Syrian Cluster Bombs Target Civilians
Explosives can cover hundreds of yards
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2012 4:28 AM CST
A Syrian man reacts outside of his damaged home, which was destroyed by a Syrian government airstrike earlier in the day, in Marea village, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

(Newser) – As war rages on in Syria, Bashar al-Assad's government hasn't hesitated to direct its attacks at civilians. Just last week, a military plane used cluster bombs—explosives capable of blanketing hundreds of yards—against the small town of Marea, the New York Times reports. Four were killed and 23 wounded, and every one was a civilian, locals say. Why attack the village? It's a matter of retribution for supporting the rebels, residents say. Marea is home to a top rebel field commander, Abdulkader al-Saleh.

"The regime especially hates us," says an activist. Now, the government is moving on to its strongest weapons—among the last it has, experts say. An area just outside Marea was hit by cruise missiles yesterday, according to locals. "In the coming days, he’ll use the chemicals and he’ll destroy everything," a fighter said of Assad. The government's tactics might be dubbed "boil-the-frog-slowly," analysts tell the Times: The slow buildup of weapons in use has made it tougher for Western nations to justify entering the conflict, in contrast with Libya. There, NATO entered quickly as Moammar Gadhafi employed a heavy arsenal right away.

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Dec 22, 2012 1:04 AM CST
America should get involved and overthrow the dictator Assad. Assad is an evil man. Assad is a threat to peace in the middle east. Assad support anti-Israeli leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Assad hosts terrorist groups like Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Lebanese Hezbollah. Assad is killing his own people. Turkey, the U.S., the U.N., NATO and everybody else in the free world should invade Syria and remove Assad from power now.
Dec 21, 2012 11:29 PM CST
So what? Nobody gives a shit when america bombs civilians, so why would I give a shit when another country does it? Are they kidding? Yaaaaaaaaawwwwwwn...
Dec 21, 2012 11:21 AM CST
that is what a cluster bomb is for! to kill as many arabs as you can with one bomb!