Syria Daily: Russia & Regime Resume Bombing of Aleppo

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PHOTO: Smoke rises from an attack on Aleppo on Sunday (Getty)


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UPDATE 1300 GMT: The regime air force has dropped leaflets over east Aleppo warning, “This is your last chance….If you do not abandon this city, you will be eliminated.”

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Another leaflet, directed at rebels, features crossed-out images of rebel commanders who have been killed with the warning, “This is your destiny”:

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But some residents are defying the threats:


ORIGINAL ENTRY: As expected, Russia and the Assad regime resumed bombing of Aleppo city on Sunday, ending a brief “pause” to relieve political pressure.

Districts attacked in eastern Aleppo city included Sukkari, Ameriya, Mashhad, and Marja. The number of casualties was limited, compared to the more than 600 who died in the month-long Russian-regime strikes from September 19; however, they are expected to rise as attacks escalate in coming days.

Rebels responded with shelling of regime-held districts such as Hamdaniyah.

Supported by airstrikes, pro-Assad forces also battled rebels on the front southwest of Aleppo, including an attempt to control an air defense base. Regime artillery shelled Khan Touman, the town on the Aleppo-to-Damascus highway captured by rebels in April.

Moscow announced a suspension of attacks last Tuesday. It extended the pause on Thursday, claiming that “corridors” would allow residents and surrendering rebels to leave east Aleppo.

Russia and the Assad regime re-imposed a siege on opposition areas of Aleppo in late August. However, they faced international condemnation since they destroyed a UN aid convoy on September 19, followed by the incessant assault on eastern Aleppo city.

On Saturday, Russian outlets announced the end of the “pause”, saying “not a single civilian” had been able to exit.

Moscow blamed rebel shelling of crossings, but the Syrian opposition and rebels said the “corridors” were a PR ruse, with residents unable to cross to regime neighborhoods without fear of being shot by pro-Assad snipers. They claim regime forces initiated the attacks on the crossings, trying to advance into opposition areas.

France Renews Pursuit of Sanctions

Despite declarations of Russian complicity in the regime’s “war crimes”, the international community has not taken any action against the siege and bombing.

Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution which called for a new ceasefire, aid, and a suspension of military overflights. The US said that it would suspend contacts with Moscow, but soon included the Russians in international discussions. The European Union failed on Friday to agree on any measures, with Italy among those blocking any sanctions on Moscow.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault tried on Saturday to rally support for more sanctions on Syria, after a UN report blamed the Assad regime for a third chemical attack.

See Syria Feature: UN Finds Regime Guilty of 3rd Chemical Attack

Ayrault said:

I want…a clear condemnation of these crimes in a resolution from the UN Security Council…that places the perpetrators under sanctions.

The Syrian army and Daesh [the Islamic State] have used chemical weapons against civilians on at least three occasions. These acts are inhuman and unacceptable.

Rescuers work on Sunday night after a Russian airstrike on Kafr Takharim in Idlib Province in northwest Syria:


Commander: Turkish-Supported Rebels Call Off Advance on Kurdish Militia YPG

A rebel commander says the Turkish-rebel offensive on the Kurdish militia YPG has been called off.

Abu Firas of the Sham Front said the move on the town of Tel Rifaat was cancelled because of “international matters”.

Turkey carried out airstrikes on YPG positions inside Syria for the first time last Wednesday, and the Free Syrian Army and other units began ground attacks on Friday.

See Syria Daily, Oct 22: Turkish-Supported Rebels Begin Offensive v. Kurdish Militia

However, on Friday the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Ankara. Washington supported the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Front, which has been pushing back the Islamic State last autumn.

Abu Firas said the Turkish-rebel force would now look towards the ISIS-held town of al-Bab, northeast of Aleppo city.

The YPG, the military branch of the Syrian Kurdistan Democratic Union Party (PYD), and rebels have battled since last year. In early 2016 the YPG took opposition territory, including Tel Rifaat, in northern Aleppo Province.

Turkey considers the PYD and YPG to be part of the Turkish Kurdish insurgency PKK.


Regime Allows Aid Into Surrendered Moadamiya

The Assad regime has allowed aid into the Damascus suburb of Moadamiya, which surrendered to regime forces last week after a four-year siege.

Syrian State media reported that an aid convoy of 24 trucks entered the town, southwest of the capital, on Sunday.

The aid included 7,000 food packages, 7,000 flour sacks, medical materials, winter clothes, health packages, and lighting equipment, according to a regime official in Moadamiya.

The town finally capitulated after a siege which has caused the deaths of scores of people from starvation and the ongoing threat of malnutrition for thousands who remain. Moadamiya was also subjected to regular bombardment; just before its surrender, an ultimatum warned that ground forces would overrun the town.

About 1,200 fighters and their families left for Idlib Province in northwest Syria.

The capitulation of Moadamiya followed that of nearby Darayya in late August and Qudsaya and Hameh to the northwest of Damascus.

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  1. In before Andre is here to tell us about how his Shiite jihadis are killing headchopping zombies from Qatar..
    I guess Russia is back to spreading rainbows and joy.. is Assad still barrel bombing by the way or did Putin tell him to knock that off because its not working? ..Asking for a friend

    • The Russians stuck to 11 hr ceasefires to allow civilians to leave, but alas the moderate head choppers shelled and fired on those who tried to leave.

      So much for the rebels representing Syrians.

      • Your the kinda guy that believes everything you hear arent you :) or is that something you pretend while you pass on B.S.

          • Yep, and Assad’s forces have chopped their share of heads. The Russians, of course, prefer their decapitations from 30,000 feet, the squeamish lot that they are.

            BTW, were those telephone polls, or did the pollsters go door-to-door? And were Assad’s security services escorting them, or just lurking around the corner?

            • There is no evidence Assad’s forces have chopped off any heads.
              The Russians, of course, prefer their decapitations from 30,000 feet, the squeamish lot that they are.

              A trait we’ve seen all too often for the US and Israelis too. Goes hand in hand with aerial bombardment.

              BTW, were those telephone polls, or did the pollsters go door-to-door?

              No. in fact, very polls those days are Carrie sour that way.

              • A yes, the “no evidence” gambit. There is plenty of evidence of Assadist crimes. Including widespread torture, which makes polls of any type meaningless: who’s going to give an honest answer, if they’ll be tortured for it?

                As for Israel and USA: Yes. The USA used terror bombing extensively in Vietnam and Israel has been pursuing peace through revenge and terror bombing for decades now.

                It was state terrorism then and it’s still terrorism now. More to the point though, it really didn’t and doesn’t work to obtain any reasonable outcome at anything remotely like a reasonable cost. Probably why the Americans now prefer targeted strikes combined with local capacity building as an alternative.

              • A yes, the “no evidence” gambit.

                • I am not denying the evidence of Assad’s crimes. Much of the torture that took place was when Syria was offering this as a service to the US rendition program after all. Still, the issue of head chopping is not supported by evidence, largely because it has never been Assad’s MO.

                Probably why the Americans now prefer targeted strikes combined with local capacity building as an alternative.

                The term “targeted strikes” has become rather meaningless given that even the drone program has taken out 50 civilians for every so called target.

              • “Much of the torture that took place was when Syria was offering this as a service to the US rendition program after all.”

                Hmmm, no. The Assad’s use of torture, like its longstanding backing of terrorism, goes back decades. That’s why the US sent its really hard cases to Syria to be tortured: they knew that the Syrian regime knows how.

                “Still, the issue of head chopping is not supported by evidence, largely because it has never been Assad’s MO.”
                True. He’s more a shoot civilians, torture children, gas populated areas type of guy. Still, not all the thugs that worship him are as, uh, sophisticated.

              • The Assad’s use of torture, like its longstanding backing of terrorism, goes back decades

                That does not dispute what I said. The fact remains that the US regarded such practices as legitimate (at least behind closed doors), and contracted Assad to carry them out on it’s prisoners.

                Even publicly, the US was prepared to overlook these abuses, as it hailed Assad a reformer and an ally in the war on terror

  2. TRUMP AIDES TIED TO FIRM THAT WANTED TO HELP RUSSIA SPY
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    Two former aides to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reportedly are tied to a firm that wanted to help expand the Russian government’s ability to spy on its own people. The New York Post reported former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and ex-aide Rick Gates are linked to EyeLock, which wanted to provide iris-reading technology for the Russian subway system to help the government find people on watch lists
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    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-aides-tied-to-firm-that-wanted-to-help-russia-spy/ar-AAjj7HE?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
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  3. No rebel major offensive to break up the siege of aleppo coming. Actually its the regime gaining in SW Aleppo with hardly no resistance. This is JAF area. A lot of propaganda and false threats i fear. Or they have some other suprise like attacking from a completely different axis than past ones. Anyways more days the more it looks as an empty threat.

