Thursday, September 13, 2012
Bombardment, blasts rock Syrian capital, Heavy Fighting Reported Near Syrian Airport, total middle east breakdown one step closer
Bombardment, blasts rock Syrian capital: In Damascus, the capital, two bombs killed at least six of Mr. Assad’s security officers and allied militiamen, known as the shabiha. The first bomb was detonated around the end of Friday Prayer near a group of about 50 police officers and shabiha who had gathered outside a mosque in the neighborhood of Ruknideen to deter any demonstrations by worshipers leaving a mosque, witnesses said. State news media said the bomb had been planted on a moped, and the explosion killed six police officers and civilians while wounding others. Syrian television showed a bloodstained wall, crumpled vehicles and rubble left by the blast.
“The car bombs and blasts have become a daily thing in Damascus and its suburbs,” said a 50-year-old resident of the neighborhood nearby. “These blasts and car bombs are the biggest proof that the Assad regime no longer has control on the ground,” he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity out of safety concerns. “The regime closes the city’s entrances to prevent such an attack, but today’s explosion proves there are sleeper cells inside the city that can carry out any attack in any time.” A second bomb exploded about two hours later in a car in the upscale neighborhood of Mezzeh.
The bombs targeted makeshift barracks and the military police headquarters, situated in two adjacent sealed off districts in the centre of the city, said several residents and opposition campaigners from Aleppo. The state news agency said an explosion near a hospital and a school in the Municipal Stadium district killed 17 people and wounded at least 40. Residents said the facilities were used to house soldiers fighting an 18-month uprising against Assad.
"The army had taken over the neighborhood and emptied it from residents. The hospital was turned into army barracks," said activist Ahmad Saeed. A woman living near the area said the casualty figure "appeared to be over 100", judging from the number of ambulances ferrying the wounded and dead from the area. The Noble Aleppo brigade of the Free Syrian Army said in a statement it carried out the Muncipal Stadium district attack, killing or wounding 200 troops.
Heavy Fighting Reported Near Syrian Airport: Syrian troops and rebels have clashed in the commercial capital, Aleppo, near the city's government-held airport, as battles intensify ahead of a visit by the new international peace envoy to Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other activist groups said the heavy fighting erupted at dawn Wednesday in the Nayrab area, about five kilometers from Aleppo International Airport.
The facility, which includes a military base, is widely used by the government to bomb rebel-held areas. Over the past several weeks, rebels have been attacking military airfields in an attempt to prevent them from being used for launching air strikes, while commercial facilities have been left alone.
The Rebels top General has been saying that Syrian rebels can topple Assad without any external help. It is beginning to look like they can. I am very concerned about Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia though because they will not let it go at that and this will turn into a total middle east civil war.
Syrian rebels kill 18 soldiers as fresh bloodshed grips country: In a single incident, rebels killed at least 18 soldiers in a car bomb and ground attack on a military position in Idlib province of northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Speaking of the assault in Idlib, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said, “There were 70 to 100 soldiers there when the attack occurred” in the town of Saraqeb.
I remember saying a year ago that the Syrian protesters are the bravest in the world as they know they at the least are facing dedicated Syrian and Iranian Revolutionary Guard killers and now we find out we were right on and then some. I know the protesters vowed not to be deterred stating they will break the Government period but there is no way. The Syrian Government will kill and arrest who they have too. Iran will accept nothing less!
I remember the Syrian opposition saying that they would not stop and would ultimately defeat the Government saying Democratic transition would safeguard Syria from violence. As outsiders looking in we know nothing could be further from the truth. People are being imprisoned and murdered and I can not see that stopping until the Democracy movement is crushed. Supposedly this expected situation is begging for us to get involved but we damn well better not. Unless that is going to war with Iran is the goal.
I remember saying from day one that it would take almost the whole military to defect before they would have a chance and now that we know how involved Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are in the slaughtering that is going on around the country that is beginning to look like the beginning of their fight.
You have to be very concerned about what is happening in Syria especially. Russia, China, and Iran are not going to allow Syria to fall to Democracy. What we saw after the voter fraud in Iran was mild compared to what the IRG will do if this movement spreads to Iran. I really wish Bashar would step down but Iran is the elephant in the room any way you look at it. The total middle east breakdown we have written about numerous times is well under way. We can only hope we keep it from erupting into WW3.
In closing: You know Putin just got himself reelected as President, he did this so he could be at the helm of Russia as he like me knows 100% that world war is our future. He plans on marshaling China who is rapidly building a more formidable military and whoever he can to take on US hegemony.Russia watched helplessly as we had our way in Libya. Putin blames what is happening in Syria on our interference and Libya for training the protesters to fight against Bashar Al-Assad.
Putin is going to do everything possible to keep us from helping the Syrian people and I really feel for them. I do not see this going down the way Libya did and Iran and Russia are going to make sure it does not. I am afraid the Syrian people are going to be sacrificed, sacrificed in what is merely an opening salvo in this the wars for future dominance. I just heard that Russia is gathering forces to go into Iran via Armenia for a quick strike through Georgia. We have a showdown setting up that looks disastrous for the worlds future. It will be a miracle if we can keep this from turning into WW3!