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I did some research on factional affiliation of al-'Uqaydat tribal confederacy's al-Bu Kamal branch in #DayrAzZawr province before the takeover of #IS and got some surprising results:
1) The most influental local Brigade in the area between al-Bahrah and the Iraqi border clearly appears to have been Liwa' Ahl al-Athar (@Alathr2012).

The Brigade was explicitly an al-'Uqaydat tribal brigade of the #FSA.

2) Another local faction was Liwa' 'Umar al-Mukhtar. It had a few members from the environs of ash-Sha'fah, but its headquarters were located in al-Bu Kamal city and it's support base also was predominantly urban.

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#SRO | ARCHIVES | HISTORY - THE MASSACRE OF SAYYIDAH ZEYNAB BY ASSAD FORCES (July 18, 2012) - In early days of the rebellion, the sunnis areas, mainly situated in western parts of Sayyidah Zeynab as Ali al-Waash street and around al-Zubayr mosque, celebrated the revolt (1).
#SRO | ARCHIVES | HISTORY - In few days, during #Damascus Volcano operation, most of Sayyidah Zeynab western parts were under control of #FSA (Katibat Jund Allah, Katibat Shuhada al-Jawlan...). They reinforced their positions in July 17, 2012 with forces from south-#Damascus (2).
#SRO | ARCHIVES | HISTORY - In july 18, 2012, led by Katibat Jund Allah, #FSA launched operation against the biggest regime army barracks inside Sayyidah Zeynab. After few hours of clashes the First Urban Battalion was under rebellion control, only 600 m from Zeynab shrine ! (3).
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#SRO | ARCHIVES | THE LAST SOUTHERN DAMASCUS REBELLION OFFENSIVE - In may 5, 2013, #FSA forces (Tajamuu Alwiyat Ahfad al-Rasul, Alwiyat Ababil Horan and allies) launched their last offensive in #Damascus southern countryside from their positions in al-Husseiniya (1).
#SRO | ARCHIVES | Hundreds mens are prepared with light weapons supported by some rockets launchers, mortars and few pickups. Objectives : railway, congress palace and Najhah military housings. In May 5 - 6, rebels took Najhah village and railway portions and checkpoints (2).
#SRO | ARCHIVES | In may 7, they launched offensive toward congress palace, led by Liwa Shuhada al-Jawlan (east to al-Husseiniya camp and south to Bahdaliyah). After 48 hours of clashes, they took control of hotel complex in May 9, 2013. It was their maximum control (3).
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#Syria: another round of fighting has erupted in the greater #Idlib region as #HTS jihadists have captured the town of Darat Izza.

National Liberation Front (#FSA) rebels are mobilizing across the region for a counter attack
#Syria: the National Liberation Front (#FSA) has announced the start of military operations against #HTS jihadists in response to the capture of Darat Izza.

War in the greater #Idlib region is a fact.
#Syria: after several days of fighting Nour al-Din al-Zinki rebels have been crushed in western #Aleppo with #HTS jihadists seizing Darat al-Izzah, Anjarah, Khan al-Assal and Deir Simeon
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#YPG/#PKK publicly invites the #Asad/#Iran system into the border areas, particularly Minbij, which was captured because of the efforts of the U.S., working in coordination with #Turkey, having promised that the city would be handed over to local rule after #IS was gone.
It doesn't seem that the #PKK has handed Minbij to the #Asad/#Iran system just yet, though a regime delegation visited this morning.
Worth noting here that the #SDF/#PKK opened Minbij up to Asad's secret police a long time ago, and if the Asad regime is present it means Iranian operatives are, too. thedailybeast.com/us-arms-kurds-…
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#BREAKING: It is now confirmed that following to an agreement between #Syrian authorities & #SDF/#YPG, #Syrian Arab Army will quickly take control of city of #Manbij upon withdrawal of last #US troops. #Russia will not provide air support, but #SAADF will establish No fly zone.
#BREAKING: Large convoy of #Syrian Arab Army waiting for withdrawal of last #US troops from #Manbij to take control of the city & not let it to be occupied by #Turkey's Ahrar al-Sharqiya terrorists (all ex-#AlQaeda). #Syria Air Defense Force has deployed Buk-M2 SAM batteries too.
These are the terrorists mobilized by #Turkey to take control of #Manbij, kill hundreds of civilians and start ethnic cleansing there. Coalition of #YPG #Syrian Arab Army will confront #FSA, Ahrar al-Sharqiya (former #AlQaeda terrorists) & Islamofascist Turkmen militias.
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#Breaking #Syria
#Erdogan said that #Turkey will start Eastern Euphrates operation against #YPG within days but #US soldiers will not be targeted.
#Breaking #Syria #OperationEasternEuphrates
#Turkey and #FSA will aim at taking control of the towns of Tal Abyad (Gire Spi) and Sere Kaniye.
#Syria #OperationEasternEuphrates
The #US released a statement about #Turkish threats: "Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern. We would find any such actions unacceptable".
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#SRO | DID YOU KNOW ? - #FSA RESTORING A CHURCH IN APRIL 2013 - After the complete victory by the #FSA led offensive to support #YPG in front of regime offensive (launched in March 29, 2013), some battalions discovered a former shabiha checkpoint in church in Sheikh Maqsoud (1).
#SRO - DID YOU KNOW ? - The church is the Virgin Mary church, with a very small capacity for the local christian community of E-Sheikh Maqsoud. During March 28-29, 2013, regime offensive, some shabihas took over the church and turned it into a checkpoint to clash with #YPG (2).
#SRO - DID YOU KNOW ? - After battles, church was taken over but partially destroyed. After days of work, church was restored by some #FSA battalions who withdrew from it shortly after. The church is still active today as some christians celebrated inside few montgs ago (END).
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#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).
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#SRO | THE POWER OF RUMOR - November 2, 2012, without verifying sources, #SOHR and some pro-#PYD accounts on social networks reported death of Nujin Derik (Shah Ali Abdo), an #Aleppo #YPJ commander, after clashes and capture by #FSA Liwa Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi in Ahsrafiyah (1).
#SRO | THE POWER OF RUMOR - In few hours, social networks sent thousands messages supporting the martyr. A day of protests was called by #PYD in all kurdish areas in honor of Nujin Derik. Few days after, she was released alive and came back in #Afrin (2) :
NOTE : so, when something is said in "Syria, it must be verified at any moment by all means we have. This exemple, as so many others, is showing how the rumor, more today with the power of social networks, is gaving us the obligation to follow strong rules for verifying.
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#SRO | DID YOU KNOW ? | THE MAN WHO OPENED #RAQQA GATES AND THE MAN WHO RESISTED TO REBELS - Two men played completely different roles in #Raqqa in March 2013. The first is general Khalid al-Halabi, state security head. The second is Mohammad al-Ahmad, military security head (1).
#SRO | DID YOU KNOW ? | In March 4, 2013, most of state security evacuated toward Division 17 or defected under general Khalid al-Halabi orders. We know today that he asked army to withdraw from E-#Raqqa entrance (Mashlab area), de facto opening city gates to rebels (2).
#SRO | DID YOU KNOW ? | Regime could clearly resist to #FSA, islamists factions and jihadis but general Khalid al-Halabi was influenced in choice by Mohammed Faisal Al-Huwaidi, a sheikh and tribal leader in al-Afdaleh tribe in #Raqqa governorate who rallied rebels in 2012 (3).
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#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).
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#SRO | ARCHIVES | #RAQQA CITY IN PROTESTERS HANDS BEFORE ARMY TAKEOVER - Few remember that #Raqqa had mostly fallen to protesters in March 16, 2012. As every friday, protesters took the streets in Raqqa but this day, they were tens of thousands (1) :
#SRO - ARCHIVES | #RAQQA CITY IN PROTESTERS HANDS BEFORE ARMY TAKEOVER - Rivers of protesters leaving houses to join the protest. No police, no army in the streets on this day of funerals and protest. Mansour, Hattin, Thisreen, Baytani... all areas (2) :
#SRO | ARCHIVES | #RAQQA CITY IN PROTESTERS HANDS BEFORE ARMY TAKEOVER - Thousands of protesters invading the old city (video : mansour) and marching on governorate buildings with no regime presence in streets this March 16, 2012 (3) :
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#SRO | ARCHIVES - Katibat Usud Allah, supported by others #FSA factions, entering #Duma municipality with regime loyalists surrendering, signing the final stage to take over the largest #Ghouta city. The city will never be retaken militarily by regime :
ADD. : Duma was taken by #FSA between January 21 and February 3, 2012 before entering shadow for months and coming back in mid-march 2012. During months, they made so many skrimishes on regime troops and tanks (more than 23 tnaks destroyed between April and September) (1).
ADD.: #FSA mostly controlling #Duma in september 2012 but not important points and buildings. After an horrible regime strike that killed nearly 40 civilians (including 7 children), #FSA announced offensive to take city. After weeks of battles, it ended in November 2, 2012 (2).
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#SRO | URGENT - Abu Murshid al-Bardan, former commander inside #Daraa #FSA S-F Jaysh al-Thawra, has won many things from #Russia, with #Syria'n regime very angry against Russia. Fifth Division to be led only by #FSA leaders with the troops they want to recruit (1).
#SRO | URGENT - This Fifth Corp / Division to be only answering to #Russia (contrary to the first attempt, recently dissolved, that was linked to #Syria'n regime forces). Yes, here we are : a large "#FSA" army, under #Russia protection and command, is now formed in S-#Syria (2).
#SRO | URGENT - Imagine the face of regime officials, officiers and supporters... #Russia giving amounts of money, power and support for a "terrorist al-Qaeda group" (not anymore ?) as Jaysh al-Thawra to become de facto an autonomous army (Fifth Corp) in S-#Syria (3).
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This is a group that has:

- Consistently identified as #FSA
- Spent 2-3 yrs working w. #America
- Has engaged in yrs of international diplomacy & negotiations
- Led the fight against #ISIS
- Always opposed Al-Qaeda’s assertion of influence in #Aleppo
- Runs multiple CVE programs
Niet Buitenlandse Zaken maar het OM blunderde inzake al-Jabha al-Shaamiya - @RenaNetjes

- "Te suggereren dat al-Jabha al-Shaamiya hetzelfde is als AQ of IS is volslagen belachelijk. Wie tot die conclusie kwam, lijkt helaas niets te weten over de groep”

jalta.nl/?p=26648
@RenaNetjes Amid controversy in the Netherlands’ over the nature of #FSA umbrella group al-Jabhat al-Shamiya, its former Special Envoy, @nikolaosvandam insists on the record he never met with the group.

I know for a fact that’s not true - I was in the same room, on multiple occasions.
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Our volunteers inside #Afrin confirm that #Turkish army has closed the border crossing in village of Nisria of Jindirese town, where #FSA fractions used to smuggle armament and people into #Turkey, after a dispute between smugglers. The smugglers have instead started to++
use the border crosssing at village of Hamam of the same town.

Sources on the ground told AAN that #Turkish troops closely collaborate with the smugglers to use the crossing into Turkey in exchange for $1.500 per person. The smuggling activities on the border with #Turkey++
video of which has just been released and been circulated on social media platforms, has increased after the recent operations by #YPG targeting terrorists and other local groups targeting both terrorists and their families.
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#TerroristSupport Mouaz Moustafa was John McCain's meeting facilitator when McCain traveled to Syria and met with FSA terrorist leaders in 2013. Moustafa freely operates with the halls of power in Washington. He meets with many MSM pundits, Congress members and MIC think tanks.
#FSA #Terrorists The attached post explains who McCain also met with during his 2013 Syria trip. Facebook images reveals terrorists surround FSA Supreme Military Council Leader Colonel Haytham Afisi. This was well-known but kept off-the-MSM-radar. clarityofsignal.com/2017/11/12/all… #McCain
Mouaz Moustafa promoted the Libyan Emergency Task Force and Syrian Emergency Task Force. Two groups with the same goal, pushing regime change agenda's in both countries. He was a laison with the jihadists in both countries which were overrun by terrorist groups. #RealMcCainLegacy
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Fascinating work by @HaidHaid22 - looking at initiatives (or a lack, thereof) by the #SDF & the #FSA to reconcile/rehabilitate/reintegrate #ISIS detainees in northern #Syria.

Really important backgrounder:

icsr.info/2018/08/20/rei…
@HaidHaid22 #pt: According to @HaidHaid22’s work for @ICSR_Centre, one’s decision to join #ISIS in #Syria was driven primarily by x4 factors:

1. Financial benefits
2. Protection
3. Military capacity
4. Ideology

Less than 20% of recruits joined for ideological reasons.
@HaidHaid22 @ICSR_Centre #pt: @HaidHaid22 raises a number of important questions for @CJTFOIR & its #SDF partner:

- Surging strains on the #SDF's makeshift prison network holding 1,000s of #ISIS prisoners, raises risks of eventual #ISIS attacks, aimed at replicating #Iraq’s 2012-3 “Breaking the Walls.”
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Preparations appear to be underway for a pro-#Assad offensive on #Idlib.

12hrs of on/off air & artillery strikes vs. southeastern & western #Idlib & northern #Hama - see marks on map (original by @ETANA_Syria + my additions).

+ multiple large pro-regime convoys moving north.
@ETANA_Syria #pt: If/when any major military campaign gets underway, expect the #Assad regime (+ #Russia & #Iran-backed militias) to focus on these 2 fronts:

1) West #Idlib (Jisr al-Shughour)
2) N. #Hama/#SE #Idlib (Latamineh, Khan Sheikhoun, Kafrazita)

-> a gradual push ‘inland’ & north.
@ETANA_Syria Very good by @theIRC’s @DMiliband:

- The West must “re-assert” itself & protect civilians in NW #Syria & as a backstop, safe-routes should be opened for civilians to flee into #Turkey.

- UNSC must demand full access to S #Syria; for aid, monitoring etc.

washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-w…
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This, ladies & gentlemen, is what happens when one writes about something one knows literally nothing about.

Complete nonsense, interspersed with lies & conspiracy theories made popular by far-left #Assad supporters & #Russia.

How utterly shameful.
#Syria Civil Defense = volunteer rescue service, whose members also provide medical care, de-mining, infrastructure repair & children’s safety education.

They've operated anywhere they can in opposition areas - to save lives & keep people safe.

= 114,000+ people saved till now.
.@ClarkeMicah says @SyriaCivilDefe are “closely associated with… al-Qaeda or… even worse” - based on what exactly?

An organization that works w. the U.S., UK et al., who espouse pro-democratic views & get evacuated by #Israel (etc. etc.) are somehow global jihadists?

Please.
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Robert Fisk’s latest “EXCLUSIVE” reveals just how little he knows about #Syria's opposition, its foreign relations & support networks.

Gloss over inaccuracies & he’s “revealed” what we've known for yrs - #Saudi backed the multilateral MOC, arming #FSA.
independent.co.uk/voices/syria-w…
#pt: #Saudi was a principle backer of the MOC; a multilateral structure created to centrally coordinate armed support to [extensively] pre-vetted #FSA groups in northern #Syria.

120mm M75 mortars were one of many systems provided through MOC channels - inc. to units in #Aleppo.
#pt: The purchase of arms from E. European states by countries backing #MOC (& #MOM in the south) has been extensively documented - it’s not a secret.

+ #Fisk’s portrayal of #Aleppo in late-2016 is insanely inaccurate - #ISIS had *0* presence & #Nusra was about 1% of fighters.
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In 2015 after fall of #Palmyra #ISIS quickly came through gates of #Damascus and #Suwayda but they focused on #Qalamoun. After 2016, #FSA near Jordanian border started to attack to ISIS and gained ground through early 2017.
When #SAA was planning massive offensive to capture whole #ISIS areas in the center and east of country. #FSA in #Qalamun and near Jordanian border attacks to ISIS and try to open supply line for the besieged Qalamun pocket.
#ISIS was pulling back these areas quickly. They did same in June 2016. They fallback near al Tanf and Iraqi border. Rebels with US Spec Ops attacked #AbuKamal under US-led Coaltion Air Support.
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Horrendous - the death toll from this morning’s #ISIS #Suwaida attacks has risen to 220.

Tensions are already high in the area, amidst fresh disagreements with #Damascus (& #Russia) over the imposition of conscription on the area's local male population.
It seems that #ISIS may have kidnapped #Syria soldiers/pro-#Assad militiamen during today’s assault on al-#Suwaida.

#ISIS media has published graphic images showing a mass execution - again, eerily reminiscent of earlier days, when intimidation was a main objective.
BREAKING - Days after horrific attacks on #Suwaida, ISIS says it's attacking nearby Khalkhalah airport, now home to *huge* amounts of weaponry surrendered by the #FSA in #Deraa.

Watch this.

Via @JohnArterbury & @HKaaman
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