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At least 20 journalists are currently missing from countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

All but one of these journalists have disappeared from #Iraq, #Syria & #Lebanon.

Each is #MissingNotForgotten.

Learn their stories in the thread below ⤵️

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Samir Kassab, a Lebanese cameraman and photographer for @skynewsarabia, went missing in #Aleppo, #Syria, on Oct. 15, 2013, along with Mauritanian reporter Iszhak Ould Mokhtar and their driver.

They have not been heard from since.

#MissingNotForgotten
Ishzak Ould Mokhtar, a Mauritanian reporter for @SkyNewsArabia_B, went missing in #Aleppo, #Syria, on Oct. 15, 2013.

"Our family has been unable to talk to him since he was abducted,” his brother told CPJ. The family is unable to confirm his whereabouts.
cpj.org/data/people/is… Photo Credit: Abdallah Ould...
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Thread #Lebanon #Syria

For 8 years & while #Syria suffered from devastating war, #Lebanon seemed largely immune from what was happening next door

In just one year, all has changed

Rescuing #Lebanon now seems intertwined with how the West views Hezbollah, #Iran and Damascus =>
2-To say #Lebanon 's citizens are shocked by speed of change is an understatement. It was less than year ago when apparent fissures in the system were too small to matter. While some warned & wondered if the good times would last, the majority was oblivious to what lied ahead
3-Once its financial system became unglued like house of cards, #Lebanon already entered a new chapter

As if this wasn't enough, #BeirutExplosion was the horrific final blow that shook #Lebanon ' citizens and the way they viewed relationship with any authority
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Thread of locations of #American bases in #Syria
The #US Heemo base is located to the West of the city of Al Qamishli near the village of Heemo of #Hasakah province

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The #US Tal Baydar base is located near Tal Baydar town of #Hasakah province. It includes the old airstrip about 900m that is sufficient for landing all types of cargo aircraft and various warplanes

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The #Assad regime convert the #Syria|n people's assembly to "#Assad's puppets assembly". In this video the currently member Mohamed Kabnad said "Bashar Assad never sleep & at least we should kneel to him".
The election play tomorrow is one more message to the world the #Assad will never accept ANY political settlement. It is one more reason to see Assad as the part of the problem not of the solution.
In the constitution of 2012 the position of president has more power than the assembly, government, army & court together. Actually the assembly has the role to discuss unnecessary decrees for #Assad and some decoration proposes.
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Thread recording every known #R9X Hellfire (aka #NinjaMissile & #FlyingGinsu) strike.

The AGM-114R-9X is an inert variant of the AGM-114 "Hellfire" developed by #Lockheed that is meant to reduce risk of civilian casualties while using pop-out blades to maintain lethality.
The #R9X has received much attention since a @WSJ article by @glubold & @wstrobel last year where it was said to have been used "about a half-dozen times" against high level terrorist targets in "#Libya #Syria #Iraq #Yemen & #Somalia"

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Its extreme precision, exotic nature, and increasingly visible usage by what is presumed to be #JSOC and #CIA according to a piece by @FranticGoat for @thewarzonewire have kept it in the spotlight though.

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Beirut & Damascus are only 80km apart

They are in top 10 closest pair of capitals in the world

Yet

Modern histories of #Lebanon & #Syria couldn’t have been more different

What made both countries so different?

What does the future hold for each?
While multiple factors played a role into making #Syria & #Lebanon so different, 1860 is arguably the key starting point

The civil war that year led to an international intervention (led by #France ) that would continue to shape Lebanon’s character for decades to come
Ever since up to 12,000 European soldiers landed in Beirut in 1860, #Lebanon became the one place where Ottomans turned a relatively blind eye to Europeans starting missionary schools or opening more consuls. Many families from today’s #Syria were attracted to this Western pivot
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#Syria #Idlib
Here is the moment when #Turkish forces started shooting at protesters on the M4 highway against joint #Russia|n-TSK patrol missions.
#Syria #Idlib
Açcording to local news agencies, a #Turkish drone has airstriked an #HTS position in Eastern Idlib after militants tried to destroy a TSK vehicle with an ATGM missile.
#Syria #Idlib
Apaprently, #HTS and #Turkey are holding talks in order to de-escalate the situation.
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NEW THREAD as #ISIS insurgency entered the 3rd year in the Eastern #Syria|n desert (W. of #Euphrates). For details:
- bit.ly/2z3mQlv (Homs) by @CalibreObscura
- bit.ly/2XDdffo (all E. areas) by @GregoryPWaters
Below schematic map showing main areas of IS attacks
E. #Syria: #NDF in #DeirEzzor announcing multiple losses on front vs #ISIS:
- its commander for S. #Mayadin sector following an "incident". He was from #Latakia province
- 2 fighters killed during IS attack on Palmyra-DeirEzzor road (area of Shula).
E. #Syria: photos showing the "combing operations" vs #ISIS carried out past days in E. #Homs desert, from Shaer gasfield to Sukhnah. Arty strikes were also reported last night in #DeirEzzor desert.
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Artillery shelling targets the residential neighborhoods in #Afrin, in the northern countryside of #Aleppo, resulting in civilian casualties
#Syria
Shelling by PKK
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"Yet for all the lives we have saved, death is beating us. For every Syrian that we’ve saved, there are five that we’ve lost" .From @RaedAlSaleh3, Head of Syria's White Helmets speak to a US Senate Committee on 'Nine Years of Brutality: Assad's Campaign Against the Syrian People'
"Since Russia’s intervention in 2015, the number of internally displaced people has doubled to 8 million; the relentless aerial bombardment and use of siege to retake areas like #Aleppo and #EasternGhouta has forced millions to “evacuate” to #Idlib. Now there isnt another Idlib."
"Raising funds to alleviate the suffering does not work any better than giving painkillers to a cancer patient. How much longer will the international community pursue this strategy before concluding it doesn’t work?"
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The Assad regime was responsible for 60% of all attacks on churches and other Christian places of worship in the period of 2011-2019.

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In the thread below I will outline all the different cases of regime attacks on churches in #Syria as recorded by the @snhr. This is to counter the belief still existing out there that #Assad actively tried to protect Christians during the war.

Source: sn4hr.org/wp-content/pdf…
1. Syriac Orthodox church of Lady of the Holy Belt, Hamidiyah neighborhood - #Homs city.

Shelled several times by the regime in 2012, most notably on 01/09 when it was hit by a helicopter barrel bomb raid, which caused severe damage.
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Returning!
One of the major problems of returnees -if they will return and/or Assad will not arrest them- is the totally destruction in the rural areas. A broken system like #Assad regime will never rebuild rural areas and concentrate more on the big cities.
The most destroyed areas in #Syria are rural areas. The most IDPs and refugees are from rural areas.

in the 80s for less damage -in the uprising at that time- the #Assad regime needed 20 yrs to rebuild the system and still broken what led to the uprising in 2011.
The world ask #Syria|n to be realistic about #Assad but everything since1970 say the regime can never build a stable country. Not economic, not on the social level not even good institutions.

World should be realistic the half of Syrians are IDPs or refugees and refuse Assad.
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A lot has changed in #Idlib/NW #Syria in recent days & much of the focus has been on hour-by-hour developments & less has been said on what it all means going forward.

Here's a lengthy thread laying out some of my thinking.
2 weeks ago, pro-#Assad forces were rampaging through #Idlib, overwhelming opposition defenses & swallowing up #Turkey's military observation posts almost at will.

The world stood virtually silent - or indifferent - as 1 million people were methodically & brutally displaced.
#pt: Amid the pro-#Assad advances, #Turkey ramped up arms supplies & intel sharing with #NLF/#SNA opposition proxies - in an attempt to bolster their offensive & defensive capabilities.

