Though we cannot confirm reports claiming that Bashar Al-Assad was assassinated, we can definitely confirm that he is/was indeed an ass. We can also confirm reports of an attempted assassination on the life of Col. Riad Al-Ass’aad, founder of the Free Syrian army, and that the resignation of opposition leader Moaz Al-Khatib stemmed from the fact that he was too much of a no-bullshit man for the bullshit of Syrian opposition politics. Finally, we can confirm the complete irrelevance of conscience and its dictates in world politics.
Founder of the Free Syrian Army, Col. Riyad al-Assaad was the subject of an assassination attempt on the eve of March 24 during his visit to the town of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor Province. He was rushed to the local hospital and there are conflicting reports as to his current state, but the most reliable ones indicate that he survived having lost a leg. It is not clear who the perpetrators were. Mayadeen is completely controlled by Jabhat Al-Nusra http://youtu.be/WZfyZLbp6dE
Newly elected head of the provisional government, Ghassan Hitto, paid a visit to the liberated parts of Aleppo City on March 24 where he met with the newly elected members of the local Revolutionary. http://youtu.be/ubnsMlbT87g The appointment of Hitto remains quite controversial, with many rebel leaders voicing their concerns in this regard. But chatter in opposition circles points to disagreements between Saudi Arabia and her camp within the Syrian opposition and Qatar and her camp (the Muslim Brotherhood) who managed to impose Mr. Hitto. Mr. Hitto himself is not affiliated with the Brotherhood, but his views reflect an endorsement of political Islam. It is not clear to which extant this will affect his choice of cabinet, but he is unlikely to be given much leeway by his allies. Also, it’s not clear whether his appointment will survive for long.
Marwan Afif, the chief magistrates for the Druze sect in Suwaida Province announces his defection. He also declares his support for the revolution against “the criminal regime” and says that he would join of the Union of Free Syrian Magistrates and the Association for the Protection of State Institutions http://youtu.be/EHjoEPR1thY
The Art of Surviving in the town of Douma, Eastern Ghoutah, Damascus Suburbs http://youtu.be/28d1-AgGOW0
The Disaster Emergency Committee in the United Kingdom appeals for help on behalf of Syrian refugees http://youtu.be/J4kr_Au5IHw
Rebels in Daraa Province take control of the headquarters of the 38th Battalion near the town of Saida, killing its commanding officer. Dividing the spoils http://youtu.be/MOih2D_Pg74 , http://youtu.be/qbPH-TxPpcs , http://youtu.be/7wBj5D8IXBA Tour of the facilities after liberation http://youtu.be/o-80Rb1IOx8 Loyalist prisoners http://youtu.be/BT0CAnQCZH0 Rebels vow to put the prisoners on trial in accordance with Sharia and the international law http://youtu.be/O-HAeJOeqgU Prisoners who were held by the loyalists and who have been liberated by rebels http://youtu.be/yE3gK5pkbjA , http://youtu.be/g8jADZfmLj0 , http://youtu.be/gFXKXV-wd0w , http://youtu.be/roCsIWmeWQ4 Rebels exhibit the ID of Brigadier General Mahmoud Darweesh, an Alawite officer from the town of Qardaha, the Assads’ hometown, whom they killed in the bathroom of the facilities http://youtu.be/aXRtE12iBg0 The body of the General can be seen here http://youtu.be/IHS49Axj-EA And here http://youtu.be/GiHZxy2F9t4
Elsewhere in Daraa, rebels take control of the main checkpoint in the town of Yadoudah http://youtu.be/zR-o9wDXR6k
With these developments the liberation of the Daraa Province is now half done, the next major battle will take place in the provincial capital. Meanwhile, in Daraa City, rebels took control of the main postal office after weeks of siege http://youtu.be/2u-HPTQh2Qo , http://youtu.be/9kR9eK0h7os
In the province of Quneitrah along the Israeli borders, battles between rebels and loyalists continue to rage. This leaked video shows the bodies of rebels killed by pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/sRFssoHvV-8
Clashes between loyalists and rebels intensify on the outskirts of the city of Hama in central Syria http://youtu.be/lykScBSboqk
In Damascus City, rebels take control of the “Music” Brigade in Jobar neighborhood http://youtu.be/hRymRBrPmxE Removing the dead bodies of loyalist soldiers http://youtu.be/DWdbirXnlQA
In nearby Douma, rebels claim that these wounded rebels are the victims of a chemical weapons attack. Rebels keep insisting that some form of chemical weapons is being used against local population in Eastern Ghoutah. We have no way of verifying this. Reported symptoms include respiratory problems, sweating, convulsions and drooling http://youtu.be/_OibQ0NlWuY , http://youtu.be/-sIbN_w1sPU
On March 24, rebels targeted Syrian TV and the Omayad Square in Damascus City with a barrage of homemade rockets http://youtu.be/Ak0RWLf2Yz4 , http://youtu.be/hXPSKPzdCBY State TV covered the event as well http://youtu.be/TMYUjNWs_nk
In Aleppo, MiGs target positions of rebels taking part in laying siege to the Minnigh Military Airport http://youtu.be/f4oEL3wQVKI