Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Truth about The Truce!

It’s time to face the truth: with no incentives on the table and no threats, the truce in Syria never had a chance, and was nothing more than a piece of political theater staged for the benefit of indifferent and impotent international audience. The “truciness” of it is all too evident.

Sunday October 28, 2012

Today’s Death toll: 119. The Breakdown:  Toll includes 15 women and 14 children: 56 in Damascus and suburbs, 27 in Idlib (most in Barrah massacre), 13 in Aleppo, 10 in Homs, 6 in Deir Ezzor (most in Mayadeen), 2 in Daraa and 2 in Hama (LCC).

The LCC reports that over 70 loyalist soldiers in Idlib Province surrendered themselves to Turkish border guards.


Special Reports
More than at any time in recent years, Hezbollah is facing scrutiny inside Lebanon, even from some once-loyal backers, mostly because of increasing signs that it has become a partisan in a Syria conflict that has become deeply divisive in Lebanon.
Some 200 people were captured, all but 20 of them by the rebels, the Observatory said. Residents said some 200 rebels had moved in to the area on Thursday, announcing they had come to spend the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha, starting the next day, in the neighbourhood.
In a two-hour and 12-minute video posted on Islamist websites on Wednesday, Ayman al-Zawahri also called U.S. President Barack Obama a 'liar' and 'one of the biggest supporters of Israel.'
Another failed ceasefire in Syria once again demands new ways to end the violence. Perhaps the truth-telling tactics of the opposition in YouTube videos can help hollow out the lies of the Assad regime so that his remaining support collapses.
The truce was called as the two sides were battling over strategic targets in a largely deadlocked civil war. They include a military base near a main north-south highway, the main supply route to Aleppo, Syria's largest city, where regime forces and rebels have been fighting house-to-house. It appears each side feared the other could exploit a lull to improve its positions.
Award-winning cartoonist, brutally beaten by Al-Assad's thugs over a year ago, continues to create images of defiance

Ammar Abdulhamid & Khawla Yusuf: The Shredded Tapestry: The State of Syria Today

Video Highlights

MiGs and Sukhoys resume pounding Damascus Suburbs , Saqba , Pounding by heavy artillery also took place in Douma

First, it was the pro-Asasd militias cursing freedom in their slogans. Now, we have rebels doing the same. In this video from a Damascene suburb, a small rally by Islamist protesters features shouts of “Toz Toz to Freedom, we want an Islamic Caliphate.” Toz is an Arabic for fart, and has been used by Qaddafi to address the Libyan people shortly before his demise” Protesters also say they want “the rule of the Quran,” and “Toz to peaceful struggle.”

Leaked video shows TNT barrels carried in helicopter gunships before they were dropped

Col. Abduljabbar Al-Oqaidi shows off some of the improvised weapons used by rebels in Aleppo Cityn

What happened in Ashrafiyeh, Aleppo City Kurdish demonstrators demanding departure of Islamist rebels from their neighborhood soon came under fire from some of the rebels. Rebels present in the neighborhood were mostly members of Jabhat Al-Nusrah and Aharah Al-Sham, known for their Al-Qaeda sympathies. Both groups have Islamist Kurdish fighters in their ranks as well. As such, the scene involves an Arab-Kurdish struggle as well as an intra-Kurdish struggle.