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Entries from September 2005

Syria condemns Iraqi insurgency

September 15th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria today denounced the attack on Shiite civilians in Baghdad as a “terrorist” act, according to the Foreign Ministry. Syria has been under pressure recently from President Bush and the US Ambassador to Iraq to ‘stop the flow of fighters across the border’. Interestingly, the US Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad also accused the Syrian […]

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Dispatch from Damascus, Day 1

September 14th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Following the positive response to last week’s post of Brian Whitaker’s piece, here is another article. This time it’s from Ken Krayeske, an American journalist from Progressive Magazine. He’s just arrived in Damascus, and will be writing his – sometimes sceptical – experiences. Here’s his first post… Dispatch from Damascus, Day 1Ken KrayeskeAn independent and […]

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New budget airline flying into Damascus

September 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Kuwait – a close ally of Syria – has launched a new budget airline. Jazeera Airways will have daily flights into Damascus from Kuwait. Flights are being offered for as little as $34, and bookings are already being taken. But the company’s website still isn’t running yet. Jazeera Airlines will also fly daily to Beirut, […]

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Bush tells Syria not to interfere in Iraq – Rice interferes in UN Hariri Investigation

September 14th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

“Syrian security officials got entangled in the murder of Prime Minister Hariri.” Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice gives her own judgement of what the Mehlis Investigation must say. That’s in direct contradiction to the UN investigator Detlev Mehlis’s statement that “there are no Syrian suspects.” He hasn’t even started to interview in Syria. But since […]

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Detlev Mehlis arrives in Damascus – Ghazleh in suicide attempt?

September 12th, 2005 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

Detlev Mehils has arrived in Damascus – his convoy protected by an umbrella of Syrian Army helicopters. There are also claims that Rustom Ghazaleh – who has been put under house arrest by President Bashar Al-Assad – has attempted to kill himself. Syria has denied the reports. The reports do not come from a reputable […]

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What is Bashar doing?

September 11th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Bashar Al-Assad has held a summit of 10 Palestinian resistance groups based in Damascus. He declared his support for Hamas’s political leader Khaled Mishael (below). It’s a massive change in Syrian policy. For the past couple of years, Syria has insisted that the offices of Hamas and Islamic Jihad along with other rejectionist groups in […]

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Iraqi government finally closes Syria-Iraq border

September 10th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

After months of complaints that rebels are being allowed to enter Iraq from Syria, Iraq has finally taken the decision to close their side of the border. Until now, all of the blame has been heaped on Syria – US forces have accused Iraq’s neighbour for not securing their side of the border without providing […]

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Syrian police kill militants near Iraq border

September 9th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Another battle has taken place. This time in Hasaka, in North Eastern Syria near the border with Iraq. The miltants were hiding out in the Khashman district of Hasaka. Khashman is a poor, run-down suburb on the outskirts of the city. ‘Another Attack!’ There have been a rash of supposed Syrian victories over militants since […]

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Bashar Al-Assad cancels UN visit

September 7th, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad wont be attending the biggest gathering of world leaders at the UN next week. Speculation about Bashar’s involvement in the Hariri killing has grown since UN investigator Detlev Mehlis announced he’ll be visiting Damascus on Saturday. ‘Doing an Arafat’ But the real reason for staying at home might be the frosty […]

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Brian Whitaker: Long shadow of the Beirut massacre

September 6th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s not often that I publish other people’s articles. In fact I never do. Should I? Let me know, leave a comment. But this deserves force feeding. It’s an excellent piece from The Guardian’s Middle East Editor – an expert on Lebanon and Syria. Great summary of why all eyes are on Detlev Mehlis, and […]

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