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RE: Civil war in Syria
From Wikipedia's English page on Aleppo:

Quote:Syrian Civil War

On 12 August 2011, with the ongoing Syrian unrest, an anti-government protest was held in the city's Sakhour district and at least two others. The one in Sakhour was "1,000 people at most" and it ended — as claimed by activists — with two protesters being shot dead.[39]

On 19 October 2011, tens of thousands of Aleppines flocked to Saadallah Al-Jabiri Square in support of the government of president Bashar al-Assad.[40][41]

On 10 February 2012, suicide car bombs exploded outside two security compounds. The Military Intelligence Directorates' local headquarters, and a Security Preservation forces barracks were attacked.[42] 28 people were killed and 235 were heavily wounded.[43] The dead were four civilians, thirteen military personnel at the military intelligence building and eleven security personnel at the barracks.[42]

On 18 March 2012, a residential neighbourhood; mainly populated by Christians, became the target of a terrorist attack after a car bomb blast near a church, in which one female civilian and two members of security forces died and more than 30 residents were wounded.[44][45]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo#Syrian_Civil_War

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2012 Jul 29 15:12
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RE: Civil war in Syria
(2012 Jul 29 15:12)Mustapaita Wrote:  ... on Aleppo

Turkey is right there, close to Aleppo. So these Sunni jihadists can go back to Turkey, get some rest, more ammunition, and come back.

How can you defeat a mobile gang that can re-supply and quickly dig down into another suburban neighborhood?

I wonder what Assad’s end game is. Is it possible they hope for a real war where they can face a symmetrical arab/western force, and then possibly withdraw to alawite-owned seashores and declare a new political entity?
2012 Jul 29 16:19
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RE: Civil war in Syria
(2012 Jul 29 16:19)Ville Wrote:  I wonder what Assad’s end game is. Is it possible they hope for a real war where they can face a symmetrical arab/western force, and then possibly withdraw to alawite-owned seashores and declare a new political entity?

That's more or less the line of thinking behind this article. If I were him, I'd probably have a similar contingency plan.

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RE: Civil war in Syria
Not surprising, but Paki jihadis from Birminghamistan are over there.... a bit more on that mujahideen camp.

Syria: British Journalist John Cantlie Kidnapped With Jeroen Oerlemans Is Released By Free Syrian Army
Quote:A Dutch and British photojournalist who were kidnapped in Syria by Islamist militants have been freed by members of the Free Syrian Army after a harrowing ordeal.

John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who has worked for The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph, as well as the BBC, was held hostage alongside Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans. The two men are recovering in Turkey after suffering gunshot wounds during their ordeal.

Oerlemans has been the first to describe their experience.

Speaking to Dutch media on Friday, Oerlemans said their captors were not Syrians, but from Britain, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Estimating that between 30 to 100 held them captive, Oerlemans said some of the gang that held them had "Birmingham accents", he told Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblat.

At least one had a "heavy south London accent" reported the Sunday Telegraph, quoting a source close to the incident.

Oerlemans described the men as "foreign jihadists,” who captured the men "almost immediately" after they crossed the border from Turkey at Bab al-Hawa, on 19 July.

"In no time we had a circle of men around us with Kalashnikovs," Oerlemans told Business News Radio, according to Associated Press.

The journalists were accused of working for the CIA, before their captors decided to hold them for ransom. Oerlemans' account supports reports that Islamist extremists are infiltrating the uprising in Syria.

“All day we were spoken to about the Koran and how they would bring Shariah law to Syria. I don’t think they were Al Qaeda; they seemed too amateurish for that," Oerlemnas told The New York Times.

The two were injured after trying to run from the camp. Oerlemnas was shot in the foot and thigh while Cantile was shot in the arm. Their wounds were bandaged but they were kept blindfolded and handcuffed after that, he told Business News Radio.

"I was wounded, but the bullets missed all the vital parts, and I'm frisky as a puppy and enormously happy that I've survived it all, that it ended well," he said.

Members of the FSA stormed the camp on Friday morning, and "started dressing down everyone."

They asked "why the hell we were being kept there, how long we had been kept there, why we were being treated in this way", he told the radio station.

Oerlemans then recounted how they were driven out of the camp whilst the FSA were shooting in the air "like gangsters".

"Where the FSA seems to be fighting for democracy, these foreign fighters don't want anything more than imposing sharia on Syria. Syrians are pretty moderate Muslims in general, but they want to put them under the boot of sharia law," he added.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement:

“We are delighted that John Cantile and Jerome Orlemans are safe and well. Throughout the time they were reported missing we worked tirelessly to establish their whereabouts and provide consular support to their families.

"We continue to advise all British nationals, including journalists, against any travel to Syria. These recent events underline the dangers they face.”

Fierce fighting between the rebel army and government forces continued on Sunday as the battle for Syria's largest city, Aleppo raged.

Shelling and gunfire continued, though the rebels claim to have repelled the government's army from seizing the city, which is the country's economic hub.

Syrian National Council (SNC) leader Abdulbaset Sayda called for arms at a news conference in Abu Dhabi, asking international allies for weapons that "would stop tanks and jet fighters," according to AFP.

Meanwhile civilians who remain in Aleppo are facing electricity shortages and food is scarce. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 29 people were killed in Aleppo on Saturday. One hundred and sixty-eight people were killed across Syria, according to the unverified figures.
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2012 Jul 30 14:23
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Looks like the FSA are wiping out the surviving police stations in Aleppo areas they have captured.











Oh, and a flying carpet was found in there.





Quote:"Torturers often invent euphemisms to describe their grisly methods. Bisat al-Rih (the Flying Carpet) has an innocent, even enchanting ring, but it is frightful: "strapping the victim to a piece of wood shaped like a human body and either beating him or her or applying electric shocks all over the body." Al-Kursi al-Almani (the German Chair) has moving parts to which the victim's hands and feet are strapped. As the chair is moved backwards, it exerts severe pressure on the victim's spine, neck and limbs, resulting in near asphyxiation, loss of consciousness, and occasionally fracturing the vertebrae. A variation, known as al-Kursi al-Suri (the Syrian Chair), is equipped with metal blades that pierce the victim's ankles as the chair is bent backwards.
http://hesperado.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/...rture.html

Also this one sounds funny and horrifying and the same time:
Quote:"The infamous al-'Abd al-Aswad (the Black Slave) contraption drives a heated metal skewer into the rectum of the victim strapped to it. "
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RE: Civil war in Syria
Ammar Waqqaf - Defend Syria
Syrian political analyst Ammar Waqqaf speaking at the event DEFEND SYRIA, held in London on 12 July 2012.





Videos from the other speakers here.
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2012 Aug 01 10:18
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Quote:Newspaper Uses Photoshop To Make Syria Look Even Worse Somehow

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The Kronen Zeitung is Austria's largest newspaper, with a daily readership of around three million people. Yesterday, those readers were treated to the image on the left of war-torn Aleppo, bombed out and desperate. Except, as one sharp-eyed Redditor points out, that wasn't the scene at all. It was just another Photoshop job.

Just to be clear, the family in the photograph is, in fact, in Syria; the original photo (on the right) came from the European Pressphoto Agency. But merely fleeing a city ravaged by guns and mortars apparently isn't quite dramatic enough on its own. The editors of the Krone—as it's commonly called—needed this baby to sing.

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RE: Civil war in Syria
(2012 Aug 01 13:34)Mustapaita Wrote:  
Quote:Newspaper Uses Photoshop To Make Syria Look Even Worse Somehow

[Image: original.jpg]

The Kronen Zeitung is Austria's largest newspaper, with a daily readership of around three million people. Yesterday, those readers were treated to the image on the left of war-torn Aleppo, bombed out and desperate. Except, as one sharp-eyed Redditor points out, that wasn't the scene at all. It was just another Photoshop job.

Just to be clear, the family in the photograph is, in fact, in Syria; the original photo (on the right) came from the European Pressphoto Agency. But merely fleeing a city ravaged by guns and mortars apparently isn't quite dramatic enough on its own. The editors of the Krone—as it's commonly called—needed this baby to sing.

When already pictures are faked, you can be sure that tha whole story is faked, too. There is no genocide by Assad's troops in Syria.
2012 Aug 01 15:21
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RE: Civil war in Syria
One thing is for sure: When the rebels have turned the last remaining secular Arab state into another Islamic Bantustan we will get the last remaining Kurdish, Yazidis, Alawis, Syrian Orthodox, Maronites and Druzes as refugees, never to return.


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