation'...
  • Assad forces said to use poison gas in new Damascus attack

    09/12/2013 4:29:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Seo\ptember 12, 2013 | Asher Zeiger
    Syrian rebels claim that the army of President Bashar Assad again used poison gas in an attack on rebel forces in the Damascus area Thursday, an Israel Radio report said. The report was based on rebel sources, who said the attack took place in the Jobar neighborhood of the capital. The rebel sources said they could not tell what kind of chemical weaponry had been used, but that it was a poison gas of some kind, and was causing injuries, including breathing difficulties.
  • Syria said to use gas against Qabun neighborhood

    09/06/2013 1:02:13 PM PDT · by Dbdaily · 70 replies
    By MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Syrian forces have used gas against the Qabun neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Arabiya is reporting citing activists, according to a Bloomberg News report of what the station said.
  • RT sources: Syrian rebels plan chem attack on Israel from Assad-controlled territories

    09/10/2013 1:04:59 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 21 replies
    RT ^ | 09/10/2013 | RT
    A chemical attack may be launched on Israel by Syrian rebels from government-controlled territories as a "major provocation," multiple sources told RT. The report comes as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed that Syria puts its chemical weapons arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction in order to prevent a possible military strike against the war-torn country. Moscow also urged Syrian authorities to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The offer has already been passed over to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who met Lavrov in Moscow for talks on Monday. “We don’t know if Syria will...
  • Finding Redemption on the Road to Damascus

    09/08/2013 10:16:51 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 8, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The “Road to Damascus” has long served as a term signifying discovery and conversion, a reframing of one’s attitude toward life. It may be gradual, or it may be instantaneous, just as one may spend a long time traveling a road, hundreds of miles even, or one may just turn a corner onto a new road, and be immediately overwhelmed. Known as the “City of Jasmine,” Damascus is the capital of Syria, and has therefore been identified as one of America’s key enemies for many years. Bashir Assad, like his father before him, has supported terrorist organizations – Hezbollah in...
  • Iran vows to support Syria 'to the end,' but rules out sending arms, troops to Damascus

    09/05/2013 3:56:27 PM PDT · by Libloather
    Jpost ^ | 9/05/13
    Iran will support Syria "to the end" in the face of a possible US-led military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad as punishment for his alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, the commander of the Islamic Republic's Quds Force vowed on Wednesday, Iranian news agency Fars reported on Thursday. "The aim of the United States is not to protect human rights ... but to destroy the front of resistance [against Israel]," Qassem Suleimani was quoted as saying in a speech made to Iran's Assembly of Experts that supervises the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He...
  • The Road To Damascus

    09/03/2013 6:51:00 PM PDT · by Dysart · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 9-2-13 | Daniel Greenfield
    In 2007, the new Democratic Majority Leader defied President Bush by sitting down to meet with a member of the Axis of Evil."We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Pelosi told reporters after her talks with Assad. Now the road to Damascus is the road to war. And Pelosi and Obama are racing down it along with everyone else. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour are nowhere to be found striding insouciantly through the desert or hoofing it alongside a camel. This road movie has an entirely different cast...
  • John Kerry: US has proof that sarin gas used in Syria

    09/01/2013 11:02:08 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 162 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1 September, 2013 | Harriet Alexander, and agencies
    John Kerry, the American secretary of state, has said that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and said "the case gets stronger by the day" for a military attack. President Bashar al-Assad, he said, "has now joined the list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein" in deploying chemical weapons against his population. A day after President Barack Obama stepped back from his threat to launch an attack, Mr Kerry said in a series of interviews on the Sunday news shows that the administration had learnt of the sarin use within the past 24 hours...
  • Syrian Official: If Damascus is Attacked, Tel Aviv Will Burn

    08/27/2013 7:47:20 PM PDT · by Lera · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/28/2013 | Elad Benari
    A senior official in the Syrian army warned the United States and its partners on Tuesday that waging a full-scale war on Syria would be reciprocated with an immediate attack on Tel Aviv. "If Damascus comes under attack, Tel Aviv will be targeted too and a full-scale war against Syria will actually issue a license for attacking Israel," the Syrian army source told the Iranian Fars news agency. "Rest assured that if Syria is attacked, Israel will also be set on fire and such an attack will, in turn, engage Syria's neighbors," he added. The source also warned the U.S....
  • Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims (Excruciating Details of Victims)

