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The United Nations says members of its observer team trying to reach the town of Al-Haffa in northern Syria on June 12 were attacked by angry crowds of people who threw stones and metal bars at them.

Shots were later fired at the UN vehicles, but none of the observers were injured. 
 
The UN said the crowds appeared to be residents of the area but it was not clear who fired the shots. 
 
Al-Haffa is close to Kardaha, the hometown of President Bashar al-Assad's family. 
 
Government forces have been bombarding positions held by rebels against Assad's regime in Haffa for over a week. 
 
UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on June 12 that Syria is now in full-scale civil war as government forces are trying to recapture areas they lost to the rebels.
 
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on June 12 the United States is worried Russia is sending Syria attack helicopters that would dramatically escalate the 15-month old conflict in Syria.

"We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically," Clinton said.
 
Clinton, in an appearance at the Brookings Institution, said Russian claims that arms shipments to Syria were unrelated to the Syrian government's crackdown on rebels was "patently untrue."

"We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria. They have from time to time said that we shouldn't worry, everything they're shipping is unrelated to their actions internally. That's patently untrue," Clinton said.
 
Clinton also said that without progress on implementing a UN-backed peace plan, it would be very difficult to extend the UN observer mission in Syria.
 
The UN mission has a 90-day mandate that expires on July 20.
 
UN special envoy for Syria Kofi Annan has asked governments with influence to "twist arms" to implement the six-point peace plan, according to his spokesman.
 
The spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, did not mention the countries that, according to Annan, might be able to pressure Assad into halting his onslaught against the opposition. 
 
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters 
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by: Robert from: Germany
June 12, 2012 08:32
Unfortunately Kofi Anann's alleged deep concern does come across as rather phony. For months he has known his plan would not work and by continuing with it he is making the situation worse and his actions by continuing with it are indirectly giving support to the Syrian government.
I would have expected that an honourable negotiator would have stated so and walked away thus putting real pressure on the parties concerned.
Instead Kofi Annan gives the impression that he wants to stay in the limelight whilst hundreds die on nearly a daily basis. What would the Founding Fathers have said to this and especially the fact that we go along with it?
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by: Jack from: US
June 12, 2012 18:17
How much credibility one can give to a German expressing his concerns about "hundreds die on nearly a daily basis", while his country is one of the biggest trouble-makers in the world?, starting with enthusiastic participation in bombing and killing of Christians in Bosnia and Kosovo, ethnic cleansing of Kosovo of nearly all non-Muslims, trying to enslave Europe with euro project, to going back in history, mass killings by Germans of millions of Slavs. There is a good reason europeans have to be prepared for another war with Germany.
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by: Jack from: US
June 12, 2012 19:29
Billions of Slavs were killed by Germans
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by: William from: Aragon
June 13, 2012 00:16
Your comment rests on the assumption that "Robert from Germany" is in fact a German. Robert is originally a Norman name, Jack, not a German one. He is possibly a US or UK serviceman based in Germany. You would be well advised to look at the underlying assumptions in your own arguments BEFORE publishing them and BEFORE someone else points them out to you. Time to sharpen up your thinking, Jack.
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by: George from: USA
June 13, 2012 03:41
Concider the words Jack, he voiced the truth about the UN and Mr Annan. Seemed very credibul to me.
Lets face some facts, the UN is the most worthless military force on the planet, they have not once made or kept the peace in any countrys conflict yet, they can not even protect their own aid people, or the refugee centers. the UN is and was a major source of corruption in Bosnia and Kosovo.
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by: Anonymous
June 13, 2012 02:43
Robert I am curious what if Germany declared war on Syria who do you think would win ASSad or Germans?

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 13, 2012 07:58
Today's Spanish newspaper "El País" contains some interesting info on what kind of individuals actually destabilze the situation in the Republic of Syria. According to the info of the mentioned newspaper, "the first Spanish national was killed in Syria fighting against the govt of Bashal al-Assad". His name was Rachid Wahbi, he was 32 years old and used to work in Ceuta (the Spanish exclave on the territory of Morocco) as a taxi-driver".
"Other three Spanish muslims from Ceuta went to Syria in April... telling their relatives that they were going to study Koran in Damascus". "All of them penetrated Syria apparently via Turkey in whose Eastern provices the Free Syria Army is fighting the govt of Bashar Al-Assad".
In other words, this info helps one understand who those "unarmed civilians" fighting against the legitimate govt of Syria are: FOREIGN ISLAMISTS, some of whom find themselves in difficult economic situation (hard to imagine that in the desperate economic situation in which Spain finds itslef, a taxi-driver in Ceuta could easily make ends meet) go to the country that they - strictly speaking - have no connection to in order to practice terrorism. And these are the people that NATO wants to support, organizing a military intervention in this Middle-Eastern country.
But NATO will not manage to achive in Syria a damn thing - the same way as they falied to achieve anything in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Reference: http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2012/06/12/actualidad/1339508856_539099.html
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by: William from: Aragon
June 14, 2012 00:08
And let us not forget NATO's last non-ingenius piece of regime change, Eugenio - it is still unclear who controls Libya.

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