Thursday, December 27, 2012

On the First Day of Christmas, Our True Dictator Gave to Us: White Phosphorous Bombs!

And on the second day he devoured 28 children. God bless us every one, and Happy Holidays.

Wednesday December 26, 2012

Today’s Death Toll: 164, including 28 children and 15 women: 42 in Raqqa in the Qahtaniya Massacre, 22 in Idlib, 32 in Damascus and Suburbs, 30 in Aleppo including 10 killed in an air strike on Harbel, 14 in Homs, 9 in Hama, 7 in Lattakia, 6 in Daraa and 3 in Deir Ezzor. Points of Random Shelling: 277. Clashes: 146. In Hama, regimes fighter jets shelled the towns of Mourek and Hilfaya with cluster bombs, and several Damascene neighborhoods with white phosphorous bombs. For their parts, rebels managed to bring down a fighter jet in Ba’as Mountains and another in Mourek, as well as a helicopter from Mazzeh Military Airport that suburbs south of Damascus. In Aleppo, rebels destroyed 3 fighter jets on the tarmac of Manag Airport. In Deir Ezzor, rebels used anti-aircraft batteries to block fighter jets seeking to shell the town of Mayadeen forcing them to retreat. In Raqqa, rebels gained control of Sabkha City.

News

Syria military police chief defects to rebels Major General Abdelaziz Jassim al-Shalal says army has 'committed massacres against an unarmed population'
Netanyahu, Jordan's Abdullah discuss Syria chemical arms: reports Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly met Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman to discuss the risk of Syria's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants, Israeli media reports said on Wednesday.
A Christian prayer for peace in Syria Pope Benedict XVI urged warring parties in Syria on Tuesday to end the 21-month-old civil war there… "Once again, I appeal for an end to the bloodshed, easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced, and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict."
Syria Rebel Gains Expand In North Syrian rebels fully captured a northern town near the Turkish border on Tuesday after weeks of heavy fighting and attacked a regime air base in a neighboring province, activists said.
UK aid convoy hits the road for Syria Carrying humanitarian and medical supplies, 40-vehicle convoy will deliver aid to Syrians caught up in the conflict.
Children 'killed' in Syria army tank attack UK-based activists claim eight children among at least 20 total dead from tank shells in northern province of al-Raqqa.
Syria’s Nadine Fahad named Miss Arab World 2012 After winning the title, Nadine said that she dedicates her title to her country war-torn Syria and her “second home,” Egypt.
Shells in the Desert: Syria Tested Chemical Weapons Systems, Witnesses Say The Syrian army is believed to have tested firing systems for chemical weapons in the desert at the end of August, according to witness reports. The tests apparently took place near the country's largest chemical weapons facility at Safira.

Special Reports
Shells are exploding somewhere in Aleppo most of the time, but after five months of fighting, people have become inured to the ever-present threat. Rain and cloudy skies have deterred warplanes, providing some relief from the airstrikes that can wipe out whole apartment buildings, along with their inhabitants, in an instant. But the onset of this second winter since Syrians rose up against their government 22 months ago is bringing new calamity to a people already ground down by violence and war. Hunger, cold and disease are emerging as equally profound challenges in the desperate daily struggle that life has become for millions, not only in Aleppo but across Syria, where the quest for greater freedoms sparked by the Arab Spring has gone badly, horribly wrong.
Many already wore down by the conflict and their escape now have to deal with freezing weather. Host nations scramble to improve their camps.
The war in Syria is taking a huge toll on the children. An international team of researchers that interviewed Syrian kids in a refugee camp in Turkey found that 3 out of 4 have lost a loved one. Almost half have post-traumatic stress disorder and elevated levels of depression.
In Syria, "father of martyrs" speaks of revenge After losing three sons and two grandsons, 70-year-old Abdelhalim Haj Omar has no doubt about the fate he wants for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "I hope Bashar, God willing, doesn't die until they slaughter his whole family in front of him and they bring him here so that all of Syria can get their revenge from him," he says in the Syrian town of Azaz, on the border with Turkey.
Dr. Nikolaos van Dam, the Netherlands’ former ambassador to Iraq, tells Rudaw that in order to avoid conflict and bloodshed it is better for Iraq’s Kurdistan Region to remain “de facto independent” than to fully claim it. Author of The Struggle for Power in Syria, van Dam believes that, whatever the outcome of the conflict in Syria, the country’s Kurdish population need not fear renewed persecution on ethnic grounds, as in the past.
If the designation was intended to isolate the Jabhat, it appears to have done the opposite and actually enhanced its standing and reputation among some Syrians. The nationwide protest in Syria on Dec. 14, for example, used the slogan “The only terrorism in Syria is Assad’s,” a clear rebuke to the naming. Dozens of rebel groups have publicly declared “We are all Jabhat al-Nusra” while even the leadership of the political opposition in exile has condemned the terrorist label.


Video Highlights

On December 25, in the village of Zaafaraneh, near the town of Rastan in Homs Province, local activists document what seems to be usage of white phosphorous bombs dropped from a helicopter gunship http://youtu.be/g6MDDJDmIMU , http://youtu.be/Hm4xALkRzfY The beginning of the attack http://youtu.be/V0S0ZVIK8F8

Several locals were killed in Talbisseh when the local bakery was shelled by pro-Assad militias laying siege to the town http://youtu.be/GHgbA9Kp12w

Meanwhile, the terrorist organization known as Jabhat Al-Nusra, was busy distributing another kind of gas in the Kurdish-majority town of Ras Al-Ain in an attempt to smooth tense relations with the local population http://youtu.be/maA4yQ31EfE Other Arab-dominated fighting units in town got together and formed a new Battalion: Liwa Al-Nasr http://youtu.be/A52Uf77mSG8

Leaked video shows pro-Assad militias abusing than torching the body of a dead rebel, one of them says at the end: “this is how we burn the country for the sake of Assad. Assad or no one.” http://youtu.be/ZZCmo-VxHZU

The pounding of the town of Qahtaniyeh, Raqqa by pro-regime forces leaves many children dead http://youtu.be/EM6-o0lQBZc , http://youtu.be/RV9Hr9LMl3w

Pro-Assad militias celebrate Christmas with a mass execution in the town of Daraya, Damascus http://youtu.be/NZvB7NmsAZs

Transporting the victims of shelling in the town of Moadamiyah, Damascus http://youtu.be/G6-0APEhvnI

The pounding of the town of Zabadani intensifies on December 25 http://youtu.be/iETqOOA8xFM , http://youtu.be/9fwJsuiBJ9Y and continues on December 26 http://youtu.be/QIr0rLiYTg8

In Homs, the pounding of Deir Baalbah Neighborhood continues http://youtu.be/75g1ua4wzkU

The final statement of the conference that led to the establishment of the Front for the Liberation of Al-Jazeerah and Furat (the northeastern parts of Syria, especially Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasaskeh and Al-Raqqah) in the town of Orfa, Turkey http://youtu.be/_IcBlgOAMKU The Front’s leader is Sheikh Nawaf Al-Basheer.

Victims of the massacre at Harbel, Aleppo http://youtu.be/rom7yA6ClQk Rebels and loyalists clash on the tarmac of the Kuweirus Military Airport http://youtu.be/Hk3R9iCZY7c

Fighter jets took part in the pounding of the Mourek, Hama http://youtu.be/GQQouZq1_tc , http://youtu.be/HfdWYWBeoJU

Fighter jets targeted restive neighborhoods in Homs City as well: Jobar http://youtu.be/njNKBaCWS5U , http://youtu.be/_lPJ76smjDI Deir Baalbah was targeted by missiles http://youtu.be/5SUitXc04UI , http://youtu.be/2LQJNRRwTl4

Helicopter gunships took part in the pounding of the town of Salma in northern Lattakia with explosive barrels http://youtu.be/7He5DIxkZoY

Heavy artillery take part in pounding the town of Maarbah, Daraa http://youtu.be/dFNkpo9AAGg , http://youtu.be/sgrAaF2gleo