Syria Feature: Darayya, the Bombed Damascus Suburb That Will Test the Ceasefire

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PHOTO: A rubble-strewn street in the bombed opposition-held Damascus suburb of Darayya


At midnight the US-Russian proposal for a “cessation of hostilities” went into effect across Syria.

The ceasefire has formally been formally been accepted by all sides, but it may be tested by both Russia and the Assad regime.

The pretext for continued attacks could lie in the exemption of the Islamic State and the jihadists of Jabhat al-Nusra from the cessation, as well as the declaration by Moscow and Damascus that “other terrorist groups” are not included.

When Russia began airstrikes last September, it used a supposed focus on ISIS to devote most of its bombing to opposition-held areas. And all the way to this morning’s ceasefire, Moscow and the Syrian air force continued the bombardments.

One of the towns suffering the heavy assault is Darayya, southwest of Damascus, which was captured by rebels in 2012. In recent weeks, hundreds of bombs have fallen as the Syrian army tried to claim part of the town.

Borzou Daragahi and Sarah Dadouch report for Buzzfeed on how the label of “Jabhat al-Nusra” may be used by Russia and the Assad regime to keep attacking:


Day and night, Russian and Syrian warplanes pound the besieged Damascus suburb of Darayya with barrel bombs and rockets, killing more than 2,000 people, and destroying or damaging nearly all the buildings in what was once a bustling city of 200,000.

The Syrian regime says that perhaps a fifth of the city is controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra, which is excluded from the terms of the ceasefire deal brokered by the U.S. and Russia and to begin on Saturday. The regime has refused to include it under the terms of ongoing negotiations.

But experts on Syria and residents inside the city insist there is no Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s arm in Syria. Nor has ISIS managed to carve out any presence in the city, which boasts a library used by rebels and residents.

Leaders of the powerful Southern Front, a coalition of Free Syrian Army Rebel groups, have warned they will refuse to abide by any ceasefire unless Darayya is included under its terms.

“No ceasefire without Darayya, our…stronghold in west Damascus,” Issam al-Reis, a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army’s southern front, said in a tweet. “[It is] over 200 km away from ISIS [the Islamic State] and no Nusra presence there. It must be included.”

Life in the Basements

The bombs over Darayya never stop. They strike when the sun rises, during the day when the children should be playing in the streets or heading home from school. They detonate when the adults scour markets for for dinner. They strike as the people of Darayya huddle in basements and underground holes, as they seek to fall asleep, and then all through the dead of night.

Residents here have been besieged for nearly 1,200 days and have little access to electricity, heating oil, drinking water, and housing. About 30 of the city’s 40 mosques have been destroyed.

“After sunset, most civilians just go down to the basements and spend all their nights there,” said Shadi Matar, 26, an official of the Darayya Local Council.

On some days, Darayya is struck 50 times with barrel bombs, dropped by helicopters or from Russian planes launched from the nearby military airbase and often targeting schools, mosques, and apartment houses.

A documentation center run by seven volunteers has tallied 6,025 barrel bombs dropped on the city since the beginning of Syria’s civil conflict, with 765 in January alone — an average of 25 per day. Nearly 2,114 people have been killed in the bombings, according to Abu Omar, the nom de guerre of a member of the documentation center. And nearly 98% of the buildings in the city have been damaged or destroyed, with devastating attacks by so-called elephant rockets, which screech horrifically as they are launched and hit their targets.

“The regime is trying by all means necessary to break Darayya’s resistance and to take over the city in any way,” said Abu Omar.

Once a law student, Abu Omar now works as a nurse in at a Darayya field hospital. He spends his spare time along with four other men and two women counting the number of times the city is struck by regime projectiles as part of documentation center.

Darayya has long been a thorn in the side of the regime, a rare rebel outpost just on the outskirts of the city. “The constant bombardment might be a form of revenge, with the aim of destroying the city,” Matar said. As he spoke to BuzzFeed News via WhatsApp, bombs echoed in the background.

“If it’s directly above us, we try to run to the closest basement,” Matar said. “Barrel bombs take about 30 seconds to hit the ground, giving us a little bit of time to run. But at night, we enforced a curfew on ourselves and just try to stay underground. Every night helicopters drop barrel bombs. We can’t see them; we can’t determine where they will hit.”

Life has worsened since November 2015, when Russian planes and weapons began to target the city. Surveillance flights began scouring the skies, as the regime sought to drive a physical wedge between Darayya and the opposition held town of Moadamiya to the west.

The Syrian regime once claimed that Darayya contained no civilians, but only fighters. The residents responded by holding a protest with women and children.

“We Will Continue Fight on Darayya Front”

In recent days, ahead of a ceasefire brokered by the U.S. and Russia, Syrian regime officials have been adamant about continuing to pummel Darayya, whose strategic location next the Mezzeh airbase gives it the potential to disrupt Russian and Syrian plane launches. “The army is committed to the Syrian leadership’s decisions, but those in the city of Darayya are terrorist Jabhat al-Nusra groups and are not included in the ceasefire, and we will continue to fight those armed on the Darayya front,” an army official was quoted as saying on Syrian state radio.

Darayyans mock claims they are linked to Jabhat al-Nusra. In a recent months, a group of fighters sought to create a offshoot of ISIS in the city but they were promptly rounded up and arrested, said Ahmed Mujahid, nom de guerre of a community leader who spoke to BuzzFeed News via Skype.

“Really?” Mujahid quipped. “We’ve been cursing and spouting blasphemies for three years for them to come and call us Nusra?”

Matar told BuzzFeed News that 90% of the fighters in Darayya belong to Shuhada al-Islam, or Martyrs of Islam, a faction of the Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army, and the other 10% of the armed forces belong to a faction of Al Itihad al Islami li Ajnad al Sham, or Islamic Union of the Soldiers of Damascus. “The regime is constantly trying to spread the idea that those in Darayya and the factions in Darayya belong to al-Qaeda or Jubhat al-Nusra, or other extremist factions,” said Matar. “All of these men are the sons of Darayya. None are strangers or from outside the city.”

“The regime says that there’s Nusra and extremist groups in Darayya, even though we’re threatened by ISIS groups if they ever get to Darayya,” said Mujahid. “Darayya is an enemy to all dictators, be it the regime and its militias or ISIS, al-Qaeda, and its groups.”

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115 COMMENTS

        • The Ruskies will now focus all of their air force on to small areas completely devastating them. Once they are flattened, they will then move on to other small areas. There will of course be lots of lies and excuses but the devastation will continue. How long will it take the West to wake up to their strategy?

          Sami ‏@Paradoxy13 1 min1 minute ago
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          Mortar shells from Assad areas falling in al-Ghantou, #Homs today. #Syria http://youtu.be/jbcVJmmUfbk
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          Some ceasefire! Bashyer Arsof is shelling again.
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          Sami ‏@Paradoxy13 8 mins8 minutes ago
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          Reports that in the last hour Assad helicopters dropped several bombs on outskirts of al-Najia west of Jisr al-Shugour in #Idlib, #Syria
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          What ceasefire? Bashyer Arsof is bombing again.
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          Sami ‏@Paradoxy13 3 mins3 minutes ago

          Airstrike on Ma’arat al-Artiq In rural #Aleppo today. Not clear if by Assad or Russia http://youtu.be/4hkJXln8qe4
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          Ruskies are probably bombing again.
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          Nothing has changed.

          • Sorry Barley, but sour grapes aside, the ceasefire was Russia’s idea from the beginning. It may not hold, and knowing the sadism or the Saudis and Turks, they will likely do all they can to sabotage it.

            The Ruskies will now focus all of their air force on to small areas completely devastating them.

            You’ve already said that, and it hasn’t happened. Yes, they will go after Al Nusra and Daesh, much to your dismay. Hopefully the US will do the same.

            Mortar shells from Assad areas falling in al-Ghantou, #Homs today. #Syria

            Like I said, the ceasefire does not apply to Al Nusra.

            Reports that in the last hour Assad helicopters dropped several bombs on outskirts of al-Najia west of Jisr al-Shugour in #Idlib, #Syria

            Like I said, the ceasefire does not apply to Al Nusra and don’t bother with the “The is no Al Nusra in al-Najia” argument.
            http://digital-witness.net/tag/jabhat-al-nusra/

        • Sami ‏@Paradoxy13 2 mins2 minutes ago

          Areas definitely targeted by Assad today are: eastern Ghouta, Homs, Latakia, Quneitra & rural Damascus. Airstrike in Aleppo possibly Russian

          Come on Kerry where is plan B?

          • Come on Kerry where is plan B?

            There is no plan B.

            You’re clearly desperate for the ceasefire to fail.

            Areas definitely targeted by Assad today are: eastern Ghouta, Homs, Latakia, Quneitra & rural Damascus. Airstrike in Aleppo possibly Russian

            All Al Nusra targets. Russia’s are sticking to the agreement. Sorry that you are rooting for Al Qaeda.

        • Is that like Pol POTS astounding achievement in Cambodia? Russia has killed more civilians in 6 months than Assad did in the last 2 years…….If you count numbers of babies killed as an achievement. boy has he ever achieved a monumental success!!!!!.

        • Ah Jolani was killed? The rest of the world dident know apart Deangelies of course.

          Another jem deangelies…..keep em coming.

            • “100 rebels groups have signed up to the ceasefire and calm exists for the first time since 2011”

              Wow!, but you told us there were ONLY terrorist in Syria and now you addmit there are at list 100 rebeld groups?. Your really are a rusian propaganda slave Andre, set you free for your own sake please!

              • Of course, there is no contradiction. Al Nusra and ISIS for instance, are without doubt rebels, as they are rebelling against the Syrian government, but they are also without doubt terrorists.

            • First you say Al Nusra leader (Jolani) is killed and when countered you change your claim….Most of the people here are aware who are oppressor/terrorists (Russians/ASSadists) and who are oppressed people in Syria just because they know the “Truth”. Your propaganda won’t work here…you may believe that repeating lies 100 times will make people belive it as true….but not here.

              • First you say Al Nusra leader (Jolani) is killed and when countered you change your claim…

                I never changed anything. I meant to refer to an Al Nusra leader not “the” leader of AL Nusra.

                most of the people here are aware who are oppressor/terrorists (Russians/ASSadists)

                Most of he people here support the terrorists, though won;t admit it, by referring to them as rebels even though Al Nusra is part fo all so called rebel factions. Association with Al Qaeda in the US is a criminal offense.

            • Iran and Russia are making Daesh stronger
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              Example Khanasser:
              8 Dec 2012 ==taken by rebels
              5 Feb 2013 ==taken by SAA
              26 Aug 2013== again rebels
              2 Oct 2013 ==taken by SAA
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              23 Feb 2016 taken by Daesh
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              No end insight – to be continue ……………….

          • Russian ceasefire
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            Artillery bombing In Khan Al Shiekh, Damascus Countryside
            Sat, 27 Feb 2016 14:41:47 +0000
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            Artillery bombing from the hill of Kabousiah in Khan Al Shiekh, Damascus countryside has been reported by the Syria Civil Defense.

  1. First day of Russian ceasefire
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    Attacks on Khan al-Sheeh Damascus, Air attacks on Marat al-Artiq Aleppo Barre,l bombs on Najia, Latakia

    • The United States said it was time for Russia to show it was serious about halting fighting by honoring a commitment not to strike Syrian groups that are part of the moderate opposition.

      Al Nusra is not part of the part of the moderate opposition and remains a legitimate target under the ceasefire.

        • Well, “moderate” is an awfully vague designation. The usual meaning in the context of the Syrian conflict is “armed groups that are more or less under control of the US in contrast to other groups like Al-Qaeda that are not (but still may be considered as useful to US interests depending on the situation).
          So, according to this definition, “moderate” rebels certainly exist. But this certainly is no criteria to commend them – except, naturally, for fans of US imperialist wars of destruction, like you.

          • “”“moderate” is an awfully vague designation””
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            Using this wording you are denying the history of the Syrian opposition with a bullshit argumentation
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            The Syrian opposition evolved since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, from groups calling for regime change in Syria. Prior to the Syrian War, the term “opposition” (Arabic “mu’araDah”) had been used to refer to traditional political actors, for example the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change; that is, groups and individuals who have had a history of dissidence against the Syrian state.
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            The first opposition structures to form in the Syrian uprising were local protest-organizing committees. These formed in April, 2011, as protesters graduated from spontaneous protests to protests organized by meetings beforehand.
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            “The core of the grassroots civil opposition is the youth, mainly from the working and middle-classes, in which women and diverse religious and ethnic groups play active roles. Many of these activists remain non-affiliated to traditional political ideologies but are motivated by concerns for freedom, dignity, social justice and basic human rights.”
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            A broader opposition umbrella group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, was formed in November 2012 and has gained recognition as the “legitimate representative of the Syrian people” by the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG) and as a “representative of aspirations of Syrian people” by the Arab League.
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            The Syrian National Coalition was subsequently given the seat of Syria in the Arab League, with Ba’athist Syria representative suspended. The Syrian National Council, initially a part of the Syrian National Coalition, withdrew on 20 January 2014 in protest at the decision of the coalition to attend the Geneva talks.
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            Despite tensions, the Syrian National Council retains a degree of ties with the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

        • You systematically denied the existence of a moderate oposition

          The fact they are fighting should bake that an obvious conclusion. Even Abu admits Al Nusra suggests Al Nusra and Ahrar Al Sham be regarded as moderate rebels because there would be few moderates otherwise.

          US intelligence and Cameron admit that the moderate as such as too weak and insignificant to ever defeat Daesh or Assad.

      • It would be better to concentrate on Daesh first, before tackling the less extreme parties. Once Daesh is defeated, then go after the Al Qaeda affiliates.

        • It would be better to concentrate on Daesh first, before tackling the less extreme parties. Once Daesh is defeated, then go after the Al Qaeda affiliates.

          Al Qaeda is no less extreme, they simply disagree with Al Nusra over tactics.

          • According SOHR 370.000 syrians & including fighters from other countries were killed inside syria.
            11 milion syrians are on the run. They are escaping from Assad troops.
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            87% of syrinas at germany have told that they have escapedfrom Assad and Shabiha
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            If Assad & Putin are going on with it`s massmurder strategy to kill and to purchase ordinary syrians
            it will take some time more when the whole country is empty.
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            The reason: Putins & Assads bullshit statements is always about that they are fighting terrorists.
            11 Millionen syrien terrorists?
            370.000 killed terrorists at syria including the tenthousands tortured to death?
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            Nobody can be so brainwashed to believe this kind of propaganda butknowing the numbers of victims.
            The West and UN shouldn`t not accept this kind of russian bullshit talking

            • According SOHR 370.000 syrians & including fighters from other countries were killed inside syria.
              11 milion syrians are on the run. They are escaping from Assad troops.

              The SOHR did not claim 11 million Syrians were on the run from Assad. They were all living happily in Syria before Syria was attacked by foreign terror groups.


              87% of syrinas at germany have told that they have escapedfrom Assad and Shabiha

              Either provide the link or admit you lied.

              The reason: Putins & Assads bullshit statements is always about that they are fighting terrorists.
              11 Millionen syrien terrorists?

              The Iraq war produced 6 million refugees. Was the US out to kill all of them?

              370.000 killed terrorists at syria including the tenthousands tortured to death?

              There is no evidence ten thousands tortured to death.
              All you do is lie and post garbage here.

  2. First day of Russian ceasefire
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    Still ongoing, fire fights, helicopters bombing, Russia & assadis trying to take advantage of the “fire” to advance in Lattakia.

  3. First day of Russian ceasefire
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    Sami ‏@Paradoxy13
    Areas definitely targeted by Assad today are: eastern Ghouta, Homs, Latakia, Quneitra & rural Damascus. Airstrike in Aleppo possibly Russian

  4. Russian ceasefire
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    Thomas van Linge: Syria: shameless lies by the regime, only factions in Darayya are Liwa Shuhada al-Islam (FSA-SF) & Ajnad al-Sham
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    Assad is using baseless accusations to bomb Darayya

    • only factions in Darayya are Liwa Shuhada al-Islam (FSA-SF) & Ajnad al-Sham

      More jihadist lies.

      Anas Abu Nabbut, aka Abu Abdullah, was killed by gunmen (Syrian Special Forces) in the Balad district in central Daraya. How can that be if there was no Al Nusra in Daraya?

      • Medieval Iran – the sectarian shiite terrorism inside the country
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        Moharebeh refers to the crime of Hirabah, Mohareb has been translated by English language Iranian media as “enemy of God”. In English-language media sources Moharebeh in Iran has been translated variously as “waging war against God,” “war against God and the state, “enmity against God.”
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        It is a capital crime in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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        The term is widely used by Iran’s Islamic Judiciary, citing Sharia law, and is “usually used against those who take up arms against the state,”and usually carries the death penalty. The term is used in articles 183 to 196 of Iran’s criminal law. The cases that fall under this term typically require involvement in armed criminal activities, e.g: taking up arms for terrorism and disruption of public safety (article 183), membership in groups conducting armed uprising (article 186), supporting groups planning to overthrow the government by force using weapons and explosives (article 187), accepting critical posts a Coup d’etat government. Articles 190-191 state that judge can give a person convicted under one of these crimes capital punishment. Peaceful and unarmed opposition to government does not fall under this term. Typical convicts under the term are members of armed ethnic separatist groups, members of armed drug trafficking groups, and people involved in armed robbery.
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        According to Human Rights Watch, 1.000s of people” convicted of moharebeh by Islamic Revolutionary Courts for “their alleged ties to armed opposition groups” were executed in 2014.
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        Where is the difffernce between Daesh – and the iranian regime?
        There is no difference.

      • Strange – Ironically Russian general on 9:05 says that Daraya in Damascus is part of the truce.
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        Yesterday Daraya was bombed hardly by Assad and Putin using the terrorist bullshit argument – but today suddenly it`s part of the truce.
        Wired russians ……………………..

  5. Russian ceasefire
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    Regime artillery shelling targeted Anadan in northern Aleppo and Kamri village in southern Aleppo this morning

      • Russia and Iran are making Daesh stronger
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        The Assad regime and Daesh are ‘working together.’ Al-Assad and the Daesh militant group were “working together” to weaken the war-torn country’s moderate opposition.
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        Syria’s war against al Assad, now in its fifth year, has left some 370,000 people dead, and the country is divided between different heavily armed factions.
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        “The Assad regime and Daesh feed off each other; they benefit from each other’s barbarism,”
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        “They are working together to weaken and destroy Syria’s moderate opposition.
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        The Syrian regime is playing a vital role in strengthening Daesh by targeting civilians, thereby fueling support for the extremist group.
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        “Every barrel bomb Mr. Assad drops on Syrian civilians serves to create new recruits for Daesh
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        • Russia and Iran are making Daesh stronge

          Not at all.

          The US government was exposed for issued fake reports that ISIS were getting weaker, when the opposite was true and that was long before Russia joined the fray.

          Thanks to Russia, and the fact everyone hates them, it is the beginning of the end for Deash

          End Times for the Caliphate?
          “The 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/

          • Iran and Russia are making Daesh strong
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            For those watching closely, the signal for Russia’s first airstrikes came in a statement early on September 30 by Kremlin spokesman Sergei Ivanov, just after the upper house of the parliament authorised military operations:
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            Within hours, witnesses were reporting that Russian jet fighters were bombing parts of Hama and Homs Provinces in western Syria. Activists said scores of people – almost all civilians – had been killed, disseminating videos and photographs of slain or injured children.
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            Putin called the airstrikes a “pre-emptive” operation against Daesh – the official reason for Moscow’s military escalation inside Syria. The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that “rumours that the targets of these strikes were not IS positions were groundless”. The defence ministry, reporting 20 sorties on eight sites, released video of a supposed attack on an Islamic State headquarters.
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            But even before the Russian leaders set out their line, witnesses and analysts had confirmed :
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            – through videos and geolocation as well as testimony – the real story of Moscow’s gamble: all but one of the targets were areas held by the opposition to Syria’s Assad regime, rather than by the Daesh militants.
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            Targeting the syrian rebels who have fought Daesh successful means:
            Russians and Iranians are making Daesh stronger than they ever where.

            • Putin called the airstrikes a “pre-emptive” operation against Daesh

              False. Putin said from the beginning that the airstrikes were aimed at all terrorist groups. These include Al Nusra nad Ahrar al Sham, who have aligned themselves with more moderate groups.

