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Iraq’s Top Cleric Is Becoming Its Political Savior
Syrian War Daily – 22nd of October 2018
Video from Liwa Shuhada Hasakah showing clashes in Tadif
It’s comprised of “Jaish al-Ababil” (came from south Damascus and Qaboun), Qasioun Legions, Jaydur Horan, Jaish al-Thawra, Wa’atasimu Operation Room, Hara MC, Tasil MC, Swords of Justice Oproom, Ahrar Qita, Victory Oproom, &withdrawing militants from eastern Daraa.
I really don't see how these guys think they wont be absolutely bulldozed, especially after what the SAA/RuAF/TF has been doing to the much smaller insurgent groups recently.
what level of manpower are we talking about here? I haven't heard of most of these groups. 1000s? 10000s?
I think it's safe to say civilians just want to sleep at night. I don't think Assad is interested in massacreing Sunni as implied by FSA
He'd have to massacre almost his entire country. His army too.
Aren't minorities heavily over represented in the Syrian military? Or Is that just at the higher levels?
Just the latter. Due to conscription the overwhelming majority of the SAA are Sunnis.
I would say that minorities are overrepresented among SAA casualties. The Violations Documentation Centre has compiled a list of 20,000+ pro-govt casualties (although some civilians killed by anti-govt groups are listed too, especially those living in Damascus and Aleppo). If you filter the deaths by region, you can see that Tartous and Latakia have by far the largest number of martyrs. Aleppo is #3, but like I said you'll notice that a much larger proportion of the Aleppo fatalities are listed as civilians. If you go through the martyrs for #4 Hama and #5 Homs, you'll notice that most hail from minority communities/towns in those regions (e.g. Mesyaf, Al-Rabia, Salamiya, Salhab, Zahraa neighborhood in Homs City, Fahel, etc.)
Suweida, meanwhile, is the Syrian governorate with the 2nd smallest population (after Quneitra). But VDC has registered more pro-govt martyrs from there than from Raqqa, Daraa, Hasakah, Idlib, or Deir Ezzor governorates.
And they were held in barracks or subjected to executions if they did not shoot protesters. It took a lot of coercion to keep the sunni foot soldiers in line.
That applied to every single foot soldier unless they had some good connections. Any evidence that Sunnis were specifically targeted?
Yes as i just said. They were confined to barracks, moved away from frontline areas or shot if they didnt follow orders. I havent seen much evidence of this happening to Alawite units during the same time scale.
You know when someone asks you for evidence they want you to present the evidence.
There are numerous peer reviewed and published academic works that discuss this topic. Im not here to do leg work for people who havent been bothered to do it themselves.
If there are numerous sources it shouldn’t be hard for you to link one....the reason you won’t is because there aren’t any.
Even that’s pretty inaccurate they have a strong representation of all groups in higher level government. Just as an example the oil minister is Kurdish.
But where it actually matters, the mukhabarat and the armed forces and paramilitary units, its is almost all Alawite. Without the Alwaite security class the regime would crumble or have to reform to such an extent the Assad clan would lose serious power and influence.
Ali Ghanem is Kurdish? Source?
The higher levels of the Syrian government seem to almost entirely consist of Muslim Arabs. Are there any Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Circassians, Turkmen, and Greeks in the Council of Ministers at all?
Currently there are at least 8 Sunnis in Assad’s cabinet 1 Druze and 1 Greek Orthodox in Assad’s cabinet Wiki doesn’t have religions for all of them sadly that includes Ali but multiple people on here have said he’s a Kurd.
The Syrian Defense Minister killed by insurgents in the 2012 bombings in Damascus was a Turkmen.
He doesnt need to any more. That phase of the war is done. But its revisionism to say that the regime was not sectarian in 2011 and the early years.
Wonder how that will affect that report that several villages will reconcile