Muhajireen Battalions in Syria (Part 3)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

I have previously documented muhajireen battalions here and here. Below are two more groupings.

Saraya ash-Sham
Logo of Saraya ash-Sham, whose main emblem resembles the flag of Iraqi insurgent group Jamaat Ansar al-Islam (pro-Caliphate and with deployment in Syria). The motto reads: “We shed tears and spill blood.”

Translating to “brigades/squadrons of ash-Sham” and operationally advertising itself since at least the autumn of last year, this group- in origin a merger of several small brigades- has been primarily active in the Homs area (including from within Homs city), and like the Lebanese-founded Jamaat Jund ash-Sham, it contains a mixture of native Syrians and foreign fighters: though according to a media activist for this group whom I interviewed, the “majority” of the group’s fighters are Syrians. To the extent that there are foreign fighters in this grouping, they are most likely Lebanese and other Levantines. To date, no muhajireen martyrdom notices have been publicly announced.

Ideologically, like most muhajireen and part-muhajireen battalions, Saraya ash-Sham espouses the establishment of a Caliphate, and officially took an anti-fitna stance on the al-Qa’ida-Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) dispute (as the media activist put it to me, “We are all brothers”), declaring support for Sheikh Muheisseni’s “Ummah Initiative” back in January. Indicative of the official anti-fitna stance as well is the fact that when Sheikh Abu Khalid al-Suri of Ahrar ash-Sham was killed in February, Saraya ash-Sham did not blame anyone in particular for the killing, but simply eulogised him. The group also coordinated with ISIS, Ahfad al-Rasul and other groups in fending off an attempted regime advance on the village of Aydun in Hama countryside, near an Alawite village called Khanifis.

With the regime’s clearance of the city of Homs and other key localities in the vicinity, it should be noted that Saraya ash-Sham, like Jamaat Jund ash-Sham (which was driven out of Krak des Chevaliers by the Syrian army and National Defence Forces) has largely ceased to be a meaningful entity in terms of operations.

Saraya ash-Sham fighters training in the Homs countryside.

Saraya ash-Sham fighters prepare to hit a regime forces base in Homs area.

Saraya ash-Sham fighters with special arm patches and headbands.

Despite the official anti-fitna stance of Saraya ash-Sham’s position on other groups, in practice Saraya ash-Sham, like Harakat Sham al-Islam, is closer to Jabhat al-Nusra than ISIS. This is a media graphic released in February of this year dedicated to fallen Saraya ash-Sham commander Abu Zubayr al-Homsi. Note the Jabhat al-Nusra logo on the top-right corner. In an accompanying message, Abu Mujahid ash-Shami- an official in Saraya ash-Sham- said the martyrdom notification was dedicated to “Jabhat al-Nusra in particular.” It appears there may be some personnel overlap between Saraya ash-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra.

Saraya ash-Sham graphic dedicated to slain field commander Sayyid Suleiman, who established his own brigade as part of Saraya ash-Sham in al-Khalidiya, Homs.

A Saraya ash-Sham graphic echoing the ISIS messaging motif of the looming conquest of Jerusalem. The text accompanying this graphic read as follows: “We fight in Homs al-Adiya and our eyes are on al-Quds al-Abiya.”

As above: “We fight in Homs and our eyes are on al-Quds.”

Saraya ash-Sham fighters in a training camp. From October 2013.

125 mm al-Quds artillery cannon operated by Saraya ash-Sham. From October 2013.

Saraya ash-Sham fighters praying. October 2013.

In November 2013, two more battalions joined Saraya ash-Sham: the Junud Allah brigade in Hama countryside, and the Usud ash-Sham brigade in Homs.

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Saraya ash-Sham statement in January of this year supporting the Ummah Initiative.

ISIS- Gaza contingent

Just as ISIS has a special contingent for Libyan fighters- namely, the Katiba al-Bittar al-Libi, which previously played a pivotal role in the defence of ISIS’ southern Hasakah stronghold of al-Markadah from the attacks of Jabhat al-Nusra and other rebels and is now pushing deep into Deir az-Zor province, losing a number of fighters in the process- so ISIS also has a special contingent dedicated to fighters from Gaza.

This should come as no surprise. After all, images of support from Gaza for ISIS have been in evidence for nearly a year now, and when it came to the infighting between ISIS and other groups in Syria that broke out this year, the two main Gaza-Sinai jihadi groups- Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen- came down firmly on the side of ISIS. The Gazan contingent in turn reflects the division among the Palestinians outside Syria regarding the Syrian civil war: namely, that while there is no evidence Hamas has an organized presence in Syria to support the rebels and its insistence on neutrality is to be believed (much to the chagrin of the Islamic Front), Palestinian Salafi circles have been active in assisting the rebels.


A supporter of ISIS inscribes the group’s name on the beach in Gaza. Photo from September last year.

The Gazan religious instructor in this study circle was killed fighting for ISIS in Syria in September last year.

Gazan children show their support for ISIS. Photo from January 2014.

“From Gaza of glory to the mujahideen of the Islamic State: verily we love you in God. The Salafi Jihadi Movement- Gaza”- photo in support of ISIS from December 2013.

Wissam al-Atal: a doctor from Gaza who became a suicide bomber for ISIS in Syria last year.

“From Gaza of glory, our allegiance is to our amir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi”- a Gazan fighter shows his support for ISIS. Photo from February 2014.

Banner on the beach of Gaza hoisted in support of ISIS this month.

“Joy of the people of Gaza at the conquests of the Islamic State”- purported photo from the demonstrations held by Salafis in support of ISIS following news of the advances in Iraq. The rallies were subsequently broken up by Hamas police.

In Syria, the Gazan contingent of fighters that has emerged takes the name of the “Sheikh Abu al-Nur al-Maqdisi Brigade,” named after the founder and leader of the Salafi Jund Ansar Allah group in Gaza- Abdel Latif Moussa– who was killed in clashes with Hamas in 2009.


Training for the Sheikh Abu al-Nur al-Maqdisi brigade (photo released in April 2014): “Mujahideen of Gaza in the Islamic State’s Camps in ash-Sham.” Accompanying slogans on Twitter include “Coming, oh Jews,” reflecting the ambitions for the conquest of the whole Israel-Palestine area as part of ash-Sham.

As above.

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As above.

Abu Khattab of Gaza, who died fighting for the Sheikh Abu al-Nur al-Maqdisi brigade in Syria.

The Gazan contingent burning cigarettes in Syria.

Gazan fighter shows children how to destroy cigarettes.

Gazan contingent handling raw meat. As with the Katiba al-Bittar al-Libi, standard ‘daily life of a mujahid’ messaging.

The Gazan contingent handles a gazelle for slaughter.

A photo that gives an idea of where the Gazan contingent has been deployed. Photo from outside ISIS’ Islamic police station in Manbij, Aleppo province.

“From the mujahideen of Gaza in the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham: the Sheikh Abu al-Nur al-Maqdisi Brigade.”

It should be noted that undoubtedly with influence from Gaza, this pro-ISIS trend is catching on somewhat in the West Bank, which recently saw three teenagers kidnapped near Hebron by a group taking its name after ISIS, though the Israeli government is officially blaming Hamas as part of a propaganda line whereby there is a reluctance to acknowledge there is a more radical trend than Hamas emerging within the Palestinian population. Perhaps the emergence of this trend should not be surprising when one considers the widespread Palestinian support for Saddam Hussein as champion of their cause. Now, with the rise of ISIS and its extensive conquests and promises to liberate Jerusalem, it seems many Palestinians will be inclined to see ISIS as their new Saddam-style saviour figure.

ISIS graphic on social media to remind Palestinians and the Ummah that ISIS has not forgotten al-Quds (Jerusalem).

A young Palestinian girl shows her support for ISIS, which will supposedly open the path up to al-Quds.

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ISIS billboard in Hasakah province from March 2014: “We fight in Iraq and ash-Sham and our eyes are on the Holy House [Bayt al-Maqdis].”

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“Oh Quds, don’t cry…” Palestinian graphic in support of ISIS.

“Baqiya [ISIS slogan], Palestinian support, together in support of ISIS.” Palestinian graphic in support of ISIS using Iwo Jima imagery.

The main area to watch in terms of Palestinian support for ISIS is the Gaza-Sinai area, where pro-ISIS jihadis have been building their networks for some time. While the Hamas security apparatus is still resilient, as Jonathan Spyer, I would not be surprised if active pro-ISIS jihadis, assuming ISIS’ overall status and holdings are not diminished, attempt to take over Gaza within the next 5-10 years and proclaim an emirate of Gaza aligned with ISIS. 

Comments (142)

ALAN said:

Trash for recycling!

June 23rd, 2014, 11:24 am


Uzair8 said:

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi @Shaykhabulhuda · Jun 21 انتصار داعش هو هدف غربي ليقوم بتأسيس دولته الإسلامية التي تتبنى التطرف والإرهاب

Google trans: Daash victory is a Western target for the establishment of the Islamic state, which sponsors terrorism and extremism and will justify what Israel will do the expansion in Palestine and the region.

June 23rd, 2014, 11:55 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Not just in Gaza. In case you thought that the Arabs living in the territories ruled by the Abu-Mazen gang are “moderate”:

June 23rd, 2014, 3:25 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Uzair8 #2,

I believe that many Arabs are smarter by now, to realize that Israel has zero to do with all of the shit that is going on in this region.

June 23rd, 2014, 3:57 pm


ALAN said:

Israe, just as KSA, wants a rabid extremist group to establish an Islamic caliphate on their border.
Israel’s continued attacks on the Syrian government are particularly bizarre considering the current context. With ISIS rapidly gaining influence in both Iraq and Syria (they just took 4 new towns in Iraq over the weekend), it would behoove Israel to consider what would actually happen if Assad fell.

The irony, is that by launching airstrikes against the Syrian government in response to an attack that was most likely carried out by the Syrian rebels, Israel is actually encouraging future attacks like this. It’s easy for the rebels to launch missiles across into Israel, and Israel’s response is essentially free air support. So clearly it is in the rebel’s interest to shoot over into the Israeli side as often as possible.

It is not too smart.

The only reason to dissolve Iraq, is Israel. Israel does not want a unified Iraq. Israel does not want an Iraq that can stand on its own two feet. Israel wants to make sure that Iraq never remerges as a regional power. And there’s only one way to achieve that goal, that is, to follow Yinon’s prescription of “breaking up Iraq …along ethnic/religious lines …so, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul.”

June 23rd, 2014, 7:05 pm


ALAN said:

It fell on deaf ears’: CIA and MI6 knew about ISIS assault in advance, failed to react
As Iraq’s western border falls beyond the control of the country’s government, a new report suggests the United States and Britain were warned of a burgeoning insurgency months before militants began gaining territory.
According to a report by the UK-based Telegraph, senior Kurdish intelligence officials said they tried to explain to their allies in the CIA, MI6, and the central Iraqi government that the members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could represent a great threat to Iraq‘s stability, but that those warnings failed to spark any action.
In addition to calling attention to potential territorial gains in Iraq – a new Reuters report states the “entire Western frontier,” comprising borders with Syria and Jordan, is now “beyond government control” – Kurdish officials warned that ISIS is attracting foreign-born Muslims to its cause. Senior Kurdish intelligence officer Rooz Bahjat said that of the 4,000 estimated foreigners fighting alongside ISIS, somewhere between 400 and 450 were born in Britain and convinced to join the insurgency.
These officials also said a formal alliance between ISIS members and ex-Baathists, who held power under Saddam Hussein, was nearly completed, and that it would lead to an attack on Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq.
“We had this information then, and we passed it on to [the British] government and the US government,”Bahjat told the Telegraph. “We knew exactly what strategy they were going to use, we knew the military planners. It fell on deaf ears.”….

June 23rd, 2014, 7:13 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Amir B’Tel Abib,

Yashar Koach. The ME is unstable as brother kills brother. Keep strong.

June 23rd, 2014, 9:44 pm


No-Vanity-States said:

Best hasbara I’ve seen yet! You’ve got Reddit beat, that’s for sure.

