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2011–2012 Syrian uprising

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Vested interests aggravating Syrian conflict

The Nation - ‎44 minutes ago‎
Amid hundreds of shells, bombs and mortars raining down on the city of Aleppo in Syria, four medical facilities on both sides of the frontline have been devastated, prompting the International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC) to call for an immediate ...
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A look at key events in Syria since March 2011

Daily Mail - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
August 2011: President Barack Obama calls on Assad to resign and orders Syrian government assets frozen. - July 2012: A bombing at the Syrian national security building in Damascus during a high-level government crisis meeting kills four top officials ...

Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

Jadaliyya - ‎2 hours ago‎
[Asef Bayat photo taken in February 2012 in Beyoğlu, İstanbul taken by author. The sign reads Tahrir Square and points to Taksim Square: A ... Expectations were not high but there was still some hope for the region in 2011. Today Libya and Yemen are ...

KU speaker puts different spin on democracy

Reading Eagle - ‎14 hours ago‎
Dosemeci cited examples of the Tahrir Square uprising in Cairo, Egypt, in 2011, the Takism Square Turkish uprising in 2013 and the Kurdish Revolution in Syria, which began in 2012 and continues today. This has been commonly referred to as "The Arab ...
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Helmet cam footage shows ISIS in battlefield chaos

Al-Arabiya - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
Many fighting for ISIS are new recruits, some from Europe, with limited combat training. ... Tragic footage of a Syrian boy crying over his brother's dead body has drawn global attention, as the country's half-decade long conflict continues to escalate ...

The Middle East's fading frontiers

The Boston Globe - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
One of the Islamic State's first gestures after conquering a vast portion of the Syrian and Iraqi deserts was to bulldoze the sand berm delineating the official border between the two states.

Syrian Refugees Try to Find Hope Amid Despair and Hunger

Slate Magazine - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
That was before Bashar al-Assad fired on peaceful protesters and sent the uprising into disarray, before ISIS entered the fray and Syria became everyone's war. Before the bombs, the blood, the boats. Before the final arrival here, just in time for ...
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More Troop Deployments to Syria - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
This latest troop deployment to Syria is the biggest expansion of U.S. ground forces in Syria since the civil war began in 2011, three years after then presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to end America's wars in the Middle East. In fact, on ...
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Egypt's long, bloody road from Arab Spring hope to chaos

CNN International - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
(CNN) For a moment in 2011, it appeared that the revolution worked. Thousands upon thousands of demonstrators who ... January 2011: Arab Spring protests grip Egypt. Inspired by protests that ousted Tunisia's ... Tunisia is considered mostly a success ...
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UN Syria envoy issues document on transition

Al-Arabiya - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
... offer hope for Syria diplomacy. The Syrian conflict has not only ruined the country, killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions, but also .
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At least 28 dead after violence in Damascus, Aleppo

CP24 Toronto's Breaking News - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
Aleppo, Syria's largest city and onetime commercial centre, has been bitterly contested since 2012. Opposition groups control the eastern part of the city but have been boxed-in by government forces, and are now ... The Syrian uprising began with ...
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Island Deal Backlash Signals the Honeymoon Is Over for Egypt's El-Sissi

World Politics Review - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
When he was named defense minister in 2012 by Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader elected Egypt's president that year, el-Sissi vowed to keep the military out of politics.

Air strike on Aleppo hospital kills 14

Al-Arabiya - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
Once Syria's commercial hub, northwestern Aleppo has been divided between rebel control in the east and government forces in the west since 2012. The fighting has put the ceasefire in jeopardy and overshadowed a new round of UN-brokered peace talks ...

What Arab youths think

Al-Arabiya - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
In the most extreme case where the regime brooks no dissent, some polls tried to determine what Syrians think, albeit all those polled were hardly free to express their viewpoint to opine on the merits of Bashar al-Assad or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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Obama announces 250 special operations forces to Syria

Press TV - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
US President Barack Obama has announced the biggest expansion of American ground troops in Syria since 2011, under the pretext of fighting against terrorism, despite previously ruling out sending more forces to the Arab nation. Speaking in Hannover ...

The Tangled Web of the Syrian Jihad

War on the Rocks - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
There's a reason why Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, the head of Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusrah, made a point of congratulating the Syrian people and the Islamic nation on “the fifth anniversary of the revolution” this March. The focus of ...

Women of Daraya: Help Us 'Avoid Another Madaya'

World Policy Institute (blog) - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
Residents in the small Damascus suburb of Daraya, once the heart of uprising in the Syrian capital, are calling on the international community to take immediate action before a three-year government siege leads to deaths as a result of starvation ...
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Kurds, Shiites agree to withdraw forces from north Iraq town after clashes

Al-Arabiya - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
Fighting began several days ago after members of a Shiite militia threw a grenade into the house of a Kurdish leader. A ceasefire was declared on Sunday, but ... Once Syria's commercial hub, northwestern Aleppo has been divided between rebel control in ...

Former Qatari PM's bombshell on Syria revisited

Press TV - ‎Apr 24, 2016‎
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani suggested that the 2012 crisis in Syria, which has claimed about 400,000 lives so far, was a political game and not a revolution as claimed by the West and its allies. The London-based tycoon who still maintains close ...