Syria

What next for Syria after Assad?

By Michael Weiss, November 24, 2011

Anyone who studies human rights abuses in modern dictatorships is susceptible to one of two ailments: atrocity fatigue or a disconcerting level of anger and resentment.

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Syrian attack on Israel at nuclear conference

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2011

Syria has claimed Israel represents a "grave and serious threat" at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The accusation, about Israel's nuclear capabilities, was made by Syrian delegate Bassam al-Sabbagh.

But according to another delegate present, comments made by other Arab nations were less hostile towards Israel than on previous occasions.

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Syria has two friends left - and more enemies

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

The double blow this week to the Syrian régime - official isolation in the Arab world and the audacious attack by defectors against an Air Force Intelligence compound near Damascus - is further proof that time is running out for Bashar al-Assad.

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Pressure mounts on Syria's Assad after air base attack

By Anshel Pfeffer and Jessica Elgot, November 16, 2011

Dozens more people have died in continuing unrest in Syria, after the country was suspended by the Arab League last week.

In their most high - profile attack so far, Syrian rebels have attacked a major military base near Damascus. Reports say that the Air Force Intelligence building in Harasta, north of the capital, has been partially destroyed by the Free Syrian Army.

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Syrian chaos forces Hamas to relocate

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Hamas leadership is seeking to relocate its headquarters from Damascus, in the wake of continuing unrest and pro-democracy protests in Syria, now in their eighth month.

Hamas has three main leadership centres: its political and military wings in the Gaza Strip and the political bureau in Damascus, which functions mainly as the Hamas foreign wing and co-ordinates the shipment of arms and tra

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Iran denies aiding Syria crackdown

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

Claims that Iran is arming and training Syrian forces in support of President Assad's crackdown on the anti-government uprising have been denied by Tehran.

Iran has signalled it is making steps towards a U-turn in its support of Assad after softening its tone and apparently indicating a degree of backing for the protesters.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's initial support for Presiden

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Syria's chemical weapons may land in the lap of Hizbollah

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 1, 2011

Control of large stockpiles of chemical weapons manufactured and held by the Syrian army is a major concern for Israel following a possible breakdown of control by the Assad regime.

While they have never used them on the battlefield, the Syrians are known to have manufactured, with North Korean and Iranian assistance, large quantities of chemical agents, mainly nerve gas such as Sarin and VX.

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There's hope for Israel if Assad goes

By Michael Weiss, September 1, 2011

Tel Aviv's response to the Syrian uprising has vacillated between quiet non-support and nervous semi-support, a posture best captured by what one Israeli cabinet official told the Washington Post in late March: "We know Assad. We knew his father. Of course, we'd love to have a democratic Syria as our neighbour. But do I think that's going to happen? No."

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The real story today is in Syria

By Nick Cohen, August 30, 2011

Even at a time of global economic crisis, and with huge events seemingly taking place every day this month, the revolution against the Syrian Baathists ought to be at the top of any editor's news list. Let me count the ways in which the Assad crime family is worthy of our attention.

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Gaddafi is gone but will Assad be next?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 25, 2011

The collapse of the Gaddafi regime in Libya this week is expected to have little direct effect on Israel, but it could provide inspiration for the pro-democracy forces in Syria.

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