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Dec 18, 2012

Russia eyes Syria evacuation as rebels take Damascus district

BEIRUT, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Russia sent warships to the
Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens
from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign
President Bashar al-Assad’s key ally is worried about rebel
advances now threatening even the capital.

Moscow acted a day after insurgents waging a 21-month-old
uprising obtained a possible springboard for a thrust into
Damascus by seizing the Yarmouk Palestinian camp, an urban zone
just 2 miles (3 km) from the heart of the city, activists said.

Dec 18, 2012

Russia sends warships to Syria for possible evacuation

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad’s key ally is worried about rebel advances that now threaten even the capital.

Moscow acted a day after insurgents waging a 21-month-old uprising obtained a possible springboard for a thrust into Damascus by seizing the Yarmouk Palestinian camp just 2 miles from the heart of the city, activists said.

Dec 14, 2012

In Syria, hunger spreads as war intensifies

BEIRUT, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Desperation for food is growing
in parts of Syria, where fist fights or dashes across the civil
war front lines have become part of the daily struggle to secure
a loaf of bread.

Conditions are especially dire in the northern city of
Aleppo, where civilians enduring incessant clashes and air raids
in rebel-held districts say hunger is a new threat to survival
in the 20-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Dec 11, 2012

Syrian Alawite village attacked, rebels fight around capital

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Up to 200 members of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority were injured or killed in an attack on their central Syrian village on Tuesday, activists said, while to the south rebels and state forces battled for the outskirts of Damascus.

With a broad grouping of governments opposed to Assad meeting in Morocco on Wednesday, an official in the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood criticized the United States for designating an Islamist rebel group as a terrorist organization, meaning it would get no American help in the fight against Assad.

Dec 9, 2012

U.S. and Russia still back Syria settlement- UN envoy

BEIRUT, Dec 9 (Reuters) – U.S. and Russian officials have
given their commitment to a political solution for the deepening
Syrian conflict, a United Nations envoy said on Sunday, but
Moscow dismissed speculation it was preparing for President
Bashar al-Assad’s exit.

With rebels now fighting on the doorsteps of Damascus,
Assad’s forces kept up their now daily artillery strikes and air
raids on eastern suburbs as well as some rebel-held districts on
the capital’s outskirts.

Dec 9, 2012

Jihadist-backed rebels take Syrian army command post

BEIRUT, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Syrian rebels backed by radical
Islamists captured a northern regimental command centre of
President Bashar al-Assad’s army, activists said on Sunday, as
Russia dismissed speculation that it is preparing for its ally’s
possible exit from power.

Assad’s forces hammered rebel units on the outskirts of
Damascus as they tried to drive back opposition fighters rebels
seeking to advance toward the embattled leader’s seat of power.

Dec 9, 2012

Syrian rebels elect new military commander

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebels backed by radical Islamists captured a northern regimental command center of President Bashar al-Assad’s army, activists said on Sunday, as Russia dismissed speculation that it is preparing for its ally’s possible exit from power.

Assad’s forces hammered rebel units on the outskirts of Damascus as they tried to drive back opposition fighters rebels seeking to advance toward the embattled leader’s seat of power.

Dec 7, 2012

Rebels circle Damascus airport; Russia, U.S. downbeat

BEIRUT, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Rebels fighting to topple Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad declared Damascus International
Airport a battle zone on Friday, while Moscow and Washington
both sounded glum about the prospects of a diplomatic push to
end the conflict.

Fighting around the capital city has intensified over the
past week, and Western officials have begun speaking about
faster change on the ground in a 20-month-old conflict that has
killed 40,000 people.

Dec 7, 2012

Rebels say Damascus airport is now a battle zone

BEIRUT, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Rebels fighting to topple Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad declared Damascus International
Airport a battle zone on Friday, warning civilians and airlines
they would approach it “at their own risk”.

Fighting around the capital city has intensified over the
past week, prompting predictions among Western opponents of
Assad that an endgame is approaching in a 20-month-old conflict
that has killed 40,000 people.

Dec 7, 2012

Russia, U.S. talk as Syria events “accelerate on the ground”

BEIRUT/DUBLIN (Reuters) – The two superpowers divided by Syria’s civil war met head to head on Thursday, with signs emerging that Russia might curb its support for President Bashar al-Assad and Washington saying events were gathering speed on the ground.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Dublin on the sidelines of a security conference, at a time when rebel advances have brought the 20-month war to the doorstep of the capital Damascus.

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