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Entries from November 2005

US forces invade Syria

November 28th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

American troops have crossed the border into Syria, according to Syrian border guards. Days ago officals in Washington said anonymously that their forces had entered Syria – two border guards are said to have been killed. It breaches an important red line, and sets a very dangerous precedent. So much for ‘foreign fighters’ crossing the […]

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Syria takes it to the brink: the Mehlis interviews WILL take place

November 25th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria has agreed to send five officials to Vienna for questioning. But the Government has confused reporters by stating that five will be questioned – not the six that we all thought were up for questioning. It’s a last minute deal which – once again – saves Syria’s skin. Phew.

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Deadline: Mehlis demands answers – will Syria accept Vienna?

November 25th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Detlev Mehlis has set today as the deadline for a Syrian response to his Veinna proposal. Syria was angry that he wanted to conduct the interrogations of 6 top Syrian officials in Beirut, they suggested a third country – including Vienna, Austria. Mehlis finally agreed under pressure from other parts of the UN and Lebanon’s […]

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Israel claim handglider was civilian

November 23rd, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

israel is claiming that the handglider was a civilian, not military. The Israeli army are known to have used handgliders along the volatile border.

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Israel invades Lebanon

November 23rd, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

We’re hearing reports that the Israeli army has entered Southern Lebanon. They invaded to rescue a paraglider pilot who was stranded. They have now left. It’s not clear why the paraglider was flying over Lebanon, but Hizbollah have reported more clashes with israeli troops in the past hour.

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Mehlis meets Syrians in Madrid

November 20th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Detlev Mehlis, the UN Investigator who has insisted on interviewing Syrian witnesses in Beirut, hs met a senior Syrian official in Spain to discuss the location. So far he has refused to even visit Syria, or to have a meeting in Lebanon about the location of the interviews, insisting that it is non-negotiable. But today’s […]

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Siniora: UN should interrogate Syrians outside Lebanon

November 17th, 2005 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

In a direct rebuffal to the US and Mehlis, Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora says the UN should question the Syrians outside Lebanon. Mehlis is insisting that the interviews take place in Beirut. Syria has offered to host the interviews in any UN building in Syria, or in any third country. But still Mehlis insists on […]

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Great Syrians

November 17th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

After legendary Syrian movie producer Moustapha Akkad tragically lost his life in the Amman bombings, one Syria News Wire reader suggested we pay tribute to other great Syrians while they’re still alive. Here, you can mention all of the great Syrians, or people of Syrian origin, around the world. In the arts, entertainment, sport, music… […]

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Anonymous leaflets in Sidon, Lebanon attack bashar – question his Arabism

November 16th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Leaflets have been distrbuted in Southern Lebanon, shcoked at Bashar’s speech, and questioning how Bashar can claim to be the upholder of Arabism: “To Your Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad we say: you stunned us with your speech – we expected you to pay your respects to the Lebanese people for the catastrophe that hit them […]

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Syrians show unhappiness with Bashar’s speech

November 16th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The value of the Syrian Lira has fallen dramatically since Bashar’s 10 November speech. It was his most defiant and non-concilliatory speech since he became President. He said Syria would resist, and would co-operate with the UN grudgingly, and called Lebanese PM a ‘slave’. Many commentators think he was preparing the country for sanctions. So […]

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