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Lt Gen Abulaziz al-Shalal

26 December 2012             07:46 ET

The commander of Syria’s military police has defected from President Bashar-al Assad’s government and reportedly fled to Turkey.

Lt Gen Abulaziz al-Shalal is one of the highest-ranking officials to join the uprising against the Syrian regime.

In a statement posted on YouTube, the officer said the army had deviated from its primary duty of protecting the country and had transformed into “gangs of killing and destruction”.

He went on to say the army had “destroyed cities and villages and has committed massacres against an unarmed population”.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20843398

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Abulaziz al-Shala

1                     3 3 

 

what he does not like and how he loses his heart’s desire both = AL = 13 = The army had transformed into “gangs of killing and destruction.”   The army had “destroyed cities and villages.”  Being an agent of death.

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PHOTO: Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Dawoud Rajha, left, and the brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, General Assef Shawkat.

July 18, 2012              7:19 am

A bomb in the Syrian capital killed two of the country’s top security officials — the defense minister and his deputy, the latter a brother-in-law of President Bashar Assad — the official Syrian news service reported.

The blast, an audacious strike at the heart of the government, killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajhah and Gen. Asef Shawkat, the deputy defense minister.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency blamed the killings on a “terrorist explosion which targeted the National Security headquarters” in the capital during a meeting of “a number of ministers and senior security officials.”

There were reports of other casualties, possibly including the interior minister and national security chief, but none were immediately confirmed.

The Free Syrian Army, the rebel umbrella group, reportedly issued a statement taking responsibility for the blast.

The killing of Shawkat, who had reportedly been targeted in other plots, hits directly at the Assad family, which has ruled Syria for more than 40 years. He reportedly was married to  Assad’s sister, Bushra, and was considered a key figure in the inner circle of the government.

The blast comes as rebels and security forces have been engaged in four days of skirmishes in the capital, which was long spared much of the violence occurring elsewhere in Syria.

Opposition activists posted video online overnight purporting to show a military barracks ablaze near the presidential palace.  The government was reported to have bolstered troops in the capital to meet the threat in various neighborhoods, including the Midan district near the center.

Wednesday’s blast suggested high-level rebel infiltration into the government security apparatus. Syrian TV reportedly called it a suicide bombing. More details were not immediately available.

The defense minister appears to be the most senior government casualty in the uprising, now entering its 17th month. Rebels are seeking to force Assad’s ouster.

Just last week,  Rajhah attended Syrian military exercises that were widely publicized in the official press.

Following the defense minister’s death, Assad appointed Gen. Fahd Jassem Freij as both defense minister and deputy commander in chief of the army and the armed forces, the official Syrian news service reported.

For months, insurgents have been assassinating security officers viewed as “collaborators” with the Assad government. The president calls the guerrillas “terrorists” and has vowed to defeat them.

The bombing occurred as the issue of Syria was coming before the United Nations again. The United States and allies seeking Assad’s ouster are calling for economic sanctions against Syria. But Russia, which holds a veto on the Security Council, has objected to sanctions.

Whether the explosion was part of a broader rebel offensive in the capital was not clear.

At least one rebel leader has declared that the “liberation” of Damascus was in progress. But the scattered violence and skirmishes do not necessarily suggest a coordinated series of attacks against Assad’s security forces.

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/07/hold-hold-bombing-in-syria-strikes-cabinet-meeting.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Dawoud Rajhah

415634 911818                51

 

his path of destiny = 51 = Fatality.  Killed.

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12 July 2012                08:41 ET

Syria’s envoy to Baghdad has defected to the opposition and, according to Iraqi officials, is in Qatar.

Nawaf Fares, the first senior Syrian diplomat to abandon President Bashar al-Assad, has urged other politicians and military figures to follow suit.

News of his whereabouts came from Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari. His defection was first reported by Qatar-based TV channel al-Jazeera.

Syria has responded by formally dismissing Mr Fares from his post.

Meanwhile, government forces have shelled an area of Damascus, activists have reported.

Head of Sunni Uqaydat tribe, straddling Syria’s eastern border with Iraq

Nawaf Fares

  • Served as top Baath Party official in Deir al-Zour province
  • Appointed Baghdad ambassador 16 Sept 2008
  • First Syrian envoy to Iraq for nearly three decades
  • Resigns from Baath Party and as ambassador 11 July 2012

Mortar rounds were said to have been fired into orchards in Kafr Souseh in an apparent offensive against rebels.

One man died and a number of other people were wounded when tanks and armoured vehicles went into a built-up area, reports said.

Independent confirmation is impossible, as journalists’ freedom of movement is heavily restricted.

‘Tribal chief’

Mr Fares’s defection comes just a week after a Syrian general from a powerful family close to President Assad also defected.

He confirmed his decision in a statement broadcast both on TV and on Facebook.

With Syrian revolutionary flags behind him, he read out the statement saying he was resigning both as Syria’s ambassador to Iraq and as a member of the ruling Baath Party.

The defection of Nawaf Fares is an embarrassing blow to the Syrian regime, and a clear sign of the stress the conflict is generating, but it does not necessarily herald a spate of similar desertions.

Analysis

The government’s discomfort was reflected in an official statement from the foreign ministry in Damascus, lamely announcing that the ambassador had been “relieved of his duties”.

US and Syrian opposition officials seized on Mr Fares’s resignation as a sign that the regime is crumbling.

But the defection of the deputy oil minister earlier this year did not trigger a cascade of similar moves by officials, as he urged.

As with the case of Maj-Gen Munaf Tlas, who fled the country last week, the ambassador may have had specific reasons for turning.

He is a Sunni tribal leader whose area around Deir al-Zor has been heavily battered by government forces recently, as had Gen Tlas’s mainly Sunni hometown Rastan.

The defections are clearly a sign of the times, but given the gravity of what is happening, it is surprising they have been so few and far between.

“I call on all party members to do the same because the regime has transformed it into a tool to oppress the people and their aspirations to freedom and dignity.

“I announce, from this moment on, that I am siding with the people’s revolution in Syria, my natural place in these difficult circumstances which Syria is going through.”

Syria’s foreign ministry said he had made statements that contradicted the duties of his post and no longer had any relation to the Syrian embassy in Baghdad.

The BBC’s Jim Muir in neighbouring Lebanon says this is a highly damaging defection for President Assad.

Mr Fares, significantly, is also chief of a Sunni tribe straddling Syria’s eastern border with Iraq, our correspondent adds.

That area, around the city of Deir al-Zour, has become a hotbed of support for the rebels and has been heavily bombarded in recent weeks.

Syria has been convulsed by internal conflict since protests against President Assad began early last year. The protests turned into an armed rebellion and thousands of people have been killed.

Last week, senior army officer Brig Gen Manaf Tlas fled Syria via Turkey.

He was a commander of a unit of the elite Republican Guard and as a young man he attended military training with President Assad.

Gen Tlas had been under a form of home arrest since May 2011 because he opposed security measures imposed by the regime, sources said.

‘Clear consequences’

In a separate development, Western nations are pressing the UN to threaten Damascus with sanctions as it considers renewing the mandate for its observer mission in Syria which expires on 20 July.

They want a 10-day ultimatum to be part of a Security Council resolution on the future of the UN’s observer mission in the country. A new resolution must be passed before the mission’s mandate ends on Friday next week.

The mission had a 90-day remit to monitor a truce, but fighting has continued largely unabated.

The truce formed part of a six-point peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, who has called for “clear consequences” for the Syrian government and rebels if the ceasefire is not observed.

Action in response to threats to peace, breaches of peace and acts of aggression

Chapter 7 of UN Charter

  • Article 41 enables Security Council to decide measures not involving armed force
  • Can suspend economic and diplomatic relations as well as rail, sea and other communications
  • If Article 41 measures are inadequate, Article 42 enables Security Council to take action by air, sea or land forces for international peace and security

Russia has suggested a 90-day extension. But Western states say a simple rollover of the mission is not enough.

