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13 rebels dead in Syria premature car bomb blast

At least 13 rebels died in a blast in the city of Homs in central Syria on Sunday as they primed a car bomb for an attack, an NGO said. In the capital, meanwhile, two people were killed when mortar fire struck the Damascus Opera House. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 rebels were killed in the besieged Old City of Homs when a car bomb exploded. "The death toll is likely to rise because there are dozens of people missing and body parts in the area of the blast," the Britain-based group said.

Syrian forces step up anti-rebel operations

Regime tanks and warplanes pounded besieged Mleiha east of Damascus on Friday, pressing a campaign to take control of the opposition-held town, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Syrian warplanes also raided a rebel-held district in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 11 people, and 22 were wounded when mortar rounds slammed into central Damascus, the monitor said. In Mleiha at least eight fighters, including a rebel commander, were killed in fierce fighting with government forces, said the Britain-based Observatory.

Britain raps Damascus for denied aid access

President Bashar al-Assad's government bears overwhelming responsibility for an arbitrary and unjustified refusal to allow aid convoys access to 3.5 million Syrians in hard to reach areas, Britain said Friday. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the Security Council that decisions are "often arbitrary and unjustified" and that Syrian soldiers remove medical supplies from humanitarian convoys at checkpoints, British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said.

Obama, Saudis to discuss boosting moderate Syria opposition

US President Barack Obama was in Riyadh Friday to discuss with Saudi officials ways to "best empower" Syria's moderate opposition, including militarily, a senior White House official said. Cooperation over support for the opposition in the past few months helped improve strained links between Washington and its traditional ally, deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters travelling with Obama on board Air Force One.

Obama, Saudis to discuss boosting moderate Syria opposition

US President Barack Obama was in Riyadh Friday to discuss with Saudi officials ways to "best empower" Syria's moderate opposition, including militarily, a senior White House official said. Cooperation over support for the opposition in the past few months helped improve strained links between Washington and its traditional ally, deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters travelling with Obama on board Air Force One.

Turkey vows 'any measures' against Syria threats

Turkey is ready to take any measures against threats to its national security from war-torn Syria, its foreign minister warned Wednesday. "The Turkish republic is a powerful state and never hesitates to take any measures to protect its national security if need be," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told AFP in an exclusive interview. When asked by AFP, he did not rule out the possibility of cross-border operations into the neighbouring country.

Turkey vows 'any measures' against Syria threats

Turkey is ready to take any measures, including cross-border military operations into war-torn Syria, against threats to its national security, its foreign minister warned Wednesday. "The Turkish republic is a powerful state and never hesitates to take any measures to protect its national security if need be," Ahmet Davutoglu told AFP in an exclusive interview. "Any group in Syria, or the regime, should not test Turkey's determination," said the minister, speaking in his central home province of Konya.

Turkey vows 'any measures' against Syria threats

Turkey is ready to take any measures, including cross-border military operations into war-torn Syria, against threats to its national security, its foreign minister warned Wednesday. "The Turkish republic is a powerful state and never hesitates to take any measures to protect its national security if need be," Ahmet Davutoglu told AFP in an exclusive interview. "Any group in Syria, or the regime, should not test Turkey's determination," said the minister, speaking in his central home province of Konya.

Turkey warns Syria of 'heavy' response if its airspace violated

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday congratulated the military for downing a Syrian warplane near its border and warned of a "heavy" response if its airspace was violated. "Our response from now will be heavy if you violate our airspace," Erdogan said during an election rally, referring to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. "I congratulate the chief of general staff, the armed forces and those honourable pilots... I congratulate our air forces," said the premier.

Turkey warns Syria of 'heavy' response if its airspace violated

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday congratulated the military for downing a Syrian warplane near its border and warned of a "heavy" response if its airspace was violated. "Our response from now will be heavy if you violate our airspace," Erdogan said during an election rally, addressing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. "I congratulate the chief of general staff, the armed forces and those honourable pilots... I congratulate our air forces," said the premier.
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