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Syria Daily, March 4: Britain and France Call for End to Regime and Russian Attacks

Syria Daily, March 4: Britain and France Call for End to Regime and Russian Attacks
March 04
16:17 2016

PHOTO: British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande on Thursday


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UPDATE 1600 GMT: Riad Hijab, the coordinator of the opposition-rebel High Negotiations Committee, has warned that the ceasefire is near collapse.

After a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Hijab claimed 90 airstrikes on 50 opposition locations.

Hijab said the Syrian military and its allies are reinforcing across the country in preparation for attacks, with an influx of heavy weapons, mortars, and tanks.


Britain and France called on Thursday for an end to attacks on Syria’s opposition by Russia and the Assad regime, which are continuing despite a ceasefire that began last weekend.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura maintained that the cessation of hostilities had made “visible progress”, even though the Syrian military has pursued ground assaults in five provinces, with cover from Russian warplanes in some of the assaults.

French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron said in a joint statement, a day before a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

We ask all sides that are committing human rights violations, including Russia and the Syrian regime, to put an immediate end to the attacks against moderate opposition groups.

Tomorrow is an opportunity for the leaders of the UK, France and Germany to come together…and make very clear to [Russian] President Putin that we need this ceasefire to hold, to be a lasting one and to open the way for a real political transition.

De Mistura said the level of violence in Syria had been “greatly reduced” despite the attacks near Damascus and in Hama, Homs, Latakia, and Idlib Provinces.

“In general, the cessation has been holding,” he asserted.

Rebel Faction: “War Did Not Stop”

However, the leading rebel faction Jaish al-Islam said: “Our confrontations with the Assad gangs did not stop, whether in the Ghouta [near Damascus], in Homs, or in Aleppo, and as far as we are concerned, the war effectively did not stop on the ground in the shadow of these violations”.

Jaish al-Islam confirmed that it faced a difficult situation in the al-Marj area of East Ghouta, where Syrian forces have been trying to advance:

The regime has been launching a fierce attack on the area for more than four months. We were surprised that after the declaration of the truce by the international community that this attack continued and the Assad forces took new positions in the area.

Jaish al-Islam warned that a ceasefire where “militias and states kill our people, expel them and occupy our land” was tantamount to unacceptable surrender “after all this blood that has been spent”.


Activists: 21 Medical and Civil Defense Staff Killed in February

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reports that 19 medical and civil defense staff were killed in February by pro-regime forces.

Thirteen of the staff — a doctor, six nurses, four other medical personnel, and two civil defense workers — were slain by Russian airstrikes. The Syrian military killed a nurse and five civil defense workers.

Two other volunteers were killed by the Islamic State.

SYRIA MOURNING CIVIL DEFENSE DEATH 02-16


Videos: Large Opposition Rallies Across Country

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  1. Andre De Angelis
    Andre De Angelis March 04, 06:27

    Why don’t they call for an end to Saudi bombing of Yemen?

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    • K9
      K9 March 04, 15:07

      Whataboutery, whataboutery. Come on everybody sing Andre’s song.

      Reply to this comment
    • gunny
      gunny March 04, 21:07

      Why don’t you call for an end of war and iranian terrorist attacks overall in the world?
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      The Iranians are extraordinarily determined in their efforts to assassinate members of their opposition abroad. They will tell you that they treat their opponents abroad just as they treat them at home and that this is a purely domestic affair.
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      source, german court protocols: Tehran Ordered Exile Killings,
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      If you are backing iranian terrorism and wars it is not particularly credible when you defame others with the claim of being a terrorist. You are a war party and part of the war – your own terrorist actions are as worse as others.

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      • Andre De Angelis
        Andre De Angelis March 05, 00:38

        Why don’t you call for an end of war and iranian terrorist attacks overall in the world?

        There are no Iranian terrorist attacks overall in the world.

        Anything else?

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        • gunny
          gunny March 05, 02:17

          Liar. In front of the proves that the iranian regime is organizing terrorist attacks you lie.
          Do you believe yourself anymore?`
          Looks like that you are a hardline surpporter of terrorists.
          You belong to Daesh – or Hizbollah? .

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          • Andre De Angelis
            Andre De Angelis March 05, 21:31

            “In front the proves”? Bunny? Seriously my 3 year old daughter speaks better Engish than you.

            No you didn’t provide proof of anything Bunny. The only attack you mention is the restaurant in Germany and after countless requests, you still not have provided evidence of the existence is any arrest warrant against Khamenei or Rafsanjani. You lied didn’t you?

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  2. Stern Daler
    Stern Daler March 04, 07:02

    Many so called moderates are embedded with terrorist (declared terrorist by UN) units. This makes them fair targets for bombing. They must change their alliance and fight these to rid their vicinity of these dangerous neighbours in order to prevent bombing.

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    • Andre De Angelis
      Andre De Angelis March 04, 07:17

      In fact, the so called moderates have admitted that Al Nusra are their allies and brothers and refused to participate in the ceasefire without Al Nusra – recognize by the UN as a terrorist orgabnisations – being included

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      • gunny
        gunny March 04, 17:54

        In fact, you have admitted that Hizbollah and their allies and iranian brothers are recognized by the UN as terrorist organisations.
        Thank you for that information.

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        • Andre De Angelis
          Andre De Angelis March 05, 00:42

          In fact, you have admitted that Hizbollah and their allies and iranian brothers are recognized by the UN as terrorist organisations.

          Iran is not regarded as a terrorist group by the UN. Nor is Hezbollah. In fact, only the United States, France, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Australia,Canada] the Netherlands, and Israel have classified Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The European Union, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have only proscribed Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization, while making a distinction with Hezbollah’s political wing.

          Next…

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          • gunny
            gunny March 05, 02:20

            It looks like that you are a supporter of terror
            Assad terror – Hizbollah terror – Russian terror – Iranian terror – what else?

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      • gunny
        gunny March 04, 21:47

        ………no difference between the FSA, Ahrar al-Sham, and al-Qaeda……….
        ………And the Russians and Hezbollah should help them do so……………..
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        You are the only one who comes to such crazy results.
        You are realy in a position to say this kind of bullshit?
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        Iran is a war party the same as russia who are pursuing their own objectives in syria.
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        Iran Orders the Assassinationn of Kurds in Berlin – Mykonos trial
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        The origins of the Mykonos terrorist attack can be traced to the decision by the IRI’s Special Affairs Committee (Komitey-e Omour-e Vizheh) to appoint Hojjatoleslam Ali Fallahian, then Iran’s Minister of Intelligence, to oversee the elimination of PDKI’s leadership.
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        The Special Affairs Committee was established after Ayatollah Khomeini’s death in 1989 to make decisions on important matters of state. The committee’s existence is not provided for by the constitution. The fact that the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the head of the committee, and that the IRI’s “guardianship of the jurist” (Velayat-e Faqih) doctrine endows the Supreme Leader with extraordinary powers, effectively places the committee above both the government and the parliament.
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        At the time of the Mykonos assassinations the other permanent members were Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, then President; Ali Fallahian, then Minister of Intelligence; Ali Akbar Velayati, then Foreign Minister; Mohammad Reyshahri, a former Minister of Intelligence; Mohsen Rezai, then General Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard; Reza Seifollahi, then head of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s police; and Ayatollah Khazali, a member of the Guardian Council.
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        One of the issues handled by the committee was the suppression and elimination of political opposition to the Islamic Republic.
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        Assassinations both at home and abroad were ordered directly by
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        Ayatollah Khomeini while he was alive.
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        After Khomeini’s death, the responsibility for recommending individual assassinations fell to the Special Affairs Committee.
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        Once the committee’s recommendation was approved by the Supreme Leader Khamenei, an individual committee member would be charged with implementing the decision with the assistance of the Ministry of Intelligence’s Special Operations Council (Shoray-e Amaliyat-e Vizheh). The council’s operational commanders received a written order signed by the Supreme Leader authorizing an assassination.
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        Tell me – against how many countries Iran is waging a war?
        How many terror attacks are under way – which city you will hit the next time?
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        Could be that we will hit back – what will you do?

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        • Andre De Angelis
          Andre De Angelis March 05, 00:46

          You are the only one who comes to such crazy results.

          Errr, no. The FSA have said they and Al Nusra are one and the same.

          Major Ammar al-Wawi, Secretary General of the Free Syrian Army and head of the FSA’s al-Ababil Brigade in Aleppo, said that al-Nusra was the FSA’s “partner”, and that al-Qaeda was an ally of most of the groups brought together by Saudi Arabia underneath the Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC) banner.

          “Nusra has fighters on the ground with rebel brigades in most of Syria and is a partner in the fighting with most of the brigades that attended the Riyadh conference.”

          According to the spokesman for Alwiyat al-Furqan, one of the largest FSA factions operating under the Southern Front umbrella, the FSA “will not accept a truce that excludes Jabhat al-Nusra.” The spokesman later goes on to call Nusra “honorable”, along with the equally honorable Salafi-Jihadists groups Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam.

          Max Abrahms, Professor at Northeastern University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, explains that these recent developments show that Nusra and the other rebels are one in the same.

          “If you’re pro-rebel in Syria, you’re pro-al Qaeda in Syria,” Abrahms writes. “The rebels are now begging for Russia to stop bombing their al-Qaeda partner.”

          Indeed, it was the “moderate” US-backed FSA factions that were the biggest advocates of their al-Qaeda partners being included in the truce.

          Ahrar, it should be noted, only presents itself as being different from al-Qaeda, in actuality it is not, it is a Salafi-Jihadi group which espouses a reactionary andapocalyptic Islamist ideology that has been complicit in sectarian mass murders of Alawites throughout Syria. On the other hand, Jaish al-Islam, in the words of their former leader, regards al-Nusra as their “brothers” whom they “praise” and “fight alongside.” Jaish al-Islam as well is infamous for parading caged civilians throughout warzones, using them as human shields. The current leader of the group, Mohammed Alloush, was named as the chief negotiator to represent the rebel opposition in talks with the UN.

          Any questions Bunny?

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    • abu naqie
      abu naqie March 04, 09:45

      Embedded yr ass…

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      • Andre De Angelis
        Andre De Angelis March 04, 11:15

        Embedded yr ass…

        Embedded according to their own statements.

        Recently a leader of the Nusra group appeared in a video presenting an FSA commander with a gift while saying that there is no difference between the FSA, Ahrar al-Sham, and al-Qaeda. “They are all one,” he explains. The Nusra field commander goes on to thank the FSA for supplying Nusra with US-made TOW antitank missiles, which were given to the FSA directly, of course, from the CIA.

        A month prior to these revelations reports started to surface about the unfolding situation in “rebel-held” Idlib. Despite the repressive dress codes and savage Islamist laws it became apparent that the FSA was only operating under the authority of the more powerful al-Qaeda rebels.

        Jenan Moussa, a journalist for the UAE based Al Aan TV channel who recently had visited the area, reported that Nusra allows the FSA to operate in Hama and Idlib because the FSA groups there get TOW missiles from the West. The reason they are allowed to operate is that the “FSA uses these TOW in support of Nusra.”

        Investigating the situation further, veteran journalist Gareth Porter concludes from a range of sources that in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo every rebel organization is in fact part of a military structure controlled and dominated by al-Nusra.

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        • abu naqie
          abu naqie March 04, 12:47

          Shit in yr pants..scared to death to jabhat an nusra…you better run..dont live at down under live underground.Brownies dream to visit ass head palace?

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        • gunny
          gunny March 04, 17:59

          The two versions of terrorism committed in the name of Islam — that is, the Shiite and Sunni varieties — feed into each other. Confronting them, in equal measures, represents a major task facing Arab politicians and an end indispensable to their work in general.
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          In order to remove ISIS’s raison d’être, Iran’s Khomeinist regime should be eliminated. On the other hand, in order for Khomeinist propaganda to be broken, ISIS must be destroyed.
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          Al-Zaydi does not address the external factors that feed the region’s terrorism predicament, but seems to imply that Daesh (a.k.a., ISIL; ISIS; Islamic State) must be annihilated prior to defeating and subduing the Khomeinists. This is questionable, as support for Daesh runs deep among frustrated Sunnis.
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          On the other hand, many disenchanted and frustrated Iranians are awaiting the collapse of the Khomeinist mullahs’ oppressive regime.
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          Time will tell who will go first: Daesh or the Khomeinists………………………

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    • abu naqie
      abu naqie March 04, 10:12

      Jabhat an nusra thier vision and struggle for thier deen and people in sham=
      1.To unite the syrian by doing daawah .. guide people to return to thier deen.
      2.To raised and honoured the words of kalimah tauhid..obey the law of god.
      3.To fight the tyrant and crime.. defend the weak and poor.
      4.Handsome personalities..always wit smile n young..old people not invited.

