October 4th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

As Syria violence persists, deserter army emerges

Another round of violence flared in turbulent Syria on Tuesday, as reports of more deaths surfaced amid the relentless government crackdown against protesters.

The nearly seven-month-long offensive has drawn world condemnation and calls to action against the government of Bashar al-Assad.

The U.N. Security Council could vote as soon as Tuesday on a resolution to immediately to halt the clampdown against opponents of al-Assad. And a newly formed group of army deserters has issued pleas for help from the international community.

"This regime will stay until the last drop of blood," said Col. Riad al-Assa'ad, head of a group of army deserters merged into a force called the Free Syria Army. "But there can't be more bloodshed than there already is."

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  1. Tony

    Those people who support the ASSAD regime are criminals. Any person of conscious and have humanistic feeling will not support that regime. Assad supporters are blind to see how syria deteriorated moraly, economically and socially during the last forty years. Damascus, Aleppo..ect are filled with garbage, rundown buildings destroid infrastructure, corruption. Seven millions syrian are abroad. The inhumane behavior of syrian securities, shooting unarmed young demostrator and children, kidnaping and torturing people, raping women, boming civilian. You Alawaites and who support you from other minorities has lost your chance forever in future syria. Have mercy on your people.

    October 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony

    Those coward armed security agents of Assad are running away like rats, they are affraid of the syrian free army who will stop them from terorrizing the unarmed population of syria. To the paid ASSAD supporter please have a conscious and donot be blind . You are not doing Alawites any favour. For those who are spying on american syrian protestors in USA go back to syria. It is very shamfull for some ASSYRIAN and some syrian christians to support ASSAD. Did you ask your self why you immigrated to USA.

    October 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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