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Syria Update, September 29, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)
Death toll: More than 94
Friday’s revised death toll: More than 160 including 104 unarmed civilians.
A report from Medicins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) from Syria:
Aleppo province: A major fire engulfed the medieval markets, a tourist attraction in the city of Aleppo sparked by clashes between the Syrian military and the opposition. Many shops were destroyed and some were still burning this morning. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/29/syria-crisis-idUSL5E8KT1VJ20120929?type=marketsNews
Clashes between the Syrian military and the opposition took place in the neighborhoods of Bab Antaya, al-Itha’a, Karm al-Beik, al-Kura al-Ardiyya, the al-Jandoul roundabout, al-Midan, al-Sakhour, Tariq al-Bab, and near the al-Nayrab military airport. Mortars fired at the airport damaged 2 helicopters. Clashes also occurred near the al-Madfa’iyya artillery school and a building nearby was shelled by the opposition and then burned. Shelling on Karam al-Jabal killed…
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Syria Update, September 27, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)
Early death toll: 109
Revised death toll for September 26: More than 300 Syrians including 189 unarmed civilians of whom 13 were children.
Aleppo province: The opposition fired 20 shells falling on the Syrian regime-controlled neighborhood of Sleimaniyya in Aleppo, killing 4 persons. The Syrian military shelled the Khalasa neighborhood. The Syrian military shelled al-Meyser and Masaken Hanon in the morning.
Bashir al-Hajj, commander of the Tawhid battalion says a decisive battle has begun in the city of Aleppo around 4:00 pm there: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/sep/27/syria-bloodiest-day-yet-live#block-5064736e58f99afdfd4eb17c
The Syrian Arab army began sending out an ominous text message today reading “Game over” on Syria’s two main cell phone services. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/sep/27/syria-tells-rebels-on-mobile-phones-quotgame/
The Free Syrian Army now controls Manbej. The Syrian military shelled Anjara. Clashes took place near the Nayrab airport. Clashes between the Syrian military and the opposition…
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The latest selections of posts by Professor Landis betray what seems to be an affinity to the privileged. We first have a post presenting one of the most privileged people within the regime and who is a zero entity among the fractious opposition circles as the uniquely qualified person to hold Syria together.
Then comes a classical “Assad-the-enigmatic” style apologist post. Combining the professor’s reading of a Syria-experts, and that of Nir Rosen who, like many well-connected Syria specialists and insiders, continue to play the old bad melody of Assad the a reluctant murderer doing what he does because his sect wants him to stay in power in fear of losing privilege. The post, of course, attempts to inform us, in no uncertain term that all will be hell if this murderer and his gang lose power, and that Assad is viewed as the “superior”…
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Syria Update, September 25, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)
Current death toll: 101 including 59 unarmed civilians.
Yesterday’s revised death toll: More than 140 Syrians including 99 unarmed civilians
Aleppo province: Violent clashes took place between Syrian military forces and opposition fighters in the al-Sab’ Bahrat neighbourhood. Violent clashes continued between the opposition and the Syrian military in al-Arqoub, there were casualties on both sides and the government forces heavily shelled the area.
Footage from Arqoub neighbourhood:
Syria regime forces claimed to have swept the Arkoub area of Aleppo of opposition, but fighting continues.
The Syrian military also resumed shelling on Bustan al-Qasr, and Sakhour which killed one civilian, and clashes broke out in al-Itha’ where a tank was destroyed and in Suleiman al-Halabi. The Syrian military shelled the al-Fayd neighborhood, badly wounding a 4-year old child. A sniper shot a child…
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Syria Update, September 23, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur
Mid-day death toll: 54
Yesterday’s final death toll: 214, of whom 140 were unarmed civilians.
The Syrian air force carried out air strikes on the Syrian opposition today, especially in Deir az-Zur and Homs provinces.
Syrian Christian opposition leader Georges Sabra told Pope Benedict XVI that if Bashar al-Assad’s government survives then that regime poses a serious threat to Christians and Muslims alike. Sabra met the Pope along with Abd al-Baset Sida, the lead of the Syrian National Council at the Vatican. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-23/188926-opposition-tells-pope-syria-regime-threat-to-christians.ashx#axzz27LAr7EbB
The earlier reports that Bushra al-Assad has fled Syria have been confirmed by Syrians in the UAE. Bashar al-Assad’s sister is a pharmacist, and is now living in Dubai with her five children. Ayman Abdel Nour, editor of all4syria.com said that she left the country following “differences” with her brother.
