Syrian president Bashar Al Assad’s jet fighters and helicopters continue to pound Free Syrian Army rebels in Damascus, Aleppo and other battleground cities, contributing to a death toll reportedly as high as 320 in one town in a single week. Attacks by jet fighters on rebels in Damascus yesterday reportedly killed 60 people.
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The crumbling regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad reportedly unleashed its air force on Wednesday in what could be the biggest aerial onslaught of the more than year-old civil war. Jet fighters dropped bombs on the northern city of Aleppo, Reuters and the BBC reported.
With rebel forces in Tripoli and Moammar Gadhafi on the run, the end could be near for the Libyan civil war. Sporadic fighting continues in the capital city of the oil-rich North African nation, NATO warplanes are still patrolling overhead, and there’s always the danger of Gadhafi true-believers launching a fresh insurgency. But already, Western analysts are weighing the lessons of the six-month-long conflict. “Modern air power is the key force that is directly leading to the overthrow of the Gadhafi regime,” retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula concluded. True, but a host of other cutting-edge technologies, and a few decidedly low-end ones, also played critical roles.
The Australian girlfriend of slain East Timorese rebel leader Alfredo Reinado should get 20 years in prison for aiding the rebel’s attempts to kill the president and prime minister of the tiny, impoverished country adjacent to Indonesia. Prosecutor Felismino Cardoso asked three Timorese judges to sentence Angelita Pires to the maximum sentence allowed by law for her alleged role in the simultaneous gun attacks on President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao in 2008. Ramos-Horta was shot and nearly died; Gusmao escaped unscathed. Reinado diedwhen security forces fired back.
Things are looking up for Chad and Sudan, whose shared border — in and around Darfur — has been a seething conflict zone for seven years. This year, the two countries agreed to jointly patrol the border to tamp down on allegedly government-backed rebel groups that threaten both governments. Sudan will take the lead in the joint force for the first six months.