              The US has been attacking individuals and groups throughout the world with links to Al Qaeda. Some they have bombed they claimed were only persons of interest.

              It’s astounding that the same defenders of these acts of mass murder by drone are pretending to be outrage that Putin is attacking these same groups in Syria.

              • The terrorist groups fighting inside syria are Hizbollah, IRGC, Qudsforce and shiite militias hired by Iran
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                At tightly guarded facilities in south Lebanon, men as young as 17 undergo training by the Shiite guerrilla group Hezbollah on weapons and anti-insurgent tactics before being sent to Syria to fight alongside al Assad’s forces.
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                Hezbollah has been conducting a large recruitment drive, a sign of how the war in Syria has become perhaps the most intense conflict the group has waged. Its losses in Syria — now more than thousands killed.
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                The recruitment, drawing from Lebanon’s Shiite community, is even more important now as Hezbollah expands its involvement in Syria, engaging in battles deep inside the country and trying to take back rebel-held territory.
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                “Hezbollah has lost many men in Syria, but it has also acquired new skills. It is overstretched, but it can operate in multiple terrains.”
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                With strong financial and military backing from Iran, Hezbollah has been able to step up its role in Syria even while maintaining the political domination in Lebanon that it has held for several years.
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                About 3,000 Hezbollah fighters are in Syria, roughly 15 percent of the group’s main fighting force, said Jaber, who heads the Middle East Center for Studies and Political Research in Beirut and closely follows Hezbollah.
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                The group recruits from Lebanon’s Shiite population, believed to make up about a third of the country’s 4.5 million people. It finds no shortage of volunteers, since Shiites have rallied around Hezbollah even more than in the past, seeing it as the community’s protector amid a wave of bombings and suicide attacks by Sunni radicals against mainly Shiite areas in Lebanon since 2013.
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                Hezbollah’s leader Nasrallah, has depicted the war in Syria as a fight against Sunni extremists whom he called an “existential threat” but the truth is:
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                Hizbollah Fighters are prepared for more conventional warfare against Israel, but today they are trained for street battles and counterinsurgent tactics to deal with the legitimate syrian rebels, the residents said. Also joining the training are a small number of Shiites from other Mideast and Asian countries who came to Lebanon to study at Shiite religious institutions, the residents said.
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                Hezbollah first began sending fighters to Syria in 2012 to kill peaceful syrian protesters.
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                In May 2013, the group went in full force and captured the strategic central town of Qusair near the border with Lebanon, a three-week battle that cost the group hundreds of fighters, according to pro-Hezbollah media. In the following months, it pushed out the syrian population from most of the towns near the border.
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                Since Russia began giving air cover to Assad’s forces and their allies, Hezbollah terrorists have been vital to the government’s push to fight against rebels in Latakia, Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
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                But the battles come at a high cost, especially with the group losing many of its most experienced commanders.
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                Without the-interference of iranian terrorists at syrian the war would be over since long

          • As you know: US airaids and PYD/FSA fighting on the ground have exempted
            1..northern Syria between Kobane and Qamishly
            2..big territories at Hasakah
            3..US have freed Northern Iraq with Pershmerga and big aereas at Anbar province
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            Russia have had nothing to do with it.
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            Russia have freed Daesh territory some Kilometers at Kuweires only.
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            http://www.agathocledesyracuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Syria-1-Feb-2016-Most-active-fronts.jpg
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            Prove: At his map you can see where Russians & Iranians (groundtroops) were fighting:
            Mostly far away from Daesh.
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            Russia has daesh made stronger in 3 ways
            1..Russia never fought Daesh.
            2..Russia was always fighting alongside daesh against the syrian opposition.
            3..Russia has fought those rebels who had been fighting Daesh successfully before.
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            That`s why Daesh is more strong at the western front than it ever was.

            • Russia have had nothing to do with it.

              Russia are providing air support. Kobani was short lived and Daesh were back before long.

              Russia have freed Daesh territory some Kilometers at Kuweires only

              At least you admit they are fighting Daesh. Raqaa will be next :)

              At his map you can see where Russians & Iranians (groundtroops) were fighting:
              Mostly far away from Daesh.

              Yes , the terrorist group Al Nusra are there.

              Russia has daesh made stronger in 3 ways
              1..Russia never fought Daesh.

              1. Your links say otherwise and so does your admission that Russia freed Kuweires
              2. Where were US forces and their coalition all this time? Were they not bombing Daesh or just sitting on the sidelines and letting Russia do all the work? Whjere were France and Britain? Surely during the last 5 months, the mighty US led coalition should have weakened Daesh?

              2..Russia was always fighting alongside daesh against the syrian opposition.

              Daesh are the Syrian opposition.

              3..Russia has fought those rebels who had been fighting Daesh successfully before.

              So what? Al Nusra are just as bad as Daesh, in spite of Western attempts to rehabilitate their image. AIDS, infections, and cancer has probably killed members of Daesh – that doesn’t mean they are good for you.

  6. Syrian rebel commander: continued govt violation could end truce
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    “”BEIRUT: A Syrian rebel commander said Saturday that government shelling had stopped in some parts of Syria but continued elsewhere in what he described as a violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement.””
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    “”Fares Bayoush, head of the Fursan al-Haqq rebel group which fights under the banner of the FSA, told Reuters that continued violations could lead to a collapse in the agreement.””
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    “””There are areas where the bombardment has stopped but there are areas where there are violations by the regime such as Kafr Zeita in Hama, via targeting with artillery, and likewise in Morek in northern Hama countryside,” he said, adding that FSA groups remain committed to the truce.””

    • “”Fares Bayoush, head of the Fursan al-Haqq rebel group which fights under the banner of the FSA, told Reuters that continued violations could lead to a collapse in the agreement.””

      Al Nusra fights under the banner of FSA. That does not give hem protection from anti terrorism activities.

        • Russia/ Iran never have fought Daesh. – Both are using fake claims to fight the legitimate syrian opposition

          That’s odd because all the links you provided say otherwise. How do you explain that?

          Medieval Iran – massmurder commited by Khamnei/ Khomenei shiite islamists inside Iranian prisons

          The US commits terrorist to death sentences and so does Iran.

          • Russia will take advantage of its presence in Syria to attack the opposition while using Daesh as a cover.
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            Over the last few weeks the Russians have shown their cards. Their top priority is to keep the massmurderer Assad in power and not to fight Daesh.
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            On the other side it becomes clear that Iranian jihadis have more to do with Daesh than they admit.

      • Andre, According to your argument,… If Al Nusra was EVER present in an area. If only one or two, then that is a legitimate target. seeing as how the rebels had assistance by Nusra in many battles but are no longer in the area. The residents deserve to be destroyed because they ever came in contact with Nusra. Your argument holds no water in most areas……Where Nusra is still active and knowingly fighting……no problem….. the FSA should kick them out in order to prevent bombing. but because no ONE IS ON THE GROUND TO CONFIRM OR DENY THE EXISTENCE OF NUSRA, that gives both Assad and Russia to claim any target as a Nusra target!!! So how do we get the ceasefire to hold when one side can claim anything based one what they want to do!!!!

        • Wow, you don’t do a lot of thinking for someone who considers themselves a thinker.

          First of all, one or two is perfectly legitimate according the US government who have launched countless drone attacks on groups or populations based on the presence of one or two terrorists. In fact, they don’t even have to be identified as such. At one press briefing a number of years ago, they claimed they had launched a drone attack on a group od people base on…I kid you not…the claim that one of the individuals looked the same height as Osama Bin Laden.

          Other drone strikes have been on groups, including wedding parties or groups women carrying firewood, because of the presence of a “person of interest”. In Somalia the US have conducted bombing raids on towns because of the presence of someone they wanted for “questioning”.

          But getting back to your point, you really are just throwing up weak arguments. You have no way of knowing if it was one or two or 200. Logic 101 would suggest that a high ranking general of Al Nusra would not be in a town by himself or with one or two members of his group as that would not only leave him vulnerable, but would be an enormous waste of him as a resource.

          . The residents deserve to be destroyed because they ever came in contact with Nusra.

          Can you Fallujah 2004 and what the US did to that town just because a handful of insurgents killed a few contractors and defiled their bodies?

          The Russians do have assets on the ground identifying targets for them and they clearly identified the presence of Al Nusra.

      • Silly Andre, see your following the Russian and Assad line to the tee. Iff they are FSA——Then they are NUSRA!!! They are synonymous!!! thus we can kill all rebels….see!!!

        • US intelligence Andre British government both state that the so called moderates are a tiny and insignificant minority with no hope in hell of defeating anyone.

          Cameron came out and admitted the 70,000 figure was BS and that those left that are conifers miferate are bad actors nonetheless.

  7. Syrian rebels blame regime for ceasefire breaches
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    Syrian rebels in the country’s northwest said they came under attack from government ground forces at 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Saturday in what they called a breach of a cessation of hostilities plan that came into effect at midnight.
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    Three fighters from the rebel Second Coastal Division were killed while repelling the attack in the Jabal Turkman area near the Turkish border in Latakia province, Fadi Ahmad, spokesman for the affiliated First Coastal Division, told Reuters.
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    Near Damascus, dozens of air raids hit the besieged suburb of Daraya. Rescue workers said at least five people were killed in Douma, northeast of the capital.
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    The United States said it was time for Russia to show it was serious about halting fighting by honoring a commitment not to strike Syrian groups that are part of the moderate opposition.
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    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/27/Syria-fighting-largely-halts-as-ceasefire-begins.html

      • Very interested to see your map – but you should not forget to show territories where terrorist Iranians (Hizbollah, IRGC, Quds force, shiite militias) pushed out the syrian population out of their homelands.
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        11 Million syrians are intern and extern on the run. No end in sight – thanks to the iranain and russian terrorists bombing hospitals and killing ordinary syrian people. .

        • The U.S-Russian-YPG alliance is giving ISIS a major propaganda boost (you can see this new trend developing on twitter). YPG´s marxist goons alliance with the two big brothers is bringing their image down really really fast.

          • Not to say that I am a fan of the YPG, but what right have you to complain? The US supports the most vile thugs if it fits its imperial interests including islamist fundamentalists, Nazis (Ukraine) and, yes, Marxists, as in the case of the YPG. But this is only logical according to the goals of the US: it wants to weaken Syria by promoting ethno-nationalist separatism, if not outright splitting it up along sectarian and ethnic lines – as was recently made explicit by Kerry’s infamous ‘Plan B’. But as I said, as an ardent supporter of US imperialism you have absolutely no right to complain about any of this.

            • Little misunderstanding – no complaining – just realizing facts.
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              1..PYD with US help pushed out Daesh from Northern Syria –
              if you are criticizing US support you are brainwashed and a surpporter of islamists.
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              2..Can`t see your lamentation about russian fascists like Alexander Dugin –
              anf fascist movements inside RF. You are blind on both eyes?
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              3..Ethno-nationalist religious founded separatism is surpported by Assad and Putin only.
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              4..Looks like you are an ardent supporter of Putins neo- imperialism at Ukrain and Syria.
              Your personal warmongering has killed 370.000 lives at Syria and 8.000 europeans killed at Ukraine.
              You want overtake Hitler by supporting Putin’s neo imperialism?
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              You have absolutely every right to complain about Putin, about his massmurder compaign at syria,
              about Putins murder compaign angainst opposition members inside russia and about Putins murder of 200 russian journalists.
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              Note: Even your life is threatened by Putin if you would post your comment in Russia.
              Do something!!

            • I´m not complaining Untermenschmachine, just indicating a fact.

              “But as I said, as an ardent supporter of US imperialism you have absolutely no right to complain about any of this”

              So you too suffer from that well know anti-imperialist disease that puts everyone not aligned with your tough into the category of “ardent supporter of US imperialism”?.

              The funny thing is that you are a pro-russian (i.e an “imperialist” of another kind) plus the russian and yankee administrations are allied with the YPG (so indeed here we got another reason to call you “imperialist”).

              “The US supports the most vile thugs if it fits its imperial interests including islamist fundamentalists, Nazis (Ukraine) and, yes, Marxists, as in the case of the YPG.”

              Yeah and the russians too. They are allied with Nazis (greece) and Marxists (venezuela, ypg, etc) and nazi-marxist (North Corea) so basically you are simultaneously and anti-imperialist and an imperialist wich is to say that you are a walking logical contradiction, a duped, etc.

              • “So you too suffer from that well know anti-imperialist disease that puts everyone not aligned with your tough into the category of “ardent supporter of US imperialism”?.”

                These denials really get ridiculous. I can’t remember even a single line by you written here, that doesn’t toe the official US party line on Syria to a T. Ok, let’s give you a chance. Are you able to name any examples of your until now completely hidden non-pro US imperialism stance?
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                Of course, the simple fact that you use “anti-imperialism” in a pejorative sense already gives you away. Since if you consider anti-imperialism bad, it logically follows that you consider imperialism good. And since the demise of the Soviet Union left the US as the sole global imperialist power, this means US imperialism.
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                “The funny thing is that you are a pro-russian (i.e an “imperialist” of another kind)”
                I don’t have anything against Russians and wish them all luck, the same as for Italians, Brazilians … and yes, also USians as long as they don’t participate or support imperialist wars. In that sense I am of course “Pro-Russian”. How this has anything to do with imperialism, will remain forever a mystery of your addled brain.
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                I guess it is simply projection: You can’t imagine someone not supporting Imperialism, so if someone does not support US imperialism, he must support imperialism by someone else. You simply can not imagine how someone can have no itch to see a big power thug bully and devastate other countries. But whether you can imagine it or not, they exist and I am one of them.

  8. More than 370.000 people are thought to be killed since the rise of Syrian revolution
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    SOHR has documented death of 271. 138 persons since the rise of the Syrian revolution in Mars 18th 2015 the date of the first person killed in Daraa countryside, until February 22nd 2016. The casualties are as follows:
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    Civilians: 122.997 civilians, including:
    13.597 children
    8760 female over the age of 18
    43.891 Rebel and Islamic fighters
    Defected soldiers and officers: 2561
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    Regime soldiers and officers: 55042
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    Combatants from Popular Defense Committees, al-Ba’eth battalions, National Defense Forces, al Shabiha, pro-regime informers and the “Syrian resistance to liberate the Sanjak of Alexandretta”: 37966
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    Militiamen from Hezbollah guerrilla: 1025
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    Pro- regime Shia militiamen from Arab and Asian nationalities, Al Quds Al Filastini Brigade and other pro-regime militiamen from different Arab nationalities: 3809
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    Arab, European, Asian, American and Australian and many other nationalities of fighters fighting with ISIS, al-Nusra Front, Junoud al-Sham battalion, Jund Al-Aqsa battalion, Jund al-Sham organization, al-Khadra’a Battalion, the Islamic Turkestan Party, Junud al-Sham al-Shishan and the Islamic movements: 44254
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    Unidentified dead people documented by photos and videos: 3484
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    It is worth noting that the numbers do not include the fate of over 20000 of missing detainees people inside regime prisons and thousands of others who disappeared during the raids and massacres by the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them.
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    These statistics do not include also the more than 5000 abductees from the civilians and fighters inside ISIS jails from Deir Ezzor tribes who were kidnapped from their areas.
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    This statistics also do not include the fate of more than 1500 fighters from the rebel and Islamic factions, the “Islamic State” organization, Jabhat Al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Levant), YPG and local fighters loyal to these parties who were kidnapped during the clashes between these parties.
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    We also would like to refer that this statistics also do not include the fate of more than 6000 captured and missing person from the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them, nor the fate of about 2000 kidnapped person by the rebel and Islamic factions, the “Islamic State” organization or Jabhat Al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Levant) on charge of cooperating with the regime forces.
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    The statics also do not include hundreds of non-Syrian Kurdish fighters who were killed fighting with YPG in Syria.
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    SOHR estimates the real number of casualties from the rebel battalions, the Islamic battalions, Junud al-Sham, The Turkestan Islamic Party, the “Islamic state” organization, Jund al-Sham, Al-Nusra Front, Jund al-Aqsa organization, al-Umma Brigade, al-Battar battalion, al-Mohajereen and al-Ansar army, and the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian, Arab and Asian nationalities to be approximately 95000 more than the documented numbers, due to the extreme discretion by all parties about the human losses caused by the conflict and due to the difficulty of communication in Syria.
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    SOHR consider the silence of the International community for the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria encourages the criminals to kill more and more Syrian people, because they have not found anyone that deter them from continuing their crimes that injured more than 2 million people, some of them with permanent disabilities, and more than 11 million Syrian people were displace both internally and externally, and destroying the infrastructure and private and public properties.
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    and with this horrifying numbers, SOHR renews its call to all international sides -despite the horrifying silence by the international community- to work more seriously for immediate stop of the Syrian people’s blood shedding and to put more pressure on the countries members of the members of the UN Security Council so these war crimes and the crimes against humanity are handled by the International Criminal Court. We in the Syrian Observatory demand the punishment of all perpetrators, instigators, collaborators and all individuals and sides who used the Syrian blood as a political card and as means to carry out their personal agendas, as well as those who transformed a revolution for dignity to a sectarian and ethnic civil war.

    • “More than 370.000 people are thought to be killed since the rise of Syrian revolution”
      Don’t you realize how damning this sentence is for your cause? 370.000 people had to die because of your monstrous “revolution”. How many more do you want to see dead until your blood thirst is satisfied?

      • The massacres of Hafez al Assad at Homs and Hamas (something like 30.000 killed alone in one city) – and the massacres of Bashar al Assad before spring 2011 against ordinary Syrians are excluded.
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        You have asked if the syrian victims have to apologize for the crimes the Assad clan have committed on them?

        • “massacre”? What stuff are you smoking? Are you really nutty enough to claim that what was faced by the SAA in Hama in 1982 was some kind of peaceful pot growing flower power hippie commune? Err, no: It was a large, well armed gang of radical islamist fighters that had occupied Hama in a surprise attack and, yes, there was actually a massacre: of government party members and civil servants carried out by the “moderate freedomfighters”. The reconquest of the city against the fierce resistance of the fighters did of course cause a lot of damage, but that was the responsibility of the militants that choose to make the city a battlefield.
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          Hama, of course, was only the culmination of a brutal terrorist campaign that had started in earnest in 1979. After Hama, however the radical islamist insurgency was defeated.
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          When comparing the events of 1982 to 2011 it is interesting to note the differences between the western propaganda narrative and the opinion of actual Syrians: Whereas the former asserts, that the Syrian government did not try to engage the rebels and instead immediately sought a military solution, the criticism usually voiced by Syrians is quite different: The Syrian government did waste too much time trying to negotiate with the militants; it should have immediately forcefully struck at the developing insurgency and thereby nipping the civil war in the bud, like in 1982.
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          Personally, I am sceptical that faster action against the insurgency would have changed that much in the course of events. The situation in 2011 was very different from that in 1982. Now the militants had overwhelming external state support, both material and propagandistic, led by the sole remaining superpower. In addition, the islamist terrorist network in the region was now much better developed and able to flood Syria with large numbers of fighters in no time.

  9. Russian child murderer
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    Kafrhamra, Aleppo again where some children weren’t so lucky unfortunately, lifeless bodies buried under the rubble.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdP2PVrzlNw&feature=youtu.be&has_verified=1&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOdP2PVrzlNw%26feature%3Dyoutu.be%26oref%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.youtube.com%252Fwatch%253Fv%253DOdP2PVrzlNw%2526feature%253Dyoutu.be%26has_verified%3D1&has_verified=1
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      • No you are a tiny and shrinking and increasingly irrelevant minority. The majority in the UK are opposed to western intervention in Syria, and pretty soon the same will happen in the US.

        Here in Australia the public cannot understand what the f&ck we are doing with a handful of F15s bombing a country on the other side of the planet that has never attacked us. Fortunately the new prime minister, who is not a Washington ass kisser, has made it clear it’s time to pull out.

        • You build your world on lies: on a masked Shiite morbid Islamism, on fear of democracy, on a hidden neo-imperialism style of zarist russia from 1914, on fear gainst the future – but you have armament scrap and guns only to hold upright very cumbersome your mendacious world.
          You are using all properties to lose.

        • Shit. Don`t know that I am on some ones payroll. Nice to hear – but fridge is empty
          Can you send some rubbles please – but quickly?

