Armed gangs in Syria are shifting their focus to capital, Damascus
[Iran Press TV] Anti-government gangs in Syria have received directives to shift the focus of their terrorist activities from other cities to Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
and nearby areas, Press TV reports.
Injured gunnies who have been recently transferred to Leb say they have been told to concentrate their activities on the capital and the neighboring regions.
The new plan includes increasing armed attacks on security targets in Damascus above other parts of the country.
According to the report, the criminal masterminds behind Syria's unrest have turned to destabilizing the capital, finding insecurity in the government's seat as the key to effective spreading of violence across the nation.
The revelation matches recent moves by armed gangs after a number of their terror cells were dismantled by the Syrian security forces.
The beturbanned goons are apparently missioned to engage the Syrian armed forces in the capital and inflict heavier blows on security forces in Damascus.
They have also turned to threatening local tradesmen and business owners in addition to bullying civilians.
Clashes continue between Syrian forces and anti-government gangs despite a ceasefire that was brokered by UN-Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
in March and took effect on April 12.
Reports say about 260 foreign observers are currently in Syria to monitor the cease-fire as part of Annan's six-point peace plan.
The Syrian government says the ongoing violence and the recent massacres of civilians in the country are being orchestrated from abroad and that security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians.
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