the battle for syria

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. Sarajevo. December 14, 2016. A Bosnian woman holds a banner during a solidarity rally. Up to a thousand people gathered in Sarajevo, a city that became synonymous with civilian suffering during the Balkan wars of 1990′s, to express solidarity with the civilian victims of Aleppo.

Photograph: Amel Emric/AP

It is hard to explain what is happening in Aleppo, it is difficult to comprehend and understand, it is difficult to get accurate information, but this is what is clear - Aleppo is burning. The city has been the epicentre of a largely ignored humanitarian crisis that was sparked by the Syrian Civil War in 2012, and has raged ever since. Over 400,000 people have been killed during the war, many of which were civilians, and tens of thousands of which were children. Only a fraction of the city’s population remains, those who did not flee, were either killed, or have fought for survival until this moment. Yesterday, the battle of Aleppo reportedly ended, Russia stopped bombing and Syria called a truce with rebels, but this morning, fierce fighting has resumed. While both sides claim the moral high ground, the toll it has taken on innocent civilians is undeniable. I don’t know what the answer is, I don’t know what we can do to stop the violence, but I do know it must end. I stand with the children of Aleppo, the innocents, the victims of a war that they did not want. I stand with the people who have lost it all but remain hopeful. I am not a religious man, so maybe ‘pray’ isn’t the right word, but I pray for peace for the children of Aleppo, and the children of Syria as a whole.

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Aleppo battle: Rebels burn Syria evacuation buses
The burning of buses sent to evacuate Shia villages in Syria throws Aleppo evacuation plan into doubt.

Several buses sent to transport the sick and injured from two government-held villages in Syria’s Idlib province have been burned by rebels.

It has thrown the latest efforts to evacuate besieged areas into doubt.

Pro-government forces say people must be allowed to leave the mainly Shia villages of Foah and Kefraya for the evacuation of east Aleppo to restart.

State media said convoys had begun to leave Aleppo on Sunday but other reports said they had turned back.

The initial plan to evacuate the last rebel-held enclaves in the city collapsed on Friday, leaving civilians stranded at various points along the route out without access to food or shelter.

Despite delays over the new operation, buses were preparing to evacuate people from both eastern Aleppo and the government-held villages in Idlib province on Sunday.

A number of buses have succeeded in entering Foah and Kefraya, according to the UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). It earlier reported that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, had been holding them up.

However, six buses were attacked and torched on the way, the SOHR said.

Syrian state media said “armed terrorists” attacked five buses, burned and destroyed them.

A reporter for AFP news agency said armed men forced the drivers of the buses to get out before opening fire and setting the vehicles light.

Several reports from opposition sources said Jabhat Fatah al-Sham was responsible. But Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV and Beirut-based pro-Syrian government al-Mayadin TV said clashes between jihadist Jabhat Fath al-Sham and the rebel Islamist Ahrar al-Sham had resulted in the blaze.

The jihadist groups have not commented on the attack.

However, the Free Syrian Army, a more moderate rebel faction, condemned it as a “reckless act endangering the lives of nearly 50,000 people” in east Aleppo.

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Video update: “Real tank battle in Syria” https://youtu.be/j0Mg3BFAKOI cheers pwrkreeper…

Fun Fact: There is a lot to a word. The Arab word “jihad” ( جهاد ‎‎) means “to struggle”. It can refer to an internal religious struggle or to an active struggle to spread Islam. This end can be advanced in many ways and not just through violence. Strangely although jihad originally spread Islam across the Levant, Anatolia and Central Asia and was used as a rallying cry against the Crusaders most of the time jihad was applied against other Muslims as Sunni fought Shia. In many places in the Muslim world, the invasion and conquest of Palestine by the Western-backed Zionists, the invasion of Iraq, and Afghanistan by the Western coalition, the battle against ISIL, and the struggle in Syria are seen as a return of the Crusaders.

