Syria

‘Assad has no atomic bomb: thank Israel’

By Tom Gross, February 8, 2013

With the forces of Bashar al Assad having killed tens of thousands of civilians over the past two years, and with persistent rumours that he may use chemical weapons, the world should be grateful to Israel that Syria does not also have a nuclear option.

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Israel strikes Syria as war threatens to engulf region

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2013

The Syrian civil war is now evolving into a regional confrontation.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in Syria, although by the evening the extent of the strikes were still unclear.

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Israeli jets strike military site near Damascus

By Zoe Winograd, January 30, 2013

According to a Syrian TV channel, Israeli planes bombed a military research centre in the Jermana area near Damascus on Wednesday.

The TV station report said that two people were killed and five wounded, with damage done to the centre which was “used to advance Syrian military capabilities.”

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Netanyahu announces fence for Syrian border

By Anna Sheinman, January 7, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will build a fence along its frontier with Syria, warning that extremist forces have taken over on the other side of the border.

Speaking at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mr Netanyahu said that the Syrian regime was “unstable” and that the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons was worrying for Israel.

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Israel in talks with West on Syria strikes

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

Israel has held talks with its Western allies and the Jordanian government over the possibility of attacking Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

Officials involved in these talks have confirmed their existence and said that Israel was dissuaded from carrying out pre-emptive attacks.

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Thousands flee Assad’s rockets

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 20, 2012

At times this week, it seemed as if the entire southern Syrian province of Deraa had emptied itself into the Zaatari refugee camp over the border in Jordan. As far as the eye could see, new tents and trailers were being prepared for the thousands of new refugees streaming across the border to join the 32,000 already there.

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Syria: West is making one giant mistake

By John R Bradley, December 20, 2012

Is the NATO-sponsored Syrian uprising the West’s biggest Middle East foreign policy blunder since the 1956 Suez Crisis?

What is certain is that tens of thousands of jihadis are now doing almost all the fighting on the ground in Syria, whose army has not fired a single bullet in Israel’s direction since 1967.

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Why Middle East is the land of the rising Sunnis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The identity of some of the foreign generals who attended a secret conference convened last month by Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards may seem, at first, surprising.

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Fresh fears over Syrian chemical weapons

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

Reports that the Syrian regime may be about to deploy chemical weapons have raised concerns in the region that the civil war in the country may be entering an even bloodier stage.

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Arab lobbyist wooed pro-Assad Syrians

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

The director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) worked to bring a delegation of pro-Assad Syrian politicians to Britain just months before the outbreak of violence in Syria.

Emails sent by Chris Doyle, seen by the JC, reveal his involvement in plans to organise meetings between the Syrian MPs and their British counterparts in August 2010.

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