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Situation in Syria: More Images



For the latest statements from US officials on Syria, and a note from Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, see Situation in Syria.


New Images Posted June 28, 2012


In mid June, an artillery unit arrived at a military garrison north of Damascus. The artillery was oriented southeast, toward the suburbs of Duma and Harasta. (Jun 15)

Operations began within the eastern city of Dayr az Zawr in late June, as armored vehicles arrived within the city. (Jun 19)



New Images Posted June 13, 2012


Artillery deployed outside city of Homs. (Jun 6)

Fire near a mosque in the city of Homs. (Jun 8)

A smoking armored vehicle and smoke rising from Talbisah. (Jun 10)


Attack helicopter in flight over Talbisah. (Jun 10)

Armored vehicles in the city of Talbisah. Smoke rising from buildings. (Jun 10)

Artillery positioned north of Ar Rastan. Smoke rising from a building. (Jun 10)


NEW: Message from Ambassador Ford on June 1, 2012

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This image shows a May 18, 2012 photo of a square in Tall Daww, Haoula in Syria side-by-side with a May 28, 2012 image of the same square. The dotted area in the May 28, 2012 image shows that the ground had been recently disturbed which tracks with the May 26 BBC image from the same location.

The May 25 massacre in the village of Tall Daww, Haoula is the most unambiguous indictment of the regime to date and clearly illustrates Syrian government’s flagrant violations of its UN Security Council obligations under Resolutions 2042 and 2043 along with the regime’s ongoing threat to peace and security. United Nations observers confirmed the deaths of more than 90 people, including at least 30 children under the age of 10, after the vicious assault involving tanks and artillery – weapons that only the regime possesses. There are also reports that many families were summarily executed in their homes by regime forces. We hold the Syrian government responsible for this slaughter of innocent lives, and we encourage all countries to condemn the actions of the Asad regime.

To echo what Secretary Clinton said yesterday, the violent situation in Syria is a destabilizing force in the region. Russia continues to supply the Syrian military with arms. We all know that the Iranian regime’s interests are deeply embedded in the Assad regime’s survival – it is directly supporting the Syrian government through lethal and non-lethal means, and its revolutionary guard corps (IRGC) and intelligence services are coaching the Syrian military. The IRGC’s Qods force, which takes explicit instruction from the Iranian regime, appears to be helping set up the sectarian government-affiliated militias in Syria commonly referred to as the Shabiha. On the other hand, Syria’s neighbors like Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon are concerned about the role this conflict will play in their countries. Therefore, we call on the Syrian regime implement all other elements of Annan’s six-point plan so that a political process can begin to address the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.

Read more on the Embassy Damascus Facebook Page

NEW: Images Added May 31, 2012

Attack helicopters at Syrian Airfield (May 31)
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Attack helicopters at Syrian Airfield (May 31)
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Artillery deployed near Homs, Syria (May 31)
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Artillery deployed near Ar Rastan, Syria (May 31)
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Artillery deployed near Al Qusayr, Syria (May 31)
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Artillery deployed near Urum as Sughra and oriented towards town of Atarib (May 31)
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Artillery impact craters outside Atarib (May 31)
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Armored vehicles inside town of Atarib (May 31)
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Update from Embassy Damascus’ Facebook Page
April 20, 2012

Editor’s Note: These YouTube videos are from an on-the-ground citizen journalist in Homs. The videos show the destruction caused by Asad’s military machine, including an attack on a mosque. The image below shows that Asad’s armored tanks, in fact, remain inside the city of Homs. In an April 19 letter to the Security Council, UN Security General Ban Ki-Moon noted that the Asad regime has not fully implemented all points of the Annan proposal and recommended the authorization of a UN supervisory mission in Syria according to the intention laid out in UN Security Council resolution 2024. Additionally, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Susan Rice, stated, “We think that any U.N. mission, including any U.N. mission in Syria, needs to be able to operate with the independence, the freedom of movement, the freedom of communications, all of the traditional freedoms that are necessary for an effective and neutral U.N. presence anywhere in the world, and we can’t accept a set of circumstances in Syria that we wouldn’t accept anywhere else or that violates 65-plus years of U.N. best practice and principle.”

Citizen journalist videos:

Satellite imagery:

More from Embassy Damascus on Facebook

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Syrian Forces Remain in Towns   

Posted on April 12, 2012

Syrian government armored vehicles remained in several towns and cities throughout the country on April 11. In Homs Province, armored units remained in Homs, Al Qusayr, Ar Rastan, and Talbisah, with artillery nearby. Additional armored units remained in several towns and villages within Idlib Province and in the Damascus countryside, including the towns of Az Zabadani, Sirghaya, Rankus, Halbun, and Qatana. In Dara, artillery remained positioned on the outskirts of the town.


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Az-Zabadani, Syria – Update   

Posted on April 3, 2012

Syrian government security forces have conducted operations in Az-Zabadani since the start of pro-democracy protests last year, but renewed their focus on the town in recent months.  From mid-January to late March 2012, the number of Syrian government forces and equipment in the area increased significantly despite a reported ceasefire, and these forces continue to conduct security operations in the town. 

On January 17, press reports stated Syrian government security forces agreed to withdraw from Az-Zabadani by the following morning.1

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Al Qusayr, Syria – Update   

Posted on April 3, 2012

Syrian government security forces turned their attention from Homs to the border town of Al Qusayr in February and March.

Military units moved into the town of Al Qusayr in late February. Armored vehicles were deployed in Al Qusayr by late February, and artillery units were deployed near the town. By mid-March, artillery units deployed near the town oriented toward Homs were reoriented toward Al Qusayr, and another artillery unit was deployed to Al Qusayr. Two bridges between Al Qusayr and the border with Lebanon were damaged in early March. Additional armored vehicles arrived in Al Qusayr by late March.

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Footnotes for Az-Zabadani Text
1. BBC News, “Syrian Military ‘agrees to ceasefire in Zabadani,’” January 18, 2012
2. New York Times Online, Kareem Fahim “In Syrian City, a Calm That Few Expect to Last,” January 21, 2012
3. Reuters, “Assad’s Forces Enter Zabadani after Ceasefire,” February 11, 2012
Footnotes for Al Qusayr Text
1. The Telegraph, “Syria: Bashar Al Assad vows to crush ‘terrorism’ in new campaign of fear,” March 6, 2012
2. Human Rights Watch, “Syria: Government Uses Homs Tactics on Border Town,” March 22, 2012
3. AFP, “Al Assad Tours Homs Neighborhood,” Gulf News, March 28, 2012

Images Added on March 20, 2012

Additional armored and artillery units arrived outside of Idlib by March 11 and began deploying into the city by March 12.
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Armored units arrived within Idlib by March 12.
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A probable warehouse was damaged in mid-March. (Mar 12)
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Armored unit arrives to area outside of Idlib. (Mar 15)
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Armored unit arrives within Idlib by March 17.
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Artillery units arrived near the town of Saraqib in mid-March. (Mar 17)
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By March 13, four pieces of artillery pointed toward Homs were repositioned and reoriented toward Al Qusayr.
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This graphic shows armored vehicles staged outside a hospital in Rankus, Syria. (Mar 13)
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Syrian forces have encircled Idlib. (Mar 11)
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Syrian forces entered southeastern Homs on March 10, 2012.
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Armored vehicles entered eastern Homs on March 10, 2012.
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This graphic shows newly arrived tanks and armored vehicles at a military staging area outside Homs on March 8, 2012, after the drawdown of security operations in Homs.
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This graphic shows newly arrived tanks and armored vehicles at a military staging area outside Homs on March 8, 2012, after the drawdown of security operations in Homs.
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By March 8, a bridge southwest of Al Qusayr, Syria, about 2.5km from the border with Lebanon, was destroyed.
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This image shows areas of concentrated building damage and artillery craters between February 5 and March 5 in Homs, Syria.
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This graphic shows areas of concentrated damage in Homs, Syria between February 5 and March 5, 2012.
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A Syrian Army force, including an armored vehicle and four buses, were observed in Yabrud, 60 kilometers northeast of Damascus, on March 5, 2012.
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This image shows recently arrived armored vehicles outside the city of Aleppo. Some of the armored vehicles are on Heavy Equipment Transporters; some are not. The presence of armored vehicles in Aleppo is unusual. (March 5)
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The artillery in this image are pointed at the town of Ar Rastan. (March 5)
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This graphic depicts military units, including tanks, staged outside of the Bab Amr neighborhood of Homs, Syria. (Feb 29)
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This image shows a crowd of thousands outside Ali Ad Daqr Mosque in Damascus, corroborating videos on social media sites of a funeral on February 27 for individuals killed by goverment forces on February 26.
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This graphic shows artillery damage to the Al Jouri mosque and an adjacent school in the Bab Amr neighborhood of Homs, Syria. (Feb 27)
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This graphic depicts artillery deployed to support security operations in the Homs area. (Feb 25)
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This graphic depicts smoke emanating from a building in the Bab Amr neighborhood of Homs, Syria. (Feb 25)
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According to information available to U.S. Government sources, we noted a Syrian artillery piece had fired in the direction of Homs, Syria and smoke was coming from several locations in Homs, likely as a result of the shelling. (Feb 25)
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This graphic depicts artillery deployed in At Takiyah to support security operations in the Az Zabadani area. (Feb 13)
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This graphic depicts damage to a building in Ar Rastan, Syria. (Feb 5)
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This graphic depicts damage to a mosque and school in the Bab Amr neighborhood of Homs, Syria. (Feb 5)
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This graphic depicts damage to a mosque and the surrounding area in Homs, Syria. (Feb 5)
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This graphic depicts damage to a building and the surrounding area in Homs, Syria. (Feb 5)
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This graphic depicts damage to a clinic in the Homs area. (Feb 5)
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Earlier images are available on State On Demand

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