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« Reply #270 on: November 07, 2012, 10:23:04 am »

JPost.com Breaking News

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Obama to act to bring an end to Syrian civil war



By JPOST.COM STAFF LAST UPDATED: 11/07/2012 18:07

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged the re-elected US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to act in order to end the war in Syria and to revive the Middle East peace process, AFP reported.

"Many challenges lie ahead -- from ending the bloodshed in Syria, to getting the Middle East peace process back on track, to promoting sustainable development and tackling the challenges posed by climate change. All will require strong multilateral cooperation," Ban said in a statement.

Ban congratulated Obama for his re-election and added he is looking forward to working with Obama "in the spirit of the enduring partnership between the United States and the United Nations." JPost.com Breaking News
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BH - I know you do for the most part, but make sure you post the URL links with these news stories, b/c they are copyrighted, and they frown on others when their news stories are posted without so. Could you post the link to this?

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« Reply #272 on: November 07, 2012, 07:09:51 pm »

Gotcha! That's what I love about this board- and I like to back with scripture too  usually. Since Android infected  my phone with their  last update my copy/paste is HORRIBLE not to mention my battery charge now is poor - I'm going to iPhone 5 I think.  Tongue
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« Reply #273 on: November 09, 2012, 07:50:18 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/9-000-refugees-26-officers-flee-syria-turkey-175157944.html

About 9,000 refugees, 26 officers, flee Syria to Turkey
By Jonathon Burch and Murad Sezer | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

11/9/12

ANKARA/CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Around 9,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey in the past 24 hours, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday, one of the largest single day influxes, while Turkish state media said 26 defecting Syrian army officers had also arrived.

More than 120,000 registered Syrian refugees are now sheltering in Turkish camps, and tens of thousands of unregistered Syrians are living in Turkish border towns and villages.

The latest influx caused alarm in Turkey which is increasingly concerned about its ability to cope with such large refugee numbers and has pushed hard - so far without success - for a buffer zone to be set up inside Syria where refugees could be housed.

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« Reply #274 on: November 11, 2012, 06:45:21 am »

Israel drawn into Syria fighting for first time

The Israeli military has fired a missile into Syria, the first time Israel has been drawn into the fighting in the neighboring country.

The military said it fired the missile as a warning shot on Sunday after a stray mortar from Syria hit a military post in the Golan Heights. Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and subsequently annexed it.

The military says no damage or injuries were reported inside Israel.

A string of mortar shells have struck the Golan during the Syrian civil war. Israel views the fire as accidental, but nonetheless has warned that it holds Syria responsible.

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IDF fires warning shots into Syria after shell hits Golan

Israel warns that further attacks from Syria will "illicit a vigorous response" from IDF, sends letter to UN warning Syrians to avoid spillover; Barak: If shells fall, we will respond.

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« Reply #275 on: November 11, 2012, 08:33:45 pm »

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11/12/12

Syrian opposition groups reach unity deal

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Syrian anti-government groups struck a deal Sunday under intense international pressure to form a new opposition leadership that will include representatives from the country's disparate factions fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's regime, activists said.

The opposition has been deeply divided for months despite the relentless bloodshed in Syria and repeated calls from their Western and Arab supporters to create a cohesive and representative leadership that could present a single conduit for foreign aid. The agreement, reached Sunday after more than a week of meetings in the Qatari capital of Doha, could boost efforts to secure international support — and potentially weapons — that will be crucial in the war to oust Assad.

"We have agreed on the broad platform and all (opposition) parties, without any exception, are supporting this initiative," said Ali Sadr el-Din Bayanouni, a former Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader who took part in the talks.

He said the new leadership will be called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces. Opposition delegates in Doha were expected to vote on the new leadership's president later Sunday.

In a bid to be more representative and curb the influence of exiles considered out of touch with events on the ground, the new coalition will include activists from inside Syria as well as rebel commanders.

It will also include representatives from the largest current opposition group, the Syrian National Council, which initially resisted the idea of a new leadership council, viewing it as a threat to its claim of primacy. After some wrangling, the SNC secured 22 of the 60 seats in the new coalition.

