Thursday, May 31, 2012

Civil War In Syria -- News Updates May 31, 2012

Syria: Free Army Rebels Issue 48-Hour Deadline For Bashar al-Assad To Stop Violence -- The Telegraph

The United Nations peace plan for Syria is on the verge of officially collapsing after the Free Syrian Army gave Bashar al-Assad’s regime until noon on Friday to end violence.

Syrian rebels gave President Bashar al-Assad a 48-hour deadline to abide by the international peace plan to end violence or face violent consequences, a rebel spokesman said.

Colonel Qassim Saadeddine said in a statement posted on YouTube:

"We announce that there is no justification to continue respecting the truce from one side.

"The Annan plan arrived in Syria and al-Assad buried it in front of the world by committing massacres in Houla, Homs and Hama, Allepo, Deraa and Deir al Zour, Damascus, Idlib and Tartous and Latakia.

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More News On Syria's Civil War

Syria Live Blog -- AL Jazeera
Syria: Overview -- Yahoo News

Syria rebels say they're preparing for war -- L.A. Times
Syrian rebel commanders split on ceasefire deadline -- BBC
More Killings and Ultimatum Deepen Syria Conflict -- New York Times/Reuters
Syria rebel chief urges Annan to declare peace plan over -- Reuters
Ultimatum on Syria as killings end US hope -- Brisbane Times
Syrian rebels capture soldiers in Homs -- The Telegraph

U.N. chief: Syria faces civil war from which it 'would never recover' -- L.A. Times
UN chief gives 'Syria civil war' warning -- Al Jazeera
Another massacre could plunge Syria into civil war, says UN chief -- Haaretz
Annan says Syria 'complex,' urges end to bloodshed -- AFP
China urges world to give Annan's Syria plan time -- Reuters
Kuwait seeks Chinese support for Syria Annan plan -- Reuters
Arabs urge China to apply more pressure on Syria -- Alertnet

Analysis-Syria Massacre Pushes Moscow Toward Decision Point -- New York Times/Reuters
Russia to Block Syria Military Intervention -- Voice of America
Russia’s Putin, US trade blows over Syria -- Khaleej Times/AFP
Merkel and Hollande to Challenge Russia over Syria -- Spiegel Online

Syria set to become failed state: Israeli commander -- Reuters
IDF Commander Warns Against Possible Conflict with Syria -- Arutz Sheva
IDF may act to stop Syria weapons smuggling -- Jerusalem Post
Israel urges tougher action against Assad -- Reuters
New IDF assessment predicts Assad in power through 2013 -- Jerusalem Post

Syria intervention isn’t a slam dunk -- Walter Pincus, Washington Post
Syria: Diplomatic deadlock, deaths go on -- Ivan Watson, CNN
Why Syria feels abandoned -- Donatella Rovera, Washington Post

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