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Syria

As the air campaign ramps up again and the deployment of Syrian troops with their allies looks set for another assault on Idlib, two separate attacks, presumably by IEDs have taken place. One in Deir al Zor, the other in the area held by Turkey where joint patrols take place. One death is reported as being a Major General:

A Russian major-general died and three other servicemen were injured after a bomb exploded in the path of a Russian military convoy near Deir al Zor in Syria, the RIA news agency cited the defence ministry as saying on Tuesday.

A joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northwest Syria’s Idlib region was hit by a blast on Monday, but no troops were injured.
 

Goatman

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A piece from a different perspective, for interest:

Exclusive Interview: Waad Al-Kateab Speaks From The Heart About Her Hope For Syria

(Waad produced the film 'For Sama' - which is worth a watch. She escaped Aleppo and now lives in London. )

Al-Kateab, a young filmmaker and citizen journalist who moved to Aleppo to study in 2009, always kept her Sony camcorder rolling, filming approximately 500 hours of footage.
It took two years for her and co-director Edward Watts – who she met through her work as journalist for Channel 4 – to cut it down to a 95-minute documentary. For Sama went on to achieve global acclaim, receiving an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature and winning best documentary at this year’s Bafta awards (where it also set a record for most nominated documentary), as well as four British Independent Film awards.

The recognition is testament to Al-Kateab’s talent for showing the human story that so many governments still choose to ignore. Yet, a year after the release For Sama, there is a look of pain and sadness in her eyes.
“Nothing has changed in Syria. It’s still happening,” she says.

While news coverage of the civil war has decreased and the fanfare surrounding the film has slowed down, the crisis hasn’t ended.
“There are still people in Aleppo being shelled and bombed.”


For the Arabic linguists who wish to practice:

 
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Syrian rebels use PS4 controller to remote operate a machine gun.


I have a great problem with where that expertise will re-surface. Probably in the next dusty place HM armed forces get committed to in a moment of madness, and probably not to our benefit.
Clever, but dangerous.
 
Syrian rebels use PS4 controller to remote operate a machine gun.


Is it true, or will that turn out to be fake news like the Iraq war Playstation 2 story, where Saddam was supposed to stockpiling Playstation 2's to use the chips to form a guided missile system
 

arfah

LE
Is it true, or will that turn out to be fake news like the Iraq war Playstation 2 story, where Saddam was supposed to stockpiling Playstation 2's to use the chips to form a guided missile system

I found it on the internet, it’s well fücking gen!
 
Thought as much. Thought link may be suspect.
 

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