#SRO | ARCHIVES - It must be noted that #YPG invited (yes, invited but many forgeting : Liwa Jabhat al-Akrad was negociator) #FSA (not jihadis) to enter Sheikh Maqsoud in March 29, 2013, to help #YPG there against a large regime offensive on southern #Sheikh_Maqsoud front (1).
#SRO | ARCHIVES - At that time, the october-november 2012 crisis (between #YPG and Liwa Ahrar Suriya, capture of Nujin Derik) was past and #YPG established good relationship with most of #FSA in Bustan al-Pasha and Hellok. #FSA from these suburbs were the first to help (2).
#SRO | ARCHIVES - #YPG were losing ground : al-Hassan mosque (S-E corner of #Sheikh_Maqsoud) was lost to regime in early hours of #Assad offensive. With #FSA support, entering the battle, including Liwa Jabhat al-Akrad and Liwa Nasr al-Islam, al-Hassan mosque was retaken (3).
#SRO | ARCHIVES - Vidéos about #YPG in battles against regime in #Aleppo city are rare because not same policy as rebels to show their battles with phones. Here #YPG hunting out #Assad loyalists from Salah ad-Din mosque area in Ashrafiyah (Feb. 2013) :
ADD.: #Assad regime flag is taken down from police station and local services in Ashrafiyah (a building just next to Salah ad-Din mosque) with columns at entrance, and the #Rojava flag is being shown for the view of all. #YPG, at that time, controlling already most of Ashrafiyah.
#SRO | ARCHIVES - #AFP report from Dec. 12 - 14, 2012 on #YPG in #Afrin and #Aleppo kurdish suburbs. TV report clearly also showing #YPG controlling Sheikh Maqsoud industrial zone (their most important extent of control there : north = rebel territory) :
#SRO | ARCHIVES | REMEMBER SIMPLE MEN - You can be against or for, you must recognize most of all #Syria'ns who fought in this war were brave and humble. Here Liwa al-Fateh fighters laughing friendly of their commander before going to fight [Dec. 2012] :
ADD.: one of the most emotional videos of the #Syria'n uprising and civil war remembering us, from any side, that most of the men who fought [yes you will find monsters in all sides] were simple, humble and brave men. Remember them by saving #Syria past.
In same emotional testimonies of war, here is colonel Mustafa Shahoud breaking #Assad orders and going to discuss, without weapons, with his #Syria'ns brothers from opposition discovering they're not "foreign terrorists from Chechnya" but... #Syria'ns :
#SRO | ARCHIVES | REGIME USING #BOSRA SHAM OLD RUINS AS MILITARY POSITIONS (March 2015) - Here is a very rare footage showing #Assad regime fighters using ruins in Old #Bosra city as a military camp inside the city from 2013 to 2015 :
ADD.: regime is well know to have used many archeological sites and historcal sites and ruins as military camps against many international laws (#Palmyra antiqual city [#Homs], Halabiyah castle [#Deir_Ezzor], #Harem citadel [#Idlib], #Aleppo citadel, #Homs citadel...).
ADD.: rebellion isn't also very clean on this subject : Qalaat al-Hosn (#Krak des Chevaliers) citadel [#Homs] or Apamea archeological site in Qalaat al-Mudiq [#Hama] were used as military strategic areas.
#SRO | EXCLUSIVE | CAMPAIGN FOR #QALAMOUN MILITARY BASES - During autumn 2013, we saw many offensives in #Qalamoun valleys without seeing, in fact, they took place in an incredible coordination from near two dozens rebellion forces. Here is the exclusive global view | #Syria.
ADD.: it appears that Liwa al-Islam and Jbahat al-Nusra were clearly "masters of strategy" in operations. And we understood how the army could be defeated only with this global view : imagine one moment in september : loyalists were fighting on nearly 5 fronts only in #Qalamoun !
ADD.: more important, it's showing and confirming Maaloula was NEVER a military objective nor religious ! It was just a (successful) diversion ! Army concentrated many efforts for worlds cameras ("christians endangered") : in same time, the same #Assad regime army lost 4 bases...
#SRO | LEAKS - #SRO about to leak facts showing no forces from the rebellion took part in any attack on #Assad regime administration and army leaders in July 18, 2012. Maybe the most important leak since #SRO leaked rebellion strategy to break #Aleppo siege in 2016.
#SRO | LEAKS - Four testimonies from Liwa al-Islam (Jaysh al-Islam today), #Damascus Revolutionnary Military Council and two others battalions commanders to confirm they never took part of the attacks contrary to many claims on social networks the same day of the "attack".
#SRO | LEAKS - It will first testimonies about event from commanders of these groups. An exclusive part : "Abu Hatem received a message on his phone : strong explosion. We knew nothing about it for an hour before nusayri regime statements. Abdullah al-Raouf said us : claim it !"
#SRO - Interesting how some find themselves estonished about #KSA Khashoggi affair... Remember #KSA was one of last #Assad regime supporters in 2011. The kingdom was supporting regime (its supporters forgeting it, strangely) when all others arab states declared it criminal (1).
#SRO - During the 2011 first months of brutal killings of thousands of protesters by regime soldiers and shabihas, #KSA took the stance to be "neutral", watching the massacre without any problem : and for sure, most of those killed could vote, a day, for Muslim Brotherhood (2).
#SRO - When #Turkey and #Qatar began to act in june - july 2011, #KSA refused to follow. But when armed struggle began with army defector and some MB linked groups about to fight #KSA was seeing its enemies (Muslim Brotherhood) about to take another country (after #Egypt) (3).
#Khashoggi Case Thread: I am going to ‘pin’ this post to use it as an ‘Info Thread’ on the #Khashoggi Case. I am in #Turkey. I’ve been following the case closely and with access to sources & experts here. This is a very ‘sensitive’ criminal case due to ‘Diplomatic Booby Traps’!!!
The Evidence Obtained Outside Cameras will not show any evidence of ‘tempering’ but other than license plates of dozens of diplomatic cars (Many with tinted windows-large trunks) with related time stamp, drivers Info, model/year: Nothing.
#Turkish Intel-Investigative Bodies also have the list of all Diplomatic & Private Saudi & “other significant’ Planes in #Turkey for the period of ‘interest.’ Many of the Target airports have their own security cameras & related evidence.
On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began. 1/
#Hitler, who had just been named head of a #government that was legally formed after the democratic #elections of the previous November, seized the opportunity to change the system. “There will be no mercy now,” he exulted. “Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”
The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German#president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
1. The #Iran Action Group created by @SecPompeo last month released its report. Iran's role in the region, which other administrations overlooked, appears to be under intense scrutiny. #Houthis in #Yemen have been identified alongside groups responsible for attacks against the US
2. The report stated that consequences of #Iran's meddling include its lethal ballistic missiles, which advanced its proxies military capabilities: "Yemen’s #Houthi militants have fired numerous ballistic missiles into #Saudi Arabia, including two directed at Riyadh in May 2018."
3. The report also indicated that since 2012: "#Iran has spent over $16 billion propping up the #Assad regime and supporting its other partners and proxies in #Syria, #Iraq, and #Yemen."
Head of #PMU, Abu Izrael is Shia, burning a dead Sunni, possibly ISIS, but it is not a justification. You can’t be barbaric & call others barbaric. Besides, burning dead people & enjoying it is a psychopathic behavior.
Eight thousand Shia Houthi children soldiers who are not even 13 years old recruited as fighters and human shields. They are also given drugs and are sexually abused in #Yemen
Short THREAD on #Russia - #Turkey divergences over #Idlib as seen from #Moscow: 1. In early August I described rationale behind RU positon & that "certain level of understanding reached w/ TUR that there should be no [large-scale] offensive on Idlib [then]"almon.co/338t
2.I recently reached out to the same senior RUS diplomat who reiterated #Moscow's bottom-line desire to settle the issue peacefully except for terrorists organization who he argued #Turkey too agreed to fight as part of AStana agreements.Yesterday,RU #Syria envoy Lavrentyev..
3. .alluded to #Russia's growing displease w/ #Ankara's inability to deliver upon its committments in the area that, as Lavrentyev said"is kind of their zone of responsibility."Instead,#Erdogan writing op-eds,trying to enlist support from #West/ern partners over #Idlib which is..
Iranian militias in #Syria
By the beginning of 2012, with the increasing peaceful demonstrations the #IRGC began to feel the danger to the regime of its ally Assad and the major schisms within the #Assad army. Opposition sources estimate the number of dissidents at 150,000.1/12
Because of Assad's field losses, Tehran gave orders to #Hezbollah terrorist militia to conduct military intervention to save #Assad. It was the first direct military presence of the militia in southern #Damascus and the vicinity of Damascus International Airport.2/12 #Iran#USA
Muhammed Najem was in Ghouta saying the exact same things before Assad liberated that part of Syria from Jihadist "rebels". This teenager is taking selfies for propaganda purposes and shame on Al Jazeera for participating in this. #Idlib#IdlibDawn#IdlibOffensive #HandsOffSyria
We are past the point of no return in #Syria. Not taking direct military action against the Assad regime as it proceeds to carry out its extermination campaign in #Idlib & the rest of Syria, is complicity to genocide and puts us squarely on a direct war path with Russia and Iran.
Pretending that Russia and Iran can be appeased by allowing the #Assad regime to commit genocide in #Syria is a lethal mistake. Striking the Assad regime decisively and militarily will halt the Russian & Iranian war march towards Europe & Mediterranean. Diplomacy has not worked.
We are already at war with Russia + Iran. Pretending that allowing Assad to live is somehow going to change that fact is simpleton nonsense blanketed in immorality masked as "anti-war" sentiments that condone genocide, torture, and the erasure of international law & human rights.
Already 1000s of year ago, expansionists knew that hegemony requires take over of:
-border crossings (later when airplanes were invented also airports) 2- Locals 3- Resources
2/ Roman/Byzantine Empire took over countries & created an infrastructure network leading to its HQ. This facilitated transport of military & resources.
Today also other countries use same strategy. First thing is take over of infrastructure: sea/airports/land routes/crossings.
..the idea for the summit was to get a deal where all the 3 can secure their bottom-line interests.They didn't fully achieve it since there will be another round of trilateral talks (some time in the future in #Russia) and the parties hope to settle #Idlib issue in #Tehran but..
..(a) #Turkey maintained credibility of the oppoaition (by that good cop-bad cop thing #Erdogan & #Putun played), (b) #Russia got his promise to deal w/ those attacking #Hmeymim (c) #Ankara received time to settle the major task of assorting militants (d)..
#Assad has repeatedly vowed to retake “Every Inch of #Syria”. While the pledge seemed unrealistic early on, it suddenly doesn’t seem too far fetched. But is Assad’s vow only about land, or is there something more fundamental that has been cornerstone of the leadership’s strategy
2-Vowing to “Take Every Inch of #Syria back” started as early as 2013 when Damascus would make the pledge in private to Western officials who came looking for solutions. Such officials were known to have warned Damascus that, even if possible, such would take years to achieve =>
3-Since the pledge was first used in private in 2013, the #Syrian leadership has stuck to its vow and made it clear that there can’t be a political solution until every inch of the country is taken back under State control first. This fundamental premise continues today