Anti-regime activists have launched the Speak Up campaign over Alawite deaths.
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The criticism rarely reaches President Bashar Assad, but regime supporters are directing more and more anger and ridicule at the government for failing to halt the steady flow of casualties in a war against terror that never seems to end.The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS caused hundreds of casualties in the ranks of regime troops, paramilitaries and civilian employees when they stormed the Shaar gas field in Homs, and the army's Division 17 in Raqqa province, and Brigade 93 in Hassakeh province.While on the border with Lebanon, the Qalamoun front – supposedly "shut down" earlier in the year by Hezbollah and regime troops – has been reignited by rebel and jihadist groups, as regime casualties continue to be reported.Bassam Yousef, a former member of the opposition-in-exile National Coalition, told The Daily Star that the phenomenon of loyalists blaming the regime or army command in the abstract demonstrates the "misguided" thinking of regime supporters and the Alawite community at large.This week, a group of anti-regime Alawites clandestinely distributed anti-Assad flyers in the cities of Tartous and Latakia, seizing on the sensitive issue of ever-rising number of Alawite casualties of the war.
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