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Syria wages new onslaughts on two main cities

2012-08-25 23:04

Aleppo - Syrian forces launched a deadly assault in the southwestern belt of Damascus on Saturday, in what activists said was a new bid to crush "once and for all" the insurgency in the capital.

Combat helicopters and tanks also pounded rebel-held areas of the battered northern city of Aleppo, an AFP journalist and monitors said, as the army pressed on with its war against fighters seeking to topple President Bashar Assad.

The fresh violence erupted a day after new international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi admitted he was "scared" of the enormity of the task he faces to try to end the increasingly ferocious conflict, now in its 18th month.

Brahimi, who takes over from former UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan next month, held talks with UN leaders in New York on Friday, saying the Syrian people "will be our first masters".

Relentless bloodshed


Annan, a former UN chief, quit earlier this month after the failure of his six-point plan to try to bring peace, which was left in tatters by the relentless bloodshed and divisions among world powers over how to tackle the conflict.

In the latest in a string of such cases, dozens of bodies were found in the town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, where troops have been waging a fierce assault against rebel holdouts, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

And at least 23 civilians, including two women and three children, were killed in gunfire and summary executions in Daraya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, bring the death toll in the town to more than 120 this week alone.

Fears of another massacre

"Security forces have launched a campaign of arrests, and residents are anxious and afraid that there will be another civilian massacre" in Daraya, said the Local Co-ordination Committees, a network of activists on the ground.

State television, for its part, said Daraya was being "purified of terrorist remnants".

The army claimed to have retaken most of Damascus in late July, after about two weeks of intense fighting across the capital's southern belt.

Most rebel Free Syrian Army fighters were forced out into the nearby countryside, but have since resumed hit-and-run operations, according to activists.

In Aleppo, an AFP correspondent reported heavy shelling by tanks in several neighbourhoods, sending civilians scrambling for safety as exploding shells sent up clouds of smoke and dust.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-26 01:53

    This is what the alternative to democracy brings; TYRANNY; Violent regimes, controlled by psychopaths and monsters, accountable to no one, and who will use 'their' security forces, not to protect their borders, but to protect themselves, from their 'own' people. "purified of terrorist remnants". We have heard this all before: "we will go door to door and flush out these rats" "the blood of these rebels will flow in the streets of Libya" It is only the ignorant and stupid , who will confuse the economic survival of state employees, with that of these tyrants' support. In Syria's case, as soon as this assad dog , is hanging from a tree, the Syrian population will be dancing in the streets, ALL 98 % of them, for that day, they will know, their nitemare has come to an end!!

  • sansagain.sansagain - 2012-08-26 07:43

    good news

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-26 16:34

      Another tragically delusional person openly supporting the murder, detention, torture and rape of tens of thousands of innocent Muslims by an unelected dictator.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 11:07

    The terrorists will be wipedout and unfortunately innocent civilians they use as human shields will also die. I dont know why people are so stupid to support the so called liberators use people's homes as military basis, bringing pain to people instead of the so called liberation. Let assad kill them all, all terrorists, while their masters are scratching their heads.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-26 12:43

      ""The terrorists will be wipedout and unfortunately innocent civilians they use as human shields will also die. I dont know why people are so stupid to support the so called liberators use people's homes as military basis, bringing pain to people instead of the so called liberation"" Almost word for word, spoken by John Voster and PW Botha, in the seventies and eighties!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-26 16:30

      Incredibly tragic how Imam openly wants the oppression of his own community by an unelected dictator who's father handed him the reigns of power and who is using the Syrian people's own military against them. Tragically blind. Defection after defection of senior Syrian politicians have been because of one principle: the hostile and cruel use of the Syrian state and its military by Assad against the Syrian people. 166 of the countries on Earth all said the same thing: Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. Imam has blinded himself to all this. Tragically sad.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 14:47

    poor understanding of history anton, there is not a single township levelled by apartheid forces because MK/ANC/PAC/AZANLA forces were embedded in civilian homes. Hate assad but be knowledgeable and not link a painful apartheid past with outside intereferrence in syria.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-26 16:33

      Tragically blind.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-26 16:45

      No Iman, no poor misunderstanding, I am merely poiting out that your hero, this assad dog, uses same terminology as John Voster and PW Botha did !! And they were also head of a monority regime , and used 'their' security forces to remain in power. It is YOU, with your pathethically childish anti Western BS,who wants to distort facts!!

