The Syrian government's brutal crackdown of demonstrators reached a tipping point Wednesday as opposition forces began to wage increasingly sophisticated attacks against the military.
The Associated Press reports that army defectors killed eight soliders today in retaliation for a brazen attack on a civilan car in the central province of Hama, which killed the five passengers inside. Word of the ambush comes from Rami Abdul-Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and other activists who say the gunmen ambushed four military jeeps in a barrage of bullets. "The ambush shows how the Syrian conflict is growing into an insurgency," reports the AP. "The uprising against President Bashar Assad was mostly peaceful when it began nine months ago." Abdul-Rahman says the area is a "stronghold of dissent where anti-regime protests are routinely held and where there are a number of (army) defectors."
The Guardian speaks with a medical supplier from Hama named Walde who expects an escalated government crackdown. "In the last few days they started to bring troop reinforcements and tanks around Hama and in Hama. We don't know exactly what's happening, but there are more forces coming," he said. He said the opposition movement couldn't be stamped out by the government and vowed that it would fight back. " I don't think the government will be successful. We feel in this area, in Homs and Hama, that all the people are opposing the government. They can't kill all the people."