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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ghouta Massacres by District {Masterlist}

Ghouta Massacres (plural) by District {Masterlist}
(incomplete)
May 3, 2015
minor edits June 1

* The launch point for renewed investigation of the August, 2013 incident is
<< Another 60 Minutes for the Ghota Chemical Massacres (Plural). (forthcoming)
If it's important enough for them to revive in the background as the world ponders a no-fly zone over alleged chlorine attacks (see here for the truth on that) ... well, I have some things to add, and some other additions still to discover.
Previous findings: Various pages under Talk:Alleged Chemical Attack, August 21, 2013 at the open research wiki A Closer Look On Syria (ACLOS). Relating to this is Denis O'Brien's detailed study from April, 2014 Murder in the SunMorgue: A Critique of the Sarin Myth and a Cyber-Investigation of the Ghouta Massacre Mystery (hereafter MITSM) and its summary article (by me) The Ghouta Massacre's Sarin Myth, Brightly Lit: Exploring Kafr Batna's ... Rebel Gas Chambers? That work focuses on one collection of corpses (app. 85 minimum, to rebel reports of "100" or "150") at a morgue in the southern district of Kafr Batna. It suggested the victims here were killed with something other than the blamed Sarin - likely carbon monoxide gas. It almost requires rebels did it, and that the victims were controlled captives of theirs - an impression solidified by their obvious execution of one survivor - they cut his throat when "Assad's gas" didn't finish the job, and then made a lame effort at concealing the fact.
MITSM was a good start to unraveling the whole larger massacre it was just (a good-sized) part of. It was not expanded to other areas very much, so far... The Kafr Batna case illustrates that there was localization - the victims were gassed not because they were downwind from any rocket but due to being trapped beneath the rebel-held morgue, with poisoned air inside rooms - basically, in gas chambers. As I said in the summary, "it seems unlikely a mass killing in Kafr Batna would coincide with a government Sarin attack in other areas. More likely, it would be just one point in a massive rebel crime spree across the area, played out mainly on controlled captives."

I'm just starting this new round of work on my own here, with no promises. I or someone may shift to a spot at the ACLOS wiki, but for now... this will go by distict, expanding on the theme of plural massacres in different areas. It's a geographical organization, so the best start is with some map-based graphics. (See also: ACLOS Location talk page)

Above: Chemical Massacre Syria Infographic including Moadamiyeh al-Sham, southwest, and the various areas of East Ghouta they initially claimed were hit by Sarin rockets, altogether killing, they estimated, 1,300 people. In the center is where they thought all relevant artillery was fired from, but this has been thoroughly discredited. Moadamiyeh is not clear, but the East Ghouta rockets were fired from somewhere around the northern tip of Jobar district (see next map)

Below, a map of the Eastern Ghouta region with districts outlined and color-coded by reported numbers of dead (per table below). The light blue dots = app. rocket imapcts, with extended lines showing the approximate wind direction and expected drift (almost surely a bit different from this but probably close).


I seriously doubt these rockets had anything to do with the mass deaths, but many people on all sides of the debate disagree on that point, so ... considering that alleged fact of Sarin, spreading from these impacts, of rockets fired from there, by whoever... depending how deadly the dispersed drift was, we should expect some deaths in Zamalka, Ain Tarma, and Hazzeh. Places that should have zero Sarin vapor in any of their streets would be Jobar, Irbeen, Jisreen, Harasta, and Douma. Saqba and Hamouriya are in the middle of that continuum, depending on wind.


Below, a death toll table comparing four early reports with area break-down, placed by the numbers they offered:
* 280+: Reported by Jsreen Revolution very early on (removed before I could sort it out). This is useful for an early glimpse of the accounting of a small number, but the batches were never clear; 4 towns mentioned: Ain Tarma - Zamalka - Hazeh ( حزة ) - Jobar, with five areas listed. The 5th is likely Irbin, deduced from the breakdown (23 kids, 17 women, 11 men), partly matching the next entry. The others, unclear which, had early tolls of: 61, 67, 50+, 50+
* 646: Reported by sos.syr.un, Aug.22: Over 2/3 of their victims unidentified ("did not reach their names") 201 are named, cities mixed in, hard to tally. The anonymous arrivals at each area's "medical points" are listed below.
* 1,228: Reported by Douma Coordinating Committee, Aug. 21: "The number of martyrs by medical points in East Gouta - Census Bureau legal unified."
* 1,300 (clearly rounded, almost same as above) - Chemical Massacre Syria Infographic (shown above)


Victims by City

City

280+

646

1,228

1,300

M. al-Sham

n/m

36

n/m

70

Zamalka

?? 50-67

n/m

400

400

Ain Tarma

?? 50-67

n/m

75

75

Hazeh

?? 50-67

n/m

n/m

n/m

Kafr Batna

n/m

100

150

150

Jisreen

n/m

4

16(3 kids)

16(3)

Saqba

n/m

69

69

69

Hamouriya

n/m

150(50c-40w-50m)

312

300

Irbin

51? (23c-17w-11m

50? (23-17-??)

63 (30-16-17)

63 (30-16-17)

Douma

n/m

58

150

n/m

Harasta

n/m

n/m

5 (1 woman)

n/m

Jobar

?? (50-67)

n/m

n/m

n/m
Note: the final numbers here get us quite close to the dramatic claims of the Obama administration that 1.429 managed to perish in this attack. That, however, provides no area break-down, and so is less useful to note here. The 1,300 is probably an exaggeration, but maybe not or maybe not by much. Video-based assessments affirm a minimum of around 3-400 dead. Including photos and various records, I've suspected it's probably about twice this many, 700-900. But that's sort of a guess.  Note also how many of the supposed non-guesses rebels offered are still clearly rounded off, not exact. 300, 400, 150 are not likely to be exact tallies.
 
Another source - the VDC's August 23 report includes the final statistics of martyrs issued by the United Revolutionary Medical Office in Eastern Gota." (better view in jpeg form here. This early list gives several areas which I can mainly read - some don't line up clearly:
  1.  ?? Douma - 20dead 630 affected
  2. Saqba 105 dead, 1,460 affected
  3. Kafr Batna 125 dead, 2,226 aff
  4.  ?? (reads el-Hsan) 174 dead, 1,200 aff.
  5.  ?? (reads al-shamiya - meaning M. al-Sham, or an area in east Ghouta I can't find?) 6 dead, 74 affected
  6. Jisreen 16 dead, 17 aff (one survivor?)
  7. Irbeen 110 dead, 600 aff
  8. Jobar: 27 dead, 700 aff.
  9.  ?? (reads al-mlyahiya - meaning Mleha?) 87 dead, 165 aff
  10. Zamalka 500 dead, 1200 aff
  11.  ?? (reads ankhad (?) Rouh (spirit) - a sad cat video title translated suggests "save the soul" or "save our souls" - is that a place? Does it mean unknown?) 1 dead, 182 aff
  12.  ?? (reads el-salmiya meaning ???) 46 dead, 800 aff.
  13. Hammouriya 27dead, 200 aff.
  14. total = 1,302 dead, 9,838 affected
But as MITSM proves, it's the quality (nature) of death that matters far more than the quantity of it, when it comes to assessing the crime and the blame over it. And that's to be the main focus of this study. Here all 12 districts (or most?) gets its own post (eventually, as possible), and they each get filled in (as possible) with three sections:
Background: summary, partial - what was reported for that district, what we've found previously, highlights and oddities to consider - less focus here, may be slow to get filled-in.
More emphasis on the other two sections searching for new info between the lines (and expanding on the starts here at ACLOS):
Victim records: mostly perusing the database of the opposition Center for Documentation of Violations in Syria (see ACLOS page) for patterns among the victims - who was related to who, where from ,where died, who has a photo, who's listed twice, etc.
Clinical Signs or clinical features minus symptoms, which a patient complains of, and these people are past complaining - their bodies just display signs. Showing pictures with an eye to diagnosing what poison is most likely for each group, and how many different groups there might be (how many Ghouta Massacres - can't be known, but guesses can be narrowed)

