Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Syria

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Syria

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Regional Affairs, Iraq, Turkey


Nov. 30: In an interview, President Bashar al-Asad challenged the US to put pressure on Israel to make peace with the Syrians. According to al-Asad, only months before his father's death, the Syrians and Israelis were 80% on the way to an agreement by which the Israelis would withdraw from the Golan Heights in exchange for security. he noted also that Syria did not see the US as an adversary and voiced his concern for the lack of a true democracy in Iraq. [NYT, 12/11

Syria returned to Turkey 22 suspects who might be linked to the November bombings in Istanbul. They had fled across the border to avoid arrest. [WSJ, 12/1]

Dec. 10: The EU agreed to a political and trade deal with Syria that would allow Syria to export goods to the EU at preferential tariffs. [FT, 12/11]

Dec. 11: Syria denounced US President Bush's signing into law the Syrian Accountability Act. Lebanon and the Arab League also expressed disapproval. [CNN, 12/111

Dec. 19: Syrian officials seized six Arab couriers toting an estimated $23 million. The couriers are believed to have al-Qa'ida ties. [WP, 12/20]

Dec. 31: In an attempt to thaw frozen relations between Syria and Turkey, President Bashar al-Asad announced that he would visit Ankara in a week. …

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