An Iraqi court has rejected a request to send a Hezbollah commander to the United States for trial. Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Lebanese militant, has been held in Iraq for the 2007 killings of five American soldiers, four of whom were captured, tortured and shot execution-style. But now the Iraqi central criminal court has ordered that Daqduq be freed immediately. The Court stated:
It is not possible to hand [Daqduq] over because the charges were dropped in the same case. Therefore, the court decided to reject the request to hand [him] over to the U.S. judiciary authorities, and to release him immediately.
Catch and release ain't applicable here. The differences are this guy ended up in the Iraqi court system; a lot farther than the average Talibani. He was also released by the Iraqis. US/NATO et al policy in Afghanistan wasn't involved.
But applying the premise of applying catch-and-release (a political decision applied by NATO to in an attempt to placate the Afghanis) to Iraq's decision (a political decision applied by the Iraqis to likely placate Iraqis and curry favor with the Iranians) is akin to saying that using columns of heavy armor is applicable to the mountains of Afghanistan, simply because it was used in both wars against Iraq.
Perhaps a pedantic point and non-essential to those on the ground. But those who effectively plan future wars study crap like this.
Posted by: Bill Ayres ||
Just another memo to pack in the lower cognitive group for when the Intel guys talk about capturing enemy personnel for interrogation rather than killing them right then and there on the battlefield.
I wouldn't call this Obama's fault. It was the fault of the neocons, who more or less told us that inside every Iraqi is an American struggling to get out. What we've discovered* is that inside every Iraqi is a troglodyte trying to get out. Iraqis voted in the politicians who picked these judges. Like it or not, the Iraqi voter had much a bigger hand in this terrorist's release than Obama.
* I don't think the neocons lied - they just don't know what the heck they're talking about. Many of them don't know the history, but even the ones that do don't have a basic conservative understanding of what makes humans tick. The conservative view is that they will follow what has been handed down from generation to generation. The neocon view is that they are Americans under the skin who need to be given a copy of the Constitution in order to become just like us.
There is something to the neocon view. The Germans and the Japanese did more or less abandon their old worldviews in the postwar era. But what neocons leave out is the massive shock we delivered to their system, by killing between 5% to 10% of their populations. A similar kind of massive shock is the same reason why so much of the pre-Islamic world in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia converted to Islam - large-scale massacres caused population crashes wherever Muslim armies prevailed.
Six Afghan troops and two New Zealand soldiers were killed during a battle with cut-throats in Bamyan province on Saturday. More than 21 others were maimed in the battle.
The New Zealand Defence Force said that their troops were near the town of Do Abe in Bamiyan coming to the aid of local security forces who had come under attack.
Badakhshan MP Wahidi Fakoori Behishti said that "one Afghan soldier remains unaccounted after the clash, which lasted for several hours in the area." The injured soldiers have been evacuated to a military hospital.
There is no exact information about the number of Taliban cut-throats casualties in the battle, he said.
New Zealand has around 150 soldiers in Afghanistan and has lost eight since 2003.
The New Zealand Defence Force did not have information immediately available as to whether any cut-throats were killed.
As many as six non-combatants were killed in the Bagram district of northern Parwan province when a civilian bus was ambushed by faceless myrmidons early Saturday morning, a security official said.
The incident occurred around 6 A.M. local time in the Niyaz Dara area of Bagram district, Asadullah Lodin of the 202 Shamshad police zone told TOLOnews.
Another person was injured in the incident, he added.
This comes as three others were maimed in a clash between security forces and bodyguards of Amir Khan Dawlatzai, a member of Afghan Parliament in Kabul, a police official said on Saturday.
Another incident in the Shina area of Kabul city on Saturday morning injured three people including one police, one civilian and one of Dawlatzai's bodyguards the Head of Kabul's Police Criminal Investigation Department, Mohammad Zaher, told TOLOnews.
Dawlatzai's bodyguards have been placed in durance vile Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! by the Afghan National Security Forces and investigations are underway, Zaher said.
Four, including three civilians and one Afghan National Army soldier, were killed in an thug attack on the Kabul-Jalalabad Highway, Kabul provincial front man Wafiullah Miyakhil told TOLOnews.
Three others were maimed in the incident.
In the south of Afghanistan, three jacket wallahs were killed in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province on Saturday, according to a Ministry of Interior statement.
The statement said that the thugs, armed with Kalashnikovs and wearing burqas, launched an attack on a police checkpoint in the Noorzad district of Helmand province.
