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Aug 16, 2011

Syrian offensive risks backfiring on Assad – analysts

LONDON/AMMAN (Reuters) – A surprisingly agile and fast-moving Ramadan offensive by the Syrian army has curbed the size of some street protests, but at the cost of stoking popular outrage and further testing President Bashar al-Assad’s strained authority.

Under a broadening assault, civilian demonstrations in several cities calling for Assad to quit have tended to grow smaller, but at the same time more numerous, scattering from main squares into alleyways and suburbs, as well as nearby towns hitherto unaffected by unrest, activists and analysts say.

Aug 16, 2011

Analysis: Syrian offensive risks backfiring on Assad

LONDON/AMMAN (Reuters) – A surprisingly agile and fast-moving Ramadan offensive by the Syrian army has curbed the size of some street protests, but at the cost of stoking popular outrage and further testing President Bashar al-Assad’s strained authority.

Under a broadening assault, civilian demonstrations in several cities calling for Assad to quit have tended to grow smaller, but at the same time more numerous, scattering from main squares into alleyways and suburbs, as well as nearby towns hitherto unaffected by unrest, activists and analysts say.

Aug 16, 2011

Analysis – Syrian offensive risks backfiring on Assad – analysts

LONDON/AMMAN (Reuters) – A surprisingly agile and fast-moving Ramadan offensive by the Syrian army has curbed the size of some street protests, but at the cost of stoking popular outrage and further testing President Bashar al-Assad’s strained authority.

Under a broadening assault, civilian demonstrations in several cities calling for Assad to quit have tended to grow smaller, but at the same time more numerous, scattering from main squares into alleyways and suburbs, as well as nearby towns hitherto unaffected by unrest, activists and analysts say.

Aug 5, 2011

Analysis – Seeking leverage, Libya foes in propaganda war

LONDON (Reuters) – Mired in a slow-moving ground war, Libya’s warring parties are turning to propaganda to try to splinter each other’s support base and gain leverage in talks on a political settlement.

Muammar Gaddafi is playing on fears among Libyans that Western-backed rebels will tip the country deeper into chaos. The opposition’s message is that only an end to Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule can bring peace, stability and justice.

Aug 5, 2011

Analysis: Seeking leverage, Libya foes stoke propaganda war

LONDON (Reuters) – Mired in a slow-moving ground war, Libya’s warring parties are turning to propaganda to try to splinter each other’s support base and gain leverage in talks on a political settlement.

Muammar Gaddafi is playing on fears among Libyans that Western-based rebels will tip the country deeper into chaos. The opposition’s message is that only an end to Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule can bring peace, stability and justice.

Aug 4, 2011

Analysis: Cyber raids unlikely to stir faster global action

LONDON (Reuters) – A major new hacking attack underscores that governments and companies are losing the war against cyber thieves, but it’s unclear if the disclosure will prompt quicker global action against online break-ins.

A U.S. report that intruders breached the computer networks of 72 organizations around the world over a five-year period in the biggest hacking campaign found to date will be seized on by Western states to call for tougher digital defences.

Aug 4, 2011

Cyber raids unlikely to stir faster global action

LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – A major new hacking attack
underscores that governments and companies are losing the war
against cyber thieves, but it’s unclear if the disclosure will
prompt quicker global action against online break-ins.

A U.S. report that intruders breached the computer networks
of 72 organisations around the world over a five-year period in
the biggest hacking campaign found to date will be seized on by
Western states to call for tougher digital defences.

Aug 3, 2011

Somalia heads terrorism risk, South Sudan in top 5: survey

LONDON (Reuters) – Somalia is most at risk from terrorist attack, followed by Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan and the new nation of South Sudan, according to a ranking by global analysts Maplecroft.

The consultancy’s latest Terrorism Risk Index also assesses threats to be rising in Yemen, Iran, Uganda, Libya, Egypt and Nigeria.

Aug 3, 2011

Somalia heads terrorism risk, S.Sudan in top 5-survey

LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Somalia is most at risk from
terrorist attack, followed by Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan and
the new nation of South Sudan, according to a ranking by global
analysts Maplecroft.

The consultancy’s latest Terrorism Risk Index also assesses
threats to be rising in Yemen, Iran, Uganda, Libya, Egypt and
Nigeria.

Aug 2, 2011

Analysis: Syria army keeps cohesion but risks overstretch

LONDON (Reuters) – The Syrian army, a vital pillar of President Bashar al-Assad’s power, is showing little sign of the serious splits and defections the opposition seeks in its ranks, despite strains caused by his military repression of unrest.

But as tanks spearhead a crackdown in the city of Hama, Assad must wonder whether is most loyal and heavily-armed soldiers are sufficiently numerous to deploy in several places at once if the need arose.