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4 - Years since US-led coalition took the city from #ISIS

1,600 - civilians killed

80 - % of the city destroyed

75 - % of residents STILL reliant on support for food

80 - % of schools STILL damaged

0 - Reparations
2/. “They destroyed the soul of the city”

Today NE #Syria is suffering the worst drought in 9 years

Lack of access to clean water is creating a public health crisis with challenges in preventing the spread of disease incldg #COVID19 say @SavetheChildren.…
3/. The US claim their coalition took all necessary measures to spare civilians in #Raqqa

But @amnesty found this rhetoric was far from the reality

Four years on, the people of Raqqa are still awaiting justice for the destruction of lives & livelihoods. ImageImageImageImage
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This week's rainfall forecasts for the #HornOfAfrica, #NorthAfrica and the #Middle East follow.

Image: Typhoon INFA over China showing the lights of Tokyo where the world is gathered to celebrate youth & excellence and the unity of the nations of the world at the Olympics.
Here we see Japan again and tropical storm #Nepartak which is on route towards the Olympics.

#Nepartak is a child of #INFA's gyre and you can see an atmospheric river coming from #INFA's outflows which leads directly to her.
This weekly thread is the sequel to the daily threads published April-July in solidarity with the efforts to complete the 2nd filling of the #GERD dam under difficult circumstances.

There hasn't been a clear view of the #GERD in the past week sadly, just a glimpse.
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1) Astonishing and shameful information on the progress made regarding investigating the use and eliminating chemical weapons in #Syria as outlined in the latest report issued by the Director-General of the #OPCW on Friday.
2) The regime continues to obstruct investigations by denying access to committees & destroying evidence; Claiming 2 chlorine cylinders that were used in the #Douma chemical attack (April 7th 2018) got destroyed in an attack on a declared former CWPF inside a military facility.
3) The location where the Syrian regime claimed the cylinders were destroyed is 60km away from the original site where the cylinders were stored and inspected. The report also states that the regime moved the cylinders without notifying the org. despite the warning not to do so.
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NEW: Just released @UN report warns of "heightened threats emerging" from #ISIS #alQaida affiliated groups worldwide

"This is especially true in parts of West and East #Africa" per the report, based on member state intelligence
In West/East #Africa, affiliates of #ISIS #alQaida "can boast gains in supporters and territory under threat, as well as growing capabilities in fundraising & weapons, for example, in the use of drones" per the @UN report
#ISIS in #Syria "has evolved into an entrenched insurgency, exploiting weaknesses in local security to find safe havens & targeting forces engaged in counter-ISIL operations" per the @UN report
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Homs 👀👽
Initial: SAA ADs engaging targets
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US airstrike on eastern Al Hasakah kills 3 (Possibly Jihadis)
Unclear who was targeted, yet, the targeted position was "a house" in Khirbat Jamus
Reported video
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1/#افغانستان زخمی ست دیرینه بر پیکر مام میهن، دشنه اجنبی بدست زمامداران خائن بیکفایت ماژپرست!
شکست جنگ افروزان جنایتکار در برافروختن اتشی در مرزهای شمال و جنوب، مسبب انتقال فتنه به سرحدات شرق ست و زبانه به کرانه نیلگون #خلیج_فارس
درحقیقت،خروج امریکا از افغانستان...
#اصفهان #تهران ImageImageImageImage
2/نه در راستای صلح #خاورمیانه،بل،زمینه سازشرارتی ست چوشقاوت اوباش سازمان سیا #داعش/سوریه عراق
نیازبجنگی ست بین دوکشور،نه #ایران وفرقه تروریست،اینست تلاش تبهکاران cia دربقدرت رساندن همکیشان جهادی #طالبان ونسل کشی شیعیان،دامی جهت دگم اندیشان ارزشی! #جنگ_مقدس
3/مدتهاست نسخه بروزشده اباطیل زمینه سازظهور قابل رویتست!
دیدارتروریستهای طالبان باوزرای خارجه امریکا/ایران زیربنای فتنه ونشان ازهماهنگی تکرار وقایع روزهای پایانی فساد همایونی ست،از ازادی کاسبان #زندان(نه منتقدین واقعی)تا گرانی،قطع برق
#کردستان #لرستان #قم
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Over the last two years we worked with local partners, used satellite imagery and open-source investigation to identify the specific problems that affects public health and the environment people depend on. Here's a small thread with what we found in NE #Syria 1/x
The main focus was on the Hasakah and to a smaller extend the Raqqa governorate, due to presence of our partners and own access. More analysis on environmental issues in the SDF controlled Deir ez Zor is in the making 2/x
Communities keep flagging public health concerns over unsafe landfills, solid waste dumping and burning. We identified over 20 large solid waste dumps, the combined size of 420 football fields. Chemicals from leachate contaminates groundwater and burning worsens air pollution 3/x
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Two typhoons getting closer and closer to each other. #INFA on the right is sucking the much smaller #Cempaka into its orbit. Sucking up all its outflow and chucking it out east.

The pair of typhoons current winds are fixed by JTWC at 70 and 65 knots at 06Z.
Here are the current warning graphics from the JTWC. ImageImage
#Cempaka is a midget Typhoon (1). Spinning like a top south west of Hong Kong.

Disregarding its size, #Cempaka is directing rain from Hanoi to Taiwan (2). The forecast (3 & previous tweet) shows Cempaka moving west in a loop, but this hasn't started yet. ImageImageImage
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Congratulations to Ethiopia and Ethiopians everywhere on today's completion of the 2nd filling of the #GERD. It has been a great honour to follow along during this moment.

Today's rainfall forecasts for #NorthAfrica, #HornOfAfrica and #MiddleEast follow.
In honour of the #GERD we will change up the order of today's bulletin and get right to the most important issue, rain over the #Abbay basin, which due to its great quantity and consistency made this possible over such a short time period.
But first a brief explanation, as when it comes to the GERD not all rainfall counts. The first image here shows the path of the #BlueNile / #Abbay from Lake Tana to Khartoum where it meets the White Nile and becomes "The Nile".
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Lack of investments, expertise and equipment around oil production is resulting in the widespread use of unprotected open-air waste pits in NE #Syria. Here's on example the Jabisah facility in Hasakah. The bitumen could seep into local surface and groundwater sources Image
More oil waste pits here south of the US air strip at Rmeilan in NE #Syria Image
Some larger oil waste reservoirs at the Shudaydah oil facility near Iraq's border Image
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The presentation of the #ArabianMonsoonBurst has changed dramatically today with the consolidation of activity over the Arabian Peninsula into a single huge storm which is currently moving into the Red Sea over Makkah and Jeddah.

Today's rainfall forecasts follow.
The scale of the storm over Islam's holiest city is huge, larger than France. Two more huge storms loom over the greater region tonight. One on the Iranian Gulf coast and another supercell thunderstorm complex over New Delhi/Rajastan, India, the size of the United Kingdom.
The last six hours in three animations, first India which is experiencing a massive monsoon day today in the north.

[Here the initial frames show a blank SEA as their was a satellite data outage.]
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While the rest of the island population is closing their shutters during the strong summer heat, tourists arrive on the island and the beaches become more crowded, the ~ 5.000 camp residents of #Moria2 are not allowed to walk outside the camp this Sunday. /1
While many have left the premises to the mainland over the last weeks, the asylum seekers from e.g. #Syria, #Afghanistan & #Somalia in camp there is a strong insecurity of what will happen next, as many face new asylum interviews solely asking about the conditions in #Turkey. /2
Background: On the 7 June, the Greek State designated #Turkey as a “safe 3rd country” for women, man & children of 5 nationalities seeking international protection in #Greece. This decision reinforces the how #EU shift responsibility to protect #refugees to third countries. /3
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#Yemen War #Terrorism

The #USِA allaince has thrown it's last card in #Yemen on the table and have failed. The alliance had used #Al_Qaeda and #ISIS terrorists in its last offensive to take over #Al_Baida strategic Province. Thousands of these #terrorists were armed ,
financed and were given air support to take control of Al-Baids province. This offensive was supported also by a big media coverage and the shutting down of hundreds of #Yemeni activists, journalists and media accounts in fb, tweeter and other internet platforms.
However, the terrorists advances did not last more than 72 hours.
#Sana'a forces (#Houthies) have withstood the attack and launched a counter attack in which they have a retook the areas which they have lost and liberated 100km^2 in the #AlBaida province.
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Today is possibly the apex of this #ArabianMonsoonBurst which began several days ago now. It's hard to imagine it getting bigger than this.

Today's #NorthAfrican #HornOfAfrica and #MiddleEast rainfall forecasts follow.
The animation above is for 12 hours hence the arriving and departing light effect. As always the engine behind this is the Indian Monsoon which you can see here this morning gathering strength.
A close up from the end of today shows how the big storms over #SaudiArabia are generating new atmospheric rivers of moisture, or plumes, over the Sahara, you can see these top right.

[Note: Atmospheric rivers are often invisible, this one becomes visible as night falls.]
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The magnitude of #ArabianMonsoonBurst is now apparent. A major storm is about to cross the Red Sea and arrive in the #HornOfAfrica. Behind it are two enormous super-cell thunderstorms.

Today's rainfall forecasts follow.
The rain activity shown in the @zoom_earth animation preceding is only radar based, Saudi radar, and in this case is complementary to the @Meteoblue satellite rainfall estimates you see below. There is likely significantly more rainfall in this than you see here.
Here we see India (the heart of this Monsoon), this morning to 10am East Africa Time. I.E. around seven hours ago.
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It's raining cats and dogs in the highlands northern Ethiopia tonight. Across all of Tigray and south into the #Abbay basin which is busy filling the GERD. The #ArabianMonsoonBlast is getting into gear now but it is far from over.

Today's Rainfall forecasts follow.
The Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea are ultimately responsible for all of this and so we begin with a couple of satellite images of them today. I will post another picture of the #GERD as soon as it reveals itself from under the clouds.
Here's a rainfall map from @Meteoblue which can be followed live at >>….

Mekele isn't right under the rain but Aksum and Shire are. Hopefully this will slow down the warriors.
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This all sounds eerily familiar & we all know what happened last time…

Incidentally, a step-by-step #Iraq withdrawal will impede & eventually kill the U.S. D-#ISIS presence too - where the fate of 10,000s or #ISIS-linked individuals remains entirely up in the air.
There are a lot of unknowns here:

- What's "step by step"?
- Are the steps conditional or unconditional/predetermined?
- What's the timeline?
- OIR has no combat troops, so language here is ambiguous.

Is #Baghdad playing politics again & making a mountain out of a molehill?
I'd guess that NSC #MiddleEast Coordinator McGurk asserted the existing USG position -- that U.S. troops won't be in #Iraq forever; the mission is changing (combat to advisory); and a withdrawal will gradually happen.

#Baghdad has pounced on that to assuage internal concerns.
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On day 3 of #ArabianMonsoonBlast here's the view over the region tonight. This is definitely bringing rain, and lots of it to both Tigray and #GERD.

Today's rainfall forecasts follow.
Today's Big Pictures provide a view of the entire planet today in three images.

1. The Atlantic
2. The Pacific
3. Asia

Sometimes its helpful to take a broad view and remember that we are all on this planet together. And that we share the one amazing life giving biosphere.
I found another #MonsoonBurst in the pipeline, this time over the Western Pacific. One which shows very clearly that weird weather is now a universal phenomena in the Northern Hemisphere. And it all started with another Typhoon...

Thread attached...
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1. Here is clip from @POTUS nominee @JeffFlake on the decision to partner with who, at the time, were the #Kurdish #YPG #YPJ to stop the spread of #Daesh (aka #ISIS) in #Syria. This was after disastrous attempt to arm a #jihadist forces who simply gave their weapons to al-Qaeda.
2. I did some searches on Twitter timeline for that period of 2014. America was just waking up to the fact that the #Kurds were our best option to defeat #Daesh. There were risks but the decision has proven to be the correct one. Now under #AANES civilian authority backed by the
3. #SDF that includes Kurds, #Arabs and #Christians, Jeff Flake is a good choice and I applaud @joeBiden's @WhiteHouse and @JakeSullivan46 for thinking outside the box. I sincerely hope @SenatorMenendez
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The full monsoon has now arrived in the #HornOfAfrica. Very intense rain has begun in the Nile Basin and will continue for a week or more.

What will happen in the #MiddleEast is less clear, but it will involve a lot of rain and #ArabianStorms. Today's forecasts follow.
This animation shows the flow of rain bearing clouds heading south west across Pakistan which signals the first phase of an event which will intensify significantly over coming days.
This animation shows under wrapped in pulsating bands of storms headed both East and West. It is this intense period of Monsoon activity which is powering the phenomena that his bringing this rain to Yemen, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
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With a deal done at UNSC on Friday, cross-border aid will continue flowing via Bab al-Hawa, but doubts about #Russia's obstructionism remain; needs [will] continue to rise & perceived concessions raise Qs re. the long-term.

My latest for @MiddleEastInst:…
@MiddleEastInst "Any money that is sent to the U.N. mission in #Damascus in one way or another benefits the regime."

- My comments to @ForeignPolicy's @columlynch regarding a likely increase in funding to cross-line aid coordinated in #Damascus:…
@MiddleEastInst @ForeignPolicy @columlynch While most UNSC members are convinced the 2nd 6-month cross-border extension will be automatic, #Russia doesn't seem convinced.

Thanks to @pass_blue for highlighting my analysis following Friday's crunch UNSC vote on #Syria aid:…
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Since the last rainfall forecast bulletin on Saturday, the forecast West Sahara rainfall burst has come and gone, and the forecast #ME/#HoA rainfall burst is now about to commence.

Today's rainfall forecasts for #NorthAfrica, #HornOfAfrica and #MiddleEast follow.
First an update on Western Sahara. The peak of the storms came overnight on Saturday morning. Here we see a 6 hour rainfall animation from 2.30am to 8.30am.
And here we see a wider view following sunrise on Saturday morning. If you are curious as to what was forecast Saturday's rainfall forecast thread is quoted below >>
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#BLACKLISTED from the #Crumbling #Empire,
Sneeked through its #Feeble #Censoring.

#Imperial #Cohorts Under Constant #Rain of #Fire In Both #Syria & #Iraq by the Middle-East #Resistance.

They stepped on a #Hornet's nest:

👉👈from #SouthFront via Archive🤫
#BLACKLISTED from the #Crumbling #Empire,
Sneeked through its #Feeble #Censoring.

An Explosive Week For The #Imperial #Cohorts in the Middle East.
July 7th, 17 rockets by the #Resistance targeted Ain al-Asad Air Base:

👉👈from #SouthFront via Archive
#BLACKLISTED by #Crumbling #Empire #Media,
Bypassing its #Feeble #Censoring.

#Turkey is to improve the security of #HTS #Terrorists in Greater #Idlib by pushing towards #Manbij + attempting to capture that #Syrian town.

👉👈from #SouthFront via Archive
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