Syria: Assad’s Army promised military Intervention from Russia

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Ifrane – “This Is Wafi Abdouss Blog” Returns after nearly one month of activity absence. We comeback with an explosive but short article about Syria, because as many might know, the US is preparing to attack yet another Arab country.

Accusing Assad of using chemical weapons, The US and its allies called for military actions against Assad but the pace of “military intervention” soon faded as US allies including its key ally the UK announced they will not take part in any attack against Syria. The US however, is sticking to its position and remains deadlocked to strike Syria. On the other hand, we can exclusively report that sources from within the Syrian government have confirmed that Russia promised to provide strong military support in order to keep rebels from taking advantage of the supposed strike. The source adds that Russia is committed to protect its interests in the Mediterranean sea.

More is coming, more news is being prepared from different categories to make you an addict of this blog 🙂

By Wafi,

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Syrian Rebels Seize Khan Al Assal

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Aleppo – Syrian forces loyal to president Assad’s government may have lost control of a strategic town south of Aleppo in another blow to the government in the north.

Khan Al Assal is a district situated in the west of Aleppo and has been, until recently, one of the very few strongholds of the government in the north. The district is just few kilometers away from the government-controled West Aleppo. The government of Mr. Assad is still in control of western Aleppo (about 45% of the city) but it remains nearly besieged from all sides by the rebels who control the rest of the city and much of the countryside.

The fight for Aleppo began about a year ago when rebels attacked the northern commercial hub in a bid to transform Syria’s largest city into a “Benghazi of Syria”, however, the government soon sent reinforcements and entrenched itself in the opulent parts of Aleppo, targeting the rebel-held and poor neighborhoods with heavy weaponry, tank fire and airstrikes.

Saudi Arabia to Block/Ban “Skype” and “WhatsApp” … TODAY

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Saidia – Authorities in Saudi Arabia are moving towards banning yet another internet services … Skype and WhatsApp!

Following a string of rumors concerning banning Skype and WhatsApp, young peoples worst nightmare in Saudi Arabia may be knowing there door. Al Arabiaa, a pro-Saudi pan-Arab news channel reported today via its website that the Communications and Information Technology Commission in Saudi Arabia has decided to ban both “Skype” and “WhatsApp” without giving any extra details beside mentioning that the two services did not meet Saudi standards and rules of communication.

This comes as comments under the article blasted the decision, while some wondered why is Al Arabiya reporting about Assad’s dictatorship in such a negative manner while deliberately ignoring what authorities in Saudi Arabia are doing.

50,000 Syrian Government Soldier Killed since 2011

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Saidia – BBC Arabic reports today that sources close to the Syrian ministry of defense told them that some 50,000 regular army soldiers were killed since the beginning of the Syrian unrest.

President Assad’s government has been relying on its military capabilities to fight back rebels trying to oust President Assad, and after nearly 2 years and a half, 95000 killed and nearly 3 Million refugee scattered in neighboring countries. The Syrian Arab Army is to say the least weakened by the ongoing conflict and sources tell BBC Arabic that 50,000 soldiers and militiamen were killed between 2011 and 2013 (to date) while 200 tanks and 440 other heavy weaponry destroyed, damaged or lost.

Even with 50,000 killed, the armed forces of Syria are believed to number to as much as 250,000 soldier and reports suggest that out of that number over 120,000 are hardcore loyalists to Assad. On top of the regular army, Assad’s government relies on militias and armed brigades loyal to Assad numbering to as much as 130,000 fighter. All of this without mentioning Hezbollah’s current 15,000 elite fighters stationed and participating in Syria as well as Iranian revolutionary guards and Iraqi fighters sympathetic to Assad (reports).

President Mohammed Morsi Officially CHARGED!

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Saidia – Ousted Egyptian president is having such a bad time right now, after his fall from grace, the ousted president finds himself charged with “breaking free” from the prison back in 2011.

The general prosecutor just sent the files of Morsi’s case (Wadi Natroun) to a judge, and the reason is to officially look into the case and decide if the ousted president will be subjected to a trial or sent back to the prison in order to finish his sentencing, that is if the claims of his prison break are true.

This came as a shock to us because we never thought that a person who won free elections would end up in a prison cell for crimes he might have committed decades ago, or imprisoned on politics-related charges.

Muammar Gaddafi’s Compound To be Transformed into Public Park

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Tripoli – Libyan tourism minister Ikram Abdel Salam announced that Libyan authorities will be transforming Gaddafi’s 6 square kilometer compound into a public park.

Following the fall of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, much of the family-owned homes and assets were seized and raided by joyful crowds celebrating the fall of who they like to describe as “Crazy, madman dictator” and his regime. But the most important Gaddafi asset is by far the family’s compound in the center of Tripoli. The 6 square kilometer compound included lavish residences for Gaddafi’s family and key officials, swimming pools, lush gardens and surely Gaddafi’s tents. Since the fall of Tripoli back on August 2011, much of the compound was destroyed by angry crowds, armed groups and NATO which bombed the compound on different occasions with August 22nd being the last time.

Plans by the Libyan government to transform Bab Al Azizia into a public park was highly welcomed by Libyans who expressed utter joy to hear that the place they once feared to even look at, is now turning into a place where Libyan families can enjoy each others company in a 6 square kilometer park. The minister also stated that the overall image of the park will be noticeable about 2 months from now.

President Assad Forces Regain Full Control of Al Qaboun District

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Saidia – Syrian government forces announced today that Government forces have regained control of 95% of the strategic Qaboun district near the capital Damascus.

Yesterday, government troops backed by tanks and artillery moved into Qaboun after breaching rebel defenses. Opposition activists claimed Republican Guards troops detained hundreds of people in public places to prevent rebel fighters from hitting their forces while government sources claimed that they’re in control of as much as 95% of the district with few pockets of resistance left inside the district.

If the fall of the district is actually confirmed, it will serve as yet another blow to efforts by the opposition to siege the capital.

3 killed and over 15 seriously injured in Egypt’s Sinai

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Saidia – Reports from different media outlets, 3 people were killed and over 15 seriously injured in the latest attacks against army and police positions.

Fingers of accusation points out to the Muslim Brotherhood’s military wing for the latest terrorist attack in Sinai which took the lives of 3 people and injured over 15 following in an attack on a bus while an explosion also rocked an empty police HQ (under construction). The Muslim Brotherhood is largely being held responsible for previous and current attacks against army and police targets. These attacks came following warnings from the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood that the latter will not stay silent in the face of what it described as an “army coup” against the “legitimacy” of ousted president Morsi.

Sinai has become since the fall of president Mubarak, a safe haven for extremists, terrorists and surely militiamen of the Muslim Brotherhood who are believed to be stationed in the mountains of Sinai.

Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Questioned by General Prosecution

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Saidia – Reuters reports today that ousted president Morsi has been questioned for supposed crimes committed during his one year as president of Egypt by the general prosecution.

Morsi, who was ousted through a popular uprising supported by the military which subsequently used its influence and weight to topple the president and moreover apprehend his family and entourage while at the same time closing pro-Morsi TV station and getting accused by the Muslim Brotherhood and other pro-Morsi supporters of turning a blind eye on vandalizing acts by anti-Morsi protesters and conducting illegal raids, arrests and even assassination against leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Something the army and a huge percentage of Egyptians refuse and rebuff.

However, it appears that the fears of the pro-Morsi camp may come sooner than they thought as “their legitimate president” found himself being questioned by the general prosecution with accusation as harsh and serious as conspiring against the country and giving orders to kill unarmed protesters making his previous fears, the accusation of his supposed prison break, the least of his worries at the moment.

Syrian Rebels abandon their stronghold in Homs City

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Saidia – After nearly 2 weeks, government forces are still to fully regain control over whats left of the once rebel-held areas in Homs city, as rebel forces continue to resist in some parts of Al Khalidiya district and old city.

The Australian reports that the last opposition-held areas of Homs are set to fall within days to the Syrian army after rebel forces decided to “sacrifice” their areas in the country’s third-largest city to the government, according to diplomats and opposition sources.

The fall of Homs will represent a strategic victory for the government following a previous breakthrough in the border town of Qusair. The victory once reached will not only showcase the government forces as the upper hand in the battlefield, it will also help president Assad’s forces to strengthen its grip on the route linking Damascus to the Mediterranean coast.

The rebels have apparently chosen to consolidate their hold on areas in the north near the Turkish borders, while their strongholds in central, southern and around the capital seem to be on the verge of totally falling to government forces.