Assad Does not Live Russian Ship; Islamists More Honest and Capable than FSA; Winter Misery

Report says Assad residing on warship [This story has been dismissed as having “no basis” by the CIA]

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 14 (UPI) — Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family have been living on a warship, with security provided by Russia, intelligence sources told a Saudi newspaper. …

The circumstances reinforce Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s comment Sunday that Assad’s removal from power is “impossible to implement,” the newspaper said. Assad’s presence on the ship could be a sign of looming negotiations on the conflict in Syria, the report said. “It is necessary to make everybody, including the opposition, which is still categorically denying any dialogue, to sit down at the negotiating table, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty quoted Lavrov as saying during a visit to the Ukraine.

For one Syrian officer, a months-long wait for the chance to defect to Turkey
Carol Morello JAN 12 – Wash Post

Despite a wave of defections of top officers and draining morale, he says Syria’s military remains strong….

“I think it will take more than six months,” said Hassoun, who taught engineering to about 1,000 army cadets at the Assad Military Academy in Aleppo, during an interview at an Antakya cafe. “The regime’s army is strong and well-trained. It has fighter jets and tanks.”

On his way to Turkey, Hassoun said, he met FSA fighters armed only with shotguns. “The regime can do more killing with one airstrike than the FSA can do with many attacks,” he said.

Although his is just one man’s account, Hassoun’s decision to defect, and the dangers it entailed, helps explain why even more officers have not followed suit.

Hassoun said he spent his adult life in the army, entering the Aleppo academy when he was 18.

He said he was optimistic in 2000, when Bashar al-Assad became president. Hassoun hoped that the son of Hafez al-Assad, the late president, would usher in reforms for society and the military….

Worries about a ‘failed state’ in Syria,
by David Ignatius, Washington Post

…State Department reports North Syria descending toward anarchy, Picture of disorganized rebels, greedy arms peddlers and profiteering warlords … This security vacuum in the Aleppo region appears to have helped Jabhat al-Nusra, which is allied with al-Qaeda. The group is benefiting not just from its prowess on the battlefield but from its refusal to engage in looting and other predatory behavior. In its emphasis on crude but egalitarian justice and social services, Jabhat al-Nusra emulates other successful Muslim extremist organizations, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Taliban in Afghanistan. –

Aleppo Dispatch: The Dark Side of the Syrian Opposition – The Atlantic

Why civilians are turning from the Free Syrian Army — and into the arms of Islamist groups...In a country where the rule of law is vanishing as the state increasingly recedes, every fighter is policeman and prosecutor. Some have embraced their newfound powers judiciously. Most, however, have abused it. This exploitation of the war has reduced support for nationalist FSA units. Instead, Syrians are increasingly backing Islamists who largely eschew the material spoils of war.

One man who has enriched himself is Ahmad Afash, leader of the Free Syria Brigade from the village of Anadan, just north of Aleppo. At the mention of his name, rebels from neighboring hamlets either curse it or fall silent out of embarrassment. “Afash steals everything from grain to cars,” an FSA fighter says. “He justifies this by saying no one wants to give him money to fund his battalion.”

Rebels lament that men like Afash have taken up arms for spoils and glory rather than a national duty to topple the regime bombarding civilian areas daily. His name has become notorious for the FSA’s excesses, tarnishing its image throughout the province of Aleppo….

6 Months Of Combat, And No Victor In Aleppo, Syria’s Biggest City (RADIO) : NPR

Some six months after Syria’s rebels tried to storm the country’s largest city, they can claim the eastern part of Aleppo and perhaps 60 percent overall. In the west, the government army has the remaining 40 percent of the city.

The line dividing these two areas is supposedly the front line in Aleppo’s war. But lately the front has gone cold, as people here say in Arabic.

You can still hear shots. But peering through a tiny little hole in a stone wall separating the two sides, this particular part of government-held Aleppo looks like a no man’s land. There’s a lot of trash, abandoned buildings, a mosque that looks like it’s been abandoned.

The shots are from a government sniper, posted on top of one of those abandoned buildings. Although there’s not much fighting here anymore, government soldiers sometimes try to pick off rebel fighters or civilians who cross from one side to another.

Marwa just crossed the front line. She and her sister sometimes make this perilous crossing twice a day. One day, a sniper almost killed her sister.

Marwa works on the government side but lives on the rebel side. She says life is almost normal on the government side — there’s more electricity and bread. When asked whether she feels like she has a dual personality, she replies, yes, this is the reality….

Right now this cold front line is a lot like the fight for Syria: Both sides think they can win, but neither side is winning, so neither side is going to back down….As one Syrian civilian leader in the city said: If we use logic, it [win] could happen in three months. If we don’t, it could be years.

 Rape has become ‘significant’ part of Syrian war, says humanitarian group – By , Wash Post

Rape has become a “significant and disturbing feature” of the war in Syria, one that many refugees cite as their leading reason for fleeing the country, according to a report released Monday by a New York-based humanitarian organization.

More than 50 countries called on the U.N. Security Council to refer the crisis in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

By Andrew J. Tabler, Jeffrey White, and Aaron Zelin

The latest rebel success, while significant in battlefield terms, has empowered extremist forces and further highlighted Washington’s insufficient support for Syria’s mainstream opposition…..


For the rebels, the airbase capture indicates that major regime positions in the provinces are vulnerable. But it also suggests that better-defended areas — such as Damascus and environs, where regime forces are relatively dense and well supported — will remain a serious challenge…..

The Syrian Islamic Front is a conglomeration of eleven “brigades” outside the FSA. Formed last December, it lacks JN’s coherent structure. Ideologically, the SIF can best be described as a collection of locally focused jihadists with no known connections to al-Qaeda. Three of the brigades took part in the Taftanaz battle: Kataib Ahrar al-Sham (the SIF’s leading unit), Jamaat al-Taliah al-Islamiyah, and Harakat al-Fajr al-Islamiyah. Like JN, the SIF’s goal is to establish an Islamic state based on Salafi interpretations of Islam, but only within Syria proper. The video announcing the group’s creation indicates that its funding comes from the Qatar Charity Organization and Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Fund (IHH), which supports U.S.-designated terrorist groups such as Hamas….

The Syrian Liberation Front is another grouping of so-called brigades outside the FSA, founded last September. The smallest faction involved in the Taftanaz operation was Liwa Dawoud, one of the eight battalions within Suqur al-Sham, a leading SLF brigade. Ideologically similar to the SIF, the SLF hopes to establish an Islamic state in Syria; its members are a mix of Muslim Brotherhood-type Islamists and Salafists who are less radical than those in the SIF and JN. The SLF is believed to receive funding from the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and wealthy Persian Gulf donors.

Given their demonstrated fighting prowess, these Islamist forces have earned much respect from Syrians. Unlike some FSA groups, which have increasingly been accused of corruption in places such as Aleppo, JN, the SIF, and the SLF are viewed as fair brokers that do not take advantage of the downtrodden. Unless something changes, Islamists are likely to play a significant role in northern Syria following the regime’s departure….

Al-Nusra – Hussein Jemmo examines the reasons behind the rise of al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, and argues that the battle for Syria is only one step in a wider regional strategy for this group. Al-Monitor

Jabhat al-Nusra’s Goals Extend Beyond Syria – Al-Hayat (Pan Arab)

At the end of December, in an unprecedented move, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, addressed “the people of Syria and the mujahedeen.”

The speech suggested that the militant front has become the main force in the fight against the Syrian regime, with no mention of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Instead, the Islamist group’s leader replaced the term “FSA” with “the brigades and militant groups.”

The speech came in response to the United States designation of Jabhat al-Nusra as a foreign terrorist organization. But it seemed obvious that Julani was speaking from a strong position, warning that “those who sowed the seeds of the revolution will be the ones to reap its fruits.” He also warned his supporters and the people of Syria against attempts to replace the Syrian regime with a Western one.

The speech indicates that the FSA is being subsumed. After having been the leading military entity in the Syrian revolution, the FSA has been pushed to the sidelines compared to Jabhat al-Nusra. The militant praised those parties that have condemned the US decision to designate it as a terrorist group.

During my visit to Aleppo, I got the impression that Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamist factions were still on the sidelines of the conflict in Aleppo’s countryside. However, inside the city the situation was different, as expected. Jihadist organizations, mainly Jabhat al-Nusra, were well informed and aware of what was taking place at the international and regional levels.

To begin to understand how Jabhat al-Nusra managed to establish itself in this environment, another question must be asked: Is this militant faction merely seasonal, and will it cease to exist when the regime falls — or will it persist to implement a plan that goes far beyond Syria?

War strategy

In Aleppo’s countryside, a member of Jabhat al-Nusra showed me a booklet entitled “Regional War Strategy in Syria.” The booklet represents a serious vision by an al-Qaeda analyst. It is available on the internet and helps explain the carefully planned beginnings of jihadism in Syria. According to the study, “The title of the next battle of Damascus will be ‘survival of the smartest,'” and explains how the jihadist environment began to emerge in Syria. Jabhat al-Nusra bases its work in Syria on three pillars…..

Jabhat al-Nusra’s New Syria Strategy
By: Mourad Batl al-Sheshani. Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab). al-Monitor

…Julani says, “Day after day, you are getting closer to the people; you have entered their hearts and gained their trust. They saw the sincerity of your work, your great sacrifices, noble behavior, faithfulness and good character. This requires you to be more kind and compassionate towards them. The intense disdain you harbor for the enemies of God must be matched by equally intense love and compassion for the Muslim worshipers of God…Be careful not to tighten the noose around their necks.” He then added, “May your preaching be true and sincere.”

Based on this comparison, it is obvious that the critical situation in Syria has provided a new opportunity for the jihadist-Salafist movement. They had previously suffered from marginalization as a result of the Arab Spring in 2011, when Arab youth discovered that peaceful political action was more advantageous and effective than the violence that jihadists had pursued for decades. However, the violent response to these peaceful demonstrators in 2012 opened the door once again for jihadists to implement their new strategy, and to redevelop the movement in a new form assisted by the conditions on the ground.

…“A salient feature of Iran’s foreign policy is its ability to build influence where least expected. With the ascent to power of Sunni Islamists throughout the region, and Iran’s support of the military campaign in Syria, many have argued that Iran’s regional standing is in decline.”

“The Brotherhood and adherents of Khomeinism share common Islamic views that make them closer to each other than to their fellow Sunnis or Shiites. The Brotherhood deems rulership a religious “asel”, meaning that one’s faith is not complete without pledging allegiance to an imam – unlike the consensus in mainstream Sunni Islam. This is similar to the concept of velayat-e faqih, which holds that a religious jurist has custodianship over the people.”

“It is important to distinguish between the Brotherhood as an organisation and as an ideology. The former is coherent but the latter is loose. The Brotherhood includes Sunni adherents from a wider religious spectrum, from extreme Salafis to moderate clerics, with conflicting views on sectarian issues. According to people I’ve spoken to, the Brotherhood leadership therefore treads carefully in terms of rapprochement with Iran to avoid alienating sectarian forces inside and outside the organisation, but at the same time quietly promotes it.”

“Any alliance between the Iranian regime and the Brotherhood is likely to be more enduring and sustainable than Iran’s alliance with Baathist Syria, for example.”…

Other similarities include the institution of the “general guide”, and the ability to exercise taqiyya, a form of religious dissimulation to avoid persecution or harm. Both ideologies approve of election as a political mechanism but require the rule of Sharia and oversight by religious people of the population’s choice – which can be described as a clergy-supervised democracy, or constitutional theocracy. Also, the two groups tend to be expansionist….

Iran’s current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has repeatedly praised the organisation and translated some of Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb’s books into Farsi. After the Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, more Brotherhood books have been translated into Farsi, including one about the history of the organisation, translated by Ayatollah Hadi Khosrowshahi, the former adviser to Iran’s foreign minister….

Syrian Silent Majority Demands: ‘Transition to Rationality’
By: Geoffrey Aronson for Al-Monitor. posted on January 14

…The Syrian Dialogue Project, an initiative by a group of Syrians from inside and outside Syria, including Nidal Alkhoudari, Nabil Beitinjaneh, Sami Bentinjane, Mazen Bilal and Camille Otrakji. They have constructed a “virtual dialogue” among a cross section of Syrians at home and abroad, and who have not taken up arms for one side or another, in an effort to answer the following questions: What do Syrians believe is important to Syrians today, and how can they best shape their future?….

Time: Uprooted by Syria’s war: ‘Is there a worse way to live than this?’ –

(CNN) — Sharifa lost her foot when the Syrian jets swooped down and fired missiles at the house. Now the hijab-clad girl sits jaded in a dirty, hardscrabble displaced persons camp near Turkey, growing up fast, confused and far from home. CNN …

Independent: ‘It’s only fit for rats’: Syrian refugees on brink of disaster
2013-01-14 18:57:42.702 GMT

The tattered rug of the floor of Radwan Salim’s tent is still damp after icy water swept through his tent last week. He sought refuge under a shop veranda with his wife and the 16 other members of his extended family living in the plastic-covered …

Gary Gambill: Don’t blame America for Syrian strife
Gary Gambill, National Post | Jan 14, 2013
…the claim that jihadists “hijacked” the revolution because ordinary citizens had nowhere else to turn is misleading. Syria had been experiencing a Sunni Islamist revival for years prior to the current uprising. Assad managed to contain it by easing government control over religious expression and sponsoring Islamist causes in Iraq and Palestine. However, there was never any doubt that a precipitous breakdown of state authority would produce a radical Islamist counterforce, particularly in an atmosphere of sustained sectarian polarization and violence. And there was never any doubt that the Sunni Arab Gulf monarchies would actively cultivate this counterforce as a means of gaining equity in Syria’s postwar political order and appeasing jihadists at home….

