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Old 10-21-2014   #801
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The following Congressional Research Study points to the fact that a Free Syrian Army does not actually exist.
What's new about that?

The 'Free Syrian Army' was always an idea of a non-religious, non-sectarian insurgency against Assadists. For Syrian insurgents, it's a trademark, like meanwhile there is a trademark of the Free Syrian Police (actually a neutral service organized by former police officers that are controlling civilian life and security in most of insurgent-held areas). In the West, the term was foremost used by the media that was in trouble with explaining all the various groups fighting under that title - even more so once all the possible foreign powers began conditioning provision of aid on insurgents declaring their political and religious intentions (which was precisely what caused the rift within insurgency and disunited the original FSyA into about 6,400 different militias organized into some seven umbrella groups).

Ever since, it's foremost used by everybody with similar levels of cluelessness like the media.

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If our civilian leaders (I'm confident our military planners understand this) are proposing strategies based on supporting a mythical army, we're off to bad start.
If US civilian leaders can't see the FSyA, then for following reasons:

- regime gased it again (using CWs it promised to destroy) and there is still too much smoke but to see,

- they're intentionally looking the other way, or

- insist on a standpoint that every Moslem (including all those looking like a Moslem) = al-Qaida.

But you know, frankly: I can perfectly understand this position. Really. Imagine Obama, all his advisers and all the others insisting on this POV having to explain three separate uprisings of supposed 'extremist Islamists' (see Dayr az-Zawr area) against the Daesh in August this year, emergence of such groups like White Shroud (anti-Daesh insurgency in same area, ambushing and assassinating idiots), even the Salafist Ahrar ash-Sham fighting the Daesh - just not the regime they insist not to bomb etc.?

Let just start with a guess about who between them might happen to know about this all?

And then try to find out how many American citizens in total know about such facts?

Hand at heart: explaining this is pure horror. Nobody in the DC can do that. So, better say, 'FSyA is a myth' and voila: everybody is happy!

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We need to be leery about the high volume of misinformation on blogs, twitter, etc. (that often intended to be little more than propaganda to garner support for a particular group or individual in Syria) that attempt to paint another picture. At a minimum trust but verify, but better yet marginalize the talking heads in our media who insist on accepting myths as facts. Plans based on myths will fail when they confront reality.
Let me see if I understand this clearly: the 200 or so TOW-kills scored by Harakat Hazm only and this in the area between Hama and Moarek since January this year alone (i.e. this is not to talk about dozens of others), all nicely documented on videos - are a 'myth'?

Ah yes: Harakat are about 5,000 former Syrian military officers, no 'farmers, students and doctors', and thus not fitting in Obama's (& CO's) argumentation.

Never mind: forget me mentioning them.

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This doesn't mean that an external power can't eventually integrate and more effectively organize these resistance forces. This must be one of the first steps, and until that is accomplished little will be accomplished by providing arms without U.S. or other foreign advisors on the ground to direct operations based on a coherent plan.
...which is the reason why the USA are now making air-drops to Kurds that are listening to command of PKK-leadership, which is considered 'terrorists' not only by Turkey, but half the EU/NATO too and is fighting for something that is against US interests, namely an independent state?

Makes sense...

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This casts doubt on the logic of those who advocated support for the "FSA" when the conflict first emerged. It explains why Sen McCain posed with al-Nusra fighters, based on a lack of understanding (a continuing thorn in our side when it comes to developing strategy). Even if one of the many resistance groups, or one of the fleeting coalition of groups, got lucky (chance is a key element in war) and removed Assad, the different groups would quickly turn on one another....
How do you want to know? Right now, these 'different groups' are working together very well. Otherwise, the insurgent frontlines would've collapsed long ago.

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The next report is an article on a classified CIA report that states "their" efforts to arm rebels in the past has failed in most instances.
Is this serious?

So, Hazm, SRF and others haven't got the US-made TOWs (most are from lots manufactured just 3-4 years ago) that can be seen on so many videos...?

Fantastic. I'm therefore extremely proud to - for the first time in history ever - present video-evidence of a 'myth'. See here:

Non-existing Free Syrian Army using TOWs:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ede_1412871065

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8d8_1412954857

Harakat using TOWs:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f3a_1413312384

Southern Front using TOWs:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a74_1413328282

13th Division (ex-FSyA now Army of Mujahideen) using TOWs:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a97_1413403410

...and Islamic Front using TOWs:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e08_1413208929

Yes, ladies and gentlemen: all you can see here has never happened - at least not according to US Congress and the CIA.

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In my opinion, the CIA has proven over the years to be astrategic when it comes to supporting resistance movements, insurgencies, etc., they tend to throw money and arms at a problem without thinking it through.
And in my opinion CIA can't do anything if there is a pres that's micro-managing this cluster-f..k although entirely clueless about what and why is he doing - and who insists on interrupting the flow of supplies every time the IRGC-led regime gangs are on offensive.

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Bottom line we need to do this better.
Finally something I can agree with.

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Old 10-22-2014   #802
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Contrary to CIA's own reports to the Congress, the agency appears to be doing quite well with its 'vetting' of Syrian insurgents.

Here an excellently-prepared, really 'authoritative' Complete and Growing List of Vetted Groups of Syrian insurgents that either already have, or are about to get US military aid.

Summary of 'mythical' groups in question:

- V Corps FSyA (including 13th Division; Knights of Truth, 101st Division; Falcons of Mt Zawiya; 1st Infantry Brigade; Harakat Hazm; Nouradin az-Zanki; Ahmad al-Abdo Martyrs Brigades; Falcons of al-Ghab Brigade and Brigade of the Chargers)

- Qunaitra Military Council FSyA & SRF (Grandons Brigade, Youth of Sunnah Brigade; al-Anfal Brigade; 1st Brigade; and Damascus Martyrs Brigade)

- Jaysh al-Mujahideen (Syrian Martyrs' Brigades; Omari Brigades; Yarmouk Brigade; Partisans of Islam Front; Hamza Division; Sword of ash-Sham; Martyrs of Islam Brigade; Dawn of Islam Brigade; Helpers of Sunnah Brigade; Helpers Brigade, Amoud Horan Brigade; Emigrants and Helpers Brigade; One-ness Battalion of Horan; and 1st Artillery Battalion)

Of course, all of these are presently fiercely attacked by the SyAAF: Syrian Air Force Carries Out 200 Strikes in 36 Hours
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...The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday, a rapid increase in government raids as U.S.-led forces bomb Islamist insurgents elsewhere.

The intensified strikes by President Bashar al-Assad's forces will add to the fear among his opponents that the government is taking advantage of the U.S. raids on Islamic State to attack other foes, including opposition groups that Washington backs.

Analysts say the increase could be because the Syrian military wants to weaken rebel groups before they get training and equipment promised by the United States.

Since midnight on Sunday, the Syrian military carried out at least 210 raids, including barrel bombings, on provinces in the east, north and west of the country, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said there were many casualties but did not give an exact figure.

The military concentrated the strikes in the "western corridor" that stretches from the southwest up through Damascus towards the Mediterranean, according to the information from the the Observatory, which says it gathers details from all sides of the conflict.

The air raids struck areas in the Hama, Daraa, Idlib, Aleppo and Quneitra provinces as well as the Damascus countryside, it said. It also hit the eastern Deir al-Zor province where U.S.-led forces have also been bombing Islamic State, the Observatory added.
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At least there are no new reports about deployment of chemical weapons, sigh... at least not by the regime.

Namely, the Daesh is back to attacking Ayn al-Arab/Kobane in force. According to a YPG-release from yesterday, it has brought reinforcements from Raqqah, Jarabulus, Manbij and Tel Abyad and launched an all-out attack from several directions. They should have attempted to attack with two suicide car bombs, but both vehicles were destroyed before reaching Kurdish positions. The YPG claimed 11 idiots KIA in the east, 13 in the south, 19 in the south-west and 14 in the west, in exchange for 11 own KIA.

As should be known, two days ago the YPG was 'reinforced' by a typical US 'shot from the hip' style of nonsensical action: i.e. through air-drop of bundles with AK-47s, ammo and hand grenades. It doesn't matter if one JDAP parachute failed and a box ended in Daesh hands - which is now widely becried by the media.

But, what should matter is: why offending what should be a crucial ally in the area (Turkey) and who to hell is 'vetting' the YPG?

Plus: this morning there is a flood of reports about the Daesh launching some sort of chemical weapons attack in Kobane area, and about a number of injured YPG combatants.
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Old 10-22-2014   #803
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Here an excellently-prepared, really 'authoritative' Complete and Growing List of Vetted Groups of Syrian insurgents that either already have, or are about to get US military aid.
Why do you believe this Marxist propaganda site is authoritative? This looks like little more than propaganda directed against English speaking nations to gain support for different resistance movements, that by the way embrace a Marxist ideology. All photos of the Syrians throughout the articles show them holding up signs in English (target audience), and holding up drawings of President Obama.

There is nothing authoritative about this site. That doesn't mean everything in it is inaccurate, or that any of it is inaccurate, but it is clearly intended as propaganda. It also tells a story that agrees with your view, so obviously you embrace it. That is a human tendency we all embrace, and have to consciously fight to get closer to objective and further from subjective.

Your authoritative site is in George Sabra's name, a noted Syrian communist who is now the head of the Syrian National Council (SNC). Clearly an a non bias source that wouldn't twist the facts to achieve a political objective.

Who are the real puppet masters in Syria? Here is one view

http://news.az/articles/region/92937

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Turkey and Qatar have been vocal supporters of the Syrian opposition and have been heavily engaged in efforts to coordinate the fragmented Sunni-majority Syrian rebels. The two states contributed jointly to the formation of the Syrian opposition’s civilian wing, the Syrian National Council, and its military wing, the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Both countries have also been criticized for supporting the al-Nusra Front, the majority of whose militants later joined the ranks of ISIL.

The Qatar-Turkey line has occasionally deviated from the U.S.-Saudi approach in restructuring the opposition like the Syrian National Coalition and FSA into the Higher Military Council.
Nonetheless, the propaganda is well done. Give every organization a Facebook page, a flag, and a few photos to create the illusion of a real army in being.

War has always been propagandized with half-truths and lies, the only difference now is that it has exponentially increased with the web and social media.
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Why do you believe this Marxist propaganda site is authoritative?
Because ideology of the owner of that website does not matter in the case of the work by two guys that sat down and really did their homework.

Besides, what kind of problem have you got with Syrian Marxists?

If nothing else, from your standpoint the only thing that should matter here would be that Marxists certainly can't be 'Islamist extremists'...

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All photos of the Syrians throughout the articles show them holding up signs in English (target audience), and holding up drawings of President Obama.
Yes, that's perfectly right. Guess, you've never seen all the similar photos from Kfarnabel at earlier times?

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There is nothing authoritative about this site.
I'm not talking about the site, but the list of vetted insurgent groups posted on it. No matter whether one likes the site and its owner, or not, the list is correct (at worst, affiliations of specific groups would be better re-grouped the way I've posted them here).

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That doesn't mean everything in it is inaccurate, or that any of it is inaccurate, but it is clearly intended as propaganda.
Oh, excuse me.

Then please help me understand you correctly:

- posting lists of Syrian insurgent groups the sheer existence of which is declared a 'myth', but which actually have been vetted by the CIA and either already have got TOWs or are about to get them, is 'propaganda';

- while, realizing the correct nature of the 'FSyA' title as a trademark three years too late is... exactly what?

Alternatively, you can explain me your view of what's going on here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmx48qsBQz4

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It also tells a story that agrees with your view, so obviously you embrace it.
Sure: it confirms my information, which is good for me - and very bad for everybody explaining something else.

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That is a human tendency we all embrace, and have to consciously fight to get closer to objective and further from subjective.
Exactly that has brought me at this standpoint.

Difference is: contrary to 12 years ago, this time I'm not going to shut up.

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Your authoritative site is in George Sabra's name, a noted Syrian communist who is now the head of the Syrian National Council (SNC). Clearly an a non bias source that wouldn't twist the facts to achieve a political objective.
And the funny thing here is: more than half the groups in question can't care less about the SNC - and this precisely because they do not want to subject themselves to the control of Turkey/Qatar-supported Moslem Brotherhood.

Of course, in order to know about this one should 'consciously fight to get closer to objective and further from subjective'.

So, as you can see, we're even in agreement here.

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Who are the real puppet masters in Syria? Here is one view...
I'm not surprised you're posting a source offering just the usual set of generalizations. But what never stops making me wondering about people like you is the following:

1.) Why are you throwing together groups like those listed above, which are clearly US-Saudi supported, and refusing to accept the SNC and Turkish-Qatari line - between others because the later was so far primarily providing aid to Islamist and extremist groups, like the JAN, Ahrar etc.?

2.) Why are you blaming me for 'spreading Marxist propaganda' while failing to realize that your problem is the same like all those that share your ignorance about 'details' of the Syrian insurgency?

3.) Why are you limiting yourself to reading such 'mainstream' stuff and generalizations? Why don't you check reports by the US Treasury citing specific Iranian nationals (here too) right next to Kuwaiti nationals (alternatively here, and more precisely here), and Qatari nationals instead?

These are not only clearly identifying specific persons that are providing funding and recruitment for the al-Qaida and Daesh in Syria, but also making it clear: the above-listed Syrian insurgent groups have never received any kind of funding from sources listed by the US Treasury.

And overall: why is it so hard for people like you nowadays to activate their brains, start collecting information, start thinking and connecting dots?

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Nonetheless, the propaganda is well done. Give every organization a Facebook page, a flag, and a few photos to create the illusion of a real army in being.
...and still - and obviously - that's nothing in comparison to the Daesh and the Assadist regime.

Then, without the USA (and entire West) misunderstanding Daesh's videos of beheading its US and British hostages, the USA and allies wouldn't get involved against it.

And, without skilful manoeuvring and propaganda of the regime, everybody would know what's actually going on in Syria.

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War has always been propagandized with half-truths and lies, the only difference now is that it has exponentially increased with the web and social media.
Very nice. Then I'll offer you the following promise: in order to distinguish propaganda from reality, henceforth I'll post every single video of TOW-use by above-listed groups I can put my hands upon.

Let's start with non-existing Harakat Hazm, which never destroyed this 2S1 Gvozdika:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6d5_1413895155

...nor has it ever hit this T-55 in northern Hama province:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8yTG0VcRC0
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Only the blind would argue that resistance elements are not fighting bravely against Assad, whigh is all the videos demonstrate. They don't prove who is doing the fighting. As for using main stream news as sources I readily admit that is a shortfall, but it is no worse than citing resistance websites. Clearly you understand we can't post classified information on a blog? Unless you are a former member of the Obama administration. You are certainly knowledgeable on the situation. You are also a biased source of information. Nonetheless I enjoy reading your posts. You should keep in mind that America's interests will not always align with yours.

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after posting my last post above and while preparing few artworks ('colour profiles') of SyAAF MiG-21s captured by the Daesh at Tabqa AB for one of my future publications.... it dawned upon me that I failed to express my appreciation for you about one (or even 'a few') fact(s).

Namely, you are now in exclusive club of about 0,0001% of total US population that knows there is something like 'Syrian Marxists'.

It might sound silly at the first look, and it's certainly going to sound 'patronizing', although what I'm going to write as next is not meant that way: but, I think this is an important step forward.

If you wonder why: because this means you're one of very, very, very, very, VERY few Americans not considering all the Syrians either for 'crazy Islamist terrorists' or for 'fans of that lesser-evil, named Bashar'.

