Government goes down in Lebanon. Truce declared between PKK and Turkey. Israel apologizes to Turkey. Turkey accepts. ‘Tis nothing but a region rearranging itself around developments in Syria, in preparation for rearranging Syria herself. The end result, in the words of President Obama, will not be “ideal.” It’s going to take many more years of civil activism to make it so. But then, that’s how revolutions work. You start with a protest that triggers a civil war that metastasizes into a proxy war that leads to new external arrangements which, in turn, “inspire” internal arrangements, and violà: a new order emerges that needs to be challenged in new ways to become popularly legitimate, stable and durable. But at least that’s the optimistic take on things. On the long run, I am forever an optimist. It’s the short run that kills me.
Activists from the town of Yelda in Eastern Ghoutah, Damascus Suburbs, claim that the pink smoke we see here is a poison gas that has been used against local populations leading to a number of cases of suffocation http://youtu.be/Jr7S0AJyHrE Elsewhere in the city, in the neighborhood of Sidi Qaddad, the pounding leave several dead http://youtu.be/ChS1nVQJKS0 , http://youtu.be/_Dt_CYPXlX4
Al-Jazeerah correspondent, Ahmad Zeidan, embedded with the rebels around the Damascus claims that rebels killed two Afghan militiamen today who were taking part in the protection of Ruqaiyah Shrine in Damascus City. There is a small Shia population in Damascus whose members hail from different parts of South Asia, and the regime has been recruiting them for its operations around Shia shrines. As sectarianism increases, it is quite likely that the regime could attempt to recruit Shia fighters from across the world and not only Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey (Alawites) to carry on its war, as I argued in Rise of the Warlords.
Douma and other rebel strongholds in Eastern Ghoutah, Damascus Suburbs, come under intense shelling http://youtu.be/VrsrrQ--qoQ Zamalka http://youtu.be/jyL5PWag86s , http://youtu.be/2OEjdrRU-6I
The pounding of rebel strongholds in Damascus City continues: Yarmouk Camp http://youtu.be/ZQwX1AwTwlM Maisat http://youtu.be/IHXXhosCVO4 Tadamon http://youtu.be/sxP9CdRuaws , http://youtu.be/kLnUF-tvFKU
Rebels gathering to carry out attack on a local loyalist regiment on the southern outskirts of Damascus City http://youtu.be/Ga6AtHMuPf0 , http://youtu.be/orA12X0z1oo Soon, MIG fighters began pounding rebel positions http://youtu.be/ERbv0gX2nTE
In Eastern Ghoutah, rebels from the Maghaweer Brigades continue their “cleanup operations” against loyalist outpost consolidating rebel hold on the ground http://youtu.be/Qj4l_vtHcg0
To the West, the pounding of the town of Daraya continues http://youtu.be/a7LmFtf5QFU
Violent clashes between rebels and loyalists continue to rock Daraa City http://youtu.be/NKBMMGUFDHM , http://youtu.be/KuwUM_MczGI House to house combat http://youtu.be/qzkcdj3p3Cc Street to street http://youtu.be/AadTgx71Y4o
Al-Wa’er Neighborhood in Homs city comes under intense shelling http://youtu.be/aV8FHjMLKfE Fires erupt http://youtu.be/SIbxjeHZ_4E , http://youtu.be/kxdUizUgpuM , http://youtu.be/UjEJncRT8uA Khaldiyeh neighborhood was also targeted http://youtu.be/01_CxrWv1-8
The pounding of the town of Rastan continues http://youtu.be/npdhOfhqr9o , http://youtu.be/Ll-u3rCMByI
Jabhat Al-Nusrah consolidates its hold on the town of Kabajib in Deir Ezzor Province, by clearing the last loyalist outpost and capturing these prisoners http://youtu.be/yALJ-Wbkbbw