Khawlah bint al-Azwar

Muslim Mulan (seriously)

1. Born sometime in the seventh century, Khawlah was well known for her leadership in battles of the Muslim conquests in parts of what are today Syria, Jordan, and Palestine.

2. Known for her skilled swordsmanship (swordspersonship?)

3. Also a mastered poet

4. In the Battle of Adnajin, Khawlah had accompanied the Muslim forces to provide medical attention to wounded soldiers.

5. However, her talent was first noted during the Battle of Sanita-al-Uqab in 634, fought during the Siege of Damascus, in which her beloved brother Zirrar (or Deraar) was leading the Muslim forces and was wounded and taken prisoner by the Byzantine army. Khalid ibn Walid took his mobile guard to rescue him. Khawlah accompanied the army and rushed on the Byzantine rearguard all alone. 

Khawlah took a knight’s armor, weapons, and mare, wrapping herself in a green shawl. She fought the Byzantine battalion, who were attacking Muslim soldiers. Khalid bin Walid, the leader of the Muslim forces, ordered the soldiers to charge the Byzantine. In her armor and typical loose dress of Arabian warriors she was not recognized as a woman.

Many of the Muslim soldiers thought that Khawlah was Khalid until Khalid appeared. The Muslims defeated the Byzantines, who fled the battlefield. When Khalid found Khawlah, she was covered in blood. He asked her to remove his veil. After refusing several times, Khawlah revealed her identity. Khalid then ordered his army to chase the fleeing Byzantines, with Khawlah leading the attack. 

6. In another battle, Khawlah was captured after falling from her horse. After being taken to a camp with other women prisoners, Khawlah was to be taken to the leader’s tent for pleasure. Instead, Khawlah roused the other prisoners, who used the tent poles as weapons and attacked the Byzantine guards. According to Al Waqidi, they managed to kill thirty Byzantine knights with Khawlah taking credit for five, including the Byzantinian who that insulted her.

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. December 15, 2016. Two civilians hug each other as they arrive at the convoy including buses and ambulances waiting to evacuate civilians who fled from East Aleppo.

Photograph: Ibrahim Ebu Leys/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. December 15, 2016. In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises in an east Aleppo neighbourhood. Syrian activists said residents in eastern Aleppo are starting to board buses and ambulances, the first step in an evacuation that is part of the rebel enclave’s effective surrender. 

Photograph: SANA via AP

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Palmyra one of the oldest cities in the world founded in 2000BC located in Homs Suburbs is now under attack by the hundreds from ISIS terrorists. Until now 36 civilians are dead in a massacre ISIS committed in the villages surrounding Palmyra in an attempt to concur the city and destroy and sell its ancient artifacts that are thousands of years old. The Syrian Army is now engaging in one of most fierce battles defending Syria’s History and trying to free the city and the people trapped in areas that ISIS took over it.


The Syrian directorate of Antiquities and Museums : Palmyra is an archaeological global city and the international community has a responsibility to keep its artifacts in Palmyra where it belongs and defend it against ISIS.

But since the Syrian government has been warning for days now that ISIS is trying to take over Palmyra and the international community as usual did nothing so the The Syrian directorate of Antiquities and Museums just announced an hour ago that: The Syrian Army and the people of Palmyra are defending the historical , Archaeological and humanitarian position of this city with their own lives on the behalf of the silent world!

Palmyra will not fall. ISIS will try to wipe out and sell our history but we will remain!

#SavePalmyra 

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The Map on top is the Ottoman Empire, the Map on the bottom is current ISIS holdings and affiliates… See a comparison? Proof that if not learned from history repeats itself. And proof that as history continues to prove that since its inception the Islamic faith continues in its attempts at world domination…

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. December 15, 2016. Buses line up during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods. A convoy of ambulances and buses left rebel territory in Aleppo in the first evacuations under a deal for opposition fighters to leave the city after years of fighting.

Photograph: Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty