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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 Washington Post cited Oren Adaki & Bill Roggio's report on a drone strike in Yemen.
The New York Times cited LWJ's data on US airstrikes in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia over the last decade.
PRI quoted Bill Roggio on the Islamic State's media campaign.
Reuters cited Bill Roggio's report on an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader who was freed in Afghanistan and has returned to wage jihad in Kunduz.
The Boston Globe quoted Bill Roggio on the situation in Iraq.
BBC quoted Bill Roggio on the Islamic State's beheading of Steven Sotloff.
CBC News quoted Bill Roggio on the Islamic State's recruitment of children.
FOX News interviewed Bill Roggio on the Islamic State's recruitment of children.
Roll Call interviewed Bill Roggio on the Obama administration's lack of statregy to deal with the Islamic State.
ABC cited Thomas Joscelyn's report on al Qaeda's split with the Islamic State.
The Washington Post cited Lisa Lundquist and Bill Roggio's report on insider attacks in Afghanistan.
The Washington Post used Bill Roggio and Patrick Megahan's map data on the Islamic State's control in Iraq and Syria to create its own map.
The Los Angeles Times used Bill Roggio and Patrick Megahan's map data on the Islamic State's control in Iraq and Syria to create its own map.
The Guardian cited Lisa Lundquist and Bill Roggio's report on insider attacks in Afghanistan.
The Wall Street Journal again used Bill Roggio and Patrick Megahan's map data on the Islamic State's control in Iraq and Syria to create its own map.
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