67 Killed in Syria Today, Death Toll Rising in Homs

The Syrian regime’s assault on the city of Homs continued for a sixth straight day with residents saying they are under a “genocidal attack” and reports of over 57 people killed today, Thursday. The shelling has been focused on districts that are controlled by rebel forces; the BBC‘s Jim Muir, reporting from Lebanon, says that there are civilians as well as armed rebels in the area that has been the site of the worst shelling, Baba Amr. Activists report that an entire three families have been killed.

A total of 65 people have been killed throughout Syria on Thursday in assaults by government troops, according to the opposition group, the Local Coordinating Committee. The aid group Doctors Without Borders issued a report on Wednesday saying that the Syrian government has been blocking medical care for activists and the hundreds others injured in the violence.

Putin Criticizes Western Nations: “A Bull in a China Shop”

On Wednesday, United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon said that the failure to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria has led the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to “step up its war on its own people.” Last weekend, both Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that called for Assad to step down and transfer power to a unity government. Speaking about the Syrian crisis for the first time publicly, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin said that his country’s stance was “unbiased” while that of the US and Western nations is like “a bull in a china shop.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Damascus on Tuesday and said that Assad has indicated he is ready to talk with “all political forces” to end the brutal crackdown. Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said that he had “very little confidence” in such being the case; White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Assad has “missed the opportunity” for dialogue. Assad has made such promises to “reform” throughout the many months of the crisis but all have turned out to be hollow, based on the continuing violence — over 7,000 have been killed by security forces since March.

UN chief Ban also said that the head of the Arab League is planning to send observers back into Syria and mentioned the possibility of a joint mission with the UN. Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign minister of Turkey — a close ally of Syria’s at the start of the unrest that has repeatedly expressed its objections to the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown — has also spoken of plans for an international meeting. The 27-member European Union is considering harsher sanctions against Syria, including bans on commercial flights between Syria and Europe, on financial transactions with the Syrian central bank and on the import of Syrian phosphates (the EU imports 40 percent of Syria’s phosphate exports).

Homs is Syria’s third-largest city and has been an epicenter of unrest since the protests started almost a year ago, in March of 2011. The family of Assad’s British-born wife, Asma, is from Homs and many have speculated about her silence in the escalating crisis.

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Dijana D.
Dijana D.4 years ago

wow this is so sad, i can't believe it's turned into a full fledged genocide. where is the help for the innocent?

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

From the Manchester Guardian


Intervention is in fact already taking place. The Saudis and Qataris are reported to be funding and arming the opposition. The Free Syrian Army has a safe haven in Turkey. Western special forces are said to be giving military support on the ground. And if that fails, the UN can be bypassed by invoking the "responsibility to protect" civilians, along Libyan lines.

But none of that will stop the killing. It will escalate it. That is the clear lesson of last year's Nato intervention in Libya. When it began, the death toll was 1,000 to 2,000. By the time Muammar Gaddafi was captured and lynched seven months later, it was estimated at more than 10 times that figure. The legacy of foreign intervention in Libya has also been mass ethnic cleansing, torture and detention without trial, continuing armed conflict, and a western-orchestrated administration so unaccountable it resisted revealing its members' names.

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago


Several civilians and security forces were killed and injured in a car blast by a "terrorist group" in Homs, Syria's National TV reported.

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago


DEBKAfile reports that British and Qatari special forces are in Homs, Syria working with anti-government forces .

"The foreign troops are not engaged in direct combat with the Syrian forces bombarding different parts of Syria's third largest city of 1.2 million. They are tactical advisers, manage rebel communications lines and relay their requests for arms, ammo, fighters and logistical aid to outside suppliers, mostly in Turkey," the report states.

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

And in the meantime.


Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News

Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel's secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran's leaders. The attacks, which have killed five Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007 and may have destroyed a missile research and development site, have been carried out in dramatic fashion, with motorcycle-borne assailants often attaching small magnetic bombs to the exterior of the victims' cars. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Obama administration is aware of the assassination campaign but has no direct involvement. The Iranians have no doubt who is responsible -- Israel and the People's Mujahedin of Iran, known by various acronyms, including MEK, MKO and PMI.

Ira Herson
Ira Herson4 years ago

It is strange that this tragedy in Syria sparks religious debate. It is a case of a dictatorship being overthrown by protesters.

