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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.
Pope praises Arab team in Syria

Pope praises Arab team in Syria

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The pope said he was praying for an end to the violence in Syria and for peaceful dialogue with political forces.
Assad warns Turkey of protest 'fire'

Assad warns Turkey of protest 'fire'

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, critical of Turkey's stance on the unrest in Syria, warned Monday the "fire" in Syria threatened to spread to Turkey.
Gunmen kill 11 Syrian soldiers in clashes

Gunmen kill 11 Syrian soldiers in clashes

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Anti-government fighters shot and killed at least 11 Syrian soldiers in scattered attacks south of Damascus early Sunday, rights observers reported.

Syrian dissidents: Bombing was staged

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- An alleged suicide bombing in Damascus was staged by the Syrian government, opposition activists charged Saturday.

Lebanon joins volatile Med gas scramble

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Lebanon has joined Israel, Cyprus and Turkey in a potentially explosive race for energy riches in the Mediterranean.
Report: Suicide bomber kills 25 in Syria

Report: Suicide bomber kills 25 in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber detonated himself near a school in Damascus Friday, killing at least 25 people and wounding 46 others, Syria's state-run news agency reported.

Monitors give Syria cover, opponent says

LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The regime in Syria has been telling lies to the international community since the start of an uprising in March, an opposition leader said.
EU ban on Iranian oil hikes Strait of Hormuz tensions

EU ban on Iranian oil hikes Strait of Hormuz tensions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Europe's move to banning Iranian oil imports has sharpened tensions near the Strait of Hormuz, which Tehran has threatened to block if sanctions are imposed.

Official: League monitors made mistakes

HATAY, Turkey, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The Arab League made mistakes in its monitoring role in Syria and is seeking the United Nations' help for the mission, Qatar's prime minister said Thursday.
Group reports protesters killed in Syria

Group reports protesters killed in Syria

HOMS, Syria, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Syrian forces killed five people Wednesday and officials cleaned up a Homs prison before a visit by Arab League monitors, an opposition group said.

U.S.: Arab plan for Syria isn't working

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- It's becoming increasingly clear that requirements for Syria as laid out by the Arab League aren't being addressed by Damascus, a White House spokesman said.
Israel targets al-Qaida militant in Gaza

Israel targets al-Qaida militant in Gaza

GAZA, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The Israeli military killed militants linked to al-Qaida in the Gaza Strip, the first time the Israelis have systematically targeted jihadist operatives there.
Sides blame each other for Syrian pipeline blast

Sides blame each other for Syrian pipeline blast

HOMS, Syria, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Protesters and Syrian officials blamed each other for an attack on a gas pipeline near Homs Tuesday as activists said three civilians died in the restive city.

'Terrorists' attack Syrian gas pipeline

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- An attack on a natural gas pipeline Tuesday in western Syria caused a loss of electricity in parts of the country, state-media reports.

MP says al-Qaida infiltrated Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Assem Qanso, a member of the Lebanese parliament, said al-Qaida has infiltrated Lebanese fundamentalist groups with ideologies similar to that of al-Qaida.
Arab League monitors to stay in Syria

Arab League monitors to stay in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Arab League observers will remain in Syria despite a call from a league adviser to remove them from the country, an official said.

Syria accused of 'using' observers

CAIRO, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The leader of the Arab League's advisory board urged league observers to leave Syria, saying Syrian officials use their presence as a cover for violence.

Islamic Jihad founder's son said captured

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Ibrahim Fathi Shaqaqi, son of the late Palestinian Islamic Jihad founder Fathi Shaqaqi, was arrested by security forces in Syria, a relative alleged.

Arab League monitors express concern

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Arab League monitors voiced their concern Saturday about Syrian snipers shooting at protesters from rooftops.

Group says Syria has not freed prisoners

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Syrian government's promise to free 700 political prisoners was only a delay tactic, a human-rights group says.
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