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May 25, 2013
We will bear all responsibilities. I have always promised you victory, and I promise victory again.
Hasan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah • From a televised speech on the raging civil war in Syria, neighbor to Lebanon, Hezbollah’s country of origin. Nasrallah’s remarks today were the most overt yet in acknowledging Hezbollah fighters have been entering Syria on the side of Bashar al-Assad and his government. This reality was in play even as he spoke, with Hezbollah fighters aiding Assad’s forces in driving rebel forces out of Quasir, a strategically-relevant town which sits near the Syria-Lebanese border. source
15:15 // 10 months ago
January 29, 2013
19:30 // 1 year ago
January 6, 2013
We are fighting an external aggression that is more dangerous than any others, because they use us to kill each other. It is a war between the nation and its enemies, between the people and the murderous criminals.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad • Suggesting to the country’s people, during a major speech, that people still loyal to his regime continue to fight against the extremist forces he claims are disrupting the country. Meanwhile, he pitched an idea for settling the civil war, but said he would only work with parties ”who have not betrayed Syria.” The approach, which includes a new constitution and a reconciliation conference, was dismissed by Syrian opposition figures, who will settle for nothing less than Assad’s departure. Syria’s neighbors (see: Turkey) and Western officials also criticized the proposal.
13:21 // 1 year ago
January 2, 2013
22:22 // 1 year ago
December 26, 2012
thepoliticalnotebook:

Maj. Gen. Abdelaziz Jassim Al-Shalal, the Syrian military police chief, has defected to the rebels/opposition forces. In a video statement, he said:


“The army has destroyed cities and villages and has committed massacres against an unarmed population that took to the streets to demand freedom. Long live free Syria.”


Photo: screenshot from his video statement from an undisclosed location.
[The Guardian]

Another day, another sign the Assad regime is fading.

thepoliticalnotebook:

Maj. Gen. Abdelaziz Jassim Al-Shalal, the Syrian military police chief, has defected to the rebels/opposition forces. In a video statement, he said:

“The army has destroyed cities and villages and has committed massacres against an unarmed population that took to the streets to demand freedom. Long live free Syria.”

Photo: screenshot from his video statement from an undisclosed location.

[The Guardian]

Another day, another sign the Assad regime is fading.

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19:20 // 1 year ago
December 11, 2012
Obviously, with [this] recognition comes responsibilities. To make sure that they organise themselves effectively, that they are representative of all the parties, [and] that they commit themselves to a political transition that respects women’s rights and minority rights.
President Obama • Announcing, in a critical geopolitical development today, that the U.S. now recognizes the Syrian rebellion as the “legitimate representative” of the people. This is a move that’s been speculated about for a long while — it also brings into focus an announcement earlier today that a part of the rebellion’s coalition, Jabhat al-Nusra, had been designated a terrorist group by the administration. Obviously, such a designation had to be made in advance of granting this recognition to the greater body of the opposition. source
20:06 // 1 year ago
December 6, 2012
0:22 // 1 year ago
December 4, 2012
And today, I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching. The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there where be consequences, and you will be held accountable.
President Obama • Speaking forcefully to the Assad government of Syria last night, at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium (he also lauded outgoing GOP Senator Richard Lugar, with whom he’s worked extensively on nuclear disarmament). The possibility of Syria mobilizing a chemical weapons attack on its people has been a worrisome one for human rights organizations worldwide, further stoked by a recent internet blackout that left Syria functionally opaque for two days. This is one of the most aggressive statements Obama has made on the conflict in Syria — as foreign-policy types like to say, he’s drawn a red line, which may be instructive of the level of involvement he’s comfortable with. source
21:23 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012

Clashes between Syrian rebels/regime, airstrikes hit suburb of Damascus

  • 23 people killed by Syrian forces, airstrikes, and shellings in the Damascus suburb of Douma today, according to activists.
  • 30,000+ people killed since the start of the Syrian uprising on March 15th, 2011, as estimated by the United Nations. source
19:26 // 1 year ago
September 15, 2012

Syrian air force officer and Assad relative defects

  • officials The government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad has suffered a wave of defections throughout the ongoing conflict — notably the state’s Prime Minister, Riyad Farid Hijab, as well as a slew of military officers who’ve turned to helm the Free Syrian Army.
  • family Assad must now count one of his own relatives as a deserter to his cause — Yousef Assad, a high-ranking air force official who has abandoned the regime and joined the opposition, citing “murder, explusion and neglect” as the reason. source
16:22 // 1 year ago