150 Syrian regime forces killed in Khan al-Assal battle: Activists All post-fighting killing is questionable, even of those who have been massacring children. The high proportion of officers killed suggests an army deserting, and the demonstrations could not take place if it was not for the protection that the FSA has provided. "More than 50 of those killed were executed by rebels after the fall of Khan al-Assal on Monday, while the rest died fighting for the regime's last bastion in the west of Aleppo province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Thirty of those killed in both the executions and fighting were officers, the Observatory said. Elsewhere in Syria opponents to Assad's regime held protests on Friday calling for his ouster, as they have done once a week for more than 28 months, said the Observatory. Protesters gathered in several Syrian towns and cities, under the slogan of "Friday of the Unsheathed Sword of God". The slogan refers to a name given to Khaled Bin Walid, a companion of Prophet Mohammad, whose mausoleum in the central city of Homs was bombarded and destroyed this week."