Then #TSK artillery support was added, along with a low-tempo campaign of covert UAV strikes.
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Thread/ As one of the biggest regional escalations in the history of the #Syria war unfolds, here are a few thoughts on the Turkish-Russian/Syrian triangle of fighting in #Idlib – who will back down
1/Evidently #Russia has many limitations and concerns when it comes to an armed confrontation with #Turkey, something which has become increasingly apparent with its decisions in Syria, it does not want to enter a direct war with Turkey
2/#Russia has always proceeded with caution with its regional competitors or partners in #Syria, be that NATO, Turkey, or even Israel, it prefers to take a neutral or passive stance, for example the Syrian S300’s have not been activated and use of them is clearly not allowed.
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THREAD: #Hezbollah quagmire between #Idlib #Iran and the #coronavirus:
First, various reports coming from Idlib indicating major losses within Hezbollah forces, against Turkish and Turkish-supported #Syrian rebels 1/9
Second, some of the recordings made by #Hezbollah fighters indicate that the #Russians have abandoned them. See this video 👇🏼2/9
Third, many of #Hezbollah fighters receiving military training in #Iran and a number of Lebanese Shia residing or visiting Iran have been exposed to #coronavirus and are sent back to #Lebanon. 7 cases have been reported in Lebanon so far, all linked to travel from Iran 3/9
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Thread: Footages show that pro-Assad forces hit/killed by Turkish army
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حکومت جمهوری اسلامی #ایران درحالی به وضع مقررات لازم در رفت وآمد وجلوگیری از شیوع ویروس کرونا توجهی ندارد که حتی ارتش ملی #سوریه در این کشور جنگ زده به این اصول و تست گرفتن از اهالی در رفت آمد از مناطق رژیم و پ‌ک‌ک به مناطق آزاد شده شمال سوریه توجه میکند.
#ويروس_كرونا
#کروناویروس
While Iranian regime doesn’t care to restrict movements to stop spreading Coronavirus, even SNA in war torn #Syria is doing its job.
#COVIDー19
#Coronavirus
نیروهای ارتش #ترکیه و انقلابیون در کنار هم از عزم خود برای بازپسگیری شهرک سراقب میگویند.
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#Syria #Turkey #Russia
Battle Of Idlib and Prospects Of Turkish-Syrian War 🤔

Battles for #Syria | February 9th - 14th, 2020 | Images, and updates from #Aleppo Front

Another #Syrian army helicopter shot down

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Tens of thousands of civilians are currently on the streets and in cars, most of them women, children, and elderly people, with snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. Children shiver, women cry and elderly people pray.
#syria #Idlib #Aleppo
Some of them kindle a stove, and some of them ignite a fire, to warm themselves a little on the street.

There are no mosques, no houses, not even a tent.
These civilians left with the clothes they were wearing only, and they do not even have blankets.
#syria #Aleppo #Idlib
Some cover themselves with pieces of cloth and some of them with cardboard.
People were displaced on a bicycle and people walk on foot.
People whose veins are frozen and especially in children.
There is no shelter and no empty houses.

This is the case of our people in #Syria.
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#idlib
#Aleppo
Here the world has stood silent

Russian warplanes turned #Syria into a living hell.

More than 35 civilians were killed in the past 48 hours in #Aleppo and #Idlib while bombing continues.

What do you know about a country whose inhabitants visit death from time to time
What do you know about a child who went to school and never came back
What do you know about feeling fear
What do you know about the sounds of bullets and hitting rockets?
What do you know about killing innocent people?
What do you know about bereaved screams
What do you know about hunger; about deprivation; about not having a family; do you not have a home, to lose a home
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Revolutions are about daring.

Revolutions begin when you dare to dream of what you’ve been told is impossible.

This is what the Arabic on Waad Al-Kateab, the #Syrian director of Oscar-nominated film "For Sama," says:

“We dared to dream and we will not regret dignity.”
#Aleppo film-maker vows to continue showing reality of #Syria news.yahoo.com/aleppo-film-ma… h/t @rmslim
#Syrian designer and events planner Reem Masri is behind Oscar-nominated Waad Al-Kateab’s For Sama Oscar dress.

Masri, a refugee based in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, has known Kateab since 2013. en.vogue.me/awards/waad-al…
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[THREAD] On weapons captured by Tavhid Ja Jihod a couple of days ago in #Khalsa #Aleppo, likely from Iranian militias, which have suffered high casualties.

Quantites of small arms including T56, AKM-pattern rifles, & PKM-pattern MG. Customisation is typical of Shia militias.
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3x RPG launchers including a DIO-produced model from Iran, a Chinese Type 69, and another RPG-7 pattern launcher- possibly Russian or Bulgarian
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Here's where things get interesting- multiple Iranian produced RPG warheads, including PG-7-AT "Nader", PG-7-AT-1 "Fath",plus PG-7VL & PG-7VM rounds from Russia. This isn't a huge capture but is a good indication of how regime forces (In particular Iranian-aligned) are armed.

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#PressRelease
Syrian National Coalition - Syria
Department of Media and Communications
January 31, 2020
We Demand Int’l Action to End Assad & Backers’ Onslaught on #Idlib
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#Syria #Russia
Everyone is a partner in the bloodshed in #Syria, those who are bombing, killing, funding, sending sectarian militias, providing the killers with coordinates, denying the Syrian people the means to defend themselves, and who are keeping silent.
The Russian occupation forces, Iranian militias, and Assad's gangs are committing all types of crimes against civilians in Maaret al-Numan and rural #Aleppo
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