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Nov 2, 2012

Syria army quit base on strategic Aleppo road

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army abandoned its last base near the northern town of Saraqeb after a fierce assault by rebels, further isolating the strategically important second city Aleppo from the capital.

But in a political setback to forces battling to topple President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations said the rebels appeared to have committed a war crime after seizing the base.

Oct 26, 2012

Syrian foes largely hold fire at start of Eid truce

BEIRUT, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Syria’s warring parties largely
held their fire on Friday at the start of a four-day truce
marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, a short pause in
hostilities which have killed 32,000 people and threaten to draw
regional powers into a wider conflict.

President Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces announced a
conditional ceasefire on Thursday evening, responding to an
appeal by international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi.

Oct 26, 2012

Syrian foes hold fire at start of Eid truce

BEIRUT, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Syria’s warring parties held
their fire on Friday morning at the start of a four-day truce
marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, a short pause in
hostilities which have killed 32,000 people and threaten to draw
regional powers into a wider conflict.

President Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces announced a
conditional ceasefire on Thursday evening, responding to an
appeal by international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi.

Oct 22, 2012

Gunmen, soldiers fight in Lebanon in spillover from Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded in gunbattles in the Lebanese capital Beirut and coastal Tripoli on Monday in further unrest linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, security and hospital sources said.

The clashes have heightened fears that Syria’s civil war with its sectarian dimensions is now spreading into Lebanon, pitting local allies and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against each other.

Oct 22, 2012

Gunbattles flare in Lebanon as political crisis deepens

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese troops and gunmen exchanged fire in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Monday, wounding five people, deepening a political crisis following the assassination of a senior intelligence official, security and medical sources said

Four people were also killed, including a 9-year-old girl, and 12 wounded in clashes between gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli, the sources said.

Oct 21, 2012

Thousands gather for Beirut funeral of slain official

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Thousands of people started gathering in central Beirut on Sunday for the funeral of slain intelligence officer Wissam al-Hassan, a ceremony likely to become a rally against Syrian authorities.

Hassan, who uncovered an alleged Syrian bomb plot inside Lebanon two months ago, died in a car bomb blast that killed seven other people and wounded 80 in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh district on Friday.

Oct 20, 2012

Lebanon to bury slain intelligence official

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s political opposition has called for a mass turnout at Sunday’s funeral for slain intelligence officer Wissam al-Hassan, turning the ceremony into a political rally against Syrian authorities and Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Hassan, who uncovered an alleged Syrian bomb plot inside Lebanon two months ago, was killed in a huge car bomb blast that also killed seven other people and wounded 80 in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh district on Friday.

Oct 17, 2012

Syria envoy says bloodshed could engulf Middle East

BEIRUT, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The international mediator on
Syria said on Wednesday its civil war risks spilling across
borders to engulf the Middle East and appealed for a temporary
truce he said could mark a small step towards defusing 19 months
of conflict.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy, has proposed
that both President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebel fighters
seeking his overthrow hold fire during the Islamic feast holiday
of Eid al-Adha that starts next week.

Oct 15, 2012

Peace envoy seeks Iranian help for Syria ceasefire

BEIRUT, Oct 15 (Reuters) – International peace envoy Lakhdar
Brahimi appealed to Iran to help arrange a ceasefire in Syria
during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha as rebels and
government forces fought street by street and village by village
on Monday.

Brahimi made the request in talks with Iranian leaders on
Sunday in Tehran, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s closest
regional ally in his campaign to crush a 19-month-old uprising.

Oct 14, 2012

Hezbollah foes say support for Assad puts Lebanon at risk

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah’s increasingly visible support for President Bashar al-Assad and its latest military challenge to Israel has put the militant group on a collision course with domestic opponents who accuse it of dragging Lebanon towards regional conflict.

While still denying it has sent forces to Syria to fight alongside soldiers trying to crush a 19-month-old uprising against Assad, Hezbollah has held a number of public funerals this month for fighters killed performing “jihadi duties”.

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      "I run Reuters news operations in Beirut, Damascus and Amman. I have reported from across the Middle East since 1992, mainly in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Dubai. I have also edited political and general news from Europe/MiddleEast/Africa and was parliamentary correspondent in London."
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