    08/27/2013 12:23:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours after the first rockets landed, their bodies convulsing and mouths foaming. Their vision was blurry and many could not breathe. Overwhelmed doctors worked frantically, jabbing their patients with injections of their only antidote, atropine, hoping to beat back the assault on the nervous system waged by suspected chemical agents. In just a few hours, as the patients poured in, the atropine ran out. To avoid contamination, medics stripped new arrivals down to their underwear and doused them with water before taking them inside....
  • US gave Iraq intel in 1980s, ignored chemical attacks: report

    08/27/2013 7:53:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 26 August 2013 | AFP
    AFP - The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported Monday. Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus last week. The magazine said the US knew in 1983 that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein would not hesitate to resort to shelling Iranian forces with sarin or mustard gas. "As Iraqi attacks continue and intensify...
  • LIVE - 2:30 EDT Announcement from John Kerry on Syria

    08/26/2013 11:15:10 AM PDT · by GraceG · 295 replies
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  • Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria [The Clown & Cameron Pretend to be Tough]

    08/25/2013 3:46:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 204 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/25/13 | Tim Ross and Ben Farmer
    Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.
  • Fears of food and water poisoning after Damascus gassings

    08/25/2013 1:55:57 PM PDT · by bgill · 8 replies
    yahoo ^ | Aug. 25, 2013 | unk
    (This story was reported by a journalist whose name has been withheld for security reasons) "They keep calling me throughout the day, and they are frantic. They ask: ‘Mum, what about the watermelon? Does it absorb the chemicals? What about the milk?' I try to calm them down, but I'm very worried myself... it was the first time she was seriously worried about food contamination since the U.S.-led invasion of neighboring Iraq made Syrians fear contamination of imported food... And you're asking me what I think about America coming? Things can't get much worse."
  • U.S. Poised To Strike Syria With Missiles

    08/23/2013 3:55:24 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 156 replies
    CBS ^ | 8/23/13 | Charlie Kaya
    BREAKING. @CBSDavidMartin: US naval commander orders warships to move closer to Syria to be ready for possible Cruise missile strike.
  • Syrians retrieve 'sleeping' dead after alleged chemical attack

    08/21/2013 10:08:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2013 | By Erika Solomon and Stephen Kalin
    The men, women and children lying undisturbed in their beds had looked so peaceful they might have been just sleeping, Abu Nidal thought, as he and other rescuers dragged their bodies into the street. His was one of many accounts of a massive assault on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that activists say killed more than 500 people on Wednesday morning. "We would go into a house and everything was in its place, every person was in their place. They were lying where they had been. They looked like they were asleep. But they were dead," he told Reuters by...
  • Opposition says as many as 1,300 killed in gas attack near Damascus

    08/21/2013 6:59:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/21/13 | Dominic Evans
    (Reuters) - Syria's opposition accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of gassing many hundreds of people - by one report as many as 1,300 - on Wednesday in what would, if confirmed, be the world's worst chemical weapons attack in decades.
  • Iran: 'Zionism octopus threatens Muslims'---Hamas: Mughnieh murder 'Zionist gangsterism'

    02/13/2008 1:56:39 PM PST · by SJackson · 33 replies · 66+ views
    'Zionism octopus threatens Muslims' Wed, 13 Feb 2008 16:50:18 Hamas has called on the Muslim world to unite against Israel after the assassination of Imad Mughniya, a top Lebanese Hezbollah figure. "We urge the Muslim and Arab nations to act decisively against the Zionist octopus that threatens the security of Arab and Muslim countries," Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said on Wednesday. Imad Mughniyah, a top commander of Hezbollah, who was killed by a car bomb in Damascus on Tuesday night, 'has been a target of the Zionists for 20 years,' Hezbollah said in a statement. Israeli leaders have...
  • Explosion hits military airport near Damascus

