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Syria army steps up Damascus, Aleppo strikes

Government forces stepped up blistering attacks in Damascus and Aleppo on Wednesday after the regime said it was ready to discuss President Bashar al-Assad’s exit in any talks on ending Syria’s brutal conflict.
At least 12 people were killed in a raid on a district of the capital, while fighter jets and artillery pummelled the northern city of Aleppo and rebels claimed seizing parts of a town on the Iraqi border, a watchdog said. The United States and France again pushed for the embattled Assad to stand down quickly after a top Syrian official said Damascus was ready to discuss his departure as part of a negotiated settlement to the 17-month conflict.
“As far as his resignation goes — making the resignation itself a condition for holding dialogue means that you will never be able to reach this dialogue,” Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said during a visit to Moscow. But he added: “Any problems can be discussed during negotiations. We are even ready to discuss this issue.”
Moscow however, bluntly told the West not to meddle in Syria after US President Barack Obama hinted at possible military action if Damascus resorted to its chemical weapons arsenal.
“There should be no interference from the outside,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after his talks with the Syrian minister. “The only thing that foreign players should do is create conditions for the start of dialogue.”
But the United States was unimpressed by the apparent opening from Damascus. “We still believe that the faster Assad goes, the more chance there is to quickly move on to the day after,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, dismissing Jamil’s comments as “nothing terribly new”.
On Wednesday, the violence on the ground showed no let-up after a bloody day that saw at least 198 people killed nationwide, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Fighter jets hit a rebel-held neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo and shelled several other areas of the city that has become the key battleground since fighting erupted there a month ago, it said. AFP reporters also said they heard explosions caused by what residents said were air strikes around the towns of Marea and Tal Rifaat, north of Aleppo.
Twelve people were also killed by troops in a raid on a Damascus district, the Observatory said, a day after it reported dozens killed when regime forces stormed another suburb of the capital and allegedly attacked a funeral procession. It also said rebel fighters had seized control of an intelligence office and checkpoints in the eastern town of Bu Kamal on the Iraqi border.
The Observatory has a network of activists on the ground but its claims cannot be independently verified.
Syrian forces appear to be increasingly resorting to attacks from the air, particularly in the Aleppo area as the rebels continue to put up stiff resistance on the ground despite the regime’s far superior military might.
A top commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army, Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, said the rebels now controlled 60 percent of Aleppo, but a security source in Damascus dismissed the claims.
“Reinforcements from both sides are heading to Aleppo. It is a war that will last a long time,” the source told AFP.
Activists say more than 23,000 people have been killed since March 2011, as what began as a brutal crackdown on peaceful anti-regime protests has descended into a war between government forces and opposition fights .



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  1. John Fisher said:

    The West now has even more blood on its hands. imagine the amount of blood it has from the Iraqi massacres..and now the Syrian civil war. The West has instigated, encouraged and armed the rebels to the teeth, and their goal is plain and clear..the ouster of a non-compliant independent, sovereign regime from interfering with its hegemonous plans in the Middle east. They have no scruples, no fear of God, nor hesitation to provoke death and suffering..

    • Usman Quadri said:

      It is complete misnomer and indeed misleading for you to blame the west for the mindless massacre and wholesale execution of innocent Syrian civilians across many cities of Syria by almighty Bashar and his killer military. How for instance is the west responsible for the house to house arrest of young men in Damascus and their immediate summary execution by Syrian soldiers in the last 48 hours ?. What about the blistering air assault on women children and the aged in Aleppo which has caused the killing and maiming of several thousands ? Is it the west that is doing this bombing of innocent people ? What's going on right now in Syria is a systematic annihilation of the syrian majority by the minority lead government and it is satanic to try and cover up by deceptive and watery argument like this

  2. aryanazlam said:

    I pray in the immediate future USA or Europe faces such problems which the muslim ummah is facing

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