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Old 07-03-2016   #41
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Mastermind of Istanbul Airport Attack Had Been Georgian Informant, Official Says
http://thebea.st/29k07EN

Great by @michaeldweiss -New Syrian Army/US dependent on networked tribes revolt in core #ISIS areas, eastern #Syria
http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...n-lost-it.html
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JaN is now backpedaling fast after they claimed JaI killed the captured Syrian pilot.......

JN arrested their soldier that executed the pilot.
JN makes it clear the soldier acted without consent of the leadership.

Eastern #Homs: #ISIS has repelled regime attack on #Mushayrifah village, captured Trfawi village and killed 18+ pro-#Assad forces today.

ISIS killed 16 #NSyA/#FSA fighters, captured 3 vehicles & a lot of heavy weapons & ammunition near the #Syria|n-#Jordan|ian border.
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Well worth reading..........


Hassan Hassan @hxhassan
Obama retreats from Putin in Syria — again
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Show of force from #FSA "Alaza Army" in northern #Hama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNaIViHtUNY

Several dead #Assad-forces from #NDF during clashes with kurdish #Asayish-forces tonight in #Hasaka city

FSA in battle against #IS in Al-Rai area of northern #Aleppo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dTu1FiV2Tw
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=36...42608&z=14&m=b

JaF seized Abu Ali hilltop in #Latakia mountains

Clashes btw #Assad forces & Kurdish forces in #Hasaka city

Rebels regain lost positions in Khalidiyeh & Bani Zeid districts inNW #Aleppo
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=36...22524&z=16&m=b
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Yarmouk Battle: 2nd Coastal Division shelling Tell Abu Ali & Burj Bayda in N. #Latakia. Fierce clashes ongoing.

Toyota goes to war.......
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s2f...ature=youtu.be

Hasakah: Pro-#Assad forces captured a foreign mercenary, who fought for #YPG, in #Hasakah City tonight.

Hasakah: #YPG reinforcements arrived in #Hasakah City and fighting against pro-#Assad forces tonight.

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Wow...those so called Obama/Rhodes "Iranian moderates" are really acting "moderate".....

BREAKING: Yemeni Houthi militias launched ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia, which was intercepted.

The missile after being intercepted. appears to be a modified SAM2. Love the Saudis with the phone cams -via @g9gg9g
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To US readers and commenters everywhere on this globe.....Happy 4th of July....some of us though like in Berlin have to work today ......

German hot dogs are just not like the US ones.....

Stay safe where ever you are on this 4th.....the world is sadly not a safe place anymore....

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Hasakah: Even female #YPG fighters are involved in the fighting now. Some were wounded.

Hasakah: Fighting between pro-#Assad forces and Kurdish fighters goes on. Many were killed and wounded since yesterday, also civilians.

Assad-forces from #NDF took over College of Arts, Children's Hospital & Ayaz Fihri School in #Hasaka city

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CrowBat...anything to this comment from the Russian MoD.....since it came from that famous propaganda outlet Russia Today.....


Military Advisor @miladvisor
Ankara could let Russia use its Incirlik airbase to fight ISIS – Turkish FM
http://rt.com/news/349413-turkey-rus...irlik-airbase/

Not so sure Turkey would go this route without US/NATO thoughts being asked for......especially sine the US paid for the base extensions and the Us has nuclear weapons stored there as part of the NATO deterrence.....

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#Russia'n cluster bombing on Darat Izza town in western #Aleppo near border to #Turkey
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=36...53638&z=13&m=b

Airstrikes on #Rastan in northern #Homs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTHYrPqdVug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxALJpkL7bc

Assad upgrade notorious #SAA Brigadier Issam Zahreddine to rank of major general for entire eastern #Syria

From battlefield in NW neighborhoods of #Aleppo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl3AiSiwLS0
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=36...23189&z=16&m=b

Syria #Latakia: #Russia'n airstrikes on Kinsabba, Mahtaha &
Samra in Kurd & Turkmen mountains

Intensified #RuAF airstrikes on #Kinsabba area in attempt to halt Rebel offensive & possibly 2 pave way for a counter-offensive, N. #Latakia

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CrowBat...anything to this comment from the Russian MoD.....since it came from that famous propaganda outlet Russia Today.....


