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Apr 16, 2013

Rebels push Assad’s army away from vital north Syria highway

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebels repelled an advance by government forces near a strategic highway in northern Syria on Tuesday, in fierce battles expected to inflict heavy casualties on both sides, opposition activists said.

The two sides are struggling for control of a highway that serves as the main route into Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, after President Bashar al-Assad’s forces broke through a six-month rebel blockade of two bases near the road.

Apr 15, 2013

Assad’s forces break rebel blockade in north Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government troops have broken through a six-month rebel blockade in northern Syria and are now fighting to recapture a vital highway, opposition and state media said on Monday.

Rebels had kept the army bottled up in the Wadi al-Deif and Hamidiya military bases in Idlib province. But on Sunday, President Bashar al-Assad’s forces outflanked the rebels and broke through, the pro-government al-Baath newspaper said.

Mar 23, 2013

Clashes in Lebanon as PM Mikati’s resignation accepted

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Fighting intensified in northern Lebanon on Saturday as outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for a “salvation” caretaker government to take over, a day after he resigned due to a political standoff with the Hezbollah movement.

Local media reported that President Michel Suleiman had accepted Mikati’s resignation, which could plunge Lebanon into further turmoil and uncertainty three months before a planned parliamentary election.

Mar 23, 2013

Lebanese president accepts prime minister’s resignation

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s president accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Saturday, Mikati said, calling for a “salvation” caretaker government to take over after a political standoff with the Hezbollah movement.

His departure could plunge Lebanon, already struggling to cope with a spillover of violence and refugees from Syria’s two-year-old civil war, into further turmoil and uncertainty three months before a planned parliamentary election.

Mar 23, 2013

Syria rebels seize base in embattled southern province

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rebels seized an air defense base near Syria’s strategic southern international highway on Saturday, activists said, a gain that could bolster opposition fighters trying to secure supply routes to the capital Damascus.

Syria’s southern provinces bordering Jordan and Israel have become an increasingly significant battleground as the embattled capital comes into play, with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his loyalist militias hitting back hard to prevent rebel advances.

Mar 20, 2013

Syrian enemies demand inquiry into “chemical” attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Both sides in Syria’s conflict on Wednesday demanded an international inquiry into a deadly attack they each cite as evidence that the other has used chemical weapons.

The deaths of 26 people in a rocket attack on a northern town on Tuesday have become the focus of a propaganda war between President Bashar al-Assad’s supporters and opponents, who accuse each other of firing a missile laden with chemicals.

Mar 20, 2013

Syrian adversaries demand inquiry into “chemical” attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Both sides in Syria’s conflict on Wednesday demanded an international inquiry into a deadly attack they each cite as evidence that the other has used chemical weapons.

The deaths of 26 people in a rocket attack on a northern town on Tuesday have become the latest focus of a propaganda war between President Bashar al-Assad’s supporters and opponents, who accuse each other of firing a missile laden with chemicals.

Mar 19, 2013

Alleged chemical attack kills 25 in northern Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year-old conflict.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who has resisted overt military intervention in Syria, has warned Assad in the past that any use of chemical weapons would be a “red line”. There has however been no suggestion of rebels possessing such arms.

Mar 19, 2013

Damascus, rebels trade charges on “chemical attack”

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year-old conflict.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who has resisted overt military intervention in Syria, has warned Assad in the past that any use of chemical weapons would be a “red line”. There has however been no suggestion of rebels possessing such arms.

Jan 19, 2013

Syria says talk of Assad’s removal unacceptable

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s foreign minister said on Saturday any discussion of President Bashar al-Assad’s future was “unacceptable”, a week after an international envoy said the president should not be part of a transitional government.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem’s comments showed the government has dug in against foreign pressure for a deal with the rebels fighting to topple Assad.

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