Thank you Richard and M and all who sent these in. For the record, I am posting for general interest. I don’t yet have a formed opinion about all of this except that the chances of a very wide and serious conflict having its genesis in Syria seems more likely than the wars of the past 12 years so far.
3. Video that sure looks like Al-Qeada/Muslim brotherhood types loading what sure looks like plastic canisters into mortars. I have no idea who they really are, but I doubt you can grow a beard like that overnight.