#Syria individual reports for 04/09/2016 via LCCSy

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  • 3 martyrs and several wounded were reported due to Russian airstrikes on #Kafrnaha town in the western suburbs with vacuum missiles.
  • The revolutionists destroyed a BMP vehicle of Assad’s forces at the Armament Academy south of the city with an anti-armor missiles.
  • Civilians were wounded due to Russian airstrikes on #Sukkari and #Ansari neighborhoods with vacuum missiles.
  • Russian warplanes launched 3 airstrikes with rockets on #Khan_Asal town in the western suburbs.
  • Martyrs and wounded were reported due to a motorcycle bomb explosion driven by an ISIS member in #Khalfatli village in the northern suburbs.
  • FSA liberated #Tweiran village to the south of #Raai town in the northern suburbs after clashes with Daesh.
  • Daesh targeted the city of#Mare in the northern suburbs with more than 5 rockets that led to minor injuries among civilians in addition to property damages.
  • in the context of #Euphrates_Shield Battle, FSA liberated #Khalilia to the village to east of #Raai town after fierce clashes with Daesh.
  • In the context of #Euphrates_Shield Battle, FSA liberated the villages of #Bab_Laymon, #Haj_Wali, #Silsila and #Borani between #Raai town and #Jarablus city after clashes with Daesh.(
  • In the context of #Euphrates_Shield Battle, FSA announced liberating #Tal_Asad village to the east of #Raai town after clashes with Daesh.
  • Russian warplanes launched airstrikes with vacuum missiles on the neighborhoods of #Zabdia and #Sikiri.
  • FSA announced capturing #Qubat_Turkman village, west of #Jarablous city, after fierce clashes with Daesh.
  • FSA captured #Wardia village, east of #Raei town, after fierce clashes with Daesh in the battle of “Darea Furat.
  • FSA captured #Tal_Mizab village, east of #Raei city, after clashes with Daesh in the battle of “Darea Furat.
  • A martyr and three wounded among civilians as Assad’s snipers based in Broadcast Building targeted them in #Zabadia neighborhood.
  • Anas Shaabouq, a member of Saif Dawla Revolutionists Council, and head of “Manal” organization were martyred as Assad’s snipers based in #Izaa neighborhood while they were trying to relief the wounded in #Zabadia neighborhood.

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Are #Syria’s Rebels at Al Qaeda’s Mercy?

Earlier this month outrage flared among Syrian rebels and opposition activists when the #Nusra Front kidnapped the #commander of the #Liberation #Army, one of the largest U.S.-backed rebel factions in Syria’s north. It seemed like another instance of Syria’s Al #Qaeda affiliate crushing a smaller, pro-Western rival, systematically eliminating alternatives to its #jihadi brand.

Yet the air went out of the controversy when, barely a week later, the same commander cut a #deal with Nusra. The U.S.-backed rebel leader reached a compromise with the #jihadists that allowed him to return to the front lines. There, empowered by the deal, he could focus on quelling a #mutiny by #internal #rivals in the Liberation Army who had accused their commander of nepotism and corruption.

This sort of horse-trading is a reality in northern Syria, but it’s also what has made it so complicated for the United States and its allies to back Syrian rebels. Russia has complained that what the U.S. State Department calls “#moderate” #rebels are hopelessly entangled with Al Qaeda. American officials don’t have a good response, and it’s easy to see why after a long streak of Nusra #domination, only the latest example of which is the Liberation Army’s apparent capitulation and devil’s deal with Nusra.

 

See more: https://tcf.org/content/commentary/syrias-rebels-al-qaedas-mercy/

Chemical Weapons Deal Helped Butcher Assad

America’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had some sobering words on the current state of play in Syria yesterday, as Haaretz reports:

“The prospects are right now that (Assad) is actually in a strengthened position than when we discussed this last year, by virtue of his agreement to remove the chemical weapons, as slow as that process has been,” said James Clapper, director of national intelligence.

The administration and its press acolytes did their best to spin the ugly meltdown of President Obama’s ill-considered and hastily abandoned airstrike proposal as a diplomatic victory, but around the world it was considered a major fiasco and raised deep doubts about the capability of this administration to manage American foreign policy with any kind of competence or credibility.

And things aren’t looking any better as time goes by. The Syrians keep missing deadlines, walking back concessions, and generally delaying and obstructing. Clapper was only admitting the obvious when he told Congress yesterday that Assad had come out of the deal stronger.

This would be a point of merely historical interest, except that Iran is carefully and closely watching how all this plays out. The lessons so far: The Obama approach offers Iran two bargain of the century opportunities. First, the Obama Administration is so desperate to avoid war that it will accept deals that probably no other American President would have entertained. And second, Iran has learned that the administration lacks the will to enforce the deals that it does make.

The obvious strategy for Iran to take, based on these lessons:

a) Press ahead with a regional offensive, pushing in Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere. Provocative actions on the ground will not affect U.S. bargaining on the nuclear issue to a significant degree.

b) Negotiate hard for a deal that in essence allows you to edge closer to the nuclear threshold in exchange for tacit U.S. recognition of your gains on the ground—a “Fertile Crescent for nuclear threshold” deal.

c) Open as many commercial negotiations as possible to maximize the political forces that will tie the hands of the United States and its allies in responding to future provocative acts.

d) Exploit to the fullest the resulting tensions between the United States and its core allies in the region.

e) Sign the best nuclear deal possible with as much sanctions relief as you can get.

f) Consolidate your gains on the ground in the region, including economic benefits.

g) Almost immediately, begin to test the limits of your ability to cheat on the deal.

The United States would benefit greatly from the right nuclear deal with Iran, and avoiding a war with Iran through a negotiated agreement is still the best U.S. strategy. But by failing to understand the linkage between the WMD issue and the regional balance of power, and by a series of almost non-stop policy failures and feckless moves in Syria, the White House is making it harder—not easier—to achieve that goal.

Published on February 5, 2014 1:48 pm
http://www.the-american-interest.com/blog/2014/02/05/chemical-weapons-deal-strengthened-butcher-assad/

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Opinion America’s Regional Blunders “Cynicism may be a…

Opinion: America’s Regional Blunders

“Cynicism may be a sign of wisdom,” says a well-known Arab saying. With that in mind, it may be advisable at this point to seriously contemplate US strategic priorities in the Arab world during the era of Barack Obama.

The features of America’s strategy in this regard have become clear to everyone except those addicted to optimism, not to mention the huddle of those convinced that the US is constantly preoccupied in thinking up ways of strengthen its relations with the Arabs. Unfortunately, what happened during the past few weeks demonstrates the fact that the future of the Arabs is at the bottom of Washington’s list of priorities, while the sovereignty of Arab states barely occupies a higher position.

The Syrian ordeal has been a significant challenge that demonstrates a painful aspect of this truth. Yet the Syrian crisis remains merely a part of a whole. It goes without saying that Washington’s strategy to resolve the Palestinian file continues to be congruent with the Israeli vision. Furthermore, from the way the US recently dealt with Egypt, it has become clear that Washington has adopted a hesitant approach based on reactions, rather than a long-term strategy commensurate with Egypt’s political and demographic position in the region. Last but not least, Obama’s recent “openness” with Iran proves the passivity and the serious structural defects in Washington’s current Middle Eastern policy.

As pertains to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict, Obama was defeated in the battle of wills with Tel Aviv after he moved away from any serious endeavors to secure a settlement freeze or rescue the two-state solution that would supposedly lead to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state. It is well known that the collapse of the Soviet Union and the receding tide of left-wing, secular politics weakened the Palestinian Left. Thus, the Palestinian people have found themselves increasingly pushed towards accepting and adopting “political Islam.”

The full artilce: http://www.aawsat.net/2013/10/article55318201

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