Syria Rebels’ Gains in Damascus Surprise Even Them

Quoted by Los Angeles Times Staff

Echoing the sentiments of the more cautious activists and observers, Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S. based-Syrian human rights activist and fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in one of his daily roundup emails last week, “Something is definitely looming in Syria, but it’s not end game. It’s more like the end of Round One.

The Rebels: We Need Intel More Than Arms

Quoted by Jay Newton-Small, Time

Currently, the U.S. is only providing Syrian political groups – not armed ones like the FSA –humanitarian aid, communications equipment and training. The State Department is carefully vetting these opposition groups to ensure they have no terrorist links. The U.S. stamp of approval then opens the floodgates for other countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to provide lethal aid as well. Continue reading

Annan Singles Out Syrian Government After Treimseh Killings

Quoted by The Los Angeles Times

In the wake of the reported killings in Treimseh, “the immediate popular reaction at this stage is anger towards all,” wrote Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian opposition activist based in the U.S. “The impotence of the opposition and continued dithering by international leaders seem unfathomable to locals after so many months of bloodshed, and so many massacres. Who can blame them?”

Death Toll Climbs Now in Hama Bombing

Quoted by Rhonda Parker, Examiner.com

However, as Washington-based Syrian pro-democracy advocate Ammar Abdulhamid stated on his Syrian Revolution Digest website, “This revolution is against the Assad regime not just against Assad, the sooner the Russians and Chinese understand that the better.”

For Tuesday’s death toll, Adulhamid also documents a total of 54; with 15 dead in the town of Hiffeh (Lattakia Province), 13 in Hama; 9 in Homs; 5 in daraa; 2 in Aleppo, 3 in Damascus and 1 in Hassakeh.