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Aug 9, 2013

Gunmen abduct two Turkish Airlines staff in Beirut

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Gunmen abducted a Turkish Airlines pilot and his assistant in Beirut on Friday, forcing them from a bus as it took them from the airport in the early hours of the morning.

Lebanese media said that a group claimed responsibility for the abduction in the name of nine Lebanese Shi’ite Muslims kidnapped near the Turkish-Syrian border last year, saying the two Turks would be freed if the Lebanese captives were released.

Aug 3, 2013

Syrian rebels seize anti-tank missiles in raid on army base

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebels captured an ammunition depot north of Damascus from President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on Saturday, activists said, seizing a hoard of anti-tank missiles and rockets which will strengthen their firepower after a string of defeats.

Video footage of the raid showed delighted rebel fighters carrying out boxes of weapons from the arms cache in Denha, near the town of Yabroud, following an overnight attack.

Jul 29, 2013

Syria says army retakes Homs district from rebels

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian troops drove insurgents from central Homs on Monday, tightening their siege on remaining rebel bastions in the city, which links Damascus to the Mediterranean heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect.

The military’s gains in Khalidiya district follow a counter-offensive by Assad’s forces, which have pushed back rebels around the Syrian capital and retaken several towns and villages near the border with Lebanon in the last few weeks.

Jul 9, 2013

Analysis: Confident Assad sees Syria tide turning

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The road to Bashar al-Assad’s palace on the edge of Damascus has four checkpoints manned by Republican Guards and plain-clothed police which guests must pass before they reach the main gate.

Inside the People’s Palace, in the hills overlooking the Syrian capital, visitors who have seen the Syrian president in the last month say security is surprisingly light for a man who has lost control of half his country to a rebel uprising.

Jul 9, 2013

Confident Assad sees Syria tide turning

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The road to Bashar al-Assad’s palace on the edge of Damascus has four checkpoints manned by Republican Guards and plain-clothed police which guests must pass before they reach the main gate.

Inside the People’s Palace, in the hills overlooking the Syrian capital, visitors who have seen the Syrian president in the last month say security is surprisingly light for a man who has lost control of half his country to a rebel uprising.

Jul 4, 2013

Tugged by Syria storm, Lebanon risks drifting into chaos

BEIRUT (Reuters) – After weeks of sectarian violence fuelled by Syria’s civil war, Lebanon’s parliamentary speaker summoned deputies this week for a legislative session to address the country’s deepening crisis.

They never met.

Hobbled by many of the same religious and ideological rivalries that are tearing Syria apart, Lebanon’s government fell in March and a new one has yet to emerge. Deputies failed to reach a quorum on speaker Nabih Berri’s summons, forcing him to postpone any meeting for another fortnight.

Jul 4, 2013

Analysis: Tugged by Syria storm, Lebanon risks drifting into chaos

BEIRUT (Reuters) – After weeks of sectarian violence fuelled by Syria’s civil war, Lebanon’s parliamentary speaker summoned deputies this week for a legislative session to address the country’s deepening crisis.

They never met.

Hobbled by many of the same religious and ideological rivalries that are tearing Syria apart, Lebanon’s government fell in March and a new one has yet to emerge. Deputies failed to reach a quorum on speaker Nabih Berri’s summons, forcing him to postpone any meeting for another fortnight.

Jun 30, 2013

Syrian army, backed by jets, launches assault on Homs

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces launched a major offensive on Saturday against rebels in Homs, a centre of the two-year-old uprising, in their latest drive to secure an axis connecting Damascus to the Mediterranean.

Activists said jets and mortars had pounded rebel-held areas of the city that have been under siege by Assad’s troops for a year, and soldiers fought battles with rebel fighters in several districts.

Jun 29, 2013

Syrian army, backed by jets, launch Homs assault

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces launched a major offensive on Saturday against rebels in Homs, a centre of the two-year uprising, in their latest drive to secure an axis linking Damascus to the Mediterranean.

Activists said jets and mortars pounded rebel-held areas of the city which have been under siege by Assad’s troops for a year, and soldiers fought battles with rebel fighters in several districts.

Jun 27, 2013

Gulf states and BRICS should help Syria: U.S. says

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states and the fast-emerging BRICS economies should do more to address an expected funding shortfall of billions of dollars for Syrian aid efforts, a senior United States official said on Thursday.

Describing Syria as an “overwhelming and fast-moving humanitarian catastrophe”, Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard said the accelerating pace of the crisis presented an almost unprecedented challenge.

    • About Dominic

      "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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