A draft resolution has been circulated threatening Damascus with sanctions within 10 days, if it fails to stop using heavy weapons and pull back its troops from towns and cities.

The UK’s envoy to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, told reporters that Britain, France, the US and Germany would propose making compliance with the ceasefire mandatory under Chapter 7 of the UN charter.

Last week, more than 100 countries called on the Security Council to invoke Article 41 of Chapter 7, which stops short of military intervention.

Russia has said use of Chapter 7 is a “last resort”. China, which like Russia has vetoed the two previous attempts to impose tougher measures, has said it will support a rollover of the mission.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18813759

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Nawaf Fares

5              1

 

how he obtains/loses his heart’s desire = NS = 51 = The president.  The government.  Doing the right thing.

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July 05, 2012                6:30 PM

Manaf Tlass, the son of former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass and once a close friend of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has defected from the army and fled to Turkey, Al-Arabiya reported on Thursday.

Manaf Tlass is a commander of an elite unit in the Syrian army. Mustafa Tlass, his father, was a close friend of Bashar Assad’s father, Hafez Assad, and served as his minister of defense and right-hand man for decades, despite being a member of a Sunni family. Despite this, Tlass was the subject of derision over the years due to his inability to make significant decision in the security field – these decisions were entrusted to Alawite officers.

According to reports in Arab media outlets, Tlass defected from the Syrian army two days ago.

A source in the Syrian defense establishment confirmed the report, and claimed that Tlass fled after he discovered that the Syrian intelligence services found out that he is a member of the opposition and rebel forces.

According to the source, Syrian intelligence was tracking him for an extended period of time and had gathered intelligence on his activities. The source said that Tlass fled after he understood that he would probably be arrested by Assad’s security forces. The Syrian source underplayed the importance of the incident, saying that it looked like Tlass understood that the Assad regime had the upper hand.

Earlier this week, it was reported that 85 soldiers from Assad’s army defected, including a general and 14 officers. The defectors fled to a refugee camp in Turkey, and joined some 2,000 soldiers who have defected from the Syrian army so far.

Earlier on Thursday, the WikiLeaks website began publishing what it said were millions of documents linked to the inner workings of the Assad’s regime. According to a statement released by WikiLeaks, the more than 2.4 million files are derived “from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture.”

from:  http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/report-top-syrian-officer-a-close-friend-of-assad-defects-and-flees-to-turkey-1.449089

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Manaf Tlass

4              1

 

how he loses his heart’s desire = MS = 41 = Things get ugly.  Bashar al-Assad.

Bashar al-Assad was born on September 11th, 1965 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad

September 11th, 1965

9 + 11 +1+9+6+5 = 41 = his life lesson

So Bashar’s 41 life lesson indicates that  how Manaf loses his heart’s desire (41) is due to Bashar.

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July 4, 2012                 11:54 a.m. ET

Turkey on Wednesday found the bodies of two pilots shot down by Syria last month during a contested flight that pushed the neighbors’ relations to a new low almost a year after Ankara threw its weight behind the opposition to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power.

The military General Staff in Ankara said on Wednesday that it was working to remove the bodies of Captain Gokhan Ertan and Lieutenant Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy from the Mediterranean. Turkey didn’t identify the location of the dead pilots or provide any additional details. The armed forces weren’t immediately able to provide comment.

Syria in the Spotlight

Take a look back over the highlights of the past year in Syria in a timeline, and review the latest events in a map.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a short statement on his website offering condolences but offered no further comment.

The June 22 downing of Turkey’s RF4 surveillance jet dramatically raised tensions along Turkey’s 565-mile border with Syria, and led the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, following a presentation on Tuesday by Turkey, to condemn Syria’s action. Turkey’s military last week deployed armored units along the frontier, after Mr. Erdogan promised “decisive steps” as a response.

Those tensions were illustrated on Monday as Turkey scrambled six Turkish F-16 jets from Incirlik air base in southern Turkey for the third consecutive day in response to Syrian helicopters flying close to the border.

Turkey’s military said that on Monday that four Turkish F-16 jets from air bases in Incirlik and two from Batman in eastern Turkey had scrambled in three separate incidents in response to three Syrian helicopters flying south of the Turkish province of Hatay on Tuesday.

Attention will now be focused on whether the recovery of the pilots’ bodies offers more clues on where and how the Turkish jet was downed.

Mr. Assad says Syrian forces hit the plane over territorial waters with antiaircraft gunfire. Turkey says it was hit in international airspace, 1.6 kilometers (about a mile) outside Syrian waters.

The military statement didn’t include details about the remnants of the jet, which have yet to be found.

Mr. Assad also appears increasingly eager to levy domestic pressure on Mr. Erdogan’s government, which has been criticized by the opposition in Turkey for its hawkish stance toward Damascus. In an interview published Wednesday by Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, Mr. Assad accused Ankara of having a sectarian agenda and supporting the rebellion against his regime.

“He has unfortunately made Turkey a party to all bloody activities in Syria. Turkey gave all kinds of logistical support to terrorists who are killing our people,” Mr. Assad was quoted as saying of Mr. Erdogan. “He has his own agenda. He wanted terrorists to be free in Syria, for them not to be pressured, arrested, and for us not to defend ourselves,” Mr. Assad was quoted as saying.

U.N. Syrian mission chief Robert Mood says full work can resume once conditions in Syria improve. The U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria said on Wednesday that it will resume its work once condition allow observers to go on patrols.

Despite the heightened tensions between the neighbors in recent weeks, opinion polls in Turkey suggest the majority of the public is firmly opposed to military conflict with Syria. According to a survey of 1,500 respondents published in June—before the jet was downed—by independent Turkish think tank EDAM, 41% of Turks oppose any intervention, while almost 15% say Turkey should create a buffer zone inside Syria. Almost 12% said Turkey should stage a military intervention, while some 8% backed supporting the opposition Free Syrian Army fighters with arms.

Turkish government officials on Wednesday didn’t immediately make statements following the General Staff statement announcing the deaths.

Both pilots’ fathers told Turkish television networks last week that Turkey should not go to war over the death of their sons. Government officials and opposition parties alike have called for calm over the downing of the unarmed plane.

Mr. Assad suggested on Tuesday that Syrian forces had mistaken the Turkish plane for an Israeli jet, stressing that it was flying in an air corridor used three times in the past by the Israeli air force. Mr. Assad added that he regretted the incident “100%,” in the first of a series of exclusive interviews with Cumhuriyet that appeared to strike a contrite tone but remain defiant against Ankara. “I wish it hadn’t happened,” Mr. Assad said.

from:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304141204577506574067207052.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Hasan Aksoy

81115 12167                33

 

his path of destiny = 33 = Into the lion’s den.

Seven of Wands Tarot card

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July 4, 2012                 11:54 a.m. ET

Turkey on Wednesday found the bodies of two pilots shot down by Syria last month during a contested flight that pushed the neighbors’ relations to a new low almost a year after Ankara threw its weight behind the opposition to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power.

The military General Staff in Ankara said on Wednesday that it was working to remove the bodies of Captain Gokhan Ertan and Lieutenant Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy from the Mediterranean. Turkey didn’t identify the location of the dead pilots or provide any additional details. The armed forces weren’t immediately able to provide comment.

Syria in the Spotlight

Take a look back over the highlights of the past year in Syria in a timeline, and review the latest events in a map.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a short statement on his website offering condolences but offered no further comment.

The June 22 downing of Turkey’s RF4 surveillance jet dramatically raised tensions along Turkey’s 565-mile border with Syria, and led the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, following a presentation on Tuesday by Turkey, to condemn Syria’s action. Turkey’s military last week deployed armored units along the frontier, after Mr. Erdogan promised “decisive steps” as a response.

Those tensions were illustrated on Monday as Turkey scrambled six Turkish F-16 jets from Incirlik air base in southern Turkey for the third consecutive day in response to Syrian helicopters flying close to the border.

