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Syria

24.06.2013

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili says the decision by certain countries to arm militants fighting against the Syrian government is a threat to global security, Press TV reported.

In a meeting with the visiting Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour in Tehran on Sunday, Jalili said, "International community will certainly react to this issue, and those countries [sending arms to Syrian militants] will be disgraced."

20.06.2013

Rebel fighters say they need support to battle Syrian government forces in Aleppo in the country's north Al Jazeera reported.

The Free Syrian Army says it is trying to defend the area from a military force armed with helicopters, tanks and a lot of artillery - far superior to the weapons and supplies the FSA has.

But other opposition groups nearby seem to have acquired the kind of weapons being sought. The rebels say they are using Russian-made Grad rockets to target Syrian army bases.

18.06.2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama made little headway Monday in solving their differences over the conflict in Syria, dpa reported.

After a meeting on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Obama said Washington and Moscow have "differing perspectives on the problem."

Obama said he and Putin shares an interest in reducing violence, securing chemical weapons and resolving the conflict through political means. Putin agreed that bringing the Syrian regime and rebels to the negotiating table remained the goal.

17.06.2013

Russia and Britain can overcome their differences on the Syria conflict, British Prime Minister David Cameron said after meeting President Vladimir Putin in London Al Jazeera reported.

The conflict was at the top of the agenda in Sunday's meeting which could set the tone for the Group of Eight (G8) summit, with the West at odds with Moscow over how to handle the conflict.

Cameron said that he blamed President Bashar al-Assad for "tearing country apart" and the Syrian leader had to go.

17.06.2013

At least 20 Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded in an explosion at a checkpoint near the key Mezzeh military airport in Damascus, a pro-opposition group said, dpa reported.

The blast late Sunday is believed to be a car bomb attack, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activists group reported.

State television said it was a "terrorist attack."

Videos posted online by activists showed ambulances heading to the airport, a major military base for President Bashar al-Assad's elite forces and the closest facility to one his presidential Palace.

12.06.2013

British Prime Minister David Cameron is to discuss the crisis in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of next week's G8 summit, the premier told parliament on Wednesday, dpa reported.

Cameron will host Putin at Downing Street on Sunday, before the two-day summit begins the following day.

"We should use the G8 to try and bring pressure on all sides to bring about what we all want in this House, which is a peace conference, a peace process and a move towards a transitional government in Syria," Cameron said.

11.06.2013

Two suicide bombings rocked al-Marjeh Square in central Damascus Tuesday, causing at least 10 casualties, state television and witnesses said.

Residents in the area said police were among the victims as the blast took place near the Department of Immigration and Passports, dpa reported.

Rebels have increasingly targeted government buildings in recent months in Damascus in their battle to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

11.06.2013

The UN Human Rights Council is mulling a new resolution to denounce the Syrian regime for using the help of Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, according to a draft that was made public Tuesday in Geneva, dpa reported.

The draft resolution "strongly condemns the intervention of all foreign combatants in Syria, including those fighting on behalf of the regime and in particular Hezbollah" and expresses deep concern that their involvement would have a negative impact on the region.

05.06.2013

An opposition Syrian group Wednesday confirmed that government troops, backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, have regained the strategic town of al-Kussair from rebel control, dpa reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hezbollah militiamen had taken control of the town after heavy shelling by government troops.

05.06.2013

Syrian rebels deny restoring the authorities' control over the town of El-Quseir, Al Jazeera TV channels said today.

According to the TV channel, at present, Hezbollah militants are clashing with rebels in the town of El Quseir.

The armed conflict between the authorities and the opposition has continued in Syria since March 2011. According to the UN, around 80,000 people were killed in the country during this period.