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September 15, 2011 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian troops fired tear gas at a gathering of mourners just hours after U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford and other Western diplomats expressed their condolences to the family of a rights advocate killed last week, activists said Wednesday. The incident could increase already-high tensions between Washington and Damascus, which has accused the United States of helping incite violence in Syria. Authorities have also criticized two earlier visits by Ford to the country's central and southern regions.
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July 30, 2011 | By Bassem Mroue and Zeina Karam, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Tens of thousands of protesters calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad's regime took to the streets throughout Syria Friday, urging fellow citizens who have remained on the sidelines to join them and warning those who are hesitant that they are indirectly helping security forces kill more protesters. Syrian troops trying to sweep them from the streets fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing at least four demonstrators, activists said. The protests, which have become a weekly ritual after Friday's Muslim prayer services, came hours after a bomb blast struck a major oil pipeline in western Syria, causing oil to spill into a lake.
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October 16, 2011 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Syrian security forces trying to suppress the resilient antigovernment uprising killed five people Saturday, including one person who was attending a funeral procession for a teenager shot dead in protests a day earlier, activists said. Another of the dead was an activist for the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights who was assassinated while in hiding in a besieged eastern city, the group said. The uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime began in mid-March amid the wave of antigovernment protests in the Arab world that have toppled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.
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August 21, 2012 | By Ben Hubbard, Associated Press
TEL RIFAT, Syria - Government forces pummeled the battered city of Aleppo with air strikes and tanks and shelled parts of Damascus and southern Syria on Monday, killing at least 100 people during a major Muslim holiday, rights groups and activists said. The violence escalated dramatically after a one-day lull on Sunday, the start of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The renewed fighting showed that President Bashar Assad's regime is not letting up on its drive to quell the 17-month-old uprising out of respect for the occasion.
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December 30, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOMS, Syria - The presence of Arab League monitors in Syria has re-energized the anti-government protest movement, with tens of thousands turning out over the past three days in cities and neighborhoods where the observers are expected to visit. The huge rallies have been met by lethal gunfire from security forces apparently worried about multiple mass sit-ins modeled after Cairo's Tahrir Square. Yesterday, security forces opened fire on tens of thousands protesting outside a mosque in a Damascus suburb and killed at least four.
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October 4, 2011 | By Zeina Karam, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Syrian troops going house to house detained more than 3,000 people in the last three days in the rebellious town of Rastan, which has seen some of the worst fighting of the six-month-old uprising, activists said Monday. During the last week, the military fought hundreds of army defectors who sided with anti-regime protesters in Rastan. The fighting demonstrated the increasingly militarized nature of the uprising and heightened fears that Syria may be sliding toward civil war. The activist group Local Coordination Committees said fighting in the town had stopped after the military operation that left dozens dead.
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August 14, 2011 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Syrian tanks, security agents, and pro-regime gunmen fanned out into the streets of several towns to root out protesters demanding the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad in a sweep Saturday that killed at least five people. The heaviest assault was in the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia, where thousands had turned out in protests a day earlier. At least 20 tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into the city's al-Ramel neighborhood amid intense gunfire that sent many residents fleeing the area, according to Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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November 20, 2011 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian troops stormed a central town and a northwestern region in search of regime opponents on Saturday, activists said, a day after the government agreed in principle to allow the Arab League to send observers to oversee a peace plan proposed by the 22-member bloc. At least 15 people were killed, activists said. The attacks on the town of Shezar in the central province of Hama and on the restive Jabal al-Zawiya region near the Turkish border came as pressure mounted on Damascus to end its eight-month crackdown on antigovernment protesters.
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December 18, 2011 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Arab League has given Syria until Wednesday to allow observers into the country or else it will likely turn to the U.N. Security Council for action to try to end the deadly violence against regime opponents, Qatar's prime minister said Saturday. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al Thani said in Qatar that Arab foreign ministers will hold a "decisive and important" meeting in Cairo on Wednesday to decide on next steps. He said there is near unanimity on taking the Arab League's plan to the Security Council in hopes the world body can bring more pressure to bear on Damascus to accept it. Syria has demanded changes to the proposal, which calls for an end to the crackdown.
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January 26, 2012 | By Zeina Karam and Elizabeth A. Kennedy, Associated Press
BEIRUT - The head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch in the northern town of Idlib was shot dead Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, and activists reported deadly clashes elsewhere between government forces and army defectors. Abdulrazak Jbero was on his way from Damascus to Idlib when he was shot, said Hicham Hassan, an ICRC spokesman in Geneva. An ICRC statement said he was riding in a "vehicle clearly marked with a Red Crescent emblem" and expressed shock at the killing.
