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Published on May 17th, 2012 | by tyates

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Syrian Revolution Digest May 17, 2012

THE COMMENTARY IN THIS PIECE DOES NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF IMPUNITY WATCH.  

*WARNING VIDEOS MAY CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES*

Caboom!

As Putin’s Ego goes nuclear by proxy, the Assads continue to perpetrate their massacres across Syria.

Death toll: 35, including 12 in Damascus and suburbs, 9 in Homs, 4 in Aleppo, 4 in Daraa, 3 in Idlib and 3 in Suweida, Raqqah and Deir Ezzor.

Also on Thursday, FSA units welcomed the defection of Lieutenant Tayseer Deeb, an Alawite officer from the town of Qardaha, the hometown of the Assad family.

News

Russia says action on Syria, Iran may go nuclear
U.N. chief believes al Qaeda behind Syria car bombs
Syria opposition rift widens with resignation of Burhan Ghalioun
Conflicting accounts on Britons’ Syria deaths
Syria complains to U.N. about tourism downturn amid conflict
Exclusive: U.N. probes possible North Korea arms trade with Syria, Myanmar
Syria scours more trade routes in search for grainIran helps Syria defy oil embargo

Op-Eds & Special Reports

How an Election Further Splintered Syria’s Opposition
Sen. Lieberman: Turn the tide against Bashar al-Assad
Syrian Jihadis: Real and Exaggerated Damascus may be exaggerating the strength of the Syrian jihadi group Jabhat al-Nusra.

Video Highlights

Pounding by pro-Assad militias leads to a major forest fire near the town of al-Hosn in Homs Province http://youtu.be/hz9tJx24QzM

The pounding of Douma suburb in Rural Damascus leaves a number of martyrs, including these two children http://youtu.be/5EKPjIXWWi8http://youtu.be/oyUhCWOoauI An entire family was killed http://youtu.be/19R2ATTSKq0 But inhabitants remain defianthttp://youtu.be/yaA6ExLuFM0

The pounding of the town of Rastan in Homs Province continues (Nighttime)http://youtu.be/-CYmOnZsH44 , http://youtu.be/Ge608lYhzng (daytime)http://youtu.be/0BL0hnftO_8 Units of the FSA try to fight back http://youtu.be/T-t9b7h0W-4

Khaldiyeh Neighborhood continues to be targeted by pro-Assad militiashttp://youtu.be/lcaf-_r-oBE

Students at the University of Aleppo come out in droves to meet visiting UN monitorshttp://youtu.be/Zvy5KCbeNbs Repeating calls of “the people want to topple the regime”http://youtu.be/9h7cNf0ROPU Pro-Assad security and militias attack the protesters with clubs, some take refuge in a car belonging to the UN monitor team and beg the driver and companion to keep them there as security try to open the doors to get them outhttp://youtu.be/_zBPKUuj9K4

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