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    Alliances on the ground keep shifting.



    Protests at the Turkish border











    An interview



    The Town of Binnish: Interview

    The town of Binnish lies in Idlib province and quickly became associated with the uprising and insurgency in the northwest of Syria.

    What is the present situation in the town? To learn more, I interviewed a resident of Binnish who used to be a media activist. We also discussed his own view of the long term outlook for the northwest of Syria.

    This interview was conducted on 20 August 2019. It is slightly edited and condensed for clarity. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

    Q: Can you tell me a little about the town of Binnish generally? The number of inhabitants and IDPs currently, and the general situation in the town.

    A: The number of original inhabitants was previously around 40,000. After displacement, around 20,000-25,000 have remained. And regarding the number of IDPs currently, I cannot give you an estimate because you know of the movement of displaced people that has occurred some days ago. By God as your trustee, not one house- even ruined- has remained without being inhabited. Even two days ago, the local council set up a camp on the peripheries for IDPs.

    The situation generally right now: we can say it is acceptable regarding normal and civilian life.

    Q: Is there water available in the homes?

    A: It is made available through water trucks [tankers].

    Q: And all the electricity comes from generators?

    A: Yes of course, from generators for more than 3 years.

    Q: What are the main problems regarding services and the humanitarian situation?


    A: Regarding services in Binnish, the aid organizations that undertake services are very few or perhaps there are none. Therefore there will be shortcoming in services and the simplest example is that of moving garbage or fixing landfills.

    There is a deterioration in the humanitarian situation especially in light of the decrease of the value of the Syrian pound and rise of the value of the dollar and the resultant rise of prices.

    Q: So there is much shortcoming in moving garbage.

    A: No, not much. Perhaps once a week it is moved and sometimes [once every] two weeks, and the reason is that there is no capability of operating vehicles to move garbage.

    Q: Currently many of the youth of Binnish are fighting on the fighting fronts in south Idlib?

    A: Yes, there are many. Those I know of my companions to be wounded and those who are going out: more than 50 people have enlisted. Of course there are also battalions and groups participating in south Idlib that are from Binnish.

    Q: Most of these battalions from Binnish are with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham?

    A: No. There are commandos affiliated with Ahrar al-Sham and battalions affiliated with Faylaq al-Sham.

    Q: Currently how do you assess the fighting on the fronts in south Idlib? It seems that the factions have lost many fighters.

    A: Attrition.

    Q: And they are withdrawing from the areas.

    A: Exactly, they have lost many fighters and much equipment. Their withdrawal is because of a scorched earth policy.

    Q: Meaning a scorched earth policy by the Russians?

    A: Exactly.

    Q: From Binnish for example how many fighters have died during the recent fighting?


    A: Around 35 people have been killed in the recent battles.

    Q: Do you expect that Khan Sheikhoun will fall and with it all of north Hama countryside?

    A: No. Regarding Khan Sheikhoun if it is going to fall, [it will fall] after the fall of the areas surrounding it from the north: i.e. after cutting off the reinforcement path and that is the Aleppo path. But the regime is not in the business of entering into street battles and fighting. As for the fall of the north countryside: if the Russians and Turks and other parties agree to a handover, all areas will fall. And this is what is happening now. The simplest example of this is as follows: why don't the Russian and Syrian forces bomb the Turks' points if in their view the Turks are the ones supporting the factions fighting on the fronts? Note that there is a point for the Turks in the town of Morek and it is around 15km to the south of Khan Sheikhoun.

    Q: Yes, true. What are your expectations regarding the Idlib area in general for the long term?

    A: We will be like the Gaza Strip in Palestine. That is, an area of experiments of international agreements and experiments for weapons and constant conflicts.

    Q: Not a good future by God.


    A: God knows best. A future that is not good. But this has become the case in more than one state from Palestine to Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon etc.

    Q: Yes true. What is the opinion of the civilians about the factions?


    A: Pleasing the people is an unattainable goal. Among them are those who are very afraid and will tell you that they have sold out [the cause/revolution] and all of them are [embodying] agendas. And there are people who will say to you: God give them victory. And there are people [who say]: God rid us of the two sides. To God is the matter.

    Q: So the opinions differ from one person to the next.

    A: Of course.

    http://www.aymennjawad.org/2019/08/t...nish-interview

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    Another update



    Syria: Assad holds rich cousin so he can pay Putin’s war loans


    Syria’s ruling family has been torn apart by a row between President Assad and his cousin, the country’s richest man, over his refusal to pay off the nation’s war debts with his ostentatiously displayed fortune.

    The dispute, reported by pro and anti-regime figures as well as news websites, began with social media posts by Mohammad Makhlouf, 22, the son of Rami Makhlouf, Assad’s first cousin, who owns many of Syria’s biggest businesses.

    Mr Makhlouf Jr has become known for his Instagram feed, on which he is seen posing in front of sports cars and the enormous villa in which he lives in Dubai. In a recent article he claimed to be about to invest $300 million in property in Syria, saying that the money came…

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    Moscow collects its spoils of war in Assad’s Syria

    Company controlled by friend of Russian president gains foothold in lucrative phosphate sector


    At the state-run fertiliser plant near the city of Homs, gun-toting Russian mercenaries are on patrol, protecting a key element of Syria’s important phosphates industry.

    President Vladimir Putin’s decision to throw Russia’s military weight behind Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad helped turn the eight-year civil war in the regime’s favour. The Homs factory points to what Moscow received in return: a lucrative foothold in a key Syrian strategic resource.

    Syria is estimated to have one of the world’s largest reserves of phosphates, which is essential to make fertilisers. And a company controlled by Russian oligarch Gennady Timchenko, a close friend of Mr Putin, appears to have built an increasingly dominant position.

    Syrian state-owned media reported in March 2018 that the country’s People’s Assembly was set to ratify a contract for Mr Timchenko’s company, Stroytransgaz Logistic, to operate the phosphate mine near the Syrian city of Palmyra.

    According to such press reports, it is also partnering with state-owned General Fertiliser Company (GFC) at the Homs plant and this year received a contract to run the port of Tartous, from where raw phosphate rock and fertiliser are shipped overseas. Iran, which also gave military support to the Assad regime, has been promised access to key industries, including rights to another phosphate mine.

    Syria’s phosphates trade is not illegal — but it is shadowy. One reason, say businesspeople, is that according to contract terms reported by Syrian state-owned media, some profit from the sale of the resource ends up in the hands of the Assad regime, an international pariah for its brutal conduct during the civil war.

    Phosphates are not subject to US, European and UN sanctions that have hurt the country’s other industries, notably its oil sector. But the fear of dealing with sanctioned entities ensures that foreign companies are generally wary of Syrian exports.

    Mr Timchenko and Stroytransgaz were also sanctioned by the US for “materially assisting” Russian government officials following the 2014 invasion of Crimea. When it was reported last year that phosphates traded under the Stroytransgaz deal had reached Greece, it prompted questions in the European Parliament.

    Executives at other phosphate companies say that to circumvent the reluctance to deal with Syria, their teams label raw Syrian phosphate as Lebanese, even though there are no phosphate mines in Lebanon.

    The true extent of relabelling is unclear, but EU data show phosphates worth €2m arrived in the Netherlands from Lebanon in 2018. According to one person who clears goods at the Syrian border, a regular flow of phosphate-loaded trucks crosses into Lebanon.

    Lebanese and Syrian customs documents seen by the Financial Times show two near-6,000-tonne shipments of phosphate fertiliser were transported from the Lebanese port of Tripoli in May and June. The first vessel, Raouf H, later docked at the Greek port of Nea Karvali, according to data from MarineTraffic.com.

    Shipping documents for the second vessel, Tenacity, also show Nea Karvali as the cargo’s discharge port. There are several fertiliser plants in the surrounding Kavala municipality.

    Cedar Marine Services, the Lebanese company that operates Raouf H, did not respond to a request for comment. Tenacity’s operator could not be reached for comment. Greece’s statistical authority told the FT it would search for import data covering phosphates and fertiliser, then stopped responding to messages.

    Syria’s phosphate exports jumped this year, despite the obstacles. Data from CRU, a commodity research firm, showed exports would hit 460,000 tonnes this year, from 328,000 tonnes in 2018. The data may not include all exports. In 2010, exports were 3.1m tonnes, but crashed to zero in 2016 as civil war raged.

    People with knowledge of the trade said current phosphate exports were from stockpiles, and that no fresh mining had started. Stroytransgaz appears to have rights to mine Syrian phosphate but it is unclear whether it has actually begun mining.

    Stroytransgaz has won dozens of contracts to build energy infrastructure and logistics projects in Russia and other countries with strong ties to Moscow. Mr Timchenko is an old friend and judo sparring partner of the Russian president. The pair worked together during Mr Putin’s time in the St Petersburg administration in the 1990s.

    Mr Timchenko’s connections to the Kremlin and the fact he has already been sanctioned make him a rare industrialist able and willing to oversee Russian involvement in Syrian phosphates, fertiliser industry executives and analysts say. “It’s a simple bit of business for [him],” said one. “It’s low cost and the market is there.”


    https://www.ft.com/content/30ddfdd0-...d-8e884d3ea203

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    Another update.

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    Hundreds of thousands of new internally displaced refugees have fled to the Turkish border in order to escape the advancing Syrian Arab Army. We asked them what they thought about the Turkish military presence in Syria, here's what they had to say...



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    We often hear about negotiations and foreign conferences in the name of the Syrian revolution. Our team toured the city of Dana in Idlib Governorate to find out what the people are think about the negotiations and whether they are aware of those who are negotiating and representing them.



    Protests against HTS in Idlib.





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    Counter demonstrations.

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    From Erdogan.



    US bombings killed 700 in Idlib within last two days - Erdogan

    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said plans for the safe zone to be established along the Turkish border in Syrian territory were not progressing despite the agreement reached with the United States, and spoke further about developments in the war-torn country.

    “When we say ‘Let’s go,’ we can’t find anybody to take action. The safe zone is left only in name,” said Erdoğan in a press briefing on Tuesday.

    “Idlib is slowly disappearing, like Aleppo was torn to the ground,” said President Erdoğan.

    Erdoğan continued to say that the U.S. bombings in Idlib last two days have killed some 700 civilians in the area. “However the U.S. got involved with the bombings activities within last two days unfortunately, and the fact that there are 700 civilians killed here. There may be militants with ties to terrorism as well as civilians,” he said.

    The strategically important town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province had been captured by Syrian regime forces on August 11, which also resulted in Turkish troops in the region to be trapped.

    Russia expert Kerim Has spoke to Ahval Turkish and said Turkey’s observation point no.9 had come under the regime’s control.

    “Turkish troops, who had entered Idlib to protect civilians from regime attacks, became hostages to the regime and attempted to keep their prestige intact by asking for help from Russian troops,” said Has, and added that Turkey was escorted out of the observation point no.9 by Russia.

    In the press briefing, President Erdoğan also spoke about the European Union’s refugee policies and said Turkey invested 40 billion dollars, whereas the EU fell short of three billion euros. “They keep stalling,” he said.

    “The offer [of a safe zone] had been on the table in Mr. Obama’s term, and I proposed the safe zone matter to Mr. Trump as well,” said Erdoğan on Tuesday. The Turkish president added that Germany, France and Saudi Arabia agreed that the proposal was good, but haven’t taken any action.

    Erdoğan detailed his vision of the safe zone as a 30 km-deep area along the whole of the Turkish border, with housing projects constructed by Turkish companies. The houses to be built would have gardens and refugees to be resettled in the area would be able to grow their own food.

    https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-usa/us-...o-days-erdogan



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    Another update.

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    There’s a debate within Free Syria as to whether journalists here should cover all the news or be selective in their reporting. At OGN we believe that our viewers have the right to know what is happening in order to make informed decisions.



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    Highly and widely respected military commander of HTS, Abu Abd, released an unprecedented video charging HTS with corruption & mismanagement of the jihad in Syria. This is a translation of his statement in full. OGN cannot independently verify his statements.





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    Air strikes have been targeting hospitals in the rebel-held province of Idlib, Syria, despite the fact that it is a war crime. Medics have been forced underground in order to survive.

    The UN accuses the Syrian government and allied Russian warplanes of conducting a deadly campaign that appears to target medical facilities.

    BBC's Middle East correspondent, Quentin Sommerville, visits one hospital in a secret location.






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