Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Civil War In Syria -- News Updates February 19, 2013

Damascus Holds Its Breath As Syrian Civil War Reaches Its Door -- ABC News

Damascus is quiet tonight — too quiet.

We arrived a few hours ago in this tense and troubled city — 5 million people hunkered down as the terrible war that is tearing this country apart has now arrived in major battles raging in the suburbs.

This war is far from over — and it is far from clear who will win — but we already know who the losers are: the people of this ancient land.

From Beirut, Lebanon, we drove into Syria along a heavily guarded route, passing checkpoint after checkpoint after checkpoint.

It is now a lifeline as Damascus — the stronghold of the government of President Bashar Assad — becomes a city under siege.

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More News On Syria's Civil War

Syria Live Blog -- Al Jazeera
Syria crisis: 'Missile strike levels Aleppo neighbourhood' - Tuesday 19 February -- The Guardian

Mortars explode near a presidential palace in Syrian capital
-- Washington Post/AP
Three mortars land near Syrian presidential palace: activists -- Reuters
Troops pour into Syria's Aleppo as battle rages for airport -- Global Post/AFP
Syrian rocket attack on Aleppo kills 20: activists -- Reuters
“Nightline” Anchor Terry Moran Reports From Inside Syria For ABC News -- ABC News
Syria crisis: Life in battleground town of al-Safira -- BBC

UN Rights Inquiry Alleges Syrian War Crimes -- Voice of America
UN: Both sides committing war crimes in Syria -- Al Jazeera

Report: Hezbollah Committed to Backing Assad to the End -- Al Gemeiner
Syria ministers say ready to hold talks with opposition -- Al Arabiya
Syrian government ready to talk with armed groups: minister -- Reuters
Beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad suggests re-election in the cards -- Washington Times

EU Says No To Arming Syrian Rebels -- NPR
Europe Extends Syria Arms Embargo -- Wall Street Journal
Europe refuses to arm Syria rebels -- Sydney Morning Herald
EU snubs British plan to arm Syrian rebels -- UPI
EU controversy over arming Syrian rebels -- Deutsche Welle

Four million in Syria in dire need of aid: UN -- Straits Times
Syria refugee numbers top 850,000: UN -- AFP
Heaps of dead in Syria -- Khaleej Times
Typhoid outbreak hits Syria -- Middle East Online

Has the door shut on a diplomatic solution to Syria's conflict? -- Whitney Eulich, Christian Science Monitor
Will a settlement on Syria have a bitter taste? -- Eyad Abu Shakra, Al Arabiya

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