All of the faceless myrmidons were killed in the engagement.
Taliban faceless myrmidons carried out a series of co-ordinated attacks in a number of districts of Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... in eastern Afghanistan on Friday night, killing two civilians, local officials said. Two other civilians were maimed.
Taliban faceless myrmidons struck at least six districts including Dangam and Marora, targeting governors' offices, and police and army checkpoints, Kunar's governor, Fazullah Wahidi, said.
"The attacks were carried out with the support of Mighty Pak Army," Mr Wahidi said. "First the Mighty Pak Army started shelling the province. After that, faceless myrmidons started their attacks."
The Taliban grabbed credit for the attacks and said they killed several members of the Afghan cops.
Kunar shares a border with Pakistain. Local officials said that more than 1,000 missiles have been fired into the province in the past year. Shelling has increased recently and the Afghan Ministers of Defence and Interior today briefed politicians on the situation.
Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi told Parliament that "there is no doubt that Pakistain is firing missiles in eastern parts of Afghanistan."
[Dawn] A bomb hidden inside a mosque tore through dozens of worshippers during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan, wounding at least 19 including the imam, officials said.
The attack in Chaparhar town in Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. province came just days after a provincial judge was killed and four civilians were maimed in a mosque bombing in southern Uruzgan province.
"The bomb went off close to the imam as he was offering the Friday prayer," provincial front man Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told AFP.
"Nineteen people have been injured, among them the imam who is in a critical condition," he said, blaming Taliban beturbanned goons for the bombing.
A front man for the beturbanned goons denied responsibility for the attack.
A member of the provincial council, who declined to give his name for security reasons, suggested the imam might have been targeted after agreeing to offer prayers for a man killed by the Taliban for working with US-led NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... forces.
The Taliban, whose hardline regime was tossed in a US-led invasion in 2001, warned at the start of their annual summer offensive this year that they would target Afghans working for foreign organizations.
Large numbers of local people work for Western civilian and military projects in Afghanistan, where NATO has 130,000 troops helping the Kabul government fight the myrmidons.
[An Nahar] Pakistain on Saturday resumed NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... supplies, allowing 14 containers to cross into Afghanistan from its northwestern border at Torkham, officials said.
Pakistain had temporarily stopped NATO supplies over security concerns on July 24 after gunnies attacked a convoy of NATO trucks on July 24, killing a driver, in the town of Jamrud on the outskirts of the main northwestern city Beautiful Downtown Peshawar.
"The NATO supplies have been resumed from today and we sent 14 containers" for international troops in Afghanistan," a local administration official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he is unauthorized to speak to media.
A local intelligence official also confirmed resumption of supplies and the departure of 14 NATO containers to Afghanistan.
A senior local customs official, Ubaidullah Khan, however, put the figure of containers, which left for Afghanistan, at seven, adding that they carried food stuff and clothes.
[Dawn] A car boomwent kaboom! near the offices of the military police in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... early on Saturday, a senior security source said, the first such attack in the Libyan capital since the start of a revolt that toppled the regime of Muammar Qadaffy ...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens... last year.
The source said the blast slightly maimed a Tunisian national, but it could not say who might have been behind it.
A Rooters witness said police had cordoned off the area around the blast's location.
Several violent incidents have rocked Libya in recent days but these have been mostly confined to the eastern city of Benghazi.
Also in Benghazi, seven Iranian relief workers were kidnapped on Tuesday by an gang just as they started an official mission as guests of the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy Association, which is still seeking to get them released.
Pirates attacked a ship being used by an oil servicing company in waters off southeastern Nigeria on Saturday, killing two Nigerian Naval guards and kidnapping four foreigners, the Navy said.
"The incident was somewhere around the Niger Delta, where an oil servicing company was attacked by gunnies. We lost two of our men and four expatriates were kidnapped, one Malaysian, one Iranian," Navy front man Commodore Kabir Aliyu said.
[An Nahar] Explosions rocked parts of the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri Saturday as troops engaged suspected Islamic Orcs and similar vermin and raided homes, residents said.
The kabooms, which began late Friday, occurred in three neighborhoods notorious for attacks blamed on the Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... sect, and residents fled as troops went door-to-door arresting people suspected of complicity, they said.
"Last night, there were kabooms in Gwange area which went on till the late hours and today the kabooms continued in Kalari and Budum neighborhoods," Modu Ari, a Budum resident, told Agence La Belle France Presse by phone from the city.
