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Netherlands funding #WhiteHelmets via #MaydayRescue. Minister Sigrid Kaag planned to inform House of Representatives, end 2019, about suspected fraud re Mayday Rescue. The letter to Parliament was never sent.
Top civil servants objected to transparency according to de Volkskrant report. Mayday Rescue received approx 1 million euros fm Netherlands, Germany, UK, Denmark & Canada.
Mid 2020, Central Auditors, controlling govt expenditure advised a reclaim of 3.6 million euros. Advice was ignored. Kaag halted payment transfer of 57k euros. Kaag wanted to inform Parliament of problems wth Mayday just after death of #WhiteHelmets founder, James Le Mesurier.
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#Idlib: Ansar Al Islam released a video mostly from Idlib & Latakia. It seems that they have taken a similar route to Ansar al Tawheed, specialising in the use of certain weapons- in this case HMG/cannon, RCL, Thicc Grads, AGS-17, and mortars.Interesting developments spotted.
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Video starts with the use of SPG-9 RCL at range against various targets. A fighter (Armed with an AK-74) explains the use of this weapon, and a loading and firing sequence is shown. A PG-9 (Probably Bulgarian) can be seen being loaded.
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We then see the SPG-9 (Plus SPG-9DM with wheels removed) used. Seems to be fairly accurate, although of course the video is very selective. Some more shots of the use of SPG-9- seems that they are fairly experienced in this. PG-9 has a ~1.3km effective range.
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Aus

"Tareq Alaows will als erster Geflüchteter aus Syrien in den Bundestag"

wurde

"Tareq Alaows - Flüchtling zieht Bundestagskandidatur wegen Bedrohung zurück"

Warum plötzlich die Kehrtwende ? Was steckt wirklich dahinter ? Welche Ungereimtheiten gibt es ?

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Er besaß schon zur Verkündung seiner Kandidatur keine 🇩🇪 Staatsangehörigkeit. War sich aber sicher, er würde sie bis zu den Wahlen bekommen, was mir gerade deshalb direkt ins Auge stach & stutzig machte. Es wurde kleingeredet obwohl es ja Voraussetzung für eine Kandidatur ist.
Er kam am 4.9.15 in Dortmund an. Erst 6 Jahre nach Anmeldung (erfolgte durch Flüchtlingsmassen sicher erst nach Tagen/Wochen) kann man die 🇩🇪Staatsangehörigkeit mit besonderen Integrationsleistungen erlangen. Welche hat er ? Ohnehin ist die Bundestagwahl am 26.9.21. (merkwürdig)
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It's a big day in the #Syria policy world, as #SyriaConf2021 kicks off in #Brussels & @SecBlinken chairs a UNSC session on humanitarian aid in #Syria.

BIG kudos to @ABlinken for taking this on & raising the vital aid issue onto the front-burner.
@SecBlinken @ABlinken NEW - As has so often been the case, when the international community convenes high-level #Syria events (#SyriaConf2021 & UNSC), #Russia's jets take to the sky & drop bombs.

Multiple airstrikes being reported in #Idlib right now.
@SecBlinken @ABlinken In 10mins, @SecBlinken will chair a UNSC session on humanitarian aid in #Syria.

Last week, Jeff Feltman & I wrote something for @politico calling for high-level diplomacy to sustain unhindered cross-border aid access. There's nothing more important now:

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With the #Biden administration settled in, there's a clear trend emerging in certain circles to swat away long-standing, complex foreign policy challenges -- and #Syria appears to be low-hanging fruit.

'#Syria doesn't matter,' some say... 'It was just never that important.'
It's good for there to be a debate -- & yes, 'great power competition' (#China, #Russia etc.) ought to be *the* priority.

