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This is stuff I just published to the end of my diary yesterday, which was breaking news in itself:
BREAKING: Douma, Syria under massive attack, another massacre feared

But then I thought "THIS IS HUGE" This deserves it's own headline. The first part of the story is that UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has called for a meeting of the UN Syria Action Group this Saturday with the US, Britain, France, China and Turkey in attendance. That news came out earlier yesterday and technically it was BREAKING but it made me too sleepy to write about it.

The second part of the story was broken by Reuters about eight hours ago and it basicly has two parts. 1.) Annan will call for the formation of a Syrian National Unity government without the participation of Bashar al-Assad and 2.) the Russians are supporting him in this.

This could be called Kofi Annan's new peace plan: "Throw the Bashar out!"

Now that is a breaking news story worth writing about, in fact it deserves it's own headline, which is why I am writing this, but for more details and the links to the source material you will have to go [here].

That seems appropriate because I suspect there is a strong connection between these stories, the attack on Douma, and the UN Action Group moves. From Assad's point of view, one all out desperate military attempt to win it his way probably makes sense given that he's not invited to the party on Saturday. If that is the case, look for a lot more Syrians to die before the weekend.

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


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BREAKING: Turkey calls for NATO consult on downing of jet by Syria
BREAKING: Senior Syrian Officers Defect
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NATO over Tripoli - Air Strikes in the Age of Twitter
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  •  Many thanks for keeping w/ this story, Clay. (3+ / 0-)
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    Horsefeathers, MartyM, ferg

    It's gut-wrenching what's going on in Syria.

  •  Kofi Annan is pathetic (1+ / 0-)
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    Texas Lefty

    Look how well his last cease fire / peace deal worked.

    All the time he is going around saying how his plan required time to work, the Syrians were slaughtering their own.

    To me, it was evident he was more concerned with his plan and his reputation than the people of Syria.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 03:24:58 AM PDT

  •  Sorry this is not getting any attention (1+ / 0-)
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    Knockbally

    here, Clay. Great article, and very important. Great news!

    Thanks.

    "I can't do it by myself. No president can. Remember: Change doesn't happen from the top. It happens because of you." B Obama, 2008

    by nzanne on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 06:21:24 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for your work on this subject (0+ / 0-)

    I don't hear a lot about this important issue in other venues.  Thanks for doing the legwork and providing so much information!

  •  Russia: No backing for any plan that calls for (1+ / 0-)
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    BigAlinWashSt

    Syria's Assad to step down

    http://www.cbsnews.com/...
    June 28, 2012

    (CBS/AP) MOSCOW - Russia on Thursday said it would not endorse a call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up power and criticized as inappropriate claims that it had agreed to plans by international envoy Kofi Annan for a new national unity government in Syria that could include the opposition.

    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov insisted that major powers meeting Saturday in Geneva for talks on Syria must concentrate on convincing opposition groups to soften their demands. He also denied a claim by a senior U.S. official that Annan said Russia was among the backers of a plan for a new government to oversee the drafting of a new constitution and eventual elections.

    "We are not supporting and will not support any external meddling," he said. "External players must not dictate ... to Syrians, but, first of all, must commit to influencing all the sides in Syria to stop the violence."
    ...
    "We want this meeting in Geneva... to provide an opportunity to make real progress in supporting and implementing (Annan's) six-point plan and the roadmap for transition that he has laid down," she said.

    It was not clear if Moscow has rejected Annan's plan altogether or has simply not agreed to its final form yet.

    "First of all, no agreed-upon projects exist, the work on the possible final document is going on, including a meeting of experts in Geneva," Lavrov told reporters. "I think that the fact that certain formulas, certain ideas proposed for the possible final document by certain countries are leaked to the media manifests an improper approach to diplomacy."

  •  Massive blast rocks Damascus (1+ / 0-)
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    http://www.timesofisrael.com/...

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A strong explosion rocked the Syrian capital Thursday near a busy market and the Palace of Justice, sending black smoke billowing into the sky. State TV reported at least three people were wounded and around 20 cars were damaged.

  •  Pros and cons of intervention in Syria (0+ / 0-)

    This article goes into a lot of detail in discussing what role the US should play in Syria. It is somewhat long but well worth the time to read. Keep in mind that Foreign Policy has considerable influence in Washington political circles.

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/...
    Stay Out of Syria
    Foreign intervention to topple Bashar al-Assad's bloody regime risks a fiasco on par with Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Let's be clear: Washington is pursuing regime change by civil war in Syria. The United States, Europe, and the Gulf states want regime change, so they are starving the regime in Damascus and feeding the opposition. They have sanctioned Syria to a fare-thee-well and are busy shoveling money and helping arms supplied by the Gulf get to the rebels. This will change the balance of power in favor of the revolution. It is also the most the United States can and should do.
    ...
    U.S. intervention in Syria will likely lead to something similar: civil war and radicalization. Syrians have never agreed on basic questions of identity and policy, and it is unlikely that they will decide these issues peacefully today.

    With America's economy in the dumps, its military badly bruised, its reputation among Muslims in tatters, and its people fatigued by foreign wars, this is no time to intervene in Syria. Washington has no staying power if things go wrong. It wants regime-change on the cheap -- to bomb and withdraw. And if things go wrong, will we leave the Syrians in the lurch or get sucked into another complicated quagmire? The administration can ill afford to leave a failed state behind in Syria or to have it unfurl into civil war.
    ...

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