August 7th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

U.N. pulls all monitors out of Syrian town because of security concerns

The United Nations has pulled all of its 24 monitors out of the Syrian city of Aleppo because of  the "deteriorating security situation," a spokeswoman for the mission there told CNN.

Juliette Touma said all of those people part of the U.N. mission in Syria have been moved back to Damascus amid growing violence.

"This is a temporary move back to Damascus and we still hope to return the team when the security situation allows," Touma said.

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  1. Aaron Chaney

    ALEPPO (PRESS TV) – The Syrian army has arrested a group of Turkish and
    Saudi officers in Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, according to
    official state TV.

    These spies were arrested on Monday amid sporadic battles and encounters that pit government troops against foreign-sponsored mercenaries whose current strategy essentially entails laying claim to and sieging pockets of the country.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Aaron Chaney

    According to a UK news outlet termed Guardian, the government of Saudi Arabia reportedly agreed on June 22, 2012 that it would pay subversive members of an element which comprises the Free Syrian Army to encourage "mass defections from the Syrian Armed Forces in order to pressure the Damascus government," which is an act of state aggression and a direct violation of international law.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Aaron Chaney

    Prior to that on June 21, 2012, the New York Times reported that a group of CIA operatives illegally entered southern Turkey and that these agents encouraged anti-Syria gangs situated inside of the Arab country to intimidate Syrian citizens by instilling a campaign of terror that might pull away a majority who continue to support the democratically elected Syrian government.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Well, most of US recall what happened after UN inspectors were pulled from Iraq after failing to find any WMDs. I hope Syrian citizens fare better.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Aaron Chaney. Thanks for the update, but most of US know or at least have a hunch that our own government works behind the scenes to take-out democratically elected leaders that won't "play ball".
    Like when Haiti elected a president who wouldn't allow Americans to launder drug money through Hatian banks anymore. Most of US understand how the "rebels" all came to have brand-new M16 assault rifles...and how vital drugs are to America.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Great. Here come the microblogging idiots. Hagd, Aaron. Hope to see you here sometime w/o these childrens scribblings. Like freaking graffitti with puncuation marks.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. McDoug

    That sure is a dangerous place over there. I wish our country didn't always get involved in messes like that.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy- LOL with you on that.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Too bad the hint wasn't taken.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. McDoug

    We need to quit being the po lice of the world.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy, there's other ways for that.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    People of the United States of America and the World,
    What did you all expect in the end?Sending unarmed UN observers in was a stupid moronic idea in the first place.
    As I see it,Saudi Arabi and Eygpt need to send in Brigade and Battalion size forces in to create safe zones in cities and seperate the waring parties.This is an Arab problem and the West needs to stay as far away as possble!

    August 7, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • McDoug

      fly over their country and drop bacon. Bacon makes everything betterer.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Murdoch Supreme

    They pulled them out because they're about to lob a super mondo nuke over there!

    August 7, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Sorry, troll, *I'm* not Anti-American.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    You must be new, troll, or you would know exactly what is wrong with your statement.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      oh, banasy, to think your in charge of
      the water trough....

      Keep dreaming.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Obviously not me at 11:22. I would never accuse FDNY firemen of conspiring to tell anything but the truth. (
    Although I do feel Obama and Bush conspired when it comes to keeping our 9/11 victims families star witnesses gagged by federal court order. (FBI whistleblower Sibel d. Edmonds and 24 DOD officials whom taxpayers paid to conspire and solve the crime of 9/11, which they did in fact do and are still gagged by fed. court order)

    August 7, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. US Pre-Crime Div.

    It's as if since Dubya Bush, we know in advance what to do. Preemptive war, asassinating well known suspects, etc. Getting revenge before a crime is proven or even committed...*prevenge*.
    Like your president is the Holy See now..

    August 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lol @ dazzle, what other ways would you suggest? A hit upside the head with a baseball bat??? Lmao. Boy what i wouldnt give to see that!

    August 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
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