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Two years of war: Syria in ruins

  On a cold winter's night in early 2011, some Syrian schoolboys drew a few slogans on a wall in a town the world had barely heard of. Two years on, more than 70,000 people have died in the bitter conflict that ensued, and ca

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Russia 'not against Assad's departure'

Russia will not oppose the departure of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad if such a move is a result of a dialogue between Syrians themselves and is not enforced through external pressure, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

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Syrian troops storm into 'protest city' with tanks

Syrian army units stormed into the city of Banias with tanks overnight, attacking Sunni districts that had defied President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule, a human rights campaigner said on Saturday. The units entered the coastal ci

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Syria arrests hundreds, shells Deraa into submission

Security forces arrested hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in cities across Syria after taking control of the city of Deraa, cradle of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule. Looking for men under 40 years o

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‘Heavy shooting’ in Deraa as Syrian tanks enter

The Syrian government ordered more tanks into Deraa on Saturday and heavy gunfire was heard in the city as security forces tried to crush a revolt against President Bashar Al-Assad, residents said. Syrian troops and tanks first swept into

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Syrian troops storm Deraa

Syrian troops in tanks and armoured vehicles poured into the southern town Deraa and opened fire on Monday, residents said, in the latest bloodshed in a crackdown on protests. As the army tried to regain control of Deraa, where a month-lon

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Over 200 killed in violent Syria clashes

Syria's main human rights movement said the death toll from pro-democracy protests against President Bashar al-Assad had reached 200 and urged the Arab League to impose sanctions on the ruling hierarchy. Syria, the latest Arab country

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25 Syrian protesters killed by security forces

The main hospital in the southern Syrian city of Deraa has received the bodies of at least 25 protesters who were killed in a confrontation with security forces, a hospital official said on Thursday. Security forces opened fire on hundreds

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Syrian forces kill 6 in mosque attack

Syrian forces killed at least six people on Wednesday in an attack on a mosque in the southern city of Deraa, site of unprecedented protests, reports said. Those killed included Ali Ghassab al-Mahamid, a doctor from a prominent Deraa famil

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Syrian troops in Deraa, mourners demand freedom

The Syrian army deployed on Monday at the entrances to the southern city of Deraa as officials tried to calm passions following protests for freedom in which five civilians died, residents said. Thousands of mourners marched at the funeral

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