Jisr al-Shughour

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Syria Deserter: We Were Ordered to Shoot Civilians

Story supports claim that Syrian army is tearing apart

(Newser) - A Syrian Army deserter says he fled after his unit was ordered to shoot at unarmed anti-regime protestors, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Darwish Mohammed Fidou also says he saw soldiers shooting each other as the army further split over orders to kill civilians. “My heart is broken to... More »

Syria Retakes Restive Town

Jisr al-Shughour largely empty, state media reports 'heavy clashes'

(Newser) - Under the rattle of heavy gunfire and loud explosions, Syrian troops today regained control of the restive northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, clashing with mutinous soldiers whose decision to side with armed protesters posed a potent threat to the authoritarian regime. Residents who fled to Turkey said thousands of young... More »

Syrian Army Moves to Attack Empty Town

Reporters allowed to travel with troops

(Newser) - Syrian troops and tanks surrounded Jisr al-Shughour and prepared to move in today—not that anybody was home. The town was all but deserted, with thousands of residents fleeing across the nearby border into Turkey, according to an AP reporter given rare permission to travel with the army. The regime... More »

Syrians Flee Approaching Tanks

Jisr al-Shughour braces for military assault

(Newser) - Syrians are fleeing to Turkey as residents of Jisr al-Shughour brace for a military assault, with troops in tanks and armored vehicles approaching the now nearly empty town. Turkey promised to accept the refugees as its prime minister, who has had a good relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, called... More »

Syria on Soldier Deaths: We Will React 'With Force'

Town of Jisr al-Shughour braces for military assault

(Newser) - Residents of the Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour are bracing themselves for a military assault, after Syria promised to respond “with force” to the killing of its soldiers there. The government says 120 were killed in an ambush by “armed gangs” yesterday. It’s clear that there was... More »

Syria: 'Gangs' Killed 120 Troops

Protesters say that's ridiculous

(Newser) - Syria's state-run TV network is alleging that 120 police and security officers have been killed by "armed gangs" in the northwest town of Jisr al-Shughour, including 82 in an attack on one security post. The report hasn't been independently verified, and the number reported dead has ballooned... More »

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