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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

Damascus online after blackout

Saturday, December 1st 2012, 15:34
related places: Damascus

Internet services in Syria's capital resume after a two-day blackout, as clashes between government forces and rebels around Damascus intensify.
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Syria 'brutality' appals UN chief

Saturday, December 1st 2012, 2:25

Syria's violence is "reaching appalling heights of brutality", UN chief Ban Ki-moon says, warning that refugee numbers could swell to 700,000 by January.
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More disruption to Syria flights

Friday, November 30th 2012, 20:20
related places: Damascus

Airlines suspend flights to the Syrian capital Damascus for a second day after heavy clashes around the road to the city's airport.
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VIDEO: Syria systems down for second day

Friday, November 30th 2012, 14:20
related places: Damascus

Internet and telephone lines in Syria have been reported to be down for a second day, amid reports of heavy fighting between rebels and government troops in southern Damascus.
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AUDIO: Communications blackout in Syria

Friday, November 30th 2012, 7:24

The BBC's Lina Sinjab describes the extent of a phone and internet blackout in Syria.
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'Fierce clashes' by Syria airport

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 21:46
related places: Damascus

The main Damascus airport road is closed and flights are cancelled amid reports of clashes, as internet and phone services go down across Syria.
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Internet 'cut off across Syria'

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 18:02

The internet and mobile phone systems are cut off in Syria, a global monitoring firm says, amid a major military operation.
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VIDEO: Shifting power in Syria crisis?

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 2:52
related places: Damascus

At least 34 people are reported to have been killed and many injured by two car bomb explosions in a south-eastern district of Syria's capital, Damascus.
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Twin blasts shake Damascus suburb

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 13:23
related places: Damascus

At least 34 people have been killed by two car bomb explosions in a south-eastern district of Syria's capital, Damascus, state media report.
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VIDEO: Syria's growing refugee crisis

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 7:10

Aid agencies in countries bordering Syria are warning that the country's prolonged civil war is putting huge strain on their efforts and on Syria's relations with its neighbours.
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Syria rebels build momentum with tactical successes

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 12:44

Syria rebels build momentum with military successes
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Syria kidnappings compound conflict fears

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 1:13

Syria hit by a wave of kidnappings as conflict rages on
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Syrian attack 'kills 10 children'

Monday, November 26th 2012, 18:26
related places: Damascus

Activists in Syria say a government MiG fighter jet has dropped a cluster bomb on a playground east of Damascus, leaving 10 children dead.
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Despair of refugees in Syria's Atma camp

Monday, November 26th 2012, 15:02

BBC's Paul Wood sees refugees' despair at camp in northern Syria
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VIDEO: Misery and despair for Syria refugees

Monday, November 26th 2012, 12:49

As the violence continues in many parts of Syria, millions of people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety.
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VIDEO: 'Increasing pressure' on Assad

Monday, November 26th 2012, 9:33
related places: Damascus

Syrian rebels say they have captured a military airbase near the capital, Damascus, after a battle in which two helicopters were destroyed.
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AUDIO: 'UN must intervene' in Syria

Monday, November 26th 2012, 7:40

Speaking from the Mosque in Syria's Atma camp, senior cleric Samir Ibrahim says "more extreme organisations will emerge" if the UN does not do more to support the country.
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Rebels 'seize base near Damascus'

Sunday, November 25th 2012, 16:40
related places: Damascus

Syrian rebels say they have taken a military air base near the capital, Damascus.
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Syrian refugees slipping into Turkey

Friday, November 23rd 2012, 3:01
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The Syrian border crossers trying to keep their options open
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Syrian rebels 'capture key base'

Thursday, November 22nd 2012, 10:57

Syrian rebels say they have captured a key army base near the city of Deir Ezzor, giving them control of a large swathe of eastern Syria.
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VIDEO: Iraq's sectarian war goes on

Thursday, November 22nd 2012, 9:31
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The Free Syrian Army, the main armed rebel group fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is supported by the Free Iraqi Army who aim to end Shia expansion.
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Nato mulls Turkey's missile plea

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 17:39
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Nato says it is considering a request by Turkey to deploy Patriot anti-missile systems to protect its border with conflict-torn Syria.
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VIDEO: Riad Hijab: Iran is running Syria

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 11:26
related countries: Iran Iran, Russia Russia

The former Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab who defected from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad earlier this year says Russia - and particularly Iran - are now deciding policy in Syria.
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Unveiled Syrian Facebook post stirs women's rights debate

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 4:13

How a Syrian woman's Facebook post sparked online furore
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UK recognises Syria opposition

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 15:44
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK believes the opposition coalition is the "sole legitimate representative" of the Syrian people, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
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Islamists reject Syria opposition

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 10:17
related places: Aleppo

Islamist rebel groups in the Syrian city of Aleppo say they reject the new Western-backed opposition coalition, and seek to establish an "Islamist state".
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VIDEO: Syria's growing refugee crisis

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 6:15
related countries: Turkey Turkey

With no end in sight to the crisis in Syria, refugees are crossing the border into neighbouring countries, such as Turkey, in increasing numbers.
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Syria refugees 'face winter risk'

Monday, November 19th 2012, 12:43

International charity Save the Children warns that 200,000 Syrian refugee children are at serious risk from freezing temperatures as winter sets in.
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Syrian rebels 'capture airport'

Sunday, November 18th 2012, 4:48
related countries: France France, Iraq Iraq

Syrian rebels say they have captured an airport near the Iraqi border, as France says it will install a new ambassador from the opposition.
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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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