Syria Daily, Feb 29: Ceasefire Shaken by Regime-Russian Attacks

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PHOTO: A man flees with a child near a church damaged by Russian bombing in Jisr al-Shughour in northwest Syria


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UPDATE 1950 GMT: Turkish armed forces have shelled Islamic State positions in northern Syria.

Turkish artillery in Kilis Province in southern Turkey fired between 50 and 60 shells in an hour during the afternoon.


UPDATE 1450 GMT: Aid workers have made the first delivery of humanitarian assistance since the start of the ceasefire, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said.

The Red Crescent said 10 trucks of aid, including blankets and hygiene supplies, entered the besieged opposition-held town of Moadamiya, southwest of Damascus.

The delivery is the third this month to Moadamiya, which has been cut off by the Syrian military since late 2012 and where scores have died of starvation. In recent months, regime forces have escalated bombardment of the town, while continuing to block food and supplies.


UPDATE 1445 GMT: This appears to be Moscow’s rationalization of its continuing airstrikes on opposition-held territory, delivered by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov:

We are now at a stage where many in the international community are aware that all Moscow’s actions, including the start and the conducting of an anti-terrorism and military operation by the Russian air force, was in fact intended to create the conditions for the normalization of that country, to crush the terrorist threat and the create the conditions for that country to start a political process, the owners of which would be the Syrians themselves, without attempts to dictate any kind of plans from the outside.

Ryabkov was clearer in expressing support for President Assad:

Russia, as we know, has sought to launch a political process since 2012, despite efforts to derail our attempts. We regret that Washington time and time again has signaled that there is no place for the current President of Syria. We think that this place should be decided by the Syrian people themselves.

He also indicated, without further details, that Syria could become a “federal state”.


UPDATE 1435 GMT: As Russian and regime aircraft bomb parts of western Aleppo Province, Kurdish and opposition outlets are writing of a build-up of regime forces near the Kurdish canton of Afrin.

The Kurdish site ARA News wrote on Monday, “Regime forces and the militias supporting them continued to mobilize [in] large numbers…on a number of fronts in western Aleppo countryside…in a bid to resume their assault on positions held by the armed opposition.”

Throughout February, Kurdish units have taken opposition-held territory in western Aleppo Province as a nearby foreign-led regime offensive, enabled by Russian airstrikes, has pushed back rebels.

Saleh al-Zain, a rebel commander in northern Aleppo Province said, “Regime forces and groups of militants from the villages of Nubl and Zahraa are mobilizing large numbers of fighters on the outskirts of the villages of Bashemra, Fafertayn, Birad and Kiymar with the aim of storming western Aleppo countryside and cutting the Ma’aret al-Artiq-Babis road, as well as the Hawr-Yaqed al-Adas road in the direction of Qubtan al-Jabal.”

Russian and regime airstrikes were reported last weekend on villages such as Daarat Izza and Qubtan al-Jabal, near a highway into Aleppo city, despite the start of the ceasefire.


UPDATE 1425 GMT: The International Syria Support Group is meeting in Geneva to review the state of the cessation of hostilities.

Before the 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) meeting, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters:

We have received indications that attacks, including by air, have been continuing against zones controlled by the moderate opposition.

All this needs to be verified. France has therefore demanded that the task force charged with overseeing the cessation of hostilities meet without delay.

An unnamed Western diplomat said, “We need to get an explanation from the Russians on the strikes that took place on Sunday.”


UPDATE 1355 GMT: The Foreign Ministry has hit back at Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s declaration that the Assad regime and Russia have been targeting “moderate opposition” groups.

A Ministry official told State news agency SANA that Jubeir’s statement was an “expression of the destructive role of the Wahhabi kingdom that threatens the Arab and Islamic nations”: “The worst calamity is that which makes you laugh.”

The official said Jubeir’s statements were “nothing more than an echo of what his masters in Israel and the United States say”.

The Saudi Foreign Minister had said on Sunday, “Things will become clearer in the coming days on whether the regime and Russia are serious or not about the ceasefire.”


UPDATE 0915 GMT: Assad forces are trying to break into Hirbnafsah village in northern Homs Province, supported by heavy artillery and Russian air cover, according to activists and rebels.

Syria Civil Defense counted eight Russian raids and six by regime warplanes. No casualties were reported.

Rebels claim that more than 300 shells have been fired into the village since the weekend. They said ground attacks were repelled on Sunday.

Attacks also continue near Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib Province, this one a regime barrel-bombing of the village of Maarant:


UPDATE 0715 GMT: Unconfirmed reports are circulating of regime rockets, barrel bombs, and artillery fire on al-Marj in the East Ghouta area near Damascus.

Activists says the al-Marj hospital, serving 55,000 people, has been knocked out of service by barrel-bombing.

Regime forces have attacked nearby Bala, and canisters with “toxic gases” have been dropped on Erbin, according to the reports.

Two Free Syrian Army troops have been killed in the Erbin attack.


While holding in some parts of the country, Syria’s cessation of hostilities was challenged on Sunday by Assad regime and Russian attacks.

The opposition-rebel High Negotiations Committee claimed, in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, 26 airstrikes and “24 violations with artillery shelling and five ground operations…in 26 areas held by the moderate opposition”.

The head of the HNC, Riad Hijab, emphasized, “Under such circumstances, negotiations will not be feasible.”

Videos testified to deadly Russian attacks on Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib Province, near towns in western Aleppo Province, and on Talbiseh in Homs Province.

The HNC said the attacks had killed 29 people and wounded dozens. Activists reported 12 dead near Babis in western Aleppo Province and the death of a pregnant woman, with the wounding of 12 civilians including seven children, in Jisr al-Shughour.

The Local Coordination Committees confirmed the deaths of 29 people on Sunday, including 15 in Aleppo Province.

Both Russia and the Assad regime have said that attacks are permitted on the Islamic State, the jihadists of Jabhat al-Nusra, and “other terrorist groups” as defined by the UN. However, there was no evidence on Sunday of a presence of ISIS or Nusra in the bombed areas, let alone their targets being struck by Russia’s warplanes.

The HNC wrote on Sunday that it did not receive any maps outlining which areas were included in the ceasefire or documents explaining the monitoring mechanism.

The pro-regime Al-Watan daily said that the maps were still being “kept secret”.

The cessation, brokered by Russia and the US, began at midnight Saturday. Activists and rebels also reported some ground attacks by regime forces in Latakia Province in western Syria and near the capital Damascus.

Aftermath of the attack on Jisr al-Shughour:

Casualties being treated in Talbiseh:

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  1. Ass add style of ceasefire…The blood thirsty man cannot hold his desire to kill not even for 1 day..wat peace is this?.Mujahideen have to starts prepare yrself for long and bloody war.Saudis are u still scratching yr balls?

    • The blood thirsty man cannot hold his desire to kill not even for 1 day..wat peace is this?

      Your bloodthirsty Al Nusra heroes rejected the ceasefire outright and called for everyone to continue fighting. Are you suggesting Assad should have sat back and let them get some free hits at him?

          • Hizbollah is a terrorist death cult and the sooner they are wiped out and destroyed the better.
            Yes, couldn`t say it better.

        • This is savage,barbarian shia kuffar and sunni muslim war…i dont give a shit about daesh you are talking about…sunni have been massacre by the shia kuffar.They should have thier right to defend thier honour and dignity.Wat colour u given to anyone is none of my bussiness.

            • Hizbollah terrorist has been killed at Libanon
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              The body of Hezbollah commander of special units, Ali Fayyad, has been found in Lebanon, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
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              Reports of Fayad’s death first surfaced on Feb. 26 when Syrian activists said he was killed in Aleppo.
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              Fayad, originally from the village of Ansar in southern Lebanon, was considered one of the key military commanders in Hezbollah.
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              Hezbollah has been quiet on the number of its fighters killed in Lebanon over the course of the Syrian conflict, but a Washington Institute for Near East Studies puts the number close to more than 1000 members killed in the past four years.

            • Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR):
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              35 violations on 2nd day of ceasefire, 27 by Assad & 8 by Russia. Total=49 since start of ceasefire.

          • “They should have their right to defend their honour and dignity.”
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            Verbally, yes, but not by killing people. Nobody has a right to defend his dignity by injuring or killing somebody.
            You can kill to protect yourself and your family from being killed or badly injured, but definitely not to avoid insults or humiliation or injured pride.

            • The nature for mujahideen in syria is struggle to defend thier honour n dignity.They did not wish to export thier jihad anywherelse.The weapons is only to put terror on thier enemy hearts and they did not use to killed in the battlefields before theie enemy repent or b4 being caught or find guilty of crime.The blood of the muslim is not cheap….blood 4 the blood an eye for an eye.Rules of enggagement for ass add pack=dont wake up the sunni…lets them RIP.=killed em all.Party time persian stail.

              • The mujahideen which allah rabbuljallil bleseed is the 1 most fierest to thier enemy and most loving to thier brothers.

              • The nature for mujahideen in syria is struggle to defend thier honour n dignity.They did not wish to export thier jihad anywherelse

                Rubbish. The Jihad in Syria was imported from Lybia with the backing of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Al Nusra are terrorists who belong to the group that carried out 911 and countless terror attacks throughout the world.

    • Saudi measures against the Hezbollah terrorists –
      killing politicians and journalists
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      Let us recall that those who assassinated former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, as international investigators have proven, are Hezbollah members. He and other Lebanese symbols who dared confront the Iran-Hezbollah-Syrian regime axis were killed.
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      They included ministers Mohammad Chatah and Bassel Fleihan, army official Francois al-Hajj, Wissam al-Hassan, one of the most prominent security officials who was monitoring Hezbollah, Major Wissam Eid for the same reason, and intellectual George Hawi. One of the most prominent young Christian leaders, minister and MP Pierre Gemayel – son of Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel – was killed at the age of 34.
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      Prominent author Samir Kassir and renowned journalist Gebran Tueni, former editor-in-chief of An-Nahar newspaper, were also killed. TV journalist May Chidiac was targeted by a car bomb. She survived but lost a leg and arm. Despite this, her stances are the same.
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      When Hezbollah invaded Sunni areas in west Beirut six years ago, causing much death and destruction, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt stood in solidarity with the Sunnis. Hezbollah then attacked Druze areas in the mountains, killing 46 and injuring 123. The bravest of men to defy Hezbollah is Christian leader Samir Geagea, who has continued to confront the party and the Syrian regime since his release from jail.
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      Many Lebanese Shiites have dared to protest in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut against Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria. However, party members attacked them, and shot and killed protest leader Hisham Salman in a hideous public execution.
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      This is why it is unacceptable to say the Lebanese people have not tried to defy Iranian hegemony.
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      Hezbollah possesses a power that it established under the pretext of resisting Israel – a lie that in the past naive Arabs believed and supported. Most Lebanese wish to get rid of the party ideologically and militarily, for domestic reasons that have nothing to do with Syria or Saudi Arabia.
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      Hezbollah has restrained their lives and created fear that has led to the emigration of hundreds of thousands and the loss of investors. Its activities have harmed downtown Beirut, as the party has invaded it whenever it wants to protest and terrorize its visitors. One cannot demand that the Lebanese people confront Iran and Hezbollah when there is no foreign power willing to support them. The same goes for the Syrian people who are being slaughtered.
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      Riyadh will surely increase support to all those confronting Tehran and its allies, including those in Lebanon and even opposition parties in Iran

      • GREAT NEWS FOR MIDDLE EAST AND SYRIA = BAD NEWS FOR PUTIN
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        Moderates have taken control of the Assembly of Experts which will elect a successor when extremist Khamenei dies. Moderates also won a 59 percent majority in the 88-member body. The payoff will come when Khamenei dies. The extremist Supreme Leader is known to have prostate cancer (may be suffer terribly). What caused the rise of extreme sectarianism, which only existed in potential before hand, was the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran since l979 in seeking to promote revolutions, destabilize Sunni neighbors and bring about Shia rule in the region via proxy militias and assassination of moderate opponents.
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        It is no accident Al Queda and ISIS did not exist prior to the founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran . The latter and its quest for exporting revolution inspired these two Sunni models. Much like Putin, the millionaire mullahs also needed wars and the promotion of rabid anti-westernism to take power and to distract people against their own failures and corruption afterwards. Friendly relations with the West are no longer possible so long as Putin rules. Russians must first go through the disillusionment similar to way most Iranians lost all respect for Khamenei. Iranians are become sick of his regional crusades and his pumped up hatred of ther West. Many Iranians even seem to prefer friendly relations with Israel.
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        In many ways Putin and Iran’s Supreme Leader look like identical twins except that Russians still support Putin’s aggression abroad as Iranians once did before death squads, blatantly rigged elections and the brutal crackdown afterwards. Putin continues to burn bridges behind him. Once Russians catch on he will lose popular respect and will learn, as Khamenei and Assad did, virginity and respect can never be recovered. Like Germans after World War II and like Iranians now, Russians will take time to grasp how much empire seeking has cost them without any payoffs in return except more troubles. I doubt the West would want to take on Russia and its troubles even peacefully. So why would it invade to do so? It would make as much sense as invading North Korea–asking for trouble and getting zilch in return.
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        RUSSIAN VARIABLES: Putin’s loss of respect and popularity won’t take nearly as long as in Iran. The consequences of empire seeking combined with Russia’s unaddressed economic problems won’t take nearly as long to appear. Putin cannot con Russians into believiing that that he is “God’s Representative on Earth.” His control of the state falls short of has not quite reached that of Assad, Hitler, Stalin or even Khamenei and he is moving too late and too blatantly to change that. The presence of a new leader and any reversals of Iran’s foreign policy in the region or vis-a-vis the West will be noted by Russians, along with any subsequent benefits for Iranians. Most likely he will respond to public discontent by mimicking Assad’s policy of mass murder and destruction (i.e., “Putin or Russia burns!”). Having no foreign equivalent to Russia to bail Putin out and having failed to solidify control to the same extent, Putin won’t last nearly as long.

