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Ahmed Rahal, a Media activist & Journalist in Northern Syria: "More than 3 weeks have passed since the arrest of the American Journalist, Bilal Abdul Kareem, by HTS security forces & his fate is still unknown ...”

#FreeBilal #FreeTox #PrisonersRightsIdlib ImageImage
“How long will Bilal stay in prison, especially given the severity of the high temperatures??!!!

There is no power for us except through You, O Lord."

- Syrian Journalist Ahmed Rahhal showing solidarity with his fellow frontline journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem. Respect
It is noteworthy that Ahmed Rahal was himself arrested and held by HTS security forces for several weeks on the basis of conducting an interview that displeased them.
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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 ⤵️… Image
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.

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.… Photo Credit: Abdallah Ould...
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#Idlib There is some analysis to be gained from the recent HTS video, but 85% of the raid footage has been already seen, so I'm not going to waste my time redoing work.

However, I will post the freshest AKs and paintjobs from one section, because why not. ImageImageImageImage
(I am not attempting to judge any of this by how practical it actually is, I am just going for looks at this point) ImageImageImage
Idlibi-made anti-materiel rifle, which actually is of interest.

B-10 recoilless rifle, which is a little less common than SPG-9. ImageImageImageImage
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Thread From the reality we live in
To live in Syria means to wake up to pictures of body parts, children and blood, and you ask why ?!
To live in Syria means that people coexist with the #coronavirus without being indifferent, and you ask why ?!
(2) To live in Syria means not to see the joy of Eid in the eyes of children, and you ask why ?!
Did you know that in that country death is mercy, and that life is torment ?!
(3) Did you know that in that spot people are afraid to state the spread of the epidemic for fear of the embargo of hunger ?!
Did you know that in that 7,000-year-old spot there was a civilization, time stopped there and the past began to return ?!
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Preparing atmosphere for Eid Al-Adha in the city of #Salqin in western Idlib
#Syria #idlib #EidAlAdha #EidMubarak
(2) Pictures of sweets shop
(3)Pictures of the seller of fruits and vegetables
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#Idlib #Latakia: Xhemati Alban released a video showing the use of their 12.7x108mm AMR to hit a (claimed) regime KPV at 1800m, which would be possible with the cartridge.

They helpfully ID'd the barrel and the optic, Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50 PM II. Seems 7N34 ammo is used. ImageImageImageImage
And here's the full video of the hit, including prep.

Certainly an interesting and constantly evolving group. If anyone wants to use their mathmatics skills to work out distance from shot-hit timing, feel free.
Looking at this video (In which a tracer can clearly be seen), it seems that 7N34 isn't being used as the video looked like to me, and more likely to be API-T. Not as precise, of course.

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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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Shelling with rocket launchers from the forces of the Assad regime forces targets the residential neighborhoods of #Ariha, south of Idlib, and reports of civilian Injuries
#Syria #idlib
A video showing the moment when the Assad regime's rocket launchers bombed the city of #Ariha, in the south of Idlib
#Syria #idlib
A child was killed and others wounded due to a missile attack on the city of #Ariha, in the southern countryside of Idlib.
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This thread by @hxhassan is worth a read -- #HTS's violent response to #AlQaeda affiliate Huras Al-Din's overreach will have significant consequences.

A few additional notes of my own, to follow:

- This is all entirely consistent with #HTS/#JFS/#Nusra policy since ~2014.
@hxhassan My understanding of events leading up to the all-out fight differs somewhat -- #HTS's arrest of Abu Saloh al-Uzbeki
& Abu Malik al-Talli were *very* inflammatory to HaD. Both were crucial sources of finance & external networks. Plus, they came amid several escalatory accusations:
@hxhassan 1. After Abu Saloh's arrest, rumor swirled that #Turkey's MIT had transferred messages from #Moscow to #HTS, requesting his extradition via #Ankara in exchange for political & economic rewards.

Abu Saloh is accused of coordinating multiple attacks in #Russia in recent yrs.
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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"…
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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The intra-jihadi dynamic in #Idlib is rapidly intensifying, as #HTS is seeking to re-assert itself vis-a-vis (1) the opposition, (2) local civil society, (3) #Turkey & (4) increasingly exasperated #AlQaeda-leaning factions.

In doing so, it's revealing its multiple identities.
In recent weeks, we've seen escalatory events:

1. Khaled al-Aruri's death in a US drone strike

2. Formation of the #AlQaeda-leaning 'Stand Firm' ops room

3. #HTS arrest of:
- Sirajideen Makhtarov (Abu Saloh al-Uzbeki)
- Jamal Hassan Zayniya (Abu Malik al-Talli)
- Tauqir Sharif
Weeks ago, #HTS was attempting to [re-]build bridges with #Idlib civil society & now it's cracking down on divisive #AlQaeda loyalists & defecting critics.

Hard not to see the drivers involved here:

- Protect internal unity & regional primacy
- Undermine #AQ
- Message #Turkey
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Sharing with you a #Syrian awe-inspiring day of hope.

Since yesterday, I’ve been overwhelmed with hope. The brave Syrian revolutionaries are protesting, once again, against the Assad state, in areas still occupied by the #Assad-#Russia-#Iran alliance, in Swaida and #Daraa. 1/9
The revolutionaries in #Idlib also took to the streets in support of them, and protested against Al-#Qaeda fascism. Their voices, their free, heroic, and fearless voices, have swept me off my feet. 2/9
The same low-quality videos. The same breathtaking atmosphere of standing up against the bloodthirsty butchers of our land. The same sharp, uncompromisable ideals. 3/9
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Out now: Based on 74 intrvws, our new @Amnesty report documenting unlawful attacks, mass displacement in NW #Syria
* Documents more than dozen attacks on hospitals, schools
* Exploding humanitarian crisis
* Calls for maintaining UN cross-border aid #Idlib
The latest offensive on NW #Syria Dec 2019-March 2020 was a resumption of the campaign that started in April 2019 targeting last pocket under opstn control. We documented 18 attacks on medical facilities + schools by Syrian & Russian govt forces between 5 May 2019 & 25 Feb 2020.
Of the 18 attacks we documented, #Syria-n govt forces carried out 3 ground attacks, 2 barrel bomb attacks. The remaining 13 attacks were launched by fixed-wing aircraft: 2 by Syrian govt forces, 7 by Russian govt forces, and 4 by Syrian or Russian govt forces.
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"The United Nations sent on Wednesday 31 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Syria’s northwestern #Idlib province where millions are desperately seeking assistance."

Are you serious? @UNSMIL @StateDeptPM @USAEmbassyLibya #SilenceIsConsent @POTUS…
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These pet terrorists belong to the sultan and are the ones he has been shipping to their deaths in Libya to protect the expired UN selected govt
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[THREAD] On a new HTS video about their "Thermal Sniping Companies", essentially specialist fighters tasked with the effective use of thermal optics.

This was already widespread in #Idlib, but the video is the first detail I have heard of a dedicated force.

It's unclear to me if the fighters are attached to other HTS squads or operate on their own. Regardless, they are very well equipped w/ AK-74/M, PK/M & RPG-7, with all fighters wearing helmets, tac vests etc.

For the camera, but operational fighters are rather similar.

As a demonstration, here's various social media of HTS Fighters (Mostly "Elite" units) carrying thermals. These aren't usually universal through the squad however.

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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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#Syria: 5 years ago today Jaish Fateh overrun town of Jisr Shoghur (SW. #Idlib). But the longest battle of 2015 Offensive had yet to start. Indeed SAA withdrew & took shelter in the National Hospital in town's outskirts, turning it into a large fortified position (~40,000m²). 1/5
Jaish Fateh detonated multiple large SVBIEDs, flattening parts of the complex, but Rebels couldn't take the main building, facing stiff resistance from well entrenched soldiers. Rebels then decided to take time, tightening the siege. 2/5
Supplied by #SyAF (dropping barrels with ammo & food) an estimated 250 #SAA soldiers were able to hold the Hospital during 4 weeks. Few photos emerged from inside the building, showing the dire situation (smiles are for the photos). 3/5
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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."…
@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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#Syria a thread on the recent developments in #Idlib:
Turkey current three goals:
1-prevent the threat of #COVID19 especially in IDP camps seen in tight measures in border crossing, reducing minimum interaction with locals, pushing WHO to improve its plans&big work from AFAD
2-Military speaking: increasing TSK posts defence and sending more vehicles and soldiers in the past weeks and establishing new posts in Jabal al-Zawyie and al-Ghab Plain which would be the Assad's main targets in any upcoming operation.
3-opposition factions: restructuring NLF by removing&demoting corrupt commanders and requesting each group to call fighters to training camps to compare numbers of fighters and ending any possible connection between groups and other countries (KSA and UAE) to ensure dominance
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The chemical massacre

It is one of the crimes Bashar Al-Assad committed.
Through the use of internationally prohibited weapons.
He executed his crimes rudely because he knows that the international community will not hold him accountable.

Hundreds of people have died.
Choking with sarin gas.
The voice of the world rose.
These crimes were condemned. Then the world was silent.
These crimes have been forgotten.

But we did not forget
We will not forget these crimes.
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Amb Jeffrey on COVID-19 outbreak in #Syria:
While the Assad regime continues to use cynical ploys to divide the population even during this crisis, the Syrian people can continue to count on the U.S. to stand with them by delivering humanitarian assistance to people in need.
Jeffrey: I want to assure the Syrian ppl that U.S. sanctions do not in any way impact the delivery of humanitarian goods, incl. medicines&medical supplies, entering Syria. Since our sanctions were implemented, we've provided exemptions for humanitarian aid in all areas of #Syria.
Amb Jeffrey: In fact, there are U.S. programs working with NGO’s to deliver medicines and foodstuff to nearly all parts of #Syria, including regime held areas.
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Syria has confirmed its first case of #COVID19 sparking new concerns for a country with a crumbling healthcare system @SophieCousins…
A Syrian American doctor, Zaher Sahloul, president of @MedGlobalOrg MedGlobal, an organisation that provides healthcare to refugees in disaster zones, says it is likely that COVID-19 is already widespread across the country; a claim officials have denied
The death toll in the camps in #Idlib will be catastrophic due to overcrowding and the inability to enforce social distancing, hand washing and self-isolation @MedGlobalOrg
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