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Entries from June 2005

Welcome Back

June 17th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

After a week and a half, the Syrian News Wire is ready to go! I’ve been embedded with the US/UK Navy, making some enemies with the reports I was filing. Unfortuantely I wasn’t able to file to the Syrian News Wire – I sent some by mobile phone (that explains the typo’s and ‘Yahoo Mail’ […]

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Syrian vice president resigns

June 8th, 2005 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Syrias vice president Khaddam has quit on the firstday of the ruling Baath Partys conference. He was oneof the governments old guard and was an architect ofthe countrys Lebanon policy. Many will see hisdeparture as a step closer to reform, in a conferencewhich has promised change but which has left mostSyrians expecting very little. It […]

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Hezbollah wins, surprise surprise!

June 6th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Shia group Hezbollah have won all of South Lebanonsseats in the second stage of the countrysparliamentary elections. They formed a joint list withtheir former rivals Amal. The win was widely expected:6 of the candidates won by default when all theirrivals pulled out. This is proving to be an even morepredictable election than when Lebanon was […]

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Kurdish demonstration

June 6th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Kurds in the north eastern city of Qamishli have beendemonstrating against the death of a religious clericlast week. His family have blamed intelligenceservices for his death but this hasnt beenindependently confirmed. They say he was tortured buthe preached reconciliation between the government andthe kurdish minority. Last year tens of people werekilled when rioting broke out […]

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US Officials: Zarqawi wasn’t in Syria

June 4th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

US Officials have taken back a previous statement that Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi visited Syria to plan attacks and to receive medical treatment. The original statement was made by a Military official living in Baghdad’s Green Zone. But now intelligence say that there’s no suspicion that Zarqawi ever visited Syria. On condition of anonymity, a US […]

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An-Nahar journalist murdered in Beirut

June 2nd, 2005 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

A massive car-bomb has just hit Ashrafiyeh – the trendy East Beirut area. It killed far-right columnist Samir Qasir outside his home. He has written angry articles about the Lebanese puppet regime, but in recent times he has made more enemies than friends. He made no secret of his support for far-right Solange Gemayal, the […]

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Strange Alliances

June 2nd, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Hizbollah the anti-Israeli resistance group… …is allied with… Walid Jumblatt’s Socialist Progressive Party… …who is allied with… Samir Jaja’s Lebanese Forces, they collaborated with the Israeli occupation. Jumblatt: “This alliance was formed to protect the resistance movement I have stressed the necessity of inter-Lebanese talks in order to solve all problems and protect the resistance.” […]

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