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We have started to collect the most important news related to Syria in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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VIDEO: Brahimi laments Syria's 'lost opportunity'

Wednesday, January 9th 2013, 13:03

The international envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has said the recent speech by President Bashar al-Assad was a lost opportunity to resolve the crisis in Syria.
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UK hosts Syrian experts gathering

Wednesday, January 9th 2013, 2:44
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK hosts a conference of experts on Syria to plan for the possibility of the collapse of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
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Syria's jihadist group profiled

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 18:49

A new report casts unprecedented light on Jabhat al-Nusra - the shadowy al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria that has become a key player in the conflict.
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VIDEO: Nato missiles sent to Syria border

Monday, January 7th 2013, 12:11
related countries: Germany Germany, Netherlands Netherlands, Turkey Turkey, United States United States
related places: Patriot

A Dutch convoy of Patriot missiles is travelling to the Turkish Syrian border to join German and US deployments, after a number of rockets from Syria hit targets inside Turkey.
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US condemns Assad 'puppet' speech

Monday, January 7th 2013, 5:38
related countries: United States United States
related places: West

A speech by Syria's Bashar al-Assad denouncing opponents as "puppets of the West" is dismissed by the US, which calls it "detached from reality".
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Assad denounces 'puppet' opponents

Sunday, January 6th 2013, 17:23

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivers a rare televised speech, denouncing the opposition as "puppets of the West".
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Patriot missiles on way to Turkey

Friday, January 4th 2013, 17:35
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Nato has begun to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey to help defend it against threats from neighbouring Syria.
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Bomb hits Syria petrol station

Friday, January 4th 2013, 4:33
related places: Damascus

At least nine people have been killed and many injured by a car bomb at a petrol station in Damascus, say activists.
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Fierce fighting at Syria airports

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 11:35

Intense battles are going on at several airports in northern Syria, as rebels attempt to neutralise the government's air advantage.
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VIDEO: 60,000 dead in Syrian unrest

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 22:34

More than 60,000 people have been killed since Syria's uprising began in March 2011, the UN has said.
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Syria unrest 'has killed 60,000'

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 18:35

More than 60,000 people have died since March 2011 in Syria, a sharp jump on other estimates, says the UN human rights commissioner.
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Syria air strike 'kills dozens'

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 16:17
related places: Damascus

A Syrian warplane hits a petrol station with a missile, killing dozens, activists say, as the UN says 60,000 have died since the uprising began.
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Fierce clash near Aleppo airport

Tuesday, January 1st 2013, 14:02
related places: Aleppo

Fierce clashes erupt near the international airport in Syria's second city of Aleppo, with unconfirmed reports it has been temporarily closed.
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VIDEO: Syria troops retake Homs district

Sunday, December 30th 2012, 12:47

Opposition activists claim that Syrian government forces have summarily executed 220 people, including women and children.
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Syria troops retake Homs district

Sunday, December 30th 2012, 10:45

Syrian government forces push rebels out of the Deir Baalbeh district of the city of Homs after days of fighting, amid allegations of a massacre.
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Syria facing 'hell' if no deal

Saturday, December 29th 2012, 17:39

Syria faces a choice between "hell or the political process", UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says as he warns the fighting is becoming more sectarian.
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Russia urges Syria rebel talks

Friday, December 28th 2012, 15:46
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Damascus

Russia says it is ready to hold talks with Syria's opposition, but rebel spokesman Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib said they had rejected the offer.
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VIDEO: Brahimi calls for Syrian unity

Thursday, December 27th 2012, 13:50

The international envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, calls for the formation of a Syrian national unity government with full executive powers until elections can be held.
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Syria army police chief defects

Wednesday, December 26th 2012, 23:26

Syria's military police chief defects, saying the army had become "gangs of murder", as reports emerge of deadly shelling in Raqqa province.
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VIDEO: Pope's Christmas plea for peace

Tuesday, December 25th 2012, 15:55

Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his Christmas blessing and message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica, calling for an end to the bloodshed in Syria.
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Pope in Christmas plea on Syria

Tuesday, December 25th 2012, 13:56

The Pope calls for a political solution to the conflict in Syria during his Christmas message, delivered to thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican.
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Syria: An attempt to live a normal life

Monday, December 24th 2012, 19:25

One Syrian's account of daily life during the conflict
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Christians mark low-key Christmas in Syria

Monday, December 24th 2012, 13:59

Conflict means no festive cheer for Syria's Christian minority
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UN envoy in fresh Syria peace bid

Monday, December 24th 2012, 12:18
related places: Damascus

UN peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has talks with President Assad in Damascus, a day after dozens were killed in a government air strike on what activists said was a bakery.
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VIDEO: Subdued Christmas for Syria's Christians

Monday, December 24th 2012, 7:27
related places: Damascus

In the Syrian capital Damascus, the Christian community is planning a low-key Christmas, as conflict in the country continues.
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'Deadly strike' on Syria bakery

Monday, December 24th 2012, 0:26

Dozens of people are killed in a government air strike on a bakery in central Syria, activists say, but Damascus blames the attack on a "terrorist group".
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Syria 'protecting chemical arms'

Saturday, December 22nd 2012, 14:59
related countries: Russia Russia

Syria has consolidated its chemical weapons into "one or two" places to prevent rebels capturing them, Russia says.
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Preparing for a post-Assad Syria

