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October 9, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Syria's foreign minister warned other nations Sunday not to bestow international legitimacy on a new opposition umbrella group that seeks to expedite the ouster of embattled President Bashar Assad. Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, speaking in Damascus, the capital, vowed unspecified "tough measures" against any country that recognizes what he termed the "illegitimate" Syrian National Council. The minister's admonition appears to be the opening broadside of what will probably be a protracted war of words between Damascus and the dissident council, which was formed this month with the goal of governing in place of Assad.
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March 1, 2013 | By Henry Chu and Paul Richter
ROME -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Thursday announced the first direct U.S. aid to Syrian opposition fighters, but the more-than-$60-million package will not include the arms or high-tech gear the rebels have long coveted. Kerry, on his first trip abroad as chief U.S. diplomat, said the United States would supply food rations and medical supplies to the military wing of the opposition and $60 million to its political arm to help provide basic government services in the areas controlled by forces opposed to President Bashar Assad.
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December 1, 2011 | By Alexandra Zavis and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
In a significant display of unity, Syrian military defectors fighting to unseat President Bashar Assad have agreed to scale back their campaign and coordinate with the main civilian opposition bloc, according to representatives of both groups. Leaders of the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army met this week in southern Turkey, which has provided sanctuary to its neighbor's two most prominent dissident groups while pressing them to take steps to avoid all-out civil war. It was the first official meeting between the council's leader, Burhan Ghalioun, and the Free Army chief, Col. Riad Assad, though there have been lower-level contacts between the groups, said Free Army spokesman Maher Nuaimi.
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February 28, 2013 | By Henry Chu and Patrick J. McDonnell
ROME -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged an additional $60 million in aid to Syrian opposition forces Thursday, including food and medical support directly to armed rebels for the first time but turning aside their demand for weapons. Kerry, on his first foreign trip as America's top diplomat, said that the extra assistance would help "the legitimate voice of the Syrian people," who have been trying in vain for nearly two years to topple President Bashar Assad. Kerry said Assad had "long ago lost his legitimacy...and must be out of power.
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August 21, 2012 | By Times Staff
BEIRUT - A senior Syrian official hinted Tuesday that President Bashar Assad's resignation might be considered if the opposition agreed to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the 17-month-old conflict. Deputy Prime Minster Qadri Jamil spoke during a visit to Russia, where he met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and discussed creating a transitional government. "Making his resignation a condition for dialogue effectively means closing negotiations before they begin," Jamil said, but "during negotiations there is nothing off the table that any of the sides can suggest, including this issue.
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November 4, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The latest in a string of bombings rocked Syria's capital, Damascus, on Sunday as deeply divided Syrian opposition figures outside the country moved toward creating a unified government in exile. The explosion near a trade union office injured 11 people, the official news service reported. Meanwhile, Syrian opposition activists began talks in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar in a bid to revitalize their fractured movement. Deep divisions among the opposition have frustrated the United States and other governments seeking to work with a dissident front united in efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.
OPINION
November 6, 2012
There is no appetite among the American people - or on the part of the two men competing for the U.S. presidency in Tuesday's election - for U.S. military intervention in Syria. That reluctance is sensible. Painful as it is to observe the deaths of tens of thousands of Syrians in the war between President Bashar Assad and insurgents inspired by the Arab Spring, the deployment of U.S. troops or a campaign of airstrikes under the rubric of a no-fly zone would enmesh the United States in an unpredictable conflict with a heavily armed ally of Iran on behalf of a fractious and fragmented rebel army.
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July 20, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times
As Syrian opposition leaders threw punches at one another early this month in a five-star Cairo hotel, rebel fighters in Idlib province spent hours trying to fight off tanks, armored vehicles and attack helicopters with little more than Kalashnikov rifles. By nightfall, as the rebels fled shelling that reportedly killed dozens, conference members continued to fight over post-revolution plans. The conference scuffle laid bare power struggles among Syrians seeking the overthrow of President Bashar Assad, despite a conflict that has moved ever closer to the Syrian leader.
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November 8, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Katie Paul, Los Angeles Times
Syrian opposition activists on Monday declared a "humanitarian disaster area" in the embattled city of Homs and called on the United Nations and Arab League to intervene and protect threatened civilians. The opposition decried a 5-day-old siege of Syria's third-largest city, which has become a hub of the rebellion and a reported site of sectarian massacres. "Indiscriminate slaughter is being committed by the regime's militias," said the Syrian National Council, an opposition umbrella group that demands the ouster of President Bashar Assad.
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November 14, 2012 | By Rima Marrouch
The Syrian National Coalition, a new body that aims to unite the Syrian opposition, is slowly gaining recognition from groups in the country. The coalition was formed Sunday after a week of opposition meetings in Doha, capital of Qatar . Opposition groups have been posting statements of support to its official Facebook page . The administrator of the official page posted that the National Coalition had so far received almost 100 statements of...