Syria rebels seize base as envoy holds talksThe capture of Taftanaz air base, after months of sporadic fighting, could help rebels solidify their hold on northern Syria, according to Rami Abdelrahman, head of the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. But Yezid Sayigh, at the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut, said it was not a game-changer, noting that it had taken months for the rebels to overrun a base whose usefulness to the military was already compromised by the clashes around it. “This is a tactical rather than a strategic gain,” he said.

Failure of Syria Talks Signal Conflict May Be Long Struggle“There’s little sign that we’re any closer to any political solution to this crisis,” said Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding. “Because there are divisions in the international community between the United States and Russia, between key regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Iran, there is not a core constituency who are pushing for one single solution to the crisis in Syria.”

Panetta: US Troops Securing Syria’s Chemical Weapons Not an Option in ‘Hostile Atmosphere’Panetta said Thursday that the U.S. is “not working on options that involve boots on the ground.” But he added that ” you always have to keep the possibility that, if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved, that they might ask for assistance in that situation.  But in a hostile situation, we’re not planning for that.”

CNN: Syrian officers beg al-Assad to help gain their freedom from rebels

(CNN) — Two captured Syrian military officers are begging President Bashar al-Assad to help free them from rebels. On Tuesday, a video was posted online purportedly showing the two men, who said they were abducted last October by the Free Syrian …

Syria’s Cu;cultural Heritage Casualty of War – Post Global

At once professional and prescient
January 14, 2013 01:49 AM
By Marlin Dick
The Daily Star

BEIRUT: The late Adib Khair was an innovative Syrian television producer, perhaps best known for igniting the Turkish soap opera craze across the Arab Middle East. He was eulogized Sunday as a pioneer, dedicated to bringing professional standards to his country’s industry.The 48-year-old Khair succumbed to a heart attack Saturday during a visit to Beirut and died at Hotel Dieu hospital. His funeral took place the following day in Damascus.

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201. revenire said:

I am for the army giving any remaining civilians 24 hours to get out of any villages the FSA holds hostage and then carpet bombing those places. It won’t take long. After a few dozen are leveled no one will shelter the terrorists.

President Assad unleash the full force of your soldiers on the enemy.

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202. omen said:

182. Juergen said:

thank you so much for the translation, juergen.

via kurt pelda report cited:

4 rockets hit the area, 1 the waiting crowd, one the roof of the bakery. Since the FSA does not have own warplanes, it is clear that the Syrian Army carried out the attack.

But before the attack, black flags were hoisted, a sign of the rebels on the roof of the bakery. The rebels therefore have labled an civilian building with an military emblem, they are also responsible in part for what has happend after.

interesting timing, flags hoisted before an attack. i would guess “rebels” should be in quotes. it’s mindboggling how double agents are everywhere.

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January 16th, 2013, 8:44 pm


203. majedkhaldoun said:

واشنطن تتهم النظام السوري بتفجيرات المدينة الجامعية بحلب.. وتحذر ايران من مواصلة دعمه
Source: Syria news

FBI were notified about Revenir.he is a psycho

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January 16th, 2013, 9:18 pm


204. revenire said:

LOL poor poor FSA trash getting beat in Syria and online.

(Reuters) – The United States has no reason to believe Syria has used chemical weapons during its 22-month conflict with rebels seeking to end the Assad family’s rule, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Asked if the United States had any reason to believe that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government had used chemical weapons against his own people, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters: “No.”

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January 16th, 2013, 9:38 pm


205. Syrian said:


انو من مبارح لهلأ نشقت ط**ي و انا عم اقرا تحاليل….تحليل طالع و تحليل نازل….صار الشعب كلو محلل…شي بيحلل طيارة…و شي بيحلل سيارة….و ما حدا خطرلو يحرم….انو قولو حرام في عالم عم تقرا و ملت من التحاليل
انو خلص…انا فاضي و راضي…متل باقي هالشعب….فأنا كمان بدي حلل….و ما حدا احسن من حدا…و الله يستر ما يطلع معي شي اس تي دي بعد هالتحليل…بس مع هيك بدي حلل….انا الثورة غيرتني….

شي من يلي بيكون مع النظام بيصير قال بدو يكون عقلاني و قال بدو يحاول يحكي بموضوعية…و هدول لحالهون بهون وقفة…قال بيقلك انو يا اخي انا بدي احكي بموضوعية….يعني لو النظام بدو يضرب الجامعة…ليش ليستعمل طيارات…كان جاب سيارات مفخخة….منشان يلزقها بالمعارضة…بس هو يلي صار انو ساقبت لحظة مرور الطيارة صار تفجير ارهابي…جهلأ هادا شرطكون بيكون محبكجي فهمان…. في لسا المحبكجي الجحش يلي قال انو مضاد طيارات ما صاب الطيارة قام وقع و فجر…انو هادا الجحش ما عندو تلفزيون او انترنت ليشوف انو هدول الصواريخ المضادة للطيارات قدها قد البز و انفجارها يا دوب يفجر طيارة فولزفاكن….مو يفجر جامعة….بس اخي شو بدنا بالجحاش هلأ…خلينا بالفهمامين منهون….و طبعا لما بتقول محبكجي فهمان…فهل الشي بالانكليزي اسمو اوكسي مورون…او متل ما بيقول النبي الرضوان…مصطلحين متضاربين بجملة واحدة…المهم…شيلونا من اللغة و تلافيفها…انو هادا الفهمان بيقلك انو اخي شو مصلحتو…يعني سيارة مفخخة و كان اشرفلو…خلص معناها باين مين وراها…هدول الارهابيين…. و طبعا ساقب مرور الطيارات بالصدفة…و بيقلولك الصدفة خيرن من الف ميعاد…اخي هي حكمة من رب العالمين…

منحبكجي تاني فهمان بيقلك انو يا ذكي لو كانت الطيارة هي يلي قصفت…التفجير بيكون عالسقف…مو عالارض و ما كانت تدمرت واجهة الجامعة….هلأ اول الشي بعتذر انو صنفتو كفهمان…بس من القلة…عم حاول اجبر بخارطون… لانومثلا في قانون شرعي انو الصاروخ او القذيفة يلي بتضربها الطيارة لازم تنزل عالاسطوح… الصاروخ ما ممكن يصيب الواجهة مثلا….** اخت القذف الافقي يلي الاستاذ بالبكالوريا ما علمو ياه… او انسو الافقي…انو القذيفة يلي نزلت سقوط حر…ممنوع شرعا تنزل بالشارع…لازم تنزل عالاسطوح….

