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Syrian army to halt operations

2012-04-11 16:55

Beirut - The Syrian army will stop operations on Thursday morning but remain on alert to confront any attacks, Syrian state television quoted a defence ministry source as saying.

"After our armed forces carried out successful missions in combating the criminal acts of terrorist groups and imposed the authority of the state on its land, [it has been] decided to end operations starting tomorrow morning," a TV newsflash said.

"Our armed forces remain on alert to confront any assault by armed groups against civilians and the security and armed forces," it said.

The news item made no mention of the Thursday 03:00 GMT deadline for a ceasefire set by the UN and Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan and agreed to by President Bashar al-Assad.

Comments
  • Fred - 2012-04-11 17:08

    A shocking disregard for human life, aided and abetted by the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin. And this is happening in 2012. Heart-wrenching. They must be held accountable.

      Fred - 2012-04-11 19:56

      It was yesterday the 10th of April. The article is wrong.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-11 18:40

    In the past week, another 1000 , ( ONE THOUSAND ) Syrians were killed, just so that a corrupt, violent and evil family dynasty can stay in power. 46 years of tyranny, by one of the most brutal and oppressive regimes of recent times. This assad had the best possible teacher in COLD BLOODED MURDER; his daddy, who was also rersponsible for the deaths of tens of thousands. This afternoon, Wednesday, 20 tanks moved into the centre of Homs. There are no foreign troops anywhere near Homs, or for that matter, in Syria. So the only reason these tanks are there is to TERRORIZE AND MURDER SYRIANS!!! Their crime ?? gaddafi called them "rebels" and "rats" assad calls them "terrorists" Here in SA and in most decent countries in the world, they are called "OPPOSTION"

  • Fidel - 2012-04-11 20:34

    Annan's ceasefire makes no mention of the fact that the FSA are refusing to implement a cease fire? So Assad's military is expected to withdraw to barracks while foreign backed and armed militias are still attacking?! The rebels in Syria are learning a brutal lesson. If you stage an uprising, and you do not have the resources to overthrow your oppressors, people, many people, innocent people will die. Their pain, their suffering, their deaths, will be squalid and pointless. Irresponsibility is not freedom!

      Fred - 2012-04-11 20:50

      The usual wrong perspective and information. There was no "uprising" only almost eleven months of peaceful demonstrations for THE RIGHT TO VOTE after 48 years of UNELECTED rule by the brutal Assad family. This was met with killings, detentions, torture and rape by the tens of thousands by Assad, assisted by Iran and Russia. After almost eleven months of being killed and brutalized, the demonstrators took up arms.

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 21:03

      So the armed insurrection only started this year in January? The Syrian Opposition is now armed, trained and funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Arab states, while the U.S. supplies communications, night vision goggles, and other logistics. (New York Times, April 10, 2012) The Syrian conflict, therefore, is not Assad versus the Syrian opposition; it is Assad against the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Arab states. The Syrians want democracy with open, free, and fair elections. But they don't want to replace Assad - a Devil they Know- with a Syrian puppet of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar who will be - "A Devil they don't Know!"

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-11 21:05

      This is not complicated, it is actually very easy. One either supports the oppressor, or you support a people who demand a government which is accountable to its people, and by this meaning, regular free and fair elections. ( Something like article two of the AU's African Charter.!!!! ) In every single dictatorship that falls, the same happens; This massive support the dictator pretends to have, is always based on fear and survival, and evaporates the moment of his departure !! This latest popular uprising is not the first in 46 years. Untold times, some brave have stood up against the tyranny they live under. And untold times they have been brutally put down. But NOT this time. Like in Tunesia, Egypt and than Libya, the tyrant made one fatal mistake; They pushed their opposition, just ones, too far, AND they become FEARLESS, and than, the game is over !!! For every opposition member murdered, ten more are willing to die !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-11 21:28

      ""The Syrian Opposition is now armed, trained and funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Arab states "" This is plain BS, you just make it up. The only ones who have arms, besides the Syrian army, are the THOUSANDS of Syrian army DESSERTERS. ( Russian made Syrian army rifles and rocket launchers, etc )

      Fred - 2012-04-11 21:48

      You're being so blind, so stupid, so stubborn Fidel, but possibly well meaning. The tragedy is you're unwittingly supporting the butchering and destruction of Syrian families by the tens of thousands, and Syrian cities across Syria. But when the freer world surgically targets military resources of violent dictators and chauvinistic extremists, you cry blue murder. Again, I would not want to be under your care. It would be a very scary and drlusional existence.

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 21:56

      @Anthony No amount of childish bluster about BS can obscure the fact that the arming of these terrorists on the part of western states and their Gulf proxies is an established fact. Read the NY Times for that the 10th regarding Syria where the US is admitting to supplying the Syrian terrorists with non lethal logistics. The Gulf countries haven't made it a secret that they as proxies of western powers have been arming those terrorists. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of darkness; but it is a real tragedy of life for men is afraid of light. In the meantime do carry on burying your head in the sand if that makes you happy.

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 22:01

      @Fred You do really suffer from a serious lack of brain activity indeed. There's a large arrow, probably blue, in the top left-hand corner of your browser window, pointing left. Click on that.

      Boom - 2012-04-11 22:02

      Fidel, why do you criticize the Syrian people and praise Hamas for the same thing? "Irresponsibility is not freedom!" ?? Secondly, who are you to dictate to the people of Syria? If they want whatever government it is they want, whether it is friendly to the US or Saudi Arabia or whoever, who are you to object?

