One hour after the Syrian TV announcement claiming that the city of Damascus was free of terrorists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday that a bomb planted by rebels ambushed a regime forces convoy, exploding and killing at least 18 soldiers in the central province of Homs.
"At least 18 Assad regime troops were killed and more than 30 wounded by improvised explosive devices in an ambush of their convoy on the highway linking Damascus to Palmyra."
Meanwhile, a suicide car bomb rocked the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli, killing at least eight members of regime security forces and injuring 15 as the blast was followed by heavy gunfire, AFP news said.
It was the first such attack in a Kurdish area since the uprising began in Syria in March 2011 against the Assad family regime.
It is worth mentioning that last week media reports were talking about members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) participating in the fighting alongside the regime forces. This information could not be confirmed by independent sources.
In Hama city, a man was shot dead by regime forces, while one woman and her baby were killed in shelling in the same province.
In the province of Idlib, an Assad regime air strike on the town of Salqeen killed 17 people, including five children and the number is expected to rise as many are in critical condition, according to a preliminary assessment by the NGO, adding that it was a single air strike that hit several buildings by warplane with helicopter.
Another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees, said the attack killed 30 people in Salqeen which is five kilometers away from the Turkish border.
In Aleppo, heavy fighting between regime forces backed by Shabiha gangs and Free Syrian Army fighters was reported Monday, in and out the historic market of Aleppo, a site which is listed by UNESCO as an heritage site.
According to an activist who spoke to Alarabiya news via Skype, fires damaged more than 1,500 shops. New fires have now broken out in the old city's Zahrawi, Aqaba and Bab Al Nasr markets. Plumes of black smoke were rising from many districts and gunfire could be heard.
According to SANA news, more than 100 terrorists are dead after three days of street fights in Aleppo, adding that regime helicopters attacked the convoy of trucks moving to Aleppo from the Turkish border.
For his part, the Syrian foreign minister, Walid Moallem, told the to the UN General Assembly in New York that France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States are clearly inducing and supporting terrorism in Syria with money, weapons and foreign fighters.
Earlier, in an interview with the Arabic channel Al-Mayadeen, Moallem accused the United States of using his country’s chemical warfare capability as a pretext for an Iraq-style intervention in Syria.
"This is a dream they invented to launch a campaign against Syria, as they did in Iraq," Moallem said.
He stressed that his government will never use chemical weapons against its own people.
I know today, from a private source that members of the Free Syrian Army have noticed that, after each withdrawal of tanks and regime forces from any area, this area where the regime has been gets bombed from air. The reason is that the regime doesn't want his members to be harmed but as for the civilian population, the regime does not care about their safety.
I also knew that demonstrations were carried out against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, in Qardaha village, to which Bashar and his family belongs. Furthermore, the Free Syrian Army has taken positions near the village and until this moment this incident has not been announced in the media, whether Syrian or foreign media.
If these reports are confirmed, then Assad family's situation will get worse because this area, which is located in the Latakia, may be the last shelter for the regime when all the major cities fall into the hands of the Free Syrian Army.
Although Aleppo is the hottest area of Syria in terms of fighting, the Syrian regime neglected the ongoing fighting and claimed that a large number of people held a demonstration in the bazaar of Suk al-Madinain, situated in the old city of Aleppo. These demonstrations aim to support the regime army and thanked the forces for clearing more and more areas from the armed gangs.
The odd thing is that there are no videos or even pictures to prove their claims, thus no sane person will believe these lies.
As for the Syrian foreign minister, Walid Moallem, his speech at the United Nations was a sample of each person backing the regime, blindly. Therefore the speech won warm applause from the North Korean and Iranian delegations only .