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Monday, January 2

Terrorists take aim at Syria's water, heating, and electricity supplies (UPDATED 6:28am EST)

On December 30 SANA reported that Islamic State broke a long-standing 'deal' with Syria's government not to shut down the water supply for Aleppo but with their terrorist buddies decamped, IS went ahead and fiddled with the main source of the city's water supply, which is the Euphrates and al-Khafsa stations on the Euphrates River. 

The next day SANA tersely reported Water flow from Euphrates River to Aleppo returns gradually but without explaining how the army had peeled IS's bony fingers from the water stations.

Then today FARS reported, Syrian Soldiers Score Victories Against Terrorists Near Water Reservoirs in Northwestern Damascus. It was the first I'd learned that the bad guys had gone after a reservoir that serves Damascus city.  

Uh, well, so, the good guys are on the case.  What else to say.

Wait. I forgot to mention the oil and gas fields near Raqqa.  IS wasn't actually after the city proper, just those fields.  All right I'll scare up a link on the status of that mess. I shall return.  Some war reporter I am. 

(Is it me, or does Leith sound a little ticked off at the Syrian Army?)

Rebels, ISIS punish millions of people in government-held Syria
By Leith Fadel

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) victory in east Aleppo was short-lived, thanks in large-part to the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham's" (ISIS) offensive to seize every gas field north of Palmyra.

With every gas field under their control, the Islamic State has created a fuel crisis across government-controlled Syria, as millions of people are unable to heat their homes this winter.

Making matters worse, the jihadist rebels of Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have contaminated the water supply in the Wadi Barada area of rural Damascus, leaving more than 5 million people living in-and-around the Syrian capital city without clean water.

This type of humanitarian warfare has been relatively ignored by the international community, despite the fact several NGOs continue to operate inside the country and region.


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