Military Advisor @miladvisor
Ankara could let Russia use its Incirlik airbase to fight ISIS – Turkish FM
http://rt.com/news/349413-turkey-rus...irlik-airbase/

Not so sure Turkey would go this route without US/NATO thoughts being asked for......especially sine the US paid for the base extensions and the Us has nuclear weapons stored there as part of the NATO deterrence.....
Apparently just more Russian disinformation .......

#Turkey FM: says Turkey ready to cooperate with #Russia in anti-ISIL fight, denies news about opening Incirlik Air Base to Russia
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Russia and Putin attempting to play nice now........

Russia-backed channel RT censured for lack of impartiality in Turkish coverage
http://gu.com/p/4nmc5/stw

BUT WAIT...initially Putin and his FM set the tone.....RT just followed their lead.......
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Rus EU envoy: a Russian's complicity in the terrorist attack in Turkey is a lesson to the EU proving the need for cooperation with Russia

Too many arms and fighters for one jet?!
Iranian/Assad Il-76/747 tandem to enter #Syria from #Tehran in 15 minutes.

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Assad-forces run in booby trap -factory building in north western #Aleppo detonated
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=36...11516&z=17&m=b

Reports Rebels blew up the Shabib factory with massive SVBIED, #Aleppo. Area probably here:
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36....110035&z=16&m

Damascus Regime T-55 tank hit (by recoiless gun?) at Harasta military hospital
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELNY...ature=youtu.behttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=33...82813&z=16&m=b

2 girls (5 & 2 years) killed by #Russia'n cluster bombing on #Aleppo's northern suburb Kafr Hamra

On 11th day of Regime offensive to besiege Rebel-held #Aleppo heavy clashes continue on #Mallah & #Khaldiyah fronts.

Photos being shared online of #HPG (#PKK) members with what looks like a German Panzerfaust 3

IS regain several villages in Jubb al-Jarrah area of eastern #Homs
after lost some yesterday to regime

http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=34...22617&z=12&m=b

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Undetonated landmines left behind by #IS outskirts al-Ra'i in north #Aleppo countryside.

Rebels expelled Assad forces from some positions in Layramoun factories north Aleppo.
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36...11516&z=15&m=b

Jaish Al-Fateh claims seized back lost positions in Layramoun's area after large SVBIED. #Aleppo.

Jaysh al-Islam | apparent recoilless rifle strike on T-55 tank #Harasta Military Hospital:
https://youtu.be/ELNYHZVtvWk

Rebels are still in the outskirts of Al Rai & keep shelling #ISIS inside city, N. #Aleppo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJBWoFLY-eI
STILL no US\Russian air strikes against IS........

Footage of clashes in #Khaldiya where Rebels claim they took out a tank & a BMP. #Aleppo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl3AiSiwLS0

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Waste of tax payers money and a total failure of the Obama\Rhodes WH along with Jordan......

SouthernFront now experiencing 1 year of fails:
- June-July'15: Daraa offensive
- Dec-Jan'16: Sh. Miskin lost
- Since March vs IS: stalling


Seems Regime forces no more used 2 face SouthernFront as they leave barrier after few shells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIblXaTWFjg
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Interesting 'self-propelled' improvised mortar 'cannon' deployed in direct fire mode by @AlrahmanCorps .

@QalaatAlMudiq Results of pro-Regime offensive (summary):
No gain: Handarat & Khaldiyah/Bani Zeid
Few gains: Layramoun
Main gains: Mallah


An FSA security official from Marat al-Numan was assassinated this AM, while an IED targeted an Ahrar al-Sham commander near Saraqeb. #Idlib

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Amid massive troop losses, Hezbollah is at odds with the Assad regime over the 'impossible' fight to seize Aleppo.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/he...ort-1337512772


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Hezbollah is reportedly refusing to back Syrian government forces in a proposed attack on Aleppo, arguing that the city – a bastion of the Syrian uprising – is "impossible" to take, according to a report by an Italian news agency citing sources within the Lebanese Shia movement.

Hezbollah has been a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the country's five-year war but AdnKronos International (AKI) - which is headquartered in Italy but covers Arabic-language news - said on Wednesday the group had strategic differences with the government over its plans to recapture rebel-held areas of Syria's largest city with the aid of Russian air support.

