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Assad’s transformation from potential knight to villain in the eyes of the West

Britain’s view of President Assad has transformed over the years, but the West still hasn’t learnt lessons about supporting dictators around the world.

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Obama administration’s aim to strike Syria divides opinion

President Obama is pursuing a course of military action against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Here is a round-up of the debate over intervention in Syria.

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Syria debate – poisoning the well and dragging into the gutter

The Syria debate shows that since the Iraq War politicians and the public have become less inclined to accept the word of those in authority.

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Comment: 2013 – ever changing dynamism in the Middle East, part one

TweetPeter Lesniak is an independent foreign affairs analyst, concentrating on the Middle East and North Africa. Having previously worked in parliament with the  All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues he currently works in the LibDem International Office. Peter is also a Director of Communications at Bite the Ballot Ltd. Some say that it’s been a rather unusual start of […]

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Syria: Assad jets bomb playground and “kill 10 children”

Footage has emerged of the wreckage of an attack by Syrian fighter jets on a playground in a village near Damascus. Reports say ten children were killed.

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Hague officially recognises Syrian opposition and paves the way for action

Britian today officially recognised the Syrian national coalition as “the sole legitimate representitve” of the Syrian people.

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As Syrian opposition form coalition against Assad, Gen. Richards says UK could intervene

The Chief of the Defence Staff has said there are contingency plans in place for Britain to intervene militarily in Syria in the next few months.

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Syrian rebels accused of more human rights abuses

Tweet  Video footage posted on the internet shows what appears to be Syrian Rebels summarily executing government soldiers. The footage shows rebels beating the soldiers before shooting them and represents the latest in a line of allegations of human rights abuses. The alleged atrocities were committed yesterday during attacks on three army check points around […]

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Ban Ki-moon urges Assad to declare truce as army “cleanse” villages around Homs

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Syrian regime to declare a truce forthwith and bring an end to the conflict that has killed at least 20,000.

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Syria: Cameron and Obama step up pressure on Assad amidst chemical weapons fears

David Cameron and Barack Obama have warned any move towards the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad “would force them to revisit their approach so far”.

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