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Nov 14, 2012

Syrian women find new roles at home and on front line

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – As Syria’s rebellion has slid from peaceful protest into all-out war, women have had to find new roles in the struggle to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Umm Hassan, wrinkled and stooped, spends her days in her tiny concrete home, cooking rice and lentils for her sons and their comrades fighting in northern Syria to push government soldiers out of the frontier region.

Nov 14, 2012

In war-torn Syria, secrets and double lives

IDLIB, Syria (Reuters) – Every morning, Amjad goes through two army checkpoints to attend a school run by the Syrian government. Every night, he sits by his father’s side to plot attacks to bring that government down.

Amjad doesn’t see the strangeness of his predicament – reciting chants of loyalty to President Bashar al-Assad in the army-controlled city where his school is, and going home to a village where everyone knows his father’s rebel unit just blew up an Assad tank convoy.

Nov 8, 2012

Syrian rebels kill prisoner as war fuels hatred

HAREM, Syria (Reuters) – Unarmed and cornered by Syrian rebel fighters, the man seemed to accept his death with more silent sorrow than surprise; his killers did not hesitate as they shot their prisoner.

The incident, filmed by a Reuters video crew, happened last week in Harem, near Aleppo, where rebels have surrounded hundreds of troops and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Taking one neighborhood after days of bitter street fighting, opposition fighters went from house to house.

Nov 8, 2012

In Syria, siege is test for new rebel order

HAREM, Syria, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Crouching in a tent among
the pine trees, two rain-soaked men trace a map in the dirt. A
cigarette stub, a rock and a tuna can mark targets amid a
scatter of X-marks and arrows.

They might almost be football coaches making a gameplan, but
in Syria these men are making war.

Nov 1, 2012

Syrian rebels fight unwanted battle with Kurds

KASTAL, Syria (Reuters) – After a week of clashes between anti-government rebels and Kurdish militants in Syria’s Aleppo province, the two sides are observing a tenuous truce.

It is a war within a war which neither side wants.

“We want to fight the regime and instead we are fighting a new front that we don’t need or have time for,” said a fighter of the rebel Free Syria Army, warming himself over a fire on a on a mountain overlooking olive groves and stone villages.

Oct 26, 2012

Nowhere left to run for Syrians under siege

ATAREB, Syria (Reuters) – For two months, Dana and her 12 children fled from village to village trying to escape bombardment by Syrian forces. Finally, she gave up and took them back home.

“Everywhere we went, the bombs found us. If we’re going to die, I want it to be in our own house,” she says, rocking two young daughters in her lap.

Oct 24, 2012

Syrian bombardments create new refugee wave

ATIMA, Syria, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Syrian refugees
have poured into a makeshift refugee camp overlooking the
Turkish border, fleeing a week of what they say are the most
intense army bombardments since the uprising began 19 months
ago.

In the past two days, 700 tents have been erected in a
sprawling olive grove on a hill just inside Syria and all of
them have already been claimed.

Oct 23, 2012

In Syria’s Idlib, tired rebels try siege tactics to gain ground

AL-ALANEH, Syria (Reuters) – From a rooftop, Abdullah called out to the Syrian government soldiers hiding in a hilltop encampment that his rebel unit had surrounded: “Defect, defect, we promise your safety!”

The response came swiftly with a volley of gunfire, sending the young rebel in faded camouflage pants diving for cover.

Oct 18, 2012

In Aleppo, Syrian rebels bogged down in sniper war

ALEPPO (Reuters) – Plucking up his courage, a young boy ducks and darts down a bullet-scarred street in Aleppo, as a rebel with a megaphone shouts directions.

“Don’t turn right! Stay left, stay left. Now go, run, run!”

A sniper shot cracks out, and the boy’s dangerously bright pink shirt disappears behind a row of charred buses dragged across the road for cover. But the bullet misses, and fighters at the other end of the street burst into cheers.

Sep 29, 2012

Ancient souk burns as fighting rages in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Hundreds of shops were burning
in the ancient covered market of the Old City of Aleppo on
Saturday as fighting between rebels and state forces in Syria’s
largest city threatened to destroy a UNESCO world heritage site.

The uprising-turned-civil war that is now raging across
Syria has killed more than 30,000 people, according to activist
groups like the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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      "I am a correspondent based in Dubai, where I focus mainly on political and general news in the UAE and the greater Arab Gulf region. I previously worked for Reuters in the Palestinian territories."
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