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Syrian Armed rebels plead to “get United”; as Lamani met Battalion near Daraa

(DP-News - agencies)
SYRIA- Brigades and battalions of armed rebels in the country, Free Syria Army (FSA), have announced that they joined together and have formed their first FSA Corp (legion) inside the 18-month conflicted country.

Earlier last week, Syrian armed rebels announced setting up of the United Leadership of Military Councils for FSA battalions.

Press reports criticized this step and said rebel leadership in Syria remains fragmented, despite claims by the new rebel joint command that they control eighty per cent of fighters.

On the ground, Mokhtar Lamani, the head of UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's office in Syria, met members of the armed opposition on Saturday, a UN official told AFP on Saturday.

Lamani on Saturday visited the Lajat area, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Damascus, and "met leaders of the armed opposition," spokesperson Khaled al-Masri said.

Al-Masri explained that the meeting came "as part of Lakhdar Brahimi's mission to make contact with and discuss with all Syrian parties to hear their points of view regarding the Syria crisis,"

Al-Masri said Lamani visited Lajat after a trip to Daraa in the south, cradle of the anti-regime uprising that broke out in March of last year.

On September 30, Lamani met a rebel Free Syrian Army commander in the town of Talbisseh in Homs province.

He held talks with Colonel Kassem Saadeddine and other members of the FSA, which is made up of army deserters and civilians who have taken up arms against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Meanwhile, Syrian forces have continued to bombard opposition held areas in an effort to flush out the fighters it says are "foreign-backed terrorists".

For many Syrians however, their towns have been the site of constant attacks despite being free of fighters.

Violence in Syria has escalated into what the Red Cross calls a civil war. Activists say at least 30,000 nationals have died since the uprising began last year.

The government of Bashar al-Assad, which is increasingly losing territory to rebel fighters, blames "terrorists" and "armed gangs" for the unrest, while the opposition and other nations have accused Syria`s President al-Assad regime's forces of crimes against humanity.
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