Saturday, March 31, 2012

Syria Claims To Have Crushed The Revolt

This image from amateur video released Friday purportedly shows civilians moving with Syrian troops, possibly as human shields, in Idlib, Syria. The information cannot be verified. (Shaam News Network / March 30, 2012)

Syria Says Revolt Over, Army To Pull Out Gradually -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Syria says the year-long revolt to topple President Bashar al-Assad is now over, but it will keep its forces in cities to "maintain security" until it is safe to withdraw in keeping with a U.N.-backed peace deal.

The agreement proposed by United Nations-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan says the Syrian authorities must be first to withdraw troops and stop violence immediately.

The army kept up an offensive against opposition strongholds on Saturday, pummelling the Khalidiya district of Homs city.

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More News On Syrian Government Claims That They Have Crushed The Revolt

Syria declares it has defeated revolt -- Times of India/AFP
Syrian official says army will not make 1st move, withdraw troops from flashpoint areas -- Washington Post/AP
Syria to Withdraw Troops From Cities 'After Peace' -- RIA Novosti
Syria says troops to pull back 'after peace' -- Al Jazeera
Syria needs time for safe army withdrawal: official -- Reuters
Syria links troop pullback from cities to 'security' -- BBC

My Comment: These claims are waaaayyyy premature. More news on today's battles here.

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