Syrian President Bashar Assad declared a state of war on Wednesday and issued a general mobilization of troops, Al-Quds newspaper reported Thursday evening.
Operation "Bayrak al-Assad" was implemented secretly, and is a "major military operation" requiring full mobilization of military forces in Syria for concentrated offensives on cities across the country in order to eliminate "terrorists who threaten us," according to the report.
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On Friday Syria broadcast terrorists confessing to building bombs in order to attack civilians and Syrian forces in Latakia, Israel Radio reported.
Additionally, Syrian opposition leaders called on protesters to organize large demonstrations this, and every, Friday, according to the report.
Syria's new military operation is an escalation of President Bashar Assad's violent crackdown against what some call "pro-democracy activists" and others call "terrorists," which began in March.
This order implies a significant difference between the peacetime
efforts carried out by Syrian military forces since March to round up
terrorists trying to undermine the Syrian regime, and the newly declared
state of war.
The stated goal of the new offensive, which required the mobilization
and full preparedness of the Syrian military, is "the elimination of
armed rebellion, proclaimed by terrorist organizations against the
civilian population and elements of the army and security forces for
several months," according to the Al Quds