June 23rd, 2014, 10:25 pm


ghufran said:

Frequent CNN guest and Middle East “scholar” Fouad Ajami has died at the age of 68.
You can not support the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and be a scholar.

June 24th, 2014, 1:11 am


Passerby said:

So, “scholars” are those that don’t care if WMD result in the death of billions?

I realize it’s all the rage to pretend they don’t exist, and Saddam Hussein didn’t use them wholesale, and he didn’t swear revenge on the US and all.

And I suppose I need to point out the 50 Nobel Prize winners in science of the FAS said Saddam could build even the Bioweapons in weeks to months any time he felt like it. Assuming we consider Nobel Prize winners in Physics “scholars”.

And while we are on the subject, we are currently relying on the good faith and reasonable behavior of ISIS not to use them, as some wanted to rely on the good faith and reasonable behavior of Saddam Hussein.

Not supposed to mention it, supposed to pretend it doesn’t exist, but what the hell do you think will happen after the first WMD attack on US population centers? Here’s a hint, there won’t be any boots on the ground, the ground will be lethal. And the ground underneath anyone complains about it will be lethal.

But you are sure Saddam/ISIS will be good? It’s worth the risk to trust them to be reasonable?

June 24th, 2014, 8:51 am


ALAN said:

Cain killed Abel? The ME is unstable since 1946 when Sara children (ילדי שרה) moved to kill children of Hagar(הילדים הגר)!

Israel’s aggressions “threaten the peace and security in the region and the world as a whole

June 24th, 2014, 10:53 am


ALAN said:

أبيع روحي و ما أبيع ترابي !
آخد صورة أنا و الموت !!!

June 24th, 2014, 1:44 pm


ALAN said:

/Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that military forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were behind a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager/.
что означает /military forces loyal to the regime/? детектор лжи говорить , что вы хотели провоцировать ситуацию!

June 24th, 2014, 2:26 pm


ALAN said:

Stop attacks on Gaza! stop killing the civilians !!

الطفله الفلسطينية “جودي محمد الدنف” الذي اسشتهدت اليوم في انفجار بيت لاهيا.

الشاب الذي أصيب قبل قليل بالرصاص الحي في مخيم الجلزون برام الله.

June 24th, 2014, 5:51 pm


Ghufran said:

The Islamist revolution is now limited to car bombs and random shelling of residential areas, the latest Ghazwah was the murder of more than 40 syrians, all but 2 were women and children, in the village of Harrah in Hama according to SOHR ( anti regime site).
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم

June 24th, 2014, 8:56 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Alan the Russian redneck ,

I wish you were as sensitive to killing the Syrian civilians.

June 24th, 2014, 10:35 pm


ALAN said:

Israel can’t force-feed occupation to those who hunger for freedom

June 25th, 2014, 4:48 am


ALAN said:

/Russian redneck/= A personal attack
Are you polite or you want to feel the laws of nature?

June 25th, 2014, 4:56 am


ALAN said:

From Palestine to Syria, Nigeria to Iraq and to Ukraine, a veritable armada of false flags are at full mast. The Western mainstream media, of course, “report” each case separately and at superficial face value, according to the desired pretext and purpose of their governments.
But taken together and properly understood, there can be no doubt that the flags represent one banner: Western state terrorism.

Rand Paul: We Have Been Allied With ISIS In Syria!

June 25th, 2014, 5:42 am


ALAN said:

The US made every effort to fuel sectarian animosities to divert attention from the attacks on US soldiers. And due to a savage and deceptive counterinsurgency plan that employed death squads, torture, assassinations, and massive ethnic cleansing, they succeeded in confusing Iraqis as to who was really behind the daily atrocities, the human rights violations and the mountain of carnage.

You’d have to be a fool to blame al-Maliki for any of this. As brutal as he may be, he’s not responsible for the divisions in Iraqi society. That’s all Washington’s doing. Just as Washington is entirely responsible for the current condition of the country and for the million or so people who were killed in the war.
Mike Whitney

June 25th, 2014, 6:24 am


Juergen said:


This Hizb al Tahrir is a pain in the a… I knew this group here in Berlin, always angry young men who would come and poison the atmosphere in debates and public demonstrations. Their simple wahabi doctrine that only a caliphate could erase the past is just an other nutty believe. Countries do good to persecute them and like it happen here in Germany abolish them.

June 25th, 2014, 3:42 pm


ALAN said:

Do not cry! Your production “conveyor belt for terrorists.” returned to you!!!

June 25th, 2014, 4:26 pm


Juergen said:

a very good analysis

The Jihad Next Door

The Syrian roots of Iraq’s newest civil war.

The eight men, beards trimmed, explosive belts fastened, pistols and grenades concealed in their clothing, waited until nightfall before stealing across the flat, porous Iraqi border. They navigated the berms and trenches along the frontier, traversing two-way smuggling routes used to ferry cigarettes, livestock, weapons — and jihadis to enter the northeastern Syrian province of Hasaka. It was August 2011, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and Syria was five months into a still largely peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

June 26th, 2014, 2:19 am


Juergen said:

some sweet memories of Damascus, this dance group I always liked to see them when I was in Syria

June 26th, 2014, 3:32 am


Passerby said:

So, Ghufran, Fouad Ajami wasn’t a “scholar” because he supported attacking Saddam Hussein and his pet Al-Qaeda branch he planted in the no-fly zone, now called ISIS?

Just out of curiosity, what do the real “scholars” say will happen after the first WMD attack on Western population centers?

In particular, like those letters right after 9/11 where we still don’t know who did it?

What do the scholars say happens then?

