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Syrian troops consolidate gains
in Homs city

Associated Press, by Albert Aji *

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Posted By:horacer, 7/29/2013 3:15:04 AM

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militants forged ahead with their assault on a key rebel district in the central city of Homs Sunday, activists said, as President Bashar Assad’s forces try to crush resistance in the few remaining opposition-held neighborhoods in the city known as the ‘‘capital of the revolution.’’ The push on Homs is part of a broader government offensive on rebel-held areas that has seen regime troops retake some of the territory they have lost to opposition fighters in Syria’s more than 2-year-old conflict.

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Homs is considered to be the capitol of the revolution by the rebels. It´s fallen and the battle shifts to Aleppo in the north. If we´re to be involved it will most likely be with Turkish support in the form of a no fly zone.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: horacer, 7/29/2013 3:16:37 AM     (No. 9447309)

* and Zeina Karam

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/29/2013 3:52:50 AM     (No. 9447312)

Getting harder to know who to root for in this conflict.

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Syrian troops consolidate gains
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Associated Press, by Albert Aji *    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 7/29/2013 3:15:04 AM     Post Reply
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militants forged ahead with their assault on a key rebel district in the central city of Homs Sunday, activists said, as President Bashar Assad’s forces try to crush resistance in the few remaining opposition-held neighborhoods in the city known as the ‘‘capital of the revolution.’’ The push on Homs is part of a broader government offensive on rebel-held areas that has seen regime troops retake some of the territory they have lost to opposition fighters in Syria’s more than 2-year-old conflict.

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Egyptian military officials said Saturday that the army has prohibited ?fishing boats from operating off the coast of the Sinai peninsula near the Gaza Strip until further notice. According to the officials, the purpose of the move, which has been implemented since Thursday, is to prevent Palestinian Jihad terrorists from infiltrating Egypt via the Mediterranean Sea. According to a source in the Egyptian army, Ynet reported, the success in the closing off of smuggling tunnels on the Egypt-Gaza border has lead to infiltration attempts ??by boat. Recently, the source added,

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