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Mar 22, 2012

“Gaddafi’s black box” in French-Mauritanian trap

LONDON (Reuters) – When Libya’s former spy chief flew to Mauritania last week, he was looking for a safe haven. Instead the man known as “Muammar Gaddafi’s black box”, the last of the fallen dictator’s henchmen still at large, walked into a trap set by French and Mauritanian intelligence.

Gaddafi’s head of intelligence, right-hand man and brother-in law, Abdullah al-Senussi, was arrested in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, last week. The still murky circumstances of his capture set Libya on a collision course with France and the International Criminal Court, which both want Senussi.

Mar 4, 2012

After Homs, Syria seen facing Bosnia-style war

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Few close observers of the Syrian conflict believe the uprising that began nearly a year ago is anything like over, and nor do they believe that President Bashar al-Assad can use the siege of Homs as a springboard to regain full control of the country.

Syrian troops entered the ruins of Baba Amro, the rebel enclave in Homs that succumbed to month of artillery and tank bombardment, amid loyalist claims that Assad had broken the back of a Western-sponsored terror campaign against his government.

Mar 4, 2012

Violence turning Arab Spring into winter

BKIRKI, Lebanon (Reuters) – Violence and bloodshed is turning the “Arab Spring” into winter, the head of Lebanon’s Maronite Church said, threatening Christians and Muslims alike across the Middle East.

Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, whose Maronite Church also has a strong presence in Syria, said change could not be brought to the Arab world by force and that Christians feared the turmoil was helping extremist Muslim groups.

Mar 3, 2012

Elite forces try to close in on Syria’s Homs

BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had received “grisly reports” that Syrian government forces were arbitrarily executing, imprisoning and torturing people in the battle-scarred city of Homs after rebel fighters had fled.

Ban’s comments came as a wounded British photographer, who escaped Homs earlier this week, said he had witnessed Syrian troops carrying out a massacre in the city’s Baba Amro district, which had become a symbol of a year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Mar 3, 2012

U.N. chief speaks of “grisly reports” from Syria

BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS, March 3 (Reuters) – U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had received “grisly
reports” that Syrian government forces were arbitrarily
executing, imprisoning and torturing people in the
battle-scarred city of Homs after rebel fighters had fled.

Ban’s comments came as a wounded British photographer, who
escaped Homs earlier this week, said he had witnessed Syrian
troops carrying out a massacre in the city’s Baba Amro district,
which had become a symbol of a year-long uprising against
President Bashar al-Assad.

Mar 2, 2012

Red Cross tells Syria: let Homs aid through

BEIRUT, March 2 (Reuters) – The Red Cross told Syria
on Friday it was unacceptable that its aid convoy had been
prevented from entering a battle-scarred district of Homs where
the opposition said President Bashar al-Assad’s army had
committed a massacre.

Baba Amro became a symbol of resistance to Assad after
government troops surrounded it with tanks and artillery and
shelled it intensively for weeks, killing and wounding civilians
cowering in its ruined buildings.

Mar 2, 2012

Red Cross aid convoy reaches Homs

BEIRUT, March 2 (Reuters) – A Red Cross aid convoy
prepared to enter the shattered Baba Amro district of Homs on
Friday after a Syrian official declared the area “cleansed” and
the opposition spoke of a massacre by President Bashar
al-Assad’s forces.

The residential district became a symbol of resistance to
Assad after government troops surrounded it with tanks and
artillery and shelled it intensively for weeks, killing and
wounding civilians cowering in its ruined buildings.

Mar 2, 2012

Red Cross aid convoy reaches Homs, massacre feared

BEIRUT, March 2 (Reuters) – A Red Cross aid convoy
prepared to enter the shattered Baba Amro district of Homs on
Friday after a Syrian official declared the area “cleansed” and
the opposition spoke of a massacre by President Bashar
al-Assad’s forces.

The residential district became a symbol of resistance to
Assad after government troops surrounded it with tanks and
artillery and shelled it intensively for weeks, killing and
wounding civilians cowering in its ruined buildings.

Mar 2, 2012

Red Cross to aid shattered Syria rebel area

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Red Cross said it would bring aid to the shattered former Syrian opposition enclave of Baba Amro on Friday, after government forces pushed out rebels in a victory for President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to crush a year-long uprising.

A Syrian official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates declared that the Syrian army “cleansed Baba Amro from the foreign-backed armed groups of terrorists.”

Feb 29, 2012

Hezbollah says attack on Iran would set Middle East ablaze

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program would set the Middle East ablaze, possibly drag in the United States and unleash a conflict beyond the Jewish state’s control, the deputy head of Lebanon’s pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement said.

World oil prices have risen to 10-month highs on escalating tensions between the West and Iran. The United States and Israel have not ruled out a military strike on Iran to halt its nuclear program, which Israel believes is intended to build atomic weapons and Tehran says is for producing energy.