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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.

Dec 22, 2011

2011 “Year of the Tyrant,” 2012 ominous for Syria, Iraq

LONDON (Reuters) – It all began with a slap and a slur hurled at a poor vegetable seller by a policewoman in a provincial Tunisian city. Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in a protest that ignited a chain of fires across the Arab world. Twelve months after his death, he would scarcely recognize the region he knew.

From the Atlantic coast to the shores of the Gulf, popular uprisings against entrenched autocrats swept the region, unleashing long pent-up yearning for change in a world that democracy had passed by.

Dec 16, 2011

Turkey and allies want Syria’s Assad out but not just yet

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey, with strong backing from its Arab and Western allies, very much wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down — but not just yet.

Under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his post-Islamist ruling party Turkey has become the main organising hub for Syria’s opposition — the 260-member liberal Syrian National Council, and the Free Syrian Army, comprising mainly Sunni army defectors.

Dec 16, 2011

Analysis: Turkey and allies want Syria’s Assad out, just not yet

LONDON (Reuters) – Turkey, with strong backing from its Arab and Western allies, very much wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down — but not just yet.

Under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his post-Islamist ruling party Turkey has become the main organizing hub for Syria’s opposition — the 260-member liberal Syrian National Council, and the Free Syrian Army, comprising mainly Sunni army defectors.

Dec 8, 2011
via FaithWorld

Turkey acts as mentor for emerging Islamists in Middle Eastern region

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(A Turkish flag waves in front of a minaret of a mosque in downtown Istanbul November 29, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

As Islamist groups emerge triumphant in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan seems decided to act as their mentor — and to throw its weight behind the Syrian opposition seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad, a former ally.