Turkey’s military said that on Monday that four Turkish F-16 jets from air bases in Incirlik and two from Batman in eastern Turkey had scrambled in three separate incidents in response to three Syrian helicopters flying south of the Turkish province of Hatay on Tuesday.

Attention will now be focused on whether the recovery of the pilots’ bodies offers more clues on where and how the Turkish jet was downed.

Mr. Assad says Syrian forces hit the plane over territorial waters with antiaircraft gunfire. Turkey says it was hit in international airspace, 1.6 kilometers (about a mile) outside Syrian waters.

The military statement didn’t include details about the remnants of the jet, which have yet to be found.

Mr. Assad also appears increasingly eager to levy domestic pressure on Mr. Erdogan’s government, which has been criticized by the opposition in Turkey for its hawkish stance toward Damascus. In an interview published Wednesday by Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, Mr. Assad accused Ankara of having a sectarian agenda and supporting the rebellion against his regime.

“He has unfortunately made Turkey a party to all bloody activities in Syria. Turkey gave all kinds of logistical support to terrorists who are killing our people,” Mr. Assad was quoted as saying of Mr. Erdogan. “He has his own agenda. He wanted terrorists to be free in Syria, for them not to be pressured, arrested, and for us not to defend ourselves,” Mr. Assad was quoted as saying.

U.N. Syrian mission chief Robert Mood says full work can resume once conditions in Syria improve. The U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria said on Wednesday that it will resume its work once condition allow observers to go on patrols.

Despite the heightened tensions between the neighbors in recent weeks, opinion polls in Turkey suggest the majority of the public is firmly opposed to military conflict with Syria. According to a survey of 1,500 respondents published in June—before the jet was downed—by independent Turkish think tank EDAM, 41% of Turks oppose any intervention, while almost 15% say Turkey should create a buffer zone inside Syria. Almost 12% said Turkey should stage a military intervention, while some 8% backed supporting the opposition Free Syrian Army fighters with arms.

Turkish government officials on Wednesday didn’t immediately make statements following the General Staff statement announcing the deaths.

Both pilots’ fathers told Turkish television networks last week that Turkey should not go to war over the death of their sons. Government officials and opposition parties alike have called for calm over the downing of the unarmed plane.

Mr. Assad suggested on Tuesday that Syrian forces had mistaken the Turkish plane for an Israeli jet, stressing that it was flying in an air corridor used three times in the past by the Israeli air force. Mr. Assad added that he regretted the incident “100%,” in the first of a series of exclusive interviews with Cumhuriyet that appeared to strike a contrite tone but remain defiant against Ankara. “I wish it hadn’t happened,” Mr. Assad said.

from:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304141204577506574067207052.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Gokhan Ertan

762815 59215              51

 

his path of destiny = 51 = Fatality.  Killed.

King of Swords Tarot card

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27 June 2012            10:29 ET

Gunmen have attacked a Syrian pro-government TV channel, killing seven people, state media say.

Journalists and security guards died in the attack on al-Ikhbariya TV south of Damascus, Sana news agency reported.

Hours earlier, President Bashar al-Assad said Syria was in “a real state of war” and US intelligence officials predicted a long, drawn-out struggle.

UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has called a meeting of the UN action group for Syria for Saturday.

His deputy envoy said on Wednesday that the violence in the country had “reached or surpassed” levels before the April ceasefire deal.

‘Cold blood’

The BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut says that Syrian TV dropped normal programming on Wednesday to run live coverage of the attack on the headquarters of Ikhbariya TV in the town of Drusha, some 20km (14 miles) south of the capital.

When government troops overran the embattled Baba Amr district of Homs in March, there was a widespread feeling this marked the eclipse of the rebel Free Syrian Army. Three months on, the armed opposition has sprung back, not just in Homs but in almost all parts of the country – including the suburbs of Damascus, where the semi-official TV station al-Ikhbariya was stormed.

Analysis

In late January, the Damascus suburbs were first on the list of targets in a concerted government campaign to reassert control over the whole country with an iron fist. It has failed so far. Residents in Damascus now spend their nights listening to explosions and shooting.

