Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Falling Apart!

The only strategy at play in Syria is succeeding in tearing the country apart. Guns speak louder than God, and the international community.

Monday September 10, 2012

Today’s Death toll: 136. The Breakdown: The toll includes 8 women and 2 children. 73 were killed in Damascus and Suburbs (including 36 who were field-executed in Tadamon, 17 whose bodies were found in Zamalka and 3 who were field-executed in Moadamia), 16 in Aleppo, 10 in Hama, 4 in Daraa, 4 in Idlib, 2 in Homs, 2 in Lattakia, and 1 in Deir Ezzor. (LCC)

* Syrian Author, intellectual and activist, Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, AKA the Wise Man of the Syrian Revolution, is among ten recipients of the 2012 Prince Claus Fund Award.

* Syrian filmmaker, Tamer Al-Awam, died on Saturday of shrapnel wounds received while filming a new documentary in Al-Itha’ah Neighborhood in Aleppo City.

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Aleppo

Rebels in Aleppo City have reportedly perpetrated a massacre against recruits in the Hanono Military Compound. According to local eyewitnesses, the recruits, 20 in all, were mostly Kurds, and did not take part in any recent battle. The rebels, we are told, knew this but wanted to send a message to all pro-Assad militias. Some say that the killers were mostly Egyptian and Libyan Jihadis, though we don’t see any evidence of that in the videos that came out of the attack. This marks the first documented incident of a massacre on this scale perpetrated by rebels. All videos below were made by the rebels  http://tinyurl.com/ckba5r4

Rebels gather up for the attack http://youtu.be/Ut1Rb9hdRKk Scenes from the battle http://youtu.be/oA36IBLsb5s , http://youtu.be/rtlCcc9dPTM , http://youtu.be/80BH0QNIK5g Storming in http://youtu.be/reiQfH-7dDw This is the scene moments after the rebels took over the compound http://youtu.be/klh-AqZP468 Moments later, Assad’s jets bombard the
compound http://youtu.be/A44nQpcOQmE Close-up look of a MIG in action http://youtu.be/xFAWtu_4YHo

Elsewhere in the city, people live in constant anxiety over the exact spots were the bombs will fall. People used to play cat-and-mouse with snipers, now they have to play the game with MIGs http://youtu.be/1ipW-RItIbw

Earlier, some rebels found an old copy of the Alawite Holy Book, Al-Jifr, in the house of an Alawite officer. They read passages of it to showcase the heterodox nature of Alawite faith from the point of view of Sunni doctrine http://youtu.be/wlmQeoe4pU0

Elsewhere:

In Houleh, this little girls who had survived the infamous massacre, did not survive the merciless shelling http://youtu.be/qXHA5OH7JS8

In Qusayr, the few civilians who remain try to go on with their lives as the aerial bombardment of their town proceeds http://youtu.be/WbnKBFeUnHA

This leaked video shows pro-Assad militia torturing a mentally handicapped young man, reasons unknown http://youtu.be/DaBV64jwWYE