و عالطرف التاني…بيجيك الثوار المحللين…. يلي تركو الدنية كلها و صار همهون انو يثبتو انو هي طيارة يلي قصفت…. شوف شلون في صورة واحد عم يطلع عالسما…معناها طيارة…خلص معناها النظام…. لانو ع اساس اذا طيارة السوخوي بدها تقصف ما فيها تطير على علو كتير عالي و تقصف….و لما يوصل الصوت عالناس يلي عالارض بتكون صارت ببيت اهلها…لا ابدا… مافي فيزيا بالموضوع…بلحظة الانفجار في واحد عم يطلع عالسما بنفس الوقت…معناها في طيارة… هلأ اذا حدا الو مراق بالفيزيا…بيجي بيقلي يا بهيم….الطيارة قصفت و مشيت…فمنهون لوصل الصاروخ عالارض…وصل صوت هدير محركها…شكلك دارس ادبي انت…. هلأ لاول لحظة الواحد بيقول ايه والله معو حق…اخي يلعن ** الفيزيا ما احلاها…بعدين فجأ بتتذكر شو درست بالفيزيا عن سرعة الصوت..انو مالو كتير سريع….هلأ سريع…بس مو اسرع من الصاروخ مثلا….عالمتوسط ممكن يكون الصاروخ سرعتو ضعف سرعة الصوت…فيعني فكرة انو شب عم يتطلع عالسما وقت لحظة الانفجار مالها علاقة باللياقة…بيجوز الزلمة شاف عصفور…او عم يتفرج ع قوس قزح…او مثلا صدف انو بلحظة طق الصورة كان وضع راسو هيك…ما منعرف…و بالتالي مالو دليل…

بيجي ثائر تاني بيحطلك فيديو الانفجار و بيحط تحتو شريطي يلي بطلع تسجيل لموجات الصوت….انو ع اساس العالم خبراء بهل القصص…لدرجة انو بيقدرو يميزو…و خصوصا انو الصفير يلي بيطلع وقت سقوط قذيفة ما طلع…او بأحسن احوال مدتو كانت ثانية….

و صرلهون من مبارح عم يحللو….انا بقول انا ما حدا ارتاح الا هالطلاب يلي استشهدو و ارتاحو من قراءة هالتحاليل…

هلأ ليش انا مبعوص؟

اولا…انا دايما مبعوص…هيك ربكون خلقني…و عم قول رب و خلقة من باب لغوي مو اكتر طبعا….المهم…يعني مثلا انو لو انخلقت سنفور…كان اسمي سنفور مبعوص…بس مو هدا موضوعنا….

تانيا… مشكلتي هي كالاتي…و حديثي موجه للكل…معارضين و مؤيدين…و بين قوسين…منشان ما حدا ياخد انطباع اني عم حاول كون حيادي…لانو انا ابدا مالي حيادي…فبين قوسين…ان كنت مؤيد…تلحس *يز سعدان مسهل شو انك خرا…يلعن هالطفرة بالدي ان ايه تبع اجدادك يلي خلتك تتطور جسديا و تصير محسوب على الجنس البشري….ا***بعقلك ان وجد..

المهم….هالتحاليل هي كلها اسمها تحاليل الطرشان….و ما رح نعرف مين الصح و شو الصح….و هي لب الموضوع… اساس الموضوع مو انو نعرف شو الصح…ببساطة مافينا…بالمعطيات يلي عنا..افينا…از سيمبل از ذات يعني..

بس ليش بدنا نعرف الصح؟

بدنا دليل انو النظام مجرم؟ يا اخي في صار مليار مجزرة مرتكبها النظام من سنتين و جاية….يوميا النظام عم يقتل بين السبعين و التلاتمية سوري…. في فيديوهات عم تورجي الجيش النظامي عم يقصف و يقتل و يعذب و يدمر و يعمل كلشي….

انو شو يعني بدنا؟

بدنا دليل لحتى نخلي الانسان…مع التحفظ و الاعتذار من البشر…الانسان يلي اسمو منحبكجي او مؤيد يغير رأيو؟ اخي شوف…الشخص يلي لهلأ عم يدافع النظام…بتنساه…يعني الشي الوحيد يلي ممكن يغيرلو رأيو هو انو يجي بشار الاسد و يغتصب امو و يقتل ابوه ادام عيونو…غير هيك اذا ستين الف قتيل…و بلد تدمرت عن بكرة ابيها ما غيرلو رأيو…كتير مثلا متوقع انو قصف جامعة رح يغيرو؟

بدنا دليل لنورجي العالم انو النظام مجرم؟ ع اساس العالم ما بيعرف مثلا؟ فكري اذا في حدا ممكن يعرف شو صار بحلب مبارح هي الاستخبارات الغربية…. بس يعني سنتين مرو و ما بظن في بني ادم في براسو عقل بحجم الجوزة لسا متوقع انو الغرب ناطر دليل…

ثم مين قال انو اذا النظام هو يلي ساواها…فمعناها حصرا رح يستعمل طيارات…يعني اذا سيارة مفخخة معناها الجيش الحر اما اذا طيارة فمعناها النظام؟….ع اساس النظام مالو بقصص السيارات المفخخة؟ مالو سوابق بتفجيرات المناطق يلي هو مسيطر عليها لتعزيز الخوف من الارهابيين و من الفوضى يلي رح تصير في حال سقوطو؟

طيب لنفرض شي كتيبة معارضة هي يلي ساوتها…شو الهدف؟ الهدف انو يورجو انو النظام مجرم مثلا؟ راجع المقطع القبل السابق…بدهون يورجو العالم انو النظام مجرم؟ كمان راجع نفس المقطع اعلاه….

فمين استفاد مثلا؟ النظام هو يلي ركض عالامم المتحدة و طلب الادانة…و روسيا هي يلي ركضت لتدين تصرفات المعارضة…

بس هالحكي كلو ما بيهم….في شي اسمو الروت كوز اناليسس…يعني لما بدنا نحل المشكلة ما منطلع عتفاصيل الانية…لاء..منطلع على السبب الاساسي يلي خلاها تصير…

عنا نظام دمر البلد….و يلي بدو يقول غير هيك…يروح يلاقي اول تواليت افرنجي و يدحش راسو هنيك…الطيارات و المدفعية يلي عم تقصف و تدمر البلد بشكل يومي مالها سرية او ماحدا شايفها و سمعان فيها….في عصابات مسلحة مثلا؟ طيب…وجود عصابات مسلحة بيتطلب تدمير البلد و اعتقال مئات الالوف من الشباب و الصبايا و تعذيبهون؟

مؤامرة و الغرب بدو يدمر سوريا؟ ليش ما فات ع سوريا عسكريا مثلا و ناك الدنية؟ ليكها مالي…خلال اقل من شهر فرنسا فوتت جيشها و عم تحارب هنيك…ما انتظرت لا قرار امم متحدة و لا مجلس امن و لا اضرطي… ليش ما عملو هيك بسوريا و ريحو حالهون مثلا و ارتاحو من هالنظام المقاوم الخارق يلي عم يتحداهون؟ خايفين من الجيش السوري؟ ما الجيش السوري صرلو سنتين عم يحارب عصابات ارهابية و صار خسرات تلت البلد و ما عم يقدر ينتصر…رح يقدر يحارب الجيوش الغربية؟

هي كلها اسئلة بتخلي الاعمى يشوف شو سبب المشكلة بسوريا….و يلي ما بيشوفها او مو شايفها بعد كل هالوقت…عندو مشكلو بعقلو…غالبا مشكلتو الها جذر طائفي او طبقي..مو اكتر
مشكلتنا بالنظام المجرم يلي عنا…و كلشي مشاكل عم تصير و رح تصير خلال فترة اسقاطو هي ردة فعل و ظروف هو خلقها…لا اكتر و لا اقل… الدم رح يجيب دم…القتل رح يجيب قتل…هي مالها فيزيا…هي اسمها طبيعة بشرية…النظام خلق اجيال جاهلة…و الجاهل بيتصرف بناءا على مشاعرو و ردود افعالوا مو بناءا على عقلو او عالمنطق…فما رح لومو….بدنا نحل المشكلة…منقص راسها…و بهل الحالة هو النظام…و منشتغل عالجاهل بعد ما يزول سبب جهلو…

غير هيك…و اي شي تاني عم ينحكي بالموضوع…هو تلوث صوتي و ضجيج…..و عالم فايقة و رايقة و شغلتها تعلك…

و خففولنا تحلياتكون يستر على ب**اتاكون….