Homs remains a shattered battle-zone, with artillery pounding rebel-held quarters. Areas adjacent to borders are also the scenes of daily clashes. The official news agency Sana this week suddenly stopped reporting the funerals of military personnel killed in action. The average had gone up to more than 50 a day.

With no end in sight, President Assad has told his new cabinet that it is a real war. He is clearly right.

State TV showed pictures of burnt and wrecked buildings, with fires still smouldering.

Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi, on a visit to the site, said some of the victims had been abducted, bound, and killed in cold blood.

He also condemned the EU’s decision to impose sanctions on Syria’s state-run TV and radio agency for its support of the Assad government.

The Ikhbariya attack followed fierce clashes in suburbs of the capital, Damascus, described by opposition activists as the worst there so far.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting had taken place near positions of the Republican Guard, which is led by President Assad’s younger brother Maher and has the role of protecting the capital.

The Observatory also reported violence on Wednesday in the central city of Homs, Deir al-Zour in the east and in Idlib in the north.

Mr Annan has announced there will be a meeting in Geneva on Saturday of the Syrian action group – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar.

There was no mention of including Iran, whose presence in talks has been urged by Russia.

Mr Annan said the aim of the meeting was to secure full implementation of an agreed peace plan and back the “principles for a Syrian-led political transition”.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will attend the meeting, said that if all the parties agreed to Mr Annan’s roadmap for political transition then there was “great hope that this perhaps can be a turning point in the very tragic circumstances affecting the Syrian people”.

In April, following months of bloodshed, the Syrian government agreed to a six-point peace plan. UN monitors were deployed to oversee a ceasefire but the truce never took hold and the monitors have suspended patrols.

Al-Ikhbariya al-Suriya (The Syrian News Channel) not part of the state-run Radio and Television Corporation

Ikhbariya TV

  • Set up as separate, government-funded entity in late 2010 by Syria’s information ministry
  • Originally intended as pan-Arab satellite news channel, headed by Fuad Sharabji, a former Damascus bureau chief of al-Jazeera TV
  • Overseen by information minister, but had been less rigid than state-run channels
  • Since March 2011 there have been accusations that it has become a major propaganda mouthpiece for the Syrian government

Mr Annan’s deputy envoy, Jean-Marie Guehenno, warned the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday that “time was running out”.

He was speaking shortly before a commission of inquiry gave details of its report on the one of the worst attacks on civilians since the conflict began – the 25 May Houla massacre in which 108 people died.

Commission chairman Paulo Pinheiro told the council that “forces loyal to the government may have been responsible for many of the deaths” but he said his team had been unable to determine who was behind the massacre.

Mr Pinheiro said the perpetrators were from one of three groups: “shabiha” or other local militia from neighbouring villages, perhaps acting with the army; anti-government armoured groups; or foreign groups.

“While the commission could not rule out the possibility of anti-government fighters being responsible for the killing, this was considered very much unlikely,” he said.

Syrian ambassador Faisal Khabbaz Hamoui condemned the meeting as “flagrantly political” and walked out of the hall.

‘Holding firm’

Senior US intelligence officials have described the conflict between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the government as a “seesaw battle”, suggesting that it is likely to be a long, drawn-out struggle.

“The regime inner circle and those at the next level still seem to be holding fairly firm in support of the regime and Assad,” one official told Reuters.

The BBC’s Ian Pannell, who has spent the past two weeks with rebel groups in Idlib province, says that over the past two months there have been marked changes, with the rebels clearly getting weapons across the border and from the Syrian military.

The rebels are becoming more organised and are going on the offensive, he says, and are controlling large swathes of northern areas.

The UN says at least 10,000 people have been killed since pro-democracy protests began in March 2011. In June, the Syrian government reported that 6,947 Syrians had died, including at least 3,211 civilians and 2,566 security forces personnel.

Map showing fighting in Damascus
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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Fuad Sharabji

6       1       1  1

 

his primary challenge (FS), his appearance to the world (FA), and what he must not do (FJ) all = 61 = Abduction.  Kidnap.

Seven of Swords Tarot card

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