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        • DESPERATE TIMES ARE HERE TO STAY IN RUSSIA
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          CNN: OIL CRISIS HITTING RUSSIA HARD
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          The global oil crisis isn’t just taking a toll on Russia’s economy. It’s also hitting ordinary citizen
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          http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/29/news/oil-crisis-russia/index.html
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          Washington Post: PEOPLE WILL AGREE TO ALMOST ANY WAGE AT RUSSIAN AUTO PLANT
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          “People are frightened to say even a single word,” production worker and union activist Nataliya Yemshanova said at a union meeting in a member’s apartment. “I can’t remember that happening before. They can pay less money. People will agree to any wage.”
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          “Get used to it,” is my advice to Russians. So long as Putin rules, Russia remains a pariah state bent on costly imperial quests and enemy making.
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          https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russian-industry-workers-squeezed-but-scared-of-speaking-out/2016/02/29/051ef3ec-dec2-11e5-8c00-8aa03741dced_story.html

        • “Moderates have taken control of the Assembly of Experts which will elect a successor when extremist Khamenei dies. Moderates also won a 59 percent majority in the 88-member body. The payoff will come when Khamenei dies”

          “blatantly rigged elections”
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          LOL, so what is it now? On the one hand you claim that the elections in Iran are a farce and the results make no difference, on the other hand you gloat when “moderates” get into power, thereby admitting that they very much make a difference.
          This schizophrenic behaviour is of course very widespread among Anti-Iranian commentators (including this sites Scott Lucas): They sneer about how bad and rigged the Iranian voting system is (Particularly of course in comparison to the divine, infinitely superior one in the US), but then eagerly analyze how this or that result influences the politics of Iran.

          • On the one hand you claim that the elections in Iran are a farce and the results make no difference, on the other hand you gloat when “moderates” get into power, thereby admitting that they very much make a difference.
            This schizophrenic behaviour is of course very widespread among Anti-Iranian commentators (including this sites Scott Lucas):

            It’s pure desperation Menschmaschine. If the elections had done the other way, RT’s headline would read the same.

            In fact, if oil shot up to $100 a barrel overnight, it’s a certainty that RT would produce some convoluted and anti intellectual argue that this would be bad news for Russia.

        • GREAT NEWS FOR MIDDLE EAST AND SYRIA = BAD NEWS FOR PUTIN

          Wow RT< this is your most convoluted diatribe yet. How on earth does the success of moderates in Iran mean bad news for Putin? If anything, it a great outcome for Russia.

          The ideological twins of the hardliners in Iran is the hardliners in Washington. Both wanted the nuclear deal to fail. Putin and Obama wanted it to succeed and it has.

          It is no accident Al Queda and ISIS did not exist prior to the founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran .

          How ignorant can you be? Al Qaeda was created by breakway extremists fro the Muslim Brotherhood, who clearly have been around a lot longer than the founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Furthermore, there would be no AQ had it not been financed and supported by Saudi Arabia.

          Of course, the other irony is that you are now defending Al Qaeda and cheering on their terrorist attacks

          Much like Putin, the millionaire mullahs also needed wars and the promotion of rabid anti-westernism to take power and to distract people against their own failures and corruption afterwards.

          Iran has not attacked or invaded any other country in 300 years. I think you are projecting US war obsession onto Iran.

          Friendly relations with the West are no longer possible so long as Putin rules.

          No, Friendly relations with the West are no longer possible so long as NATO exists and keeps expanding. You cannot have friendly relations between 2 countries if one has a knife to the throat of the other. Gorbachev himself blames the west for the decline in relations.

          RUSSIAN VARIABLES: Putin’s loss of respect and popularity won’t take nearly as long as in Iran.

          On the contrary, Russia’s respect it growing by the day. As the Washington Institute has admitted, every day US loses power and influence on the world stage and Russia’s is groeing.

          Putin cannot con Russians into believiing that that he is “God’s Representative on Earth.”

          Putin would agree. He doesn’t need to. He remains the most popular poitical leader on earth.

          As usual, you are 100% off the mark RT.

          • Very true my dear Andre Al-Qaeda teaching come from Muslim Brotherhood’s breakaway member Sayyid Qutb and guess who translated his work into Persian that’s right Khamenei* and where did bin Laden get its idea of suicide bombing from that’s right Hezballs (who got it off the Japanese Red Army who got it off Tojo, who got it by corrupting Samaria values or Victoria Russian anarchist depending on who you ask).

            Its so cute you think there is a huge difference between IRI and KSA, to any not drowning in their own dogma would see ZERO difference in enforcing veils on women, banning alcohol, public executions, homosexuality being a capital offence, as are adultery and blasphemy, ordering death threats to people who write anti-religious books and Moharebeh (making war against God-by which they really mean dares to have a poltical opinions that contradicts the leader) being a exceptionable offences.

            No normal person would see any real difference but off course you do because your mullahs told there was one so there must be one. Just a normal person would no real difference between Stalinist Russia and Maoist China out side of extremely dogmatic Communists.

            You no doubt think “well one is Sunni the other Shia…” who gives a damn? What dose a theological dispute about a prophet’s successor have to do with state sanctioned killing of gays, adulterers, blasphemers and “Moharaebeh”? Do you some huge difference between South Africa’s white supremacist polices and Ethiopia’s Tigray dominated Wayane/TPLF/EPRDF regime? Most people sure don’t because they see them both based on the same narrow minded bigotry that only people who subscribe to bigoted idiocy would give the slightest toss about. Is there anyone who is not an Ustache supporter who thinks that any difference between Jasenovac (for your own sake don’t look up any images of it) and Dachau or Cambodia’s killing felids?

            If don’t see a difference between Shinto and Hindu Kamikaze why would you see one between Sunni and Shia-other than the word of the bearded cancerous old cripple-who is not even a qualified Ayatollah?

            *So that means that works of the man inspired al-Qaeda are allowed in Khomeniestan but anything on women’s lib is banned. This also the regime that banns homosexuality yet also banned unisex bathhouses-so seeing naked women is banned but naked men is A-O-K. I believe Khomeini had a word for that sort of thing one chucked around a lot and that word is Munafiqun.

            Remember if not for the USA the half Azeri leader might of found in a much bigger Soviet Azerbaijan, I wonder how he do in Stalinist Russia-he of been sent to gulag where might been hanged, shot, worked to death, killed in an industrial accident or escape attempt. Or maybe he might of been prison raped by some old Kazak Kulak, so he might of had prostrate problems during his teenage years rather then his 70s if not for the USA. So next time you whinge about the USA think what might of happened to poor little Ali Khamenei had Russia annexed Southern Azerbaijan.

            • and guess who translated his work into Persian
              • Main Kampf has been translated into Arabic too. Was that to inspire a Nazi movement in the Arab States? Your point?

              where did bin Laden get its idea of suicide bombing
              • He didn’t get any idea from Hezbollah. Suivide bombing was brought to the world by the Tamil Tigers. ☺

              to any not drowning in their own dogma would see ZERO difference in enforcing veils on women

              No one is forcing veil’s on women in Iran.
              https://www.google.com.au/search?q=women+Iran&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=881&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwij8bnBtZ7LAhVCmpQKHa-DDKAQsAQIGg

              banning alcohol

              Laughable when you consider that Iran produces vodka.

              public executions

              Admittedly Iran hasn’t carried one out in quite a while.

              It is certainly appalling that homosexuality is considered a crime in many Islamic states, though it wasn’t long ago when it was illegal in many western countries.

              Just a normal person would no real difference between Stalinist Russia and Maoist China out side of extremely dogmatic Communists.

              Or Nazi Germany, which Britain and the US were prepared to tolerate, not to mention that the Roosevelt and his bromance with Uncle Joe.

              You no doubt think “well one is Sunni the other Shia…” who gives a damn?

              That’s a bit like saying one side of WWII was Nazi and the other was not, but who gives a damn as Christianity was the common religion.

              What dose a theological dispute about a prophet’s successor have to do with state sanctioned killing of gays, adulterers, blasphemers and “Moharaebeh”?

              Do you some huge difference between South Africa’s white supremacist polices and Ethiopia’s Tigray dominated Wayane/TPLF/EPRDF regime?

              Actually I do. For a start, one is condemned by the West while the other was supported. Then again there’s little difference between South Africa’s Bantustans, Israel’s warehousing of Palestinians in Gaza, or American’s ghettoizing of black Americans.

              Most people sure don’t because they see them both based on the same narrow minded bigotry

              Porbably but then most people that you know (ie. Americans) can’t even find their own country on a map, much less the ME. After all, even high ranking government advisers don’t know the difference between Shia and Sunni. Condi Rice didn’t even know who al Qaeda was until after 911.

              Is there anyone who is not an Ustache supporter who thinks that any difference between Jasenovac (for your own sake don’t look up any images of it) and Dachau or Cambodia’s killing felids?

              …or the highway of death when the US mowed down 10,000 defenceless Iraqis on their way back from Kuwait (for your own sake don’t look up any images of it).

              If don’t see a difference between Shinto and Hindu Kamikaze why would you see one between Sunni and Shia-other than the word of the bearded cancerous old cripple-who is not even a qualified Ayatollah?

              This also the regime that banns homosexuality yet also banned unisex bathhouses-so seeing naked women is banned but naked men is A-O-K.

              Seriously Niall, you really going to bang on about sexual hang-ups when the US Attorney General ordered that statues in the capital of naked people be covered up?
              http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002/01/29/statues.htm

              You can bang on about Stalinist Russia till the cows come home, but he bit the dust a lont time ago along with this regime. He is no more relevant to the world today than Joseph McCarthy or J. Edgar Hoover, though you wouldn’t know it listening to the Republican presidential debates.

              So next time you whinge about the USA think what might of happened to poor little Ali Khamenei had Russia annexed Southern Azerbaijan.

              Probably nothing.

  2. Looks like there is an agreement between the Ruskies and the Yanks to carve up Syria with preset borders. The Yanks will do nothing all the time Bashyer Arsof and Pea-brain Putin keep within those borders. If the rebels fight back, the Yanks will put pressure on the rebels’ allies to not provide weapons. Looks like Kerry was right when he said there would be three months of intense bombing. The one day ceasefire of the Ruskies was jut to give the pilots a day of before the major bombing started.
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    Ol’bummer is trying to achieve the submission of the Sunni’s before his term ends. The bombing and killing will just keep increasing until America gets a real president. Look out for more chemical weapons.
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    We are also in for three months of intense literary abuse from the Ruskie trolls!

    • Looks like there is an agreement between the Ruskies and the Yanks to carve up Syria with preset borders.

      Based on what ? The Russians have never given support to that idea.

      The bombing and killing will just keep increasing until America gets a real president.

      Who do you think that will be?

      Look out for more chemical weapons.

      From ISIS or Al Nusra?

      We are also in for three months of intense literary abuse from the Ruskie trolls!

      Do you consider it abuse when your arguments are destroyed?

    • Don’t worry Bill, the partition plan is just an admission of failure from Kerry, who invested all those air miles meeting Lavrov, Putin and all the other American slaves to get them to beat the rebels into sitting at the table with Assad. The russians will start calling for partition once they get the order from Kerry. Meanwhile, they’re busy giving up on the Donbass in Ukraine:
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      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/29/ukraine-russia-fighters-donbass
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      (interesting side note to the above article: in these hard times, with most of what’s left of Russia’s economy going into it’s only growth industry, troll factories, I guess the Russian “volunteers” in Ukraine can’t really expect much support when they go back. But then what do they expect from Putin, who was too much of a coward to admit his own people were fighting and dying in Ukraine. Now the Russian armed forces have run out of bombs and needed to announce a ceasefire to cover that fact and cut down on the bombing, every country on Russia’s border from Latvia to Georgia can smell the Russian blood in the air and are waiting for the chance to carve it up. That’s what happens to America’s puppets).

      The Assad regime will fall, the US, Russians and Iranians will be the ones crying at the end of this. Not long to wait now insha Allah.

      • Meanwhile, they’re busy giving up on the Donbass in Ukraine

        Wow Datepalm, you come to the most creative and imaginative conclusions. Mind you, the first sentence debunks any claims that Russia is fighting in the Dombass.

        “Russian volunteers returning home after fighting alongside separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have not received any support from the state”

        Back on earth, Putin has said fro the beginning that the Dombass should remain part of Ukraine.

        . Now the Russian armed forces have run out of bombs

        I asked you before to provide evidence to support that claim Datepalm. Where is your evidence? Or don;t you do evidence?

        every country on Russia’s border from Latvia to Georgia can smell the Russian blood in the air and are waiting for the chance to carve it up.

        Wow that’s a novel theory. So all this time those states were claiming to be afraid fo a Russian invasion they were merely bluffing, and are really a pack of wolves waiting to tear up Russia?

        The Assad regime will fall, the US, Russians and Iranians will be the ones crying at the end of this. Not long to wait now insha Allah.

        Of course DatePalm, you and your army have not yet begin to fight. :)

        • Putin will fall very deep – because waging wars is not enough to govern a country
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          Looking to Russia today, you can’t predict every concrete step, but you can see the general direction.
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          The main problem of the government that Putin has built is that it lacks every form of legitimacy.
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          There’s just Putin, and his performance. The entire army of civil servants takes its orientation from two aspects. The first is what Putin says. The second is their own pocket.
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          Since Putin is only human and not used to hard work, there are only a limited number of issues he concerns himself with. Right now, it’s foreign policy.
          ==================================================================================He puts less weight on domestic issues.
          ==================================================================================As a result, domestic policy is devolving into a battle between different groups for self-preservation. And they’ll use any means possible. The regional leaders want one thing, the representatives of the military and secret services want another, and the heads of an industry – including those in Putin’s inner circle – want something else. Domestic policy is being shaped within this battle for resources. That’s something we’re going to experience in the elections in 2016. When it comes to Putin’s foreign policy decisions, it’s plain to see that he is not someone who thinks strategically. He is offered variations of how he can reach a concrete, tactical goal. It’s a simple calculation. Putin always makes the decision that will give him the most room to manoeuvre in the step ahead. He almost never varies from this algorithm.

    • Obama will land a man on Mars before tries to redraw Syria’s borders.
      .
      It’s a recipe for failure and disaster. He doesn’t want that on his resume. Nobody does, except Erdogan, Saudi king and Netanyahu want’s to redraw Syria’s borders. The three of them want a piece of Syria. Ottomans, Wahabbis and Zionists.

      • “The three of them want a piece of Syria. Ottomans, Wahabbis and Zionists.”

        Mickey, also russians and Iran want a piece of Syria.

  3. By studying where the Ruskies bomb from now on, plus the knowledge of what the regime held territories are now, it should be possible to establish approximately what the agreed boundaries are.

    • I figures it out. You regime changers always come up with your crack pot theories when you’re ready to throw in the towel. I guess it’s your way of pretending your team hasn’t really lost by convincing yourselves they were paid to throw the game.

      • Everybody who is clearminded would vote for a regime change in Syria and Russia.
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          • Faked polls presented by the massmurderer Assad show …….You shouldn`t forget the most important part of you sentence.
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              • Poll conducted at Germany
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                87% of syrians are rejecting Assad.
                You shouldn`t believe the bullshit you read on RT every day.
                Reading RT and Fars news (the outlet of iranian jihadis) makes you unfit for a civil and challenging discussion. Watch out watching IRIB – it will make you stupid during one week.
                =====================

              • al-Assad has told Russian media he will quit power if the Syrian people want him to leave.
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                “As for the president, he comes to power with the people’s assent through elections, and if he leaves, he leaves if the people demand it.”(Assad)
                ==
                “If the people want him to stay the president stays. In the opposite case, he should swiftly step down,” Assad added.
                ==
                Okay – 370.000 syrians murdered by Assad had voted against the massmurderer
                11 Million Syrians are one the run – escaping Assad.
                87% of the syrians escaped to Europe have rejected Assad (pre-poll)
                ================================================================================
                On what Assad is still waiting? He will kill more syrians – to get a better vote?

            • Okay – 370.000 syrians murdered by Assad had voted against the massmurderer

              Based onwta evidence? At least half were killed by the massmurdereing rebels and Daesh

              11 Million Syrians are one the run – escaping Assad.

              Nope, escaping Daesh and Al Nusra.

              87% of the syrians escaped to Europe have rejected Assad (pre-poll)

              No poll. Eitehr link to it or admit you are lying.

  4. This could be a tarting point if anybody is good at maps.
    .
    Mark ‏@markito0171 3 mins3 minutes ago

    #Syria Airstrikes continues on northern #Hama, northern #Homs, #Idlib & #Latakia mountain towns & villages today

    Looks as though Bashyer Arsof wants the good bits and the rebels can have the desert.

  5. [and beyond]
    What seems to be, an emerging Sunni-Jewish alliance.
    Channel 10 says that a high ranking diplomatic delegation from Israel did visit KSA Riad recently.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Mk-jIwGr4
    Also from Channel 10 (no link), Netanyahu and Egypt’s Sisi regularly talk over the phone every two weeks.
    Also, the Israeli ambassador in Cairo was invited for dinner in an Egyptian MP home. Egyptian Islamists freak out, throw a shoe on this MP.
    Now sources in Turkey say agreement on relations with Israel is near. (I believe it isn’t because Bibi doesn’t want to upset Russia).

    • “What seems to be, an emerging Sunni-Jewish alliance.”
      Nonsense. It is an Israeli-Arab traitor alliance. And it is not emerging, they are only now more open about it.

      • ===============================================
        Lol – What is it – a traitor – alliance? Possible to eat? Is it a political category to discuss?
        Is it anything to explain whats going on at syria?
        ================================================
        No, Antisemits and right wing extremists/terrorists are running wild.

      • “And it is not emerging, they are only now more open about it.”
        .
        I think this is true.
        But I don’t know what you mean by “traitors”. Is seeking peace rather than endless war treason ?
        .
        Both the Saudis and the Egyptians could gain a great deal from Israel’s expertise in desert agriculture, and from Israel’s medical knowledge. There are many reasons why an alliance between Israel and its Sunni neighbours would be a good thing. So would peace between Israel and Iran.

        • Don (Cc Gunny, Mensch)

          I agree with you! In the eyes of Islamo progressives, anyone who is not at war with the Jews is a traitor. And the hell with ordinary citizens who suffer. Death and is more valuable than life.

          • ” In the eyes of Islamo progressives”
            LOL, considering that Israeli officials are on the record of supporting the like of ISIS and Al Qaeda your attempt to associate opposition to Israel to islamic extremism is beyond pathetic. It is, of course, exactly the other way round: Supporters of Israeli crimes just LOVE sectarian islamist extremists (As can be seen by the rebel supporters on this site), since they are useful in destabilising and devastating Arab countries; They nearly exclusively slaughter other muslims, but are not interested in attacking Israel.
            ——————–
            “anyone who is not at war with the Jews”
            Your silly attempt to equate the Israeli state with “the Jews” is of course nonsensical; there is not some kind of collective guilt of jews for the crimes of the Israeli state that any jew in the world shares whether he supports these crimes or not.
            ——————–
            “is a traitor”
            Now, if support for a state that brutally suppresses and ethnically cleanses other Arabs does not constitute treason, what does?
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            “And the hell with ordinary citizens who suffer”
            Oh, the ordinary palestinian citizen most certainly suffers enourmously from Israeli suppression and ethnic cleansing. But he does so, because traitor regimes in other Arab states do nothing to stop these crimes.

            • Russia bombs syrian civilians in spite of ceasefire
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              but clashes ongoing between JaI rebels & ISIS in Dumair since Friday, JaI spox says prominent ISIS cmdr & fighters captured
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              Russia makes daesh more strong than they ever had been

            • Assad and the ceasefire
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              The only truce the Assad regime has ever respected is the truce with Israel for over 40 years.

            • Russia – the failed state
              ========================
              It wants to expand its influence in the ME and Eastern Europe and it wants to once again be on equal footing with the United States on the international stage.
              ========================
              Putin is willing to use almost all means necessary in the pursuit of this aim. Russia doesn’t even shy away from conducting =======================
              airstrikes on residential areas in Syria,==========
              bombing hospitals in the process. =============
              It is likewise forcing the Sunni population to take flight, thereby increasing the flow of refugees and destabilizing Europe and Turkey. It has become obvious that Russia is not a partner to the West, not even, as some had hoped, in fighting the Islamic State.
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              Russia has become a destructive actor.
              ==================================================================================
              Hardly anything did more to irritate Russian leadership than the statement made by US President Barack Obama in 2014 that the country was no more than a “regional power.” Ever since, Putin has been working tenaciously to prove the opposite. When edvedev speaks of a “New Cold War,” it is representative of precisely this claim to importance. For there to be a New Cold War, there must be two opposing parties of equal strength.
              ======================
              It is surely no coincidence that Medvedev uttered his words in Germany, where fears of a confrontation with Russia run especially deep. With his choice of words, the prime minister is pursuing the same goal as the Russian fighter planes that are shadowing German Tornado reconnaissance jets over Syria or operating near the air space of NATO member states. They are gestures aimed at intimidating the West against trying to counter Russian aspirations to power.
              ======================
              Economically Insignificant
              =====================
              But today’s Russia is not the Soviet Union. The country may have beefed up its military in recent years, but economically it remains relatively insignificant. Sanctions and the low oil price have thrown the country back even further. The fact that we are nevertheless being forced to reckon with Russia is solely the product of the determination and strategic savvy of the Russian leadership — and the failure of the West.
              ==================================================================================
              Ultimately, Russia is only as strong as the West is weak.
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              Europe and the United States have no answer to Putin’s aggressive approach because they themselves have no clear strategy. They are incapable of even agreeing on common goals.
              =====================
              Just take Syria. Two years ago, the US refrained from establishing a no-fly zone in the northern part of the country or providing massive support to those moderate rebels who were fighting against both Syrian President Bashar Assad and Islamic State. Doing so would have been perhaps the most effective measure in preventing the mass flight we are seeing now.
              =====================
              Russia, on the other hand, has a very clear aim: It wants to keep the mass-murderer Assad in office and strengthen his regime. It’s a goal that Moscow is pursuing with few scruples.
              =====================
              The West, for its part, is now out of cards to play to apply pressure on Putin, and we will instead have to resign ourselves to the fact that Syria will remain a failed state, under Assad’s leadership.
              =====================
              This lesson is important.
              =====================
              The West has underestimated Russia and must expect further foreign policy adventures from Moscow, be it in Eastern Europe or in its already tense relationship with Turkey. Putin needs these adventures in order to maintain his popularity, even though his own people are becoming poorer.
              =====================
              The West must counter these attacks on the world order in a united way.

            • What is a traitor?
              =============
              Mehdi Koochakzadeh has called Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “a traitor”, and Roohollah Hosseinian, who threatened to bury the negotiators (ATOMIC DEAL) under cement for agreeing to concessions to world powers.
              ===
              Now we now what a traitor it is: It is someone making agreements with the US.
              ===
              But these performers have not made it into the Majlis – both were not elected into the Iranian parliament.
              ===
              According to iranian people s we can say: Someone is no traitor making deals with US:

            • Mensch,
              I will stay loyal to my vow. Just notice that all that you say about Israel / Jews – can be ‘cut and paste’ to put in Abu Naqie (Islamist) mouth. This proves the Islamo leftist alliance against Israel, beyond denial.

              Gunny,
              Sorry for that :)

              • Amir, I realy don`t know what you mean using the the expression “Islamo lefties” – to me it makes no sence.
                1.. At the beginning of the iranian revolution the secular left was going together with islamists a la Khomenei.
                2..After the revolution 1979 the secular left was massmurdered inside Iranian prisons by Khomenei, Mousavi (supposed) and Rafsanjani – and the theoretical collaboration between left wing ideology and political islam was cut.
                3..But the left ideology have had some influence on the iranian reformists – namely on leading people like Khatami, Mousavi or Kharoubi. But to call them islamo lefties makes no sense to me – because they had killed secular lefties inside prisons. I can not call someone to be a leftie if he is guity to kill his own people. –
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                4..Furthermore the left wing ideology screwing reality today is something to throw into the trash quickly.
                ==================================================================================
                5..Long time ago I have used Marxism as a base for social science studies.But it looks like that this is dead like a dead horse – maybe you can call the greek Yanis Varoufakis as a representative for that what I did earlier- he is using marxism as a mean to explain economic and social reality, too.
                ==
                6..But it have nothing to do with the story teller and reality screwing propagandists called lefties today. This brainwashed people are a nightmare – all they should send quickly to the neo- fascist Putin to soon awakening.

