http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-in-Syria.htmlSyria's opposition coalition may allow peacekeepers if Assad leaves
CAIRO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Syria's newly formed opposition coalition said on Saturday it may allow an international peacekeeping force into Syria if President Bashar al-Assad and his allies leave power.
Coalition spokesman Walid al-Bunni, asked about statements by U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi that any ceasefire would only hold if it was overseen by a peacekeeping mission, said the opposition could accept such a deployment if Assad leaves power first.
British doctor 'detained in Syria'
Syrian opposition activists said they believe Dr Abbas Khan is 31 years old and works as an orthopaedic specialist at an NHS hospital in south London.
He is said to have entered the country from Turkey, without a visa, on Nov 14 and worked at a field hospital in rebel-controlled Saraqeb, south-east of Idlib. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has connections to opposition groups inside the country, said it was told that Dr Khan was arrested with one or more other people at a government checkpoint on the way to Aleppo on Nov 22.
"He was not an armed combatant or a jihadist, he was only helping people," said a spokesman.
Measured Approach to the Syrian Crisis
Syrian rebels are making headway against President Bashar al-Assad. In recent weeks, they have seized several military bases and shot down military aircraft, reportedly with shoulder-fired missiles, but there is no end in sight to the war. More than 40,000 Syrians have been killed, 2.5 million are now displaced and more than 600,000 are refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.
Mr. Assad’s bloody rule must end. Still, neither NATO, the Arab League nor the United Nations Security Council have called for military action. And President Obama’s caution is certainly the right approach. But it is necessary to look for ways to raise the pressure on Mr. Assad and encourage a stable postwar Syria.
One way to do that is for NATO to approve next week the deployment of surface-to-air Patriot missiles in Turkey, which requested the weapons. Syria is believed to have several hundred ballistic surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads. Turkey is alarmed by Syrian bombing raids near its border and has reason to fear the conflict could spill over. NATO says the Patriot missiles are strictly defensive. Stationing missile batteries in Turkey should limit Syrian bombing of the northern border towns, where the rebels hold territory.
The administration is also working with a new opposition coalition to represent all Syrians and establish a transitional government to take over once Mr. Assad is gone. The original opposition group failed because it was divided, incapable of making decisions and unable to persuade Syrians that they were a viable alternative. Since it was founded a month ago, the National Coalition of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces has made progress but not enough. Britain, France, Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council have recognized the group as Syria’s legitimate representative, but Washington is right to hold off until it sees more results, perhaps by an international meeting in Morocco on Dec. 12.
Yesterday I talked to a FSA member who participated in battle for Regiment 46, He said they captured 16 tanks, many missiles
resistance fighters have liberated the military security compound in aqraba (damascus countryside)
a colonel has defected from taftanaz military airport. details later
resistance fighters have liberated the radio station in deirezzor city
resistance fighters have liberated regiment 35 near damascus airport road. +80 military officers & troops were killed
update: resistance fighters destroyed 3 military tanks near aqraba road crossing
Getting water at the camp outside Atma - northern Syria. Can hear Air strikes every half hour further south. pic.twitter.com/EQpwneYk
Breaking: The internet is partially BACK in Syria
BREAKING: Military aircraft brought down by FSA militants 2kms from Damascus International Airport as clashes continue on airport rd
What's frustrating is rumours of travellers using Damascus airport to depart or arrive in general, there is no airport activity full stop
Heavy shelling has continued for the past 2 hours just by Busra of the city of Daraa regime ground forces are said to be closing in Syria
UPDATE: some areas in Aleppo still witnessing blackout of telecommunications including cellular and Adsl lines
2 buildings were destroyed in al-hajar al-aswad neighborhood in damascus. 2 children were killed & many injured
an assad warplane has bombed ashrafiyat sahnaya (damascus countryside). 10s of (druze) people were killed
ahrar al-sham brigades say they attacked a military convoy & killed 35 assad troops near the town of mahmbel in idlib
resistance fighters destroyed a mig warplane & a military copter in deirezzor airport
resistance fighters shot down a warplane in hama countryside