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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Syrian opposition preparing to become the Resistance to the Russian Occupation

Today I am bringing you news from Syria with very little commentary. This record speaks for itself. From The Syrian Observer we have this translation of piece published on the opposition website Madar al-Youm on Monday:
Russian Intervention Signals Collapse of Assad Regime, Iranian Militias

Rebel group says governments of Russia and Iran a "legitimate target" for Southern Front fighters as Syrian revolution transforms into anti-occupation resistance

5 October 2015
by Madar al-Youm

The rebel Southern Front alliance has accused powers inside the Friends of Syria group of participating in the implementation of some plans with the Assad regime's allies, labeling the move "unlawfully malicious”.

In a statement posted on its official website, the Front said it considers the governments of Russia and Iran, "real enemies of the Syrian people, and a legitimate target for the fighters of the Southern Front, as the resistance against occupation is a legitimate right safeguarded by the United Nations."

The Front condemned the Russian airstrikes launched against opposition factions in Syria, stressing the Russian intervention is an "occupation disguised in anti-terrorism mask, with its real goal to protect the Assad regime in Syria."

The commander of the Southern Front’s Yarmouk Army, Bashar al-Zoubi, said, "the Russian intervention is an attack on Syria. It aborts the political process, especially the plan of the UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura."

Zoubi said the intervention is a sign of the collapse of Assad's regime and the Iranian militias in Syria, stressing that Russia’s involvement leads to a radical transformation from a revolution against injustice to popular resistance against occupation.

But news from southern Syria reports a batch of US-made Stinger missiles has arrived to formations of the Southern Front.

Yasser ar-Rahil, a member of National Syrian Coalition’s Information Office, said in a press statement: "the solution is not to arm the Free Syrian Army, the solution is to stop Russia. The Security Council and the United Nations should play their role in stopping such practices."

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer
Today they published this:
Russia, Assad Mobilize Troops for Major Offensive on Hama, Homs: Military

Syria's army and allied Hezbollah, Iranian and Russian troops prepare to launch decisive ground attack to liberate the countryside of Hama and Homs
7 October 2015
by Zaman al-Wasl (opposition website)

Syrian regime forces, backed by key ally Russia, are mobilizing troops to launch a major offensive on the provinces of Hama and Homs, seeking to fortify the predominantly Alawite Ghab plain, a military source told Zaman Al Wasl on Monday.

The source said the regime army and allied troops from Hezbollah, Iran and Russia are preparing to launch a decisive ground attack to liberate the countryside of Hama and Homs provinces from rebels.

The strategic Ghab plain remains Russia's key target to protect what may become of a de facto Russian territory, activists claim, in reference to the coastal region, President Bashar al-Assad's historical heartland.
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Notice the obviously NATO supplied advanced weaponry they are using. Not!

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Published on Oct 7, 2015

BEIRUT Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes battled insurgents in central Syria on Wednesday in the first major ground fighting since Moscow began launching air raids on militants last week, activists said.

The fighting comes as the Russian airstrikes appear to have emboldened Syrian troops to launch a ground offensive after suffering a string of setbacks in northwestern Syria over the past few months.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a government offensive began on four fronts early Wednesday in the northwestern provinces of Idlib and neighboring Hama. Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said it is "the most intense fighting in months."

Activist Ahmad al-Ahmad, who is currently in Idlib, said government troops are "heavily" shelling central areas after rebels attacked an army post and destroyed a tank.

The Observatory and al-Ahmad said the main launching point for government forces is the town of Morek on the highway that links the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest city and former commercial center. Rebels have controlled areas on the highway since 2012.

The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said rebels were able to destroy two tanks and an armored personnel carrier in northern parts of Hama province near Idlib.

The Observatory said two helicopters believed to be Russian were seen flying at low altitude in Morek. It added that militants opened fire at the helicopters without striking them. It was not immediately clear if the pilots were Russian or Syrian.

The Islamic State group has no presence in the area that was attacked on Wednesday but al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, is active in central and northern Syria, as are Western-backed rebels.

The latest developments come exactly a week after Russia began launching airstrikes in Syria.

Moscow has mainly targeted central and northwestern Syria, strategic regions that are the gateway to President Bashar Assad's strongholds in Damascus, and along the Mediterranean coast.

Meanwhile, Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed Syrian military official as saying that Russian warplanes attacked Islamic State positions in the town of Al-Bab and the nearby town of Deir Hafer in the northern province of Aleppo.
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