  10. Scott, can you put a limit on guys like gunny and RedTornadoes?
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    Honestly, they’re pumping out so much “stuff” it’s impossible to respond and making your site not worth spending time on.
    .
    If you can’t…………. peace out. Nice knowing you.

    • More than 120,000 Russian Anti – Putin protesters demand political reform in Moscow.
      It would be healthier to you to make quickly an U turn.

      • More than 120,000 Russian Anti – Putin protesters demand political reform in Moscow.

        A sizable demonstration but not many people as a percentage of the electorate.

        Note than 1 million people came out demonstrating against the Iraq war and that didn’t stop the war criminals Blair and Bush proceeding. In fact, Blair used the asinine argument that because there were only 1 million on the street, those who stayed home did so because they supported the war.

  11. Have you ever seen an avalanche? At the very beginning it`s always tiny.
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    Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said he has “no obligations” to Putin as he outlined his plans to take on the Russian government in London.
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    Khodorkovsky outlined plans to back a number of opposition candidates in September parliamentary elections, but said he was ultimately working to make sure plans are in place for when Putin’s government “falls”.
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    Open Russia would provide logistical backing to 230 candidates running from various opposition parties or on independent tickets in September. Currently, the Duma is dominated by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, with three other “loyal opposition” parties also represented.
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    The goal is at least to discredit the elections and show their alleged unfairness.
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    “People will be jailed. People will be beaten up, people maybe will even be killed,” he said. “Those people who today enter opposition politics, they fully realise that they are taking a risk. We will do everything to make sure those risks are minimised … but it does not mean there will be no victims at all.”
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    He also said he did not believe Putin himself should be put on trial, and that in the event there ever is a change of regime in Russia, Putin should have immunity.
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    “In our country there is too much hatred, ==============
    our society is too destroyed.========================
    Someone should learn to forgive. ===================
    If we think we are more moral than our opponents=======
    and we hope that we are, then we should be the ones===
    who start to forgive, however difficult it might be.”=======
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    Khodorkovsky said it was “absolutely certain” Putin would fall at some point, but it may not happen in the nearest future.
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    • Have you ever seen an avalanche? At the very beginning it`s always tiny.
      You Russophobes have been predicting that about Iran and Russia for a decade.

      Khodorkovsky is a oligarch thug and a criminal. Nothing he says has any credibility or basis in fact, though it stands to reason he is investing a lot of his ill gotten millions to try and create unrest in Russia.
      Khodorkovsky outlined plans to back a number of opposition candidates in September parliamentary elections, but said he was ultimately working to make sure plans are in place for when Putin’s government “falls”.

      This is already old news. The Russian government is well aware the US will try another one of their faux color revolutions during the parliament elections in September:
      “The sensational part of Putin’s speech is his disclosure that the FSB is in possession of definite information that plots are being hatched in the West to stir up political turmoil in Russia as the country heads for crucial parliamentary election in October. Putin avoided the use of the expression ‘color revolution’ but hinted at it.”
      http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2016/02/27/putin-cant-bend-like-beckam-tensions-with-us-will-rise/

      The various U.S. services and the neocons in the State Department would certainly like to invite some revolt in Russia. But the chances for a successful putsch in Moscow are tiny. There is no competent opposition to the current government and a bit of economic trouble is not what incites Russians to take on the state. They would have hanged Yeltsin every other day if it were so.
      It would be much easier if Washington would accept Russia as it is and make some room form it in global polices. But that never can be, right?
      “Putin has forewarned that Moscow will defeat any US design to instigate political turmoil in Russia, no matter what it takes. Trust Putin here. However, the big question remains: How could regional conflicts such as Syria or Ukraine be possibly addressed when the two big powers are locked in an existential struggle?”

      Khodorkovsky has been 100% wrong all along and will simply end up burning a whole lot of money for nothing once again. In fact, Khodorkovsky sounds pretty defeatist about it, acknowledging that his efforts will be futile.

      • 1..I have nothing against russians – you shouldn`t confuse it with a well founded Anti – Putin stance.
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        2..Khodorkovsky has a clear thinking mind. You not.
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        3..Russians will fight for their freedom – they do not need other nations to fight against the fascist behavior of Putin and his mafia criminals inside the regime.
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        4..Why you are so fearful? Do you expect another fall of the Soviet – Union?
        It will not happen – because this time people will say what they need for a dignified life.
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        5..US has changed their role as a world power inside the world.
        Your biggest failure is that you keep on your propaganda – but you don`t understand what US is doing at the moment. You’ve lost touch with reality.
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        6..If you look back to Russian history you can easily figure out what will happen.
        But I agree that a the emancipation of the Russian people will be connected with violence.
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        7..It was a big failure to accept Georgia. The outcome was Cremea and Ukraine – additional Putin is working against the peace agreement of Minsk. Cremea isn`t acceptable – it would be okay if russia is doing some agreement with Ukraine for its war harbour. But 8.000 killed Europeans at Ukraine isn`t acceptable the same as the russian killing of syrians inside syria isn`t acceptable. Putin sees his political future to fullfil a neo-imperialistic war policy – for nobody in the world is this acceptable.
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        8..You are too fearful. Nobody would instigate political turmoil inside Russia. That`s over and history.
        That`s gone. The task of the russians will be to decide about their live in the future themeselves.
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        9..Khodorkovsky:
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        “Putin has far less room to maneuver financially, which creates difficulties for him, and as a result the cost of any mistakes he may make could be critical,” Khodorkovsky said. “For Putin, even $120 a barrel for oil is a problem because, with his system of rule, he can’t survive without the revenue from raw materials growing every year.”
        (note: crude oil price is something around 33-34$)
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        “The main problem of the government that Putin has built is that it lacks every form of legitimacy. There’s just Putin, and his performance”
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        “The entire army of civil servants takes its orientation from two aspects. The first is what Putin says. The second is their own pocket. 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.”
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        “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.”
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        Khodorkovsky has understood Russia and Russians. He has lived there for decades.
        Putin is a secret service man beaten at Dresden – with a nightmarish dream to rebuild the soviet union without the resources the ex-world power have had.
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        Easy to predict who will win.

        • 1..I have nothing against russians – you shouldn`t confuse it with a well founded Anti – Putin stance.
          Don’t lie. Your repeated referecne to Russians being drunk on vodka reveals your contempt for all Russians.


          2..Khodorkovsky has a clear thinking mind. You not.

          So was Hitler. He just happened to be a murderous lunatic.


          3..Russians will fight for their freedom – they do not need other nations to fight against the fascist behavior of Putin and his mafia criminals inside the regime.

          Agreed. Putin enjoys massive popularity in Russia. Therefore they will fight any attempts at regime change or faux color coded revolutions funded by criminals like Khodorkovsky, who everyone knows was fleecing the country and sending all his money offshore.

          4..Why you are so fearful? Do you expect another fall of the Soviet – Union? #
          No, but regime chance in Moscow has long been a wet dream of the neocons and Washington.

