Assad troops fight back against Syria rebels

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Actionman990 wrote:

I am glad they have secured these suburbs back from these ‘fake’ rebels. You would think that we would have learned something from the mess called Libya !

Jan 29, 2012 11:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
React wrote:

We did this is why we aren’t involved…..

Jan 29, 2012 11:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Free-Speech wrote:

So when we’re fighting them they’re called terrorists or Islamic militants, but when we’re backing them they’re called ‘rebels’…

Just trying to work out my cues here?!

So just tell me straight how I should think…

Right now Assad of Syria is a ‘Dictator’, and Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is the king of an Islamic state under sharia law, but not a dictator…

The Qatari ‘prime minister’ is not an ‘actual’ politician… because Qatar is an absolute dictatorship… but he IS the prime minister when he’s saying something we agree with..??

Activists are rude, radical fundamentalists at home who should never be listened to at all costs, but in Syria they are a united front of integrity and honesty and a reliable source of information…

I see so we use negative words to describe people we shouldn’t listen to, and positive words to describe people that are doing what we want them to.

Geez this is all a bit complicated…

Jan 30, 2012 7:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mombasa1969 wrote:

iran condemns what it calls foreign interference in the affairs of its main Arab ally…

HAHAHAHA! What about Iran’s interference in Afghanistan, Iraq, oh and supporting the killing of civilians in Syria, by supplying Assad with weapons!

Jan 30, 2012 8:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
euphorbius wrote:

Well obviously names used depend on your point of view and agenda. With Syria the president actually IS the president and the rebels actually ARE rebels , mostly though not neccessarily Islamic. Popular uprising. most probably. oppressed / yes. Should anyone care ? I think so ! Ahemdinajad’s sniper teams are in there helping out. Who’s been telling the most lies / rebels or government. Even the Arab League can’t stomach it.

Jan 30, 2012 9:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
Qeds wrote:

Reuters instead of writing articles about Syria you would better write more about Libya and whats happening after the UN backed “revolution” took place. Torture, revenge killing, pillaging, massive social injustice and terror done by the NTC brigades. A country in ruins.

There is no legitimacy left for the UN after this episode. Enough “revolutions” without a clear and solid follow-up plan that brings peace, real democracy and stability. If the “revolution” is done just to bring in power puppet governments than sorry but, no thanks. Based on whats happening now in Libya Russia has all the right to veto any UN resolutions.

Jan 30, 2012 3:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
halligator wrote:

Sounds Syrious..

Jan 30, 2012 5:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RobertFrost wrote:

Amazing!

In every item of the news of the conflict one could write a page of corrections… Take these few items:

1. “Ten months into the uprising, fighting has entered a new phase in recent weeks, with government forces losing control of parts of the country, including a town on the Lebanon border where rebels are ensconced.Yet Assad’s forces appear to have decisively beaten back an attempt by the opposition to march on the outskirts of Damascus.”
Activists and residents said Syrian troops now had control of Hamouriyeh, one of several districts where they have used armored vehicles and artillery to push back rebels who came as close as 8 km (5 miles) to Damascus.
It is understood that the Syrian Army withdrew from the towns and cities upon the arrival of the Arab League Monitors. This did not stop the armed gangs, who even paraded in daylight, with their weapons, as some stills showed them. Now that, the political purpose of the Monitors was proved a handicap for Qatar, Saudi Arabia and those who control them, they were withdrawn. The Syrian regime no longer has an agreement not to enter the town and cities, and it began a cleaning campaign. The only correct part of the above item is that the ‘revolutionaries’ seem to have fled.

2. An activist said the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – a force of military defectors with links to Syria’s divided opposition – mounted scattered attacks on government troops who advanced through the district of Saqba, held by rebels just days ago.
It is common knowledge, as confirmed by the Arab League Monitors, that the ‘Free Syrian Army’ is composed of 97% civilians, and 3% of deserters of the National Service. To claim that it is “composed of military defectors” is not even agreed to by US intelligence reports. One wonders whether it is inaccuracy or something else that impairs the reporting on events in Syria!

