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How much is #Ukraine similar to #Syria?

Back in 2016. power of Bashar Al-#Assad was on his last legs. Insurgents took over the almost entire country, leaving him with roughly 15% of land under government control.

by Slavyangrad
All big cities were lost or heavily contested. The enemy was as close as two kilometers to the center of #Damascus.

#Syria #ukraine
Then #Russians came. Slowly but methodically, they started to bombard insurgents, which we can call a conglomerate of various ideological and interest groups, including designated terrorists such as Jabhat Al Nusra and #ISIS.

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ICYMI -- for the 1st time since 2011, #Idlib's Christian community gathered on Sunday at the Church of St. Anna in al-Yacoubiya, near Jisr al-Shughour, #Idlib to celebrate the Orthodox St. Anna's Day.

#HTS leader Jolani met with the Church's Bishop Luay al-Bisharat in July. ImageImageImage
Since #Jolani's visit to al-Yacoubiya in July, rumors have swirled around #HTS's agenda for #Idlib's Christian minority.

There are reports that #HTS has communicated with Syrian Christians in #Germany, inviting residents/property owners to return & re-assume property ownership.
Until now, no discernible 'return' has been noted in al-Yacoubiya & nearby al-Jadida & al-Quniya -- but some say Sunday's celebration at St. Anna's was a "confidence building measure" (i.e. a test).

Bishop Bisharat has suggested more announcements may be forthcoming.
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#China slams #Washington's 'banditry' and 'terrorism' in #Syria. U.S. actions in Syria 'disqualify' it from any platform to do with maintaining human rights and law.
Jul. 23: A convoy of 35 U.S. controlled tankers loaded with stolen #Syrian oil left Saturday through the illegitimate al-Mahmoudiya crossing into #Iraq, which was set up by US occupation forces in order to loot Syrian oil. SANA
#NATO backed terrorists in #Idlib attack the opening of a church in #Hama - NW #Syria - their missile hit a religious celebration marking the opening of the Hagia Sophia Church in Suqaylabiyah City.
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Terrorist groups #Idlib just targeted West of #Sqeilbiyyeh with 3 Grad missiles, Russia airforce responding. After #Israel attack this morning. Attempt to prevent Aya Sophia opening ceremony Sunday.
4 Grad missiles 1 km away from the city centre. No injuries, only material damage.
Russian bombing killed 28 terrorists. Retaliation against #Sqeilbiyyeh
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Syria: Russian warplanes commit a horrific massacre against civilians in Aljadidatu⁩ village near the city of Jisr al-Shughur, west of Idlib, this morning, killing seven civilians, including five children, four of them are brothers, and 14 wounded ImageImageImageImage
Targeting civilian homes is a war crime, but Russia is still committing massacres against civilians in Syria and bombing their homes, as it does in Ukraine as well.
A father bids his last farewell to his four children after they were killed by Russian warplanes. Destructive 😔💔
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1/ It is said that those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it. If this is true, then we should always remember the Russian atrocities against civilians. Today I’ll focus on one of the most shocking, the March 16, 2022 Russian airstrike against the Mariupol theatre. Image
2/ #Mariupol was one of the first cities attacked by the Russians at the start of their invasion. Since February 24th, Mariupol residents have been under fire. This caused some to leave, some to stay put at their homes and some to find shelter in designated buildings. Image
3/ One of such places designated as shelters for civilians was the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theatre. It was a multi-storied building at a relatively elevated part of the city. No other structures in close proximity. It made sense to shelter civilians there. Image
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Evidence of western weapons being smuggled from #Ukraine into #Syria surfaced online.
The US-made #Javelin ATGMs used by the Ukrainian army against Russian tanks have already reached #Idlib and are sold for $15,000 apiece, according to the Telegram ad.
A Syrian militant calls his friend and says he's safely returned from #Ukraine after buying Western weapons from Ukrainian military. He shows the first batch of the purchased materiel: several ATGMS, including a US-made #Javelin are visible.
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"The Age of Political Jihadism"

- This is an excellent in-depth look at #HTS by @azelin, a group that's changed markedly over the past 5-7yrs & represents an entirely different challenge than its #AlQaeda-aligned predecessor.…
@azelin I've been studying #HTS (& JFS & Nusra before it) closely for 11yrs & as @azelin makes clear, it's existed in its current form for longer than its previous, #AlQaeda-aligned Nusra days.

That evolution dates back to at least early-2015, when I wrote this:…
@azelin For an #AlQaeda affiliate born out of #ISIS to become a de facto governing entity that maintains ties to nation states & cooperates with INGOs is no insignificant thing.

Within its NW zone, #HTS has arguably been the most successful anti-#ISIS & AQ actor in #Syria -- but...
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🇸🇾No noroeste da #Síria , há uma grande necessidade de serviços de saúde sexual e reprodutiva. As necessidades humanitárias e de saúde estão crescendo enquanto o frágil sistema de saúde continua a enfrentar desafios estruturais, e o financiamento continua a encolher ano após ano.
🛑Como o restante da população, as mulheres na #Síria são diretamente afetadas pelas más condições de vida e pela insegurança alimentar. Muitas lutam para ter acesso à saúde devido à insegurança, à distância até as instalações de saúde e ao custo dos serviços e/ou do transporte.
⚠️Ao longo de 2021, #MSF viu várias instalações e projetos de saúde reduzirem suas atividades ou fecharem após perderem seus fundos. Isto afetou a disponibilidade de serviços de saúde sexual e reprodutiva essenciais para meninas e adolescentes, gestantes e seus recém-nascidos.
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On this day 11 years ago (15/03/2011) the Syrian people rose up against one of the most brutal regimes of modern history & launched a revolution for freedom & democracy.

Today, across the liberated areas of #Syria, people are coming together like here in #Raqqa to mark this day.
#Syria: thousands have come together in #Idlib to mark the 11th anniversary of the Syrian revolution.

Some Syrians have also come to voice their solidarity with the people living under occupation in 🇵🇸🇺🇦.
#Syria: video of the moment the #FreeSyria flag was raised over #Idlib, in celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Syrian Revolution.

During the flag raising the Arab anthem Mawtini was played on speakers, a song many hope to see as the national anthem of a post-#Assad Syria.
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Update #Ukraine .
Im Überblick:
- wichtige Stadt #Volnovakha gefallen;
- "schleichender" Sturm von #Mariupol begonnen;
- beide Seiten ziehen immer mehr Söldner ein;
- ukr.Kämpfer präsentieren die deutsche Panzerfaust3 an der Front,
- ukr.Drohne stürzt in Zagreb ab
Die wichtige Stadt Wolnowacha im Osten der #Ukraine ist gefallen.
Russische Truppen präsentierten Aufnahmen aus dieser heftig umkämpften Stadt, die nun vollständig unter Kontrolle genommen wurde.
Haus für Haus wurde gekämpft.
#UkraineRussiaCrisis #UkraineRussiaConflict
Zur Erinnerung.
Während die russischen Truppen bei vielen Ortschaften auf einen verlustreichen Frontalsturm mittlerweile verzichten und die Städte stattdessen einkesseln, tobten in #Wolnowacha die bislang heftigsten Straßenschlachten.
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Day 8. #Russia directing ops around Bucha,Volnovakha, Kakhovka,Kupyansk,Nova Kakhovka,Mariupol, Okhtyrka,Sumy,Chernihiv,Chuhuiv. Kherson is under Russia.Roads to Odesa,only remaining major port & Mykolaiv r open.Russia then can join forces surrounding Kyiv&cut the country in half
Pro-Jihadists in #Idlib, #Syria, encouraged by #Israel/i (Tweet below), expressing their will to travel to #Ukraine and fight as mercenaries.
Ahmad Zakayev, a forgotten name from the 1990s who fought against the Russians during the First Chechen War, declared during an interview with the Russian-language, US-funded Current Time TV, that Chechens are ready to defend #Ukraine against #Russia.
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Turkish TB2 Drones are proving to be #Ukraine's secret weapon against the #Russian Invasion

Turkish drones are cheap, mobile, and effective at taking out Russian tank convoys

I explain below👇👇🧵
First: here is an example of how #Turkish drones are being used in #Ukraine against #Russian forces

But #Ukraine has only 12 Bayraktar TB2 Drones in its armed forces, far less than it needs to counter #Russia

