BEIRUT: Syrian rebels killed at least 80 army soldiers at the weekend, an opposition watchdog said today, in a surge of attacks that followed their threat to resume fighting if President Bashar al-Assad failed to observe a UN-backed ceasefire. The latest violence and Assad's defiant speech to Parliament yesterday raised questions about how long UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan can realistically pursue his threadbare peace plan. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said local doctors had confirmed the names of 80 dead government soldiers. Insurgents told the British-based group they had killed more than 100 soldiers and destroyed some tanks in clashes across Syria, including Damascus and Idlib province in the northwest.
Drone strikes claim 14
MIRANSHAH: Rockets fired from a US drone killed 15 people in northwest Pakistan on Monday, intelligence officials said, an attack likely to add to tensions between Washington and Islamabad amid a standoff over NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. The strike, the third in three days, targeted a militant hideout in the Hesokhel village of the North Waziristan tribal region, officials said. It brought the death toll from drone attacks in Pakistan in the past three days to 27. Pilotless US drones hit targets in the South Waziristan tribal region on Saturday and Sunday.