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US says Iran forming pro-regime militia in Syria

US says Iran forming pro-regime militia in Syria

By Mathieu Rabechault | AFP

The United States on Tuesday accused Iran of setting up a pro-regime militia in Syria as Washington increasingly ties the crisis there to interference by its long-time foe Tehran.

Are Reports of al-Qaida in Syria Exaggerated?

Are Reports of al-Qaida in Syria Exaggerated?

Der Spiegel

15 August 2012

Intelligence reports claim that members of the al-Qaida terrorist network are streaming into Syria to join the rebel ranks. But the rebels deny the allegations and say that jihadists are not welcome. In any case, it is the Assad regime that has long had ties to al-Qaida.

Possible war with Iran could be month-long affair: Israel minister

Possible war with Iran could be month-long affair: Israel minister

Wed Aug 15, 2012

(Reuters) - War with Iran would probably turn into a month-long conflict on various fronts with missile strikes on Israeli cities and some 500 dead, Israel's civil defense minister said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Syria crisis: Blast near Damascus military compound

Syria crisis: Blast near Damascus military compound

 

15 August 2012

 

A large explosion has struck close to a military compound in the Syrian capital, Damascus, near a hotel used by the UN's observer mission.

For some Assad loyalists, a gory death at rebel hands

For some Assad loyalists, a gory death at rebel hands

Reuters

13 August 2012

(Reuters) - Disturbing footage of Syrian rebels slitting the throat of a blindfolded young man and throwing bodies off a rooftop to a cheering crowd below have appeared on YouTube.

It was not possible to independently verify the authenticity or the circumstances in which the videos were recorded and some activists argue that one of them was staged by supporters of President Bashar al-Assad to discredit the rebels.

Islamic leaders gather to discuss Syrian conflict

Islamic leaders gather to discuss Syrian conflict

Deutsche Welle, 14 August 2012

Foreign ministers from the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation convene in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. They are expected to suspend Syria’s membership due to the crackdown on a 17-month-old rebellion.

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