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Will pick up this thread tomorrow 1 Jan 2016.....last comment to the 2015 thread was just posted.
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Happy New Year all, especially to the people of Syria.
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Good morning everybody in 2016...

The 'news' collected this morning are those for the last day of 2015, though, and I doubt it's going to be very much different for the rest of this year. Then, sadly, the Russians continued in precisely the same fashion like before (including bombardments of IDP-camps then, Russians never bomb civilians with their super-turbo precise weapons).

Aleppo (city and Azaz corridor)
Russians flew a two-wave bombardment of an IDP-camp north of Azaz, killing four. To the luck of refugees there, nearly a dozen of bombs failed to detonate. Three women were killed and several kids lost their limbs...

Nearby food depot was hit too (guess that bombing this place really helped improve 'combat experience' of involved crews, then 'air defences' must've been 'fierce'):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsfQZrpzO8o

Curiously, YouTube then removed the Qasyoun TV-channel, deleting thousands of videos from this war too... what is left is a small part of all of these re-loaded on SyrianArchive - which is prompting the question: why are giants in US social media so supportive for Russian crimes against humanity?

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Aleppo (south)
Thuwar ash-Sham TOWing an IRGC MBT (results are 'inconclusive'):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXa0GKHUlUo

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Hama/Homs
A series of bombing attacks hit the Ayoudun village and Talbiseh in RTP.

BTW, a regime announcement about success in assault on four villages south-east of Hama has revealed that the RTP is much bigger than usually claimed or shown on any kind of maps: namely, it has (or at least it had) a lengthy 'prong' in direction of Hama city, nearly reaching its outskirts (thanks so much to all the 'neutral', though actually pro-regime, map-drawers around the internet).

Insurgents claimed to have killed 32 Assadist thugs there.

Map attached below is showing the area in question and what the regime claims to have recovered. Mind: this is anything but 'confirmed'.

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Dera'a
Despite claims by regime fans that Sheikh Mishkin was 'completely liberated', fierce bombardment from the air and by artillery, and deployment of a mass of at least three brigades of IRGC-QF's Hezbollah/Iraq, and although several of insurgent groups have left the town without letting anybody know, between 30 and 40% of Sheikh Mishkin remain in insurgent hands. Yesterday, their RPG-teams were busy hunting down single T-72s around the southern part of the place. At least one was knocked out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ac52XBFGQ

...and because Sheikh Mishkin was 'captured' by Iranians and Iraqis, this RT propaganda team didn't manage it into the town: that is, they've reached the outskirts then the local IRGC commanders forced them to leave...

...while regime-fans claim that all the FSyA units have left the town and 'Jihadists are now in control' (how comes if 'SyAA' has re-captured it?), the FSyA released the names of 29 KIA in Sheikh Mishkin, in the last two days.

BTW, how 'well aimed' and 'precise' is the bombing by Russian gheroys can be gauged by videos like this one, showing release of dumb bombs from about 2,000m altitude - downwind ( :roll: ):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5NCvJ0-BRI

...so the bombs can be better dragged away from course by the wind, I guess... Man, if these are 'Russian professionalists at work'... perhaps I should fly some of Su-34s instead of them...

Further west, regime launched a diversionary attack on Samdaniya and al-Gharbiya near Qunaitra. Although each village was captured, both were recovered in insurgent counterattacks launched already late in the morning.

It's snowing in most of central Syria today, so I guess there is not going to be much action.
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We are off and running in 2016 with the continuing Russian non linear war in both eastern Ukraine and especially in Syria......with a US President that absolutely does not understand political warfare nor UW and is afraid to employ hard power together with soft power.

IE----the UNSC has urgently called for the stopping of bombing that is killing deliberately Syrian civilians--BTW the US was for that resolution----and it took a major social media push on the massive killings that are ongoing and still ongoing being deliberately conducted by both the Assad and the Russian AFs THAT finally got at least the DoS to issue a statement and call the Russian FM.

IT should not have taken social media to push DoS and Obama.

Obama could have first warned via back channels Putin that he has gone to far and if the killing has not stopped THEN he could have moved the debate into the UNSC and presented the massive amount of video footage and HWR/AI reporting to force a stop---if that did not reign in Putin then he could in fact allow US assets to fly circles over the respective cities being badly bombed forcing the RuAF to restrict their bombings.

BUT from Obama absolutely nothing.

We are even seeing his reluctance on further sanctions on the extremely active Iranian ballistic missile tests and further development which are in FULL violation of the UNSC resolutions on their missile development AS well as finally calling out Putin on the clear Russian violations on INF. Obama is even sidestepping a full informing of Congress on the Russian INF violations.

AND the Russian strikes on civilians just keeps on keeping........

Who is using #Russian cluster munitions such as RBK-500 in #Syria? #RuAF or #SyAFF which is under Russian control?
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Says 24 Assad & Iranian forces were killed in a Russian airstrikes in Jabal Nuba, Latakia last night

To celebrate the end of 2015 in #Syria, Assad heavy artillery is targeting the border town of al-Yamadiya, home to many of #Latakia’s IDPs

Reports 20 Assad forces have defected to the opposition in Sheikh Miskin, #Daraa

Ha, a fire at a Dubai hotel grabs everyone’s attention, come to #Syria & I can show you buildings on fire anywhere you like in the country!

Turret blown off & landed on tank Sheikh Miskeen
https://youtu.be/Bd135PWwIlc

@SyriaCivilDef again recovering children from under the rubble after an Assad rocket hit Zibdin, #Damascus today
http://youtu.be/Accw5HlN--g

These 2 children are brother & sister. The brother didn’t make it. Happy New Year.


FSA Jaish al-Naser using a Fagot ATGM w/ night vision against a regime tank at Zaitan front in S. #Aleppo last night
http://youtu.be/PWU65zmnojo

Most of Sheikh Miskin is under rebel control according to reports however as regime withdrew to the eastern outskirts, again very fluid situ

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Mark Galeotti @MarkGaleotti

How long will #Russia op in #Syria last? @kommersant says stuck while #ISIS still in field, so stuck indefinitely

http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2883419
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For those grey beards still working the field.......
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Our HEROES #WhiteHelmets w/88 members saved more than 42.000 lives in #Syria 2015

Lovely report from @TRTalarabiya on the amazing women of @SyriaCivilDef
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoQ-E5W6DDg

Assad regime militias dispatched in area of Brigade 82
Убитые боевики воюющие за Асада 18+
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mFgCAJsMAo

Russian killing of civilians STILL continues....
25 martyrs 1 child 1 woman..
8 #Damascus
6 #Aleppo
5 #Daraa
3 #Idlib
2 #Hama
1 #Latakia
Dec 31 2015


The southern suburbs. Local activists confirmed that 15 of Assad's forces were killed after fierce clashes and they were forces to

Aleppo rebels' battalions thwarted this morning an attempt be Assad's forces to advance on #Klareh and #Rashidin_Khamisa in

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First martyr of 2016.. Victim of #Russia airstrikes on #Idlib... #Syria JAN 1 .............
http://fb.me/HFZLOmKn

Syria | The first martyr of 2016. His name was Omar Yousef AlFaysal. May you #RestInPower young man.

2nd martyr of 2016
Father of the little boy Omar Youse Al faysal
#Russia airstrikes on #Idlib #Syria JAN1

Russian killing of women and children DOES NOT stop......
She tried to protect her baby...but........
Victims of #Russia airstrikes on #Muzayrib
#Daraa #Syria Dec 31

BOTH KILLED.......

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We are off and running in 2016 with the continuing Russian non linear war in both eastern Ukraine and especially in Syria......with a US President that absolutely does not understand political warfare nor UW and is afraid to employ hard power together with soft power.

IE----the UNSC has urgently called for the stopping of bombing that is killing deliberately Syrian civilians--BTW the US was for that resolution----and it took a major social media push on the massive killings that are ongoing and still ongoing being deliberately conducted by both the Assad and the Russian AFs THAT finally got at least the DoS to issue a statement and call the Russian FM.

IT should not have taken social media to push DoS and Obama.

Obama could have first warned via back channels Putin that he has gone to far and if the killing has not stopped THEN he could have moved the debate into the UNSC and presented the massive amount of video footage and HWR/AI reporting to force a stop---if that did not reign in Putin then he could in fact allow US assets to fly circles over the respective cities being badly bombed forcing the RuAF to restrict their bombings.

BUT from Obama absolutely nothing.

We are even seeing his reluctance on further sanctions on the extremely active Iranian ballistic missile tests and further development which are in FULL violation of the UNSC resolutions on their missile development AS well as finally calling out Putin on the clear Russian violations on INF. Obama is even sidestepping a full informing of Congress on the Russian INF violations.

