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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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FOX News quoted Thomas Joscelyn on al Qaeda's presence in Syria.
Voice of America quoted Bill Roggio on the effectiveness of Chechen jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
CNN quoted Bill Roggio on the poor state of the Iraqi military.
The Saudi Gazette cited Thomas Joscelyn & Bill Roggio on al Qaeda's ability to exploit the government's weaknesses in Yemen.
The Daily Beast quoted Thomas Joscelyn on Iran's knowledge of al Qaeda's network.
CNN quoted Bill Roggio on the Islamic State overruning an Iraqi military base in Anbar.
The Washington Times quoted Bill Roggio on the dispute between al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
NPR quoted Bill Roggio on the US' spotty counterterrorism efforts in Yemen.
The International Business Times quoted Bill Roggio on the Islamic State's operations around Baghdad.
CNN quoted Thomas Joscelyn on the US' spotty counterterrorism efforts in Yemen.
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.
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