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    Syrian Warplanes Shell Town Seized by Rebels

    Members of the Free Syrian Army use a catapult to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo, October 15, 2012.
    Members of the Free Syrian Army use a catapult to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo, October 15, 2012.
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    Syrian activists say government warplanes have shelled a strategic town seized by rebels last week, while the Syrian army clashed with opposition fighters outside the capital.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees reported the shelling Tuesday in the Maaret al-Numan area.  The northern town is strategically located in Idlib province along the main highway between Damascus and Aleppo.  Meanwhile, fierce clashes were reported Tuesday on the outskirts of Damascus.

    The fighting continues amid international warnings that the situation in Syria is worsening.

    In a statement Monday, United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said the 19-month crisis in Syria is "getting worse every day" and there is an urgent need to stop the bloodshed.

    He called for Iran's help in establishing a cease-fire during the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, which begins next week.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reiterated calls for quick progress in resolving the Syrian conflict, after meeting Brahimi in Baghdad.

    In New York, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told the Security Council that what she called the "horrifying" situation in Syria is getting worse, and that assaults by Syrian forces are only making the opposition stronger.

    She also said the conflict is a threat to regional security, posing "real challenges" to Syria's neighbors.

    In another recent development, Turkish authorities forced an Armenian plane bound for the Syrian city of Aleppo to land in order to inspect its cargo.  Turkish officials said the plane was carrying humanitarian aid and was allowed to continue on its journey after the inspection.

    Last week, Turkey intercepted a Syrian passenger plane en route from Moscow to Damascus and confiscated what they said were military supplies on board.

    Ankara has accused Damascus of using civilian airliners to bring in weapons for Syrian troops, and has vowed to prevent Turkish airspace from being used for such purposes.

    Turkey has been one of the main regional supporters of the Syrian rebels trying to end Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's 12-year rule.

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    by: Alex from: Russia
    October 17, 2012 2:37 AM
    After looking on photo, all readers of this article could imagine that poor rebels is making war using ancient equipment. I think it's misrepresentation of Syria civil war. Russia is trying to support government but USA is support rebels. Show them with real weapons which allowed so much time resist government troops. It would be honest article.

    by: Narfash Azambayev from: Russia
    October 16, 2012 1:29 PM
    Meet the "MOOKs" - these are the "Free Syrian Mooks" its a hudge pudge of local idiots, IslaMooks from Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Palestinians, Libya, Saudis... even Muslims from Europe... you can find there scumbags from the UK... along side with Hezbollah, Hamas, IRGC, Al Qaida, Muslim Brotherhood...

    by: Mpadeda from: South Africa
    October 16, 2012 1:09 PM
    yeah, these guys look to me like democracy in the making...LOL... would you trust Syria's State institutions, Military, Air Ports, Sea Ports, Educational Institutions, Hospital Administration... to these Muslim degenerates??? the "West" must be run by Idiots... the best we can do is - STAY OUT OF THIS - let the Arab League... or the Arab World... or the Islamic World... screw up their own people...

    by: Anonymous from: America
    October 16, 2012 12:57 PM
    A holiday cease fire? Is this a joke? Does anyone in their right mind think that the Assad Gangster Regime will stop killing innocent women and children for a religious holiday? The only way the killing will stop in Syria is when Assad and his evil supporters are defeated and the Ba’ath Party is destroyed.
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    by: Anonymous
    October 19, 2012 12:49 AM
    The Baath party will be even stronger after this "fake" rebellion is over....

    by: Anonymous
    October 16, 2012 11:00 AM
    The war is almost over, the regime hate the war, Mr. assad get close bye bye now.

    by: Michael from: USA
    October 16, 2012 10:02 AM
    When I hear the word "Turkey", I think of local police, not military or state power. Like "St. Petersberg" in Russian novels about crime, students and police

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