              • “I will stay loyal to my vow.”
                Yes, yes, I know, of course you can’t refute my arguments, you don’t need to repeat this all the time.
                ———————————-
                “Just notice that all that you say about Israel / Jews – can be ‘cut and paste’ to put in Abu Naqie (Islamist) mouth.”
                The opinions of Abu Naqie are of course about the opposite as those that I have set down. However, they are exactly those of most of the “freedom fighters” that your good buddys like Gunny here celebrate. I am curious, how do you justify your hypocrisy?
                ———————————
                “This proves the Islamo leftist alliance against Israel, beyond denial.”
                As I have explained above, it is of course you that should be labeled as “Islamo”-fundamentalist sympathizer. As for the “leftist”, all those hapless leftists that I have annihilated in debate will assure you very convincingly that I am very much not one of them. Actually, one of my favorite debating tactics is to point out their hypocrisy in regards to Israel, particularly when it comes to “racism”, an example:
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                Leftist: “Oh, those poor asylum seekers, they get so discriminated against by evil racists that use insensitive speech in their presence”
                I: “I doubt that this really happened, but even if it did there are of course far, far worse examples of racism. Why don’t you get your priorities right and point your criticism at the murderous suppression and outright ethnical cleansing of the Palestinians done by Israel?”
                Leftist: “Ah, well, um, er, of course I am all for peace and harmony between Palestinians and Israelis, but I think, er, um, that, er, we should better be not judjmental and insensitive towards the Israelis.”
                I: “What??? So you openly admit that you are a supporter of Apartheid and ethnical cleansing, which by all standards should amount to hyperracism? And you have the nerve to accuse others of racism, you pathetic hypocrite?”
                ———————————–
                And so on, I think you get the drift.
                On the one hand the Israeli crimes are undeniable, on the other hand it is extremely politically uncorrect to fundamentally critizize Israel. But if you don’t care about political correctness, like me, it is a devastatingly effective and practically infallible debating tactic.

      • Alex,

        Defence minister Ya’alon has said clearly that he prefers IS on the Israeli border, just not Iran – Hizb. I can argue with that, but he is the decision maker.

        • “Defence minister Ya’alon has said clearly that he prefers IS on the Israeli border, just not Iran – Hizb”

          Of course he will say that, it is an excellent tactic to pollute ISIS “cause” in the eyes of their potential regional followers. Basically what you have to do is to verbaly support any cause you want to destroy, i.e:

          The israeli government knows very well that they are one of world’s most unpopular countries so by their supporting of anyone´s cause they will automatically discredit it.

          Note: Of course most poor anti-imperialist dupes look at this statements as a confirmation of a purported israeli “support” of the ISIS cause when in reality is exactly the contrary.

          • Bs As,
            This in a very sane assessment!
            The Mossad famous motto and slogan is (בתחבולות תעשה לך מלחמה) from the book of “Proverbs” 26:6, which can be translated: “you will manage wars using ploys / tricks / plots / deceptions.

          • We certainly can believe Moshe here, since what he says makes obvious sense from the standpoint of Israeli power interests, namely in weakening Syria, a country with which Israel can not have peace since it holds a sizeable chunk of its territory that it doesn’t intend to hand back. Your bizarre attempts in denying these completely obvious and self evident motivations is increasingly straying into outright crackpot territory.
            ——————————————————————-
            As for the supposed negative publicity for ISIS among its “target demographics” because of an Israeli “endorsement”:
            First, the political correct media are good at protecting Israeli officials from their honesty; their islamist terrorist endorsements are only very rarely mentioned in non-israeli mainstream media. More importantly, their “target demographics” simply doesn’t care: in the typical manner of extremists, they hate other “heretic” muslims far more than they hate Israel or the US.

            • I always wonder how complicated, bizarre and screwed antisemits are building their ideology
              ==
              1..Since the beginning IDF was bombing Hizbollah targets inside Syria.
              2..Obviously it is accepted by russia that IDF is destroying Hizbollah weapons inside Syria.
              3.. Israely surely will not gain 1 cm territory – because the syrian – irael ceasefire was okay for 40 years.
              4..That`s why Israel has had the same stance about Assad as you: Israel politicians were mostly pro- Assad – because they want peace at their borders.
              5..This has changed a little bit since it is well kown that Iranian IRGC and Qudsforce including shiite militas are fighting inside Syria.
              Lol – about Assad you have the same stance like israel ore Mossad ……………………………….

              • 1..Since the beginning IDF was bombing Hizbollah targets inside Syria.

                As well as giving aid and comfort to Daesh and Al Nusra. Proving that as Israeli leaders have declared, they would prefer Daesh over Assad.

                2..Obviously it is accepted by russia that IDF is destroying Hizbollah weapons inside Syria.

                The Russians are allowing Israel a short leash to blow off some steam, but clearly the IDF attacks have not produced anything.

                3.. Israely surely will not gain 1 cm territory – because the syrian – irael ceasefire was okay for 40 years.

                Israel is supposed to return the territory it stole in 1967. They are hoping the war in Syria means they get to keep it.

              • 1,2. It was bombing of Syrian targets, the Hezbollah claims were obviously only a paperthin and completely implausible cover story. Interestingly, the sporadic bombings petered out once Hezbollah was inside Syria in strength.
                3. You are hallucinating things, since of course I did not write that Israel intended to steal even more territory beyond the Golan Heights – at least for now.
                4. Obvious crackpot nonsense. Do you really want to make the absurd claim that the USA and its gulf clients would wage their Syrian regime change war against the will of Israel (With even some direct Israeli participation like occasional bombing and shelling and medical treatment of rebel fighters)?
                5. Again, elementary logic fails you. If it is only the presence of the militias that bothers Israel, it would have been much more logical to not start the regime change war in the first place, or at least to stop support for the rebels to hasten their defeat, so that the militias are no longer needed and can be withdrawn. This is obviously not what has happened.

            • “We certainly can believe Moshe here, since what he says makes obvious sense from the standpoint of Israeli power interests, namely in weakening Syria, a country with which Israel can not have peace since it holds a sizeable chunk of its territory that it doesn’t intend to hand back.”

              Dear Micromachine,

              With the Assad´s clan Israel enjoyed a forty-year-long peace period -Yahweh´s gift from heaven-, but I guess you belong to the kind of dupes that believes Cuba is engaded in a war against the U.S …

              From the standpoint of Israel´s power interests a genuflect regime like the Assad´s one is a gold mine.

              The problem with you is that you are jealous of the radical islamists! lol, you want israel´s hatred to be exclusively against your anti-imperialist tribe. ISIS is the ultimate anti-imperialist attempt so it is natural for the impotent and spineless anti-imperialist tribe to discharge their vitriolic envy against it.

              ——————

              “As for the supposed negative publicity for ISIS among its “target demographics” because of an Israeli “endorsement”: First, the political correct media are good at protecting Israeli officials from their honesty; their islamist terrorist endorsements are only very rarely mentioned in non-israeli mainstream media. More importantly, their “target demographics” simply doesn’t care: in the typical manner of extremists, they hate other “heretic” muslims far more than they hate Israel or the US.”

              Of course they are only very rarely mentioned in non-israeli mainstream media, that´s because they are not designed to target this kind of media, but the “alternative” one that´s predominantly monopolized by the anti-imperialist narrative.

              Israelite propaganda is extremly clever, they know perfectly well the limitations of the poor anti-imperialist mentality and because they don´t want any of them to move beyond their harmless position -e.g they don´t want any anti-imperialist to cease being pro-russian/assad and move to the ISIS supporting side- from time to time they make some supposedly “political incorrect” statement -what you call “their honesty”- to shock the herd and make it stick fast to the classic narrative.

              The “target demographics” of the israeli propaganda are not extremists -they are already a lost cause- but hte anti-imperialists like you. In fact, you and the rest of EA´s resident anti-imperialists are the living proof of the effectivity of israel´s propaganda, they really have convinced you that they support islamic extremism!!.

              —————————

              Hat´s off to the “jewish”.

              • “ISIS is the ultimate anti-imperialist attempt”
                “e.g they don´t want any anti-imperialist to cease being pro-russian/assad and move to the ISIS supporting side”
                Your ramblings become ever more bizarre. If ISIS were anti-imperialist it would attack the US and Israel. But it does not. It attacks Syria, to the great gain of Israel and the US. Note that both ISIS and Al Qaeda have a presence near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – nothing but the best neighbourly relationship between them and Israeli occupation troops.
                ——————————————————————
                As for your assertion, that Israel would support Assad because he would not try a military liberation of the Golan Heights – the reason he did not try it, is of course simply that you do not pick a fight if you are not strong enough to win it; but these considerations naturally would be the same for every other Syrian head of state:
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                After the 1973 war – that could have been a success if not for the traitor Sadat who needed an excuse to make the already decided switch to the US and Israel – challenging Israel was out, since the Syrian army alone was considerably smaller than the Israeli one. Assad tried to grow the size of the army to match that of the Israeli one. In the 80’s this aim was nearly reached, but then the Soviet Union collapsed – no more military aid. Syria asked Saudi Arabia for support, but they of course even before the current war had only money for sectarian terrorists, not for a fight against Israel. So the aim to match Israel military power had to be abandoned, at least for some time. However, in the last few years before the start of the war, a growing economy finally allowed to start the much-needed modernization with the order of, for example, S-300 long range air defence systems, Yakhont supersonic antiship cruise missiles, Yak 130 advanced jet trainers or modernized Mig 29 fighters. It seemed that in a reasonable timespan the army could be brought into a shape to carry out a military liberation of the Golan Heights, if the Israelis still were unwilling to hand them back. But then, of course, the US launched its regime change war (Most of the ordered high profile weapon systems were not delivered, the already manufactured S-300 Systems, for instance, are now planned to go to Iran). While the defeat of the terrorists is now within reach, they have done their useful destruction work: it will be a long time before the economy will have recovered enough that Syria will be able invest significantly again into modern weapons. The Israelis can be satisfied, their grip on the Golan Heights will be safe for the foreseeable future.

              • @ Mishmashmachine

                “Your ramblings become ever more bizarre. If ISIS were anti-imperialist it would attack the US and Israel. But it does not.

                ————-

                I have realised that you can’t see beyond the end of your nose. By fighting their puppet governments in the region ISIS and Al-Qaeda are already fighting the U.S and Israel. This is a well know radical islamist strategy -albeit one you short sighted anti-imperialist are unable to conceive-. The yankees are pretty much aware of it, here is a dose of good old G.W Bush to clarify your confused mind.

                Bush 2006 World War III Coming If ‘Caliphate Capitol’ Established In Iraq:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLoyszWuQw8

                George Bush 2006 : Terrorist are Planning to Establish an Islamic Caliphate:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWECbtxAHq8

                —————

                ” It attacks Syria, to the great gain of Israel and the US.”

                Lol. What great gains?, the forty-year genuflection of Assad´s regime that was a great gain!. The U.S. and Israel are gaining nothing but hedaches with this.

                —————

                “Note that both ISIS and Al Qaeda have a presence near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – nothing but the best neighbourly relationship between them and Israeli occupation troops”

                To me it is very funny that you posit that claim, I mean, you say “nothing but the best neighbourly relationship between them and Israeli occupation troops”, but why then don´t you find suspicious the forty-years Assad´s neighbourly relationship with the Israeli occupation troops or at least adscribe to Nusra the same judgment you suggest to justify Assad´s army forty-year relation?.

                —————-

                “you do not pick a fight if you are not strong enough to win”

                Agreed, and that´s why Assad, Ghadaffi, Castro, etc were all failed and useless anti-imperialists and Mullah Omar, Bin Laden, Khomeini and the likes were the real deal. The rest of your post is a sad story about how pitiful Assad was unable to achieve the demise of Israel lol, no wonder why zionist find most of their enemies pathetic…

    • Amir: “Channel 10 says that a high ranking diplomatic delegation from Israel did visit KSA Riad recently.” – An astute move, Saudi Arabia and Turkey on their own can’t combat Iranian-influence in Syria coercively or ambitiously but throw in the Israelis (especially with their clout in Washington DC through AIPAC) and you may get a plausibly effective anti-Iranian/Russian counter-revolutionaries. If the Israelis start providing intell and ammunition to the rebels as well as launching air-raids on Hezbollah positions in southern Syria could begin to have a lethal effect. Remember Mustapha Kemal over-turned the anti-Turkish British-led alliance (an alliance which had the backing of all the great powers as well as Greek auxiliaries who played the same rule against the Turkish nationalist revolt as the YPG are doing against the rebels/FSA in northern Turkey) by reaching out to Stalin who in exchange for taking part of Ottoman-controlled part of Georgia gave Mustapha Kemal much needed weapons and gold. For the Saudis to reach to the Israelis would be as great a counter-intuitive diplomatic move as Nixon’s reaching out to Mao’s China to out-outmaneuver Soviet Russia.