June 26th, 2014, 7:32 am


ALAN said:

Israel stoking conflict in Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Occupied Territories

The boy killed, Mohammed Karaka, 14, had accompanied his truck driver father to work. In a display of naked cynicism, Netanyahu, who has the blood of countless Palestinians on his hands, told journalists that he had told the boy’s father, “Our enemies don’t differentiate between Jews and non-Jews, adults and children.”…

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has threatened to expel UN Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry from Israel, after charging that he had offered to help transfer $20 million from Qatar to the PA to resolve a pay crisis for employees of the Hamas-led government in Gaza. According to reports, Abbas refused to sanction the funds being transferred, stating that he would “only be able to be of assistance if [this was] acceptable to all stakeholders, including Israel.”
For his part, Serry has denied any role in the transfer, saying that the matter never even came up when he visited Qatar on a pre-planned visit two weeks ago.
It appears that the envoy was targeted for expressing concern over Israel’s brutal collective punishment in the West Bank and for urging Tel Aviv to act “in compliance with international law and respect for the lives, dignity and livelihoods of Palestinians.”

June 26th, 2014, 8:39 am


ALAN said:

Remarking on the latest ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) incursions into Iraq, Netanyahu expressed the desire of his regime to promote internal strife in Israel’s neighbouring states. “We must weaken both [Sunni and Shia Muslims],” Netanyahu said, implying that it is in Israel’s interests to have Muslims fighting and squabbling amongst themselves.

“When your enemies are fighting each other, don’t strengthen either one of them, weaken both,” said the arrogant Zionist leader.

That is what ISIS was created to do. The terrorist militia’s American, Israeli and Saudi backers are content to see these roving bands of malcontents and marauders behead their way to Damascus and Baghdad. What better way to solidify Israel’s position as the sole hegemon in the region?

Fragmenting, weakening and balkanizing the Middle East has been part and parcel of the Zionist impulse from the very beginnings of the Jewish state.

Israeli strategist Oded Yinon candidly outlined this imperialist line of thought in his 1982 paper “A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s.” A strong, unified Iraq is Israel’s primary military concern, Yinon stressed. He went on to advocate the territorial dissection of Iraq into three statelets along ethnic and confessional lines. He promoted much the same scenario for Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and other Arab/Muslim states surrounding Israel.

June 26th, 2014, 8:51 am


ALAN said:

American Grand Strategy for Iraq, Syria, and the Region

June 26th, 2014, 9:30 am


Uzair8 said:


‘Looks like Maliki is LEAVING

Iraq’s Vice President called on parliament to convene to form a new government.’

June 26th, 2014, 10:29 am


ALAN said:

Looks like The world has gone mad! 🙂

June 26th, 2014, 10:47 am


Uzair8 said:

A lot of confusion about Syrian Girl on Iran Military Forum after her recent comments. One poster kicks it off by sharing her comments provoking an interesting response on the following pages:

“A lot of members liked her when she was posting stuff about Syria.

This is what Mimi al-Laham or SyrianGirlPartisan just posted on facebook about Ayatollah Sistani:

[…] ”

June 26th, 2014, 11:18 am


ALAN said:

Washington’s plan for using the Iraqi conflict to prevent any sudden increase of oil exports from Iraq and Iran is thus clear as day.

An example of corruption : 39 Billion, not million, billion, was KRG income only for the year 2013. Of course these are official figures published meaning they do not include the illegal oil smuggling bussiness, incomes from customes controlled by Barzani KDP, foreign humanitarian aid, monopolized real estates throughout the country ( Iraqi Kurdistan). Most of the oil clients of KRG are Giant US oil corporations. Where, how, and when were these funds spent? Most Interesting is some of senior KRG officials are also US citizens. Why has the US Department of treasury and IRS remained silent so far?

The Iraqis are going to hate Americans for at least a thousand years. Way to go neocons and neoliberals! Luckily US government continues to fail so much maybe they will fail to quash a rebellion there in the US when it happens. And it is coming baby! 🙂 🙂

June 26th, 2014, 11:31 am




The late “not a scholar” Fouad Ajami once stated

America ought to be able to live with this distrust and discount a good deal of this anti-Americanism as the “road rage” of a thwarted Arab world – the congenital condition of a culture yet to take full responsibility for its self-inflicted wounds.

So basically, he is saying, fully ignore the Allans and the Ghufrans,

June 26th, 2014, 4:16 pm


ALAN said:

/Just out of curiosity, what about “scientists” say the real will happen after the first attack with weapons of mass destruction on the population centers of Western?/

For as long as spin this idea in your heads as it was in the heads of those who attacked Iraq for the same reasons- it refers to a malicious program aggressive undeclared you have running!

June 26th, 2014, 4:46 pm



/So in as much as you full in matter his interest, lack of program iraq before has after periphery eastern/

above google translate may russian appropriate.

June 26th, 2014, 5:18 pm


ALAN said:

Looks like you’re in a bind 🙂

June 26th, 2014, 5:31 pm


ALAN said:

In one of recorded messages, Osama bin Laden said his goal was to make the United States so crazy it would bankrupt itself chasing him around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 26th, 2014, 6:31 pm


Ghufran said:

The invasion of Iraq was a disaster by all standards, those who supported the invasion either wanted to destabilize Iraq and deliver the country to Iran or were too ignorant to see what is coming. Saddam was a brutal dictator but what the invasion, which was based on lies and misinformation, did was making a bad situation worse. The US and Iraq paid a very heavy price for that military adventure which also made it much more difficult for future presidents to commit American troops in the Middle East.
Claiming that US invasion was aimed at alqaida, which had little or no presence in Iraq prior to 2003, is a display of the ignorance and hatred that infected many ” scholars, including the cnn-made ajami who was a puppet of the neocons.
I am amazed to see that there are still people who think the invasion of Iraq was a good idea but I guess the combination of empty pride and hatred is more powerful than logic.
Hint ,hint 🙂

June 26th, 2014, 7:42 pm



This is how real scholars do their work

The Colonial Strategy of ISIS in Syria

There isn’t even a single photo of madmen or their coat of arms in this serious work.

June 27th, 2014, 2:33 am


ALAN said:

When US officials describe the violent Syrian insurgents who are now receiving direct US funding and weapons, they are always called “opposition” “militants” “revolutionaries” or some other colorful euphemism. Words like “terrorist” are not used. The western media has always portrayed the Syrian government as the villains, and often cast the insurgents as romantic revolutionaries.

