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Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM PDT: No pictures, video or new coverage to show you but twitter is alive with reports of a massive Syrian government assault of the City of Dourma which is a suburb of Damascus.


        The Revolution may not be Televised but it will be LiveStreamed!

Posted at 8:44PM PST on facebook:

ريف دمشق: دوما: سقوط عدد كبير من الشهداء والجرحى جراء القصف المدفعي العنيف منذ الصباح وتدمير عدد من الابنية السكنية
Damascus Suburbs: Douma: Dozens of martyrs have fallen due to the indiscriminate and fierce regime shelling which has been ongoing since this morning. Several residential towers have been destroyed.
Posted at 10:26PM PST on facebook:
   Ø¹Ø§Ø¬Ù„ :تنسيقية دوما : نداء إلى جميع الأطباء والمسعفين في المدينة للتوجه فورا إلى المشافي بسبب الأعداد الكبيرة من المصابين
    Urgent: coordinating always: appeal to all physicians and paramedics in the city to go immediately to the hospital because of the large numbers of people living (Translated by Bing)
SANA - The Syrian government news agency has its own spin on events in Douma:
The Reality of Events>>Authorities Clash with Terrorists in Douma, Ariha and Deir Ezzor, Kill Many, Arrest Several Others
Jun 27, 2012
PROVINCES, (SANA) – Authorities in Damascus Countryside on Wednesday confronted an armed terrorist group who set up barriers at Khorsheed Street in Douma.

A source in the province told SANA reporter the clash resulted in killing 13 terrorists, including Mohammad Walid al-Idrees and Omar Darwish, and seizing their weapons.

No Syrian civilians are ever harmed by the Syrian government in Syrian government reports.

1:33 AM PT: Al Jazeera English has picked the story up:

Activists in the Damascus suburb of Douma are broadcasting live what they say is the shelling by government forces on their city.

June 28, 2012 - 10:20

Activists in the Damascus suburb of Douma are broadcasting live what they say is the shelling by government forces on their city.

Click here to watch the broadcast

{thick smoke shells random on the Corniche]

[Sounds of heavy shelling and rising columns of thick black smoke in the city, a result of the barbaric bombing by al-Assad - 28 \ 6 \ 2012]

[Explosions and rise of smoke columns in Douma, Damascus Suburbs]

[28/6/2012 voices always lead Assad al-stricken city in the sky]

Meanwhile Moscow is still promising to do every thing it can to get Assad his helicopters:

Interfax: Russia will do everything to supply air defense systems and helicopters to Syria
27 June 2012 | 16:12 | FOCUS News Agency

Moscow. In any case Russia will do everything to fulfill its duties under the signed contracts about supplying Syria with air defense systems and helicopters which are now aboard the Alaed ship, a military diplomatic source from Moscow told Interfax.
“The three helicopters MI-25 and air defense systems can easily be supplied to Syria by air,” said the source.
According to the source, the issue of the alternative transportation of the cargo which on the vessel might be solved very soon.

Martyr Mohammed Khadir killed in Douma 28-6-2012

Martyr Mohamed Khair wool killed in Douma 28-6-2012

Martyr Sheikh Ahmed Mahmoud Bakri in Douma 28-6-2012

            Free Syrian Army columns headed to Damascus 27-6-2012

12:19 AM PT: BREAKING: Kofi Annan to propose Syrian unity gov't sans Assad!

And Kofi Annan has called for the UN Action Group for Syria to meet on Saturday.

UN-Arab League Envoy: Action Group for Syria to meet on Saturday

27 June 2012 –
The Action Group for Syria will convene in Geneva, at the ministerial level, this Saturday, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, said today.

“The objectives of the Action Group for Syria are to identify steps and measures to secure full implementation of the six-point plan and Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043, including an immediate cessation of violence in all its forms,” Mr. Annan said in a statement.

“The Action Group for Syria should also agree on guidelines and principles for a Syrian-led political transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people; and agree on actions that will make these objectives a reality on the ground,” he added.

The Joint Special Envoy said that he had sent on Wednesday invitations to the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America – and Turkey, for the meeting this weekend.

In addition, invitations were also sent to the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Ban Ki-moon and Nabil Elaraby, respectively, and to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; as well as to the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, as Chair of the Summit of the League of Arab States; Kuwait, as Chair of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the League of Arab States and Qatar, as Chair of the Follow-up Committee on Syria of the League of Arab States.

Note that neither Iran or Saudi Arabia were invited.

According to Reuters, Annan is calling the formation of a Syrian national unity government.

Exclusive: Annan calls for Syria national unity government: envoys
UNITED NATIONS | Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:48pm EDT

(Reuters) - Russia and other big powers have told Syria mediator Kofi Annan they support his idea of a Syrian national unity cabinet that could include government and opposition members but would exclude those whose participation would undermine it, envoys said on Wednesday.

