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Syria's elite join compatriots to flee country fearing western air strike

Syria's elite join compatriots to flee country fearing western air strike

The border crossing between  Syria  and  Lebanon  was frantic on Tuesday, as it had been for many months. But, unusually, amid the hordes of people at passport control on the Lebanese side of the Masnaa crossing were queues of well-heeled Syrians – types not often on the...

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Another chemical attack reported in Aleppo where UN inspectors in Damascus

Another chemical attack reported in Aleppo where UN inspectors in Damascus

Another chemical attack reported in Aleppo as UN inspectors examine the gas site in Damascus Another chemical weapons attack has been reported in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo expected to be phosphorus bomb, which took place in the Urim region of Aleppo. 9...

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Here’s why Obama is giving up the element of surprise in Syria

Here’s why Obama is giving up the element of surprise in Syria

Military thinkers from Sun Tzu to Napoleon Bonaparte have long emphasized the element of surprise. So it might seem strange that the Obama administration is not just clearly telegraphing that it likely plans to launch limited strikes  against Syria, but also when it’s going to strike and...

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France's Hollande to meet head of Syrian National Coalition

France's Hollande to meet head of Syrian National Coalition

French President Francois Hollande will meet with the head of Syria's main opposition group on Thursday, the presidency announced Tuesday. The talks with Ahmad al-Jarba will take place just over a week after an alleged deadly chemical attack took place in the suburbs of Damascus, prompting...

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Coalition Member quits from Coalition over lack of transparency

Coalition Member quits from Coalition over lack of transparency

Tawfiq Dunia, a member of the Syrian National Coalition, who recently withdrew from it, has explained the reasons behind that decision on his face-book page. First, he explained that the aims of coalition expansion was to achieve balance,  where the number and proportion of...

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Saudi Arabia offers scholarships for Syrian Students

Saudi Arabia offers scholarships for Syrian Students

A special program has been launched to enroll students from Syria at 25 Saudi universities as a humanitarian gesture. Official approval has been granted to Syrian students who cannot continue their university education due to the worsening situation in their country....

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 Syrian Kurdish leader says Assad not to blame for attack

Syrian Kurdish leader says Assad not to blame for attack

  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be "so stupid" as to use chemical weapons close to Damascus, the leader of the country's largest Kurdish group said. Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), said he doubted the Syrian president would resort to...

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Mansour: Lebanon Will Not Remain Silent over Israeli Attack against Hezbollah

Mansour: Lebanon Will Not Remain Silent over Israeli Attack against Hezbollah

Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour noted on Tuesday that a war against Syria will have negative repercussions on the entire region, reported the National News Agency. He said: “Lebanon will not remain silent if Israel exploited a strike against Syria to attack Hezbollah in the...

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Assad's FM vows to surprise the world

Assad's FM vows to surprise the world

    Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem vowed on Tuesday that his country will defend itself in case of any Western military strikes against it.   “We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal. The...

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N Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria: Sankei Shimbun

N Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria: Sankei Shimbun

North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria but they were seized in Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese daily said Tuesday, as the US threatened action over an alleged chemical weapons attack. A Libyan-registered vessel, identified as Al En Ti Sar, left North Korea for Syria...

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Embattled Syrians face harsh winter for third time of Revolution age

Embattled Syrians face harsh winter for third time of Revolution age

As winter getting closer, Syrians still perplexed about the possibility of securing diesel for winter, where there were promises to distribute 400 liters to each family at the official price of 60 Syrian pounds, but no confirmation of this news yet, beside the ambiguous mechanisms of...

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US action against Syria would be narrow in scope: reports

US action against Syria would be narrow in scope: reports

  US   President Barack Obama   is weighing an attack against   Syria   that would be of limited scope and duration, newspapers reported Tuesday. The strike in retaliation for what the   United States   says is Syria's undeniable use...

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Syria's Coalition holds 'emergency meeting' over chemical attacks mid September

Syria's Coalition holds 'emergency meeting' over chemical attacks mid September

  Dr. Bader Jamous, General Secretary of the national coalition defended the delay of the emergency meeting regarding the chemical attacks until mid September.   ''It's very hard to reach 114 members in the Coalition to Istanbul during the week, explaining that the...

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Rebels capture vital town, to cut army's supply lines to Aleppo

Rebels capture vital town, to cut army's supply lines to Aleppo

 K hanaser, the vital town in northern Aleppo countryside and the biggest gathering for pro-Assad militias  had been liberated, activists reported.  The head of the National Defense forces ( NDF) in Aleppo city was killed on Sunday morning by clashes between the NDF...

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U.S. postpones meeting with Russia over chemical attack in Syria

U.S. postpones meeting with Russia over chemical attack in Syria

The United States on Monday postponed a meeting with Russia scheduled for Wednesday in The Hague due to “ongoing consultations” over the use of chemical weapons in the Syria. “Given our ongoing consultations about the appropriate response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria on August...

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Assad says a Vietnam scenario ‘awaits the United States in Syria’

Assad says a Vietnam scenario ‘awaits the United States in Syria’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the United States on Monday, saying Washington will have to deal with another Vietnam scenario if it chooses to militarily intervene in the conflict-ravaged country after allegations that his regime has used chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb attack...

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Assad’s brother accused of orchestrating Syria chemical attack

Assad’s brother accused of orchestrating Syria chemical attack

Maher al-Assad, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s brother, is being accused of involvement in Syria’s recent chemical weapons attack, the  Guardian  reported on Saturday. Not seen for a year, Maher has remained in the shadows commanding Syria’s most formidable military...

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Opposition figure: major decisions on Syria expected within hours

Opposition figure: major decisions on Syria expected within hours

A Syrian opposition diplomat told Al Arabiya on Monday that the “coming hours” will mark a crucial phase in the Syrian conflict and will be filled with developments “the region and the world have not witnessed in years.” “Wait until tomorrow [Tuesday] and you will hear a very...

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