Syrian troops push into strategic southern town

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William

UK

#1 May 8, 2013
Good news!
tenbo

Polska, Poland

#2 May 8, 2013
very good
Oliver Cromwell

Southport, UK

#3 May 8, 2013
http://www.globalresearch.ca/syrian-army-rega... Yes another Town liberated from insane Western backed head hackers,don't take the Rats alive,looks like the Syrian Army are improving their counter Terrorist tactics which only comes with bloody experience.
Syrian

Syria

#4 May 8, 2013
Syrian rebel leader Salim Idriss admits difficulty of unifying fighters

BY DAVID ENDERS
MCCLATCHY FOREIGN STAFF
ANTAKYA, Turkey -- The defected Syrian general whom the United States has tapped as its conduit for aid to the rebels has acknowledged in an interview with McClatchy that his movement is badly fragmented and lacks the military skill needed to topple the government of President Bashar Assad.

Gen. Salim Idriss, who leads what’s known as the Supreme Military Command, also admitted that he faces difficulty in creating a chain of command in Syria’s highly localized rebellion, a shortcoming he blamed on the presence within the rebel movement of large numbers of civilians without military experience.

“It is difficult to unify the (rebels) because they are civilians and only a few of them had military service,” Idriss said.

Idriss has become the key man in the international coalition that’s battling to end the Assad regime. The United States announced in April that it would funnel $123 million in nonlethal aid through his group, an operation that’s already begun. At the same time, U.S. allies, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, agreed at a meeting in Istanbul that all lethal aid destined for the rebels would pass first to Idriss.

But whether Idriss and his Supreme Military Command can become a functioning military force remains a huge question. While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was confident of Idriss’ ability to deliver a coherent rebel strategy while keeping weapons away from al Qaida-linked Islamist groups, there’s been little evidence that that’s the case.

Shortly before Idriss was declared the conduit for all rebel assistance, Assad loyalists broke the siege of a key government base that rebels had been pressing for months. Fighters in that siege blame a lack of cooperation and ammunition for their failure, an assessment with which Idriss agrees.

With the Assad government pushing to take back ground lost to rebels in the past year – March and April were the bloodiest months of the 2-year-old war – building a rebel force that isn’t dependent on the Islamist forces that have been leading rebel successes takes on increasing significance.

Idriss said he was working on a countrywide command structure with sub-councils in each of the 14 provinces, but that a lack of material support was hampering that effort.

“We don’t have sufficient ammunition and weapons,” Idriss said.“We don’t have enough money for logistics, for fuel for the cars, for cars for the units. We can’t pay salaries.”

He acknowledged that he has little influence over what the rebels do in Syria and no direct authority over some of the largest factions, including the Farouq Brigade, whose forces control key parts of the countryside from Homs to the Turkish border.

Asked to delineate which battles his group had been active in coordinating, he spoke of fights in the northern and central parts of the country, including the siege of air bases near Aleppo and a recently launched operation around the city of Hama.

Idriss also took credit for fighting government troops backed by the Lebanese Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah along Syria’s border with Lebanon, a battle his forces appear to be losing, though he said he considered the operation successful because his forces so far had prevented Hezbollah from retaking Qusayr, a key city that connects the capital of Damascus to Homs, the country’s third largest city, which is also a major conduit for rebel supplies coming from Lebanon.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/07/3385601...
Oliver Cromwell

Southport, UK

#5 May 8, 2013
That quisling is a dead man walking.
Syrian

New London, CT

#6 May 8, 2013
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/s yrian-army-regains-control-of- strategic-town-in-south/533436 8 Yes another Town liberated from insane Western backed head hackers,don't take the Rats alive,looks like the Syrian Army are improving their counter Terrorist tactics which only comes with bloody experience.
And some great support from their Russian friends! They are probably getting real time satellite imagery.

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