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Entries from February 2006

One year on: Syrian arrested in Beirut for attacking…himself

February 14th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A grenade was thrown under this Beirut car. The owner, a Syrian, was unhurt. The police arrived in Awzai to find the culprit, and arrested – the owner. Well – he was the only Syrian around. Twelve months ago today former Lebanese Prime Minister* / Syrian stooge* / Embezzeler-in-Chief* (*depending on the time of day) […]

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The Valentine’s Day Massacre

February 14th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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The Syria News Wire’s FIRST BIRTHDAY!

February 14th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

After 1 year,388 posts,38,000 readers,zero deleted comments,and 1 new look… THANK YOU for choosing the Syria News Wire, the web’s most comprehenisve source of Syrian News. Fresh, original, independent. And it’s still ad-free. The Syria News Wire was one of first sites to break news of the bombings in Amman and stick with it as […]

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Riad Turk rejects Khaddam’s plan to return to Damascus

February 13th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Leading opposition member Riad Turk has returned from Paris critiicising former Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam. Khaddam’s chorus of criticism against Bashar has been growing louder over the past couple of months, and many expected Turk to embrace him. But after Turk’s visit to France, and meeting with Bayouni, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, […]

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Syrian government reshuffle

February 11th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Farouq Ash-Sharaa becomes Vice-President (to replace Abdul Halim Khaddam who went into exile in Paris last year) Walid Muallem becomes Foreign Minister (replacing Sharaa) Bassam Abdel Majeed becomes Interior Minister (to replace Ghazi Kanaan who commited suicide) Muallem is clearly a more moderate figure than Sharaa who has inflamed international opinion against Syria with his […]

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Syrian bloggers unite against the Embassy violence

February 11th, 2006 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

In an unprecedented move, dozens of Syria’s bloggers have put their name to a joint statement condemning the attacks on the Danish and Norweigan Embassies in Damascus last week. The statement – which will be appearing across the Syrian blogosphere – follows… None of us believe in violence as a solution. The following is a […]

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US Military on the Iraq-Syria border: there are no more foreign fighters crossing the border

February 10th, 2006 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Col. Greg Reilly of the 3rd squadron of the 3rd Armoured Cavalry, who is at Sinjar, patrolling the Syria-Iraq border, says the flow of foreign fighters from Syria has stopped. The astonishing claim flies in the face of cries from Washington that Syria is doing nothing to stop militants crossing into Iraq. Col. Reilly says […]

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Danish newspaper: no freedom of speech on Christian and Jewish issues

February 9th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper: We wont publish cartoons that offend Christians. We wont publish cartoons that offend Jews. But Muslims are a different matter.

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Samir Jaja: Syria WASN’T to blame for Beirut embassy burnings

February 9th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Lebanon’s most virulent anti-Syrian politician, and Hariri-ally, Samir Jaja says Syria wasn’t to blame for the riots on Sunday in Beirut which burnt the Danish embassy. The head of the Lebanese Forces says the claims of his coalition allies (he didn’t mention Walid Jumblatt by name) that the rioters were backed by Syria were incorrect: […]

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Danish paper prepares to publish a NEW set of controversial cartoons

February 8th, 2006 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Before I go much further with this post – an apology. I apologise for publishing a non ‘Syrian’ post. But I feel that this issue has affected Syria – and Damascus in particular – that it deserves mention. Jyllands-Posten, the Danish paper has decided to publish a series of cartoons satirising the holocaust. When they […]

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