AND the Russian strikes on civilians just keeps on keeping........

Who is using #Russian cluster munitions such as RBK-500 in #Syria? #RuAF or #SyAFF which is under Russian control?
pic.twitter.com/lrAI2gYcsn
Good night world.
"Happy bomb year".
Ma3 salaama
#Syria


Syrian Arab Red Crescent in besieged Damascus suburbs of Douma and Erbeen held a joint children's party for New Year

Yet another show of strength by the Obama White House
Breaking: White House delays imposing new financial sanctions on Iran

http://www.wsj.com

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#SAA shelling grad rockets targeting #Darayya
#Damascus CS #Syria JAN 1

Rebels storming #Hmaimyn airbase with grad rockets
#Latakia #Syria JAN 1

"Mass celebration" between Rebels targeting at the same time dozens of #SAA positions at #Qardaha #Salnafah #Shahtah #Suqalabiyah air base

Daraa Rebel heavy artillery shelling #Assad militias- try to break into Shayk Maskin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7cEie_z5e8

Snowing at northern #Homs frontlines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v908Eb7FquI

"Happy new Year" in #Syria #Damascus- gunfire in the air from both
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XabIyM8gQI

Pro-#Assad Shiite militias from #Iraq (Harakat al-Nujaba) beheading
rebel-fighters in southern #Aleppo #Syria
AND Obama is not complicit in the sectarian fighting now ongoing in Syria with massive Russian support...

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Damascus Report of failed #IS-car bombing on Jaish al Islam -HQ in
al-Dumair city https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZicO...ature=youtu.be
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33...99314&z=13&m=b
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CrowBat--I have been tracking this particular commenter and he has been to a degree correct in the last couple of months...any idea what he might be talking about????

Funny. Russians bombing Sunnis, Shias beheading Sunnis in Syria & not one "peace loving" western leftist is speaking up.

The gloves are off. The opposition cannot be blamed for anything they do anymore against such a genocidal enemy.

Just wait & see what Rebels have in store. I'm not giving any info & I advise all activists to keep silent for a while.

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Kremlin says unfamiliar with report on alleged Russian "war crimes" in Syria
http://tass.ru/en/politics/846268

Kremlin shld familiarize itself with our report on their airstrikes in #Syria - here it is:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/ne...lian-killings/
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The Russian FM disagrees with the US proposal to include JaI in the Syrian negotiations.......FM has named JaI and AAS as "terrorist"--WHY because they are fully supported by KSA........

... And we kill with what we disagree.
Happy new diplomatic year, @UN!
Your "peace plan" for #Syria was born dead.


THAT is exactly what Putin had in mind when he "allowed" the US to go to the UNSC.....exact same procedure for the Minsk 2---dead on arrival......
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Jobar...
#Syria JAN 1
pic.twitter.com/oXAG8Yq1hn

One major proSyrian accounts that was deleted by Twitter after Russian and Syrian trolls complained to Twitter under they new policy.....

Iyad El-Baghdadi @iyad_elbaghdadi
Glad to see who was pleased and happy with my brief account suspension: pro-ISIS accounts and pro-Assad accounts. Well done @twitter.

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The Russian FM disagrees with the US proposal to include JaI in the Syrian negotiations.......FM has named JaI and AAS as "terrorist"--WHY because they are fully supported by KSA........

... And we kill with what we disagree.
Happy new diplomatic year, @UN!
Your "peace plan" for #Syria was born dead.


THAT is exactly what Putin had in mind when he "allowed" the US to go to the UNSC.....exact same procedure for the Minsk 2---dead on arrival......
MFA Russia ✔ @mfa_russia
#Syromolotov: We disagree with the US proposal to include Jaysh al-Islam in the negotiations on the political settlement in #Syria


MFA Russia ✔ @mfa_russia
#Syromolotov: Criminal terrorist organisations Jaysh al-Islam & Ahrar ash-Sham should be eliminated

http://bit.ly/1JNMW5w

WHY because if KSA support and their are the best fighting anti Assad forces........
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Iran is doing on the ground what #Russia does in the air: taking over #Syria's war. Sovereignty, #Assad?https://twitter.com/ivansidorenko1/s...70210990608384

Still can't figure out why #Russia shipped some early T-90s to #Syria. Lack of thermal sights is a major handicap.
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On #Russia op in #Syria, interesting + detailed map in @kommersant
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