Friday, October 26, 2012

Syria Hoping for Armistice during Islamic Feast

Above: A commander of the Free Syrian Army talking to Al-Jazeera from Djebel Az-Zaouia.

دمشق تعلن التزاما مشروطا بالهدنة ابتداء من صباح الغد و حتى الإثنين

Damascus declares to observe the conditional armistice that should begin tomorrow morning (*) and last until Monday.

(*) This news was released on Thursday October 25 by Al-Jazeera TV, Arabic channel. The armistice should therefore begin today October 26, 2012. Whether that is realistic or not depends on the firm will of both sides and their ability to reduce manifold military activity in Syria as shown in the below maps:

Above: Military activity in the region of Aleppo and Idlib.

Above: Military engagements in the neighbourhoods of Damascus.

مواقف متباينة من هدنة عيد الأضحى

Different Positions on an Armistice at the Feast of Sacrifice

المجلس العسكري: سنلتزم بالهدنة مع احتفاظنا بحق الرد على أي خرق من قبل قوات النظام

The Military Council [of Syria]: We will observe the armistice while guarding the right to repulse any violation whatsoever from the side of regime forces.

Above: Musdafa al-Sheikh, president of the Military Council of Syria.
The Military Council is part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and formally heading it. Logo of the FSA:

الجيش الحر يعلن التزامه بهدنة عيد الأضحى

The Free [Syrian] Army declares to observe the armistice at the Feast of Sacrifice.

القيادة المشتركة للجيش الحر: سنلتزم بالهدنة إذا ما التزم النظام السوري بشروطنا المعلنة لوقف إطلاق النار

The collective command of the Free [Syrian] Army: We will observe the armistice as long as the Syrian regime is not engaging under the conditions for a ceasefire announced by us.

جبهة النصرة و أنصار الإسلام: نرفض وقف إطلاق النار و الهدنة لا تعنينا جملة و تفصيلا

The "Front for Victory" and "Ansar al-Islam" [i.e. Supporters of Islam]: We reject a ceasefire and an armistice that are not regarding us all in detail.


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