June 14th, 2011
08:58 PM ET

CNN reporter, briefly in Syria, hears 'horror' stories

As the Syrian military on Tuesday continued its relentless advance against protesters, citizens who had fled their homes for safety related "horror story upon horror story" to a reporter who managed to enter the country.

Despite the Syrian government's consistent refusal to give CNN and other international news organizations permission to enter the country, a CNN reporter crossed the Turkish border into northwestern Syria for a few hours Tuesday

A number of people said they had witnessed bombings around the city as they fled. One man said soldiers shot at him, and a woman said she witnessed death.

"They set our fields on fire, destroyed our homes," said a woman who added that she was planning to try to cross into Turkey for protection. But others said they would remain in Syria, some hoping to find loved ones lost in the chaos, others hoping against hope to return to their homes.

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    Just how many of these "horror stories" are true and how many are made up by the C.I.A. in order to enflame American public opinin against the Syrian leader Bashir al Assad? If the right-wing thugs want to get rid of al Assad that bad,why don't they just tell Israel to invade,defeat and occupy Syria itself? It may be less painful that way.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.Hares

      I can tell you that unfortunately the world is only seeing 10% of actually happening in Syria. Syrian proved to be super brave to face atrocities, machine guns and tanks with their bare bodies asking for one thing "Freedom" they don't want any one's help all they are asking is for the world to see the true face of this regime and for the world leaders to stop shacking the bloody hands of the leader Basahr and his thugs. If the rest of the world decided that their conscious and humanity doesn't have a price tag attached it and decide to help a country that doesn' t produce Oil as in Libya that would appreciated.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moe

      Israel risk soldiers in war? Laughable.

      How many Israeli soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan combined? 0. Zero.

      Americans don't realize that Israel is a false ally to them. It's a one way connection, Americans die and donate to Israel but Israel does nothing when it comes time to do their part.

      And people speak as if Americans have that much more choice than Syrians. Sure they have one leader to pick from, but Americans only have two. What freedom is that? The freedom to pick from two choices is like me saying you can eat anything you want as long as it is either a pineapple or a plum. That's not freedom, that's not having anything I want.

      This uprising in Syria has been – from the start – fuelled by the CIA and Israel, doing what they did in so many South American countries, doing what they failed to do in Cuba, and doing what they did in Iran, trying to set the people against their own government by arming and funding normal minorities.

      If someone came right now and gave everyone in the KKK unlimited money and firepower to do whatever they wanted in the United States, it wouldn't mean that there is an American uprising, it would mean that a minority are making their voices heard louder than the majority. And when that happens there is a huge problem.

      Look at Egypt, a peaceful revolution. Why? It was because the MAJORITY wanted change and because of that Mubarak had nothing to stand on in terms of staying in power. But in places like Libya and Syria where the MAJORITY is not in favour of any sort of military action by either side you see this minority finding a way to arm themselves and make their voices heard louder than the majority.

      It's a shame that Americans and Israelis can't mind their own politics, but when you are a country like Israel constantly breaking international laws and running an apartheid regime, you have to constantly be fighting off the entire world. Luckily for Israel they have Americans who believe what their government tells them, go to Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya and end up dying for absolutely no reason. Why can't Israel, one of the most powerful military nations in the world do anything to fight off their enemies (and I mean real enemies, not kids throwing rocks).

      June 15, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Casey Case

    A forensic expert says heart-shaped stickers were found in Casey Anthony's bedroom but didn't testify whether the items were linked to similar outlines on duct tape on the body of the Florida woman's slain 2-year-old daughter.

    Even so, the stickers shown to jurors at the 25-year-old's murder trial Tuesday over the objection of defense lawyers were powerful images just before the prosecution wraps up its case.

    Crime scene investigator Alina Burroughs told jurors the stickers were found in a box and a scrapbook, along with a letter addressed to Caylee Anthony.

    Another investigator previously testified she noticed the outline of a heart on one of three pieces of duct tape while examining it under ultra-violet lighting. There were no pictures taken of what she saw, though.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. R.Hares

    I heard your report about Syria on the radio tonight, while I truly appreciate your effort to shed the light on Asad's brutal attack, I hated the report that followed. As a survivor of the 1982 massacre I beg you not to bring the sector issue up again it insult every single Syrian and dishonor the blood of the dead ones. During the 1982 massacre of Hama Hafez Asad told the world that he was getting rid of a radical Islamic movement in Hama and he got the blessings of the world to kill 40,000 I was there, after 18 days and when were able to flee out of the city we went to our Christian friends in nearby village " Meharda" 99.9% of the resident of that village were Christians. If they feared that our city supported radical Muslim who wanted to wipe out any minorities would they opened their homes and shared their limited resources with us? In Hama I was raised as Muslim sunny but my parents sent me to the only catholic school in town, even though other private and public schools were readily available. My husband elected to attend also high school in the same area of the city. My best friend during High school Rana was also Roman Orthodox why do I bore you with these details is to tell you in short, There is no sector or civil war in Syria ask Dr. Wahid Saker he is an activist Alawi and he testify to the fact that the Sector and ethnic issue is a made up issue by the regime and if the media keeps on repeating that and enforcing it they are dishonoring the Syrian and supporting the regime. Please as Secretory Clinton said "don't have the blood of Hamza 13 year old boy tortured by the Asad regime go in vain"

    June 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Middle eastern women are beautiful. Too bad they are into creepy locals.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    I eat green poop pie.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I applaud your opening comment.
    In my work, I sometimes meet people in positions of leadership. It is hard for me to believe that the leaders of Syria could behave in as evil a manner as they are depicted, although in putting down an uprising against governmental authority bloodshed is expected.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. david

    Tyria bad ass ... Tyria bad ass ... Tyria bad ass. That's all they are going to run in the media ... only to get

    an approval to get to bomb it.

    Look at what they run in the media ... look whose sides they take ... look at what they want to do and look

    at their targets ... nice fat sheep with a lot of wool.

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    June 15, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Well said @ Moe

    How about a CNN reporter perking up enough courage to visit Gaza strip & report the horror stories of debasement of humanity by Israel??

    We have shed enough blood fighting proxy wars for Israel. Time to say NO.
    Withe shifting sands in the Middle East and Turkey emeriging as a power to reckon with after Erdogan's resounding victory in elections, we better get our act together.
    Or those thugs up on the Hill who have suspect loyalty to America would continue sacrificing American interests for safeguarding those of the apartheid, oppressive regime in Israel. The likes of Schumer, Lieberman, Bachmann, King, Gingrich and others.
    Let Americans hear the voices of brave and patriotic American Jews like those of JStreet, Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbis of North America for Peace and many others who stand for Truth & Justice in resolving Israel- Palestine conflict and exposing the tactics of the far right Zionist regime.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I would be tickled for Israel to pull its own weight.
    However, the USA doesn't support Israel because we believe that God gave Jews that land a while back. (See Constantine.)
    We support Israel because we want their neighbors' oil: why should Israel help us?
    It's we who want the oil.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |