Syria Daily: Deaths on Both Sides of “Catastrophic” Aleppo

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FILE -- In this Sunday, April 24, 2016, file photo made from video posted online by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, a man helps an injured man as others stand in rubble after airstrikes and shelling hit Aleppo, Syria. A military buildup in northern Syria coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months brought much needed relief to war-stricken Syrians, ushering in what could be an even more ruinous chapter in the country's five-year-old conflict. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP video, File)

PHOTO: Damage from a Russia-regime airstrike on an opposition area of Aleppo city


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UPDATE 1600 GMT: Aftermath of an airstrike on the al-Neirab water station in Aleppo:


UPDATE 1630 GMT: Curiously, the US envoy for Syria, Michael Ratney, downplays Aleppo in a statement calling for a “general recommitment” to the February 27 cessation of hostilities.

The statement is titled “Recommitting to the Cessation of Hostilities in Latakia and Eastern Ghouta”, calling on all parties in the areas — Latakia Province on the Mediterranean and East Ghouta near Damascus — to refrain from fighting and adhere to the ceasefire.

Only then does the statement add the note that “persistent violations and attacks on civilians in Aleppo…are unacceptable”.


UPDATE 1445 GMT: For the first time, Friday Prayers have been cancelled in the opposition-held areas of Aleppo city because of fears for safety amid the Russian-regime airstrikes.

The order was issued by the Majlis al-Sharia for Aleppo.

State news agency SANA says 16 civilians were killed and scores wounded in “terrorist rocket attacks” on regime-held sections of the city on Friday.


UPDATE 0930 GMT: The White Helmets civil defense organization has confirmed the death toll from Wednesday night’s Russian-regime attack on one of the last hospitals in opposition-held Aleppo city:

See Syria Special: Russia-Regime Airstrike Destroys Aleppo Hospital, Killing 50+


ORIGINAL ENTRY: Killing continued on both sides of Syria’s divided city of Aleppo on Thursday. Russian and regime warplanes carrying out more airstrikes on opposition territory, while State media claimed the deaths of civilians from rebel shelling of regime areas.

The Russian and Syrian air forces struck for an eighth straight day on neighborhoods including Bustan al-Qasr, Kallasa, and Sakhour. The Local Coordination Committees documented 73 deaths in and near Aleppo on Thursday.

The LCC recorded 131 deaths across Syria, with another 22 in Homs Province and 15 in Hama Province.

State news agency SANA claimed 22 people were killed and at least 88 wounded on Thursday by rebel shelling of regime districts such as Midan and Ashrafiyeh.

State media has said that shelling escalated from Monday, killing more than 60 people.

SHELLING WEST ALEPPO 28-04-16

UN: “Catastrophic” Airstrikes and Blocking of Aid

The head of the UN humanitarian task force, Jan Egeland, said on Thursday that there had been a “catastrophic deterioration in Aleppo over the last 24-48 hours, also in parts of the Homs area”.

In addition to the airstrikes, Egeland cited the hindrance of aid deliveries to besieged opposition areas. He noted the mortar attack on a convoy heading to the town of Rastan in northern Homs Province, and said another was forced to stop due to air raids.

The UN official also referred to the recent Russian-regime attacks on rescue and medical services, including the killing of more than 50 people in bombing of an Aleppo hospital on Wednesday night and five White Helmets rescuers in an attack on their center, west of Aleppo, on Monday:

The stakes are so incredibly high because so many civilian lives are at stake, so many humanitarian health workers and relief workers are being bombed, killed, maimed at the moment that the whole lifeline to millions of people is now also at stake.

Doctors have been killed, health workers have been killed and medical workers have been blocked from coming to their patients.

See Syria Special: Russia-Regime Airstrike Destroys Aleppo Hospital, Killing 50+
Syria Daily, April 26: 5 White Helmets Rescuers Killed in Russia-Regime Attack

Egeland was speaking after a weekly meeting of the International Syria Support Group, which brokered the February 27 cessation of hostilties.

“There has been progress. All of that may now be lost if the…fighting and the violence and bombardment of civilians, health workers, hospitals, relief workers continue,” he said.


More Info on Bodies of 47 Rebels Paraded by Kurdish Militia YPG

More information is circulating about the deaths of the 47 rebels whose bodies were paraded by the Kurdish militia YPG on the streets of Afrin in northwest Syria on Thursday.

The Free Syrian Army and other groups launched an attack on Tal Rifaat, taken by the YPG in February. The operation failed because of the explosion of an ammunition truck.

The slain fighters were originally from Homs and had extensive experience fighting in northern Syria.


Russia’s RT Steals, Then Fakes Video for “Rebels Shell Regime-Held Aleppo”

Russia’s State outlet RT, ignoring any deaths of civilians in opposition areas, has faked video for its claims that rebels are shelling regime districts and causing casualties:

The original footage was shot by prominent pro-opposition journalist Hadi al-Abdallah, who has covered frontline conflict and attacks on civilian areas for years.

The opening seconds of the footage clearly show a rescuer with the arm badge of the White Helmets, the civil defense organization that operates in opposition areas.

Abdallah filmed soon after a deadly Russian-regime attack on the Bustan al-Qasr district on Thursday.

RT removed the journalist’s references to the “regime” and “Assad”. Instead, it said that the images were of an assault on civilians by the jihadists of Jabhat al-Nusra — even though Nusra has no presence in Aleppo city.


Official: ISIS Fires Mortars Into Turkey

A senior Turkish official said that Islamic State mortar shells were fired from Syria into southeastern Turkey on Thursday, damaging a howitzer belonging to the Turkish army but causing no casualties.

Governor Ali Yerlikaya said five shells were launched from Syria’s Jarablus area, striking near the Turkish town of Karkamis. One of them hit the howitzer while others landed on empty fields.

Yerlikaya said the Turkish military responded with artillery fire at ISIS positions across the border.

Islamic State shelling into Turkey this year has taken 18 lives, mostly in the border town of Kilis.

ISIS claimed in a video on Thursday (see Syria Daily) that it has destroyed three Turkish tanks with anti-tank guided missiles. There has been no confirmation of the assertion.

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  1. “[Foreign Extremists] made the country fight their own sons”Mohammad Abo Adel,a General Commander of Jaysh al-Thuwar
    https://twitter.com/joeyldotcom/status/720633842336288768 4/14/2016

    Daily Mail
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ 4/28/2016
    Fighting between Syrian rebels and Kurdish forces has killed at least 64 people in the north of Aleppo province near the border with Turkey, a monitor said Thursday.
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    The clashes, which broke out on Wednesday night as rebels tried to capture the Kurdish-held town of Tal Rifaat, killed 53 rebel fighters and 11 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-Arab alliance, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]
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    Abdel Rahman told AFP that the clashes, which involved rebels including the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham, subsided on Thursday.
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    Ahrar al-Sham is among the most powerful Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
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    Financed by Turkey and Gulf states, it is allied to Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, and fights alongside it around Aleppo and in neighbouring Idlib province.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3563833/Fighting-rebels-Kurds-kills-64-north-Syria.html

    The Long War Journal.
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/ 4/28/2016
    Sheikh Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, one of the most influential jihadist ideologues in Syria, has launched a new recruiting campaign that aims to indoctrinate thousands of young men. The mobilization effort, named “Take Up Arms, Do Not Sit Still,” began online and throughout Syria on Apr. 20.
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    One of the first propaganda videos released for the effort shows Muhaysini speaking in front of a large crowd at a refugee camp. The Saudi cleric, who is linked to al Qaeda, is treated like a rock star at the event. The rally supposedly led to between 200 and 300 new recruits joining the jihadists’ cause. […]
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    Muhaysini wears multiple hats inside Syria. In addition to being the chairman of the Jihad’s Callers Center, he is a senior judge in Jaysh al Fath, a rebel coalition that overran the Idlib province in 2015. Jaysh al Fath was co-founded by Al Nusrah Front, which is al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and another al Qaeda-linked group, Ahrar al Sham.
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    Muhaysini and some of his supporters online refer to him as an “independent” jihadist. The Long War Journal assesses that this is unlikely and he is probably a senior al Qaeda sharia official. He has numerous connections to al Qaeda’s international network.
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    He was a student of Sulayman Al Alwan, a jihadist cleric responsible for indoctrinating some key figures within al Qaeda. The 9/11 Commission found that al Alwan even instructed one of the 9/11 hijackers. Muhaysini has defended and spoken fondly of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri. In 2014, Muhaysini even issued a proposal for jihadist reconciliation that was timed to coincide with Zawahiri’s own. The initiative was intended to reconcile the Islamic State with its jihadist rivals in the Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham. While the latter parties agreed to the plan, the Islamic State rejected it.
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/04/al-qaeda-linked-cleric-leads-new-recruiting-campaign-for-jihadists-in-syria.php

    • 1..Foreign Extremists made the country fight – like Hizbollah and Shia Militias surpported and
      funded by Iran. Your propaganda is part of the russian and iranian hybrid warfare:
      blaming others – to conceal the aggression of Assad, Iran & Russia
      ========================================================================
      IRGC GF Combat Divisions at Syria Province
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      10th Seyyed al Shohada Division………..Alborz
      14th Imam Hossein Division ………………Esfahan
      16th Qods Division …………………………..Gilan
      25th Karbala Division………………………. Mazandaran
      17th Ali bin Abi Taleb Division…………….Qom
      7th Valiye Asr Division……………………….Khuzestan
      8th Najaf Ashraf Armored Division……….Esfahan
      19th Fajr Division 89………………………….Fars
      21st Imam Reza Independent Armored Brigade Razavi
      ………………………………………………………Khorasan
      Mohammad Rasoul Allah Unit……………..Tehran
      32nd Ansar al Hossein Brigade……………Hamedan
      82nd Saheb al Amr Brigade ……………….Qazvin
      71st Rouh Allah Brigade ……………………Markazi
      12th Ghaem Independent Brigade……….Semnan
      14th Imam Sadegh Brigade…………………Bushehr
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      IRGC GF Combat Support Groups
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      15 Khordad Artillery, Missile, and Air Defense Group…………..Esfahan
      45th Javad al Aemeh Engineering Group…………………………..Golestan
      56th Younis Artillery Group………………………………………………Fars
      62 Muminun Artillery Group……………………………………………..Kermanshah
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      http://www.irantracker.org/sites/default/files/imce-images/Irans_Evolving_Way_of_War_IRGC_in_Syria_FINAL.pdf

      There are several rebel groups at Syria funded by Turkey or Arab countries –
      but no one built there an army of like Iran committing genocide at Syria for religous and neo imperial reasons.

      The appearance of expeditionary cadre IRGC formations in combat on Syrian battlefields is one
      indicator that Iran’s armed forces are beginning to move toward fielding conventional military
      capabilities.

      The level of unconventional war that has characterized Iranian military operations throughout the region for decades. They suggest that Iran’s leaders are contemplating building armed forces that could wage war against other regional states in a relativel y conventional and symmetrical fashion.

      These activities and discussions are still only indicators, however. IRGC expeditionary

      It is tempting to see Iranian activities in Syria through the prism of hybrid warfare and to equate it
      with Russia’s use of “little green men” and militia proxies in Ukraine. Those parallels are certainly
      valid and informative, but they likely go only so far in describing what Iran is really up to. The
      Iranians follow the Russian pattern in requiring their soldiers to strip all identifying insignia and
      ranks from their uniforms (thereby rendering them illegal combatants under Geneva Convention
      standards), and they persist in describing their activities in Syria as limited to training and advising.

      They appear, however, to be creating organizations and standard operating procedures that would
      give them a generalizable capability to deploy such expeditionary cadre units to a number of states
      throughout the region, rather than simply trying to manage local and Western responses

      That intertwinement denies the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Israel, or other states any set of distinct Iranian units that could be attacked with conventional weapons. Fighting those units with either air or ground forces would inevitably draw the U.S. or other regional states into all the complexities of the internal conflict, a
      prospect that has proved daunting enough to deter any of the regional or extra – regional powers
      from directly intervening in Syria.

      This intertwinement also makes it extremely difficult to know when operations against any local force will actually become direct combat with the IRGC, thus precipitating a possibly unintentional escalation with Iran.

      • Your propaganda is part of the russian and iranian hybrid warfare:
        blaming others – to conceal the aggression of Assad, Iran & Russia

        Typical BS spewed out by the American Enterprise Institute, a right wing neocon think tank that has tried to feed us a non stop barrage of lies for 2 decades and who lead the charge with lies about Iraq.

    • YPG are definitely useful idiots at Syria. They think that the surpport of the Assad regime including Russia and Iran will help them to get some sort of liberation.

      One spokesman of SDF Talal Selo: Strongly condemns what happened in Efrîn (YPG parade the corpses of FSA rebels in Efrin ) describing it as a moral & human disaster.

      @servankobane of the SDF leadership strongly condemns the shameful actions of the YPG in Efrin, too
      https://twitter.com/arabthomness

  2. Update:
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    #International: Putin issues an implicit threat “Russia says that US deployment without coordination with the regime is a violation of Syria sovereignty.” – YallaSouriya
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    #Deraa: “With the Opposition gaining the upper hand against pro-ISIS factions #Hezbollah enters the fray to divide their efforts.” – CombatChris1
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    Why am I not surprised. To quote Kazemi it seems the regime and Daeesh commanders keep each other’s telephone numbers on auto-dial.
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    #Observation: 1) Couldn’t find a better description of the YPG then the following “Hostility ends with your death when you fight a noble enemy. Things are very different when you fight cheap traitors” – Abduhark
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    And.
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    2) “YPG of Afrin has no idea of showing off dead FSA fighters that what it did will imflame the area,Ayn Daqnah and Tal Rifaat are arab towns” – VivaRevolt
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    Who’s to say it’s not deliberate? Incite the Arabs so the YPG gets an excuse to ethnically cleanse the local Arab populace from that area?

  3. READING PUTIN
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    The current debate over how to respond to Russia’s military moves partly reflects a difference of opinion in Washington over whether Putin has been sincere in his backing for the U.N. peace process which is now struggling for survival.

    On one side U.S. military and intelligence officials thinks that Putin does support the U.N.-backed talks.

    Other U.S. officials and experts think Putin has never been sincere about diplomacy, and that Obama and Kerry were naive to believe Russian statements of support.

    While U.S. officials gave conflicting assessments on whether Russia had sent additional artillery to Syria, the Obama administration on Thursday openly expressed concern about reports that Russia has shipped more materiel into the country.

    The Pentagon has declined to speculate on Russian motives.

    “I don’t know what their intentions are. What I do know is that we have seen regime forces, with some Russian support as well, begin to mass and concentrate combat power around Aleppo,” Army Colonel Steve Warren, the Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, said on Wednesday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-idUSKCN0XJ0DF

    Russia is leading an Hybrid War at Syria. Putins first step is always to obscure his intentions – his second step is that he is using senseless violence to follow his aims. Russian artillery at Aleppo shows clearly his intention: He is going to undermine the geneve peace process.

    After the russian intervention at Cremea and Ukraine – and after the break down of Minsk II and after stepping up his engagement for the massmurderer Assad at Syria it shouldn`t be so difficult to decode his true intentions of Putin.

  4. DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – #Syria army declares temporary truce in #Damascus suburbs, #Latakia province but not #Aleppo

    (in fact not very clear if Aleppo is included, 24 to 72 hours) )
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    The truce will ONLY serve to regime for providing reinforcements and ammunition for themselves.

        • “Part of the problem in resuming a ceasefire in Aleppo is the intermingling of rebel forces with members of the Nusra Front, an al Qaeda affiliated group that is not protected under a February 27 cessation of hostilities agreement the United States and Russia helped broker. “There is a Nusra presence in Aleppo,” acknowledged a senior State Department official, who briefed reporters Friday on condition of not being identified by name. “Nobody is saying that there isn’t.”

          http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/29/state-department-denies-abandoning-aleppo-in-russian-ceasefire-deal/

          • At Brüssel some Daesh affilates were hidden in Mollenbeck –
            did the the police bomb the city or a part of it?

            1.. Protesters in Idlib’s Marat al-Numan take down Jabhat al-Nusra’s flags & replace them with the 13th Division’s. – But the market place of Marat al-Numan was hardly hit by Assad airforce some days ago, too Targeting civilians is wrong & morally reprehensible.

            2..Despite a recent statement from the Pentagon suggesting otherwise, al-Qaeda’s affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra does not “hold” Aleppo, but has a comparatively small force, dwarfed by the mainstream opposition. The city’s principal opposition force is the Fatah Halab operations room, which excludes Nusra and is overwhelmingly dominated by Free Syrian Army members.

            http://www.mei.edu/content/article/monday-briefing-syria-cease-fire-yemen-talks-and-iran-elections?utm_content=buffer62fec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

            Putin & Assad have never fought Terrorists – Syria and Russia are seeking to attack opposition rebels under the guise of striking Nusra – like they did the last 3 years – as allowed under the cease-fire.

            • t Brüssel some Daesh affilates were hidden in Mollenbeck –
              did the the police bomb the city or a part of it?

              1.. Protesters in Idlib’s Marat al-Numan take down Jabhat al-Nusra’s flags & replace them with the 13th Division’s. – But the market place of Marat al-Numan was hardly hit by Assad airforce some days ago, too Targeting civilians is wrong & morally reprehensible.

              13th Division are not civilians. The are clearly terrorist using civilians as human shields, which is wrong & morally reprehensible

              2..Despite a recent statement from the Pentagon suggesting otherwise, al-Qaeda’s affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra does not “hold” Aleppo

              They never said Al Nusra held Aleppo. They are clearly there is much larger numbers that the johadist supporters will admit and are legitimate military targets.
              There is no mainstream opposition. The so called “opposition “ are a disparate groups of smaller militias, most of whom are under Al Nusra control.

              Putin & Assad are the only ones fighting Terrorists while the US, Turkey and Saudis support and arm them. Putin & Assad are the only ones sticking to the UN Resolutions.

    • Disinformation is their favorite tactic regardless of how stupid or far fetched they sound. They usually try to deny that a hospital was hit at all, but in this case that wasn’t possible so they are ridiculously trying to shift the blame.

      Lavrov also sounded incredibly stupid today when he said the baltic nations should be grateful the Russian empire let them go peacefully. It’s just crazy, imperialistic talk that shows how little the russians have changed.

      • Don: For every munition the Russians have dropped on Daeesh they/Russians have dropped ten more on the FSA and that’s after the State Department asked them not to.

        • Don: For every munition the Russians have dropped on Daeesh they/Russians have dropped ten more on the FSA and that’s after the State Department asked them not to.

          That’s a cheat indicator that the FSA are fighting alongside Al Nusra. Josh Ernest admitted that FSA who fought alongside Al Nusra were fair game.

          If the Russians were bombing only FSA, the State Department would be accusing them of violating the ceasefire.

    • Russian Ministry of Defence blaming “anti-ISIS coalition” for the strike in Aleppo. Incredible !!

      All you have to do is provide the evidence they are wrong. From the outset it’s been a given that Assad or Russia were to blame but I don’t recall seeing any evidence.

  5. A lot of talk today about the latest cessation of hostilities. Apparently the latest US-Russian agreement includes Laðiqīya and Ghūṭa while excluding Aleppo. As a result, an amassing of Axis akin to Palmyra forces is expected for a major push in the city.

  6. The killing and bombing will just keep on increasing. Bashyer Arsof and Pea-brain Putin know that they have to obliterate the rebels before the Shiite Muslim Barack Hussein Obama finishes his term as a phoney US President. We will see even worse violence from these monsters before the end of the year. Expect sieges, starvation, chemical weapons and anything they can physically achieve – humanity is dead, civilisation is dying.

    • Assad’s military strategy: cut supply lines, heavy shelling, civilians flee, siege, starvation, allow aid convoys, evacuation.

      Genocide is the intentional action to systematically eliminate an ethnic, national, racial, or religious group. The UN Genocide Convention defines it as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group” – A generalized meaning of genocide is similar to the ordinary meaning but also includes government killings of political opponents or otherwise intentional murder.

    • Bashyer Arsof and Pea-brain Putin know that they have to obliterate the rebels before the Shiite Muslim Barack Hussein Obama finishes his term as a phoney US President.

      Glad to see you are not holding back on the racist birther venom Barley. You sound like Trump on steroids. The fact is that that Syria is none of Washington’s business and of no interest to the US.

      • But about the action of the monsters Assad & Khamenei & Putin killing cilivians and destroying hospitals
        you have nothing to say?

        • But about the action of the monsters Assad & Khamenei & Putin killing cilivians and destroying hospitals

          All sides are killing civilians and destroying hospitals but you only seem to have a problem with Russia/Assad doing it.

          When the US and Saudi Arabia does it, all we hear from you is the sound of crickets.

            • Which side is doing then bulk of all that in this war …remind me

              Which side is arming the suicide bombing head chopping, organ eating jihadists Leeroy? Which side is trying to destroy what was previously a stable, secular and prosperous country?

              • That would be assad andre he been isis major arms supplier and the bulknof their oil money
                Wasnt stable andre it was in revolt over decades of opression and corruption..it was only prosperous for a few
                Wasnt secular either andre one sect virtualy ruling kinda hints thats not the case

                Now awnser the question asked

            • That would be assad andre he been isis major arms supplier

              The major arms supplied to ISIS is Saudi Arabia and the US. Most of ISIS arms are American weapons.

              BTW. Hezbollah use M16 semi automatics. I supose this proves the US arms Hezbollah right?

              And yes, Syria was stable for half a century,. There was no revolt until the demonstrations in 2011, which we know were largely incited by foreign players.

              .it was only prosperous for a few

              False. It had the fastest growing economy in the region. That would not be the case if only a few were prospering.

              And yes it was secular, with minorities enjoying protections under the state.

              And in answer to your question, the US killed a lot more Iraqis that Iraqis killed Americans in Iraq. The US killed a lot more Afghanis that Afghanis killed Americans in Afghanistan. Israel killed a lot more Palestinians than Palestinians killed Israelis in the 3 wars between 2006 and 2014.

              Your point?

  7. Update:
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    #International: 1) Russia preparing for a (future?) big defensive war.
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    http://valdaiclub.com/news/the-russians-are-preparing-for-a-big-war-both-conventional-and-hybrid-/
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    2) Saudi Arabia to begin developing it’s own indigenous arms industry?
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    http://www.defensenews.com/story/breaking-news/2016/04/25/united-arab-emirates/83497394/
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    #Latakia: A first I believe “Regime forces fire cluster missiles on the border villages #Turkmen_Mountain.” – CombatChris1
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    Why? I suspect out of frustration if the following is true.
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    2) “Regime forces sustained 27 killed and 35 wounded, including high ranking officers, today on #Jabal_Al_Akrad.” – CombatChris1
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    Possible reasons for high casualties amongst regime soldiers? Besides the difficult terrain it could also be something to do with the new weapons the rebels there seem to be getting.
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    3) “FSA First Coastal Division shelling pro-Regime forces in N. #Latakia with Grad rockets, T-55 & 122 mm cannon.” – QalaatAlMudiq
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    #Damascus: Interesting development “Opposition have broken the Regime grip on #Al_Marj opening the road and allowing reinforcements to arrive” – CombatChris1
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    #Hassekeh: 1) Gangster prove their reputations again “Asayish in #Dirbasia beat a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s subsidiary committee in front of his house and arrest him.” – CombatChris1
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    And.
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    2) “YPG begin a new arrest campaign looking for young men between 18 and 30 years in #Jazeera to conscript them for armed service.” – CombatChris1
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    From now on am going to refrain from adding further comments to posts about YPG thuggery in Hassekeh province as I think I’ve proved my point on what brutes they are.

    • I’m now coming to the view that: A) no rebel faction below the size of a brigade (ie 3000 fighters?) should not be allowed to exist on their own but should merge with another a rebel faction that has brigade sized fighters. B) Every rebel faction should not only have a counter-espionage unit to not only root-out/remove regime informants but also a electronic-communications jamming units (to prevent regime from monitoring rebel communications as well as blocking regime’s communications also so as to prevent the latter from coordinating effective offensives against rebels in a district) also. With regards to the latter I think the rebels should seek assistance to establish such abilities from important regional backers like Saudi Arabia/Qatar/Turkey.
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      These two developments are now necessary features the rebels need to adopt if they want to prolong their revolution against the Assad regime.

      • Every rebel faction should not only have a counter-espionage unit to not only root-out/remove regime informants but also a electronic-communications jamming units

        Not going to happen. The Russians are world leaders in this field.

        These two developments are now necessary features the rebels need to adopt if they want to prolong their revolution against the Assad regime.

        Let’s hope the don’t. Prolonging the violence will lead to more bloodshed. The sooner it comes to an end the better.

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