Syria Daily: Assad Burns Aleppo

PHOTO: People observe destruction from bombing in Aleppo city on Friday


LATEST

FRIDAY FEATURE

Audio Feature: A Witness Describes “Moment of Hell” Attack on UN Aid Convoy
Analysis: Obama — “It Haunts Me Constantly” (But I Won’t Do Anything)


Jump to Original Entry


UPDATE 1445 GMT: Civil defense workers report at least 70 people killed in Aleppo city and province on Friday.

A bomb lands near Bilal Abdul Kareem of On the Ground News as he interviews a White Helmets rescuer:


UPDATE 1230 GMT: Further pro-Assad airstrikes have hit three civil defense centers, putting two out of service:

The latest of the numerous assaults on White Helmets centers and rescue operations, killing dozens of personnel, came hours after the organization was praised by US Secretary of State John Kerry:

Cluster munitions have reportedly been used.

Bombing is also reported of northern Homs Province, with four people killed, including three children, and 20 injured in the town of Rastan and village of Deir Ful village in attacks using vacuum missiles.

Digging through rubble in Aleppo:

A baby is rescued:

A mother and child are buried under a blanket:

aleppo-dead-mother-and-child


UPDATE 0845 GMT: Russia has tried yet another tactic to cover up its likely responsibility for Monday’s airstrikes on a UN aid convoy west of Aleppo.

On Thursday, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that “facts available…prove unambiguously” that a US Predator drone from Turkey’s Incirlik airbase was over the scene on the attack.

Konashenkov did not explicitly say that the US had launched missiles on the convoy, but his reference to the Predator, which has been used for strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan, implied American responsibility.

There is no evidence that a US drone was present over the warehouses at Orem al-Kubra when — according to witnesses — five missiles were fired on the convoy, followed by barrel-bombing and strafing with gunfire.

Instead, Russian footage established that one of Moscow’s drone was carrying out surveillance. The Defense Ministry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that the drone stopped its monitoring before the trucks arrived at the warehouses, but witnesses reported that a drone was over the scene for two hours before the airstrikes.

Since Monday, Russia has tried a series of explanations to avoid responsibility including that rebels carried out a ground assault, that the convoy was accompanied by an armed “terrorist” vehicle”, and even that the trucks spontaneously “caught fire”.

The UN’s head of humanitarian operations for Syria, Jan Egeland, said a convoy is ready to supply food to eastern Aleppo city on Friday, but it needs guarantees of security.

“The food expires on Monday,” he said. “We are ready to go to east Aleppo tomorrow, but we do not have enough assurances from the sides.”

Egeland said the likelihood of the convoy’s departure on Friday was small: “That would surprise me.”

During the seven-day ceasefire that ended Monday, the Assad regime blocked convoys from reaching Aleppo city. The UN trucks were bombed hours after the Syrian said that it was ending a “freeze on hostilities”.


ORIGINAL ENTRY: President Assad’s warplanes have carried out intense bombing of Syria’s largest city Aleppo for a second straight night, as the Syrian military declared an offensive to take over opposition-held areas.

Hamza al-Khatib, the director of a hospital in opposition-controlled eastern Aleppo, said 45 people were killed, with the Local Coordination Committee reporting the deaths of seven members of a single family.

Rebel officials and rescue workers said incendiary bombs were used in the attacks, the heaviest in months.

The Syrian military announced on Monday that it was ending a “freeze on hostilities” under a week-long ceasefire arranged by the US and Russia. Hours later, Russian SU-24 attack aircraft and regime helicopters attacked a UN aid convoy west of Aleppo.

“It’s as if the planes are trying to compensate for all the days they didn’t drop bombs” during the ceasefire, Ammar al-Selmo, the head of the civil defense rescue service in eastern Aleppo, said.

See Syria Audio Analysis: After the “Ceasefire”, Assad Burns Aleppo
Syria Video: Assad — “No Siege on Aleppo…Terrorists Attacked Aid Convoy”
Syria Daily, Sept 21: Russia Tries to Cover Up Airstrikes on UN Aid Convoy

Syrian state media announced a new offensive and, quoting the army, urging civilians to flee areas where “terrorists” were located.
The army repeated the Russian-regime line from late July, as a siege was imposed on eastern Aleppo that “corridors” were ready for those who want to leave, including rebels.

