Today’s attack targeting a bus-load of detained protesters makes clear that the real terrorists in Syria are the pro-Assad militias, and the real masters of terror in the country, and the region, are the Assads themselves.
Saturday 21, 2012
Today’s death toll: 95.
17 were killed on the road connecting Ariha and Idlib City when roadside bombs exploded near a bus carrying political prisoners. Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) blamed the attack on terrorists and said that ambulances attempting to transport the wounded were also targeted. Locals blame the attack on regime loyalists, and speak of ongoing clashes between local defectors and loyalist troops in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh region, the town of Kafar Takhareem and near the cities of Jisr Ashoughour and Ma’arrat Al-Nouman. The clashes are said to have killed at least 23 loyalists, and enabled the FSA to take complete control of the town of Kafar Takhareem.
Meanwhile, 60 bodies, including 10 women, were discovered in refrigerators in Idlib City’s public hospital. Loyalist troops opened fire on protesters shortly thereafter to prevent them from taking the bodies away for burial. Locals believe the bodies belong to protesters who died in detention and that the bodies were brought in to be mixed with those belonging to victims of today’s attacks. The discovery of the refrigerated bodies lends credence to the assertion of so many activists that the real death toll in the country since the onset of the Revolution on March 15, 2011, far exceeds the current accepted figures of 7,500.
6 protesters were killed as well in the Damascene suburb of Douma when loyalist security forces opened fire on a mourners taking part in a funeral for a local activists. The attacks prompted intervention from local members of the Free Syrian Army who succeeded in driving out all loyalist forces from town, effectively taking control of it. It’s not clear, however, whether FSA members are interested in keeping control of the town as their colleagues did in Zabadani. FSA members in Zabadani were better equipped and they benefited from Zabadani’s mountainous position. Holding a town like Douma, on the other hand, requires a larger and better equipped force than that fielded by local FSA unit, for the time being. Even in Zabadani, the current stand-off is not expected to last long, and loyalist troops are expected to try to take over the town again in the coming days. Meanwhile, the battle around Douma is still raging.
6 were killed in loyalist pounding of protest strongholds in Homs City. 2 more were killed in Aleppo Province, 1 in Lattakia, 1 in Deir Ezzor City and 1 in Hama City.
At a time when so many are speculating about the possibility of Al-Qaeda network carving a presence for itself inside Syria, today’s explosion in Idlib targeting a bus-load of detained anti-Assad protesters make clear that the real terrorist networks operating inside Syria are actually the pro-Assad militias formed by the security apparatuses whose activities were condoned by Assad in his latest speech.
Terror and chaos is what the Assads are now actively seeking to promote in order to discourage intervention. The more chaos they create the less the likelihood of foreign intervention. Of course, pro-Assad foreign intervention is already taking place, with Iran and Russia as the main protagonists.
Improvised graves for the martyrs of Homs City neighborhood of Baba Amr