HOMS: It is fair to say that the closure of the Al-Qusayr and Tal Kalakh corridors has impacted positively on the army’s ability to control the smuggling of weapons and rats into Syria. Turkey remains a problem as Erdoghan continues to defy international law while occasionally pretending to interdict weapons deliveries to the rat terrorists. He’s following King Abdullah II’s crass bamboozlement.
Al-Qusayr: Another miserable and incompetent effort to infiltrate into the Al-Qusayr rural areas was stopped in its tracks by border patrol officers and NDF. The aim was to get into the Al-‘Uboodiyya Mountains, Khirbat Al-‘Akkaariyya, South Khirbat Al-Nu’aymaat, Tal Hanash and Hawwaara. As a result of their inept efforts, the NDF has more rocket launchers, mortars, a 106mm cannon and light weapons. We also lucked out in the vehicle department with 12 4-wheel-drive Japanese pickups. Gee. Can I have one? Wael reports 23 carcasses and 4 taken prisoner.
The remaining carcasses could not be identified.
Daar Al-Kabeera: An attack on a military checkpoint did not even get started after scouts alerted SAA and NDF to the presence of 14 rodents armed with 1 mortar and light machine guns. All were killed. No names available.
Daar Al-Kabeera on January 19, 2014: 2 pick-up trucks with Doschkas were destroyed along with weapons. No other details.
Al-Ghaasibiyya: All 16 vermin belonging to J.N. were involved in firing mortars at Homs. All were cut down by artillery and machine gun fire from SAA infantry.
No other names were provided.
Al-Shindaakhiyya: Fighting with no details.
‘Unq Al-Hawaa: Ditto.
Talbeesa: Liwaa` Al-Islaam moving ammunition were intercepted by NDF and trapped. Fighting continuing as I write. No details.
Al-Haswaani Farms: On-going firefight. No details.
HOMS CITY: CONFIRMED 34 RODENTS SURRENDER SELVES TO SAA AND SECURITY IN EXCHANGE FOR AMNESTY.
Umm Al-Reesh: Police action against criminals resulted in 1 dead and 3 taken prisoner. Arms smuggling.
Old Al-Wa’er Quarter: A pick-up with ammunition seized by security and NDF. No details.
Al-Qaraabees: Air Force Intelligence surprised a pack of roving rats after an alert was delivered from the MoI. 4 rodents killed. No names, naturally. The AFI does not give out names.
Jawrat Al-Shiyyaah: Some skirmishing with no details.
Al-Qusoor: Citizen complaints led to the seizure of stolen medical equipment and some ammunition.
Al-Khaalidiyya: More stashes of weapons found. This time, according to Wael, no ammunition inside. Some hand grenades. The security people are searching for the owner of the apartment.
Ruhoom Village: Some skirmishing.
West Khirbat Burughlaan: Ditto.
Khirbat Bayt Al-`Aaghaa: Ditto.
West and East Salaam Village: Ditto.
NEWS AND COMMENTARY:
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