Wednesday, February 15, 2012

More of the Same!

Killing, defection, defiance, and more killing... Such is the cycle of daily life in Syria, and it continued on this Valentine’s day.

Tuesday February 14, 2012

Today’s death toll: 48. The Breakdown: 11 in Homs City, 4 in Al-Atareb (Aleppo), 12 in Idlib City, 5 in Albou Kamal (Deir Ezzor Province)…

Hama City is reportedly under renewed assault since Monday evening, with sweep operations and pounding touching most of the restive neighborhoods, including Hamidiyeh, Frayeh, and Eleilaat.

Activists report that a major defection has taken place from the ranks of the military security apparatus in Tartous, the defectors managed to leave the city, some say in the direction of Idlib, with loyalists hard on their heels. Considering the sectarian politics in Tartous and other coastal communities, defectors might include many Alawite officers. Alawite communities along the coast have witnessed over the last few days a number of anti-Assad rallies that were suppressed by loyalists. We have witnessed similar activities in Alawite communities in coastal region in the early days of the Revolution, but the situation calmed down after the suppression of the revolt in Banyas.

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My take on U.S. policy: “Ultimately, Western powers have no choice but to intervene. Until outside forces compel them to stop, the Assads will continue their murderous rampage with utter impunity. Negotiations have failed, sanctions have failed.”

 
Above: What Assad got for Valentine’s
Below: What Assad gave his people on Valentine’s

Human Shields: this video from the Damascene town of Saqba in Eastern Ghoutah Region shows loyalist troops using locals as human shields to protect their tanks from rebel attacks (Feb 13) http://youtu.be/RHstPlwBgEA As I have said earlier, the regime might have regained access to towns in Eastern Ghoutah, but ever since, it has been in a quiet Guerilla warfare with local rebel groups.

A pilot and two officers in the Air Force defect and join the FSA http://youtu.be/FgjuHFpvQAU

Homs

Homs City

Baba Amr (Feb 13): A rocket hits a Suzuki smuggling bread to the local residents http://youtu.be/H2wQz0p2zcE killing all three occupants http://youtu.be/zEMcF76JYn8 and destroying the supplies http://youtu.be/Xe_PPWXt9mc , http://youtu.be/SAxLIHrFWyk

Baba Amr (Feb 14): the pounding continues in early dawn: a rocket every 2 minutes http://youtu.be/o6bf2_1L344 , http://youtu.be/-a1V4ih9TKo , http://youtu.be/1HXl8F1dyJQ , http://youtu.be/9T08ruOjREg , http://youtu.be/_-Y_CpKbejE , http://youtu.be/O70ExJYKJnI , http://youtu.be/ixYDm-WAUjQ A direct hit and a house catches fire http://youtu.be/XbfgnwZQm7I , http://youtu.be/Lnm55DP1_S4 , http://youtu.be/G7zPvwi9RF0 , http://youtu.be/4IXRBNRVAPQ An activist shows his demolished home http://youtu.be/gbTeOUS9rsA Local activist Khalid Abou Salah says: “this is how we begin the tenth day of continuous bombardment,” pointing to a plume of black smoke in the horizon http://youtu.be/UXsejepyk2A

Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/oX4pri_1btU , http://youtu.be/FXxZjYLLSZI http://youtu.be/UkNQo0jQLQM Martyrs http://youtu.be/gGQ5ltGaNrM , http://youtu.be/H5-wYFNGaEU Tanks take part of the action http://youtu.be/qSz31RAvHFI Makeshift shelter: no food, no running water, no electricity, not enough food, no other place to go http://youtu.be/GglD70QoId0 Makeshift clinic: no more medical supplies, not even oxygen tanks, red crescent made one visit only without being allowed to bring any supplies: safe place needed to treat our wounded, no matter how primitive http://youtu.be/8DMKi_FTUfU A man takes his last breaths on the operation table http://youtu.be/rY0XvJakRCE

Insha’aat: tanks are still part of the action http://youtu.be/KCRTEQz3bSI More pounding http://youtu.be/2b4sPsOTRPw

Khaldiyeh: 2 martyrs http://youtu.be/OHQEvuOHhsU Their funeral http://youtu.be/H8Fo1y3Z2pA

Bayadah: local defectors capture the local police station used as loyalist headquarters http://youtu.be/WZ_CqmB2p6w

The regime monitors the progress of its operations using these Iranian made drones http://youtu.be/KApa_VfNu6I

Amidst all this, locals find time for humor: wanting to jumpstart a damaged tank by pushing it http://youtu.be/x60PGDOWrL4

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province


Asheerah: locals celebrate new defectors http://youtu.be/TuYmU60-eYw

Tadmor: more tanks in the city, near the central prison http://youtu.be/rUQdIvRwlw4

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Damascus

Damascus City

Midan: Funeral http://youtu.be/GvwugWEaRbE for a local activist http://youtu.be/Qa5pBkBExO8

Jobar (Feb 13): protesters come under fire at night http://youtu.be/uSjo1OoUX3Q , http://youtu.be/a5rAHaAAJVQ

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South

Nighttime Rallies

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Nighttime Rallies


Hama

Hama City


Hama Province

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Idlib


Saraqib: Major demonstration by the local fighting unit affiliated with the FSA http://youtu.be/oUYiOmqeLaA

9 dead bodies were found on the road connecting the villages of Majdaliyah and Ma’arbaleet http://youtu.be/Xc4vLFlDRtY

Balashoun (Feb 13): Loyalist militias stormed the village and killed 4 inhabitants http://youtu.be/es5KQDOCTpY

Al-Rami: Martyr http://youtu.be/Hz1fAxwfXK4


Hantouteen: pounding claims the life of this man http://youtu.be/FUxH17YN-pA

Khan Shaikhoon: more defectors and another fighting unit http://youtu.be/3Il1PWYJ8NU


Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

Mahatah: protesters on the run from loyalist troops http://youtu.be/tQ7aEmOsrQs , http://youtu.be/y8rkqgB2hQI

Nighttime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Basr Al-Harir: A child martyr http://youtu.be/SguMCzphOWU A funeral http://youtu.be/oJm4a19G7Wo

Um Walad: Martyr http://youtu.be/nDnrObAWOGY

Ghariyeh Gharbiyeh: Unknown martyr http://youtu.be/nHTkZ73WMIg




Al-Omari Brigade affiliated with the FSA captures 2 loyalist troops http://youtu.be/Da7GaMh3dy4

New fighting group formed http://youtu.be/xvHn3Gjg5Bg

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Aleppo

Aleppo Province

Al-Atareb gets under fire from loyalist killing 4 http://youtu.be/L7fJxPwpIA4

Nighttime Rallies


Deir Ezzor


Albou Kamal: Mourners prevented from holding funeral for martyrs http://youtu.be/RuucA1diFC0 when they come out, they come under heavy fire http://youtu.be/zx7y92jRLzM resulting in more wounded http://youtu.be/GLS9HDIyMl4 and more martyrs http://youtu.be/2zfZ-ewe50Q , http://youtu.be/sGrfP4piyX8 Funeral takes place at night http://youtu.be/Gscs94GzIwU A martyr http://youtu.be/az-GcJO3Ps4