Moaz al-Khatib, Moderate Syrian Leader, Resigns, as Islamic Front and Nusra Move on Damascus. Will the US build a Counter-force?

In this interview with Al-Arabiya, Syrian opposition leader Michel Kilo accuses the Muslim Brotherhood and Mustafa Sabbagh’s Qatari-backed faction in the Syrian opposition of catapulting Ghassan Hitto to the Prime Ministership of the interim government in a non-consensual manner: “Qatar wanted Hitto…and the Qatari-backed group in the National Coalition agreed on Hitto and imposed Hitto without any political or consensual considerations that considers Syrian interests in terms of a national cause…” Kilo argues that the Hitto election sidelined Muaz al-Khatib and led to his resignation. Here is my article on these tensions.

This was particularly true after Qatar invited Hitto to represent Syria in the Arab Summit meeting to take place on Tuesday. Khatib was also invited, but he would be a third wheel. All eyes will be on Hitto, the newly elected Prime Minister, who is expected to form a government.

Liz Sly has a good article, “Syrian opposition in disarray as its leader resigns, The Syrian opposition is now leaderless at a time when the United States is stepping up its support. She quotes Amr al-Azm, who has great insight into the opposition.

“The coalition is on verge of disintegrating,” he said. “It’s a big mess.”

The trigger for Khatib’s departure was the selection last week of Ghassan Hitto, a relatively unknown Syrian-born U.S. citizen, to head a proposed interim government. Khatib and his supporters had opposed the creation of an interim government at this time, as had the United States, whose diplomats argued against the move on the grounds that it created an unnecessarily divisive distraction from the goal of bringing down Assad’s regime, according to Syrian opposition members.

While the pro-Western opposition leaders fiddle, Syria burns. The real story is being fought out on the ground by militia leaders who are becoming the real leaders of Syria.

The Islam Front and Jabhat al-Nusra are gaining strength. They are flexing their growing muscle after taking Raqqa and clearing out the Deir az-Zur region. Now they are headed down the Eastern highway toward Damascus. The forces around Aleppo and in the Northwest will have to come through Hama and Homs, which is impassable. Already al-Nusra has a strong foothold in the Damascus region in the Palestinian neighborhood of Yarmouk, around the Jabal Druze, and in the Daraya-Adhamiya region of Damascus.

The US and British are trying to build up forces around Damascus as well, in order to take the capital. They are working hand in glove with Saudis and particularly the Jordanians. Hence the many stories about US training missions in Jordan and cooperation with Jordanian  intelligence. Some believe that the US, British and French may be developing a strategy to spearhead a move on Damascus before the Islamic Front and al-Nusra can capture it for themselves. But it is not clear how committed the US and the West are to manning up the opposition in the South of Syria to gain the jump on the growing Islamic tide washing down from the North.

Many Damascenes are fearful of being overrun by the North. The time-honored divide between North and South Syria is again gaining relevance. There is precedence for war between north and south. In 1954, at the end of General Shishakli’s four year rule of Syria, which developed into the country’s first real dictatorship, Syria split in half. The north was the site of a military uprising that began with disgruntled Druze soldiers in Deir az-Zur teaming up with Baath Party leaders, opposition leaders in Homs that looked to Hashim al-Atassi, and Aleppo notables. Military units from the North began to descend on the South, where Shishakli remained ensconced. Civil War was avoided at the last minute because the US and Saudis were able to convince Shishakli to resign and fly off to exile in Saudi Arabia and eventually Brazil. See my article about this, here.

Today, Syria is not so lucky. North and South could be in for a real fight, dividing the country not only along geographic lines but also along ideological lines.

Ghassan Hitto, Syrian National Coalition PM, visits Aleppo north of Syria – Video

Daughter of Syria’s slain cleric Bouti speaks out to say that her father would never have contemplated changing his view that Muslims and Syrians should support Assad even if he were corrupt and bad. This conservative view follows the traditionalist line of thinking within Islam that even years of suffering under an oppressive and corrupt ruler are better than one moment of Fitna, or civil war.

A friend writes:

I just watched two of the worst videos I have seen so far.

1- a guy’s head was chopped off. I cannot imagine doing this to an animal. Yes, the guy’s crime was that he was a regime supporter.

2- Just watched a video of regime soldiers filming 16 bodies that they had killed moments earlier. As they record the gruesome bodies, one says to the other, “hopefully the “ameed” or general, will give us an “ijaze” (vacation) after he sees the video. The other guy says, “man there is so much meat lying around it must be falling in price “al lahm rakhsan”

3-There is no country called Syria any more.

4- Why do i watch this stuff? Because images like this speak volumes about the truth. And that truth is that killing and slaughter will rein supreme for years to come.

5- If interested in the videos, i will be glad to send. on second thoughts, may be i won’t

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51. ghufran said:

قال المعارض فواز تللو إن «قطر وجماعة الإخوان بشكل أساسي دفعتا الخطيب للاستقالة»، مشيراً إلى «أنهما وجدتا في الخطيب شخصية تكتسب شعبية داخل سوريا لكنه يعمل بشكل أكثر استقلالية عن رؤيتهما». وتابع إن «قطر والإخوان المسلمين دفعتا بهيتو فأصبح موقع الخطيب كقائد لا معنى له».
take this:
HBJ still wants Hitto to represent Syria even after Moaz resignation and the FSA’s refusal to recognize Hitto. That what happens when you,HBJ, have a lot of money, no competition and a bunch of citizens who are well fed and not interested in politics.

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March 25th, 2013, 12:54 am


52. Juergen said:

Mortars have a range of 6-8 km. That means the FSA operates mow within central Damascus. They tried to hit the Syrian State TV heaquarters, missed them only by some meters. A german journalist witnessed an mortar attack on the Sheraton, 4 mortars hit the hotel, no casua
lty was reported.

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March 25th, 2013, 1:57 am


53. ALI said:

Here again

I told you Hafez never dies, here he appears in a vision to Bouthaina Shaaban commanding her to write some of his secrets in here new book

“Damascus Diary: An Inside Account of Hafez al-Assad’s Peace Diplomacy, 1990-2000″

ثينة شعبان تقول في مقدّمة كتابها الجديد ‘مفكرة دمشق: عرض من الداخل لدبلوماسية حافظ الأسد حول السلام، 1990 ـ 2000′، الذي صدر مؤخراً

الأسد زار شعبان في المنام، بعد عام على وفاته، في حزيران (يونيو) سنة 2000؛ وسألها: ‘بثينة، لِمَ لم تكتبي، بعدُ، عن فترة عملك معي؟’، التي تمتدّ على عقد من الزمان، كما تُعْلمنا شعبان، بين 1991 وحتى ساعة الوفاة.

‘أجبتُ قائلة: لأنني لم أعرف من أين أبدأ، وأي نوع من الكتب ينبغي أن أكتب. هل يتوجب أن أكتب عن طفولتك، عن شبابك، عن عائلتك، عن مسارك المهني؟’؛ تقول شعبان، ثمّ تتابع ما أوصاه بها الأسد في الحلم: ‘كلا، كلا. ليس مطلوباً منك أن تكتبي عن هذا كلّه. أربعة فصول سوف تكفي. شرح لي أنّ تلك الفصول ينبغي أن تركّز على سورية والغرب، وعلاقته بالغرب، ودوره في عملية السلام، وأخيراً: حافظ الأسد وبيل كلنتون. فهمت أنه يريدني أن أكتب الحقيقة عنه، وأن أبدّد نقاط سوء الفهم الهائلة التي سادت في الغرب حول سمعته ودوره في عملية السلام، وكذلك سوء الفهم حول دور بيل كلنتون، الذي كان الأسد قد منحه ثقة تامة’…

I urge all Syrians to buy this valuable book it’s only $55 and you can order it from

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March 25th, 2013, 2:02 am


54. annie said:

Ali and Rev, coming to the comment section is like taking a dive in a septic tank.

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March 25th, 2013, 3:29 am


55. Juergen said:

Again, a good account what happend to Richard Engel in the hands of the shabiha

some poetry for this morning

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March 25th, 2013, 3:33 am


56. Syrialover said:

Relief! Here’s an intelligent and sane comment as an antidote to the childish ugliness and emptiness of most of the current posts here. It’s by Syrian blogger Maysaloon.

“Al-Khatib’s resignation and the post-Assad opposition movement”


Mr Khatib should firstly realise that gaining a place in the early post-Assad Syrian governments is a political MacGuffin. The reality is that none of these governments will last very long or be successful. In a country that has not had a functioning state with institutions in over forty years, it will be inevitable that the first attempts at putting this together will be smashed to pieces owing to the immense challenges the country faces.

It is far more effective for Mr al Khatib, and others who share his views, to start forming a viable and vocal Syrian opposition for the post-Assad era. This does not mean that Mr Khatib needs to surrender power to the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and the Qatari backers, far from it. The creation of a credible and well organized Syrian opposition for the post-Assad Syria is something that has, until now, been the domain of the movements and figures that are said to be sponsored by the regime, such as the Building the Syrian State movement led by Louay Hussein, and Haitham Manaa.