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      • abu naqie
        abu naqie March 04, 10:27

        In the battlefield jabhat an nusra is known for thier brilliant strategies..most fearless..most pious and the real hardened diehard jihadis in the modern history of jihad.Thier stedfastnest endurance and thier courage is respected by friends and foe.jabhat an nusra is a real nightmare that will haunted ass add and his goons forever.

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        • Andre De Angelis
          Andre De Angelis March 04, 10:59

          In the battlefield jabhat an nusra is known for thier brilliant strategies..most fearless..most pious and the real hardened diehard jihadis in the modern history of jihad.

          In short, a johadi death cult who have no regard for human life, be it theirs or anyone else’s.

          Thier stedfastnest endurance and thier courage is respected by friends and foe

          No one respects terrorists head choppers. They are scum.

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          • gunny
            gunny March 04, 18:03

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            • gunny
              gunny March 04, 21:26

              No one respects terrorists head choppers. They are scum.
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              You are in a position to criticize Daesh? Realy?
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              Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination by Hizbollah & Iranian regime
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              Agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) murdered three leading members of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) in the Mykonos Restaurant in Berlin. The attack was one of a series of assassinations designed to intimidate and disrupt the activities of people who thinks different. The arrest and trial of several Mykonos perpetrators provides a unique insight into this campaign.
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              http://www.iranhrdc.org/english/english/publications/reports/3150-murder-at-mykonos-anatomy-of-a-political-assassination.html?p=1
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              You are surpporting Hizbollah and IRI – the murderes and terorrists who had committed this terrorist attack. Tell me, where is the difference of Daesh, Hizbollah, Iran and you?

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        • abu naqie
          abu naqie March 04, 12:28

          Jabhat an nusra is not intended to extend thier jihad elsewhere and will co-operate wit anybody to fight tyrany and repression that committed crime and actrocities.Jabhat an nusra will not killed women n children eventhough in the battlefields n works to avoid the colleterall damage.

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        • Red Tornadoes
          Red Tornadoes March 04, 20:16

          TWO BEST MOVES JABHAT COULD MAKE TO ALLIEVIATE FEARS.
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          1. End ties to Al Queda.
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          REASON: Jabhat’s claim to have no intentions of attack outside Syria is not seen as credible so long as it claims affiliation with Al Queda. I personally would have no problem if it had such intentions toward Russia (as a full partner in Sunni genocide) or (so long as the extremist mullahs rule there) Iran or Lebanon (as the home of genocidal Hezbollah).
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          2. It can continue to oppose the hated Syrian Hitler by force but needs to renounce any attempt to impose its own ideology by force afterwards. In essence it must accept the democratic premise that governmental legitimacy comes from the people. Nothing in the Koran opposes democracy except by extremist interpretation. How could Mohammed oppose something that did not exist in his time? People who want to follow a very austere form of Islam voluntarily or leave such an austere form of Islam should be allowed to do so.

          REASON: Showing tolerance toward democracy and free choice would go a long way to reassure people and make any refusal to arm the opposition less acceptable. So long as some groups don’t do so, propagandists for Putin, Assad, Khamenei and Nasrallah can exploit that.

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          • Andre De Angelis
            Andre De Angelis March 05, 01:05

            1. End ties to Al Queda.

            Pretty hard to do, seeing as AL Nusra ARE Al Qaeda.

            2. It can continue to oppose the hated Syrian Hitler by force but needs to renounce any attempt to impose its own ideology by force afterwards.

            As if that’s gong to happen. That’s as credible as some knocking on your door saying “I’m from the tax office and I’m here to help”

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  3. abu naqie
    abu naqie March 04, 09:34

    The mujahideen want fight to the death..thier supporter chanting they want to be wit him until thier death….like that who want to live at syria.?for ass add evil pack..the baby n old man is consider non moderate rebel and they will subjected to torture n killed…until went this tyrant killing will stop?
    Britain as a rich smootest heart clear mind and blessed country should take more inactive role to ends this savage and babarian sectarian war,
    Saudis as rich and all more talk than action is more jokes than benny hill show.
    The brownish cheerleader team for assad evil pack will pay fr thier master crime and attrocities as the fsa alliance of mujahideen will sustained and strike back.

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  4. Barleybill
    Barleybill March 04, 10:11

    Come on David Comedian. Bomb ISIS where they are fighting the rebels in Syria. NOT in Iraq.
    Tell the Ruskies to keep out of that area. They will not like it, but they will do it.

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  5. Barleybill
    Barleybill March 04, 14:41

    Come on David Comedian, the Danes are with you.
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    http://www.albawaba.com/news/denmark-send-troops-jets-fight-daesh-syria-813018
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    The French and Germans are with you too!
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    Give ISIS a hiding and help the rebels while you are at it. Don’t let the Yanks join in because they will want to take credit for it. Show them up so that they have to act with more human decency in the future. Don’t worry about Ol’bummer, he is a Shiite infiltrator,he is not a real president.

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  6. K9
    K9 March 04, 16:06

    Update:
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    #International: Hezbollah take a leaf out of Putin’s book an attempts to inhibit any potential/future Israeli action against them (ie Israel exploits Hezbollah’s over-reach in Syria) by attempting to intimidate them with the threat of greater escalation.
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    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/03/hezbollah-claims-a-nuclear-option-in-tense-standoff-with-israel.html
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    Excerpt from above link: “Hezbollah’s rocket and missile arsenal, estimated at 150,000, is believed to now hold precision guidance systems—putting not only Haifa’s heavy industries but the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Kiryah Tel Aviv headquarters, the Knesset parliament building in Jerusalem, and the nuclear reactor in Dimona in harm’s way. ”
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    I can now see why the Israelis are seriously considering creating a joint anti-Hezbollah strike force with the Saudis. The US Joint Chief of Staffs however have attempted to scupper such plans (frighten of Putin’s response or Obama’s timidity?) by the unexpected visit to Israel.
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    Another excerpt from the above link and even more pertinent: “As part of Gideon, the IDF is restructuring its force posture, one element of which was the formation of an elite Commando Brigade for more agile, penetrating attacks against guerrilla groups. The Israeli Air Force, as the Jerusalem Post and others have reported, has been developing more “efficient” precision-strike capabilities that can deliver thousands of bombs onto targets daily— to exactly combat Hezbollah’s widely dispersed missile storage facilities and command and control positions. More revealing still: For the past several years IDF infantry and armor brigades have been undergoing intensive training exercises, with an eye to a major ground offensive inside Lebanon. ”
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    This is why the regime/Russians/Iranians/Hezbollah can’t afford to have this war drag on for another year. If Hillary Clinton is nominated as Democrat candidate and Trumps win GOP nomination WE WILL SEE another Clinton Presidency who will not only be more sympathetic to the rebels in Syria as well as wanting to be more confrontational with Russia but we will also an Israel military alot more prepare and willing to consider the possibility of invading Hezbollah territory in south Lebanon especially if Israel has US support and when that occurs the geopolitically the conflict in Syria will irreversibly be in rebel’s favour again. The rebels just have to hold onto their current territory and see it out this current Russian-instigated escalation of violence within Syria. Russia/Iran/Assad/Hezbollah need to win this conflict before November/December if they want to win this war and this is one of the reasons why I suspect the YPG was lured into Putin’s camp. Putin realises that if Clinton’s advisors are as machiavellian as he is then they will choose to exploit Russian attention on Syria as an opportunity to escalate against Russia in the Ukraine. So I say to any civilian or rebels within Syria, have patience, do what you’re doing and come the end of Ramadhan you may even see Israeli action against Hezbollah and when that happens nothing – not even Russian planes – will stop you from weakening Assad’s military grip on your country.
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    #Deir Ezzor: “YPG militants have advanced from Mount AbdulAziz and have entered Maliha Oil Field Northeast of Deir ez zor and taken Khunayzir in it…But Deir ez zor clans and tribes representatives are rejecting YPG and Saleh Muslim’s control over Deir ez zor” – VivaRevolt
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    Dangerous levels of over-reach from the YPG, the YPG are straying into towns and cities that are over-overwhelmingly Arab and have been so for very very long time therefore those towns will be completly unassimilable and not only that it would trigger jealousy/envy as well as concern from the Kurdish leadership in Irbil at the ambitions of the YPG. Finally Deir Ezzor from the south and to the west is desert territory which means they’ll face not only years of resentment from the local Arab populace but also guerrilla attacks from the desert.
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    #Aleppo: Iranian forced ‘mutah’ incites rebellion amongst Assadists “Assad regime NDF fighting Amr Diab killed by Iranian fighters after an altercation in Nubl. They made advances on his wife” – Malcolmite
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    • Andre De Angelis
      Andre De Angelis March 05, 01:00

      Hezbollah take a leaf out of Putin’s book an attempts to inhibit any potential/future Israeli action against them (ie Israel exploits Hezbollah’s over-reach in Syria) by attempting to intimidate them with the threat of greater escalation.

      Wow how dare Hezbollah threaten to defend themselves with retaliation if they are attacked. This is an outrage!! Didn’t anyone tell them that only Israel has the right to defend itself?

      I can now see why the Israelis are seriously considering creating a joint anti-Hezbollah strike force with the Saudis. The US Joint Chief of Staffs however have attempted to scupper such plans (frighten of Putin’s response or Obama’s timidity?) by the unexpected visit to Israel.

      Yes, Israel cannot tolerate any others state or military in the region having any deterrence capability. According to Israel, they should have the liberty and freedom to bomb whoever they want without any concern for retaliation.

      Seriously K9, do you even listen to yourself?

      As part of Gideon, the IDF is restructuring its force posture, one element of which was the formation of an elite Commando Brigade for more agile, penetrating attacks against guerrilla groups.

      You;’d think so after how badly their special forces units did in 2006.

      The Israeli Air Force, as the Jerusalem Post and others have reported, has been developing more “efficient” precision-strike capabilities that can deliver thousands of bombs onto targets daily— to exactly combat Hezbollah’s widely dispersed missile storage facilities and command and control positions.

      Yeah right, except that the clueless Israelis don’t know what or where those targets are. In 2006, these idiots ran out of bombs within the first two weeks because they were aimlessly bombing. The long anticipated ground invasion kept being put off because the IAF insisted it needed more time to clear the region for ground troops. Eventually the army ran out of patience and Olmert buckled to pressure so sent in the ground forces in, resulting in them being spat out.

      For the past several years IDF infantry and armor brigades have been undergoing intensive training exercises, with an eye to a major ground offensive inside Lebanon. ”

      Given how scathing the Winograd Report was on their performance, you’d think so.

      This is why the regime/Russians/Iranians/Hezbollah can’t afford to have this war drag on for another year.

      Oh please, Israel isn’t going to do squat if the Russians back Hezbollah.

      In fact, US and Israeli military experts have already admitted Israel has no way to defeat Hezbollah.

      Israel can’t defeat Hezbollah: Israeli expert
      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-lebanon-idUSTRE6BF20L20101216

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      • gunny
        gunny March 05, 02:37

        Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination by Hizbollah & Iranian regime
        =====================================================================
        Agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) murdered three leading members of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) in the Mykonos Restaurant in Berlin. The attack was one of a series of assassinations designed to intimidate and disrupt the activities of people who thinks different. The arrest and trial of several Mykonos perpetrators provides a unique insight into this campaign.
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        http://www.iranhrdc.org/english/english/publications/reports/3150-murder-at-mykonos-anatomy-of-a-political-assassination.html?p=1
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        You are surpporting Hizbollah and IRI – the murderes and terorrists who had committed this terrorist attack. Tell me, where is the difference of Daesh, Hizbollah, Iran and you?

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        • Andre De Angelis
          Andre De Angelis March 05, 03:03

          Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination by Hizbollah & Iranian regime

          Still having no luck finding those arrest warrants fo Khamenei and Rafsanjani I see?


          You are surpporting Hizbollah and IRI – the murderes and terorrists who had committed this terrorist attack.

          You are supporting Al Qada, Al Nusra and Daesh, who committed far greater and more numerous terrorist attack. Are you a member of any of these groups Bunny?

