Six Gulf states recognise new Syrian opposition bloc
The Gulf Co-operation Council said on Monday its six member states have decided to recognise the newly formed National Coalition of the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
The GCC comprises Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait."The states of the council announce recognising the National Coalition for the Forces of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition... as the legitimate representative of the brotherly Syrian people," GCC chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.
Missing in action
They came to Lebanon to gather information, not divulge it.
The mother and father of Austin Tice, the 31-year-old former US Marine and freelance journalist who went missing while in Syria in August, held a press conference in Beirut on Monday to appeal “to anyone and everyone who can put us into contact with our son,” as Debra Tice put it before a crowd of assembled reporters.
Debra Tice and her husband Mark, pressed repeatedly for details, spoke in generalities when discussing whom they’ve been talking to thus far to secure Austin’s release. In October, following the YouTube release of a video showing Tice, a US State Department spokeswoman said, “To the best of our knowledge, we think he is in Syrian government custody.”
Asked about why the State Department believed this and whether or not the family shared that opinion, Debra Tice told NOW, “We are separate from State, and we have been very careful to avoid speculation. We do not know who is holding him, and so our mission here is to reach out to whoever it is, without trying to guess who that might be.”
His parents have set up a website to help in their search for their son and are encouraging anyone with information to contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Syrian jets, helicopters hit rebel town near Turkey
A Syrian warplane bombed the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain on Monday, just meters (yards) from the Turkish frontier, sending scores of civilians fleeing for safety into Turkey.
Helicopters also strafed targets near the town, which fell to rebels on Thursday during an advance into Syria's mixed Arab and Kurdish northeast. There was no word on casualties.
The jet struck within meters (yards) of the border fence that divides Ras al-Ain from the Turkish settlement of Ceylanpinar, sending up plumes of black smoke.
A Reuters reporter in Ceylanpinar said the plane flew right along the border and appeared at one point to have entered Turkish airspace.
It was not clear what the bomb struck, but scores of civilians fled the area, scrambling over the fence into Turkey.
Despite earlier threats by Turkey, Syrian war planes & helicopters can easily reach & attack border towns on he Syrian side.
Here a picture of Ras Al Ain/Sere Kaniye after it was bombed today. Taken from the Turkish side of the border: http://instagr.am/p/R7BGSVuT2f/
In Ceylanpinar, opposite of Ras Al Ain/Sere Kaniye, 1 person was wounded and windows were shattered by the helicopter shelling in Syria.
According to people at the border, Assad's helicopters entered Turkey's territory before & after shelling buildings in the Syrian town.
In the first aerial bombardment of Ras Al Ain/Sere Kaniye alone, 16 people were killed & 31 were wounded.
Turkey issues a diplomatic note to Syria over its bombardment of Turkish border towns.
Several Turkish warplanes were sent to the Syrian border and ordered to shoot once Syrian jets violate the Turkish airspace, sources say.
Turkey's military engagement rule vis-a-vis Syria RT @aaronstein1 Those appear to be the ill-defined new rules of engagement
Turkish FM Davutoglu says Turkey reported border town bombardments to UN Security Council and NATO.
Turkish FM Davutoglu says Syrian jets didn't violate Turkish air space and Turkish jets are capable of shooting them down if they do.
Parents of Austin Tice, journo missing in syria in lebanon issue plea to whomever is holding their son or has any info 2 come forward
AP VIDEO: Israeli military says it scored 'direct hits' on targets in Syria after responding to stray mortar fire: http://apne.ws/ZvmWGb -RAS
30 troops have defected in damascus city
resistance fighters have liberated another military base in beit nayim in al-ghutah al-sharqiyah. many assad troops were killed
resistance fighters attacked a military convoy on al-raqqah - dibsi afnan road. 5 military vehicles were destroyed
palestinian & syrian resistance fighters have liberated most of al-yarmouk camp in damascus city http://youtu.be/OP7By5y1nGA