          5..US has changed their role as a world power inside the world.
          Inside the world? Are you suggesting the Earth is hollow?

          but you don`t understand what US is doing at the moment. You’ve lost touch with reality.

          You have a point. I don;’t thin anyone knows what the US is doing at the moment, including the US.
          America Is In A Proxy War With Itself In Syria
          http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/america-is-now-fighting-a-proxy-war-with-itself-in-syria#.gkKdKrLyZv#

          6..If you look back to Russian history you can easily figure out what will happen.
          Not a lot.

          7..It was a big failure to accept Georgia.

          Washington had no choice. No US president is going to risk any US cities to go to war for Georgia. Besides, Sakashvilli started the war.

          The outcome was Cremea and Ukraine – additional Putin is working against the peace agreement of Minsk. Cremea isn`t acceptable – it would be okay if russia is doing some agreement with Ukraine for its war harbour.
          NATO wanted to move into that military base and as Putin said, while the NATO folks are probably decent folks., he would rather they visited a Russian base in Crime than visit a NATO base in Crimea.
          But 8.000 killed Europeans at Ukraine isn`t acceptable the same as the russian killing of syrians inside syria isn`t acceptable.

          Most of those 8,000 were killed by the Kiev Junta. Putin sees his political future to defend against NATO expansion and the attempts by Washington to break up Russia.

          8..You are too fearful. Nobody would instigate political turmoil inside Russia.
          Actually they would. The Wolfowitz doctrine called for the break up of Russia. The head of the National Endowment for Democracy called for regime change in Moscow and said the way to achieve it was by seizing Ukraine.
          Zbigniew Brzezinski ahs been writing for decades about his policy of seizing Ukraine to expand US circle of influence and weaken Russia.

          “Putin has far less room to maneuver financially, which creates difficulties for him, and as a result the cost of any mistakes he may make could be critical,”
          Putin has not made a mistake. He did what he had to for Russia’s security.


          “The main problem of the government that Putin has built is that it lacks every form of legitimacy.

          That’s false too. In demonstrations in Berlin, the crown were waving German and Russian flags. They are calling for Putin to save Germany and Merkel to be sent to Siberia.
          Putin’s performance has been outstanding in the eyes of Russians, which infuriate cranial like Koprdokovsky and neocons in Washington

          Khodorkovsky has understood Russia and Russians. He has lived there for decades.
          One of which he spent in prison for embezzlement, theft of Russian resources and a slew of crimes against the state. He no longer lives there because he is despised by the Russian public.

          So yes, it is easy to predict who will win.

          • Now it`s time when the Russian opposition can present itself as an alternative to Russian society. It is in this right here that one of the two main tasks lies. The second task — this is to get a look at those people who may be a political asset for the opposition and, correspondingly, these people are being offered the opportunity to show themselves to society. I think that both of these tasks can be resolved within the framework of a pre-election campaign and the subsequent elections. And it is precisely because I consider these tasks to be more important than actually getting elected or not elected to the membership of the current organs of power — which are sufficiently fake in my view — it is for exactly this reason that I support the Democratic Coalition, but at the same time am not a part of it..
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            I consider that to a large extent the problem in communicating inside the Russian society lies in a distortion of the meaning of terms. When you and I talk about democracy, we and those people who are listening to us understand entirely different things by this term. Democracy — this is a mechanism for running a state, a mechanism for running a country. This is why I propose talking about a law-based state.
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            I am absolutely convinced that our fellow citizens are totally interested in and ready for the building of a law-based state. A state where there will be independent courts, a state where the bureaucracy is going to listen to the people, a state where the organs of state are going to be carrying out their state duties and not engaging in seeking out opportunities to line their pockets.
            ==
            Just because Gorbachev was talking about a law-based state in 1986, that does not at all mean that one should not be built, at long last. And so it is that we are going along this path with reverses, with backtracking, there is nothing you can do about that, this has happened in the history of other countries as well. Now as concerns your opinion that I am calling on somebody to underestimate the significance of victory at elections. It is precisely because I consider that in the current conditions it is impossible to get power within the framework of elections, which in actuality are not elections at all. It is precisely for this reason that I am not a participant in the pre-election coalition. But now, to convince society that elections need to be conducted, and that they need to be conducted in an honest way, and that each subsequent non-election needs to be just a little bit closer to a real election — this is a path on which I consider we are perfectly capable of achieving success. It is another matter that this path is somewhat longer than many of today’s young representatives of the opposition imagine it to be. But I think that this is the path to success.
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            I consider that in the course of 10 years, that is until the year 2024, there exists a sufficiently high probability — on the order of 50% — that Putin will go. Whether this will take place a year after the elections or two years after the elections is complicated for me to say. But I do consider that the probability is sufficiently high. And the reason for this is in general comprehensible to me. Vladimir Putin has gotten used to existing in a situation where everything comes together relatively favorably. Society’s attitude to him is favorable, the country’s incomes are growing, because oil prices are growing, the international situation is more or less decent. Now he is finding himself in an uncomfortable situation, and going forward this discomfort is only going to increase. For now he is not fully feeling it yet, but in general I think that this is inevitable. And strictly speaking, I think that Putin’s going or not going is a question of his own personal perception of the circumstances and the situation.
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            My point of view is that Putin will get to the end of his presidency along a path of radicalization of the regime to the very limit. And none of his followers are going to go a single step beyond that limit. At any rate not for a more or less long period. You understand, the elite has its own interests, and I am in agreement with you here that the interests of the elite are now coming into contradiction with the course our country is taking today. The main interest of the elite — and strictly speaking, in actuality it coincides with the interest of the country — is for the country to get out of isolation. Because the country can not develop normally in that isolation in which we have found ourselves now. And not one single successor to Putin is going to be able to stay at this post for anything that could be called a long time if he does not lead the country out of isolation. This is why I am a pessimist in the short term, but an optimist in the medium and long term.
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            THE DAYS OF BRAINWASED PUTIN ARE COUNTED!!

            • Now it`s time when the Russian opposition can present itself as an alternative to Russian society.

              They’ve been doing that for a decade Gunny, but they are not considered credible. Putin is the most popular leader in the world. You are not going to replace him just by pointing to the opposition and insisting they are better.

  12. AFAIR there was terrorist graffiti to be seen in coverage from that place. As long as the US moderate mercenaries can be caught huddling together with the groups exempted from the armistice they remain fair and legitimate game for Russian aerial and Al Assadi surface sniping. This is valid for other places also. As long as the assumedly moderate Islamists share their hotbeds in brotherly love with terrorists and do not active fight against Al Nusra and IS to chuck them out of these regions they have a dilemma. The give themselves intentionally as human shields to terrorists. If the US wants to declare this legitimate they need not bomb IS/Nusra there. But if Russia bombs them there – the US moderate mercenaries are simply at the wrong spot. YOU must accept facts. Moderate kills in this terrorist vicinity are mere collateral damage.

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