IMHO, this is important for the next reason you mentioned in your reply too: yup, only the blind would argue there is no resistance against Assad. This stands precisely in opposition to what the US government, most of US political establishment, large parts of the IC and especially most of the military are arguing.

That said, and because you 'still insist' that this 'doesn't prove who is doing the fighting', I guess I'll have to keep on posting videos of TOW-kills. Reason is rather simple: just to show you how many of them are used in combat, and how many Assadists are blown up by them.

Regarding sources: nope, my primary sources are no mainstream media, internet etc. And nope: at least from my standpoint I can say I'm not posting plenty of 'sensitive' stuff I do happen to know. I do not demand anybody to do something of that kind either.

But, I do happen to have contacts to people serving with (what is left of) the Syrian military, to people that joined the insurgents etc. and I also do happen to be in a position to...let's say 'monitor'... let's say 'discussions' within certain, 'quite influential' circles in the DC. Of course, all of this is completely unofficial by nature and some of stuff they say sometimes proves wrong. Therefore, nobody is obliged to 'believe' anything I say. Yet, the point is this: primary reason why I'm - sometimes - posting links to specific media/blogs or other sorts of internet websites is solely to point at sources confirming what I've heard from somewhere else.

Am I biased?

I'm staunchly against any regime that's terrorising its population. But especially against one that has caused the death of 400,000 people and forced 10 million of others to become homeless refugees, that's purposedly destroying most of Syrian cities, regularly using chemical weapons, and then depending on two major (and several minor) terrorist organizations for own survival.

If that's making me 'biased', oh my dear Sir: yes, I am.

On the contrary, the end of your post is leaving me not a little bit bamboozled: precisely what kind of 'US interests' here are then 'not align' with mine?

Would you like to say the US is now curious to ignore regimes doing all of what I listed?

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That all said, here one example of what you're not going to find in any kind of media: the top ranks of the Assadist military (that is: the few old farths left over from the former SyAA) are presently (and seriously) considering official re-designation of military services from 'Syrian Arab Army' to something like the 'Syrian National Army'. I.e. the droppin 'Arab' from the official designation.

Local IRGC-QF commanders were a lil' bit stunned about this (then the IRGC is eagerly Arabizing even the official Iranian history since years), but they've meanwhile joined related discussions with suggestion of something like: 'Syrian Peoples' Army'.

Should you wonder where have I got this: sorry, I can't say more than I have already said.

Whatever, I am a great fan of sarcasm, and thus cannot fail observing few things:

- That with 'Syrian People's Army' would be the gem - even more so because half the 'people' in question either do not speak Arabic with Syrian accent, or do not speak any Arabic at all.

- I'm eagerly waiting for reaction of such regime's combatants like those from the Ba'ath Party Militia, Arab National Guard (the latter are primarily Egyptians, but few Lebanese and other Arabs too), and then the Syrian Socialist Party Militia (the standpoint of which is that Arabs are better than even Nazi's Arians) - once they realize the regime for which they are fighting has decided to drop not only 'Arab', but even pan-Arabism from its agenda.
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Am I biased?

I'm staunchly against any regime that's terrorising its population. But especially against one that has caused the death of 400,000 people and forced 10 million of others to become homeless refugees, that's purposedly destroying most of Syrian cities, regularly using chemical weapons, and then depending on two major (and several minor) terrorist organizations for own survival.

If that's making me 'biased', oh my dear Sir: yes, I am.
I hear you, and this is understandable. You need to understand that America rode in on their white horse with their white hats on with the best intentions for Iraq and Afghanistan, and have little to show for our effort. In some ways we're a wounded country and hesitant to throw our hat in the ring again unless we can anticipate a better outcome for our sacrifice, and we did sacrifice.

