February 16th, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Syria appears to be losing control in the north

Syrian security forces resumed their fierce shelling of opposition targets in Homs Thursday but appeared to be losing their tight grip in the northern region.

Government troops were stretched thin in their effort to control all fronts in the volatile country, while violence raged in the grass-roots anti-government uprising. The revolt has now entered its 12th month and the U.N. General Assembly prepared to take up a symbolic resolution condemning President Bashar al-Assad's brutal crackdown.

Syrian forces shelled the flashpoint city of Homs for a 13th straight day Thursday, targeting the opposition stronghold neighborhoods of Baba Amr, Inshaat and Khalidiya, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition activist group. Heavy sustained bombardment that commenced around 5 a.m., and dozens of injuries were reported.

In Idlib province in the northwest, people appear to be preparing for the possibility of a military offensive. Much of the region is in open revolt with villages and towns in the north out of government control for months.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    If demonstrating but revolutionary opposition forces, which we hear are armed only with rifles and farming implements, are winning in their battle with the trained and well supplied Syrian army, does it not seem possible that the revolutionary brigade is getting a wee bit of aid from some unreported foreigners, excluding the assumed divine intervention?

    February 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    My guess is yes. And if there is now a larger secure geographic area into which to send aid, it will likely accelerate.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    There is no telling what is going on over there. No one independent can get in to look.

    And, sorry, but individuals hunkered down in basements can't tell who is lobbing shells at them, or even if it's the same people every day. As far as we know, the town keeps changing hands. I wonder this: if they can sometimes sneak out at night to bury the dead, maybe they can sneak out at night to get out of town.. Make one trip. If they all go at once, no way whoever is shooting can get them all..

    Soldiers have defected, weapons caches have been plundered.. I'd be surprised if anyone outside is really involved yet.. We can't watch as close as libya..

    February 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |