June 18th, 2012
02:14 AM ET

Reports of terror surge after U.N. suspends monitoring mission in Syria

The elusive quest for peace in Syria is now crippled with recent setbacks, as a U.N. observer mission has suspended operations and attempts to rescue civilians trapped in violence have proved futile.

Chaos erupted once again Monday as regime forces shelled the southern town of Tafas, an opposition group said, prompting calls for residents to hunker down in lower floors of houses. The attack came after more than 80 tanks infiltrated the town in Daraa province, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

Elsewhere in Daraa, warplanes hovered at a low altitude over the city of Daeel as powerful explosion rocked the city, the LCC said.

Violence in the country has escalated in recent days, exacerbating an already risky situation for the about 300 monitors, said Gen. Robert Mood, who heads the U.N. monitoring mission in Syria.

"Civilians continue to be trapped by the escalating violence in Syria," Mood said in a statement Sunday. "In Homs, attempts to extract civilians from the line of fire over the past week have been unsuccessful."

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  1. JerseyJeff

    The opposition is infuriated at the UN observers and the international community for not stopping the bloodshed, but it's only Russia and, to a lesser extent, China blocking the UN and international community from doing more.
    Russia tried to show the World they can take the lead and fix international problems in a "non-Western" way, but all they have shown is they can sit and watch innocent bloodshed calmly and do their normal foreign policy reaction of, "blame America" for shortfalls in Russian policy or action.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    I maybe way off base here but doesn't Russia, China, and another country have naval bases in Syria?
    Would that not be a reason why they didn't sign off on the UN deal?
    Is not Israel only second to America in the distribution of arms world wide?
    Notice how Russia and China, end in (ia) lol

    June 18, 2012 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      No, the US, Russia and China followed by France and the UK make up the Top-5 arms producers and sellers in the World. This past year India became the Worlds biggest buyer of weapons.

      June 18, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Doesn't the troops pull out of Afghanistan in 2013 or maybe the US troops already home get a respite before moving on to a tour in Syria...

    June 18, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Don't you hate it when you see the same "movie" being played over and over again with different players, expecting no one to notice the "thread" running through each and every ME regime being toppled and having the carbon copy puppet leader installed.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Lukka

      Whats the deal? I watch the news channels all the time, I hear about our tropos dieing from IED's, sunnis civil war, but I never hear anything about Al Qaeda? I do some research on the internet and find that a torture camp was just freed, al qaeda camps were stopped. And much more, but not on the news? Why?

      December 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barney

    Dont YOU hate it after youve already hit the send button, you realize your post is silly and makes very little sense? And china doesnt end in ~ia~!

    June 18, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    What can anyone say about this that hasn'tt already been said?
    I hope the bloodshed of innocents is ended soon.

    June 18, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    @ JerseyJeff, it is my understanding that Russia is opposed to the UN deal because of the weapons they have stored in Syria and seem to be hand over to the regime to eliminate the opposition. Is that right?

    June 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @ Mary
    Russia does have a naval base in Syria.
    @ Hope
    The wrath of God, as you say, is upon many a place. Some place, you see it in flames and gunfire some are hide it in cloaks of wealth, power and delusion of grandeur.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Pardon the typos. The 'are' above.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hope


    My point? Jonah became angry because God accepted their repentance and didn't bring the city to ruin. He waited in the desert to witness their demise. As for me, I shall leave it up to Him to execute His wrath, rather than making it my own.

    Enough said?

    June 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hope


    Do the fires, the gun shots, wealth abd grandeur originate with God? I think not. Light the fire of the lamp that we might find our way through the darkness of this World... curse he who blinds us.


    June 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    @ saywhat, That was my understanding, guess I didn't make it clear to JerseyJeff.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. freedom 4 syria

    the assad regime is the terrorist. what terrorism can be worse than bombing innnocent civilians, cutting off from them all food water and medical care? and using snipers to shoot at any one who dares to walk in the streets to find food , water or medical care?what terrorism can be worse than kidnapping innocent people and then torturing them, many to the point of death? THERE IS NO TERRORISTS IN THE WORLD WORSE THAN THE ASSAD REGIME

    June 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hope

    Do tell...

    Why did my comment get deleted?

    June 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |