Skip to comments.As Syrian rebels dig in, soldiers defect en masse
Posted on 07/03/2012 8:01:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Syrian helicopters bombarded a Damascus suburb on Monday and Turkey scrambled warplanes near the border in the north, as the UN human rights chief warned that arms supplied to both the government and rebels were deepening the 16-month conflict.
Fighting has come to the gates of the capital in recent weeks and is also raging throughout the country as the battle to unseat President Bashar al-Assad increasingly takes on the character of an all-out civil war, fuelled by sectarian hatred.
Syrian government forces have launched an assault on Douma, a city on the edge of Damascus where they stormed a rebel stronghold two days ago, leaving bodies rotting in the streets of the nearly abandoned town...
The bitterness of the struggle has seen the rebel ranks swollen by defections among troops. Dozens more, including a general, fled into Turkey on Monday, sources in the Free Syrian Army there said. Turkish media said 85 soldiers had deserted.
United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay decried the flow of weapons to both sides.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...
Members of Syrian rebel group Khaled ibin al Walid Fighters take a front-line position in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Homs Sunday. This weekend also saw one of the army's largest mass defections. [Yazen Homsy / Reuters]
General, dozens of Syrian soldiers defect to Turkey
Turkish media outlets say 85 Syrian soldiers, including general and seven officers, seeking political asylum
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By Michael Weiss World Last updated: July 3rd, 2012
Waiting for Iranian and Russian troops to arrive in support of Assad.
Paul Krugman must be so jealous. Their economy is going to take off.
FSA claiming to have just shot down Syrian helicopter. From Youtube video it was difficult to determine type. Severely damaged/burned.
Also, A couple Russian Warships entered Syrian waters. Video shows #650. Chabanenko.
Where ya been? They are already there.
Those people fighting the government in syria they are islamic terrorists they came from Lybia and Saudi arabia for one Goal which is to destroy the syrian well organized government and structures and they are supported by syria’s first enemy Israel . They don’t represent a revolution thus they are serving a forign agenda.
Israel rooting for islamists?:) LOL. Israel is the most interested in keepeing Assad at power right now.
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