SECOND POST – FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – READERS RAIL AT THE PRESS, ZIAD AND THE WORLD

SECOND POST – FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – READERS RAIL AT THE PRESS, ZIAD AND THE WORLD IN THIS LONG EXHIBITION OF THE LOYALTY OF SYRPER AFICIONADOS

Anand from India, Namasteh!!, sends this note:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “SECOND POST – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – SYRPER’S 2ND WOG…“:

Hi Ziad,

I am from India and a strong supporter of Assad. I would like to know the latest status of Aleppo. Heard from news outlets that international airport is under real threat from the terrorists. Can you please let us know the latest status?

Thanks,

Anand
 

Answer:  Aleppo is slowly but surely being cleared out.  The terrorists like to cling to areas which are old and dilapidated. They feed off the fears of the poor.  It was a bad strategy for the terrorists to target this city which is almost completely pro-government.  The proliferation of criminal gangs hasn’t helped either.  I will be covering Aleppo alot more over the next few days as fighting for the Airport Highway intensifies. Shukriyat, my Bratar, Ziad

Fadi delivers some encouraging words.  Thank you, my friend. See you soon in Damascus and a liberated Jerusalem: 

Fadi has left a new comment on your post “FIRIST POST – FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – SYRIAN ARMY LIQU…“:

Keep up the good Work Ziad.. I’ve been telling all my family about your blog. God Bless you my brother.. God Bless Syria.. And may God destroy these bearded trolls

Anonymous sends this:

 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “SECOND POST – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – SYRPER’S 2ND WOG…“:

I hope for other good news today, I’m sure there are plenty where it really matters (Damascus,Homs,Aleppo). But I expect Ziad to deny (as usual) the fall of al-Shaddadeh, which seems to be a small township of no strategic importance in the North East. It’s all in the news today. On the other hand with a little help from Iraq/Iraq my guess is that it would be possible to take it back within a few days.


Anonymous sends a question about Al-Safira (var. Al-Sufeira):

 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 – NEWS, NEWS AND MO…“:

Please provide us with more info on the Army offensive at al Safira. This battle is crucial!
Thank you for your work and time!
Answer:  Going very well according to Wael with whole units of rats withdrawing to fight at the airport. 


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 – NEWS, NEWS AND MO…“:

I fully agree.

It is notable that there are no signs of heavy fighting in the videos and no captured heavy weapons or munition for heavy weapons. Seems that the defending units withdrawed.

More from another anonymous:

 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 – NEWS, NEWS AND MO…“:

It could be possible that Jarrah airport has fallen. But I think it is tactical and logical withdrawal of Syrian forces from the airport. From the videos available from the net, all I could see was junk, broken and obsolete Mig-17 planes (which are no longer in use) and two functional L-39 Albatros trainer aircrafts. A loss of two trainer aircraft is definitely negligible. Also all the ammunition left was for gunships of the trainer aircrafts; the rats can not use that either.

Ans:  I agree.  Wael confirmed the withdrawal of troops from Al-Jarrah and Taftanaz after all ordnance was removed.


Scorcha sends this nice note:

Scorcha de Chitahuri has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 – NEWS, NEWS AND MO…“:

Hello Ziad. i love reading your blogpost, it’s so refreshing. i wish more people knew about your website, and the good things you are doing on here. 2011, i was all about Libya, and now, i’m all about Syria!

i must tell u, the media war is very interesting. if you do not know anything about Syria, one would think that the rebels are ALWAYS on the brink of victory. i love the headline: “rebels fighting in damascus, close to capital. however, the regular joe doesn’t realize that not only is Damascus a capital, its a governate upon itself. CIA/CNN/MI6/BBC always rushes to tell you that there is fighting in damascus, and that’s it. so one would think that damascus is ALWAYS under siege, which is not always true. Al Jazeera makes it feel like every day, the rebels will win. and as for their program, Inside Syria, what a waste of time!! it is the most unfairly biased program on earth. they don’t have anyone with balls anymore, like Jassim Al-Azzawi. anyway, this is my first comment. i am the reader from Ghana. i know that you know of the relationship between the levant and Ghana, but you must elaborate more for our readers. also, can you give us some posts regarding the history of syria? i love your colorful prose.

Al-Jazeera is no longer run by Arabs.  It has become a tool for Robert Ford and his CIA psyops people. What these miscreants have not absorbed is the fact that most readers have picked up on the biases and no longer think of Al-Jazeera as a news source. Sadly, the same is happening with the BBC.  Thank you, Ziad.


John Esquire sends this article about the terrorists as thieves:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-rebels-loot-artifacts-to-raise-money-for-fight-against-assad/2013/02/12/ae0cf01e-6ede-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines


Anonymous posts this observant note:

 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 – NEWS, NEWS AND MO…“:

Speaking about “spotting valid info from false info”, yahoo has a title,
“Syrian rebels close in on Aleppo airport”, but in the text you read:
“Still, activists said it could be days before the rebels would be able to push their way into the airport, 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the contested city center, and even then, it was unclear whether they would be able to retain control of the sprawling facility for long.”

So you can conclude that they failed and wont take the Aleppo airport.
But I’m worried about the remaining remote airfields, it’s better if Syria send men and supplies or ask Iran, whatever, to avoid a repetition of such a scenario.

Ans:  The issue of Shi’i Iran as a potential ally on the ground for such purposes does not suit Assad’s strategy at the present time.  It appears from statements by the Defense Minister that  unimportant airfields used for storing junk parts or for maintenance can be sacrificed as long as they exist on the periphery.  This enables our army to better defend the much more numerous working airfields in the interior. Any suggestion that these airfields could be used to ferry weapons in for the rodents is misguided.  Our artillery could turn all landing strips into trash in a few seconds.  Not to mention our bombers.  Keep writing, my friend. 

Fadi sends this suggestion to improve our readership:

Fadi has left a new comment on your post “FIRIST POST – FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – SYRIAN ARMY LIQU…“:

Last thought my brother.. Why don’t you have a Facebook page?? Or at least set-up a feed so your posts go straight to your FB?? I bet it would really help out..

Ans:  I‘ll start on it right away. My son, Leith, suggested this a long time ago and promised he would help me with it.  Your friend, Ziad. 

Anonymous writes purposefully:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 – NEWS, NEWS AND MO…“:

To the first anonymous who said
“Dear ziad: if say that the fall of jarrah airport is a fake story you should be able to explain the dozens of videos. It is your credibility at stake. “
Man, you have to learn how to spot valid info from false info. Ziad has a good blog in general, and most of what he says is true, not fiction; it’s when there is a bad news that he react in a way that I don’t like. Let say it, when an officer take a bad decision, like not asking for reinforcements on time, or when he is denied it because of the lack of money, you can lose more in $, especielly if this story repeats itself.
The apes cannot pilot those aircrafts which were old, often not functionnal, but the SAA bombed the place yesterday because they could ultimatelly do something with one or two jets perhaps. I don’t believe that they tried to prevent the rodents to take the Tabqa dam, they probably bombed the planes on the ground. The dam is probably not functionnal actually, too isolated if you look on a map, no spare parts, I would be even surprised if it was operating at a 10% capacity.
On the videos the landing gears were absent; I suspect that the SAA was just”canibilizing” those old fighters for the spare parts. But it’s still a bad news, because the economic cost in the long run exceeds the cost of dispatching a few hundreds of well armed men BEFORE it happens!

