The battles around Damascus and its encirclement continue. The noose is tightening. The Revolution continues to give way to civil war. The transformation of Syria is still in its early phases. The fate of the regime is sealed, the fate of the country is still in flux.
Rebels in the Eastern Ghoutah Region, Damascus Province, showcase their gains in the aftermath of a raid on a loyalist checkpoint, they also show their prisoners. All foot soldiers are Sunnis from different tribal areas, obviously poorly educated. Most officers are Alawites, also poorly educated. http://youtu.be/PcC-2fc8rqE Elsewhere, rebels burn the Hasheesh crops they confiscated from farms run by loyalist militias http://youtu.be/zweL6xlsbpM Officers in the regular army and security apparatuses have always been tied to drug trafficking in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. Rebels near Aqrabah bring down a MiG http://youtu.be/GLIXxSspEa4 The towns of Babbila and Beit Sahem were heavily pounded http://youtu.be/64GjXoTnzYs , http://youtu.be/b1ZcRR8zviA , http://youtu.be/cxZ4FZRdfbo In Douma, the pounding left many dead http://youtu.be/FTiRdzqeMz8 The shelling intensifies as we get closer to Damascus along the Airport Highway http://youtu.be/8tmzZXmwnDA In Yelda, many children are among the dead and wounded: this little shell-shocked boy, dazed, with blood coming from his eyes and his face covered with dirt captures the moment http://youtu.be/i-bUJqMztms Another injured child http://youtu.be/F-62EK2lVPM Another: it’s not clear if this one made it http://youtu.be/brmufrli-r4
In Ferkaya, Idlib, shelling leaves many civilians dead and wounded, including children http://youtu.be/tmp2WWrqwU0
Rebels in Aleppo take control of the Free Zone. Here they celebrate their victory by chanting “Our Eternal Leader is our Master Muhammad [the Prophet]” http://youtu.be/aaHxn8qUrKM
A female defector, Lieutenant Amira Ar’our, become the first woman leader of a rebel brigade http://youtu.be/2XIJLY284FE