Syrian Rebels Plan to Intensify Attacks in Damascus (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 07/18/12)
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Syrian rebels will intensify attacks inside the capital Damascus and
target sensitive security installations in what they call an
operation to “liberate Damascus,” a rebel commander told Reuters on
Colonel Qassem Saadeddine, spokesman of the joint command of the Free
Syrian Army inside Syria, told Reuters that many fighters arrived in
Damascus from several provinces 10 days ago to take part in the
operation and more would be sent soon.
“There is no going back. The Damascus battle has priority for us. We
have started the operation to liberate Damascus,” Saadeddine said,
adding the rebels had called their operation “Damascus volcano and
Rebels and government troops have clashed in the streets of Damascus
for three days, in the fiercest fighting in the capital since the
revolt against President Bashar al-Assad erupted last year.
“This has been planned for some time now. We sent many groups and
fighters to Damascus and its suburbs 10 days ago. We have sent at
least 50 groups, each with around 50 fighters,” Saadeddine emphasized.
He added, “We will hit security buildings. There is major
coordination between all military councils regarding this. We will
not stop, there is no return.”
The Israeli army intelligence chief said on Tuesday that Assad has
pulled troops from the Israeli border to defend Damascus against
“The Syrian military is acting very brutally, which shows the regime
is desperate. Its control of Damascus is getting weaker,” Major-
General Aviv Kochavi told a parliamentary committee.
“Assad has moved many of his forces that were in the Golan Heights to
the conflict areas," Kochavi said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011
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