Free Syrian fighters have killed 28 soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in attacks on three checkpoints around the town of Saraqeb in the northern province of Idlib, Reuters news reported, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Five Free Syrian fighters were also killed in the attack.
SANA news reported that some of the Syrian army soldiers were shot after they had surrendered, while pro-regime Al-Dounia's TV correspondent said that terrorist groups berated them, calling them "Assad's Dogs" before firing round after round into their bodies as they lay on the ground.
The information by SANA News and Donia TV has not been confirmed by any independent source.
In other developments, the Lebanese army said in a statement that clashes between armed Syrian men crossing illegally into Lebanon and Lebanese security forces left one dead and at least 10 injured.
According to the statement, the clashes occurred near the village of Hnaider in the east Lebanese Bekaa valley. One of the Syrian men died from his wounds after being injured in the clash, while another 10 men were also injured. The statement also said that some members of the Lebanese troops have been wounded.
On the other hand, the statement did not specify the identity of the Syrians, but they are most likely smugglers or weapon dealers, according to some Lebanese media sources.
However, there has been frequent shelling into Lebanese territory by the Syrian regime forces as the popular revolution in Syria against the Assad regime heightens tensions in Lebanon. Lebanon experienced 30 years of Syrian hegemony and remains deeply divided between supporters and opponents of Assad.
In addition, most Lebanese, except , blame the Syrian regime of wanting to plunge Lebanon into chaos so as to divert attention from its own crisis.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said during her visit to Croatia that America could not wait until Russia and China change their position in the UN Security Council, a position blocking outside military intervention in Syria.
Clinton also said that Washington wanted to help the Syrian opposition unite against Assad's regime, but urged it to resist efforts by al-Qaida or extremist fighters to hijack the Syrian revolution.
It is worth mentioning here that members of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria noted Oct. 16 that the presence of foreign fighters was a dangerous element in the radicalization of the Syrian conflict.
Moreover, Clinton stressed that the Syrian National Council should no longer be considered the visible leader of the opposition. She added for the council to be effective and strong, it must include members from inside Syria.
Clinton's comments came as China said Thursday it had proposed a new initiative to solve the Syrian crisis.
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Hong Lei, said that international Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed China's new and constructive proposals, for a step by step cease-fire by region and the establishment of a transitional governmental body, the Syrian regime being part of it.
I think that the United States has started giving serious solutions to the Syrian crisis. This was clear from Clinton's advice to the Syrian opposition. I guess that Clinton's statements are not considered part of the propaganda for President Obama.
The question is, how will America face China and Russia's situation from the Syrian crisis? Is the United States willing to support the Syrian opposition openly and not secretly with weapons so as to end the regime of murder and terrorism in Syria?.
It seems that Clinton learned from Libya a good lesson: The rulers after the elimination of the repressive regime must be from the opposition both inside and outside Syria. Nevertheless, Clinton has to know that the Syrian regime does not allow any opposition to be on Syrian territory, except the opposition who are there already. Frankly, those are not considered fair and honest opposition, as they are working with the Syrian regime staff, in the role of "opposition"!
After the failure of Brahimi to bring calmness in Syria during Eid al-Adha, the international community and in particular America and China, are now forced to think of a serious solution for the Syrian crisis.
China, however will never exclude Assad from being part of the solution, whatever it takes.
On the ground, violence and bombings are still ongoing. This proves that the Free Syrian army is still sticking to its promise to liberate all Syrian territory from the regime who ruled them with fear and terror, for nearly half a century.
As I predicted in advance that, the Free Syrian Army fighters claimed responsibility for the killing of top Syrian Air Force Gen. Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi, in a statement posted on their website. They said Khalidi was in charge of training and was an air force intelligence specialist. He is responsible for killing many Syrian citizens, in Aleppo and Homs.
They vowed to kill all the criminals in the regime of terrorism, which rules Damascus.