Syria

Hague to Syria's Assad: reform or step aside

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

William Hague has called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to reform or step aside.

The Foreign Secretary said the Syrian leader was losing legitimacy.

In an address to the House of Commons, Mr Hague condemned the Syrian regime, which human rights groups blame for the deaths of 1,200 protesters since anti-government uprisings began in the country three months ago.

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Ayalon: Assad using anti-Israel protesters as 'cannon fodder'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

Israeli officials have said that the Syrian protesters who approached the border with Israel yesterday leading to gunfire were encouraged to do so by President Bashar Assad.

Danny Ayalon, the Deputy Foreign Minister, wrote on his Facebook page that President Assad was "using Palestinians in Syria as cannon fodder".

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Deadly clashes on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

The United States has called for an end to "provocative actions" on the border between Syria and Israel.

The comments by a spokesman for the US State Department followed Sunday’s deadly clashes. Up to 20 people were killed when Syrian protesters attempted to storm the border with the Golan Heights.

An IDF spokesman said shots were fired only after numerous verbal warnings.

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Syrians burn pictures of Nasrallah

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2011

The members of Iran's radical axis in the Middle East are rallying around their ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in support of his bloody crackdown of the pro-democracy protests that have taken place in Syria over the past two months.

Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah called upon the Syrian people to "defend the regime" in a televised speech last Wednesday.

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Iran anxious over losing Syrian ally

By Meir Javedanfar, May 19, 2011

The demonstrations in Syria have created much concern in Iran.

"Our nations and our statesmen must follow events in Syria closely," was the recommendation of the Iran-based Middle East expert, Hassan Hanizadeh.

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Cheers won't quell the fears

By Jonathan Freedland, May 19, 2011

It's now a cinematic cliché. You know the scene: high-society types are quaffing champagne or dancing the foxtrot, while outside a revolution is brewing. Those on the inside remain in a cosy bubble of complacency, unaware of the storm about to hit them.

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Bloody protests on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has pledged that Israel will remain determined to defend its borders and sovereignty after clashes on its northern borders left several Arab protesters dead.

At least two Syrians were believed to have been killed and many more soldiers and protesters left injured on the Syrian border after thousands of demonstrators attempted to push across into Israel's Golan Heights.

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What makes Syria different?

By Melanie Phillips, May 6, 2011

It is hard to imagine a more graphic demonstration of the lamentable failure to understand the Arab world by Britain and the west than its response to the "Arab Spring".

Just about every single thing it is possible to have got wrong, it has got wrong. And nowhere has this been more obvious than in its response to the atrocities in Syria.

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West should be telling Assad to go

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, May 5, 2011

When US President Barack Obama offered his rationale for supporting the UN imposed no-fly zone over Libyan skies, he said that "We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi - a city nearly the size of Charlotte - could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."

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Certainty goes up in flames as Syria riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Despite promising political reform and a repeal of the country's emergency laws last week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered his army to quell the pro-democracy protests in a number of cities.

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