Syria Daily: Dozens of Civilians Killed by US Strikes on ISIS-Held City

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PHOTO: Aftermath of airstrike on Manbij in northern Syria, May 2015


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Dozens of civilians have reportedly been killed in US airstrikes in and near the Islamic State-held city of Manbij in northern Syria.

The attacks were on Tukhar village and the Hazawneh district of Manbij, the main position for ISIS in Aleppo Province.

The Local Coordination Committees said “most” of 57 deaths in Aleppo Province on Monday were in Manbij. Updated claims on Tuesday morning, with graphic photos of the victims, say the toll has risen,

US aerial operations are supporting an offensive by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to capture the city.

Begun in May, the assault has surrounded Manbij and SDF troops are now reportedly fighting with ISIS in some districts in the city, although progress has been slow because of snipers, mines, and the presence of civilians.

The LCC said it documented the deaths of 93 people across Syria on Monday.


Journalist al-Abdallah Calls for Unity in Revolution

Journalist Hadi al-Abdallah, seriously injured in a bombing last month in Aleppo, has issued a call for unity:

If only we could learn to put aside our differences and forget everything else and just focus on what brings us together to save our revolution….

When will we abandon banners and flags planted between us and all rally around our Revolutionary flag which we unanimously agreed on in those first months and which has become a shroud for thousands of our martyrs?

If only the leaders of our different factions realized that they are nothing without the people. The people are the revolution and they alone are capable of imposing what they want.

We should learn to respect the achievements and efforts of those who have different opinions and stop the accusations of treason.

Abdallah was wounded by an IED in an apparent assassination attempt. His friend and cameraman, Khaled al-Issa, died of his injuries.


Rebels Promise Punishment of Fighter Who Beheaded “Child Soldier”

The rebel faction Nour al-Din al-Zenki has promised punishment of a fighter who was filmed beheading a teenager who was reportedly in a pro-Assad militia.

Graphic video and pictures showed fighters posing with the boy before one of them took him to the back of a pick-up truck and executed him.

The boy, identified as Abdallah Issa fromm the Sheba district of Homs city, was reportedly with the pro-Assad, mainly-Palestinian al-Quds Brigade when he was captured.

The al-Quds Brigade is part of a pro-Assad force which attacked Handarat, north of Aleppo city, early Tuesday. The area is just to the east of the al-Castello Road, the last route to opposition-held districts of Aleppo, which was cut off by a regime advance last week.

Yasser Ibrahim Youssef, a member of Nour al-Din al-Zenki’s political bureau, said the killer will appear before an “independent judicial” and “will be referred to military justice in the event of proven involvement of committing any violations”.

In a subsequent statement, Nour al-Din al-Zinki denounced the executioner and said he has been arrested and will be punished.

The legal adviser to the Free Syrian Army, Osama Abu Zeid, said that perpetrators will be held accountable and that procedures will be established “to prevent such violations in the future”.

Fighters defending Handarat:


Official: 3 Months’ Food Supply If Opposition-Held Areas of Aleppo Besieged

The deputy head of the opposition council in Aleppo says that there is only a three-month supply of food if the area is besieged by regime forces.

Pro-Assad troops, enabled by Russian airstrikes, have effectively cut off the last route into opposition-held districts. Earlier this month they established “fire control” over the al-Castello road to the north of Syria’s largest city.

The council official, Zakaria Aminu, said there are already shortage of vegetables and fuel, with a doubling of prices in the past 10 days.

He said the council is rationing food stockpiles and distributing supplies “fairly” to stores and bakeries: “We are cooperating with military factions to adjust prices and prevent the monopolization of food and fuel.”

Aminu added that the council will “hold accountable” parties that attempt to profit from the crisis.

Activists say up to 400,000 people are in the opposition neighborhoods.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs earlier warned that there was enough food in Aleppo to “last 145,000 people for one month”, noting that the area last received humanitarian supplies on July 7.

The OCHA said that there was “sufficient emergency medical supplies for four to five months”.


Rebels Regain Kinsabba in Latakia Province in Back-and-Forth Battle

Rebels have regained Kinsabba in Latakia Province, the fourth time the town has changed hands in three days.

Local sources say the rebels moved back into Kinsabba on Tuesday morning, inflicting significant casualties on pro-Assad forces. One report claims that 50 regime troops and militia were killed by a vehicle bomb.

A pro-regime site acknowledged that the Syrian Army and militia had withdrawn “due to their exposed positions that made their defenses vulnerable to a jihadist attack”.

Al-Masdar News said the decision followed a suicide bombing that killed several troops and forced the Syrian marines and Desert Hawks militias to pull out of nearby Qal’at Shalaf on Monday night.

The mountaintop town has been swapped back and forth six times since February, beginning with a regime victory followed last month by a successful rebel offensive.

Pro-Assad units retook Kinsabba on Saturday, but rebels hit back with a dawn raid on Sunday. Regime forces advanced again on Monday.

See Syria Daily, July 18: Regime Claims It Has Captured Kinsabba in Latakia Province

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  1. #1: TRUMP GUTS GOP STANDS ON UKRAINE, ASSAD
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trump-campaign-guts-gops-anti-russia-stance-on-ukraine/2016/07/18/98adb3b0-4cf3-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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    #2: TRUMP’S PUTIN FANTASY

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    http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/04/19/trumps-putin-fantasy/
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    #3: MIKE PENCE JUST DESTROYED TRUMP’S CHANCES OF WINNING OVER BERNIE SANDERS VOTERS
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    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mike-pence-just-destroyed-trump-183752785.html
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    #4: IS WOULD BE FIRST LADY GUILTY OF PLAGIARISM OR NOT?
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    In theory the principal is responsible for the speech, speechwriters or no. One theory is that one or more speechwriters sabotaged the speech deliberately to make the GOP look bad because a professional would have recognized the source.
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    But the Trump family has been engaged in this campaign to a unprecedented extent and at least one son in law has helped write some of Donald’s Trump speeches. Also, Melania had to be nervous and I can’t imagine her not asking family members what they throught, nor can I see them saying no. That includes Donald Trump, an extremely hands on guy who even keeps piles of clippings about him and reads them all. Note the way he constantly interrupted Pence in an interview with 60 Mionutes.
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    Two other candidates were eliminated earlier for telling such figs about their unraising: Ben Carson and the woman who nearly bankrupted Hewlett Packard.

    • DAY #1 HAS BEEN A GOP CATASTROPHE IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
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      Consider the convention’s top goals: A) launch the “real campaign” against Hillary, 2) unify the party and 3) win back minority voters and then consider what happened. Imagine four years of such chaos in the White House The campaign is a meltdown that–like his bankruptcies–raises big questions about Trump’s management. It recalls George McGovern after his choice of Senator Eagleton as a running mate onloy worse. If Big Contributor who worried about investing in a loser will be more reluctant now. High handed treatment of “Never Trump” delegates, which reportedly included one death threat, won’t help GOP unity but it’s standard Trump-style bullying.
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      The speech wasn’t the only disaster yesterday. A GOP Congressman informed the world that only whites and Christianity have contributed to civilization. Snickering at legality, Trump took the stage to the tune of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” despite the band’s protests. Rudi Giuliani charged that Hillary supports illegal immigration 100%, only to be exposed by a fact checkers. An obscure actor, chosen because so many others ducked told us “Obama’s not a Christian, he’s a Muslim.”
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      DAY TWO SUMMARY SO FAR:
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      1. Side by side comparisons of both speeches repeat so often you’d have to live in a cave to miss it.
      2. Democrats have reportedly issued a mocking, hilarious video of Day One.
      3. The Trump family is feuding, which you’d expect iif a family member played a role.
      4. Marital problems? Donald, an alleged philanderer, may have to lock Melania in the closet if the above was the case.
      5. Paul Manifort assures us: “There was no plagiarism but if so Hillary was to blame.”
      6. The Trump family is said to be furious with Manifort who may be the second campaign manager to be dumped. Imagine if George McGovern had to compound Eagleton disaster by dumping his follow up.
      7. Alongside a parade of Uncle Toms, obscure actor Scott Baio spoke because no one else volunteered, Today he got nailed in an embarrassing MSNBC interview likely to be replayed and analyzed.
      8. To protect Trump’s wife, it’s likely Trump would fire the speechwriter UNLESS It was a family member.
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      Mike Pence must rue the day he chose to be Trump’s running mate. Ted Cruz, the Bushes, Kasich and Romney must be congratulating themselves for avoiding this convention. If things continue as they’ve gone so far, will the Stop Trump crowd be given a second chance. Democrats could not have dreamed of a “better” convention.

  2. Has Kerry made a promise to Lavrov to kill as many Syrian citizens as possible or are the Yanks just being given bombing co-ordinates by the Ruskies?

    • On the lower photograph the child’s head is at a very strange angle. Looks like it could be a photo-shop job to me. Especially with the relaxed look on the faces of the people around him that do no really fit the occasion.

    • My ancient laptop can’t manage the video, so I will take your word for it. It is bad all round, a 13 yr old should not be fighting in a war anyway (showing how desperate Iran/the regime are). What do you do when a child shoots at you in a battle? You have to shoot back otherwise he will eventually kill you. Killing a prisoner of war is wrong, beheading a prisoner is sick. Civilisation has broken down in Syria and the answer to the problem will have to come from the outside world but nobody is willing to do it yet. Just how low will human behaviour in Syria fall before somebody intervenes?

  3. US MILITARY: SYRIAN REBELS CAPTURE ISIS HQ IN MANJIB
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    http://news.trust.org/item/20160719113612-k5egl/

    OBAMA TO ASSIST IN MASS STARVATION SCHEME BY THE GENOCIDE ALLIANCE?
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    It appears that, “working with Russia,” Obama will spend the next three months assisting a Russian/Assad/Iranian scheme to set up the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Sunnis. Trump would go even further in aiding his beloved Putin. Unless those two, Hillary is unlikely to sympathize with genocide.

  4. The Saudis can’t rein in Islamic State. They lost control of global Salafism long ago.
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    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-gause-saudi-arabia-extremism-blame-20160719-snap-story.html
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    HAS A BISEXUAL MUSLIM HUSTLER PUT FRANCE ON A PATH TO CIVIL WAR?
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    PARIS — What French investigators found on the phones of the Muslim murderer who slaughtered 84 people on the promenade along the sea in Nice, France, on Thursday night should not be surprising.
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    But it was.
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    The cops were looking for imans. What they found was johns.
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    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/18/nice-attack-has-a-bisexual-muslim-hustler-put-france-on-the-path-to-civil-war.html
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    This is the second time in a month when a Muslim struggling with his own homosexual tendencies has taken it out on others.
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    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/18/nice-attack-has-a-bisexual-muslim-hustler-put-france-on-the-path-to-civil-war.html

  5. The New Yorker: DONALD TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN GHOSTWRITER TELLS ALL
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    “The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.
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    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-all

    Responding to Schwartz’s book, Brendt Arends tries to explain how Trump manages to keep his followers regardless of endless faux pas:
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    Historian Laurence Rees, in his fascinating study of Hitler’s Charisma , once explained that if you wanted to explain how this ridiculous and bizarre little man was able to captivate millions and millions of Germans, you had to stop looking at Hitler and start looking at his supporters.
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    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-media-attacks-on-trump-fail-2016-07-18?link=sfmw_tw

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    NOTEWORTHY TWEETS
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    Hillary Clinton: “Trump took over $100,000 from emergency 9/11 funds for small businesses—for his swanky Wall Street property.”
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    Mike Pence: “I know #DonaldTrump will be a great president…his heart beats w/ the heart of the American people.”
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    • Like Hitler, Trump is a radical, authoritarian figure who lies outside the normal parameters of his country’s conservative governing class. Thus, there is a parallel between the two men’s unexpected rise to power that is worth considering: Why would traditional conservatives willingly hand power to a figure so dangerous that he threatened their own political and economic interests? Why, having failed in their halfhearted efforts to nominate an alternative candidate during the primaries, don’t they throw themselves behind a convention coup, a third-party candidacy, or defect outright to Hillary Clinton? Why do so many of them consider Trump the lesser rather than the greater evil?
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      ..Hindenburg and the German right viewed Hitler in strikingly similar terms to how Republican elites view Trump…His appeal, the German elite believed, came from his OUTSIDER STATUS, which allowed him to posture against the political system and make extravagant promises to his followers that would never be tested against reality. What’s more, Hitler’s explicit contempt for democracy made even the authoritarian German right nervous about entrusting him with power.
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      Source: Jonathan Chait in New York magazine.
      Title: How Hitler’s Rise to Power Explains Why Republicans Accept Donald Trump

      http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/07/donald-trump-and-hitlers-rise-to-power.html?mid=twitter-share-di

  6. Update:
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    #Deraa: “More destruction as warplanes bomb the town of #Jalin west of the capital.” – CombatChris1
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    It is uncertain how the Southern Front FSA will respond to this as they still waiting the phone call from their Druze handler at the MOC.

  7. The attack with so a high death tool was NEAR Manbej(not commenting about ISIS military positions)
    And the people were not aware that such attack could happen.

    The lives of more than 100 civilians had less value than the “extremely accurate bomb used”
    1)Because the people killed were civilian refugees from Manbij…..
    2)Because the trajectory of the bomb was probably designated from SDF nearby…..
    My conclusion is : ethnic cleansing by SDF with International Coalition hands.
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    And the Arab Twitter “birds” comment : Look at US ! How fast did they learn from Russia !

    • Sami ‏@Paradoxy13 2h2 hours ago
      #Syria +40 killed in #Aleppo & its suburbs today by Russian/Assad airstrikes/barrel bombs, excluding +130 killed by US coalition in Manbij

      Stork ‏@NorthernStork 3h3 hours ago
      the only thing US & Russia seems to agree on in Syria is killing more civilians & completely destroy the country to enforce their interests.

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