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Monday, August 31, 2015

"The Rules of the Game"

The West's Takeover Machine, Before Libya
(old post I forgot - likely incomplete)
September 23, 2011

This is a big subject touching on two areas of interest of mine. A bit expansive, and with too many knowledge gaps, to write a complete essay - rather I'll just drop some related bits of food for thought on the Western regime change industry of the past decade.

It was really a simple and run-of-the mill demand that the"peaceful protesters,"and increasingly the world community, made on the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. It and its unique socio-economic system should commit suicide, step down and disband in favor of no one and nothing in particular. But the regime didn't want to die and - allegedly - turned its guns on the people to say no with the blood of hundreds of peaceful protesters. And he didn'tstep down in favor of ... whatever was there waiting to fill the void.

I saw an interview somewhere with Nouri al-Mesmari saying that in so doing, Gaddafi "changed the rules of the game." an early plotter saying that by refusing to bow to "protester" demands and step down, But fo the life of me, I can't re-locate the video interview where I was sure I saw him saying that. But the quote sticks anyway as the kind of thing someone would say. raising the question "just what is this game and who wrote - or agreed to - its rules?"
Nouri al-Mesmari, from Paris
Al Jazeera February 17 ??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObAbe2CvjjA

Everyone knows the answer - the people of oppressed countries came up with it themselves, in the game they initiated and most have enjoyed playing, called "the Arab Spring" - In Januray and February it became clear, as if by a sign from God, that it was simply and cosmically time for nations in the Tunisia-Egypt-Libya region to shuck off their brutal corrupt old regimes - it was a masterful bit of fantasy-creation, perhaps planned out to surround and drag in Libya - and Gaddafi was screwing with it by insisting that national survival trumps the West's regime change game.

Planning people's revolutions? the idea is a fairly new one - with social media and liberal ideals, western-oriented, idealistic youths craft a new future, somehow cripple and drag down the old, replaced with a Western-backed anti-whatever reform candidate who becomes the new president and starts towards NATO membership.

The Game Rules are Written
This is an area I've studied in the past, and have some interesting if none-too-deep research together, pressed into sometimes embarrasingly-written articles
http://guerillas-without-guns.blogspot.com/
Utopian means for imperial gain in the former USSR - weaponized non-violence, turning a target nation's people against them with sanctions, propaganda, misguided idealism, funding and flattery, clandestine workshops, etc. Just like a CIA operation to support anti-whatever guerillas, but with no guns.
Helvey, weaponizing nonviolence
Weaponizing Nonviolence: Col. Helvey
Some Notes on Timing and Consent
Jonathan Mowat, in a brilliant 2005 piece for the Center for Research on Globalization, noted a 1967 report from the UK’s Tavistock Institute (the psychological warfare arm of the British military) that focused on the then-new phenomenon of “swarming adolescents” found at rock concerts. Author Dr. Fred Emery reported the underlying energy of it was associated with “rebellious hysteria,” and predicted that with more study the phenomenon could be controlled effectively as a sort of weapon. By the end of the 1990s, he predicted, these hormonal mobs could be used at will to bring down a national government. Mowat noted “the tactic of swarming” at work in the "revolutions" of 2004-05 as a “a new philosophy of war, which is supposed to replicate the strategy of Genghis Khan as enhanced by modern technologies […] intended to aid both military and non-military assaults against targeted states through what are, in effect, ‘high tech’ hordes.”

Right on target, these and other ideas fed into Yugolsavia's Bulldozer revolution, 1999, and soon after in a growing list of former Soviet republics. The site focused largely on the strangely consistent youth movement aspectof these -the well-branded group Otpor!(Resist!) was crucial in Serbia, helping bring down Milosevic.

The Game in the Former USSR
Kmara, trained by Otpor and using its ideas, helped in Georgia's Rose revolution 2002, and the larger Pora was central in Ukraine's Orange one 2004. Belarus (Zubr, denim revolution), Azerbailajn, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan...

The Game in the Arab World
This all being former soviet sphere, these patterns would change on export. I'm far hazier on the next phase in 2005, where besides several central Asian former SSRs, protest movements in the Arab world made themselves felt, esp. Cedar revolution in Lebanon. I never followed up on that either.

excursions into the Arab world crowned at the time by Lebanon's early 2005 Cedar revolution, sparked by the still unsolved bombing murder of former PM Rafik Hariri in February 2005 - blamed widely on Syrians who were then partially occupying the country - the Cedar revolution forced a Syrian withdrawal and resignation of the sitting government by the end of April - accusations that this revolution too was manipulated by Americans and Israelis (not to mention possible Australian assassins setting it off) have never been cleared away

Might is Right: Abdelnour's Philosophy
As for the Arab proxies the West worked with in such adventures, one of them, a Ziad K. Abdelnour, gave an admirably candid interview with journalist Trish Schuh in late 2005

Schuh: What is the future of Syria, of President Bashar Al Assad's situation?

Nour: Both the Syrian and Lebanese regimes will be changed- whether they like it or not- whether it's going to be a military coup or something else... and we are working on it. We know already exactly who's going to be the replacements. We're working on it with the Bush administration. This is a Nazi regime of 30 years, killing ministers, presidents and stuff like that. They must be removed. These guys who came to power, who rule by power, can only be removed by power. This is Machiavelli's power game. That's how it is. This is how geopolitics -- the war games, power games -- work. 
 
[...]
Q: I didn't see forensic proof in the Mehlis report that would legally convict Assad of Hariri's death in a court of law.

A: I don't give a damn. I don't give a damn, frankly. This Bashar Al Assad-Emil Lahoud regime is going to go whether it's true or not. When we went to Iraq whether there were weapons of mass destruction or not, the key is -- we won. And Saddam is out! Whatever we want, will happen. Iran? We will not let Iran become a nuclear power. We'll find a way, we'll find an excuse- to get rid of Iran. And I don't care what the excuse is. There is no room for rogue states in the world. Whether we lie about it, or invent something, or we don't... I don't care. The end justifies the means. What's right? Might is right, might is right. That's it. Might is right.

Q: You sound just like Saddam. Those were his rules too.

A: So Saddam wanted to prove to the whole world he was strong? Well, we're stronger- he's out! He's finished. And Iran's going to be finished and every single Arab regime that's like this will be finished. Because there is no room for us capitalists and multinationalists in the world to operate with regimes like this. Its all about money. And power. And wealth... and democracy has to be spread around the world. Those who want to espouse globalization are going to make a lot of money, be happy, their families will be happy. And those who aren't going to play this game are going to be crushed, whether they like it or not! This is how we rule. And this is how it's going to be as long as you have people who think like me.

Q: When will this regime change take place?

A: Within 6 months, in both Lebanon and Syria.

[...]

Q: But if it's just trading Syrian control for American or Israeli control?

A: I have -- we have -- absolutely no problem with heavy US involvement in Lebanon. On an economic level, military level, political level, security level... whatever it is. Israel is the 51st state of the United States. Let Lebanon be the 52nd state. And if the Arabs don't like it, tough luck.

2009-2011: Deeper Into the Arab World
The idea has been bouncing around, but used less openly it seems for a couple of years. It was tried again in Iran in 2009 -
2010 presidential directive - France-UK alliance and war games scheduledfor almost exactly the day they started their joint bombing of Libya - then this year uprisings on similar lines in Tunisia and then Egypt just appeared, sweeping aside the Ben-Ali and Mubarak regimes. Arab Spring - imitators in Bahrain (failed, no support, an ally was targeted), Saudi Arabia (same), Morocco (no support), Yemen (some support) and Syria (we'll see).planning that seemed serious enough they might in themselves be clues the whole row of three dominoes was set off by a careful plan on someone's part.

2011: The Rules of the Game Change in Libya
The payoff to the West is less obvious here, and so is the impression of Western engineering. Arab hands, domestic and foreign, seemed to (I also haven't looked into that). But boy did it ever put Libya into the frame just in time for Feb 17, fice year anniversary of a government-suppressed protest, and 15 years after a crushed uprising. And that is clearly a thing CIA types would desire, and there are signs of pre-planning

These start, as this article does, with al-Mesmari in Paris - Dabbashi in New York - signs of conspiract between them and others running back to late 2010, and sealed with their contemporaneous defections on February 21, both strangely speaking of a"genocide" that wasn't happening, and citing every wild rumor as proof. 

No more weaponized non-violence here - Libya would never crack that way, if anyone would after seeing it happen so manytimes, and finding ways to grow immune - this ime, protests were only paper thin, giving way by day three to military-level ... Whenever the Libyan rebellion is referred to in context of the goody-two-shoes Arab Spring, I'm reminded of the old commercials for the soap Irish Spring - after a hard, sweaty night slaughtering Gaddafi loyalists and beheading black men, a quick wash with Arab Spring® will leave you seeming as clean as a whistle.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Douma Market Attack {Masterlist}

August 20, 2015
(incomplete)
last updates August 23

The August 16 alleged fighter jet attack on a crowded market in Douma, Damascus, was instantly and widely decried by world leaders and concerned people everywhere as an obvious war crime by the government. Of course, the alleged part is never considered fairly in these reflexive yelps. No one among them has considered the details realistically or wants to.

Part 1: Initial Questions - what proof is there it really was a jet? Why are at least 100 of the 112 or so reported victims listed as adult males? Why were at least 95 of the dead unclaimed for usual family burial, and interred in anonymous-style mass graves instead?

Part 2: Precedents to consider - partly worked into the above, a short custom list is needed, and should be handy already, but has to wait)

The parts that get better, usually, is where we get specific, especially with the visual evidence.

A Closer Look On Syria research wiki: Douma Market Attack - Talk:Douma Market Attack

Video Overview
Big video list by content,  locations established, some thoughts - victim videos included but analysis of those goes below.

Victim Analisys
Victim lists linked, a list of 35 victim ID videos, some analysis and, with limited input from others, so far, I've discovered some complications to the all-man argument (that still seems valid, just complicated, with issues that raise their own troubling questions.

At least these points so far are worth their own sub-posts:
A drawn-and-quartered boy? "Assad bonbs" PULLING children apart in Douma?

- Head-hacked girls? One very clear case, others less clear, but they aren't shelling victims.  Someone executed them.
- Men and boys with burned faces, with boys getting it worst.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Douma Market Attack: "Assad Bombs" PULLING Children Apart?

Douma Market Attack: "Assad Bombs" PULLING Children Apart?
August 27, 2015
(incomplete)

Assad bombs are PULLING children apart in #Douma and the world is silent! #دوما_تباد

That's not what the tweets say, but between what they show and what they say ... I still can't just slap it out there directly (and I'm even putting the crop of his face lower down). As long as the postings are up, I'll just link to those already sharing it. But ... 

Imagine being shocked by a horrible photograph that probably shows just that implausible scenario.  In Douma, Damascus suburbs, on August 16 - a day when only fighter jet bombing by the Syrian government is blamed for dismembering people, not any government militia massacre - this pre-teen boy had his arms torn off at the elbows, legs nearly torn off at the knees, shoulders damaged, face completely burned, clear through the skin, and ... no other marks, really. And he's got no concrete dust like shelling victims usually have - and which nearly all alleged victims I've seen lack, by the way. Another questionable shelling death (pending - he's being treated in a clinic, so ostensibly still alive).

The Picture, as Presented:
It's given as some part of an August 16 Douma Massacre, unclear. But at the outset, it's possible this image is mis-attributed, and not even from Syria. But I haven't seen it before, no one else I've asked has, and it shares burned face clues with several more established massacre victims (see Burned Faces) He's the worst example by far, if he's even an example of the same thing. The next worst is also a boy. The five men were spared such severity.All this to me says 'chillingly consistent.'

* https://twitter.com/husseinegyptia1/status/632945888017559552
This may be the original, or earliest posting on Twitter.  HusseinEgyptia1, maybe Egyptian. But he and a few others at least insist this was in Douma, Syria. Text translated: # Douma_perish.  Complained to God  # Massacre_Douma #Douma # Syria +18

* https://twitter.com/shmhd1/status/632999110132563968
Text: (Google translated) And those of our children. Do not blame the Syrian Mafl after today !! # Douma_perish
The tag seems to translate to the English version currently buzzing, #Douma_Exterminated - like it's maybe already too late.

(more postings, etc. forthcoming. Actually, I didn't save many ... inviting comment submissions for postings, related material, and thoughts.)

The picture and some screen grabs are saved though in case everyone or Twitter pulls it as the evidence of a horrifying terrorist crime I think it is. There's even little need for most to copy that url and see this sick image, but this is the post for those who do need to see and double-check. It's a subjective call; many rebel supporters, for example, will have no problem shutting down entire lobes of their brain and resting assured "Assad's bombs" did this.

What I Think it Shows:
It shows as apparent teen or pre-teen boy whole, his whole non-intact body minus feet, with underwear on, for decency and PR, but nothing else. This full view reveals: a massively torn apart right knee, just exploded, kneecap, bone, tendons and muscles stretched out a good several inches, all still connected but far out of place. There's a lesser rupture-type wound on the left knee, but both legs are technically there, down to the toes (note: we don't see the feet, or clearly the ankles, as the picture cuts off short. But his left foot wears a white sock, and the right has indistinct bruise-like injuries to the shin)

Both arms are torn off (missing) from  around the elbow, some forearm bone (the thinner one, I think) splaying out on the right side, along with torn tubes and cables, and skin. He also has shoulder and upper chest injuries, kind of along the collarbone (unclear if burns, tears, or what, and mostly blocked from view).

His face is completely burned raw. At right, small res, cropped, blown-up a bit. The burns start right at the edge of his face, like a mask. Was he painted with napalm cream and lit up? Why wouldn't he shield his face with his hands? Oh, yes, they were gone, at some point. Order of operations here is unclear. One would hope it was all done after death, and maybe so, but the medical performance suggests none of it was done after death.

By appearance, I cannot shake the impression that this boy  was drawn and quartered - pulled apart between two vehicles he was tied to, driving opposite directions. Usually, that doesn't happen, but here ... are there psycho terrorists in the area capable? Or "Shabiha"? It takes good tying and two trucks, plus depravity, and access to the victim.

This kind of killing would have limbs sever violently at the joints. Is that what we see here? Knee, knee, elbow, elbow, and maybe shoulders/collarbone, with the stronger joints (knees, hips, shoulders) just challenged, stretched to near a tearing point. (note: we can't see the state of his hips here, but they might look disjointed/elongated - in fact his whole body seems longer than it should be). After the weakest link is torn through, the pulling stops. So only one set of joints totally gives; here, and maybe normally (who's up on dismemberment studies?) it was the elbows. 

Now really ... however mad this "dictator Bashar Assad" might be (and I suspect it's exaggerated), which of his bombs is going to do all this to a boy, deep inside rebel territory, timed to line up with a new headline-level Assad-massacre marketing campaign? I think this is a big, ugly, smoking gun. It's got potential at demolishing yet another anti-Syria lie.

But ... that alone begs for second opinions. I'll try to critique it myself, but like I said, I can't shake that impression. Maybe I'm too pissed and convinced to think straight right now. Is this how Islamist feel before they set out to join Daesh, al-Nusra, Jaish al-Islam, etc.?


In the War Context
(based on my reading panning out...)
As noted, this image is not widely presented, that I can see yet. That might be for some reason. The few postings I saw were on the 16th and 17th, limited even in Arabic-language channels, and maybe not at all outside of those.

Some Arabic readers are more anti-rational and ready-to-kill than average. There may be a few more on their way to Syria now to help kill Alawites because of this particular photo from the latest "Assad bomb massacre." If so, it's either because they don't get it and they're pissed off idiots, or because they do get it and it seems like a fun time.  It's hard to tell which motive it is in each of tens of thousands of cases, and it hardly matters in the end.  

And this, I think, is about how the Syria recruitment cycle has worked for four years now, driving membership in and upping the brutality of the almost entirely Islamist-oriented multinational forces. Enabled in so many ways, these are still torturing Syria today, four years after "ambassador" (ambassassin?) Robert Ford first denied any armed gangs in Syria

And glossing the surface of the process as usual, even without seeing this horrifying photo, folks in suits at the UN instantly expressed "horror" at this and all types of terrorist execution of almost exclusively male victims - over 100 civilians - again and "unacceptably" killed by Assad's fighter jets. A triple-digit number seems to be the magical code, as with the Houla Massacre, now also debunked. 100 dead always equals Assad blame at headline level, and so obviously his bombs did this and anything else, like the four girl victims I've found images for, 3 with hacked open skulls and none looking like shelling victims.

It's hoped this vague and familiar "horror" will finally transform into a Libya style no-fly zone to challenge those unchallenged Assad magic jets, like they did Gaddafi's air force for bombing protesters.

FSA Terrorists are PULLING children apart in #Douma 
and the world is silent! #دوما_مجزرة
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Of course "the world" is worse than silent, actually. They're calling for another "No Fly Zone" and thus the fulfillment of the Islamist dream - another U.S.-led forced collapse of a national government in the MENA region.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Douma Market Attack: Burned Faces

Douma Market Attack: Burned Faces
August 26, 2015 
(incomplete)
last update August 27


The Men with Burned Faces
Among the 100+ adult male victims of the August 16 alleged market attack in Douma, there is a class of victims showing bright red burns to the face, with or without a layer of smoke. Just from the 40 or so victims shown in martyr identification videos (see Victim Analysis), I found these five examples:

Mahmoud Hijazi
The men with burns include
* DID5 0:015  Mahmoud Hijazi ( محمود حجازي )

* DID27 0:13  Khaled Mohiuddin ( خالد محي الدين )
(heavy smoke cover too, but clear redness from nose up - face intact, not clearly wounded, but a tooth is missing) 
  
* unnamed man seen at start of DID27- no wounds or marks at all visible
* DID6 0:11  Ziad Samir Shanawany (  زياد سمير الشنواني ) (heavy smoke cover too, but some red notable, and similar hair issues to some. ) 

* DID30 0:11  -Mohiuddin Durra- ( محي الدين الدرة ) (older man, gray bear, marks like shrapnel on left side of face, distinct red burns on right) (note also, he's one of those with a covered-up neck)


Khaled Mohiuddin
 
not named


Ziad Samir Shanawany
 
Mohiuddin Durra


It looks kind of like hot metal objects came in contact with each of their faces, and stayed there for some moments. Or maybe they had gasoline poured on, with some obstructions, and briefly lit up? There are patterns here I can't make out yet. Unnamed seems to have a faint, rippling pattern to his, for example. Was this done before or after death? If before, why weren't they using their hands to stop it? If after death ... who and why? 

The opposition activists would say that all these intact men - at least - had this happen as a random part of the missile attack, where all kinds of weird things can happen. I certainly don't feel up to ruling that out, but this is just weird enough I don't see why that's the best conclusion.

And it gets weirder. Somehow, from the portion I've seen, the worst was reserved - by the random missiles, of course - for the boy or boys we see with these burned faces. 

Khaled al-Tout, Mucous
DID1 0:18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5Ij3tjw3XY Khaled Ali Al-Tout  ( التوت ). This was the first martyr video that popped out to me visually, so it's #1.  This is a child victim by appearance, I'd say age 10-12. VDC has no such child. But adult-male Khaled al-Tout appears. Arabic entry gives : التوت - same name. What happened to this "man?" Hard to tell. his face is intact, but alternating black and red. Hair seems sticky with something, like some of the others. (still at right, small size to soften the shock)

He also had thick mucous coming out of his nose.Why is that? Khaled is the second-worst I've seen. The next-worst is maybe Hijazi above, washed up but nostrils plugged as if leaking. Was there some chemical element to part of this, or are these coincidences?

Drawn-And-Quartered Boy?
Khaled is the worst case from these videos of clearly-connected 8-16 massacre victims. But the worst is less clearly linked. ... an image I found in my twitter search, not widely re-tweeted, but allegedly connected: By appearance, he seems to me to have been drawn and quartered (pulled apart between two vehicles he was tied to, driving opposite directions). Usually, that doesn't happen, but here ... are there psycho terrorists in the area capable? The whole case, links, explanation, any second-thoughts or revisions, etc. - see here.)

Only the face matters directly here, if that. At right, small res, cropped, blown-up a bit. Total (3rd? 10th?) degree burns, nose at lest partly remains. The burns start right at the edge of his face, like a mask. Was he painted with napalm cream and lit up? Why wouldn't he shield his face with his hands? Oh, yes, they were gone, at some point. Again, order of operations here is unclear. One would hope it was all done after death, and maybe so, but the performance suggests none it was done after death.

This boy is different from the others in the different injuries (as far as we can see in most cases), much more severe burns, that he's seen in a photo, not on video, and that he's apparently alive and suffering (it seems like a proper hospital, but he's getting the treatment photographed, so it probably is a PR-centered rebel clinic).

But ... it says August 16, Douma massacre, Douma, and there were these other burned faces, so maybe it does fit.

"Silence" in the Face of "Incineration"? 
Generally, it's bombing that's blamed for killing the market massacre victims, but one activist at least seems to consider some kind of burning the most memorable part of it. In context, how creepy is this, from The Guradian?
“The people of Ghouta are furious because there is a double standard,” said Yasser Doumani, an activist who runs a pro-opposition media outlet, told the Guardian after the air strikes. “There is silence when Douma or Ghouta in general becomes the theatere of the worst crimes of murder and incineration of people.”

“The people find it strange how the world reacted in response to the crime of the burning of the Jordanian pilot by Daesh [Isis] terrorists, but we hear no condemnation of the burning of the people of Ghouta and their killing by all methods,” he added. “Aren’t the victims in both cases humans, or do different lives carry different value?”

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Douma Market Attack: The Girl Victims?

Douma Market Attack: The Girl Victims?
August 25, 2015
(incomplete, rough)
last updates Aug. 26

Intro: The All-Men Mantra
Since the August 16 attack, there was a crush of world leaders and media pundits lambasting the regime air strike that killed 100 of their own people. That was followed by a wave of noise protesting the "silence over Assad's massacre" in Douma, where silence means no bombing of "Assad" yet. And there was a general lack of critical reporting for days, by the mainstream or alternative media, past idle speculation. Then my first thoughts on the 18th, Ziad at SyrPer, and then Eric Draister at Counterpunch. The latter is now the top news search, much-hungered for it seems, and re-posted many, many times. 

One of the core issues we've each latched onto, and has become a mantra of the critics, is the victims were nearly all men, adult males. 109 out of 117 by the fullest list I know of. (see victim analysis for this and some of the details below) Most of the remainder were presumably teenaged male children. Only three women slightly challenge that pattern. 109 men, 5 boys, 3 women, and zero girls.

Many take the hint the manly bulk of that were people in fact killed by Assad's air strikes, just all militants who kind of deserved it, and not at the market. I've been against presuming that. Based on what I've seen these could be gender segregated captives. Men are signled out for this, women for that, young kids for whatever fate. The visual signs so far seem more consistent with that - signs of execution sit alongside disturbingly varied ages of men and boys killed.

At the moment, that mantra still seems pretty accurate and worth a leading role in raising much-lacking suspicions. But ...

Exceptions to the Rule, so far
I've found a boy on video listed as a man by VDC. A newborn replacing a man on video (see analysis). And you know what... in the past, the VDC is often slow to get the female victims listed. There's not much room for the proportions to level out - no one credibly reported more than 117 dead, and we have 114 male name victims. I'm seeing more boys than 5 as I scan photos and videos (notes coming), but also enough adult males it might be more than 114 we see and even the big list is incomplete..

And then ...

Two Girls and a Boy
here's a photo circulated a lot at first, less so later, by Arabic-language Twitter users showing three young victims of, it seems, the Douma market massacre. One seems like a boy, probably, while the other two definitely look like girls by clothing. They all appear dead, but not in the right way. The adult body, presumed female, is maybe one of those listed by VDC et al. But the girls can't be, unless they're listed wrong anyway.

Are these the girls lacking in the 117 victims, and another boy? They were clearly segregated if so, and given their own treatment the others didn't get. What says a regime missile killed them? Torn up by shrapnel and covered in dust from being outside at the scene? Crushed and covered with dust from being inside a shelter that caved in? Neither. It looks like they might all have suffered fatal head wounds, somewhere intact and not dusty. They show no other potentially fatal wounds. 

Did someone drag them on their knees to say the market attack killed these head-chopped massacre victims? Or is that a coincidence, and these were never supposed to be branded that way? And if that's the case, then ... wtf is the story here?

But these were put out at the same time, (unless? recycled? anyone seen this before?), as part of the massacre claims. So I'm going to have to say ... someone really thought they were included. Including them: I favor the visual record over words, which includes the VDC database. I don't suspect they didn't die from a missile, or at the market. But then I don't suspect most of the victims did.

What allegedly connects this? The info at the tweets I clicked is limited/unclear, but all claim to be from a "massacre" in Douma on August 16. All Google translated, where "always" = Douma:
* https://twitter.com/qadesiyah/status/632910076227883008 Always massacre today stain is added to the positions of Arab shame and let down to the children of Syria will reap its horrors,
  And your Lord is darkness slaves
* https://twitter.com/yaseralturk555/status/632916283122712576 (Same text)
https://twitter.com/MTbsho/status/632893905537601536 I go to buy a house kits and walk 5 km good You go back and massacre always ## Omnao_alosoaq
* https://twitter.com/dorokataysa/status/632894210992156672 Apostate son son infidel apostate sect
Commits a massacre bombing aviation market in the # # Always # The Awakening negotiating with the Safavids

(more alleged infos later, and/or below)

Clearly Head-Hacked Girl
* https://twitter.com/falih_448/status/633217202972454912 - no ambiguity here. A third girl, older than the last ones, in a pink shirt, totally intact, non-dusty, minor marks or freckles only, up the top of her head. From there, a nice clean split, top of skull removed, and a mass of brains and scalp across the table. Text:
#دوما_تباد #الغوطة_الشرقية
#دوما تستغيث بعد الله بـ #الأمة ورجال النخوة فيها، فهل من نصير ؟
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# # Algoth_alcherqah Doma_tbad
# Always cry after God b # pride of the nation and the men, Naseer Is it?
41 retweets 12 favorites

Others
Man seen carrying a dead girl in a morgue. Doesn't seem to be any of the others seen, purple shirt, slightly bloody face.  That photo is around, including at this tweet. It's the moving background image for this market attack branding photo.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Douma Market Attack: Video Overview

Douma Market Attack: Video Overview
August 20, 2015
(incomplete, in progress)
last edits Aug. 29

Those looking, seems Arabic Youtube search is fruitful
Here's one to check out, narrated documentary 
This page might become mammoth, may be split-up.

Video Catalog
Attack/Aftermath
* DS1 0:14 shows distant smoke rising https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5CMOeZ6MXA
* DS2 0:13 same but closer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9f75ChDKjo
* DS3 0:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VlFO4IKLJs
* see MD10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keI-QaD0y-4 (shows smoke from locatable view)
 * see  MD8 first scene - smoke as seen at the market, still rising

Video in Support of Jet Attack
(contrail, anything - definitely forthcoming if it exists)
(nothing yet, and see big still below: no trace of jet, missile, or rocket trail to the north, northeast, or east. If one was in any other direction, they didn't bother showing it.)

Market (area) damage: 
* MD1 3:32 مهم جداًلحظات الموت2015 8 16 مجزرة دوما 85شهيد و300 جريح وحالة رعب تسود المدينة
(Important Jaddalhzat death 2015 8 16 massacre Doumas 85 martyrs and 300 wounded and horror prevail city) Shows damage after some time, few if any casualties. Good general view of the area. It shows the worst of it happened a block or so away in a traffic intersection.
* MD2 0:35 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq5gJXGhAy0 (starts the same as MD1, but turns left, filmed earlier, more smoke, but shows less)
* MD3 2:21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Y-DCg-tFY useful compilation, early footage, clear footage, Shaam News Network
* MD4 0:36 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K44puudRsB8 (shows intersection scene)
* MD5 0:13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCS9EnM0OMk
* MD6 0:31 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4lA6vq1wYY (market)
* MD7 3:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB4fpLNvVd0 (intersection)
* MD8 3:04 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1Wt_4qYQsE (Orient News, compiled footage)
* MD9 0:51 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRaOWgOh0cc (intersection)
* MD10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keI-QaD0y-4
* MD11 0:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rBpivd1GQE (corn flour shown)
* MD12 0:48 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw8FfJ2Nq6Q  (market damage, afternoon)
* MD13 2:26 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEgKtCQDMUU SMART news, good quality view of market area(s)

Market Videos with Dead and Injured
* MB1 1:20 شام ريف دمشق دوما عشرات الشهداء والجرحى جراء القصف 16 8 2015 تحذير الفيديو قاسي جدا (Cham Damascus Douma tens of martyrs and wounded by shelling 16 82 015 video very harsh warning) Posted August 16 by ShaamNetwork S.N.N (shows a handful of dead men being removed from the area)
* MB2 2:21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVtiej3Jow - shows teen boy dead, badly mangled, in situ, partial remains and wounded carried - graphic


Injured, elsewhere
* IE1 1:35 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=688FH-giZKA (wounded in field clinic, largely pre-teen boys shown)


Dead, elsewhere
وداع أمهات الشهداء ال 100 في دوما لحظات محزنة ومؤلمة في مدينة ودعت العشرات من أبنائها  2015.8.16 
* DE1
(Farewell mothers of the martyrs in the 100 always sad and painful moments in the city and invited dozens of its sons 2015.8.16) 1:15 uploaded by ( ياسر الدوماني )   (wrapped bodies)

(mirror)

* DE2 1:33, edited/hosted, by Syria Mubasher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2R2Pseg7YM Body array, mass grave
* DE3 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMFrqsvE__8

Dead Elsewhere, Identified:
(mostly or all published by (al-Mokhlas al-Amin?) ( المخلص الأمين   ) - (victim names as given, and as translated, mostly by Google translate or by its audio)
* DID1 0:18 #‏دوما‬ 16-8-2015 || ‫#‏تنسيقية_دوما‬ || الشهيد خالد علي التوت (martyr: Khaled Ali Al-Tout ( التوت ))
* DID2 0:15  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45WIwFETn3E martyr: كاسم عبدو المنسي
* DID3 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS2aYAJEb0M Mahmoud ?? (  محضر الشامية )
* DID4 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHQc6Y3b-Rg Omar Kraem? ( عمر كريم ) older man, white beard
* DID5 0:015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4BS79nOs3w Mahmoud Hijazi ( محمود حجازي ) (strange pattern of facial burns?)
* DID6 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oebm1k9M4S0 Ziad Samir Shanawany (  زياد سمير الشنواني ) (partly burned?)
* DID7 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNeUt5kYqac Alaa Khaled Abdel Dayem ( علاء خالد عبد الدايم ) (roughed-up hand and face visible, being laid in mass grave)
* DID8 0:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBmJQiZPTCs Hossam Halbouni ( حسام الحلبوني )
9 0:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pa9y9ydLMk Mohiuddin Naaman (  محي الدين نعمان ) (all visible from waist up except neck - no visible injuries)
* DID10 0:18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqroHuzConE Bashir al-Tout (  بشير التوت ) (no visible wounds)
* DID11 0:14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XVAgRgzzaw Khalid Al Hudaydah ( خالد حديدة ) (no visible marks, maybe at groin?)
* DID12 0:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzgDTEUO4g Muwafaq Fouad Hamraoui ( موفق فؤاد الحمراوي ) (roughed-up, some-stained, intact)
* DID13 0:46 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWu-AeCEHE4 Sobhi Mahmoud  Tla? ( صبحي محمود بلة ) (slight facial marks)
* DID14 0:04 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSq24mq_ckA Akram Seriwl ( أكرم سريول ) (neck covered, covers blood-soaked)
* DID15 0:06 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRyBuEKwdrQ Khaled Abdel-Hakim Khbayh ( خالد عبد الحكيم خبية ) (blood from mouth and nose)
* DID16 0:13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9KVKh6g1M0 Hanin al-Da'as? (  حنين الدعاس ) female form of Shahid - maybe be teenage girl or young adult) (cheek abrasions? Wrapped upper body is all in blood)
* DID17 0:21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_LKUTYoGlg Khalid Abdul Rahman Yunus and Imad Eddin (3 men in a truck, only 2 named)
* DID18 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjjKZjrLJXU Khalid Mohammed Znob ( خالد محمد زنوب ) (neck covered, why?)
* DID19 0:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmtIvHrHOdk Hisham Arbash ( هشام عربش ) (smokey, roughed-up)
* DID20 0:13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzzNSajYrs4 Samir Hamouri (  سمير الحموري ) (older man, smokey, wounds on side of face)
* DID21 0:14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IscNRmrlxBk Subhi Arbash ( صبحي عربش ) (older man, minor injuries but intact)
* DID22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpa57xVb_5g Ibrahim Khbayh ( ابراهيم خبية  ) (totally wrapped and invisible except maybe his nose, dark-colored, was in a fire)
* DID23 0:06 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6akldk9Uyg child martyr Zuhair al-Masri ( الطفل زهير المصري ) (puffed up right eye? Intact looking, no out outward marks on right side of face, the rest unseen)
* DID24 0:17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aR8D3sw6ZE -Mohammed Mahmoud Abbas Daoud- ( محمد مازن محمود داود ) (young man, bad but superfical damage all over his seen face, chest, right shoulder (cuts, pits, etc.) rest unseen)
* DID25 0:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxoHiQtEd3k Adnan Khalil al-Ghazzawi ( خليل عدنان الغزاوي ) (dark, face at least seems unmarked)
* DID26 0:18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wCSwdVA774 -Amin al-Dsh?- (  أمين الدج ) (dark, outside, published Aug. 19)
* DID27 0:13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYwSG-sqOCg Khaled Mohiuddin ( خالد محي الدين ) (reddened, burned face, heavy smoke exposure, intact face, rest unseen - another victim glimpsed at the start, man with minor burns on face, no smoke or marks)
* DID28 0:19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7qI99N8OM8 -Mohammed Alchgra- (  محمد الشغري ) (middle-aged man, face intact, unmarked, rest unseen, laid in grave)
* DID29 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgvM5h5sFlU -Raed Khitti- ( رائد خيتي ) (young man, marks on side of face but intact, from head and shoulder shown)
* DID30 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gHJAzowk4k -Mohiuddin Durra- ( محي الدين الدرة ) (older man, gray bear, marks like shrapnel on left side of face, distinct red burns on right)
* DID31 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WianXvDOrE -Ghassan Amin Thrush (aldh?) - ( غسان أمين الدج ) (dark, outside)
* DID32 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58oyuSTSL4 -Khaled Abdu Maakh- (  خالد عبدو معيكة )
* that might be all there are, except for...

* DID33 - There's video of a dead newborn or young infant among these dated the 16th, but similar the day before, may be the same, unclear. ... comparing: the name on the video is Ahmed Algroudi ( الجرودي ). Arabic to VDC = no direct match but one entry and only one of that family name appears this year ... Fayez al-Jroudi, adult male, different name, is one of the 117 market attack victims. Not mentioned an infant relative died the same day? We have confusion. The other newborn video is 8-15 child martyr (Shahida, female) Aisha Alojoh ( الشهيدة الطفلة عائشة الأجوة ) - different baby, looks even younger and frailer. (VDC records suggest overall lots of newborns die in Douma especially, or so it's seemed to me a few times now)

Witness videos: 
If it's just talking, doesn't belong here. Will go under alleged witness accounts.

Analysis: Victims
See Victim Analysis

Analysis: Locations
I like to be able to place a video on the map, but I haven't been able to do that here just yet.

Market
On Wikimapia, two market areas are labeled:
- Al-Hal market in the south of downtown
- Commercial market a bit north of there.

Still from MD1
The red-roofed structure, with implied span of more of the same now missing, suggests commercial. That runs east-west. Surrounding building however don't seem to match. It might not be in either spot. Mid-day videos are hard to get directions from. Is this solar noon? Before? After? Depending, he could start facing south, east, or southeast, and turns to the right from there. But there's a left turn there this spot doesn't have, to the blasted intersection with flipped vehicles.

Smoke clues: there's been some doubt if the distant attack smoke is connected. Video MD8 first scene - smoke as seen at the market, still rising, seems consistent with the big plume. Video MD10 shows at the beginning smoke from a view that could be placed (still below) Details: There are 2 mountains in the distance, left one elongated, right one pretty sharp from this angle. If this is mid-day. he should be facing somewhat north or northwest and these will be Qalamoun mountains. The "sharp" one might be a long mountain (mount Snir?) seen end-wise, IF facing n-ne (and video shot in early afternoon). In fact, narrowed time of event might help set this location ... Foreground, some kind of race track? Can this be in Douma, or is it in another town, maybe Mesraba? If I/we can identify the mountain and the foreground place, the smoke can be narrowed down to just a hair left of that line.

Update: Mountain, view, filming spot and line located. This is filmed from one of the taller buildings just south of the Fayha school of driving on the NW edge of Misraba, looking north-northeast in the afternoon. The sharp-looking peak is Mt. Snir, seen end-wise, as the Google Earth terrain  view shows quite well (rough ridge-line painted in). I put a green pole at the near building corner and at about the "shoulder" where mountain is covered by smoke. The lime-colored line between them comes out on or just right of al-Hal market, not commercial (market locations roughly marked in red).
Driving school match: note size of lot, little rigs, ramp in the corner, treeline, white buildings past, buildings on the right, every detail. Open to second opinions on the overall line and the peak seen. This seems right, zooming back out, and the near span crosses that curving road the same way. 



Locating Red-Roof Market, Nearby Intersection
So it's early to mid-afternoon, not anytime before noon. So sun will be SW or west-ish in MD1 as the camera comes in from the north. The market street should run somewhat west, as suggested by later afternoon views with long shadows running down the street. Al-Hal market runs that way, but it isn't a clear fit - seems much larger than this. Considering the red roof and the area the smoke clues point to, perhaps the view is a hair to the west, and the line crosses this un-labeled spot just west on the market. This too has an e-w orientation, consistent trees behind, and maybe even consistent surrounding buildings.

Next: not all details are clear, but most are - that last link seems to be to the right spot. The destroyed intersection to the east, when turning right, matches just as well. 92% sure this is it. Graphic shows the areas, here about 125 and 250 meters west of the al-Hal market. Both spots, especially the intersection, should be poring smoke into the plume seen afterwards. (update: al-Hal was hit too, added to graphic below, explained beneath.)

What was destroyed then seems to be no proper buildings; many of the trees in there seem gone/defoliated, some temporary stalls, the median in the street, where more stalls were set up, etc. So the market seen in most videos apparently is one - or it has tomatoes at least (another scene does). Might be worth considering if this is any more substantial than the bit of flatbread used to make the Halfaya bakery bombing look like that. (it has food carts and propane tanks at least, some sort of booths, etc.) 

If this is not a market, the other thing it could be in an encampment. There's one UNHCR tent or canvas in there, but these get around. This elevated view of the area helps clarify this was some kind of park, the main target. To me, it looks like the projectile hit in the middle of that, with a trajectory from the south, lesser damage into the food area in the street. That view also shows the outer walkway thing mostly intact, except for its roof. A park seems like a place people might camp in the summer. They need to eat. I don't see bedding, clothes, home items really - some things that look like bed frames, but these are seen in use at a market too, unclear... and we see the view out in the street, not back in the park area.

At the intersection, vehicles and pavement are damaged nearest the blast center - that was apparently in some low-lying building(s), now gone, that were attached to the taller ones that remain with minimal damage. At least in these two spots, there's not much rubble that people will be pulled out of or crawl out of days later, as some reports mention.

Al-Hal Market Scene
Other footage MID13 shows damage at al-Hal Market, I think (second half) - a different, wider area with trucks, where no walls appear. That's not from the bombs but market design, I think. These rooms are like booths or stalls to work from. Much more substantial produce here, carting equipment, etc. Were they hoping viewers would conflate the two scenes? Damage here seems lesser but substantial. Some awnings might be down, some jumble on the ground. The plume photo does seem to to show smoke right up to al-Hal market - maybe there were 3 hits in that span, which is wider than it looks from a distance. Still, no smoke from any other parts of town (except maybe along the same blocked line of sight). In these 3-market-ih areas, I see no collapsed apartment buildings or anything of the like to explain 117 dead and 550 injured.

Video MB1 - this shows damage, tomatoes, etc. at al-Hal market, not the spot identified above. Video MB2 is not clear yet. Some of the MD videos are unclear at the moment for location.

Attack Time:
There may be exact claims, other published-by clues, etc. But just from the one visual of the still above, I measured a rough but verifiable time, drawing a line from smoke edge to the edge of its shadow on the mountain. Just where that falls is hard to pin down, and for that matter the other point is a bit rough, but both can be gotten close. I get a rough measure - welcoming refinements - of 220 degrees, plus or minus ... let's say 4 degrees (graphic just shows +/- 2). This, plugged into the NOAA solar calculator (using GMT+2, DST on, pin on Douma, ) gives a nice and narrow window of about 1:35 to 1:50 pm.

That's video still time. Actual attack would be some minutes earlier - however long it takes a big plume to rise and develop like that (5-10 minutes?) Attack therefore somewhere between 1:25 and 1:45 (?).


Body Displays
(forthcoming - location, body count, correlation)

Site 1: Men and boys, dirt floor (mosque?) courtyard, unwrapped then wrapped - canopy cover, west or southwest wall is blue. No gate at the corner.

Site 2: Men and boys 45+, wrapped, tile floor (mosque?) courtyard, similar outer wall but different, gate at the corner


Time: The earliest photo I found yet of site 1 with dozens of bodies gathered was published on Twitter at 2:52 PM local time. (posting time, California, +10 hours), so at most about 8 minutes after the alleged strikes.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Douma Market Attack: Victim Analysis

Douma Market Attack: Victim Analysis
August 21, 2015
(incomplete)
last edits (minor) August 31

Visual Assessment
This is what will matter most.  So far I have these topics covered, in split-off posts:

- Drawn-and-Quartered Boy? One alleged victim (not the clearest connection, but presumably...) is a boy with his legs nearly torn off at the knees, arms completely removed at the elbows, shoulders/damaged, body perhaps stretched, no other marks, except massive burning of his entire face. That says terrorist crime; pulled apart between two trucks, face burned before or after. A "No Fly Zone" won't help stop THIS.

- Burned Faces: Including but beyond the above alleged jet attack victim: what caused the distinct red patches on the faces of these five men at least (two at right)? And did the same thing worst of all to two boys (including the dismembered one)?  No answer detailed findings, just the pictures, relevant links, some starting notes.


- The Girl Victims? 
Why, when we finally see alleged female child victims, do they seem segregated in how they died? Along with one young boy (apparent), these two girls (apparent) do not look like shelling victims, but did apparently die from acute head trauma. Two others at least appear in allegedly-connected photos; one has a clearly split-open skull. And their knees were roughed up a little bit. Rebels, as usual with victims of such "shelling", had the bodies afterwards and blamed Assad. 

Others planned:

- visual minimum body count

- victim names (true or not, considered)
Jroudi Confusion (will go there)
* DID33 - There's video of a dead newborn or young infant among these dated the 16th, but similar the day before, may be the same, unclear. ... comparing: the name on the video is Ahmed Algroudi ( الجرودي ). Arabic to VDC = no direct match but one entry and only one of that family name appears this year ... Fayez al-Jroudi, adult male, different name, is one of the 117 market attack victims. Not mentioned an infant relative died the same day? We have confusion. The other newborn video is 8-15 child martyr (Shahida, female) Aisha Alojoh ( الشهيدة الطفلة عائشة الأجوة ) - different baby, looks even younger and frailer. (VDC records suggest overall lots of newborns die in Douma especially, or so it's seemed to me a few times now)
 
Bombing Victims in Situ?
It's said up to 660+ people were injured, some to death, in the market area. From available videos, this seems questionable. Consider MB1:  Eric Draister notes of this video:
To be fair, hours of research did uncover a total of one video, taken after the blast, showing the bodies of a handful of male victims. However, none of the signs of death by airstrike are visible; the bodies are all whole, no missing limbs, very little blood (unlike in the Gaza and Baghdad videos). A logical conclusion based on the available evidence would be that the men seen in the video died from the collapse of a building, presumably the destroyed building behind them. 
Another conclusion: about 5 men killed elsewhere were brought here and laid, mainly on top of the tomatoes. They've been dead hours, at least; they don't seem to be bleeding any more at all. The tomatoes make that somewhat unclear, but not very. And - is that why they were laid on tomatoes? Draister says this is the one and best video he found to show deaths at the market. Might be worth double-checking, but we could almost just be lazy and say this might be it. 650+ alleged injured and dead here, and all we see for the worst of it is about 5 intact and already dead guys? Or, what do we see? Comments open.

Double-checking, later, MB2: Shows at least one consistent shelling victim, young teen boy with half-attached arm and leg, and major bleeding in place. Unidentifiable parts of another person are carried by on a blanket. Some other videos and photos show possibly consistent mangling, but these aren't seen in situ, where stricken, at the market. There are two other nearby strike locations to consider, but one is another market, another a traffic intersection. But the point remains.


Records and Claims
VDC and LCC
(will refine the reading here)
Some have cited an earl list of 102 names published by the Local Coordination Committees in Douma. This is a jpg version, cited by Eric Draister in his headlining Counterpunch article on this subject. Here Syrian Perspective's Ziad Fadel cites the same and transliterates the names. This list should be accurate but short; early sources said at least 112 had died, and it's looking like over 120 considering all sources. Also, the list only covers identified victims, and not quite all of those.

The Violations Documentation Center (VDC) is linked to the LCC, gets the same info, and runs an updated martyrs database (as well as a "regime forces" list where civilian victims often turn up). VDC martyr's database, Damascus Suburbs martyrs from warplane shelling, Aug. 16 = 120 (was 105 when I started) Breakdown: 5 boys, 3 women, no girls, 112 men: 2 non-civilian, 110 civilian men)

To clarify who is and isn't part of this reported massacre: 117 of these entries shared the note "Dozens of people martyred in a massacre due to regime air forces shelling of the local market and residential areas in Douma city." That includes all 3 women, all 5 boys, so must have 3 less men. The link now shows 116. One man is missing. With the note removed there are still 117 victims, with the difference being Khaled Fahed al-Toukhi. He had the note replaced with "Martyred due to the regime air forces' shelling , called as Abo Sulaiman." He has a photo now, when I think none of them did before ... and a linked video on Facebook I didn't review yet)

Almost all of these (104 of the 117) are listed as from Douma, with very little sign of displacement or mobility like you so commonly see in Syria these days. The list is reverse-chronological, so oldest newest entries are at the bottom/and next page (100 max per page). It's there the few exceptions appear: two men from Otaya (Hashem, Harmoush), near the bottom - 9 unidentified from unknown (maybe Douma) further down, and at the very bottom, a man and a woman named Harmoush from Otayah were the first ones logged were from. (should be related but not married - usually - women usually keep "maiden names" here) (Autaya on Wikimapia - 4 km southeast of Douma)

Double-checking this local-ness: from all Syria, killed by jets 8-16, martyrdom location Douma = 13.

The two rebel fighters from Irbeen must not be part of the massacre - that's 2 of the 3 discrepancies down between the 117 and 120 tallies. Wisam al-Merji "Aman" and Ahmad al-Merji "Aman" - apparent relatives, both from Erbeen, FSA, died "Due to air forces shelling." And they alone died from that, huh?

So the massacre is at least these 117 victims with the note, all of them civilian, but 109 being civilian men. However ...  So far, one apparent boy listed as man identified. Khaled al-Tout listed as a man, but named on video of a boy of about 12-ish. ( Arabic entry gives : التوت - same name as on the video).

Comparing Sources
Here at ACLOS I've made a table to compare the VDC ist of 117, the LCC list of 102, and a few dozen named martyr videos. It's not completely filled-in, but seems to show between them 122-123 individual victims - still not including any of the 3-4 girl victims, nor probably all of the 11+ boy ones - and that's just from what we see.

220 Wounded Children? Bad Math Islamists
(note: all market-only thoughts revised out; there was at least one other strike area, at a nearby traffic intersection. They say several (6?) missiles hit this area, maybe in other areas yet, where men might be more prevalent. But the smoke view shows all of Douma, with smoke only from these two nearby spots. So ... this is what the "activists" have packaged in there.)

The Guardian reports: "The town’s governing council said that out of the 550 injured in Sunday’s air strikes 40% were children." (primary source f/c - they probably did say this) Note, the Islamist ruling council will be friendly to the Islamists behind any massacre that might be hiding behind the bombing claims. Islamists can excel at math but usually don't.

550 wounded is in addition to the 112+ who died (let's use 117 as VDC has). At one point, these bad-math Islamists claim, there were 667 injured/dying/dead people laying around in that market, intersection and, by smoke clues, nowhere else in Douma. Is there any visual sign of that in these two spots?

Next, 40% of 550 wounded is 220, so they claim that many children were wounded but lived. We know at least 109 of the 117 who died were men (listed by VDC as men and most likely were), at least 5 were boys (but it's at least 6 including Khaled al-Tout, who looks 12-ish, and makes one less man - 108 then). At least 3 were women, and by the VDC's records, perhaps none were girls.

On the other side of that cut-off line, those who pulled through, 220 boys and girls wounded. Well, we shouldn't expect exact proportions, whatever those would really be at the market that day ... for example, parents might have time to shield their kids in some cases, taking the worst and dying but leaving the children alive. But this is clearly inadequate to explain these distorted proportions.

Combined injured and dead, that writhing mass of 667+ people in that small market area after the regime missile thing ... 226 children (almost all survived) and 108 men dead. Reasonable proportion, 114 lived. 222+225=447. That leaves room for up to 220 women, who usually do the vegetable shopping in the Arab World, even in Islamist areas, as far as I know. Three died. Did anything like 217 survive? Or were there just very few women, perhaps because of some little-known ban on women in public? Maybe only 3 ban-breakers died?

Mass Graves, Why?
As Reuters heard:
Sixty bodies were buried on Sunday night in two mass graves, said a spokesman for the Syrian Civil Defense force in Douma... Another 35 were buried on Monday, and the death toll was over 100, he said."
That's at least 95 out of the 112 then claimed dead. Here's the grave, Mubasher video - is this even deeper than usual? It's enormous. That was a lot of work the "regime" didn't stop.

But a Guardian report, citing Douma's Islamist rebel city council, explains "...the regime also targeted a funeral procession after the attack." This is about the reason anyone would probably cite when asked why the hell nearly all of the killed, adult male, local civilians went unclaimed by family and left to dump in anonymous mass graves - the regime shoots you if you try. That quote is immediately followed by
"Witnesses to the air raid told the Guardian they had to bury the dead in large graves, forgoing funeral prayers for some, a sacred rite in Islam."
These aren't "large" and spacious individual graves but mass graves - 3 or 4 of them for over 100 victims. The distinction matters. This is the way you bury people you don't want to identify, people with no family you want to contact. Every "Shabiha" massacre like Houla ends with rebel-held bodies interred in mass graves.

They say they even "had to" skip the funerary prayers. Why? Were there snipers who allowed this canyon digging, but shot at anyone who tried to pray? Or is there a different reason - like trying to send the victims to hell - why they skipped the proper send-off for what they may have considered non-Muslims?


 

32 Identified victim videos 
(copied from video overview, not verified)
* DID1 0:18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5Ij3tjw3XY Khaled Ali Al-Tout ( التوت ))
* DID2 0:15  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45WIwFETn3E martyr: كاسم عبدو المنسي
* DID3 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS2aYAJEb0M Mahmoud ?? (  محضر الشامية ) (little seen)
* DID4 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHQc6Y3b-Rg Omar Kraem? ( عمر كريم ) older man, white beard
* DID5 0:015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4BS79nOs3w Mahmoud Hijazi ( محمود حجازي ) (strange pattern of facial burns?)
* DID6 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oebm1k9M4S0 Ziad Samir Shanawany (  زياد سمير الشنواني ) (partly burned?)
* DID7 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNeUt5kYqac Alaa Khaled Abdel Dayem ( علاء خالد عبد الدايم ) (roughed-up hand and face visible, being laid in mass grave)
* DID8 0:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBmJQiZPTCs Hossam Halbouni ( حسام الحلبوني )
9 0:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pa9y9ydLMk Mohiuddin Naaman (  محي الدين نعمان ) (all visible from waist up except neck - no visible injuries)
* DID10 0:18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqroHuzConE Bashir al-Tout (  بشير التوت ) (no visible wounds)
* DID11 0:14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XVAgRgzzaw Khalid Al Hudaydah ( خالد حديدة ) (no visible marks, maybe at groin?)
* DID12 0:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzgDTEUO4g Muwafaq Fouad Hamraoui ( موفق فؤاد الحمراوي ) (roughed-up, smoke-stained, intact)
* DID13 0:46 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWu-AeCEHE4 Sobhi Mahmoud  Tla? ( صبحي محمود بلة ) (slight facial marks)
* DID14 0:04 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSq24mq_ckA Akram Seriwl ( أكرم سريول ) (neck covered, covers blood-soaked)
* DID15 0:06 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRyBuEKwdrQ Khaled Abdel-Hakim Khbayh ( خالد عبد الحكيم خبية ) (blood from mouth and nose)
* DID16 0:13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9KVKh6g1M0 Hanin al-Da'as? (  حنين الدعاس ) female form of Shahid - maybe be teenage girl or young adult) (cheek abrasions? Wrapped upper body is all in blood)
* DID17 0:21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_LKUTYoGlg Khalid Abdul Rahman Yunus and Imad Eddin (3 men in a truck, only 2 named)
* DID18 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjjKZjrLJXU Khalid Mohammed Znob ( خالد محمد زنوب ) (neck covered, why?)
* DID19 0:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmtIvHrHOdk Hisham Arbash ( هشام عربش ) (smokey, roughed-up)
* DID20 0:13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzzNSajYrs4 Samir Hamouri (  سمير الحموري ) (older man, smokey, wounds on side of face)
* DID21 0:14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IscNRmrlxBk Subhi Arbash ( صبحي عربش ) (older man, minor injuries but intact)
* DID22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpa57xVb_5g Ibrahim Khbayh ( ابراهيم خبية  ) (totally wrapped and invisible except maybe his nose, dark-colored, was in a fire)
* DID23 0:06 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6akldk9Uyg child martyr Zuhair al-Masri ( الطفل زهير المصري ) (puffed up right eye? Intact looking, no out outward marks on right side of face, the rest unseen)
* DID24 0:17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aR8D3sw6ZE -Mohammed Mahmoud Abbas Daoud- ( محمد مازن محمود داود ) (young man, bad but superficial damage all over his seen face, chest, right shoulder (cuts, pits, etc.) rest unseen)
* DID25 0:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxoHiQtEd3k Adnan Khalil al-Ghazzawi ( خليل عدنان الغزاوي ) (dark, face at least seems unmarked)
* DID26 0:18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wCSwdVA774 -Amin al-Dsh?- (  أمين الدج ) (dark, outside, published Aug. 19)
* DID27 0:13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYwSG-sqOCg Khaled Mohiuddin ( خالد محي الدين ) (reddened, burned face, heavy smoke exposure, intact face, rest unseen - another victim glimpsed at the start, man with minor burns on face, no smoke or marks)
* DID28 0:19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7qI99N8OM8 -Mohammed Alchgra- (  محمد الشغري ) (middle-aged man, face intact, unmarked, rest unseen, laid in grave)
* DID29 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgvM5h5sFlU -Raed Khitti- ( رائد خيتي ) (young man, marks on side of face but intact, from head and shoulder shown)
* DID30 0:11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gHJAzowk4k -Mohiuddin Durra- ( محي الدين الدرة ) (older man, gray bear, marks like shrapnel on left side of face, distinct red burns on right)
* DID31 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WianXvDOrE -Ghassan Amin Thrush (aldh?) - ( غسان أمين الدج ) (dark, outside)
* DID32 0:09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58oyuSTSL4 -Khaled Abdu Maakh- (  خالد عبدو معيكة ) 
* DID33 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAajbX6IgUQ Ahmed Algroudi ( الجرودي ) - young or newborn infant, face unharmed (VDC does not list this victim, but has an adult male of the same family name, [http://www.vdc-sy.info/index.php/en/details/martyrs/156186#.VdmYrJdySSp Fayez al-Jroudi)
* DID34 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voeS31R82mQ Martyr Jihad Walid Hijazi ( الشهيد جهاد وليد حجازي 2015 8 16 ) (shows 3 victims with varying marks and damage: a boy, man, another boy. By audio, the first is Jihad Walid Hijazi, the man, Walid ? Hijazi - boy Mustafa Walid Hijazi. Implied: father and sons. VDC lists all 3, the boys as boys, along with 2 other Hijazi men, one seen in DID5 with face burns)
* DID35 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR6CEB34Eec Martyr Hisham Arbash - massive but discrete head wound, like from bullet exit)