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AMMAN (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council, including Russia and China, threw its weight on Wednesday behind efforts by Kofi Annan to end the bloody conflict in Syria, providing a rare moment of global unity in the face of the year-long crisis.
In a statement approved by all its 15 members, the council threatened Syria with unspecified "further steps" if it failed to comply with Annan's peace plan, which calls for a ceasefire and demands swift access for aid agencies.
The conflict spilled over Syria's borders late on Wednesday when several shells hit the Lebanese border village of al-Qaa and nearby fields, injuring one person, residents said.
Al-Qaa, 10 km (six miles) from the Syrian border, has been the first stop for many of the 7,000 Syrian refugees who have fled fighting into Lebanon.
Refugees complain that they are pursued by Syrian forces, who have often fired across the border, but al-Qaa residents said this was the first time artillery has been used.
Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
The black flag of Al Qaeda has been spotted flying over a public building in Libya, raising concerns that the country could lurch towards Muslim extremism.
I think there are a few articles out there that say Al-Qaeda is already supporting the rebels in Syria. Im not 100% sure why the UN and NATO are not doing as much to Syria as they did to Libya, but im guessing it is because Syria has a stronger military than Libya, and may have more allies (Iran and Russia. Russia apparently has sent in anti-terror squads to help the Syria governemnt the other day)....or maybe its because there's not much oil in Syria.
Despite Syria receiving military assistance from Iran, the White House says it will not get involved in a military mission due to al Qaeda involvement in the country's civil war.
According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, "40 Turkish intelligence officers were captured by the Syrian army. "
Voltaire Network has learned from reliable source that a French officer was taken prisoner by the Syrian National Army on Monday, 27 February 2012, at Azouz (Idlib district, near the Turkish border).
The arrest brings to 19 (nineteen) the number of French prisoners held by Damascus.
Originally posted by Darth_Prime
Wasn't it merely days ago that Russia sent in Special Forces?,
and now they are agreeing with the UN, no one finds that a bit peculiar?