Friday, August 31, 2012

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

Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover after Syrian forces fired a mortar in the El Amreeyeh neighbourhood of Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

UN Despairs As Syrian Air Strikes Worsen Refugee Crisis -- Sydney Morning Herald

BEIRUT: Syria's military is increasingly relying on brute air power to crush insurgents and intimidate their sympathisers, and top United Nations officials attending a special Security Council session have reported alarming new data on the severity of the crisis.

''The cohesion of Syria's diverse society is in danger,'' the UN's Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, told the council members in a meeting convened by France, which holds the rotating presidency. The emergency UN relief operations marshalled for Syria were already straining, and ''as the conflict intensifies, the number of people in need clearly exceeds our capacity to assist'', Mr Eliasson said.

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More News On Syria's Civil War

What you need to know about Syria today -- CNN
Syria crisis: Turkey calls for 'safe haven' – Friday 31 August 2012 -- The Guardian
Syria Live Blog -- Al Jazeera

Syrian Rebels Attack Aleppo Security Compounds -- Voice of America
Syrian Rebels Launch New Operation in Aleppo -- ABC News/AP
Syrian rebels still hold key strategic neighbourhoods in Aleppo -- The Telegraph
Rebels say hold half of Aleppo despite air strikes -- Reuters
Fierce fighting in Aleppo as Syrian rebels adopt new tactics -- Haaretz/DPA
Troops killed in Aleppo clashes -- Irish Times
Heavy clashes in northern Syrian city -- The Australian
Syria clashes rage as safe havens plea fails -- AFP
2nd warplane shot down, activists say -- Detroit Free Press
Syria Crisis: Rebels Claim They Shot Down Another Warplane -- Huffington Post/AP
‘No surrender,’ vow Syrian protesters -- Khaleej Times/AFP
Syria opposition to expand, improve organization, leader says -- Reuters

Relentless Attacks Send Syrians Fleeing For Relief -- NPR
'Difficult' demand for refugee camps in Syria vexes UN -- BBC
Threat to Syrian Civilians Is Growing, Officials Say -- New York Times
Turkey calls for Syria safe zones, U.N. Security Council remains unmoved -- CBS/AP
Syria’s Neighbors Seek UN Help for Refugees -- Voice of America

France to help Syria 'safe zones' -- Irish Times
French plan to help Syria safe zones seen falling short -- Reuters
France, Britain say Syria military intervention on table -- Reuters
Britain, France issue warning to Assad -- UPI

Missing reporter likely in Syrian custody, father says
-- FOX News/AP
U.S. journalist reportedly in Syrian custody -- Washington Post

Analysis: Syrian Kurds sense freedom, power struggle awaits -- Euronews/Reuters
Syria: An agenda for action -- Irwin Cotler, Jerusalem Post
The “Free Syrian Army” are hardly paragons of virtue in this dirty war -- Emanuel Stoakes, The Independent
Condoleezza Rice: Syria opposition must be armed -- CNN
Syria faces societal fissures -- Stephen Starr, Special to CNN

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