June 10th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

Syrian military advances towards rebellious border town

Syrian state television announced Friday that the military launched an operation to retake the rebellious northern border town of Jisr Al-Shugur.

Meanwhile, Syrian refugees and opposition activists who fled the town fearing a government attack said they heard tanks firing their cannons as they advanced through villages while approaching Jisr Al-Shugur.

"In response to the appeal from the families, units of the Syrian military began implementing its function to restore security in Jisr Al-Shugur and surrounding villages and arresting a number of militants," Syrian state TV announced in a banner Friday morning.

"They are attacking the village of Sirmaniya with tanks," said opposition activist Yusuf Mohamad Ali Hassan in a phone call to CNN.

This comes as anti-government demonstrators embark on protests across the country, engulfed in conflict between activists opposing the Bashar al-Assad regime and government forces working to clamp down on the outpourings.

Every Friday for weeks, anti-government marches have been organized after weekly Muslim prayers, and activists have given specific themes to the protests.

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  1. Philip

    Did the Syrian government forget to extend unemployment benefits or something? Why are the Syrian people so upset? Because they wannabe like US? If you believe that all these revolts we've been seeing in Arab/Muslim lands are becaiuse they wannabe like US, you aren't sadly mistaken. Yer just plain old dumb.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ahkmed Jr.

    I wannabe just like Uncle Sam when I grow up?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    This whole thing in Syria reeks of another C.I.A. put up job. I noticed how the right-wing news media keeps on talking about Syrian "atrocities" perpetrated against the "peaceful" demonstrators there and how terrible this Bashir al Assad is. And as to be expected, Hilary Clinton is now screaming for a "regime change"!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    I'm just glad that there are only about 200 countries in the world. At the current rate of invasion and occupation, they should run out of countries to occupy by 2016. I think there's around 17 countries left that have yet to be occupied and ruled by a puppet. (extra-bonus for the removal of an installed puppet, and the re-installation of a puppet regime afterwards is double-bonus value)

    June 10, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    If you break into my home and stay there for a long long time, are we at war, or are you just squatting.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ahkmed Jr.

    Where did mommy go dad? And who messed up our house?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    Half of your mommy is over there and the other half is right behind you. You will be staying with your grandma and grandpa for a while young Ahkmed. Daddy is coming to America. Your little sisters funeral is at 3, so go get cleaned up.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ahkmed Jr.

    Mommy!!!Mommmmmy. Mommy! Mommmmmmmmy Mom? Momm'm'meeee. Mom?..........I wanna go with you dad. forever.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ahkmed

    I am planning on being disguised as an illegal Mexican. You take after your mommy son, they'd think you were Peruvian or something. No...you stay with grandma and grandpa.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ahkmed Jr.

    no way dad. i'm going with you! (i know he won't let me go to America with him, but i've gotta make it look good. I'm only 15, but that's old enough to know what a machine gun does to a mommy.)

    June 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzz

    @ Ahkmed and Son. thank for the story displaying how the ppl of Syria really feel about their situation. it gives those who may not understand otherwise the full inpact of what life is really like for them.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ahkmed the Terror Guy (and son)

    @Jazzy...we aren't Syrians! We are Afghanis! Syria isn't as occupied as we are, but their citizens are beginning to see how corrupt their government is. We, on the other hand, have suffered the hoorors associated with occupations. When a foreign power overthrows a standing government and installs a puppet regime that allows the foreigners easy access to our lands and resources. Why doesn't the USA just flat-out invade and conquer Iraq and Afghanistan and claim the land for the USA? They do! But they can't do it openly, for that would show intent. So it's done the puppet way, and "God bless the USA" saves some face.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      sorry, I misspoke... I was thinking about the other posts and what they had to say on Syria. Thanks again.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    I would love to know why there isn't one single peep about the elitist (Bildabergs) that are meeting in Switzerland right now and discussing in private what will happen with our world in the next year or so, like what countries will be invaded by who and how they will divi up the resources of said Country, who will get the contracts to rebuild, etc, I assure you both the Iraq AND Afghanistan wars were both discussed and given the green light at these meetings years before they transpired. Heads of states, royalty and CEO's of all kind are converging in Switzerland right now to plot and scheme and NOT A SINGLE peep from the SO called media in America other than alternative media. This is a travesty and the people of America are in a trance, asleep and UNAWARE of what their criminal government is up to, but we are waking up and these occupiers in our country had better watch their steps buddy cause the sleeping giant is awakening...

    June 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      We all know that media and money are controlled by the Jews.

      June 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jrod13206

    Bob please state more on the transpiring events? As for syria, It seems strange that the same type of people lead a revolt in libiya, egypt, etc and we call them protesters. But in syria which so happens to be an ally of iran and has a effed of dictator for a president we call the protesters terrorists. Starnge that we haven't steped in and seen it for ourselves. Or is obama just a two faced palestinain lover.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |