Southern Aleppo’s offensive by Syrian Regime & foreign allies

Southern Aleppo’s offensive by Syrian Regime & foreign allies | November 2015

Rapid advances achieved recently by Regime forces and their foreign allies (backed by Russian air-forces) in the recent offensive on the Rebel-held southern countryside of Aleppo.

Regime plans for this offensive could be one of the following:

1- Reaching the besieged Fuah & Kafaraya villages in north of Idlib.

2- Entering Idlib province and reaching the strategic city of Saraqib, as well as cutting the M5 road between Aleppo and Idlib.

3- Heading to Abu Adhuhur area in eastern Idlib, in order to retake the airbase and continue advances toward Khanasir area.

How to Provide Your Dog With a Military Working Dog Training

If you desire for your dog to have the obedience akin to a military dog, then you must demand higher standards not just from your dog, but also from yourself as the trainer. Many people see the great training, the military dogs have and they wish that theirs could also attain those levels and even though it is possible, you must know the types of training the dogs are subjected to, and most importantly, you must be willing to take your time and provide the training. It is not going to be an easy journey, but completely doable if you will take your time and master the patience.

Training Your Dog Like a Military Working Dog

Below is a brief look at what you need to provide your dog with a military working dog training-:

Take charge and be the leader

If you want your dog to behave like the military training dogs, then the first thing you must do is to take charge and be the leader your dog expects to see in you. A dog is a very intelligent animal. They know they are supposed to serve you and they are always ready to do that, if you will provide them with the right directions. If you act like an absolute clown when you are with them, then they will not help, but think that indeed you are an absolute clown.

A good way to visualize how your dog would like to see you is to imagine you have been asked to give a presentation to the executives in your company. Your dog wants to see you take charge and lead just as you would do if you were in the room with the executives. But if you are timid, always having a sloppy posture and you don’t show any interest in leading the dog and giving the commands you want them to follow, then you will never be able to train your dog like the military dogs.

Reinforce good behaviors to replace the bad habits

Just like human beings, your dog will be happy every time you reward them for doing something good. This is how you manage to reinforce good behaviors to replace the bad habits. Just like us, dogs also have currency, only that theirs is not in terms of dollars. The rewards you can give your dog include affection, treats, and chasing balls.

As the owner or the trainer, it is imperative to know that things that motivate the dog. For example, most dogs love treats, but you may find some that would rather chase a tennis ball than enjoying the treats. Every time you are training the dog and they do the desired thing, you should give them a reward to encourage them and to reinforce the good behavior they just did. You need to reinforce in their minds that good behavior equals a reward and once they get that, they will be more interested in doing the desired thing so that they can continue to get rewarded.

Learn to speak with your body

Dogs are nonverbal, hence, shouting at them or giving them compliments by the manner of speech may not be very effective. As such, you should learn to actually speak with them with your body. To begin with, you should always don a posture that will make them have confidence in you and trust you more. Then every time they do something worth commending, simply get down to their level and give them a pat on the head to demonstrate that you approve of what they have just done.

Then again, dogs are highly social creatures and they will appreciate more if they live in groups. When you decide to join a dog, so that you can form a small team or group, you will be responding directly to its elementary nature and their social needs. As such, you manage to create a bond that leads to trust between the two of you, making them to always heed your commands and always be eager to serve you better every time.

Know when to punish the dog

In as much as you may desire to replace the bad behaviors with the good ones, there are certain occasions when you have to discourage a bad behavior through punishment, but it is vital for you to know when to punish since this may lead to a revolt by the dog, thus making the training more difficult and less effective. When punishing your dog, it ought to be direct and to the point. They must understand that instead of getting rewarded for a good behavior, they are getting punished for a wrong behavior they just exhibited.

As a trainer keen on providing the dog with military working dog training, you already know what motivates and what upsets them. Every time they show a bad behavior, simply pick of the things that will hurt their feelings. However, the overall training should always be positive, and you should avoid losing your mind because your dog did something very small.

Exercise the Dog

Diet and exercise are vital components in a dog’s mental and physical health and their ability to train effectively. Just like university students, sitting in class while attending lectures the whole, then eating fast foods before going back home will definitely lead to poor mental and physical health. To get the most out of your dog, they must exercise regularly. With regular exercise, the dog will become mentally alert and will be more prepared to learn and train every day. Additionally, regular training will ensure they don’t suffer from common problems like cabin fever which might affect their training results.

Choose the right places for training and be consistent

To get great results in training your dog like a military working dog, it is important to choose the right spots for training and be very consistent with the training routine. A good place to train your dog is where there will be just you and your dog, and not places like your living room or crowded public places. With proper choice of training grounds, you will eliminate a lot of distractions and enjoy highly engaging training sessions. Once you get the right spot, you must make the dog understand that it is your preferred training ground, and this is done through consistency. When you go to train on the same place every day, the dog will know the moment you get there that it is time to train.

Be patient with yourself and with the dog

The worst thing you should never do when trying to provide your dog with military working training is to lose your cool or turn the heat on your dog when you are having a bad day. You must never overreact and always avoid the temptation to take it out on your dog. This will do nothing, but cause stress and anxiety which will not be beneficial in any way as far as the dog training is concerned.

It is also important to realize that training your dog takes time, and if you want to get the results seen with the military dogs, then you must understand it is a gradual process which is not going to happen overnight, and this is where patience comes in.

Same as with human beings, the learning capability of dogs is not the same. Some will learn quickly, while others will need more repetitions and more time to grasp what you are trying to teach them. To make the process easier, you must ensure consistency, and always rewarding them for good performance. With time, the dog will begin to behave just as you want, provided that you remain positive and patient. Always know that the dogs just want to please you, so be gentle with them and allow them time to learn and please you.


Effective dog training features a lot of repetition. There is no specific number as to how many times you will repeat or practice something before the dog finally catches it. There are several factors that come into play when talking about a dog’s learning capabilities, and the experts recommend that for better results, you should train your dog for a minimum of four hours every week. When this is broken down into days, then it implies that you should train the dog for at least thirty minutes every single day.

Socialize the dog

Other than just having a good relationship with your dog, socializing the dog will lead to it building more confidence in addition to giving them the capabilities to work in different environments. It will also make it easy for them to feel comfortable when they have to work with strangers or other dogs.

Teach the basic obedience commands

US Army dogs are taught to learn basic commands of sit, down, heel and stay with both verbal cues as well as hand signs. It then follows that you should also teach your dog about these basic commands if you want to train them like the military working dogs.

InfoGraphic – Five Rebel factions joined Ahrar al-Sham Movement in October 2015 | Syria

InfoGraphic – Five Rebel factions joined Ahrar al-Sham Movement in October 2015 | Syria

Ahrar al-Sham Movement is considered as the one of the largest Rebel faction and most powerful in Syria, if not the top one. As it has strong presence in all the Syrian territories under the Syrian Opposition control, in addition to their sleeper cells inside Regime-held and ISIS-held areas. Ahrar al-Sham still expanding by time, as five Rebel factions joined them in October 2015:

  • Tawhid al-Asimah Brigades & Battalions (active in Damascus and Rif Dimashq provinces)
  • Abu Amarah Battalions (active in Aleppo province)
  • Wa ‘Atasimu Brigade (active in Aleppo province)
  • Martyr Colonel Ahmad al-Omar Brigade (active in Daraa and Quneitra provinces)
  • Binaa Umma Movement (active in Daraa province and Quneitra provinces)

** For more information about Ahrar al-Sham – Article in April 2015: Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, the small battalions who became the most powerful Rebellion group in Syria

Map: North of Homs | Syria | October 17

Map: North of Homs | Syria | October 17, 2015

The Northern countryside of Homs province is the strong Rebel-held in the province since the beginning of the war in 2011. Rebels retreated to Northern Homs after losing their controlled areas in Homs city, Qusayr area, the Western & Eastern countrysides. It is clear that the area is very important and strategic, as Russia started their campaign in Syria by bombing Northern Homs areas.

The 7 Safest States to live in America

Safety is a great concern and one of the most important consideration people make when they plan to move to a new state. People are not just concerned about their physical safety and the chances of falling victims of violent crimes, but also they want to know that their family and property will be safe when they move to a new place. This is why most of us like looking at the list of the safest states to live in before they make a major decision to change state.

In as much as it is true that crimes exist everywhere, there are certain states in the US where the levels of safety are relatively higher compared to others. In such states, you don’t just experience low rates of violent crimes, but also the incidences of property crimes are relatively low. As such, residents enjoy greater peace of mind, and they don’t have to continuously look over their shoulders, fearing for their lives or the safety of their property.

7 Safest States to Live in AMerica

Before you can identify a state as safe to live, you must mark other places as dangerous. There is no specific formula to do this since crimes are everywhere in the world, but we used the available information online and data from the relevant authorities to help in determining the relative safety index of the various states. The states with a high safety index are not safe while those with low safety index are the safest ones to live in.

If you are interested in knowing which states are the safest to live in the United States, then here is our compilation based on the recent data-:

New Hampshire

New Hampshire makes it to the top of the list as one of the safest states to live in the United States. It is not necessarily a newcomer in the list, but for many years, it has been reputed as a safe place, both for single people and families in the United States. According to the latest population data, New Hampshire has a total population of about 1.33 million people. The violent crimes index per 100K people in the state stands at 197 while the property crime index per 100K people is at 1,512. This data simply shows that out of every 100,000 people, only 197 experience violent crimes and out of 100.000 homes, only 1512 do get affected by incidents of property crimes. These numbers are really low and they are a clear indication of just how peaceful New Hampshire is.


If your definition of a safe state includes a place where cases of rape, murder, and violent crimes are hardly heard or reported, then you have every reason to consider Maine. The state is found on the Northeastern most part of the country, and other than the rocky coastline and the rich maritime history, it is known for its relative peace, friendly locals, and the cold weathers. The state has a total population of about 1.33 million people, with indices for violent crimes and property crimes per 100K being 123 and 1645 respectively.

In the last year alone, Main recorded less than 0.001238 violent crimes per capita. This is a very impressive figure if you are interested in living in a peaceful and quiet city where everyone is like a brother or a sister and not so many people are thinking about harming you. If you have the chills to withstand the cold weathers in Maine, then it could as well be your next destination as one of the safest states in the United States.


Vermont happens to be the state with the second-lowest crime rates in the country, thus making it an appealing destination for those who want to run away from violent states. But it is important to note that even though the violent crime rates are relatively lower, a disturbing trend in the rise of property crimes is currently being observed, but not to levels enough to make the state be declared unsafe.

The population of Vermont is at 624,594 and the violent crimes per 100k stand at 158 while property crimes per 100k stand at 1, 697. So safe is Vermont that in one of the previous years, only 14 murders were recorded in an entire year. This is relatively low, considering that there are cities in certain states which records such a number on ordinary weekends. To mean that the murders committed in those cities in just one weekend are higher than what is recorded in Vermont in an entire year.


With the rich history, robust population and an enterprising economy, many will be surprised to learn that Virginia makes it to the least of the safest states in the United States. Unlike the earlier mentioned states which had the relatively low population, Virginia has a population of over 8 million people and it is considered as one of the top five safest States in the country. The violent crimes index per 100K is 217, while the property crimes index per 100K is at 1, 859. As a matter of fact, there is no safer place in terms of violent crimes in the far north more than the state of Virginia.

New Jersey

New Jersey is in the northeastern parts of the United States. It is the home of the Liberty State Park and it is also the site for the historic Immigration Museum as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty. If these are the only things you knew about New Jersey, then you should also be informed that it is one among the safest states you will ever find in the United States.

With a population of 8.9 million, the state is vibrant in all aspects, ranging from culture to economy. What makes it even more appealing to live in is the fact that it has the second lowest property crime rates with the property crime index per 100K being just 1, 544. The violent crimes per 100K are also not high according to the national standards, being just 245.


Connecticut is known for its blend of rural villages and coastal cities with several small towns dotting the entire state. Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about this state in the country’s history is that it is the home to a Seaport museum full of century-old ships as well as the Mystic Aquarium which normally holds the Beluga whale exhibitions. Connecticut is also the home of Yale University – one of the premium learning institutions in the world and famously known for producing some of the famous actors in Hollywood. With all these and other glowing attributes, this state which is the home of 3.6 million Americans also happens to be one of the safest state in the entire country.

With a violent crime per 100K index being 227, and property crimes per 100K being 1808 it suffices to say this is a good destination if you want relative peace for you and your family members. With a relatively high population, it is pleasing to note that only 2,700 cases of robbery are reported in an entire year and about 763 cases of rape recorded for a similar period. Though these may sound a lot, they are nothing compared to what’s being witnessed in places like California.

Rhode Island

What comes to the minds of most Americans when they hear about Rhode Island are the seaside colonial towns and the miles of the sandy shores. Other than having wonderful cities like Providence, which also happens to be the home of the famous Brown University, Rhode Island is without a doubt one of the safest states in the United States.

The state is relatively small, with a total population of slightly over one million people, but if the indices are anything to go by, it is a place you would love living in if you want to avoid states with high rates of crime. Rhode Island recorded only 540 robberies, translating to just about 1.5 robberies every day in the entire state. This is enough to make you extremely jealous of where you live.

Map: The Military Situation in North of Hama | Syria | October 7, 2015

Map: The Military Situation in North of Hama | Syria | October 7, 2015 | archicivlians via IUCA

Regime forces launched new offensive on the Rebel-held areas in Hama’s northern countrysides, under Russian air-cover. Regime forces were able to take control of Atshan village and Sukayk hill in the first day of the offensive, as the offensive still ongoing. Rebel commanders (Free Syrian Army – FSA) claimed to destroy 17 tanks and 3 military vehicles, as well as killing more than 30 soldiers including 3 Russians. Rebels were able to repel attacks on Tall Sayyad, Lahaya, Latmin, Lataminah and Kafr Nabudah villages.