Hezbollah sources close to the group's military operations in Syria told AKI: "We realised that it is impossible to take over the city, and thus it is dangerous to increase expansion without securing the areas neighbouring the expansion. This is in addition to the party suffering losses in its forces and in Iran-aligned forces.

“The party stressed to the Syrian forces that a battle such as this needs 100,000 fighters at least on the ground to succeed."

AKI also quoted a journalist embedded with Hezbollah forces who said: "[Hezbollah] sent a clear message to [the Syrian government] regarding this matter, because the city of Fallujah in Iraq needed 40,000 fighters and several months of fighting. This Iraqi city is very small compared to the sprawling city of Aleppo.

“But government forces are not convinced by this message and insisted on continuing,” he added. “They will most likely realise their mistake soon.”

This difference of opinion, the journalist said, had led Russia to draw its own strategic red lines, essentially saying that Russian air support was for defensive, not offensive, purposes.

"I am not confident that an offensive on Aleppo will take place in the foreseeable future," Russian ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak told Interfax on Tuesday. "As for Raqqa, in this case I would also like to refrain from any certain forecasts regarding its liberation."

Reports of splits in the pro-Assad alliance come just days after Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah came out forcefully in favour of the “greatest battle” in Aleppo:

In remarks broadcast over the group's al-Manar television station, Nasrallah said his party would "increase our presence in Aleppo... because the real, strategic, greatest battle is in Aleppo and the surrounding area".

"We are facing a new wave, or a new phase, of military operations in Syria that will be fought in the north, specifically in the area of Aleppo," he said.

"Fighting in defence of Aleppo is in defence of the rest of Syria, of Damascus. It's in defence of Lebanon and Iraq and Jordan.

"This is why it is our duty to be in Aleppo, and we were - and we will stay in Aleppo."

He also announced that 26 Hezbollah fighters had been killed in the offensive this month, in a rare admission of casualties for the group.

The Syrian conflict is purportedly the deadliest conflict in which Hezbollah has been involved since it was set up in the 1980s to fight the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to Damascus, Aleppo and Homs provinces, and up to 1,500 are estimated to have been killed.

They include Mustafa Badreddine, formerly Hezbollah’s top military commander, who was killed last month in contested circumstances in a secretive command facility near Damascus airport.

One account of Badreddine's death suggested that he had been killed by Syrian or Iranian fighters as a result of an argument over Hezbollah's presence in Syria, and said he had been planning to withdraw many of Hezbollah's fighters to Lebanon because of the heavy losses sustained by the group.

Aleppo - once Syria's industrial and economic hub - has experienced a surge in violence over the past two months amid clashes between government forces in the west and rebel groups in the east.

Government forces, backed by Hezbollah and by Russian warplanes, are now seeking to close off the last rebel route out of the city.
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Charles Lister ‏@Charles_Lister ·
All in all, this is a critical component of Jabhat al-Nusra’s gradualist, long-game strategy in #Idlib, focused on…

Slowly & methodically, Nusra is taking apart potential future U.S-linked FSA threats in #Idlib, leaving a safer operating environment.

Jaish al-Tahrir was formed in Feb '16 by:

Jabhat al-Sham
Division 46
Div'n 312
9th Brigade
Saraya al-Haq 312
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo1D...ature=youtu.be

Mohammed al-Ghabi previously fought under controversial SRF leader Jamal Maarouf, who Nusra forcibly expelled from #Idlib in Oct '14.

Nusra has long accused certain Maarouf loyalists in #Turkey of coordinating attacks against JN figures using Jaish al-Tahrir fighters

It’s widely rumored that Jaish al-Tahrir fighters trained by America in Saudi Arabia were encouraged to share intel on Nusra positions.

More recently, Al-Ghabi was accused of diverting funds to his favored sub-commands = tensions were rising between Jaish al-Tahrir Units

Nusra exploited rising tensions yesterday to “intervene” & effectively neuter Jaish al-Tahrir, but left alone those open to JN power.

Nusra exploited similar dynamics in Marat al-Numan in March ’16, to expel the US-vetted 13th Division, led by Colonel Ahmed Saoud.

This was Marat al-Numan in #Idlib yesterday - 111 days of protests vs. #Assad & Al-Qaeda.

Day 112 in-a-row today.
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Worth reading......
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My new, exclusive article on FP:

"Jabhat al-Nusra initiates plans for Emirate in #Syria"

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/04/...orthern-syria/
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