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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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Syria: news

UK moves towards Syria opposition

Friday, November 16th 2012, 10:54
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Syrian opposition groups could be a "credible, political alternative" to the Assad government, UK foreign secretary William Hague says.
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France pushes arming Syria rebels

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 18:13
related countries: France France, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

France says it will discuss supplying arms to the Syrian opposition coalition with European partners, ahead of key talks in Paris and London.
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EU group endorses Mali mission

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 17:49
related countries: France France, Mali Mali
related places: Eu, Paris

Foreign and defence ministers from five EU states back a proposed European mission to train Mali government forces tackling Islamist fighters.
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Ministers to hold talks on Syria

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 8:57

Prime Minister David Cameron will hold a security meeting with senior ministers later to discuss options for dealing with the crisis in Syria.
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VIDEO: Defector recounts Syria boat tragedy

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 23:02

One of the aid agencies operating in Syria says that at least 2.5m people are now displaced within the country, with many risking their lives to seek sanctuary in Europe.
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France backs anti-Assad coalition

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 20:19
related countries: France France

France becomes the first Western state to recognise Syria's new opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
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Syria's displaced 'number 2.5m'

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 18:07

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent says some 2.5 million people have been displaced within Syria, doubling previous figures used by aid agencies.
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Arab states hail Syria coalition

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 6:27

The Arab League welcomes Syria's new opposition bloc, but stops short of giving it full recognition as the sole representative of the Syrian people.
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Gulf states back Syria opposition

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 3:09
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Six Gulf states recognise a new Syrian opposition coalition as the country's "legitimate representative", a day after factions united.
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What chance for Syria's new opposition?

Monday, November 12th 2012, 19:53

Jim Muir assesses chances of Syria's new opposition coalition
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Profile: Syria opposition leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib

Monday, November 12th 2012, 18:13

The cleric chosen to lead Syria's new opposition alliance
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Israeli tanks 'hit Syrian units'

Monday, November 12th 2012, 16:49
related countries: Israel Israel

Israel's military says its tanks have scored 'direct hits' on Syrian artillery units after Syrian mortar shells landed near an Israeli army post.
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VIDEO: Syrian aircraft attack border town

Monday, November 12th 2012, 15:05
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Syrian government aircraft have reportedly bombed the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain, near the border with Turkey.
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Syrian cleric to lead opposition

Sunday, November 11th 2012, 22:34
related countries: Qatar Qatar

A leading Syrian cleric who fled to Egypt, Moaz al-Khatib, is chosen to head a new coalition to oppose President Bashar al-Assad's government.
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Israel fires 'warning' into Syria

Sunday, November 11th 2012, 21:37
related countries: Israel Israel

Israeli forces say they have fired warning shots into Syria after a mortar round fired from Syria exploded in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
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A new normality in damaged Damascus

Sunday, November 11th 2012, 1:03
related places: Damascus

BBC reporter in Damascus on living in the shadow of death
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'Soldiers killed' in Syria blast

Saturday, November 10th 2012, 12:43

At least 20 soldiers have been killed in twin explosions in the southern Syrian city of Deraa, activists say.
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VIDEO: Syria's main opposition has new leader

Saturday, November 10th 2012, 2:43
related countries: Qatar Qatar

Syria's main opposition group, meeting in Qatar, has chosen the Christian George Sabra as its leader.
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Christian activist to head SNC

Friday, November 9th 2012, 22:48
related countries: Qatar Qatar

Syria's main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, chooses a Christian as its leader amid tense talks in Qatar over the group's future.
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Syria Council faces unity choice

Friday, November 9th 2012, 14:48
related countries: Qatar Qatar

The Syrian National Council is facing a key choice on whether to join other opposition groups in a new, more unified leadership body, at talks in Qatar.
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Red Cross 'cannot cope' in Syria

Thursday, November 8th 2012, 17:01
related countries: Qatar Qatar

The Red Cross says it cannot cope with the worsening situation in Syria, as opposition groups debate plans to unite under a new leadership.
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Syria government strongholds hit

Thursday, November 8th 2012, 8:15
related places: Damascus

Syrian rebels carry out fresh attacks on government facilities and strongholds in the capital, Damascus, in what is seen as a significant escalation.
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Cameron meets Syrian refugees

Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 9:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

David Cameron speaks of his determination to give Syria a brighter future as he meets refugees of the conflict in the country.
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Damascus rocked by deadly blasts

Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 1:53
related places: Damascus

A spate of bomb attacks rocks the Syrian capital Damascus leaving several people dead, activists say, as violence continues across the country.
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Syria 'could become new Somalia'

Tuesday, November 6th 2012, 17:59
related countries: Somalia Somalia

The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, says he fears the country could "turn into a new Somalia" unless the crisis ends soon.
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UK 'open to Assad safe passage'

Tuesday, November 6th 2012, 17:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he would back offering President Bashar al-Assad safe passage out of Syria if it ended the bloodshed there.
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Syrian guns 'hit Israeli patrol'

Monday, November 5th 2012, 21:28
related countries: Israel Israel

An Israeli patrol vehicle is reportedly hit by Syrian gunfire in the Golan Heights, two days after three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarised zone.
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Deadly car bombings rock Syria

Monday, November 5th 2012, 17:37
related countries: Qatar Qatar

A number of people have been killed in two car bomb attacks in Syria, state media and activists say, as opposition figures meet in Qatar.
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Syria opposition launch key talks

Sunday, November 4th 2012, 23:54
related countries: Qatar Qatar
related places: Doha

