SECOND POST – OCTOBER 3, 2012 – 40,000 SYRIAN TROOPS SURROUND ALEPPO; TERRORISTS DESPERATE, EXPLODE FIVE BOMBS INSIDE CENTRAL CITY; OVER 230 TERRORISTS PUT TO DEATH BY BRAVE SYRIAN SOLDIERS AND MILITIA
This is in from direct news sources in Syria. Syrian army special forces and over 30,000 troops from the First Army Group in Damascus and Second Army Group near Homs have taken up positions all along the military perimeter surrounding Aleppo. Michael Mar’achli in Sqailbiyya admits he has no information about where the troops have been deployed, but knows which forces are being used because he saw them passing his aunt’s home on their way to Aleppo. The news of the massive Syrian reinforcement has resulted in the terrorists using up much ordnance in as fast a time as possible for maximum casualties, knowing that soon they would be harried at every corner. Monzer, sent me an e-mail saying that the president has no interest in prisoners; “the terrorists have condemned themselves”. He also said that the C-4 explosives appear to be the same type purchased by Qatar for these killers. How he knows, we don’t know, but expert sappers in the Syrian military have come to this conclusion. Qatar must be vaporized.
A Syrian soldier awaits the arrival of reinforcements. (Photo courtesy of Al-Manar)
It is the belief of a number of readers, including Nazir, that President Assad wants the North cleared before the American elections. Russia and Iran are both on board with the former now having given up on trying to bring in the foreign-based opposition. Sergei Lavrov, the Russian F.M., has said so much in statements to the press including a warning to NATO not to try any kind of intervention in Syria. Russia has drawn its red line in order to buffer the Syrian army’s new offensive to expel and obliterate the Islamist terrorists in Aleppo.
I asked Monzer about the situation now in Damascus and he said it was “much better than before”. No terrorists are in Damascus today wearing any uniforms. Monzer says the greatest fear is car bombs and IED’s, those same weapons which still pester the Iraqi government and people. Monzer says that a huge cache of arms was discovered in Da’el near Der’ah with close to 100 IED’s defused by sappers inside a home which the terrorists had infested. Once again, he mentioned the C-4 type explosive being the substance of choice.
Monzer was asked about the number of troops being sent to Aleppo which he responded was a “huge number” without providing details. I also asked about news that Hizbollah military commander, Ali Hussein Nassif, was killed by an IED near Damascus and he said he had heard the same thing but, again, had no details. Monzer repeated something we already published in SyrPer that there were “some” volunteers from Lebanon, many formerly with Hizbollah, who were serving with militia. But Monzer was quite firm when he said no Hizbollah fighters were in Syria and liaised with the army. If Ali Hussein Nassif was killed, as reported, he would have only been in Syria as part of a conference with Iranian Quds Force troops stationed outside Zabadani.
Prominent religious clerics attend the funeral of slain Hizbollah strategist, Ali Hussein Nassif. (photo courtesy of NowLebanon).
I asked Michael earlier about the large number of Doschka anti-aircraft and anti-personnel guns being constantly mentioned on “Al-Ikhbariyya” in Damascus. He did not know anything about this. However, Aslan, who lives Hatay confirmed that hundreds of such weapons were bought by the Saudis for the terrorists in Syria from providers in Libya.
I will be back shortly with more news.