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January 30, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Divisions and internal differences continue to plague the fractured Syrian opposition. The latest sign of discord comes in a Facebook post by Moaz Khatib, the Islamic scholar and former petroleum  engineer named in November as the head of the newly minted dissident umbrella group, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. In the  Facebook comment that surfaced Wednesday, Khatib, seemed to cross a kind of Syrian Rubicon by suggesting  he would be willing to negotiate with representatives of the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a bid to end the almost two-year rebellion.
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November 14, 2012 | By Rima Marrouch
The Syrian National Coalition, a new body that aims to unite the Syrian opposition, is slowly gaining recognition from groups in the country. The coalition was formed Sunday after a week of opposition meetings in Doha, capital of Qatar . Opposition groups have been posting statements of support to its official Facebook page . The administrator of the official page posted that the National Coalition had so far received almost 100 statements of...
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November 9, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Fierce fighting in a border town in northeastern Syrian sent about 8,000 people fleeing into neighboring Turkey over a 24-hour period, one of the largest single-day surges of refugees since the Syrian conflict began, officials said Friday. Driving the sudden exodus that began Thursday was intense fighting in the northeastern Syrian border city of Ras Ayn, where rebels were reported to have seized security compounds and occupied much of the town. Panicked civilians fled en masse, dodging gunfire and shelling and in some cases struggling to get through barbed-wire fences along the frontier.
OPINION
November 6, 2012
There is no appetite among the American people - or on the part of the two men competing for the U.S. presidency in Tuesday's election - for U.S. military intervention in Syria. That reluctance is sensible. Painful as it is to observe the deaths of tens of thousands of Syrians in the war between President Bashar Assad and insurgents inspired by the Arab Spring, the deployment of U.S. troops or a campaign of airstrikes under the rubric of a no-fly zone would enmesh the United States in an unpredictable conflict with a heavily armed ally of Iran on behalf of a fractious and fragmented rebel army.
WORLD
November 4, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The latest in a string of bombings rocked Syria's capital, Damascus, on Sunday as deeply divided Syrian opposition figures outside the country moved toward creating a unified government in exile. The explosion near a trade union office injured 11 people, the official news service reported. Meanwhile, Syrian opposition activists began talks in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar in a bid to revitalize their fractured movement. Deep divisions among the opposition have frustrated the United States and other governments seeking to work with a dissident front united in efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.
WORLD
August 21, 2012 | By Times Staff
BEIRUT - A senior Syrian official hinted Tuesday that President Bashar Assad's resignation might be considered if the opposition agreed to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the 17-month-old conflict. Deputy Prime Minster Qadri Jamil spoke during a visit to Russia, where he met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and discussed creating a transitional government. "Making his resignation a condition for dialogue effectively means closing negotiations before they begin," Jamil said, but "during negotiations there is nothing off the table that any of the sides can suggest, including this issue.
WORLD
November 9, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Fierce fighting in a border town in northeastern Syrian sent about 8,000 people fleeing into neighboring Turkey over a 24-hour period, one of the largest single-day surges of refugees since the Syrian conflict began, officials said Friday. Driving the sudden exodus that began Thursday was intense fighting in the northeastern Syrian border city of Ras Ayn, where rebels were reported to have seized security compounds and occupied much of the town. Panicked civilians fled en masse, dodging gunfire and shelling and in some cases struggling to get through barbed-wire fences along the frontier.
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March 10, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan is scheduled to be in Syria on Saturday on a special peace mission, but the veteran diplomat faces daunting obstacles in trying to craft a cease-fire in the almost yearlong conflict that has cost thousands of lives. Annan, a joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, will meet Saturday in Damascus, the Syrian capital, with President Bashar Assad, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters Friday. On the eve of his trip, opposition activists reported scores more killed across Syria as the now-traditional Friday protests took place in many parts of the country.
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July 20, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times
As Syrian opposition leaders threw punches at one another early this month in a five-star Cairo hotel, rebel fighters in Idlib province spent hours trying to fight off tanks, armored vehicles and attack helicopters with little more than Kalashnikov rifles. By nightfall, as the rebels fled shelling that reportedly killed dozens, conference members continued to fight over post-revolution plans. The conference scuffle laid bare power struggles among Syrians seeking the overthrow of President Bashar Assad, despite a conflict that has moved ever closer to the Syrian leader.
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July 9, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN — United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan was expected to meet with top Iranian officials Tuesday in the latest diplomatic offensive aimed at salvaging his faltering six-point peace plan to avert all-out civil war in Syria. It was unclear whether Annan's visit here — immediately after his talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus — was a pro forma diplomatic gesture or signaled some new role for Iran in resolving the Syrian crisis. Iran has been a staunch ally of Assad and has forcefully supported the Syrian president's assertions that the rebellion is a terrorist conspiracy hatched by the West and its Arab allies.
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