      • “1..Since the beginning IDF was bombing Hizbollah targets inside Syria.
        As well as giving aid and comfort to Daesh and Al Nusra. Proving that as Israeli leaders have declared, they would prefer Daesh over Assad.”

        Thanks Andre. This is the exact confirmation of what I told to the micromachine.

        “The Russians are allowing Israel a short leash to blow off some steam, but clearly the IDF attacks have not produced anything.”

        Allowing?, I guess iyour are still in denial. Russians are there only because Israel tolerates them so don´t expect them to ask “permission” for anything.

        • “By fighting their puppet governments in the region ISIS and Al-Qaeda are already fighting the U.S and Israel”
          Wow, so now the Syrian government is a puppet government of Israel and the US, and the US wages a regime change war against its own puppet government? Until now I would have thought you one of the saner commentators here, but this ultra-crackpot conspiracy stuff rivals anything that Gunny and RT produce.
          ——————————————————–
          “Lol. What great gains?,”
          Since you obviously don’t read what I write, here the relevant part again:
          “However, in the last few years before the start of the war, a growing economy finally allowed to start the much-needed modernization with the order of, for example, S-300 long range air defence systems, Yakhont supersonic antiship cruise missiles, Yak 130 advanced jet trainers or modernized Mig 29 fighters. It seemed that in a reasonable timespan the army could be brought into a shape to carry out a military liberation of the Golan Heights, if the Israelis still were unwilling to hand them back. But then, of course, the US launched its regime change war (Most of the ordered high profile weapon systems were not delivered, the already manufactured S-300 Systems, for instance, are now planned to go to Iran). While the defeat of the terrorists is now within reach, they have done their useful destruction work: it will be a long time before the economy will have recovered enough that Syria will be able invest significantly again into modern weapons. The Israelis can be satisfied, their grip on the Golan Heights will be safe for the foreseeable future.”

          • “Wow, so now the Syrian government is a puppet government of Israel and the US, and the US wages a regime change war against its own puppet government? ”

            You still don´t get it. I´m not claiming that Assad and Israel are allies I´m just pointing to you that from ISIS´s radical standpoint there´s no qualitative difference between them. An analogy of that would be Heidegger´s claim that seen metaphysically the U.S.S.R and the U.S. were both the same.

        • . By fighting their puppet governments in the region ISIS and Al-Qaeda are already fighting the U.S and Israel.

          But they are not. Assad is not a puppet of the US or Israel. In fact, ISIS and Al Nusra are getting a lot fo TLC from Israel in the Golan.

          Bush 2006 World War III Coming If ‘Caliphate Capitol’ Established In Iraq

          Which proves that ISIS = Al Nusra = rebels

          Mind you, Bush didn;t have a clue what he was talking about at the time. The Caliphate was Islamophobic pie in the sky stuff at the time. What the dumb neocosn ended up doing was realizing their worst fears.

          • “But they are not. Assad is not a puppet of the US or Israel. In fact, ISIS and Al Nusra are getting a lot fo TLC from Israel in the Golan.”

            From the standpoint of ISIS, Assad is a puppet.

        • Russians are there only because Israel tolerates them so don´t expect them to ask “permission” for anything.

          You have it backwards. It was Bibbi who went running to Moscow to ensure there would be no direct conflict between Israel and Russia. Israel wouldn’t dare take on Russia.

      • An astute move, Saudi Arabia and Turkey on their own can’t combat Iranian-influence in Syria coercively or ambitiously but throw in the Israelis (especially with their clout in Washington DC through AIPAC) and you may get a plausibly effective anti-Iranian/Russian counter-revolutionaries.

        Not going to happen. Israel is not more keep to take on Putin that the cowards in Ankara and Riyadh. If Israelis launching air-raids on Hezbollah positions in southern Syria, they will find their planes shot down.
        For the Saudis to reach to the Israelis would be as great a counter-intuitive diplomatic move as Nixon’s reaching out to Mao’s China to out-outmaneuver Soviet Russia.
        And it would likely create massive revolts in Saudi Arabia, which the Saudis clearly need right now. :)

        Seriously, you regime changer must be smoking some serious gear.

  6. Russians are surpporting the starvation of people inside besieged areas
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    UN human rights chief: thousands may have died of starvation during sieges affecting nearly half a million people in Syria

    • UN human rights chief: thousands may have died of starvation during sieges affecting nearly half a million people in Syria

      Absolute lies. The UN human rights chief said no such thing.

      In fact, the AP falsely tweeted that thousand MAY have died in besieged areas. Then this was corrected to read “thousands MAY RISK starving to death”

  7. Ceasefire? Not for brainwashed and warmongering Russians ………………
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    Syria: New Russia’n airstrikes today on Harbinafsah in southern Hama after regime failed to invade town yd.
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    Russia has never respected national and international treaties since 2009.

    • Syria: New Russia’n airstrikes today on Harbinafsah in southern Hama after regime failed to invade town yd.

      Al Nusra is not part of the ceasefire. Russia is acting in accord with the ceasefire.

      Oh and Russia has not broken any treaties since 2009.

  8. Putin makes Daesh more strong
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    Radical elements of the Syrian insurgency have also been strengthened by Putin’s move (russian engagement at Syria since September 30.) with fewer actors perceiving a peaceful solution.
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    The last one who comes to this conclusion is The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (washingtoninstitute.org) — this assessment is disastrous for Putin, saying that the groups seeking peace have been diminished by russian bombings.

    • Radical elements of the Syrian insurgency have also been strengthened by Putin’s move (russian engagement at Syria since September 30.) with fewer actors perceiving a peaceful solution.

      No, they have been weakened. The relentless bombing by Russia has left them on their death bed.

      End Times for the Caliphate?
      “he Islamic State is likely to be destroyed eventually, such is the pressure from its disunited but numerous enemies, though its adherents will remain a force in Iraq, Syria and the rest of the Islamic world. ”
      http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/26/end-times-for-the-caliphate/

      Note that The Washington Institute for Near East Policy also says the world turning to Russia and that the US is losing influence?

  9. Update:
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    #International: “Turkish army starts shelling of #ISIS positions in Northern #Aleppo, near #Jarabulus in #Syria with heavy artillery” – metesohtaoglu
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    Call it an insurance policy but I suspect the Turks are doing it more to prevent the fall of Jarabulus to YPG then any other reason.
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    #Latakia: “Pure terror! Assad forces are setting abandoned houses on fire after looting them in Ard al-Wata village in Jabal al-Akrad, #Latakia, ” – Paradoxy13
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    So the ethnic cleansing in Latakia province begins, regime hoping to resettle it with Hezbollah veterans as much of the male Alawite populace in Latakia province will be to cripple to bequest property to any of their off-springs, no doubt this is why Obama was given a Nobel peace prize?
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    #Damascus: “Under intense artillery, tank & mortar shelling Assad forces appear to have advanced into al-Fadayiya near Marj in eastern Ghouta,” – Paradoxy13
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    I doubt they’ll be able to hold onto it for much long, say what you like about JaI but they’re trained and organised enough to turn any potential withdrawal into a trap/ambush for any incoming Assadist.
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    #Aleppo: This image I think summarises perfectly what the regime/Russians/Iranians/YPG intend to do to the rebels fighting in Aleppo
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    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcYnxs-UAAATLKK.jpg
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    As I’ve said many times, YPG needs to be expelled from Aleppo city (use tunnel bombardments if have to have or infiltrate through using underground tunnels etc) and start open up new fronts by organising and launching surprise raids/ambush on vulnerable supply routes as well as launching ambushes/raids deep into Afrin province.

  10. Syrian opposition says government wrecking truce deal
    Mon, Feb 29 19:12 PM GMT
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    BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said on Monday that a fragile international attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in danger of total collapse because of attacks by government forces.
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    The cessation of hostilities drawn up by Washington and Moscow faced “complete nullification” because Syrian government attacks were violating the agreement, the official of the Saudi-backed opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said.
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    France said there were reports of attacks on opposition forces in breach of the deal, which came into force on Saturday, and countries backing the Syrian peace process met to try to clarify the situation.
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    http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN0W21E3?irpc=932
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    If the ceasefire will be broken furthermore Plan B will come into action.
    Ground-Aire-missiles send to some rebel groups will surely helpful to protect civilians against airraids of Assad and Putin.

    • A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said on Monday that a fragile international attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in danger of total collapse because of attacks by government forces.

      Which opposition group? Are they listed as a terrorist organisation by the UN?

          • Even Nusra was Created by Assad
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            “Some of the important radical leaders [of armed groups] were in there including Jolani [the head of Jabhat Al Nusra], he said. “The Islamists were held in a separate wing of the prison but some of them like Aloush were famous. I didn’t see Jolani but people said he was in there,” the former detainee said.
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            Major General Fayez Dwairi, a former Jordanian military officer involved in Amman’s response to the growing crisis in Syria, said the Assad regime was directly involved in the growth of Islamic extremism.
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            “Many of the people who established Jabhat Al Nusra were captured by the regime in 2008 and were in prison. When the revolution started they were released on the advice of Syrian intelligence officers, who told Assad ‘they will do a good job for us. There are many disadvantages to letting them out, but there are more advantages because we will convince the world that we are facing Islamic terrorism’,” he said.
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            Maj Gen Dwairi said 46 leading members of Jabhat Al Nusra had been in Syrian regime custody, including its leader.
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            He also said Islamic groups had been infiltrated by Syrian intelligence agents.
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            A western security consultant, who has been involved in secret negotiations involving Jabhat Al Nusra, said senior figures involved with that group had been in Syrian prisons.
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            There have been other cases of the complex relationship between extremist militants and the regime. Some reports have said that after seizing oil fields in eastern Syria in 2012 Jabhat Al Nusra struck deals with the regime to transport the oil to the coast for export.
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            The former Syrian military intelligence officer said Mr Al Assad and his senior lieutenants had ruthlessly outmanoeuvred western and Arab states, dragging them into a regional sectarian war that, perversely, gave the regime better odds of survival than a peaceful uprising and gradual democratic change would have.
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            Western capitals now fear the Islamist-dominated opposition more than they do the regime, he said, making President Al Assad a potential ally rather than enemy.
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            “Syrian security opened the doors to the prisons, and they knew what would happen,” he said.
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            http://www.thenational.ae/world/syria/assad-regime-set-free-extremists-from-prison-to-fire-up-trouble-during-peaceful-uprising#page3

            • A western security consultant, who has been involved in secret negotiations involving Jabhat Al Nusra, said senior figures involved with that group had been in Syrian prisons.

              And yet Gunny is demanding Assad free all prisoners, which must prove that Gunny supports Al Qaeda and Jihadists.

              Of course, it was also reported that prisoners from Gitmo who were released went on to join Al Qaeda, which according to Gunny, means the US was secretly helping Al Qaeda.

  11. Releasing prisoners & revealing the fate of the disappeared are crucial confidence building measures towards a negotiated peace in Syria

      • The last time Assad released ISLAMISTS was 2011 and 2012. This islamists were used to infiltrate Human rights- and opposition groups. This Assad islamists were the first forces of Daesh.
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        Assad has created Daesh – islamists out of Assads prisons were the first daesh fighters.
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        Putin and Assad are fighting the legitimate Opposition inside Syria – Putin is bombing them – and the Assad shabiha is ktortureing them to death inside syrian prisons.
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        • The last time Assad released ISLAMISTS was 2011 and 2012. This islamists were used to infiltrate Human rights- and opposition groups. This Assad islamists were the first forces of Daesh.

          Correction. The prisoner release of 2011/2012 was in response o demands by the opposition for the release of political prisoners. They only became “islamists” as part fo the crazy conspiracy theory that Assad had come devious plan to discredit the opposition even though releasing such dangerous Islamists would have put his own regime at risk.

          So Gunny will now insist all those in prison are peace loving, but if they were to be released, they would all become Daesh magically.

          Oh and Daesh was created by Bush when he invaded Iraq. :)

          • Assad regime set free extremists from prison to fire up trouble during peaceful uprising
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            Phil Sands , Justin Vela and Suha Maayeh
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            Syrian intelligence agencies released Islamist militants from prison to deliberately subvert a peaceful uprising and ignite a violent rebellion, according to a former regime security official.
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            The claim comes ahead of peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday, which President Bashar Al Assad’s government said should “fight terrorism”, a term he uses to describe all armed opposition groups.
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            But according to the former security officer it was the regime that intentionally exacerbated radicalism shortly after the uprising began in March 2011 in order to make itself the least bad choice for the international community and Syrians alike.
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            “The regime did not just open the door to the prisons and let these extremists out, it facilitated them in their work, in their creation of armed brigades,” said the former member of Syria’s Military Intelligence Directorate, one of more than a dozen of Syria’s secretive intelligence agencies.
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            The former officer said most of the releases happened over a period of four months up until October 2011 and that the project was overseen by the General Security Directorate, another of Syria’s widely feared security organisations and one of the most important.
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            Under pressure from opposition groups and the international community, the regime set free hundreds of detainees from jail in the first few months of the uprising as part of an amnesty.
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            But many political prisoners and protesters backing the peaceful uprising were kept in prison, while others, including known Islamist radicals and violent offenders, were quietly released.
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            Some former inmates of Saidnaya prison, a facility 50 km north of Damascus, went on to become prominent members of insurgent groups.
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            Zahran Aloush, commander of the Jaish Al Islam; Abdul Rahman Suweis of the Liwa al Haq; Hassan Aboud of Ahrar Al Sham; and Ahmad Aisa Al Sheikh, commander of Suqour Al Sham, were all held in regime jails prior to the uprising.
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            The commander of the powerful Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al Nusra, Abu Mohammad Al Jolani, is also rumoured to have been among those set free, although little is known about his true identity.
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            “Most of the important people in these extremist groups were in Saidnaya prison, not just Zahran Aloush. There were many of them and the regime let them go very deliberately,” the former intelligence officer said.
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            From the start of the uprising, the regime insisted it was facing an Islamist insurgency as a way of justifying its murderous response to overwhelmingly peaceful demands for political reforms.
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            To give that narrative credence and bolster support among the fearful religious minorities it depends on for support, as well as Syria’s moderate mainstream population, the regime sought to create instability inside Syria, including acts of violence by Sunni extremists, said the former intelligence officer. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
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            He is one of a small number of Alawite security officers who defected from the regime in protest at its tactics to break the uprising.Although he left his position as head of a military intelligence unit in northern Syria in the summer of 2011, he remains in contact with some former colleagues and has not joined the opposition.
            In fact, he believes Mr Al Assad should remain in power as a preferable alternative to radical Islamist factions that have come to dominate the armed rebellion.
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            Groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and Jabhat Al Nusra have been infiltrated by Syria’s security forces, the former intelligence officer said, with regime personnel helping them wage war against other Islamic groups and, in some cases, even against Syrian regime forces.
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            “This regime is clever, no one on the outside will ever understand what goes on inside,” he said, describing a shadowy system of intelligence branches spying on each other, betraying one another, sometimes promoting attacks by armed rebels on other security branches – all in the name of serving the president.

            • Syrian intelligence agencies released Islamist militants from prison to deliberately subvert a peaceful uprising and ignite a violent rebellion, according to a former regime security official.

              Debunked propaganda. Assad released political prisoners as demanded by the opposition.

            • Assad regime set free extremists from prison to fire up trouble during peaceful uprising

              There was no peaceful uprising. The Indian ambassador to Syria stated that there was no uprising. The opposition tried to get Syrians to participate in street protests and no one joined in so they brought in extremists to set fires and initiate violence.

              In a further complication of the situation, former French minister of Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas revealed that the war in Syria was “prepared, preconceived and planned” by some Western top officials at least “two years before the violence” erupted in 2011.

  12. Arbitrary Arrests, Enforced Disappearances, Torture, Deaths in Custody by Assad Forces
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    Syrian security forces continue to detain people arbitrarily, regularly subjecting them to ill-treatment and torture, and often disappearing them using an extensive network of detention facilities throughout Syria.
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    Many detainees were young men in their 20s or 30s; but children, women, and elderly people were also detained. In some instances, individuals reported that security forces detained their family members, including children, to pressure them to turn themselves in. On August 30, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, a local monitoring group, estimated
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    that 85,000 people were
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    currently being held by the government in conditions that amount to enforced disappearance.
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    Despite a general amnesty declared by the government in June, scores of civil society activists, human rights defenders, media, and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention, some of whom are on trial, including before military and Anti-Terrorism courts, for exercising their rights.
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    Some of the activists who remain in detention include freedom of expression advocate Bassil Khartabil, and human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, from the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. Some activists, like the lawyer and human rights defender Khalil Maatouk, whom former detainees report to have seen in government detention, continue to be held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance.
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    Security Council resolution 2139 demands an end to the practices of arbitrary detention, disappearance, and abductions, and the release of everyone who has been arbitrarily detained.
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    https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2015/country-chapters/syria

      • Hey anyone else remember when Cyrus the Great the Greatest Iranian who ever lived and founder of the Persian nation made his country to be the 1st to allow freedom of religion? Yep that long time ago now only 4 religions are recognised and the 2nd biggest one the Baha’i are treated like dirt because they dare to believe that no clergy is needed, can’t expect the mullahs to get real job now can we?

        The Ayatollahs are disgrace to Cyrus’s legacy and turned Iran into joke country with political culture from 1000s of years ago.

        Also I don’t recall the Patriot Act having 30000 people killed and speaking of torture ever heard of Evin Prison?

        Oh silly me I forgot the “Master of time’s rightful deputy and jurisprudent Imam Khomeini” (Nazirallah’s words not mine) said its ok so must be for he can do no wrong and one day after all your slavish devotion you may one day be permitted graciously touch the hems of his robe as walks passed, as flowers sprout up under each footstep and a halo floats above his head that shines brighter than the sun, as he most eloquently orders that evil 12 year old boy sinner is righteously hanged from a blue crane in public so that slowly chokes and gargles for 22 minutes as blood squirts outs his ears in agonising slow death and his corpus left to rot as seagulls peck out his eyes, the noble and just punishment for his unforgivable transgression of getting an erection at the slight of a topless male body.

        Do you have a thought in your head that has not been sanctioned by a Khomeinist fatwa? Tell if I nail Adolf Khamenei to cross how long before he rise from the dead?

        • Yep that long time ago now only 4 religions are recognised and the 2nd biggest one the Baha’i are treated like dirt because they dare to believe that no clergy is needed, can’t expect the mullahs to get real job now can we?

          How would the Baha’i be treated in the other Middle Eastern states? Pretty baldly seeing as they are banned altogether from most of them.
          http://bahaism.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/bahai-faith-is-banned-in-most-of.html

          The Ayatollahs are disgrace to Cyrus’s legacy and turned Iran into joke country with political culture from 1000s of years ago.

          There were no elections 1000 years ago. ☺

          Also I don’t recall the Patriot Act having 30000 people killed and speaking of torture ever heard of Evin Prison?

          The Patriot Act itself did have 30,000 people killed but the US killed hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan.

          as he most eloquently orders that evil 12 year old boy sinner is righteously hanged from a blue crane in public so that slowly chokes and gargles for 22 minutes as blood squirts outs his ears

          22 minutes? Hanging deaths usually last about 1,

          Not like those civilised and decent folks over in Riyadh who have sentenced a teenager to be beheaded then have his headless corpse crucified and displayed in public for crimes of misbehaviour as a child.

          I wonder what seagulls would feast on with the entire severed neck exposed? Tell me Niall, have you won front row tickets to the even?

  13. Malcolmite ‏@Malcolmite 2 hrs2 hours ago

    35 violations by Assad regime/Russian today alone in #Syria http://goo.gl/E2Ez32

    There is a map below this tweet which shows the areas bombed. All down the west side of Syria in the area planned for Bashyer Arsof to rule. It confirms my comment this morning about there being a plan between Pea-brain Putin and Ol’bummer to divide Syria.

    • A big difference is that Hillary has been for intervention in Syria and real support of the rebels from a very early date.

      Fortunately, Trump will defeat her and if not, the Pentagon will not agree to Killary’s deranged militarism.

      The other good thing is that the war will be over before the net POTUS gets the keys to the White House.

  14. Update:
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    #Aleppo: Twitter poster/activist Abduharks reports – “Russian army in Khanaser southeast of Aleppo ”
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    If so (ie they part of the Slavonic Corp) how they get there if Khanassar has been closed – on and off – for past few days? Through Aleppo airport?
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    #Hama: 1) “New #Russia’n airstrikes today on Harbinafsah in southern #Hama after regime failed to invade town ” – markito0171
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    Cease fire, ha! What’s that famous US propaganda during the Vietnam war? ‘In order to liberate the village we had to bomb it’, am sure the Putinbots are working on spamming the equivalent in their troll factory based in St Petersburg whilst applying for visas in western countries like our Andre has successfully done in Australia.
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    2) Daeesh makes gains near city of Salamiya.
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    http://aranews.net/2016/02/as-isis-proceeds-to-western-syria-ismaili-minority-fears-similar-fate-as-yezidis/
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    But I thought the Russians were bombarding Daeesh and not the rebels in Hama province? Oh I forget, it’s just rhetoric!
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    #National: Apparently Qaiys Khozali, Leader of Hashd (Iraqi popular mobilization units) has been assassinated. No comment.
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    #International: 1) “France calls for intl support group for Syria to meet up to discuss truce violations and the targeting of Syrian opposition” – Malcolmite
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    About time too, Turks-Saudis should lobby to get the mandate to intervene upon ‘humanitarian grounds’ and am sure the Saudis got enough money to out-spend the Russians in getting this proposal extensively discussed publicly (enough to embarrass Putin) if not passed.
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    2) ‘”Influential parties” have taken control of 70% of the houses of displaced Christians in Baghdad. It’s not #IS.” – KyleWOrton
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    As we often told, Shiite militia-men/theocratic-gangsters are ‘good theocratic-gangsters’ and not the loathsome Sunni kind, potatoe/potaeto.

    • Cease fire, ha! What’s that famous US propaganda during the Vietnam war? ‘In order to liberate the village we had to bomb it’

      Yeah like Fallujah 2004.

      am sure the Putinbots are working on spamming the equivalent in their troll factory based in St Petersburg whilst applying for visas in western countries like our Andre has successfully done in Australia.

      I hate to break it to you Mr White Supremacist, but there was no need for a visa application when we migrated to Australia in 1977. Australia had an aggressive immigration policy at the time to attract skilled workers.

      My family was living between London and Rome at the time, so we were hardly escaping dire economic circumstances or fleeing from a conflict. Nor can it be said we were hoping to benefit from moving toe western economy and lifestyle as we were already living in one.

      In fact, Australia is home to many Brits, Italians, Greeks, Irish etc. MI suppose they were all escaping the horrible circumstances back home right?

      But I thought the Russians were bombarding Daeesh and not the rebels in Hama province? Oh I forget, it’s just rhetoric!

      But I though there were no Daesh in Hama? Oh I forget, it’s just rhetoric!

      About time too, Turks-Saudis should lobby to get the mandate to intervene upon ‘humanitarian grounds’

      They could try, but they may not achieve anything but a lot of laughter and ridicule, seeing as they are both serial human rights violators. The Saudis just bombed 40 civilians in Yemen – who’s going to take them seriously?

      and am sure the Saudis got enough money to out-spend the Russians in getting this proposal extensively discussed publicly (enough to embarrass Putin) if not passed

      It won’t get passed. The russians have a veto, and no amount of money is going to change that.

      Not that the Saudis are in the mood to throw money around these days. :)

      • The officer, who served for 12 years in military intelligence, including a long stint in Aleppo, said Syria’s security agencies played a key role in sending Islamist insurgents to Iraq to fight US forces following the 2003 invasion, with President Al Assad fearful Syria would be America’s next target.
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        Aleppo, Syria’s commercial capital – now a ruined cityscape, smashed by artillery and airstrikes – was a key recruitment and transit hub for militants.
        The officer, who served for 12 years in military intelligence, including a long stint in Aleppo, said Syria’s security agencies played a key role in sending Islamist insurgents to Iraq to fight US forces following the 2003 invasion, with President Al Assad fearful Syria would be America’s next target.
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        Aleppo, Syria’s commercial capital – now a ruined cityscape, smashed by artillery and airstrikes – was a key recruitment and transit hub for militants.
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        When the fighters returned to Syria, many were jailed or executed by the secuirty services, the former officer said, as the authorities sought to reign in extremists who, back on home turf, might pose a threat to the regime.
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        However, with the 2011 uprising against Mr Al Assad refusing to die down after several months, the regime once again sought to exploit radical Islamists to make itself appear as a bastion of secular moderation.
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        “The regime wanted to tell the world it was fighting Al Qaeda but the revolution was peaceful in the beginning so it had to build an armed Islamic revolt. It was a specific, deliberate plan and it was easy to carry out.
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        “There were strong Islamic tendencies to the uprising so it just had to encourage them,” he said.
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        Another former regime official who has not joined the opposition agreed that there was a policy on the part of Mr Al Assad’s forces to create violence and terrorism to legitimise a crackdown on the opposition.
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        “You release a few people and you create the violence. It’s contagious,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
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        Weapons were made available to radical elements of the opposition in key hotspots, including Deraa and Idlib, the former military intelligence officer said.
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        “This is not something I heard rumours about, I actually heard the orders, I have seen it happening,” the officer said. “These orders came down from [Military Intelligence] headquarters Damascus.”
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        The officer remains angry about the strategy of stoking radicalism, saying it was a key reason why he left his post. An incident in Jisr Al Shoughour, in northern Syria, in June 2011, proved decisive, after hearing higher ranked officers saying it was necessary to provoke sectarian bloodshed there, including the slaughter of fellow Alawite officers by Sunni rebels, in order to “serve the nation”.
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        “They [the regime] fed us nationalism but at the expense of our blood, they sold our blood to create Takfiris” he said, a reference to a radical Sunni ideology that regard Alawites as heretics who should be killed.
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        His claims could not be independently verified and he did not have documents supporting them. Syria’s security branches have, overwhelmingly, remained fanatically loyal to the regime with each depending on the other for survival.
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        Some regime supporters admit former detainees have joined the insurgency, but say that was not the authorities’ intention and is, rather, the responsibility of international powers, which pushed Mr Al Assad to free all political prisoners, including Islamists.
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        In other cases, rebel fighters say they were radicalised by the routine torture practised in regime detention cells, with security service brutality boosting the appeal of extremist groups.
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        Islamic radicals are now a major participant on all sides of the Syrian conflict, with Sunni rebel groups battling one another as well as against Shiite militias fighting alongside the regime.
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        The increasingly sectarian proxy war, with Shiite Iran and the Sunni Arab Gulf states backing opposite sides, has killed in excess of 120,000 people, wounded hundreds of thousands more and forced upwards of 6 million Syrians to flee their homes.
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        It is a conflict that shows no sign of abating.
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        Opposition activists say about 1,500 inmates of Saidnaya, a major regime prison for Islamist militants, were freed by the Syrian government.
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        A former Saidnaya prisoner, jailed for three years but released before the uprising started, said many inmates went on to join armed rebel factions.
        When the fighters returned to Syria, many were jailed or executed by the secuirty services, the former officer said, as the authorities sought to reign in extremists who, back on home turf, might pose a threat to the regime.
        =
        However, with the 2011 uprising against Mr Al Assad refusing to die down after several months, the regime once again sought to exploit radical Islamists to make itself appear as a bastion of secular moderation.
        =
        “The regime wanted to tell the world it was fighting Al Qaeda but the revolution was peaceful in the beginning so it had to build an armed Islamic revolt. It was a specific, deliberate plan and it was easy to carry out.
        =
        “There were strong Islamic tendencies to the uprising so it just had to encourage them,” he said.
        =
        Another former regime official who has not joined the opposition agreed that there was a policy on the part of Mr Al Assad’s forces to create violence and terrorism to legitimise a crackdown on the opposition.
        =
        “You release a few people and you create the violence. It’s contagious,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
        =
        Weapons were made available to radical elements of the opposition in key hotspots, including Deraa and Idlib, the former military intelligence officer said.
        =
        “This is not something I heard rumours about, I actually heard the orders, I have seen it happening,” the officer said. “These orders came down from [Military Intelligence] headquarters Damascus.”
        =
        The officer remains angry about the strategy of stoking radicalism, saying it was a key reason why he left his post. An incident in Jisr Al Shoughour, in northern Syria, in June 2011, proved decisive, after hearing higher ranked officers saying it was necessary to provoke sectarian bloodshed there, including the slaughter of fellow Alawite officers by Sunni rebels, in order to “serve the nation”.
        =
        “They [the regime] fed us nationalism but at the expense of our blood, they sold our blood to create Takfiris” he said, a reference to a radical Sunni ideology that regard Alawites as heretics who should be killed.
        =
        His claims could not be independently verified and he did not have documents supporting them. Syria’s security branches have, overwhelmingly, remained fanatically loyal to the regime with each depending on the other for survival.
        =
        Some regime supporters admit former detainees have joined the insurgency, but say that was not the authorities’ intention and is, rather, the responsibility of international powers, which pushed Mr Al Assad to free all political prisoners, including Islamists.
        =
        In other cases, rebel fighters say they were radicalised by the routine torture practised in regime detention cells, with security service brutality boosting the appeal of extremist groups.
        =
        Islamic radicals are now a major participant on all sides of the Syrian conflict, with Sunni rebel groups battling one another as well as against Shiite militias fighting alongside the regime.
        =
        The increasingly sectarian proxy war, with Shiite Iran and the Sunni Arab Gulf states backing opposite sides, has killed in excess of 120,000 people, wounded hundreds of thousands more and forced upwards of 6 million Syrians to flee their homes.
        =
        It is a conflict that shows no sign of abating.
        =
        Opposition activists say about 1,500 inmates of Saidnaya, a major regime prison for Islamist militants, were freed by the Syrian government.
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        A former Saidnaya prisoner, jailed for three years but released before the uprising started, said many inmates went on to join armed rebel factions.

        • Who wants to know it can read it and know:
          Assad & Putin are the worst assholes the Middle East and Russia has ever seen.
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          In three languages I find no expressions that to describe the horror what these “enemies of humanity” had done against Syrians and Iraqis
          ==================================================================================The mafia takes more care for their people.

        • The officer, who served for 12 years in military intelligence, including a long stint in Aleppo, said Syria’s security agencies played a key role in sending Islamist insurgents to Iraq to fight US forces following the 2003 invasion, with President Al Assad fearful Syria would be America’s next target. ?

          That officer is currently recovering from 3rd degree burns to his rectum from receiving a molten lead enema prior to making that statement.

        • The officer, who served for 12 years in military intelligence, including a long stint in Aleppo, said Syria’s security agencies played a key role in sending Islamist insurgents to Iraq to fight US forces following the 2003 invasion, with President Al Assad fearful Syria would be America’s next target.

          All unnamed sources, all unverified or unsupported by evidence. BS

      • “I hate to break it to you Mr White Supremacis” – Yawn. Hate to break the news to you but I have never have been nor ever will be a racialist. BTW most white supremacists in Europe/US are ardent Putin fans so make of that what you will, alot of them joined the Putin fan club right around the same time Obama got elected, cause and effect I suppose.

        • Yawn. Hate to break the news to you but I have never have been nor ever will be a racialist.

          You probably believe that, but your assumpton that I originated from a 3rd world country to take advantage of the comforts afforded by a western society suggest you are.

          BTW most white supremacists in Europe/US are ardent Putin fans so make of that what you will, alot of them joined the Putin fan club right around the same time Obama got elected, cause and effect I suppose.

          A lot of regime changer fans are ardent Jihadists and the whitwashing of Al Qaeda’s record as the most dangerous terror organisation in the world to being rebranded “moderates” or “good Al Qaeda” happened about the same time that Obama declared Assad had to go. Cause and effect I suppose.

          • Assads creation and support of Nusra
            =================================

            A “Diplomat” added:
            ==
            “‘We understand that in Deir Ezzor, it’s a bit of a mix. Al-Nusra is there and there is sometimes co-operation with the regime’. A former [Syrian oil] executive said … a single shipment could earn a profit of up to $10,000 (£6,600). He added that al-Nusra and other jihadist groups were using much of the money to win hearts and minds in areas they have captured, such as al-Raqqa city“.
            ==
            The benefit to al-Qaeda of the oil trade was two-fold: it allowed them to expand their influence in liberated areas with food-for-fundamentalism campaigns and to engage in dawa (missionary work), especially with children; and they could pay their fighters and thus did not need to loot, which endeared them to the population given how badly the FSA-type rebels were being made to behave in many zones. One might add on the latter point that these increased funds and weapons allowed Nusra and ISIS to draw in non-ideological recruits who were determined to be done with the dictatorship—and of course once inside the group they could be radicalised, and made to reflect on the “help” the Salafi-jihadists were giving the Syrian people as against the neglect of the West.
            ==
            Some would claim that this was merely the war economy: rebels in the Congo, after all, collude with the State authorities, too, both to make a profit and to secure necessities one needs from the other. This explanation is more dubious though if the co-operation is shown to be selective.
            ==
            If the regime needed the oil so much, it could make a priority of retaking it in the eastern deserts, where tribal politics and other splits would make a divide-and-conquer strategy relatively easy. But it doesn’t, rather suggesting the presence of the takfiris is more useful to them than the oil. The regime’s war machine is supplied with energy by Iran and Venezuela in defiance of international sanctions—and in Iran’s case by some very circuitous routes—but this seems to be worth it to the regime. There are also doubts, or have been, about how desperate the regime actually is for oil: it reported at one stage that it was shipping oil out to China. In short, the regime has no military necessity in this transaction at all: the only force that gains any benefit that it could not achieve some other way is the Qaedaist one. But the presence of the Salafi-jihadists as the most visible force is extremely helpful to the regime.
            ==
            Regime released Salafi-jihadists—Syrian and foreign—at the beginning of the uprising
            ==
            This propaganda campaign to have the zealots as the visible face of the insurgency began right at the beginning of the uprising:
            ==
            “[T]he regime … deliberately released militant prisoners to strengthen jihadist ranks at the expense of moderate rebel forces. The aim was to persuade the West that the uprising was sponsored by Islamist militants including al-Qaeda as a way of stopping Western support for it.”
            ==
            [Updated] In March, May, and June 2011, the regime turned loose from its prisons violent jihadists while continuing to arrest and even kill peaceful, secular activists like Ibrahim Qashoush and Ghiath Matar. The March 26 “amnesty,” eleven days after the uprising began (at that stage a protest movement), freed 260 men, fourteen of them Kurds, the other 246 of them Islamists from the infamous Sednaya prison. Again around November 2011, the Assad regime “released a large number of alleged militant Islamists from its key security prison,” and Assad-controlled prisons in Lebanon freed jihadists at the same time. One of those released was allegedly Abu Musab as-Suri—though some doubt about this has now appeared—an extremely dangerous man with a record of terrorism on Western soil back to the 1980s who was entangled in the network that massacred the users of the Spanish subway system on March 11, 2004.
            ==
            Abu Musab is probably the key ideologue at the present time for Nusra: a “pragmatist” who learned the lessons of total slaughter from the Muslim Brotherhood’s showdown with Hafez al-Assad and the Algerian bloodshed—he was one of the first to denounce the Armed Islamic Group (GIA)—and who now advocates for incrementalism and building consensus in creating an Islamic State, as against the ostentatious zealotry of ISIS.

        • How Assad has surpported Salafist insurrectionist units
          =============================================
          The leaders of most of the major Salafist insurrectionist units were released by the regime in 2011. Hassan Abboud (Ahrar a-Sham), Zahran Alloush (Liwa al-Islam/Jaysh al-Islam), and Ahmed Abu Issa (Suqour a-Sham) were in the same cellblock in Sednaya, a prison described as a “breeding ground” for jihadists by a cleric who used to oversee the place.
          ==
          Even second-level Salafist groups like Liwa al-Haq, important on the Homs Front, benefited from this: it is led by Abderrahman Suways, a former paratrooper who had been in jail for twelve years when he was released in the spring of 2011.
          ==
          “The regime did not just open the door to the prisons and let these extremists out, it facilitated them in their work, in their creation of armed brigades,” said an Alawi defector from the Military Intelligence Directorate. “[T]he regime let them go very deliberately.” Another colleague added: “You release a few people and you create the violence. It’s contagious.” Weapons were made available to the most radical anti-Assad forces in key contested zones. “This is not something I heard rumours about, I actually heard the orders … These orders came down from [Military Intelligence] headquarters Damascus,” the intelligence officer adds.
          ==
          In the most literal sense, the regime picked its opponents.
          =================================================================================
          The Assad regime sheltered and facilitated the foreign Salafi-jihadists who attacked the New Iraq
          =================================================================================

          • The leaders of most of the major Salafist insurrectionist units were released by the regime in 2011.

            Complete rubbish. The leaders of most of the major Salafist insurrectionist units were foreigners brought in by Saudi Arabia.

