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Syria Crisis: News, Updates & Discussion

Discussion in 'Greater Asia & Middle East' started by Hembo, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Butter Chicken

    Butter Chicken Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Rebel T-55 tank tries to fire at Assad forces,but instead blows itself up.Crew are killed inside the tank



    Scandinavian kid spotted in Kirkuk,Iraq @Fox
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    the role of USA is undefined. Its like they dont have a commander to lead their forces.
     
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    Probably Swedish or Danish (he doesn't look Sami to me). He's very blonde and Norwegians typically have darker, more brown or reddish hair. The stereotype that all Scandinavians are blonde with blue eyes doesn't really apply to Norway and in fact, historically the Nordmen in Norway had darker hair and eye colors, especially in the coastal regions. Thus, though I can't say for certain, he's probably either Danish or Swedish who are more inline with the common Scandinavian stereotype.

    In any event I believe Denmark, Norway and Sweden have special forces in the region and I know the Norwegian Army's Telemark Battalion is in Erbil training Kurdish forces.

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    Video released by Islamic State's AMAQ news agency

    #Syria: #ISIS raided positions of pro-#Assad forces in the Eastern #Syria|n Desert and destroyed or captured several vehicles.

     
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    Video of Islamic State fighting SAA in central Syria

     
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    Pretty dumb of her to be wearing a blue bandana!
     
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    Air strikes, shelling strain Moscow-backed Damascus truce
    JULY 25, 2017

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes killed at least nine people in the Eastern Ghouta area of Syria near Damascus overnight and insurgent shelling from the rebel-held area landed near the Russian embassy on Tuesday, a war monitor reported.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths in the town of Arbin marked the first civilian casualties since a Russian-backed truce in the area came into effect. The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities there on Saturday.

    Later, two residents said jets believed to be Russian that people identify by their flight at high altitudes and in sorties struck again residential buildings in the same areas, killing at least two people and causing scores of injuries.

    But Russia, a military ally of President Bashar al-Assad, dismissed reports of air strikes in the area as "an absolute lie" meant to discredit Moscow's peacemaking efforts.

    "During working contacts with representatives of opposition groups in Eastern Ghouta it was confirmed that no military actions had been conducted in this de-escalation zone, there had been no air strikes," the Russian defense ministry spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Russia said on Monday it had deployed military police in Eastern Ghouta to try to enforce a de-escalation zone it said it had agreed with the Syrian opposition there.

    In a second statement, issued late on Tuesday, the Russian Defence Ministry said it had delivered 10 tons of food and medical supplies to Eastern Ghouta, and evacuated sick and injured civilians from opposition-held areas.

    Social media footage downloaded by activists in the Ghouta area showed videos of children in coffins next to wailing relatives in the earlier overnight raids on Arbin.

    The Observatory said the overnight air strikes wounded 30 people in Eastern Ghouta while another four were injured by further air strikes that targeted the area on Tuesday morning.

    The Civil Defence for rural Damascus, a rescue service operating in the area, said the dead included five children and two women.

    In a statement on its Facebook page, Civil Defence put the number of wounded and missing at 50. The air strikes hit the area at 11 p.m. (2000 GMT), it said.

    There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military on the report, and no mention of air strikes by state media.

    Witnesses said three mortar shells landed in the neighborhood where the Russian embassy is located in northeastern Damascus. There were no reports of casualties.

    The Syrian army, with military support from Russia and Iran, has dealt the opposition a string of defeats around the capital over the last year, seizing back control of areas including Daraya and Moadamiya.
    "Is this the humanitarian aid that Russia has promised us? ... Children sleeping in their beds and the jets come to bomb and destroy us. What have we done to deserve this?" said an elderly man as he pointed to bodies lying on the floor in widely circulated footage.

    The Syrian army and its allies have been shelling and bombing the heavily populated rebel-held pocket east of Damascus for weeks in an attempt to make advances.

    Tuesday's shelling near the Russian embassy marked the first time rebels had hit government-held areas of central Damascus since the truce began.

    Reporting by Tom Perry/Sarah Dadouch and Dmitry Solovyov/Jack Stubbs in Moscow and Suleiman al-Khalidi in Amman; Editing by Catherine Evans and James Dalgleish

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta-idUSKBN1AA0JV
     
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    Syrian army steps up strikes on capital's last rebel enclave
    August 7, 2017



    AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army stepped up shelling and air strikes on the last rebel-held enclaves in the Syrian capital on Monday, its heaviest bombardment in a two-month campaign, rebels and witnesses said.

    From the strategic Qasyoun Heights that overlooks Damascus, elite units of the army pounded Jobar district, some 2 km (1.2 miles) east of the Old City wall and Ain Terma just to the south.

    The army's offensive has dented a Russian-sponsored ceasefire announced two weeks ago in the Eastern Ghouta area to the east of Damascus.

    Moscow has said it is negotiating with mainstream rebel groups in several areas across Syria to create new de-escalation zones and calm fighting.

    Rebels and residents said Moscow had already begun deploying some military police in certain checkpoints that border the rebel-held northern Homs countryside and in southwestern Syria where "de-escalation" zones have been announced.

    Residents and rescuers say the Syrian army has intensified shelling of civilian areas in the Eastern Ghouta region where rebels are holed up, many in underground tunnels, out of frustration at the lack of progress.

    At least 15 civilians have been killed and scores of others injured in three days of sustained bombardment.

    The U.K. based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which monitors the conflict said at least 20 army soldiers were either killed, injured or taken prisoner in the past 24 hours, confirming rebel estimates.

    Less intense shelling has hit Zamalka, Harasta and Kafr Btna, also in Eastern Ghouta. Social media videos downloaded by activists showed sorties of jets pounding areas in Ain Tarma and Jobar, with fire erupting in places and large plumes of smoke rising into the air.

    Eastern Ghouta has been under opposition control for much of the six-year conflict. Jobar is in northeast Damascus and borders the Eastern Ghouta district of Ain Terma.

    The army is also using more elephant rockets - inaccurate and improvised munitions often made from gas canisters and fired on a high trajectory - insurgents said.

    "The elephant rockets are not having mercy on us. We have dug tunnels and fortified our positions so they are unable to advance," said Abu Obada al Shami, a commander from Failaq al Rahman, the rebel group whose fighters are drawn from the area.

    The rebels, for their part, are trying to hang on to their last foothold in Damascus following the loss earlier this year of Qaboun and Barzeh districts, located north of Jobar.

    Before the war began in 2011, more than half a million people lived in Eastern Ghouta, a sprawling mix of towns and farmland.

    Two residents said Ain Terma was now a ghost town, with only a few hundred families taking shelter in basements after most former residents fled to other towns in Eastern Ghouta.

    "Life is non-existent. Permanent terror and people are not coming out of their basements," said Abdullah al-Khatib, a former electrician, who lives there with his eight-member family.

    Rebels accuse the Syrian army and its Iran-backed allies of breaking the Russia-brokered truce in Eastern Ghouta to throw its full weight against Jobar and Ain Terma.

    The government has said it will abide by the truces which Russia has brokered but says it continues to target Islamist militant factions not covered by the agreement.

    "This truce is a lie. The regime has not implemented it. They are shelling us without interruption using all types of weapons," Abu Hamza, another rebel fighter said.

    http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-damascus-idINKBN1AN1GL
     

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