Syria Daily: Pro-Assad Forces Advance in Southeast

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A fighter of the Syrian Socialist National Party, allied with the Assad regime, waves the SSNP flag atop a building in southeast Syria, August 10, 2017

Regime and allies take territory along Jordanian border


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Pro-Assad forces have advanced in southeast Syria, taking territory in eastern Suweida Province along the Jordanian border.

An outlet of Hezbollah, the Lebanese organization allied with the Assad regime, said the forces gained control over all checkpoints and border posts on Thursday. A regime military source claimed the army and its allies took more than 1300 square km, including a 30-km (19-mile) stretch along the frontier.

Said Saef, a spokesman for the Martyr Ahmed Abdo Brigade, part of the Southern Front rebel bloc, confirmed: “Most of the eastern Sweida countryside is now in the hands of the regime. They are now on the Jordanian border and back to outposts they had evacuated early in the conflict.”

Another rebel spokesman said the pro-Assad offensive took advantage of a sudden pull-back by the Jaish al-Ashair faction, backed by Jordan, which had patrolled the area along the border.

The US-led Military Operations Command, based in Jordan’s capital Amman, has restricted aid to the Southern Front since 2015. Jordanian and US sources confirmed that US and Russian officials have been meeting in Amman since late May.

Suweida Province lies outside the US-Russian de-escalation zone declared last month in southwestern Syria, near the Israel-occupied Golan Heights and Jordan. However, to disguise the nature of the conflict, the regime military source said the advance was against “ISIS terrorists”. A pro-Assad website showed more honesty, describing a defeat for “the once US-backed rebels”.


YouTube Blocking Videos of Syria Attacks

YouTube has been removing videos of attacks inside Syria by the Assad regime, the US-led coalition, and the Islamic State.

Middle East Eye, the monitoring organization Airwars, and the open source investigations site Bellingcat have all had footage removed.

The blocks began days after Google, which owns YouTube, said it had launched artificial intelligence program that it said can spot and flag “extremist” videos without human involvement.

Since then, the Syria clips, videos of the Islamic State’s destruction of artefacts and monuments, ISIS’s suicide attacks in its failed defense of Mosul in Iraq, and evidence in the court case against Chelsea Manning — the US soldier who gave WikiLeaks thousands of documents about US military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan — have been removed.

Chris Woods of AirWars commented, “I think what’s so troubling about this if we look at the Syrian accounts, this is video chronicling a six or seven years war, and some of the most important parts of that war from the perspective of Syrians,.”

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  1. @Matt — ““The culture at Google is hostile to women. Women tend to be channeled into what are perceived to be softer positions. User interface positions, design positions. Men get the code positions. Code positions are more highly paid and more highly valued at Google.””

    Matt, as a former software engineer and manager I can tell you that coding, in particular systems coding, is not an easy job and requires a very clear, dedicated, and trained mind. Only people who received top grades in their core computer systems courses and who have for example dealt with assembly language and computer architeture can understand coding. People who do not shy away from complex algorithms and know the Knuth sorting and memory management methods by heart inside out.

    Now tell me, how many women do you know that can recite you the Knuth sorting methods and what is appropriate with each one of them?

    Let’s put it this way. When I used to have technical discussions with peers, we would discuss coding techniques for very difficult problems and evaluate them based on efficiency both space and time, effectiveness, reliability, recoverability, suitability to the problem at hand, amenability to debug, even the pedagogic value of the code. I have NEVER been able to have such a discussion with a woman coder, barring one or two – either they do not code at this level, or if they do, they are not competent enough. Now don’t give me this nonsense that women are told culturally not to code well. That women are discouraged to be excellent coders. That somehow the cultural milieu mitigates against excellence. A true coder codes for the beauty of the code and the satisfaction from helping the masses through his code. A true coder does not get satisfaction from knowing that he or she is paid enough. Not a single of these complaining women crying victimhood and discrimination fit the profile of a true coder. And what I say here is true for every line of business, especially those in science and engineering.

    So yes, generally women (and even more men) are channeled let’s say into HTML positions because they are unable to produce and design at the level of an experienced systems engineer, and they don’t spend their evening and weekends learning advanced coding techniques to improve themselves or follow relevant technological developments. For a particular interface or HTML job, you can find dozens of qualified people. But for a systems, database, or data mining design job, you will be hard pressed to find an expert coder with relevant background, who is willing to learn and excel.

    And then these women have the gall to complain that they are paid a third less than the topnotch producers and creators who make Google what it is? And further you should note that not all men can make the cut either. There are by far more men being paid a lower salary doing HTML, Python or Javascript programming than all these whining women put together, at Google.

    • Yes, I agree with you. In your chauvinistic, awkward way, you explain why women, not men, should run our world. Men invented the A bomb, from theory to final product. There were also only men who decided to use the A bomb. Men start wars. So I want women to run this world.

      • “So I want women to run this world”

        Lol this guy is so naive. As if women´s hate, envy and revenge were less virulent than man´s…

        • Correct. Women are less violent than men. What they *aren’t* is more virtuous, which is what Amir seems to be implying here.

        • The same chauvinism as stating that men are on average taller than women … Nazis loved statistics too, hence you stand accused of heresy on two counts, heresy by thought, heresy by word and heresy by deed, three counts, against the elastic creed of PC and have the right to a fair Twitter Inquisition before your social media existence is burned at the stake! Confess the heinous sin of heresy instantly, that thou mayest receive the mercy of only having Google delete your typing fingers on the chopping-block of AI, for WrongThink!

  2. Rumour is Amir Taaki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Taaki ) proposes Rojava adopts bitcoin the “stateless currency”(youtube.com/watch?v=yTxmR0…) as currency. https://t.co/nZGgon1Xo8 https://t.co/G6IyHmtNwp
    https://twitter.com/agirecudi/status/895627528957681666 8/10/2017

    How an Anarchist Bitcoin Coder Found Himself Fighting ISIS in Syria
    https://www.wired.com/2017/03/anarchist-bitcoin-coder-found-fighting-isis-syria/ 3/29/2017

    Making memes in a warzone
    https://theoutline.com/post/2052/making-memes-in-a-warzone 8/3/2017

  3. Video from the football event in Qamishlo
    https://www.reddit.com/r/syriancivilwar/comments/6re4zv/video_from_the_football_event_in_qamishlo/ 8/3/2017

    In the past week, #AlSanadid football team have racked up back-to-back 5–0 shutouts of Tahrir Amuda and Qamishlo clubs https://t.co/u7iayLHBbO
    https://twitter.com/ver_scholl_en/status/888104954266648578 7/20/2017

    The international coalition fighting against ISIS in Syria, led by the United States, announced that it had eliminated a senior ISIS official two months ago, who had planned the attempted attack against the Israeli national soccer team during the national team game in Albania.

    According to the coalition spokesman, the senior officer was killed in an air strike near Deir ez-Zor in Syria.
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4998564,00.html 8/3/2017

    • “The international coalition fighting against ISIS in Syria, led by the United States, announced that it had eliminated a senior ISIS official two months ago, who had planned the attempted attack against the Israeli national soccer team during the national team game in Albania.”

      Hey! they have told us that ISIS was a zionist tool, what has happened?

      • But but but, the joos not only invented ISIS but also plan all the attacks by ISIS on the joos! That is sooo obvious! Just ask that Arab on the street and all the leftwing BDS bleeding hearts – who runs the world? It is the joos. Who is as pure as an angel? The Palestinians who bomb cafes, and whose families receive $6,000 a month from the Palestinian Authority for blowing up a birthday party.

  4. Trump is making a lot of noise about North Korea to distract everybody from what he has done in Syria by removing support for the rebels. If he thinks that the rebels will surrender to Assad then he is living in cloud cukoo land. Surrender means torture and death. Those that do not fight to the death will leave Syria. The mass movement of millions more refugees will force the world into removing Assad.

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