News / Middle East

Fighting Continues in Syria; Rebels Move Command Center

Syrian men salvage belongings from a destroyed buildings in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 21, 2012.
Syrian men salvage belongings from a destroyed buildings in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 21, 2012.
TEXT SIZE - +
VOA News
Government and opposition forces waged fierce battles across Syria on Saturday, as the rebel Free Syrian Army announced it was moving its command center from Turkey to Syria.

Opposition activists say at least 25 people have been killed as security forces pounded targets. They say some of the worst unrest is in the Aleppo region, where the military has launched raids to try to dislodge rebels from their strongholds.

Meanwhile, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), comprised mostly of military defectors, released a video saying it is moving its command to "liberated areas" of Syria.

FSA Colonel Riad al-Assad said the group hopes to launch an offensive on Damascus.

Ausama Monajed, of the opposition Syrian National Council, says the shift to a Syrian base will benefit rebel fighters.

"The rebel fighters can organize and have a better chain of command and expand their operations from there," he said.

In a VOA interview, Monajed says rebel fighters have improved their tactics, strategies and weaponry but currently are not ready to take on Damascus.

On Friday, the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram Al-Araby published an interview with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, in which he says opposition fighters would never been victorious in battles against his government.

In other developments, Turkish media reports say that country has deployed military vehicles to the Syrian border because of heavy fighting in the area.

Also, Lebanon says Syrian militants attacked a Lebanese army post near its border with Syria late Friday. Lebanese officials say there were no casualties.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the government and the opposition in Syria appear determined to resolve the crisis militarily. Mr. Ban said Syria will be a top issue as he meets with world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly next week.

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

You May Like

Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety More

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 24, 2012 8:16 AM
What is the agenda of the opposition Free Syrian Army? How can we be goaded into voting or vouching for a party without manifesto just because the ruling party has been too long in office? Yes Assad has stayed too long, but that is what Syria's constitution - if there's any - provided for running the country. The voice of reform should not come through violence and mayhem, which have been the only manifesto of the opposition we can see. The opposition Free Syria Army does not include all of Syria, instead it incorporates the most dangerous militant groups from within and outside the Middle East whose private agenda will far worsen the situation on the ground in the region. It is a big surprise that USA and Europe became easily swayed by the front of change of government. Democracy is just about change of baton, it is much more than the idea of hearing opposition voice. It is about its inclusiveness of all accounting segments of a population unit governed by the acceptable rules they have previously agreed upon. And the Assad's more than the opposition meets this goal. Let the international community help Syria settle this problem in an agreeable standard, except if Syria is to be used for testing of newly manufactured weapons.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid