@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.”
Thanks to the immense help of a Student (Jefferson Scholar), a daily timeline of the Syrian uprising was put together starting from Jan 25, 2011. A Remarkably detailed chronology of the media coverage & comments of policy makers particularly of the early days of the crisis
The infamous arrest of the 15 schoolboys in Daraa was on March 6th of 2011.
Any guess as to what day it was that the The Facebook page “The Syrian Revolution”, and Syrian activists on Twitter started calling for a “day of rage”?
From Feb 2011, @FawazGerges : #Syria is one of the ME countries least likely to be hit by popular protests. Allegiance of the army is different & will fight till the end. It would be a bloodbath literally because the army and the regime is one and the same aljazeera.com/indepth/featur…
In war torn areas across #Syria, a series of reconciliation deals overseen by the secret fixer of Damascus, Khaled al Ahmad, has given residents a respite from the bloodshed. @RaniaKhalek offers more detailed insights in part 2 of her important articles grayzoneproject.com/2018/08/13/we-…
2-Al Ahmad offered Duma’s opposition right to demonstrate freely in exchange for a commitment that they not attack public or state property, not approach police or security stations and not exceed time limits of a few hours for demonstrations. The deal lasted for a few months
3-The deal lasted for a few months but the elders soon lost control over the street to restive youth and the Islamist elements that would later establish Jaysh al-Islam, or the Army of Islam. Eventually, hardline Islamists assassinated Adnan Wehbe, the negotiator with al-Ahmad
In spite of all talk about increased Iranian/Shi’a control of #Syria , note how this tale involves a Sunni Businessman.
Curious about calls to sanction him when he is providing jobs for Syrians (less need for migration) through investments in industry wsj.com/articles/out-o…
2-Note that not only Samer Foz but also other often mentioned businessmen are also Sunnis. This includes Hamsho, Debs and Shehabi in Aleppo.
But more important is fact that such individuals have chosen to invest in #Syria & create the desperately needed jobs
3-If one were to sanction every wealthy businessman, one is also effectively shutting the door on any prospect of job creation & helping pave the way for more migration to European shores. Creating jobs inside #Syria must be everyone’s priority (helps counter-terrorism too)
#Burkas are like wearing a crusifix&should b defended,said Scots leader liberal+lesbian,irresponsibly ignoring that a crusifix is a symbol of #Christianity,which holds t western civilisation,while #nijab is a symbol of oppression enforced recently in #Islam by the #Saudi#Wahhabi
#Liberals accusing #Iranian govt of"oppressing women" who must wear a lose scarf,but do not protest against the #Saudi#Wahhabi reactionary dogma,while it's creeping as political #Islam to combat western #civilisation at the end.If it's sounds like fiction,think Saudi investments
Serious problem wth "western civilisation"mental health.Giving up easily to full veil wearing wthout asking what the cover symbolises,wthout questioning why it came from archaic #Saudi#Wahhabi#Sharia#Regime by force,is👉rejection of progressive western values.Period
Can anyone tell me what exactly #Turkey has gained from its war against #Syria besides a collapsing currency, millions of refugees, an increase in terrorist attacks, the establishment of the #YPG and sanctions?
“Erdogan's speech is not helping the [Turkish] lira.” - @adamsamson
Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for #Syria:
"We are entering a new chapter in this very long, very bloody, very cruel, very bitter war in Syria. Hopefully we are seeing the beginning of the end to the big war."
Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for #Syria:
"The war cannot be allowed to go to Idlib. Idlib is a very special place. It is the place where people fled."
Jan Egeland: "Idlib is screaming for diplomatic solutions. It is yearning for the best diplomats, the best military negotiators to sit down between each other and come to agreements, knowing that there wouldn't be another Idlib to be evacuated to"
3-Lister’s Article mentions that Idlib contains entire array of groups from “MOST MODERATE of Free Syrian Army to ...” Please tell us who these groups are by name so we can ascertain how “most moderate” they are @joshua_landis
4-Lister writes that Turkey is pushing for HTS to “dissolve itself and integrate into a broader, more mainstream opposition structure”
... shrine of Sayyidah Zaynab (a) in Damascus, #Syria.
This was very much a target of the jihadi element within Syria's "rebels" (and while surely it is there somewhere - good luck trying to find that non-jihadi element within that "revolution" by the grace of USA).
Over the yeas of USA's war against Syria, I have increasingly been critical of a Western "pro-Syria space" commenting ONLY on the danger to Christians. They ignore that as far as the takfiri mindset is concerned, there's only one group in Syria that has NO CHOICE but death: Shi'i
It is only because of victories by Syria's army around Damascus that renovations could recently be made to the courtyard of this important shrine. For years the takfiris wanted to destroy this important symbol of our Shi'i brothers - destroy part of Damascus' history and culture.
.@StateDeptSpox: The Syrian regime’s recent notices confirming the deaths of thousands of political prisoners in its custody affirms what the int'l community has long suspected: the regime has systematically arrested, tortured, & murdered tens of thousands of Syrian civilians.
.@StateDeptSpox: Since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, at least 117,000 Syrians have been detained or forcibly disappeared, according to numerous human rights organizations. #Syria
.@StateDeptSpox: The vast majority of them are believed to be in regime custody, across a network of prisons where regime officials torture and murder civilians to intimidate and silence any opposition to Assad’s rule. #Syria
@AP#pt: Just like #HTS in #Syria, #AQAP in #Yemen is not a wholly contiguous organization of committed global jihadis - it's strengthened itself by embracing local drivers & structures.
=> That provides opportunities for counter-actors, but they require [some] engagement to do so.
@AP#pts: Another parallel to #Syria is seen in how the extent of localism embraced by #AQAP may in fact have weakened its long-term durability; by leaving large swathes of fighters vulnerable to cooptation by adversaries/rivals.
Close friend had his wrist broken & needed surgery. Went to private section of a public hospital. Syrian doctor who used to work in Germany operated on him. Cost? SYP 13,000 or US$ 30.
How is it so cheap I ask? Read on =>
2- Turns out, Assad had personally instructed all public hospitals to charge for operations the same rate as before the war started. Given fact that local currency is now 1/10 of its value, an operation such as this now cost US$30 versus US$ 300 before the crisis started
3-While all may not be well in #Syrian healthcare, this is merely to describe how Damascus has decided to insulate this sector from inflation that has hit all other areas of household consumption. State is aware that Syrians are desperately in need of affordable healthcare
1. #WhiteHelmets basics! 1. 'NGO' #Fake financed by majority of regime change govts UK/US-led. 2. 'Impartial' #Fake Muslim Brotherhood, sectarian group as admitted by James Le Mesurier himself. 3. 'Paramedics' #Fake procedures hve been severely criticised by experts
2. #WhiteHelmets basics! 4. 'Humanitarians' #Fake participated in & mopped up terrorist executions of #Syrian civilians & #SAA POWs in violation of all Geneva Convention rules of war. 5. 'Unarmed' #Fake see dozens of images of WH carrying arms recently (not in past as claimed)
3. #WhiteHelmets basics! 6. 'No terrorist connections' #Fake over 65 WH identitified having ties to hardcore extremist & terrorist groups, hundreds more to "moderate" extremists. Leadership demonstrate allegiance to Nusra Front etc. WH praised 3 times by Nusra Front #AlQaeda.