SNC secretary-general Bassam Ishak said the new leadership was "an important and positive move forward."

"This new body will help up mobilize more international support and resources for the Syrian opposition," he said.

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« Reply #276 on: November 12, 2012, 11:04:45 am »

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-fires-syria-2nd-straight-day-125101747.html

11/12/12

Israel fires at Syria for 2nd straight day
Associated Press – 4 hrs ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has fired into Syria for a second straight day in response to errant mortar fire that landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

There were no reports of injuries on either side of the frontier Monday. But a series of similar incidents in recent days has raised fears that Israel could be dragged into the fighting in its northern neighbor.

Israel does not believe the mortar fire has intentionally targeted Israeli targets.

Still, Israeli officials have warned that they will respond harshly if the attacks persist.

Israel responded for the first time on Sunday, firing an anti-tank missile as a "warning shot."

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« Reply #277 on: November 12, 2012, 08:00:21 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-reports-direct-hits-targets-syria-133202693.html

11/12/12

Israel reports 'direct hits' on targets in Syria

TEL HAZEKA, Golan Heights (AP) — An Israeli tank struck a Syrian army vehicle Monday after a mortar shell landed on Israeli-held territory, the military said, in the first direct confrontation between the countries since the Syrian uprising broke out, sharpening fears that Israel could be drawn into the civil war next door.

Israel has steadfastly tried to avoid getting sucked into the Syrian conflict, but it has grown increasingly worried after a series of mortar shells have struck territory in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights in recent days. On Sunday, Israel fired a "warning shot" into Syria in response to the shelling.

The conflict has already spilled over into several of Syria's other neighbors — whether in direct violence or in the flood of refugees fleeing Syria's bloodshed. On Monday, a Syrian fighter jet bombed a rebel-held area hugging the border with Turkey three times, killing more than a dozen people and bringing a protest from the Turkish government.

Potential Israeli involvement in Syria could be far more explosive. Open hostilities between Israel and Syria could have wide-ranging consequences, dragging in Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group and perhaps Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Israel's southern flank.

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Syria-Israel exchange fire
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« Reply #279 on: November 19, 2012, 03:44:09 am »

While I've commented about how much do we really need to post about stories and such, this is a topic that I think deserves a bit more attention than the normal stories, as it's obviously a very significant topic in relation to the end times. What happens in the Middle East and Israel is the cornerstone of end times events.
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« Reply #280 on: November 19, 2012, 07:55:51 am »

While I've commented about how much do we really need to post about stories and such, this is a topic that I think deserves a bit more attention than the normal stories, as it's obviously a very significant topic in relation to the end times. What happens in the Middle East and Israel is the cornerstone of end times events.

Without a doubt, yes - the OT prophets warn about this numerous times. For example, was reading a chapter in Zechariah this morning, and it covered exactly this.

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« Reply #281 on: November 29, 2012, 02:40:33 pm »

http://www.renesys.com/blog/2012/11/syria-off-the-air.shtml

Syrian Internet Is Off The Air

 By James Cowie on November 29, 2012 8:31 AM| No Comments| 3 TrackBacks

Starting at 10:26 UTC (12:26pm in Damascus), Syria's international Internet connectivity shut down. In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet.

We are investigating the dynamics of the outage and will post updates as they become available.

Update (15:45 UTC)
 
Looking closely at the continuing Internet blackout in Syria, we can see that traceroutes into Syria are failing, exactly as one would expect for a major outage. The primary autonomous system for Syria is the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment; all of their customer networks are currently unreachable.

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Unusual activity at Syrian chemical weapons sites amid rumors Assad is dead or fled

 Western intelligence officers have seen new and different types of activity at Syrian chemical weapons sites, the New York Times reported Sunday, Dec. 2. “It’s not just moving stuff around,” they said. debkafile’s Middle East sources add rumors were flying around the region Saturday night and Sunday morning that President Assad had been killed or had fled Syria. Neither is confirmed. Those rumors tie in with the suggestive movements of chemical weapons picked up by Western intelligence.

