Bashar Assad

2:52pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Middle East

In A New Setback, Syrian Opposition Splits

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 5:59 pm

A man burns a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a Sunday demonstration on the outskirts of Idlib in northern Syria.
Rodrigo Abd AP

Monday was a rough day for the opposition in Syria. Senior officials in the main opposition group announced that they're forming a new organization. The development was the latest sign of the divisions within the Syrian opposition that's trying to oust the government of President Bashar Assad.

At the same time, Assad's government said that nearly 90 percent of voters endorsed constitutional reforms in a referendum a day earlier, even though the Syrian opposition and international critics called the balloting a farce.

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5:15am

Wed February 22, 2012

3:12am

Wed February 22, 2012
Middle East

Activist: 2 Foreign Journalists killed In Syria

A Syrian activist said two foreign journalists were killed Wednesday by Syrian government forces shelling the restive central city of Homs. The report could not be immediately confirmed.

Omar Shaker said the two journalists were killed when several rockets hit a garden of a house used by activists and journalists in besieged Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr.

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4:53pm

Tue February 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Rami Al-Sayed, Syrian Citizen Journalist, Is Killed During Attack On Homs

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 10:21 am

Rami al-Sayed with his daughter Maryam.
@NMSyria

Early this morning the bombardment of Homs was streamed live to the web by a citizen journalist. But as the forces loyal to Bashar Assad continued their attack on the restive city, the stream went quiet and never came back again.

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5:43am

Sun February 19, 2012
Middle East

Food, Supplies Short For Syrian Regime's Opposition

Syrians demonstrate against the regime after Friday prayers in the north Syrian city of Idlib on Friday. Thousands of Syrians rallied to demand Bashar al-Assad's ouster, as the embattled president's forces unleashed their heaviest pounding yet of Homs in a brutal bid to crush dissent, monitors said.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

The offensive started on the city of Homs, where neighborhoods that have seen some of the largest protests and armed resistance to the government are now under constant fire from tanks, rockets and mortars.

Homs is in central Syria, and it is thought that if the regime lost it to the opposition, that would cut the country in half. The offensive continued in the city of Zabadani, a mountain resort town just outside of Syria's capital of Damascus.

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