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Tango0126 Jun 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

"At least 12 people reportedly killed as Assad's forces and opposition fighters clash in Quneitra amid Israeli strikes.

Fighting between government forces and opposition fighters has intensified in the Quneitra province in Syria's south, situated in the roughly 30 percent of the Golan Heights under Syrian control.

More than a dozen people were killed, including both pro-government forces and opposition fighters, in the latest uptick in fighting in the countryside of al-Baath city and near the town of Khan Arnab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Sunday…"
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SBminisguy26 Jun 2017 1:22 p.m. PST

" opposition fighters " -- isn't that a neutral term used to avoid saying "ISIS-aligned fighters" since by all accounts the moderate secular rebel factions have all been wiped out??

dwight shrute26 Jun 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

SOHR are by no means any kind of source , the SOHR being run by a Syrian man in North London who was last in the country 20 years ago .

VVV reply27 Jun 2017 2:44 a.m. PST

SOHR seems to be dead on. Its all about the contacts you have.
Moderate rebels continue to exist, Free Syrian army is still out there for example. But alliances shift, basically because rebels go to where they can get the supplies to keep on fighting.

28mm Fanatik27 Jun 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

The west abandoned what moderate rebels remain, so some of them have thrown in their lot with the more extremist rebel groups.

As for Israel, its actions are driven by its preference for a weakened Assad because he's backed by Israel's arch-nemesis Iran and key to the latter's plan to extend its power in the region. It's as simple as that. If that means helping the anti-Assad "terrorists" then so be it.

zoneofcontrol27 Jun 2017 7:57 a.m. PST

Since Syria basically no longer exists and with the UN's observation forces unable to do anything by mandate, it would seem to make sense for Israel be requested to occupy, protect and defend the occupants of the Golan Heights in total. The UN could then assist Israel in setting up an DMZ more similar to the Korean one. The area which fell under the former country of Syria's control, could become the basis for a 2 to 3 mile wide buffer/no-man's land on the eastern edge.

Tango0128 Jun 2017 11:12 a.m. PST

Well… Syria is suffering a civil war… but still exist…

If Israel ocupy the Golan Heights is not going to taking well from the Muslims/Arabs in general…


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