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Syria: Obama joins calls for Bashar al-Assad to step down

“For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside,” Obama says in the statement issued by the White House.

Syria: Tanks, warships kill 24 people in military assault on Latakia port city

The death toll in Syria has reportedly escalated in the first half of the holy month of Ramadan.

Syrian leader sacks governor following mass protests

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described protests in Hama, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets, as “the biggest demonstration since the Syrian Revolution broke out”.

A Syrian soldier speaks

DAMASCUS — An army conscript based at a military airport in northern Syria confirmed for GlobalPost that military commanders are working to prevent large-scale defections.

Three killed in fresh Syrian rallies

The protests came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a democracy conference in Lithuania that the clock was ticking for Assad, who would continue to see “increasingly organised resistance” to his crackdown.

Syria's "thug-in chief"

BEIRUT — Known as “thug-in-chief,” Maher al-Assad has become the de facto power in Syria, leading his troops around the country to kill protesters threatening his family’s 41-year-old dictatorship.

Thousands of refugees from Syria, including soldiers, flee to Turkey

HATAY, Turkey — More than a dozen Syrian soldiers fled to Turkey on Friday. A local trafficker said that of the 14 soldiers who defected, two were colonels in the Syrian army.

More refugees from Syria flee to Turkey

HATAY, Turkey — Syrian troops surrounded a makeshift refugee camp on Thursday just across the Turkish border

Syria: What motivates an Assad supporter?

DAMASCUS — A sense of denial permeates much of the capital city, where shopkeepers hotel clerks insist that all is well.

Syria: Protests erupt after Assad speech

DAMASCUS — Responses to the speech, which was dominated by vague and noncommittal language, varied between disappointment and outright anger.
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