Syria Daily, Jan 10: Confusion Over Retreat of Islamic State of Iraq

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LATEST: Video — Protest for Islamic State of Iraq in Jabal al-Zawiya in Idlib Province

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More than 24 hours after the Islamic State of Iraq left Aleppo, in the face of attacks by insurgents, the situation is confused.

Is ISIS retreating across northern and eastern Syria without a fight, or is it counter-attacking, possibly with a series of bombings?

There were multiple claims throughout Thursday of ISIS making stands and even taking back pockets of territory. Others continued the assertions, made since the start of the week, of ISIS suicide bombers wreaking havoc.

Almost none of these declarations could be confirmed, however. The situation was further muddled by a leading source for mainstream media, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, passing off chatter on social networks as established fact.

The one bombing which could be confirmed, killing at least 17 people in Hama Province, was not claimed by ISIS or any other group.

State TV’s report:


Video: Protest for Islamic State of Iraq in Jabal al-Zawiya in Idlib Province

Video Report: ISIS Hoarded Medical Supplies, Baby Formula, Weapons in Headquarters in ad-Dana, Idlib

Orient News has filmed inside the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham in ad-Dana, Idlib, in northern Syria after its liberation by insurgents.

Orient’s reporters filmed equipment used to make car bombs, as well as huge warehouses of medical supplies including drugs inside ISIS’s headquarters, at a time when civilian field hospitals were suffering severe shortages of drugs. The supplies were likely looted from field hospitals or taken from humanitarian aid convoys. Among the items stored were boxes of baby formula, likely humanitarian supplies intended for civilians.

Map of ad-Dana:


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Kafranbel Slam Obama For Inaction, Again

Citizens in the Idlib village of Kafranbel — famous for its vivid anti-Assad protest banners — have criticized US President Barack Obama for inaction on Syria, saying that this has strengthened Assad and the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham.

View more banners on Kafranbel’s Facebook page here.

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Video: Departure of Islamic State of Iraq from Manbij in Aleppo Province on Monday

Video: Opposition Mourns “65 Martyrs Who Tried to Break Siege of Homs”

Activists have posted a video mourning scores of insurgents killed in Homs Province by regime forces — they say the fighters were trying to break the Syrian military’s siege on insurgent-held areas of Homs:

Prisoners Freed After Islamic State of Iraq Pushed Out of Dana

Activists claim that dozens of prisoners have been freed after the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham was forced to leave Dana, the first town that it controlled in northwest Syria.

One Facebook page lists the names of 28 men and claims that women and a 2-year-old child were also released from detention.

Citizen Journalist Muhammad Ibrahim Killed in Homs

Citizen journalist Muhammad Ibrahim, has been killed while covering battles in Homs city.

Ibrahim, known as Abu Muhammad Shaam, was the correspondent of Shaam News Network in Homs. He was one of the last members of the Baba Amr media office, a main source for coverage in 2012 of the regime’s devastating offensive across the city.

Ibrahim was a driving force behind the Live Feed, via Bambuser, of the fighting in Homs. After foreign reporters were forced from the city, amid incidents such as the killing of British and French journalists in a regime strike in Baba Amr in February, the feed was a vital source for coverage of the attacks.

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  1. The following items are among those included in my current Syria Roundup at the usual location:

    http://iranian.com/FG3049

    WORRIED SYRIAN FORCES PRESSURE OFFICERS TO AVOID HOT FRONTS

    According to Yalla Souriya that’s the nub of the following report in Arabic which I can’t read. If so, that’s a good sign and a prelude to mass surrenders and regime collapse down the road. I’m reminded of how German troops dreaded assignment to the Russian front after Stalingrad and Kursk.

    I know there was one such incident earlier in which 100 regime troops in the far northeast were reportedly arrested for refusing an order to move on to Deir Ezzor Many regime fighters, only good at killing unarmed civilians thought the rebels would be easy pickings with fighters comparable to regime shabbiha. They never expected such ferocity or determination.

    http://linkis.com/wp.me/I4LMq

    TODAY’S GREAT QUOTE comes from the IF commander after kicking Al Queda out of Aleppo:

    “Our dead are in Paradise. Their dead are in Hell.”

    DARAA

    The FSA & Islamic Front have launched a combined assault on Sheik Maskin, near army base 82.

    REGIME ATTEMPTS TO EXPLOIT THE REBEL WAR AGAINST ISUS WITH THREE ASSAULTS OF ITS OWN.

    • No need to spread propaganda – because talks are needed between palestinians and Israel.
      Beyond that islamists will always disperse cruel anti-semitism. They will do it until doomsday.

      But an agreement will keep islamists and the iranian regime at bay.

      “An agreed framework would be a significant breakthrough,” Kerry said. “It would create the fixed, defined parameters by which the parties would then know where they are going and what the end result can be. It would address all of the core issues that we have been addressing since Day 1, including borders, security, refugees, Jerusalem, mutual recognition, and the end of conflict and of all claims.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/world/middleeast/while-kerry-pushes-peace-talks-israeli-leader-airs-criticism.html?_r=0

  2. From HASSAN HASSAN’S SUPERB ARTICLE ON ISIS (Al Queda) IN FOREIGN POLICY:

    “The rise of ISIS over the last year was the worst thing that could happen to the Syrian Revolution” and goes on to demonstrate why. That’s exactly why the Assad Regime nourished it and exacty why its downfall is a disaster for Assad, for “crockerites” in the White House and for Putin’s pre-rigged Geneva Conference…

    “…the Front was bad news from the start…an attempt to halt the fighters’ drift toward extremism.

    “This recent spate of fighting is a serious blow to ISIS. A major part of its strength was the cult of fear it had established…..

    “This episode has proven that is Syria’s mainstream rebel who are best suited to face down the rebels– not the Assad regime.”

    MY VIEW: Assad encouraged and enabled ISIS/Al Queda because the regime benefited from its existence. Therefore its defeat at rebel hands is a major defeat for the Assad regime)

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/01/09/breaking_the_reign_of_terror_syria_al_qaeda#sthash.2mimMTXx.dPVNmwwb.dpbs

    • It always struck me as odd that I never read about barrel bombs and scuds being shot at ISIS. I just assumed it was from lack of news.

  3. the problem Assad, Russia, and Iran are having with current events is that it directly weakens the cornerstone of their support.

    The baseline regime propaganda message has always been – “if the rebels win then there will be no freedom of religion.”

    But now, the rebels are fighting to protect religious freedom. It is a caustic message that is sure to erode regime support. They have not figured out any way to report it on SANA that does not harm the regime.

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