Syrian rebels kill 28 soldiers in checkpoint attacks

BEIRUT Thu Nov 1, 2012 8:19am EDT

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels killed 28 Syrian army soldiers on Thursday in an attack on three checkpoints around the town of Saraqeb, which straddles the country's main north-south highway, an opposition-linked group said.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that opposition activists in Saraqeb, in the northern province of Idlib bordering Turkey, confirmed the attacks had been carried out by several rebel units.

The army has lost swathes of land in Idlib and Aleppo province but is fighting to control towns along supply routes to Aleppo city, where its forces are fighting in many districts.

Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Observatory, said that five insurgents were also killed in the attacks, two of which were on the highway linking the capital of Damascus to Aleppo, Syria's most populous city. The third attack was at a checkpoint on the road linking Aleppo with Latakia, a port city where Assad's forces remain mostly in control.

"The rebels have either destroyed or taken six vehicles. They will not stay at the checkpoints for long as Syrian warplanes normally bomb positions after rebels move in," he told Reuters over the phone.

Rebels have relied on ambushes and street fights to make gains in the 19-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian airforce has stepped up aerial strikes on villages, towns and cities across the country in retaliation.

(Reporting by Oliver Holmes; editing by Patrick Graham)

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SyriasTruth wrote:
If you could reach back in time….

I find myself in thought of impossible things.
One I will share …is if We could reach back in time to the start of this conflict…What would we know to do different?
In my heart I know the real answer…and it’s get risk and cost would not be dimished.
We should, when we get back …take every action against Assad…beyond the threats…beyond the UN mandates we begged for.
Interveine, directly enter in force, an entire force of nations to stop Assad’s massacre of his own people asking for their God given rights….stop his using the extreme arsenal of his military all across Syria.
Act swiftly…loudly declared against Assad an thus …any other ruler who for a moment, thought such acts would go unopposed.

And here…you must know that I see it so right now, and if we could go back and do it just that way….I ask again why not now?
Why not right this minute? Why not a force of many nations loudly declared, arranged in force at every borders line?
If what we see in Syria is not right now……. do what should have been done. Stop it! Stop it now!

Stop it for the Syrian’s. Stop it at the same time, for the next people anywhere, any street !
We did not do it right…we must do it now!
We must act in Syria !

We must prove we have the will to stand against such things, such slaughter!
Prove to those that would deny such life, do such horror…that there is no limit to what we will do to stop such things…anywhere anytime.
We were mistaken to think we could just wait, just hope, or just yell against it all !!
Prove to such rulers ….we will not let them deny such hope and life again! EVER !!

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