One failed #IDF covert ops in #Gaza caused:
- The return of the "Axis of the resistance" stronger than ever, recovering losses caused by the war in #Syria
- The embarrassment to Arab states rushing towards #Israel
- A positive push to the Arab population
- the fall of Lieberman
1/+ #Israel showed its limitation in comparison to what #Palestinians can do: 1. No logo on al-Alam IED flag indication a unification of Palestinian groups against #Israel 2. Revealed possession of Guided anti-tank missile Kornet: Israel's nightmare in Lebanon 2006
3. #Palestinians fired 400 rockets knowing how difficult is to smuggle these into #Gaza. A #Hezbollah exchange of experience, using a small part of its capability and wait for development 4. Palestinians used a new rocket revealing more capability
1) After seeing @tparsi tweeting this about a new so-called UN report, I obviously became suspicious and knew I had to take a good look. ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/…
2) I won’t get into the criteria of this so-called report as I have already debunked the author before in another thread after two #Iran apologists/lobbyists, @AliVaez & @tparsi, tweeted about a previous report of his.
Thread: Olive Oil as victim of #Syria’s War Economy
In spite of very favorable crop for olives that is usually grown in Kurdish areas around Afrin & North, #Aleppo residents are having to pay exorbitant retail prices for Syrian Olive oil as it gets shipped to #Turkey instead =>
2-Healthy harvest usually drives retail prices of Olive oil down. On the street of Afrin, a container of 16.5 Kg of olive oil currently sells for as little as SYP 13,000. #Aleppo (40 km away) residents however, are having to pay SYP 30,000 for the very same Container. Why? ==>
3-Armed groups in control of #Afrin are sending the finished Ollive oil to Turkey first. If any of the olive oil were to make to the residents of #Aleppo , the countless checkpoints along the 40km road collect enough fees to send prices of each container up by nearly
2-On #Saudi : No question that Riyadh/Damascus rapprochement is difficult to foresee. Note that this shift is being led #UAE and not Saudi. Riyadh is expected to follow and yes, reluctantly. Damascus is just as easy about this given Saudi’s early support of the Opp. BUT ==>
3-When discussing Riyadh/Damascus, it’s critical to think about Qatari/Saudi schism. If forced to choose, who should Damascus side with? Answer: #Saudi . Why? #Qatar is ardent supporter of the Moslem Brotherhood (enemy of both Damascus & Riyadh). Doha is also still supporting Opp
#SYRIA#UAE#SAUDI ARE ON CUSP OF FORMING A NEW REGIONAL ALLIANCE TO DEFEAT THE IDEOLOGY AND EXPANSION OF THE MOSLEM BROTHERHOOD LONG CHAMPIONED AND SUPPORTED BY #QATAR#TURKEY
EXPECT REOPENING OF UAE EMBASSY IN DAMASCUS TO KICK START THE NEW REGIONAL SHIFT
2-This important shift comes on the back of intense and comprehensive meetings that took place recently in Abu Dhabi. The common objective of the parties is to stabilize #Syria and ensure the return of the secular state that existed prior to 2011.
3-There is no doubt that this new shift will create a challenge for Damascus when it comes to its relations with its long ally #Iran. At the same time, this shift will also be a perfect opportunity for Damascus to prove its independence when it comes to Foreign Policy
I would like to ask the @EU_Commission what you have to do with Syria? Who decides the future of Syria are Syrians are not you. Has Syria asked the EU for any support for the reconstruction of its country? No
According to the news and I quote "EU will not consider Syria's reconstruction until Assad is out". Who are you to decide that the President democratically elected by the Syrian people has to leave? Who are you to make such statements?
1- Let's discuss the "facts" as told by Yasuda first: He was kidnapped as he crossed into #Syria from Turkey along a smuggling route by a group of men who pretended they were there to help him enter the country. He was transferred multiple times during his ordeal. ==>
2-Yasuda described how early on he was being beaten, prevented from moving or making any sound for days on end and being kept in complete isolation. He later converted to Islam so his captors would let him pray, giving him a rare chance to move around.
3-At other stages of his captivity, Yasuda's conditions improved and he was allowed to watch television, keep a journal and was assured he would not be killed.
A former California college student has pleaded guilty to charges of aiding a terrorist organization after earlier arguing he was entitled to immunity because he hooked up with the kind of #Syrian rebels the U.S. has backed ==>
2-Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab admitted in a plea agreement to flying from Chicago to #Turkey in 2013, then traveling to #Syria. The agreement says he joined Ansar Al-Islam, a precursor to the Islamic State group.
3-Al-Jayab told the judge he wanted to fight the Bashar Assad regime, but acknowledged group he was joining engaged in terrorist actions.
He returned to the U.S. in 2014 & settled in California & enrolled at a community college. Agreement calls for prison sentence of up to 15y.
I've debated responding bc this isn't surprising, but it's still jarring to see how tone deaf, self-congratulatory& unable to learn from past mistakes #Hollywood can be -- despite what might be best intentions on all sides. A thread #Syria variety.com/2018/film/news…
I appreciate @lenadunham@jjabrams Spielberg using their high profile to highlight #Syria stories.But why not enable Syrian storytellers? There are so many Syrian writers/directors who have lived a version of these stories or are at least way more intimately acquainted w/them
If no Syrians can be found, there are also Iraqi Lebanese Palestinian Egyptian and Arab American artists who are more intimately acquainted with these stories. Some of them are already in Hollywood...
1-There is no consensus over fate of Idlib, 2-how exactly refugees will return, 3- whether regime should make political concessions, 4- what role Iran should play, 5- under what conditions should reconstruction funding be made. Here are my Answers => atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/syriasou…
On 1- Yea, there is consensus over the fate of #Idlib. It is Syrian territory and participants spoke of need to ensure the country’s sovereignty. The current status quo is “temporary” therefore before the Syrian State reclaims the province hopefully through reconciliation ==>
On 2- Refugees can return to Syria at their choosing and anytime they are ready to reconcile with the State.
The real importance of France & Germany going to Turkey to meet Putin & Erdogan is that they are effectively hiving off from the US by joining the Astana process. They are breaking boycott of #Syria, while preserving the "need for elections" talking point. (see thread)
We may safely conclude that Assad will not permit any "political process" or constitutional committee to dislodge him or bring members of the opposition to power in Damascus. He has won the war.
Europe is frightened for its security. It does not want the refugee situation nor the Jihadi situation in Europe to be made worse by an Idlib invasion. This is why Europe is in Istanbul. As Macron said, the Idlib deal my be sustained.
#Israel is expected to receive a total of 50 NEW FIGHTER JETS to make two full squadrons by 2024
The money for Air Force Deals is to come from a historic $38b. #US TAXPAYERS #MilitaryAid package to Israel in 2016, which came into force in Feb. of this year.jpost.com/Israel-News/A-…
Important to recall the following when discussing #Syria
Over 75% of Syria's farms failed because of the drought and at least 85% of country's livestock died between 2006 and 2011
The collapse in crop yields forced as many as 1.5 million Syrians to migrate to urban centers ==>
2-While #Syria has long suffered from irregular housing, the collapse in farming and resulting migration to urban centers made the problem infinitely worse. By 2011, it was estimated that almost half of total housing stock was counted as unregulated housing
3-In Damascus alone, it was estimated that nearly 2.5 million people lived in places like Qaboun, Barzeh, Esh Wurwar, Jobar and the whole E. Ghouta plains. The Govt couldn't keep up with the increasing demands for proper infrastructure and state-provided services
#SRO - Regime about to inaugurate an other Hafiz al-Assad statue in #Deir_Ezzor after the one that was taken down in 2011 peaceful protests (not talking about the war here). Cult of personnality. Nothing changed. Regime don't understand. And in few decades another uprising...
ADD.: despite many people fled #Syria (mostly poor sunni arabs from periphery and countrysides), #Syria still have strong birth rate. And poor sunni arabs still making more children than alawite or christians. An entire "revolution minded" generation to grow with hate of regime.
ADD.: explosion of misery and poverty in already poor areas of #Syria (mostly sunni arab) since 2012 + next generation in those poor arab sunni families who gave hundreds of thousands (protesters, civilians or fighters) killed + villages and suburbs not rebuilt : next uprising...
#SRO | ARCHIVES | REMEMBER SIMPLE MEN - You can be against or for, you must recognize most of all #Syria'ns who fought in this war were brave and humble. Here Liwa al-Fateh fighters laughing friendly of their commander before going to fight [Dec. 2012] :
ADD.: one of the most emotional videos of the #Syria'n uprising and civil war remembering us, from any side, that most of the men who fought [yes you will find monsters in all sides] were simple, humble and brave men. Remember them by saving #Syria past.
In same emotional testimonies of war, here is colonel Mustafa Shahoud breaking #Assad orders and going to discuss, without weapons, with his #Syria'ns brothers from opposition discovering they're not "foreign terrorists from Chechnya" but... #Syria'ns :
#SRO | EXCLUSIVE | CAMPAIGN FOR #QALAMOUN MILITARY BASES - During autumn 2013, we saw many offensives in #Qalamoun valleys without seeing, in fact, they took place in an incredible coordination from near two dozens rebellion forces. Here is the exclusive global view | #Syria.
ADD.: it appears that Liwa al-Islam and Jbahat al-Nusra were clearly "masters of strategy" in operations. And we understood how the army could be defeated only with this global view : imagine one moment in september : loyalists were fighting on nearly 5 fronts only in #Qalamoun !
ADD.: more important, it's showing and confirming Maaloula was NEVER a military objective nor religious ! It was just a (successful) diversion ! Army concentrated many efforts for worlds cameras ("christians endangered") : in same time, the same #Assad regime army lost 4 bases...
Jamal DM’d me in 2012, inquiring about Assad’s siege of civilians in Baba Amro in Homs, #Syria. He asked me how he cd help smuggle out the kids and elderly people who were injured after the non stop shelling of the city. I know of at least 3 people who are alive because of him.
Jamal has worked with several Syrian activists since 2011, offering his help and influence and doing everything he could to save human life. I and Syrians are forever indebted to his generousity, kindness, passion and humanity.
I waited 2.5 weeks, hoping for a miracle, refusing to believe that my friend was killed. I am out of words now. I really am.