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Sat Aug 4, 2012, 09:27 PM

 

Syria rebels renew assault on Damascus as Assad hits money trouble

Source: NBC

Video: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_nv/api/media/getMobileVideo?videoId=48509042

Rebels and regime forces continue their fight to control Syria's largest city.

Urban warfare intensifies in Aleppo

By Ayman Mohyeldin
August 4, 2012

Rebels and regime forces continue their fight to control Syria's largest city. NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports. By NBC News wire services Heavy explosions shook the Syrian capital Saturday and helicopters circled overhead as rebels appeared to be renewing their offensive in the city, witnesses and activists said.

The fresh battles show that President Bashar Assad's victories could be fleeting as armed opposition groups regroup and resurge, possibly forcing the regime to shuffle military units to react to attacks across the country.

The country's civil war has intensified in recent weeks as rebels focused on the country's two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo.

"We heard heavy bombing since dawn," a witness in Damascus told The Associated Press, asking that his name not be used out of fear for his personal safety. "Helicopters are in the sky."

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Reply Syria rebels renew assault on Damascus as Assad hits money trouble (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Aug 2012 OP
leveymg Aug 2012 #1
UnrepentantLiberal Aug 2012 #2
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2012 #3
crimson77 Aug 2012 #4
WCGreen Aug 2012 #5
Le Taz Hot Aug 2012 #6
UnrepentantLiberal Aug 2012 #7
Le Taz Hot Aug 2012 #8
pampango Aug 2012 #9

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 09:55 PM

1. The promised "Mother Of All Battles" hasn't materialized. Repeat helicopter report. Move to next

pre-programmed propaganda story. Repeat. Rinse.

The slow blood letting continues.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:18 PM

2. If the resistance is smart they'll just keep melting away...

 

and showing up on new battlefields like the United States and Vietnam did in their wars for independence.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:53 PM

3. I wonder how many ammo dumps the resistance have seized or hit.

Blowing bridges and ammo dumps is sabotage 101.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 11:07 PM

4. Horrible

 

Is this going to be another middle eastern/north african rathole that the west is going to spend the next generation pissing away good money after bad for? And why don't the BRIC nations ever have to cough up any money, It's always us and the EU. Because that's what going to happen, the rebels(of which we know little) will win, and then we start handing out "loans" which have exactly no shot of ever being paid back. I would be more optimistic if syria had oil but they don't.

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Response to crimson77 (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 03:24 AM

5. It already is a middle eastern/north african rathole...

That's why the people are rising up finally.

Look it will take time to get the people involved in their country instead of being those people out beyond that palace grounds.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 03:43 AM

6. I thought the Russians and the Chinese

were backing Assad and we're backing the Rebels. Now Turkey has gotten involved. I'm sure it's just a coincidence Turkey is our strategic and military stooge, er, ally, I meant ally.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 04:05 AM

7. The Russians, the Chinese and leftists are backing Assad.

 

I fixed it for you.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 05:38 AM

8. I confess I've not been following this issue

as closely as I normally would be. I was for awhile but summer came and summer is canning season and prime garden-producing time.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 06:00 AM

9. Not exactly true about leftists backing Assad, though Russia and China certainly do.

Syria divides the Arab left

http://mondediplo.com/2012/08/04syrialeft

The violence deepens and spreads. Yet unlike Egypt and Tunisia, the Syrian revolt has not had unanimous support from the Arab left. There is a split between those who sympathise with the protestors’ demands and those who fear foreign interference, both political and military.

Al-Akhbar’s crisis is symptomatic of the debate dividing the Arab left, ideologically and strategically. Some continue to support the Syrian regime in the name of the struggle against Israel and resistance to imperialism. Others stand staunchly with the opposition, in the name of revolution and the defence of democratic rights. Still others support a middle way between showing solidarity (from a distance) with the protestors’ demands for freedom, and rejecting foreign interference: they advocate some kind of national reconciliation. The Syrian crisis is making the Arab left — whether strictly Communist, tending towards Marxist, leftwing nationalist, radical or moderate — seem in disarray.

Part of the radical left, though denouncing the Assad regime and calling for its fall, is wary of the support the Gulf monarchies are giving to the Syrian revolutionaries; equally, it dares not subscribe fully to the anti-Assad discourse of the “international community”, especially the US. But this anti-imperialist reflex does not take precedence over support for revolution: what counts is the internal situation in Syria, and the principle of popular uprising, as it did in Tunisia and Egypt.

But the majority of the Arab left are maintaining a prudent distance from the Syrian uprising. They condemn its militarisation, which they say only benefits radical Islamist groups and the foreign fighters flocking to Syria. They criticise the sectarianism of the conflict, pitting first Alawite then Christian minorities against a Sunni majority radicalised by repression, which they fear will lead to unending civil war.

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