Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Civil War In Syria -- News Updates February 21, 2012

Syrian Government Forces Prepare For Bloody Ground Assault On Besieged Rebel Stronghold Of Homs -- Daily Mail

* Tanks and troops mass outside the resistance city
* Activist warn loss of life is going to be 'huge'
* Red Cross efforts to broker a cease-fire fail
* China and Russia could take tougher stance on President Assad's regime
* US senator urge nations to arm the rebel fighters
* More than 20 people reported dead in latest attack

A ground assault by Syrian forces on the resistance stronghold of Homs looks imminent, as Government tanks and troops mass outside the city today.

Reports say Government troops have killed 21 people and wounded some 340 with a heavy artillery barrage on the city.

Activists are warning of a new round of fierce and bloody urban combat being unleashed - despite efforts by the Red Cross to broker a cease-fire to allow emergency aid in.

A flood of military reinforcements has been a prelude to previous offensives by President Bashar Assad's regime, which has tried to use its overwhelming firepower to crush an opposition that has been bolstered by defecting soldiers and hardened by 11 months of street battles.

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More News On Syria's Civil War

Syria: Overview -- Yahoo News
Syria Live Blog -- Al Jazeera

Opposition group raises Syria death toll to 50 -- Yahoo News/AP
At least 54 killed in Homs, Idlib villages -- Jerusalem Post
At least 65 Syrians killed in fresh assault on Homs -- Haaretz
Syrian forces intensify attack on Homs -- The Guardian
Syrian forces mass outside rebel stronghold -- Gulf News/AP
Rebels fearing government onslaught -- Press Association
Assad sends tanks towards Homs as Red Cross seeks ceasefire talks -- The Guardian
Syrian forces pound Homs, '31 civilians killed' -- Bangkok Post
Syrian Forces Pound Homs, Hundreds Wounded -- Voice of America
Syria: opposition calls on UN to protect Homs -- The Telegraph

Syrian troops fire on Damascus protesters -- The Guardian
Troops fire live ammunition at protesters in Syrian capital -- Calgary Herald/Reuters
Syrian Forces Fire On Damascus Protesters -- Radio Free Europe

Red Cross seeks Syria ceasefires; more than 60 killed -- Reuters
Syria crisis: Red Cross presses for humanitarian truce -- BBC
Inside Syria: 'I can guarantee ... people will starve to death' -- CNN

Russia continues arms sales to Syria despite Western protests -- Christian Science Monitor
Russia boosts arms sales to Syria despite world pressure -- Yahoo News/Reuters
Russia to boycott Syria opposition meeting -- Euronews
Russia Bows out of 'Friends of Syria Group' Meeting – Foreign Ministry -- RIA Novosti
Multilateral Group Meets Friday to Help Assad Opponents -- Voice of America

Weekly Standard: Inside Free Syria -- Jonathan Spyer, NPR
Syrian army defector speaks to Al Jazeera -- Al Jazeera

U.S. appears to open door to possibly arming Syrian rebels -- Reuters
McCain calls for US to support Syria rebels -- IBN Live

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