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« Reply #283 on: December 03, 2012, 04:23:40 am »

So what kind of government will form in Syria? I'd venture a guess not much different than the one they are forming in Egypt.
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« Reply #284 on: December 03, 2012, 01:41:25 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/u-n-pulls-non-essential-syria-staff-due-170237404.html

U.N. suspends Syria aid operations due to insecurity

12/3/12

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday it was suspending its aid operations in Syria and withdrawing all non-essential international staff due to the worsening security situation.
 
Up to 25 of about 100 foreign staff could leave this week, it said, adding that more armored vehicles were needed after attacks in recent weeks on humanitarian aid convoys and the hijacking of goods or vehicles.
 
Some convoys had been caught in crossfire between Syrian government and rebel forces, including an incident near the airport in which two staff were injured, it said.
 
"We can confirm that the United Nations in Syria will pull out non-essential international personnel with immediate effect," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

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Report: Iran says no future for Assad in Syria
Published:  12.03.12

The Lebanese Newspaper Almustaqbal, which is linked with the Syrian opposition, reported that Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told Iraqi officials that the situation in Syria is critical and President Bashar Assad will not be able to maintain hold of the country much longer.
 
According to the report "Larijani stressed Tehran's commitment to Syria and said Iran is willing to give Assad asylum in case matters reach the point of no return." (Roi Kais)
 

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4315176,00.html

US report: Syria assembling chemical weapons
Official tells Wired magazine Assad forces reached the point where they can 'load chemical weapons on plane and drop them.' Obama warns Assad not to make 'tragic mistake' and use WMDs

Yitzhak Benhorin Published:  12.04.12

WASHINGTON – Following reports of "suspicious activity" at Syria's chemical weapons sites, an American official with knowledge of the situation told Wired magazine that President Bashar Assad's regime has begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas.

"Physically, they’ve gotten to the point where they can load it up on a plane and drop it," the official told the magazine.

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« Reply #287 on: December 05, 2012, 06:56:41 pm »

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/05/15706380-syria-loads-chemical-weapons-into-bombs-military-awaits-assads-order?lite

12/5/12

Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order

The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday.

The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said.

As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the "precursor" chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded inside the bombs.
 
Sarin is an extraordinarily lethal agent. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces killed 5,000 Kurds with a single sarin attack on Halabja in 1988.

U.S. officials stressed that as of now, the sarin bombs hadn't been loaded onto planes and that Assad hadn't issued a final order to use them. But if he does, one of the officials said, "there's little the outside world can do to stop it."

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« Reply #288 on: December 06, 2012, 03:50:49 am »

I wonder if this is the basis for them going into Syria, or at least an air attack on Assad. It sounds a lot like the rhetoric before the Iraq invasion.
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« Reply #289 on: December 07, 2012, 10:29:09 am »

I wonder if this is the basis for them going into Syria, or at least an air attack on Assad. It sounds a lot like the rhetoric before the Iraq invasion.

In this interview on Fox news last evening John McCain made the claim that if we did not go into Syria on a preventive mission, we would be responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians should Assad release his chemical weapons (Sarin Gas) on his own people. He claims the weapons have been assembled and are ready to launch, and they have a shelf life of 60 days. He even went so far as to say we should place US troops on the ground to "secure" said weapons. (8:00 minute mark) What a perfect setup to allow for false flag events to lead us into another war in the region...

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2017376293001/
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« Reply #290 on: December 07, 2012, 10:51:40 am »

http://rt.com/usa/news/us-eisenhower-syria-military-369/

Thousands of US troops arrive near Syrian shore on USS Eisenhower
12/6/12

The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention.
 
While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action “within days” if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.

Some have suggested that the Assad regime may use chemical weapons against the opposition fighters in the coming days or weeks.

The arrival of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of the 11 US Navy aircraft carriers that has the capacity to hold thousands of men, is now stationed at the coast of Syria, DEBKAfile reports. The aircraft carrier joined the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which holds about 2,500 Marines.

