July 4th, 2012
04:34 AM ET

Gruesome week intensifies in Syria as opposition remains splintered

Residents across Syria woke up to a particularly bloody day Wednesday, when at least 17 people - including six children - were killed in early morning violence, opposition activists said.

In a country where scores of daily killings have become a tragic way of life, this week's violence has been especially lethal. More than 300 people have been killed in the first half of this week, according to tallies by opposition groups.

The surge comes despite a new plan by world leaders to stop the carnage and a push by opposition members to unite their efforts against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

On Tuesday, leaders of various opposition groups met for a second day in Cairo to devise a plan for a new Syria if al-Assad were to fall. But the opposition remained splintered.

One thing groups did agree on is that al-Assad can have no role in a transitional government.

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  1. Templar

    A new plan by world leaders to stop the carnage? Hah! Only unconditional defeat will resolve this issue. Assad and his twelve percent Shiite are tools of the Iranians, sponsors of Hizbollah, and killers of Americans. I'd like to see the 80 percent sunni fight Assad to exhaustion and then Syria will be ripe for a crusade, where the ten percent Christians can be installed in power.

    July 4, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      On Tuesday, leaders of various opposition groups met for a second day in Cairo to devise a plan for a new Syria if al-Assad were to fall. But the opposition remained splintered.

      Take each issue for a vote... majority rules! I say, hurry up and take Assad and his cohorts down before anymore children die.

      This ethnic cleaning of potential oppossers to the eventual installation of a Puppet leader must end soon, really, how many more babies have to be taken?

      July 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginger

      Mary, do you truly know what the term "puppet leader" means? I think you do not. I think that, perhaps, you are parroting what is popular in the vernacular of today's language. However, I agree that the blood of innocents needs to stop being shed; it behooves no future leader, "puppet" or not, to inherit such a tumultuous climate.

      July 5, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And Then ? And Then ? And then along came Joooones.

    This news is soooo old. When and why could anyone believe that these factions would come together ? They are all fighting for the same thing, their own personal, selfish reasons. Each one wants the central gone, BUT, each one wants to be the one calling the shots in the end. In the end, a portion of the people will be satisfied. In the end, a portion of the people are going to be left wanting. In the end, it's just going to be more of the same.
    Am I the only one that sees it that way ?

    July 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      It should read, They want the central government gone. Excuse please.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginger

      What you have said is true. Some of the people of war-torn Syria shall be left wanting; the question is: will it be the majority of the oppressed, or the minority that still believe Al-Assad is the sole guardian of all that is right and just?
      We have seen how just he is. Will the rest of the poor down-trodden agree?

      July 5, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. 0rangeW3dge

    a summer re-run of Lybia,,,it's just taking a little longer without Nato's help

    July 5, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |