Valerie, an American Business Owner in Latakia, Tells Her Story of Gun Boats, Rimal al-Janubi, the Evacuation, and Miliatry Operations

Valerie – an American business owner in Latakia – tells her story of Gun Boats, Rimal al-Janubi, the Evacuation, and the Military Operation in Latakia

Reuters: Smoke rises in the city of Latakia August 14, 2011.

It is scary here. It seems the longer this goes on the worse the outcome is going to be for the Syrian people. Latakia is pretty much empty. This is supposed to be the busy season for most businesses here. Many of the business owners like us have been paying employees to sit and do nothing but busy work for months now. We are emptying our own personal savings to pay them. We won’t be able to do this for much longer.
Below is my account of what happened a few weeks ago in Latakia.

Regarding the military operation in Latakia on August 12th – 15th.

I am an American woman living in Latakia. I was at the Assad Sports City complex when residents from Rimal al Janubi and the Rimal Palestinian refugee camp were sheltered there.

On Thursday, August 11th, my husband called me from Turkey, where he was working for business, to tell me I should plan on staying close to home for the weekend. He told me the government had made an announcement of a planned military operation in Rimal al Janubi, a poor neighborhood that includes the nearby Palestinian camp. He said that the government was advising residents of the Rimal neighborhood to evacuate and that anyone who remained behind risked being caught in the gunfights they expected to ensue. They would also risk being arrested for suspicion of aiding the opposition fighters. Rimal is on the outskirts of Latakia and at the opposite side of the city from where I live. My husband was concerned that fighting might spill out from Rimal and into neighborhoods near the center of the city.

Gun Boats

My apartment is in the Al Asher neighborhood not far from Al Assad Sports City. I can see the complex from the balcony and roof of my apartment. Friday I stayed home with my children and listened to the news waiting to hear about what was going on in Rimal and if anything was happening in other parts of the city. My electricity, water, and internet were never cut. When I began hearing reports later in the day that the military was using war ships to shell parts of the Rimal neighborhood, I called another American friend who lives in an apartment near the southern corniche that overlooks the sea onto the Rimal neighborhood. He said he could see the ships sailing back and forth near Rimal, but had not seen or heard them firing. Like me he had been home all day. He had noticed the ships when he first awoke and had been watching them all day. He explained that he knew about the planned military operation and was thus waiting it see if anything happened and for that reason paid particular attention to the gun ships. When I spoke with him later, he said he had spent most of the weekend watching the ships and said never saw or heard them fire anything.

The Sports City complex

On Saturday morning my driver arrived at 8:45 am and went with me on my run. I run 6 days a week around the perimeter of the Sports City complex. While on the run I noticed about 4 or 5 cars of people pulling into the complex. I also noticed several children playing near the entrances with park staff. The complex is usually fairly empty at this time of the morning unless there is an event going on. When I asked, my driver later told me that these were people coming from Rimal and that many of them were staying inside the stadium. When the cars pulled in they had to register and show their ids to the guards. This is a standard procedure for anyone entering the complex at anytime. At about 10:30 am, after my run I sent the driver on a shopping errand in the center of the city. He came back early and told me that there was a lot of gunfire in the city and didn’t feel it was safe to be there. He said there were no protests going on. This was also the first time there had been gunfire in the center of the city so early in the day. During the day I watched a 3 or 4 buses of people from Rimal dropping off residents at Sports City. I also watched as truckloads of supplies and food were brought in. The Joud family (a prominent family in Latakia) donated a truckload of food for the Iftar dinner each night.

On Sunday, I watched as 2 or 3 more buses dropped Rimal residents off at Sports City. I had heard on the news that 5,000 people were staying at Sports City. This report seemed to be a great exaggeration. From what I could see from my apartment, I estimate there were only about 500. My driver told me that because of the announcement made early by the government of the planned military operation and the on going violence in the neighborhood many people had left the city to stay in the villages with family members. Latakia as a whole is nearly empty. Most residents who are able to, have escaped the daily gunfights here to their familial villages.

Four Soldiers and 50 Non-Soldiers Killed

On Monday, the government announced it had finished its’ military operation in Latakia. I watched as several bus loads (maybe 5 or 6, but definitely not 5,000 people) carried people from Sports City back to Rimal. Government television said 4 soldiers had been killed and 35 were wounded by gunfire. Approximately 50 others were killed and many others were wounded. It is difficult to determine if these were opposition fighters or civilians caught in the crossfire. No one that I have spoken to in Latakia believes there were any protests taking place in Rimal that weekend.

There have been rumors circulating in Latakia, some from credible sources, that the reason the military had gone into Rimal al Janubi and the Palestinian camp was that opposition fighters had taken over the neighborhood. Some rumors have gone as far as to say that the opposition had actually been able to set up their own check points and had closed several of the roads into the neighborhood. Being in Latakia and seeing what I have seen over the past 5 months these rumors seem more credible than the reports I see everyday on the news on peaceful protesters being murdered en masse.

I don’t believe all of the deaths in Syria are those of innocent non-violent protesters. I also don’t believe that the government is responsible for all of the deaths. The events I have witnessed here in Latakia lead me to believe opposition groups are taking arms up against the government forces (I have seen a Palestinian girl arrested after weapons were found in her apartment, the cousin of a friend was killed while walking in an Alawi neighborhood that has never seen any protests, another expat friend of mine saw a man setting up a sniper rifle on the rooftop across from the building where he worked and watched as the man was arrested after someone else called the police, the list goes on…). If the opposition is taking up arms against the government here in Latakia, the sheer number of deaths make it easy to believe opposition groups in cities and villages like Homs and Jisr al Shuggour are not peacefully opposing the government as the western media would like us to believe.


A Syrian from Aleppo writes:

I can confirm the death of the 4 soldiers in Latakia that day as Valarie mentioned. My cousin is serving his compulsory military service in the navy in a base in Latakia. He’s a medicine graduate, so he is a medic. That day in the morning they gave everyone on the base bulletproof vests and ordered them to wear them all day. Later in the day they took the medics to al-raml Al-janoobi area. My cousin saw 4 dead soldiers brought in and many others wounded. There is no question about the existence of militancy in the opposition. The coastal and boarder areas have surely witnessed a flood of arms coming in during the past six months. With the 24/7 incitement on Aljazeera and 2 dedicated extremist channels funded by Saudi and calling for people to jihad against the “heretics” and “Shiaa” and “rawafedh” in Syria, it would be strange if Al-Qaeda and other extremists aren’t pushing for holly war in Syria with arms and money.

Militancy is still a limited phenomenon in the revolt. My concern is that the media and activists want us to believe that the militancy does not exist and that the government wants us to believe that all demonstrators and revolutionaries are armed. This is not true. The activists should denounce the violence and the government should allow real peaceful demos to take place.

BBC Report: “It’s the first time, for a long time, that they’ve used gunboats.”

NYTimes: Syrian Navy Joins Attack on Key Rebellious Port City

Al-Jazeera video footage: Tanks and gunboats ‘fire on Latakia’

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51. Anas said:

While I appreciate and respect Valerie’s narrations I still can’t believe her, Lattakia is a large city and she couldn’t have been able to see the whole city from her house. Secondly, The regime has blocked any non-Syrian government media from getting close to the events and if they allow reporters to enter they accompany them and if they come to know that someone talked to foreign media they arrest them. Now having 4 bodies of soldiers doesn’t rule out the possibility that they refused to kill civilians and were shot by “Shabeeha” does it? Could Valerie tell a terrorist from a “Shabeeh” for example they all wear civilian cloth, and sometime mixed clothing. Finally I think Valerie has watched Syrian TV too much which has a credibility of 0% even if they say milk is white I still have to find out for myself, sorry but until the regime allow independent and free reporting and punish “Shabeeha” and Security forces or any official who committed crimes against the Syrian people I can’t take their BS to be true.

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August 25th, 2011, 4:50 pm


52. amal said:

When are you going to dazzel us with your mastery of the French language KHALED TLASS my BOY?! 🙂

WELL! How about it?! 🙂

Something in French please! 🙂

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August 25th, 2011, 4:53 pm


53. Aboud said:

My offer still stands by the way; show me a recent video of the sports stadium in Latakia, that disproves it was ever used as a mass prison camp, and I will never post here again. Come on menhebaks, it can’t be too hard if “Valarie”‘s story is true, and you people are desperate to be rid of me.

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August 25th, 2011, 5:03 pm


54. OFF THE WALL said:


I-we has/ve been discovered by chief detective SAHAR, she has found out. Stop pretending you are not me/aboud/SGID/Tara/Akbar/Hamster…… and on good day the prof. Join yourself in my/your/our escape pod. @ 39:12:67 Altares local time

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August 25th, 2011, 5:05 pm


55. jna said:

Dear Mr. (the river was dry) Aboud,

There is no such thing as correct spelling of American first names. Americans can spell their names any way their parents deem proper, cute, unique, etc. It’s legit and common. And try googling “Valarie”.

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August 25th, 2011, 5:11 pm


56. Dale Andersen said:

Memo To: ANAS

RE: Valarie

Valarie is giving you an account of what she thinks she saw or heard. It’s not the truth. It’s the truth from her vantage point. Just as the truth from your vantage point might be that there’s a salafist (or a Jew or a shabiha) behind every bush or under every rock.

And to the poster (probably Aboud) who stated that “Valarie” is misspelled, Westerners spell their names all kinds of strange ways. Dale, for example, can be spelled “Dale” or “Dayle” or “Del” or “Dell.”

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August 25th, 2011, 5:14 pm


57. amal said:

S’il vous plait KHALED TLASS mon petit ZIZI! 🙂


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August 25th, 2011, 5:15 pm


58. amal said:

Post 55

JNA, loved that “Dear Mr. (the river was dry) Aboud” 🙂

That was hillarious! 🙂

Remember he gets paid a penny a post! 🙂

Thank you 🙂

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August 25th, 2011, 5:25 pm


59. Amir in Tel Aviv said:


I’m glad you found SC 🙂 I’m really curious about how do you, Aboud and others who comment from inside Syria, manage to do it safely. I’m not asking how you do it! I don’t want you, of course, to expose your methods. Just curious. I’m expecting an answer once Syria is free 🙂

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August 25th, 2011, 5:29 pm


60. Aboud said:

“And try googling “Valarie”.

As if I have to wait for you to tell me. Google automatically corrected it to Valerie. Everyone on this forum spells it Valerie. But hey, I’d have loved to have seen the original email Landis got, before all the spelling and syntax mistakes were fixed 🙂

If this “eye witness” account hadn’t been attributed to an “American Business Owner”, it would have sounded like a bad Al-Dunya propaganda piece.

I’m still waiting for the video of the stadium. Or the Hama bridge, while we are on the subject. What, you people can’t find the bridge after all these weeks? Come on, Ramadan is almost over.

Amir, it’s no secret. How do people in the West get past their corporate or university firewalls and proxies? 😉

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August 25th, 2011, 5:32 pm


61. Khalid Tlass said:


Bachar est un fils de putain de trou du cul d’une pute rejeton de l’inceste et sa femme Asma sera violée et les vidéos porno envoyé à l’Iran

Does that make you happy ? Something in French, you asked for it, connard.

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August 25th, 2011, 5:34 pm


62. amal said:

It’s very simple SON. They are not posting from Syria. They are posting from TEL AVIV just like you. DUH!

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August 25th, 2011, 5:34 pm


63. Abughassan said:

People say “stuff”,some lie,some just have the wrong info. What I read in Valarie’s story is a lot similar to what I heard from my contacts in Latakia.The US ,eager to isolate Asad,could not support the navy attack story,for example. I keep seeing people asking for a “proof” of this and a “proof” of that. Applying the same YouTube logic many use here,I should probably ask those who have a different account of what happened in Latakia to show us a video of the navy bombing Latakia or the sport stadium being used as a big prison. I still think Latakia will be the last to revolt in masses against the regime.
I am not “oscillating” here, I am just saying.. 🙂

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August 25th, 2011, 5:39 pm


64. Ales said:

Some may argue this is not real picture of Syria, but article contains a lot of background info rarely seen in “Time” like articles.

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August 25th, 2011, 5:41 pm


65. amal said:

Iam dazzled by your superior Lebanese mastery of the French language KHALED TLASS mon petit COCO! 🙂

Baby, it looks like we need to find you that special someone to cure your loneliness! 🙂

What’s your gender preference please my BOY! 🙂


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August 25th, 2011, 5:42 pm


66. Tara said:

The documentary should be titled ” I killed the shabeeh in my brain”. Thanks Ali Firzat. He said when asked about his fears “I killed the policeman in my brain”. It should be directed by an unbiased internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker with a Sufi spin and sponsored by Aljazeera. I would volunteer as a consultant.

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August 25th, 2011, 5:47 pm


67. Evan said:

#62 – “It’s very simple SON. They are not posting from Syria. They are posting from TEL AVIV just like you. DUH!”

Sorry to burst your bubble Amal but Israel could care less about the fate of Syria, whether it stays with Assad or goes. SGID and Aboud thank you for your insight about what is actually going on. I just saw on reddit a video of a Syrian soldier in a tank (with a Syrian flag on it!!) calmly firing at houses in the distance. Wow.

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August 25th, 2011, 5:56 pm


68. Afram said:

23. Aboud said:
“Did Landis himself really post this? “Valarie” isn’t even a name. It’s spelled “Valerie””

to the selective ignoromaniac islamist,with the help of the infidel google

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August 25th, 2011, 5:57 pm


69. Khalid Tlass said:

I’m so glad watching the Libyan rebels are using 105 mm Anti-Aircraft Autocannon on those thugs. Gives them a taste of their own medicine, what their brothers-in-arms are using against us in Hama and Deirezzor.

Abu Ghassan , ALL your sources are biased and have conflict of interest, does any of your sources include the average lower-middle class self-employed Syrian ? By this time, its apparent to everybody that people like you and Landis have a conflict of interest while trying to give objective reports about Syria.

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August 25th, 2011, 6:00 pm


70. Khalid Tlass said:

Those dullards who think Aboud and SGID are not posting from Syria, why don’t you ask your Mukhabarat uncles to confirm ? Oh wait….they aren’t qualified to navigate their way through the internet, they have to call Tehran for that !!

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August 25th, 2011, 6:03 pm


71. Aboud said:

Yes Abughassan, because the shabeha are going to let you go around and film their mass prisons.

If, however, it is not a mass prison, then a one minute recent video of it is more than enough to prove so. The regime has known for weeks that the news channels are claiming the stadium is being used to hold thousands of prisoners. It could disprove those statements in a day.

Tell your “contacts” to go film the stadium, and if it hasn’t been used as a mass prison, like I said, I will never post here again. Otherwise, kindly stop claiming to have sources you obviously do not have.

@68 Thanks. Proves that I can’t possibly be an American if I don’t know that much 🙂

Anytime anyone accuses me of being from the USA, I can just say “But I didn’t even know Valarie was a real name”

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August 25th, 2011, 6:10 pm


72. jna said:


My god, so many illiterate Valerie imposters on Google conspiring to deceive us.

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August 25th, 2011, 6:11 pm


73. Aboud said:

Eh he, and now Landis fixed the name in the post. I’d loved to have seen the original email. I bet it had a “ALLAH YEHMEEEK YA BASHAR” at the end 🙂

How could I possibly be from the USA…I don’t know enough about American names. I’m just a Syrian village boy, lost in the big wide world.


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August 25th, 2011, 6:26 pm


74. Arsalan said:

8. As’ad Shallal said: “1st – stop demos
2nd – dialogue ”

Bashar and this thugs had many years, months, weeks and days to offer dialogue and reforms but now it is too little and too late. The days of Bashar and his brutal regime are numbered. He should resign and let transitional government take over.

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August 25th, 2011, 6:33 pm


75. SYR.EXPAT said:

Photos giving a glimpse of the luxury the daughter of Ghaddafi enjoyed. They’re now on the run hiding in some hole somewhere. What an amazing fall from grace!

بعد افتحام الثوار لمغارة الزعيم الليبي مهمر القذافي وافراد اسرته

تم العثور في قصر ابنته عائشة القذافي على مقاعد ذهبية وتحف تشبه التحف الفرعونية
الى جانب العثور على مدسدس القذافي المرصع بالذهب والالماس عيار 24 محفور عليه اسمه
شاهد الصور

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August 25th, 2011, 6:33 pm


76. Shami said:

The job of Mr Landis is always to make the regime looks less evil than it is in reality.There is no doubt that he is pro Bashar.
Even if the regime did not attack through war boats ,what does it change to the reallity on the ground?more than 30 000 innocent civilians have been killed in Hama and as much missing and killed in other regions of Syria and today Bashar is following the same path by using brute and blind force in order to remain a dictator …no cases of torture,mass killings have been reported accurately by Dr Landis despite that’s the common behavior of this regime,insteed he likes to focus on futilities always with the aim of relativizing the behavior of the asad gang.
Dr Landis ,the syrian people are not dirts.
Relativizing Bashar crimes as he is obviously the most criminal dictator nowadays doesnt make you an honest observer.

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August 25th, 2011, 6:36 pm


77. Joshua said:

Aboud, You are right. I incorrectly spelled Valerie.

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August 25th, 2011, 6:37 pm


78. N.Z. said:

Valerie, we did not hear from you yet. Others, who tell their stories, normally respond to questions. Regardless, here is a question from As’ad AbuKhalil:

`Ali Farzat? One of the best talents in Syria and the region? Armed goons of the regime dare to damage his precious hands?? Which side are you on? Ali Farzat or Bashshar Al-Asad?

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August 25th, 2011, 6:51 pm


79. Khalid Tlass said:

Dr. Landis, you are indirectly trivializing the death of 2,200 people. When you link any piece which shows the regime in even 1 % of good light, please consider this – do we even have to be “impartial” when it comes to this regime ? Murderers do not dserve impartiality.

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August 25th, 2011, 6:51 pm


80. some guy in damascus said:

i wanted to comment on this earlier , but i wasn’t sure. i just checked and heres what’s up:
the joud family runs a partial monopoly on the lattakia port, they used their expertise in a port in KSA to run it.
what bought my attention to doctor landis’s most recent post was this women’s class. i know a lot of westerners that wed Syrians and were dragged to syria. they are provided well, its obvious this women married a well to do business man who could’ve been part of the business elite. in addition , she cites the joud family distributing food(GREAT PR) which is kinda similar to rami’s philanthropist initiative. i dont think she is objective.

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August 25th, 2011, 6:55 pm




Don’t you love it. Although Aboud was actually wrong, he turned out to be factually right. The menhebbakites are seething. I can smell brains frying all the way to where I am, and I am in my hole, way down and far from the recent earthquake.

Aboud, for heaven’s sake, how do you do that ?

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August 25th, 2011, 7:17 pm



Wow Valarie, it’s always good to hear from people that are so representative of the community in which they live. You might have a chauffeur and a businessman husband, but I bet you’re still keeping it real with visits to the local market – after all, the fruit is organic! And you’re right, wasn’t Joud just so generous with those donations of food, such a heartfelt display of generosity on his behalf; ‘giving something back’.

It’s a real shame this whole democracy thing has got in the way of your business. I mean it wasn’t like you or your husband were to know that Syria is run by a dictator and that the businesses that succeed are often founded on a corrupt system of patronage and not entrepreneurial vision. I’m sure that wasn’t the case with you guys…

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August 25th, 2011, 7:23 pm


83. Aboud said:

Hamster, it’s my world, the menhebaks just exist in it. The universe conforms itself to my needs.


Tomorrow, I’ll make 2 + 2 = 100

(no seriously, tomorrow I’m going to make it happen, you just watch and see)

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August 25th, 2011, 7:24 pm


84. sheila said:

Dear About,
He is right. Americans do spell their names in all sorts of weird ways. For instance, the typical John can also be spelled Jon and Catharine can also be Kathrin. So Valarie is a legitimate possibility. I would not be surprised to find it even spelled as Valery.
What I find strange is her English. There are a few instances where you feel like someone is trying to translate into English.

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August 25th, 2011, 7:25 pm


85. Tara said:

Aljazeera showed images of 5 dead premature infants died August 5th after electricity was cut from a public hospital in Hama so the initial report we heard was not fabricated.

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August 25th, 2011, 7:32 pm


86. some guy in damascus said:

you just gotta admire these people, despite a heavy military crackdown, Der3a wasn’t subdued. today the cradle of the revolution is alight again.
@ khalid tlass,
please ignore AMAL, he/she/it is not worth it.

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August 25th, 2011, 7:38 pm



Guys, really, give it up. Who cares if Dr Landis got the name partly wrong, it’s an easy mistake to make. I can tell we have a lot of Syrians writing on this board as you’re all so obsessed with conspiracy theories. Go on tell me again how the CIA really did blow up the world trade centre and that a thousand Jews stayed at home that day. Ridiculous. How about focusing on the substance of the article.

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August 25th, 2011, 7:44 pm


88. beaware said:

Aug 24 (Reuters) – Arab ministers will hold an urgent meeting in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the situation on Syria, an Arab League official said on Wednesday.

“The Arab League Peace Committee will hold an urgent meeting on Saturday on the latest events in Syria and the League’s secretariat is making calls to know the number of countries and the names of ministers to attend,” the official said, asking not to be named.

The United Nations says 2,200 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a five-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. (Reporting by Ayman Samir and Omar Fahmy, writing by Yasmine Saleh)

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August 25th, 2011, 8:01 pm




You are spot on. Joud is one notch below Rami – likes his soft drinks business. By the way, the guy is losing a lot of money at the moment. Anyone who has seen his accounts will testify to this.

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August 25th, 2011, 8:03 pm


90. Aboud said:

@87 If this article was attributed to Al-Dunya, it would have been ridiculed and laughed off the website. But it was presented as an eye witness account from an American living in Latakia. Everything, including the uncommon spelling of the name, is fair game.

Still not quite sure why I flipped out and blamed professor Landis for an article I didn’t like. It’s not like he wrote it.

But I stand by my challenge; show me a recent video of the sports stadium in Latakia which disproves it was used as a mass prison camp, and I will never post her again.

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August 25th, 2011, 8:17 pm


91. Tara said:


It is very dull. Infinite emptiness again. No single interesting statement was made by a mnhebak today. Please do something. Go for continuous education. Ask for help. Read a book and come back to discuss. We would even take Iranian operatives or HA guys to discuss with. Any thing. It is very boring. We can’t go on like this. How about a new conspiracy theory?

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August 25th, 2011, 8:28 pm


92. beaware said:

Qatar Emir: Iran visit part of ‘friendly ties’
HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday held a session of official talks at the presidential compound in the Iranian capital Tehran. The session was attended by the members of the high-level official delegation accompanying the Emir
HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has said his visit to Tehran and meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was part of the “friendly ties” with Iran.
“We have discussed bilateral relations and co-operation between the two countries besides matters of common concern,” the Emir said last night.
On his vision on the developments in Syria, the Emir said all countries that supported Syria in difficult circumstances have tried to encourage our Syrian brothers to take steps to implement a real reform process.
The Syrian people took to the streets in Syria on a real popular and civil uprising calling for change, justice and freedom, HH the Emir added.
The security solution has failed in Syria, the Emir said, noting that the Syrian people are not willing to back down after the price paid.
HH the Emir expressed hope that the decision-makers in Syria would understand the need for change in response to the aspirations of the Syrian people, adding that “we must help them to take such a decision.”
HH the Emir and his accompanying delegation were welcomed upon arrival at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport among others by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

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August 25th, 2011, 8:34 pm


93. cultofassad said:

It seems that counterfeit 500 Syrian Pound notes are in circulation in Syria. See video here:

It would seem that the government is either keeping their Central Bank reserves high on purpose for the Assad clan to siphon out or have actually used up all its reserves. If the Central Bank is on the sanctions list, that would mean it would be extremely difficult for them to sell their gold reserves as well in the international market.

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August 25th, 2011, 8:38 pm


94. Syria no kandahar said:

If Arbood dos’t post here,what else he will do?
And who cares if you post or if you don’t post?
Do you really think that your posts are worth reading?
You are like a roaster,you think that the sun will not rize without your posts?
The facts on the ground are very solid and if I was you I will be depressed by now.
Too bad Ramadan is almost over,that is almost like 29 Fridays,and your terrorists friends are not going kaled and Ubo umer-are perfect representative of this crappy Syrian mania
In being:
-Not honest
-Revenge driven

So far you have divided the Syrian Army 6000 times,you are collecting hanging materials and
Boiling urine.That is all you have achieved.honest people with or against the governments will go on
To build the new Syria.The sun will keep rising regardless of your barking.

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August 25th, 2011, 8:40 pm


95. Syria no kandahar said:

Moderating an idea on this forum is like killing female infants in the عصر الجاهليه.Moderate,reasonable and smart posters have been chased away by some angry dogs here.if you have an idea or a question,just google it or talke to your friends or your family.
Dr landis have been sleeping while his site has turned into Arbood Mental Bullying Hell.

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August 25th, 2011, 8:55 pm


96. Norman said:


((54. OFF THE WALL said:


I-we has/ve been discovered by chief detective SAHAR, she has found out. Stop pretending you are not me/aboud/SGID/Tara/Akbar/Hamster…… and on good day the prof. Join yourself in my/your/our escape pod. @ 39:12:67 Altares local time)))

Sahar did not put you with the others, but she might be right as if you look at how many like and dislike are there you can tell that there are either many more loyalists than opposition or that the opposition personalities are writing from the same computer that they can not vote more than once ,

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August 25th, 2011, 9:00 pm


97. beaware said:

EU extends Syria sanctions but stops short of oil embargo
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
EU governments formally adopted sanctions on Tuesday against 15 more people and five businesses, but stopped short of concrete moves to impose a full oil embargo on Damascus.

The list of names covered by asset freezes and travel bans now runs to 50 people and nine businesses, with legal enforcement entering play when they are published in Wednesday’s legislative log, the EU’s Official Journal.

But a diplomat told AFP on Tuesday that despite a first discussion in Brussels on the oil embargo, “no clear decision has yet been taken,” with London in particular determined to ensure that sanctions do not impact on the Syrian people.

The source said: “We are in a process of working through what further tools we want to use.”

“We are open to all options–the oil embargo, sanctions on banks and telecoms, in line with the Americans–but we want to make sure sanctions are targeted at the Assad regime.”

“We are acutely aware of the need to ramp up sanctions, but we don’t want them to impact on the Syrian people,” he underlined.

Some 90 percent of Syrian crude oil is exported to the EU, where the main buyers are Denmark, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Spain, in that order.

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August 25th, 2011, 9:02 pm


98. Tara said:


I’ve never pressed the like or dislike buttons on any post and I believe lots of mamnhebaks do not bother either. This is about substance not about green or red lights.

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August 25th, 2011, 9:04 pm


99. Aboud said:

“Dr landis have been sleeping while his site has turned into Arbood Mental Bullying Hell.”

If I appear to be a giant, it’s because those who see me as such are very small people indeed.

(I’m so full of profound sh*t at 4am in the morning)

@92 Nothing in what the Emir of Qatar says seems to indicate a reversal of positions. They never asked for junior to step down, and no Gulf country will unless it is in concert with others. I don’t think an Arab country ever told another Arab head of state to step down.

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August 25th, 2011, 9:11 pm


100. beaware said:

Syria has ceased all transactions in dollars Tuesday in favor of the euro
(translated from french)

Syria has ceased on Tuesday all its dollar transactions because of the sanctions imposed by the United States and turned completely to the euro, said yesterday at the AFP Central Bank Governor Adib Mayaleh.
“For two days we can not do transactions in dollars and so we turned to the euro. Since 2005, we have encouraged all economic sectors to make transactions in euros but unfortunately they continued in their vast majority to be in dollars, “he said.
“Now it is completely stopped. This is the first time in the history of the country, “he added.
Barack Obama has demanded the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has also recently announced new harsh sanctions against the regime in Damascus.
The U.S. president signed a decree banning the import of petroleum and petroleum products from Syria and the United States froze all assets that the Syrian government may have under U.S. jurisdiction.
Mr Mayaleh said that the country’s reserves currently stands at
$17.4 billion, or $800 million less compared to mid-March, at the beginning of the protest movement against the regime of Bashar al-Assad .
“The exchange rate of the Syrian pound has remained more or less stable. This is our main goal since the beginning of the crisis, “he added.
Asked about a transfer of $6 billion from Iran to support the Syrian pound, he said: “It’s a joke. This is nonsense. The billions came how? In trucks? By bank transfer as both countries are under embargo? The central banking procedures are reported? It’s ridiculous. ”
“We created two years ago a fund for currency fluctuations and foreign exchange position with banks. It was around 5 billion dollars since the crisis, we have spent two billion to protect our currency, “he added.

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August 25th, 2011, 9:11 pm


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