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On the contrary, the end of your post is leaving me not a little bit bamboozled: precisely what kind of 'US interests' here are then 'not align' with mine?
Crowbat, I attempt to project a possibly hidden logic in Obama's strategy. That doesn't mean that logic actually exists, but I simply offer it as an alternative view. Maybe he thinking this or that. Frankly, I have no longer have any idea what our national goals are now in Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan. I hear one thing, yet the visible strategy doesn't support the what I hear, so I hope as a citizen that there is an invisible part that I don't see that makes sense. That is a real possibility, but my confidence level is much lower than it has been in the recent past.

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Would you like to say the US is now curious to ignore regimes doing all of what I listed?
Based on comments above, I think the U.S. is temporarily out of the regime change game. However, if the people rise up against their oppressive government, a U.S. State Department rep will get on twitter and tell them that America supports them. Hope they don't take that too seriously and actually start a war in hopes we will actually help.

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- That with 'Syrian People's Army' would be the gem - even more so because half the 'people' in question either do not speak Arabic with Syrian accent, or do not speak any Arabic at all.
No surprise, the Syrian Army now only protects the regime and the Alawite minority. I would hate to be an Alawite in Syria now, especially if I had a family, knowing the curtain will eventually close. Just like Kaddafi, Assad must rely on foreign soldiers or mercenaries. That generally indicates the end game is in sight.

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I hear you, and this is understandable. You need to understand that America rode in on their white horse with their white hats on with the best intentions for Iraq and Afghanistan, and have little to show for our effort. In some ways we're a wounded country and hesitant to throw our hat in the ring again unless we can anticipate a better outcome for our sacrifice, and we did sacrifice.
We're turning in circles now: it has already been said that Afghanistan was justified, but only 'curing the effects of disease', while Iraq was simply stupid.

Doesn't mean that 'Syria' would be 'wrong'.

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Crowbat, I attempt to project a possibly hidden logic in Obama's strategy. That doesn't mean that logic actually exists, but I simply offer it as an alternative view. Maybe he thinking this or that. Frankly, I have no longer have any idea what our national goals are now in Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan. I hear one thing, yet the visible strategy doesn't support the what I hear, so I hope as a citizen that there is an invisible part that I don't see that makes sense. That is a real possibility, but my confidence level is much lower than it has been in the recent past.
One of latest statements regarding 'goals' in Syria was something like 'need to respect Iranian interests in upholding the Assad regime'.

Nobody in the DC, and especially not in the DOS cared about respecting Iranian interests - and that since 35 years. On the contrary. But now, when the regime in Syria is de-facto run by an Iranian terrorist organization (or two, if we add Hezbollah to the IRGC), there is a need to respect these?

So, if you're searching for an 'invisible' part, here one idea: either the Iranians have operational nukes - or this is simply making no sense, i.e. it's so absurd, that it's mindlessly idiotic.

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Based on comments above, I think the U.S. is temporarily out of the regime change game. However, if the people rise up against their oppressive government, a U.S. State Department rep will get on twitter and tell them that America supports them. Hope they don't take that too seriously and actually start a war in hopes we will actually help.
Well, the problem is that they do (take that seriously), and thus any such action is stupid too.

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No surprise, the Syrian Army now only protects the regime and the Alawite minority....
...and is looting Moarek as we're talking: the BPM's 'Tiger Force' (a 'reinforced-regiment'-sized special forces outfit led by Col Sohail Hassan) has captured this 'southern Gate to Idlib Province' yesterday.

Interestingly: Moarek resisted four months of NDF's and Hezbollah's armoured onslaughts, earlier this year (that's where Hazm has knocked out most of those 200+ MBTs and IFVs using TOWs), while this success was achieved with help of a nocturnal heliborne operation - precisely the way taught by the IRGC-QF.
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One of latest statements regarding 'goals' in Syria was something like 'need to respect Iranian interests in upholding the Assad regime'.
Who said this? When? Makes no sense whatsoever? Did Israel and Turkey respond to whoever made that comment?
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That was Obama, about two weeks ago (sorry, I'm too lazy to search for relevant links, right now).

