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Mar 29, 2012

Assad says foreign aid to rebels must stop under peace plan

BEIRUT, March 29 (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad said
on Thursday Syria would spare no effort to ensure the success of
international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace mission but warned it
would not work without securing an end to foreign funding and
arming of rebels opposing him.

Assad is under international pressure to call his troops and
tanks back to their bases, a year into a popular revolt against
his iron rule. Fighting between troops and rebels killed at
least 38 mo re people on Thursday, 15 of them soldiers.

Mar 29, 2012

Assad wants foreign powers to stop backing rebels

BEIRUT, March 29 (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad said
on Thursday Syria would spare no effort to ensure the success of
international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace mission but warned it
would not work without securing an end to foreign funding and
arming of rebels opposing him.

Assad is under international pressure to call his troops and
tanks back to their bases, a year into a popular revolt against
his rule. Fighting between troops and rebels killed at least 22
more people on Thursday, six of them soldiers.

Mar 23, 2012

EU slaps sanctions on Assad’s wife; mortars hit Homs

BEIRUT, March 23 (Reuters) – The European Union slapped
sanctions on the wife and mother of Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad on Friday, increasing pressure on his government to
halt a bloody crackdown against an armed uprising.

The two were among 12 Syrians added to a number of figures
already facing EU restrictions, diplomats said. Amongst the
measures approved by foreign ministers in Brussels was a travel
ban and asset freeze for Assad’s British-born wife, Asma.

Mar 17, 2012

Syrian security compounds hit by car bombs: TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two explosions hit security complexes in the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, killing several civilians and security force personnel, state television reported.

Damascus residents said smoke could be seen rising from the areas where the blasts struck.

Mar 15, 2012

Pro-Assad rallies mark anniversary of Syria revolt

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Flag-waving crowds took to the streets of Syrian cities on Thursday in an orchestrated show of loyalty to President Bashar al-Assad on the first anniversary of an increasingly bloody revolt against his rule.

Official media announced government forces had cleared “armed terrorists” from the northwestern city of Idlib, suggesting the army was gaining ground in the uprising which has cost at least 8,000 lives and crippled the Syrian economy.

Mar 15, 2012

Army gains ground on anniversary of Syria uprising

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria marked the first anniversary on Thursday of an increasingly bloody uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, with recent army gains unlikely to quell the revolt and no diplomatic solution in sight.

Official media announced government forces had cleared “armed terrorists” from the northwestern city of Idlib and said supporters of Assad would hold rallies across Syria.

Mar 14, 2012

One year on, Syria’s Assad won’t bow to uprising

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad always said Syria would be different.

When the Arab uprisings first erupted more than a year ago, the Syrian president confidently said his government was in tune with its people, ready to reform on its own terms, and immune from the turmoil starting to sweep the region.

Within weeks he was proved wrong, when a few dozen protesters took to the streets of Damascus on March 15 to call for greater freedoms, setting off one of the most protracted and bloodiest of all the Arab revolts.

Mar 14, 2012

Analysis: One year on, Syria’s Assad won’t bow to uprising

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad always said Syria would be different.

When the Arab uprisings first erupted more than a year ago, the Syrian president confidently said his government was in tune with its people, ready to reform on its own terms, and immune from the turmoil starting to sweep the region.

Within weeks he was proved wrong, when a few dozen protesters took to the streets of Damascus on March 15 to call for greater freedoms, setting off one of the most protracted and bloodiest of all the Arab revolts.

Mar 12, 2012

Annan ends Syria visit with no clear progress

BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has ended talks with President Bashar al-Assad and left Syria with little sign of progress on halting the country’s growing political bloodshed.

“I am optimistic for several reasons,” Annan said in Damascus on Sunday. “The situation is so bad and so dangerous that all of us cannot afford to fail.”

Mar 12, 2012

Annan ends Syria visit with no clear progress

BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has ended talks with President Bashar al-Assad and left Syria with little sign of progress on halting the country’s growing political bloodshed.

“I am optimistic for several reasons,” Annan said in Damascus on Sunday. “The situation is so bad and so dangerous that all of us cannot afford to fail.”

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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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