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December 9, 2012



guardian

Russia and US in Geneva talks over future of Syria

Russia and US in Geneva talks over future of Syria

"But foreign minister says 'brainstorming session' with UN envoy does not signal Moscow's support for Assad is waningRussian and American diplomats have met in Geneva to discuss the future of Syria with the UN envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, according to the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov,..."


Terry Waite returns to Lebanon 25 years after kidnapping

As noose tightens on Assad, rebels ask: what comes next?

independent

new: Assad's strategy shift keeps rebels at gates of Damascus

"A rebel assault on Damascus has failed to make serious gains in the Syrian capital, diplomats have said, warning that the struggle between the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the opposition is now likely to drag on longer than had been expected.Related StoriesUN Global warming talks bog down..."


voice of america

new: More Syria-Linked Gun Battles Reported in Lebanon's Tripoli

"Lebanese officials say sectarian gun battles linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria have killed another four people in the northern city of Tripoli. Authorities said Sunday's fighting involved Sunni supporters of Syria's rebels in the Tripoli neighborhood of Bab Tabbaneh and Alawite..."


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End drawing close for Syria's Assad-German spy chief

"BERLIN, (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government is its final stages and will be unable to survive as more parts of the country slip from his control, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) said. "Armed rebels are co-ordinating better, which is making their..."


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new: Six dead as Syrian conflict spills into Lebanon - ABC Online

"Kuwait TimesSix dead as Syrian conflict spills into LebanonABC OnlineLongstanding tensions in Tripoli escalated when 22 Sunnis from the Tripoli area who had crossed into Syria to join the armed rebellion against Mr Assad's rule were ambushed by troops in the town of Tal Kalakh on November..."


new: Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees On Syria-Jordan Border - Look To The Stars

Potential Military Confrontation: Russia Arms Syria with Powerful Ballistic ... - Center for Research on Globalization

Iran, Syria and Sanctions-Busting Fakery - The Jewish Press

syria comment

“Chemical Weapons in Syria: Fact, Fiction, and Fib,” by Aron Lund

"Chemical Weapons in Syria: Fact, Fiction, and Fib by Aron Lund* Syria Comment, December 8, 2012 On the WMD discussion in your last post, which I think was spot on: My guess is that what’s happening is that some intelligence agencies are really picking up signals of WMD motion on the ground,..."


“Islamism and the Syrian revolution,” by Aron Lund

Chemical Weapons; Jabhat al-Nusra; The End Game; Recognizing National Coalition

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جديد: بعد انباء عن طلبه اللجوء الى فرنسا.. السفير السوري في الجزائر ينفي "انشقاقه" عن النظام - سريانيوز

"سكاي نيوز عربيةبعد انباء عن طلبه اللجوء الى فرنسا.. السفير السوري في الجزائر ينفي "انشقاقه" عن النظامسريانيوزنفى السفير السوري بالجزائر نمير وهيب الغانم، يوم الأحد، خبر "انشقاقه عن النظام السوري"، واصفاً ذلك "بالحرب النفسية التي تمارسها المعارضة السورية", وذلك بعد ان تناولت وسائل اعلام عدة انباء مفادها ان الغانم..."


جديد: الإبراهيمي يجري محادثات "بناءة" مع مسؤولين أمريكيين وروس بشأن سوريا - رويترز العربية

صبحي حديدي

"جبهة النصرة" وجبهات واشنطن: أين الإرهاب الأكبر؟

" وفقاً لقانون خاصّ، يتوجب على مكتب مكافحة الإرهاب، التابع لوزارة الخارجية الأمريكية، أن يقدّم للكونغرس تقريراً سنوياً مفصلاً عن حال الإرهاب في العالم، يشمل الدول والمنظمات التي تنطبق عليها المعايير المعتمدة لدى الأجهزة الأمريكية المختصة. وكان هذا التقرير قد حلّ، منذ سنة 2004، محلّ تقرير سنوي آخر باسم "أنساق الإرهاب العالمية"؛..."


زمان الوصل

جديد: 1356 لاجئ سوري يصلون مصر على سفن تركية

"قال اللواء احمد نجيب شرف رئيس مجلس ادارة الهيئة العامة لموانئ بورسعيد فى مصر اليوم "ان نحو 1356 لاجئا سوريا وصلوا ميناء بورسعيد على متن سفن تركية خلال الستة اشهر الماضية ومنذ بدء تشغيل الخط الملاحي ، بالإضافة الى وصول140 اخريين من جنسيات مختلفة".وأضاف في مكالمة هاتفية لوكالة "الأناضول" للأنباء اليوم الأحد :"إن الميناء استقبل نحو..."


جديد: سفير النظام في الجزائر: أنا لم انشق..

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