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Chances are Rami #Makhlouf's life isn't in danger whatever may happen next . He's blood, after all.
The fall of the #Jaber Brothers, whom #Damascus perceived their actions as 'treason' (punishable by death), may be the most recent example.
The Jaber Brothers, once #Syria’s biggest tycoons and most powerful militia leaders, fell precipitously once they crossed red lines.
Tied to the #Assad family through marriage likely saved their lives and their ultimate downfall was limited to public disgrace & financial ruin.
The #Makhlouf saga is reminder that no matter how big a whale you are in #Syria, the megalodon is the apex predator.
Pieced together through insiders, at various intervals, this is the tale of the the fall of the Jaber Brothers, the ‘frog(s) that wished to be as big as the ox’.
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This is a masterclass in research by @Elizrael & @Qussai_jukhadar -- I'm proud to be publishing it on @MiddleEastInst.

- "Ravaged by war, #Syria’s health care system is utterly unprepared for the #COVID19 pandemic."

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@Elizrael @Qussai_jukhadar @MiddleEastInst #pt: While most health experts project terrible #COVID19 implications for #Syria, the @WHO insists a "minor outbreak" is more likely.

Why? @WHO's analysis is based on #Wuhan/#China data - which is absurd, given the contrasts in governance, security & healthcare capacity.
@Elizrael @Qussai_jukhadar @MiddleEastInst @WHO #pt: If equating #Syria's capacity to deal w. #COVID19 with #China's wasn't crazy enough, @WHO went further - predicting #Idlib would witness a 50% less infection rate than #Wuhan:

- 2,413 infections
- 121 ICU cases

Out of 4 million people, most in IDP camps w. no services.
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Despite the lockdown procedures in Germany, the trial of the #Syria-n Col. Anwar Raslan, the head of the investigation team in the #Damascus-based State Security branch – 251, “the internal branch” or al-Khatib branch, will go as expected on April 23rd.
Col. Raslan has been charged with crimes against humanity (incl. the torture of 4000 detainees), rape and 59 murders during his time in al-Khatib Branch (Apr. 2011 – Sep. 2012). Raslan will be the first (and hopefully not the last) #Syria-n regime official to be tried in court.
In 2013, Raslan has officially defected from the #Syria-n intelligence and escaped to Jordan, where he was praised by some opposition figures. In summer 2014, after he attended a UN meeting in Geneva, he and his family went to Germany, where they were granted an asylum.
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IMPORTANT
#Assad regime closed schools, universities, cafes, restaurants, clubs, mosques, churchs and all social, religious & sport facilities and stopped the citizens services, compulsory recruitment, prisoners' visits & public transportation.

But officially "still NO #COVID19"
The real danger of spreading #COVID19 in #Syria is via visitors/ fighters from #Iran, the lines at bakeries & gas cylinder suppliers and Bazaars.

To talk about the #COVID19 could lead to be kidnapped by the Mukhabarat and accused of spreading false news or supporting terrorism.
The #Assad regime has many secret places as quarantines. The positive tested persons will be kidnapped and send to a quarantine after taking their cell phone.

The families of positive tested persons can't talk to any due fears of killing the patients in the quarantine.
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#THREAD: As the #Syrian war enters its 10th year, @AFP has put together a series of stories that shed critical light on where the conflict and its many players now stand. Taken together, they reveal the brutal cost of war & how regular #Syrians are paying the highest price
"It's certainly not a simple international conflict."
@RobaHusseini on how Syria plays host to a complex international showdown involving #Russia, the United States, #Turkey, #Israel and #Iran.
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"Fear of death has turned into fear of poverty."
@Maher_mon from #Damascus on how residents of the Syrian capital are struggling to rebuild their lives after years of war.
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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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A Putin-Erdogan meeting is expected once the military operation in #Idlib reaches its objectives and imposes the Astana agreement by force where Turkey failed to do so in more than a year over HTS, ak al-Nusra (former ISIS in Syria, former al-Qaeda in Syria) et al.
The Syrian Army is preparing a large offensive and Russia is very angry.

Dangerous combination in the next 24 hours.
33 Turkish officers killed and 36 wounded by a Russian raid on a Turkish convoy in rural #Idlib (#Syria) last night.

#Russia is replying to the Turkish supply of MANPADs to Jihadists, a very serious matter jeopardizing Russian pilots safety and a change of the Rule of Engagement
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#Important #News! #Threade

#Israel #Jerusalem #Russia #Syria

#Russia's #ambassador to #Syria released this week what some saw as a veiled threat to #Israel if Israel continued to #bomb #Iranian positions in the war-torn country.
On February 6th, 20 #Syrian and #Iranian military officials were #killed in an airstrike on a target near #Damascus. The attack also resulted in #Syrian air defense systems accidentally firing on a #Russian 172-passenger plane.
The plane was able to land safely at a nearby airport. However, #Russian #ambassador Alexander Yefimov was not interested in the Israeli justifications. In an interview with Sputnik arabic, Yefimov described the #Israeli #attacks as “#provocative and very #dangerous”.
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#BREAKING #NOW
A number of explosions were heard, shaking the Syrian capital, #Damascus, moments ago.
#Syria #Israel #IDF #Iran #IRGC #USA
#BREAKING #NOW
The IDF targets a number of military sites in the vicinity of the Syrian capital, #Damascus.
#Syria #Israel #IDF #Iran #IRGC #USA
#BREAKING #Now
The Assad regime's Sana agency claims intercepting a number of hostile missiles in the vicinity of the Syrian capital, #Damascus.
#Syria #Israel #IDF #Iran #IRGC #USA
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[ Thread: Internationalized #manpower in the war for #Tripoli ]
Long before #Ankara began sending #Syrian Turkmen fighters in Dec to help the #GNA, the number of gung-ho fighters willing to go risk their lives on behalf of the #LNA in W #Libya was insufficient.

That is an important reality even if pro-#LNA voices are loathe to acknowledge it
That’s why the #LNA has used #Sudanese mercs throughout 2019. On LNA side, Sudanese mercs have been basically part of the furniture, eliciting little comment.

Above issue is also the reason why the arrival of a few hundred #Russian fighters near #Tripoli in Sep had a big effect.
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Breaking: Israel is carrying out airstrikes on Damascus, Syria. Syrian air defense systems are responding.

#Syria #Zionist #Israel
One of the locations Israel hit was a weapons depot at a Syrian military base at Dummar in the outskirts of Damascus #Syria. Among military bases hit are Mount Qasiyun and al-Kiswah.
Zionist #Israel also carried out air strikes against civilian targets in #Gaza during their strikes on #Damascus. No info on casualties yet. #BDS #BoycottIsrael #IsraelApartheid
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When the Air Force (Helicopters) of a country, #Iraq, carry the coffins of those assassinated by a guest country, #US. Do you @realDonaldTrump believe your troop will be safe in Iraq after your violation of the agreement with the Iraqi government?

@realDonaldTrump The 1st of 3 expected Funerals in three cities of #Iran today and tomorrow of the most famous and loved #Qassemsoleimani General assassinated by the #US in #BaghdadAirportAttack . The US and neocon sitting in tanks all day, pretending & trying hard to think, believe he is hated
@realDonaldTrump The will of the most famous General in #Iran Sardar Haj #QassemSuleimani assassinated by the #US in #BaghdadAirportAttack:
A دثقغ simple grave with the name of "the soldier Qassem Soleimani, without any Flowery phrases (praising compliments)"
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NEW THREAD - S. #Syria.
Slowly but surely attacks vs pro-Assad forces are spreading outside #Daraa province. Yesterday a CP near Mughayr Mir (SW. #Damascus) was targeted while Saraya Qasioun claims 4 KIA in attack in W. Qalamoun. A soldier also killed in Busra Harir (E. Daraa). ImageImage
S. #Syria: the 1st targeted assassination of the year in #Daraa province happened in the NW. countryside when gunmen shot dead a soldier on Muzayrib-Yadudah road. Image
S. #Syria: an IED targeted today a former Rebel commander, now working with Military Security, with his escort in #Daraa. Multiple wounded. His brother, also working with the Mil. Security, was killed 10 days ago. Image
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#attrocitiesbyasi #ASI
#adichanallur #TamilNadu #tamirabaranicivilization
This site was first excavated by ASI in 1876. Dr.Jagor, German.
Finds include utensils, iron weapons (knives, sword blades and hatchets)
And bones.

All the artefacts were taken away by him to Berlin.
There is a museum in Berlin for Asian art.

What's very interesting is that NO DETAILS OF HIS COLLECTION ON ADICHANALLUR IS AVAILABLE.

His other collections are recorded and displayed in the museum.

Then Mr.Alexander rea carried out studies from 1899 to 1905.
He found a burial site of about 114 acres.
Findings include bones, Pottery, vessels,diadems and metal artefacts.

Currently, his collections are the only documented source of the site.

He was of the view that the site belonged to pandyas. A poto tamil race.
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1. Unpleasant as it may be for many, the current trajectory of the war in #Syria will require the US to work with the #Damascus government to keep the country from becoming an even worse terrorist breeding ground. When we overthrew Saddam we destroyed the military too. The result
2. was #ISIS and chaos on a massive scale. #Geneva process when accomplished will create a democratically elected Syrian government. It will still have to fight the terrorists that #Turkey & Qatar finance & arm.

#SDF is not a separatist force. They are a loyal opposition force
3. Loyal to Syria that they fight to defend. The goal of a federal Syria is the principal part of SDF's ideological thinking that ties them to Abdullah Öcalan. The federal system is not the PKK's ideological creation. It's America's. Local governance brings stability in diverse
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Thread - 1/4: #Today's (20 November 2019) accurate #airstrike in #Syria caused massive damage. The #Iran|ian #QudsForce HQ in #Damascus intl. airport, AKA the #Glasshouse, was partially collapsed.

#IMINT #ISI #satellite #intelligence #space #IRGC
Thread - 2/4: The #Iran|ian #QudsForce HQ in #Damascus intl. airport, AKA the #Glasshouse. Before and after #Today's airstrike.

#IMINT #ISI #satellite #intelligence #space
Thread - 3/4: A structure in #AlMazzeh airport was completely destroyed during the same attack. The structure is possibly an additional #IRGC/Quds Force HQ.

#IMINT #ISI #satellite #intelligence #space #Quds #Qudsforce
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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#BreakingNews:

Putin-Erdogan meeting ended, described "difficult". Both men went in length into small details in #Syria.

Press conference now.
Good: #YPG (armed Syrian #Kurds) pulls back 30-32 km wide but that doesn't mean #Turkey will take the area. #Russia is the guarantor and 1999 Adana agreement will be updated.

All in my article.
#Syria #Damascus (#Tehran in the shade) already proposed and discussed the points negotiated today between Presidents Putin and Erdogan during the six hours meeting.

#Turkey wants the Syrian government to speed the constitution reforms, a requested supported by Russia and Iran
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1. Ongoing thread covering #IS’s response to and comms around recent developments in northern #Syria. Focus will be on camps, prisons and tactics.
2. 9 Oct: Something weird going on in #Raqqa, which was, per #SDF reports last night, subject to a “large-scale assault” by #IS. Meanwhile, total radio silence from #IS.
3. This is strange. When #IS has mounted flash urban assaults in years gone by, it has intensively reported on them, often as the attacks were ongoing. Think #Palmyra, Dec 16; Kirkuk, Oct 16, #Rutbah, May 16, #Kobane, Jun 15.
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Tensions increase in Lebanese city as protesters clash with Harakat Amal supporters: video aml.ink/GfhJ7
"#Hezbollah leader Hassan #Nasrallah has signaled his readiness to support the current #Lebanese govt amid the ongoing protests in the capital Beirut. In a televised speech, Nasrallah said that he would back the govt,“but with a new agenda & a new spirit”
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"The #Turkish-backed militants launched a surprise attack on the #SyrianArmy’s defenses near the #Syrian-#Turkish border today in a bid to advance to the Tal Tamr District of Al-Hasakah."
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#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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