3. “Street fighting has been raging since dawn,” he said, adding tanks were moving through a central avenue of the neighborhood. “The sound of gunfire is everywhere.”
The Syrian Army moved out from the cities and towns. It was the deception of the mentors of the ‘revolutionaries’ to suspend the activities of the Monitors – that is the core of the Agreement with the Syrian regime. Does the gentleman or lady really believe that a rag-tag army of Muslim Brothers is up to fighting the Syrian Army… Why else they want NATO to come and bombard their country? Because they can muster popular and military strength to topple the Syrian regime?

4. Rebels are risking heavier clashes and speaking of creating “liberated” territories to force diplomatic action. In the past three weeks they have taken Zabadani – a town of 40,000 in mountainous near the border with Lebanon.
Zabadani was relinquished by the Syrian Army after the notables of that town assured the government that they would prevent the infiltrators – some of them apparently did not leave their Lebanese accent at home – from entering the city again. We read that the Syrian Army withdrew to the outskirts. It seems that the town notables could not stop the armed gangs from staying in the town. This simply implies that the town would be the seen of much death and destruction as the Syrian Army clear the ‘revolutionaries’ out – this time, with no place for a deal with the notables! Is that good news to the person who rattled about Zabadani to the reporter?
It is really amazing how some think that these irregulars (in every sense) represent a military force to reckon with!

5. “God willing, we will liberate more territory, because the international community has only offered delayed action and empty threats,” said a lieutenant colonel who had defected to the FSA but declined to be named.
It really is no longer a matter for the US, France and Britain any more. Military intervention in Syria is just not going to happen if a regional or a Third World War is to be avoided. The Russian Foreign Minister emphasized his country’s position by stressing that Russia is “against any foreign intervention in Syria, under any label.” This should be read that under no subterfuge would an military intervention be countenanced.

With that in mind, the ball is in the court of the Opposition. If they really care about their country, they should hasten top establish a dialogue. These murderous activities that started in April, 2011, led neither to an expansion of the territory they claim they control, nor to a general uprising of the Syrian people in their support… If any thing, it drew people away from their bloody adventurism.

But then, for the Muslim Brothers and the National Coordination Committee, reveling in Paris in Qatar and Saudi donations, one cannot help observe that: “calling for NATO to come and pound their country into smithereens speaks volumes about their love to their country and its people!”

Jan 30, 2012 5:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RobertFrost wrote:

Amazing!

In every item of the news of the conflict one could write a page of corrections… Take these few items:

1. “Ten months into the uprising, fighting has entered a new phase in recent weeks, with government forces losing control of parts of the country, including a town on the Lebanon border where rebels are ensconced.Yet Assad’s forces appear to have decisively beaten back an attempt by the opposition to march on the outskirts of Damascus.”
Activists and residents said Syrian troops now had control of Hamouriyeh, one of several districts where they have used armored vehicles and artillery to push back rebels who came as close as 8 km (5 miles) to Damascus.
It is understood that the Syrian Army withdrew from the towns and cities upon the arrival of the Arab League Monitors. This did not stop the armed gangs, who even paraded in daylight, with their weapons, as some stills showed them. Now that, the political purpose of the Monitors was proved a handicap for Qatar, Saudi Arabia and those who control them, they were withdrawn. The Syrian regime no longer has an agreement not to enter the town and cities, and it began a cleaning campaign. The only correct part of the above item is that the ‘revolutionaries’ seem to have fled.

2. An activist said the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – a force of military defectors with links to Syria’s divided opposition – mounted scattered attacks on government troops who advanced through the district of Saqba, held by rebels just days ago.
It is common knowledge, as confirmed by the Arab League Monitors, that the ‘Free Syrian Army’ is composed of 97% civilians, and 3% of deserters of the National Service. To claim that it is “composed of military defectors” is not even agreed to by US intelligence reports. One wonders whether it is inaccuracy or something else that impairs the reporting on events in Syria!

3. “Street fighting has been raging since dawn,” he said, adding tanks were moving through a central avenue of the neighborhood. “The sound of gunfire is everywhere.”
The Syrian Army moved out from the cities and towns. It was the deception of the mentors of the ‘revolutionaries’ to suspend the activities of the Monitors – that is the core of the Agreement with the Syrian regime. Does the gentleman or lady really believe that a rag-tag army of Muslim Brothers is up to fighting the Syrian Army… Why else they want NATO to come and bombard their country? Because they can muster popular and military strength to topple the Syrian regime?