    06/17/2013 6:41:49 AM PDT · by bert · 8 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 06/17/13 | staff
    Violence continues in Syria's civil war, as Syrian state television and residents report that an explosion has shaken a Damascus neighbourhood that is home to several embassies and a military airport. The explosion took place on Sunday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an anti-government rights watchdog, reported, citing residents and activists on the ground in Damascus. -----snip Syria condemns Egypt Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the Syrian government condemned Egypt's decision to cut ties with Damascus and back the armed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's government, terming it an "irresponsible" move. "The Syrian Arab Republic condemns this...
  • Report: Obama lied about firing anti-Israel advisor

    11/10/2008 12:06:44 PM PST · by pissant · 21 replies · 93+ views
    Israel Today ^ | 11/10/08 | staff
    Robert Malley, a top Middle East advisor that US President-elect Barack Obama promised months ago would play no role in his administration due to ties to Hamas, has reportedly been sent out on the next administration's first diplomatic mission. According to a report in Middle East Newsline, Obama dispatched Malley to Egypt and Syria late last week with a message that the he intends to mend and bolster relations with both nations, and to give greater weight to their concerns regarding regional conflicts than did President George W. Bush. During the Democratic Party primaries, Obama was lashed by critics for...
  • Egypt, others bash Israel over reported Syrian strikes

    05/05/2013 4:08:29 PM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/5/2013 | By Adiv Sterman
    Israel’s reported airstrikes against Syria over the last three days drew condemnations across the Middle East Sunday, including from leaders who have been harshly critical of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Egypt, Lebanon, and the Arab League, amongst others, called on the international community to take steps to prevent further attacks. The across-the-board condemnations emphasized Israel’s “aggression” and stressed disapproval at Jerusalem’s lack of respect for the war-torn country’s sovereignty. “Egypt condemns the Israeli attack on Syria, which is considered a violation against international principles and laws complicating the current situation in Syria and threatening the security and stability of the...
  • Syrian report: Israel bombs outskirts of Damascus for second time in recent days

    05/05/2013 12:49:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: SUNDAY, MAY 05, 10:00 AM ET | By Liz Sly and Suzan Haidamous,
    Israeli officials report their target was a shipment of advanced long-range missiles headed to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. They are both a major supporter of the Assad regime in Syria and an outspoken enemy of Israel.   Aa   BEIRUT — Israeli warplanes bombed the outskirts of Damascus early Sunday for the second time in recent days, according to Syrian state media and reports from activists, signaling a sharp escalation in tensions between the neighboring countries that had already been exacerbated by the conflict raging in Syria.Though there was no official confirmation that Israel had carried out the...
  • Historic Damascus synagogue looted and burned

    03/31/2013 6:26:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Jerusalem Post Newspaper ^ | 04/01/2013 | JTA
    The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground. The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue ... The Jobar synagogue was built atop a cave that, according to tradition, was used by the prophet Elijah to conceal himself from prosecution. The synagogue is said to have been built by Elijah's successor, the prophet Elisha, and repaired during the first century by Eleazar ben Arach.
  • Bashar al-Assad was killed by a bodyguard ... (Arab media)

    03/24/2013 3:21:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Arab Media ^ | March 24, 2013 | Unsourced
    Bashar al-Assad was killed by a bodyguard ... (Arab media) Update: According to Arab media www.eltira.org , Bashar al-Assad would have been seriously wounded by gunfire last night Saturday, March 23 by his bodyguard but Iran is not dead. He is currently hospitalized, between life and death, Shami Hospital in Damascus which the streets were closed. Proprietary information (in France): According to reports in the Arab press (and then republished in the Israeli press ), information that journalists say they have "verified" the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was killed this morning by one of his bodyguards. An important safety device...
  • Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance

    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    On New Year’s Day in 1988, Abdullah Ali, an Iraqi businessman who had been living in London for eight years, joined three compatriots for dinner at a restaurant called Cleopatra in Notting Hill.The next morning, he was taken ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital. There his condition rapidly deteriorated — his hair fell out, he developed excruciating skin and joint pain, and paralysis and respiratory failure began to set in. Fifteen days later he was dead — but not before he had begun to wonder whether something had been added to his vodka. He was right: the...
  • Fox Reporting HUGE Explosion in Damascus

    02/25/2013 12:10:53 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 111 replies
    Just now.. breaking on Shepard Smith's show. Huge explosion in Damascus.
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • Syria Ready To Strike Israel With Scud Missiles, Whatever The Consequences

    02/03/2013 6:43:43 AM PST · by Fennie · 38 replies
    Allvoices ^ | February 2, 2013
    Pro-regime Syrian newspaper Al Diyar reported Friday that the army has loaded four Scud missiles, each with an explosive head of 500 kilograms, and is ready to strike Israel. The newspaper also stated that the Syrian army command held a meeting Thursday evening to discuss a response to Israel, including striking research centers in Tel Aviv. Mohammed Dirar Jammu, head of political and international relations at the World Organization of Arab expatriates, said to pro-Syrian regime TV channel Alakhbarya that "the Syrian military response to the Israeli bombing of the research center, in Damascus, will be earthshaking and staggering to...
  • Assad: ‘I will win, even if Damascus is destroyed’

    01/30/2013 7:24:06 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/23/2013 | ELHANAN MILLER
    The Israeli elections, President Obama’s inauguration speech and the violence in Syria all feature prominently in Arab news Tuesday. >>SNIP<< Quoting French sources, A-Sharq Al-Awsat quotes an exchange between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the international envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. According to the daily, Brahimi told Assad that he could not remain in power and that the opposition could defeat him, but the cost may be the complete destruction of Damascus. To that, Assad reportedly answered “I will win the war, even if Damascus is destroyed.”
  • #myjihad: Jordanian Muslim leader, First we take over Damascus, then Tel Aviv

    12/17/2012 8:49:26 AM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 17, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    "We tell Benjamin Netanyahu, the (Israeli) prime minister, get ready. The army of the Prophet Mohammad is coming your way." Abu Muhammad al-Tahawi, jihadist leader in Syria They can say what they want, kill whom they like, oppress and subjugate at will, and get unequivocal money and support, but if a Jew dares to build a home in Jerusalem, there's hell to pay. "America is the mother of all terror in the world" -- Abed Shihadeh, who is also known as Abu Muhammad al-Tahawi, jihadist leader in Syria Oh, and Obama is backing these jihadi rebels. Jordanian "Salafist leader, First...
  • The Road to Damascus

    12/14/2012 8:53:54 AM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 14DEC12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget the Grand Prix or the Daytona 500, the real race right now is the race to Damascus. The racers include Syrian rebels in pickup trucks with mounted machine guns and homemade tanks, toting weapons and equipment supplied and paid for by Qatar and Turkey, and more covertly by the British and French intelligence services. Racing along with them are carloads of international diplomats urging their governments to give the Islamist militias more money and more weapons. Everyone is on the road to Damascus in this amazing race. Christian refugees from Aleppo, Alawites packing in behind the tanks of the...
  • Damascus Demonstration: To Hell with Freedom, We Want an Islamic Caliphate and Weapons

    11/07/2012 6:32:22 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 11 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 9-14-12
    Following are excerpts from footage of a demonstration that took place in Damascus, which was posted on the Internet on September 14, 2012. Demonstrator: Oh Bashar, you traitor... Crowds: Oh Bashar, you traitor... Demonstrator: We want to instate the Koran. Crowds: We want to instate the Koran. Demonstrator: To hell with freedom... Crowds: To hell with freedom... Demonstrator: We want an Islamic caliphate. Crowds: We want an Islamic caliphate. Demonstrator: To hell with being peaceful... Crowds: To hell with being peaceful... Demonstrator: We want weapons and AK-47s. Crowds: We want weapons and AK-47s. Demonstrator: To hell with being peaceful... Crowds:...
  • Towards a divided Syria?

