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  • Shammar tribal leader Himedi Deham meeting with with YPG representatives, including the woman who I see in YPG vids a lot (01:04 but I have no idea who she is kalerab ?). The Shammar tribe's fighters are reinforcing the front against ISIS. I suppose these are the the type of guys the SDF hopes will close in on Raqqa.

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    • Originally posted by OrangeWolf View Post
      Shammar tribal leader Himedi Deham meeting with with YPG representatives, including the woman who I see in YPG vids a lot (01:04 but I have no idea who she is kalerab ?). The Shammar tribe's fighters are reinforcing the front against ISIS. I suppose these are the the type of guys the SDF hopes will close in on Raqqa.
      She is supreme commander of Raqqa operation.

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      • Originally posted by kalerab View Post

        She is supreme commander of Raqqa operation.
        So a woman is going to lead the liberation of Raqqa, if she's successful it will be a major morale and ideological blow to IS.

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        • Yep. She is native of Raqqa city, too.

          New map about situation in Raqqa province

          http://mediafire.com/convkey/506d/a3co87h69fpxgdhzg.jpg

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          • Truly a great read. Interview with Joshua Landis:

            America's Failure — and Russia and Iran's Success — in Syria's Cataclysmic Civil War

            http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/am...-in-syrias-war

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            • Originally posted by Surenas View Post
              Truly a great read. Interview with Joshua Landis:

              America's Failure — and Russia and Iran's Success — in Syria's Cataclysmic Civil War

              http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/am...-in-syrias-war

              I start being afraid of USA. So they act out of ignorance? They are too big for this though.

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              • Originally posted by Tatsiana View Post


                I start being afraid of USA. So they act out of ignorance? They are too big for this though.
                Being too big is part of the problem. For a majority of politicians in DC what happens outside the borders of the US is of virtually no interest other than an opportunity to use the sound bites that the staff provide and as possible holiday and official jaunt destinations. They have much more important things on their mind than what is happening, or happened, in the backward shitholes of the world, like smoothing the way to get re-elected and keeping their sponsors happy for a start. Anyway, they have experts like the State Department/Pentagon/CIA to look after that stuff.

                That is in part why, to the rest of us outside the US, many Americans seem so completely out of touch and make such a hash of almost anything they touch. The old sayings of 'we know what's best for you' and 'might is right' are spot on where much of the US's foreign policy is concerned.

                So yes, its very sad but a large and seemingly increasing number of people in the World have good reason to fear the 'good old USA'. Just look at Syria.

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                • Originally posted by OrangeWolf View Post
                  ...including the woman who I see in YPG vids a lot (01:04 but I have no idea who she is kalerab ?).
                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rojda_Felat

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                  • Originally posted by JohninMK View Post
                    That is in part why, to the rest of us outside the US, many Americans seem so completely out of touch and make such a hash of almost anything they touch. The old sayings of 'we know what's best for you' and 'might is right' are spot on where much of the US's foreign policy is concerned.
                    I have high hopes that America won't be leading pointless interventions in the next four to eight years. I'm hoping that for the first time in a generation, the United States doesn't get itself into another war and pulls back from our current ones.

                    Time will tell.

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                    • Who is responsible for the Syrian mess? I'm sure given the anti-US flavor in here that there must be a way to blame the Americans.

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                      • SAA captured the town of Baseema in the WADI BARADA valley: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33...36.199436&z=15

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                        • Originally posted by Ghostbluster View Post
                          Who is responsible for the Syrian mess? I'm sure given the anti-US flavor in here that there must be a way to blame the Americans.
                          1. Assad and his entourage and state apparatus for being oppressive douches that led to popular revolt
                          2. All the various anti-social elements, islamists, warlords and whatever that immediately hijacked said revolt
                          3. The totally unproportionate violence from the get go, by everyone involved
                          4. All foreign powers who intervened everywhere with money, weapons, intel, training and all of that junk, constantly prolonging the conflict way past its expiry date, making it bloodier etc

                          I mean, there's no single actor solely responsible. At least it's finally starting to get wrapped up now.

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                          • Because there has been a lot of bullshit about the population of the Wadi Barada pocket, I decided to look in the pre-war census.
                            This is what I found:

                            NAHIYAH: AIN EL-FIJAH
                            AFRAH – 1029
                            AIN EL-FIJAH – 3806
                            DEIR MAQRAN – 4803
                            DEIR QANUN – 4213
                            KAFR EL-ZEIT – 4170
                            HUSEINIYAH – 1563

                            NAHIYAH: ZABADANI
                            SOUQ WADI BARADA – 3678
                            KAFR AL-AWAMID – 1588
                            BURGHULIYAH – 821

                            NAHIYAH: QUDSAYA
                            BASEEMA – 2812

                            TOTAL: 28.483


                            And we can assume that some civilians left the towns the last few years, so it's probably even lower.

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                            • Originally posted by Outpost View Post
                              Because there has been a lot of bullshit about the population of the Wadi Barada pocket, I decided to look in the pre-war census.
                              This is what I found:

                              NAHIYAH: AIN EL-FIJAH
                              AFRAH – 1029
                              AIN EL-FIJAH – 3806
                              DEIR MAQRAN – 4803
                              DEIR QANUN – 4213
                              KAFR EL-ZEIT – 4170
                              HUSEINIYAH – 1563

                              NAHIYAH: ZABADANI
                              SOUQ WADI BARADA – 3678
                              KAFR AL-AWAMID – 1588
                              BURGHULIYAH – 821

                              NAHIYAH: QUDSAYA
                              BASEEMA – 2812

                              TOTAL: 28.483


                              And we can assume that some civilians left the towns the last few years, so it's probably even lower.
                              You forgott to put link to the source from which this information is taken

                              https://twitter.com/RiemeHofman/stat...11239508799490

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                              • Originally posted by marat View Post

                                You forgott to put link to the source from which this information is taken

                                https://twitter.com/RiemeHofman/stat...11239508799490
                                That's my twitter account...

                                My post at this forum was at 18h20, while at twitter was at 18h25. (I needed to printscreen it and upload it as image).


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