Now that one particular terrorist group, ISIS, has entered Iraq, and seized a large part of its territory, US officials have suddenly begun to speak of them with hostility. Obama has announced he is sending US military advisors to Iraq to advise the Iraqi government, led by Nouri al-Maliki in fighting ISIS.

Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki has loudly declared that Saudi Arabia is supporting ISIS, and has been roundly condemned them for this.

Attempts by the western press to “disprove” his very true allegation have been ridicules. Articles in the western press claim that the Saudi government has not directly sent weapons to ISIS, based on nothing but Saudi Arabia’s own statements proclaiming this.

Yet, even those defending the Saudis point out that the bulk of the large budget of ISIS comes from “donors” in Saudi Arabia and other US aligned gulf states.

The fact that Saudi money is the basis for the ISIS campaign of terrorism in Syria and Iraq is not disputed. All that can disputed is whether the funds come from the official Saudi state treasury, or merely from generous private patrons of terrorism. The reports seem to forget that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an absolute autocracy. If the House of Saud disapproved of donations to ISIS, they could easily halt them by decree, and enforce their orders on threat of death.

The reason western media is highly motivated to “disprove” the reality of Saudi money flowing to ISIS because of the fact that Saudi Arabia is not an independent geo-political actor. Saudi Arabia is directly accountable to the United States. Saudi oil is controlled by US oil corporations. Saudi Arabia receives millions of dollars in US aid. Saudi Arabia now has the fourth largest military budget on earth, according to recent SIPRI report, and the weapons are being almost exclusively purchased from the United States.

The use of the Saudi Arabia as a financial middleman for US aligned terrorists is not new. Saudi Arabia was key in transferring funds to US aligned insurgents in Afghanistan as they battled against the People’s Democratic Party and the Soviet Union. Saudi Arabia even worked with the Reagan administration to finance insurgent terrorists as far off as Nicaragua in their battle against the Sandinistas. Saudi support for ISIS, like all Saudi activity, is not independent geo-political action. Saudi support for ISIS, is merely indirect US support for ISIS.

Now, as the slightest bit of stability returns to the country, a sectarian war involving ISIS being arranged. The hope of your western criminal adminsrations is that soon Iraqi Sunni and Shia will be killing each other, in a bloodbath that can spread throughout the region.

June 27th, 2014, 5:56 am


ALAN said:

John Kerry! Are you a moron? Why stupid not to pronounce this when Israel attacked Syria? Do you have only one eye? Syria will Impose on you and on each, who is like you the necessities of it security!

June 27th, 2014, 7:20 am


Passerby said:


The scholars don’t think that ISIS was planted in the no-fly zone long before 2003, getting their medical care, supplies etc., (along with Abu Nidal etc.)?

And still no answer to my question. It’s a sincere question, and it’s the primary reason some, such as I, supported removing Saddam Hussein.

What happens after the first WMD on a Western population center?

I was just hoping you could help me with that, that’s how I would be convinced. I was just hoping as an expert on scholars, you could report what they say about it.

Guess not.

June 27th, 2014, 8:42 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Welcome NEW Syria

ISIS Rape Christian Mother and Daughter (for not paying the Jizya), Kill 4 Christian Women for Not Wearing Veil

Vultures food now [warning graphic]

June 27th, 2014, 9:40 am


ALAN said:
meanness. you consciously increase the suffering of the innocent Syrian citizens !
Woe to you, from God!
You deliberate the human beings to kill each other, and you are blessed that, by sending more weapons!

June 27th, 2014, 10:38 am


Ghufran said:

A U.S. official confirmed to CNN that armed American drones started flying over Baghdad in the previous 24 hours to provide additional protection for 180 U.S. military advisers in the area. Until now, U.S. officials had said all drone reconnaissance flights over Iraq were unarmed.
Using the drones for any offensive strikes against insurgent Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fighters would continue to require approval from U.S. President Barack Obama.

June 27th, 2014, 3:51 pm


ALAN said:

السفارة الأمريكية في بغداد تحوي 15000 موظف و تعتبر أكبر سفارة للولايات المتحدة في العالم !
الخوف بيقطع الجوف ! سفارة بنغازي لا تتعدى كونها قزما نسبة لنظيرتها العراقية !

June 27th, 2014, 4:13 pm


Juergen said:

Pimp my palace, or how the Mubaraks have led their country in corruption

On May 21, former president Hosni Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa Mubarak received three and four-year jail sentences on charges of embezzlement. They were also charged a LE125 million ($17.5 million) fine. In a special report, based on exclusive access to the court documents and extensive interviews with one of the original investigators, Mada Masr reconstructs the case. The following story, originally published on May 20, has been updated to reflect the verdict.

June 28th, 2014, 1:18 am


Ghufran said:

Application form- moderate Syrian rebels ( the New Yorker ):

As a Syrian rebel, I think the word or phrase that best describes me is:
A) Moderate
B) Very moderate
C) Crazy moderate
D) Other

I became a Syrian rebel because I believe in:
A) Truth
B) Justice
C) The American Way
D) Creating an Islamic caliphate

If I were given a highly lethal automatic weapon by the United States, I would:
A) Only kill exactly the people that the United States wanted me to kill
B) Try to kill the right people, with the caveat that I have never used an automatic weapon before
C) Kill people only after submitting them to a rigorous vetting process
D) Immediately let the weapon fall into the wrong hands

I have previously received weapons from:
A) Al Qaeda
B) The Taliban
C) North Korea
D) I did not receive weapons from any of them because after they vetted me I was deemed way too moderate

I consider ISIS:
A) An existential threat to Iraq
B) An existential threat to Syria
C) An existential threat to Iraq and Syria
D) The people who will pick up my American weapon after I drop it and run away

Complete the following sentence. “American weapons are…”
A) Always a good thing to randomly add to any international hot spot
B) Exactly what this raging civil war has been missing for the past three years
C) Best when used moderately
D) Super easy to resell online

June 28th, 2014, 7:39 am


habib said:

“Wissam al-Atal: a doctor from Gaza who became a suicide bomber for ISIS in Syria last year.”

Disgusting. This guy’s expertise is surely needed by his people at home, but he chose to end his life damaging the only state which has ever stood up to Palestinians.

