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    • Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
      https://www.facebook.com/syriaohr/posts/382072655234412 6/15/2013
      Arab Kurdish agreement in Reef Aleppo

      Aleppo province: A meeting in the city of Menbej between the Movement for Democratic Society [TEV-DEM], the Unified Military Council of al-Bab city and its Countryside, and the Revolutionary Local Council of Manbaj city and its Countryside has come out with a 6 point decision:

      1- Condemn the regime’s atrocities against the people of Syria.
      2- Solidarity and cooperation between all peoples of Syria to overthrow the regime.
      3- Syria is always a unified country of people, land and state.
      4- The rights of all components of Syrian society will be protected, aggressions on any of those rights is refused.
      5- Civilians must be protected and not drawn into military conflicts.
      6- Agreement on a joint working plan.

    • http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=5518 6/17/2013
      A military source from the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) announced the killing of 4 soldiers of the Syrian Regime forces and the wounding of 3 others during clashes with the YPG units.

      The clashes took place while the Regime soldiers were trying to infiltrate into Sheikh Maqsoud area which is inhabited by majority of Kurds in the City of Halab [Aleppo].

      On the other hand, well informed source told PUKmedia that clashes broke out yesterday in al Nashwa quarter in al- Hasaka City and helicopters flew over the airspace and hit a number of its areas.

      Reported By: Ibrahim Khalil

  1. Only an all-out war can depose Assad. Anything less is like being ‘half-pregnant’ http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/only-an-allout-war-can-depose-assad-anything-less-is-like-being-halfpregnant-8660482.html

    “At the G8 meeting in Enniskillen tomorrow it may become clearer how far the US and its allies distinguish between propaganda and reality in relation to Syria. Do Britain and France really imagine that a mix of bluff, threats and a limited supply of infantry weapons will have a decisive impact on the battlefield? Cordesman argues for a no-fly zone that should be rapidly transformed into “a de facto no-move zone”. This is the most effective way to allow the rebels to defeat Assad if they can. In other words, only an all-out war by the West will work against Assad; anything else will be like being “half-pregnant”.”

    • “In other words, only an all-out war by the West will work against Assad;”

      It is interesting how for so many months the rebels were supposed to build ever increasing momentum and the regime drawing their last breath.

      I know that outside support for the regime drastically increased and the creation of the NDF also played an important role.
      Nontheless, its strange how fast the narrative changed from sure rebel victory, advances on all frontlines and the pro-assad forces being just a couple of weeks away from total collapse to western armament on a large scale and all-out no-fly-zones if not no-move zones being needed to safe the rebels from defeat ( i know, its a little bit exaggerated, but still, the narrative changed drastically in a short time).

      • Your claim of “having been right” contradicts the way your past tendency to greatly underplay rebel accomplishments. Check any map comparing where rebels stood four months into 2013 with what they had as 2012 ended.

        Like so many media observers you miss underlying patterns and seem to wowed by regime equipment minimally effective in this sort of conflict. You also underestimate consequences of so many daily rebel mini-victories combine with occasion big ones. .
        The regime did not suddenly get stronger on its own. It gambled that a sudden influx of Iranian-trained Shia volunteers could change the war around and do so with no damaging boomerangs. The slowdown nowhere near as big as you make it.
        Don’t be impressed by Quysar–a pyrhhic victory in the immediate sense and a huge strategic setback in terms of long-run consequenes. Regime gains elsewhere (Homs and East Ghouta) remain incomplete and subject to reversal as rebels continue to hang on (all they need do until the cavalry arrives). Those gains need to be placed in context by comparing what rebels have done with far less time and effort in the same period and with almost no new foreign assistance. It makes you wonder what they’ll accomplish when that arrives.

        Qusayr produced far more potent new cards than what the short-run injuection Hezbollah & Co. gave the Assad regime. Forget about measuring success in terms of “Who held Quysar in the end.” Take a closer look at the disasterous strategic downsides of that very limited “victory.”

        Earlier reports of rebel progress were accurate and justified at time. No apologies there. After a brief respite, the regime has clearly returned to the same path it was on two months ago only to discover it has become vastly steeper.

        As you can see by the tag, my wife is still typing today thanks to sore fingers.

