Thursday, October 11, 2012


  • Turkey says Syrian plane carried Russian munitions

    Damascus said the plane had been carrying legitimate cargo and described Turkey's actions as an act of "air piracy", while Moscow accused Ankara of endangering the lives of Russian passengers when it intercepted the jet late on Wednesday.

  • UN Chief Condemns Deadly Damascus Bombings

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday strongly condemned a string of bomb attacks that resulted in numerous deaths and injuries in the Syrian capital Damascus earlier this week, and called on all sides involved in the ongoing conflict to move ...

  • Volleyball: Unbeaten Magruder turns back No. 7 Damascus

    By handing Damascus its first loss of the season, Magruder secured what will likely be the most impressive win on a regular season schedule that does not include either of Montgomery County's other two undefeated teams, Walter Johnson and Sherwood.

  • Bomb explosion hits security area of Damascus: activists

    AMMAN (Reuters) - A large bomb exploded in an area housing security and army compounds west of Umayyad Square in central Damascus on Thursday, opposition activists said. Islamist groups Ahfad al-Rasoul and Ansar al-Islam said in a joint statement ...

  • UN Syria envoy to go to Damascus to seek ceasefire

    Efforts by Brahimi's predecessor, Kofi Annan, to engineer a truce collapsed within days, with neither the Damascus government nor opposition forces willing to abide by conditions for an effective cessation of hostilities.

  • Damascus Somewhat Spared as Syria Economy Falters

    DAMASCUS - The Spice Market of Old Damascus is a strange sight in a country ravaged by civil war. The military pounds pro-rebel towns ringing the capital, but here at its heart, business is brisk.

  • Damascus, Mount Airy food banks see increase in need

    Those wishing to donate food or gift cards from area grocery stores can drop them off at the watch office of the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department station, at 26334 Ridge Road.

  • Damascus artist shows a little skin

    Since elementary school Latos, now 29, of Damascus remembers drawing to pass the time. He even remembers winning a drawing contest at Woodfield Elementary School, where students were asked to draw a suggestion for the cover of a school music ...

  • Oil prices rise after Turkey intercepts Syrian plane headed to Damascus

    Benchmark oil for November delivery was up 36 cents to $91.61 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • The Damascus strategy: a sober reassessment?

    So far, the strategy of the Damascus regime is one of total chaos. Confronted with a seemingly irreversible deterioration of its situation, the regime kills, tortures, bombs and tries to involve Turkey in the battle.

  • Syria: Brahimi in Jeddah & Lamani meets Officials in Damascus

    Jeddah\Damascus - Press reports on Thursday said that UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has waded back into the Syrian fray, as arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday on the first stop of his diplomatic tour of the Middle East.

  • Damascus offensive: a race to the bottom [The Daily Star, Beirut, Lebanon]

    The destination for these items is Damascus, where rebels fighting the regime of Bashar Assad are planning to use them for homemade bombs as part of a new offensive to take the capital.

  • Damascus ghost towns as Syrians flee violence and bulldozers

    DAMASCUS // Persistent violence and house demolitions in Damascus have reshaped the city and turned hard-hit protest neighbourhoods into ghost towns as residents flee for the safety of the capital's safer districts.

  • Damascus may aim for disorder in Turkey

    WASHINGTON - While Turkey sponsors Syrian opposition forces fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, there are indications that Damascus could respond by arming Turkish Kurd insurgents to create internal disorder aimed at toppling ...

  • The Mystery of the Damascus Sword and India's Materials Heritage

    There is now a general agreement that the Damascus steel which made its way into the western world through the crusades was produced in India rather than in Damascus. This steel was known as Wootz steel, potentially derived from the word 'ukku' which ...

  • Qaeda-Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Syrian Blasts

    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A jihadist insurgent group that Western intelligence officials have linked to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a multiple bombing by suicide attackers who struck an intelligence compound on the outskirts of Damascus ...

  • Syria rejects truce as rebels intercept reinforcements

    DAMASCUS: The Syrian regime rejected a UN call for a unilateral ceasefire on Wednesday as rebels confronted columns of tanks and troops sent to retake a town on the road to main battleground city Aleppo.

  • Turkish F16s intercept Syrian civilian flight from Moscow to Damascus (PHOTOS ...

    Turkish F-16 fighter jets forced a Syrian Air passenger plane to land in Ankara over suspicions that it was carrying "non-civilian" cargo.

  • Diverted Syrian jet continues on to Damascus

    Euronews' correspondent in Turkey says, "Grounding the Syrian jet has raised tensions between Ankara and Damascus to a new level.

  • Syria accuses Turkey of hostility as rebels cut route

    DAMASCUS: Syria accused Turkey of hostility on Thursday after it intercepted a passenger jet en route from Moscow on suspicion it was carrying illegal cargo, in a move also infuriating top Damascus ally Russia. As the tensions soared, rebels fighting ...

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