Thursday, November 1, 2012

Civil War In Syria -- News Updates November 1, 2012

Syrian Rebels Execute Unarmed Government Soldiers; Dozens Killed In Fighting -- Washington Post

BEIRUT— Syrian rebels executed at least a half-dozen unarmed government soldiers Thursday after attacks on a series of checkpoints near the town of Saraqeb in northwest Syria.

At least 28 government soldiers and five opposition fighters were killed in the rebel operation that targeted checkpoints on roads connecting Saraqeb to Aleppo and Ariha, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The execution of the soldiers, which was documented in a graphic video posted online Thursday, is not the first time that rebel soldiers appear to have committed war crimes. United Nations representatives and human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized the Syrian opposition in recent months for carrying out summary executions and for abusing detainees.

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More News On Syria's Civil War

Syria Live Blog -- Al Jazeera
Syria conflict: Clinton calls for opposition overhaul - Thursday 1 November -- The Guardian

Syria civil war 'kills 36,000' -- The Telegraph
Over 36,000 dead in Syria revolt -- Al Bawaba

Syrian rebels kill 28 soldiers, several executed -- Reuters
Rebel attacks kill 28 Syrian soldiers from Damascus to Aleppo -- Al Arabiya/AFP
Syria rebels kill 28 soldiers in Idlib -- The Australian
Syrian Opposition Says Rebels Kill 28 Soldiers -- Voice of America
Syria rebels 'take key Damascus-Aleppo checkpoints' -- BBC
Syria: rebels battle for control of regime military bases -- The Telegraph
Deadly blast in Damascus as fighting rages -- Al Jazeera
At least 120 dead in Syrian fighting; airstrikes near Damascus -- Trend
Syrian military launches fresh strikes on Damascus -- Euronews
Syria looks to reverse rebel gains with air strike surge -- AFP
Opposition group accuses Syrian government of using 'vacuum bombs' -- CNN
Rebels say Syria using 'vacuum bombs' -- UPI
Syria: explosion near Shia shrine raises spectre of sectarian strife -- The Telegraph
Fighting erupts between Syrian rebels and Kurds -- Washington Post
Fighting between Arab and Kurds raises spectre of escalating conflict in northern Syria -- The Independent

Syria rebels tolerate extremists despite West's fears -- AFP
Syria's rebels fear foreign jihadis in their midst -- The Guardian
Syrian rebels blame West for extremism -- The Australian
Support for jihadists in Syria swells as US backing of rebels falls short -- Christian Science Monitor

Clinton: SNC No Longer Leads Syrian Opposition -- Voice of America
U.S. Looks To Build Alternative Syrian Opposition Leadership -- Washington Post
As Syria Escalates Bombing, U.S. Urges New Anti-Assad Bloc -- New York Times
U.S. Pulls Support for Key Anti-Assad Bloc -- Wall Street Journal
Clinton calls for overhaul of Syrian opposition -- Reuters
U.S. Favors Shift to Broaden Syrian Opposition Leadership -- Bloomberg Businessweek
US calls for overhaul of Syrian opposition -- Irish Times
Clinton warns Syria rebels to resist extremism -- BBC
Clinton: Syrian exile group not 'visible' opposition leader -- CNN
Clinton urges SNC shake-up -- The Daily Star
Clinton explains State Department efforts to build new Syrian opposition council -- The Cable/Foreign Policy

Syria conflict: Will US succeed in reshaping opposition? -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC
There is no hypocrisy in our stance on Syria - -Lindsey German, The Guardian
Worldview: The way forward for a moderate Syria -- Trudy Rubin,
How to Hit Assad Where It Hurts -- Hassan Hassan, The National

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