High casualty numbers in Syria are reported daily by the media, even though a blackout makes them unverifiable. Things became murkier after a human rights site, which enjoyed frequent citations, split in two and began giving conflicting reports.
The Arab League and UN are considering a joint mission to Syria. It must be stronger in numbers and equipment, and the mandate different. President Assad agreed to resume the mission during the Russian foreign minister’s visit to the embattled state.
With recent reports of fierce fighting in Homs, many wonder where the opposition is getting so many arms from. No wonder, argues Professor Ibrahim Alloush, as “weaponry is being smuggled into Syria in large quantities from all over the place.”
The White House is saying “no” to arming opposition and other military involvement in the Syrian conflict – for the moment. Pentagon and US Central Command launched a review of US military capabilities in case that “no” turns a “yes.”
Better keep checking your Google map the next couple of days just to see if Qatar continues to occupy its customary place on the Persian Gulf - because if certain media reports are to be believed, the chances of this happening seem decidedly slim!