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 17:53

    I am not anti west anton, I am anti imperialism and zionism without apologies. I was not born in the west but have been educated in the west and I am grateful for that. I have western family and my inlaws vote right wing parties and I have no problems with that. I just don't like interference in our affairs by westerners thats all. Just realise that the western power is falling fast and the world has changed, no more colonisation through proxies. Now would u be honest and accept that u are a zionist and an imperialist paid by ur intelligence services to snoop on us? Can u atleast admit that u don't give a damn who wins in Syria as long as Arabs /Muslims kill each other that saves u the guilt of having to kill them yourself? Be a man like fred and admit, be a racist and be proud of it, its ur right to hate, I am a hater too, I hate fat people, zionists and imperialists and am a man to say i am proud of it.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-26 18:41

      "Now would u be honest and accept that u are a zionist and an imperialist paid by ur intelligence services to snoop on us?" Imam, not only are you blinding yourself with immature, undifferentiated anti-West beliefs, you're paranoid. All the while your own community is being slaughtered by an unelected dictator who's father handed him power and who is using the Syrian people's own military against them.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-26 19:16

      Iman, ""I am not anti west anton"" This is one factor that radicals have in common; They ALL say; "No !! , i am not anti this, anti that, or this or that" But in reality they are anti EVERYTHING, that is in their way, to 'educate' the 'dumb' masses..........!!! ""I am anti imperialism and "" Throw that stupid outdated book you are reading , Come on ; 'imperialism, Real Politik.......Wake up, the cold war is over, the Berlin Wall is down!!! ""I just don't like interference in OUR affairs by westerners thats all...."" WHO is 'OUR' ??????? The Syrian people are BEGGING the West to come and help them fight this assad terrorist army !!! ""Just realise that the western power is falling fast"" If you believe this childish crap, than keep watching RT, because than you will believe ANYTHING !! ""Now would u be honest and accept that u are a zionist and an imperialist paid by ur intelligence services to snoop on us"" Yes, I will admit this, but ONLY if you are 8 years old and have fallen on your head !! Otherwise.....GROW UP !! And finally, read slowly, very very slowly, what the UN SG said in January 2012; "Today, I say again to President Assad of Syria: stop the violence. Stop killing your people. The path of repression is a dead end," said UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon at an Arab democracy conference in Beirut. "The winds of change will not cease to blow. THE FLAME IGNITED IN TUNESIA WILL NOT BE DIMMED."

      sansagain.sansagain - 2012-08-26 19:52

      imam you have to be antiwest as these western people understand only power and they can not be trusted. The whole history says it.they did a lot of good but they so much bad in human history that they better to be removed somehow

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-26 20:25

      Off course he is anti West, a 3 year old child, will tell you this !!!

  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-08-26 18:27

    To understand what is happening in Syria one has to look at the strategically important role that Syria plays in the resistance namely The Hezbollah Hamas Iran resistance. Secretary general of Hezbollah said that the weapons used by Hezbollah to defeat the Neo-Nazi Zionist army were made in Syria. The rockets that were fired into Haifa and other parts of Israel were made in Syria. He also went on to say that Syria risked its own safety by supporting the resistance movement. Hezbollah and Hamas are both on the US terror list so providing any support to these organizations means you are exposing yourself to the wrath of the Imperial power. This is why the west is so obsessed with destroying Syria because of the important role it plays in the resistance. When the Saudi Dictator was preventing humanitarian aid from reaching Gaza from Saudi Arabia, PRESIDENT Assad was sending aid aswell as weapons to the people of Gaza. That explains why they are importing terrorists from all over the world to destroy Syria. They know that the people of Syria support the incumbent president, although there are those opposing the regime they are only a MINORITY. They knew that their plan to destroy Syria would not get the support of the people of Syria so they looked outside to find terrorists to fight their proxy war. And Turkey was more than happy to be the supply route to these terrorists

