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Feb 22, 2012

Assad forces try to bomb Homs into submission

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces rained rockets and bombs down on opposition-held neighborhoods of the city of Homs on Wednesday, reducing buildings to rubble and killing more than 80 people, including two Western journalists.

The barrages marked an intensification of a nearly three-week offensive to crush resistance in Homs, one of the focal points of a nationwide uprising against Assad’s 11-year rule and its ferocity has caused international outrage.

Feb 20, 2012

China paper says West stirs civil war in Syria

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – A leading Chinese newspaper accused Western countries on Monday of stirring civil war in Syria, where police and militia patrols clamped down on a district of the capital to prevent new demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad.

After almost a year of protests against Assad’s 11-year rule, the uprising has moved to his centre of power in Damascus, where the security police surrounded a funeral of a young protester on Sunday to ensure there was no renewal of some of biggest demonstrations in the capital.

Feb 20, 2012

Syrian security forces clamp down on Damascus

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Police and militia patrols fanned out in the Syrian capital’s Mezze district on Sunday to prevent more protests like those that have threatened President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on Damascus, opposition activists said.

On the international front, China said it believed a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis was still possible but Britain’s foreign minister said he feared the Middle Eastern country would slide into civil war.

Feb 18, 2012

Syrian forces fire on anti-Assad crowd in capital

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian security forces fired live ammunition to break up a protest against President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Saturday, killing at least one person, opposition activists said.

A Chinese envoy met the Syrian leader earlier in the day and urged all sides to end 11 months of bloodshed, while backing a government plan for elections.

Feb 17, 2012

Chinese envoy heads to Syria after U.N. vote against Assad

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prepared to welcome a senior Chinese official to Damascus Friday, a show of support from one of the few foreign friends he still has after the U.N. General Assembly voted for an Arab League plan telling him to step down.

Assad showed no sign of heeding calls to halt the repression of the 11-month uprising against his rule. His forces Friday resumed pummeling opposition strongholds in the city of Homs, which has now been under fire for two weeks.

Feb 17, 2012

Chinese envoy heads to Syria after U.N. vote

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prepared to welcome a senior Chinese official to Damascus on Friday, a show of support from one of the few foreign friends he still has after the U.N. General Assembly voted for an Arab League plan telling him to step down.

Assad showed no sign of heeding calls to halt the repression of the 11-month uprising against his rule. His forces on Friday resumed pummelling opposition strongholds in the city of Homs, which has now been under fire for two weeks.

Feb 16, 2012

Assad proposes referendum in strifetorn Syria

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian opposition leaders and the West have scorned a new offer by President Bashar al-Assad to hold multi-party elections, as his troops mounted more attacks on rebel-held areas.

Assad promised a referendum in two weeks’ time on a new constitution leading to elections within 90 days, but made clear he still planned to crush the uprising against him by force.

Feb 15, 2012

Syria’s Assad offers vote, tanks shell rebel areas

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered on Wednesday to hold multi-party elections within four months, while his troops assaulted city districts held by rebels trying to oust him.

Under world pressure to end a crackdown that has cost at least 6,000 lives, Assad promised a referendum in two weeks’ time on a new constitution leading to elections within 90 days.

Feb 14, 2012

Syrian forces attack opposition, Arabs mull arms

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces attacked opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in cities and towns across the country on Tuesday and Arab officials confirmed that regional governments would be ready to arm the resistance if the bloodshed did not cease.

The western city of Homs, heart of the uprising against Assad’s 11-year-rule, suffered a bombardment of pro-opposition neighbourhoods for the 11th day running. At least six people were reported killed.

Feb 14, 2012

Syrian forces attack opposition, Arabs mull arms support

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces attacked opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in cities and towns across the country on Tuesday and Arab officials confirmed that regional governments would be ready to arm the resistance if the bloodshed did not cease.

The western city of Homs, heart of the uprising against Assad’s 11-year-rule, suffered a bombardment of pro-opposition neighborhoods for the 11th day running. At least six people were reported killed.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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