In short, Mr Khatib should not be trying to influence the shape of a post-Assad government which will inevitably fail and provoke ire from Syrians tired of war and oppression. That is a losing battle. Instead what he must try to do is to create the real Syrian opposition movements that will take power and salvage the first attempts at governance in Syria. This will require foresight and patience and it is easier said than done, but an accurate assessment of the situation that Syria is in today will show that this is the only realistic option he has. And he should take advantage of it.

Definition of a McGuffin: “A device that helps propel the plot in a story but is of little importance in itself.”

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March 25th, 2013, 3:39 am


57. Syrialover said:

Another thoughtful piece on the resignation of Moaz al-Khatib.


Since the beginning of the uprising, the Assad regime and its apologists all over the world have claimed that the entire Syrian opposition (outside and on the ground) is a group of Qatari-backed Muslim Brotherhood supporters who don’t represent Syrians. This characteristic lack of nuance on the part of the Assadist camp is now crumbling upon these latest events as the tension between the Qatari-backed camp and the rest of the Syrian opposition becomes more evident. So yes, it is true that Qatar is trying to impose its influence on the Syrian opposition. What is untrue is that they have totally succeeded in doing so and that the entire Syrian opposition has happily accepted it. To simply write off the entire Syrian opposition as a Qatari/Muslim Brotherhood front is reductive and ignores the tension and power struggle within the Syrian opposition. It also undermines and renders invisible all those in the Syrian opposition who are actively resisting Qatari influence on decision-making.

Many have claimed that Khatib’s resignation is a result of Khatib’s frustration with the international community in failing to support the Syrian opposition. Yet, the resignation clearly shows the fault lines within the official Syrian opposition. There are those Qatari-backed forces who are motivated primarily by self-interest. They are strong, cohesive, and act in concert. They don’t care about achieving consensus, nor do they care about electing figures with charisma or legitimacy. The primary motivation for their political maneuvers is simply to control as much as they can. Once Khatib challenged that control, it became evident that he was not part of this camp. So, in turn, the camp decided to challenge his authority with someone who, no matter how pure his intentions, was unknown and had relatively little legitimacy with Syrians.

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March 25th, 2013, 4:12 am


58. Syrialover said:

Translation of al-Khatib’s resignation statement:

Concluding words:

“Our message to everyone is that Syrians decisions will be taken by Syrians, and Syrians only.

“I had promised our people, and vowed to God on that, to resign if the situation reaches certain red lines. Today, I honour my promise and I resign from the National Coalition to be able to work with freedom not available through official institutions. We understand that official posts are means to serve noble ends, not goals to be sought or for us to maintain.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues, those who seek the freedom for our people. And I will reach understanding and [deliver] messages with all sides that share our pains and hopes.

“A little bit of patience, our people. Isn’t the morning near?


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March 25th, 2013, 4:26 am


59. apple_mini said:

The spin show has begun about Al-Kahtib’s resignation. Kerry says, “It shows the opposition is getting bigger and not about one person”. You gotta admire those politicians being masters of manipulating words against facts. And opposition members, regardless they are MB, Islamic or moderates all paint the event as some kind of positive and natural evolution of their beloved political entity which is in fact disintegrating.

Just the same way they cover up and lie about the true radicalism of the rebel fighters.

I had been hoping to see a real opposition with progressive ideology and maturity, carrying strong independence and nationalism. That would be much more powerful than guns and bombs that their rebel brethren are indulging. Also one of the most important elements Syria needs for future rebuilding process.

Unfortunately, I only see disappointment and worse, signs of much bigger disasters.

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March 25th, 2013, 5:44 am


60. majedkhaldoun said:

The opera house has been hit,Amawiyyeen square is under attack by FSA,the ministry of high education was hit,these are central Damascus areas.
Mr. Miqdad said there will be good news in the next few days,what is that mean,nobody knows
The Assad thugs are retreating in the southern governate of Deraa

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March 25th, 2013, 6:55 am


61. Akbar Palace said:

Excusing the Assad Family Since 1972

Johannes said,

Of course you’re including yourself in this. Otherwise, what are you doing here?


I noticed that you’re here to post anti-Assad cartoons, which is fine by me, however, I noticed you don’t enter many 2-way discussions.

The fact you are anti-Assad is good enough for me.

But I’m not sure why to have come to Professor Josh’s defense, since he and his side-kick Alex were the main apologists of Assad leading up the demonstrations.

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March 25th, 2013, 7:24 am


62. Tara said:

Asaad transferred to Turkey

Free Syrian Army founder Riad al-Asaad survived the attempt on his life, and is being treated in Turkey, Reuters reports citing Turkish officials.

One of Asaad’s legs was severed as a result of the blast but his injuries were not life threatening, the official told Reuters.

Syrian opposition sources said Asaad had been hit by a car bomb in Mayadeen, south of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria.

One of Asaad’s relatives told AFP that he had been transferred to Turkey for treatment after the blast.

From the Guardian

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March 25th, 2013, 7:46 am


63. revenire said:


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March 25th, 2013, 8:04 am


64. Dawoud said:

The courageous Ri’ad al-As’ad is has been injured like thousands of innocent Syrians. The struggle will go on until Syria is liberated from the yoke and tyranny of Bashar and the Iranian Wilyat al-Faqih influence.

Now, regarding regime propagandists/commentators on this blog talking about al-Khatibe’s resignation and Qatari influence, al-Khatib is going to Qatar to attend the Arab League summit. He, like most Syrians, appreciate what Qatar has done to help Syrians and to free it from its dictatorship. Please see this post in Arabic about al-Khatib’s trip to Qatar:

الخطيب يخاطب القمة وترحيب بمقعد الائتلاف

قال رئيس الائتلاف الوطني السوري معاذ الخطيب المعارض المستقيل إنه سيلقي كلمة باسم الشعب السوري في القمة العربية التي تستضيفها قطر غدا الثلاثاء، بعد نفيه في وقت سابق الربط بين استقالته واختيار غسان هيتو لرئاسة الحكومة المؤقتة.
وأضاف الخطيب على حسابه الخاص بموقع تويتر أن هذا الأمر لا علاقة له باستقالته والتي قال إنها ستناقش في وقت لاحق.

وكان الخطيب نفي في وقت سابق الربط بين تقديم استقالته وبين اختيار غسان هيتو رئيساً للحكومة المؤقتة. وأرجع في مقابلة سابقة مع الجزيرة السبب الرئيس لاستقالته إلى تقاعس المجتمع الدولي عن ما يجري في سوريا.

وانتقد الخطيب -في تصريحات للجزيرة عبر الهاتف من القاهرة- الموقف الدولي مما يجري في سوريا، وقال “كل ما هو حاصل عبارة عن مؤتمرات ووعود، والمجتمع الدولي يتفرج على شعب يذبح يوميا ولا يتخذ موقفا من ذلك”.

واستغرب الخطيب عدم صدور قرار من المجتمع الدولي يسمح للشعب السوري بالدفاع عن نفسه، وقال “هناك من يريد محاولة حصار الثورة والسيطرة عليها”. وأضاف “من هو مستعد لطاعة بعض الجهات الدولية سوف يدعمونه، ومن يأبى فله التجويع والحصار”.

لا ارتباط
ونفى الخطيب وجود أي خلافات على الإطلاق بينه وبين رئيس الحكومة السورية المؤقتة غسان هيتو. كما نفى أي علاقة لاختيار هيتو لرئاسة الحكومة المؤقتة باستقالته، وقال “ليس هناك أي ارتباط، ومن روج لذلك هم بعض المعارضين، وقد روجوا لذلك بطريقة لئيمة”.

وأوضح أنه سيتابع الأمور الإجرائية في الائتلاف، مشيرا إلى أن موضوع البت في استقالت

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March 25th, 2013, 8:36 am


65. revenire said:

Dawoud I won’t warn you again: this blog is for Assad.

Assad is Syria. No Assad = no Syria.

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March 25th, 2013, 8:49 am


66. Citizen said:

Obama makes peace between the Jews and the Turks … Well, then, soon war

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March 25th, 2013, 8:56 am


67. Dawoud said:

To # 64. (Assad’s propagandist) REVENIRE

f@@k Assad! Do you think that this blog is controlled by Assad’s ministry of information for you to warn me! f@@k you and your warnings! Go do something useful. I am going to work now!

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March 25th, 2013, 9:00 am


68. Citizen said:

من الضروري على سورية بالاشتراك مع الدول الحليفة اعادة النظر في برنامج صد عدوان حرب قريبة ! و أعتقد أن الشهر القادم سيحوي ساعة الصفر !
Necessary to Syria in conjunction with allied countries to reconsider the program to repel the aggression war nearby! I think the next month will contain zero hour!

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March 25th, 2013, 9:12 am


69. zoo said:

As expected, Al Nusra and Islamists are gradually eliminating the secular FSA leaders. Mayadeen in under control of the rebels and Asaad is known to disagree with the Islamists. Car bombs are signed al Nusra. Another self-inflicted blow to the opposition

Syrian opposition sources said Asaad had been hit by a car bomb in the city of al-Mayadin, south of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria. Al-Mayadin is controlled by several rebel groups, not all of them under the FSA umbrella group.

A bomb was placed under the car, directly below Asaad’s seat, and that he also sustained wounds to his face, Kurdi said.

Asaad was excluded from a Western-backed command of the FSA formed last year. Since his defection he has mostly lived with his family in a camp in Turkey along the Syrian borde

“The attempt to assassinate Colonel Riad al-Asaad in Deir al-Zor is part of an attempt to assassinate the free leaders of Syria,” said Moaz al-Khatib, who resigned on Sunday as the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition.

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March 25th, 2013, 9:16 am


70. revenire said:

Dawoud remember your place next time. Assad or nothing.

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March 25th, 2013, 9:24 am


71. zoo said:

As expected, Al Nusra and Islamists are gradually eliminating the secular FSA leaders. Mayadeen in under control of the rebels and Asaad is known to disagree with the Islamists. Car bombs are signed al Nusra. Another self-inflicted blow to the opposition

Syrian opposition sources said Asaad had been hit by a car bomb in the city of al-Mayadin, south of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria. Al-Mayadin is controlled by several rebel groups, not all of them under the FSA umbrella group.

A bomb was placed under the car, directly below Asaad’s seat, and that he also sustained wounds to his face, Kurdi said.

Asaad was excluded from a Western-backed command of the FSA formed last year. Since his defection he has mostly lived with his family in a camp in Turkey along the Syrian borde

“The attempt to assassinate Colonel Riad al-Asaad in Deir al-Zor is part of an attempt to assassinate the free leaders of Syria,” said Moaz al-Khatib, who resigned on Sunday as the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition.

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March 25th, 2013, 9:29 am


72. zoo said:

Qatar’s response to the multiple lost chess moves in the last week.

It insists that the crippled SNC, severed from its president and its arm wing and with its US controversial PM should still represent Syria at the Arab League.

Qatar’s plan is to use the Arab League ( supposedly representing all the Arabs) to officially ask the UNSC for a no-fly zone as it did for Libya.
Qatar is thinking that Russia and China will bow, or that France and UK, promised billions of dollars to rescue their ailing economy, will go alone if Russia will put is veto.

What is sad is to see how most arab countries are manipulated by Qatar and KSA and brought into disastrous situation that sooner o later will affect their own population.

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March 25th, 2013, 9:41 am


73. Sami said:

Syrian opposition Alawites call for rebellion in army

Opposition activists from Syrian’s President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect called for his overthrow on Sunday and urged their co-religionists in the army to rebel.

In the first meeting of its kind by Alawites who support the revolt, delegates distanced themselves from Assad’s crackdown against an uprising in which 70,000 people have been killed.

“We call on our brothers in the Syrian army, specifically members of our sect, not to take up arms against their people and to refuse to join the army,” the delegates said in a statement after two days of meeting in the Egyptian capital.

Alawite domination of the officer army corp is one of the pillars of Assad’s control.

“The Syrian regime is not an Alawite sectarian regime … the Alawite sect was and is being held hostage by the regime,” said the statement, which was read out by Alawite activist Tawfiq Dunia.

“One of the goals of the Syrian revolution is to restore the national identity and free the Alawite sect from the family of the ruling regime,” the statement said.

A government crackdown has sparked a mostly Sunni Islamist insurgency that is leading some Alawites to fear they have no future without Assad. Alawites are an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam that make up about 10 percent of Syria’s population.

Assad has said he is fighting a foreign-backed conspiracy to divide Syria, describing the rebels as Islamist terrorists.

The Cairo meeting, which called for a democratic Syria representing all political groups and sects, was also attended by Sunni and other opposition activists.


Members of Syrian leader’s sect backing rebels

Dozens of people from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s own minority sect met in Cairo on Sunday to send an unusual message to their fellow Alawites back home: Join the opposition before it is too late.

The Alawites have long been seen as a backbone of the Assad regime, and a decision to support the rebel force in Syria is complicated by the fact that many see their own futures interlocked with Assad’s survival.

The pressure on Alawites who dare oppose Assad comes not only from the regime, but also from within their own families. Nearly all of the 50 Alawites at the opposition conference have been arrested, abused or threatened for their political views. One participant said he received an email threatening his life if he attended the conference.

The Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, are a tiny sect, representing roughly 12 percent of Syria’s population. Many live in towns and villages along the mountainous Mediterranean coast. Most have either rallied behind Assad or stayed quietly on the sidelines of the 2-year-old civil war, which has killed more than 70,000 people.

The opposition meeting — the first of its kind for Alawite Syrians since the war began — reflects fears that they would fall victim to revenge killings and assassinations should Assad’s regime fall. Some are particularly worried about the influx of foreign jihadist fighters into Syria who view Shiites as heretics.

Many minority Alawites see the war in Syria as a fight for survival against the Sunni majority. Alawites hold key posts in the army alongside some Sunnis and members of other groups that have been given top government and military positions to foster loyalty to the regime.
A statement by the Alawite opposition group said “the Syrian regime has no identity except that of tyranny.”


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March 25th, 2013, 9:45 am


74. zoo said:

After luring the SNC with financial promises, Qatar tried to buy out Al Khatib to rescind his resignation.
Qatar is pure filth

Many speculated that his decision to throw in the towel had a lot to do with Hitto’s appointment as well as Qatar’s influence in Syria’s affairs. Observers believed that Qatar was trying guide the direction of the opposition through its substantial financial investments in the coalition. Caught off-guard, Qatari Prime Minister Shaikh Hamad Bin Jasem Al Thani, asked Al Khatib to reconsider and invited him to sit at the vacant Syria seat at the Arab League. Furthermore, observers say that another point of contention was Hitto’s pro-Muslim Brotherhood stances and a general dominance by the Brotherhood in the National Coalition.

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March 25th, 2013, 9:49 am


75. Ziad said:

West Drops Syria WMD Narrative As Evidence Points to Western-Armed Terrorists

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March 25th, 2013, 9:57 am


76. revenire said:

“So the Arab League is transferring Syria’s seat to the opposition. Apparently, the most reactionary, repressive and corrupt regimes on earth, which rule over subjects rather than citizens, and which view their entire countries as personal family assets, have decided that the Syrian government does not meet their democratic criteria for League membership.

“Still reeling from Bashar’s infamous ‘half men’ accusation in 2006, Arab leaders have announced that when Assad joins them in becoming half man, half (insert your preferred animal here), who is ruled by his genitalia and drools in sufficiently profuse quantities after his American-Zionist owners, they will reconsider their decision. True story.”

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March 25th, 2013, 10:03 am


77. majedkhaldoun said:

Your informations are totally wrong,and so your analysis is wrong,

Those who think they are very smart are usually stupid

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March 25th, 2013, 10:23 am


78. revenire said:

Majed I heard Moaz is rejoining the government. It is only a rumor.

I am happy he was able to get the passports for Syrians. I am open to people surrendering and standing trial for their crimes (if they are Syrian – the Libyan rats will all have to die).

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March 25th, 2013, 10:32 am


79. Ziad said:

Great Syrian movie will not be shown at Dubai film festival because the director is pro-syrian gov.

Directed by: Basil Alkhatib
Cast: Solaf Fawakhrji, Mayssoun Abou Assad and Assaad Feddah

Synopsis: The destiny of three women during war time, each one of them is called Mariam and lives in a different times facing the war in its moral, social and brutal aspects. Yet none of them would ever loss what life has given them; the right to choose and the willing to sacrifice. The Arab Women’s Film Festival 2013 will be hosting Mariam’s world premiere.

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March 25th, 2013, 10:33 am


80. Tara said:


I love it that Alkhatib was first accused to be a Brotherhood enthusiast/member then the 180 degree change in direction that al Khatib resigned because of the Brotherhood influence on Hitto. Which one should we believe? Is Al Khatib brotherhood or not?

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March 25th, 2013, 10:37 am


81. Ziad said:

Arab Student Explains Why He Heckled Obama in Jerusalem

I was listening to the speech of Obama and he said a lot of things that made me upset so I just stood up and shouted. He was talking about democracy and justice and at the same time he said he supports Israel as a Jewish country. So, from my perspective and that of a lot of people, Arab people, Palestinians who were in the building listening to the speech … the Arabs, the minority in Israel are also against a Jewish country because it’s not a democratic country. It’s against us, so how can Mr. Obama be democratic and in the same time support an ethnic country?

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March 25th, 2013, 10:46 am


82. zoo said:

Syria’s Alkhatib to address Doha meeting despite quitting
March 25, 2013 11:26 AM

CAIRO: Syrian opposition figure Moaz Alkhatib said he would address an Arab League meeting in Qatar this week, a day after he announced his resignation as head of the Syrian National Coalition.