Syria's divided opposition groups meet in the Qatari capital, Doha, for talks aimed at forging greater unity and the formation of a government in exile.
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Syria rebels 'capture oilfield'

Sunday, November 4th 2012, 21:46

Syrian rebels capture a key oilfield in eastern Deir Ezzor province, activists say, the first time such a facility has been taken.
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Rebels 'attack key Syria airbase'

Saturday, November 3rd 2012, 19:09
related places: Taftanaz

Rebels in Syria say they are locked in a fierce battle with government troops to capture the key airbase of Taftanaz in the north.
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Syria rebels face war crime claim

Friday, November 2nd 2012, 17:19

The UN says a video that appears to show Syrian rebels murdering soldiers or pro-government militiamen could be evidence of a war crime.
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Syria rebels 'take checkpoints'

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 16:24
related places: Aleppo, Damascus

Rebel attacks on army checkpoints on the main road between Syria's biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, leave 28 soldiers dead, reports say.
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Will US succeed in reshaping Syria opposition?

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 15:52
related countries: United States United States

Will US succeed in reshaping 'ineffective' Syrian opposition?
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US warning over Syrian extremism

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 20:40
related countries: United States United States

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urges the Syrian opposition to reject extremism and says the rebel leadership must be more inclusive.
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VIDEO: Arab tourists avoiding Turkey border

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 15:17
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Rajan Datar reports on the extent to which tourism in Turkey has been affected by the conflict in Syria.
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Syrian warplanes bomb rebel areas

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 14:56
related places: Damascus

Warplanes are bombing opposition strongholds in Damascus and the north, activists say, while a bomb explodes near a Shia shrine in the capital.
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Syrian general 'killed by rebels'

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 18:20
related places: Damascus

A senior Syrian air force general has been shot dead by rebels in a suburb of the capital Damascus, state television reports.
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Jordan's jihadists drawn to Syria conflict

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 0:01
related countries: Jordan Jordan

How Syria conflict is drawing in militant Islamists from Jordan
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VIDEO: Iraqi refugees flee Syrian conflict

Monday, October 29th 2012, 22:21
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Baghdad

Many families that sought sanctuary in Syria are back in Baghdad after escaping for their lives a second time.
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Deadly car bombings rock Damascus

Monday, October 29th 2012, 15:57
related places: Damascus

Two car bombings in the Syrian capital Damascus kill at least 10 people, state media report, as a supposed ceasefire draws to an end.
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'Truce' hit by more Syria clashes

Saturday, October 27th 2012, 9:58

The Syrian government has heavily shelled several areas of the country, say activists, despite a UN-backed ceasefire for the festival of Eid al-Adha.
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VIDEO: Hezbollah accused of backing Assad

Saturday, October 27th 2012, 8:00
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, United States United States

The US has accused pro-Syrian groups in Lebanon - including Hezbollah - of providing training, advice, and logistical support to the Syrian military, raising fears that the conflict could spread beyond Syria's borders.
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VIDEO: Syrian parents find son in Cyprus

Saturday, October 27th 2012, 2:06
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus
related places: Damascus

A Syrian boy, feared to have been killed in the rubble of his shelled Damascus home in July, has been reunited with his parents, who had fled to seek asylum in Cyprus.
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Schooling Syria's refugee children

Saturday, October 27th 2012, 0:29
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Syrian exiles in Turkey set up schools for their children
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VIDEO: Bloodshed in Syria despite truce

Friday, October 26th 2012, 21:55
related places: Damascus

A temporary truce agreed by Government forces in Syria and rebels to mark a Muslim religious holiday has already been broken.
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Car bomb shatters Syrian truce

Friday, October 26th 2012, 21:10
related places: Damascus

A car bombing hits the Syrian capital Damascus, with reports of many casualties, shattering a ceasefire that came into force hours earlier.
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Fighting mars Syrian ceasefire

Friday, October 26th 2012, 14:42

A four-day ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha comes into effect in Syria, but fighting continues in several areas.
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Bosnian walks to Mecca via Syria

Friday, October 26th 2012, 10:47
related countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
related places: Mecca

A Bosnian Muslim man walks thousands of kilometres to reach Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage and thanks God for his safe passage through war-torn Syria.
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Lebanon's Hezbollah drawn into Syria conflict

Friday, October 26th 2012, 7:14
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Lebanon's Hezbollah increasingly drawn into Syrian fighting
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Syria army 'to observe ceasefire'

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 23:33
related places: Aleppo

Syria's army command says it will observe a four-day ceasefire from Friday at 0600 (0400 GMT), as rebels claim advances in the city of Aleppo.
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VIDEO: Syrian government backs ceasefire

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 15:36

The Syrian government has accepted a proposed four-day ceasefire to start on Friday.
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Secularism and Islamism compete among Syrian rebels

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 13:30

Growing discord between secular and Islamist rebels in Syria
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Syria 'to give truce decision'

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 11:05

Syria's government is expected to announce its decision on a ceasefire proposed for this weekend's Eid al-Adha holiday by UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
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Assad 'agrees to Eid ceasefire'

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 17:20

UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the Syrian government and most rebel leaders agree to a ceasefire during the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
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Syrian rebels 'have US weapons'

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 9:36
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

Anti-government rebels in Syria have acquired portable surface-to-air missiles, including US-made Stingers, a top Russian general says.
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Life in a rebel-controlled Syrian town at war

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 0:01

Life and death in a rebel-controlled Syrian town
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Candidates spar on foreign policy

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 23:24
related countries: Libya Libya, United States United States

US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clash on Israel, Iran, the Arab Spring and China in the third and final presidential debate.
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