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Syria VP Dispels Defection Rumors

Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa, meets in Damascus, Syria with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, not shown, the head of Iran's powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy ending rumors that Al-Sharaa had defected to Jordan, August
Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa, meets in Damascus, Syria with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, not shown, the head of Iran's powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy ending rumors that Al-Sharaa had defected to Jordan, August
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Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa has appeared in public for the first time in weeks, ending speculation that he had defected from President Bashar al-Assad's embattled government.

The 73-year-old Sunni Muslim met Sunday with a visiting senior Iranian official in Damascus.  Sharaa was last seen in public at a state funeral for security officials who died in a July 18 bomb blast.

The Assad government has seen a number of high-level defections in recent months, and up until Sunday, there had been rumors that Sharaa had defected to Jordan, despite the government's denials.

Meanwhile, a Syrian watchdog group says hundreds of people were killed across the country Saturday.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the final death toll for the day was 370, with nearly 200 bodies found in Daraya, near the capital.

The number of corpses in Daraya and when they died could not be independently confirmed. However, video footage reported to be from Daraya showed a large group of victims. Syrian forces had focused a five-day onslaught on rebel fighters in the town to regain control of the outskirts of Damascus.

Activists say Syrian forces with tanks and combat helicopters also launched new raids in other cities.

On Saturday, SANA said armed forces killed an unspecified number of "terrorists" in Aleppo and destroyed seven vehicles equipped with machine guns.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: dyke davis from: USA, San Francisco
August 25, 2012 1:19 PM
It is laughable that the western political and corporate media class cares little or nothing about the widening violence spealing over into Lebanon nor the tragic cost of human life inside Syria where they are pouring weapons, logistics and foreign-terrorist into the attempt to subdue the government of President Assad.
It is true mind-bending to think that human life is treated so cheaply by those whom called themselves civilized and modern.
Attacking this government, while they continue to escape international criminal prosecution for now, a decade of illegal unilateral invasions, mass-deaths, electronic drone assassinations, and a shopping list of other international crimes in the planning.
I, can not fathtom how the human mind can be so horribly twisted to the point that some in our US political and media elites can go to sleep at night knowing that people are being slaughtered by the thousands solely to further some worthless politician's nightmare scenario on how the world should work!
Nothing good will result in these acts of humanity and I hope I'm not anywhere near the moment of retribution that will surely come to those who are responsible for these crimes in Syria.

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by: Ayodotty from: Phoenix
August 26, 2012 3:18 PM
Obviously sad, I just can't believe this is happening today, humans are being slaughter in numbers everyday just like that!

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by: Anonymous
August 26, 2012 3:45 AM
And they call us terrorists!

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by: kt from: Ledyard
August 25, 2012 11:49 PM
I completely agree.

As more lives are lost, the world continues to dig its own grave as the lava of war spills in...

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by: traffikator from: USA
August 25, 2012 10:40 PM
And how did you determine that what is happening in Syria is caused by the western nations in particular USA? The USA has been guilty of a lot of atrocities, I must agree, unfortunately, but Syria? It is one of the last places the USA would like top see destabilized. Can you imagine what would happen if some AL qaeda linked revolutionist got a hold of Syria with all its WMD's? The USA hates that Assad is killing the civilians, but what would like to see the USA do now? Would you like us to put boots on the ground or what? And if we did, who would we support? Be clear and specific in your response and also state what possible outcomes you would hope to achieve and what realisticalyyou think would happen?


by: Michael from: USA
August 25, 2012 10:00 AM
As history in the making the United Nation observers leave Syria, but remain united in the wish for peace, as Ismaili one God, and Christian one Son, in an open channel for present and future cooperation

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by: Mike from: UK
August 26, 2012 7:32 AM
From Wikipedia: The UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, SOHR is run out of a two-bedroom terraced home in Coventry, UK, by Rami Abdulrahman (or Rami Abdul Rahman, or Rami Abdelrahman), a Syrian Sunni Muslim who also runs a clothes shop. An information office opposed to the Assad regime.

"Run out of a two bedroom terraced house"! This is hardly a reputably source worth quoting!

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