NATO Chief: 'Desperate' Syria Regime Fired Scud-type Missiles at Rebels

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The Syrian regime has fired Scud-type missiles against rebel forces in what NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday said was an act of desperation.

"I can confirm that we have detected the launch of Scud-type missiles; we strongly regret that act," Rasmussen said, adding: "I consider it an act of a desperate regime approaching collapse."

The latest launches were detected on Thursday, a source close to NATO said.

The use of such missiles by President Bashar Assad's regime also highlights the "need for effective defense and protection of our ally Turkey," Rasmussen said, referring to the planned deployment of Patriot anti-missile batteries along its southern border with Syria.

Rasmussen stressed that the missiles had not landed on Turkish territory but they nonetheless posed a potential threat which had to be countered.

The Patriot deployment, to be made by NATO allies the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, is for a "defensive purpose only," he said.

The mobile medium-range Scud, is a Soviet-era missile which can carry a warhead of up to 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds). The missiles can be equipped with conventional, chemical or nuclear warheads.

Comments 15
Thumb shab 21 December 2012, 13:27

What a proud and mighty army. It's probably the only army in history waging war within it's border against it's own people and systematic destroying her.

Missing peace 21 December 2012, 15:41

lol! so homs destroyed many villages erased are also not syrian then according to your twisted idiotic logic! 30 000 civilians killed are not syrians? lol... you just deserve pity microbian FT...

waw! how stupid M8 can be in their blind support of this regime, stockholm syndrom i guess....

Missing shikonireh 21 December 2012, 15:50

I like your comments FT cause the more you talk the more you sound like a mo3ak. I pity the fool.

Thumb shab 21 December 2012, 17:40

don't M14/M8 me. Both are devils. Try to concentrate before your standard bla bla

Missing peace 21 December 2012, 18:21

good boys mowaten and FT! really good little syrian soldiers! seem you are paid to defend so ferociously the baath party!

stockholm syndrom it seems....

are you so proud of the assad family in power for 50 years? Ft remember aoun when he wanted the assad family to be ousted... he even said, that even if the syrians withdraw from lebanon they would still control it!!! seems alzheimer has got the best of your crippled neurones! see how much your puppet changed? LOL!

oh BTW : hundreds of civilians may have been spared if your master wasn t stubbornly gripping his throne with the help of hezbis!!! he is the only one responsible for all the massacres...

so keep on defending bashar as if you were defending all the massacres he did in lebanon too... good boys!

Missing peace 21 December 2012, 21:19

the change of regime cannot be worse anyway, it is already at the bottom of inhumanity with your support!!!
and only bashar is responsible for all the massascres commited: he set the example with the acknowledgment of people like you! ... he is just reaping what he sowed. and i never rejoiced at the murders of peoplelike you do by wanting to kill rats or at massacres perpetrated by both sides unlike you want to picture me, poor thing...

Missing maroun 22 December 2012, 03:13

keep your stupid propaganda to your M8 faithful .any intelligent person would lough at your stupidity.

Missing peace 21 December 2012, 13:30

yes a proud and mighty resistant country that protects the quietness of the golan heights but kills its own citizens and burns its own villages! even israel never did that but bashar waw! what a resistant! and M8 praises them for that!

Default-user-icon Wokando Laparcha (Guest) 21 December 2012, 14:17

I have never heard about a regime that has been called desperate for just about two short years especially after being told on an almost weekly basis that the desperate regime is about to fall, and this from biggies of the caliber of Rasmasmasso! I desperately cannot wait for that desperate regime to show how desperate desperation could be! By the way, this desperate regime has a few more days of desperation left because Dr. Arreet 7akeh predicted that it MIGHT fall in 2012! In any case, don't be so desperate if Dr. Arreet 7akeh misses again as there is always 2013 and 2014 and 2015 and 2016 and... you get the idea of what it means to be desperate! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for all except the desperate regime.

Missing inyourface 25 December 2012, 03:26

Here's a wise crack who almost got it right. The Lebanese civil war dragged on for ages based on speculation. At least this guy's on the right track

Thumb geha 21 December 2012, 15:19

nothing justifies a regime killing its own people, all 45,000 of their citizens that we know of.

Missing gabby11 21 December 2012, 17:00

Scuds again? Ya Bashar....you are finished. It won't be long and they will break through to the palace. You had better run away before they catch you.

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 21 December 2012, 20:00

Bashar will go down soon. For all you dipsticks hanging on to the notion that there is a chance he might survive, you are delusional. the syrian regime has been losing ground since day one. Look at what they controlled 2 years ago and what they control now. This did not happen overnight. It has been systematic and will continue until bashar is hanged. As I said, he will go down soon. BTW for anyone that wants to hang on the word soon as their pathetic victory, soon being time is relative. 2-3 years is very short compared to 50 years of dictatorship. What pathetic attempt at some sort of victory are going to try now?

Default-user-icon The poet (Guest) 21 December 2012, 22:25

It's ironic that Rasmussen supports jarab terrorists against Assad! He must have been paid big money by the Saudis and qataris.

Default-user-icon Hammer Head (Guest) 22 December 2012, 03:05

The undying loyalty and defense of Bashaar on this Forum is even more desperate.