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-26 18:43

      What a tragically delusional story you have made for yourself. You're supporting the murder, detention, rape and torture of Syrians and their families by an unelected dictator. Hello!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-26 18:45

      The vast majority of the countries on Earth have decided that Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. You're obviously not aware of this.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-26 18:46

      The Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power. It has stolen the Iranian government from the Iranian people. It funds the Jihadist movement that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, mainly Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. It is supporting Bashar Assad's brutal oppression of Syrians wanting nothing more than the right to vote. It supports the stoning of women. It openly calls for the elimination of Israel and denies the Holocaust, the single biggest attempt at human genocide in human history: six million people exterminated. It is dishonest, highly repressive, and self-serving at the expense of the Iranian people and humanity.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-26 19:30

      Joseph, ""That explains why they are importing terrorists from """"all over the world"""" to destroy Syria"" It is difficult to inmagine, getting any more absurd !! ""They know that the people of Syria support the incumbent president, although there are those opposing the regime they are only a MINORITY"" HOW do YOU know this ??? Did you go to a fortuneteller, sitting in a caravan under a tree ???? The ONLY reason, a dictator does not hold elections==== they know they will LOOSE !!

      joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-08-26 20:31

      @fred.fraser. This is not made up like many of your comments on this site. You're free to check it up. go on youtube and view the Speech Hassan Nasrallah made on 18 July 2012. Keep telling yourself that the Iranians adjust elections then maybe one you will believe that @anthonyfromafrica I do not rely on fortune tellers like you. the results of the referendum that was held show that 89% of Syrians supported the referendum that was proposed by the regime. More than 50% of those who participated in the referendum supported the regime. A survey conducted by Qatar show that more than 55% of the people of Syria support the regime. What is surprising is that Qatar continues to support those terrorists despite knowing that the regime is supported by the people. Not so long ago it was revealed that Qatar offered a bribe to Syria's ambassador to Mauritania to entice him to defect and join the rebels

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 06:38

      Joseph, anyone can post anything on YouTube. You really should inform yourself more. You're way off, unwittingly supporting the wholesale murder of innocent Muslims wanting to vote in free and fair elections.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 21:18

    Anton and fred can keep whispering to each other about which sections of the western propaganda they each should post. For now, we are not moved, we are killing their jihadist/wahabi terrorist foot soldiers in the meantime. As for Ban Ki Moon, who cares what he says? we do not take him seriously at all, I doubt there is any sane person who does. He is a drama queen who yupz even when there is no one listening. As I said, muslims are not protesting as we chat, they are rooting for assad to win and then true democratis syrians defeat him in free and legitimate elections. The FSA can wait for osama's twin, obama to lose in november and he promised them he will help them then. Simply, obasama is telling them die until november or until assad uses chemicals. anton and fred can just enjoy coffee in Tel Aviv instead of disturbing peace in the neighbourhood.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-27 00:52

      Ban Ki-moon========A Drama Queen ??? Now I am convinced, You ARE an eight year old, fallen on your head !!! And , stop being so full of yourself; "We this and We that" These are just you own silly little opinions, you talk on behalf of NO ONE !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-27 01:23

      Nobody takes that fool and lackey seriously!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 06:40

      Imam, again, you do not have the authority to speak for others, no matter what you are allowing your Ego to tell you. You only have authority to speak for yourself. Osama's twin Obama? That has to be the weirdest thought I've seen on this site. What are you talking about? It makes zero sense.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 06:42

      Fidel believes Nelson Mandela of all people is a lackey of the West, a phony, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Imagine that. With his measuring device, every leader of substance is phony.

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