As the U.S. seems to be inching its way towards providing military assistance to rebel groups, the importance of having an overarching strategy that goes beyond throwing weapons at the problem is now more urgent than ever. Since the main challenge ahead is now clearly more about putting pieces of the puzzle back together than managing a top-down transition, the U.S. needs to come up with a sophisticated strategy for working with local councils and local rebel groups to develop micro transition plans that can ensure rapid stabilization of their areas. The U.S. should also work with the Syrian National Coalition to develop a more detailed bottom-up vision for managing the transition period ahead.
Rebels bring down a helicopter gunship over Minnigh Airport, Aleppo http://youtu.be/_y0-qQomARI
The pounding of rebel strongholds in Eastern Ghoutah, Damascus, continues, using missiles, heavy artillery and MiGs: Douma http://youtu.be/hj9XJcuSqdM Jisreen http://youtu.be/JDWSH9RbEsA Arbeen http://youtu.be/HJ0Skrm_OgQ
Tanks take part in pounding rebel strongholds in Damascus City: Jobar http://youtu.be/edo3YC1UnJ8 , http://youtu.be/xf6sbMVykXg Clashes between rebels and loyalists continue at night http://youtu.be/iGofhWsD3yM , http://youtu.be/8EdmObCKF2k
The pounding of rebel strongholds along the border with Lebanon, Damascus: Boucain http://youtu.be/rYrhNpKh3vU Madaya http://youtu.be/oZvXMGHqfO0 , http://youtu.be/GZubaTJFdUk
The pounding of Deir Ezzor City continues http://youtu.be/KWHT5-wp_Dg