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52 civilians killed in US airstrikes on Aleppo village

May 02, 2015

02-05-2015: U.S.-led airstrikes killed at least 52 civilians in a village in northern Syria, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

"Airstrikes by the coalition early on Friday on the village of Birmahle in Aleppo province killed 52 civilians," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Seven children were killed, and 13 people are still trapped in the rubble," he said.

Abdel Rahman told AFP that Kurdish militiamen and Syrian rebel fighters were clashing with ISIS in a town roughly two kilometers (1 mile) away.

With more funerals for regime troops daily, loyalists in Homs find ways to smuggle their sons abroad to avoid military conscription

May 02, 2015

02-04-2015: Young people from traditionally pro-regime neighbourhoods of Homs have begun fleeing the country illegally in order to avoid the compulsory conscription and service in the military reserves imposed by the Assad regime as it attempts to stem advances by rebel battalions across Syria, with banners of liberation being raised in cities, towns and villages across the north of the country as the forces of Bashar al Assad and his affiliated Tehran-backed militias are driven out.

Regime gasses civilians, including children, with chlorine bombs again

May 02, 2015

#‎Neirab‬, ‪#‎Aleppo‬ province, 02-05-2015: Regime warplanes again dropped barrel bombs containing chlorine gas overnight in the village of Neirab in Aleppo province, with more than ten residents, including children, rushed to the local hospital after suffering asphyxiation as a result.

Report and photo from: Syrian Network

Another infant victim of Assad's Nakba

May 01, 2015

Deir el Zour, 01-05-2015: Ali Abdullah was barely old enough to walk. He was killed today in regime warplanes' bombardment of homes in the Hamidiya neighbourhood of Deir el Zour city.

Report and photograph from: Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page (Arabic):

Endgame or new phase in Syria’s 4-year-old conflict?

May 01, 2015

Syrian state TV Thursday abruptly suspended its non-news and political programming in a telling sign of how sharply the tide has turned against President Bashar Assad’s regime in recent weeks.

Assad regime now using African mercenaries

May 01, 2015

01-04-2015: The geographic range of the Tehran-backed foreign mercenaries deployed in Syria to fight for the Assad regime continues to expand, with Souria.Net publishing photographs from rebels in Jisr al Shughour in Idlib province of an African mercenary killed in clashes there. Rebels in the region report that they are now seeing increasing numbers of African fighters alongside the regime’s Shiite mercenaries from Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with North Korean and Filipino fighters also fighting for Assad.

Regime fights own militia in Homs

Apr 30, 2015

30-04-2015: Unprecedented fighting erupted between regime troops and National Defense Force members in an Alawite quarter of central Homs, according to press reports and activist statements.

Alaraby Aljadeed reported Wednesday that “internal differences” between the two pro-Bashar al-Assad fighting forces turned into deadly clashes in the city’s Zahraa quarter, an Alawite-populated district.

Eight civilians, including two women, four children, killed in Mare' airstrike

Apr 30, 2015

Mare', ‪#Aleppo‬ province, 30-04-2015: Eight civilians, including two women and four children, were killed in a regime airstrike on homes in the town of Mare’ in Aleppo province this morning. The oldest victim was a 75-year-old man, the youngest a four-year-old boy.