He will surely burn in Hell.

June 29th, 2014, 3:20 am


ALAN said:

50. JO6PAC
/The game is about to change/ , Absalutly right! Syrian air force is trying to protect the Jordanian border from any infiltration by ISIS
U.S. plays a “devil’s game”: with one hand it hits nations with ISIS & on the other it offers “help” against ISIS

It seems that the Syrian air force roaming the skies of Iraq and Jordan constitutes a key player in the de facto alliance to contain ISIS. It is fighting a war from the airports of eastern Syria against the ranks of followers of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in what constitutes an Iraqi-Syrian front and perhaps a joint front with Jordan, all united by the invasion of Mosul….

June 29th, 2014, 11:03 am


annie said:

Israel Bombed Syria?

There is always one Middle Eastern nation that can muster jets to drop bombs nobody hears. On Monday , Israel bombed nine Syrian military sites in retaliation for a rocket lobbed over that country’s northern border with Syria. You did not see this on the nightly news. The attack killed an Arab-Israeli teen named Mohammed Karaka, who had gone to work with his dad, a driver for an Israeli defense contractor. According to Jodi Rudoren of the Times, whose story landed on a Times backpage, “the extent of any damage or casualties [in Syria] was not clear.” Israeli General Ben-Reuven conceded that Syrian rebels were probably behind the attack, but said Israel held President Bashar al-Assad responsible and had fired at his military to “tell them: you have to control your area and stop this terror organization acting against Israel.”

The most interesting part of the story is not that Israel typically sees fit to rain hellfire on multitudes to revenge a single Israeli life, but that the single dead Israeli in this case was an Arab. It is impossible to imagine any other nation in the Middle East bombing a neighbor’s military installations without the act becoming the lead story of the day, let alone the week.


June 29th, 2014, 2:49 pm



This is the scenario created by Assad:

All rebels fronts against the Assad milicias and sectarian criminal regime are being shadowed by Russian creation ISIL.
Now Assad is the protector of all parties. Assad is the creator of all terrorists but now he is at the same time the protector of all good people.

Later Assad will be considered a top international figure and will get some kind of reward if not the Nobel Prize.

Finally Iran will get international reconaissance and Lebanon, Syria and Irak as a war reward.

And Iran will give up all palestianians rights and get a peace signed with Israel renouncing to the Golan.

It is top work of criminal politics strategy.

June 29th, 2014, 3:04 pm


jo6pac said:

Thanks Alan sure hope it only takes a few days to put them in the air

53 Annie check this, the altanet story might be wrong

June 29th, 2014, 4:05 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


Yes. Israel bombed SAA targets, and hell, we should have done this. This is a clear message to this collapsing region: we are not one of you. If you touch one of us (Israeli Arabs included, of course), you will get fire rain from hell.

When I see what’s going on around us, I expect my government to do exactly that.

June 29th, 2014, 5:25 pm


ALAN said:

Stop inflate yourself as balloon!! temporarily can enjoy your holiday on the beach at the Mediterranean Sea

June 29th, 2014, 6:05 pm


ALAN said:

It’s impossible to demand sympathy from the world when Israel ignores the world’s decisions; it’s impossible to demand action when Israel is perpetuating the occupation; and it’s impossible to demand solidarity with the fate of Israeli victims when that same victimized Israel continues to kill, wound and arrest innocents as a matter of routine.
Now Israel is discovering that it’s no longer the center of attention as it always was before, and that the fate of its kidnapping victims no longer stops the world in its tracks, not even in the United States.
The world is sick of Israel and its insanities. Unfortunately, the world has also lost interest in what happens here. When Israel was a more just country, the world identified with its victims. It continued to do so even when Israel became less just. But now, when Israeli rejectionism is hitting new heights and its oppression of the Palestinians is returning to what it was during the very worst periods, the world has started getting tired of it all. Even the kidnapped Nigerian girls interest it more.
By Gideon Levy, Haaretz, June. 26, 2014

June 29th, 2014, 6:20 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

The End of Sykes Picot


I support the end of Sykes Picot borders, but not in this way. I don’t want you to think that I’m upset or something, but I wish the newly born Daashi Caliphate a quick Infant mortality, and to our new Caliph, His Highness al Baghdadi I wish he will be raped in hell by 60 whores.

June 29th, 2014, 9:20 pm


ALAN said:

/and hell/:
I have previously advised to enjoy the seaside! And not to enjoy a bomb shelters.There is dismal place!Probably the attrition expected to start!
is it yours:

June 30th, 2014, 4:18 pm


sami said:

A beautiful piece by Rana Qabbani in Quds Al-Arabi. I am man enough to say it made me tear up. The cat part is what got to me.

