Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pyrrhic Victories!

Contrary to proliferating media reports and statements by American officials, the momentum on the ground continues to shift away from Assad. For, while loyalist troops carry out sweep operations in Homs and Idlib, they are losing control of Aleppo, Hassakeh, Raqqah and Deraa. Meanwhile, the signs of an impending showdown in Damascus are there for all those willing to see.

Friday March 9, 2012 – The beginning of a week dedicated for showing solidarity with the Syria’s Kurdish population

Death toll: 77, mostly in Idlib and Homs.

12 worshippers were killed as they streamed out of Hanabilah Mosque in Bab Al-Sibaa Neighborhood, Homs City. In Ain Larouz Village, Idlib Province, pro-Asasd militias carried out house-to-house raids and executed 16 locals. 4 more were killed in the nearby village of Mozrah. 3 were killed in the town of Treimseh in Hama Province, and 3 defectors were executed in the local hospital in Sanamein, Deraa Province.

Several general and ranking officers have reportedly defected and are now in the city of Antakya, Turkey.

By Saturday, pro-Assad militias began launching attack on a new city, Idlib City http://youtu.be/Q3wYi31Zw8s

News
Op-Eds & Special Reports
“Another lesson from the Balkans: Nothing worked until the United States stepped in with its military power.”

Dear American Lawmakers,

Let me see if I got this right:

1)       An American citizen can be fair game for targeted-killing but known sponsors of terror networks who are not American citizens and are in fact avowed enemies of America, like, shall we say, the Assads, cannot?
2)      The Responsibility to Protect is applicable only when the challenge is relatively easy, but when the task is complex, it somehow loses relevance? In other words, it’s all right to intervene to stop a madman running loose in the neighborhood, but when there are armed gangs the responsibility to protect can be neglected and intervention is considered wrong, because things could turn messy?

Dear Leaders of the Free World,

On behalf of the Syrian people, let me thank you for your silent duplicity and duplicitous diplomacy.

Homs

Homs City

The pounding of Old Homs neighborhoods continues:

Martyrs Street http://youtu.be/jPJTds1KQA4 , http://youtu.be/mbI3-fxkXl4 , http://youtu.be/zYzRG1gq-WU The local minaret is targeted http://youtu.be/oKnCndfbag4 , http://youtu.be/ZX1zfyrna4g People who try to save the wounded even in their cars are risking their lives http://youtu.be/kNxbzGGkxjw It’s a high speed chase featuring cars vs. bullets worthy of Hollywood, except their risks and deaths are quite real http://youtu.be/U65J9xQ2TXQ


Smuggled video from Baba Amr shows the extant of the havoc http://youtu.be/jtolz4qTPFw

Bab Dreib: A child martyr http://youtu.be/4UvnRY6wx-I 60th Street: a martyr in the street http://youtu.be/CJf9uu5s2lQ

Al-Rifai Neighborhood: local minarets are targeted http://youtu.be/9k6VsqUtQHY Snipers in action http://youtu.be/eFMbE59FkW4

Deir Baalbah: the remains of three locals killed by the pounding http://youtu.be/xT9RiMBFK2o

Bab Al-Sibaa: some of the worshippers shot by snipers as they streamed out of a local mosque http://youtu.be/HRxQXHW8EOs

Karm Al-Zeitun: another mosque is targeted http://youtu.be/fyNc9AOAiUM

Qoussour: sounds of nighttime clashes http://youtu.be/wyyraQDEMqM

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies
Mreijeh http://youtu.be/VJZt5DXfBh0 Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/UVeeZHhIEiw Qoussour (in solidarity with Kurds, protesters carry banner calling for official recognition of Kurdish language) http://youtu.be/R9MM79Jxyjw Ghoutah http://youtu.be/wr4QZcLY33Y

Homs Province

Rastan: impact of pounding http://youtu.be/mmAHN-UgmU8

Meanwhile, new fighting unit is formed http://youtu.be/zj5YjBgZWGA

Talbisseh: funeral http://youtu.be/8lpAy5Lx_SY

Qusayr: funeral http://youtu.be/LF5AQdf45-E

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Damascus

Damascus City

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

Daytime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Qatana: sounds of nighttime clashes http://youtu.be/92yvqUzeyT8

Daytime Rallies

West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

Daytime Rallies

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Daytime Rallies


Hama

Hama City

Locals dodging snipers http://youtu.be/v1-dODJdw38

Daytime Rallies

Hama Province

Treimseh: martyr http://youtu.be/kd5QZKQeOgo

Daytime Rallies


Idlib


As pro-Assad troops gather around the Idlib City, the ;people stage a large anti-Assad rally http://youtu.be/SUV8whuOiEs

Kafrenbel: wounded http://youtu.be/4awYDNH2SG0

Daytime Rallies


Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Mleihah Sharqiyeh: local protesters come under fire from pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/_Y5YLnqiBZw Same in Harrah http://youtu.be/OOmFia3emRc Same in Ankhel http://youtu.be/occU6FmCRCs Same in Mseifrah http://youtu.be/E2xilenMa48

Ankhel: pro-Assad militias arrest a wounded protesters http://youtu.be/T9ThmThx3co

Daytime Rallies


Aleppo

Aleppo City

Sounds of heavy nighttime clashes at the headquarters of Military Police http://youtu.be/Otx66r8AXfM

Firdoss: daytime protesters come under attack from loyalist militias http://youtu.be/1vkYgs4Az9o 

Daytime Rallies

Aleppo Province

Elbab: protesters come under attack http://youtu.be/rb-jgjrnIlo 

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Deir Ezzor


Albou Kamal: A martyr http://youtu.be/nJ0M8-vprVA

Daytime Rallies


Hassakeh


Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Lattakia


Lattakia City: A martyr http://youtu.be/O5MPeW5RNPY

Daytime Rallies