Ghouta Massacres by District
Order of listing here will go west-to-east, with other considerations for logic flow, with info placed where it seems to fit, sometimes probably in a few places:

Part 1) Moadamiyeh al-Sham

2) Jobar

3) Irbeen

4) Zamalka

5) Ain Tarma

6) Hazza

7) Kafr Batna

8) Saqba and Jisreen

9) Hamouriya

10) Harasta and Douma

Findings, Summarized:
(forthcoming, as possible)

37 comments:

  1. Death figures are reporting centres not actual locs?

    Winds shifted a lot. Maybe heading NE at some stage

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    1. Ultimately, it's a number associated with that area. The Facebook list (646) says "646 martyr of chemical weapons from the towns of Damascus and its countryside
      - 19 martyrs of chemical weapons outside of the towns of Damascus and its countryside" So actually it's just "hailing from," and 646 should be 665, and killed who knows where. Hm.

      And yeah, wind can't be known for sure. You looked into this, huh? The shift is more likely north than south?

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  2. Civilians react as they wear gas masks after what activists said was a chlorine gas attack on Kansafra village at Idlib countryside, Syria May 7, 2015. (REUTERS/Abed Kontar)
    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/assad-forces-continue-battle-with-syrian-rebels-slideshow/civilians-react-wear-gas-masks-activists-said-chlorine-photo-114046389.html

    A rebel fighter of Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) searches a house after rebels said they have taken control of Medaa town in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, May 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Amer Almohibany)
    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/assad-forces-continue-battle-with-syrian-rebels-slideshow/rebel-fighter-jaysh-al-islam-army-islam-searches-photo-141956959.html

    Rebel fighters of Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) carry their weapons as they walk along a street in Medaa town in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus after saying they have taken control of the area from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, May 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Amer Almohibany)
    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/assad-forces-continue-battle-with-syrian-rebels-slideshow/rebel-fighters-jaysh-al-islam-army-islam-carry-photo-141442163.html

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  3. International inspectors have found traces of banned toxic chemicals in at least three military locations in Syria, four diplomats and officials said, less than two years after President Bashar al-Assad agreed to dismantle the country’s chemical arsenal.

    Traces of sarin, a nerve agent, were found in drainage pipes and in artillery shells in two places, and traces of another banned toxin, ricin, were found in a third location, a scientific research center, according to a United Nations diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential reports from the inspectors.

    The discovery of the small amounts of banned materials, first reported by Reuters, comes as Syrian government forces are being accused of continuing to bombard insurgent-held areas with chlorine bombs.

    A Western diplomat briefed on the findings by the inspectors from the global Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that while there was no clear evidence of new use or production of forbidden chemicals,

    “the strong suspicion is they are retaining stockpiles which are being held back.

    An investigation into both allegations could put even more pressure on Mr. Assad during
    a renewed push to find a negotiated settlement to the conflict
    that could lead to his removal from office

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/world/middleeast/inspectors-in-syria-find-traces-of-banned-military-chemicals.html


    Smuggled Syrian documents reportedly contain evidence to indict Assad, 24 others

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/05/13/smuggled-syrian-documents-reportedly-contain-evidence-to-indict-assad-24-others/

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    1. Thanks, two renewed pressure push allegations. What ever happened to chlorine, Caesar photos, the Ghouta attack, al-Bayda massacre, Houla Massacre, the arrest of Gay Girl in Damascus?

      I think I saw that these samples are new because they are from areas not under gov't control, so maybe under rebel control? If they hand in dirt with a simple-to-make BW like ricin, and say it's from a gov. facility - yeah, they'd be believed.

      The documents seem to focus on early incidents in Deraa and later ones in Deir Ezzour. Neither city has fallen, but archives in the area probably did. So these may be looted, not leaked and smuggled.

      To look into, in both cases.

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  4. https://libyanfreepress.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/fake-humanitarians/
    Opposition supporters like Kenan Rahmani predicted that the Syrian government would not comply with the agreement. But it did. On October 1, 2014, the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that the elimination of prohibited chemical weapons and facilities in Syria had been successfully completed. It was a remarkable achievement and the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Syria received little credit.
    During 2014, as the Syrian government was working to successfully implement the agreement to dispose of banned chemical weapons, new unverified accusations emerged that the Syrian military was using barrel bombs containing poisonous chlorine gas. The accusations prompted renewed demands from governments actively supporting the armed opposition. The Syrian government removed all prohibited chemicals and facilities but now is accused of using a chemical which is not on the prohibited list.
    According to its report, in May 2014, an OPCW team tried to investigate at the site of alleged chlorine gas attacks. The Syrian government gave the OPCW team passage to the rebel controlled area but the convoy was attacked by a rebel faction. None of the team members was injured but that stopped their on-site investigation. Instead, the OPCW worked with the well-funded opposition-supporting Violations Documentation Center to arrange interviews with numerous people from three villages. The interviews were conducted outside Syria, probably in Turkey. They gathered photographs, videos and other evidence and expressed “high confidence that chlorine had been used as a weapon in Syria” in three villages. They did not ascribe responsibility.

