DOHA, March 27 (Reuters) – The refusal of international
powers to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas
of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad
to “do what you want”, Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib
said on Wednesday
Alkhatib, a popular figure in the opposition, also said he
would not rescind his resignation as leader of the main
anti-Assad alliance but he would still perform leadership duties
for the time being.
DOHA (Reuters) – To applause from Arab heads of state, a foe of Bashar al-Assad took Syria’s vacant seat at an Arab summit on Tuesday, deepening the president’s diplomatic isolation and diverting attention from rifts among his opponents.
Speaking at an annual gathering of Arab leaders in the Gulf state of Qatar, Moaz Alkhatib said he had asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for American forces to help defend rebel-controlled northern parts of Syria with Patriot surface-to-air missiles now based in Turkey. NATO swiftly rebuffed the idea.
DOHA (Reuters) – Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib on Tuesday urged Arab rulers to free political prisoners and join Syrians in breaking “a link of repression”, departing from the anodyne rhetoric common at Arab summits.
Taking Syria’s seat at the Arab League gathering in Qatar for the first time, Alkhatib pulled no punches in his appeal to the assembled emirs and presidents, who are often criticized by human rights groups for their handling of domestic dissent.
DOHA (Reuters) – An opposition coalition is expected to take Syria’s seat at an Arab Summit for the first time on Tuesday, giving a badly-needed boost to an armed uprising to topple President Bashar al-Assad following an outbreak of factionalism in rebel ranks.
Leading opposition figure Moaz Alkhatib, one of the most popular figures in the revolt against Assad, plans to speak to the gathering of Arab heads of state in Qatar, for whom Syria’s increasingly sectarian war is the main concern.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities were racing to gather final election results on Wednesday after a partial count gave the lead to a politician wanted in The Hague over violence following the previous vote.
Counting since Monday’s voting has been slow and complicated by hitches in a new electronic system. Politicians have complained about flaws in the process, stirring fears of a repeat of the troubles after the election five years ago.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – A politician wanted for war crimes in the Hague was leading in Kenya’s presidential vote tally with about half of ballots counted on Tuesday in a country hoping to avert a repeat of ethnic carnage during its last vote five years ago.
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity linked to the last election, was provisionally ahead of Prime Minister Raila Odinga by 53 to 42 percent with about half the votes counted.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta opened an early lead as Kenya continued the count on Tuesday in a presidential election that brought out millions of voters despite pockets of violence that killed at least 15 people.
Kenyans, who had waited patiently in long lines, hope the vote will restore the nation’s image as one of Africa’s most stable democracies after tribal blood-letting killed more than 1,200 people when the result of the 2007 vote was disputed.
ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – Huddled around a fire in a bombed-out building in Aleppo, foreign jihadists say they are fighting for a radical Islamic state in Syria – whether local rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad like it or not.
Among their fellow revolutionaries and civilians, these foreigners draw both respect for their iron discipline and fear that if Assad falls, they may turn on former allies to complete the struggle for an Islamic caliphate.
ALEPPO, Syria, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Huddled around a fire in a
bombed-out building in Aleppo, foreign jihadists say they are
fighting for a radical Islamic state in Syria – whether local
rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad like it or
Among their fellow revolutionaries and civilians, these
foreigners draw both respect for their iron discipline and fear
that if Assad falls, they may turn on former allies to complete
the struggle for an Islamic caliphate.
ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – At a crowded market stall in Syria, a middle-aged couple, well dressed, shuffle over to press a folded note, furtively, into the hand of a foreign reporter.
It is the kind of silent cry for help against a reign of fear that has been familiar to journalists visiting Syria over the past two years. Only this is not the Damascus of President Bashar al-Assad but rebel-held Aleppo; the note laments misrule under the revolution and hopes Assad can defeat its “terrorism”.