Thursday, 5 March 2015

Rebel fighters take aim at government forces in Handarat, north of Aleppo (1 March 2015)

 Blast 'hits Aleppo intelligence HQ'

Great news. Syrian air force intelligence isn't an "elite agency" with "a reputation for brutality" as the BBC has it, but the most extreme of torturers* of a state of torturers. Much of Aleppo hasn't been "devastated by two years of fighting", but by Assad's bombing. Assad's forces haven't been making "steady advances" around Aleppo, their latest offensive has been decisively beaten back.** And the BBC ends with suggesting that the UN envoy's proposal for a local ceasefire is the answer to all this bloodshed, without mentioning that it has been rejected by all the rebel groups as a way to prolong Assad's tyranny.*[]

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