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Syrian military conducts exercises

2012-07-08 20:26

Damascus - Syria's military began large-scale exercises simulating defense against outside "aggression," the state-run news agency said on Sunday in an apparent warning to other countries not to intervene in the country's crisis.

The exercise began on Saturday with naval forces in a scenario where they repelled an attack from the sea and will include air and ground forces over the next few days, Sana said.

State TV broadcast footage of missiles being fired from launch vehicles and warships.

Some in the Syrian opposition have appealed to the West for foreign forces to step in to stop bloodshed that they say has left more than 14 000 dead since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

So far, the West has shown little appetite to intervene militarily in the conflict.

Special UN envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged in an interview published on Saturday that the international community's efforts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed.

"The evidence shows that we have not succeeded," he told the French daily Le Monde.

Annan, the special envoy for the United Nations and the Arab League, is the architect of the most prominent international plan to end the crisis in Syria.

His six-point plan was to begin with a cease-fire in mid-April between government forces and rebels seeking to topple Assad, but the truce never took hold and now the almost 300 UN observers sent to monitor the cease-fire are confined to their hotels because of the escalating violence.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that time was running out on Syrian peace hopes and warned that the Syrian state could collapse.

Speaking in Japan, Clinton said Annan's acknowledgement that his peace plan was failing "should be a wake-up call for everyone."

She said last month was the deadliest for the Syrian people in the 16-month revolt, but added that the opposition "is getting more effective in defending themselves and going on the offensive against the Syrian military."







Comments
  • smellarat.smith - 2012-07-08 21:32

    Sounds like the futile military parades and flybys oconducted in Apartheid South Africa to intimidate the masses. All for nothing. Freedom will come.

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 21:37

    No ..... Russia is conducting military exercises. Syria is about the only Middle East lever Comrade Putin has right now.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-09 07:35

      The Russians are the only ones to make any serious peace proposal. The last thing Britain, US and Nato want in Syria is peace. They are prepared to do anything to avoid that "tragedy".

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-09 14:00

      Russia is arming the unelected dictator Bashar Assad. Yet to Fidel, the Russian regime is "the only one to make any serious peace proposal". Assad who has killed thousands of unarmed demonstrators with sniper-fire, detained, tortured and raped tens of thousands more just because they want to vote.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-09 00:14

    The only good part of this exercise is, that the military thugs involved with this, cannot at the same time, fire rockets into apartment blocks, or bomb opposition strongholds from the air or have helicopter gunships shooting live amunition at women and children !!!!!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-09 07:22

    "Speaking in Japan, Clinton said Annan's acknowledgement that his peace plan was failing "should be a wake-up call for everyone." Rhetorically supporting peace while waging war exposes Washington's transparent hypocrisy.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-09 14:03

      It exposes your delusional support of the Russian regime, which is the real party talking peace while waging war. Russia is arming the unelected dictator Bashar Assad who has killed thousands of unarmed demonstrators with sniper-fire, detained, tortured and raped tens of thousands more just because THEY WANT TO VOTE.

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