Sorry i haven’t posted in a couple of days, I was suffering from burnout and had to take a break. A lot has happened the past couple of days and it looks to me Assad’s days are numbered. I really think this weekend could be the big showdown for Syria and if that happens there is a real good chance it will drag in Israel, Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran. Israel is already up in arms over the bus bombing in Bulgaria yesterday and is ready to retaliate on somebody. Not a good situation setting up at the next couple of days. I will keep everyone posted as conditions worsen in the Mideast.
Russia and China veto Syria sanctions resolution at U.N. Security Council-Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad if he does not end the use of heavy weapons.
IDF on alert, cancels weekend breaks over Syria -The IDF raised its level of alert on Thursday and called off weekend furloughs for officers and soldiers due to concern over the ongoing fighting in Syria.
Hundreds flee Damascus as military gives residents 48 hours to get out-Hundreds of Damascus residents fled from clashes and army shelling of several districts of the embattled Syrian capital Thursday, a rights watchdog reported, as the military gave them two days to get out.
Syrian TV shows images of Assad as battles rage on for control of Damascus-Syrian state television aired footage on Thursday of President Bashar al-Assad swearing in new defense minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, the first images of the president since a bomb attack on Wednesday killed three senior official at a security meeting.
Anti-Israel attacks to mount in sync with Syrian war, looming strike on Iran-Iran, Syria and Hizballah resolve to up their terror assaults on “strategic” Israeli targets in step with the worsening war situation in Syria and a looming attack on Iran’s nuclear program, debkafile reports.
The Bulgarian bus attack was a “local” target – although seven Israelis were killed and more than 30 injured – whereas an Israeli plane or diplomat would be a “strategic” target. Nevertheless, US President Barack Obama and Israeli prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed that Israel will not react for now.
Va. Army mortuary unit deploys to Middle East-PETERSBURG, Va. — More than 40 soldiers from Fort Lee are deploying to Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Syrian Free Syrian Army seize control of Turkey border crossing: rights group-Syria’s rebel Free Syrian Army seized control on Thursday of a crossing on the border with neighboring Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Syrian rebels took control of all border crossings between Iraq and Syria on Thursday, Baghdad’s deputy interior minister told AFP.
“All the border points between Iraq and Syria are under the control of the Free Syrian Army,” Adnan al-Assadi told AFP by telephone.
Foreign Secretary ‘appalled by Russia and China’s decision to veto Resolution’ on Syria -Foreign Secretary William Hague said Russia and China “have turned their back on the people of Syria in their darkest hour.”
U.N. monitors’ chief says Syria not on track for peace as clashes erupt in Damascus-Syria is not on track for peace and violence is escalating, the chief of the U.N. monitoring group said on Thursday, as clashes rocked Damascus and a day after three top regime officials died in a bombing.
RJ suspends flights to Damascus and Aleppo in Syria as of today -Amman, July 19 (Petra)– Royal Jordanian announced that it will suspend its operations between Amman and each of Damascus and Aleppo starting with today’s flights, in light of the regression in the demand on travel to both routes due to the current situation prevailing in Syria and the developments in the last two days. In a press statement, the airline said that it will constantly study resuming its service to Damascus and Aleppo, depending on the demand.
Report: Iran Quds Force Commander Killed in Damascus-Reports in the Arab-language press indicate the head of Iran’s covert foreign operations Quds force was killed in Wednesday’s bombing in Damascus.
Assad reportedly flees to Syria coastal town as regime forces strike back against rebels -BEIRUT – As Syrian forces retaliate against rebels in Damascus a day after a deadly bombing attack that killed three regime leaders, reports Thursday suggest President Bashar Assad has fled to the coastal city of Latakia.
Bulgarian investigators worked with the FBI and Interpol Thursday to identify the suicide attacker behind a deadly bombing on a bus carrying Israeli tourists, as Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu said the attack “was perpetrated by Hizbullah” and Iran denied involvement.
Syrians Flock to Lebanon after Damascus Bombing to Flee Their Country’s Unrest -The flow of Syrians flocking to Lebanon to escape their country’s unrest increased in light of Wednesday’s Damascus bombing that claimed the lives of three top security officials, reported the Central News Agency on Thursday.
Syrian Opposition Chief Says Regime ‘in Its Final Days’-The Syrian regime is in its last days, the head of the main exiled opposition group said on Thursday, warning that a veto by Russia and China at the United Nations could have “disastrous” consequences.
Regime troops storm Damascus with tanks-Regime troops stormed a Damascus district with tanks on Thursday for the first time, five days on from the outbreak of fierce clashes in the capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“The army stormed the Qaboon district with a large number of tanks,” the Observatory’s Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. “This is the first time that tanks enter a Damascus district.”
Clashes reported near government HQ in Damascus-Clashes erupted on Thursday near Syrian government headquarters in Damascus after rebels attacked forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, who have deployed armoured vehicles and increased roadblocks across the city, activists and residents said.
Iranian VP Condemns Terrorist Blast in Damascus -TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi condemned Wednesday’s terrorist blast in Damascus which killed and wounded a number of Syrian officials.
Bulgarian press names bomber: Mehdi Ghezali-Bulgarian media on Thursday named the suicide bomber who blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists, killing five Israelis and a local bus driver, in the Black Sea resort of Burgas on Wednesday as 36-year-old Mehdi Ghezali.