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Hezbollah assassination in Beirut: 3 Questions with our correspondent

GlobalPost correspondent Tracey Shelton answers the key questions about what Hassan Laqis' killing means for Lebanon and the region.

Twin bombings in Beirut have their roots in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Wounded people flooded hospitals in the south of Beirut Tuesday morning after a twin suicide bombing targeted the Iranian embassy. The attack killed 23 and injured 146 in the suburb of Beir Hassan, according to local hospital figures. Officials said the violence was the latest in a string of sectarian attacks connected to the conflict in neighboring Syria.

On Location: Syrian refugees harassed, beaten in Egypt

CAIRO, Egypt — They fled the horrors in Syria to a place they thought they would be welcomed. And they were, until Egypt's military coup in July heightened tensions and turned locals against them.

Israel says missile test 'not offensive' as Obama swipes at Iran

JERUSALEM — On the matter of Syria, Tuesday began with confusion and ended in a conundrum.

Syrian Electronic Army revealed: Anonymous hacks SEA website, dumps data

After claims that Syrian regime used chemical weapons on its own population, Anonymous struck, revealing personal information of key members within the Syrian Electronic Army.
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A screengrab of user names and password MD5 hashes taken from servers used by the Syrian Electronic Army. The data was stolen by members of Anonymous and dumped onto the deep web in August. (Screengrab/Screengrab)

As the United States and other world powers continue to debate a possible military intervention in Syria, the hacker collective Anonymous has gone ahead with its own intervention, taking on its Syrian counterpart — the Syrian Electronic Army.

It's a shadow war happening online between two amorphous, grassroots groups. And Anonymous dealt the first blow.

Last week, Anons began releasing data they stole in April after infiltrating a server used by the Syrian Electronic Army. Over the weekend, someone began dumping it all on the so-called "deep web," a portion of the internet that isn't accessible by traditional browsers or search engines. 

While the Syrian Electronic Army is mostly made up of supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and may receive some material support from the regime, the organization does not appear to have any official relationship the government, something that appears to be confirmed in the data leaked by Anonymous. The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed several high-profile security breaches recently, including hacks on the websites of the New York Times, the Washington Post and the US Marine Corps.

Anons said the data released identifies the Syrian Electronic Army's core leadership, their methods, personal emails, usernames and passwords used by its members.

“I imagine them as an Assad cronies’ notion of the Chinese Cyber Army, on a shoestring budget,” one Anonymous member, involved in the analysis of the data, told GlobalPost. 


What do Syrians think of potential US strikes on their country?

BEIRUT — It’s not about saving Syrian lives. It’s about Obama saving face.

In Syria, journalists risk their lives to cover a story the public doesn’t care about

Commentary: On-the-ground reporting from combat zones is dangerous and rare.
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A blood-stained and shrapnel-riddled helmet belonging to a freelance video journalist who was injured while reporting from the Syrian city of Aleppo is seen in Antakya, Turkey. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
The Syrian civil war is one of the most difficult, dangerous and unrewarding stories for journalists.

GlobalPost interview: US policy in Syria is flawed, says ex-rebel premier

ISTANBUL, Turkey — The first prime minister for the Syrian opposition in exile, Ghassan Hitto resigned this week after failing to form an interim government or establish a presence on Syrian soil. 

Syrian civil war enters third year of conflict (PHOTOS)

Beginning exactly two years ago with a string of protests galvanized by the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war has since claimed nearly 70,000 lives as rebels try to dislodge Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

In Lebanon, a proxy battle for Syria

TRIPOLI — The bustling shipyards and seaside cafes of this Mediterranean port lend the city a veneer of normalcy. But residents tell a different story — one of extreme poverty, state neglect and vicious sectarian violence.
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