The Syrian opposition has finally gifted us a PM: Mr. Ghassan Hitto, a U.S. citizen and an IT guy who was openly supported by the Muslim Brotherhood, among other groups and figures. Let’s hope Mr. Hitto does not prove a major “misso” as he goes about forming his cabinet. Opposition figures assure us that the provisional government will operate in liberated areas, but that will be unwise. Without a no-fly zone, the provisional government will be surely targeted by Scuds and MiGs, their presence will bring more havoc to whatever community is chosen as a host. The wiser course will be to send representatives to all major liberated centers to take part in the emerging local councils and supervise local elections.
Correction: In the previous update I noted that activists caught “a major explosion on camera. They believe it’s caused by a Scud missile.” I also noted that “It’s not clear where the explosion happened,” because I had my doubts about the video. Well, a friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, just confirmed my doubts by pointing out that the explosion here http://youtu.be/QGMPtxlwuGk happened in Libya http://youtu.be/SjBI7pvIEn4. Sometimes activists exchange videos on social media that prove to be from somewhere else or downright fabricated, I am not always I am not always in a good position to judge on these particular videos, but if the videos become too widespread, I feel obligated to note them.
This newly uploaded video shows scenes from the crackdown on the protesters in Daraa City that took place on March 18, 2011 http://youtu.be/fmhEZjnAPk4
An aerial raid on Baba Amr Neighborhood in Homs City leaves many dead and many house in flames http://youtu.be/Q2D8Bn9dUso , http://youtu.be/nREWH9WI81w Elsewhere in the neighborhood, the clashes continue http://youtu.be/6NfK2nT1XV4
Rebels target Damascus International Airport with their own missile launchers http://youtu.be/3EhZmUkawP0
The site of a car bomb attack in Sitti Zeinab, Damascus City http://youtu.be/GLAfLZK9O5U Clashes in nearby suburb of Bahdaliyeh http://youtu.be/mPsv9R5p9Do
Syrian activists on social media are exchanging this video allegedly showing Iraqi Shiite militias, Liwa Abu Al-Fadel, sending troops to fight against rebels in Syria http://youtu.be/N7KlM7IfpS4 Though the video cannot be authenticated on my end, activists have for months been claiming that Shiite militias from Iraq have been taking active part in the fight against rebels especially, in Deir Ezzor, Homs, Hama and Damascus.
The dead bodies seen here belong to pro-Assad militias in the town of Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor Province, who have been killed by Islamist rebels currently consolidating their hold over the town http://youtu.be/m3_BsB_ZRaA In the nearby town of Aboullayl, pollution resulting from oil fires is causing health problems for the local population http://youtu.be/swAFSCi8lAU The nearby town of Shuhayl, redubbed Al-Nusra by Islamist rebels who took control of it, is being targeted by rockets http://youtu.be/1oLtx2Z1j7w
Battles between rebels and loyalists intensify in Deir Ezzor City: fighters from Jabhat Al-Nusra blow up a security headquarters in the neighborhood of Huwaiqah http://youtu.be/olzR4QZKDsg
Activists claim that this video shows Islamist Sunni rebels forcing a Shia watchman to destroy the minaret of a local Shia school (Husainiyeh) http://youtu.be/zPm1ySN--iQ This does not seem to be a historical building, however, as such this could be one of the new schools that were built in Syria under the rule of Bashar Al-Assad with Iranian funding. It’s not clear, however, where in Syria the incident took place. The video could also be taken from Iraq and recycled here as part of the ongoing Salafi propaganda.