Every passing day brings with it new stories of rape, torture, child abuse, wanton destruction and more killing. Yet, somehow, in the midst of all this mayhem and abandonment, people still find the will to go on! This resoluteness may not be brought on by hope, but it is, by necessity it seems, conducive to it. What is happening in Syria today is the defining experience of many of her future generations, and is bound to pave the way to a better place, for all. This is where failure can never be an option. This suffering will not be in vain.
* The Assad regime is reportedly planning to create new provinces in the country by way of clarifying which areas are still under its control. The new plan calls for the creation of three new provinces resulting from splitting of the provinces of Al-Hassakeh in the northeast giving birth to the new province of Al-Qamishly, Homs in central Syria giving birth to the province of Tadmor, and Aleppo in the north giving birth to the province of Rural Aleppo (or Aleppo Suburbs). Of the three new provinces, Al-Qamishly is effectively under Kurdish control, especially the YPGs, the popular defense committees affiliated with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) but it is still nominally under regime control. Tadmor or Al-Badiyeh is a desert area, with a total population ranging between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. The main route connecting Damascus and Baghdad goes through her. Aleppo Suburbs encircles Aleppo City and is almost completely controlled by rebels, while Aleppo City itself is divided. http://youtu.be/b8hcoyk5sos
* A pro-regime figure and expert on everything, Dr. Imad Fawzi Shouaibi announces during an interview with the pro-regime Mayadeen TV that there are 14 oil fields below the sea along Syria’s coastal areas, 4 of them have production capacity that exceeds that of Kuwait. This is the reason it seems, for Syria’s current travails http://youtu.be/dkSYxFGkmNo
Rebel strongholds in Eastern Ghoutah continue to be pounded using MiGs: Zamalka http://youtu.be/oA5NKtU_V0w Irbeen http://youtu.be/8WO-4JtlAQY Husainiyah http://youtu.be/4SHZoC70oyE Saqba http://youtu.be/CIfOocaLtLI Kafar Batna at dawn http://youtu.be/OZC7ZwRnFt8