4. Rebels are risking heavier clashes and speaking of creating “liberated” territories to force diplomatic action. In the past three weeks they have taken Zabadani – a town of 40,000 in mountainous near the border with Lebanon.
Zabadani was relinquished by the Syrian Army after the notables of that town assured the government that they would prevent the infiltrators – some of them apparently did not leave their Lebanese accent at home – from entering the city again. We read that the Syrian Army withdrew to the outskirts. It seems that the town notables could not stop the armed gangs from staying in the town. This simply implies that the town would be the seen of much death and destruction as the Syrian Army clear the ‘revolutionaries’ out – this time, with no place for a deal with the notables! Is that good news to the person who rattled about Zabadani to the reporter?
It is really amazing how some think that these irregulars (in every sense) represent a military force to reckon with!

5. “God willing, we will liberate more territory, because the international community has only offered delayed action and empty threats,” said a lieutenant colonel who had defected to the FSA but declined to be named.
It really is no longer a matter for the US, France and Britain any more. Military intervention in Syria is just not going to happen if a regional or a Third World War is to be avoided. The Russian Foreign Minister emphasized his country’s position by stressing that Russia is “against any foreign intervention in Syria, under any label.” This should be read that under no subterfuge would an military intervention be countenanced.

With that in mind, the ball is in the court of the Opposition. If they really care about their country, they should hasten top establish a dialogue. These murderous activities that started in April, 2011, led neither to an expansion of the territory they claim they control, nor to a general uprising of the Syrian people in their support… If any thing, it drew people away from their bloody adventurism.

But then, for the Muslim Brothers and the National Coordination Committee, reveling in Paris in Qatar and Saudi donations, one cannot help observe that: “calling for NATO to come and pound their country into smithereens speaks volumes about their love to their country and its people!”

Jan 30, 2012 5:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Free-Speech wrote:

RobertFrost;

No it is not coincidence at all I’m afraid. The media have their cues, and we have ours…

In ANY other situation we would be condemning Islamists, Islamic militants, Insurgents and Terrorists…

What amazes me is that the media, unlike ordinary people, seem to know how to differentiate between friend and foe when they look EXACTLY the same as the people we’re fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, balaclavas and long beards screaming ALLLLAHU AKBAR!!!.

So I would LOVE to know who the media are taking their cues from!!!

Because they just so happen to coincide with imperial US government foreign policy every single time…..

Jan 30, 2012 6:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
shambare wrote:

After what happened in Libya with Resolution 1973 I don’t see the Russians being naive to take any undertaking that the west will behave differently in Syria if there is a UNSC Resolution. The Russians will veto the Resolution. The argument that says the current West draft resolution on Syria is an Arab initiative will not fly. The Arab League has lost its legitimacy. It is now an instrument of the West in their quest for regime changes in the Middle East.

Jan 31, 2012 2:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
Biscayne wrote:

The Syrian regime has used terrorism to leverage its power domestically, regionally and internationally for so long that it has lost sight of other means to govern and to conduct foreign policy .
Success breeds inertia and in this case terrorism became the staple policy choice to the point where its use became reflexive.

Times have changed and the regime failed to adapt to the new realities.
To call the opposition terrorists when your very policies have driven them to take up arms is a bit rich.

Jan 31, 2012 5:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
Boatie_bill wrote:

Russia and China have the right idea. The USA ought to NOT take sides in this INTERNAL conflict as well.

It was a very different time when the USA fought for its independence but I have little reservation that we felt the whole world let us down during our struggle as well!

The citizens of the USA were “helped” by the efforts of our diplomat Ben Franklin. We were savvy enough to pit one side against the other.

The USA will become complicit in the violence, according to Hilary, but I feel we are still standing with the people of Syria. The violence there is likely NOT going to spiral out of control because the guns and ammo will dry up soon enough.

Which becomes yet another, separate issue, not only for Syria but for the USA!

Jan 31, 2012 10:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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