Answer:  I do not believe that videos necessarily tell the story.  You all remember Danny the Syrian who was caught filming Homs during period of intense shelling.  Why, he had Anderson Cooper wrapped around his thumb.  That is, until the Syrian Intel people found one tape where he was directing his own movie Hollywood style. Be very careful. Today, the new technology can put you on the moon.  The dam, I visited many years ago with a delegation from other countries.  It is not a well-functioning dam because of water shortage.  It also has problems with silt back-up.   Ziad  

Arabi Souri sends this link which I will convert to immediately linkable:

Arabi Souri has left a new comment on your post “SECOND POST – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – SYRPER’S 2ND WOG…“:

Saudi media exercise ‘free speech’:
http://syria-updates.blogspot.com/2013/02/saudi-media-exercising-free-speech.html



Answer: Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. It might be a dead link. Your buddy,Ziad

Anon. writes about the airbase at Al-Jarrah:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 – NEWS, NEWS AND MO…“:

The Pictures and Videos from fallen airbase yesterday are definitivly not from benghazi

satellite images proof it
http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=32.0895885&lon=20.2687869&z=15&l=5&m=b

There are not this kind of military hardened hangars and also there is not a mig 17 graveyard,

both things can be seen on satellite view of jarrah military airport in syria
http://wikimapia.org/#lat=36.0929235&lon=37.9527509&z=18&l=5&m=b
http://wikimapia.org/#lat=36.0932649&lon=37.9474147&z=19&l=5&m=b

of course it is sad and bad news but it is not the decision and the fact that the rebels didn’t captured heavy weapons there shows that it wasn’t protected or given up. Maybe like taftanaz.
Videos from taftanaz also showed some helicopters left there.

Dear ziad: if say that the fall of jarrah airport is a fake story you should be able to explain the dozens of videos. It is your credibility at stake.

Nontheless i like to read your blog. Thx for your work.

Answer:  Libya had hardened hangars 100%.  The jet pictured is not a recognizable Syrian Air Force jet, functioning or not.  In any case, Al-Jarrah was abandoned with all its antique non-functional aircraft for sale to museums.  Thanks. Ziad


Anonymous, as Rat Defender expresses outrage at our beastly treatment of his fine, furry friends:

 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 13, 2013 – NEWS, NEWS AND MO…“:

You shouldn´t be insulting rats like that.Rats are cute animals and some are even more articulate than these, ehr…Ewoks:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WR_eek5Y3AU/TqjDuMuZ3iI/AAAAAAAAAYI/DyruRtpVkSY/s1600/ewok1.jpg2.jpeg

Anon. sends this warm message:

 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “SECOND POST – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – SYRPER’S 2ND WOG…“:


Rebels trying to escape the heat end up toasted in intense firefight.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ec4_1360707590

Anon. writes about that useless airbase:

 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – NEWS DIRECTLY FRO…“:

looks like a deserted air base to me. the planes look vintage and not in working order. try and hang on to an airbase with its wide open spaces. very difficult. it will be flattened by air attack in a short space of time. another photo opportunity and that is all.
Answer:  I agree.  ZAF

Hans is interested in our Foxhounds:

hans has left a new comment on your post “SECOND POST – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – SYRPER’S 2ND WOG…“:

Syrian jets breaching Israel territory, I am not sure about aircraft. Ziyad says they are mig-31’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF8G8msroX8
Ans:  Syria is evidently keeping very quiet about the 30 or so MiG31Bs she has.  It might be because of a contract requirement with the Ruskies.  ZAF  

JFB, don’t be such a worry-wart.  The SAA is spread out.  It’s a matter of time before all new militia and other units are fully absorbed:

jfb has left a new comment on your post “SECOND POST – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – SYRPER’S 2ND WOG…“:

I don’t like the situation. Ar-Raqqah wil probably a target soon and once those savages have taken a city it takes a year to disloge them and everything is destroyed. I don’t know if they have a strong milicia there, if they check what’s in the vehicles who come into the city, but accounting for what hapened elsewhere it’s not a good sign.
 

Anonymous writes accurately that:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “FIRST POST – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – NEWS DIRECTLY FRO…“:

If you look the Reuters article on the fall of the airbase and the takeover of the dam
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/12/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE91A0MU20130212
you will find as its source the “Sham News Network”! (I am not kidding!) I don’t know about abandoned airbase but the dam was not captured and is fully functional and Damascus is not being invaded. If the rebels are winning, as Reuters indicates, why are they all of a sudden trying to negotiate?













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