Israel Helped Force Assad to Back Away From Using Chemical Weapons

Arab Spring Winter

Fighting between gunmen for and against Assad resumed in the Yarmouk refugee camp, which is located in Damascus. It’s not clear what sparked the renewed fighting; AP reports five killed.

Hezbollah Arab media reports Hezbollah sent 5,000 men to Syria to fight for Assad.

According to Al-Watan, a government daily, four “support battalions” comprising at least 1,300 soldiers each had succeeded in killing some 300 rebel soldiers in recent weeks as battles raged between government and opposition forces around the capital Damascus.

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BBC: Iran’s oil revenue has dropped 45 percent in the last nine months.

Will editorials start fading out of newspapers in 2013? Maybe yes, maybe no. My two cents says they won’t; but the trend of op-eds increasingly addressing local issues will continue. Except for the big papers like the NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and Wall St. Journal, don’t expect to see much about Israel and the Mideast in your local paper’s op-ed section.

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