Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
Yarmouk Camp: It is official, the entire terrorist group known as the Anfaal Brigades led by Abu Maazin Al-Rifaa’iy and some members of the Syrian Revolutionaries’ Front, have voluntarily given up all their arms (including the TOW launchers and rockets provided by the U.S.) to the security services in exchange for amnesty and the opportunity to serve in the Popular Defense Committees (a/k/a NDF). The agreement took months to hammer out, but, essentially commits the government to several conditions: the first is acceptance into the Amnesty Program; the second is absorption of the Anfaal fighters into the PDC to protect the area of Al-Dhiyaabiyya, the home town of many members. At the present time, the new volunteers will be garrisoned in Al-Husayniyya Residencies where they will receive training in communications and intelligence-gathering from the SAA.
The deal was struck at the Yarmouk refugee camp which is now a suburb of Damascus housing thousands of Palestinians from 1948 and 1967. The group approached the agreement quite gingerly. Only after an initial 7 fighters were turned over to the authorities did the rest, about 53, assent to the pact. They wanted to make sure the government was serious and to insure they were not falling into a trap.
GENERAL AL-FURAYJ VISITS TROOPS IN SOUTHERN DAMASCUS PROVINCE AND GENERAL AYYOUB INSPECTS FORCES IN AL-JADHAL GAS FIELD IN HOMS:
On the 52nd anniversary of the March 8th Revolution, the Minister of Defense and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Armed Forces, Lt. General Fahd Jaassim Al-Furayj, brought a message of appreciation and pride to the officers, enlisted men, conscripts and defense militias in Southern Damascus Province. He also conveyed to them the president’s heartfelt concern for their safety and his confidence in their abilities to annihilate the terrorist plague which has settled temporarily in Syria.
On the same anniversary, Lt. General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayyoob, Chief of the Syrian General Staff, inspected the armed forces which liberated the Al-Jadhal Gas Field in Homs Province conveying to them the same message of pride and confidence expressed by the Minister of Defense.
DER’AH: So much action on the Jordanian border you’d think the pygmy king in Amman might be involved in trying to smuggle terrorists into Syria.
Taysiyya Town: Near the Jordanian border, right under the eyes and noses of Jordanian troops (hints of Turkey), a sizeable infiltration took place. Unfortunately for both Jordanians and the rats, the event also took place under the eyes and noses of the Syrian Arab Army which interpreted the actions to be hostile. The SAA and SAAF opened fire on the rodents killing 15 and wounding scores who hied it back to Jordan for the usual incompetent medical treatment.
West Al-Ghaariyya: A van carrying rodents was ordered to stop by PDC. It wouldn’t. The rats were pursued until they veered off the road. A firefight ensued and these carcasses were identified:
Bilaal Mahmoud Mahsoob
The other 3 could not be identified and had features and literature on their person indicating North African origin.
Al-Suhayliyya Village: A bulldozer and a pickup with 23mm cannon were destroyed after the SAA-MI had been conducting surveillance of the area for some time near Al-Shaykh Miskeen. Once the order was given to attack the 2 vehicles, 5 rodents were killed. I have no names.
Der’ah City: These groups are now active in the city: Kateebat Madfa’iyyat Sijjeel, Kataa`ib Mujaahidiyy Hawraan, Liwaa` Tawheed Hawraan. There are negotiations going on today similar to those that resulted in the surrender of the terrorists in the Yarmouk Camp.
Al-Jeeza Village: After a period of monitoring this area, the MI reported the existence of a nest of rats on the Jordanian border. The SAA attacked and killed 3 rodents wounding 8 who escaped to the “neighborly” country to the south. Weapons and ammo were seized for use by our PDCs.
Samaad Village: South of Busraa Al-Shaam. SAA clashed with terrorists here and killed a reported 4. Once again, weapons and ammo were confiscated for use by our PDCs in killing Wahhabists.
Jaassim: It is now reported that over 570 rat terrorists have died in this town alone over the last 3 months. Their carcasses are testimony to the losses. They are all buried here and act as fertilizer for next year’s crops.
Fighting reported intense here: Zimreen, Simleen, Qarfaa Village, Saneena, Al-Tayha –Al-Maal Crossing, Kafr Naasij (warehouse destroyed), ‘Aqraba (warehouse), Al-Shaykh Miskeen (warehouse), Al-Faqee’, Ibta’.
From the reports we are getting, it seems the SAA is focusing on finding the sources of arms in order to deny the rodents the instrumentalities of war.