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« Reply #291 on: December 07, 2012, 03:52:55 pm »

Beware Russia Today propaganda.

As I pointed out on this at PPF, a carrier does hold thousands, but it's the ships crew, not soldiers! A carrier has over 5000 crew members. But troops they only have room for in the hanger bays. So they basically have to hunker down on the steel floor till they get where they are going, so it's only a short term thing and can involve only a few hundred troops and their equipment. It's not like the article is trying to suggest that the carriers are carrying thousands of ground troops! That's just silly. That's what the amphibious assault ships are for.
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« Reply #292 on: December 12, 2012, 02:03:20 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-forces-fired-scud-missiles-rebels-u-official-185702469.html

Syrian forces fire Scud missiles at rebels: U.S. official

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have fired Scud missiles at rebels trying to overthrow Syria's government, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.
 
U.S. officials said they were unaware of any previous instances in which Scuds were used against the rebels and it represented an escalation in Assad's struggle to retain power in the 20-month-old uprising in which more than 40,000 people have been killed.
 
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the use of Scuds.
 
In Brussels, a NATO official also said on Wednesday that a number of short-range ballistic missiles had been launched inside Syria this week.
 
"Allied intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets have detected the launch of a number of unguided, short-range ballistic missiles inside Syria this week," the official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

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http://news.yahoo.com/u-lawmakers-says-syrias-chemical-weapons-ready-014634950.html

12/12/12

U.S. lawmakers says Syria's chemical weapons are ready to use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Syria's chemical weapons could be used at "a moment's notice" and the international community should not accept any assurances from Syrian officials that they will not be used, U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Wednesday.
 
U.S. and other Western officials recently issued sharp warnings to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to deploy chemical weapons. Syria called those warnings a "pretext for intervention" in the civil war.
 
Rogers, a Republican, told Reuters in an interview that the Syrian government's activities related to chemical weapons were a shift in posture and a major concern.
 
"I believe that they have put elements of their chemical weapons program in a condition of which they could be used at a moment's notice, which is very different from before," Rogers said.
 
"And some notion that they have promised not to use them, I don't think the international community ... should take that on face value," he said.
 
"This is a regime that's getting more desperate by the day. They have affirmatively put elements of their chemical weapon program in a position for use, that is something that we should all be concerned about."
 
His comments came amid reports that Assad's forces had fired Soviet-era Scud ballistic missiles against rebels in a significant escalation of the nearly two-year-old conflict that has already killed more than 40,000 civilians.
 
Rogers said more information was needed before he could say for sure whether the Scuds had been used.
 
"Some of the sourcing I've seen on the material just doesn't make me feel comfortable. We've seen a lot of mistakes based on social media, we're going to need more than that," he said.
 
But reports about use of Scud-style weapons and the changed posture on chemical weapons suggested desperation on the part of Assad's government, Rogers said.
 
But he added: "It would not be unusual for a regime that possesses some fairly sophisticated weapons systems in these last, I argue days and months, or days and weeks, of a pretty desperate regime to use the weapons at its disposal.
 
"So Scuds, and I make the next leap of chemical weapons, I think is of real concern."
 
Rogers has just returned from a visit to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia where he discussed Syria and other security issues with officials. Arab League officials want to see the United States step up its role on Syria, he said, adding that he was not referring to military action.
 
"The United States has a unique capability to deal with these," Rogers said, referring to Syria's chemical weapons. He would not describe the capability.
 
"I sensed a real frustration from our Arab League partners, frustration with the United States. I believe that we need to step up our role, and I am not talking about military, I'm just talking about U.S. influence and leadership and bringing unique capabilities that only the United States has to the table in these discussions," Rogers said.
 
"And again that doesn't mean boots on the ground. It does mean that we have unique capabilities that we should at least offer as a part of the discussion of how we prevent the use of these chemical weapons and the sheer humanitarian crisis in the region that I think would be created by their use."
 
(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; editing by Christopher Wilson)
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« Reply #294 on: December 16, 2012, 11:09:27 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-evacuates-4-000-people-syria-180506821.html

Egypt evacuates 4,000 people from Syria

12/16/12

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry says that Cairo has more evacuated more than 4,000 of its nationals and their family members from Syria over the past several months.
 
