Monday, February 20, 2012

Delaying the Inevitable!

Until they are brought down, the Assads still labor under the belief that they can finish off the resistance in Homs and throughout the country through a combination of bombardment, ground assault, arrest, torture, assassination, terror attacks and lies, i.e. – the famed security solution. The Assads can’t change their spots. It’s the international community that has to change its tactics when dealing with them, by admitting that its diplomacy has failed and that intervention, for all its complications and potential pitfalls, is needed. The more this decision is delayed, the worse and more complex the situation on the grounds will get.

Sunday February 19, 2012

Today’s death toll: 27, including the district attorney of Idlib City and a district judge, whose assassination is subject to controversy with the regime claiming that armed gangs were responsible for the act, while local activists point the finger at pro-Assad militias.

Meanwhile, the pounding of Bab Amr and other restive neighborhoods in Homs continues with Assad loyalist militias seeming to gear up for a ground attack. Many suburbs in Damascus City today including those in Mazzeh, Midan, Naher Eisheh, Barzeh, Qaboun and Kafar Sousseh observed a call for general strike.

The family of the local activist Samer Al-Khateeb who was killed in Mazzeh yesterday was forced to bury him at dawn to avoid having another mass rally in the increasingly restive neighborhood.

3 protesters were killed in the neighborhood of Bab Qibli in Hama City when loyalists opened fire on an anti-Assad rally. 4 more were killed at the outskirts of the City when loyalist militias opened fire on a passenger bus.  

U.S. military chief dubious about arming Syrian rebels (My Comment: Well, then establish some contact with the FSA and the rebels in order to evaluate their readiness, know who they are and understand what they stand for. Maintaining a policy of aloofness, standoffishness and leading from behind is not going to help with that.”
Op-Eds & Special Reports

According to the Russian newspaper, Pravda, I seem to be part of the American conspiracy against Syria:

“The FUKUS axis has used as its agents the ex-Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam, AIPAC member Farid al-Ghadry, Brookings Institution Fellow Ammar Abdul Hamid, Jeffrey Feltman from the US State Dept and multiple Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leaders to fund, incite, train, guide, organize and direct their agents within Syria to bring down the Assad government.”

If there were a conspiracy, the activists and the rebels would have enough communications equipment, enough medical supplies and enough weapons to help them in their fight against the Assads, instead of being so outmatched and embattled. Moreover, after 11 months, I trust there would have been an intervention by now. Unfortunately, the only provable conspiracy is the one woven by Assad and their allies, including the Russians of course, against our freedom. 


Homs City

Baba Amr: A message from local activist Khalid Abou Salah to the SNC: you haven’t done anything of substance since the beginning of the bombardment. You should immediately contact the Red Cross to encourage delivery of humanitarian aid to the neighborhood, and you should do more press conferences to inform the world of what’s happening in Baba Amr. We gave you legitimacy, and we can take it away a young activist who was involved in smuggling humanitarian supplies to the neighborhood is killed 

Injuries to the heads by sniper bullets and shrapnel remain very common: Old man a child

Khaldiyeh: Martyr A funeral for three

Karm Al-Zeitun: Martyrs , , Omar Tellawi takes us on a tour of the neighborhood under bombardment

Insha’aat: tanks take up position near the local headquarters of the Baath Party

Bab Al-Sibaa: the pounding continues

Daytime Rallies
Qoussour (all-girls)

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Rastan: new fighting unit formed under FSA umbrella New defectors , Impact of shelling

Houleh: funeral Mourners come under fire and take cover while chanting defiantly One of the injured


Damascus City

Blocking roads by using burning tires and garbage dumpsters has become common practice in many suburbs and neighborhoods close to main roads: Assaly Barzeh

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

Kafar Batan: tanks still in position throughout the neighborhood

Dmeir: tanks and armored vehicles continue to be stationed in the city ,

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Nighttime Rallies

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Nighttime Rallies


Hama City

Nighttime Rallies

Hama Province

Kafrenboudeh: new clips from the pounding that took place on Feb 16 showing the victims of the random shelling still lying in the streets amidst the ruins

Shaizar: child hit in the head by a shrapnel during the bombardment of the town

Daytime Rallies


Ma’arrat Masreen: Martyr

Ma’arrat Al-Nouman: Funeral

Nighttime Rallies
Ma’arrat Al-Nouman


Deraa/Hauran Province

Basr Al-Harir: impact of pounding ,

Harrfah: funeral

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Aleppo City

Sukkari: protesters come under fire

Nighttime Rallies

Aleppo Province

Al-Atareb: snipers take up positions around town and tanks roam the streets Funeral The pounding of the city begins

Nighttime Rallies

Deir Ezzor

Asharah: martyr

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Ghuweiran: nighttime protesters come under fire ,

Nighttime Rallies