The Syrian Network for Human Rights announced that the Assad regime used no less than 244 barrel bombs in July, mostly in ‘de-escalation regions’
The Bashar al-Assad regime used at least 244 barrel bombs in its attacks in “de-escalation regions” in July, Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) stated.
SNHR has published its monthly report on the use of barrel bombs by the Assad regime.
The report points out that Turkey, Russia and Iran determined four de-escalation regions in the Astana meeting on May 3-4, and that the Assad regime dropped most barrel bombs in Syria’s Daraa province, which is one of the de-escalation regions.
US sustains military aid to terrorist PKK/PYD in Syria
More than 100 trucks carrying U.S. supplies crossed into Syrian territory controlled by the PKK/PYD terror group on Monday night.The convoy of 112 fuel tankers, covered trucks and low-loaders carrying military Humvees was observed by an Anadolu Agency correspondent as it passed through Syria’s Hasakah province.The U.S. announced in May that it was to supply arms to the PKK/PYD, the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, which has waged a 33-year terror campaign against Turkey. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.US base holds terror meeting in SyriaThe PKK/PYD is currently spearheading the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) assault on Raqqah, Daesh’s Syrian stronghold.According to the Pentagon, the U.S. has supplied weapons to several armed groups in Syria, including the PKK/PYD.These arms include 12,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 6,000 machine guns, 3,500 heavy machine guns, 3,000 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 1,000 anti-tank weapons, 235 mortars, 100 sniper rifles as well as 450 pairs of night vision binoculars and 150 laser illuminators.UN chief supports embattled Syria commissionPrior to Monday, 909 U.S. trucks had been sent to the PKK/PYD-held region.The U.S. has pledged to track all weapons sent to the PKK/PYD and share the information with Turkey.However, Turkey’s National Security Council said in June that some weapons sent to Syria had been captured in raids on the PKK in Turkey.Fingers on the trigger as Turkey’s Afrin operation approachesUS Special Forces train Lebanese troops
Regime drops 244 barrel bombs in July
Damascus suburbs, Suwayda and Hama follow Daraa as the most bombed areas, and no less than 224 barrel bombs were dropped in these regions, the report records.
The report outlines that the ceasefire agreement that has been reached for southern Syria between the U.S. and Russia commenced on July 9, and since then, the areas in the agreement saw a relatively noticeable decrease in killing rates; however, the Assad regime continued to violate the ceasefire.
The regime uses barrel bombs in a widespread and systematic manner, and “violates, through the crime of murder, Article 7 of Rome Statute, and commits crimes against humanity,” the report states.
US base holds terror meeting in Syria
The United States gathered its so-called Canton presidents, announced unilaterally by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorist organization, in the Rimeylan Airbase in al-Hasakah, Syria, and shared its road map with the terrorist organization’s ringleaders, detailing a divided Syria. Washington instructed PKK’s so-called presidents to be “ready for a ‘Northern Syria Autonomous Cantons’ election on Sept. 22, and the ‘Democratic Northern Syria State’ general elections in December, 2017.”Turkey ready to launch military operation in four Syrian regionsTHE THREE-REGIONED FEDERAL STRUCTURE The roadmap determined by the U.S. will turn the Ayn al-Arab, Afrin and Jazira Cantons into microstates. An autonomous region election will be held in September, and the terrorist microstates will be legitimized. In December, a condominium election will be held for a Democratic Northern Syria Federation. According to the plan, the region will be governed by the PKK, which has been named as “Democratic Northern Syria Federation.” Yeni Şafak has been informed that the U.S. experts will actively support the PKK in this process.PKK terrorists issue ‘special’ car plates in Syria’s AfrinUS TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTThe PYD terrorist organization will create new laws, make autonomous decisions regarding population, education, title deeds, citizenship, economy, use of natural sources, army, public order and similar issues, in the terrorist microstates that they plan to establish in northern Syria. The U.S. experts will have an active role in the regulations to be made in all regions, particularly in al-Hasakah, Afrin, Tell Abyad, Al-Darbasiyah, Manbij and Raqqa.A CORRIDOR FROM KIRKUK TO MEDITERRANEANThe U.S. representatives want the pirate cantons established in the regions, occupied by PYD with the U.S., and so-called parliaments governed by the terrorist organization, to be turned into microstates on schedule. Pentagon also made a commitment to the terrorist organization regarding the pirate corridor from Kirkuk to the Mediterranean, following the declaration of the “PKK-PYD Confederation” after 2018.US Special Forces train Lebanese troopsSIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONSThe autonomous state referendum announced by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and PKK’s elections, serving the same purpose in northern Syria, will be held simultaneously. The United States told the PKK government that the PKK would be the biggest power of the region in the long run, and they will continue to support the PKK Kurdistan map that involves Iran in the near and long term.Damascus: You will pay the priceThe Assad regime slammed the elections that PYD plans to hold in northern Syria. “[The elections] will be a joke. Syria will never ever allow any part of its territory to be separated,” Syrian regime’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said in an interview with Reuters and the BBC. Pointing out that they needed to maintain order in the PYD-held regions sooner or later, “Those who will move [to divide Syria] know what price they have to pay,” said Mekdad. He also said they believed that in the north of Syria they had Syrian citizens “who would not endanger the situation in the country.”Secretary of state says US wants to work with RussiaSo-called capital: Ayn al-ArabThe capital of the Democratic Northern Syria Terror Corridor will be Ayn al-Arab. The Afrin-Ayn al-Arab link will be maintained to be ensured through alternative lines. The United States and PYD will continue their diplomatic efforts and field activities to foil the Euphrates Shield Operation, and ensure Turkish troops withdraw from the region. PYD will distribute new ID cards in the Democratic Northern Syria pirate state, which is planned to be established under the leadership of the U.S. in January 2018. The passport and ID registrations of the Damascus government will be expunged, and a new citizenship law will be enacted.The world’s malicious plan for Syria
The report calls on the United Nations Security Council to insure “serious implementation against the regime,” and states that the Resolutions have become merely words, and, thus, “the Security Council has lost all of its credibility and purpose.”
Demanding an arms embargo on the Assad regime, the report also calls for prosecution of all those who supply the Assad regime with funding and weapons.
One barrel bomb costs $50 despite its huge impact
The Assad regime prefers barrel bombs due to their low cost and great destruction impact. Mostly targeting civilians with these bombs, the regime aims to maximize the loss of life. Depending on the amount of explosives filled in barrels, the bombs destroy an area spanning from 50 to 200 meters. The barrel bombs, the tossing method called “free fall principle” in military terms, forces civilians to migrate due to the harm it causes in settlements.
US Special Forces train Lebanese troops
A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that U.S. Special Forces would provide “training and support” for the Lebanese Armed Forces. “I can confirm the presence of U.S. Special Forces in Lebanon,” Eric Pahon told the U.S.- based Arabic television network Al-Hurra. Eric Pahon said that Lebanese troops were being assisted by U.S. Special Operations Forces ahead of a confrontation near the Syrian border with Daesh that is expected to break out within days. The Pentagon spokesman said that the training “not only concentrates on operational type missions, but also tactical and strategic type missions. We also have a presence with Lebanese Special Forces in all aspects of training and special operations.”Leader of Lebanon’s Shi’ite group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, offered support to the Lebanese army on Friday. “We are at the service of the Lebanese army and under its command… if they ask for any help we will help,” he said on Friday in a televised speech.Daesh will be attacked from the Lebanon side of the border by the Lebanese army, and Hezbollah will simultaneously attack Daesh from the Syrian side. This could leave the U.S. forces that “support” the Lebanese army in a clash with Hezbollah. Over the past decade, the Lebanese military has received over $1 billion in U.S. security assistance. Although Pahon said that the U.S. Special Forces soldiers were carrying out training activities for the Lebanese army, it was previously reported that the U.S. Special Forces in Syria’s north coordinated with the PKK/PYD terrorist organization.UN chief supports embattled Syria commissionTurkey ready to launch military operation in four Syrian regionsTurkey, Russia, Iran to meet in Tehran to discuss SyriaWagner, Russian Blackwater inSyria
UN chief supports embattled Syria commission
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed support for a commission within the global body tasked with investigating crimes against civilians in Syria, a day after it lost a prominent member.Guterres "supports the continued work of the commission as an important and integral part of the accountability process", spokesman Stephane Dujarric told journalists.His remarks follow the resignation of Carla del Ponte as a member of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria for what she characterized as frustration about the international community's inaction."I give up. The states in the Security Council don't want justice," she told Swiss magazine Blick. "I can't any longer be part of this commission which simply doesn't do anything."Del Ponte is known as a prosecutor for international tribunals on atrocities in Rwanda and Yugoslavia."Believe me, the terrible crimes committed in Syria I neither saw in Rwanda nor ex-Yugoslavia," she said. "We thought the international community had learned from Rwanda. But no, it learned nothing."Guterres is "grateful" for Del Ponte's service and "her contribution to the important work of the commission, also as a tireless advocate for the cause of accountability throughout her career," said Dujarric.The commission said in a statement it had been aware of her intent since June and expressed determination to continue its work.The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, the war-torn country's official name, was established in 2011 by the Human Rights Council with a mandate to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011.The Geneva-based commission has conducted thousands of interviews in an effort to ensure accountability, regardless of who perpetrated the violations.The six-and-a-half-year war has devastated an entire nation, displacing half of its population and turning 5 million residents into refugees, mostly in neighboring countries.