Important question: Will #Erdogan and #Turkey send more drones to Ukraine?
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NEW: Dead #ISIS leader was taking "extreme measures" for security prior to his death

Just released @UN report says one intel agency concluded Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-#Mawla (aka Au Ibrahim al-Hashimi al #Qurashi) banned electronics from being carried in his vicinity
.@UN report also says the now dead #ISIS leader was "believed to move regularly between #Iraq & the #Syria|n Arab Republic"

US officials said they had tracked al-#Mawla to his hideout in #Idlib, that he never left & that op had been planned for months
Per @UN intel report, compiled prior to the #ISIS leader's death, "The #Idlib de-escalation zone remains important for [#ISIS] as a strategic location providing limited safe haven; some ISIL activity is noted near the Turkish border"
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Thread: Most salient information from the White House and Pentagon briefings on yesterday's US raid that killed Islamic State leader Hajji Abdullah (Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi) in #Idlib.
The operation was in the works for months.

US confirmed by early December that the IS leader was living in the compound; the exact layout of the compound; and exactly who was where.

The reason a raid was chosen vs. an airstrike was an innocent family on the first floor.
So good was the US intelligence that they knew that Hajji Abdullah detonating his suicide vest on the third floor would not bring down the building, hence the decision to risk the operation despite knowing he would do this.
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#ISIS's choice of NW #Idlib as a hiding point for leaders raises complex analytical Qs.

What it does not suggest, is that #Idlib's de facto governing actor, #HTS, is in some way complicit in harboring #ISIS. That's simply factually illogical, given years of open hostility.
#HTS has conducted 100+ deadly raids targeting #ISIS cells in #Idlib since mid-2017 -- & is similarly hostile to #AlQaeda too, having wiped out AQ's operational presence in #Idlib 18 months ago.

Like all non-state actors, #HTS's capacity to know everything is distinctly limited.
Just like the #SDF missed 200-300 #ISIS militants & x2 SVBIEDs crossing 12 of their own checkpoints into #Hasakeh city & al-Sina Prison, #HTS missed a man & his family living in one level of a 3-storey building near #Atmeh -- an area flooded with transitory IDPs communities.
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Es wurde bekannt, was es für ein nächtlicher Sondereinsatz des US-Militärs in der syrischen Provinz #Idlib war.
Ein US-Spezialkommando tötete den neuen IS-Chef #AbuIbrahim al-Haschimi al-Quraischi.
Er versteckte sich nur wenige Hundert Meter von der türkischen Grenze..
Zur Erinnerung.
Heute wurde bekannt, dass die USA überraschend eine Spezialoperation in der syrischen Terrorprovinz #Idlib ausgeführt haben.
Das Ganze war sofort sehr ungewöhnlich, weil die Provinz eigentlich unter türk. Kontrolle steht.
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Nun wissen wir also mehr. Es ging um die Eliminierung des neuen IS-Chefs.
Die Operation war dramatisch verlaufen...und brachte erheblichen "Kollateralschaden", wie es das US-Militär ausdrückt.
Bei der Operation sollen 13 Zivilisten , darunter 4 Kinder, getötet worden sein.
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Brisante Meldungen aus #Syrien
US-Sondereinheiten haben in der Nacht eine Spezialoperation in der Terrorhochburg #Idlib ausgeführt.
Es ist erst die 2. solche Operation überhaupt.
Eigentlich steht die Provinz unter der Kontrolle der Türkei sowie pro-türkischer Gruppierungen
Es ist extrem ungewöhnlich, dass die USA eine Spezialoperation in #Idlib ausführen.
Da die Provinz von türk.Soldaten und pro-türk.Gruppierungen kontrolliert wird, mischt sich Washington da eigentlich nie ein.
Nun gab es aber trotzdem eine regelrechte Nacht-und-Nebel-Operation
Auf vorhandenen Augenzeugen-Videos ist rein gar nichts zu sehen, nur schwere Gefechte zu hören.
Es heißt aber, ein US-Sonderkommando drang, unterstützt von Apache-Kampfhelis und Reaper-Drohnen, in #Idlib ein und attackierte hohe Köpfe der HTS-Terrorgruppierung in der Region
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BREAKING: Pentagon confirms major US counter-terror op

“US Special Operations forces under the control of US Central Command conducted a counterterrorism mission this evening in northwest #Syria. The mission was successful" per @PentagonPresSec
MORE: "There were no US casualties" per @PentagonPresSec "More information will be provided as it becomes available”
Worth noting: @CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Kenneth McKenzie had been scheduled to speak Thursday morning US ET at @MiddleEastInst BUT the event was canceled late Thursday
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Something big is going down in NW #Syria -- (a) U.S. helicopter gunships firing on a target in the #Jinderes area of #Afrin & (b) a possible SOF raid targeting Tauqir Sharif, a [former] #UK citizen in the Atmeh area of #Idlib.

Personally, I'd be amazed if such an operation was launched at Tauqir Sharif (Abu Hossam al-Britani) -- while his #UK citizenship was revoked, the cause for doing so never seemed more than tenuous.
The house in the #Atmeh area has reportedly been surrounded by [alleged U.S.] SOF -- a loudspeaker just ordered the building to be emptied.

My guess: it's a senior #AlQaeda (Huras al-Din) figure -- HaD seniors are known to hide in the Atmeh area.
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#Idlib: Various images of new Tavhid Va Jihod fighters training/on ribat recently. An interesting variety of materiel seen; PG-7VT, PG-7VM, various AKM/PK(M) variants, HTS-made al Buraq APC///

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... more images include a Metis-M1 ATGM team, AM-50 Sayyad pattern anti-materiel rifle, ZPU-2/dual KPV 14.5mm HMG mount technical and locally modified Mosin-Nagant rifle

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We also see a 9M113 Konkurs pattern ATGM on a 9P135 GLS (Note that the possible "thermal sleeve" is carefully hidden), more locally made APC, AK-74, more RPG-7 etc. Note PGO-7 optic.

All previously seen but indicates a rebuilding after personnel losses in 2019-2020.

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#Idlib: Ansar al Tawhid released a new training video. Some interesting aspects include SPG-9(M) pattern RCL with a PGOK-9 optic adapted to fire from the shoulder, and a 1998-dated AGS-17 30x29mm automatic grenade launcher. ImageImageImageImage
They also trained with RPG-7 (PG-7VM and PG-7VL seen), with have fairly uncommon PGO-7 pattern optics. ImageImageImage
Small arms are standard- AKM/AK-103(-2)/PK & PKM/AK-74(M). AK-103 aren't particularly common but can be status weapons fairly often. ImageImageImageImage
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Anlaşılan Lütfü Türkkan'ında (@LutfuTurkkan) aynı @meral_aksener gibi @RTErdogan, @suleymansoylu ve @dbdevletbahceli gibilerinden bir farkları yok...

@iyiparti'nin @Akparti'den/@MHP_Bilgi'den bir farkı yok, onlar gibi #serefsiz, #yolsuz, #terbiyesiz yalakalardan oluşuyorlar.
Demek istediğim şey Lütfü Türkkan'ın olduğu @iyiparti zaten parsel rantından da hoşlanıyor:
Yangınlar sırasında imar yasasından oylamada kabul edenler arasında #erdoğan ile çıkar ilişkisi olan bazı @iyiparti'lilerin de el kaldırdığını @Profiozturk (@MoonStar_TV) anlatmıştı zaten:
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Update #Syrien .
Im Überblick:
- Türkei verlegt weiter Truppen an die Trennlinie zu den kurdisch bewohnten Gebieten,
- #Israel attackiert Vororte von #Damascus ,
- Russland fliegt Luftangriffe auf Gruppierungen in #Idlib .
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Die Türkei zieht weiter Truppen an der Trennlinie zu den kurdisch bewohnten Gebieten zusammen.
Eine türkische Offensive auf kurdische Stellungen wird erwartet. Zugleich muss man sagen, dass sich Ankara ziemlich viel Zeit lässt im Vergleich dazu, was zuvor gesagt wurde.
Zur Erinnerung.
Ankara hatte bereits vor zwei Wochen mit einer Militäroffensive gegen die Kurden in #Syrien gedroht.
Die Operation wird vermutlich das Ziel haben, die beiden türkisch kontrollierten "Pufferzonen" zu verbinden.
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