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    Another update

    Syrian troops 'shell Idlib to pave way for assault'


    Artillery and rocket fire reported around Jisr al-Shughur as reinforcements arrive ahead of expected offensive, activist group says


    Syrian government forces have shelled rebel and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) positions in the northwestern province of Idlib, a UK-based activist group has said, as reinforcements arrived ahead of an expected assault.

    Artillery and rocket fire on Thursday morning slammed into territory around Jisr al-Shughur, a key town in the southwestern part of the province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The government also dropped leaflets warning residents of an impending assault. The province is the largest piece of territory still in rebel hands, and President Bashar al-Assad had warned it would be his military's next priority.

    Around 60 percent of it is now held by HTS, which is led by al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate, while the rest is controlled by rival opposition factions.

    "The shelling is in preparation for an assault but there has been no ground advance yet," said the Observatory's director, Rami Abdurrahman.

    "Regime reinforcements including equipment, soldiers, vehicles and ammunition have been arriving since Tuesday," he told the AFP news agency.

    The reinforcements were being distributed along three government-held fronts, including in neighbouring Latakia province just west of Jisr al-Shughur, in the Sahl al-Ghab plain that lies south of Idlib, and in a sliver of the province's southeast that is already in government hands, the Observatory said. The al-Watan daily, which is close to the government, also reported on Thursday that army troops had bombed positions in the area.

    Leaflets dropped

    Idlib, which has escaped government control since 2015, lies along the border with Turkey but is otherwise nearly completely surrounded by government-held territory. The Syrian army were reportedly urging people in Idlib to agree to a return of state rule and telling them the war was nearing its end in leaflets dropped over the province on Thursday.

    "Your cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army will release you from the rule of militants and terrorists, and will preserve your and your families' lives," declared the leaflets that were dropped in rural areas near Idlib city.

    "We call upon you to join local reconciliation [agreements] as many others in Syria have done," said the leaflet in the name of the army command, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

    Such agreements, concluded at the local level, have been a tool for helping the Syrian government to reestablish control over numerous areas and have often been agreed when rebel fighters are on the brink of military defeat. The government says the agreements grant an amnesty to rebels who are willing to live under state rule again, unless private law suits have been brought against them. The terms also include that they give up weapons. But many rebels, civilian dissidents and others have instead opted to take safe passage to the opposition-held northwest, an arc of territory at the Turkish border that stretches from Idlib to the city of Jarablus on the Euphrates River.

    Syrians have fled to Idlib province from other parts of the country as the government has advanced, and the UN has warned that an offensive there could force 2.5 million people towards the Turkish border in the event of fighting. NATO member Turkey has warned against any offensive in Idlib, and is pressing Russia to make sure this does not happen. Turkey has established 12 military observation posts in the northwest under an agreement with Russia and Iran.

    UN Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said that representatives from Russia, Iran and Turkey told a meeting of the Syria humanitarian taskforce on Thursday that they would do their utmost to avoid a battle in the province. He said he hoped a deal would be reached between diplomats and military envoys to avoid a "bloodbath".

    But he also said that the UN is preparing for a battle and will ask Turkey to keep its borders open to allow civilians to flee if the need arose.

    'Chiefs of treason'


    Syrian troops have recaptured key areas of the country in recent months with help from ally Russia, which has brokered a string of surrender deals with rebels. Apparently fearing a similar arrangement for Idlib, HTS has been arresting dozens of figures in the province that have been go-betweens with the government. Early on Thursday, the group detained several such figures from villages in Idlib's southeast, calling them "chiefs of treason," according to an HTS-linked media agency.

    The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria, said it had documented more than 100 such arrests by HTS and rival forces this week alone. Idlib province is home to around 2.5 million people, including rebels and civilians transferred en masse from other territory that fell to Syrian troops after intense assaults.

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syrian-troops-shell-idlib-pave-way-assault-319635348
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    Another update



    Syria Watch

    While an international arrest warrant has been issued by Germanys chief prosecutor for General Jamil Hassan, Syria’s torturer in chief and former head of its Air Force Intelligence, there is still no sign anyone wants to prosecute Bashar al Assad himself.

    Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN commission of inquiry in Syria, said last year the commission has enough evidence to convict the Syria president of war crimes; but she stepped down in frustration as no tribunal was being set up. A war crimes tribunal would certainly have plenty to consider.

    On 29 July, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) reported the death by torture in May 2015 of one Yasin Sharbaji, held in Syrian government custody since March 2012. The treatment of detainees held by the Syrian regime have been chronicled in horrific detail by Omar al-Shogre, who spent three years in a government prison. He managed to escape by paying a bribe, and has described sadistic levels of violence including vicious beatings and prisoners being forced to rape one another.

