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‘Tanks and Helicopters’ Mow Down Syria Protesters
Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/11 | Gil Ronen

Posted on 06/11/2011 10:38:18 PM PDT by Eleutheria5

The minority Alawite regime of Bashar Assad has brought in helicopter gunships and tanks to combat a citizens’ rebellion, according to eyewitness reports. The BBC quoted a Syrian refugee who had crossed the border into Turkey as saying that Assad’s tanks attacked a village near Jisr al-Shughour Saturday. About 120 members of Syria's security forces were killed at Jisr al-Shughour last week. The government blames local "armed gangs" but residents said the soldiers were shot by other soldiers when they refused to open fire on civilians. Jisr al-Shughour is described as resembling a ghost town after residents fled in fear of revenge by Assad's forces.

AFP quoted Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as saying that helicopters flying over Maaret al-Numan, near Jisr al-Shughour, had fired on a police station which protesters had seized.

Activists reported that helicopter gunships had been used fire at crowds for the first time on Friday. At least 30 people were reported dead in Friday’s violence, three of them in the capital Damascus.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assad; kill; people; syria
But if it's not Israel, crickets.
1 posted on 06/11/2011 10:38:22 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

Is this what the “smartest woman in America” meant when she called Assad a “reformer”? The only good thing about the Failure becoming President is that Hillary didn’t.


2 posted on 06/11/2011 10:47:17 PM PDT by alstewartfan (When you're fresh out of lawyers, you don't know how good it's gonna feel! Al Stewart)
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To: Eleutheria5; FARS; SunkenCiv; All

I heard a news report that Assads troups appeared to be applying scorched earth tactics around the city—blowing up homes in surrounding villages and destroying orchards and crops. For some reason Turkey is making it hard to interview the refugees—perhaps their presidential election this weekend.

Meanwhile the fight goes on in Libya. Berbers in mountain towns to the south of Tripoli have apparently thrown govt. troups out, control at least one border crossing into Tunisia, and now are attacking outside Zawiya. This city tried to rebel months ago, but was retaken after a week of fighting. It is a major oil hub on the west side of Tripoli between it and the Tunisian border. Two groups of reporters being transported several hours apart between Tripoli and Tunisia report they were forced to detour off the main highway because of apparent fighting. Here is a more detailed link.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-fighting-20110612,0,1882263.story


3 posted on 06/11/2011 10:58:58 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: alstewartfan

We need to impose a No Fly Zone over Syria! And start busting tanks that kill civilians! Do it now! We can be ready to send planes and men to every tyrant who kills his own people. There is enough tin-horn dictators in Africa to keep us busy for fifty years.


4 posted on 06/11/2011 11:12:50 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Eleutheria5
Doncha just love the Arab Spring?

I love the smell of burning goat in the morning...

5 posted on 06/11/2011 11:26:46 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Well, I have no interest in us being busy for 50 years in Africa. Bob


6 posted on 06/11/2011 11:31:20 PM PDT by alstewartfan (When you're fresh out of lawyers, you don't know how good it's gonna feel! Al Stewart)
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To: Eleutheria5
"Tanks and Helicopters" Mow Down Syria Protesters

They got the idea from watching NATO in Libya.


7 posted on 06/11/2011 11:35:40 PM PDT by Iron Munro (“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” Sun Tzu)
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To: Eleutheria5

The more I see, the more it becomes apparent that, speaking generally, mankind is an utter failure,

And that failure comes from man’s desire to control other men.

The ultimate expression of man’s control over other men is Nazism. That is the epitome of the Evil of Man,

And it walks this Earth again as it did 80 years ago.

I wonder who will defeat it this time, I really do, because it not only comes from the muslims, it comes from America.


8 posted on 06/11/2011 11:45:54 PM PDT by chris37 (awesome!)
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To: Eleutheria5
On C-Span last week a former reporter who spent a few years in Lebanon was talking about Hezbollah and the Syrian influence in Lebanon. He said when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 Lebanon was under the control of Syrian government forces and Hezbollah which Syria sponsored. He said Assad got hold of Time magazine writer Joe Klein and asked him to relay a message to George Bush. Assad said he “was not Saddam Hussein” and wanted to cooperate with the U.S. The U.S. reply was for Assad to remove his forces from Lebanon and Assad agreed. The Syrian presence in Lebanon was mostly unpopular with the Lebanese, The Syrians began their withdrawal in 2005 amid an uprising against them.

Former Secretary of State James Baker, considered to represent rich Saudis, talked during this period of “flipping Syria”—inducing Assad into splitting from Iran and moving into the U.S. camp. One model was Egypt's severance from the Soviets—who Saddat suspect would eventually kill him—and allying itself with the U.S.

