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Entries from January 2006

FLASH: Syria agrees to let UN interview Foreign Minister

January 4th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

FLASH 19.42: Syria has agreed to let the UN interrogate Foreign Minister Farouq Ash-Sharaa. It is still considering a request to question President Bashar Al-Assad. More soon…

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Ghazleh ready to quit

January 4th, 2006 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria’s former head of military intelligence in Lebanon says he is ready to quit if Bashar asks him to. He was implicated by the UN investigation in the murder of Rafiq Al-Hariri. Earlier today rumours spread around Damascus that Ghazleh had committed suicide – but then he made this astonishing statement.

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Syria admits it has received UN request

January 4th, 2006 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria now admits it has received a UN request to interview President Bashar Al-Assad and Foreign Minister Farouq Ash-Sharaa. Until now, they had been denying that they received an official request. The demand was made public by the UN yesterday. When the commission asked – far more informally – to meet Bashar last year, Syrian […]

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UN summons Bashar Al-Assad for interrogation

January 2nd, 2006 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

UN investigators studying the Hariri killing have demanded to meet Bashar Al-Assad. The inquiry’s demand – which was led by Detlev Mehlis – comes just days after former Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam made an extraordinary statement from Paris that Bashar threatened Hariri. The UN say they’ve already submitted the request to Syria, but Syria […]

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Khaddam expelled

January 1st, 2006 · 22 Comments · Uncategorized

Abdul Halim Khaddam, who was Syria’s Vice President until June 2005, has been expelled from Syria’s ruling party after his rant on Friday. Blah blah.

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Khaddam: the backlash begins

January 1st, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria’s parliament spent most of yesterday condemning Khaddam’s revelations. Some parliamentarians called for him to be tried for treason. It is, of course, all to be expected. But this wasn’t: a popular backlash against Syria’s former Vice President. ‘Front Bumper’, a blogger from Lattakia* – whose posts are rarely political – felt impelled to write: […]

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