Syria Now “In A Real State of War” Says Assad

Seven people including journalists and security guards were killed by gunman who raided the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV channel, Ikhbariya TV, about 14 miles south of the capital of Damascus early this morning. The station is privately owned but has strong ties to President Bashar al-Assad. SANA, the Syrian state news agency, said that a rebel “massacre against the freedom of the press” had occurred. A number of other employees were wounded and security guards were reportedly kidnapped. The station continue to air its programs hours after the attacks.

Earlier this month, gunmen shot and seriously wounded two Ikhbariya employees, who had been covering the clashes between the regime’s forces and the rebels, in the north-western town of Haffa. The rebels have denied targeting the media.

The attacks are just the latest indications of an upsurge in violence. The BBC reports that at least 100 people were killed on Tuesday; a video shows reporter Ian Pannell meeting a family who are too scared to take their wounded children to the hospital.

Hours before the attack at around 4am this morning, Assad said that Syria was now “in a real state of war.”

Burhan Ghalioun, the former leader of the main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, says that part of northern Syria, the north-western province of Idlib, has been “liberated” from Assad and is now under the control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Syrian Envoy Walks Out of UN Human Rights Council Meeting

The United Nations deputy envoy on Syria says that violence has now “reached or surpassed” levels before a ceasefire deal negotiated in April by Kofi Annan, special envoy to the UN.

On Tuesday at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, an investigation gave details of its report on the May 25 Houla massacre in which 108 including dozens of children were slain.  Commission chairman Paulo Pinheiro said that “forces loyal to the government may have been responsible for many of the deaths” and cited three possible groups, the ”shabiha” or other local militia who perhaps acted with the army; anti-government armed groups, or foreign groups. However, Pinheiro said that it was “very much unlikely” that anti-government groups had carried out the killings. Condemning the meeting as “flagrantly political,” Faisal Khabbaz Hamoui, walked out.

A “See-saw Battle”

US intelligence officials predict a long and drawn-out conflict in what they have termed a “see-saw battle” in which “the military strikes hard, then the rebels change tactics and gain momentum, followed by the military forces stepping up again.” While two colonels and a general reportedly defected last week, most of the army remains loyal to Assad. A senior American official quoted in Reuters noted that “the regime inner circle and those at the next level still seem to be holding fairly firm in support of the regime and Assad.”

While sympathizers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been sending arms into Syria, these are mostly “small arms such as AK-47 automatic weapons, and some anti-tank guided munitions and rocket-propelled grenades.”

On June 30, an international conference will be held in Geneva where Annan hopes to revive his peace plan. Russia has requested that Iran, Syria’s close ally, attend; the US has said that it will not attend the meeting if Iran does. US allies are also opposed to Iran attending.

The UN estimates that at least 10,000 have been killed in the uprising that began in southern Syria in March of 2011 but activists put the figure at 40,000. The Syrian government reported in June that 6,947 Syrians had died, including at least 3,211 civilians and 2,566 security forces personnel.

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Cindy B.
Cindy Black5 years ago

Oh, my... I just found the famous "Kasia Y and John M comments.... Of course these comments are so stupid they barely deserve rebuttals.. America's ALREADY done enough needless damage to put us, and the rest of the world, in a much more unsafe, volatile state than ever. You will NEVER achieve peace through violence -- certainly not the kind of violence we've been perpetrating. You'll only succeed in fomenting much more hatred and condemnation, ergo, more violence. Poor Kasia looks quite young; that's probably a factor.

Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

Continued from below:

A few days ago, Al Assad declared that, "Syria was now at war," it appears that the Syrian National Government and the Military has decided that their rule of Syria is now truly threatened.
Especially, with the influx of weapons that is being funneled through Turkey, provided by those jews in Occupied Palestine, more people have begun to join the fray.

We, in the West must refrain from viewing the "Syrian situation" as something we understand, the past 50 years are full of lost and forgotten American Wars of Intervention. The majority, complete failures, Guatemala 80,000 Mayan peasants killed, El Salvador 75,000 killed or disappeared, Chile 2,115 killed, 27,265 tortured, many at the hands of the American Military.
The abuses committed by America is near endless. This is just but one more of our crimes.

Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

John B. In the beginning, there were groups within Syria that had made demands for Al Assad to institute National reforms, reluctantly, he bowed to many of their demands.
They, the protesters pushed for more reforms, and for anyone who has lived on this planet for more than one day, we realize that transition can take time.
They began striking here and there, in some of the major cities, at first, somewhat peaceful but as they acquired weaponry they began to strike at Syrian forces.

Many times, the demonstrators sought shelter in various parts of Syrian cities and since the military given the task of opposing them, they pursued them and more intense fighting broke out that swelled over to include the civilian population. Most military observers, at least those who have chosen to speak freely, would tell you that, the Syrian Military has shown restraint from the beginning.

What is little known to most of us, beyond what has been printed in the "news." The immense amount of electronic traffic that is taking place between the CIA and Syrian military leaders. This is nothing new, the U.S. has used this same tactic throughout the Middle East since the beginning of the Arab Spring, on 18 December 2010 to today's disruptions.

A few days ago, Al Assad declared that, "Syria was now at war," it appears that the Syrian National Government and the Military has decided that their rule of Syria is now truly threatened.
Especially, with the influx of weapons that is being

marc rosati
marc rosati5 years ago

You are in a particularly foul mood today, What's going on? Was your bicycle stolen? You really should consider going to hate management class It's not healthy to want to go around nuking countries you don't like. Even the most insane dictator would not nuke his neighbor because even HE realizes that it would be the end of him too. Thank God you're not in charge of anything!

John B.
John B5 years ago

Assad said that Syria was now “in a real state of war.” Where has he been the last two months? It has been an all out civil war for over an month now. Sad situation for the innocent civilians caught in the middle. Thanks Kristina for the update on this.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams5 years ago

Such a sad situation . . . . . .

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

This is terrible.

Marianna B Molnar


Ness Watson
Inez w5 years ago

@John and Kasia
Also, do you guys think if you nuked a bunch of countries you'd be safe in your ivory towers? The fallout from this would be global and would kill off countless wildlife and kids, we could expect global acid rain for starters and if you wanted to wipe out an entire religion what are you gonna do about the Muslims in America / UK / Europe....
This is such a pathetic and small minded argument, don't like it? kill it
I'm just gonna hope you are both trolls and leave it at that

Ness Watson
Inez w5 years ago

What a horrific and evil thing to say. I guess you are the next Hitler huh?