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Entries from May 2012

Asef Shawkat assassinated?

May 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments · BREAKING NEWS

The FSA seems to be claiming that it has killed Asef Shawkat. (This has NOT been reported elsewhere yet). 6 or 8 high-ranking officials were rushed to the Shami hospital in Malki, according to the LCC, after they were poisoned by a chef. Malki is the richest neighbourhood in Damascus, and is home to the president’s […]

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From Rankous

May 18th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

Just stop what you’re doing and read this from an incredibly brave Economist reporter in a village next to Zabadani. A report from Rankous – The Economist THE houses in the western half of Rankous, a small town north of Damascus, reek of acrid smoke. A burned shoe lies on the floor while fans droop […]

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12 months of Syrian stories

May 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Commentary

One of the reasons I started this site was to raise awareness about a country rarely in the news. A country whose stories were not being told. The past year has changed everything. On the anniversary of the start of the revolution a couple of months ago, The Syria Report did an excellent job of […]

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Dozens dead after bomb blast in Damascus

May 10th, 2012 · 7 Comments · BREAKING NEWS

At least 40 are dead after double bomb blasts in Qazaz in the south of Damascus. The attacks hit military intelligence headquarters and have been claimed by the Nusra Front, a small Islamist group. The Guardian is reporting that the group appears to be real, rather than a figment of state media’s usual wild imagination. […]

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UN confirms Syria arms smuggling

May 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

UN Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen says arms are being smuggled into Syria across the Lebanese border. Now, this is very interesting, because until recently, observers – myself included – had dismissed ‘discoveries‘ of arms factories and large-scale weapons shipments as theatrics aimed at tarnishing the Syrian rebels. When Syria’s allies in the Lebanese government impounded a ship […]

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Urgent Red Cross appeal for Syria

May 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

The Red Cross has made an urgent appeal for $27 million for its vital work in Syria. To date, it has helped 200,000 victims of the violence across the country. The International Committee for the Red Cross is the only international aid agency working in Syria, and despite occasional hiccups, it has managed to get help to […]

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