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Iran denies shipping weapons to Syria

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Iranian government issued a formal denial Friday weapons are being sent to Syria by truck through Turkey.

Saudi oil output 'stretched to the limit'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, the world's leading oil exporter, has for decades used spare production capacity to cover shortfalls in output by other oil states and prevent prices spiraling in times of crisis.

Israel needs $3.9B to fund Arrow plan

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Amid controversial cuts in Israel's defense budget and concerns of new conflict in the Middle East, the Defense Ministry is grappling with the problem of funding costly plans to build a multi-layered shield against Iranian and Syrian ballistic missiles.

Algeria pleads for peace in Syria

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- All parties to the conflict in Syria, including the government and opposition forces, are called on to work with the Arab League, an Algerian official said.

Russian official: NATO will be in Syria

MOSCOW, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A Russian official says NATO and some of Syria's neighbors are planning a military intervention like the one that helped topple Moammar Gadhafi in Libya.
Iran 'steps up military aid to Syria'

Iran 'steps up military aid to Syria'

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Even though Iran's locked in a confrontation with the West in the Persian Gulf, it appears to be stepping up its military efforts to save its strategic Arab ally, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, as he battles an insurrection aimed at toppling his regime.

HRW: Arab mission in Syria isn't working

JISR AL-SHUGHUR, Syria, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Blatant violations of an agreement reached with the Arab League last year show the monitoring mission in Syria isn't working, Human Rights Watch said.
Syria accused of fooling Arab League

Syria accused of fooling Arab League

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A French television reporter was killed Wednesday as he covered a rally supporting the Syrian government in Homs.

Syria-bound ship with arms changes course

LIMASSOL, Cyprus, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Cyprus allowed a Russian-owned ship suspected of carrying ammunition bound for Syria to leave port after agreeing to switch course, officials said Wednesday.

Snipers 'everywhere,' Syrian observer says

ALGIERS, Algeria, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Government snipers are "everywhere" in Syria and the regime is likely responsible for a multitude of crimes, a former Arab League observer said.

Israel prepared for Alawite refugees

JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Israel is preparing for an influx of Alawite refugees from Syria should President Bashar Assad leave office, the head of Israel's military says.

Monitors have tough road in Syria

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The task for Arab monitors on the ground in Syria is getting more difficult by the day, the foreign minister for the United Arab Emirates said.

Russian navy props battered Syrian regime

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Russia's only operational aircraft carrier and other warships are visiting the Syrian port of Tartous in an apparent display of support for beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad.
Dennis Ross: Don't rule out force on Iran

Dennis Ross: Don't rule out force on Iran

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Though diplomacy is preferred, nobody should rule out Western military action against the Islamic republic, former White House aide Dennis Ross said.
Syria's Assad says victory is close

Syria's Assad says victory is close

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Victory is near and Syria will emerge triumphant "when we defeat the arm of terrorism," Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday.
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Conflict in Syria
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The 2011–2012 Syrian uprising is an ongoing internal conflict in Syria. It is a part of the wider Arab Spring which began in December 2010, a wave of social upheaval throughout the Arab World demanding greater political freedom and an end to autocracy. Public demonstrations began on 26 January 2011, and developed into a nationwide uprising. Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, the overthrow of the government, and an end to nearly five decades of Ba’ath party rule. The Syrian government deployed the Syrian Army to quell the uprising, and several cities were besieged.[31][32][33] According to witnesses, soldiers who refused to open fire on civilians were summarily executed by the Syrian Army.[34][35][36] The Syrian government denied reports of defections, and blamed "armed gangs" for causing trouble.[37] Beginning in Summer 2011, civilians and army defectors formed fighting units, which began an insurgency campaign against the Syrian regular army. Violent clashes took place across the country, increasing by the end of 2011, and the insurgents unified under the banner of the Free Syrian Army and fought in an increasingly organized fashion. The uprising in Syria has sectarian undertones, as the opposition is dominated by Sunni-Muslims, and the regime is dominated by Alawite Muslims.[38] Bashar al-Assad still receives support from parts of the Syrian population, for example minorities such as Alawites and many Christians, and parts of the Sunni upper and middle classes.[39] The Kurdish minority is split, with some supporting the uprising and others remaining neutral. The Syrian opposition denies that sectarianism plays a significant role in the uprising, and the Syrian government has yet to mention sectarianism. Verification of death-tolls and specific events have been hard to verify due to the Syrian government putting restrictions on foreign journalists. According to the UN and other sources, since the beginning of the uprising, up to 8,000 people, including 1,850–2,900 armed combatants, have been killed in total,[40][41][42][43] many more injured, and tens of thousands of protesters have been imprisoned. Over 400 children have been killed as well.[44][45] Another 400 children have been reportedly arrested and tortured in Syrian prisons.[46] Additionally, over 600 detainees and political prisoners have died under torture.[47] A global campaigning organization said in July 2011 that over 3,000 people have gone missing since the start of the uprising.[48][49] Since the beginning of the uprising, the Syrian government has given several concessions. On 21 April, emergency law in Syria was lifted after forty-eight years of enactment, which had granted the government sweeping authority to suspend constitutional rights. Furthermore, on 24 July, a draft law was introduced in parliament to allow for the creation of more political parties under the conditions that they were not based on religious, tribal or ethnic beliefs and did not discriminate against gender or race. However, these concessions were widely considered trivial by protesters demanding more meaningful reform.[50] The Arab League,[51] the European Union,[52] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,[53] the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation,[54] the Gulf Cooperation Council,[55] Turkey[56] and the United States, among others,[57] have condemned the use of violence against the protesters. However, military intervention has been generally ruled out by foreign powers.[58] The Arab League suspended Syria's membership over the government's response to the crisis,[51] but sent an observing mission as part of its proposal for peaceful resolution for the Syrian crisis. Al-Qaeda has voiced support for the uprising, and its Iraqi branch is believed to be operating against the regime. On the other hand, Russia and China have consistently vetoed UN resolutions targeting the Syrian government, fearing they will lead to violent regime-change and civil war. The government of Iran, Assad’s primary regional and political ally, suggested the demonstrations were a foreign plot,[59] and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for reforms and for both sides to reach an understanding, and stated that neither side has the right to kill others.[60] The Lebanese militia Hezbollah have voiced support for the Syrian government.

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