Sunday, November 4, 2012

Death, Havoc & Disenchantment!

Will they or won’t they, agree? Will America support them or fail to do so, again? Is it a conspiracy? If so, for what purpose? And who are conspirators? Can anything in existence, other than our fertile (and sick) imagination, put Israel, America, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China in the same camp? Let the wonderers wonder, while the rest wallow in the death, havoc and disenchantment that have long become an essential part of our daily lot. Hollowed Be.

Sunday November 04, 2012

Today’s Death Toll: 234. The Breakdown: Toll includes 17 women and 11 children: 100 in Damascus and Suburbs (including 9 field-executed in Sbeineh, 22 in shelling of Yarmouk Camp and 5 in aerial bombardment of Kafar Batna), 42 in Idlib, 31 in Daraa (including 23 in a massacre on Sad Road), 35 in Aleppo, 14 in Homs, 4 in Deir Ezzor, 4 in Hama, 3 in Lattakia and 1 in Qunaitra. Other Developments: The LCC also counted 218 points of random shelling: 19 by jet fighters, 112 by artillery, 57 by mortars, 31 by missiles and 3 by explosive barrels. Rebels clashed with regime forces in 66 points, most in Damascus and Suburbs. Rebels also liberated many checkpoints in the Southern Neighborhoods of Damascus and Suburbs (LCC).


Sharp divisions arise at Syria opposition conference over US-backed plan for new leadership Failure to reach a deal in Doha could further heighten tensions between Syria's political opposition and the international community. Opposition leaders feel abandoned by the U.S. and other foreign backers, saying they are not providing the money and weapons the rebels need to defeat Assad in a stalemated civil war. Washington and others say they can't step up aid unless the opposition stops bickering and establishes a more representative — and unified — leadership.
Syria rebels 'capture oilfield' Activists say Syrian rebels have taken control of the al-Ward oilfield, which supplied fuel for the Assad regime's tanks
Bashar al-Assad wants war not peace reveals Syria's former prime minister Riyad Hijab The most senior politician to defect from the Bashar al-Assad's regime has revealed that the President repeatedly rejected calls by his own government for a political compromise, in favour of all-out war.

Special Reports
Tim Whewell gets rare access to a rebel held town in northern Syria.
One of the most fearsome rebel killers in Aleppo takes his nick-name from the star of the film Enemy at the Gates that featured Jude Law, the British actor.
BEIRUT — The West has raised fears Syria's revolution is falling into the hands of Islamic extremists, but many rebels, and even some peaceful activists, say they are willing to tolerate jihadist fighters for lack of a better option.
… the assumption that civilian activists can turn the tide alone is dubious. Assad has shown he will destroy Syria before giving up power, and has demonstrated his resolve by repeatedly bombing civilian neighborhoods, mosques, bakeries, and schools. Assad's thugs are deliberately trying to stir up a sectarian war that could spill over into neighboring countries, draw in foreign jihadis, and radicalize Syrian youths. Already, outside money is flowing more freely to Islamist militias than to the non-Islamist civilians and Syrian army defectors who fight under leaders such as Akidi. The failure to help the FSA almost guarantees the result that U.S. officials most fear.
“The U.S. has lost a lot of leverage and it’s coming into this particular game too late,” said Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian dissident and fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a center-right policy institute in Washington.

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

Video Highlights

Rebels in Homs and Hama Provinces (the Central Region) form a united front: The Front for the Central Region

Aerial bombardment of the southern neighborhoods of Damascus City leaves any buildings on fire: Tadamon

While the world can afford to be indifferent, every death is a family torn apart by grief: Kafar Batna

Aerial bombardments touch towns and communities throughout the country, including Daraa Deir Ezzor Aleppo City Idlib (Binnish) Damascus (Harasta) (Hamouriyeh) (Kafar Batna) , (Saqba) ,  (Qaboun) (Jisreen)

Clashes keep taking place: Mahambal, Idlib Province and pro-Assad militias keep perpetrating massacres Bsheiriyeh, Idlib Province

Pounding of Beer Ajam in Quneitrah near the border with Israel The town is under rebel control