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Az-Zabadani, Syria – Update   

Posted on April 2, 2012

Syrian government security forces have conducted operations in Az-Zabadani since the start of pro-democracy protests last year, but renewed their focus on the town in recent months.  From mid-January to late March 2012, the number of Syrian government forces and equipment in the area increased significantly despite a reported ceasefire, and these forces continue to conduct security operations in the town. 

On January 17, press reports stated Syrian government security forces agreed to withdraw from Az-Zabadani by the following morning.1

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Al Qusayr, Syria – Update   

Posted on April 2, 2012

Syrian government security forces turned their attention from Homs to the border town of Al Qusayr in February and March.

Military units moved into the town of Al Qusayr in late February. Armored vehicles were deployed in Al Qusayr by late February, and artillery units were deployed near the town. By mid-March, artillery units deployed near the town oriented toward Homs were reoriented toward Al Qusayr, and another artillery unit was deployed to Al Qusayr. Two bridges between Al Qusayr and the border with Lebanon were damaged in early March. Additional armored vehicles arrived in Al Qusayr by late March.

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Footnotes for Az-Zabadani Text
1. BBC News, “Syrian Military ‘agrees to ceasefire in Zabadani,’” January 18, 2012
2. New York Times Online, Kareem Fahim “In Syrian City, a Calm That Few Expect to Last,” January 21, 2012
3. Reuters, “Assad’s Forces Enter Zabadani after Ceasefire,” February 11, 2012
Footnotes for Al Qusayr Text
1. The Telegraph, “Syria: Bashar Al Assad vows to crush ‘terrorism’ in new campaign of fear,” March 6, 2012
2. Human Rights Watch, “Syria: Government Uses Homs Tactics on Border Town,” March 22, 2012
3. AFP, “Al Assad Tours Homs Neighborhood,” Gulf News, March 28, 2012

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