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post #286 of 2699
The main hospital in Douma (Damascus Suburb), that belongs to SAMS, has been destroyed by the shelling of the Syrian Regime.
This hospital is the only source for almost 300,000 civilians and has managed to treat on average around 300 patients per day.
post #287 of 2699
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The artist who made the bullets in my avatar lives in Duma. He hasn't posted since the 7th. :\

 

edit: posted an hour ago ilhamdulillah. 

post #288 of 2699
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Interesting development... Nusra might be splitting with AQC:

 

Something seemingly big is soon to be announced between al-Nusrah + Ahrar + Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar + Liwa al-Muhajirin in #Aleppo.

post #289 of 2699
Meta-data assassination targeting
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“I see them every day and we are scared of them,” said Mohammed Tuaiman, speaking from al-Zur village in Marib province, where he died two weeks ago.

“A lot of the kids in this area wake up from sleeping because of nightmares from them and some now have mental problems. They turned our area into hell and continuous horror, day and night, we even dream of them in our sleep.”

Much of Mohammed’s life was spent living in fear of drone strikes. In 2011 an unmanned combat drone killed his father and teenage brother as they were out herding the family’s camels.

The drone that would kill Mohammed struck on 26 January in Hareeb, about an hour from his home. The drone hit the car carrying the teenager, his brother-in-law Abdullah Khalid al-Zindani and a third man.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/10/drones-dream-yemeni-teenager-mohammed-tuaiman-death-cia-strike
post #290 of 2699
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also from Astan... 

 

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Holy shit this is dangerous. Peshmerga disposing of a suicide vest by shooting it. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=335997939926695

post #292 of 2699
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Holy shit this is dangerous. Peshmerga disposing of a suicide vest by shooting it. 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=335997939926695

Right, they should have waited for the bomb squad...
post #293 of 2699
They probably could have disarmed it, but were bored I guess.
post #294 of 2699
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My solution, which is not possible for a variety of reasons, would be Hashemite custodianship of Syria while a new government is formed and the jihadis are eliminated, placated, and reintegrated. No opposition group has shown enough competency to run an interim government or form a new government. Jordan, while not stable like a Western democracy, is the most stable country in the Levant (Israel excepted). 

Like you said it is not possible, or at least very unlikely
also because Assad was stopped and prevented from winning by Saudis/USA it resulted in stalemate, more bloodshed and ultimately in foundation of ISIS. That's why seeing all the options available I would support Assad, not because he is a great leader but because other options look way worse to me. Maybe if I would part of some ethnic group within Syria I would see it differently though.
post #295 of 2699
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Like you said it is not possible, or at least very unlikely
also because Assad was stopped and prevented from winning by Saudis/USA it resulted in stalemate, more bloodshed and ultimately in foundation of ISIS. That's why seeing all the options available I would support Assad, not because he is a great leader but because other options look way worse to me. Maybe if I would part of some ethnic group within Syria I would see it differently though.

 

No no no no no no no no no no no no لالالالالالالالالالالالالالالالالالا

 

Assad was on the verge of defeat in 2012. That is when he started testing the "red line" and what he found was that the West was not going to risk a confrontation with Russia and Iran to remove him from power. I'm sure other factors were involved in the West's calculus like the abject failure of Libya. This is a criminal regime, it has the blood of thousands and thousands and thousands of Syrians on its hands. The regime just doesn't film it and boast about it so people don't care. 

 

I don't think I can post it here but suffice it to say there are pictures from Duma in which streets are literally flowing with blood. 

post #296 of 2699
Saddams' hands were bloody just like Assads' my guess you were supporting the overthrow os S.H. then just like you are cheering on for Assad head now.
post #297 of 2699
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and your point is? 

post #298 of 2699
^dont think there is one

Probably all too common a story
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"Toronto 18" plotter Fahim Ahmad, explains process of his radicalization
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/02/14/imprisoned-terror-charges-fahim-ahmad-gives-insight-radicalization/
post #299 of 2699
IS within 9 miles of al-Ain base where 300 US troops are stationed

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post #300 of 2699
As if they even consider that a good school

UMass Amherst stops admitting Iranian students to graduate engineering, sciences programs... http://t.co/krGqLglNAM
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