Violence in Syria at 'unprecedented' levels says UN monitor chief

Up tp 3,000 people died in Syria in June, making it the bloodiest month by far in the year old uprising. Not only have the rebels stepped up attacks by President Assad's forces have also upped the brutality factor by bombing, shelling, and shooting at civilians. VOA: Major General Robert Mood's comments Thursday came as Syrian troops battled anti-government rebels across the country and Iraq's foreign minister said Baghdad has "solid intelligence" that al-Qaida militants are crossing from Iraq into Syria to carry out attacks. Speaking to reporters in Damascus, General Mood said the escalating violence has obstructed the monitors' "ability to observe, verify, report as well as assist in local dialogue." He said consolidating the mission's eight bases into regional centers would improve its effectiveness, although he did not explain how that would work. Mood said the international community had a "moral and political" responsibility towards Syria's people. "We cannot and we...(Read Full Post)