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  • In this Sunday, May 4, 2014 photo, Syrian National Symphony Orchestra conductor Missak Baghboudarian, right, talks to a singer during a practice at art school which adjoins the Damascus Opera House  in Damascus Syria. Two students were killed and five others were wounded when a mortar landed outside the Opera building in April 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

    Damascus opera suffers under mortar strikes

    Just as Leen Arbid entered the front gate of the Damascus Opera House, a potent symbol of the Assad family's decades-long authoritarian rule over Syria, she heard a deafening bang. And then, everything went black.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    TAUBE: The case for Syrian air strikes

    President Obama's proposed air strike against Syria has turned into a massive political snafu. World opinion is heavily against him, and most Western democracies have decided to keep out of this fight.

  • In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone Tuesday and acquired by the Associated Press, Syrian anti-government protesters carry candles during a rally in the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. Syrian activists and eyewitnesses said on Wednesday that the army is shelling residential areas in the central city of Homs. (Associated Press)

    Syrian security forces kill 18 in new assaults

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  • Anti-Syrian government protesters shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, week long crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country's autocratic regime, activists and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Violence erupts around Syria, protesters shot

    Violence erupted around Syria on Friday as troops opened fire on protesters in several cities and pro- and anti-government crowds clashed on the tense streets of the capital in the most widespread unrest in years, witnesses said.

  • **FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad (Associated Press)

    DE BORCHGAVE: Massacres past - and future?

    The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist factions staged hit-and-run attacks against government buildings and officials in the early 1980s and almost succeeded in killing the president of a country that has remained eerily quiet during the geopolitical tsunami that is still sweeping the Arab world. You're supposed to guess which country.

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  • Two days later, Syrian Defense Minister (later, President) Hafez Assad announced that "I... believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation."

    Six days 40 years ago →

  • "We don't want someone to come to Syria and tell us what to do in a political process," he told a cheering crowd. "A country that is thousands of years old knows how to manage its affairs."

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