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January 16th, 2013, 9:43 pm


206. Tara said:

“بدنا دليل انو النظام مجرم؟ يا اخي في صار مليار مجزرة مرتكبها النظام من سنتين و جاية….يوميا النظام عم يقتل بين السبعين و التلاتمية سوري…. في فيديوهات عم تورجي الجيش النظامي عم يقصف و يقتل و يعذب و يدمر و يعمل كلشي….

انو شو يعني بدنا؟

بدنا دليل لحتى نخلي الانسان… . يلي اسمو منحبكجي او مؤيد يغير رأيو؟ اخي شوف…الشخص يلي لهلأ عم يدافع النظام…بتنساه…يعني الشي الوحيد يلي ممكن يغيرلو رأيو هو انو يجي بشار الاسد و يغتصب امو و يقتل ابوه ادام عيونو…غير هيك اذا ستين الف قتيل…و بلد تدمرت عن بكرة ابيها ما غيرلو رأيو…كتير مثلا متوقع انو قصف جامعة رح يغيرو؟ ”


It really is hopeless. It is approaching a mental problem to think that one can change a supporter. I truly doubt that even if Batta raped a supporter’s mom or killed his dad, he/she will not change his mind. It truly is a cult…very very sad. The true mental problem is that we are still trying..

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January 16th, 2013, 10:22 pm


207. omen said:

22. Visitor:

not much of a rebuttal, visitor. you deny the sectarian charge but fail to offer what you really meant. a non-denial denial. threatening wss for calling you out? a level of defensiveness that usually happens only when a critic has accurately hit a bullseye.

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January 16th, 2013, 11:11 pm


208. ann said:

Personal attacks in this thread:

18, 19, 21, 27, 36, 42, 68, 79, 81, 86, 88, 89, 105, 128, 130, 134, 135, 137, 138, 145, 147, 153, 157, 159, 162, 163, 168, 198, 201.

All committed by the usual suspect 8)

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January 16th, 2013, 11:56 pm


209. majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran said this is a sectarian revolution
الحملة انطلقت بعبارة واحدة وهي ((اقتل نصيرياً بثلاث دولارات”))”

This evil sectarian(deeply sectarian) Ghufran is trying to depict this revolution as sectarian one, because he is sectarian,
This is not sectarian revolution, Assad and the Nabbiha here on S.C. are trying hard to convince people that it is sectarian revolution, they want to justify their murderous criminal acts,the fact is,what Syrian revolted against was tyrany ,corruption, dictatorship,inherited family rule,glorifying one family, but the Nabbihas keep injecting this sectarian point .in a democratic system, there is no sectarianism, all are equal,all have the same rights and has the same responsibilties, this revolution is for freedom,dignity, and justice, the people want to choose their leaders by free elections,Assad has always won by 99.99%,.
Anyone who oppose the regime is described by such Nabbihas as sectarian, sectarianism will lead to division,while we are looking to unite and form one large country under democratic system, includes Syria Iraq Egypt KSA and all other small countries,dictatorship is against Arab unity, democracy is for unity,Dictatorship is for sectarianism,and division, democracy is the enemy of sectarianism.

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January 16th, 2013, 11:58 pm


210. Johannes de Silentio said:

206 ANN

“Personal attacks in this thread”

Well, at least we know one thing we didn’t know before: spammie annie can count and do numbers. Good to know she’s able to get out and about from that Gypsy Camp in Bulgaria. I guess she’s taking night classes working up to a Sex Worker certificate so she can get regular employment.

I’ve always said everyone should learn a trade…

A New Bashar Cartoon:×450.jpg

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January 17th, 2013, 12:16 am


211. William Scott Scherk said:

Joshua Landis noted Geoffrey Aronson’s Al-Monitor story on Camille Otrakji’s Syria Dialogue Project.

It is well worth reading, as is the Dialogue site itself. The project has finished its first stage and is ready for Syrian (and Syrian-lovers) input:

In phase one of the project, we follow a complex methodology to try to answer a basic, yet unanswered, question:

What’s on the minds of the Syrian people? What are their worries? What are their aspirations? and what are their priorities?

To answer the above question we invited ten Syrians who actively called for cautious, evolutionary reforms (Group1) and ten other Syrians who are opposed to the current system of government and are in favor of faster and more far reaching changes to take place (Group2). Members of each group answered the question from their different perspectives. Members of a third, center, group then tried to produce a list of answers to the question by voting on each of the 74 answers provided by the two other groups, then sorting those answers according to the highest votes. All answers were edited and combined in a comprehensive top 20 list that the center team is proposing as the project’s answer to the important question: “what is on the mind of the Syrian people today?”


Here is the list of those questions, in English. They are explored in depth at the site:

1. Survival (Staying Alive)
2. Fate of activists from both sides arrested, kidnapped or fearing punishment
3. Managing the change process of Syria’s political system
4. Fate of refugees and emigrants
5. Future role of President Assad
6. Security and violence
7. Dialogue vs Revolution
8. Need to develop sentiments of belonging, citizenship and other intellectual reforms
9. Restructuring security apparatuses
10. Sovereignty
11. Sectarianism, national unity and future role of religion in Syria’s political system
12. Corruption
13. The role of the army during the crisis and beyond
14. Division Regarding the Direction of Economic Reform in the Future
15. Regional role and the ever present Israeli threat
16. Dignity and human rights
17. Justice, Tyranny, Reform of the Judiciary and Guaranteeing its Independence
18. Roles, Freedom and Responsibility of Official Private and Individual Media on Social Networks
19. The environment
20. Occupied Territories

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January 17th, 2013, 12:37 am


212. revenire said:

Scherk anything a supporter of terrorism such as yourself recommends goes right into the trash.

People outside of Syria, such as yourself, have nothing to say about the future of Syria. That is for Syrians to decide.

Long live Assad.

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January 17th, 2013, 12:49 am


213. MarigoldRan said:

Revenire is a retard.

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January 17th, 2013, 1:03 am


214. MarigoldRan said:

He can post what he wants but everyone knows what he says is worthless.

His insults are a badge of honor. You know you’re doing something right if he talks —- about it.

Well done WSS. Keep it up.

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January 17th, 2013, 1:22 am


215. Juergen said:

Does Anyone Give a Damn About Syria?