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  5. In Hasakah,
    http://therearenosunglasses.blogspot.com/

    On top of all this the armed groups have filmed themselves
    experimenting with chemical weapons on rabbits.
    http://www.palestinechronicle.com/the-guardian-of-what-the-media-and-war-propaganda/


    August, 2013
    But first, Feltman said, there had to be a “restoration of balance of power in Syria”.
    http://www.crescent-online.net/2013/08/who-was-feltman-representing-in-tehran-3981-articles.html

    https://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/the-original-syrian-media-report-revealing-bandarfeltman-plan-to-destroy-the-middle-east/


    https://twitter.com/wheelertweets/status/603076715892576256/photo/1

    Libya emails: Hillary's former asst Jeff Feltman, now Ban Ki-Moon's asst @UN,
    said she'd really like Mitri @ #UNSMIL pic.twitter.com/nLcY4gnumj

    Feltman is UN envoy Leon's boss
    https://twitter.com/wheelertweets/status/604009962667380737

    https://twitter.com/joelgillin/status/604006774245560321

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ct-Rd1fFE4&feature=player_embedded

    Ban Ki-moon during his visits to Libya late last year 11/12/2011
    meets Khalid Aoun, head of the local council bin Ghashir Palace in Yarmouk Holocaust

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  6. https://twitter.com/Navsteva/status/607932667359838208
    GEOrge ‏@ArtWendeley : Many people still fail to understand
    the inhuman, murderous nature of the #Syrian regime. #Hama, #Tadmor, #Caesar..

    https://twitter.com/HopeSarout/status/607919748182110208
    Today 60 death in air plane bombing by #Assad. #Idleb #Syria


    Montag, 08.06.2015 The US Air-Force is bombing for Al-Qaeda in Syria

    US-Luftwaffe unterstützt syrische Extremisten
    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/syrien-us-luftwaffe-bombardiert-is-stellungen-a-1037702.html
    Dem Bombardement fielen der Syrischen Beobachtungsstelle für Menschenrechte zufolge auch Zivilisten zum Opfer.

    Eine Familie mit fünf Kindern sei gestorben, hieß es am Montag in London.


    #Chlorine appears to have disappeared from #WhiteHelmets stream
    (last direct tweet was 20 days ago).
    https://twitter.com/Syricide/status/607988055102750720

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhiteHelmets?src=hash

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  7. Oil And Gas Continue To Grease The Wheels Of War Around The World

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/oil-and-gas-continue-to-grease-the-wheels-of-war-around-the-world/206327/


    http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=60316

    oil fields al-Furat

    The picture you get is a loss of very small-scale operations, starting with the oil fields
    in their areas of their control. Most of these oil fields are the fields of al-Furat Petrolum Company, in which Shell was the operating foreign partner,

    http://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2014/11/6345/understanding-oil-money-fueling-isis/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Syria#/media/File:Syria_Oil_Map.gif



    December 3, 2011 Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it was pulling out of Syria,
    a day after the European Union imposed new sanctions on the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970204826704577073901845419984

    August 24, 2011
    EU imposes new sanctions on Iran, Syria
    It accuses the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard of providing support to
    Syrian forces seeking to quell the uprising against President Bashar Assad.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/24/world/la-fg-iran-eu-sanctions-20110825

    Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi: The Ba’th Party Should Not Rule Syria
    International Union of Muslim Scholars head Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi expressed support for the Syrian people’s protests against the Assad regime, as he had previously supported the protests in Tunisia,[13] Egypt,[14] and Libya.[15] In his Friday sermon of March 25, 2011,

    Al-Qaradhawi called the measures declared by Assad insufficient and added that the Ba’th party should no longer rule Syria. He said that Assad himself was a prisoner of the Alawi community, and that this was the reason for his failure to institute changes

    27th Apr 2013 by March of this year the Indian government refused to provide its sovereign guarantee for oil imports from Syria as New Delhi voted in favour of a UN resolution,
    which backed an Arab League call asking for President Assad to step down.

    http://www.sunday-guardian.com/business/india-abandons-syrian-oil-fields

    Since Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's government has lost control over the country,
    the oil blocks in question have been taken over by the rebels who,
    according to industry sources in Dubai and London,
    have started pumping oil from the OVL blocks to sell it in the market.

    The sales are to be used to raise money for their military action against the Assad government in Damascus.

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  8. The Weekly Standard is, of course, the house magazine of the American neoconservative movement
    and the author of these words is the writer and think tanker, Max Boot.

    Although Boot dislikes the epithet, he is one of America’s foremost neocons.
    In fact there is hardly a neocon project of any significance in recent years that has not had
    Max Boot’s name attached to it at some stage or other,
    from the Project for a New American Century
    and the invasion of Iraq through to unquestioning fealty to Israel and particularly the Likud party.

    http://thebrokenelbow.com/category/henry-jackson-society/

    And remember also that key defining document produced by American neoconservatism back in 1996, ‘Clean Break’, advice to Israeli’s incoming Likud premier, Benjamin Netanyahu that a policy which embraced military force to topple unfriendly Arab regimes could ‘transcend’ the Arab-Israeli conflict,
    i.e. make an accommodation with Palestinians unnecessary.

    It is view heartily endorsed by the Atlanticists who populate the ranks of Britain’s neocons.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/UnderstandingWarOrg



    ISIS initiated a new phase of military operations in Syria on May 20, 2015 with the seizure of Palmyra and
    proximate military bases in eastern Homs Province.
    In doing so, ISIS transitioned from rear area operations in Syria to an offensive posture in preparation for
    major military expansion into western Syria.
    ISIS has likely already outlined a campaign plan for its Syrian theater.
    ISIS’s strategic objective in Syria in this new phase is likely to expand its territorial control, break the Syrian Arab Army,
    and absorb large segments of Syria’s armed opposition

    http://understandingwar.org/sites/default/files/ISIS%20COAs_2.pdf


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  9. al-Bab in the Aleppo countryside

    Jun. 8, 2015
    As the Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIL, works to establish its empire, the jihadists have become fastidious bureaucrats: imposing taxes, paying fixed salaries, and imposing trading-standards laws in a bid to create a healthy economy that will sustain the group's autocratic rule.

    The owners of factories in Sheikh Najjar, an industrial estate north of Aleppo city,
    and now a frontline, have moved to ISIS-controlled Minbij,
    several residents and business owners told The Telegraph."You can find everything from cotton to iron and plastics being processed here," one factory owner said by phone. 

    In part this is because the Syrian regime has bombed ISIS areas less frequently than those of other rebel groups.
    But also, all the residents agreed, it is because there is more efficiency and less corruption. 

    One Syrian aid worker recounted going to the market in Minbij
    that sells oil collected in ISIS-controlled fields:
    "There are hundreds of pickup trucks filled with barrels. These barrels are labeled with different colors according to the quality of the benzene inside."

    As ISIS, many of whose leaders are from Iraq and Tunisia, tries to lay down roots in Syria, local residents have been allowed to maintain public services.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/syrians-explains-why-business-is-booming-under-isis-2015-6?IR=T

    Even as the US-led coalition bombs jihadi targets (with airstrikes that are considerably more precise than those of the regime), the number of people living in their areas is said to be growing.

    Population estimates vary, but aid agencies believe ISIS may have as many as 2 million subjects in Syria alone.

