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Activists Report Arrests in Syrian Capital

Syrian rights activists say army units have swept through the capital, Damascus, and detained scores of people. Rights groups say the arrests took place late Saturday. The French news agency quotes activists who say government troops set up roadblocks on

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Syrian Protests Ripple Across Nation Despite Crackdown

Tens of thousands of Syrians continued to protest against their government Friday, in spite of a growing crackdown and the deaths of dozens of people during the past week.  Reports from Syria say security forces killed at least six more

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Syrian Activists Report Intense Gunfire in Homs

Syrian forces using tanks and other weaponry intensified their crackdown on anti-government protesters in the central city of Homs on Thursday. Residents and activists say tanks moved to block off neighborhoods as government forces conducted raids and made arrests.  Shots

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Syrian Troops Mass Near Border Town as Tensions Mount

Syrian forces have surrounded a town on the Iraqi border as the country’s opposition took a step closer to forming an alternative government that would challenge President Bashar al-Assad‘s grip on power. About 1,000 troops flown in by helicopter and

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At Least 32 Killed in Syrian Protests Against Regime

Four months after anti-government demonstrations began in Syria, tens of thousands of protesters marched Friday demanding the release of scores of people jailed during the uprising and calling for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Witnesses and

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Syria: Bloggers Rally for Anas Maarawi

Anas Maarawi is the latest Syrian blogger to have been imprisoned. He was detained on Friday July 1, 2011, in his neighborhood of Kafarsouseh in Damascus, and nothing has been heard of him since. Anas is a well known blogger

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Half a Million Syrians Protest in Hama

Nearly half a million anti-government protesters filled the streets of the volatile Syrian city of Hama Friday. Two senior foreign envoys visited in a show of solidarity.  Rights activists say Syrian security forces were tempered by the outside presence in

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Syrian Troops Ransack Northern Border Village

Syrian troops have reportedly ransacked a border village that had provided help to thousands of people fleeing a military crackdown on anti-government dissent. Refugees and activists say that soldiers in the village of Bdama set fire to crops and buildings

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Syria Expands Crackdown on Dissent

Syrian tanks stormed the town of Bdama near the border with Turkey Saturday, wreaking destruction, according to witnesses. Residents of the border region also continue to flee to neighboring Turkey, which is housing them in several refugee camps. Witnesses say

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Syria Cuts the Internet

Why Nations Block The Web, And What May Follow Earlier we posted about the near flat-lining of Internet traffic within Syria, wondering whether Damascus was adopting a tactic tried earlier this year by Egypt.  As detailed earlier this year, Egyptian

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