Monday, October 10, 2011

On the War Path!

With their Foreign Minister and Grand Mufti issuing threats, the Assads seem to be readying for war even as the world isn’t. Meanwhile, protesters and defectors keep fighting back, even as opposition figures wrangle and dither.

Sunday October 9, 2011

19 protesters were killed in the crackdown led by pro-Assad militias throughout Syria, including 9 in Homs City, where random shelling of residential neighborhoods took place even as thousands of locals demonstrated against the Assad regime, 4 in the Damascene suburb of Dmeir when security forces opened fire on mourners during a funeral for a local activist, and 1 in each of the following towns: Zabadani (Damascus), Lattakia, Tartous, Madeeq (Hama) and Dael (Deraa/Hauran).

Meanwhile, authorities released tribal leader Nawaf Al-Bashir, as protests and crackdown continued in Qamishly where Kurdish activist Mishaal Tammo was killed on Friday, and armed clashes between loyalists and defectors were reported in different communities in Idlib Province, including the town of Kafroumah. 

Assad’s FM Walid Moallem threatens any state that recognizes the “illegitimate” National Council with “dire consequences,” as Assad promises an Arab-style democracy for Syria. Meanwhile, wrangling continues in Istanbul and Cairo over the exact makeup and structure of the Syrian National Council.

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If threats of dire consequences issued by Assad FM, Walid Moallem, should seem a bit too vague and hollow at first to make some world leaders quake in their boots, or stilettos, perhaps those blurted out by Assad’s Grand Mufti might give them that additional punch to make them register on the political Richter Scale. I guess it’s time to take on the real terror masters in the Middle East.   

Syria’s Grand Mufti, Ahmad Hassoun, says during a press conference in Lebanon that Jihadists already planted in the U.S. and Europe will carry out operations against targets there should Syria or Lebanon come under attack, because “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” http://youtu.be/kiqRwrdajtA

Meanwhile, in Syria’s war zones…

In the town of Rastan in the Homs Province, members of the Khalid Bin Al-Walid Unit in the Free Syrian Army carried out operations against loyalist troops occupying the town, destroying several tanks and killing a number of soldiers http://youtu.be/A_TOW8jx6lU , http://youtu.be/s2qDIkThzXk


Bouts of random shelling notwithstanding, locals take to the streets when they can in Homs City: Jobar http://youtu.be/YmoNVFeUWg8 Insha’aat http://youtu.be/2pabpuvFKuA Wa’er http://youtu.be/vemmsnnIDUc Baba Amr http://youtu.be/VpKnTpR_Vio , http://youtu.be/dwAnlY--l_A  Ghoutah http://youtu.be/gn9f_HKKyQ8 Qoussour http://youtu.be/tIZu3hYnFO8 Khaldiyeh (funeral) http://youtu.be/mt5kGljHUSk Khaldiyeh (night) http://youtu.be/asPCj5EzXho Karm Al-Zeitun people renew their oath to press on with the revolution http://youtu.be/Aw2RcYOeuB0 Bayadah http://youtu.be/ik019E8ezEg Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/cczypHz69Ww

Siege and raids notwithstanding, towns in Idlib Province continue to exhibit their rebellious tendencies: Jarjanaz http://youtu.be/9ElmrCougzA Kafar Nabbol http://youtu.be/QOM4ioTXjOI Jabal Al-Zawiyeh http://youtu.be/On1YALibAz0

In Kafroumah, the arrival of these tanks on Saturday http://youtu.be/80oP4Ue38IA leads to defections and clashes between loyalists and defectors. Still, take to the streets at night  http://youtu.be/gnIYvE5kt1Y

Damascus/Douma: protesters break into a local municipal building and write anti-Assad slogans on its walls. In reference to repeated accusations in state-run media that protesters often destroy government buildings, the cameraman says that they could have done that if they wanted to, but that’s simply not their style. They are peaceful protesters http://youtu.be/IRYlDq14nL8 Earlier in the day, thousands took part in a funeral for activists felled on Saturday http://youtu.be/ZAVoUCOBrAE These are the activists http://youtu.be/PXyhyX4zWG0

Crackdown on a funeral http://youtu.be/TU3cRRoSNNA , http://youtu.be/2eK_zwxmdks in the Damascene suburb of Dmeir http://youtu.be/R2kCeN7PCXc leaves 4 dead http://youtu.be/_hmHnpNc_T8 , http://youtu.be/ciMx8hutu7E , http://youtu.be/XuYl6hrnoz4 This defector was killed as he tried to cross the Turkish border from the Lattakia Province http://youtu.be/HiPDorDZhDM , http://youtu.be/sMu8nmg_DnY A little girl eulogizing her father who died in Madeeq (Hama) http://youtu.be/H0NVyf1-dFo this is the little son saying goodbye http://youtu.be/ux2GPOvedes

Qamishly: scenes from the crackdown on Saturday http://youtu.be/sKw4Uw_GI44

Protesters come under fire in Da’el in the Deraa/Hauran province at the end of day-long crackdown by security that left one dead http://youtu.be/lCQ5VF6iGsA , http://youtu.be/n8feEK3I0fk In the Damascene suburb of Zabadani, protesters take to the streets after one activist is killed http://youtu.be/hv6gilVGanw

Protesters continue to try to communicate with the leadership of the SNC by banners. One of the banners shown here comes from Bab Houd (Homs City), it says: “SNC you mission is to secure international protection, the form of government will be decided by the ballot box” http://youtu.be/nRUgRg2k1RU This one from the Damascene suburb of Zamalka demands international protection and a no-fly zone http://youtu.be/PFajjjAc4gc In this video from Karnaz (Hama) people call out for international protection and executing the president, whichever comes first http://youtu.be/5fSHWYPsGNQ In the historic city of Palmyra too, people want international protection http://youtu.be/qKrBJGCLR7k

Major demonstrations also took place in Ankhel (Deraa) http://youtu.be/jL_QVIQRmSw Tseel (Deraa) http://youtu.be/14deyRS1PPc Hraak (Deraa) http://youtu.be/CT2poIAASko Namar (Deraa) http://youtu.be/jsl1NfWZZGw Kafar Shams (Deraa) http://youtu.be/gYyu15sl-_g Deir Baalbah (Homs) http://youtu.be/s1PSBVUKGpU Ma’arrat Tamsareen (Idlib) http://youtu.be/uOK7q14GFTA Idlib City (Idlib) http://youtu.be/EZyD2GS_9yM , http://youtu.be/yVxOtqBCxDY Taybat Al-Imam (Hama) http://youtu.be/EXvmbfGNVYo Karnaz (Hama) http://youtu.be/a2GZrQxlggI Midan District (Damascus) http://youtu.be/WQ0V1avfHO4 Misraba (Damascus) http://youtu.be/y_AmuJSd_DI Qamishly http://youtu.be/Kap8C9LxHwE Qrayah (Deir Ezzor) http://youtu.be/RwTo5bMjVvw Qseir (Homs) http://youtu.be/nct7ladG2E0 Houleh (Homs) http://youtu.be/uY_Ka0ntpSg