    A resident of Al-Bab, an ISIS-held territory whose market last month was decimated
    by a regime barrel bomb, killing up to 50 people, said: "Civilians would rather live under monkeys than under Bashar al-Assad. Ruth Sherlock, The Telegraph

    "They would choose anything than a regime that has been bombings its own people. Under ISIL we can exist, but still, we live in fear."

    http://www.businessinsider.com/syrians-explains-why-business-is-booming-under-isis-2015-6?IR=T

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  10. March 30, 2015
    Aleppo province: Violent clashes taking place between IS and YPG around Shuti and Jern villages southeast of Kobane countryside inside al-Raqqa borders amid advances for YPG in the area. Rebels devastated a tank for IS near Tal Malid village in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
    Islamic battalions targeted regime bastions in al-Ashrafia neighborhood with mortars and heavy machine-gun fire, no reports of losses. 11 rebels and 7 IS were killed by clashes between the two sides in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

    The number of civilians who were killed by a massacre by regime helicopters in Souq al-Hal area
    in al-Bab city has raised to 59, the number is likely to rise.
    http://supportkurds.org/news/saturday-30-may-2015/

    March 11, 2015
    Syrian rebels free dozens from ISIS detention in Syria’s al-Bab
    Subsequent to the emergence of rifts in the ranks of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), during which internal clashes broke out between the foreign and local IS fighters in the IS-held city of al-Bab in the Aleppo countryside, activists linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) within al-Bab were able to help prisoners escape from the group’s detentions, military sources reported on Tuesday.

    http://aranews.net/2015/03/syrian-rebels-free-dozens-from-isis-detention-in-syrias-al-bab/

    The Islamic State’s militants have reportedly transferred the remaining detainees in al-Bab to the central prison of Manbij city
    in the Aleppo countryside, following the escape of dozens of others on Tuesday.


    January 11, 2015  News of casualties from U.S. actions in Syria rarely seeps out from towns
    like Al Bab,
    which has a population of 150,000, because the Islamic State has been able to close it off by threatening to jail or even kill those reporting to the outside world.

    The Central Command, on behalf of the Joint Task Force, generally issues reports of airstrikes on the day they occur, but for a while was publishing its reports only three days a week.

    The Al Bab strike was not included in any of the summaries, however, and Central Command confirmed it only after repeated inquiries from McClatchy.
    Central Command spokesman Ryder said the failure to list the Dec. 28 airstrike was an administrative oversight.

    McClatchy located two sources who confirmed a high civilian death toll from the strike.

    One witness, an activist in Al Bab, gave the death toll as 61 civilian prisoners and 13 Islamic State guards. The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimated the death toll at 80, and said 25 of those were Islamic State Guards and another 55 were either civilians or imprisoned fighters from non-Islamic State rebel groups.

    Either number would make the Al Bab strike the single worst case of civilian deaths since the U.S. began bombing targets in Syria.
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/01/11/252671/us-airstrike-in-syria-may-have.html



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  11. Anonymous ‏@YourAnonCentral

    Meanwhile #WhiteHelmets are bombed by the Assad regime for rescuing others and smeared online by Regime loyalists.

    https://twitter.com/YourAnonCentral/status/607790498464563201
    Op-Ed: No-Fly Zones Are Not The Solution, But They Are An Essential Step Towards It.

    https://twitter.com/YourAnonCentral/status/607785018879053824

    And until recently Assad's new favorite gang of thugs, ISIS has also begun to burn crops. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8vez5isZg0 …


    Calling all anonymous, the Syrian revolution needs your help.
    Operation Syrianon
    Discussion in 'Freedom of Expression' started by Anonymous, Mar 31, 2011.

    https://whyweprotest.net/threads/operation-syrianon.78578/

    - Bring others in, Link the people you know might be able to help out to this post, only people in safe countries, no-one from inside Syria without great anonymity protection gear!!!!!!!

    - Get the message through to Anonymous: Post this image http://i54.tinypic.com/28qdk8.jpg on imageboards where you think anonymous might help, and link this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsiFxi9uRGg along with it.

    - Get creative, if you like, and we will never forget your heroism

    This is an emergency call, anonymous, Syrianon needs you, if you're gonna help us like you've helped Tunis and Egypt then now is the time and we will never forget your stand
    and helping hand, we are not the president's personal army.
    Thank you
    Anonymous, Mar 31, 2011


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  12. WhiteHelmets

    https://i1.wp.com/wrongkindofgreen.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/SyriaCampaignFBPhoto1.jpg?resize=662%2C441

    https://twitter.com/TurtleWoman777/status/602914613542400000

    Above: The Syria Campaign, Non-profit Organization, created by Purpose, launched March 7, 2014.

    Purpose’s March campaign #withSyria website (which doubles as a hash tag for Twitter) partners include: Open Society Foundation (George Soros), Amnesty International, Christian Aid, Care, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam and many more of the largest “humanitarian” NGOs within the non-profit industrial complex which makes up a billion dollar industry.
    [Full list of partners: http://marchcampaign.withsyria.com/partners0]. Utilizing the consumer culture’s celebrity fetish to sell war (and the illusory “green economy“) is a vital marketing strategy of Purpose. In the case of #withSyria, famed street artist Banksy has reworked his “Young Girl” famed graffiti stencil in support of the campaign. On the main page of this website the behavioural change strategists at Purpose promote a slick, emotive video of a white child (in America) slowly becoming traumatized by the violence in Syria.
    No doubt, Purpose’s marketing executives have taken this avenue because they know that the majority of Euro-Americans with privilege simply are not moved by images of suffering children that are non-Caucasian. Non-White children being slaughtered by imperial states became normalized for most Euro-American citizens long ago.

    https://libya360.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/syria-avaaz-purpose-the-art-of-selling-hate-for-empire/

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  13. Trust Me I'm A Doctor Saleyha Ahsan

    Ahsan herself reported that "It was by some bizarre fluke that returning home from that first short trip that I sat next to Nader Elhamessi, a Libyan, a Londoner for many years
    and one of the founders of the aid organization World for Libya".[10]


    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Saleyha_Ahsan

    Apparent coincidence also took Dr Ahsan to Syria; at a Royal Society of Medicine event
    in London early in 2012 she reportedly first met Dr Rola[11]
    whose charity, Hand in Hand for Syria, invited her to Syria in December of that year.[12]

    Dr Ahsan featured in a controversial 2013 video with Dr Rola which was shown on the BBC in the run up to a UK parliamentary vote on whether to bomb Syria.

    http://www.taigs.com/role-hallam-and-the-terrorist-flags-of-our-fathers/
    Rola Hallam and the Terrorist “Flags of Our Fathers”

    “Save The Children”
    A relatively recent Save The Children initiative has been to appoint Samantha Cameron,
    wife of current UK Prime Minister David Cameron as their “Ambassador” for Syria.

    Since the organization cannot work in Syria, she has brought stories of “innocent childhoods being smashed to pieces” from neighbouring countries. Of course Britain under Cameron is arming and training the Syrian insurgents. (14.) Cameron is a Blair admirer,
    on record as taking his advice. “Peace Envoy” Blair is on record as enthusiast for another illegal overthrow in Syria with “no regrets” over Iraq.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/tony-blair-infanticide-endorser-is-rewarded-by-save-the-children/5415729
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/daily-lies-in-the-dirty-war-on-syria/5454205


    http://libyasos.blogspot.com/2011/11/western-media-war-crimes-believing.html#more

    The evidence comes from two ladies. One lady calling herself Hana Elgadi.
    The other lady mentioned in the article, Nader Elhamessi, claims to work for a human rights groups called 'World for Libya'. Sound suspicious?

