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Posted June 13, 2012
Interview with Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, conducted by Scott Harris
As Syria enters its 16th month of a popular uprising which has killed an estimated 10,000 people, reports of civilian massacres mark an escalation of violence some observers believe has now developed into a civil war. A U.N. report found that 108 civilians were killed, including 49 children and 34 women, in an attack that began on May 25 in the village of Houla, northwest of the city of Homs. Another massacre on June 6 that killed 49 was reported in the town of Qubeir, also near Homs. Human rights groups assert that the heavy bombardment of population centers in opposition strongholds continue across Syria.
Although opposition forces claim that pro-regime militias, known as Shabiha, are responsible for recent massacres, the government of Bashar al-Assad denies any involvement and instead blames foreign-backed terrorist groups. In response, the U.S. and its allies have ratcheted up economic sanctions against the Syrian government – with seven nations expelling Syrian diplomats.
Throughout the last two months, hope has faded for an initiative led by former UN Secretary general Kofi Annan to enforce a ceasefire on both sides. Now diplomatic efforts are focusing on the possible influence of Russia, a long-time ally of Damascus, to put pressure on Syrian President Assad to step down from power. Meanwhile, hawkish U.S. legislators like Sens. John McCain and Joseph I. Lieberman, favor arming the rebels and air strikes against the Syrian military. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chris Toensing, executive director and editor of Middle East Report, who assesses what increasingly appears to be a sectarian civil war between the Alawite minority of Assad and the nation's Sunni majority.
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