Posts Tagged ‘Assad’

Syria crisis: evidence of ‘industrial-scale killing’ by regime spurs call for war crimes charges

(Media Release) Senior war crimes prosecutors say photographs and documents provide ‘clear evidence’ of systematic killing of 11,000 detainees. Calls for Assad or other officials to face justice at the international criminal court in The Hague have foundered on the problem that Syria is not a member of the court. Photograph: Reuters Syrian government officials […]

What the world overlooked in Syria

Major events taking place across Syria have been overshadowed by the chemical attack saga. Ever since the US announced it would act against Syria in response to a chemical weapon attack more than three weeks ago, the world has been fixated on when and how Washington and its allies will act. The debate on whether […]

Momentum Shifts in Syria, Bolstering Assad’s Position

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Not long ago, rebels on the outskirts of Damascus were peppering the city with mortar rounds, government soldiers were defecting in droves and reports circulated of new territory pried from the grip of President Bashar al-Assad. As his losses grew, Mr. Assad unleashed fighter jets and SCUD missiles, intensifying fears that mounting […]

US says Iran steps up Syria support

Hillary Clinton, the outgoing US secretary of state, has warned that Iran is stepping up its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while Russia is continuing to send money and arms to the regime. Clinton on Thursday accused Tehran of sending into Syria “more personnel” to support and advise military security forces in their fight […]

Hints of Syrian Chemical Push Set Off Global Effort to Stop It

                                      WASHINGTON — In the last days of November, Israel’s top military commanders called the Pentagon to discuss troubling intelligence that was showing up on satellite imagery: Syrian troops appeared to be mixing chemicals at two storage […]

Syria crisis: Military police chief al-Shalal defects

The commander of Syria’s military police has defected from President Bashar-al Assad’s government and reportedly fled to Turkey. Lt Gen Abulaziz al-Shalal is one of the highest-ranking officials to join the uprising against the Syrian regime. The army had failed to protect Syrians and turned into “gangs of murder”, the general said in a video […]

Syria Unleashes Cluster Bombs on Town, Punishing Civilians

                                      MAREA, Syria — The plane came in from the southeast late in the afternoon, releasing its weapons in a single pass. Within seconds, scores of finned bomblets struck and exploded on the homes and narrow streets […]

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