As the Assad regime moved forward with increasing brutality, HRW issued a new report today on Assad's use of incendiary weapons, 130 countries recognized the Syrian National Coalition as the sole legal representative of the Syrian people.
From the NY Times we have this:
This is a worryiing development because Scud missiles can be armed with a chemical warhead.
Syria Fires Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says
By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
Published: December 12, 2012
WASHINGTON — Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have fired Scud missiles at rebel fighters in recent days, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.
The move represents a significant escalation in the fighting, which has already killed more than 40,000 civilians in a nearly two-year-old conflict that has threatened to destabilize the Middle East, and suggests increased desperation on the part of the Assad government. A fresh wave of mayhem struck the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, reports from the region said, including a deadly triple bombing outside the Interior Ministry. One American official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing classified information, said that missiles had been fired from the Damascus area at targets in northern Syria.
“The total is number is probably north of six now,” said another American official, adding that the targets were in areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army, the main armed insurgent group. More...
Al Jazeera English is reporting on the international recognition:
From The Times we have:
'Friends of Syria' recognise opposition
Over 100 nations meeting in Morocco officially recognise opposition coalition as "legitimate representative" of Syria.
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2012 14:55
The world's major powers have given full political recognition to the Syrian National Coalition, an opposition bloc, as the fourth conference for the "Friends of the Syrian People" opens in Morocco.
More than a hundred government delegates, including from the US, France, Britain and the Gulf countries, have gathered in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh on Wednesday to unveil measures to support the newly formed Syrian group.
The meeting comes as rebel forces in Syria have scored a number of victories against the government of Bashar al-Assad in recent weeks and have intensified a push towards Damascus.
A draft declaration at the meeting states that the members were prepared to recognise the opposition coalition as "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people". It also called on President Asad to "stand aside" in order to allow "a sustainable political transition" process. More...
Assad is compounding violence against Syrian civilians with starving them. They need humanitarian and military aid
Published at 12:01AM, December 13 2012
leppo, in northwest Syria, has outlasted numerous rulers over millennia: the Assyrians, Persians and Seleucids in ancient history, and the Seljuk Turks, Ottoman Turks and French in the modern era. None has managed to inflict such depredations on the city’s people, however, as the depraved regime of President Assad.
Rebel fighters rose against Mr Assad’s forces in the historic city in July. The regime’s response has been indiscriminate bombardment of residential areas and main streets. It now encompasses cruelty on an insidious as well as spectacular scale. More$$$
In a related development, Human Rights Watch has issued this report today:
Well, At least Assad hasn't crossed Obama's red-line!
Syria: Incendiary Weapons Used in Populated Areas
Evidence Military Used Bombs That Cause Horrendous Burns
December 12, 2012
(Washington, DC) – The Syrian military has used air-delivered incendiary bombs in at least four locations across Syria since mid-November 2012. The conclusion is based on interviews with four witnesses and multiple videos analyzed by Human Rights Watch.
The Syrian military should cease its use of incendiary weapons immediately. A total of 106 nations have prohibited the use of air-delivered incendiary weapons, which cause serious burns, in populated areas, but Syria has not banned the weapons.
“We’re disturbed that Syria has apparently begun using incendiary munitions, as these weapons cause especially cruel civilian suffering and extensive property destruction when used in populated areas,” said Steve Goose, Arms division director at Human Rights Watch. “Syria should stop using incendiary weapons in acknowledgment of the devastating harm this weapon causes.”
Incendiary weapons can contain any number of flammable substances, including napalm, thermite, or white phosphorus and are designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injuries. They are not chemical weapons, which kill and incapacitate by the toxic properties of the chemicals released. More...
12.12.12 | VERY GRAPHIC
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