    Well....this 'human rights group' was just created and their website domain name registered only about a week before the article (by an estate agency in London that deals with central London property - Chesterton Humberts.


    The co-owner of the luxury estate agents in Londonm, Chesterton Humberts is
    Libyan born Salah Mussa - see article in Daily Telegraph here Also a past chairman of the Mercantile Group, an investment company with offices in London, Abu Dhabi and Libya.

    Mr (sic) Nader Elhamessi was a company director in London. See also here which calls his charity World Medical Camp for Libya,active in Tunisia.

    On this BBC Page, The call of the Arab Spring for expats in Britain 16 Sept 2011, you can see Ms Hand Elgadi, described as PA in an investment bank, aged 21.

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  14. 11 June 2015

    At least 20 members of Syria's Druze minority have been killed in an unprecedented shoot-out with Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in northwestern Syria, a monitor said on Thursday.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came Wednesday in the village of Qalb Lawzah in Idlib province, most of which is now controlled by an alliance including Al-Nusra.

    Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said villagers had protested after a Tunisian Al-Nusra leader "tried to seize a house belonging to a Druze resident of Qalb Lawzah, claiming he was loyal to the regime."

    "Relatives of the owner of the house protested and tried to stop him, then there was an altercation and shooting," he added.

    "The Tunisian leader brought his men and accused the Druze residents of the village of blasphemy and opened fire on them killing at least 20 people, among them elderly people and at least one child."

    Abdel Rahman said some of the villagers had weapons and returned fire, killing three members of Al-Nusra.

    The Druze deaths were reported by Syria's official SANA news agency, which accused Al-Nusra and allied Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham of an "appalling massacre committed against the poeple of Qalb Lawzah that claimed the lives of at least 30 people."

    Quoting local sources, SANA said the dead included five members of a single family, three clerics and two women.

    The agency also said the "terrorists... looted and burned dozens of homes."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3119666/Al-Qaeda-Syria-affiliate-kills-20-Druze.html

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  15. Pipes, ammonium nitrate, and other bomb-making materials are being transported across Turkey's border into Syria by agents of ISIS while Turkish border guards look the other way — and Ankara hasn't been willing to do much about it.
    http://beforeitsnews.com/blogging-citizen-journalism/2015/06/syrians-fleeing-to-an-isis-border-crossing-are-exposing-turkeys-open-secret-2512150.html

    The situation highlights Turkey's relaxed border policies between 2011 and 2014, when Ankara allowed militants and weapons to cross freely into Syria to counter the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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  16. The explanation provided by BBC Complaints
    on 17 May 2015 would appear to give
    the BBC News Channel carte blanche to replace images

    contained in any domestic BBC report originally broadcast post-watershed
    and deemed to have breached unspecified standards of “taste and decency”, 
    without providing any acknowledgement
    to audiences that substitution has taken place.

    https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/breach-of-bbc-editorial-guidelines-unacknowledged-substitution-of-syria-footage/

    http://taigs.com/BBC_Panorama_2013_Saving_Syrias_Children.mp4

    Aber #Bangladesh ist nicht #Syrien ;)

    https://twitter.com/domihol/status/608370672805511168


    http://wrongkindofgreen.org/2013/08/26/doctors-behind-syrian-chemical-weapons-claims-are-aiding-terrorists/

     A Diabolical Conclusion
    Even if many of the observations and premises of the study are ignored, there are some observations that are irrefutable.
    The same corpses of children were found in different arrangements and in different places
    at different times in the footage used by the US Intelligence Community.
    This means that corpses were being staged in arrangements for propaganda purposes.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/5350600/5350600

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  17. michaeldweiss ‏@michaeldweiss Families burnt and hacked to death in fresh Syria massacre via @Telegraph http://soc.li/oc8d1dW

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9809329/Families-burnt-and-hacked-to-death-in-fresh-Syria-massacre.html

    michaeldweiss
    Daily Beast Senior Editor, CNN Contributor
    http://tweettunnel.com/michaeldweiss

    Daily Beast : It’s High Time the U.S. Imposed a No-Fly Zone Over Northern Syria 05.04.2015
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/04/it-s-high-time-the-u-s-imposed-a-no-fly-zone-over-northern-syria.html

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  18. The founder, nay inspiration of the liberal interventionists is Bush’s old pal, Tony Blair,
    about whom Michael Gove once wrote an article titled, would you believe,
    “I can’t fight my feelings any more: I love Tony”. That was on the eve of the Iraq war.

    http://thebrokenelbow.com/category/dean-godson/


    Michael Weiss, Research Director of The Henry Jackson Society,

    Michael Weiss, a Syria expert at the Henry Jackson Society, said parts of Syria are in civil war.
    edition.cnn.com, 24 May 2012 [cached]

    Michael Weiss is co-chair of the Henry Jackson Society's Russia Studies Center.
    www.foreignpolicy.com, 28 June 2012 [cached]

    Political Affairs Director: Michael Weiss AUJS | Past Executives
    aujs.com.au, 7 Aug 2010 [cached]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australasian_Union_of_Jewish_Students

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  19. Henry Jackson Society
    Project for a New Anglo-American Century

    http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2006/3333uk_scoop_soc.html

    This then is the British neoconservative network that surrounds David Cameron
    http://thebrokenelbow.com/category/dean-godson/

    2 March 2011
    Mr Aboushagor also schmoozed with UK parliamentarians inside the House of Commons on 2 March 2011 at a Henry Jackson Society Emergency Meeting: Committee for a Democratic Libya:

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  20. The people who replaced the HJS founders at the head of the organisation were staff

    members of another think-tank: the Israel-advocacy organisation ‘Just Journalism’,

    of which Mendoza was a member of the Advisory Board and which shared the HJS’s London office.
    At the time of Just Journalism’s launch in March 2008, the Spectator columnist Melanie Phillips wrote of it that ‘A very welcome and desperately-needed initiative has just been launched to monitor distortions, bias and prejudice in British media coverage of the Middle East.’

    In addition to Weiss,
    two other members of Just Journalism’s Advisory Board
    joined the HJS’s senior staff: Robin Shepherd as ‘Director of International Affairs’ and Douglas Murray as ‘Associate Director’.

    Thus, four of the six top posts in the HJS are now held by former managers of Just Journalism.

    They have ensured that the HJS’s political goals have departed radically to those with which it was founded.

    LibyaBusiness.tv, Libya Business News and Libya Herald are the lead media partners
    who will play a key role in supporting the event in creating national awareness. Julphar, Wabag, Medavia, CfBT “ Education Trust, Green Libya Inc., PETROSAS Oil and Gas Services, Talia, Privatization and Investment Board (PIB) and Think Global Consultancy are among the leading sponsors for the three day summit.

    http://greatersurbiton.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/alan-mendozas-putsch-in-the-henry-jackson-society/

    Two organisations which formerly monitored BBC output – ‘Just Journalism’
    and Trevor Asserson’s ‘BBC Watch’ website – have ceased operations in recent years,
    exacerbating the need for close and regular monitoring of the world’s most influential broadcaster”.
    BBC Watch will seek to build upon and develop the work already done by those organisations
    in order to continue the monitoring of BBC output on the subject of Israel and to examine the broadcaster’s adherence to its legal obligation to produce accurate and impartial reporting as a service to its funding public.
    http://blog.camera.org/archives/2012/10/new_bbc_watch_launches.html



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    1. “I think BHL served a very important role for Sarkozy,”
      says Christopher Dickey,

      Paris bureau chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

      “I think Sarkozy was looking to intervene in any case.