It happens from time to time. The Assad regime has forgotten that you can only suppress people's freedom for so long until they revolt.

The Assad regime is getting lots of aid from Iran and their best supplier for arms, Russia. It seems that aside from supplying arms they are also giving alibis. Sergei Lavrov a mediator from Russia is saying that the SNC wants to have peace talks with Assad. Except that they SNC have totally denied any such move. Mean while today's death count has risen by 100 more.

We all hope that the Arab League will get Assad to step down and bring this killing to an end.

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago


"Les camps de Tindouf sont devenus, sous l'emprise des milices du Polisario, un terrain fertile pour les recruteurs des réseaux terroristes, des trafiquants de tous genres et des bandes criminelles, d'où l'impératif de leur fermeture", affirme le rapport intitulé : "Terrorisme en Afrique du Nord, de l'Ouest et en Afrique centrale: du 11 septembre au Printemps arabe".
L’expert américain, qui vient d’effectuer une tournée au Sud du Maroc, affirme avoir constaté lors de son séjour à Dakhla, les opportunités offertes aux personnes, ayant eu la chance de fuir les camps de Tindouf, pour devenir des citoyens productifs.
M.Alexander, qui présentait son rapport lors d'une conférence, tenue au National Press Club de Washington sous le thème: "Coopération internationale pour la lutte antiterroriste", rappelle par ailleurs que l'année dernière, des rapports de services de renseignement occidentaux et l'arrestation de Sahraouis du Polisario qui trempent dans le terrorisme, ont confirmé l'existence de liens avérés entre Aqmi, les cartels de drogues dures sud-américains et le Polisario. Pour preuve, il cite le kidnapping, en octobre 2011, de trois travailleurs humanitaires occidentaux, au centre névralgique de Rabouni contrôlé par le Polisario

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

Rob and Jay talk about Morocco. Here's the truth.


Les Américains qui craignent de plus en plus les actes terroristes, jettent leur dévolu sur toutes les zones suspectes. Une association américaine vient de lancer, dans ce sens, un appel pressant pour la fermeture des camps de réfugiés de Tindouf que contrôlent les séparatistes du Front Polisario au sud-ouest du désert algérien limitrophe du Sahel. Dans un rapport sur le terrorisme publié jeudi, Yonah Alexander, directeur du Centre international pour les études sur le terrorisme, relevant du Potomac Institute, soutient que ces camps sont devenus « le ventre mou de la lutte antiterroriste dans un ensemble géographique qui s'étend du Maghreb arabe à la région du Sahel».
"Les camps de Tindouf sont devenus, sous l'emprise des milices du Polisario, un terrain fertile pour les recruteurs des réseaux terroristes, des trafiquants de tous genres et des bandes criminelles, d'où l'impératif de leur fermeture", affirme le rapport intitulé : "Terrorisme en Afrique du Nord, de l'Ouest et en Afrique centrale: du 11 septembre au Printemps arabe".
L’expert américain, qui vient d&

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

More ravings from Rob and Jay. Where does your hatred come from?

As for being an "Islamist", I repeat, I am an atheist.

Rob and Jay B.
Jay S.4 years ago

Here is a good article on the Muslim Brotherhood history & activity in Syria: http://www.mideastmonitor.org/issues/0604/0604_2.htm

FYI the Assads are Alawis, a quasi-Muslim sect, considered heretical by the Sunni majority (but they all consider each other 'apostates' & 'heretics'). It's interesting because their sect believes women have no souls & they don't believe in Islamic paradise or hell. They are related to the ancient religion the Cult of Angels. For their survival they've pretended to be Muslims for centuries & make up 13% of Syria's population & virtually all of the army & top government officials.

John D has no credibility. He is an Islamist & will never admit anything they do is wrong, no matter how barbaric. He praises the Islamic dictatorship of Iran & denies their murders of 4000 gay people & 20,000 women/girls, he rants about US & 'Zionist' 'imperialism' but defends Muslim Morocco's brutal, invasion & occupation of Western Sahara driving 100,000 refugees into Algeria. He even defends the evil & immoral Ayatollah Khomeinii, child molester & mass murderer supreme! How can anyone take anything he says seriously?