  15. Turkey uses refugees to blackmail EU into compliance – ex-MI6 agent
    https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/333688-turkey-refugees-blackmail-eu/ 2/26/2016

    AFP
    http://www.afp.com/en/news/ 2/26/2015
    Fighting IS not a priority for Turkey: US spy chief
    http://news.yahoo.com/fighting-not-priority-turkey-us-spy-chief-193201665.html

    Sputnik
    http://sputniknews.com/ 2/24/2016
    The former head of the General Staff of the Turkish Intelligence Agency told Sputnik that the Armed Forces have been growing discontent with the Syrian policy of the Turkish leadership.
    http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160224/1035289905/turkey-erdogan-syria-invasion.html

  16. Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq´s leader Qais Khazali plus many big fishes are gone. Extremley graphic images in twitter:

    https://twitter.com/thevictoryseri4

    ———

    IS-claimed blast kills at least 24 at Iraq Shiite funeral:

    “A suicide bomber struck a Shiite funeral northeast of Baghdad Monday, killing at least 24 people, including militia commanders, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said.”

    http://www.globalpost.com/article/6739845/2016/02/29/suicide-bomber-kills-least-20-iraq-shiite-funeral

  17. The Assad Regime’s Collusion With ISIS and al-Qaeda: Assessing The Evidence
    ================================================================

    By Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) on March 24, 2014
    ================================================================
    There has long been speculation in Syrian oppositionist circles that the regime was colluding with the Qaeda-type forces in the insurgency, to shore-up its own base by frightening the minorities and to ward off external help to the rebellion from the West.
    =================================================================
    Regime funding Salafi-jihadists by splitting oil revenues

    The first major mainstream report confirming this came in January 2014 from Ruth Sherlock in the Telegraph. The Bashar regime “has funded and co-operated with al-Qaeda in a complex double game even as the terrorists fight Damascus,” the article noted. Co-operating with both Jabhat an-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the regime has “financed” the jihadists “by selling oil and gas from wells under their control to and through the regime“. By the reckoning of this report, this began in the “spring of 2013,” when Nusra seized the most lucrative oil fields in Deir Ezzor. “The regime is paying al-Nusra to protect oil and gas pipelines under al-Nusra’s control in the north and east of the country, and is also allowing the transport of oil to regime-held areas,” the source said. “We are also now starting to see evidence of oil and gas facilities under ISIS control.”
    ===================================================================
    Open-source evidence of this collusion on oil goes back to January 2013. Nusra captured Mayadin, Deir Ezzor:
    ====================================================================
    “took control of … al-Ward oil and gas field … They control the resources, which gives them power. … Residents of Mayadin said that al-Nusra has been transporting crude oil in large tankers to [Deir Ezzor City], 28 miles … to the north, where the government still has a presence. They say that the local authorities in [Deir Ezzor] are so stretched that even they will buy oil off the group Damascus says are terrorists.
    =
    https://kyleorton1991.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/assessing-the-evidence-of-collusion-between-the-assad-regime-and-the-wahhabi-jihadists-part-1/

    • The Assad Regime’s Collusion With ISIS and al-Qaeda: Assessing The Evidence

      There isn’t any. Scott himself debunked the claim that because Assad was buying oil from ISIS this was proof of collusion.

      Propaganda fail!

      • Another piece—much overlooked at the time—came in the Guardian in May 2013.
        ==
        The E.U. lifted some sanctions in April 2013, and this accelerated the trend where the Salafi jihadists turned guns on the rebellion and took over strategic zones in the liberated areas, empowering itself
        against the moderates and giving it access to resources that could empower it even further. On the Northern and Eastern Fronts, where al-Qaeda and its bastard children would emerge as such a powerful force, the fighting had virtually stopped—against the regime. “Nusra has struck deals with government forces to allow the transfer of crude across the front lines to the Mediterranean coast,” the Guardian noted. An Ikhwani-linked rebel told the Guardian:
        ==
        “The Syrian regime itself is paying more than 150m Syrian lire [£1.4m] monthly to Jabhat an-Nusra to guarantee oil is kept pumping through two major oil pipelines in Baniyas and Latakia. Middlemen … facilitate the deal and transfer money to [Nusra].”

  18. Checkmate: Iran and Assad’s Support of Al Qaeda
    By Iran maneuvering the Syrian conflict as a choice between Assad and Al-Qaeda, they have checkmated their enemies.
    By Ryan Mauro
    Sun, February 16, 2014
    ===
    Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is in a gory battle with Al-Qaeda and he’s waging it with help from his Iranian allies—but they are supporting Al-Qaeda at the same time. This contradiction is best explained by a sophisticated political strategy to position Assad as the better of two evils.
    ===
    http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/checkmate-iran-and-assads-support-al-qaeda#

    • Checkmate: Iran and Assad’s Support of Al Qaeda

      Lame as it gets.

      Luantic article that resorts to the argument that the fact Assad has been fighting Al Qaeda and the lack of evidence he supported al Qaeda is proof he supports Al Qaeda. Half the links don’t work and those that do point to neocon Islamophobic Web sites like Pyjamas Media

      • Another piece—much overlooked at the time—came in the Guardian in May 2013.
        ==
        The E.U. lifted some sanctions in April 2013, and this accelerated the trend where the Salafi jihadists turned guns on the rebellion and took over strategic zones in the liberated areas, empowering itself against the moderates and giving it access to resources that could empower it even further. On the Northern and Eastern Fronts, where al-Qaeda and its bastard children would emerge as such a powerful force, the fighting had virtually stopped—against the regime. “Nusra has struck deals with government forces to allow the transfer of crude across the front lines to the Mediterranean coast,” the Guardian noted. An Ikhwani-linked rebel told the Guardian:
        ==
        “The Syrian regime itself is paying more than 150m Syrian lire [£1.4m] monthly to Jabhat an-Nusra to guarantee oil is kept pumping through two major oil pipelines in Baniyas and Latakia. Middlemen … facilitate the deal and transfer money to [Nusra].”

  19. If you count all the storys together how Assad had mudered the people, how Assad has created the terrorist groups to infiltrate the peaceful protesters: Assad regime and his buddie Putin including the shia jihadis from IRGC, Basiji and Qudsforce are a question of time.

  20. Btw – Where is the iranian cook Suleiman – who has helped to orchestrate the bloody show?
    Killed or disabled?

  21. Putin this morning: “”Russia is sticking to its ceasefire with ISIS.””
    ===================================================
    Lol – this time he doesn`t lie – he has never fought daesh – and he will not fight his baby in the future.

  22. Dwellers of Kefernaya return following liberation by Ceyş El-Siwar
    http://en.hawarnews.com/dwellers-of-kefernaya-return-following-liberation-by-ceys-el-siwar/ 2/29/2016

    ARA News
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCueRyoCDpo-LhBwF1_EKXKg 2/29/2016
    SDF repels fresh ISIS attacks north Raqqa
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPAqzaWpck8

    Hamza Hemze حمزة‎ @sergermed
    https://twitter.com/sergermed/status/704033971340967937 2/28/2016
    Martyr Kaseem Al Areef battalion joins Jaysh Thuwwar & SDF

    youtube.com/watch?v=1OTtu6…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OTtu60nr4U

  23. Salafist insurrectionist units were released by the regime in 2011
    ===================================================
    The leaders of most of the major Salafist insurrectionist units were released by the regime in 2011. Hassan Abboud (Ahrar a-Sham), Zahran Alloush (Liwa al-Islam/Jaysh al-Islam), and Ahmed Abu Issa (Suqour a-Sham) were in the same cellblock in Sednaya, a prison described as a “breeding ground” for jihadists by a cleric who used to oversee the place. Even second-level Salafist groups like Liwa al-Haq, important on the Homs Front, benefited from this: it is led by Abderrahman Suways, a former paratrooper who had been in jail for twelve years when he was released in the spring of 2011.

    “The regime did not just open the door to the prisons and let these extremists out, it facilitated them in their work, in their creation of armed brigades,” said an Alawi defector from the Military Intelligence Directorate. “[T]he regime let them go very deliberately.” Another colleague added: “You release a few people and you create the violence. It’s contagious.” Weapons were made available to the most radical anti-Assad forces in key contested zones. “This is not something I heard rumours about, I actually heard the orders … These orders came down from [Military Intelligence] headquarters Damascus,” the intelligence officer adds.
    ==
    In the most literal sense, the regime picked its opponents.
    ==
    The Assad regime sheltered and facilitated the foreign Salafi-jihadists who attacked the New Iraq

    • Salafist insurrectionist units were released by the regime in 2011

      These were political prisoners who’s release was demanded by the opposition. This proves that the rebels were always Joahdists and that there were no moderates.

  24. “Syrian intelligence apparatus has long cultivated ties with these groups; moreover, it has solidified robust logistics networks that facilitate jihadist activity“
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    The reason the Sunni jihadists have had such an easy time establishing themselves in Syria is that the “Syrian intelligence apparatus has long cultivated ties with these groups; moreover, it has solidified robust logistics networks that facilitate jihadist activity“.
    ==
    Numerous members of the George W. Bush administration have testified to the Assad regime’s role in funnelling Salafi-jihadists into the New Iraq to make war on constitutional government and the Shi’ites: Douglas Feith (p. 490), L. Paul Bremer (p. 105 & 198) Donald Rumsfeld (p. 327), Richard Cheney (p. 437 & 470), and the President himself (p. 421).
    ==
    During the invasion of Iraq, ======================
    heavy traffic was seen moving out of Iraq into Syria.====
    Among the materiel were blank Iraqi passports, =======
    which were then given to jihadists in Syria ===========
    who then flew direct into Baghdad.==================
    ==
    In Aleppo, from at least 1999, a Wahhabi agitator named Abu Qaqa had been allowed to recruit without the State interfering because he wasn’t “saying anything against the government” and had focussed his wrath on the West. After the invasion, Qaqa’s men “went door to door encouraging young men to cross the [Iraqi] border. Volunteers boarded buses that Syrian border guards waved through“.
    ==
    Via networks in Europe, ========================
    the Syrian regime funnelled Qaeda members into=====
    Iraq from 2003, and thereafter:===================
    “most of the al Qaeda recruits ===================
    who made their way to Iraq did so on commercial flights
    that landed at Damascus International Airport.”======
    ==
    “Once in Syria [al-Qaeda fighters] seek accommodations in hotels typically located near large markets or mosques frequented by foreigners, allowing [them] to blend into the general population,” one classified military report noted. “Within a few days facilitators contact the recruits and escort them to safehouses where they await onward movement into Iraq. The safehouses often are clustered in neighborhoods in Damascus and Aleppo, but also are in border towns such as Abu Kamal [al-Bukamal] and Qamishli.” Al-Qaeda fighters who had been wounded in Iraq, it added, sometimes “received treatment at al-Nur Hospital in Damascus.” There was a “network of training camps” in Deir Ezzor, where the senior Qaeda members “met regularly with Syrian military intelligence officials,” including Assef Shawkat, intelligence chief and Assad’s brother-in-law, killed in a bombing in July 2012.
    ==
    A strong case-in-point is Abu Ghadiya, a key al-Qaeda facilitator, who was struck down in the deserts of eastern Syria by a U.S. commando raid in October 2008. Personally appointed by Abu Musab az-Zarqawi, Ghadiya was the “principal conduit for foreign terrorists heading into Iraq to join AQI,” a July 11, 2008, U.S. Embassy cable from Baghdad explained, and his “network continues to operate with the knowledge of the Syrian government“. The State Department’s cable adds: “Bashar al-Asad was well aware that his brother-in-law ‘Asif Shawqat … had detailed knowledge of the activities of AQI facilitator Abu Ghadiya“.
    ==
    In September 2007, the U.S. had rolled up a network of jihadists in Anbar Province on the Iraq-Syria border in a town called Sinjar. The network had been funnelling foreign fighters into Mesopotamia. The U.S. captured five terabytes of documents, the so-called “Sinjar Records,” which remain the most complete record of the foreign Salafi holy warriors who descended on Iraq. Ghadiya was responsible for nearly all of these men getting into Iraq. In May 2007, Salafi-jihadists struck a U.S.-manned border post, an “operation [that] could not have been carried out without the acquiescence of Syrian officials at some level,” then-U.S. commander in Iraq David Petraeus wrote to Defence Secretary Robert Gates. And in January 2008 Ghadiya sealed his fate: news came that he was seeking “100 American military uniforms,” meaning he had moved beyond logistics and smuggling to planning attacks—in all probability something on the order of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp/Asaib Ahl al-Haq raid on Karbala in January 2007. The only debate was whether it should be a drone or a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) operation.
    ==
    In echoes of the Bashar regime’s stance on chemical weapons—we don’t have them so we can’t use them but we’ll give them up if you don’t launch air strikes—three weeks after Ghadiya was killed then-British Foreign Secretary David Miliband met with the Syrian tyrant and demanded of him why he had not moved against Ghadiya. Assad first denied any knowledge of Ghadiya’s presence inside Syria and then complained of the violation of Syria’s sovereignty.
    ==

    • The reason the Sunni jihadists have had such an easy time establishing themselves in Syria is that the “Syrian intelligence apparatus has long cultivated ties with these groups; moreover, it has solidified robust logistics networks that facilitate jihadist activity“.

      Is that why Sunni jihadists have had such an easy time establishing themselves in Iraq?

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