The Sunday statement did not provide a more specific time frame for the evacuations. It cited one recent instance of 90 people, including Egyptian nationals and their Syrian spouses and children, who were given special passage through the Syria-Lebanon border before being taken to Beirut airport.
 
Fighting has recently intensified around the Syrian capital. Egypt's national air carrier halted all flights to and from Syria late last month due to the deteriorating security situation around Damascus airport and the roads leading to it.
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« Reply #295 on: December 17, 2012, 10:03:56 am »

US pulls war fleet from Syrian water. Ahmadinejad cancels Turkey visit

Shortly before the deployment of two American Patriot missiles manned by 400 US servicemen for defending Turkey against Syria was announced Thursday, Dec. 13, Washington quietly recalled from Syrian waters the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier and its strike group and the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready group and the 2,000 Marines on their decks.

This US fleet, now on its way to home base, stayed opposite the Syrian coast from the third week of November ready to take part in direct US intervention in the Syrian conflict.

Now that the American warships are gone, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet task force, which docked at the Syrian port of Tartus on Dec. 5, is the only war fleet remaining around the Syrian coast. According to debkafile’s intelligence sources, the Russian ships came to deliver a large consignment of arms for Bashar Assad’s army, although Russian sources claimed the vessels put into port for minor repairs and refueling.

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« Reply #296 on: December 26, 2012, 11:01:06 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/report-top-syrian-general-joins-opposition-101021047.html

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Report: Top Syrian general joins opposition
By By BASSEM MROUE | Associated Press – 15 hrs ago.

BEIRUT (AP) — The general who heads Syria's military police has defected and joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime, one of the highest walkouts by a serving security chief during the country's 21-month uprising, a pan Arab TV station has reported.
 
Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal appeared in a video aired on Al Arabiya TV late Tuesday saying he is joining "the people's revolution."
 
Al-Shallal's defection comes as military pressure builds on the regime, with government bases falling to rebel assault near the capital Damascus and elsewhere across the country. On Wednesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government shelling in the northeastern province of Raqqa killed at least 20 people, including women and children.
 
Dozens of generals have defected since Syria's crisis began in March 2011. In July, Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass was the first member of Assad's inner circle to break ranks and join the opposition.

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« Reply #297 on: December 27, 2012, 05:11:37 pm »

That's common apparently in the Arab world. People see they are on the loosing side, they jump ship. But then in many of those regimes, they live in fear of messing up on the job and being executed for it, so I'm sure there are plenty who are not fighting willingly, but out of fear for theirs and their families lives.
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« Reply #298 on: January 02, 2013, 02:40:08 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/un-estimates-syria-death-toll-more-60-000-160140654.html

UN estimates Syria death toll more than 60,000

01/02/13

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations estimated Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria's 21-month-old uprising against authoritarian rule, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted. The U.N. human rights chief called the toll "truly shocking."
 
Opposition activist groups had been estimating the death toll at more than 45,000 and this was the first time that the U.N. estimate was higher.
 
"Given there has been no letup in the conflict since the end of November, we can assume that more than 60,000 people have been killed by the beginning of 2013," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement. "The number of casualties is much higher than we expected, and is truly shocking," she added.
 
"The failure of the international community, in particular the Security Council, to take concrete actions to stop the blood-letting, shames us all," Pillay said. "Collectively, we have fiddled at the edges while Syria burns."

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« Reply #299 on: January 06, 2013, 02:30:36 pm »

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/01/03/russia-to-send-12-warships-for-exercise-near-coast-of-syria/

Russia to send 12 warships for exercise near coast of Syria

1/3/13

MOSCOW — Russia has been preparing for major naval exercises in the
 eastern Mediterranean.
 
Officials said the Russian Navy has sent at least 12 warships for
 exercises in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Aden in January. They
 said the exercises would include demonstrations of anti-submarine and air
 defense operations near the coast of Syria.

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