April 13th, 2012
04:12 AM ET

Opposition activists: Syrian troops, military defectors clash near Turkey

Syrian troops clashed with defecting soldiers Friday near the border with Turkey, opposition activists said, violating a cease-fire that went into effect a day earlier.

The clashes occurred in the Kherbet Joz village, which borders Turkey.

Both sides have reported cases of scattered violence since the cease-fire was implemented at dawn Thursday, but the border clashes are the first major violation, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The world turned a skeptical eye toward Syria on Thursday after the truce cast relative calm over cities and towns previously pounded by government forces.

"Syria is apparently experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground," Kofi Annan, the special international envoy who brokered the peace plan, said at the time. "This is bringing much-needed relief and hope to the Syrian people who have suffered so much for so long in this brutal conflict. This must now be sustained."


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  1. jf brune

    the monster aka assad and "its" inhumane sadistic thugs need to be surgically removed. Its evil is unquantifiable

    April 13, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • fu

      You are so worried about pres Assad when u should be worried of our financial economy stop worrying about stuff that doesn't portray u the only monster I see is here

      April 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    This is a wolf in sheeps clothing thia assad isnt going to last long once he falls,,,,hey assad remember husein how about bin laden? And lets not forget ghadafi,,,,all dictators meet the similar fate we have patience we will see

    April 13, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
    • jf brune

      Assad will die like Gaddafi

      April 13, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    It looks like there is getting to be a pattern here. If they are able to draw Turkey into this mess, they know damned well that, at the very least, the US if not all of NATO will be jumping in. I guess this is just another sign of the times.

    April 13, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    Syria with their long, propelled aluminum pipes used for rockets flying in the desert sun above the airy palm trees into other countries. Missiles out of Syria.

    April 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |

    well spoken guys

    April 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    So tired of this mess.
    It's all a gigantic game of chess – with the citizens of Syria being the ultimate losers...

    April 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      There are so many wanna be powers in Syria, it's no wonder that the rest of the world is being so cautious in their handling of this situation. It just makes me wonder how this is going to play out. I still have the feeling of a radical islamic takeover.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    turkey season isn't even open yet...

    April 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |