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

Air raids, clashes and car bombings shook Syria on Sunday, killing nearly 100 people, monitors said, as world powers look to pick up the pieces of a failed bid to bring in a Muslim holiday ceasefire.

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Oct 28, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

The rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been seeking recognition, money and resources for months. Now that they’ve started making significant progress toward ousting him, they might get some.

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Dec 11, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Rebel forces took control of three military posts in the outer Damascus suburb of Douma and killed four soldiers at another checkpoint in the region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Oct 16, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters, not only is Syria being destroyed “bit by bit,” the conflict is pushing the region into a situation that is “extremely bad and extremely important for the entire world.

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Jan 29, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria