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The Associated Press reports on attempts by Syrian rebels to take control of areas north of Damascus.
Posted by blert at December 21, 2012 7:12 PM ET:
I'd really appreciate it if the media were to dig into just how much longer Assad & Co. can pay its bills.
For it would seem that Syria's economy is in a tailspin -- taking tax revenue with it.
Is Syria getting 'free' crude oil from Russia?
For, without it, how can Assad's military continue to roll.
IIRC, Syria has but one significant oil refinery, near the coast.
Because of international politics, she seems to have virtually no oil production. (The West has discouraged oil firms from pumping up the dictatorship.)
US surveys performed over Iraq detail oil deposits/prospects right up to the Syrian border.
(Al Anbar has excellent oil prospects.)
Scud launches imply that Assad's air force is demoralized. SA-24, SA-18 ManPADs may be grounding his helicopter forces.
In the modern era, that normally spells the end game.
Posted by Ali Taj at December 22, 2012 4:40 AM ET:
Ali Garbousi is a Tunisian young man and a blogger blogging about the events in Libya Egypt and Syria. Syria is the place that he left while leaving behind a number of Tunisian young men who joined the fight there, whether voluntarily or while being pushed to do it. There were many facts that Ali Garbousi discovered while being there on the battlefront that he exposes today.
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The Associated Press quoted Thomas Joscelyn on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its presence in Raqqah.
Bloomberg cited Bill Roggio's report on the founding of Ahrar-ul-Hind.
The International Business Times cited Bill Roggio's reporting on Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafez Saeed.
US News & World Report quoted Bill Roggio on the likelihood of a Pakistani military operation in North Waziristan.
CNA report on the Afghan National Security Forces cited three of Bill Roggio's reports on al Qaeda's presence in northeastern Afghanistan.
The Daily Beast quoted Bill Roggio's reports on the ISIS presence in Syria.
The Washington Post cited Thomas Joscelyn's report on Thirwat Shihata's backing of the overthrow of the Egyptian government.
The Los Angeles Times quoted Bill Roggio on the Obama administration's policy of targeting US citizens who fight alongside al Qaeda.
The Washington Post cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Yemen.
The Daily Star cited Thomas Joscelyn's report on the US' designation of an Islamic Jihad Union operative who works in Iran.
The Daily Beast cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.
The Daily Beast cited Bill Roggio's reporting on the ISIS' presence in Syria.
The New York Times cited Bill Roggio's report on the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
The Daily Star cited Bill Roggio's report on the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
Reuters cited Bill Roggio's report on the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
The Washington Times quoted Thomas Joscelyn on al Qaeda's role in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.
The Associated Press cited Bill Roggio on drone strikes in Yemen.
US News & World Report cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Yemen.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy cited Bill Ardolino's book, Fallujah Awakens, in written testimony to Congress on the resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq.
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism cited Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio's reports on al Qaeda.
TIME cited David Barnett's report on the Abdullah Azzam Brigade's threats against Israel.
The Los Angeles Times cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.
The Jerusalem Post cited David Barnett's reports jihadists threats against Egypt.
The Lede cited David Barnett's report on Ansar Jerusalem's assassination attempt on Egypt's interior minister.
Voice of America quoted David Barnett on jihadist attacks in the Egyptian Sinai.
The New York Times quoted Bill Roggio on Pakistan's condemnation of the US drone strike that killed Hakeemullah Mehsud.
The Christian Science Monitor cited LWJ's data and reports on drone strikes in Yemen.
The Daily Beast cited Thomas Joscelyn's reporting on al Qaeda operative Mohammed Jamal.
Slate cited David Barnett's report on threats by al-Salafiyya al-Jihadiyya against the Egyptian military.
Investor's Business Daily cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan.
FOX News quoted Bill Roggio on the Obama administration's definition of al Qaeda and cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.
The Washington Times cited Bill Roggio's report of al Qaeda and the Free Syrian Army jointly taking over a border crossing in Syria.
Arutz Sheva cited David Barnett's report on Ansar Jerusalem's threats against the Egyptian government.
Bloomberg cited LWJ's data on drone strikes in Pakistan.
Foreign Policy cited David Barnett's reporting on jihadist groups in the Egyptian Sinai.
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