Residents and activists say the corridors were never established.

No Progress in New York Meeting

Meeting in New York on Thursday, foreign ministers of the countries in the 23-nation International Syria Support Group said they failed to find a way back to a ceasefire.

But US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was willing to keep trying if Russia came back with new ideas: “I am no less determined today than I was yesterday but I am even more frustrated.”

On Wednesday, Kerry told the UN Security Council that Russian and regime military flights over humanitarian areas must be halted. However, the Assad regime immediately rejected the statement as a “breach of sovereignty”.

See Syria Daily, Sept 22: Kerry Calls for Grounding of Russian and Regime Warplanes

“It was a long, painful, difficult and disappointing meeting,” UN envoy Staffan de Mistura summarized. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s response to the proposal for grounding planes as “not satisfying”.

Lavrov implicitly dismissed the initiative in remarks after the meeting,

Nothing has happened and we will continue our consultations….

We will continue our work on the ceasefire, but certain details needs to be finalized. Some of our partners tried to make the Syrian authorities taking unilateral steps. We insist, however, that the opposition must take steps as well.


Suicide Bombing Kills 13, Including Opposition Minister, in Daraa

Thirteen people, including a minister in the opposition’s Interim Government, were killed and 30 injured on Thursday afternoon in a suicide bombing in Daraa Province in southern Syria.

The bomb struck a meeting of high-ranking opposition civilian, judicial and military authorities in the town of Inkhil.

Yaqoub al-Ammar, the former head of the Daraa Provincial Council and the Minister of Local Administration in the Interim Government was killed, as were the Inkhil chief of police and the head of the town’s rebel military council.

Reports varied on whether the blast was from a teenager wearing an explosive vest or a car bomb.

No group claimed responsibility but suspicion has fallen on Jaish Khaled bin al-Waleed, an Islamic State affiliate that holds territory in southwestern Daraa Province.

JKW is accused of a series of assassinations and attacks, including a suicide attack in early July in Inkhil that targeted the Free Syrian Army’s leadership. Eight people were killed.


Turkey’s Erdoğan: US is Airdropping Weapons to Kurdish Militia YPG

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that the US is airdropping weapons to the Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria, but that American Vice President Joe Biden insisted he did not know about the operations.

Erdoğan said he told Biden about two planeloads of arms delivered to the YPG in the border town of Kobani, as the two men met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

He claimed Biden responded by saying that he was unaware of the incident.

“I told him I am aware of it,” Erdoğan said.

The President said the US had sent weapons in the past to the YPG, the military branch of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), and that half had ended up in the hands of the Islamic State.

Erdoğan’s statement follows a report in The New York Times on Thursday that the Obama Administration is considering a plan to send arms directly to the YPG, which Ankara considers a part of the “terrorist” Turkish Kurdish insurgency PKK.

The US has supported the YPG as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, formed in autumn 2015 to fight the Islamic State, but has not publicly revealed direct shipments to the Kurdish militia.

See Syria Analysis: Will Obama Step Up Weapons to Kurdish Militia?


Free Syrian Army Factions Merge in Idlib Province

Free Syrian Army factions have merged to form a Free Idlib Army for the defense of opposition-held Idlib Province in northwest Syria.

The factions include the Northern Division, Division 13, and the Suqour al-Jabal Brigade.

Captain Mohammad Al Bayosh, the Deputy Commander of the new Army, said the merger was the outcome of an “urgent need for unification” and regular army to protect civilians.

Other factions in northwest Syria, notably the large Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham, are in “unity” discussions which also include the jihadists of Jabhat al-Nusra, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra.

Related Posts

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

12 COMMENTS

  1. From Russia and Assad part it was clear a no intention of ceasefire: if they really wanted. their tone after the bombardment (Deir Zohr) had to be moderate. Or to “forget” even if it was intentional(not the case). During the same relative “calm” Iran sent a lot of “special” transport planes to Syria-with militias.
    ——————–
    Obama’s intention is to let Syria as a ” fait accompli “at the end of his mandate ; as usual US will delay any kind of action in Syria. Obama sees Syria,Iraq and Lebanon under Teheran influence.And about Lebanon and Iraq he is right. About Syria is completely wrong.
    ——————–
    Ryan: John Kerry Is a ‘Shill for Iran – The Obama administration recently threatened to veto legislation that would prevent America from sending future ransom payments to Iran
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2016/09/23/ryan-john-kerry-is-a-shill-for-iran-n2222189
    ———————-
    Money already paid(cash ,in secrecy) will never return!So Obama believes “possible next payments”?

    • Yes, another foreign power, this time Iranian militias, and not Israelis as in Gaza, are sieging, starving, and bombing. You guys are really one and the same, Assad and Zionists.. Your minority complex keeps you both in a homicidal state.

      ISIS also a minority as are shiite in the arab world, makes sense the same homicidal state you all share..
      Thanks for sharing

      • You guys are really one and the same, Assad and Zionists..

        That would explain why the government of Israel supports Al Nusra and has said it woudl prefer ISIS over Assad.

        ISIS also a minority as are shiite in the arab world, makes sense the same homicidal state you all share..

        Silly argument. Al Nusra is also a minority.

        • We all know Israel wants everyone dead in Syria, with no preference to any side. Whether Nusra kills Hezbollah, or FSA kills ISIS, or Assad kills civilians, the more blood they spill, the more Israelis relax, no matter who kills who.. its all pleasant for zionism.

          Yep.. Nusra is a minority, maybe a few thousand fighters, just like Hezbollah is also a few thousand fighters. Its who is backing them. Sunnis outnumber all shiites worldwide 15 to 1. People stick to clan and sect even if its against their interest.

  2. Charles Lister ‏@Charles_Lister 5h5 hours ago
    NEW:
    Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zinki has joined the Jaish al-Fateh coalition – now with an increasing #Aleppo focus.
    because of this?
    Top U.S. General Says Sharing Intelligence With Russia Unwise http://www.rferl.org/content/us-syria-general-dunford-syria-intelligence-sharing-unwise
    Did US have the time to share intelligence?
    Because Russia is using now heavy guided bombs and one of them killed many FSA fighters from Kafranbel (these fighters were opposing J.N., Assad and Islamic State in a similar way,they were secular)

  3. Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona Reportedly Among Shirts Banned by Isis
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2665182-manchester-united-real-madrid-barcelona-reportedly-among-shirts-banned-by-isis 9/22/2016

    Kovan Direj @kovandire
    https://twitter.com/kovandire/status/716977207705538564 4/4/2016
    Omer Suliman has joined @realmadriden
    youtu.be/M9GJVG_4A3g @BercelonaFCReal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9GJVG_4A3g&feature=youtu.be

    Mike Walker @New_Narrative
    https://twitter.com/New_Narrative/status/752503151769640960 7/11/2016
    Four popular footballers beheaded in Syria after ISIS accuses them of spying for Kurdish rebels
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3680512/ISIS-barbarians-behead-four-popular-footballers-Syria-accusing-spying-Kurdish-rebels.html

  4. Breaking: Malmo, Sweden rocked by explosion after suffering shooting of four in football derby match. https://t.co/tbuFXwmrWy
    https://twitter.com/Whiskeyjack75/status/780165314529165312 9/25/2016

    Getty Images
    http://www.gettyimages.ie/ 8/13/2016
    STORTORGET, MALMö, SKåNE, SWEDEN – 2016/08/13: Syrian artist Omar Souleyman not only changed the vibe of weddings throughout the Middle East with his Shaabi street sound but also brought it to the West through his notorious late night festival shows that attract thousands of fans. On Saturday night, Omar played for thousands of fans at the Malmö Festival. (Photo by Magnus Persson/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
    http://www.gettyimages.ie/license/589409388

    KurdishQuestion.com @KurdishQuestion
    https://twitter.com/KurdishQuestion/status/780497878666084358 9/26/2016
    #Sweden Bomb threat on Kurdish wedding in Borlänge, town with high Kurdish population & known 4 Dalkurd football team. 600 guests evacuated.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CtThgDvWYAMWPvY.jpg

Leave a Comment