Syrian tanks and helicopters attack civilians

As long as NATO is involved in Libya, President Assad of Syria has little to worry about. There is not chance the UN will approve another "R2P" missions - despite Assad's war crimes now being shown to be far worse than Gaddafi's.

Syrian troops, supported by tanks and helicopters stormed a city on the Turkish border where demonstrators had been protesting Assad's rule for weeks:

Rights activists in Syria say troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships have launched a heavy assault on a northern city near the Turkish border, as nations across the globe are condemning the government's brutal crackdown on protesters.

Activists say the army attacked Jisr al-Shughour Sunday from two sides. Witnesses heard blasts as the army moved into position inside the town.

Syrian state media say government troops entered the city after defusing explosives planted by gunmen on roads and bridges. The government has accused "armed gangs" in Jisr al-Shughour of killing security personnel, and it says troops are moving into the city to confront the groups.

The town, near the border with Turkey, has been the focus of military operations for days. Thousands of people have fled into Turkey to escape the bloodshed.

Germany's foreign minister on Sunday denounced the Syrian government's crackdown in the north and demanded that it "stop the violence immediately." Both Germany and the U.S. have called on Syria to allow humanitarian and aid workers to help those in crisis areas.

Still no call for Assad to step down from the US or the UN. It reveals Obama's R2P policy to be as empty as any of his other promises that he has made to Americans.


As long as NATO is involved in Libya, President Assad of Syria has little to worry about. There is not chance the UN will approve another "R2P" missions - despite Assad's war crimes now being shown to be far worse than Gaddafi's.

Syrian troops, supported by tanks and helicopters stormed a city on the Turkish border where demonstrators had been protesting Assad's rule for weeks:

Rights activists in Syria say troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships have launched a heavy assault on a northern city near the Turkish border, as nations across the globe are condemning the government's brutal crackdown on protesters.

Activists say the army attacked Jisr al-Shughour Sunday from two sides. Witnesses heard blasts as the army moved into position inside the town.

Syrian state media say government troops entered the city after defusing explosives planted by gunmen on roads and bridges. The government has accused "armed gangs" in Jisr al-Shughour of killing security personnel, and it says troops are moving into the city to confront the groups.

The town, near the border with Turkey, has been the focus of military operations for days. Thousands of people have fled into Turkey to escape the bloodshed.

Germany's foreign minister on Sunday denounced the Syrian government's crackdown in the north and demanded that it "stop the violence immediately." Both Germany and the U.S. have called on Syria to allow humanitarian and aid workers to help those in crisis areas.

Still no call for Assad to step down from the US or the UN. It reveals Obama's R2P policy to be as empty as any of his other promises that he has made to Americans.


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