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October 22, 2015

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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Rebels Reportedly On The Offensive In Hama & Latakia, Civilians Shelled By Regime In Response
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Stream: October 22, 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
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As we've been reporting since Russian airstrikes began, the first focus of Russia's air mission in Syria was northern Hama province. The Assad offensive in this area, despite being supported by Russian air power, resulted in a decisive defeat for the Assad regime and its allies, Russia, Hezbollah, and Iran. Now Jaish al Fatah, the Islamist rebel group and one of the largest groups in northwestern Syria, has announced that it is going on the offensive against regime positions in Hama.
There are already signs that the rebels are making advances:
This video reportedly shows Liwa Sakur al Jabel, a rebel group which has received anti-tank weapons and other support from the CIA, knocking out a regime gun, possible an artillery piece or mortar, with a TOW missile in Khirbat al Naqus, west of Ma'arrat al Nouman in the hills that guard the approach to Latakia (map):
A related video, this reportedly shows the same unit firing on an Assad position near Mansoura, just to the east. It's possible they're firing from two different angles on the same position. According to the LCC, the village of Mansoura was captured today by the rebels after heavy fighting:

The LCC also reports heavy shelling of residential neighborhoods across Hama and northern Homs. It is an established tactic of the Syrian Arab Army, the regime, to punish civilians for rebel victories, an attempt to destroy rebel supply lines and divide the populace against the anti-Assad forces.

Yet another (truly frightening) angle shows yesterday's massive strikes against civilians and rescue workers in Salma which, as we've been reporting, left at least 12 dead.

-- James Miller