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August 26, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All is quiet on Israel's eastern front. Well, not quite. Huge Merkava (Chariot) tanks of the crack 7th Armored Brigade fired their main guns with echoing explosions as the vehicles maneuvered in an easterly direction toward the Syrian border. But it was only a training exercise by the armored unit that once faced the entire Syrian tank onslaught during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and staved off invasion. Otherwise, the Israeli border with Syria from Mt.
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July 16, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Security forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad met antigovernment protests throughout the country with violence Friday in defiance of increased Western pressure on the regime to radically reform. At least 27 people were reported killed, activists said, many of them in the suburbs of Damascus and areas around the capital. Protesters say security forces are cracking down hard there so the demonstrations don't spread to the heart of the capital. "The demonstration started out peacefully, and then after a while they started firing tear gas and live bullets," said an eyewitness in the Damascus suburb of Barzeh.
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April 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati promised that parliamentary elections would be held by May 29, two days ahead of deadline, and two top pro-Syria security chiefs stepped down. The resignations by Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed, considered the most powerful security chief in Lebanon, and Maj. Gen. Ali Hajj, the top police commander, came before a United Nations team investigating the Feb. 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was expected to come to Lebanon.
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April 23, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security forces opened fire Saturday on thousands of angry mourners pouring into the streets in politically charged funeral marches for some of the scores of people shot dead at nationwide mass demonstrations a day earlier, according to witnesses and amateur video footage posted online. At least 107 people were killed in Friday's violence, according to a list of names compiled by a human rights activist. Mourners appeared somber but defiant, chanting, "The people want the overthrow of the regime" as they marched down narrow streets holding coffins aloft, some raising clenched fists, as shown on video footage uploaded to the Internet.
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April 23, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security forces opened fire Saturday on thousands of angry mourners pouring into the streets in politically charged funeral marches for some of the scores of people shot dead at nationwide mass demonstrations a day earlier, according to witnesses and amateur video footage posted online. At least 107 people were killed in Friday's violence, according to a list of names compiled by a human rights activist. Mourners appeared somber but defiant, chanting, "The people want the overthrow of the regime" as they marched down narrow streets holding coffins aloft, some raising clenched fists, as shown on video footage uploaded to the Internet.
WORLD
July 16, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Security forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad met antigovernment protests throughout the country with violence Friday in defiance of increased Western pressure on the regime to radically reform. At least 27 people were reported killed, activists said, many of them in the suburbs of Damascus and areas around the capital. Protesters say security forces are cracking down hard there so the demonstrations don't spread to the heart of the capital. "The demonstration started out peacefully, and then after a while they started firing tear gas and live bullets," said an eyewitness in the Damascus suburb of Barzeh.
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April 22, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Violent mass demonstrations across Syria's cities, towns and villages were met with indiscriminate gunfire by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, killing dozens of people and hardening the divide between a regime determined to keep power and increasingly fearless protesters demanding the overthrow of the government. Tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Syrian cities after weekly prayers on a day dubbed "Great Friday" by protest leaders.
NEWS
October 26, 1988
Ten Syrian soldiers were injured as a powerful car bomb exploded next to a troop bus in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, police said. The blast was apparently one in a series of attacks aimed at undermining Syria's security role in Lebanon, where 30,000 of its troops control more than half the territory. The police said 110 pounds of explosives, packed into a Mercedes-Benz parked on the Beirut-Damascus highway, blew up as the troops drove by.
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June 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Syrian forces raided a suspected insurgent hide-out near the capital, killing two men, arresting a third and foiling bombing plots that targeted the nation's Justice Palace, the country's official news agency said. A member of Syria's security forces was killed and another was wounded in the clash Thursday in the Daff al-Shouk suburb of Damascus, according to a report late Friday by the SANA news agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1987
For many years Amnesty International has performed the grim but vital work of monitoring and documenting human-rights abuses around the world. From time to time it publishes reports on the status of prisoners in individual countries. Its latest study, on the fate of political prisoners in Syria, provides further depressing evidence that the most brutal methods of ancient barbarism continue to be used as instruments of state policy in the late 20th Century. "Torture is illegal in Syria."
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April 22, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Violent mass demonstrations across Syria's cities, towns and villages were met with indiscriminate gunfire by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, killing dozens of people and hardening the divide between a regime determined to keep power and increasingly fearless protesters demanding the overthrow of the government. Tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Syrian cities after weekly prayers on a day dubbed "Great Friday" by protest leaders.
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April 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati promised that parliamentary elections would be held by May 29, two days ahead of deadline, and two top pro-Syria security chiefs stepped down. The resignations by Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed, considered the most powerful security chief in Lebanon, and Maj. Gen. Ali Hajj, the top police commander, came before a United Nations team investigating the Feb. 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was expected to come to Lebanon.
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August 26, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All is quiet on Israel's eastern front. Well, not quite. Huge Merkava (Chariot) tanks of the crack 7th Armored Brigade fired their main guns with echoing explosions as the vehicles maneuvered in an easterly direction toward the Syrian border. But it was only a training exercise by the armored unit that once faced the entire Syrian tank onslaught during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and staved off invasion. Otherwise, the Israeli border with Syria from Mt.
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April 20, 2005 | From Reuters
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati formed a new government Tuesday, boosting the chances that a general election can be held on time, and said he would immediately seek the removal of pro-Syria security chiefs. "I demanded the resignation of the security chiefs when I was [just] Najib Mikati. Now I'm prime minister and I will relay my point of view to the Cabinet ... and I promise that it will agree with me," Mikati said.
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August 17, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
Archbishop Roger M. Mahony told a solemn prayer vigil in Los Angeles on Wednesday night that the "very survival" of Christians in war-torn Beirut is threatened by a joint Syrian and Iran offensive. And he called for the nations of the world to seek a cease-fire. Echoing the words of Pope John Paul II, Mahony said that the combined attacks, including the fierce bombardment of Christian enclaves in recent days, constitutes genocide on the part of Syria.
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