Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Syrian troops push down strategic highway towards Jordan

Following up on the previous  Syrian Internet has gone down again

Came across this:  Syria’s Internet goes dark as troops push into strategic town on highway to Jordan 

BEIRUT—Syrian troops pushed Wednesday into a strategic town along the highway leading to the Jordanian border as a massive Internet outage engulfed most of the country for a second day.

The regime’s advance into Khirbet Ghazaleh, a town south of Damascus along a key artery to the border, came after weeks of fighting and government attempts to secure the highway.

Also looks to be fighting in the north near the Turkish border

Opposition fighters (claim) shot down a fighter jet that was bombing rebel positions in the battle for the Mannagh airbase near the border with Turkey.

Rebels stormed the besieged air base on Sunday and the fighting is now taking place inside the sprawling facility, the activists said. Also Sunday, the rebels downed a military helicopter in the eastern Deir el-Zour region, killing eight government troops who were on board.

BBC reporting Syria's Internet is back after 19 hours
Monitoring company Renesys noted signs of activity at around 14:30 GMT (17:30 local time) on Wednesday.
Syrian residents confirmed the blackout, but said mobile phones and landlines were still able to work normally.

 And we know, since activists have satellite communications....


  1. Do you recall this story a few months ago about the Egypt cables cut and arrests? There is also the case that Assad had an Italian firm building cyphers and surely could flip a kill switch if he wanted to turn it dark.


    Italian software firm

    "As Syria’s crackdown on protests has claimed more than 3,000 lives since March, Italian technicians in telecom offices from Damascus to Aleppo have been busy equipping President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with the power to intercept, scan and catalog virtually every e-mail that flows through the country.

    Employees of Area SpA, a surveillance company based outside Milan, are installing the system under the direction of Syrian intelligence agents, who’ve pushed the Italians to finish, saying they urgently need to track people, a person familiar with the project says. The Area employees have flown into Damascus in shifts this year as the violence has escalated, says the person, who has worked on the system for Area."

    1. Yes, I recall that and I do think the Assad government could do this if it needed to be done.

  2. Operation ivy Bells

  3. What happened to those reports of Israeli jets lost? Dis info to cover other modes? Drones? Artillery? other? Russian intelligence would presumably know exactly what hit outside Damascus?

    In a related note: The US hacking allegations ramped up vs. China at approx same time. The Japanese nationalists are playing their role and stirring the pot with the shrine visits. Today the China Daily is calling into question the ownership of Okinawa. The importance of Okinawa cant be overstated. Here is what the US undersecretary said of Okinawan the day before the quake...

    FT: The US has replaced a top official (Kevin Maher)who was accused of describing people from Japan's southern island of Okinawa as “lazy” and “masters of manipulation and extortion".

    US has been ramping up the deployment of Ospreys there and it is Okinawa base relocation which began and escalated the cascade of revolving door PMs in Japan that have led to the current rise of Abe and his kamikaze money printing regime.

    Japan and the US reached a tentative deal on relocation that amounts to delaying the actual decision.