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01-07-2013, 01:37 AM #1
Syrian Troops Repulse Rebels in Aleppo
Syria‘s state media said Monday that government troops repulsed a rebel attack on a police school in the northern city of Aleppo, one day after President Bashar Assad called on Syrians to fight an opposition that he characterized as religious extremists.
SANA news agency said members of the “terrorist group” were killed and wounded in the late Sunday battle but did not specify the number. The government and the pro-regime media refer to rebels as terrorists.
Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and a former commercial hub, has been a major front in the civil war since July, with battles often raging for control of military and security facilities such as the police school. Rebels have recently made significant advances there, in the east, and in the capital Damascus, bringing the civil war closer to the seat of Assad’s power.
In his speech Sunday, Assad laid out terms for a peace plan but dismissed any chance of dialogue with “murderous criminals” who he said were responsible for nearly two years of violence. Nearly 60,000 people have died, according to a recent United Nations estimate.
Assad appeared confident and relaxed in a one-hour speech — his first public address in six months. He struck a defiant tone, ignoring international demands for him to step down and saying he is ready to hold a dialogue — but only with those “who have not betrayed Syria.” He also vowed to continue the battle “as long as there is one terrorist left.”
He offered a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution but demanded regional and Western countries stop funding and arming rebels trying to overthrow his regime first.
Syria’s opposition swiftly rejected the proposal. Those fighting to topple the regime, including rebels on the ground, have repeatedly said they will accept nothing less than the president’s departure, dismissing any kind of settlement that leaves him in the picture.
Source - http://world.time.com/2013/01/07/rep...els-in-aleppo/
Last edited by Johnny Bravo; 01-07-2013 at 01:39 AM.
01-07-2013, 02:10 AM #2
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At first it was a battle for freedom, but now it's a "war" for religion.
If you checked most rebel parties are of the Sunni sect of Islam which have been treated unfairly by Shiite-ruled Assad regime.
Also the media tends to exaggerate Rebels victory as most areas they have captured are pro-Sunni which have people's support. Damascus and Apello happen to large Shitte populations hence it;s more than likely impossible for rebels to capture.
Mind you I have a friend in Damascus whose pro-Assad
Last edited by Baktiar; 01-07-2013 at 02:12 AM.
01-07-2013, 03:31 PM #3
I just hope the US doesn't stick their nose in this shit and wanting to 'Help' Assad and his troubles. That's another thing we don't need to do, it'll be Iraq all over again.
I have no contacts in the Middle-East. But that is pretty cool man, do you guys talk ofter and does he mention a lot of these things? o:
At least I can count on you, Baktiar to read these things. I find them interesting in a way. I normally read the world news every other day.
Last edited by Johnny Bravo; 01-07-2013 at 03:39 PM.
01-07-2013, 03:36 PM #4
I love reading about this stuff. Keeps me informed and makes me sound smart :o
But i agree with you money. The last thing we need right now is another war
01-07-2013, 03:41 PM #5
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I talk to him a fair bit, life is pretty normal especially in the inner city regions where lives. However if the war escalates further he might consider moving back to France where I met him with his family.
01-07-2013, 03:54 PM #6