BUT to shove #Syria aside as a minor inconvenience would be profoundly reckless, given the extraordinary costs it's inflicted on global stability since '11.
So far, arguments in favor of '#Syria doesn't matter' can be broken down into 2 camps:

(1) Those who ignore the profound past, current & future costs altogether - or worse - (2) those who astonishingly claim that #Assad, #Russia & #Iran can resolve the crisis & achieve stability
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Die Beziehungen zwischen Russland und Türkei bleiben in Syrien extrem ambivalent.
Russland bombardierte wieder Stellungen der pro-türk. Gruppierungen. Türkei zeigte sich empört.
Zugleich patrouillieren die Länder in manchen syr. Provinzen gemeinsam.
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Seit mehreren Wochen bombardiert Russland wieder die Stellungen der pro-türk. Gruppierungen in den Provinzen #Idlib und #Aleppo.
Insbesondere die Ölinfrastruktur wird systematisch zerlegt, um die Gruppen von ihrer wichtigsten Geldquelle abzuschneiden
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Die Türkei zeigte sich empört.
Russlands Angriffe würden zivile Ziele treffen, so Ankara.
Das kennt man aber auch schon von früher, als Ankara hinter jeder Stellung und jedem Waffenlager ihrer Proxies ein "letztes Krankenhaus" erklärte.
Video: brennende Tankwagen
#Syria
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🚨Just In: 📜Russian Airstrikes Near The Turkish Border In Idlib Reportedly #Syria #Turkey
Video Showing Aftermath Of Explosion From A Russian Airstrike Bombing Between Sarmada & Bab Hawa Border A Gas Plant Was Hit
#Syria #Turkey

Another Video Showing A Airstrike As The Russian Jet Flys Over
#Syria #Turkey #Russia
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Thousands marched through #Syria’s last major rebel bastion #Idlib waving flags or holding images of those killed #Syria10
arabnews.com/node/1825941/m…
#BREAKING: US @StateDept says it “stands with the Syrian people and continues to call for an end to violence, accountability for atrocities, and a political resolution to end this conflict”
arab.news/57tam
#BREAKING: France says it stands with the Syrian people through these tragic times, including humanitarian assistance, the fight against impunity for crimes committed in Syria, and defense of international law and #UNSC resolutions
arab.news/57tam
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Dadurch, dass unsere BuReg die letzte islamistische Terroristen-Hochburg #Idlib ständig mit unseren Steuergeldern finanziert, dachte ich, ich stelle euch die Stadt, die von Al-Qaida-Terroristen islamistisch beherrscht/unterdrückt wird, mal kurz genauer vor.
Solche Schilder stehen in #Idlib. Heißt u.a.:

- verboten, dass männer & frauen sich treffen
- demokratie: die religion des westens
- demokratie ist ein monster
- demokratie versammelt ungläubige
- wer den islam verweigert, ist todfeind
- hijab: für frauen eine verpflichtung
All das ist für unsere BuReg natürlich kein Grund, Zahlungen einzustellen. Syrien wird komplett sanktioniert, aber die Terroristen-Gebiete erhalten deutsche Steuergelder. Müsst ihr euch mal vorstellen. Bis heute sagt man nicht, wie, über wen & an wen das Geld fließt.
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#Syria10 - VIDEO: Ten years of war in Syria: A timeline
After a decade of unfathomable violence and human tragedy that has made Syria the defining war of the early 21st century, the fighting has tapered off but the suffering hasn't
#Syria10 - Wassim Mukdad has carried a darkness inside him since his native Syria slipped into an abyss of conflict. But on August 19, 2020 in Koblenz, Germany, the refugee finally glimpsed a "ray of light" when he took the witness stand u.afp.com/UNr4
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#Syria10 - Ten years into Syria's war, a province in the country's northwest controlled by jihadists and allied rebels is still holding out against the Damascus regime. Can the #Idlib bastion continue to survive as its own self-run territory? u.afp.com/UNrZ
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VIDEO: Ten years of war in Syria: A timeline
After a decade of unfathomable violence and human tragedy that has made Syria the defining war of the early 21st century, the fighting has tapered off but the suffering hasn't
Syria's war robbed 83-year-old Abderrazaq Khatoun of 13 of his children and one of his wives, but he was forced to overcome his grief quickly to raise 11 orphaned grandchildren u.afp.com/UxZj
Syria's decade-long war has left more than 380,000 people dead and forced millions into exile
Here is a summary of the main events in the conflict, which has drawn in a host of regional and international powers u.afp.com/UxiK
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Thread geolocating & analyzing Ansar al-Tawhid's #IRAM strikes in Tel Mardikh, #Idlib, #Syria yesterday. Both of their unique IRAM (#Hameem & #Burkan) were used in the strikes.

Will mostly focus on the #Burkan here, see quoted thread for background.

Ansar al-Tawhid first announced the strikes targeting Regime forces in Tel Mardikh on their TG bot at 15:17 local time on 03/09/2021. At 19:40 they released the below announcement claiming the strikes led to seven Tiger Forces and one 5th Corps fighter killed & another 15 wounded
At 22:01 they released an untitled, 00:57 video showing the operation. In addition to new tank technicals & artillery, the video also shows launches of 2 #Burkan & at least 5 #Hameem rockets shown in the frames below numbered in launch order
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Der Norden von #Syrien wurde am Freitag von mehreren gewaltigen Explosionen erschüttert.
Unbekannte Raketen trafen die Ölinfrastruktur der Terror-Gruppierungen.
Sowohl syrische Staatsmedien als auch die Gruppierungen selbst vermuten Russland dahinter.
Details im Thread 👇
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Die Ölinfrastruktur der Terrormilizen wurde am Freitag von mehreren unbekannten Raketen getroffen.
Also Folge kam es zu gewaltigen Explosionen.
Die Angriffe trafen Ölanlagen zwischen #Jarablus und #Albab .
Das Gebiet ist unter Kontrolle von pro-türkischen Gruppierungen.
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Dies ist nicht der erste solche Angriff auf ihre Infrastruktur. In der Vergangenheit kam es immer wieder zu ähnlichen Bombardements.
Damals wie auch jetzt vermuten sowohl syrische Staatsmedien als auch die "Medien" der Terrorgruppierungen russische Truppen dahinter.
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Der Einsatz russischer Angriffsdrohnen in #Syrien erweist sich als deutlich umfangreicher, als zuvor je angenommen.
Das russ.Verteidigungsministerium hat über Staatsmedien bislang geheim gehaltene Aufnahmen seiner Drohneneinsätze in #Idlib verbreitet.
Ein Thread zum Thema👇
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Zunächst einmal zur Erinnerung.
In den letzten Monaten hat es eine ganze Serie von "mysteriösen" Luftschlägen im syr. #Idlib gegeben.
Drohnen unbekannter Herkunft attackierten systematisch Positionen der Terrorgruppierungen und ihre Feldkommandeure und verschwanden wieder.
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Schon damals spekulierten insbesondere syrische Medien, dass es sich um neue russische Orion-Angriffsdrohnen handeln könnte.
Russland hatte diese Meldungen damals weder bestätigt noch dementiert.
Generell galt aber, dass russ. Drohnentechnologie "noch nicht so weit" wäre.
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More than the half of #Syria|ns are refugees or IDPs. Everything started as we demanded for democracy and more rights in March 2011. Instead of reforms #Assad killed protestors and started a war against the people two years as he realized that the uprising can't be stopped.
The Mukhabarat officials assure in their private conversations one million civilians were killed in jails and we lost almost the same, if not more, by bombing. The #Assad used all kind of weapons even chemical to kill the will of change in #Syria|ns and set Alawis infront.
This took the situation for more resistance & people decided to fight back & this was an opportunity to make it an open war & an opportunity for foreign power and radicals. Assad wanted this situation to bury our dreams under the prominent slogan "#Assad or we burn the country".
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The largest crime syndicate on Earth's version of democracy.

Who SELECTED these individuals to vote?

Voting for all Libyans or just the ones Stephanie likes? #Libya
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🚨🚨Breaking: Reports of Russian warplanes doing airstrikes near the town of Armanaz in Idlib, Syria.
Russia 🇷🇺 has been sliding thick in Syria the last few days. These were Su-24 airstrikes near Kafr Arrouq in northern #Idlib yesterday.
Russia getting busy in Armanaz #Syria with airstrikes.
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This is great by @jeromedrev & @patrickhaenni -- #HTS has come to represent something uniquely challenging.

After violently achieving domination (vs. #FSA, #AQ & #ISIS), it's now pursuing a policy of "gradual opening & mainstreamisation," giving concessions & seeking acceptance.
@jeromedrev @patrickhaenni The U.S, #Europe & #Turkey should press #HTS to address concerns & "define clear benchmarks which (if met) could enable HTS to shed its “terrorist” label," argue @dkhalifa & @NoahBonsey.

Doing so would symbolize a new diplomacy+military approach to CT.

crisisgroup.org/middle-east-no…
@jeromedrev @patrickhaenni @dkhalifa @NoahBonsey Following yesterday's public revelation of #HTS hosting @FrontlinePBS (& others) in #Idlib, my thread below details how the former #AlQaeda affiliate has adapted in recent yrs & created new realities & challenges/dilemmas we'll have to deal w. eventually:

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Very, very interesting.

#HTS & its leader Abu Mohammed al-Jolani have just finished hosting @frontlinepbs's @Martin28Smith in #Idlib for 3 days.

How times change -- quite a difference from 2014/15.
@frontlinepbs @Martin28Smith #pt: It's no secret that #HTS has been pushing hard behind-the-scenes for opportunities to improve its image abroad -- first in outreach to researchers/institutes & more recently giving top access to highly-regarded media outlets.

And fwiw, PBS is one of several.
@frontlinepbs @Martin28Smith #pt: That #HTS is pushing this shouldn't come as a surprise -- the ingredients were put in place as far back as 2015, when a prolonged internal debate regarding the right path for Jabhat al-Nusra began. Clerical "lobby groups" got involved & then #JFS was created; then #HTS.
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#AQ loyalist group in #Syria Hurras al-Din (#HaD) attacked a Russian military base in Tal as Samn in al-Raqqa's countryside this morning.

It is significant because: 👇 Image
It is the first attack ever by HaD outside northwest #Syria where the group’s influence exist. The timing is crucial, HaD is trying to take advantage of the security chaos in the region as the battle is looming in the town of Ain Issa (50 Km from the attack location) 2/5 Image
between #Turkey and its backed Syrian National Army on the one hand and #Russia, the Syrian regime and the #Iran-ian militias on the other. It also came after the release of four consequent statements by HaD top religious senior Sami al-Uraydi,3/5 Image
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Another year is going to finish. 2020 has left us with fewer military events in the Syrian military conflict. Reflecting the enormous influence of the regional powers in the country, where the end of the war is still far away due to political blockade that has led to a stalemate
As we saw during the last days of 2019, #SAA had begun #Op_Redemption3 in order to retake M5 highway. After a small hiatus during the first weeks of January, Russian-Turkish negotiations failed & #SAA restarted the offensive by opening three axis S. #Idlib, S. #Aleppo & its city.
12 days before the restart of military advances #SAA had already liberated Maarrat al-Numan town & big parts of S. #Idlib countryside. However, the advance didn't stop & one week later #SAA liberated another stronghold, Saraqib, reaching M4 highway & joining with S. #Aleppo axis.
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Dear @RobertWrighter:

I have benefited in past from @BloggingHeads, so it is disturbing that the platform was handed over for 90 minutes to an activist pushing misinformation on #Syria, primarily to attack #WhiteHelmets and to deny #ChemicalAttacks.
In 90 minutes, the activist offered almost no reliable information. Instead, he used @BloggingHeads for a series of misrepresentations and sometimes falsehoods.

1. He claims "journalistic malpractice" in BBC Radio 4 documentary #Mayday w/o citing single example.

#Syria
2. His only "evidence" on #Douma #ChemicalAttack is a misrepresentation of tweets by @DalatRM and an incorrect claim about Robert Fisk.

3. He misrepresents creation of #WhiteHelmets

4. He falsely claims WH "took part in executions".

#Syria
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"December 17, 2019, is a day engraved in my soul because I lost everything most precious in the world to me." I am Anwar Hamidi, and this is my story in which I lost my three daughters and my wife to an attack by the regime forces on our house in #Bdama in #Idlib.
"I have been a search and rescue volunteer with the #WhiteHelmets since 2014. I have saved many, many people for the love of humanity. I never imagined I could not save my own children and wife, pieces of my heart and soul."
Tasneem was 9 years old, she was the eldest, in which I saw a responsible young lady. Raneem, our middle daughter, was 6 years old - she was the smart and kind one, and our baby Haneen, only 4 years old, who was so loved and spoiled.
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A plant called "the planet savior" brought and planted by a Syrian farmer in Kafr Takharim, in the northern countryside of Idlib. Azolla, the official name, is a genus of seven species of aquatic ferns in the family Salviniaceae.
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