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  7. Saliatus
    Saliatus March 04, 17:17

    Former president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) Ahmad Jarba joins the Syrian Democratic Assembly (MSD)
    https://www.reddit.com/r/syriancivilwar/comments/48ui45/former_president_of_the_syrian_national_coalition/ 3/3/2016

    reddit
    https://www.reddit.com/ 1/21/2016
    Haytham Manna on uniting the Derik conference opposition with the Riyadh conference opposition: “I do not see how I could sit in the same delegation alongside three war criminals and request the establishment of a transitional justice scheme for war criminals.”
    https://www.reddit.com/r/syriancivilwar/comments/420fz6/haytham_manna_on_uniting_the_derik_conference/

    Al-Monitor
    http://www.al-monitor.com/ 3/1/2016
    Al-Monitor: The Syrian National Democratic Council was proclaimed on Dec. 8-9, 2015, before the Riyadh conference held on Dec. 12, 2015. What is the purpose behind it?

    Hesso: The SNDC was the product of negotiations between the key players on the ground holding the reins of any political and military decision. Although the SNDC attended the Riyadh conference, the latter is different insofar as it serves certain regional agendas and interests that are not in line with the Syrian people’s public interest. The elected council included the parties that attended the Riyadh conference, not to mention that interventions were obvious in the formation of the negotiating delegation, thus proving the unworthiness of the conference’s decisions. None of the decisions reached in Riyadh have been applied on the ground and they did not benefit the Syrian people.
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/03/syria-kurdish-jazeera-canton-federal-state.html

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    • gunny
      gunny March 04, 18:29

      Do not you think that it is hypocritical to want to talk about the interests of the Syrians – but surpporting Assad & Russian airraids on Syrians?

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      • Andre De Angelis
        Andre De Angelis March 05, 01:10

        Do not you think that it is hypocritical to want to talk about the interests of the Syrians – but surpporting Assad & Russian airraids on Syrians?

        So I take it you no longer want Daesh to be bombed Bunny?

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        • gunny
          gunny March 05, 02:35

          What a question. i know you are one of the greatest friends of terrorist Hizbollah.
          But there is no difference between them and Daesh.
          BTW – you have changed the side now ? –

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  8. gunny
    gunny March 04, 18:26

    In line with the Syrian people’s public interest.
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    Syrians return to protests as bombs quiet. Demonstrations against the Bashar al-Assad regime sprung up across Syria on Friday in scenes reminiscent of the early days of the uprising.
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    Demonstrations against the Bashar al-Assad regime sprung up at multiple locations across Syria on Friday, calling for the regime’s downfall, the release of prisoners and the unification of rebel factions.
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    Opposition protesters criticized the truce underway in the country, expressed solidarity with areas recently captured by government forces and voiced dissent in general in scenes reminiscent of the early days of the uprising.
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    An internationally-brokered ceasefire that began on Saturday has seen a dramatic, but not complete, drop-off in Russian and and regime bombardment of rebel-held areas in Syria, allowing beleaguered residents to once again take to the streets.
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    The following videos represent a sample of what had been posted online by mid-afternoon local time following the end of Friday Muslim communal prayers.
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    https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/566695-syrians-return-to-protests-as-bombs-quiet

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  9. gunny
    gunny March 04, 18:48

    Syria today: ArabSpring is alive. Demonstrations inside the city of Maarrat al-Numan (Idlib)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKgAUpEuFNk&feature=youtu.be

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    • abu naqie
      abu naqie March 04, 20:23

      Buddy…Really hope that they will survive and sustained.Maarat al numan is changing hand my times in the war and i guess maarat al numan will be target after jish as shugur in the next summer assad pack offensive. they are preparing right now.Lattakia port is full wit supplys from russia.Ass head is on a migrane now cause they really cannot defeat the mujahideen in damascus suburb and still cannot move his army deep north to reinforce hama.As sad army in the darra will be in hell after saudi resume thier aids via jordan…hopefully.yersterday i only had a glance on yr strong words and i am still thinking n not able to understand .. cause scott deleted it.I guess that 1.. 4 me.can u republished it.

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    • Andre De Angelis
      Andre De Angelis March 05, 00:50

      Syria today: ArabSpring is alive. Demonstrations inside the city of Maarrat al-Numan (Idlib)

      Wow, not even 1000 people. What a flop!

