Jaysh al Fatah opens up shop in Qalamoun as Nasrallah declares Hizbollah will fall if Asad does.
ethan's Musing on the Near East - Page 39
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deep into enemy territory, you'll find gastronomical adventures
Edited by the shah - 5/6/15 at 5:58am
CENTCOM: "The training phase is a critical step in the Syria train and equip mission designed to build the capability of the appropriately vetted Syrian fighters so that they can defend the Syrian people from attacks by ISIL and secure territory controlled by the Syrian opposition"
Read: fight al-Qa'ida fi Sham. and Ahrar. Maybe not Jaysh al Islam. Too far south.
i can't see this turning into any kind of nationalist/separatist movement though. there've been times of uprisings in the past, both azeris and kurds, but generally small flare-ups.
incidentally, the regime does not allow sunnis to have masjids , and so they resort to congregation inside houses in tehran. a few years ago some wanted to make salat in the park or something and were beaten away by the authorities, can't have them showing publicly of course ...
Saudis have pulled a Dresden on Saada. Not even israelis received that much lenience from the international community in terms of mass bombings. I remember in 2006 youd get at leasat face saving statements about civilians but total international silence about yemen, the poorest people in the region