    Others have reported burnings, electrocutions and sexual violence in rooms spattered with vomit and blood. ‘Caesar’, a Syrian government photographer who defected in 2014 with pictures of more than 6000 of the dead, said ‘before the uprising, the regime tortured prisoners to get information; now they torturing to kill. I saw marks left by burning candles, and once the round mark of a stove, that had burned someone’s face and hair. Some people had deep cuts, some had their eyes gouged out, their teeth broken. You could see traces of lashes with those cables you use to start cars’.

    Separately on 28 July the SN4HR released details of the torture to death of Yahya Sharbaji, a prominent peace activist from Darayya, whose campaign called for gifting flowers as a sign of peace. He was arrested in 2011 by Air Force Intelligence with fellow activist Ghiath Matar, whose tortured body was found four days later. The Syrian government has just stated that Yahya died on 15 Janurary 2013 – the same date it has just given to the family of Islam Dabbas, a student jailed in 2011 for protesting.

    At least 81652 people, including 4837 women and 1546 children, have been forcibly ‘disappeared’ by the Syrian regime since March 2011. SN4HR has documented 13066 deaths due to torture by the government side, including 163 children, many of whom were abused to punish their parents. As long ago as 2012 the UN expressed its grave concern at ‘torture and ill treatment of detainees, including children who were subjected to torture and mutilation while detained’ and described ‘a context of total and absolute impunity’.

    In the last two months the government has begun to declare some of the disappeared, dead. It does not say how or why they died, but individuals who were arrested together often have the same date of death, suggesting formal executions. Since May, SN4HR has documented 343 cases, including those of eight children, of people disappeared by the government whose relatives have just been told that they are dead. There are more each day.

    Commentators suggest President Assad, now confident of victory, wants to make his untouchability clear. With no war crimes tribunal in sight, he has nothing to fear.

    Private Eye Issue No 1476

    Blurb

    New evidence from inside the Syrian regime shows "systematic" criminal acts.

    Western organisations now hope the evidence will help bring justice for families. Syria’s Military Intelligence knew that detainees were being tortured and the numbers dying were rising, new documents reveal. The evidence, seen by Channel 4 News, is drawn from the regime’s own internal records which have been smuggled out of Syria and analysed by war crimes investigators at a secret location in Europe.


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    Another update. This gets more and more murkier.


    After a New massacre, Charges that ISIS is operating with Assad and the Russians

    The slaughter in the Druze region of Syria cost hundred of lives last month. It happened after the Druze told the Russians they wouldn’t fight for Assad


    On July 25 in the Syrian province of Sweida a massacre began in the early morning. Ten jihadists from the so-called Islamic State entered Sweida town. They wore the traditional baggy trousers and loose-fitting overgarments of Druze men, but beneath the clothes they had hidden explosive vests. Three detonated in the main vegetable market, then one of them accompanied the many injured to the hospital and set off his explosive charge there. The other six suicide bombers were overcome before they could detonate, according to senior officials in the Druze community.

    At the same time, hundreds of ISIS fighters entered three nearby villages, moving house-by-house slitting throats and shooting to death men, women and children. Some reported that the killers left a witness from each family alive to tell their hideous story. In all, 273 Druze were killed and 220 injured, Druze officials told us.

    They strongly suspect that the attack by ISIS was carried out in cooperation with the Russian-backed Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, and this is corroborated to some extent by ISIS prisoners we have interviewed who are being held by U.S.-allied Kurdish forces here in northern Syria. The Druse politicians and officials came here to try to forge an alliance with like-minded Kurds for mutual self-protection, which is when they told us the details of the massacre.

    News of the atrocity has been reported internationally, but the story behind it still is not well understood.

    The Druze are one of the smaller minorities in Syria, perhaps three percent of the population. But their reputation as fighters in the wars of the Levant goes back centuries. Altogether, they number about a million adherents of a monotheistic, Abrahamic faith mingling elements of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but also beliefs in reincarnation. Long persecuted for their beliefs, they keep their scriptures secret.

    Their lands and their strongholds traditionally have been in the mountains of Syria and Lebanon, although some Druze are in Jordan and a large contingent are in Israel. Many live outside the region as well, and fit easily into the secular West. (Amal Clooney, for instance, is from an influential Druze family in Lebanon.) In Syria, the hills east and south of Damascus officially are known as Jabal al-Druze, the Druze mountain, and the communities that live there are very close-knit.

    To this day, Druze fighters are well represented in the militaries of Lebanon and Israel, and until recently of Syria as well. But when the Syrian uprising of 2011 turned violent, Druze leaders decided to stay neutral in the conflict. They called those serving in the Syrian army to desert and return home. Druze officials we spoke to, who did not want to be quoted by name, claim to have their own militia of 53,000 – reservists, military deserters and young men whom they have trained – ready to defend their Syrian heartland.

    As the ISIS massacres in the Sweida region began just after dawn, mysteriously, telephone land lines and electricity in the area had been cut off. But the news spread by cell phone, and well-armed Druze men came out in droves to defend their population. “The big battle started around noon and lasted until 8 p.m,” said one Druze official who joined the fight.

    According to the Druze politicians we talked to, there were approximately 400 combatants from ISIS, or Daesh as they are called here, facing thousands of individually armed Druze who rose to fight — and who did not take prisoners.

    “Currently 250 Daesh are dead,” one Druze official told us. “There are no injured [ISIS fighters]. We killed them all and more are killed every day in ongoing skirmishes in which the Daesh attackers continue to come from the desert to attack. Every day we discover the bodies of injured Daesh who died trying to withdraw. Due to the rugged terrain, Daesh could not retrieve them with their four-wheel-drives. We have no interest to bury them.”

    Of 10 known ISIS captives taken during the fighting, three were hanged immediately. Another was captured and hanged during skirmishes earlier this week. The Druze officials said that the Syrian authorities are demanding any surviving ISIS captives be turned over to them, but the Druze are refusing to do so.

    The horror of the Sweida massacre in an area most considered safe—and in these last moments when ISIS rule in Syria appears to be all but over—was magnified when the Druze learned that some of their women and children had been taken captive by ISIS cadres. “Most of the Daesh attackers were killed,” a Druze official told us. “The only escapees were those who were kidnapped in the first village: 29 women, teenagers and babies.”

    “ISIS sent a video of one of their Druze captives, 35-year-old A Shalguinz, who delivered her baby in the desert.”

    One 19-year-old student already has been beheaded by ISIS, which also quickly posted pictures of their Druze female captives and demanded that the Syrian regime stop attacking them and exchange ISIS prisoners held by the regime for these women and children.

    In addition to the sensational pictures of the helpless women holding their hands above their heads in the desert, ISIS sent a video of one of their Druze captives, 35-year-old A Shalguinz, who delivered her baby in the desert.

    “Daesh said they will make them sabaya [slaves] if the regime doesn't’ give 100 prisoners to them and the regime refused,” one of our interlocutors told us.

    “Assad’s alleged complicity with ISIS is long, gruesome, and well documented.”

    People in the Middle East constantly speculate about the machinations of their governments and political parties, and rumors are taken seriously since verifiable facts often are hard or impossible to come by. But the Assad regime and ISIS at this moment have a coincidence of interests that is hard to mistake.

    Assad currently is readying his troops and Russian- and Iranian-backed allies to attack the jihadist militants in Idlib, and the Druze leaders we talked to feel that their people were directly punished for not agreeing to join the Syrians in that operation.

    Replaying the events that occurred prior to the slaughter and kidnapping, one Druze leader points out that about a week before the massacre, “Three Russian military officers came to the region to meet the political representatives of our area. They were meeting to create the 5th army in the region, exclusively for that region, so that all the young Druze who fled the Syrian Army and the Druze reservists are invited back.”

    If the Druze have anything like as many as the 53,000 combatants they claim, obviously they could be hugely valuable to the regime’s army. But that was not going to happen.

    “We don’t attack outside of our area. We only defend ourselves if necessary,” said the same official. “They came and said, ‘We’ll make the 5th battalion to protect the area. They can join the combat against al Nusra [al Qaeda linked jihadists] in Idlib,” he explained. “But the local representative answered them clearly, that they cannot join any Syrian Army to combat outside the mountain of the Druze, only defensive not offensive actions.”

    Assad’s alleged complicity with ISIS is long, gruesome, and well documented. Recently he has had a policy of allowing armed militants to escape from cities in busses, ostensibly to reduce the risk of civilian casualties.

    ““It is known that Daesh militants in the suburbs of Damascus have been displaced to the east of Sweida in green buses by an agreement with the government: 1,400 Daesh were moved this way to the area east of Sweida and near the Tanf base of the Americans,” one of our Druze sources told us.

    The U.S. garrison at al-Tanf sits on the strategic Baghdad-Damascus highway, located in Syria on the Iraqi border and within miles of the Jordanian border. This outpost has served as a launching point since 2016 for counter-ISIS operations including training for Syrian opposition factions fighting ISIS, al-Nusra and other jihadists.

    “Adding to that, 1,000 combatants of Daesh came in a discreet way from the Yarmouk area [a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus] to join the local Daesh, estimated at 2,000 to 3,000 combatants," said one of the Druze officials who talked to us. "We know this by internal sources of the Syrian army. There are still some Druze of the army who leak this information to us.” In these transfers, ISIS fighters "have the right to take their individual Kalashnikov and three magazines. According to the government all of them came armed this way as the Syrian government gave them this safe passage to move to our area.”

    “The regime was a spectator to the massacre.”
    — Syrian Druze official

    “On the 24th of July most of the official checkpoints of the Syrian army around Sweida were withdrawn—all around the villages where the massacres occurred,” this Druze official told us. “They hit at 7 a.m., but at night something else was happening. Where the villages are—facing the Daesh area—the Syrian army withdrew the local weapons from the local protection militias. No one knew why. They also withdrew their checkpoint in the area and cut the electricity and local phone service. The regime was a spectator to the massacre.”

    “We think there is complicity between Daesh and the regime,” another of the Druze leaders said. “It’s so obvious to us. The regime refused to send ambulances to assist the population. They cut the electricity as well and the local telephone service to make it difficult to communicate. They couldn’t cut the mobiles.”

    One of the 10 captured ISIS attackers admits on an interrogation video shared by the Druze leaders that in the village massacres a man from the Syrian government guided them from house to house, knocking on the doors and calling the inhabitants by name so they would unwittingly open their doors to the ISIS attackers.

    This is not the first time we have heard of such cynical and deadly complicity between the Assad regime and the ISIS terrorists it supposedly is fighting. We have interviewed, now, 91 men and women who defected from ISIS or were taken prisoner by the forces fighting it. They have told us that ISIS sold grain and oil to the Syrian government while in return they were supplied with electricity, and that the Syrians even sent in experts to help repair the oil facility in Deir ez Zour, a major city in southeast Syria, under ISIS protection. Early in the the revolution, Bashar al-Assad released al Qaeda operatives and other jihadists from his prison to make the case that he was fighting terrorists, not rebellious people hoping for democracy. One of those jihadists he released, known as Alabssi, was one of the ISIS leaders in the battle in Sweida.

    In neighboring Iraq, ISIS has been declared militarily defeated since November 2017. President Donald Trump, in his state of the union speech in January this year, said, “I’m proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated very close to 100 percent of the territory just recently held by these killers in Iraq and in Syria.” But on the ground, U.S.-led coalition forces say that in the area patrolled by Americans and their close allies, around 1,000 ISIS militants are still at large. And an estimated 9,000 ISIS militants are still roaming free in Syria and Iraq. And in both places heinous attacks continue to occur.

    Where did the fighters come from who carried out the massacre in Sweida? Ten ISIS fighters were captured and hundreds killed. According to our sources 83 ID cards were recovered. Most were Chechens, Palestinians from the Syrian camps, and some Saudis. There was a Moroccan and a Turkman among them, a Russian and a Libyan, as well as some Iraqis. Supposedly the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, commanded the assault.

    The Chechens who were slain were all wearing suicide vests—as usual, our source said. Those who attacked in the center of Sweida wore suicide vests, but so did the snipers using powerful rifles to shoot from distant rooftops. “That’s where most our casualties came from,” said one of the Druze officials. “It seems ISIS is alive and well despite international reports that they are defeated, or nearly defeated.”

    One of the officials will only speak to us anonymously out of concern the attack can be repeated. “If they kidnap one, they will kidnap more,” he worries. Some 114 villages and small towns are around Sweida with half a million Druze living there.

    The leaders of Druze mountain tell us that they are now also appealing to the international community to be protected by an international force, as the Kurdish area is protected by the Americans, and to assist them to bring back the kidnapped women to their families.

    “To safeguard our community and to protect the diversity in the future of Syria, we need to create a crescent against aggressors,” said one of the politicians. Running from north to south, including parts of Iraq, it would protect the Kurds, the Yazidis, Christians, and Druze. “The minorities are looking to the Coalition as the only credible force in the area,” he said, adding, “The crescent strategically speaking would also cut the Iranians from access to the regime.”

    The world must decide whether or not to respond, but the record thus far does not hold out much hope.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-assad-isis-and-the-russians-cooperated-to-carry-out-a-massacre

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    Another update, situation in Idlib province is deteriorating.












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    Another update, just to show that charity pays off.





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