Religion, patriotism and flag, being the artificial social constructs that they are, do have the price. Whether it is 10 bucks or a billion depends on a person and their position in the food chain.
Two more Syrian generals defect to Turkey
https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/nowsyria...ect_to_turkey_Two Syrian air force generals have defected from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and joined opposition forces in Turkey, a diplomat said on Friday.
The generals, commanders of the Regional Air Force, have crossed the border and arrived in the town of Reylanli in southern Turkey, the Turkish diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The generals and dozens of lower-ranking officers and their families were taken to a separate camp where army defectors take refuge.
Syrian rebels step up siege of northern airbase
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/usa...rticle/1795899BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels stepped up their siege of a military base in north of the country Friday as government warplanes bombed surrounding areas to support the defenders, activists said.
The fighting around Mannagh airbase near the Turkish border came as foreign ministry officials in Ankara said two Syrian air force generals had defected and crossed the border.
Rebels have been advancing in different areas in northern Syria, capturing several bases in and around the embattled city of Aleppo in recent weeks.
"The fighting did not stop all night around Mannagh airport," said Aleppo-based activist Mohammed Saeed. He added that Syrian military warplanes bombed rebel positions around the camp in an attempt to take the pressure off the base.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels reached the edge of the air base late Thursday and that heavy fighting continued into Friday.
The Observatory and Saeed also reported heavy clashes between troops and rebels in an around the Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and commercial center, which opposition fighters have been trying for six months to capture.
Syrian rebels sidetracked by scramble for spoils of war
Some points mentioned in the article:
- Rebel commanders who hold "liberated" neighborhoods resort to looting, even at the expense of combat abilities and unity.
- Rebel fighters needed at the front were sometimes not there because they were looting.
- There is no unified police force, which means rebel commanders police their "liberated areas" as the see fit. This has also led to kidnapping for ransom and more looting.
- Part of the looting is described as revenge of the peasantry against the Aleppine merchants.
- Coordination is not very smooth: a well-armed group with tanks and artillery pieces may not feel the need to use these to aid other rebel groups. Personally I find this attitude very typical for the region.
1, group A - guides which get slaughtered by group B
2, group B - which abducts them and than gets slaughtered by group C
3, group C - Ahrar al-Sham
I mean being killed by their own for 10 minutes of air-space and few articles on page 10 is not exactly the best way to enter paradise in any jihadi head. As for Khaled Abu Saleh, why not? He knows guys from both FSA and Ahrar al-Sham, may have very well just made an interview and GTFO. I rather asked you if he was holding gun to his head, how come that Engel never changed his version after what he arrived to States?
Civilian efforts to provide governance and medical care and bring lawless and extremist elements to heel have been hamstrung by lack of resources. Brig. Gen. Adib al-Shallaf, a defector from Syrian security forces, has plans to reestablish a civilian police force for Aleppo. But some weeks he is not able to regularly feed his recruits, much less buy them uniforms.
According to oppo sources a massacre is going on now in deir baalba in homs wich was retaken today by the shabiha