The Arab summit takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Arab foreign ministers met in Doha on Sunday to prepare for the meeting. Alkhatib did not say when he would speak.

“I have decided to give a speech in the name of the Syrian people at the Doha conference,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

“This is a matter that has nothing to do with the resignation, which will be discussed later,” he said.

Read more:
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

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March 25th, 2013, 10:51 am


83. revenire said:

Tara one could say that YES the humiliated Moaz is Muslim Brotherhood but not Muslim Brotherhood enough for the rats.

Make sense? Good.

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March 25th, 2013, 11:10 am


84. zoo said:

#79 Tara

Al Khatib has been very secret about his sympathies at start. He only declared he was ready to dialog with Bashar as his priority is to save Syrian lives. As Erdogan seemed to condone him and he was elected as president of the SNC, known to be dominated by the Moslem Brotherhood, it was assumed he was on the same wave length as them.

Nevertheless after a while, and as he was scolded by the SNC on his declaration about the dialog with the regime, he started to discover who was pulling the strings. He saw clearly the vicious influence of Qatar in the SNC, the monopole the Moslem Brotherohood was working on and the indifference to the Syrian suffering manifested by the SNC.
Yet, he is a unsavvy politician, he has let himself pressured by Qatar who wanted to satisfy France’s conditions for supplying weapons, to enter into the election of an interim PM without consulting the forces in the ground or setting credible rules.

While he was uncomfortable with the Hitto election, it is when the FSA officially rejected it as non consensual that he realized it was his mistake not to have set the proper rules ahead of the election. Obviously he has no one to advise him. He then decided to make a move of protest by resigning to protect his reputation vis a vis the FSA and most of the Syrians who disapprove Qatar’s private agenda of owning post-Assad Syria.
Now he is under heavy pressure to rescind his decision that has been a blow to Qatar who thought he was an obedient puppet.
Let’ see is he will show guts and expose Qatar’s dubious interference at he Arab League, or if, like the meeting with the FOS, he will change his mind again.

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March 25th, 2013, 11:20 am


85. Visitor said:

While the Evil-Possessed Assad the criminal commits one more of his heinous crimes by using chemical weapons again against 3Adra, The Holy Warriors of the FSA send another warplane down to kiss the dust near Ghouta.

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March 25th, 2013, 11:23 am


86. revenire said:


Syrian Perspective

Emir Khunzeer of Qatar has announced his intention to auction himself off to the highest bidder. All proceeds will go to Jihadists in Syria…I mean…to the Palestinian children.

The Emir will be sporting his Gucci speedo. His profile reads: “Ladies get your niqabs and dollars ready. I plan to take you on a tour of the Al-Jazeera Headquarters and to a foreign restaurant (McDonalds).”

**Warning** In accordance with Qatari law, it is our duty to notify you that the winner of this auction must be aware of the following details: if you deny the Emir’s attempts to bite you -you will be imprisoned; the Emir does not wear deodorant because it’s not halal; the Emir prefers you sit at least 20 ft behind him; and finally, the Emir expects you to marry him.

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March 25th, 2013, 11:25 am


87. revenire said:

Geez Tara for someone who claims to be Syrian and on a first name basis with Asma’s cousins you sure don’t know a lot about the country or its people:

Al-Khatib is a supporter of Qatar-based Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric and preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi. He even placed al-Qaradawi on equal footing with the Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi, whose self-immolation marked beginning of the Arab Spring. He referred to al-Qaradawi as “our great Imam”. Khatib has also referred to Shia Muslims as “rejectionists” and stated that the Shi’ites “establish lies and follow them”, on occasions when he spoke to an Arab public.

Al-Qaradawi has published more than 120 books, including The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam and Islam: The Future Civilization. He has also received eight international prizes for his contributions to Islamic scholarship, and is considered one of the most influential such scholars living today. Al-Qaradawi has long had a prominent role within the intellectual leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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March 25th, 2013, 11:28 am


88. Visitor said:


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March 25th, 2013, 11:43 am


89. Visitor said:

“He referred to al-Qaradawi as “our great Imam”. Khatib has also referred to Shia Muslims as “rejectionists” and stated that the Shi’ites “establish lies and follow them”, on occasions when he spoke to an Arab public.”

Every TRUE Muslim knows all of the above.

But I also think Qardawi erred earlier by believing that so-called Shiites can be made close to Muslims, when he believed the fallacy of ‘taqrib’. All Muslims are glad that Qardawi realized his errors and repented.

