On the Radar: Syria and Libya, Taliban prison break, Texas fires, royal wedding
Libyan officials give a tour Monday of what they said was the scene of a NATO strike on Moammar Gadhafi's office in Tripoli.
April 25th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

On the Radar: Syria and Libya, Taliban prison break, Texas fires, royal wedding

Violence in Syria and Libya -  The Syrian army launched a military operation Monday cracking down on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Daraa, and Syrian authorities have closed the border with Jordan.

Witnesses early Monday reported bodies lying on the streets of Daraa. Ambulances were unable to help the injured because snipers and army officers were deployed across the city, a witness said. "They shoot on anything that moves," the witness said.  Another witness spoke to CNN by phone, estimating about 3,000 soldiers are in Daraa. "They are breaking into people's houses, firing randomly at houses," said the resident as the sound of gunfire and people screaming could be heard in the background. "We were sleeping and not protesting."

Meanwhile in Libya, the casualty toll continued to mount Monday in Misrata despite reports that Moammar Gadhafi's forces have withdrawn from the besieged city. Misrata has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting as rebels try to oust Gadhafi.  NATO jets bombed targets in the capital of Tripoli early Monday as state-run TV reported airstrikes flattened a building at Gadhafi's compound. Republican  Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said NATO should start bombing Gadhafi's inner circle to remove him from power.

Taliban break out of prison - More than 400 prisoners escaped early Monday from a jail in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, officials said. The Taliban, which claimed responsibility for facilitating the escape, said 541 prisoners fled. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the number was closer to 470. It was the second prison break at the facility. In June 2008, up to 1,000 prisoners - almost half of them Taliban members - escaped the prison after a raid by militants.

The Kandahar governor's office said police have launched a wide operation for Monday's escapees and had recaptured eight. A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahed, said its members spent five months digging a 320-meter (1,049-foot) tunnel to the prison.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has released a trove of documents about the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison, shedding light on how the detainees there behaved and how officials assessed their danger to the United States.

Texas wildfire - Scattered thunderstorms brought some relief to beleaguered Texas firefighters Sunday, but the first part of this week is shaping up to be the kind of scorcher that has state officials worried. Critical fire weather is expected Monday and Tuesday as a low-pressure system propels the dry line eastward across the state, according to the Texas Forest Service. Temperatures will be in the 90s, while relative humidity will be 10% or less in some areas, and winds will gust up to 45 mph. Forecasters said atmospheric instability can cause existing fires to become larger. The forest service responded to 17 new fires over the weekend.

Royal wedding - It will be a fixture of "On the Radar" all week. Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot Friday. So sit back and enjoy all the glitz and pomp.  For full royal wedding coverage, including a wedding guest list, CNN.com's "Unveiled" blog has it all.

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  1. IKHAN

    It will go on & on like this in Afghanistan.
    History bears witness that no power has ever succeeded in dominating or ruling these war hardened tribal warriors. Masters of their formidable terrain.
    We have been there with all our might barring nukes, now for what? 16 yrs? And what have got to show for all that death & destruction?

    April 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dawg

    Would any men like to diddle me?

    April 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lilpig


    April 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. i rock

    Crackhead is a good thing

    April 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. Krabs

    Hey SpongeBob,

    I smell the smelly smell of something that smells smelly.

    Mr. Krabs, it's not your Krabby patties this time. It's ole lady's fartin' that you smell, smelly smelly.

    Oh barnacles, what did the ole lady eat? Rotten eggs?

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm – Fartttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt!

    April 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Hot-off-the-Press! Mr. Krabs goes mmm-mmm good for ole lady's rotten eggs!

      April 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mad Hatter

    Maybe WikiLeaks is in with the taliban.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IKHAN

    Oh! And how folks up on the Hill would be itching to get Assange to Gitmo.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      These same people on the Hill would feel the same way about Jesus too if he were here in America today! They're nothing but a bunch of right-wing fanatics just like the Pharisees back in Jesus' time. Some things never change!!!

      April 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. IKHAN

    The winds of change are whispering that we Americans would soon see "autocrats, aristocrats and ignorant thugs" up on the Hill fall soon.
    And this nation would attain its greatness once again lost during the neo-con era of infamy under Bush-Cheney and before Wing-nuts & other assorted nuts get us to the brink.
    Sigh! One should be allowed to dream once in a while.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    The NATO Forces must continue to use its collective forces to aid the rebels in strategic areas specifically with air support to aid against Gadhafi forces. One Nato Mission at a time people

    April 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. IKHAN

    And what do we really know about these rebels?

    April 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael Calaizzo

    We need to provide more aid to reels.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Queenie Calaizzo

    The rebels are for the people.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dominic Michael Calaizzo

    Rebels are our friends and support Gay rights.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe V. Dilullo

    The Rebels are our friends.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
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