Chronology: Syria

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Chronology: Syria


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Jan. 27: Two Syrian merchant ships were intercepted and searched by the US Navy. The US claimed this action was part of its war on terror. The Syrian authorities described it as an act of piracy. [BBC, 1130] Jan. 30: The Syrian authorities decided to grant licenses to private radio stations for the first time. Strict limits would be imposed on the programs, as the radio stations would be allowed to air only music, and no news or political programs. [BBC, 1/30]

Feb. 11: Syrian authorities refused to allow jailed MP Mamun al-Humsi to receive medical treatment. Humsi, who was believed to have been tortured, was jailed after he was charged with slander, promoting sectarian violence, and illegally trying to change the Constitution. [BBC, 2/11]

Mar. 3: Syrian President Bashar al-Asad visited Lebanon to hold talks with Lebanese President Emile Lahud. The visit was the first of a Syrian President to Beirut since 1947. …

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