And no: neither Israel nor Turkey responded to this.

Guess, they were as bamboozled as most of Obama's advisers were...
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Must congratulate Obama again.... and withdraw my promise to Bill to continue posting videos of TOW-kills too...

Namely, the last few days, and in the wake of its failed assault on Idlib City, the JAN - reinforced by parts of Jund al-Aqsa, Ahrar ash-Sham and, supposedly, even few Daesh units - has launched an all-out attack on positions of the Syrian Revolutionary Front, Harakat Hazm, and FSyA's 5th Corps (Fursan Haq) in Idlib Province.

The SRF is - or, better said: used to be - one of biggest groups of the FSyA, but Washington was always in clinch with its boss, Ja'amal Ma'arouf. Nevertheless, and together with Hazm and Fursan, it was one of recipients (and most prolific users) of TOW ATGMs.

Why 'used to be'?

Because a combination of withdrawal of units for 're-training and re-armament', severe air strikes by the SyAAF, bribery of specific commanders, and Jihadist assaults on those that refused to defect... have overpowered the SRF and caused its near total collapse in Idlib Province. Reports are still sketchy but it seems that at least two of its battalions have defected to other insurgent- or even Jihadist groups (at least one of SRF's unit should've changed sides to the JAN), a group from Hazm too, and then the SRF HQ in Dayr Sinbol - plus most of other villages that used to be under its control (mostly W and SW from Ma'arat an-Nouman) - was/were overrun by the Jihadists too. The SRF in Idlib thus lost nearly all of its heavy weaponry, including all of MBTs and TOWs in the process. Hazm lost much of equipment too (including additional stocks of TOWs).

... to make matters worse: this happened only days after regime captured Moarek (only to loot whatever was left of that town), put Kfar Zita under a siege, and launched an assault on Kfar Nabudah and Huways, only few kilometres south of Khan Sheykhoun (third largest city/town in Syria held by insurgents).

Considering Obama's practice of ignoring his own mistakes, US president is surely going to be happy to hear that Kfar Nabl - origin of some high-profile yet quite bitter critique of his idiotically short-sighted policy in recent times - is likely to fall under the JAN control now too.

...and Bill is going to be relieved because this means there will be much less internet presence from Syrian Marxists...

...while everybody else can now say, 'I told you so, I told you so, delivering US weapons to Syrian insurgents is equal to handing these out to Jihadists'...

That way everybody can feel happy and nobody must care about core reasons for this catastrophe.

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Two points. One, we can work with Marxists. Two, my point isn't to tell anyone I told you so, my point was to avoid unnecessary bloodshed due to our ineptness in doing these things. We give enough support to prolong the conflict, but not to win it. It results in more deaths and suffering, and nothing is accomplished. It will only get worse if Clinton becomes President.

It isn't over until it over, so there is room for hope that things can change. Keep in mind that the US is only one factor in this conflict, and it clearly isn't the decisive one.
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I was kidding you, Bill; the rest was not meant specifically for you.

And regarding the rest: the fight between the SRF and the JAN was provoked by money, i.e. distribution of money earned from smuggling oil from fields under insurgent and JAN control. The SRF - significant parts of which were withdrawn out of Syria for re-training and re-arming to fight the Daesh - found itself without solution but to start arresting JAN commanders that felt emboldened by minimalized SRF presence.

The JAN - apparently reinforced by parts of Ahrahr ash-Sham and definitely reinforced by all of Jund al-Aqsa - then started bribing some of SRF commanders to defect. This worked in perhaps 2-3 cases, but it didn't in others. Even so, the SRF's position was weak because so many fighters are away, and the JAN finally assaulted.

