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WORLD
June 17, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Turkey on Thursday signaled a diplomatic shift to further distance itself from longtime ally Syria, welcoming defecting Syrian officers and announcing plans to deliver relief assistance to beleaguered pro-democracy protesters across the border. The shift against Damascus, where President Bashar Assad has undertaken a bloody crackdown against peaceful demonstrators, comes after months of waffling and wavering over its stance on uprisings that have shaken or brought down autocratic longtime leaders across the region.
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WORLD
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.
NEWS
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.
WORLD
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
OPINION
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?
WORLD
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By Paul Richter
GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan repeatedly castigated the Obama administration for calling Syrian President Bashar Assad a "reformer," though his security forces have killed an estimated 30,000 people in his country's civil war. TRANSCRIPT: Read Biden, Ryan's arguments In fact, administration officials described Assad as a reformer at least a year before the armed uprising in Syria broke out in 2011. At the time of the statement, the administration hoped it might start peace negotiations between the Syrians and the Israelis.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
L.A. rapper Omar Offendum came of age in a hip-hop era filled with violent tales by artists like Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. But last year, the 30-year-old Syrian American discovered how truly dangerous hip-hop could be. "I had to hold my tongue for a long time," Offendum said of his song "#Syria," a furious riposte to Syrian President Bashar Assad that he released in March. Although Offendum (he prefers not to use his real name to protect family) is hardly a superstar, the underground track still could have had devastating implications for family members still in Syria.
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