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Even Animals Not Spared in Grisly Massacre in Syrian Town

Even Animals Not Spared in Grisly Massacre in Syrian Town

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Moscow will no longer oppose the departure of President Bashar al-Assad if that is the wish of Syrians, a comment suggesting that Russian support for Assad is weakening:

If the Syrians agree [about President Assad's departure] between each other, we will only be happy to support such a solution.

Lavrov’s statement was made after another week of violence in Syria. Activists report that, just today, Saturday, the Syrian army killed 17 people in the southern city of Deraa, where the uprising started in March of 2011 after some teenagers were arrested for writing anti-regime graffiti on a building. The BBC’s Jim Muir, reporting from Lebanon, noted that “despite frequent attempts to subdue Deraa, the city has never really been completely tamed by government forces” and that members of the rebel Free Syrian Army are active in and around it.

Residents of the capital of Damascus described shootings and explosions, with regime tanks in the city’s streets shelling buildings for the first time. However, BBC correspondent Paul Danahar said he did not see evidence of street battles after visiting one of the sites.

Danahar visited the village of Qubeir, where reports of a massacre as savage as that previously discovered in the town of Houla have been confirmed. United Nations monitors had at first been barred by the Syrian army from entering Qubeir and reported being shot at. Activists say that at least 80 were killed in Qubeir; UN monitors are still determining the number. Danahar described the smell of burned flesh in the air:

Men walked into this village on Wednesday morning with the intention of killing everything that moved. But butchering the families that lived in this tiny Sunni Muslim community was not enough to quench their bloodlust. So the animals died too, their carcasses left to rot in the summer sun.

If this was an act of mindless violence the fact that the bodies of the people had been removed suggested a very clear-headed attempt to hide the truth.

Condemning the killings, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke of Syria being on the very brink of civil war while UN envoy Kofi Annan stated what has been too long apparent, that his six-point peace plan has not been implemented.

The te Syrian National Council (SNC), the main coalition of Syria’s opposition groups, is to elect a new president in Turkey on Saturday, after its Paris-based president, Burhan Ghalioun, resigned. The group has not been able to shake off dissension during the months of the uprising, which has taken over 10,000 lives. If Assad were to step down, no clear successor has yet emerged.

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Syria Blocks UN Monitors From “Massacre” Investigation

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9:19AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

well who are the freedom fighters ?and where do they come from all the nutters in the middle east that kill british troops.

6:15AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Keep killing each other but leave the innocent animals alone,please.

2:25AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Lee W.: "It's a far more difficult to deny culpability when reporters can provide video footage of Assad's regime slaughtering people on the ground!"

This again proves that you are extremely misinformed. It has already been acknowledged and proven that Al Jazeera STAGED (faked) video footage that was to make it look as if it was Assad's military attacking people on the ground ... to repeat ... the video was a phony staged "production" by Al Jazeera English!! This was also acknowledged in video interviews with former Al Jazeera station managers and producers. They had left their positions due to these scandalous acts!!

2:20AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Lee W

"Since Russia and China are getting much of their oil from Syria"

You are incorrect. Any oil either of these countries get from Syria is a drop in the ocean of their needs.

1:48AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Article: NATO preparing vast disinformation campaign

Member States of NATO and the GCC are preparing a coup d’état and a sectarian genocide in Syria.

http://www.voltairenet.org/NATO-preparing-vast-disinformation

1:45AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Lee W. - "Hillary Clinton has made a statement that Russia is sending weapons to the Syrian military to be used against the opposition." ... and you put faith in what Hillary Clinton says?? Therein lies the problem ... you people that believe everything the U.S. government officials tell you! I suppose you believe everything on Faux News and CNN too? Might as well ... if you believe Hillary, you could believe any liar!

And to your point of Russia sending weapons to the Syrian military ... IF they were, so what? Don't you know that the U.S. is not only supplying the opposition terrorist groups with weapons, but also giving them salaries and training them to kill. Oh yeah ... you probably don't know about these TRUTHS because your getting your information from U.S. government-controlled media!! To find out what is REALLY going on in the world, go to http://www.presstv.com

2:36PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

People have to understand that Russian prime minister feared a "Capitalism/ Facism containment issue" takeover of one or both countries (Syria and Iran), an outcome that indeed would have been calamitous for Russia. Similar issue to Truman fighting expansion of Soviet Union back in 1947.

1:04PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

I agree with Sian R. Partial truth news.
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said "They (the US) are providing arms and weapons to the Syrian opposition that can be used in fighting against the Damascus government."

Evidence is mounting that the Free Syrian Army, the opposition's main armed wing, has started receiving more and better weapons from Saudi Arabia and Qatar that are being delivered via the Turkish border. The US has been described as "co-ordinating" those efforts.

Laurent Fabius, meanwhile echoed a senior UN official in stating explicitly that Syria was now in a state of "civil war". Fabius also said he would call on the UN security council to make mediator Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan mandatory.

Herve Ladsous, the UN's head of peacekeeping operations, was rejected out of hand by both the Syrian opposition and government.

1:03PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

I agree with Sian R. Partial truth news.
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said "They (the US) are providing arms and weapons to the Syrian opposition that can be used in fighting against the Damascus government."

Evidence is mounting that the Free Syrian Army, the opposition's main armed wing, has started receiving more and better weapons from Saudi Arabia and Qatar that are being delivered via the Turkish border. The US has been described as "co-ordinating" those efforts.

Laurent Fabius, meanwhile echoed a senior UN official in stating explicitly that Syria was now in a state of "civil war". Fabius also said he would call on the UN security council to make mediator Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan mandatory.

Herve Ladsous, the UN's head of peacekeeping operations, was rejected out of hand by both the Syrian opposition and government.

1:02PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

I agree with Sian R. Partial truth news.
ergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said "They (the US) are providing arms and weapons to the Syrian opposition that can be used in fighting against the Damascus government."

Evidence is mounting that the Free Syrian Army, the opposition's main armed wing, has started receiving more and better weapons from Saudi Arabia and Qatar that are being delivered via the Turkish border. The US has been described as "co-ordinating" those efforts.

Laurent Fabius, meanwhile echoed a senior UN official in stating explicitly that Syria was now in a state of "civil war". Fabius also said he would call on the UN security council to make mediator Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan mandatory.

Herve Ladsous, the UN's head of peacekeeping operations, was rejected out of hand by both the Syrian opposition and government.

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