Inside Syria: Residents bracing for the worst in Homs
A member of the Free Syrian Army takes his weapon from a comrade during a patrol in Idlib in northwestern Syria on Saturday.
February 19th, 2012
05:40 PM ET

Inside Syria: Residents bracing for the worst in Homs

As conservatives in Washington urged President Barack Obama to take action on Syria, CNN's Arwa Damon reported Friday that new violence was expected. And sure enough, the violence came.

CNN cannot confirm the authenticity of the footage Damon discusses, but the clip appears to show the vantage point of snipers. Reports say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been ordering attacks on citizens.

Damon and CNN's Ivan Watson are reporting from Syria despite the country's attempt to block journalists.

Damon said residents are bracing for the worst in Homs, where the intensity of the attack by Syria's government is overwhelming. Women, children and men have been desperate to tell Damon their stories.

Meanwhile, prominent U.S. conservatives are urging the Obama administration to "take immediate action" against the Syrian regime, including "no-go zones" for al-Assad's military and "self-defense aid" to resistance forces. Fifty-six foreign policy experts and former U.S. government officials signed a letter dated Friday calling for proactive U.S.-led steps against the government. It comes as Syrian citizens and activists plead for world powers to help stop the government's bloody crackdown.

The conservatives calling for action  include Karl Rove, the former Bush administration adviser; Paul Bremer, in charge of the U.S. occupation in Iraq after the 2003 invasion; R. James Woolsey, former CIA chief; Robert McFarlane, former Reagan national security adviser; and Dan Senor, a former Bremer adviser and spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Read the full story here.

Activist Omar Shakir told CNN he is confident the Syrian army is preparing for a massive ground invasion of the besieged neighborhood of Baba Amr, the heart of the revolt.

"Just like every day, the residents of Baba Amr woke up (Sunday) to the sounds of violent bombing, as al-Assad forces continue to use different types of weapons, bombs and rockets in their attacks," he said.

Sunday, 10 people in Homs were among the at least 23 killed across Syria, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists. In the 11 months of Syria's uprising, almost 9,000 people have been killed, the LCC estimates.

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  1. Coloradan

    Karl Rove??? Hmm, if he's involved this must not be an attempt to play politics with the issue. I mean, given his history of placing principle above political gain. Right? Anyone?

    February 20, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. hope

    And... what about Saturday?

    What happened then?

    Anyone?

    February 20, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kyle

    So now we're just publicly supporting coup's? Why can't our government just mind their own business? This strategy already has taken thousands of lives and added trillions of dollars in debt to our deficit.

    February 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clint04 Wa.

    Tell all of the conservatives to keep their noses out of everybody else's business. Is what is happening right, No, nut it is nun of the business. War, religion, birth control, abortion, when will they (if ever) learn that people have their own veiws and lives that they would like to live their own way.

    February 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greek American

    @wootdude

    Hahahahaha on "Nailin Palin"! Good one, I needed that laugh to start off the week. What a useless waste of humanity that woman is.

    February 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. buddyjeans

    People should remember the actions of the Syrian people directly after 9/11. They were shown on TV celebrating in their streets, burning US flags, their women in burkas ululate'ing (cheering). And now they want every western country in the world to come to their aid. This 'civil war' is their karma. They deserve it. They cry for our help like little babies wanting their bottle. There is absolutely no reason any western country should provide aid, money or sympathy to these third world vermin.

    There are those, like John McCain who want to provide aid/arms to the rebels, hoping they will become allies after this self-imposed genocide is over. John McCain is a delusional warmonger with a secondary agenda and should be completely ignored. He is a pathetic parasite on the American taxpayers back. The moment the Syrian people get what they want from the USA or others, they will go back to hating us just like before. This is who they are. It is taught to their children in their schools and mosques from the moment of birth. It is innate to them. No matter how much the western world embraces and helps them, they will never appreciate it. They despise us and the western world should despise them in return.

    I say, 'Let them eat cake'. Let them kill each other until they are all gone. Let them kill each other until all their women and daughters are dead, until all their men and boys are dead, until their city/country infrastructure is completely destroyed. I smile at their turmoil, their pain, and their suffering. Good riddance to enemies. Our so called western leaders would do well to develop a backbone and start embracing our friends and assisting in destroying our enemies, not vice versa. I celebrate the use of every tank, every bomb explosion, every soldier, every method President Bashar Assad is usind to kill his own people. Thank you President Bashar Assad. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. (At least for now).

    February 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Empathy1000

    I don't know how many of you reading this blog were actually born and raised in Syria. for the people who never lived under the Assad's regime and who are watching, let me explain: For forty years the Syrian ppl lived with the understanding, "if you open your mouth, you will get beaten, if you try to act on your believes, you will disappear". I don't know of any man in the country that has never been exposed to some type of insult, beating, or intimidation by the sec forces or Mokhabart. We kept silent. We all kept it inside. Friends didn't talk about it among each others, we felt the shame. And what's the point? Mothers forbidded their kids from complaining about it, and fathers pretended that everything was normal. So for us, to be able to speak out, demonstrate, write graffitis on walls, and raise the freedom flag is just exhilarating. To know that the whole country from Daraa to Idleb, and from Deir-Azzor to Latakia is out expressing their believes is intoxicating. Yes, intoxicated, the people in Syria are high on freedom of speech. The people marching in he streets are not thinking democracy at this time but rather basic human rights, they're thinking dignity. For all of my brothers and sisters in Syria I feel so much love for you. There's a state of euphria in the air, so please join in. There's no stopping us now.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leandat Kerimu

    My chief is also eager of YouTube comic video clips, he also watch these even in workplace hehehe..

    July 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
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