      The question was who to talk to? The key role that BHL played was that he found someone to talk to on his first visit to [the eastern Libyan city of] Benghazi.”

      http://www.france24.com/en/20120606-libyan-war-brought-you-bernard-henri-levy-sarkozy-clinton-obama/


      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIlZGspWcAAECuX.png

      Dans les mails d'Hillary Clinton, un autre récit de la guerre de Sarkozy et BHL en Libye
      http://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/280615/dans-les-mails-dhillary-clinton-un-autre-recit-de-la-guerre-de-sarkozy-et-bhl-en-libye

      https://twitter.com/wheelertweets/status/613517334838423552/photo/1

      In Feb, French intel promised that France would recognize a rebel council as soon as organized & UK would support

      https://twitter.com/wheelertweets/status/613940761525112832


      http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/06/28/hillary-libya
      Hillary Clinton emails reveal how French destroyed Libya


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    2. According to the Pentagon, Syrian “rebels” being trained and “vetted” by the United States are receiving “compensation” to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America’s proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these “new” terrorists are receiving a stipend.

      Reuters also reported on alleged obstacles the Pentagon claims it is facing regarding the ability to train the death squad volunteers due to a lack of ability to “vet” them appropriately as well as a bizarre incident where fighters abandon the mission after having received training from the US military.
      The reason provided by the Pentagon was that the fighters did not want to sign
      a contract to avoid fighting Assad. But, in the same report, the Pentagon states that there was no such contract – only one requiring them
      to “respect human rights” and “the rule of law,” so the reason provided for the disappearance of these fighters lacks legitimacy.

      One can only speculate as to where these “trainees” disappeared to.
      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42285.htm


      From the Washington Post, November 10:
      Last week, a U.S. Embassy delegation, led by CIA operatives,
      traveled to Benghazi to meet and recruit fighters
      directly from the Libyan Shield,
      a powerful umbrella organization of militias,

      according to Fathi al-Obeidi,

      a commander of the group.

      The Libyan Shield provided the rescue force that assisted the U.S mission in Benghazi on the night of the attack, and Obeidi said his fighters represent the most viable local option for a special unit.

      Wonder how that Libya Shield "assistance" worked out?
      All I seem to read about it is that the US rescue force was held up at the airport in Benghazi for hours awaiting permissions or papers or red tape or until everyone was dead or whatever. It seems that after the ragtag US team finally arrived at the CIA annex (relying on GPS coordinates, according to Time magazine) with their Libya Shield escort, the annex came under attack. 

      The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli could not be reached for comment, and Lt. Col. James Gregory, a Pentagon spokesman, said that U.S. officials were still
      in the preliminary stages of the program and had not yet determined the size
      or composition of the force.

      It was also unclear whether the visit described by Obeidi was part
      of the $8 million Defense Department initiative or a separate project.

      http://dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2311/More-Libya-Madness.aspx


      Feb 28, 2011
      Libyan warplanes bombed an arms dump inside a rebel-held eastern district on Monday, two senior security sources said, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Tripoli to demonstrate against long-time leader Muammar Gadhafi.

      "It's true, they hit an arms dump in Djabiya. No one was hurt. It happened at around 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon,"

      said Fathi Abidy,

      a member of the security council

      set up by the temporary administration in Libya's main eastern city Benghazi.

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    3. June 15 2015
      A Tunisian militant linked to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya,
      reportedly was killed last week while fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq.
      Ali Awni al-Harzi
      was killed June 15 in a U.S. airstrike, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.

      http://www.ibtimes.com/us-airstrikes-kill-ali-awni-al-harzi-iraq-benghazi-suspect-affiliated-isis-al-qaeda-1978623

      July 2 2015
      A U.S. drone strike has killed Tariq al-Harzi, a senior Islamic State militant in Syria,
      in an attack that took place a day after another American aircraft killed his brother,
      also an influential militant, in neighboring Iraq, the Pentagon said Thursday.

      The strike in northeast Syria came a day after another American drone
      killed Ali al-Harzi, Tariq’s brother, near the Iraqi city of Mosul.

      Ali al-Harzi was an Islamic State member but was also suspected of involvement in the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/drone-kills-top-islamic-state-militant-in-syria-a-day-after-brother-was-slain/2015/07/02/7e3a0598-20fc-11e5-bf41-c23f5d3face1_story.html

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    4. Ali al-Harzi
      Tariq is an interesting guy because his profile pretty closely matches that of the mysterious "Abu Sayyaf", the Tunisian killed in the Special Forces raid in Syria in May, whose wife, Umm Sayyaf, was captured and is still being interrogated in some secret place in Iraq.

      The Soufan Group thought Tariq might be Abu Sayyaf. He's alleged to be a leader of ISIS,
      involved in oil, has obtained big amounts of financing for ISIS from Qatar,
      involved in kidnappings of foreign hostages, suicide bombers and recruiting.
      The U.S. announced a $3 million reward for Tariq's capture or killing several months ago.

      Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni al-Harzi was one of the first terrorists to join ISIL and has served as an ISIL official operating in Syria. He has helped to raise funds from Gulf-based donors for ISIL and has recruited and facilitated the travel of ISIL fighters. He was named ISIL’s leader for the border region between Syria and Turkey. As of late 2013, al-Harzi was chief of ISIL’s suicide bombers, overseeing ISIL’s suicide bomber facilitation pipeline.

      Al-Harzi also has procured and shipped weapons from Libya and Syria for ISIL operations in Iraq. On September 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated al-Harzi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

      http://www.talkleft.com/story/2015/6/23/705/16081/wariniraq/Benghazi-Suspect-

      Ali-Awni-al-Harzi-Killed-in-Mosul-Drone-Strike
      He was arrested in Turkey in October, 2012 and deported to Tunisia, where he was questioned by the FBI in December, 2012 and then released on bond in January, 2013.

      US officials, including then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and John Brennan, who became the CIA director, were asked about Harzi’s release during congressional hearings.

      In late January 2013, Clinton told senators that the Tunisians had “assured”
      the United States that Harzi was “under the monitoring of the court.”
      In February, during his confirmation process to become CIA director, Brennan claimed that the US government “didn’t have anything on” Harzi and, therefore, his release was not worrisome.

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    5. Long War Journal has more on Ali al-Harzi and his connection
      to Ansar al Sharia in Tunisia.
      Ali al-Harzi was detained by Turkish authorities in October 2012 when he attempted to cross the border into Syria. He was later extradited to Tunisia
      and months later was interviewed by the FBI for his suspected involvement in the al Qaeda-linked attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

      In January 2013, Tunisian authorities released al-Harzi because of a lack of evidence linking him to the attack. Upon his release, Ansar al-Sharia posted a video to its social media page showing militants welcoming al-Harzi after his release.
      http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/01/ansar_al_sharia_tuni_2.php

      https://twitter.com/wheelertweets/status/615565719095386112
      Court documents on U.S. supply of weapons to #Libya via Qatar in 2011. "Half went the other way..ended up in #Syria"

      Abdul Basit Haroun Shuhaibi
      Smuggling abroad is also big business. Abdel-Basit Haroun, a former top intelligence official,
      said tribes and militias that control the eastern, western, and southern borders are engaged in arms smuggling.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/libyas-guns-free-for-all-fuels-regions-turmoil/2014/03/22/efa81ad0-b195-11e3-b8b3-44b1d1cd4c1f_story.html

      Abdul Basit Haroun says he is behind some of the biggest shipments of weapons from Libya to Syria, which he delivers on chartered flights to neighbouring countries and then smuggles over the border.
      http://ldesp.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/in-review-libyas-uncertain-future/

      June 21, 2013 Abdul Basit Haroun says he is behind some of the biggest shipments of weapons from Libya to Syria, which he delivers on chartered flights to neighbouring countries and then smuggles over the border.
      After fleeing Libya in his 20s, Haroun established himself as a property developer in Manchester

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    6. 3 July 2015
      Consider Syria IS strikes, defence secretary urges Mps 3 July 2015
      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33358267

      On FOX Business News this morning, FOX News chief legal correspondent Judge Andrew Napolitano told FBN host Charles Payne a "conspiracy existed" among President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Treasury Department and various Congressional leaders to have arms sent to rebels in Syria and Libya.

      Napolitano came to the conclusion after going through several hundred pages of documents with FOX News' intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge.
      https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=927347287312263&id=242800112433654
      Qatar then sold, delivered, bartered or gave these arms to the terrorist organizations with the knowledge and consent of Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was Secretary of State.

      In November 2011 The Telegraph reported that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul
      and on the border with Turkey” in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/u-s-efforts-to-arm-jihadis-in-syria-the-scandal-behind-the-benghazi-undercover-cia-facility/5377887

      25 Nov 2011
      Sources in the Libyan town of Misurata suggested that some weapons may already have been sent. Some smugglers were caught selling small arms to Syrian buyers in Misurata, said a man who trafficked guns to Libya's rebels during the country's civil war.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/8917265/Libyas-new-rulers-offer-weapons-to-Syrian-rebels.html

      David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, on Friday pledged to keep up talks with Syrian opposition groups in an attempt to support a transition to a stable democracy.

      On Sept. 6 a Libyan ship carrying 400 tons of weapons for Syrian rebels docked in southern Turkey. The ship's captain was "a Libyan from Benghazi" who worked for the new Libyan government. The man who organized that shipment, Tripoli Military Council head Abdelhakim Belhadj, worked directly with Stevens during the Libyan revolution.
      http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-admin-admits-to-covertly-sending-heavy-weapons-to-syrian-rebels-2012-12?IR=T

      Haroun runs the operation with an associate, who helps him coordinate about a dozen people in Libyan cities collecting weapons for Syria. Both said several flights had been chartered to Jordan or Turkey to deliver weapons that were then transferred over the border.

      Haroun's associate, who also runs a relief organization,
      said that
      about 28 tons of weapons had been delivered by air so far.
      http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/16164

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    7. Marc Turi,
      Turi is a lawfully licensed American arms dealer.

      In 2011, he applied to the Departments of State and Treasury for approvals to sell arms to the government of Qatar. Qatar is a small Middle Eastern country whose government is so entwined with the U.S. government that it almost always will do what American government officials ask of it.

      Turi sold hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of arms to the government of Qatar, which then, at the request of American government officials, were sold, bartered or given to rebel groups in Libya and Syria. Some of the groups that received the arms were on the U.S. terror list.

      Thus, the same State and Treasury Departments that licensed the sales also prohibited them.
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/hillarys-secret-war-provided-material-assistance-to-terrorists/5460237

      How could that be?

      That’s where Clinton’s secret State Department and her secret war come in. Because Clinton used her husband’s computer server for all of her email traffic while she was the secretary of state, a violation of three federal laws, few in the State Department outside her inner circle knew what she was up to.

      Now we know.

      She obtained permission from President Obama and consent from congressional leaders in both houses of Congress and in both parties to arm rebels in Syria and Libya in an effort to overthrow the governments of those countries.

      Many of the rebels Clinton armed, using the weapons lawfully sold to Qatar by Turi and others, were terrorist groups who are our sworn enemies. There was no congressional declaration of war, no congressional vote, no congressional knowledge beyond fewer than a dozen members, and no federal statute that authorized this.

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    8. Haroun runs the operation with an associate, who helps him coordinate about a dozen people in Libyan cities collecting weapons for Syria.


      The article said the Libyan ship, which is called ´The Intisaar´(victory),
      is berthed at the Turkish port of Iskenderun and had been given “papers
      stamped by the port authority by the ship´s captain, Omar Mousaeeb.”

      The article pointed out hat Mousaeeb is “a Libyan from Benghazi
      and the head of an organization called the Libyan Council for Relief and Support,” which is delivering supplies to the armed groups in Syria.

      http://nsnbc.me/2012/09/15/largest-shipload-of-libyan-weapons-heading-to-armed-groups-in-syria/

      Separately, approximately a dozen other Qatari-funded shipments, mostly containing ammunition,
      came to Libyan rebels via Sudan, according to previously undisclosed Libyan intelligence documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal as well as officials.

      Much of Qatar's aid to the Libyan revolt has been guided by an influential
      Libyan cleric named Ali al-Sallabi.
      Ali al-Sallabi helped to orchestrate more than a dozen of the shipments from Qatar, including 10 through Benghazi, these people say. At least three others went to the Western Mountains, where Mr. Belhaj was a top leader of rebels being trained by Qatari and Western advisers.

      Ismail al-Sallabi said Qatari shipments came through the brothers not out of any ideological solidarity with Doha but because these militias were the most organized and effective forces on the ground.

      People close to Mr. Belhaj emphasize they operated under the auspices of the NTC's Defense Ministry and that any weapons shipments were blessed by transitional Defense Minister Jalal al-Dugheily.

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204002304576627000922764650.html



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    9. Libya helps bankroll Syrian opposition movement

      CAIRO — The top financer of the Syrian opposition is no Arabian Peninsula oil kingdom or cloak-and-dagger Western spy outfit, but struggling, war-ravaged Libya, which is itself recovering from a devastating civil conflict.

      According to a budget released by the Syrian National Council and posted to its Web site late Sunday,
      the Libyan government contributed $20.3 million of the $40.4 million that the opposition umbrella group has amassed since its creation in October 2011.

      Qatar gave $15 million, and the United Arab Emirates contributed $5 million, according to the document.


      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/libya-helps-bankroll-syrian-opposition-movement/2012/11/05/98cd728a-2764-11e2-b2a0-ae18d6159439_story.html

      Roughly 7 percent of the funds, or about $2.8 million, has been allocated
      to the Free Syrian Army.
      About $290,000 has been spent on hotels for SNC representatives during travels abroad.

      The organization spent about $160,000 on relief efforts for the two mostly ethnic Kurdish provinces of northwest Syria.

      The release of the budget report comes as the organization faces international pressure to join a more broad-based body of the Syrian opposition, effectively diluting its influence.

      Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for a new body to better represent groups on the ground inside Syria.

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    10. On 16 December 2011 the UN lifted sanctions on Libya’s Central Bank Reserves, effectively granting the new transitional government unfettered access to over $100 billion.

      A wild, uninhibited spending spree followed over the next three years.

      The country’s recurrent expenditures spiraled out of control, nearly doubling the number of Libyans on the public wage bill. source Transparency Working Group


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  21. Quneitra is the destroyed and abandoned capital city of the Quneitra Governorate.

    The area is under Syrian control within the UN-patrolled demilitarized zone between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    The Golan Heights was occupied in the course of the Six Day War of 1967.
    During the 1973 Yom Kippur War the city was recaptured by Syrian forces but was once again occupied by Israel in a counter-offensive.

    After the 1974 ceasefire, Israeli troops withdrew from Quneitra.
    Before handing Quneitra back to Syria, the Israelis evacuated the population, and then systematically destroyed the buildings of the city selling anything movable to Israeli contractors – a move which was heavily condemned by the UN.

    The late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad ordered that the city shall not be rebuilt and since then the ruins have become something of a propaganda exhibit.

    Today the ruins of the flattened houses of the city, which once had a population of 20,000, provide an eerie atmosphere, reminiscent of post-apocalyptic films.

    http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/quneitra

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  22. Jun. 16, 2015

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33133070

    Toward that end it has divided the world into what the Institute for the Study of War (ISW),
    a Washington-based think tank, notes are "three geographic rings:
    the Interior Ring in Iraq and al-Sham (Syria),
    the Near Abroad in the wider Middle East and North Africa,
    and the Far Abroad in Europe, Asia and the United States."


    On Wednesday, at least 20 Druze were killed in an unprecedented shoot-out with Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


    Sun Jun 7, 2015 Netanyahu ally urges world to accept Israel's hold on Golan

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/07/uk-syria-crisis-israel-golan-idUKKBN0ON0QC20150607

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/israels-role-in-syrian-conflict-brought-into-the-open-direct-support-to-al-qaeda-terrorists/5420427

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/why-has-israel-embraced-al-qaidas-branch-in-syria/5456316

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  23. 17 Jun 2015
    Syria conflict: Rebels launch Quneitra offensive

    A rebel alliance in southern Syria has begun an offensive against government forces in Quneitra province, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    A spokesman for the Southern Front said groups fighting in the operation had signed a pact,
    which did not involve the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33166040

    The area around the town of Quneitra came under heavy bombardment on Wednesday morning, Reuters reported.

    Smoke could be seen rising from the area and small arms fire was heard.
    Later, sirens sounded at two Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights.


    June 16, 2015
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/june-16-2015-morsi-egypt-obama-netanyahu-eisenkot-golan-heights/
    IDF reopens closed military zone in Golan Heights

    Access temporarily restricted to area near village of Majdal Shams for fear that members
    of Druze community will come to protest there

    The IDF will act to prevent a massive influx of refugees but will also take humanitarian action to prevent a slaughter of the fleeing refugees.


    Hundreds of Druze residents of the Israeli occupied Golan Heights demonstrated Monday
    in the tiny village of of Majdal Shams in support of the Syrian army of Bashar al-Assad.

    Israel vows to protect refugees (* read : threatened ISIS cells) amid fears for Syrian Druze.

    Israel called on the world to recognize the Golan Heights annexation in order to claim the Syrian Druze land.

    A significant number (110.000) of Druze live in northern Israel,
    while 20.000 live in Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

    Israel seized the Golan Height from Syria in 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

    The Druze are followers of secretive offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. About 560.000 Druze live in Syria and are supporters of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

    The Israeli Army (IDF) declared the area connecting to southern Syria a closed military zone.
    Nobody is allowed to move around except the residents who live there.

    Israel will take measures to prevent refugees(*) being massacred.

    http://blackholezoo.com/israel-will-wipe-syria-of-the-map/


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  24. A spokesman for the Southern Front said groups fighting in the operation had signed a pact,
    which did not involve the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33166040


    On Wednesday morning, the Islamist rebels – led by Liwaa Ahrar Al-Houran
    and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – carried out a powerful assault
    on the Syrian Arab Army’s 9th Armored Division and the National Defense Forces’ (NDF) positions at the strategic hills of Tal Kroum, Tal Bazaq, and Tal Al-Sha’ar in the Al-Quneitra Governorate of southwestern Syria.


    The Islamist assault began at 8:30 A.M. (Damascus Time) on Wednesday morning,
    when a large contingent of armed combatants from Liwaa Ahrar Al-Houran stormed the SAA’s 9th Division’s frontline positions at the southwestern perimeter of Tal Bazaq and Tal Kroum, capturing part of the hill after a series of clashes that persisted for about seven hours in the Al-Quneitra Governorate.

    Despite their initial success at Tal Bazaq and Tal Kroum, the militants from Liwaa Ahrar Al-Houran and Jabhat Al-Nusra were driven back by a joint force of SAA and NDF soldiers around 6 P.M. (Damascus Time) on Monday evening, leaving the rebel Islamists in the same positions they controlled 24 hours ago in the province.

    Earlier today, the Islamist social media activists reported the encirclement of Hader and Majdal Al-Shamis in the Golan Heights of Syria by Al-Qaeda; however, local Durzi fighters from Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra (Quneitra Hawks Brigade) have denied any advancement and encirclement of their positions by Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies at these predominately Druze cities in Al-Quneitra’s northern countryside.

    http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/islamist-forces-launch-fresh-offensive-in-al-quneitra/

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  25. Since February 2013, however, the Jewish state has provided medical care to injured Syrians.

    So far, 1,600 of them—most badly injured—have been treated in hospitals in northern Israel.

    The effort has produced uplifting stories of injured Syrian children saved by Israeli doctors.

    http://www.newsweek.com/israel-secret-war-syria-nusra-druze-344433?piano_t=1


    31.01.13
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-enters-the-civil-war-in-syria.premium-1.500437
    Israel enters the civil war in Syria

    http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2013/01/israeli-attack-desperate-bid-to-save.html


    February 03, 2013
    Washington OK’s Israeli Aggression on Syria

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/washington-oks-israeli-aggression-on-syria/5321572?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=washington-oks-israeli-aggression-on-syria

    14 March 2013,
    http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/syria-conflict.mtt

    Israel's Peres urges Arab intervention in Syria
    Now he is scared his Al Nusra friends crossing the Golan

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