This simply shouldn't have happened:

a) The idea of withdrawing insurgents for re-training abroad is stupid, stupid, and stupid, and if nobody in the DC ever realized that this would - at least 'temporarily' - weaken insurgent position, and then cause jealousy between other groups, he/she belongs being locked somewhere and the keys thrown away...

b) I simply do not understand how nobody in the USA can understand this: the ####in' MONEY is the core issue in this war. Only well-funded groups can function and fight. Without money, no insurgency can recruit and arm - nor win, especially not against opponents like the regime (funded by Iran), Daesh (funded by whoever only van fund them), and such groups like the JAN (funded the way al-Qaida is funded, obviously in quite effective fashion then otherwise it wouldn't exist for 20+ years). And versa-vice: all sorts of extremists are flourishing there PRECISELY BECAUSE they are all WELL FUNDED. Exactly this is leaving moderates without a choice but to leave, and that's why idiots like Obama then 'can say', 'there're no moderates to find in Syria'.

No US/Saudi supported body in Syria (like the SRF is one) should lack money or have to fight for it. Until this changes, nothing is going to change there. And nothing is going to change, because insurgents will still have to fight the Jihadists and the Daesh, or between each other, instead against the regime.

Lookie here:
- The next FSyA affiliate, Dawn of Freedom Brigades, has given the JAN 72 hours to return captured areas, or it will attack.

- But the JAN can't care less. Instead, there are now reports that the JAN is massing in Sarmada, in northern Idlib, near Bab al-Hawa border crossing to Turkey. If they capture that place, they'll cut off all insurgents in northern Syria from links to Turkey.

Such reports in turn might have prompted somebody in the DC to activate his/her second, perhaps even the third brain cell, then somebody there suddenly started thinking logically - at least a little bit:
US Officials Consider Striking Another Militant Group in Syria:
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...U.S. officials are weighing whether to broaden the air campaign in Syria to strike a militant group that is a rival to the Islamic State and that is poised to take over a strategically vital corridor from Turkey.

Extremists from the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group were said Monday to be within a few miles of the Bab *al-Hawa crossing in northwestern Syria on the Turkish border, one of only two openings through which the moderate Free Syrian Army receives military and humanitarian supplies provided by the United States and other backers.

Over the weekend, rebels said Jabhat al-Nusra forces swept through towns and villages controlled by the Free Syrian Army in Idlib province, west of Aleppo. Rebel groups associated with the Free Syrian Army were routed from their main strongholds, with scores of fighters fleeing toward Turkey or defecting to join the militants, according to opposition activists.

Apart from one attack by Tomahawk missiles against an *al-Qaeda cell within Jabhat al-Nusra in late September,when the Syrian airstrikes began, U.S. and Arab warplanes have been targeting the Islamic State, a separate group that the administration has made clear is its primary target in Iraq and Syria.
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Overall, all of this remains too little, too late - and too stupid.
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Oh, and to add salt to the injury: half the FSyA insurgents that were sent via Turkey to join the YPG and FSyA units already fighting in Kobane - have returned to Turkey.

Reason: the YPG wouldn't let them have anything of ammo dropped by the USAF.

Is stupidity a major condition for everybody in the DC - whether civilian or military - advancing in rank and being appointed to decision-making positions, nowadays?
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It seems I'll have to answer my question on my own. Namely, it's certainly so that stupidity is one of major prerequisites for becoming a pres: why listen to advisers when one knows everything better...?

Spies Warned White House: Don’t Hit Al Qaeda in Syria
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...“If the U.S. attacks Nusra without attacking Assad, all the average Syrian sees is that the U.S. is enabling, emboldening, and strengthening the Assad regime,” said Christopher Harmer, a former Navy officer and an analyst with the Institute for the Study of War, which monitors developments in Syria. “It’s not that the Syrian people love Nusra; it’s that Nusra has been in the fight against Assad, and the U.S. has looked for every excuse to stay out of the fight against Assad.”
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This is imposing the question: why paying advisers? How about firing all of them and saving tax-payers plenty of money...?
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A short review by the BBC's Jeremy Bowen; note film portions of the report were on BBC News Channel yesterday, behind the lines with the Syrian regime, which is partly cited here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30011154?

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The war is changing, morphing into an even more grotesque shape, but it shows no signs of ending.
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