The proposal is one of the main topics that Russia, the other four permanent Security Council members and other key players in the Middle East will discuss at a meeting in Geneva on Saturday about the 16-month conflict in Syria, diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"It could comprise present government members, opposition and others, but would need to exclude those whose continued participation or presence would jeopardize the transition's credibility, or harm prospects for reconciliation and stability," a diplomat said, summarizing Annan's proposal.

The diplomat added that the idea of excluding certain people was clearly referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, though Annan's proposal does not explicitly say Assad could not serve in a national unity government.

This is also being report by the Russian Focus News Agency.

                             THIS IS HUGE!!!  RUSSIA AGREES, ASSAD US OUT

Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM PT:

Fri Jun 29, 2012 at  4:00 PM PT:                The Aftermath: Video from the massacre in Douma 6/28/2012

Syria, Rural Damascus, Douma, June 28, 2012/ A New Massacre in Douma.

Regime militias killed and slashed with knives entire families, including
children in a new massacre in Douma Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:41:01 PM PDT

  •  God damn it (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mrsgoo, Smoh

    those poor people.  

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:44:05 PM PDT

  •  If you haven't seen (0+ / 0-)

    any of the Bambuser footage, it is probably so of the most frightening video footage you will ever see.  War in real time.  Welcome to the age of the world wide web.

    “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman

    by Publius2008 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:50:18 PM PDT

  •  It seems, to me at least, that Assad... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mrsgoo

    understands that the monster of a war he's created has arrived on his own doorstep. I don't think it's too surprising that his brutality would escalate with that recognition.

    •  We need to stop projecting so much and (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Claudius Bombarnac

      stop funding these Islamic terrorists fighting the Gov't in Syria- it's going to come back and bite us just like it did on 9/11.  Guaranteed.

      •  I'd vastly prefer we fund... (0+ / 0-)

        citizen journalists in Syria instead of continued escalation of the civil war. Send in a million Kodak PlaySports.

      •  you're going to need proof for 'funding Islamic (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Cynical Copper

        terrorists fighting the gov't in Syria' because...well...you're really not going to find it.  Unless by 'terrorist' you  mean 'someone who wants the Assad regime out of power'.

        Because, while there HAVE been some such incidents in Syria, what's going on is very much the result of a large scale and regional public uprising.  Anyone who assumes that a mass movement is monolithic, without its violent fringe elements, is woefully naive.

      •  I think Clinton is worried that things have got (0+ / 0-)

        out of control in Syria and has called for atrocities from BOTH sides to stop. There appears to be a large component of militant Islamic groups now fighting within the country. Sectarian violence has been steadily escalating and the "signature strikes" of these groups has also increased.

        The Law of Unintended Consequences may yet have the last say in opening this Pandora's Box and it may now be too late to create a national unity government without interference from militant Islamist's (or Saudi Arabia for that matter).

        When you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind - Afghanistan redux.

  •  major points to Clay for excellent reporting. (3+ / 0-)
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    cosette, Smoh, Knockbally

    Clay's diaries have been an excellent news source about the goings-on in Syria.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:34:37 PM PDT

  •  New UN proposal for Syria (0+ / 0-)
    UN proposal for Syria backed by Russia and other world leaders

    The proposed cabinet would include members of the opposition and government where authority would not be undermined according to Western diplomats.

    It is unclear whether Russia shares the view of Western diplomats in that President Bashar al-Assad should be excluded from the plan which is to be discussed later on Saturday by the UN Action Group on Syria.

    Any settlement should be irreversible according to Annan, while transitional steps, including the creation of a national unity government must be made clear according to a fixed timeline.

    Diplomats said that the proposed cabinet would have to rule out membership of those whose participation or presence could jeopardise Syria’s reformation.

  •  More on UN's national unity plan for Syria (0+ / 0-)

    This is the only viable solution. Continuing to fuel the conflict as has been done will do nothing but create more death and destruction for the people of Syria.

    Exclusive: Russia backs Annan idea of Syria unity government - envoys

    (Reuters) - Russia and other big powers have told mediator Kofi Annan that they support his idea of a Syrian national unity cabinet that could include government and opposition members but would exclude those whose participation would undermine it, envoys said on Wednesday.
    ...
    "The Russians signalled to Annan that they accept his transition plan," he said. Several Western diplomats confirmed his remarks, adding that all five permanent veto-wielding U.N. Security Council members backed it.
    ...
    Annan made acceptance of his guidelines for a political transition for Syria a condition for organizing Saturday's meeting, which will include the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar. It will not include Iran or Saudi Arabia
    ...
    Annan said the aim of the one-day talks was to identify measures to secure full implementation of his stalled peace plan and Security Council resolutions, including an immediate halt to all violence.

    a.
  •  The Saudis and Iranians are playing central roles (0+ / 0-)

    in this conflict. It's madness to attempt to end it without them.

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