October 30, 2015

Video: Syrian army helicopters drop ‘barrel bombs’ on Damascus suburb

Rebel Staff

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports that airstrikes by Syrian government forces have killed at least three people in the Damascus suburb of Darayya.

Filmed from a balcony, this video purportedly shows a Syrian army attack helicopter, a Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’, dropping its payload of what activists from the ‘Darya Media Centre [sic]’ said were two ‘barrel bombs’.

According to the SOHR, which is not linked to any political body, as many as 12 ‘barrel bombs’ were dropped on the town in multiple raids on Wednesday. And ‘barrel bomb’ attacks on Darayya have taken place almost every day for the past two weeks, with up to 40 occurring on any given day.

‘Barrel bombs’ are improvised weapons: oil drums or similar canisters are filled with explosives and shrapnel. They are unguided, or ‘dumb’ bombs, and their destructive capabilities often level entire buildings and pulverize neighbourhoods.

The Syrian air offensive on rebel-held areas, and on ISIS-controlled territory, has been carried out with renewed vigour since Russia deployed a multitude of military assets - including 34 combat jets and 21 helicopters - to the region to come to the aid of embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Assad recently thanked Russian president Vladimir Putin for his country’s support, praising the Russian leader for intervening to fight “terrorism”, according to the Guardian.

Since the start of Moscow’s anti-terror operation in Syria, which began approximately one month ago, the Russian Air Force has conducted more than 1,400 sorties and has eliminated more than 1,600 terrorist targets.


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commented 2015-11-10 09:05:51 -0500
While I will never claim Russia under Putin is perfect, and that its intervention in Syria is based only on doing what is right, we do need to take a look at the religious aspect of the involvement. We living in the west often do not get the eastern view of the world. When I say eastern, I mean eastern Christianity. Eastern Christians include the Orthodox world, the largest with the most influence, but also includes the eastern Catholic’s, Armenian’s and Apostolic Churches.
If you search out any of these people, you will almost find a 110% approval for Russia and Putin. Putin has been under pressure to intervene in Syria for almost three years before the Su-24’s started to fly. Here is just one quote aimed directly at Putin from 2013 which sum’s up the Eastern Christian view of the calamity taking place in the Levant. I do have many more.
Russian Orthodox Kirill:
“We cannot allow having the Christian presence devastated in the Middle East. It will be a civilization catastrophe. Our sources are from there, our faith is from there; the old Patriarchates are there. If Christians are physically eliminated as a result of the hostilities, as is the case in Syria today, or ousted from the country, it will be a real tragedy both for Orthodox Churches and the world culture”

He said this while directly facing President Putin. Sitting beside Patriarch Kirill as he spoke these words were:

Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and All Africa
Patriarch Theophilos III of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine
Catholicos-Patriarch Iliya III of All Georgia
Patriarch Irinej of Serbia
Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria
Archbishop Chrisostomos II of New Justiniana and All Cyprus
Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland
Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations,
Heads of the delegations of the Orthodox Churches of Constantinople, Antioch, Romania, Greece, Albania, and the Czech Lands and Slovakia
Ironically, this meeting took place in the Ukraine!
commented 2015-11-02 17:55:03 -0500
Messy. Assad is no angel, but he, unlike the West, have done more to protect Syrian Christian communities from ISIS.
commented 2015-10-31 21:17:53 -0400
Charleton G,
Robert not sure where you get that logic from? We are trying to stop ISIS which threatens Israel and us.

In that case, why is ISIS being financed by the USA and Turkey?
commented 2015-10-31 18:54:23 -0400
Allah ka-BOOM you friggen terrorists!
commented 2015-10-31 12:18:01 -0400
You can be sure the islamic slammer want to maximize civilian lives lost – WWLL – Allies purposely killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. Purposely!

There were solid reasons for it then and there are today as well – but you have to actually THINK before speaking or writing.
commented 2015-10-31 11:27:52 -0400
As Muslims say "War is deceit " .people in the West are easy to decive, you just have to know what buttons to push.
commented 2015-10-31 11:23:28 -0400
Robert not sure where you get that logic from? We are trying to stop ISIS which threatens Israel and us. .
commented 2015-10-31 03:33:58 -0400
I voted Conservative but I was and am against our participation in Canada attacking Libya and Syria to support Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood terrorists. Obama’s plan seems to have been to set up a Muslim Brotherhood Caliphate surrounding Israel causing another war with Obama dictating Israel’s surrender terms.
commented 2015-10-31 01:31:22 -0400
Bravo Zulu,
Good point, 50.000 or so died in the Dresden bombing raids. It took the whole war for the same amount to die in London.
commented 2015-10-30 23:19:33 -0400
It is easy to make war look like terror – I wonder what the people in Dresden thought about being fire bombed by the Allies?

In the end people die in war – and what WAS the target?

For that matter – were there human shields? Being held at gun point?

Very often one side is made to look like the bad guy while the other actually makes every effort to INCREASE civilian casualties.

More than one side to this story.
commented 2015-10-30 19:57:36 -0400
Those bombs should have been falling on Iran not Syria. Guess you cannot win them all.
commented 2015-10-30 19:06:32 -0400
Way to go Russia. That least your doing what the west refuses to do.