مذكرات الناجي
رنا قباني

ذكر مرة كنت أسير في شارع متواضع من شوارع شمال لندن، فتوقفت عند بائع لأشتري ما أشرب، كنت في الصف، أنتظر دوري لكي أدفع، فلاحظت سيدة أمامي، رغم سنها المتقدم، ترتب أكياسها الكثيرة، وتلهث.
فوراً جذبتني وحدتها واغترابها (فلهجتها الأفريقية الجنوبية وهي تتكلم مع البائع كشفتها) ووجدت ان حنينا مؤلما قد اعتراني فجأة، كما يعتري كل منفي او لاجئ عن ارضه. لحقتها حين خرجت من المتجر، وطلبت منها ان تسمح لي بحمل بعض أكياسها. ردها كان غير الرد البريطاني المعتاد، المؤدب جداً، بل الحاد دوماً في عدم الرغبة في الإعتماد على الغير او التعاطي العفوي مع أحد، غريبا كان ام قريبا. على العكس، ابتسمت هذه السيدة، ولم تعترض حين أخذت منها ثلاثة من أكياسها الخمسة. مشينا ببطء، وقالت ان الثقيل في حملها هو طعام هرتها، التي اصبحت هرمة مثلها، فلم تعد تأكل اي شيء يمكن تحضيره في البيت. قلت أني لم أذكر العيش في بيت خلا من هذه المخلوقات البديعة والغامضة كل الغموض. وصفت لها قطط دمشق، اللواتي كن مدللات في أراضي الديار، يلبسن أطواق الخرز الأزرق، وينمن في الليوان. وقيل ان قدرتهن على السباحة في مياه البحرة لم تكن فقط لاصطياد السمك الأحمر الذي عاش فيها، بل بسبب ذاكرة جماعية في تركيبهن البيولوجي، اذ كن منحدرات من قطط بحيرة «فان» في الأناضول الشرقي، حيث سكن الأتراك والأرمن معا ولقرون قبل المجازر، يتمتعون بثلج أزرق على جبالهم في الصيف، وببحيرة ذات مياه مالحة وشكل مثلث، تسبح فيها قطط ذات عيون غير متجانسة، واحدة صفراء والأخرى خضراء.
لاحظت مستمعتي أنني كنت أصف كل هذا بكثير من العاطفة، فقالت ببساطة: «أظنك تحبين ما أحب أنا — القراءة ووصف تضاريس الطفولة لكي لا تذوب تحت مطر لندن!» وبالفعل كنت اقرأ، وأنا في القطار في طريقي الى تلك المنطقة من العاصمة البريطانية التي لم أعرفها من قبل، أجمل سيرة ذاتية عن طفولة بنت في أفريقيا؛ عن أهلها ومزرعتهم هناك، التي كانت تعج بالقطط، والتي أصبحت، حين كبرت وخرجت من الدار، لتصطاد في ليل البرية، متوحشة مثل النمور، وخطيرة على الأطفال والماشية. فاضطر الأب الى قتلها. لكنه — وكان حالماً أكثر منه مزارعا — لم يتحمل المجزرة التي ارتكبها، فانهار، بعد ان أنقذ قطة زوجته المفضلة، ووضعها على السرير في غرفتهما، لكي تنجو من الدم وتنام.
«تعبت! تعبت كثيرا» صرخت في فجأة السيدة المسنة، وأرادت ان نجلس في أقرب مقهى على طريقنا. طلبنا الماء والشاي وأخذت تحرك قطعة السكر التي وضعتها في فنجانها بصمت ثم سألتني اذا كان بإمكانها رؤية الكتاب الذي حدثتها عنه. أخرجته من حقيبة يدي: كانت أطراف صفحاته ممزقة بعض الشيء، وغلافه عليه بقع ماء وقهوة، اذ انني اشتريته من مكتبة أنطوان في بيروت حين سقطت المدينة في حربها الأهلية قبل عمر من حديثنا، اذ أردت قراءته لشاعري الذي تزوجته لانه أهداني قطة بدل الخاتم. كان يسألني دوماً لماذا لا «أخرخر» مثلها، لكي يطمئن أنني سعيدة معه، ولن أتركه.
أخذت السيدة المسنة الكتاب من يدي، وطلبت قلماً من صاحب القهوة. «كنت في عمرك حين كتبت هذه الكلمات»، قالت لي دوريس ليسينغ، التي نالت، بعد سنوات من هذا اليوم الصدفة، جائزة «نوبل» للأدب لعام 2007، لعملها الرائع في وصف مجتمع الأبارتهايد في روديسيا، ولعقيدتها النسوية السباقة لزمنها، المتمردة على كل الأيديولوجيات، بما فيها اليسار الذى لم يتبرأ بسرعة كافية من إبادات ستالين — ذاك اليسار الغربي الذي انتمت اليه في صباها، والذي لا يختلف أبدا عن يسارنا العربي وعن فكرنا القومجي البائس، الذي صف ببذاءة مع الطغاة. أخطر كتبها بالنسبة لي، وأكثر كلامها تعبيراً عن قدرة الإنسان على ارتكاب الجرائم العبثية في المدن الحديثة، أثناء الحروب والحصار والمجاعات والخراب الشامل، هو كتاب «مذكرات الناجي». عدت وقرأته مرارا في آخر ثلاث سنوات، لكي احاول ان أفهم ماذا فعل النظام الأسدي بدرعا وحماة وحمص ودير الزور ومدننا السورية كافة. وصف ليسينغ فيه لرجال ونساء أصبحوا مجرد آلات غبية مفرغة من كل رحمة، تمارس النهب والإغتصاب والذبح، هو أدق وصف لشبيحة بشار الأسد وما فعلوا ويفعلون بالناس. عاشت ليسينغ لفترة في صباها في ايران، قبل ان تتآكلها الحروب التي لم يربحها الا تجار الأسلحة، وتأكلها بلقمة واحدة وبطمع الجشع الجائع الى سلطة «أبدية» لا تمسك الا بالقمع الأعمى، والدعاية السوداء، وبالتوسع الجنوني خارج حدودها، بدعة «ولاية الفقيه».
لم يبدأ التاريخ الحديث لمنطقتنا عد جرائمها، ولا تخريبها لحرية جيل بأكمله. لم يحص كيف زجت الطائفية الحمقاء في النفوس والأجساد، ولم يصف بالأرقام فساد منظريها وغطرستهم وشعبهم يكافح على حافة الجوع. اما «مقاومتهم» الزائفة، فقد جاءت كارثية على القضية الفلسطينية في نظر العالم، خاصة بعد تجويع مخيم اليرموك في دمشق.
حين غادرتني دوريس ليسينغ، قالت لي: «ليس بإمكاننا تغيير البشرية ولا الرجل، ولكننا بإمكاننا ان نكن أمينات في البلاغ عما عشناه ورأيناه: ان نكون شاهدات على العصر».

Sorry for the long paste. its well worth it. And Quds links tend to change frequently for some really odd reason.

And also a great read is Hazem Saghieh who dispels the false permise that arabs have to choose either a dictatorship or extremism and the moral bankruptcy of the so called arab leftists.

