Syria Daily: Jihadists Claim Double Damascus Bombing

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People inspect the damage at the site of an attack by two suicide bombers in Damascus, Syria March 11, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Jihadists of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham take responsibility for Saturday’s blasts killing scores in Syrian capital


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The jihadist bloc Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham has claimed Saturday’s double suicide bomb attack in Syria’s capital Damascus that killed scores of people.

HTS, led by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), said on Sunday that the attack targeted Iranian-backed militias for their role in supporting President Assad’s “tyrannical rule” and their responsibility for “killing and displacing” Syrians.

Initial reports said more than 40 people were killed, while later claims said the toll had risen to more than 70. Local sources said both civilians and fighters were among the dead.

The Assad regime and Iraq’s Foreign Minister had said that all the victims were “pilgrims”. The location of the bombing was near a Shia Muslim shrine in southern Damascus.

On Sunday, President Assad told a European parliamentary delegation that “the wrong polices pursued by several European countries towards Syria and the region” led to the spread of terrorism to Europe and large numbers of refugees.

He made no apparent comment about the Damascus bombings.


Report: Truce Agreement Reached in al-Wa’er in Homs

A pro-rebel outlet reports that a new truce agreement has been reached between the opposition and the Assad regime over the besieged opposition-held district of al-Wa’er in Homs city.

A correspondent for the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office said the deal was negotiated under Russian auspices.
Terms include evacuation of fighters and their families, as well as civilians who want to leave, to areas in Homs and Idlib Provinces and Jarablus on the Turkish border.

The Homs Media Centre said an agreement had been reached, but that the ultimate destination of the fighters had not been decided.

The removal of about 15,000 people is expected to begin in a week, with the first departure including about 1,500.

Pro-Assad forces and militias are to open humanitarian corridors and allow entry of employees, doctors, and students. Shelling and other attacks will be halted.

Al-Wa’er, the last opposition neighborhood in Homs city, has been surrounded since 2013. The Assad regime and its allies have maintained regular bombardment, despite earlier truces.

Robert Ford, the former US Ambassador to Syria, noted that today’s agreement had been reached in part by the Assad regime’s violations:


Douma Court Orders Re-Opening of NGOs But Magazine Still Shut

The judicial committee of Douma, the opposition-held town northeast of Damascus, has ordered the re-opening of all NGO office shut last week during a raid on a magazine which published an article accused of blasphemy.

However, the committee maintained the closure of Rising for Freedom, which apologized for the article and said it was solely the author’s opinion, following the attack by a crowd on the offices.

Staff of the NGOs, including the Violations Documentation Center, said the police refused to intervene.

Rising for Freedom still faces prosecution. A source at the court hearing said judges accused a journalist of apostasy — “They see anything tied to media outlets as heretical” — with locals preventing an arrest through their protests.

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  1. Why call HTS “JIHADIST” which to the west implies terrorist like ISIS? of course, we know jihad simply means struggle of which there can be many types. Further, HTS is not led by the former AlNusra, The current leader is a former Ahrar al Sham leader.

  2. Anyone care to publish and/or have a crack at translating the ‘Rising for Freedom’ article which caused all this ruckus? So that we all can get a flavour of the delicious heresy for to judge whether it be juicy as alleged?

  3. #Idlib: “the road between #Binnish and #Fuah is full of barricades and fortified positions.” – QalaatAlMudiq
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    This leaves rebels two options in dealing with these barricades/fortified-positions: 1) The slow option of digging and triggering multiple underground tunnel mines – this will take months. 2) Using a swarm of weaponised drones (albeit modified/altered so these drones can carry 2 or 3 ammo shells instead of just 1) to target barricades whilst VBIEDs are attacking such positions. Either way rebels can’t rely on just VBIEDs as it would be ‘assault on Apartment 13’ all over again (ie it’ll end in failure after rebels make some few gains) but that said all the supplies the Russians are dropping on regime positions means if rebels capture Fua/Kafrayah they’ll hit a mother-lode (ie very large amount) of war booty.
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    #Deraa: “Russian warplanes cluster bombed the city’s liberated neighborhoods.” – CombatChris1
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    Any dud shells rebels find should be re-cycled for their weaponised drones and used immediately on the next regime area rebels want to capture that way rebels re-pay the favour with their own saturated targeting.
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    #Observation: 1) “Attacks behind frontlines (Damascus,Homs) push regime to devote more efforts to maintain internal security, alliviate pressure on frontlines” – bdrhmnhrk
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    This is why I every large rebel faction should have a special battalion dedicated exclusively to this task alone as it makes the regime paranoid but such special-ops should not become a substitute for rebel offensives rather it should complement offensive/raids by rebels.
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    2) “Rebels have to start bleading the eneny by a 100 small scale attacks. One sniper, one IED, one mortar kill add up to severe attrition.” – Interbrigades
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    Could work if: 1) done simultaneously (ie same day) on multiple positions. 2) Regime’s supply routes in every province is whittled down (through rebel offensives?) to a single but lengthy (e.g. Ithriya-highway) highway that can be targeted with impunity on any day. 3) It would need at least a ATGM team or have a weaponised drone (ideally a modified one – ie one that can carry at least 2 shells, it’ll slow the drone down but it’d allow saturated shelling) team also probably need two rather then one mortar. 4) Have to be done at night-time so the attack seems larger then it actually is.

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