Syria Rebels Seize Strategic Position in Daraa City

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Syrian rebels advancing from the Jordanian border seized a strategic army position in the southern city of Daraa on Friday as deadly fighting raged in the surrounding province, a watchdog said.

"They seized two buildings in the provincial capital that regime forces were using to keep the whole city under surveillance," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

"This is the most important army position that the rebels have seized in Daraa" in 27 months of conflict, Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"The province could act as a key conduit for arms to stream in from Jordan to rebels in Damascus province," he added.

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that U.S. special forces were providing training in Jordan to Syrian rebels, that included instruction in the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons.

Officials in Amman denied the report, which came as Washington said it was to begin delivering arms to the rebels.

The rebel advance came as the army stepped up its shelling of rebel-held areas of Daraa province, killing at least four women and four children, the Observatory said.

It also came after five people were killed in a mainly Christian neighborhood in the historic heart of Damascus on Thursday, the Observatory said, revising an earlier toll.

Comments 9
Thumb Senescence 28 June 2013, 16:10

"The Los Angeles Times reported last week that U.S. special forces were providing training in Jordan to Syrian rebels"

Wasn't that denied by the US and the CIA ?

Missing realist 28 June 2013, 20:55

it is the city of daraa not the buildings genius lol. there are pills out there to cure your racism.

Thumb lebanon_first 28 June 2013, 16:15

I hope the rebels weaken Assad the dog enough to break his arrogance and get to a real peace conference with real concessions from the stalinist regime to get the syrian people living in dignity in their country, and off Lebanon's back.

Thumb lebanon_first 28 June 2013, 17:39

Roar. You are underestimating Assad's communication campaign. I wouldnt be surprised if he sent someone to kill innocent bystanders priests or otherwize or pay an actor to eat someone's organs.
I am not saying that these horrific acts have necessarily been done by assad or by some lunatics in the opposition. I dont know, and neither I nor you should have the arrogance to claim to know.
The only thing i know is that stalinist Assad will NEVER NEVER allow lebanon to be a sovereign stable state with a rule of law. He was even saying recently that "lebanon oil's wealth should be used to resist and liberate jerusalem!!!"
We both know he will never give real concessions he will not relinquish power if he is not defeated militarily. So I hope he gets weakened enough to do real negotiations.

Thumb lebanon_first 28 June 2013, 17:44

resistance. have you ever been in negotiations with someone whose only concessions are some bread crumbs here and there? who insults your demands and your intelligence? This is the kind of negotiations that assad wants to do now. try to give up fatafeet... Until he gets weakened.

Missing zahle_nights 28 June 2013, 16:32

Forget peace.. It is not going to happen. The only way out is Bachar gets the same fate that Ghaddafi did in Libya, or better yet, hang the bastard upside down. When that happens, I will be popping the champagne…

Thumb terminator 29 June 2013, 11:45

if some one is co operating with a dictator.....him being a preist doesnt make him immune to punishment.

Missing zahle_nights 28 June 2013, 16:51

I don't support these terrorists who are beheading people. I never did. I don't suport Salafist or Takffrri either. I support the Syrian revolution. Assad is a dictator. His Baath regime killed so many people in Lebanon and destroyed Lebanon for many many years... Lebanon may never recover due to this low life Alawite and his father... These thugs (Baath party) need to go. They need to get the same fate that Saddam and Ghaddafi got.. These thugs are killing now their own people, and supporting a terrorist organization called Hizbullah that car-bombed and killed so many people in Lebanon, simply because we asked the Syrian to get the hell out of our land... This dictator end is coming soon... Laugh for now... It will not be for too long.

Thumb Senescence 28 June 2013, 17:43

Agreed, but there are too many terrorist elements and inner-conflict (and external pressure too--remember one of the members was going to resign (did he?) because Saudi Arabia was overextending itself within the opposition leaders and their goals and the implementations thereof) in the opposition that it seems they will provide the country with instability similar to that seen in Iraq, even almost a decade after Saddam's removal. What's more terrifying is that they will be the neighbors of fragile Lebanon.