Syria Newslinks 22-23 December 2011

23 December 2011 —

Maybe updated as the day wears on…

23 December 2011
Hamas denies Syrian report about Mashaal
occupation magazine – articles Today at 23:59
Ma`an News Agency – ‘The website of Syria’s General Organization of Radio and TV on Tuesday quoted Mashaal expressing disappointment at al-Qaradawi urging the Syrian people to revolt against the Syrian regime. Arab countries’ leaders have sold our cause, and the most renowned sheikhs have abandoned our people while president Bashar Assad was there to protect and support Hamas.’ ca

Syria blames Al Qaeda for Damascus suicide blasts: Today at 11:04
Two suicide car bombs apparently aimed at state security facilities rocked the Syrian capital on Friday leaving at least 30 dead and 100 wounded. The government dubbed the attacks ‘terrorist operations with involvement…

Rising demands for military intervention in Syria
World Socialist Web Site Today at 09:24
The Arab League’s announcement of economic sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has set in motion a rapidly escalating crisis that is drawing in both regional and major powers.

Two explosions heard in Damascus
BBC News Today at 09:11
Two explosions are heard in the west of the Syrian capital, Damascus, with state television saying ‘terrorists’ have attacked security installations.

Atrocity scouts on the ground in Syria Today at 06:05
Arab League monitors are starting their observation mission in Syria in the hope of salvaging prospects for peace in the conflict-torn country. Western nations and some others are increasing their pressure on Damascus…

23 December 2011

22 December 2011
Syrian opposition death toll claim: Thousands dead, zero verifiable sources Yesterday at 19:31
The Syrian opposition says 5,000 have been killed during a nine-month crackdown, with more than 250 civilians killed in two last days alone, calling for UN protection from ‘acts of genocide.’ But researchers say the…

Syria observer mission – beginning of the end? Yesterday at 19:06
A coordinating group has arrived in Syria to lay foundations for observers from the Arab League to visit the restless land. For Damascus, this long-expected visit may become its final diplomatic battle, RT’s Marianna…

Repulsing NATO Attack? Syrian Navy, Air Force Hold Live-Fire Maneuvers Yesterday at 16:47
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Syria: bomb attacks in Damascus as protests planned – live updates
The Guardian (blog)
Two loud explosions have rocked the Syrian capital Damascus after Arab League observers arrived to monitor the government’s crackdown. State TV claimed al-Qaida was behind what it claimed were suicide attacks on security bases. …

Two blasts hit Syrian security sites in Damascus
Jerusalem Post
By REUTERS Syria TV: 2 rigged vehicles caused explosions, killing several civilians, soldiers; initial investigation indicate al Aqeda responsible. Two booby-trapped cars blew up at Syrian security sites in Damascus on Friday, killing several civilians …

Syrian TV: Several deaths in twin suicide bombings
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By ALBERT AJI AP DAMASCUS, Syria — State TV says several people were killed, mostly civilians, in a double suicide car bombing targeting security and intelligence buildings in the Syrian capital on Friday. ADDS SECOND SENTENCE This image made from …

Syrian TV: Damascus Suicide Car Bombings Have Killed Several People, Mostly …
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian TV: Damascus suicide car bombings have killed several people, mostly civilians. By Ishtiaq Mahsud and Rasool Dawar, Associated Press DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani Taliban fighters attacked a paramilitary …

Russia and US Clash Over NATO Bombing Probe
ABC News
“Is everyone sufficiently distracted from Syria now and the killing that is happening before our very eyes?” she said. “I think it’s not an exaggeration to say that this is something of a cheap stunt to divert attention from other issues and to obscure …

Turkey’s businessmen rue government stance on Syria
BBC News
Trade with the Middle Eastern region expanded quickly, especially with Iraq and Syria, the two Arab countries on Turkey’s south-eastern border. Closer political ties followed. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan established a close personal rapport …

Armed With Phone, and Dangerous to Syria
Wall Street Journal
On Wednesday, after villages in northern Syria’s Jabal Zawiya region came under what residents say was a hail of government tank, antiaircraft and machine-gun fire, Alaadine al-Yousef telephoned in his latest death toll. Some 105 people were killed the …

2011 “Year of the Tyrant,” 2012 ominous for Syria, Iraq
Islamists gain from Arab Spring * 2012 could be year of Assad’s fall in Syria * Sinister outlook for Iraq in 2012 * Arab world polarised along Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian lines By Samia Nakhoul LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – It all began with a slap and a slur …

Salehi slams Iranians’ abduction in Syria
Press TV
The Iranian foreign minister has condemned the abduction of several Iranian engineers by unknown armed gunmen in Syria, emphasizing that Iran will shore up efforts to secure the release of the abductees. Iran’s Foreign Ministry and other relevant …

Syrian security sites hit by explosives
The two explosions targeted Syrian security sites in Damascus of Friday. Several casualties have been reported, but their exact number remains unknown at this time. Syrian state TV offered conflicting reports of both car bombs and suicide bombers. …,7340,L-4165866,00.html

Atrocity scouts on the ground in Syria — RT
Arab League monitors are starting their observation mission in Syria in the hope of salvaging prospects for peace in the conflict-torn country. Western nations and some others are increasing their pressure on Damascus and say the regime is …

Syria’s Assad Allows Observers, Hikes Crackdown
By The Huffington Post News Editors
BEIRUT — Bashar Assad’s regime would appear to be setting itself on a collision course: It let in outside observers for the first time Thursday to monitor his commitment to halting the crackdown on dissent, even as his security forces unleashed …

Massacre in Syria | Verum Serum
By John
Video: Syrian High School Students Taught to Defend Regime with Machine Guns; According to the NY Times, mass arrests and shelling of demonstrators continues today in Syria: At least 10000 protesters have been detained in the past …

Persecution Blog: ‘Bloodiest Day;’ Syria Protesters Targeted
By Stacy L. Harp
Syria (MNN) — 111 people died in what’s being called the bloodiest day since the Arab Spring took its grip on Syria in March. According to reports, more than 250 people died in clashes Monday and Tuesday. The White House…

Russia Angles on Syria Security Council Resolution | UN Dispatch
By Hayes Brown
The Russian Federation is finally engaging at the UN Security Council on Syria, but the cause for joy is muted. Read more.

U.S. citizens should not travel to Syria due to ongoing violence and civil unrest. The U.S. Department of State urges U.S. citizens currently in Syria to depart …

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