It’s not like Assad woke one morning and said: “I feel like exterminating all the Brutes.” It took a lot of active (Iran, Russia, China, Hezbollah etc.) and passive (Unites States, Europe, Arab states, Muslim states) encouragement to get him there. Now that he is there it will take nothing less than forceful intervention to make him stop. You don’t come all this way to quit. Meanwhile, our cup runneth over with blood, disappointment and discontent.
Skirmishes between pro- and anti-Assad Alawites clans continue in Assad’s hometown of Qardaha and nearby communities. Pro-Assad militias have reportedly arrested scores of rivals.
Judging by the spate of announcements by Turkish and western officials, it seems that whatever military option Turkey is envisioning in Syria will be limited in scope and probably restricted to occasional strikes against positions held by pro-Assad militia and troops. Increased aid to rebels is also expected, though this may not necessarily lead to arming rebels with heavy weapons. It’s not clear as well whether Turkish authorities will attempt to coordinate any future strikes with rebels to support their ongoing operations.
MIGs keep pounding the restive suburbs of Eastern Ghoutah, east of Damascus City: Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/W99KW0seKko , http://youtu.be/CowcB8QYBzU Douma http://youtu.be/rYjDDTTGcWk , http://youtu.be/i4_747tkeEE The pounding also included restive neighborhoods in Damascus City itself: Tadamon http://youtu.be/xiwTEi3i7Hw The western suburbs of Damascus were also pounded: Al-Hameh http://youtu.be/kxs9OpIQ4hs , http://youtu.be/I4jR4jSwLEY Local rebels in these parts threaten the regime that should the shelling continue, they will interrupt the water supply to loyalist neighborhoods http://youtu.be/pwC7TAGLTjk
The pounding of restive neighborhoods in Aleppo city continues: Midan http://youtu.be/dnOwnTtS9ro
Helicopter gunships drop barrels of explosives on the town of Talbisseh, Homs Province http://youtu.be/ZCq4X8Nl0Oo , http://youtu.be/h5H8VtZ2IT0 The pounding of the town of Rastan continues http://youtu.be/6YqvuiC1s1A
The pounding of Deir Ezzor City continues http://youtu.be/fOG5i6SDQRI
The pounding of Bosra Al-Sham, Daraa Province continues http://youtu.be/hT127gmaM_w