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Aug 28, 2013 — Russia, China and Iran are Syrian President Bashar Assad's closest allies. The reasons for their support of his government vary, ranging from trade and strategy to a fear of instability if Assad is toppled.
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Aug 22, 2013 — The West is facing renewed pressure to take stronger action following claims that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in an attack on Wednesday. But the U.S. and other Western countries have so far sought to limit their involvement in the Syrian conflict.
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May 19, 2013 — Qusair is a strategically important town that lies between Homs, where the Syrian uprising began two years ago, and the Lebanese border. If President Bashar Assad's troops - reportedly backed by Hezbollah fighters — regain the town, they would control an important route from the coast to the capital, Damascus.
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Mar 24, 2013 — Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib posted his resignation to Facebook, criticizing the international community for not doing enough to stem the two-year-long crisis. His Syrian National Council is the main opposition against Bashar Assad's regime
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Mar 3, 2013 — The comments were made in an interview with Britain's Sunday Times. The Syrian leader's remarks come less than a week after the U.S. announced more direct aid to rebels battling Bashar Assad's regime.
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Feb 3, 2013 — Activist Moaz al Khatib said he was open to talks with representatives of the Syrian regime under certain conditions. Criticism from within Khatib's own ranks was swift, but so was support form Syrians both inside and out of the country.
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Jan 15, 2013 — The blasts occurred inside a university campus in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. The government and opposition blamed each other for the explosions that wounded more than 150.
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