Syria Daily: Independence Day — But Few Syrians Mark the Occasion


Regime media: “The Syrian people are fighting the battle of destiny against the most aggressive war”


UPDATE 1430 GMT: The opposition Syrian National Coalition has issued its own message for Syria’s Independence Day:

Through words and deeds as well as the unrelenting resolve to achieve their goals, the Syrian people have showed that they will carry on with their struggle until they achieve victory, regain freedom, and defeat the tyrannical Assad regime, its allied occupation and the forces of terrorism in Syria.

May our wounded recover, our detainees be free, and our fallen heroes rest in peace. Long live Syria and the Syrian people, free and with honor.

ORIGINAL ENTRY: Syria marked the 71st anniversary of its independence from France on Sunday, but few Syrians appeared to note the occasion.

A statement on State outlet SANA proclaimed, “On Independence Day, the Syrians recall the greatest war stories and acts of heroism ever written down by their ancestors who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the homeland’s sovereignty, steadfastness, and unity.”

It then jumped to the present to try and rally support, “Today, the Syrian people are fighting the battle of destiny against the most aggressive war in which colonial powers and terrorist organizations are involved in order to maintain their country’s sovereignty and independence.”

The head of the Damascus branch of the Veterans Guild, Major Gen. Mohammed al-Shamali, declared, “Today, Syria is so close to expel Wahabi terrorists sent by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey and backed by the same colonial powers and achieve victory under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad.”

But photographs showed only small groups gathered for staged pictures and for marches.

The Syrian Army’s ceremony:



Druze in the Golan Heights:


Russia’s Latest Diversion from Assad Regime’s Chemical Attack on Khan Sheikhoun: Life is Normal

In its latest attempt to divert blame from the Assad regime for the deadly chemical attack on April 4 in northwest Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry claims, “The town [of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province is living its life.”

At least 93 people died and almost 600 were injured from the effects of a hybrid nerve agent and chlorine, in a missile fired by an Su-22 jet fighter, but the Ministry insisted that no evidence of this existed.

The Ministry asserted, “Neither locals nor pseudo-rescuers have even asked for medicines, antidotes, decontaminants” — conveniently omitting that all of the victims were taken elsewhere in northwest Syria or into Turkey for treatment because Khan Sheikhoun’s only hospital was bombed during the chemical attack.

The Ministry also ignores the doctors, rescuers, journalists, and witnesses of the attacks, as well as footage and photographs to insist, “The only ‘proof’ of the use of chemical weapons remain only two White Helmets videos.”

The Russian outlet Sputnik tried to obscure the situation in Khan Sheikhoun by posting a photograph, purportedly of the town, which in fact was of Aleppo city 10 months ago:

Video: Aftermath of Russian Bombing on Village in Idlib Province

Rescuers dig through rubble after an overnight attack by Russian warplanes on the village of Maarat Hurmah in Idlib Province, causing multiple casualties:

Despite US missile strikes 11 days ago, responding to the Assad regime’s deadly chemical attack in the province, Russian and Syrian air forces have stepped up conventional bombing. On Tuesday, attacks by Russian warplanes knocked out another hospital, providing maternity and child care, in the Jabal al-Zawiya area (see Tuesday’s Syria Daily).

Nine children of the same family were reportedly killed in Maarat Hurmah:

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  1. Missed this one last week: Syrian crater ‘too small’ for toll: ex-UN inspector Barton

    “To kill the number of people killed there would require more than one little rocket. You can see there is a crater in the road but that looks like it is from a small rocket that could only carry a couple of litres,”

    So now we have two experts, Barton and Postol, claiming that the crater identified by U.S intel as the result of the impact of the missile carrying the chemical warhead was actually produced by a small rocket or mortar, not an air-launched bomb or missile. Moreover, it couldn’t have caused all of the deaths reported.

    • You can post links to as many obscure sources as you want. Nobody with any common sense is going to buy it. try again. Assad has committed war crime after war crime and you fully support him. Deal with it.

      • Rod Barton is an ex-Iraq weapons inspector. He corroborated what Postol said about the crater being produced by a small rocket, not an air-launched bomb or missile. The U.S Government, and its stooges in the corporate media, is acting with extreme aggression at home against those who challenege its flawed version of events. At least Obama pulled back in 2013 when he realized that the rebels may have tried to dupe him into intervening.

        • “At least Obama pulled back in 2013 when he realized that the rebels may have tried to dupe him into intervening.”

          Don´t be ridiculous, he didn´t pull back because of that.

    • One day perhaps Syrians will celebrate a new independence day not from France, but from the Iranian and Russian imperialists who seek to keep their Syrian colony as a base for their expansionist ambitions.

    • Because Assad and his Islamist supporters in Tehran and Beirut are so much more into freedom and human rights. LOL. Give it a rest.

  2. #National: Here’s an interesting article on the use of UGVs by the Russian military in Syria –
    #Aleppo: Tragic “Nayrab Airbase being rehabilitated after fall of E. #Aleppo. Barricades removed and new tarmac set up for twin Aircraft Shelter in SE part.” – QalaatAlMudiq
    And soon the regime will start launching incendiary weapons from here too if rebels don’t keep the area under drone-guided shelling too.

  3. I still feel a great sense of concern for those syrian soldiers who were killed while planting almond trees at the air base the US blew the F’k up.

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