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  •  Arabic media is reporting (1+ / 0-)
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    that the rebels have been routed from the Homs and Qusayr areas (north of the Lebanese border) as well as Idlib. The Orontes river border with Turkey is now in govt hands and the govt is also pushing towards Palmyra and seem to be winning a battle in Daraa north of the Jordanian border. Perhaps these are rebels who want to get out of the field of fighting?

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      the Homs, Qusayr and Daraa areas, and that government forces were moving northward in some parts of the Idlib Governorate, and that there was activity near the Orontes River section of the border.

      I understand that the northwestern corner of the Hamah Governorate and the northwestern part of the Idlib Governorate, which have been under rebel control for some time, have essentially no civilians left in them and that there are not large numbers of rebel fighters there as a result.  

      About six or seven months ago I began hearing that the rebels were beginning to have manpower problems, caused by high casualties, desertions, and low recruiting.

      Then I began hearing that some rebel groups (especially the radical Islamic and Arab tribes rebel groups) were shifting their operations to the east of the Euphrates and that this was causing increasing tension between the various rebel groups, between rebel groups and Kurdish groups, and between rebel groups and local residents in these areas east of the Euphrates.  


      Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

      by InAntalya on Thu May 02, 2013 at 11:05:01 PM PDT

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