Turkish journalist missing in Syria
A Turkish reporter named Aziz Akyavas who works for the NBC TV news network has been missing in Syria since Wednesday.
Reportedly, Akyavas went missing in Syria and the NBC has not been able to reach him for four days. Akyavas was reporting from the region.
Along with Akyavas, NBC is unable to reach its Middle East bureau chief Richard Engel, who was also reporting from inside Syria.
Foreign nerves limit Syria rebel arms, Assad's arsenals raided
Syrian rebel success in capturing government armories is rendering increasingly irrelevant Western efforts to limit supplies from abroad and avoid sophisticated arms reaching Islamist militants.
Western nations, particularly the United States, remain highly nervous of weapons falling into the wrong hands, while even Saudi Arabia and Qatar - by far the two most enthusiastic rebel backers - appear to have cut back support in recent weeks.
Opposition forces clearly hope the creation last week of a new unified military council and the growing number of foreign powers recognizing them as the legitimate government of Syria will lead to swiftly renewed support and new arms.
Even without that, however, the capture of a growing number of bases from forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad increasingly obviates the need for outside support. Meanwhile, resentment simmers over what many rebels see as yet more broken promises.
Syria says Palestinians must not shelter 'terrorists' in camp
BEIRUT, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Palestinians should not offer "shelter or assistance to terrorist groups" in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, state television said on Monday.
His comments came after Ban's spokesman said the secretary-general was concerned at reports of an air strike by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on Yarmouk on Sunday in which activists said 25 people were killed.
Syrian troops backed by tanks gathered on Monday outside Yarmouk, scene of clashes between Palestinians loyal to Assad and rebels supported by Palestinian fighters, activists said.
Albania Recognises Syrian Opposition
“Albania calls on the United Nations and NATO to take all the necessary measures to stop the barbarian massacre being carried out by Bashar Al-Assad and his regime against the Syrian people,” Prime Minister Sali Berisha said in a statement.
The government announced that it would give $100,000 in aid and send medical staff to help Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Just now...11 soldiers defect from the Hamdiyeh base south of MaaratAlNouman Idlib
7:21 PM Dec 16
resistance fighters destroy a tank in zamalka http://youtu.be/wmByPbIQW4o
resistance fighters have destroyed brigade 34 base in daraa & killed & arrested all the troops who were there
resistance fighters liberated a military checkpoint in athraya (al-raqqah- salamiyah road)
resistance fighters liberated al-furat hospital in deirezzor city http://youtu.be/yMbDGVfed38
10 troops have defected in khan shaykhoun
just in: resistance fighters have liberated the hasraya military checkpoint in kafr zita (hama)
resistance fighters have liberated an officers' building in the town of halfaya in hama
resistance fighters have liberated a military barracks in the town of jamleh in daraa
resistance fighters have destroyed a tank near al-yarmouk camp in damascus
update: 4 tanks were destroyed today in the town of halfaya in hama