“If 80 students had died in a military attack it would have shaken the foundations of the academic world. Professors everywhere would have condemned this violation of the sacred halls of academia. But in Syria it’s just another day of indiscriminate slaughter.”

Here is a pic of the newly printed 2000 SYP

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January 17th, 2013, 1:35 am


216. GEORGES said:

FSA announces the beginning of the battle to liberate Hasakeh from the Assad gangs.

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January 17th, 2013, 1:39 am


217. William Scott Scherk said:

Marigoldran, I am afraid for REVENIRE, in a way. There is no way he is going to come out of the Syria crisis with his illusions intact. Perhaps we should treat him as a ringer or an impersonation account. I don’t know. There is a lack of consistency (internal coherence) that suggests to me he makes half of his stuff up as he is going, on the fly.

I find his deep-searching Bill/William Scherk to be sad/hilarious — as he has done a sloppy, half-assed job even there. He hasn’t dug deep enough to discover my immersion in the anti-cult movement (Satanic Ritual Abuse whoopee/Recovered Memory Therapy/False Memory Syndrome) starting in 1995, nor has he cited my Facebook site. He might as well be reading off cue cards …

Funny, but I have always used my real name on the internets, all the way back to my first Usenet postings to sci.psychology.psychotherapy. This vast mine is there for REVENIRE to dig into, but …

Oddly, or not so oddly, he hasn’t touched the topic of my homosexuality yet, which underlines the fleeting impression that he is a cut-out.

The screaming irony of him tarring Camille (Alex) with the Scherk-taint (when Joshua Landis cited it first, above) — this is golden. It rivals the “Goldstein Moment” of Amjad/Aboud.

The manic, ludicrous threats to have TARA (or unnamed ‘terrorists’) investigated by the US powers-that-be — these put him into the top rank of the Nutterzone.

It is deeply disappointing to me that our ZOO gets all snuggly with REVENIRE. Politics sure does make strange bedfellows.

This might help us/him/them:

Here is one more funny thing that might cause REVENIRE’s head to explode from the dissonance were he not a ringer:

edward dark @edwardedark

I’m the first to speak out about rebel crimes. But strike on Aleppo Uni was by regime jet, no doubt about it. botched? maybe. The End #Syria

2:37 PM – 16 Jan 13

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January 17th, 2013, 1:43 am


218. Juergen said:

This report was aired last night in the main news programme.

Here is the translation:

How Syria might look like after Assad

Inmidst of war developing in Syria, the beginnings of a new state: step by step,the rebels try to create in the areas under their control a lawabiding society. With Sharia courts and police officers to take action against criminals.

Pictures from an freed area which shows the imprisonement of hijacked american journalists, which were taken to get the ransom. By now they are freed.

Freed areas in Syria, that means surely freed from an dictator, but that does not mean security.
The absence of state authority lets crime flourish. The new rulers from the FSA know about that. Here in Bab al Hawa in an former customs office convenes the court.Only a few kilometers from the turkish border, Sheikh Abdul Rahman an educated theologian execute the laws in the name of the Quran.
Today its about an Brigadier of the FSA who has not paid his soldiers their money. If the court later finds him guilty, the court has an own established military force to execute the verdict.

( Interview with the Sheikh)

“An revolution is not only made by honorable people, unfortunatly there are crimnals among the FSA. To find them, to persecute them, may be to give back the stolen goods is our task. We do that according to what God has required us to do.”

Just a dew kilometers away the city of Ad Dana. Normaly 30.000 people live here. Because many have fled to here, now the number is 1.5 times higher.
Since 1.5 months the FSA rule the area, but they are withdrawing.
The so called Free Syrian Police shall take over the control.
Ahmed Lattuf emerged from an fighting rebel to an law abiding police men.His territory is merely a ruinfield and his people are highly armoured folks. Almost everyone here has an Kalashnikov.
Everything is missing nowadays. Golden times for smugglers. With regular controls the police tries to eliminate also usury, even though all prices went up 10 times. Ahmed Lattufs uniforme is still from the Assad times, and many find that disturbing.His colleagues prefer to patrol in civil clothes.
( Interview Ahmed Lattuf)

” Surely there ara people who want to profit from the shortages.If we catch them we impose on them a penalty. If we catch them a second time we bring them to our sharia court.And then prison awaits them.”

The rising criminality in the freed areas is undoubtly to be seen. Every day convoys of luxury cars make their way accross the turkish Syrian border, the cars have passed on their way from East Europe. Fastly installed license plates can not deny their shady history.Car smuggeling has therefore become somewhat of an classic task for the Sharia courts. But the courts can hardly keep up with them. The sharia court of Bab al Hawa shows an Syria after Assad- after the weapons are silenced, new problems arise.

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January 17th, 2013, 2:17 am



Otrakji’s project is manipulative. You must read between the lines, and in Otrakji’s case, between the lines of design and the laughable methods of splitting participants into groups.

To begin with, there are no reformists. By now, anyone siding with Assad and calling themselves reformist are liars, and from this point on you can carry the projects tortuous B.S.

You have good critical thinking, Otrakji’s bait should not have skipped you. The message there is ….. 1+3=1

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January 17th, 2013, 2:46 am


220. Juergen said:

our saudi friends always helpful

wahed, ithnain, thalafa yallah angiss

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January 17th, 2013, 3:06 am


221. William Scott Scherk said:

HAMSTER, I agree with you for the most part, but I did not want to ‘taint’ the link/project by doing a ZOO — inserting editorial bumf and spin to poison the well. I do really want people to engage over there, and I still hope someone, anyone will bring points and claims from that site forward here for discussion.

Sadly, nobody associated with the project in an official position is doing any promotion. There are only two comments (!) on the 20 ‘questions’ … and the Twitter feed for the project has only 3 followers last time I looked.

If you want to bring forward here the least (or most) manipulative of the 20 questions, I would relish getting into it with you. It does not seem to be of any interest otherwise.

What I am compiling this week are the actual, ‘official’ statements and releases from the Syrian Government (and trumpet media) that pertain to the Assad Peace Plan — including the confusing 3 part whoopup that was the heart of his Berlin Opera performance.

Good to see you posting here … the long slide into the Nutterzone for commentary is almost complete. You might understand that Joshua Landis has not even looked at the comments in a long long time. He has taken his hand off the moderation controls, for better or worse. In a strange way I agree … in that opening the comments to Anything Goes reveals all the scuttling beetles of the Nutterzone, at their absolute worst.

It is sobering, but not shocking. Here we have ZOO, a mature and educated man (albeit with rigid ‘party’ bottom lines) snuggling and coo-ing with the revenant one. Here we have ANN — displaying the kind of cherry-picking behaviour that roots cognitive bias — sorting through this comment thread for ‘personal attacks.’ Hilarious, sad, kooky, and all too telling — the lady who used to relish bringing up Juergen’s Nazi identity …

Regard the frenetic attempts of the mysterious REVENIRE to slur the entire commentariat … this is what Assadists may have come to … insanely incorrect, incoherent, detached from reality, unable to entertain (as with the Edward Dark whoopee) a fact or thought that conflicts with the party line — insane reasoning, insane claims, insane chundering gabble.