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November 10, 2012 | By Zeina Karam and John Heilprin, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - As many as 11,000 people fled Syria in 24 hours, some of them desperately clambering through a razor-wire fence into Turkey on Friday to escape fierce fighting between rebels and government forces for control of a border town. The exodus is a sign of the escalating ferocity of the violence, which has killed more than 36,000 people since March 2011. Despite the bloodshed, embattled President Bashar al-Assad insisted there was no civil war in Syria, saying in a rare TV appearance that he was protecting Syrians against "terrorism" supported from abroad.
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October 17, 2012 | By Zeina Karam, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Syrian military unleashed heavy air strikes and artillery bombardments targeting rebel strongholds in the north on Tuesday, killing at least 90 people, according to activists. The barrage came as the U.N. food agency warned that more and more Syrians are depending on assistance from the World Food Program to stay alive with the civil war worsening. The air strikes hit northern Idlib and Aleppo provinces, both bordering Turkey. Activists described them as some of the worst since rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad took over the key city of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib on Oct. 10. The city lies along the main highway connecting Aleppo with the cities to the south, including Homs and the capital Damascus.
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September 21, 2012 | By Karin Laub, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Regime air strikes hit a gas station in northern Syria on Thursday, setting off a fiery explosion that killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens, opposition activists said. Amateur video showed thick black smoke engulfing the scene. Earlier Thursday, a Syrian military helicopter crashed near the capital of Damascus, and Syria's Information Ministry said the helicopter went down after its rotor accidentally clipped the tail of a Syrian passenger plane with 200 people on board.
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September 9, 2012 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Syrian regime pounded Aleppo with warplanes and artillery shelling Saturday as ground forces seeking to regain momentum in the country's largest city advanced on three neighborhoods, activists said. Shelling and air raids against the eastern Helwaniyeh neighborhood caused a large number of casualties, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and another activist group called the Local Coordination Committees. Amateur videos showed wounded people bleeding on the floor of a crowded makeshift hospital as they received treatment.
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September 4, 2012 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Syrian regime said Monday that there will be no dialogue with the opposition before the army crushes the rebels, the latest sign that President Bashar al-Assad is determined to solve the crisis on the battlefield even if many more of his people have to pay with their lives. The statement comes a day after activists reported that August was the bloodiest month since the uprising began in March 2011. "There will be no dialogue with the opposition prior to the Syrian army's imposition of security and stability in all parts of the country," Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi told reporters at a news conference in Damascus.
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September 2, 2012 | By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
BEIRUT - The U.N.'s new envoy to Syria told President Bashar al-Assad's regime on Saturday that change is both "urgent" and "necessary" and that it must meet the "legitimate" demands of the Syrian people, words that will not win the seasoned Algerian diplomat and international trouble shooter any friends in Damascus. On his first day on the job, Lakhdar Brahimi also called on both sides to end violence in Syria, but said Assad's government bears more responsibility than anyone else to halt the bloodshed.
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August 21, 2012 | By Ben Hubbard, Associated Press
TEL RIFAT, Syria - Government forces pummeled the battered city of Aleppo with air strikes and tanks and shelled parts of Damascus and southern Syria on Monday, killing at least 100 people during a major Muslim holiday, rights groups and activists said. The violence escalated dramatically after a one-day lull on Sunday, the start of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The renewed fighting showed that President Bashar Assad's regime is not letting up on its drive to quell the 17-month-old uprising out of respect for the occasion.
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June 18, 2012 | By Diaa Hadid, Associated Press
BEIRUT - The head of the U.N. observers' mission in Syria demanded Sunday that warring parties allow the evacuation of women, children, elderly, and sick people endangered by fighting in the besieged city of Homs and other combat zones. Maj. Gen. Robert Mood said the observers had been trying for the past week to bring out families and wounded trapped in Homs by heavily shelling of rebel-held areas. The offensive is part of a broader push by President Bashar Assad's forces to regain rebel-held villages and towns throughout the country.
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March 25, 2012 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Regime forces shelled rebellious areas in central and northern Syria on Saturday in the latest push to quash the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, but faced fierce resistance from army defectors, activists said. Much of the day's fighting focused on the northeastern town of Saraqeb, which activists said troops and tanks entered from the north amid heavy shelling. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that fighting reached the central market district where army defectors damaged a tank and three armored personnel carriers.
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March 21, 2012 | By Ben Hubbard, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Syrian soldiers backed by tanks seized the eastern city of Deir el-Zour from rebels Tuesday, the latest opposition stronghold to fall to an offensive by the better equipped Syrian military. Activist Osama Mansour said government troops and armored cars entered the city about 60 miles from the Iraqi border from four sides, sparking short gunbattles with fighters from the Free Syrian Army. Mansour, reached by phone in Deir el-Zour, said the rebels quit fighting and took shelter in homes and apartments, fearing that protracted clashes would destroy the city.
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