"Soldiers moved from house to house arresting people, forcing residents to flee their homes to escape arrest," said Ari, who had left his house with his family on Saturday.
Ali Faltaye, a resident of Kalari, said troops battled suspected sect members in the area, sending residents fleeing to avoid being caught up in the fighting or cooled for a few years Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! by soldiers.
"Since morning loud kabooms have been going on in the area and soldiers have been breaking into homes making arrests", Faltaye said.
Military and police authorities were not available for comment.
Troops from Nigeria's Joint Task Force who were deployed in the city two years ago to combat Boko Haram have been accused of burning homes and committing rights violations against residents whom they accuse of complicity with Boko Haram whenever there is an attack blamed on the sect.
The soldiers have denied such accusations.
The group has stepped up bomb and gun attacks since the start of the Moslem fasting month of Ramadan.
cuz nuthin says "Islam" better than bomb and gun attacks during the Moslem fasting month of Ramadan
Posted by: Frank G ||
OK, I admit Islamic theology is a little opaque to me (and by 'opaque', I mean generally stupid), but do you get extra points for murder, violence and explosions committed during Ramadan or are you supposed to lay off for a month?
An Al-Qaeda jacket wallahwent kaboom!" in south Yemen late on Saturday killing at least 23 people and injuring another 20, security sources in Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... province said.
"The bombing targeted a condolence ceremony by the pro-government fighters in the Jaar town," one of the sources said by telephone. "The attacker detonated his explosives belt inside the meeting room and that was shocking".
The victims were offering condolences to head of the pro-government fighters, who supported the army in the offensive that drove Al-Qaeda hard boyz out of their strongholds in Abyan in May, the source continued.
It was the deadliest attack in Abyan since the defeat of Al-Qaeda in May. In recent weeks, suspected hard boyz raided villages and military and security posts some parts of Abyan killing and injuring several troops.
Separately, military sources said several Al-Qaeda hard boyz were killed in an Arclight airstrike in Hadramout ...the formerly independent Qu'aiti state and sultanate, annexed by Communist South Yemen in 1968, encompassing a region along the Gulf of Aden, extending eastwards to the borders of the Dhofar region of Oman. The people are called Hadhramis and speak Hadhrami Arabic. The city Tarimis estimated to contain the highest concentration of descendants of the Prophet Muhammad (PTUI) anywhere in the world, approximately seven in every square yard... province amid an extensive hunt for key operatives after the defeat of Al-Qaeda.
Through April-May, the Yemeni army launched a US-backed offensive and retook control of key towns in Abyan including the capital Zinjibar and killed hundreds of hard boyz including big shots.
After the victory, the authorities have been hunting the hard boyz who fled from Abyan and Shabwa provinces after reports said they had planned to regroup and build centers to recruit new fighters.
Many cells and terrorist suspects have been jugged Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! so far.
In retaliation for the blows, Al-Qaeda has carried out deadly suicide kabooms targeting military and security chiefs, personnel, cadets and offices in several cities including the capital Sanaa.
A suicide bombing blamed on al-Qaeda has killed 42 people in a southern Yemeni town recently recaptured by the army from the jihadis. Meanwhile, a suspected US drone strike late on Saturday killed five al-Qaeda terrorists militants, a local official said on Sunday.
The bomber struck on Saturday in Jaar, one of a number of towns in Abyan province that were recaptured by government troops in June after being held by al-Qaeda fighters for more than a year.Provincial governor Jamal al-Aqal said, "An al-Qaeda suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt during a mourning ceremony organised by the Popular Resistance Committees," a local militia that fought alongside the army in its counteroffensive.
An official at a hospital in Jaar said it had received the bodies of 24 of the dead, while medics said 12 people died of their injuries in three hospitals in the major southern city of Aden.
The suspected US drone strike came near the village of al-Qotn in Hadramawt province in the eastern part of Yemen. A local official said, "A drone fired two missiles at an all-terrain vehicle ... killing its five occupants, all members of al-Qaeda."
A police officer was killed and another one was wounded during an anti-militant raid in the capital of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.
Police executed the raid against a member of a local terrorist militant group in Makhachkala late on Saturday. The terrorist militant opened fire on police after he was trapped inside a building at around 11:30 pm local time. The terrorist militant was killed.
"With absolutely no evidence, we are reporting that it was a Tea Party member with a Chick-Fil-A franchise. Over to you, George"
Posted by: Frank G ||
I see it now Frank, wearing his NRA god and Guns shirt, holding an assault rifle, bible in his back pocket and Chic fillet in his hand, his Tea part memberhip in his wallet, he is heard over the gunfire shouting god hates gays and muslims!
Hot damn I should work for MSNBC!
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
OOPS, Missed it, God hate Gays, muslims and Gurus! There fixed.
In any event I hope the guy that did the shooting rots in hell.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
Have 'em riding off on a ballet horse and I think you hit for the cycle.
[An Nahar] Pak police said on Saturday they had jugged Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! five Talibs who were planning "terror attacks" in the central city of Multan and other towns in the region.
"The hard boyz belonging to Noor Gul group of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) were jugged Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! on an intelligence tip off," city police Chief Aamer Zulfikar told news hounds.
The 'Noor Gul' group has not been heard of previously, and Zulfikar did not say where or when the arrests were made.
"They were planning to carry out terrorist activities on the eve of the martyrdom anniversary of Hazarat Ali, the fourth caliph of Islam, falling next week," he said.
He added that the group was active in the southern part of the Punjab province, and had planned to target other towns and cities in the region.
The police also seized heavy weapons and ammunition including pistols and assault rifles from the jihad boys.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pound, Zebulon finally found just the friend he'd been looking for... six people were killed in an kaboom triggered in fireworks material stored in a house in Multan on Saturday.
Zulfikar said several nearby buildings were damaged in the blast, which also maimed at least 10 people.
"We are trying to ascertain what triggered the kaboom in the factory," he said.
[An Nahar] Hamed al-Mutlak, a Sunni MP and brother to one of Iraq's deputy prime ministers, said he survived a roadside kaboom west of Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... on Saturday that maimed at least one of his guards.
"A roadside kaboomwent kaboom! on the main road in Abu Ghraib when we passed," Mutlak, an MP in the secular, Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, told Agence La Belle France Presse, adding that one of his bodyguards was lightly maimed.
An interior ministry official confirmed the attack, saying the bomb went kaboom! while Mutlak's convoy passed Al-Nasr Wa al-Salam village in the Abu Ghraib area, putting the toll at two guards maimed.
It was unclear if the attack was aimed at Mutlak personally, or if his convoy was just a target of opportunity for myrmidons.
Global jihad terrorists attack Egyptian military base in Sinai, stealing 2 armored vehicles and ramming through Kerem Shalom Crossing; firefight with IDF soldiers ensues, at least 3 terrorists killed.
Global jihad terrorists infiltrated into Israel on Sunday night after breaking into an Egyptian military base and stealing two armored jeeps. One of the vehicles exploded as it rammed through the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Israel and another crossed through. Several armed terrorists exited the vehicle and a firefight broke out with IDF troops as dozens of mortars rained down on nearby communities.
Al Arabiya reported that 15 Egyptian soldiers were killed in the attack on their base and several more were wounded.
The attack began at around 8 PM, likely in retaliation to an Israeli airstrike earlier in the day against a global jihad terror cell which the IDF said was in the final stages of launching an attack against Israel along the Egyptian border. One terrorist was killed in the strike and another was seriously injured.
Suspect refuses to heed troops' calls to stop, sustains injury in knee and evacuated to Syrian hospital. IDF official lauds soldiers' conduct
"Good shooting, Arik!"
An IDF force opened fire on Saturday at a Syrian citizen who approached the Israel-Syria border and attempted to cut the fence. The man was injured in the incident and evacuated to a Syrian hospital.
IDF forces on routine activity in the area identified a man approaching the Israeli border. They ordered him to stop and when he failed to heed their calls, they opened fire in his direction.
The Northern Command launched a probe into the incident.
According to an initial investigation, the incident occurred at 3:20pm, after soldiers from the 401 brigade spotted the suspect approaching the border fence in the southern Golan Heights.
After the suspect failed to heed to the soldiers' calls, they fired warning shots in the air and eventually fired a single shot toward his lower body. The suspect was injured in his knee, and evacuated by Syrian citizens.
An IDF official lauded the force's conduct during the event, saying that "many suspicious activities near the fence have been recorded in recent days, of people posing as Shepherds.
"As far as we are concerned any person who tries to approach the fence is not doing it for peaceful reasons: He is either trying to collect intelligence on our troops, planning a terror attack, or he is trying to infiltrate into Israel and carry out an attack in one of the communities near the border. We will respond with an iron fist against any such attempt," the official noted.
In June, a Syrian man was tossed in the calaboose Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! near the border after touching the fence. He was transferred for investigation with security forces.