I sure miss your sharp and relentless spoofing of the Nutterzone, but I expect the environment here is too target-rich. Where to start?

Check your email for a secret ‘terrorist’ message from me, when you get a chance. We must compare notes backstage …

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January 17th, 2013, 3:13 am


222. omen said:

216. Juergen said: Pictures from an freed area which shows the imprisonement of hijacked american journalists, which were taken to get the ransom. By now they are freed.

juergen, who are these journalists? do you know their names? they are pictured in the video. what was the time frame when this happened?

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January 17th, 2013, 3:16 am


223. True said:

“Otrakji’s project”

This project is a reflection of its founder (the boy called Otrakji)

This Otrakji spent years sucking up for Emad Mustapha, reporting Syrians to his connections in Mukhabarat, in addition to passing IPs of SyrianComment bloggers during his moderation time, all that just to show his loyalty to those thugs.

Anything comes from a loyalist apologist mthfkr is just goddamn wrong no matter what.

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January 17th, 2013, 3:19 am


224. Juergen said:

Omen they have never said who they were, they used this only as an start of the report. From the video itself one is saying that he is working for CNN and ABC.
I will adress the reporter to ask your questions.

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January 17th, 2013, 3:26 am



Will do.

ZOO, ANN, REVENIRE are mere distractions from the real issue. Too much time is being committed to responding to distraction. One article by Michelle Kilo, Yassin Haj-Salih, Hazem Nahar is worth the whole crap here, starting from the prof’s analysis (or lack of real analysis) and ending with revenire’s shrieks and ANN’s stupid cut and paste.

As for Otrakji’s project. TRUE said it better than I would ever had+ some spice. Anything Otrakji does can be shredded easily and exposed for what it really is. (which is more than one objective). But I also think that he is a distraction.

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January 17th, 2013, 3:28 am


226. revenire said:

Bill I am not that interested in you. Honest.

We know were we each stand. You support terrorism. I support Syria.

And, yes support of al-Nusra in the United States is a crime – research it. Perhaps terrorist supporters should keep their support silent.

No one cares about your pet issues. Start a forum and control it. You seem to miss the ability to do so.

Why do you ridicule those who see the world clearly? It makes me weep.

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January 17th, 2013, 3:46 am


227. revenire said:

“This Otrakji spent years sucking up for Emad Mustapha, reporting Syrians to his connections in Mukhabarat, in addition to passing IPs of SyrianComment bloggers during his moderation time, all that just to show his loyalty to those thugs.”

Anyone who doesn’t hide his IP in a nest full of terrorist supporters is a fool.

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January 17th, 2013, 3:47 am


228. Badr said:

This report seems to support the claim “Islamists More Honest and Capable than FSA”:

Why Syrians are turning to extremism

FSA fighters have been accused of theft, looting and kidnapping for ransom.

So an increasing number of Syrians opposed to the government of President Assad are turning instead to hard-line Islamists, in particular to the Al-Nusra Front – jihadists close to al Qaeda and named by the United States as a terrorist group.

The BBC’s correspondent Paul Wood has been back to Aleppo and recorded an exclusive interview with one of the group’s leaders.

“We used to live like kings,” one man said, hungry and frustrated by the long wait for a local bakery to open.

“Western governments then face a dilemma. If arms are allowed to reach the Syrian rebels, they could end up in the hands of radical islamists, but if moderates in the uprising are not identified and supported, power will flow to the best organized and the most disciplined fighters. At the moment, those are the jihadists.”

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January 17th, 2013, 4:28 am


229. omen said:

222. Juergen said: I will adress the reporter to ask your questions.

thank you but i think mystery solved. this was part of the crew that was with richard engel.

the top photo in this article lines up with your video.

An unidentified Syrian group on Tuesday released a video — entitled “Journalists dogs in the trap” — showing Engel, three others members of the NBC production team and a journalist working for CNN and ABC being held captive.

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January 17th, 2013, 4:28 am


230. True said:


Shut the hell up and go change your filthy Menhebak nappy you mthrfkr. You hardly can distinguish your bum from head but still playing Mr.Knowledgeable. Lak tooz feek wo bi elBatta taba3ak, roger that you little fart.

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January 17th, 2013, 5:27 am


231. Citizen said:

البارحة على قناة العربية طلع الشمشوم بسام جعارة و قال أنه سينظف دمشق من نظام الملالي و بعدها سينتقل الى بغداد و من ثم الى طهران ! بدون تعليق !!!!

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January 17th, 2013, 5:38 am


232. Observer said:

Iran is to give Syria one billion dollars.
It is of course hidden as protocols of cooperation.
This is a God sent for neocons who will see this as a golden opportunity to bleed Iran.
Guards and dollars to the rescue.
Syrian Hamster and WSS; I did visit the Syria Dialogue site. One of the issues is that the posts are to be moderated and only “so called acceptable” posts will be allowed.

It is typical Shabih thinking in which the premise of the discussion is set ahead of time.

Why participate in a forum when you do not agree to listen to dissent?

Justice for Hamza one Shabih at a time in a court of law.

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January 17th, 2013, 8:18 am


233. zoo said:


“This report was aired last night in the main news programme.”

Which country aired that programme?

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January 17th, 2013, 9:15 am


234. zoo said:


“FSA announces the beginning of the battle to liberate Hasakeh from the Assad gangs.”

We count on you for the video of the victory… Don’t forget.

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January 17th, 2013, 9:22 am


235. zoo said:


The personal attacks are signs of the inability of the commenters to respond to a piece of news or an analysis. Either because they have no argument, or they are in state of hysteria, or because they hate anyone who disagree with them, or simply because they have a mental limitation.

Resorting to insults and personal attacks that demean the commenter gives more information about the writer than the target.

Unfortunately one is tempted to respond to the attack by responding the same way. Wise is the one who just ignores them.

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January 17th, 2013, 9:31 am


236. zoo said:

Is Syria more successful than the USA in killings Al Qaeeda leaders?

Zarqawi brother-in-law killed in Syria: Jordan Salafist
January 17, 2013 04:52 PM

AMMAN: Two jihadists including a brother-in-law of slain Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have been killed in clashes with Syrian regime forces, a senior Jordanian Salafist said on Thursday.

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January 17th, 2013, 10:07 am


237. zoo said:

As expected, the opposition PRs are working on building again a case for military intervention on a ‘humanitarian basis’ ahead of the coming FOS meeting in Rome by using the whole propaganda paraphernalia: Chemical, poisonous gas, cluster bombs, war crime, killed children and “massacres”.

Activists Accuse Pro-Syrian Forces of Killing Scores in Homs
January 17, 2013

Syrian activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have killed more than 100 people in an attack on the central city of Homs.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the attack happened Tuesday, with pro-government forces burning homes and shooting victims. It said the 106 dead included women and children, and it urged the United Nations to investigate.

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January 17th, 2013, 10:14 am


238. zoo said:

The coalition plan has a plan for after Bashar goes but have no plan on how to make him go.
The armed rebels have a goal to make Bashar go but they neither have a plan for that, nor a plan for after he goes.
The Arab and the West are in a dilemma whose solution is impredictable.

Which way forward?

As President Al-Assad threatens to remain in power forever, the country’s opposition is planning for the transitional phase after his overthrow, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

A few days ago, the Syrian National Council (SNC) announced its plan for the transitional phase and the transfer of power after the regime is toppled.

This plan was later approved by the National Coalition, which said that the coalition would choose an interim government and Al-Assad and the key figures of his regime would step down “in line with the demands of the people”.

The coalition would be in charge of all legislative and executive powers and would dissolve the current government and parliament. It would also wind up the country’s security agencies and Republican Guard and retire military leaders.

It would release political prisoners and suspend the current constitution, as well as overseeing the opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the rest of the regular armed forces.

A political process would start that would give rise to a comprehensive national conference after which the coalition itself would be dissolved. The coalition has asked the international community to hand over Syria’s seats in the Arab League and the UN, as well as the frozen assets of the regime, to the transitional government.

However, this plan seems unlikely to succeed, especially since the more than 114 countries that withdrew the Syrian regime’s legitimacy by recognising the coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people have not yet offered anything to accompany this recognition that will change the balance of power in its favour.

Asked whether the opposition was jumping the gun by planning the post-Al-Assad stage, coalition spokesman Walid Al-Bonni told Al-Ahram Weekly that “I do not deny the importance of the transitional phase, but I believe that focusing on this and forgetting the tyrant in Damascus who is still killing Syrians and destroying the country makes me angry. The tragedy of the Syrian people is bringing disgrace on humanity.”
The revolutionaries on the ground describe the proposed political solution from the SNC and the Coalition as “daydreams”, claiming that those wanting to negotiate with the regime are indulging in wishful thinking.

The Syrian dilemma has become one where almost anything seems possible. Observers even believe that there may be malicious collusion between East and West and the Arab world at the expense of Syria.

While Arab and international confusion could prevent the opposition from overthrowing the regime any time soon, it could also allow the regime to annihilate the opposition.

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January 17th, 2013, 10:25 am


239. zoo said:

United States, solely based on eye witnesses, rushes to accuse Syria of the Aleppo University bombings.

” But on Wednesday, the State Department issued a statement saying that the United States “is appalled by the Syrian regime’s deadly attack yesterday near the University of Aleppo.”

“According to eyewitnesses at the scene, regime planes launched aerial strikes in the vicinity of university facilities,” said the statement from the department’s spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland. ”

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January 17th, 2013, 10:31 am


240. zoo said:

Over 50 Countries Ask Security Council to Refer Syria to Court

More than 50 countries have asked the Security Council to refer the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Given that Syria is not party to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, Syria can only be indicted if the Council refers the case.
The Council is in a deadlock because it cannot agree on how a peace deal may be arranged.
The US, UK and France believe that Assad’s resignation must be a precondition to any peace deal. Russia and China vehemently disagree, and have vetoed any draft resolutions which seek to impose sanctions on the Syrian regime.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan stepped down from his position of special envoy for Syria last August, blaming the international inaction on the Council. The letter concludes that the Council must refer the case to rectify the ‘accountability gap.’
Such referrals from the Council however, compromise the legitimacy of the ICC by politicizing the legal framework on which it stands.

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January 17th, 2013, 10:34 am


241. zoo said:

An interesting tragi-comical interview

Asharq Al-Awsat interview: Arab League Sec-Gen Nabil Elaraby

By Sawsan Abu-Husain

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat – Speaking in the run up to the Arab Economic Summit in Riyadh, scheduled to take place on 21 – 22 January; Arab League Secretary-General spoke about the chances of resolving the Syrian crisis, Palestinian reconciliation and the restructuring of the Arab League.
Nabil Elaraby also spoke about his recent meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The following is the full text of the interview:

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January 17th, 2013, 10:42 am


242. Observer said:

Great video from LBC
Athad on LBC interview

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January 19th, 2013, 12:10 am


243. William Scott Scherk said:

Arabic readers can go here for the el Nashra original article «كيلو: إيران ستتخلى عن الاسد اذا حصلت تحولات في توازن القوى على الأرض » but here are some statements from Michel Kilo (who, when younger said he had spent half his life in jail**). The statements in full awful Google machine translation, for the enigmatic beginners-Arabic entity REVENIRE:

Kilo: Iran will abandon Assad if I got shifts in the balance of power on the ground

Said Michel Kilo, member of the Democratic Forum of Syrian opposition , that “the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby call for deployment of peacekeeping forces in Syria under Chapter VII as the only way to end the crisis — is an old demand, not new,” explaining that the League referred the Syrian file to the Security Council “seven months ago, under Chapter VII” adding that “this demand by the the minister is due to his belief that all doors were closed to getting Syria out of the crisis — especially after the speech of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who spat on the world and ignored all of the submitted offers and efforts to resolve the crisis.”

Kilo in a television interview said that “Assad wants Syrian ceasefire and then think if he wants a cease-fire, and wants to determine who is the opposition after regarded opponents abroad dolls and who at home are not opposing it closed all the doors of the solution actually put the world in front of wall Closed. ”
Kilo noted that “the crisis is closed and there is no way out, note that there have been attempts in this direction or that are being made to find a director.”

The Kilo said that “the phenomenon of militant Islam in Syria exaggerated and no one knows what the nature of Islamic jihadists because we see them the eyes of Americans and the eyes of the Syrian regime,” and wondered “Are they Islamists jihadists really? Are they from the base really as classified by Washington and Damascus?”, Explaining that ” What we do know they are people on the high level of ideological and military training as they are willing to sacrifice to a greater extent. ”

Kilo saw that “the task of UN/AL envoy Lakhdar Brahimi seems quite deadlocked as it is, as he tries to find a way out, to resume his case anew”, stressing that “this case is not easy at all after Assad’s speech.”

The Kilo: “there is no settlement U.S. – Russian resolve the Syrian crisis,” noting that “the Syrians do not rely on the Russian position, which supports the system of affinity to Aaúh,” pointing out that “Moscow against the Arab Spring and against democracy in the Arab world,” explaining that he “will continue to exacerbate the crisis on the ground and will continue killings under occlusion horizon before any political solution in Syria.”
He kilo that “reports that indicated entry” Hezbollah “as a team in the conflict inside Syria is uncertain,” adding that “If they are correct The party may have entered the wrong place and would be the oldest error is unable to repair it in the future.”

The Kilo: “Iran where more than one direction, some supports speech Assad and others are looking for ways to protect Iran’s interests in the event of left-Assad,” noting that “the Iranians have more than attitude and are working on more than one line,” pointing out that ” Iranians insist Assad as long as he is able to withstand and abandon him with shifts in the balance of power on the ground.

If you got through that, you can drink your evening aperatif, North Americans. I should note this article was recommended by Syria Comment and Syria Dialogue contributor Camille Alexandre Otrakji.

That will not satisfy all, so here is a special picture for TARA only:


— and one for ANN and the others at her adult daycare:


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January 19th, 2013, 11:52 pm


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