More shelling in Homs while tanks roll into Saraqib

The former is not a stranger to artillery fire being directed indiscriminately into civilian neighborhoods. But the assault on Saraqib - near the Turkish border - is a new target for Assad's forces. Reuters: Syrian forces pounded the already battered city of Homs with tank and mortar fire and troops raided a rebellious northern town on Saturday, leaving 10 civilians and four soldiers dead, opposition activists said. With the year-long bloodshed showing no signs of abating, the U.N.-Arab League peace envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, flew to Moscow in an effort to secure strong Russian support for his efforts to bring about a ceasefire and open political dialogue. While Western and Arab states are calling for President Bashar al-Assad to stand down first, Russia is putting the onus on the armed rebels and their foreign supporters to halt their year-long uprising, saying its long-time ally Syria was ready for talks. "Russia sees an immediate end of violence in Syria is a priority," the...(Read Full Post)