Syria

Battle for the Jewish community in Syria is lost

By Martin Bright, June 28, 2013

It is now over a decade since I met Mouffak in the Aleppo souk. This young Syrian was a trader in objets d’art and he had a unique sales pitch: “If you come and see my shop, I’ll show you my synagogue”.

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EU Syria row ‘scuppering Hizbollah ban’

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The European Union’s refusal to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation may be due to a backlash from the divisive discussions over lifting the Syrian arms embargo.

Britain’s motion to have Hizbollah banned in Europe is supported by France, Germany and the Netherlands but was rejected for a second time last week.

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US prepares military plan B for Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

Speculation is growing that the United States is preparing an alternative military plan for Syria amid doubts that its pledge last week to arm the rebels would have much effect on the balance of power in the country.

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US to arm Syrian rebels

By Orlando Radice, June 14, 2013

The US has said it will provide military assistance to Syrian rebel groups.

President Barack Obama made the decision after his government came to the conclusion that chemical weapons had been used by President Bashar al Assad’s forces.

Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, would not go into detail about the weaponry the US intends to supply.

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Turkey-Syria border: ‘Hizbollah murdered our villagers’

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 14, 2013

As news began filtering through that the Syrian town of Qusayr, next to Lebanon, had fallen to a combined force of the Syrian Army, Hizbollah and Shia and Allawite militiamen, at another of Syria’s borders, refugees from yet another civil war battlefield gathered.

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BNP leader out of love with Israel

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2013

British National Party leader Nick Griffin visited Syria this week after being invited to take part in a “fact-finding” tour by President Bashar Assad.

Travelling alongside fellow MEPs, Mr Griffin repeatedly criticised the British government’s support for rebels in the civil war, and commented on wider issues affecting the Middle East.

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Israel rattled by peacekeeper withdrawal from Golan

By Anna Sheinman, June 7, 2013

Israel yesterday reacted strongly to exit of Austrian peacekeepers from the Golan Heights.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry released a statement expressing ‘regret’ at the withdrawal of 377 of the 1000 UN international peacekeepers who patrol the Israel-Syria border.

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Heavy fighting at Israel-Syria border town

By Elliot Miller, June 6, 2013

Fierce fighting has taken place on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

The town of Quneitra was reportedly siezed by the rebel Free Syrian Army earlier this morning. However, subsequent IDF reports say that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have now retaken it.

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Israel does not hold the key

By David Aaronovitch, June 2, 2013

When Israel was founded out of Jewry's near-destruction, it was at once a liberation for Jews and a disaster for Palestinian Arabs. What happened in the subsequent years - who did what to who and when - is not the subject of this column, but we need to agree that something that was good for one people was bad for another.

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Logic, Mr Hague?

By Orlando Radice, May 31, 2013

The reasoning behind Britain and France’s drive to have the EU lift its arms embargo on Syria – which was agreed on this week by European foreign ministers after considerable bickering - seems to be that by strengthening the rebels, the West can eventually force the two sides to the negotiating table.

That does not seem logical.

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