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Old 03-31-2016   #3121
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SYRIA: Turkish army ‘ready’ to shell YPG positions if it crosses Azaz-Jarablus line
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Old 03-31-2016   #3122
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Breaking
School & hospital hit by regime airstrikes causing ugly massacre in eastern #Ghouta's Bilda Deir Asafir
https://youtu.be/69my6KzZBF8

+10 killed & more wounded in Assad airstrikes targeting a school & a hospital in Deir al-Asafir, rural #Damascus this AM.

no medical attention for many of the wounded as the only field hospital in town has been bombed
This is said to be the 1. video of the #Assad air strike that hit a school in Dayr al Asafir
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbT7JoaGofI

GRAPHIC!!!
Many children killed in #Assad's terrorism east of #Damascus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69my6KzZBF8
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BreakingNews
Dozens of #Assad air strikes on #Douma, killing scores of civilians.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX2DawxIAYI

WELL so much for the so called Russian humanitarian aid they claim they are sending to the 500K besieged and hard to get to locations under their own CoH....

Footage
Russian IL-76 drops "humanitarian aid" on #Assad-held areas near #DeirEzzor
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97eHoZ0yvY4

VIRTUALLY nothing in the way of aid or medicines have made it to the Sunni besieged towns.....all a Russian Geneva farce.....

Assad bomb doubletap on a Sunni mosque.....
Unbelievable footage from #Douma yday: #Assad double air strike on a mosque destroys it.
https://www.facebook.com/Douma.Revol...type=2&theater

BUT hey based on the Russian statements there is not a single Assad violation of the CoH...all JN/IS and the FSA… the US has remained totally silent the whole time....says something ....
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Putin ignores #Minsk & #Assad the #SyriaCeasefire.
EU/US leaders absolutely know that but look away & hope to sit it out.
They r so wrong..

The main parallel between #Ukraine and #Syria is the self-deceit of the west to suppress its responsibility to act.
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Footage
@SyriaCivilDef hero's last minutes before getting murdered by #Assad air strike
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrQG1dlqrU8

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Dreadful attack in Ghouta today. 32 killed, including one of ours when ambulance hit. Casualties expected to rise
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Russian Naval and Syrian Express on the move again......

FLOT'S Buyan-M cls corvette Serpukhov followed Otrakovsky south. Heading to Syria to replace sister ship Zeleny Dol

Armed with Kalibr SS-N-27 missiles, #ВМФ BSF #ЧФ Buyan-M class Serpukhov is en route to the Eastern Mediterranean

NOTE...it was a SS27 that blew up a year ago during a military celebration naval parade.....

Buyan M class reportedly uses carbon-fibre radar cross section.

Withdrawal continues faster than ever ! Heavily-laden #ВМФ #Бф BF LST Alexander Otrakovsky 031 transits southbound Bosphorus en route to Tartus

"Reverse Withdrawal" is going on in high pace. A.Otrakovsky seems to be carrying above her 500tons limit, southbound

Fully loaded #ВМФ Бф BF Minsk transited Bosphorus 15:00GMT;This is the 5th Syrian deployment in2016 for ropucha LST
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Hasaka (beside Tartus) is the only province where #Assad's MilMi8 can fly low as there are no enemies around

The biggest #terrorist in #Syria is back in action.
@SyriaCivilDef copes with his crimes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLePiM_4OrY

Footage
Panic in #EastGhouta schools after the aimed #Assad air force campaign got known.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XqP...ature=youtu.be

The country that threatens everyone to not give MANPADS to rebels in Syria provides then en masse to those in Ukraine

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Fagot #ATGM takes out #ISIS Bulldozer in N-Aleppo
https://youtu.be/5bGfh6utONA

Syria Turkish artillery targeted #ISIS HQ in Al-Kemaliye village Northern #Aleppo

Pro-Assad media claim #ISIL planted 100s of IEDs before left Palmyra. Russia sending mine-clearing experts to help.
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CrowBat....what do you think?

Regime loyal Mufti Ahmad Hassoun has left #Syria & arrived in #Oman with his entire family
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While experts are demining #Palmyra #Russian combat soldiers in trucks and armored vehicles are leaving the city

Convoy of six trucks, one fueler and to BTR82s....evidently Spetsnaz unit....

Turkey army shells hit #Qamishli airport (under control of #Assad-forces)
in kurdish NE #Syria


Jaish al Islam-aircraft dropped leaflets on #Damascus
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http://www.thenational.ae/world/midd...political-move
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Syrian regime’s recapture of Palmyra was a political move

Hassan Hassan

March 30, 2016 Updated: March 30, 2016 11:55 PM

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The capture of Palmyra this week was a clear attempt by the regime of Bashar Al Assad to rewrite history.

Damascus and its allies presented the victory as part of the wider campaign to strike extremists in Syria.

In truth, they wanted a victory to strengthen the regime’s political position in the peace talks, after a relentless Russian air campaign helped Mr Al Assad’s forces secure its territory and reorganise its forces to launch offensives against mainstream rebel groups.

The recapture of Palmyra does not mean the regime will now focus on ISIL and Al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat Al Nusra.

Yet Mr Al Assad has successfully turned the narrative upside down in an attempt to showcase his forces as a bulwark against radicalism.

This cynical plan began shortly after Russia launched its military intervention in September. Some observers visiting Beirut, Damascus, Tehran or Moscow returned with a similar conclusion: that a push to retake Palmyra from ISIL was imminent.

As talk of a Palmyra offensive circulated, western governments estimated that more than 90 per cent of Russian air strikes had hit regular opposition forces, not ISIL.

