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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria's Krak des Chevaliers Crusader fortress charred and battered in war

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 05:53am by AFP

    ... of medieval fortresses from the times of the Crusaders, according to Unesco, the United Nations cultural organisation. Like other Crusader castles in the Middle East, it sits on top of a hill that dominates the landscape as far as the eye can see. Initially, Abbassid Muslims built a fortress on the hill in 1031, but the bulk of the existing fortress was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1454912/syrias-krak-des-chevaliers-crusader-fortress-charred-and-battered-war
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    LA gang members claim they have joined Assad’s forces in Syria

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 10:47pm by WASHPOST

    ... their guns in the direction of what they call "the enemigos".   One of the men identifies himself as Creeper from the Sur-13 or Surenos, a loose affiliation of southern California gangs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1440488/la-gang-members-claim-they-have-joined-assads-forces-syria
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Obama says US is considering new pressure on Syria’s Assad

    Posted Feb 15th 2014, 02:06pm by Reuters in Rancho Mirage, California

    ... Reuters in Rancho Mirage, California US looking at new ways to achieve a breakthrough in Syrian conflict, Obama says as he pledges US$1 billion in loan guarantees on top of US$660 miilion ... Annenberg, in this desert region of California. With the Syrian civil war a central focus of their talks, Obama told reporters with Abdullah seated beside him that he does not expect the conflict ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1428395/obama-says-us-considering-new-pressure-syrias-assad
  4. News - China - SYRIA

    Xi Jinping warns Barack Obama not to launch strike against Syria

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng, Reuters, AFP

    ... role in resolving the Syrian crisis. The exchange between the two presidents was their second since they met at an informal summit in California in June, during which both sides pledged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1305246/xi-jinping-warns-barack-obama-not-launch-strike-against-syria
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Snipers haunt Syrian Christian town of Maalula

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 10:59am by Agence France-Presse in Maalula

    ... they [the rebels] are hiding in the hills and in the Safir hotel,” perched above the town, said the colonel. “But I think we will win in the end.”     ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1313621/snipers-haunt-syrian-christian-town-maalula
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    John McCain spotted playing poker on his phone during Syria hearings

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... of the year. McCain is hardly the only US lawmaker ever to seek a diversion from what can be hours of legislative debate on Capitol Hill. But the photographic evidence of McCain making poker bets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1303486/john-mccain-spotted-playing-poker-his-phone-during-syria-hearings
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    John McCain supports 'limited' US strike on Syria, but wants more arms for rebels

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... is in a draft resolution that the White House has sent to Capitol Hill. The conflict of opinion underscores Obama's challenge in winning a vote in the House and Senate next week and avoiding ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1302762/john-mccain-supports-limited-us-strike-syria-wants-more-arms-rebels
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Obama's 'wordy' resolution on Syria short on details

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 12:00am by MCT

    ... Syria," which could extend authority to act well outside Syria. Meanwhile, Obama will send his diplomatic and defence chiefs to Capitol Hill today to intensify a fervent White House effort to win ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1302111/obamas-wordy-resolution-syria-short-details
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    20 die in air raids in Syria’s Latakia province

    Posted Aug 10th 2013, 04:53pm by Agence France-Presse in Beirut

    ... is a stronghold of the Alawite minority of President Bashar al-Assad. In recent days, rebel forces have captured a number of villages in the Jabal Akrad, a hill district in the north of the province. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1295782/20-die-air-raids-syrias-latakia-province
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    US avoids setting ‘red lines’ after Syria chemical claims

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 10:23am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces massacred 1,300 people in a chemical weapons attack near Damascus sparked new pressure for action on Capitol Hill. But the top US military officer, General Martin ... as the information is classified, and much of the assistance is believed to have yet to reach vetted opposition groups. Obama’s opponents on Capitol Hill accuse him of damaging his own credibility ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1298526/us-avoids-setting-red-lines-after-syria-chemical-claims

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