Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mr. Quack!

Assad’s is losing grip on both his material and virtual reality.   

Saturday March 17, 2012

Death toll: 52, including 25 who were killed by pro-Assad security forces, and 27 said to have been killed in two explosions in Damascus that targeted the main headquarters of Air Force Intelligence and Criminal Investigation Administration. Of the 25, 10 ten in Raqqah City when security forces opened fire on mourners burying colleagues killed on Friday.

Asked about relations between the new coalition and the SNC, Ammar al-Qurabi, leader of the National Movement for Change, told AFP his "coalition was not set up in opposition to anyone, other than Assad's regime, but rather to unite the opposition outside the SNC."
Op-Eds & Special Reports

This report is the result of a 4-day workshop in Copenhagen that took place in late February and which I have taking part in organizing. The goal was to encourage a serious discussion on some of the transition challenges facing the leaders of the Syrian Popular Resistance Network. The report is currently being translated to Arabic and will be shared with all protest leaders inside the country for their feedback and made available to the wider public through social media websites. The report comes as a series of recommendations meant to generate public debate on the future of Syria, especially during the transition period which, in many ways, is already unfolding. The debate will hopefully produce a vision for a future Syria in which all major stakeholders, in-country, in the region, and across the world, will have contributed.

The recent revelation that Assad’s term of endearment is “Battah” or “Duck,” as well as his apparent intimate relationship with his advisor, Hadeel Ali, became the subject of much humor in the ranks of protesters who used them to enrich their Facebook statuses as well as the banners they carried in their rallies. The inhabitants of the town Zabadani, near Damascus, carried a number of banners mocking Mr. Duck, including “You know, Mr. Duck, we got used to your explosions”

As another sign of continued troubles for the Assad, the town of Salamiyah, Hama Province, a mixed community of Sunnis, Ismailites and Alawites, is once again witnessing major daily anti-Assad rallies

Meanwhile, in Raqqah City, events follow the familiar patterns of rallies turning into funerals mushrooming into larger rallies, as the city, and the province, slips out of Assad’s controls:

Mourners taking part in a funeral for some of yesterday’s martyrs , come under fire , , Protesters remain defiant , As some soldiers shoot, others seem to defect and join the protesters Rescuing the injured ,

In Damascus, and while suspicious explosions take place, members of the resistance, Furqan Brigade, carried out an operation that left a loyalist general dead, and led to confiscating some weapons, laptops and documents that revealed detailed of recent official directives, operations and troop movements of Assad loyalists Another self-styled special operations unit was formed in Ma’arrat Al-Nouman led by new defector, Lt. Mahmoud Al-Mansour  


Homs City

People from neighborhoods in East Homs City held a major rally in defiance to prove that their city is far from vanquished

Elsewhere, Bab Dreib came under renewed pounding , So did Jub Al-Jandali And Bab Tadmor And Karm Al-Zeitun

In Deir Baalbah, protesters send a message of solidarity to their colleagues in Raqqah who have joined the revolution recently “O Raqqah, Homs is with you till death”

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Rastan: snipers claim another victim The body after it was retrieved Another martyr


Damascus City

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

Douma: protesters hang an effigy of Bashar

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Daytime Rallies
Al-Hajar Al-Aswad


Hama City

Chopper overfly the city

Daytime Rallies

Hama Province

Shaizar: the town is pounded again

Daytime Rallies


Sarmada: the sounds of nighttime clashes at the edge of town

El-Rami: locals find the bodies of two unknown martyrs

Daytime Rallies


Deraa City

Nighttime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Aleppo City

Daytime Rallies
Ebla University

Nighttime Rallies

Aleppo Province

Daytime Rallies

Deir Ezzor

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies
Deir Ezzor City (Hamidiyeh)


Daytime Rallies