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 22:09

      What have I objected to or who have I dictated to? If you want to debate me, have the courtesy to debate what I actually say, not what you want to refute. Frankly, I don't really care what you may or may not think. Dont get carried away by your own rhetoric and insert words into someone's post with great glee and alacrity when these words are patently wrong.

      Fred - 2012-04-11 22:09

      You are being so dumb Fidel. You're open-season for terrorists. You wouldn't know they were there until the boom.

      Boom - 2012-04-11 22:13

      You object to the government that the Syrians want. You dictate to them that it must be anti-Saudi Arabia and anti-US and so on.

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 22:21

      @Fred I am sure I would enjoy talking to you in a pub over a pint of bitter but,.....Shriller and shriller by the day. When you're in a hole, etc, etc.... Sweating under a tin foil hat is not good for you.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-11 22:25

      Fidel, Again, you make these sories up, one has an entirely different scenario in Syria than one had in Libya. You can scream until the cows come home, the majority of the Syrian opposition is NOT armed. Who is armed; is the THOUSANDS of Syrian army DESERTERS !!! THEY are the ones fighting the Syrian army, NOT the civilians !!!! And yes, you don't have to read the NY Times, our local newspapers have reported that the USA has given the opposition some non lethal aid. But to say,because the USA gives the opposition some goggles, it is now assad against the USA, is plain crazy!!!! And forget about, child, darkness and light etc, Just stick to the story, than we can all follow you !!!!

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 22:27

      @Boom It is fact that these Syrian terrorists are harbored, trained, financed, armed, supported and egged on by foreign powers to overthrow the government of Syria. That is aggression against Syria! Do YOU know what government the Syrians want? Whatever it is these particular groups are fighting for, human rights can't be among their aims. Because people committed to human rights tend not to employ torture, or extra-judicially execute civilians. Because if they're prepared to torture, execute and repress in their bid to win power, they'll almost certainly be prepared to do the same once they're in power. In which case, they'll simply end up becoming the new oppressors and abusers. Same old story then.

      Boom - 2012-04-11 22:29

      Fred- heh heh - I think you getting to Fidel. Fidel - don't cry.

      Boom - 2012-04-11 22:31

      Fidel - if the Syrian people want to take assistance or aid from any other party then let them. They are adults. Let them make their decisions. I ask you again, who are you to dictate to them what to do? Unless you go and lead them, you actually have nothing to say about who they choose to side with or what they choose to do.

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 22:40

      Sure, if the Syrian government wants to received any kind of aid from Russia, China, Iran or South Africa, they should be allowed to as well. Ever heard of the Bay of Pigs, or the Iranian contra or the endless South American contras trained and sponsored by the CIA to overthrow legitimate elected governments. How about the Phillipines or Indonesia where popular governments have been overthrown as a result of US CIA funded coups. How about Patrice Lumumba in the DRC. So any government can decide that it doesn't like the policies of a particular government, proceed to recruit locals, train them and infiltrate them in their country of origin. Have an unknown leadership declared abroud as the legitimate government of that country (call it NTC or STC). There is a reason that there are laws regarding the arming of so called foreign insurgents.

      Boom - 2012-04-11 23:01

      Fidel the Syrian government gets assistance from Iran and Russia and China so the people wouldn't. But the people are adults and they make their own choices. Who are you to tell them they are wrong, or do you think you are superior to them?

      Boom - 2012-04-11 23:08

      By the way, your last comment describes exactly what Iran is doing in Lebanon, so you agree that Iran is wrong.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-11 23:32

      """But they don't want to replace Assad""" - HOW THE HECK DO YOU KNOW THAT ???? FROM RT ?????????????? You make up your own stories, 24/7 I would suggest you tell the SA government , in future, not to waste so much money holding elections, YOU will tell them what South Africans want!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 23:53

      @Anthony If those staging the uprising(armed or unarmed) have enough support within their country they'll succeed no matter the force the government uses. @Boom "Who are you to tell them they are wrong, or do you think you are superior to them?" Again debate what I say and not what you want to refute. I said irresponsibility is not freedom. A big heart and an empty head is nice in a way, but deadly. It is not a matter of whether the Syrian government is a perfect democracy or a brutal dictatorship. Armed insurrection against the state can not be tolerated anywhere. No government will allow insurgents to use violence as a political tool and especially when it threatens the state itself. I'd rather we stick to the point at debate here, rather than throwing pointless obstacles in the way to obscure it.

      Fred - 2012-04-12 00:36

      Well said Boom. Fidel/Lenzi doesn't realize he's being played like a patsy by the old world autocrats Assad and Putin, and he's enabling the destruction of countless Syrian families and Syrian cities. He's just not smart enough yet.

      Fred - 2012-04-12 02:34

      How Fidel/Lenzi turns an eleven-month unarmed protest FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS into an armed insurrection is anyone's guess.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-12 06:34

      ""It is not a matter of whether the Syrian government is a perfect democracy or a brutal dictatorship. Armed insurrection against the state can not be tolerated anywhere."" This is total lunacy!! What should the opposition do, to demand an end to this evil assad dynasty? Put a notice up in the local super markert ?? ""No government will allow insurgents to use violence as a political tool and especially when it threatens the state itself."" Sure, no dictatorship likes to be challenged and overthrown. But , it will happen, and for the ones that don't like THAT, tough luck, take a hike, sniff some glue, whatever, but NO ONE is going to stop this !!!

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