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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 | EXCLUSIVE - #SRO could identify one of the first #IS sect spokesmen in #Raqqa province, also seen in Vice News Report (august 2014). Abu Musa is now identified as the founder of the Liwa al-Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah that was announced in February 2013 in Tal Abyad (1).
ADD.: the man was a former worker in a farm but also a religious influencer in #Tal_Abyad from 2012 to 2013. He participated to crimes against humanity in W-Tal Abyad countryside alongside #IS and #Nusra. After the #IS sect takeover of #Raqqa, he joined the terrorist group.
ADD.: It must be noted the name of his brigade : sheikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyya, a medieval sunni religious personality, one the influencer, by his teachings, of the late Abdl al-Wahhab. Abd al-Wahhab is one the major influencer of the Saudi state religion as #AQ and #IS ideas.
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Just now getting around to reading the @UN’s report on AQ & #ISIS.

Some “analysis” of its content on the AQ in #Syria issue has been skewed, to say the least - with some aspects aggrandized & others underplayed.

Report: undocs.org/S/2018/705
@UN #pt: What clearly emerges from the UN report is an AQ *movement* weakened by internal inefficiencies, the consequence of which => a clear AQC undermining of #Nusra/#HTS & empowerment of alternative, loyalists within groups like Nusrat al-Islam (Huras al-Din+) & Ansar al-Tawhid.
@UN #pt: One strange thing came up… the UN report says Sami al-Oraydi & Abu Julaybib’s defection from ‘#Nusra’ resulted in the creation of a “new group under the name of Ansar al-Din.”

Not to my knowledge.

Ansar al-Furqan? Yes.
Also Ansar al-Tawhid.

Ansar al-Din is old/unrelated.
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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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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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BREAKING: #Russias's MoD reports first large group of #FreeSyrianArmy militants sided with #Syria/n gov forces in southern de-escalation zone.Reps of Rus Reconciliation Center in SYR & Syrian authorities negotiated w/ FSA and ... 1/3
...the leader of the Tajammu al-Wiyat al-Omari announced his group would be siding w/ #Syria/n gov.The statement released by #Rus Reconciliation Center says Omari Brigades leader stressed his group will fight against #Nusra Front & #Daesh together w/ SAA in the south of SYR..2/3
According to @mod_russia's Reconciliation Center first units of #Syria/n army entered the settlements of Dama and Ashiyah in the Southern zone of de-escalation by Friday evening 3/3
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#Assad: we didn't send people to #Idlib, they wanted to go to Idlib because all these groups have the same incubator and ideas. (around min 5) rt.com/news/428299-as…
#Assad on the #SDF: we share much in common, including profound mistrust of the Americans, we are going to negotiate with the SDF, if no negotiations, we are going to liberate by force, with or without the Americans in the picture (around min 12)
#Assad: #Israel is panicking because it lost its dear ones, #alQaeda/#Nusra. Both targeted our air defenses, Israel & #US inflicted some loss, but thanks to #Russia, the situation is getting better. Recent attacks by the Americans, English and French prove this point.
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Watch what the liberates abductees who were kidnapped by #Nusra and #JayshAlIslam terrorists had to say about the so sacred "revolution" backed by US UK NATO Israel and the disgusting Gulf Arabs.
Part 1.
Liberated abductees from #Douma talk about the horrifying years they endured in #JayshAlIslam prisons.
Part 2.
Part 3 of liberated civilian abductees telling their horrific stories when they were kidnapped from #Adra to #Douma back in 2013 by #JayshAlIslam terrorists and how they were forced to dig tunnels and work hard labor.
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Important: Here's how the Russian brokered deal to evacuate #Douma involving #SAA & Jaysh al Islam (JAI) went sour, paving the way for a widespread military operation today in the last trapped rebel enclave in East #Ghouta
31. Within 48 hours the deal should be completed, which draws to a close the Russian backed #SAA operation to retake the whole of Eastern #Ghouta
32. Buses enter #Douma just now to start process of taking JAI to #Jarablus under terms of agreement
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NEW - #Ahrar al-Sham & Nour al-Din al-Zinki have merged, creating Jabhat Tahrir Souriya, branded with “green” revolutionary flag.

- Ahrar leader Hassan Soufan = leader
- #Zinki leader Tawfiq Shahbuddin = deputy

“JTS” calls on other groups to join for greater unity.
#pt: What does “JTS’s” formation mean?

- Unlikely to be a full merger, but closer Ahrar-Zinki coordinating ties have been clear for months.

- Northern #Syria’s two biggest non-#HTS factions are compiling (with Syrian Islamic Council backing) pressure on #Jolani & HTS.
I’m told that x4 sub-factions of #HTS have agreed to join the newly formed Jabhat Tahrir Souriya (#JTS) and at least x5 others are negotiating possible terms.

#Syria #Idlib
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Amusing & sad seeing some analysts continue to naively read shady & complex developments through a strictly black/white lens - as if things in the world of jihadism occur along slick, clean lines.

It only shows your analytical immaturity.

Look deeper. #Syria
Jabhat al-Nusra (pre-#JFS) was a movement of several ‘wings.’

When Nusra leader #Jolani was presented w. an ultimatum in mid-July 2016 (break from AQ or face 30%+ defection), there then began a furious debate throughout #Nusra’s command structure about the group’s future.

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Within #Nusra’s Shura Council, the subject of moving away from AQ was almost 50:50 - with several of the group’s most senior leaders insisting *no.*

As the debate bled down through Nusra’s regional commands, differing proposals gained weight - like 'Chinese Whispers.'

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What senior source in #Damascus had to say about #DeirEzzor : 1-City had been under siege for 5 years - two under #Nusra & three under #ISIS
2-When #Mosul fell, #Iraqi Army had almost 10 times the number of people that #SyrianArmy had in #DeirEzzor . Few predicted we can hold on
3-#SyrianArmy presence resembled a small island surrounded by the black of #ISIS. All we had was total of 7,000 between police & soldiers
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