Syria Daily: Regime Pounds Jobar in Northeast Damascus

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Fires in Ein Tarma after Assad regime attacks, August 7, 2017

The Assad regime’s military pounded Jobar in northeast Damascus with airstrikes and shelling on Monday, in the latest attacks in five years of fighting in the area.

Using the Qasioun Heights overlooking the Syrian capital, the army tried again to break rebel resistance in an offensive which has escalated since June. At least 15 civilians have been killed and scores injured in three days, according to activists.

The activists said there was less intense shelling on Zamalka, Harasta, and Kafr Batna.

Pro-Assad forces have taken much of the East Ghouta area near Damascus since spring 2016, and they have forced capitulations of suburbs such as Barzeh, Qaboun, and Tishreen this spring with sieges, bombardments, and ground assaults. However, they have been unable to finally seize Jobar, 2 km (1.2 miles) east of the walls of the Old City, and nearby Ein Tarma — despite resorting to chemical weapons on five occasions in July.

The rebel faction Failaq al-Rahman claimed the Assad regime’s elite 4th Division took heavy casualties — 20 killed, 80 wounded, and one captured — as it tried to storm Ein Tarma on Monday. The rebels said five tanks were destroyed.

The ongoing attacks belie the publicity of Russia, the Assad regime’s main ally, which says it is trying to bring a truce with a “de-escalation zone” in East Ghouta, including checkpoints manned by Russian military police.

Moscow has left the lines of the zone vague, allowing the Assad regime to continue the assault on Ein Tarma and excluding any possibility of a halt to hostilities in Jobar. Only a few hundred families, sheltering in basements, remain in Ein Tarma.

Abu Obada al-Shami, a Failaq al-Rahman commander, said of the increased use of “elephant” rockets — inaccurate and improvised munitions often made from gas canisters — “The elephant rockets are not having mercy on us. We have dug tunnels and fortified our positions so they are unable to advance.”

A rebel fighter, Abu Hamza, asserted, “This truce is a lie. The regime has not implemented it. They are shelling us without interruption using all types of weapons.”

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  1. The resistance offered by Syrians against the onslaught of four imperialist forces (Iran, Assad, Russia, Hezbollah) is nothing but epic. At the same level of the Vietnamese resistance against the French colonialists and then the US forces. This is going to go down in the annals of history as some epic resistance. The Palestinians claiming “resistance” to Israel (for not giving them free land and free electricity among other goodies) should be ashamed when appropriating that word. The non-Israeli Palestinians (who have never asked for democracy in their own societies) protest that they cannot vote in Israel, and they call that resistance. The Syrians are bombarded with cluster and incendiary bombs and often by toxic gas, and they still keep the imperialists out of their lands. Incomperable.

    • Those who you call “Syrians” and I call Jihadi Islamists are the mother and father of all Imperialism. Every group there have the word “Sham” in its name. The term Sham is Imperialistic (Sham = parts in Turkey + Syria + Iraq + Jordan + Israel)

      • What extraordinary ignorance. “Sham” is the term used by historic Syrian nationalists to designate “Greater Syria” ie a cultural area that incorporates Syria, Lebanon and Iraq – it is to some extent mythical, but it is a vision counterposed to the imperialist-drawn borders of the post WWI settlement.

      • Amir in Gaza Strip – your government is assisting these very same rebels and their families and giving them medical support and care, and also some military help. But you have decided to side with Russian and Iranian imperialists against the good of Syrians and Israelis. If you hate Israel this much, why don’t you move to Gaza Strip, or join ISIS and fight the Americans and the Marxist Kurds?

        The Jihadi Islamists are fighting the west because they have been influenced by west-haters such as Trotsky, Fanon, Zinn, Chomsky, Foucault, and Edward Said – certainly all your heroes.

        • The Jihadi Islamists are fighting the west because they have been influenced by west-haters such as Trotsky, Fanon, Zinn, Chomsky, Foucault, and Edward Said

          So, Jolani & Co. persecute the innocent ‘west’ due to the mishap of joining the wrong book club but not because of the benevolent imperialist invaders systematically destroying their countries, neighbours and co-religionists?

          That goes one better than historical revisionism, it is historical erasure.

          • @Barbar “imperialist invaders systematically destroying their countries” — Like ‘imperialist invaders’ systematically destroying Iraq and increasing its GNP per capita to the highest historical level? By instituting a quasi-democratic system with parliamentary governance and free elections, and a comparatively free press? Like transferring responsibility of governance to Iraqis so they become adept at self-governance? Like rescuing minorities, both ethnic, racial, and sectarian from domination by one sect? Like destroying national socialism and replacement by a more liberal democracy? By taking out the most vicious strongman the world has known in the 21st century? Libya? By removing another vicious communist-loving national socialist dictator? Syria? Like aiding Syrians in liberating their country from a vicious national-socialist communist-loving dictator and fighting imperialist invaders from Iran and Russia and Lebanon, and now Turkey?

            It is amazing that your fake historical revisionism of “systematic destruction” only works in the echo-chambers that you operate. Have you spoken to an Afghani lately? How many wish to see the Taliban or the Soviets back?

  2. Palestinians? Oh yeah I remember they were dancing and cheering in the streets after the 9-11 attacks that killed 3000 people.
    Yep great people those Palestinians!

    Good post Kazemi

  3. ‘Everyone in Syria is bad now’, says UN war crimes prosecutor as she quits post
    https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/6s4jko/everyone_in_syria_is_bad_now_says_un_war_crimes/ 8/7/2017

    ‘There are no angels and devils on either side in Syria, only devils and victims’ – Kom View https://t.co/igaWp0Yt7x
    https://twitter.com/KomNewsCom/status/850027827126837248 4/6/2017

    YPG-led SDF, including YPJ and Yazidi forces, launch operation against Daesh (ISIS) in Raqqa’s northwestern Nehda neighbourhood.

    Intense clashes between the forces of good and evil. (07.08.2017)
    https://www.facebook.com/YPG/videos/1544901485531442/ 8/8/2017

    • This Carla Del Ponte is one hypocrite low-life douche herself. She is responsible for the UN HR commission for getting nowhere. She even claimed against all evidence that the Sarin was produced and distributed by the rebels on their own families! and on themselves!

      She is resigning to deflect blame to others. But she has been ineffective and in fact given her unconscious bias, she should take much blame for what she is denouncing.

  4. Syrian Democratic Forces accuse Assad regime of trying to hinder Raqqa campaign aranews.net/2017/08/syrian… https://t.co/j4z2DOqWbu
    https://twitter.com/wdckurd/status/894651149210484736 8/7/2017

    Some militias, like the Free Syrian Army units fighting in Turkey’s “service” in northern Syria, have lost their national mission and effectively become mercenaries tasked with securing other countries’ interests, not necessarily fighting Assad.
    http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/1.802675 7/23/2017

    Ilham Ahmed (MSD): Groups that were originally consolidated under the name of ‘Syrian Coalition’ have now been turned into captives of Turkish chauvinism and are utilized to launch attacks on the Kurdish people.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/syriancivilwar/comments/6rsaiw/ilham_ahmed_msd_groups_that_were_originally/ 8/5/2017

    • the guy was spouting some serious sexist crap and using logic along the lines of thought that argue against evolution. The guy was a f’ing moron and deserved to get fired. There is no place where those views are acceptable, except perhaps in the Middle East

      • Matt, he is actually arguing the evolutionary view that the biology and survivalist instincts has been selective in forming the brain’s connectome. Can you explain to me what did this guy say that was sexist or anti-scientific? He made it very clear that he defends equal rights for all – men and women.

        I think you are just echoing the dominant narrative in the echo chamber. Can you show me how evolutionary and microbiological forces cannot impact the brain structure and connectome and prove to me that all brains must be identical? That is a claim of rather tall order. You are aware of a number of scientific studies that disprove what you claim above?

      • @Bs As — more political ideology in monocapitalist corporations – same corps that dictate diversity ideology and discriminate against employees who resist, happen to hate diversity in commerce and try hard to monopolize the markets:

        http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450240/lena-dunham-google-demonstrate-eroding-free-speech-culture

        Barbar, I am curious to know your view about this matter. Would you be a Gramscist by any chance? What do you think of cultural Marxism? Surely not all oppressions are reducible to the Yankee fanbois stealing raw materials, and NATO’s plot to eradicate Russia – is it?

        • your argument is fundamentally flawed. You imply a difference at the biological level, other then sexual organs. I don’t think you will find a doctor in the world that would say a womans brain is made differently than a mans. If you are referring to what information gets put into a brain, after birth, then you are making a societal claim.

          • The antifa thought police busted him!. Matt the communist party is legal in the US (same as wearing a Stalin t-shirt) but an US citizen can´t use a logic that goes “along the lines of thought that argue against evolution” because “there is no place where those views are acceptable”. Who are you, some sort of post-modern chekist?.

          • The antifa cult (wich has shaped a huge brainless herd of morons) is THE ideology of monocapitalist corporations. This is the future. Soon they will force people in their jobs to worship a 6′ 5″ tall golden transgender statue under the all-seeing eye of the perverted sect of sick pedophile leftists.

          • Matt, surely you are not denying that there IS a difference in each of our cells between men and women? That would be quite anti-evolutionary. Men have an X and Y chromosome, while women have an X and X. This is basic genetics. The genes are different and are expressed differently. Can you back up your claim that in brain development such genetic differences and hormonal differences has absolutely NO impact on neurological development? That is a huge claim you are making. What proof does the echo chamber narrative offer for identicalness? So before you accuse others for being unscientific, can you scientifically prove your own counter-claim?

            What do you have to say about the studies that show men’s connectome are relatively longitudinal, while women are relatively latitudinal? Why are women superior in language and personal skills while men are superior in physical and athletic skills?

            • That’s an incredibly simplistic view you argue. What qualifies you as an expert your so called evolutionary changes. Nothing about thought police. I suppose that will just be your most recent justification for anti-American statements.

              If you fundamentally don’t believe in equality between genders then just say that. But hiding behind some ass backward thought that you don’t fully understand but soundS good to you is ludicrous.

              Isis thoughts towards genders is just further down the line of logic you are presenting.

              • “Isis thoughts towards genders is just further down the line of logic you are presenting”

                OMG then I guess that John Wayne in Red River must be somethign on the line of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?. When exaclty you “americans” have turned into this BS?. The founding fathers are rolling in ther graves.

              • John Wayne? How fucking ignorant of you to think that Americans, 100 fucking years later are anything like John Wayne.

                Right, as I said in the original post. Only in the middle east. Keep treating your woman as if they are inferior. Keep putting your women in clothing that covers them head to toe. OMG, a woman going to the store without a man???!?!?!? how can she do that, she has a y chromosome.

                You know nothing about our founding fathers. So stfu.

              • 1) In the matter of Mr. Damore, I find it disgusting, oppose all political censorship out of principal and wish him the best in suing Google for about 30 years worth of wages in punitive damages.
                Liar…

              • “How fucking ignorant of you to think that Americans, 100 fucking years later are anything like John Wayne.”

                Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations!

              • “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations!”

                Whatever the fuck that means. Is that from some bullshit book written some centuries ago? I love rolling joints with the pages of the koran or the bible. Nothing gets you higher!

                And quite hilarious if in any way you were implying that the john wayne days were somehow the height of good ole Merika. But who the fuck knows, you put your arguments in the fucking toilet when you quote bullshit like that. Nice fishing fuckface

  5. @Bs As — more political ideology in monocapitalist corporations – same corps that dictate diversity ideology and discriminate against employees who resist, happen to hate diversity in commerce and try hard to monopolize the markets:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450240/lena-dunham-google-demonstrate-eroding-free-speech-culture

    Barbar, I am curious to know your view about this matter. Would you be a Gramscist by any chance? What do you think of cultural Marxism? Surely not all oppressions are reducible to the Yankee fanbois stealing raw materials, and NATO’s plot to eradicate Russia – is it?

    • The logical step after monopolizing the markets will be to steadily reduce offer and the quality in manufactures and services. The fourteenth amendment of the US had a warning against this outcome:

      “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability”

      https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv

    • 1) In the matter of Mr. Damore, I find it disgusting, oppose all political censorship out of principal and wish him the best in suing Google for about 30 years worth of wages in punitive damages.

      2) Would you be a Gramscist by any chance? From a brief read on the term, I would tend to say yes.

      3) What do you think of cultural Marxism? That it is a catchphrase approximating to the type of identity politics employed by such scum as Yanki Democrats to divide and rule, but naturally having nothing to do with actual Marxism.

      4) Surely not all oppressions are reducible to the Yankee fanbois stealing raw materials, and NATO’s plot to eradicate Russia – is it? Correct, they are not.

      • Good to see that you uphold your principles of liberties and human rights in the case of Mr. Damore.

        But cultural Marxism is what Marxism has evolved into. Hard to find any old-school Marxists anymore — simply because Marx’s thesis on historical determinism and class conflict has been proven so comically wrong. Thus the left has moved away from a worker’s revolution — no ‘worker’ gives a hoot for class revolution, except for maybe the public union freeloaders who are sucking hard working workers dry by increasing the cost of production and the tax rates.

        The younger leftists are here to control language, culture, discourse, etc. and achieve dominance by appealing to self-guilt, and cheap rhetoric to manipulate the politically unsophisticated. They have been successful in ways that the old-school Marxists have never been. Problem is that the cultural Marxists are as totalitarian and domination oriented that they give the lie to what they wish to achieve, i.e. the socialist utopia. I am glad to see that you can see through this pathetic exercise of the culturalists and call them a spade.

        Gramsci advocated cultural hegemony by Marxists in order to counter the capitalist. But he never said which kind of capitalism he is countering. I am sure you are not in favor of cultural hegemony and domination in order to achieve your ends, are you?

        • 1. I disagree with you that “the left has moved away from a worker’s revolution” and counterpose that this description does however precisely fit the pseudo-left frauds, i.e. the politically cowardly ‘leftish-talking’ caste whose function, witting or otherwise, is to continuously pre-emptively split any genuine socialist revolutionary potential in a given population and channel the naïve adherents they peel off back into the dead end of supporting the voracious and warmongering capitalist parties after which they tail. SWP/ISO promoting a Bernie Sanders or Jeremy Corbyn are classic examples of this genre.

          See, What is the pseudo-left?
          https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/30/pers-j30.html

          2. Yes, I find the AntiFa in tone, temperament and function indistinguishable from the original SA, which is why these cheap goons are in fact sponsored by conflicted states such as occupied Germany, to beat dissent to the [foreign] ruling class off the streets.

          3. I agree with Gramsci insofar as his theory on how the bourgeois political hegemony is maintained sounds much more plausible to me than the traditional ‘realist’ model which studiously ignores the conflicting class interests within a nation, but confess this one article is as far as my studies on the matter have thus far progressed:
          http://www.e-ir.info/2012/06/08/what-is-the-difference-between-a-realist-and-a-gramscian-understanding-of-hegemony/

          In general, however, I oppose trying to oblige/coerce anyone to adopt conformity to religious or political opinions of which they remain unpersuaded.

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