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DAMASCUS, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Armed rebels beheaded a pro- government Muslim imam in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, state media said Saturday.
After beheading Sheikh Hasan Saif Addien, the armed groups hanged his head atop the minaret of al-Hasan Mosque in the strategic town of Sheikh Maksoud in northern Aleppo, the report said.
Some pro-government media accused al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front of killing the imam whose lectures and preaches had focused on national unity and denounced the "huge conspiracy" plotted against Syria.
Arabi Press' website said the rebels stormed Sheikh Maksoud but were later driven out by the Syrian army.
Attacks on pro-government clerics have recently become rampant in the rebels' two-year-old revolt against President Bashar al- Assad.
On March 21, prominent Muslim scholar Mohammad Saed Ramadan al- Bouti and his grandson, along with 49 others, were killed by a suicide bomber who detonated himself inside al-Eman Mosque in al- Mazraa neighborhood of the capital Damascus. The deadly blast also left more than 80 people injured.
Following the bombing, the Syrian government vowed to punish the perpetrators of the crime and accused al-Qaida of orchestrating it.
Rebels' rising mortar attacks against Syrian capital reflect eagerness for civil disobedience
DAMASCUS, March.29 (Xinhua) -- After several unsuccessful attempts to storm the Syrian capital Damascus or at least to paralyze the daily life in the busy city, rebels in Syria have seemingly opted to escalate their mortar attacks on several parts of the city to push the people toward a compulsory civil disobedience.
Mortar shells have increasingly hit government institutions, schools and residential buildings alike, terrifying people, killing many while forcing most of Damascenes to stay indoors. Full story
Syria subject to terrorism backed by regional, Arab countries: president
DAMASCUS, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his country has been subject to a two-year-old terrorism plot backed by Arab, regional and Western countries, adding that the political solution can't succeed without drying up the sources of terrorism, according to the state-media.
The president's remarks came in a letter addressing the summit of the BRICS countries on Wednesday, in which he called on those countries to work together in order to stop the violence in Syria and to make the political solution a success. Full story
Syrian president appeals for help to solve crisis
DAMASCUS, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday appealed to BRICS countries to help his unrest-stricken country restore security and stability.
In a letter to those countries, Assad asked them to work together to stop Syria's two-year-long bloody conflict and facilitate a political solution. Full story