Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo


#1

Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege.

Iran reported one of its generals had been killed on the front line, giving direct confirmation of the role Tehran is playing along with Moscow in what appears to be one of the most determined offensives in five years of civil war.

The government assault around Aleppo, and advances in the south and northwest, helped to torpedo Geneva peace talks this week. Russia’s intervention has tipped the war President Bashar al-Assad’s way, reversing gains rebels made last year.

The last two days saw government troops and their Lebanese and Iranian allies fully encircle the countryside north of Aleppo and cut off the main supply route linking the city - Syria’s largest before the war - to Turkey. Ankara said it suspected the aim was to starve the population into submission.

reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-idUSKCN0VE0ZA?utm_source=twitter

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#2

And…:confused:

Of course people are going to flee whilst the army and rebels are ‘fighting’ all around them. They’ll return when the rebels are booted out - mind you, they’ve no doubt little to go back to, as the rebels will have wrecked the place.

What exactly do they think should happen? Which rebel group do they want to rule Syria, if Assad’s army is not ‘allowed’ to fight the rebels?

ISIS is the main contender for ruling, and/or any of the others in the club. :shrug:

A twitter account of someone who actually lives, in Syria, photographing and tweeting accounts as it’s happening.

twitter.com/sayed_ridha


#3

The government is also turning the tide against the rebels in the far Southern area Daraahttp://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/201350-syria-regime-hizbullah-make-fresh-gains-in-south


#4

ISIS just released a video on their Caliphate Cubs,

Rebels took back Retian which the government previously had.

But the Rebels do have to fight the Regime/ISIS/Russia, so that is tough undoubtedly.

The regime uses barrel bombs, even with the Russian help. That is sort of strange.


#5

:thumbsup:

Like whose country is it? It’s astonishing the way the Western press make out Assad’s army getting rid of anti-Christian ‘rebels’, in his country, is somehow devious, or his army is doing something evil. :confused: Especially so, when the majority of Syrians support him, in the first place.

You couldn’t make it up.


#6

The Western Press? :smiley:

What’s the excuse for Tass being raided by the Russian Government? :rolleyes:

news.yahoo.com/authorities-raid-russian-state-news-agency-tass-tass-113920696.html


#7

In both campaigns, Aleppo and Daraa, the Syrian Army is battling Jabhat Al-Nusra along with other Islamist groups.


#8

Iranian Guards flags are popping up around Aleppo

also:
Syrian Army, Hezbollah capture Bashkoy-Rityan Road bit.ly/1Q0XRRk

It is basically, Russia in the air and Syrian army, Iranian Guards & Hezbollah on the ground.


#9

To be fair, the TASS raid wasn’t about the press agency, it was getting evidence on one person related to a previous job they held unrelated to TASS.


#10

Looks like the country is Iran’s now or going to be soon.


#11

An Iranian General just got killed over there,

7 Hezbollah soldiers killed.

syriahr.com/en/?p=43915

Reef Dimashq province: Clashes took place between Islamic battalions backed by Jabhat al-Nusra against IS around al-Tal city last night what wounded a young man. Explosive barrels were dropped on Arbin, no reports of losses. 7 Hezbollah were killed out of 42 people who were killed by IS suicide car and Belt, in Sayeda Zainab earlier.


#12

Looks like some reports say Assad will be stepping down in March 2017, there can not be peace as long as he is in power and the Russians know the population hates him.

A story about the Assads from January as Assads 2nd cousin killed Assads first cousin.

france24.com/en/20160122-syria-assad-cousin-20-year-sentence-murder

PLO has also accused Assad of crimes against Humanity, Palestinians live in Syria.

jpost.com/Middle-East/PLO-official-accuses-Syria-of-crimes-against-humanity

Very popular. :smiley: Can’t blame the West on that one. :rolleyes:


#13

That is true.


#14

Doubt it very much, just more propaganda.

Time will tell, but if Iran takes over Syria , ‘I’ll give you the money myself’. :wink:


#15

Whether Assad eventually steps down or not, the strongest elements of the opposition will still consist of hardline Salafists.


#16

They won’t officially take over the ‘country.’ But they don’t have to. They will control the government to make sure it is a Shiite controlled government, like they do the Iraqi government. Essentially Syria and Iraq will be two Shiite eremites. The goals of the Ayatollahs haven’t changed any.


#17

What happens next in Aleppo will shape Europe’s future

theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/05/aleppo-europe-vladimir-putin-russian-military?CMP=share_btn_tw


#18

We know history is always happening but this is big and I don’t understand why there isn’t more about this in MSM. It should be upfront headlines day in day out.


#19

An opinion in the Western press.

I’m sure there are many more ‘opinions’ from differing sides with other outcomes. :shrug:

Small sample of comments, to the ‘opinion’ piece.

**farga sjxt 1d ago **

Fantasy narrative - the West has never given any support of note to the Syrian rebellion. Obama’s priority from Day 1 has always been, and remains, the Iranian deal in pursuit of a new balance of power in the region that enables the US to step back.

This always looked fairly ludicrous, and its hard to escape the conclusion now his main object is run down the clock until he leaves office.
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mikehowleydcu sjxt 1d ago**

Ae you banging the drums for war just to support the US desire for “full spectrum dominance”?
nobledonkey MMGALIAS 8h ago

What an absolute lie considering the RuAF bombings of ISIS around Kuweires, East Aleppo, Palmyra, and Eastern Homs, all targeting ISIS.

ID4352889 MMGALIAS 7h ago

I’ve noticed you’re fairly relaxed about Western Expansionism in the region. in fact you seem to relish it. What’s with the Avatar?

guardians coverage is shameful at best. History will not judge our actions kindly.

geronimo icarus80 4h ago

The Guardian’s agenda is for some reason, and has for a few years been only about refighting the Cold War. Mysterious business.
the Cold War. Mysterious business.
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scubaM10 1d ago**

“The defeat of anti-Assad rebels who have partially controlled the city since 2012 would leave nothing on the ground in Syria but Assad’s regime and Islamic State.”

It is tragic OK but the anti-Assad rebels are far from a unified force. Most manifest various degrees of Islamofascism.

Keeping Assad in power happens to be the least of the various evils.
If only Assad and ISIS remained, then it would be easier for a combined effeort to deal with ISIS.

**davearnold scubaM10 1d ago **

Absolutely right. Also note that the Assad government includes Christians and Sunnis as well as people of no religion. The wife of Assad is a Sunni, The Vice President is a Sunni.*


#20

Does it seem like Russia is ready to hand Syria over to Iran? Or, will it be a 90 day return?
Until Obama is gone we will have to watch and see (unless something else goes to H).


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