Syria

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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Never say never: Brit ex-spy defends Assad

By Robin Shepherd, April 14, 2011

Hundreds gunned down in the streets. Jails packed to overflowing. A ruthless dictatorship brutalising its own people in order to cling on to power. As a description of recent events in Bashar Assad's Syria, you'd be hard pushed to paint a clearer picture.

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They say it is impossible, but Syrians may yet uproot Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

Only a week ago, no-one was willing to put good money on the chances of Syria being the next Arab state to be engulfed by pro-democracy demonstrations.

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Syrian ship with arms for Gaza captured by Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2011

The capture of an arms shipment from Syria, bound for Gaza, revealed attempts by Hamas to obtain advanced capabilities with which to threaten Israeli shipping and natural gas installations in the Mediterranean.

The German-owned Victoria, a container-ship on a routine voyage through ports in the eastern Mediterranean, took on a shipment in the Syrian port of Latakia on Monday.

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