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Syria Revised Update, September 19, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)
Current death toll is 130, however at least 70 were reported dead in a air strike in Raqqa – estimated death toll: now more than 200
Final death toll for September 18, 2012: More than 170, including 112 unarmed civilians.
Aleppo province: The Syrian military shelled the Bustan al-Qasr, al-Fardaws, al-Kalasa and al-Sha`ar neighborhoods. It also shelled the Hanano, al-Sha`r, al-Sakhour neighborhoods. At dawn clashes occurred between the Syrian military and the opposition in Sleiman al-Halabi.
The Syrian military shelled the towns of Batbo, al-Khafsa Mayer, Mare`, Menbej and Reitan today.
Damascus province: Two bombs were detonated in Damascus today, one near a secondary school and the other not far from the first. http://www.boston.com/news/world/middle-east/2012/09/19/blasts-strike-damascus-syrian-news-agency-says/n8sHql6MDx0hXrZUBdFMrM/story.html
Following the Syrian opposition’s retreat from al-Hajar al-Aswad, al-Qadam and al-Asali neighborhoods, the Syrian military shelled these areas, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19645269
and stormed the…
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“The American landscape allows for only have one type of moderate Muslim – pro-US policy moderates. Others aren’t “moderates.” Our intellectuals have to represent themselves as agnostics, or hyper-religious – nothing in between will do.”
On the ‘Innocence of the Muslims’ a film by Nakoula Bassile Nakoula (or Sam Klein, Nakoula, M. Sedak, and ???)
I saw an image of a long-haired hippy-ish white guy in my Facebook home feed, and clicked on the link only to recoil at the crude, insulting short trailer labeled the “Innocence of the Muslims.” Then clicked on another to hear this trash repeated in a dubbed Arabic version. Suddenly, an IM came from a colleague at Oxford University (I will not name him because he might not want me to) and on his page, he and I and a few other folks who follow events in Egypt closely and tried to figure out the media postings of inaccurate statements about Sam Bacile (actually N. B. N) the fictitious filmmaker, first a mystery, then an Israeli, then an Egyptian Christian (which they had been fed by an Islamophobe who “consulted”…
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Syria Update, September 17, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)
Current death toll: 115.
Mohammad Faris, Syrian pilot and astronaut who defected on August 4th broadcast a message on September 12th asking the Syrian army to cease killing citizens, requesting that the Syrian air force cease its raids, that the Assad regime would leave, asking the Syrian people and FSA to continue their struggle and addressing the Russian people, saying that “I lived with you for years. I know how you sought freedom. Please stand with the Syrians.” Faris had been named Hero of the Soviet Union and awarded the Order of Lenin.
Defection of Major Salah al-Hussain yesterday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZulLeQsW80&feature=youtu.be&fb_source=message
Borders: Syrian opposition forces were able to take control over the Tal al-Abyad, al-Zaidy and Slouk areas on the Turkish border today.
Aleppo province: Fighting was extremely heavy in Aleppo today where the…
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Syria Update, September 16, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)
Current deathtoll: 93
The Syrian military and militias loyal to Bashar al-Assad are using rape as a method of torture and abuse against women, men and children. Rape takes place during raids on homes and other buildings, at checkpoints, and in detentions. A report by Women under Siege indicated that 90% of women arrested or detained are raped and that 42% were gang-raped. http://theconversation.edu.au/rape-in-syria-a-weapon-of-war-or-instrument-of-terror-8816
The Syrian military has utilized its air power against cities and towns in Syria for months killing thousands of civilians. Over the last month, the Syrian opposition began to try to fight back by directly attacking the air bases in Syria. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYO0Cow5PJU
Aleppo province: The Syrian military attacked the opposition-held neighborhood of al-Shaar and killed eleven civilians. Syrian military shelling of al-Masakin al-Sha`biyya resulted in the deaths of two civilians…
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