This map shows the military situation in the Al Waer area on February 17, 2017.
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Questions: How do they get ammo, food, how is this pathetic little area allowed to exist?? How do they get food?!?!
Black market. Pro-regime militias are on the payroll.
Don’t know about ammo but they get food because they have civilians under their control so that’s why the government allows food in. Obviously the terrorists 1st take food for themselves and only then after they themselves are full would they then give what is left (or ask for more) to the civilians.
yes, most of terrorists in besieged towns are fat pigs.
“Living off the land” is a time-honored military tactic and also how General Sherman took his siege all the way through the South to the ocean. The real question is – how do they get guided missiles? This is a proxy war.
You’re kidding right? What land? Look at that picture and tell where they have enough land to feed thousands of people.
Yes, that’s just a figure of speech. Living off the land generally means stealing. In Sherman’s case, they were supposed to issue a reimbursement “chit” that was honored after the war. In most cases, armies just steal when they’re living off the land and don’t bother with that. Thus the lyric in “The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down” – “Ya take what ya need and leave the rest – but they should never have taken the very best.”
It’s not a figure of speech. Where can they steal from, being encircled, and in such quantities to feed and arm that many people?
It’s more complicated than maps ever indicate. SAA has siege of pocket – but pocket is not totally sealed shut. Government allows food in for civilians – and just like in east Aleppo militants steal it and control flour distribution from their buildings. Munitions are smuggled through shifting gaps in siege lines and tunneling into other districts – the militants either intimidate or pay off locals to stay quiet and keep operations ongoing. It’s complex militarized environment that militants can exploit – with bribery and violence.
Yes, and – it’s also a proxy war. Sovereign states with lots of cash support this.
Indeed, and what a laughable situation yet again in Syria. In no other country would this be tolerated.
Well, not really. The Jordanian and Turkish borders have been completely open for weapons smugglers to enter Syria since 2011and there are foreign military control rooms in south Turkey and north Jordan dedicated to keeping munitions flows, financed from outside, going. Those are external variables that the Syrian state has no control over as it is Turkish and Jordanian policy to allow this. Incidentally any munitions in Gaza are smuggled by tunnels too, from Egypt, and it is no different to Syrian situation in terms of tolerance.
I’m not referring to open borders, I’m referring to the various encircled bubbles that have no hope of weapons, ammo and food, and in any other nation they would’ve been starved or wiped out long ago, but the Syrian government allows them to survive.
The Syrian state doesn’t allow them to survive at all – quite the opposite, overt foreign sponsorship from NATO and GCC has allowed militants to survive for six years in highly militarized urban pockets.
Where is there room in that tiny pocket for massive storage of food and ammo? To last for years. Unless Syrians on the outside help them survive, which is just a joke.
Any urban multi story reinforced concrete structure with a basement is more than adequate munitions depot. Secondly, the Syrian state is actually being responsible state by allowing food supplies into these militarized pockets, in which a number of own citizens are being held hostage by armed militants. Lastly, if the Syrian state refused any food supplies from entering such a besieged pocket still holding civilians, the western politicians and their MSM would use simply weaponize that, in their six year narrative against the Syrian state and use it to justify ever more arms deliveries and intervention from it.
The article is a bit cryptic. Since two months the Syrian government has tightened the siege and in the last few days it has started attacking the area.
See this article: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2017/2/14/the-smell-of-blood-haunts-homs-neighbourhood-al-waer
OMFG there’s terrorists in Homs city itself still? i thought these were transferred to Idlib like ages ago? there were crapton of transfers from Idlib… cmon these guys in this distrct must be so weak they could be easily defeated… why this pocket is still held there?
hope that region become cleaned of terrorists