The United Nations has deployed more than 200 unarmed observers to Syria who are monitoring a month-old cease-fire that appears to be in jeopardy of collapse. Increasingly, the U.N. monitors are getting caught up in the violence.

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May 17, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Bodies are piling up in Syria while President Bashar al-Assad sits entrenched in his palace, but the international powers say there is no alternative to UN observers watching a non-existent ceasefire.

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May 18, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Creating aid corridors in Syria to protect civilians from government troops or considering air attacks on President Bashar al-Assad’s forces would be “premature, to say the least,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said yesterday.

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May 15, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

The massacre of more than 100 people in a Syrian village could be a watershed for President Bashar al-Assad and UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, with the latter's credibility at stake.

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May 28, 2012
Middle East, Syria

The United Nations suspended its monitoring mission in Syria on Saturday, a day after the chief observer there warned that spiraling bloodshed was hindering the ability of his team to fulfill its obligations.

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Jun 16, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Syria would face United Nations sanctions under a Security Council resolution drafted by Western powers seeking to overcome Russian resistance to measures that would hasten the fall of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Jun 11, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Kofi Annan knew he was taking on a "mission impossible" when he started his campaign to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to halt the Syrian war.

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Aug 02, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Kofi Annan's has resigned as the UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria.

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Aug 02, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

As 120 world leaders make annual trip to UN headquarters, unusually bitter atmosphere has been compared to cold war.

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Sep 24, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

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Oct 25, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria