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1. This week’s issue of al-Naba’, which was published last night, took #IS's campaign to legitimise its new leader in a new, quite surprising direction.
2. It was very defensive in tone.

Directly comparing the legacy of #IS's 'caliphs' with that of the Rashidun caliphs, it pushed back on criticism—seemingly from within #IS's own circles—of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi and played down the strategic significance of his loss.
3. #IS also pushed back on criticism about how long it had taken it to confirm that Abu Ibrahim had been killed and replaced by Abul Hasan.

Per al-Naba’, everyone who needed to had pledged allegiance within less than 48 hours of the #Atmeh raid.
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On this day 11 years ago (15/03/2011) the Syrian people rose up against one of the most brutal regimes of modern history & launched a revolution for freedom & democracy.

Today, across the liberated areas of #Syria, people are coming together like here in #Raqqa to mark this day.
#Syria: thousands have come together in #Idlib to mark the 11th anniversary of the Syrian revolution.

Some Syrians have also come to voice their solidarity with the people living under occupation in 🇵🇸🇺🇦.
#Syria: video of the moment the #FreeSyria flag was raised over #Idlib, in celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Syrian Revolution.

During the flag raising the Arab anthem Mawtini was played on speakers, a song many hope to see as the national anthem of a post-#Assad Syria.
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Update #Ukraine .
Im Überblick:
- ukr. und russ. Außenminister treffen sich erstmals;
- #Nuland sorgt mit Aussagen über US-Biolabore in Ukraine für Furore;
- #Mariopol rüstet sich für den Sturm;
- Einkesselung von #Mykolaiv schreitet voran.
#UkraineKrieg
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Erstmals seit Beginn der russischen Invasion in der #Ukraine haben sich heute die Außenminister Lawrow und Kuleba in der Türkei getroffen.
Der türk. Außenminister Çavuşoğlu agierte als Vermittler.
Ankara unterhält gute Beziehungen sowohl nach Moskau als auch nach Kiew...
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In diesem Sinne könnte sich die Türkei tatsächlich als ein internationaler Vermittler in diesem Konflikt positionieren.
Konkrete Ergebnisse wurden vom heutigen Treffen nicht erwartet, es könnte aber die Grundlage für weitere Verhandlungen legen.
#UkraineRussiaConflict
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Still no comment from #ISIS - nothing in the just posted issue of al-Naba - more than a week after a US raid in NW #Syria led to the death of Amir Muhammad Sa'id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla aka Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi

via @JihadoScope
The only possible reference is to what #ISIS called a “zero error airstrike” by the US that killed children, though per @JihadoScope there was not any mention of ISIS leadership
In the new edition of al-Naba, #ISIS claimed 42 ops in #Hasakah, #DeirEzzor & #Raqqa, saying its fighters killed or wounded 115 enemies, per @siteintelgroup
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1. The latest issue of #IS's newspaper contained another nine reports of attacks in #Syria.

This means that, across the last week alone, #IS has reported 17 ops in #Syria.

That’s more attacks in a single week than were reported across August, September and October combined. Image
2. #IS is framing the recent surge in attacks in #DeirEzzor governorate as 'a strong comeback.'

The question remains as to whether or not it will be sustained in the coming weeks. ImageImage
3. Significantly, and in stark contrast with recent weeks, #IS also reported ops across #Raqqa and #Hasaka as well as in #DeirEzzor.

Per its comms at least, #IS has been totally inactive in #Raqqa and #Hasaka since June. Image
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Update #Syrien
Die Lage bleibt extrem angespannt:
- die russische Luftwaffe fliegt weiterhin täglich schwere Luftangriffe in #İdlip ,
- Türkei verlegte zur Abschreckung Flugabwehrsysteme dorthin, erzielte damit aber bislang keine Wirkung,
- Gefechte gegen Kurden.
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Die russische Luftwaffe fliegt seit nun drei Wochen täglich Luftangriffe gegen die vielen Gruppierungen, die in der Provinz #Idlib aktiv sind.
Viele dieser Gruppierungen gelten als pro-türkisch.
Dementsprechend scharf reagiert Ankara auf die russischen Luftangriffe.
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Zur Erinnerung.
Bereits Anfang September bestellte Ankara im Zusammenhang mit den Luftangriffen den russischen Botschafter ein.
Damals hieß es auch, dass die Luftschläge türkische "Berater" getroffen hätten.
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#Syria #Syrie
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1/. #SYRIA - RAQQA BY NUMBERS

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.
reliefweb.int/report/syrian-…
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.
raqqa.amnesty.org
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April 1, unknown assailants targeted the Zamla oil field, under the control of #Iranian militias, south of #Raqqa, with a barrage of Grad missiles, as part of an attack considered the #1st of its kind with 3 missiles, after the Iranian militia took control of the region. 1/6
6 Grad missiles غراد targeted at once an area near Al-Manhalin 7 and 9 in the Al-Zamla field.
This was also followed by the bombing of 2 #Iranian militia HQs at the southern entrance to the field, & 4 missiles near the garage in the field, which had 1 killed & 7 wounded. 2/6
The #Iranian militias transferred the dead & injured to the Palmyra Military Hospital this morning, after they refused to reach the target site for fear of ambushes, while the #Russian warplanes spotted areas in south & east of the Zamlah field, hours after the targeting. 3/6
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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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NEW: 2 more US citizens captured by #Syria|n Democratic Forces after joining #ISIS have been transferred to @FBI custody

53yo Emraan Ali & his son, 19yo Jihad Ali, appeared in federal court Wednesday, per @TheJusticeDept
Per the criminal complaints Emraan and Jihad Ali traveled to #Syria in March 2015, where they got military training.

The father & son surrendered to the #SDF near #Baghuz in March 2019
According to the @FBI, Emraan Ali took his wife, 1 stepchild & 5 children when he left to join #ISIS in March 2015, after learning his wife's sister and her husband had already gone

The couple sent him photos/videos depicting a good life in #Syria
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UN Commission of Inquiry report on #Syria finds "Syrians continue to be killed on a daily basis & suffer gross human rights violations, war crimes & crimes against humanity at the hands of all parties"
.@UNCoISyria assessment based on 538 interviews, official documents, photos, videos & satellite imagery, per its report
In NE #Syria, @UNCoISyria found ongoing clashes between #Turkey forces, #PKK & Syrian Nat'l Army "further destabilized the region"

"Security situation also deteriorated" in #DeirEzzor "...where the [#SDF} increased raids & arrests of civilians w/alleged links to" #ISIS
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There are 1000s of stories of Yazidi woman's bravery. After being tortured, raped & sold as a sex shelves by Islamic States (ISIS) terrorists. But they shown their courage & managed to escape from ISIS.

It's been 6 years of #YazidiGenocide but still they're away from justice.1/n
3rd Aug marks 6th anniversary of #YazidiGenocide by Islamic State.

1000s killed. 1000s sexually enslaved. 1000s orphaned. 100s of 1000s exiled.

ISIS members brunt their families alive in front of them, brunt their houses, forcefully raped them and sold them as sex shelves. 2/n
Here I share some stories of brave #Yazidi girls who lost & everyone & everything but not lost the hope. They fought & escape from brutal tortured of ISIS.

But People who often share stories about Palestinian, Kashmir not uttar a single word for #Yazidis. 3/n
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Thread of locations of #American bases in #Syria
The #US Heemo base is located to the West of the city of Al Qamishli near the village of Heemo of #Hasakah province

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The #US Tal Baydar base is located near Tal Baydar town of #Hasakah province. It includes the old airstrip about 900m that is sufficient for landing all types of cargo aircraft and various warplanes

wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=3…
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US reassuring allies #ISIS, while still dangerous, is in decline in #Iraq #Syria

Number of attacks down year-on-year & have been "less complex, showing less sophistication, showing the organization remains under a lot of pressure" per @StateDept's Amb James Jeffrey
"There's been a number of aggressive operations, aggressive #Iraq|i operations" per Jeffrey, the US Sepcial Rep to the Global Coalition to Defeat #ISIS "There's been a number of strikes on terrorist leaders that we've been very successful"
#ISIS "leadership is under very, very strong pressure by coalition or local forces," per Amb Jeffrey "We see them very, very limited in their ability to coordinate tactically, even within #Syria & #Iraq, and very very little ability to organize" external attacks or w/affiliates
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NEW THREAD as #ISIS insurgency entered the 3rd year in the Eastern #Syria|n desert (W. of #Euphrates). For details:
- bit.ly/2z3mQlv (Homs) by @CalibreObscura
- bit.ly/2XDdffo (all E. areas) by @GregoryPWaters
Below schematic map showing main areas of IS attacks Image
E. #Syria: #NDF in #DeirEzzor announcing multiple losses on front vs #ISIS:
- its commander for S. #Mayadin sector following an "incident". He was from #Latakia province
- 2 fighters killed during IS attack on Palmyra-DeirEzzor road (area of Shula). ImageImage
E. #Syria: photos showing the "combing operations" vs #ISIS carried out past days in E. #Homs desert, from Shaer gasfield to Sukhnah. Arty strikes were also reported last night in #DeirEzzor desert. ImageImage
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Hours away to end 2019, the new stage of Syrian war has officially settled down, where politics decisions have replaced in an important way the military campaigns, mostly focused on the last terrorist reducts: (1)
2019 started as 2018 ended, #SDF continued #CizireStorm operation against last #ISIS stronghold, battle proved difficult & took 3 month to liberate the last 70 Km^2 under #ISIS control. On March 23 2019 #ISIS finally lost the last urban territories & became an insurgent group (2)
Turkish pressure had delayed any military operations in "Greater #Idlib" during 9 months since Sochi agreement. However, the continue violations of this agreement force #SAA to launch the first stage of #IdlibDawn. Between (6/5/2019-6/6/2019) #SAA liberated 134 Km^2 (3)
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51. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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#Syrie l’#EI revendique la destruction de camions citernes devant transporter du brut depuis les zones contrôlées par le #YPG vers les zones gouvernementales, affirme dans le com que « le propriétaire est Qaterji », intermédiaire de Damas avec le YPG et sur la liste du Trésor US
Au sujet de #Qaterji qui fut aussi intermédiaire avec l'#EI
Dans cette émission @ICIDesautels pose à juste titre la question du pétrole comme "prétexte"
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50. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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49. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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48. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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Explosion hit regime security box in #Qamishli city in NE #Syria, no injuries reported yet Image
#Syria IED hit Ahrar al-Shrqye group in #Suluk in North #Raqqa, Suluk was recently captured by the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army Image
#Syria 3rd explosion in a week in areas recently captured by Turkish-backed SNA. identical to previous attacks seen before in Aleppo northern countryside, 4days after explosion in Tal Abyad today a motorcycle exploded in #Suluk killing at least 2 civilians and injure 8.
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Thoughts on the option to retain a few hundred US troops in Deir ez Zour

Mission is still counter-#ISIS but the policy concerns include preventing #Iran, #Assad, & #Russia from seizing the oil fields. Our presence has (so far) had that secondary effect

So what can ~200 guys do?
~200 guys at best gives us a foothold & preserves:

-intel --> high value strikes on #ISIS & #AlQaeda
-some tribal support. At minimum ability to compete 4 it
-some kinetic ability to defend vs #Assad,#Iran,#Russia expansion
-option 2 surge forces again

NOT a long term solution
A small presence of ~200 guys essentially means a single US base in Deir ez Zour. It does not enable us to secure all of the oil fields. The #SDF would be responsible for securing that infrastructure, with - in theory - air and artillery support from our limited residual force
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1. Ongoing thread covering #IS’s response to and comms around recent developments in northern #Syria. Focus will be on camps, prisons and tactics.
2. 9 Oct: Something weird going on in #Raqqa, which was, per #SDF reports last night, subject to a “large-scale assault” by #IS. Meanwhile, total radio silence from #IS.
3. This is strange. When #IS has mounted flash urban assaults in years gone by, it has intensively reported on them, often as the attacks were ongoing. Think #Palmyra, Dec 16; Kirkuk, Oct 16, #Rutbah, May 16, #Kobane, Jun 15.
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