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March 25th, 2013, 11:44 am


91. revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network

Sky news Channel has reported that Jordan has now closed its borders with Syria, following an escalation of internal clashes between the Jordanian Army and Militants from the so-called “fsa”.


Source: Scnn

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March 25th, 2013, 12:12 pm


93. zoo said:

He should wonder whose acts are triggering these ‘disease’ ?

Two-thirds of humanity suffers from ‘Islamophobia disease’: Turkey’s religious head

İZMİR – Anatolia News Agency
Fear of Islam has spread into the hearts of nearly two-thirds of humanity through global political actors, Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate head Mehmet Görmez said today.

“Islamophobia has become an illness in the hearts of two-thirds of humanity. We are facing different kinds of challenges against Islam,” Görmez said in a meeting with religious officials in the western province of İzmir.

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March 25th, 2013, 12:18 pm


94. zoo said:

I doubt many will be back home
Saudi official warns against fighting in Syria
Associated Press – 6 hrs ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman has warned Saudis fighting in Syria they will be arrested when they return home.

Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki says “involvement in the Syrian crisis is against Saudi laws.”

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March 25th, 2013, 12:28 pm


95. zoo said:

Jordanian border near Daraa closed…

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan closed its main border crossing with Syria on Monday after two days of fighting there between Syrian troops and rebel fighters, Jordan’s information minister said.

Border traders said passengers were turned back at the Jordanian border crossing of Jaber and prevented from entering in the first such closure of the crossing since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule started two years ago.

“The border post is effectively closed because there have been clashes since yesterday and they are continuing,” minister Samih Maaytah told Reuters.

The crossing is a thoroughfare for passengers and was transit route before the Syria conflict for hundreds of trucks daily carrying goods to Turkey from the Gulf and vice versa.

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March 25th, 2013, 1:08 pm


96. zoo said:

Arab summit may struggle to paper over Syria opposition rifts

Regan Doherty and Khaled Yacoub Oweis Reuters

12:34 p.m. EDT, March 25, 2013

DOHA/AMMAN (Reuters) – An Arab Summit intended to showcase the unity of the Syrian opposition threatens to veer wildly off script and expose deepening factionalism, potentially hurting Western and Arab efforts to end the war.

Opposition ranks plunged into disarray on Sunday when one of their most popular figures, Moaz Alkhatib, resigned as head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, undermining its claim to provide a coherent alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.

The summit’s Arab League organizers and Qatari hosts will have to display deft diplomatic footwork to suppress a sense of disarray and disappointment in opposition ranks.

“(The resignation) has been brewing for some time, but the manner in which he did it – with summit host country having given so much support to the opposition – surely has not been well-received,” said Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center think tank.

“We cannot paper over the cracks in the opposition, and indeed in the Arab League itself,” he said.

Even if the summit is able to produce a credible and powerful statement, the opposition would still be in genuine disarray and need to become diverse and representative, he said.

“If it doesn’t, I believe this particular coalition’s days are numbered.”

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March 25th, 2013, 1:14 pm


97. Citizen said:

possible next war will take place in the enemies territories with increasing intensity on the principle tooth for a tooth, an eye for a two eyes, etc…

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March 25th, 2013, 1:21 pm


98. revenire said:

Hasbara commenters at SC to follow suit?

Mossad agent hanged self in suicide-proof cell after passing intel to Hezbollah

“In the process he came in contact with Hezbollah supporters, Spiegel said, and while trying to convince them to work for Mossad, disastrously spilled highly sensitive information.

“This included the names of Lebanese nationals Ziad al-Homsi and Mustafa Ali Awadeh, who were arrested in May 2009 on charges of spying for Israel and later sentenced to several years of hard labour.

“The report said Israeli security authorities had told Zygier after his arrest that they wanted to make an example of him and demanded a prison sentence of at least 10 years.”

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March 25th, 2013, 2:43 pm


99. Iran War Weekly | Eslkevin's Blog said:

[…] in the South of Syria to gain the jump on the growing Islamic tide washing down from the North.   The Case for Restraint: Syria and the International Criminal Court By Betcy […]

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March 26th, 2013, 1:55 am


100. Syria Media Roundup (March 28) | YALLA SOURIYA said:

[…] Moaz al-Khatib, Moderate Syrian Leader, Resigns, as Islamic Front and Nusra Move on Damascus Joshua Landis’ take on the latest developments that catapulted Ghassan Hitto as interim Prime Minister […]

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March 29th, 2013, 10:04 am


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