Let’s be clear: opposition leader Moaz Al-Khatib’s recent activities and statements will not change the positions of Russia and Iran on transition in Syria, and will not convince the regime to halt its crackdown, release political prisoners and enter into serious negotiations to hand power over to the opposition. But what Moaz managed to accomplish is to show the world that a potential leader with a vision and moral gumption is emerging on the scene. Too bad, his fellow opposition members have for the most part chosen to vilify him rather than understand the true nature and measure of his activities. What Syrian opposition groups need to understand is that military means are not going to seal the deal for change in Syria, and will only get you so far before politics have to weigh in. People like Moaz Al-Khatib will be instrumental in ensuring that the interests of the average Syrian are represented and not only those of various ideological groups.
Rebels in Karnaz, Hama, bring down a MiG fighter http://youtu.be/A-qqITlr04U
Rebels in Basr Al-Harir, Daraa, confiscates Iranian-made munitions from a depot belonging to pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/Z2aQrZWRWJk
An aerial raid on Al-Ansari Al-Sharqi Neighborhood, Aleppo City, leaves scores of civilian casualties http://youtu.be/h3K-nncuRoo Locals dig through the rubble in search of the dead and wounded http://youtu.be/ynnUeprnSo8 , http://youtu.be/-Mdps0qOWGg , http://youtu.be/4thOF70OhE4 Local are angry, threaten Assad with death. Some claim that an ambulance that entered the neighborhood was somehow involved in helping MiGs target the building that was hit. The building was mostly hosting refugees from nearby neighborhoods http://youtu.be/zHVz2J5pwpc
Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Hanano, members of the Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria carry out a garbage collection campaign http://youtu.be/Fn-VLY8mmPY , http://youtu.be/BI3T-C7wIAo
MiGs continue their pounding of rebel strongholds in Homs City: Jobar http://youtu.be/9Qo0mBQwqBs , http://youtu.be/twB18J98naQ
Elsewhere in Homs Province, the pounding of the town of Al-Hosn continues http://youtu.be/zJuRTUJ6hTQ
Rebels bring down a helicopter gunship in the town of Tabaqa, Raqqa http://youtu.be/miyNDw2sxYE Local reports speak of some damage caused by the shelling to the nearby Euphrates Dam. Should the Dam burst, hundreds of thousands of people will be affected, especially the inhabitants of Tabaqa and Raqqa City.
An IED explodes in Baghdad Street, Damascus City, injuring one passerby http://youtu.be/ebgkdpuVfnM
Meanwhile, deadly clashes between rebels and loyalist militias continue in Southern Ghoutah http://youtu.be/R15uArmZgyk The pounding of the town of Daraya continues http://youtu.be/ZoWld85RqQU , http://youtu.be/wS38974ZcYI
Rebels in Daraa City mount on an attack on loyalist headquarters in Al-Balad District http://youtu.be/H1qt34IhvYo , http://youtu.be/gUcBdqwZgSY But pounding by regime loyalists continues http://youtu.be/vdaoCspZQOw
In this video, fighters claiming to be members of Jabhat Al-Nusra claim to have discovered documents showing where chemical weapons are stored. They promise to invade thee locations take over the weapons for future use against Alawites and Zionists. The video appears something manufactured by the regime, since the speakers misquote the Qur’an on several occasions http://youtu.be/S-nO8vzlR80