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    Insurgents are flooding Sheikh Mishkin with reinforcements, and have recovered quite some ground today. In essence, IRGC and Hezbollah/Iraq are back in the eastern and norther suburbs.

    So much about regime's 'capture' of this town...

    BTW, Southern Front also recovered the Technological Institute in south-western Dera'a town today (this was captured by the regime about a week ago).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrowBat View Post
    Insurgents are flooding Sheikh Mishkin with reinforcements, and have recovered quite some ground today. In essence, IRGC and Hezbollah/Iraq are back in the eastern and norther suburbs.

    So much about regime's 'capture' of this town...

    BTW, Southern Front also recovered the Technological Institute in south-western Dera'a town today (this was captured by the regime about a week ago).

    CrowBat-----there were some recent comments concerning the lack of action by the Southern Front which was supposedly ordered by the MOC and their low TOW firings for December and that they had not been receiving any TOW resupply.

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    Obama's Syrian strategy MUST address the role of Iran as well as Russia AND it does not WHILE Obama is clinging to his Iran Deal as key to his so called "legacy"...he hopes and hope has never been a strategy hopes that Iran will moderate within the next 20 years.

    BUT......
    Khamanie dying from cancer, condition worsening & arguments about his succession
    pic.twitter.com/qrebn78CCz

    I had posted here at SWJ a short comment that the coming replacement for Khamanie is rumored to be a VERSION 3 of Khomenie.....WHICH does not bode well for Syria and or Iranian ballistic missiles OR moderation.

    Obama never seems to learn either from reality and or history.....so much for the vaulted Harvard experience...maybe he should have studied at the University of Texas or Rice University where they have great ME departments..........

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    New documentary on Putin's rise from Leningrad thief to bringing KGB & criminal underworld to rule/rob Russia.
    http://www.rferl.mobi/a/27458242.html

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    Analysis #Map
    (90% certain) RT guy location / pro-#Assad-held area in #SheikhMaskin during the last days.
    pic.twitter.com/AUcWmGIn5D

    Wow! Just read through some of the pro-Russian / pro-Assad hatred vs. me.
    They go 100% nuts.
    Now, I'm a nazi jihadi islamist fascist ...


    Kh-55SM vs. Kh-555. (I think the shark mouth on Kh-55SM is optional, and doesn't improve efficiency.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    CrowBat-----there were some recent comments concerning the lack of action by the Southern Front which was supposedly ordered by the MOC and their low TOW firings for December and that they had not been receiving any TOW resupply.
    Yup. My impression is that - because Jordan is relatively poor and heavily dependent on US support for survival - USA have it easier to exercise pressure upon local government and security agencies in relation to 'aid' these are providing to the insurgents.

    Thus, a long-prepared 'big offensive' on Dera'a didn't happen, the last two months. On the contrary, this frontline was actually 'exceptionally quiet'.

    On the contrary, USA obviously - and despite some fierce pressure - didn't manage to force Turkey to cease its support. That's why supplies continue to flow into northern Syria. On the contrary, Ankara even issued open threats related to SDF (read: YPG) presence west of Euphrates...

    I wouldn't be surprised if that was one of topics during recent meeting between Erdo and Sadm.... erm... Salman.

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    Latakia Heavy clashes about control of Burj al-Qasab overlooking highway
    http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=35...58073&z=15&m=b
    pic.twitter.com/RGEX9iyGEN

    Rebels take control of the mountain

    Regime forces & militias are now trying to advance under heavy artillery shelling into the town of al-Ramliya in rural #Hama

    MORE Russian air strikes kill more civilians...........
    Russian airstrikes also targeted a market in Maarat al-Artiq, #Aleppo, a women & a @SyriaCivilDef member were killed
    pic.twitter.com/97fFUTbFdu

    Over 40 barrel bombs were dropped by Assad helicopters on the #Damascus suburb of #Daraya today.
    http://youtu.be/RPRt8zOBDPI
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    Reports #SDF forces have captured Bier Khami, Tal Baroud & Bier Khadam from #ISIS SE of Tishrin Dam in rural #Aleppo

    Multiple Russian airstrikes also targeted the liberated town of #Hraytan in #Aleppo a little while ago

    Reports Russian airstrikes targeted rebel positions in Deir Jamal, al-Malkiya, Shawargha & around Menagh airbase in N. #Aleppo, #Syria

    This of course is in support of the Kurdish offensive against rebel positions in liberated areas in northern #Aleppo


    Syria: locals in the town of Azaz (#Aleppo)have set up Jaysh al-Shamal in response to the threat of #SDF occupation

    Can’t say I’m surprised, head of Mare’a Ops Room Major Yaser AbdulRahim resigns to join FSA in south rural #Aleppo


    An ISIS operative caught while trying to blow up a Jaysh al-Islam HQs in Aldumair town in Damascus countryside. His name is Muhamad Abdulkarim Jumaa and he belongs to the ISIS-linked group "Jaysh Tahrir Alsham". He was paid 3000 dollars for the mission.

    War in Syria: Up to 40,000 civilians are starving in besieged Madaya, say campaigners
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a6793386.html

    Russia bombing northern #Aleppo suburbs with several airstrikes #Syria

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    Daraa Rebel-reinforcements heading to Shayk Maskin to defend town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtkhGWH9K_E

    Daraa Rebels show map of regime controlled northern part of Shayk Maskin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWQ7mqCIl28

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    Footage
    Russian jets target Mount Prophet Ayoub in #Idlib province.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51a5NBUnM6M
    pic.twitter.com/BwZRYpKLJ4

    News
    "Russian jets" resume air strikes on civilians in besieged #Rastan city.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQd86AW0SnU
    pic.twitter.com/7LL5SD7D1V

    US social media companies still bow to the demands of Russian info warrior trolls without any fact checking before banning...the have become virtually pa and parcel of the Russian info warfare OR maybe it is the Russian oligarch investments into their companies that speaks volumes for their somewhat non democratic actions they take.........

    #Russian twitter trolls managed to suspended @reggaemortis1. Meanwhile he's online on @Mortis_Banned. Beat-up @support until he's released.



    Mortis (Banned) @Mortis_Banned

    I've been a good citizen reporting all abuse cases. No reply so far from @Support which was quick to ban my account.
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    Russia airstrikes on #Zakat village
    #Hama cs #Syria JAN 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO7Vjh0ALlI

    Rebels storming #Hmaymin airbase with STS missiles
    #Latakia #Syria JAN 2

    pic.twitter.com/nHpeCCh6XG

    Iranian TV reports from #SheikhMaskin with Shiite sectarian flags being hoisted.
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d0e_1...rL0QMWD9QKE.99 … pic.twitter.com/74pFUtgPdF

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    Situation in #Aleppo province
    Regime fights mainly #rebels
    ISIS fights SDF & #rebels
    SDF fights ISIS
    = rebels lose
    pic.twitter.com/K2s47sfEeX

    Latest situation in #Aleppo by @HalabNewsN. Rebels in green trapped between ISIS, Assad & SDF w/ Russia from the air

    When #Russian state news & all major newspapers report on the "SAA capture of #SheikhMaskin", you know, who ordered the attack.

    Iranian TV reports from #SheikhMaskin with Shiite sectarian flags being hoisted.
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?=d0e_14...rL0QMWD9QKE.99

    Snow storm is over in #Syria.
    #Putin's and #Assad's storm resumes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2SSpRI9SXc

    Another regime attempt to advance into the Marj area ends badly, JaI says more than 25 regime forces killed. #Damascus #Ghouta

    Levant Front: stop calling us Nusra, the groups fighting SDF at Tanab are us, Ahrar, FSA 1st Reg, Div 13, Div 16
    http://eldorar.com/node/93199 Ar.

    For a bit of background to the Efrin-Aazaz fighting between SDF & Arab rebels & why USA doesn't like it one bit, see http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=62207

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    Russia airstrikes on #Hayyan
    #Aleppo cs #Syria JAN 2

    Russia airstrikes on #Bayanoun village,2 martyrs (woman & child)
    #Aleppo cs #Syria JAN 2

    SCD rescue operation aftermath #SAA shelling mortars targeting #al_Shifouniyah village
    #Damascus cs #Syria JAN 2

    ASSad main target; civilians and popular markets.
    #Douma #Damascs cs #Syria JAN 2

    Airstrikes on #Hamouriyah
    #Damascus cs #SYria JAN 2

    SCD - 3 martyrs and dozens wounded aftermath airstrikes on #Hazat village
    #Damascus cs #Syria JAN 2

    Aftermath #SAA shelling using #Russia Cluster Bombs targeting a popular market in #Douma
    #Damascus cs #Syria JAN 2

    More #Russia airstrikes on #Lahaya
    #Hama cs #Syria JAN 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVzD0LYzF0s

    Russia airstrikes on #Lahaya
    #Hama cs #SYria JAN 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUAuAhmvU6s

    RUssia airstrikes on #Morek
    #Hama #SYria JAN 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ47M-7KsvY

    SAA barrel bombs on #Darayya
    #Damascus cs #SYria JAN 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPRt8zOBDPI

    32 barrel bombs so far ONLY in #Darayya since morning..
    #Damascus cs #Syria JAN 2

    3 martyrs including #SCD HERO Hassan AlHadj,victims of #Russia airstrikes on #Maarat_al_Alortiq

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    Clashes ongoing between rebels & regime forces/militias after rebels regained control today of Burj al-Qasab in Jabal al-Turkman, #Latakia

    Official Repression of Salafis in North Caucasus Seen Radicalizing Other Muslims There
    http://www.interpretermag.com/offici...muslims-there/
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    And the famous Wehrmacht Anti-Tank Lehrfilm
    "Men vs. tanks" from 1943 .
    https://youtu.be/k6rdydaJ1Xs

    Close Combat vs. Tanks 1942
    WW2 German Wehrmacht Training film
    https://youtu.be/FcsXLXTDLGY

    A Wehrmacht Lehrfilm
    German Snipers - Der deutsche Scharfschütze 1944
    https://youtu.be/78-lF7nlB4c

    This roundup from battle tactics of the Vietnam war cld still offer some ideas for the rebels despite differences.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NLF_an...battle_tactics
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    CrowBat---what do you think of these numbers from this commenter.....

    Any guesses on the number of #Assad's imported foreign shia fighters allowing these multiple offensives?
    25-30k?

    My guesstimate for #Assad's mercenaries:
    5-7k #Hezbollah, 5k Iran, 10k Iraqi Shia, 5k various shia (afghan Hazara & others)? @VivaRevolt

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    A #Nusra combat vid from the failed #Handarat OP
    https://youtu.be/UhxxYpGKpBo

    Guess you know this. Even JN's Wolf unit might still learn something here, not to speak of the avg. FSA marksman.

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    The latest ISW map via the BBC:

    Link:http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35166971
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    CrowBat---what do you think of these numbers from this commenter.....

    Any guesses on the number of #Assad's imported foreign shia fighters allowing these multiple offensives?
    25-30k?

    My guesstimate for #Assad's mercenaries:
    5-7k #Hezbollah, 5k Iran, 10k Iraqi Shia, 5k various shia (afghan Hazara & others)? @VivaRevolt
    IRGC-QF (incl. Afghan Hazaras, Pakistanis, Mars People etc.) + Hezbollah/Iraq = 30,000
    Hezbollah = 3,000 (they're rotating their units in and out a lot).

    BTW, my calculations for NDF (incl. whatever was left of the SyAA) is 'down to 70,000' and I simply can't understand how can nearly everybody babble about 'SAA' around, when all the photos are showing either NDF, SSNP, BPM, PFLP-GC or IRGC (and Hezbollah)...

    ...it's the same like all of these maps circling the internet: majority are entirely useless, because drawn by pro-regime idiots, who are constantly understating insurgent-controlled areas... (@David; please send my warmest regards to the BBC and ISW, and ask them to close their shop; at least until they discover there's a battlefield in eastern Idlib province too - and then the one with biggest concentration of Shi'a Jihadists in Syria... BBC was always awful in regards of 'precise' reporting about the Middle East, but meanwhile they're just BS-itting).

    In that sense, look at this: seems that this offensive in south-eastern Hama became possible only thanks to deployment of that recently-established 'Ba'ath Brigade' (the first photo is from their graduation and establishment ceremony, back in mid-December)... gauged by the look of their combatants, this is nearly 'Hitler's last 15 from Volkssturm'...
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    Interesting from one of the ex colonial powers that has basically caused this mess in Syrian YET refuses to accept their responsibility in that mess.........

    French ambassador to USA @GerardAraud defends burning of Saudi embassy, says "Iran was obliged to react." https://twitter.com/HillelNeuer/stat...16245438418944

    Iran reacts with fury after Saudis execute Shi'ite cleric
    http://reut.rs/1NYrbUC
    pic.twitter.com/3yzJTb3XKq

    If one reads the sermons by the executed Shia cleric then in fact if a Sunni had said the same thing it would have happened to them as well.

    One might go as far back as Jesus and say the same thing...meaning if one decides to speak truth to power one might end up dead if the power bear does not like what is being said ie the Romans...

    The West would do well in fully understanding this in the ME---the Syrian civil society did just this and are still paying the genocidal price for it....BUT at least they made a choice......
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