Syrian civil war in photos
December 13th, 2012
09:20 AM ET

Syrian government 'approaching collapse,' NATO secretary-general says

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Syria's government is "approaching collapse" and urges President Bashar al-Assad to stop fighting and accommodate a political transfer of power.

Those comments came as a debate was ranging about the use of scud missiles in Syria.

A U.S. official said American military satellites picked up and confirmed the infrared signature of four short-range Scud missiles launched from the Damascus area to northern Syria in the past several days.

The missiles did not land on the Turkish side of the border but "came close," he said.

But on Thursday a Syrian foreign ministry official categorically denied the reports about the Syrian military using Scud missiles against rebel groups on Syrian state TV.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. jimmie

    The useless UN, the less than useless arab league , NATO and individual countries are essentially powerless to stop Assad from killing as many 10's of thousands more if he so desires.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bhockey47

    The saddest part of this civil war is that Basshir and his wife Asma will probably find sanctuary somewhere..and I"m sure they'll have tens of millions if not billions with them...both should be hung, especially Asma. Two vial people. I hope there will be a bounty on their heads.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      "Vial people" – you mean they were test-tube babies?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • CH

      Interesting that you think the woman is worthy of special scorn here, despite the fact that Bashar is the one who is actually, you know... killing his own citizens.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. brian

    yes its about time for this evil president
    i will be glad to see this control freak removed
    from power. good luck to the people of syria

    December 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Will

    I can never figure out what guys like this–Saddam, Kaddahfi, and now Bashir–don't see the writing on the wall, collect a few billion of the money they've stolen from their people, and go live in Angola or something. They wait until they're hung, anal-knifed, or God-knows-what'll happen to this one.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bob wallace

    the Arab League doesn't give a darn about the Syrian people, (or the Palestinians BTW, a fact that is barely known in the west). America had better stay out of this rat hole! there is nothing that America can influence there. and don't bore me with useless statements from NATO or Banki man.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rob

    time to go Bashir, exile to some little island where you can just chill out and drink rum and coke for the rest of your life or you can stay and be shot by your own peeps. Never ever work in the family business. should have come to America and opened a gas station when your pop was in power. Just saying

    December 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jimh77

    Just take this guy out already! What's the hold up? How many more children have to die?

    December 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bmonteith

    Somebody decided on The Hague or a bullet. Hopefully he saves everybody some expense and goes with option b)

    December 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sandra Fuentes

    On this particular picture if you look at the sky upper right hand corner looks like a face and to arms extended, weird:/

    December 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. blarg

    you people believing this garbage are stupid. the rebels are the agressors here as is nato.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Abdelrahman janab

    Why deny launching Scud missiles while having used air forces?

    December 19, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. SYRIAN-OBSERVER

    I've been watching,reading,and following this civil war since it started. It saddens me to see that it is still going on. I agree with Jimh77... How many more women and children have to die for this to end? A better question is , what kind of President finds it neccesary to allow this to go on for so long? He is clearly disturbed and or attracted to violence. I'm from Canada so i really dont understand this type of behavior and misfortune. It seriously needs to end. United States Intervention is long overdue. Can someone just put a bullet in Assad's head already???

    December 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. luca

    Western country should solve their own problems.There are so many issues that have not solved in the Europe.

    January 10, 2013 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • lady

      I do not agree with you

      January 10, 2013 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. luca

    I can not believe that chemical weapons will use in that area.

    January 10, 2013 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
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