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UN Human Rights Stops Updating Syrian Death Toll

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The United Nations no longer will report on how many people have been killed in the raging Syrian civil war because it says it no longer has enough sources in the field for reliable information.

The last official count by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was around 100,000, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said  that the verified figure is 130,000 but could be as high as 200,000. The United Nations say it could confirm or deny the estimate.

The number has risen by a few hundred or more the past week because of as a second war, pitting opposition forces against Al Qaeda terrorists, whom rebels accused of abuses, although the number of fighters in the war who have not committed abuses is somewhere around zero.

kidnappings, torture, assassinations and public executions have become routine practice by forces loyal to Syrian President Bassar al-Assad and by the opposition.

A security official in Damascus, referring to rebels and the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant told AFP that, “nothing unites them except terrorism.”

And there is nothing that could unite all parties in the war – including jihadists and Assad – except Israel.

Bloodbath in Syria Kills 160 Rebels and Soldiers

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Heavy fighting between Syrian rebels and loyalists to Syrian President Bassar al-Assad has claimed at least 160 lives in the suburbs of Damascus the past two days as the regimes continues to use starvation as a weapon.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said deadly clashes broke out on Friday in Ghouta, east of the capital, where the government has prevented food, water and medicine from entering.

Most of the casualties reportedly were from Al Qaeda  groups trying to open the supply road. One of those killed was said to be Ammar Tabajo, who has used an alias to  transmit to Western media information, such as the chemical weapons attack last August.

Syrian Mine Blows Up Minibus; Women and Children among 21 Dead

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

A mine explosion as a minibus drove by on Wednesday killed 21 people, including women and children, near the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolution against the Assad regime more than three years ago.

Four children and six women were among the victims in the city of Noa in the Deraa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Activists for the opposition said the vehicle ran over a mine in the rebel-held territory, not far from a base of soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bassar al-Assad.

Clashes continued to Wednesday despite pleas from the Arab League and Muslim groups for a temporary ceasefire during the current Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Between 27 and more than 55 soldiers, depending on which report can be believed, were killed by rebels the past two days.

Syrian Rebel Factions Trying to End Internal War

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Six Syrian rebel groups came out with a call to the two major rebel factions – al-Qaida’s Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on one side and the Western-supported Free Syrian Army’s Northern Storm Brigade on the other – that are fighting each other in Syria to end their internal strife, AP reported.

The rebel groups released a statement late Wednesday urging the two rival factions to “cease the fire immediately” and seek a resolution from an Islamic court.

The infighting is just as intense as the war against the Syrian regime has been in the three-year civil war.

The statement was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which documents the civil war and rebel-on-rebel fighting.

The Islamic Army and the Tawheed Brigade are two of the press release signatories.

Assad’s Army Ready to Take Back Aleppo

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Syria’s army is preparing to launch an assault on Aleppo, aimed at driving rebels out of the northern city and surrounding province, the Daily Star of Lebanon reports.

Preparations for the new battle come five days after the Syrian army and its ally Hezbollah—which is an Iranian brigade based in Lebanon—retook Qusair in center-west Syria, a year after the bulk of that region had fallen into rebel hands.

“It is likely the battle for Aleppo will start in the coming hours or days, and its aim is to reclaim the towns and villages [under rebel control] in the province,” a source in the Syrian security apparatus told AFP.

“The Syrian Arab army is ready to carry out its mission in this province,” the source said.

The pro-Assad daily Al-Watan reported on Sunday that the government army had “started to deploy at a large scale in Aleppo province, in preparation for a battle that will be fought in the city and its outskirts.”

The rebels took Alepo in July, 2012, and since then this major industrial center had been bombarded regularly by Army forces.

Al-Watan also said “the Syrian army will take advantage of its experience in Qusair and Eastern Ghouta [near Damascus] to advance in the [central] province of Hama and Homs” nearby.

“The consequences of the battle for Qusair will … map out the contours of Syria’s political future,” the daily added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Friday that the regime was deploying “thousands of soldiers” near Aleppo, among other things to try and cut off the rebels’ weapons supply routes from Turkey.

Al-Manar, Hezbollah’s media channel, reported that the army’s “Northern Storm” operation had started Sunday morning, with the goal of “regaining Aleppo and its countryside.”

Battles raged on Sunday near Al-Nubul and Zahra, two rural Shiite enclaves outside Aleppo, in Syria’s north.

“The aim is to use the two villages as forward bases to make advances in Aleppo and its countryside,” said Brigadier General Mustafa al-Sheikh, a rebel commander who used to be a senior officer in Assad’ military.

“The regime considers that it has received a shot in the arm after the Qusair battle, but they will find that it will not be easy to advance in Aleppo,” al-Sheikh told The Daily Star.

Another rebel commander, from the Free Syria Brigade, using the name Salah, told The Daily Star there had been increased air traffic from the direction of Al-Nubul and Zahra for the last two days.

“We are forming groups to prepare but we lack ammunition,” he said in a phone conversation.

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