The floating of a plan for a symbolic victory over ISIL was designed to divert attention from the real objective – weakening the opposition and securing the regime’s heartlands.

The expulsion of ISIL from Palmyra should be welcomed by everyone, including the opposition. But a line should also be drawn between celebrating the survival of the ancient ruins and celebrating a dictator that remorselessly reduced much of his country to rubble. For Syrians, Palmyra is symbolic not only for historical reasons but also because its notorious Tadmur Prison epitomised the regime’s repressive machine.

But it is also for practical reasons that the regime’s claims should be rejected.

Some reports stated that the regime would use Palmyra as a launch pad to retake Deir Ezzor and Raqqa from ISIL, despite the fact Raqqa is located much closer to the regime’s strongholds in Aleppo and Hama than Palmyra. Others inaccurately characterised the regime’s win in Palmyra as the biggest military defeat for ISIL in two years.

Observers should not make the mistake of overstating the regime’s capabilities as they did in February when many thought government forces were about to retake Aleppo.

The capture of Palmyra was primarily a political move. Palmyra and Raqqa have suddenly become strategically important for the regime – part of “useful Syria" – to beef up its position as the most effective force against extremists.

The regime may seek to retake the Tabqa airbase in Raqqa to both assert its “sovereignty" on the only province where the regime has no presence and to demonstrate it is a capable force against extremists, especially as the truce between the government and the rebels persists.

But the mainstream rebels will continue to be its main target, a strategy that has long enabled the rise of extremist forces in Syria.

In December 2014, the British defence think tank IHS Jane’s issued data showing that the regime and ISIL were “ignoring each other". For Syrians inside the country, such strategy was so evident that many went further to claim the regime and ISIL were working together, especially when the two attacked the rebels at the same time or when the regime targeted the rebels and turned a blind eye to the ISIL bases across the country.

The presence of extremist forces is convenient for the Assad regime as long as the rebels pose a threat to its rule. That it will now turn its attention to destroy ISIL is a fantasy, even if it has the strength and resources to do so.

The capture of Palmyra was a clear prize, given its symbolism for people inside and outside Syria.

Yet the response to the capture of Palmyra revealed the vulnerability of outsiders to the regime’s playing of the extremism card.

By rescuing the “pearl of the desert" from ISIL, the regime and its allies wanted to show they are the defenders of civilisation.

But the regime stands accused of being responsible for the rise of these extremist forces, both directly and indirectly, and failing to defend Palmyra as it did other militarily important areas.
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Some bios say #Nusra's leader was radicalized by Abu al-Qaqa (an Assad agent) + fought with Fatah al-Islam (heavily manipulated by Assad).

According to #IS's activists, #Nusra's leader was released by Assad at the outset of the uprising (an accusation that's appeared elsewhere).

Claim from pro-#IS source: This is #Nusra leader Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, real name Ahmed Hussein Ali al-Sharaa.
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Assad's airstrikes on East Ghouta are on the rebel group that has most consistently and comprehensively (far more than Assad) fought #IS.

Erdogan says it is important that Western States treat all terrorist organizations the same.

Erdogan says that the West must reject the idea that "YPG are good terrorists just because they fight Daesh."

Erdogan draws a parallel between the PYD/PKK and Jabhat an-Nusra, says that simply fighting #IS does not stop a group being terrorist.

Erdogan says the #PKK is raising funds in Europe and weapons abroad to send to the #PYD/#YPG in #Syria.

Erdogan says the #PKK are exploiting the #Syria situation and the anti-#IS war for their own agenda.

Erdogan says that Turkey is the "motherland" of #Cyprus and wants a just and fair settlement.

Erdogan demands that #Ukraine's territorial integrity be respected, including #Crimea and the #Tatars.
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Rebels seized al-Ahmadiya & Tal Battal in northern #Aleppo from #IS

SyriaCivilDef centre in Deir al-Asafir destroyed by Assad airstrikes today.

Reports Nusra has released Ahmad al-Ismael & Ahmad al-Abrash from Div 13 & rev activist Husam Hazber. #Idlib

Reports now of an Assad MLRS attack on the Marj area in eastern Ghouta,

Aleppo: ISIS facing fronts from Assad & YPG but decide to attack Rebels in Mrigel, never mind, Rebels crushed them
https://youtu.be/5bGfh6utONA

Michael Weiss ‏@michaeldweiss
Ceasefire: Damascus town rocked by airstrike “massacre”: activists

http://mme.cm/F4AW00 via @NOW_eng

Child rescued from underneath rubble after Assad regime airstrikes that massacred civilians in Deir Assafir
https://youtu.be/_IC2piYHMrE'
AND still smiling

Not less than 20 people inc women & children were killed in Assad airstrikes on a hospital & school in Deir al-Asafir, rural #Damascus today

The patience of the Syrian rebels is unbelievable. Assad breached the US/RU/UN ceasefire 900+ times, and they solely fought in self-defense

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Charles Lister ‏@Charles_Lister

Sarin gas, barrel bombs, industrial torture, 50% displacement & 100,000s dead…
Yet some otherwise intelligent people say #Assad = solution!

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Russian media: we are prepared to forgive armed opposition if they lay down their arms

“They have just now given us new supplies of everything..." An #FSA commander #Aleppo
https://tcf.org/content/commentary

Deraa: ISIS recapture Sheikh Saad from Rebels but Rebels managed to kill a top ISIS commander Abu Obeid

Assad regime arrested around 300 men in Deir Ezzor to forcibly conscript them to die for Assad
http://en.eldorar.com/node/1883

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Also in #Latakia, the #Assad army broke the ceasefire - as every day - today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-6HmqMA8RA

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