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SYRIAN DEFENSE MINISTER KILLED IN SUICIDE ATTACK

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 18, 2012

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Dawoud Rajha

By BASSEM MROUE and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY, Associated Press

BEIRUT — A suicide bomber struck the National Security building in the Syrian capital Wednesday, killing the defense minister and wounding the interior minister in a brazen attack on the seat of government power, state-run TV said.

Defense Minister Dawoud Rajha, 65, a former army general, is the most senior government official to be killed in the Syrian civil war as rebels battle to oust President Bashar Assad. Interior Minister Mohammed Shaar was in stable condition, state-run TV said.

Although it was unclear who was behind the attack, the high-level assassination could signal a turning point in the 16-month conflict as the violence becomes increasingly chaotic.

The capital also has seen four straight days of clashes pitting government troops against rebels – an unprecedented challenge to government rule in the tightly controlled capital.

Rajha was the most senior Christian government official in Syria. Assad appointed him to the post last year. His death will resonate with Syria’s minority Christian population, who make up about 10 percent of Syria’s population and have generally stood by the regime.

Christians say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence sweeping the country of 22 million people, and they are fearful that Syria will become another Iraq, with Christians caught in the crossfire between rival Muslim groups.

Wednesday’s attack struck the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials. State-run TV said some of the officials were seriously wounded. Read the rest of this entry »

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Annan: Russia, West agree on transition government for Syria

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 1, 2012

The Syrian crisis is to be resolved by a transition government consisting of the current authorities and opposition leaders. The proposal was announced by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan after talks in Geneva.

The unity government should be formed on the basis of “mutual consent” said Annan. The Syrian-led transition should take place within a fixed period of time and the envoy hopes this may happen by the end of the year.

Annan, announcing the official communiqué of the international meeting in Geneva, called on the Syrian regime and opposition groups to re-commit to a ceasefire and to start implementing his six-point peace plan immediately, without waiting for the other side.

The plan urges the sides in the Syrian conflict to cooperate with UN observers, allow humanitarian aid delivery, release detainees and grant journalists access to the country. The right to peaceful demonstrations must also be respected, stressed Annan.

Prior to the conference, Annan had proposed a plan for a unity government in Syria excluding political figures that would compromise the country’s stability and effectively calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow refused to back such a condition and also made sure the plan brokered in Geneva would not require Assad to step down.

Kofi Annan also said that foreign ministers who took part in the conference in Geneva would make up a regular working group on the Syrian crisis. A new round of Syria talks may take place in Moscow, suggest diplomatic sources.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a news conference after the meeting of the Action Group on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Valentin Flauraud)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a news conference after the meeting of the Action Group on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Valentin Flauraud) Read the rest of this entry »

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Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen President, Accepts Deal To Step Down

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 23, 2011


One more remarkable change in Middle East.
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Western Air Strike In Libya Kills Multiple Rebels, Rebel Fighters Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 3, 2011


We just practicing how to kill and not how to save. This is the problem of this epoch.
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates Says Arming And Training Of Libya Rebels Should Be Role Of Other Countries, Not U.S.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 1, 2011


Nuclear power was developed in the name of establishi­ng peace and now this is threatenin­g the whole human race. Current existing amounts of nuclear power are enough to destroy not a single earth but dozens of equivalent earths. What will happen if the nuclear power will get into terrorists­’ hand? This is today’s one of the biggest concerns for world leaders. : http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/0­3/27/overc­oming-new-­decade-cha­llenges/
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CIA Operatives Reportedly On The Ground In Libya

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 31, 2011


Why CIA in the ground? There should be soldiers. CIA should be in the home city of Gaddafi.
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Libya Rebels Flee Gaddafi’s Assault

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 30, 2011


Gaddafi people and coalition people are fighting each other creating interest to the whole world and this is very sad.
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Gaddafi’s Army, Libyan Rebels, Square Off For Showdown

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 29, 2011


World people are waiting London meeting decisions. Tonight Hilari Clinton is coming to London with big team.
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Libyan Airspace ‘Under Control’ As Two Sides Meet

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 25, 2011


Situation terrible.
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U.S. Pressures NATO Allies To Take Command Of Libya Mission

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 24, 2011


My strong concern here: who are people and who are not?
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Libya War: U.S. Military Plane Crashes, Two Crew Members Ejected

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 22, 2011


Does this indicate something? Most probably.
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Stalemate Feared In Libyan Conflict

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 22, 2011


This problem must be sorted out as soon as possible. Otherwise it could create unexpected problem to the world.
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Syria Protests Continue As Thousands Take To Streets

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2011


Anyway still no no fly zone there.
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Anti-American Extremists Among Libyan Rebels U.S. Has Vowed To Protect

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2011


It is too early to start world war III
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Gaddafi Defies Ceasefire As Forces Attack Rebel Stronghold Of Benghazi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2011


This clearly shows the clear picture of the coming days there.
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