    08/06/2012 8:02:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NOW Lebanon ^ | Friday, August 03. 2012 | Nadine Elali (AFP/HO/SANA)
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops are currently pounding Aleppo after Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces launched an offensive attack. Days earlier, regime forces were cracking down on a FSA guerilla attack in the heart of the capital, Damascus. In Homs, clashes between both forces are ongoing. Yet there is still no sign that Assad is even considering stepping down. It has become clear that there's no going back for the Syrian people, as they are now convinced that Assad had no intention of reform. Consequently, the rebellion is spreading, defections within the regime's army are increasing and opposition forces have...
  • 20,000 DEAD; NOW ASSAD REGIME PRIME MINISTER DEFECTS TO JORDAN, AS DO 3 CABINET MEMBERS

    08/06/2012 5:36:39 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 14 replies
    Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 8/6/2012 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    I’m finishing writing my new novel, The Damascus Countdown, this week, but set aside fiction for a moment — the painful truth is that Syria is imploding. The bloodthirsty regime of Bashar al-Assad is slaughtering its own people, and steadily losing control of the country. The latest reports indicate that more than 20,000 Syrians have been murdered. Top Syrian officials are defecting. The rebels are steadily winning control of more and more of the country. Iran is sending forces to fight on behalf of the Assad regime against the rebels. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly sending naval warships...
  • Fiercest fighting yet reported inside Damascus

    Opposition fighters battled Syrian government forces in Damascus into the early hours of Monday in what residents described as the fiercest fighting yet inside the capital.
  • 85 People Killed By Assad At Funeral (18+ Adults Only)

    07/01/2012 8:03:41 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | 30 June 2012 | Syria2012Archives
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  • Senior Hamas Official Murdered in Damascus

    06/27/2012 4:01:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/6/12 | Elad Benari
    A senior member of Hamas was murdered in Damascus on Wednesday, Hamas politburo member Izzat al-Rishq announced. In a message posted to his Facebook page, al-Rishq said that the murdered member of Hamas is Kamal Ranaja, also known as Nizzar Abu-Mujhad. Al-Rishq said that Hamas will investigate the circumstances that led to Ranaja’s murder. Despite previously being close allies, there has been a rift between Hamas and the Syrian regime ever since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began. Reports surfaced as early as last May that Hamas is moving its headquarters from Damascus to Egypt and the terror group...
  • Large explosions leave carnage in Syria capital

    05/10/2012 12:16:19 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 10, 2012 | AP
    (AP) DAMASCUS, Syria - Two strong explosions shook the Syrian capital Thursday, sending a plume of thick black smoke into the sky. The explosions were in the Qazaz neighborhood, where a Syrian intelligence agency has its headquarters. The explosions happened just before 8 a.m., when employees are usually arriving at work. CBS News' George Baghdadi, reporting from the scene, says about 40 burned-out cars and possibly dozens of badly burned bodies were scattered in front of the intelligence office.
  • Shahroudi Says All Muslim Sates Support Hizbollah

    07/15/2002 3:46:08 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 170+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | July 15 2002
    DAMASCUS -- Lebanese Hizbollah is an independent body which enjoys the protection of all Muslim states, Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mohmoud Hashemi Shahroudi told foreign reporters here on Sunday. Shahroudi also called on Muslim and Arab states to back the Lebanese resistant movement, IRNA reported. The U.S has adopted a double-standard policy in its war on terror and is using it as an 'excuse' to crush nations in support of the Israeli regime, Shahroudi said when asked by the Xinhua news agency. The Judiciary official further said that the Islamic Republic is working alongside Muslim and Arab states on a...
  • Syria says revolt over, army to pull out gradually

    03/31/2012 6:47:29 PM PDT · by U-238 · 8 replies
    News Daily ^ | 3/31/2012 | Douglas Hamilton and Erika Solomon
    Syria says the year-long revolt to topple President Bashar al-Assad is now over, but it will keep its forces in cities to "maintain security" until it is safe to withdraw in keeping with a U.N.-backed peace deal. The agreement proposed by United Nations-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan says the Syrian authorities must be first to withdraw troops and stop violence immediately. The army kept up an offensive against opposition strongholds on Saturday, pummelling the Khalidiya district of Homs city. "Mortars are falling every minute and the sounds of explosions are shaking the neighborhood," an activist report said. A child...
  • Iranian weapons help Bashar Assad put down Syria protests, officials say

    03/24/2012 7:30:18 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    MSNBC/Reuters ^ | 3/24/2012 | MSNBC/Reuters
    Iran is providing a broad array of assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad to help him suppress anti-government protests, from high-tech surveillance technology to guns and ammunition, U.S. and European security officials say. Tehran's technical assistance to Assad's security forces includes electronic surveillance systems, technology designed to disrupt efforts by protesters to communicate via social media, and Iranian-made drone aircraft for overhead surveillance, the officials said. They discussed intelligence matters on condition of anonymity. "Over the past year, Iran has provided security assistance to Damascus to help shore up Assad. Tehran during the last couple of months has been aiding...
  • Are There or Aren’t there Russian Troops in Syria?

    03/20/2012 9:19:04 PM PDT · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/20/2012 | Defense Tech
    Well, things in Syria are getting a bit more complicated. Weeks after the news that special operators from NATO countries may be inside Syria advising the rebels, comes the news that Russia has dispatched counterterrorism troops to the embattled nation. Now, some news reports say the Russian’s claim they’ve just sent a Navy tanker to support anti-piracy operations in Middle Eastern waters and that any troops aboard that ship are simply there to protect the tanker’s civilian crew and that there are no Russian counterterror troop in Syria. Now, the ship is docked in the Syrian port of Tartus on...
  • UPI Exclusive: Pearl tracked al Qaida

    09/30/2002 5:18:35 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 3,611+ views
    United Press International ^ | September 30, 2002
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was investigating the man who allegedly planned the Sept. 11 airplane hijackings and attacks on New York and Washington when he was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, according to two former Central Intelligence Agency officials. Bob Baer, a former case officer in the agency's Directorate of Operations, said he provided Pearl with unpublished information about Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who has since been accused by American officials of being one of the masterminds of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a top aide to Osama bin Laden. Mohammed is...
  • Twin bombings in Damascus kill at least 27: Syria TV

    03/17/2012 5:07:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 1+ views
    -excerpt- Syrian television reported that cars packed with explosives had targeted an intelligence centre and a police headquarters at 7.30 am (01.30 am EDT), blowing the front off one building and sending debris and shattered glass flying through the streets. Gruesome images from the sites showed what appeared to be smoldering bodies in two separate vehicles, a wrecked minivan smeared with blood, and severed limbs collected in sacks. At least 27 people were killed and 97 were wounded, another television channel said, quoting Health Minister Wael al-Halki
  • Syrian Army Recaptures Idlib

    03/14/2012 12:28:42 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/15/2012 | Associated Press
    The Syrian army has recaptured most of the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, pushing hundreds of military defectors out of a major base they had held for months even as pockets of resistance kept up their fight Tuesday. Members of the rebel Free Syrian Army gather in a mountainous area of the restive Idlib province in northwestern Syria. The three-day operation to capture the city followed closely after a similar offensive to dislodge the opposition from another key piece of territory it had controlled, the Baba Amr district in central Homs. The two victories gave President...
  • Annan ends Syria visit with no clear progress

    03/12/2012 12:13:55 AM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/12/2012 | Dominic Evans
    U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has ended talks with President Bashar al-Assad and left Syria with little sign of progress on halting the country's growing political bloodshed. "I am optimistic for several reasons," Annan said in Damascus on Sunday. "The situation is so bad and so dangerous that all of us cannot afford to fail." There was no clear response from Assad to Annan's "concrete proposals" for a ceasefire, dialogue and humanitarian aid. Assad told Annan opposition "terrorists" were blocking any political solution. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York on...
  • Syria's president holding firm

    03/10/2012 6:41:15 PM PST · by U-238 · 12 replies
    CNN Security Blog ^ | 3/10/2012 | Barbara Starr
    Despite reports of high-level defections of government and military officials, U.S. intelligence sees no signs of significant deterioration of support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by his inner circle, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Friday. Read also: U.N. envoy to meet with Syria's president The officials, who would speak only on the condition that their names not be used, said that to date, the defections have been of lower-level officials and those in the military. None of those defections, including the group of military officers who are reported to have defected this week, are close enough to al-Assad to truly...