Around the time Assad began leaving Syria Qaddafi was cutting his own deal with the U.S. which include ending his WMD programs, renouncing terrorism, and allowing American oil companies access to Libyan oil fields. Like Assad, Qaddafi said he feared ending up in a U.S. military prison like Saddam Hussein.

The U.S. could have fully exploited its new and fearsome power in the region had not Congressional Democrats, the news media and the full spectrum of the American Left erupted into a twisted and relentless propaganda war on Bush, his policy makers and coalition operations in Iraq.

9 posted on 06/12/2011 12:12:30 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I specifically remember someone in the bush admin saying syria could be flipped, but didn’t know the context beyond that.


10 posted on 06/12/2011 12:56:20 AM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: Eleutheria5

Arabs killing Arabs, keep it up boys, you’re doing fine.


11 posted on 06/12/2011 4:08:22 AM PDT by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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To: gleeaikin; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks gleeaikin. Libya’s going the way of Afghanistan, imho, but with international assistance; it’ll wind up in at least two pieces, with a cease-fire between the entities, and with each one claiming the entire pos desert they call home.


12 posted on 06/12/2011 4:55:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Great summary!


13 posted on 06/12/2011 5:00:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Good post.


14 posted on 06/12/2011 5:19:59 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Waco
What can we say about the character of Esau? Well this much we know. He scorns his spiritual inheritance and blessings. A profane man, he lives by the sword or by force of arms. Does he put his trust in guns and military armaments first and foremost? Esau was always inclined to be violent and wrathful. He has little patience for those whose proclivities tend toward nurturing and cultivating (as of the flocks). He scorns nurturing considering it evidence of weakness. He is not inclined towards cultivating crops or shepherding as his brother Jacob is. He prefers to hunt and to get his food by taking it down as hunters do. Esau may well be the stereotypical hustler, predator and “bad guy”.

Esau is forever at war among himself. Arabs cant live together, any prophesied Third Caliphate is likely doomed. Unless a new Saladin arises like Imam Hussein, there will be no Caliphate

15 posted on 06/12/2011 8:22:57 AM PDT by STD ('Be Ye holy, for I am holy')
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To: Eleutheria5

While, we are watching all the stories about the Arab Spring Imam Hussein is quietly bringing in thousands of trained Arab foreign fighters into the USA. We must expose Hussein’s treasonous Executive Order, which puts thousands of terrorist triggermen inside the USA. Without FBI background checks, or proper investigations the jails are being emptied across the Arab world. The supposed gun show ‘loophole’ won’t close until these people are fully armed.


16 posted on 06/12/2011 8:29:35 AM PDT by STD ('Be Ye holy, for I am holy')
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To: Eleutheria5

Welp...time to launch the Tomahawks at Syria. ObaMao says we go after countries, without Congressional approval, when a country is being “mean to its people”.

We should be launching against North Korea and China any second now...holding my breath....


17 posted on 06/12/2011 11:10:22 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: STD

Do you have the executive order number and text for this?


18 posted on 06/12/2011 11:47:18 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

At present, per yesterday’s Yisrael Hayom, quoting numerous Arab journalistic sources, it looks like either the Revolutionary Guard of Iran or Hizbollah, or both, are being used within Syria to suppress the demonstrations. Witnesses say that they were shot at by bearded men in uniform, and the Syrian armed forces are all clean-shaven, using weapons that are not issued to Syrian regulars. Apparently, Assad has had a few too many mutinies among his own troops.


19 posted on 06/12/2011 11:53:34 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Introducing: Globocop! His incredibly large ears gave him the power of flight, and his incredibly large ego makes him incapable of staying out of the spotlight. Every time a TV camera is turned on, he knocks down all obstacles, be they physical, moral, or logical, to get in front of that camera. Globocop fights a never-ending battle for...for...whatever he feels like fighting for at the moment.


20 posted on 06/12/2011 11:57:06 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

“Introducing: Globocop! His incredibly large ears gave him the power of flight, and his incredibly large ego makes him incapable of staying out of the spotlight. Every time a TV camera is turned on, he knocks down all obstacles, be they physical, moral, or logical, to get in front of that camera. Globocop fights a never-ending battle for...for...whatever he feels like fighting for at the moment.”

And capable of changing the story of what happened in seconds!


21 posted on 06/12/2011 12:03:54 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Eleutheria5
[. . .it looks like either the Revolutionary Guard of Iran or Hizbollah, or both, are being used within Syria to suppress the demonstrations.]

Iran can't afford to lose Syria as a base of operations against Israel and to support proxies in Lebanon. Hopefully the Israelis can exploit the current chaos to their advantage.

22 posted on 06/12/2011 4:53:42 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I hope the three of them go down together before the revolutionaries, and the remnant of Hizbollah loses all credibility in Lebanon. This is G-d looking out for us again.


23 posted on 06/12/2011 9:21:28 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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