Saturday, December 22nd 2012, 11:34

West scrambles to prepare for Syrian change of power
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AUDIO: 'Syria's chemical weapons ready for use'

Saturday, December 22nd 2012, 10:09
related countries: United States United States

Congressman Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to the BBC's Frank Gardner about US concerns over Syria's weapons.
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Syria 'still using Scud missiles'

Friday, December 21st 2012, 16:36

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Syrian government forces are continuing to fire short-range ballistic missiles at rebel fighters.
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Lebanese town drawn into Syria war

Thursday, December 20th 2012, 13:21
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Life in Lebanese border town shelled and shot at from Syria
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Wounded minister 'leaves Syria'

Wednesday, December 19th 2012, 23:12
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon
related places: Damascus

Syria's interior minister is admitted to hospital in Lebanon after being wounded in a bombing in Damascus, reports say.
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UN appeals for $1.5bn Syria aid

Wednesday, December 19th 2012, 13:55

The United Nations is appealing for more than $1.5bn (£920m) to fund aid efforts for those affected by the conflict in Syria for the next six months.
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US news team free after abduction

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 20:29
related countries: United States United States

Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent of NBC News, escapes from heavily armed captors during a firefight in Syria after several days in captivity.
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Syria rebels 'make fresh gains'

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 14:43
related places: Damascus

Rebels in Syria are reported to have made fresh gains across the country, as fighting inside two Palestinian refugee camps in the south of Damascus intensifies.
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Fuel lack 'blocks UN Syria aid'

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 5:00

The UN calls on Syria to allow fuel imports for aid deliveries and grant access to 10 more aid agencies amid a growing humanitarian crisis.
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Neither side can win - Syria VP

Monday, December 17th 2012, 17:00
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Syrian Vice-President Farouq al-Sharaa tells a Lebanese newspaper neither the government's forces nor the rebels can win the 21-month-old conflict.
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Damascus refugee camp 'attacked'

Sunday, December 16th 2012, 15:43
related places: Damascus

A Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus has been attacked, activists say, causing an unknown number of casualties.
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Russia's Syria stance 'unchanged'

Friday, December 14th 2012, 12:06
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia insists its position on Syria remains unchanged, a day after its deputy foreign minister said the Syrian government was losing control.
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Syria's fate hangs in the balance

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 23:42

Syria's fate is still hanging in the balance
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McCullin in final front-line trip

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 19:06

Don McCullin on why he came out of retirement to photograph Syria
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Syrian rebels may win - Russia

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 19:05
related countries: Russia Russia

A Russian official says for the first time that the Syrian government is losing "more and more control" and may lose the conflict against rebels.
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Fears grow for reporter in Syria

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 10:15
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The Ukrainian government appeals for the release of a journalist abducted in Syria two months ago amid reports her life is in danger.
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'Deadly blast' in Damascus suburb

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 10:04
related places: Damascus, Qatana

A car bomb has killed 16 people in the Qatana suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, according to state media, which blamed "terrorists".
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Syria 'fires Scud-type missiles'

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 19:45
related countries: United States United States

Forces loyal to the Syrian government have fired "Scud-type missiles" at rebels, media quote US officials as saying.
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VIDEO: Struggle for Syria's young refugees

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 18:42
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

The BBC's Fergal Keane has travelled to Lebanon to meet Syrian refugees who have risked everything to escape.
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Blasts 'strike Syria ministry'

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 17:32
related places: Damascus

The building of the Syrian interior ministry in the capital Damascus has been targeted by three explosions, according to state TV.
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Obama recognises Syria opposition

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 12:22
related countries: United States United States

President Obama says the US formally recognises Syria's opposition coalition as the sole "legitimate representative" of the Syrian people.
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VIDEO: Queues and rubbish in Aleppo streets

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 10:59
related places: Aleppo

People return to the streets of Aleppo, but face long queues to buy food and huge piles of rubbish.
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Aleppo's winter of discontent

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 10:48
related places: Aleppo

Ian Pannell sees anger and desperation in Syria's Aleppo
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Uprooted Syrians dream of returning home

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 9:31
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Syrian refugees in Lebanon dream of returning home
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'Scores killed' in Syria village

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 8:22

A large number of civilians from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect are reported to have been killed or hurt in Hama province.
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VIDEO: Battle for Syria's capital intensifies

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 22:53
related places: Damascus

The Assad regime has abandoned areas of the countryside to concentrate on defending the cities against armed rebels.
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VIDEO: Syria minister tips Assad to prevail

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 17:20

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad tells the BBC's Jeremy Bowen that President Assad and the political system will survive
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Syrian refugees 'number 509,000'

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 12:21

More than half a million refugees have now fled the conflict in Syria, with many more not yet registered, according to the UN's refugee agency.
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VIDEO: Syria could become 'failed state'

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 9:41

UN-Arab League representative Mokhtar Lamani warns of the escalating danger of the situation in Syria.
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Defiance and resolve in war-torn Damascus

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 9:09
related places: Damascus

Jeremy Bowen finds Syrian foes still bent on victory in Damascus
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Syria rebels overrun Aleppo base

Monday, December 10th 2012, 13:07
related places: Aleppo

Rebel fighters are reported to have captured large parts of a military base in northern Syria, the latest in a string of losses by government forces.
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Deadly clashes in north Lebanon

Monday, December 10th 2012, 9:59
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Six people are killed and at least 40 injured in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in clashes between opponents and supporters of Syria's president.
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