November 24th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Defectors killed in clashes with Syrian army, activists say

At least 11 Syrian military defectors were shot dead Thursday during clashes with regular Syrian army units on the western outskirts of the city of Homs, an activist group said.

Four other defectors were wounded in the violence, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Another opposition human rights group, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, said Syrian army units backed by armored vehicles stormed farms to the west of Homs, leading to 15 deaths.

A campaign of raids and arrests is also taking place in the Damascus suburb of Domeir, Qalet Mudeeq in Hama, and Baniyas, the LCC said.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    It's time for another intervention.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I gots me a bad feelin bout this...

    November 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Tain't gonna be purty.

    November 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. American of Syrian descent

    I personally support a "Libya Style" NATO intervention in Syria with the arming of Syrian rebels by Turkey and Jordan (US ally's) backed by NATO Air and Naval power. I am against any US or Western troops on the ground. Syria has enough anti-regime people to bring down the regime.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @A of SD
    Here's another idea. How about the Arab League take care of this one. They have armies and air forces, don't they. Why wouldn't they be as capable of providing the same sevices as NATO ? And that gives a gaurantee of no western boots on the ground. America has already got a full plate, and we can't have dessert until we finish what we have.

    November 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    Turkey is kinda 'right there'. Maybe some others in the region.. Jordan? Hell, even russia... It is, kinda, their spawn..

    November 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Arab League should take the initiative on this one.
    bobcat's right; we have enough to deal with stateside.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. udo

    Any mil attack on syria mays ends like Libya's; kill the president,create more rebels, leaves uncertain future for the Syrians.For me NATO had lost its focus.

    November 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |