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  • Syrian rebels surrender their strongholds in Homs

    05/07/2014 2:54:15 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 27 replies
    CTV News ^ | 05-07-2014 | Bassem Mroue
    BEIRUT -- Carrying their rifles and small bags of belongings, hundreds of exhausted Syrian rebels withdrew Wednesday from their last remaining strongholds in the heart of Homs, surrendering to President Bashar Assad a bloodstained city that was once the centre of the revolt against him. For Assad, it is a powerful victory ahead of presidential elections. For the rebels, the dramatic exit after two years of enduring grueling assaults and siege captures their sense of abandonment amid world reluctance to help shift the balance of power on the ground. "We ate grass and leaves until there was nothing left for...
  • New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

    04/21/2014 7:48:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 21, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days. On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and...
  • Syria evacuates civilians from besieged Homs centre

    02/07/2014 3:34:03 PM PST · by gooblah · 2 replies
    Yahoo/Rueters ^ | Khalad Hariri
    HOMS, Syria (Reuters) - Syria evacuated 83 civilians on Friday who had lived under government siege in the devastated city of Homs for a year and a half, the first concrete result of talks launched two weeks ago to try to end the country's civil war.
  • At Least 100 Killed in New Syria Massacre

    01/17/2013 10:01:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 1/17/13 | Elad Benari
    More than 100 civilians have been killed in a new “massacre” in Syria, a watchdog said Thursday, according to AFP. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came on Tuesday, when the army swept through farmlands north of Homs city, where it said around 1,000 people had sought refuge from fighting in the central Syria metropolis. “The Syrian regime carried out a new massacre on Tuesday claiming 106 victims, including women and children,” the Britain-based watchdog, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground, told AFP. Witnesses said several members of the same family...
  • Failed Syria Envoy Brahimi’s Mission Brings Chemical War Closer

    12/30/2012 8:26:12 PM PST · by drewh · 7 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 30, 2012, 9:08 PM
    The Syrian crisis unbelievably took another turn for the worse Saturday, Dec. 29: After making no headway with Bashar Assad in Damascus, the UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was told in no uncertain terms by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow: “There is no possibility of persuading Syrian ruler Bashar Assad to leave Syria.” As they spoke, a record 400 people died in hostilities in the country. The burnt remains of hundreds of people slaughtered by the army were discovered in a Homs district. And Syrian opposition leaders have repeatedly preconditioned their acceptance of the Russian invitation to talks...
  • Social Media, Terrorism Connect Too Well

    12/05/2012 12:51:07 AM PST · by Cindy · 28 replies
    SFGATE.com ^ | Published 1:16 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2012 | Janine Zacharia
    SNIPPET: "Social media is no longer simply a fun way to share updates on the harmless idiosyncrasies of our lives. It can undermine national security, and there ought to be a more robust discussion between the Bay Area technology world and Washington on what to do about it. Cyber-terrorism, especially the potential for electronic tampering with U.S. industrial or military installations, is a paramount national security threat that Washington is working to forestall. We're all working to protect our accounts from hackers. But the cyber-threat getting far less public attention involves the social media networks we use every day and the...
  • Gas used in Homs leaves seven people dead and scores affected, activists say

    Syria Live Blog 6 Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a "poisonous gas" used by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said.Activists also told Al Jazeera on Sunday night that scores of others were affected in al-Bayyada neighbourhood. Side effects reported include nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision, and breathing difficulties.Residents said they did not know the nature of the gas used."The situation is very difficult. We do not have enough facemasks. We don't know what this gas is but medics are saying it's something similar to Sarin gas," Raji Rahmet Rabbou, an activist in Homs, told...
  • Media Coverage of Syrian Violence Partial and Untrue, Says Nun

    08/13/2012 11:18:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Patsy McGarry
    A NUN who has been superior at a Syrian monastery for the past 18 years has warned that media coverage of ongoing violence in that country has been “partial and untrue”. It is “a fake”, Mother Agnes Mariam said, which “hides atrocities committed in the name of liberty and democracy”. Superior of the Melkite Greek Catholic monastery of St James the Mutilated in Qara, in Syria’s diocese of Homs, which is in full communion with Rome, she left Ireland yesterday after a three-day visit during which she met representatives of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth. She told The...
  • 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...
  • Ethnic Cleansing of Syrian Christians

    03/29/2012 5:26:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 29, 2012 | Frank Crimi
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Ethnic Cleansing of Syrian ChristiansPosted By Frank Crimi On March 29, 2012 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Syrian President Basher Assad isn’t the only target of Syrian rebels as Syria’s Orthodox Christian Church reports “ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians” by al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant groups in the embattled Syrian city of Homs.The report from the Vatican news agency Fides says Brigade Faruq, which has links with elements of al-Qaeda in Iraq and Islamist mercenaries from Libya, has expelled 90 percent of Christians living in Homs, nearly 50,000 people.Reportedly, the armed Islamists...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Homs devastation shocks UN humanitarian chief

    03/08/2012 1:17:00 PM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    The United Nations humanitarian chief, Lady Amos, said she was shocked by the devastation she witnessed on a visit to Baba Amr, the suburb of the Syrian city of Homs that has suffered a month-long siege. -excerpt- She said: "The devastation there is significant. Part of Homs is completely destroyed and I am concerned to know what has happened to the people who live in that part of the city." -excerpt- The visit by Amos came as Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid workers entered Baba Amr to find it empty of its residents.
  • Kill the Messenger:What Russia taught Syria

    03/06/2012 10:22:50 PM PST · by U-238 · 28 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 3/2/2012 | Robert Young-Pelton
    It was a star-filled night in Chechnya's besieged capital of Grozny. The snow crunched under my feet as I walked with the Chechen rebel commander away from the warmth of our safe house. When we entered a bombed-out neighborhood 15 minutes away, I put the battery in my Iridium satellite phone and waited for the glowing screen to signal that I had locked on to the satellites. I made my call. It was short. Then the commander made a call; he quickly hung up and handed me back the phone. "Enough," he said, motioning for me to remove the battery....
  • Rebels in Syrian city are surrounded, braced for assault [ Qusayr ]

    03/03/2012 1:53:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Saturday, March 3, 2012 | David Enders
    QUSAYR, Syria -- This city of 35,000 is largely empty. Seven miles from the Lebanese border, it is the last rebel stronghold in this part of Syria. Residents and rebel fighters spoke in hushed tones about the shelling they expect to begin any day. Those who have decided to stay are resigned to their fate. The Syrian military holds positions in some neighborhoods in the city, and tanks were said to be taking up positions surrounding Qusayr in preparation for a final assault... Fatma said the army had entered the city three times before, and that the assault on Qusayr...
  • Syrian Army Using World’s Biggest Mortar Against Own People

    02/28/2012 10:53:42 PM PST · by U-238 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 2/28/2012 | Defense Tech
    So the Syrian government, has been unable to break the back of a populist uprising using snipers, RPGs, tanks and aircraft has turned to lobbing massive 240 mm mortars into the city of Homs, killing dozens. This sounds like an old fashioned leave no one alive siege. In case there were any doubts, this shows that the Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al Assad is at war with his own people. Syrian troops are firing Soviet-made M240 breech loading mortars into the city. These fire the largest mortar rounds in the world, according to the Christian Science Monitor. To put things...
  • Wounded British journalist smuggled safely out of besieged Syrian city of Homs

    02/28/2012 7:26:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    A wounded British photographer who had been trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs was spirited safely into Lebanon on Tuesday in a risky journey that killed 13 rebels who helped him escape the relentless shelling and gunfire. -excerpt- Conroy crossed the border into neighboring Lebanon after leaving Homs on Sunday evening, according to the global activist group Avaaz, which said it organized the evacuation with local activists. The group said 35 Syrians volunteered to help get the journalists out and 13 were killed in the operation.
  • 60 civilians killed as Syrian forces pound Homs

    02/22/2012 6:28:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 48 replies
    PakTribune ^ | Feb. 22, 2012
    Syrian government forces killed more than 60 people on Tuesday in assaults on villages and an artillery barrage in the restive city of Homs, activists said, and the Red Cross called for daily ceasefires to let in urgently needed aid. Activists said at least 30 people died in the bombardment of the Baba Amro, neighbourhood of Homs city, and at least 33 were killed when forces trying to crush opposition to President Bashar al-Assad stormed villages in northern Idlib province. In Damascus, security forces opened fire on demonstrators overnight, wounding at least four, activists said. Violence has hit the capital...
  • Two Western Journalists Killed in Syria Shelling

    02/22/2012 4:17:45 AM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Feb. 22, 2012
    -excerpt- Valérie Pécresse, the French government spokeswoman, identified the dead as Marie Colvin, an American reporter working for The Sunday Times of London, and Rémi Ochlik, a French photographer. -excerpt- Video footage posted on social networking sites showed what seemed to be two bodies lying face down in rubble inside a building identified in news reports as a makeshift media center in a beleaguered neighborhood of Homs, where rebels have been under sustained fire for almost three weeks. Three other Western journalists were injured in the attack, activists said. According to his Web site, Mr. Ochlik, in his late twenties,...
  • Free Syrian Army is all that stands between civilians and tanks

    02/12/2012 2:25:01 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/11/2012 | Richard Spencer, Homs
    As Syria's rebellious cities are bombarded and the regime's tank crews prepare to move, only a rag-tag and poorly armed but determined army stands in their way. The last straw for Captain Abu Mahmoud came when 13 of his fellow officers were lined up and shot by a Syrian firing squad. They had been identified as potential deserters - all officers have their own team of watchers from military intelligence to monitor their behaviour - and were executed just in case, he said. He was headed at the time with his Third Division for Idlib in the north, scene already...
  • Syrian forces bombard rebel city of Homs: activists

    02/06/2012 5:33:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Syrian forces bombarded Homs on Monday, killing 50 people in a sustained assault on several districts of the city which has become a centre of armed opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian National Council opposition group said. The bombardment came a day after the United States promised harsher sanctions against Damascus in response to Russian and Chinese vetoes of a draft U.N. resolution that would have backed an Arab plan urging Assad to step aside.
  • Terror in Homs: more than 200 killed as Syrian forces fire mortar rounds, tank shells

    02/05/2012 2:00:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Terror in Homs: more than 200 killed as Syrian forces fire mortar rounds, tank shells Agence France-Presse BEIRUT - Dazed and shocked residents of the battered Syrian protest hub of Homs emerged from their homes on Saturday after a night of terror to search the rubble for loved ones. Thousands of people flooded the streets of the flashpoint central city to bury more than 200 civilians who were killed in a barrage of mortar rounds and tank shells fired by regime forces, witnesses said. "Nearly 200 martyrs will be buried in Freedom Park," activist Hadi Abdullah of the General Commission...
  • Syrian activists: 200 dead in government assault

    02/03/2012 6:31:08 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    In a barrage of shelling, Syrian forces killed 200 people and wounded hundreds early Saturday in Homs in an offensive that appears to be the bloodiest episode in the nearly 11-month-old uprising, activists said.
  • Syria: Residents Report Homs is Under Siege

    12/25/2011 3:37:45 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/11 | Elad Benari
    Residents in the Syrian city of Homs called for western intervention on Saturday after activists said the area has come under renewed attack from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Al Jazeera cited residents who told the network on Saturday that army tanks were shelling the city. Activists in the Bab Amr district said they had been under siege for the last 48 hours. One resident told the network, “There is heavy bombardments going on since early morning and there is non-stop firing so far. So many people are been killed, we have counted so far 16 people have been...
  • Iran says five of its citizens kidnapped in Syria

    12/21/2011 3:01:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Syria's state news agency SANA reported that eight engineers "of different nationalities" had disappeared after heading by bus to their work at a power plant in Homs province.
  • West warns Syria against storming rebel city

    12/11/2011 4:28:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - France called on world powers to "save the Syrian people" on Saturday as it joined the United States and Britain in raising an alarm that President Bashar al-Assad's forces may be about to storm the rebel stronghold of Homs. -excerpt- "There is no policy of crackdown," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdesi told Reuters in an e-mail. "The Syrian forces are there to protect civilians and maintain law and order that is breached by those who are carrying arms against the State."
  • Dozens of bodies dumped in Syria, activists say

    12/06/2011 8:09:41 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    A surge in violence in the restive Syrian city of Homs has killed up to 50 people in the past 24 hours, leaving dozens of bodies in the streets, activists said Tuesday
  • Syrian tanks open fire despite Arab League deal (shocked)

    11/03/2011 6:45:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Syrian activists say tanks mounted with machine-guns have fired on a city at the heart of the country's uprising.
  • Activists: Deadly attacks in Homs kill at least 20

    11/02/2011 10:24:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Machine-gun fire and explosions erupted inside a Syrian city at the heart of the country's uprising Wednesday as activists reported two grisly attacks that killed at least 20 people in the past 24 hours.
  • Syria Claims to Have Found Israeli Weapons in Homs

    09/27/2011 1:20:49 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/9/11 | Elad Benari
    The authorities in the Syrian governorate of Homs have seized Israeli ammunition, the state news agency SANA reported on Monday. According to the report, a Peugeot 404 car loaded with amounts of weapons including Israeli weapons, explosive devices, ammunition and stolen military uniforms was discovered. A military source told SANA that while searching the car, the authorities found an Israeli-made machine gun, hand grenades, including an Israeli grenade and some explosive devices, two of which are set for radio controlled detonation. In addition to that, the source claimed, four explosive devices were also seized. The source told the news agency...
  • Syrian city under siege as UN urges action

    09/06/2011 3:53:00 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian soldiers opened fire in the restive city of Homs on Tuesday and armored vehicles rolled through its streets, activists said, as the U.N. secretary-general urged the world community to take action on Syria.
  • A senior Syrian journalist reports Iraq’s WMD located in three Syrian sites. (Debka's latest)

    01/05/2004 11:38:26 AM PST · by rotstan · 76 replies · 299+ views
    Debka ^ | 5 Jan 03
    A senior Syrian journalist reports Iraq’s WMD located in three Syrian sites. Nizar Najoef, a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, to Dutch newspaper “Di Telegraaf,” that he knows the three sites where Iraq’s WMD are kept. The storage places are: 1. Tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria. These tunnels are an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons...
  • A Senior Syrian Journalist Reports Iraq’s WMD Located in Three Syrian Sites

    01/05/2004 9:01:39 PM PST · by quidnunc · 22 replies · 657+ views
    Debkafile ^ | January 5, 2004 | Unattributed
    Nizar Najoef, a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, to Dutch newspaper “Di Telegraaf,” that he knows the three sites where Iraq’s WMD are kept. The storage places are: 1. Tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria. These tunnels are an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons and long-range missiles are stored in these tunnels. 2. The village of...