        • In my opinion its a stalemate for a long time now. Rebel progress and their outlook was vastly overestimated for a long time, but right now regime progress and their ability to turn the war is overestimated. Its two sides of the same coin.

          And lastly, the map today does not look much different from the one at the end of last year or even autumn. The rebels took much territory in aleppo province and raqqa province, while regime forces retook ground in homs and in the last 2 months around damascus. Maybe you can count the eastern offensives from last november in deir az zour, but that is mostly desert.
          If you show that to someone with no prior knowledge about the conflict and he will point out, that nothing much has changed all in all.

  2. Fear and Loathing in Aleppo’s Mental Hospital
    Clare Morgana Gillis, Syria Deeply
    In a city where many live in fear for their lives, some languish without even the psychological ability to grasp what is happening to them.

    Deep inside the meandering, narrow streets of Aleppo’s once-prized Old City, behind a door that looks like any other door, is the Dar al-‘Ajeza, the city’s hospital for the mentally disabled. One man, 31-year-old Abu Abdu, now looks after the 60 or so patients housed there.

    “There’s no one else to help them,” he said. He’s been there for five years.
    Read on: http://beta.syriadeeply.org/2013/06/fear-loathing-aleppos-mental-hospital/#.Ub7zbTfU69s

  3. Canada to provide $98.4 million in aid to Jordan
    (AP) — Canada has pledged an additional $98.4 million to Jordan to help the Arab country cope with the costly fallout from the worsening crisis next door in Syria, its foreign affairs minister said in a statement Monday.

    Baird said the aid, to be dispersed over the next three years, will enhance security at Jordan’s sprawling refugee camps and help keep “terrorists at by.” It will also help protect Jordanians against chemical and biological weapons attacks, he said. http://news.yahoo.com/canada-98-4-million-aid-jordan-113504072.html

    This doesn’t exacty sound like tents, water and bags of rice….

  4. Syrian refugees in Egypt hit by break in ties
    AP – Morsi explained that he cut diplomatic ties partly over the involvement of Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah fighters in the Syrian civil war in support of President Bashar Assad.

    The decision created an additional hardship for thousands of Syrian refugees who have found shelter in Egypt, many hoping to go on to third countries, and others hoping to return home someday.

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that more than 77,000 Syrian refugees have made their way to Egypt.

    The break in relations means the refugees have nowhere to turn for consular services like renewing passports and obtaining official documents.
    More: http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-refugees-egypt-hit-break-ties-185506133.html

  5. The Syrian War: Israel and U.S. Coordinating How to Target Assad’s Arsenal
    By Karl Vick, TIME

    Israeli military officials tell TIME that American intelligence had the same information that Brig. Gen. Itai Brun cited in his April 23 presentation to a public conference – video footage showing victims foaming at the mouth, and other indicators that made it clear that sarin had been used on the battlefield more than once. “We are sharing,” one Israeli intelligence official said at the time. “We have our cards on the table with the Americans for a long time. They’ve had all this information.”

    Behind the scenes, Israeli and U.S. military officials are coordinating how to target and destroy Assad’s arsenal of unconventional weapons under assorted scenarios, Israeli military and intelligence officials tell TIME. One scenario would be the sudden removal of Assad from the scene, be it by flight, death or if he simply disappears. That would prompt the allies to launch operations on the estimated 18 depots and other sites where WMDs are stored, the officials said. Search and destroy operations would also be launched if the weapons appeared to be about to fall into the hands of the rebels, which include Islamist extremists aligned with al-Qaeda.

    The Israeli officials emphasized that it had not been decided whether both Israeli and U.S. forces would act, or who would do what. But the U.S. plans called for deploying forces on the ground as well as waves of airstrikes, to assure that the chemical and biological components are neutralized, according to the Israeli officials.

    Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/06/14/the-syrian-war-israel-and-u-s-coordinating-how-to-target-assads-arsenal/

  6. we are another carbomb closer to democracy in syria, what a joke.

    since the US gave its open support to the rebels, deadly suicide bombings, which cannot be described as anything else but terrorism, are now a daily occurance.

  7. My Syria roundup today starts with an extremely controversial video (more psychological than physical atrocity) sure to backfire on the regime–whether or not the practice spreads. Today is a slow day so far but I will provide roundups in subposts when I complete research. Once I do, it takes further time for approval so tune in anytime if interested.

    http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/16061

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