Syria Daily: Who Killed 60 People in Car Bombing Near Turkish Border?

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PHOTO: The scene at the bombed market in Azaz (AFP/Getty)


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Report: 178 Breaches of Ceasefire in 1st Week — 174 by Pro-Assad Forces


At least 60 people were killed on Saturday in a vehicle bombing in opposition-held Azaz in northwest Syria, according to a local doctor.

A fuel truck was detonated near a market and a courthouse in the town on the Turkish border.

The doctor also said at least 50 people were injured. Turkish media said 23 were taken across the border for treatment in Turkey, as local hospitals appealed for emergency donations of blood.

The Islamic State has carried out bombings in the area, but no group has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s blast.

Azaz has been a key town for the movement of men and supplies for most of Syria’s six-year conflict.

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Pro-Assad Attacks Resume on Wadi Barada Near Damascus

After a brief easing on Saturday, the pro-Assad offensive to take Wadi Barada, northwest of Damascus, has resumed this morning.

Regime and Hezbollah forces limited their attacks yesterday amid discussions for access by Russian technicians to the water pumping facilities damaged by the pro-Assad assault. Wadi Barada’s al-Fija springs provide more than 60% of Damsascus’s water.

However, pro-opposition activists report a renewed attempt to overrun the area of 10 villages and betweeen 50,000 and 100,000 people.

Claimed footage of this morning’s attacks:

Among the latest casualties is one of the few medical staff remaining:

Footage of the damage at the facilities for the al-Fija springs:

In East Ghouta, northeast of Damascus, White Helmets evacuate families from the Marj area amid the pro-Assad attacks:

Rebels on the East Ghouta front, amid claims that they regained Hazrama village after pro-Assad forces briefly captured it:


Assad Regime Again Promises Aleppo “Renovation”

The Syrian regime has proclaimed yet again that it has a plan to restore services, industry, and security to Aleppo city, reoccupied by pro-Assad forces last month.

The Cabinet asserted that it will secure electricity, water and fuel supplies, assess which buildings could be repaired, and open roads so citizens can lead normal lives.

Much of eastern Aleppo city’s infrastructure — including almost every medical facility — was destroyed or damaged by Russian-regime bombing and shelling before the final offensive in the autumn. Aleppo had been divided since July 2012.

A statement said 50 schools in eastern Aleppo will be repaired within six months. It promised the revival of five health centers and two hospitals, renovation of Aleppo’s international airport, and repair of 18 km (11 miles) of train track.

A poster of Bashar al-Assad stands amid the devastation of a reoccupied district:

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Last week Ministers made a public-relations visit to the city, meeting local businessmen and officials, to proclaim that Syria’s financial and commercial center will soon recover.

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A Damascus Exhibition for “Export Mechanisms”

State media also hailed “the 1st exhibition for export mechanisms”, held at the Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus.

The three-day display, organized by the Syria Exporters Union, was attended by an Iraqi delegation of 200 traders and industrialists. State news agency SANA said products from 100 Syrian industrialists were featured, from sectors such as textile, agriculture, finance, chemistry, transportation, energy, and packaging.

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  1. “Who Killed 60 People in Car Bombing Near Turkish Border?”
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    Not ISIS because they would have been quick to claim it.
    Not FSA because they were the target.
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    Very large bomb suggests that they were intent on large destruction and not just making a point. Therefore has to be someone who wants FSA organisation abilities damaged.
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    Not Russia because they would have simply bombed it from the air.
    Not regime because they would have simply bombed it from the air.
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    That brings it down to JFS or Hezbollah.
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    Hezbollah probably did not do it because they could ask Assad or the Ruskies to bomb it from the air.
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    So that comes down to JFS. Probably a revenge attack because they suspect that the FSA gave away the positions of their leaders that were recently killed by the Yanks.
    Any advance on that theory?

    • That sounds plausible enough. It seems as likely as not that AAS’s participation in the protracted and now collapsed ‘unity’ negotiations was merely a ploy by their NATO-conform leaders [operating under specific orders] to gather intel on JFS, such as mapping out their communications networks and/or tagging their vehicles for the aerial assassins. That the Yankis were able to hit Jolani’s personal aide with a targeted strike shows that this spying has succeeded to an alarming degree.
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      If JFS has reached this conclusion then the time of full-scale cleansing of the Sahawat from Greater Idlib is probably now at hand, heralded by this latest incident.

    • I wouldn’t discount the Islamic State just because it didn’t claim it. IS and its predecessors are the suspected perpetrators of numerous mass-casualty attacks no one officially claimed but still perfectly fit its MO.

  2. 1. Highly recommended analysis of AQ strategy — The Human Nature of Jihadism — an interview with al-Maqālāt [ https://twitter.com/Al_Maqal_Ps ], on overcoming division, inculcating AQ-attitude into the [Sunni] Muslim masses, touches on the example of Mevlut Mert Altintas:
    http://www.tamhussein.co.uk/2016/12/human-nature-jihadism-interview-al-maqalat/
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    Follow-up — on differing strategies of AQ and IS, the former willing to use ‘democratic’ methods to reach power then implement Sharia [reminiscent of Tayyip’s trolleybus theory], the latter needlessly belligerent and uncompromising, causing fitnah and uniting enemies in attacking the Ummah:
    https://justpaste.it/Idarat_Tawahush
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    2. IS whacked two parked SyAF fighter jets at Deir Ezzor airbase using ATGMs:
    https://twitter.com/RamiAILoIah/status/817739247323140096

  3. “Sami ‏@Paradoxy13 17m17 minutes ago

    #Breaking Reports of a new Assad chlorine gas attack targeting Bassimeh in Wadi Barada, suffocation cases reported amongst civilians”
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    It has now become acceptable to gas your own citizens. Thank you Obamah for your gift to world!

  4. Those poor Russkies. They committed all those horrendous war crimes in the name of the butcher of Syria, spent millions if not billions propping up his illegitimate regime, and now their technicians aren’t even allowed access to certain areas. Not to mention the Russkies who died in vain trying to stick genie back in the bottle. Good job, Putin. Sounds like Russia has more influence than ever. LOL.

  5. Consequences will never be the same!
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    After their refusal to merge with JFS, Ahraar Shaam now signed a [Turkish-sponsored] merger agreement with several other NATO-conform JI-Joe factions:
    https://twitter.com/Al_Maqal_PL/status/818121054694547456
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    So, Jolani’s honeymoon with the Sahawat is now definitively over … thus, chocks away, it’s open season on CIA’s TOW-totin’ cornfed pets in Idlib!
    [Academic query: Does the ‘ceasefire’ prohibit AQ turning the FSA remnants into chopped liver?]

  6. The next few years promise to be interesting in the Land of Sauds, as AQ has it lined up for régime-change:
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/08/hamza-bin-laden-calls-for-regime-change-in-saudi-arabia.php
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    … and Abu Bakr’s chaps are, as ever, keeping busy in fighting the Tawagheet, sending VBIED-builders home to roost:
    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/saudi-arabien-zwei-mutmassliche-is-terroristen-in-riad-getoetet-a-1129036.html
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    I suspect the Yanki Trumpenführer régime is unlikely to rush to the aid of this erstwhile ‘ally’, so buckle up for a bumpy ride, Princelings!

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