Friday, January 25, 2013

Civil War In Syria -- News Updates January 25, 2013

Syrian Troops And Militia Push To Take Sunni Homs Areas -- Reuters

(Reuters) - The Syrian army has stepped up an offensive on opposition Sunni Muslim strongholds in the central city of Homs, bringing in ground forces and loyalist militia to try to secure a major road junction, opposition sources said on Friday.

Around 15,000 Sunni civilians are trapped on the southern and western edge of the city near the intersection of Syria's main north-south and east-west arteries, crucial to let the army travel between Damascus and the Mediterranean coast, opposition campaigners in Homs said.

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More News On Syria's Civil War

Syria Live Blog
-- Al Jazeera
Syrian forces escalate offensive in key province; UN says Jordan seeing record refugee numbers -- Washington Post/AP
New air force raids in Damascus province -- News24
Firefights, shelling in Syria's Homs: watchdog -- AFP
Syrian warplanes bomb rebel areas near Damascus as troops, rebels clash along airport road -- Washington Post/AP
Suicide car bombing hits central Syrian town
-- Al Jazeera
Syria Intelligence Officers Killed by Bomb, Observatory Say
-- Bloomberg
Syrian Islamist rebels detonate car bomb near Israel border -- Reuters
Twin Car Bombs Kill 8 in Syria -- Voice of America
Car bombs kill 8 in Syrian Golan as Assad’s regime calls on refugees to come back home -- Washington Post/AP
Report: Syria terror group kills 200 security personnel -- Jerusalem Post
'You can hear the artillery outside the president's office' -- CNN
West's fears over Syria Islamists mount as coalition flounders -- Reuters
Jordan’s King Abdullah: “The New Taliban Are In Syria” -- Daily Beast
Saudi prince calls for Syrian rebels to be armed -- Reuters
Syrian leader in mosque appearance
-- Sydney Morning Herald
Syria regime calls for ‘million man’ Friday prayers -- Al Bawaba
The all-female militias of Syria -- Washington Post
Russian woman joins Syrian opposition fighters -- Al Arabiya

Syria calls on dissidents, refugees to return home -- AP
Regime insiders among Syrian refugees, says U.S. ambassador -- CNN
Assad's Mother Fled Syria, Says Former U.S. Ambassador -- Haaretz
Syrian Refugees Entering Jordan in Record Numbers, U.N. Says -- New York Times
UN urges Syria's neighbours to keep open borders to exodus -- Reuters
Record number of Syrian refugees in Jordan -- AFP
Syrian refugees continue to flood Jordan amid warnings of crisis -- CNN
6,400 Syrians arrive at Jordan camp in 24 hours -- Gulf News/AFP
The Syrian crisis: Where's U.S. aid going? -- CNN Staff
Syria tensions spill over to Australia -- Al Jazeera
Rapping the revolution: Syrian sets war to music -- France24/AFP

Syria's Bashar al-Assad won't fall soon, Jordan's king says
-- CNN
French Foreign Minister: Assad's Fall Not Imminent -- AP
France sees no sign Syria's Assad will be toppled soon
-- Reuters
France: Actually Assad isn’t collapsing
-- Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

Homs: War changes the soul of Syrian city -- Lyse Doucet, BBC
Syria after Brahimi...Another Lebanon? -- Joyce Karam, Al Arabiya

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