  4. It’s not likely to be a bluff; the Russians have confirmed that rebels forces are massing for an attack, and the regime has moved up significant reinforcements.

      • The russians have every interest to boost these kind of false news in order to leggittimate their bombings. Its been weeks the rebels are announcing this major battle. They dident move an inch. Whilst the regime is gaining even in areas under JAF control. So either they will attack (when??) from another axis or i fear it was all bs.

        • While the initial attempt to break the siege was a flop, JaF isn’t crippled. They’re not just going to sit around doing nothing. If they thought Aleppo was a lost case, they’d at least try to exploit the amassment of Axis forces by striking out on other fronts.

          • Well it seems that they are not holding their positions in SW aleppo. Regime is advancing there even today and thats JAF main area of operations in aleppo. I honestly dont think any major battle is gonna start from the rebel side. Maybe JAF is already thinking of how to defend Northern Idlib. Or, best case scenario, attack aleppo from a totally different axis than last time. Hama front is turning into a disaster aswell. I will give it another week before calling it a major rebel bluff.

  5. Hezbollah to Stay in Syria Until ‘Apostate Project’ Defeated
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    Nasrallah in a speech Sunday afternoon said the Syrian rebellion is “not about the fall of the regime, but about targeting the axis of resistance,” a reference to the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance. Assad has long provided a corridor for Iranian weapons shipments to the Lebanese militant group which grew out of the resistance to the Israeli occupation of Lebanon’s south between 1982 and 2000. Thousands of Hezbollah fighters are on the ground in Syria in defense of Assad’s government and senior commanders in Iran’s powerful Republican Guard are in advisory positions.
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    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syrian-rebels-caution-civilians-aleppo-offensive-42995899

  6. Turkey’s New Maps Are Reclaiming the Ottoman Empire
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    Turkish irredentism ( a drive to recover “lost territories”) is on the rise.. On two separate occasions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the Treaty of Lausanne, which created the borders of modern Turkey, for leaving the country too small.

    I don’t like Erdogan but we must support this to counterbalance Russian and Iranian aggression. Hypocrite Putin has a similar complaint (too small) about post-USSR Russia and is carrying out genocide in the Ukraine and Syria to “rectify” that. Turkey could also sponsor destabilizers in Central Asia, Russia.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-maps-reclaiming-ottoman-empire-200053589.html

    • If Putin can justify a “Greater Russian” and Iran can justify a “Greater Iran” then why not a Greater Turkey?

      At first glance, the maps of Turkey appearing on Turkish TV recently resemble similar irredentist maps put out by proponents of greater Greece, greater Macedonia, greater Bulgaria, greater Armenia, greater Azerbaijan, and greater Syria. That is to say, they aren’t maps of the Ottoman Empire, which was substantially larger, or the entire Muslim world or the Turkic world. They are maps of Turkey, just a little bigger. See map at above location.

      • If Putin can justify a “Greater Russian” and Iran can justify a “Greater Iran” then why not a Greater Turkey?

        So you admit you don’t care about Syrians or Sunnis after all. This is all about getting back at Russia and if our have to sacrifice the Syrians to do it, so be it.

        Thanks for finally coming clean RT.

    • Former Clinton CIA Director: ‘Obama Has Made Us Look Weak’ to Russia
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      James Woolsey, Clinton’s former CIA Director said no one should be surprised that Russia has “asserted” itself in Syria because President Obama backed away from the “red line” ultimatum on chemical weapons, thereby making the U.S. “look weak.” Putin and Khamenei drew the same conclusions as Hitler: they could get away with anything under this president. Either unacquainted with 20th century European history or rejecting the lessons of Munich as irrelevant, Obama gave away the store to two Hitler-type expansionist leaders who drew the natural conclusions.
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      https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/edfcaeb8-6702-3be8-be2a-7342e73fb981/ss_former-clinton-cia-director%3A.html

    • “…I don’t like Erdogan but we must support this…”
      Like you supported the mujahidin in Afghanistan that later attacked you in New York and elsewhere. Great idea as always coming from RT

    • Russia and the West have ‘entered a new Cold War’
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      It didn’t have to be. Without Obama’s Neville Chamberlain act, Putin, Khamenei, Nasrallah, Assad would never have gone so far. ISIS would be nothing. Obama was their wet dream. As Putin’s puppet, Donald Trump, falters the days of getting everything is wants with no resistance from the world. So Putin’s second strategy is to threaten nuclear war (a bluff since he knows Russia won’t survive. Proxy war is a game two can play. We must counter Russian-Iranian aggression by financing a new generation of weaponry, arming Turkey, the rebels in Syria and any known enemies of those two empire-seeking nations. Let Russia with its Italy-sized economy try to keep up. Make the costs in dead Russians, Hezbollah and Iranians and related economic expenditures totally intolerable. Putin asked for trouble. Let him have it. No more Munich–style giveaways after Obama. (Look up the above header today).

      • Russia and the West have ‘entered a new Cold War’

        As Lavrov pointed out, the old one never ended with the US expanding NATO east of Germany by 13 counties in direct violation of the assurances given to Gorbachev.

        • What are these mythical “assurances” given to Gorbachev? Unless they are in writing they don’t mean shit and if they were given it was a dumb mistake since Russia’s neighbors were eager to join NATO so that Russia could never again impose their will upon them. In hindsight, it looks brilliant given Russia’s constant aggression against her neighbors. Russia would’ve already invaded the Baltics again if they weren’t in NATO. Russia’s real problem with NATO is that it prevents them from bullying and occupying their neighbors.

    • Michael Doran tweets: “Surprise, surprise. WH nixes proposals that will impose costs on Russia & Iran for their barbarism in Syria.”

      the White House goal now is to tie Clinton’s hand by allowing Aleppo to fall or make its rescue impossible by the time she takes office. We need Hillary to stand up to Putin. Trump, 100% Putin’s puppet, would be even worse than Obama, hard as that may be to imagine.!

      James Miller, formerly of EA now at The Interpreter, tries to explain reality to simple minded Trump: “Why Is The US Live-Streaming The Attack On Mosul? Because Against ISIS The Battle for Hearts And Minds Is Won Online.”

      • ROFLA you might have a point. The F35 is too slow to bean interceptor, lacks the maneuverability to be a dog fighter, cannot carry enough bombs to be a bomb and was defeated by F15s is a dog fight.

        The F35 is such a lemon that the Russians could ground the entire fleet by hacking into it’s boot up procedure. The plane cannot take off until it boots up and this has been revealed to very vulnerable to hacking.

        Then of course, F35 can’t fly in the rain or in really hot climates because the fuel has to remain below a certain temperature. It’s engines run so hot they melt the tarmac on aircraft carriers too.

          • This is your biggest lie and myth. The US is no match for russia. They would loose it in the first 12hrs. Russia’s military in the whole is light years away far from US military might.

