Syrian rebel fighters striving hard to capture Damascus
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Syrian rebel fighters striving hard to capture Damascus

Damascus : Syria | Jan 05, 2013 at 1:07 PM PST
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A Syrian boy holds the gun of a  rebel fighter during a protest against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad

The battle between Syrian government security forces and rebel fighters rage on Saturday as the latter are struggling hard to take on the country’s capital, Damascus. Encouraged by a few recent victories against the security forces loyal to the regime, the rebel fighters are committed to capture the Damascus. To quell the rebel fighters, the government security forces have pounded on their bases and bombarded several strongholds of the rebels in suburbs of the Capital. The rebels clearly understand that if they succeed in capturing a few important airports across the country and some key government buildings in Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad would be left with no other option but to resign from his position.

Definitely, the rebels are being supported by foreign forces, though discreetly. A number of Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been supplying the rebel fighters with sophisticated weapons to fight with the government security forces. However, they are doing so secretly because the United Nations Security Council has not granted provision of arms and ammunition to the Syrian rebel fighters to battle with the government security forces. It may be pertinent to mention here that the UN Security Council had adopted a resolution against Libyan dictator when the uprising against his rule in March last year was at full swing.

The resolution had provided world powers including the United States, France and Britain an opportunity to intervene in the conflict. And, it had resulted in ouster of Libyan President Col Qaddafi from power. However, Russia and China have vetoed three resolutions moved in the United Nations against rule of President Assad. The world powers are devoid of any legal umbrella to send boots on the ground to ease out the dictator. Keeping in view the background, the world powers and their Arab allies are left with only option to support the rebel fighters against the government security forces. Still, the rebel fighters don’t possess anti aircraft guns to hit the government gunship helicopters.

So far, the regime has been successful in keeping grip on the capital despite sporadic bombings on different government buildings by the rebel fighters. So, it is premature to predict about any insight victory of the rebel fighters to capture the Damascus. Meanwhile, the world powers have failed to develop consensus over setting up the transition government. This also helps and encourages the regime to carry on brutalities against civilians and pro-democracy people. It is need of the hour the world powers are to create consensus over the transition government for it’ll help boost morale of the rebel fighters. The development would also be enough to send a clear message to the regime that enough is enough. Let’s see what comes up in the next couple of weeks.

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StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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