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July 5, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Roula Hajjar, Los Angeles Times
Syrian tanks, troops and bulldozers on Monday swept into a city that has long been a potent symbol of the nation's pro-democracy movement, raiding houses and hunting down activists opposed to President Bashar Assad's rule. Witnesses and activists said at least three people were killed, including a 12-year-old boy, and dozens injured as security forces stormed into the outskirts of Hama. Hafez Assad, the president's father and predecessor, brutally crushed an uprising against his rule in the restive city in 1982.
March 25, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
For four decades, the Assad family has used secret police and informants to rule Syria with an iron fist. Now the family and its Baath Party face the biggest threat to their power since 1982, when security forces killed more than 10,000 people and razed the city of Hama to quash an Islamist rebellion. On Friday, protests rippled across Syria, spreading from the restive southern town of Dara to the capital, Damascus, and again to Hama, the latest sign that no Middle Eastern country ?
February 7, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
  Washington has warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that his days are numbered, but it now faces the vexing problem of how to dislodge a defiant leader intent on snuffing out the 11-month uprising against him. One option increasingly under consideration is arming the rebels; another is to just look the other way should its Persian Gulf allies do so. The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would not support giving weapons to...
January 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Syrian President Bashar Assad, 35, has married a Syrian woman who grew up in London, his official media reported. In a brief front-page story, the state newspaper Tishrin said Assad and Asma Akhras had a New Year's Day ceremony attended by close family members. The paper provided few details, saying only that Akhras is in her 20s and has a degree in computer science from a British university.
May 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Syrian President Bashar Assad said he was interested in resuming indirect peace talks with Israel but didn't believe the new government would be a good negotiating partner. Syria has said it is willing to resume the talks as long as they focus on a complete Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights. But Israel's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he would not be willing to return the territory. "Syria is keen about peace as much as it is keen about the return of its occupied territories," Assad said during a joint appearance with Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
June 22, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syria shot down a warplane from Turkey on Friday that it said had violated its airspace, an event that illustrated the potential for the Syrian conflict to spill across its borders and risked a further deterioration in relations between neighbors that once were close allies. In a terse statement after midnight, the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syria had downed a Turkish plane that disappeared about midday off the Syrian coast. The fate of the two pilots was unknown.
June 7, 2012 | Associated Press
Television journalist Barbara Walters has apologized for trying to help a former aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad land a job or get into college in the United States. The ABC veteran acknowledged the conflict in trying to help Sheherazad Jaafari, daughter of the Syrian ambassador to the United States and a onetime press aide to Assad. Jaafari helped Walters land an interview with the Syrian president that aired in December. Walters said in a statement issued Tuesday that she rejected Jaafari's later request for a job at ABC News, saying it was a conflict of interest.
June 5, 2012
Re "Syria 'spillover' is feared," June 3, and "What next in Syria?," Editorial, May 31 The United Nations didn't intervene in the 1990s when the Serbians went to war with Kosovo. President Clinton unleashed theU.S. Air Force, which led to peace after 78 days of bombing Serb positions. We can't expect the U.S. to repeat this in Syria. Where is the Arab leader who represents the force for imposing the will of peaceful Arabs in the Middle East? When will King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia give an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad, backed by his air force of F-15 fighter jets?
August 23, 2012
Re "Obama's 'red line' on Syria," Aug. 21 How can world leaders continue to allow the slaughter of civilians in Syria? There have been many reasons in favor of and in opposition to intervention, either with arms, a no-fly zone, the use of troops or a host of non-lethal support measures. We should provide the rebels with weapons to fend off Syrian President Bashar Assad's warplanes, helicopters and tanks to level the playing field. Once we do that, we will have made a political settlement more likely.
August 14, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
President Obama spoke by phone Saturday with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and British Prime Minister David Cameron about Syria, and the leaders again called on the government there to end the "brutal campaign of violence" against its own people. Syrian security forces have opened fire on protesters in recent weeks, and activists claim that as many as 2,000 people have been killed. Abdullah recently broke his silence and called on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop "the killing machine.
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