  7. Came across these two interesting wiki articles: 1) This one is from a time when Russian military technology actually was advance.
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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletank
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    Excerpt: “Teletanks were a series of wireless remotely controlled unmanned tanks produced in the Soviet Union in the 1930s and early 1940s.[1] They saw their first combat use in the Winter War, at the start of World War II. A teletank is controlled by radio from a control tank at a distance of 500–1,500 metres, the two constituting a telemechanical group. Teletanks were used by the Soviet Red Army in the Winter War, fielding at least two teletank battalions at the beginning of the World War II on Eastern Front.”
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    But the more interesting development (and one perhaps even the rebels could attempt?) is the next link.
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    2) This particular device was invented by the Germans in WW2.
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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath_tracked_mine
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    Excerpt: “Employed by the Wehrmacht during World War II. It carried 60 or 100 kilograms (130 or 220 lb) of high explosives, depending on the model, and was intended to be used for multiple purposes, such as destroying tanks, disrupting dense infantry formations, and demolition of buildings and bridges….The vehicle was steered remotely via a joystick control box. The control box was attached to the Goliath by a triple-strand cable connected to the rear of the vehicle, for transmitting power to the electric driven version. Two of the strands were used to move and steer the Goliath, while the third was used for detonation. The Goliath had 650 metres (2,130 ft) of cable. Each Goliath was disposable, being intended to be blown up with its target. Early model Goliaths used an electric motor but, as these were costly to make (3000 Reichsmarks) and difficult to repair in a combat environment, later models (known as the SdKfz. 303) used a simpler, more reliable gasoline engine.”
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    Here’s an old WW2 video about these miniature unmanned tanks.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhK8L0PgPdA
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    Translation: A miniature tank-IED powered by gasoline and controlled remotely by a joystick (rebels already do this with their remote-controlled machine-guns) used to target enemy infantry, tank and bridges. This mini-tank would be ideal for urban warfare as it’s size will allow it manoeuvre into regime areas unnoticed and then can be triggered (after locating the target using the camera planted it on it by rebels or tracked using a drone?) once it has reached it’s target. The technology has moved on (it’s already used for remote controlled electronic cars that are powered by batteries) since WW2 so it probably won’t even need a cable to send deep into enemy territory nor would a rebel group have to pack it with an IED instead they could possibly mount a small light machine-gun on top and send a squadron (e.g. groups of 3 or 4) of these ahead of rebels into a building to both locate enemy troops and provide fire cover for any rebel company wanting to assault that building.
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    These oldie technological wonder aside:
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    #Aleppo:
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    1) “Tajamu Fastaqem claims ~20 pro-Regime forces killed after they entered in a booby-trapped building in Salah Al-Din district.” – QalaatAlMudiq
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    Anybody still doubting the effectiveness of this tactic? Rebels in southern Aleppo should start adopting this method because they’re giving away territory to regime fighters too cheaply (no they shouldn’t stay and fight so Russian jets can fight them rather they should stay and fight in a building block long enough to booby-trap it) instead they should look at the methods of Tajamu Fastaqem, Liwa Tauhid and Fath Halab are fighting regime and as well as consider adopting night-time offensives (because not all regime fighters will have night-goggles so they’ll be more easily surprised/ambushed) in the future.
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    2) “Full Turkish Tank Squadron (14 M-60 Tanks) forming in Line for synchronized firing on same target. ” – raytheonunited
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    And here’s a photo of the above.
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    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CvhrQEEUMAEvl-8.jpg
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    That’s exactly what rebel tank users should be doing, though not in as many numbers (can’t do 20 tanks in one line firing in an urban setting not enough space on streets for that) and not as close (will have to be more distant like 5 metres apart so regime ATGM can’t knock them all out in one go) but rather in groups of 3 with each tank 5 metres apart but firing at the same target/coordinates at the same time (ie each tank firing shells 3 minutes after the other) and ideally there should be 2 of these groups (ie 1 group = 2 or 3 tanks) should be shelling the same target/coordinates from a different axis (e.g. east/west, north/south) and in the long term these tank groups should have their own ‘general tank commander’ who is only responsible to the battalion commander who’ll give them objectives (e.g. what neighbourhood buildings they need to encircle and shell within the day) that will support the infantry.

  8. Hillary is projected to win a minimum of 303 electoral delegates, where 270 is needed to win the election.

    Although she is slipping very slightly – down from a max of 314 delegates two weeks ago, she is bound to win the elections.

    Any news what her foreign policy team is up to? Appears that Assad has failed to take Aleppo. A good article to read on what Hillary can do to turn Syria around – Booting Assad by Maximum Boot.

    Basically he says the US in the next 12 months could create a secular Syrian liberation army based in Jordan and Turkey while sending weapons to the rebels. The army will then move into Syria and push Assad back, and also fight ISIS and JFS and other Islamists – forcing all to come to the table, to either partition Syria or disarm and work under the liberation army’s pluralistic rules.

    Once the liberation army takes over, then Qatar can build its gas pipeline that it so badly needs through Syria to Amsterdam and pay nothing to Syrians. Then American multinationals can go and exploit all the olives and high-test goat dung to their heart’s content. The American multinationals can also dump their crappy product at very high prices in Syria and steal hundreds of billions of dollars from these poor people. Great idea for globalization, and exploitation of workers. (sarcasm)

    https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/cleaning-up-obama-syria-mess/

    • Appears that Assad has failed to take Aleppo.

      Does it? It looks like he’s moving closer to taking it even as we speak and even if Hillary wins, he has at least 3 months before Hillary gets the keys to the White House.

      Basically he says the US in the next 12 months could create a secular Syrian liberation army based in Jordan and Turkey while sending weapons to the rebels.

      Poor Max Boot still has not come to terms with reality. Someone needs to reming him that it’s been tried. Didn’t work. Won’t work a second time.

      The army will then move into Syria and push Assad back, and also fight ISIS and JFS and other Islamists

      Can someone remind Boot that the Russians might have something to say about this? Who will make up this army anyway? The only effective fighters have been JFS which is why the moderate head choppers have refused to separate themselves from them.

  9. It is a pity that none of you consider the life of each Syrian to be precious just like yours. And what happened to them might happen to you tomorrow. Put yourself in their shoe and see how painful this war is to them. My prayer is God will give the Syrians victory over the rebel no matter the effort of foreign backers to destroy the country. Another thing I want you to know is no nation is immune to war, you may not for see it in many years to come but it can happen and again whatever you make happen for other is just a matter of time it will be made to happen for you also. It is a law that can never be broken or escaped. So don’t rejoice about the war in Syria God will save them in ijn amen for the sake of Christians in that nation.

    • I hopes that none of us will have a leadership as cruel and incompetent as the Assads and their foreign backers. It’ll do a lot to keep us from war.

    • Why do you say that the democratic west wants to destroy Syria? Syria has nothing of value. It is our duty in the west to destroy Assad because he is a war criminal, a dictator, and a looter. But otherwise, we wish to see democracy flourish in Syria and different minorities living side by side. Something that Assad failed to do – instead he used his death squads to kill Syrians. I find it very immoral for anyone to side with Assad who has killed 500,000 Syrians, almost all innocent people fighting for their sovereignty, independence and liberation. That is more than the Vietnamese who died in the Vietnam war.

      • 1. Why do you say that the democratic west wants to destroy Syria? Syria has nothing of value.

        It clearly does geostrategically. And please, stop insulting the audience with the claims that the west is concerned with democracy.

        It is our duty in the west to destroy Assad because he is a war criminal, a dictator, and a looter.

        In which case, you would be destroying all war criminals, dictators and looters beginning with your allies in the Gulf States, but we all know that’s not going to happen.

        But otherwise, we wish to see democracy flourish in Syria and different minorities living side by side.

        They were until you decided to regime change, a decision which was made in Washington right after 911.

        I find it very immoral for anyone to side with Assad who has killed 500,000 Syrians,

        That’s hilarious coming from a propagandist for country that killed 500,000 children alone through a blockade of Iraq, and a further 1 million Iraqis as a result of an illegal war, invasion and occupation based on lies.

        That is more than the Vietnamese who died in the Vietnam war.

        Funny you should bring up an other illegal war based on lies where the US killed 2 million.

        • I mean if you want to laughably whine about Vietnam why not go back further to WWII where the Russkies raped and killed millions. Stalin purged millions of his own people and the filthy Russians raped their way through Germany. Russian soldiers were ordered to shoot other russians in the back and they were so ill-prepared because of Stalins purges that it cost the Russians millions of lives. The Russians were only rivaled by Hitler in genocide. Events such as the Katyn massacre were common for the Russians and they are still just as brutal to this day. The difference now is that they can’t get away with it. If you’re going to talk about ancient history why not talk about that?

          • I mean if you want to laughably whine about Vietnam why not go back further to WWII where the Russkies raped and killed millions.

            Sure, and while you’re at it, you can include the firebombing of Dresden and the nukes that were gratuitously dropped on Japan.

            It’s amusing to hear you complain about references to Vietnem when RT cited Chamberlain every second post.

            Stalin purged millions of his own people and the filthy Russians raped their way through Germany.

            Nice to see you demonstrate such concern for the Nazis, who killed 25 million Russians.

            The Russians were only rivaled by Hitler in genocide.

            Not at all. The US has killed and displaced over 20 million people since WWII and given that the US started a war in Iraq that killed 1 million, it seems they are still getting away with it.

          • When soldiers go to war, endure hardships see their friends and comrades dead they might eventually succumb to cruelty. Every war is immoral in its core. We can’t justify it, but it what happened in the past and it’s what partially happening now. I’m from Russia and I would never wish any country be torned by war. But I can’t control things, politicians are the ones doing proxy wars and local conflicts.
            Instead of focusing on “who did more cruelty in the past” try to wish good for people of Syria and share your concern with Americans, Russians, Europeans who only want peace and no further escalation. If you can, send some money to Syrians still in Syria, or bring some clothes and food to refugees in the camps in Europe.If you can’t do anything, still pray for them and you and us, send people letters, postcards. Human only have a lifespawn of about 100 years, spend it carefully, be nice to people.

  10. kristyan benedict ‏@KreaseChan 17h17 hours ago

    Russia’s Aleppo ‘pause’ was, as we said on 20 Oct, “woefully inadequate” – it was designed to prevent UN & EU pressure and then to fail

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