Border Guard officers cooled for a few years Please don't kill me! two Arab men who assaulted a Jewish man in Jerusalem. As the forces arrived at the scene, a number of people gathered around them and started hurling stones.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed this guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread... stones were pelted at a bus travelling to the Western Wall and toward an ambulance driving in east Jerusalem. Magen David Adom reported that three people were lightly injured in the incidents.
A police officer was shot and seriously injured in a gun attack in Pattani province on Sunday. While Pol Sr Sgt-Maj Abdulrosa Yuso, 45, of Sarong police station, gardening in front of his house, four men arrived on two motorcycles and opened fire at him with AK47 rifles. The attackers then fled.
The policeman was hit four times and seriously injured. Police recovered six spent AK47 shells at the scene.
Syrian television presenter Mohammed al-Saeed, abducted from his Damascus home in mid-July, has been executed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory's Rami Abdel Rahman said, "The television presenter, a well-known figure on state TV, has been executed, and the Al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for the killing."
On Friday, Al-Nusra, a little-known Islamist militant group, claimed the kidnapping and execution of Saeed in a statement, "The heroes of western Ghouta [in Damascus province] imprisoned the shabih [pro-regime militia] presenter on July 19. He was then killed after he had been interrogated."
Posted on a forum portraying an al-Qaeda flag, Al-Nusra's statement showed a photograph of Saeed, looking scared, with his back against a wall in an unknown location. It said, "May this be a lesson to all those who support the regime."
I'd suggest Rev Al, Rachel "Rick" Maddow, and a bunch of other MSNBC hosts broadcast from Damascus for a couple weeks
Posted by: Frank G ||
Since this TV anchorman supported the Assad regime, this is obviously a case of yet another war criminal gone to his just deserts. This execution was a fine example of Islamic humanitarian principles in action, for which each of the participants should receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Assad's execution of rebel combatants however, is a war crime for which he needs to be brought to justice, and soon, before the Hague.
[BBC] Some 48 Iranian pilgrims have been kidnapped from a bus in the vicinity of a shrine near the Syrian capital Damascus, ...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti... reports say.
Iranian diplomats blamed the abduction, from close to the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zainab, on "gangs".
Syrian state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
later gave the same account of the incident.
Meanwhile, ...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising... fresh fighting has been reported around Damascus, and in the northern city of Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... , where rebels are trying to secure their positions.
The Iranian consul in Damascus said the whereabouts of the kidnapped pilgrims was known.
Syrian state-run news agency ...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?... Sana said the Iranians had been kidnapped by "armed terrorist groups" and that Syrian authorities were "working to handle the situation".
Thousands of Iranians travel each year to Syria to visit the pilgrimage site in the mostly Shia district of Sayyida Zainab, which has seen heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... in recent weeks.
There have been several other reports of groups of Iranian pilgrims being kidnapped in Syria in recent months, with most later being freed.
[An Nahar] The Syrian army now has the whole of the capital under its control, a brigadier-general on Saturday told journalists visiting the neighborhood of Tadamun, the scene of heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... earlier.
"We have cleansed all the districts of Damascus ...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations... , from Al-Midan to Mazzeh, from Al-Hajar Al-Aswad to Qadam... to Tadamun," said the general who led the military operation in Tadamun, refusing to give his name.
The officer said regime forces retook the southern district at 2:00 pm (11:00 GMT) on Saturday, and that it was the last rebel bastion in the city to revert to army hands.
Fighting erupted in Damascus on July 15 and raged for several days as rebels seized several districts, forcing thousands of residents to flee for safety from what had for many months been the country's safest city.
"The situation in Damascus is excellent and stable," the general said.
"There is no more presence of gangs apart for some individuals who are moving from one place to another, just to prove that they exist."
When festivities erupted earlier on Saturday in Tadamun, the scene of heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... a fortnight ago, Syrian state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
said: "The special forces were cleansing the district of Tadamun from terrorists."
[An Nahar] The battle for Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... has not yet begun, and shelling by troops is just the start of what is to come, a senior Syrian security official in the region said on Saturday.
"The battle for Aleppo has not yet begun, and what is happening now is just the appetizer," the official told Agence La Belle France Presse on condition of anonymity, adding: "The main course will come later."
The official said new military reinforcements had arrived, and that there were at least 20,000 troops on the ground.
"The other side is also sending reinforcements," he added, referring to the rebel forces.