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Entries from October 2005

American forces in Iraq invade Syria

October 30th, 2005 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

American forces in Iraq have launched deadly raids across the border into Syria killing at least two Syrian border guards, according to the Commander in charge of the Syrian side of the border. The claim comes days after leaks in Washington that US forces have started secret operations in Syria aimed at killing ‘jihadists’ before […]

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Sa’ad Al-Hariri rejects sanctions against Syria

October 27th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Sa’ad Al-Hariri says he is opposed to sanctions being imposed on Syria for the murder of his father Rafiq Al-Hariri. It will add to the growing crucendo of voices against the threat of sanctions: yesterday Russia and the Arab League spoke out in the strongest terms against sanctions. And now, possibly the most morally powerful […]

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Lebanon arrests two more Hariri suspects

October 27th, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon has arrested two more Islamists, friends of Mahmud Abdul-Al, who was arrested on Saturday. At the weekend it was announced that Syria has also arrested Abdul-Al’s right-hand-man. The Islamists involved are all thought to be Sunni fundamentalists.

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Syria promises 57,000 new jobs

October 27th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The Syrian government has agreed to spend 9 billion US Dollars on government investment. That’ll produce 57,000 new government jobs.

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US Ambassador Bolton attempts to destroy US-Syria relationship

October 27th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Controversial US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, says Mehlis must be able to interrogate Bashar Al-Assad. There is no suggestion that Bashar had any involvement in the murder, but Bolton’s statement was probably intended as provocation rather than a useful contribution. The US Senate refused to nominate Bolton for his position as Ambassador, and […]

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Arab League calls sanctions ‘illegal’

October 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Arab League has called any sanctions on Syria ‘illegal’ because of an ‘incomplete’ probe. It comes on the same day that Russia said that it would do everything in its power – including using its Security Council veto – to block sanctions. The Arab League pointed to Mehlis’s own report, which said that the […]

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UN Report on 1559

October 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Terje Roed-Larsen has reported on Syria and Lebanon complying with last year’s Security Council Resolution which forced Syrian troops out. On the withdrawal of Syrian troops, and holding free and fair elections:“The requirements of the withdrawal of Syrian troops and military assets, as well as the conduct of free and credible legislative elections have been […]

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UN warns Syria over arms smugglers at Syria-Lebanon border

October 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria’s border with Lebanon is too open, according to Kofi Annan. Syria’s being blamed for the flow of guns into Palestinian camps in Lebanon which has fuelled the recent gun-violence. The news comes just months after the UN blamed Syria for closing the border. But Syria has admitted there is a problem: The government of […]

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Syria to meet Israel

October 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria and Lebanon will hold talks with Israel tomorrow. The Euro-Mediterranean Summit is one of the few places where Syria and Israel talk – it was in a similar summit that Barak and Hafez Al-Assad came close to signing a peace treaty in return for the Golan Heights five years ago. Heads of State, or […]

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Russia will block any UN sanctions on Syria

October 26th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Russia, one of the veto members of the UN Security Council says it will block any move to put sanctions on Syria. Russia has long been one of Syria’s closest allies: the USSR was it’s biggest trade and arms partner for decades. Now, after much speculation, Russia has come out and said it will formally […]

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