The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Battle for Syria’s Qusayr intensifies” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/05/201352621316268311.html).
“At least 40 people reported killed in what residents say is the worst fighting since the start of the civil war”.
“Syria’s western border town of Qusayr has come under fire for a SEVENTH straight day as government forces backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah movement battled to drive out rebel fighters, witnesses have said”.
“At least 40 people were reported KILLED on Saturday (May 25, 2013) in what residents told Al Jazeera was THE WORST fighting they had seen since the start of the civil war“.
“The shelling by GOVERNMENT TROOPS began early on Saturday (May 25, 2013), forcing residents into crammed bomb shelters in the strategic town that links Damascus, the capital, with the Mediterranean”.
“Rifaie Tammas, an activist inside Qusayr, told Al Jazeera that GOVERNMENT FORCES were shelling the town INDISCRIMINANTLY“. On average, about 40 shells per minute hit the town”. “ON AVERAGE, about 40 shells per minute hit the town“. That is TERRIFYING. Of course, as we know, very few IF ANY journalists are permitted “inside” Syria. “They also used land-to-land missiles with HUGE DESTRUCTIVE CAPACITY. The shelling lasted about six or seven HOURS. HEZBOLLAH fighters and government troops then started to make advances inside the city“.
“As the battle raged in Qusayr, Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed “victory” in Syria, warning that the fall of the Damascus regime would plunge THE MIDDLE EAST into a “DARK period“. This is clearly A THREAT.
“In a televised address, Nasrallah pledged that Hezbollah would turn the tide of the conflict in President BASHAR AL-ASSAD‘s favor, and stay as long as necessary to do so”. “We will continue this road until the end, we will take the responsibility and we will make ALL the sacrifices“.
Finally, according to Al Jazeera‘s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Istanbul, “They (i.e. the Syrian opposition) have delayed the crucial vote on the expansion of the Syrian (National) Coalition” YET AGAIN.
This article suggests that BASHAR AL-ASSAD is in firm control of Syria once again.