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  10. Barleybill
    Barleybill March 04, 22:40

    Sami ‏@Paradoxy13 20 mins20 minutes ago

    Today from Daraa to Damascus, Dumair, Homs, Hama, Idlib, & Aleppo, the revolution continues in #Syria. Assad must go
    .
    There is a picture below the comment showing various demonstrations around Syria. How clever of the Syrian people to show the world once again that all they want is freedom and democracy. They have reminded the world of their real cause and thrown all of the lies and nonsense from Bashyer Arsof in the rubish bin. How can this brutal meglamaniac still pretend that he represents the Syrian people? Will he just deny the demonstrations ever happened just like he denies that the barrel bombs exist?

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    • Andre De Angelis
      Andre De Angelis March 05, 00:48

      There is a picture below the comment showing various demonstrations around Syria. How clever of the Syrian people to show the world once again that all they want is freedom and democracy.

      Yeah sure, just like the fake videos of Iraqis pulling down Saddam’s statue.

      The opposition is in complete disarray.
      First they accuse Assad and Russia of targeting civilians.
      Then they accuse Assad and Russia of targeting the moderate rebels – which is a ludicrous complaint because the rebels are clearly targeting Assad.
      When the ceasefire kicked in they complained that Assad and Russia were violating it.
      Now they are complaining that the ceasefire is working, and that a cessation in violence is not in their interests because they cannot achieve their aims without violence.

      They are upset because democracy won’t give them the results they want.

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  11. gunny
    gunny March 05, 02:23

    Syrian Protesters Take to Streets as Airstrikes Ease
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    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Street protests erupted across insurgent-held areas of Syria on Friday, as demonstrators took advantage of the relative lull in airstrikes during a partial truce, coming out in the largest numbers in years to declare that even after five punishing years of war they still wanted political change.
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    Under the slogan “The Revolution Continues,” demonstrators waved the green, white and black pre-Baathist flag adopted during the early, largely peaceful stages of the revolt, before the proliferation of armed Islamist factions with black jihadist banners.
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    It was impossible to gauge what percentage of Syrians the demonstrators represented, out of the millions living in insurgent-held areas or, for that matter, in government-held areas or as refugees abroad. But many protesters, reached by telephone and text message, said they aimed to show that they were determined to resume demonstrations seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad as soon as there was even a partial respite from airstrikes by the government and its Russian allies.
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    The protests were all the more surprising in that the insurgency is struggling militarily, squeezed between pro-government forces and those of the Islamic State.
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    Ahmad al-Saud, a commander of a rebel group that has received weapons and aid from the United States and its allies, appeared in the crowd at a protest in his hometown, Maarat al-Noaman, in the northern province of Idlib, according to photographs widely shared online.
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    “We are not fans of killing, but the regime forced us to fight,” was the protesters’ message, said a local activist who goes by the pseudonym Ibrahim al-Idlibi for his safety.
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    The demonstrations came as electricity gradually returned to areas across Syria after a mysterious power failure on Thursday took down what is left of the national grid and disrupted Internet service.
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    Supporters and opponents of the government alike fiercely speculated on social media over the cause of the problem. The state news agency, SANA, said the Internet disruption was caused by “sudden damage” to one of the hubs of the national telecommunications system. Pro-government news portals quoted the minister of electricity as saying that the cutoff had to do with a technical fault in the valves supplying fuel to the power grid.
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    A government police officer stationed in Homs vented his frustration in a text message. “We’ve been hours with no electricity,” he wrote. “I swear to God I’m suffocating.”
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    He complained that some parts of Syria had electricity nearly round the clock, while others had just an hour or two a day.
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    Perhaps the greater mystery was how, after five years of war, much of government-held Syria and some insurgent-held areas remain on a national grid.

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  12. Ziad Abu Fadel
    Ziad Abu Fadel March 05, 13:51

    Your photos are old and were predictably selected by the useless propagandists who inhabit your page. President will win any election hands down. It’s over Lucas. Your checks from the Arabians will stop shortly after we have skinned alive every Saudi monkey carrying the DNA of the defeated House of Saud. Lying will get you nowhere and quoting failed Syrians like this Attar virago will only increase your stench. The streets of Syria are exploding with citizens begging the army to return and restore tranquility. And, by the way, who cares about limeys and frogs anymore?

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