June 30th, 2014, 11:17 pm


ALAN said:

The destruction that the US oligarchs have wrought in the Middle East, with all of its terrible human consequences, is the external manifestation of their destructive role within the US itself—smashing up the country’s manufacturing base, turning its economy into a gambling casino for financial parasites, destroying the jobs and living standards of millions of people. With no answers to the growing crisis at home, they turn to violence abroad, only compounding the catastrophes they have created overseas.
The “not responsibles” and “not guilties” from Kerry, Kristof, Friedman and the other advocates and apologists for American military aggression won’t wash. US imperialism is responsible for terrible crimes against humanity.
Yet no one has been held accountable. Not those in Washington—Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, et al.—who conspired to wage a war of aggression; not those in the current administration, from Obama on down, who conspired to shield their predecessors and continue the same predatory policies; not the military brass who carried out the war; not the private contractors who enriched themselves off of it; not the lying media that helped foist the war onto the American public; not the cowardly and conformist academics who justified and went along with it.
Together, they are responsible for the catastrophes that have been inflicted upon the peoples of Iraq, Libya and Syria.
Bill Van Auken

July 1st, 2014, 12:58 am


annie said:

Ilan Pappe I know he is not very popular with el akbar here but he is one of my heroes

July 1st, 2014, 2:59 am


Badr said:

“Hazem Saghieh who dispels the false permise that arabs have to choose either a dictatorship or extremism”


And he argued for the notion that separating the religious, sectarian, and ethnic communities would be the only solution.

July 1st, 2014, 4:12 am


Passerby said:

300 more boots on the ground in the last couple days, 200 of them Not part of the 300 a couple days ago and the 275 for the “Embassy” a day before that. That’s 775 plus however many of the 5,300 in the Green Zone are soldiers.

The US says the 300 is to guard the airport, the embassy and the road between the two. They have helicopters and drones, whatever that means. “Sources” say it is because ISIS has gotten closer to Baghdad on the West, where the Airport is.

But also today, more embassy staff was relocated to Kurdistan or Basra, above that already moved. So probably more than just issues with the airport.

It’s all about rescuing the people in the US Embassy. Under the current domestic political firestorm about Benghazi, one expects a wealth of caution, but not a sign of confidence.

But then, they could vote out Maliki and put in someone with a plan, starting today, and ISIS could be about to fall on hard times.

The bottom line is there is only one force on earth, one agent of Good standing in the breech, that can prevent the Muslims from slaughtering each other wholesale, the United States of America.

July 1st, 2014, 4:24 am


ALAN said:

The bottom line there is only one shit on the earth, one agent standing in the *ss, that can play thimble together with the Sio- Clinton-Muslims for slaughtering others including radicals wholesale, the United States of America.

July 1st, 2014, 6:03 am


ALAN said:

Vladimir Putin criticized the West for its intention to turn the planet into “global barracks.”
Speaking in front of ambassadors on Tuesday, Putin expressed hope that Western partners will stop imposing their principles on other countries.
“I hope pragmatism will still prevail. The West will get rid of ambitions, pursuits to establish ‘world’s barracks’ – to arrange all according to ranks, to impose uniform rules of behavior and live of the society,” Putin said.

July 1st, 2014, 7:57 am


ALAN said:

An American author and investigative journalist says CIA director John Brennan who is “a known Saudiphile” has played a key role in the creation and rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

July 1st, 2014, 8:43 am


Passerby said:

Sure thing, Alan, the Muslims are doing just what we want them to do. The US has control and worldwide mad dog terrorism, and war with every major religion on earth, (as they are all at peace with each other), is just super swell. Just the way we planned it.

Not only that, but we appear to have mastered time travel, since it’s been going on for 1000 years before there was a USA.

Nah, they will butcher each other wholesale if the US doesn’t stop it. And don’t assume the Sunni governments will continue to be weaker than the Shiite, unwilling to fight. Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt…lots of firepower there.

Someone needs to tell the Iraqi parliament, that just took a week off that they may need to meet in Basra a week from now.

July 1st, 2014, 11:47 am


Passerby said:

Yes Alan, Russia has decided to promote the same Dogma Hitler was spewing in Stalingrad. They give their flunkies media time to add the racist part to the bankers.

Putin’s grandfather was the most powerful man in the USSR under both Lenin and Stalin, and could have killed either any day he felt like it. Didn’t feel like it.

July 1st, 2014, 12:03 pm


ALAN said:

The doctor of Political Sciences, University of Bellevue (Nebraska, USA) Mathew Krosston in his article draws the reader’s attention to the fact that the logic of geopolitical processes pushes the state on the most bizarre alliances. After the United States, ignoring the warnings of experts on the Middle East, almost completely destroyed Iraq as a state, declaring attempt to create a “democratic society”, on a place of former structure the vacuum was formed. Most often, this vacuum is filled by poverty, corruption and despair with radical organizations. when the radical group the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant took nearly a half of Iraq, the United States has no choice except to seek help from Iran and that it seems absolutely improbable.
After the Syrian president could almost single-handedly reversed all Western attempts to forcibly change the power in this country, it is unlikely to be interested in strengthening the radical Sunni group that already may soon gain the upper hand over the official Baghdad. As the author notes, the new realities give rise to strange alliances, which six months ago, no one could not have imagined.

July 1st, 2014, 1:19 pm


amspirnational said:

Someone should have told the Muslim world Americans would butcher each other wholesale unless it intervened….circa 1861.

July 1st, 2014, 2:06 pm


ALAN said:

56. JO6PAC said:
/Thanks Alan sure hope it only takes a few days to put them in the air/
Here they are S.A.Falcons!
Syrian pilot flying Iraqi SU-25 over iraq and blasting ISIS!

July 1st, 2014, 4:45 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Our beloved Caliph Al-Baghdadi (I’m Shami too, according to Daash) greets us for the holly month of Ramadan. If you thought that his Highness’ aspirations end with Sham and Iraq, here’s a list of states that should begin to worry:

The Caucasus
the Emirates and the KSA
Syria and Iraq of course
The Magreb states

Here’s the Caliph, the Amir (not me) of the believers, in his own voice

July 1st, 2014, 9:06 pm


ALAN said:

Stop the hypocrisy! Israel is a major operator for these killers!

The Syria-Iraq war is testing the resilience of decades-long alliances, even the future of the modern nation state, which lies at the foundation of post-WWII international law.

July 2nd, 2014, 4:53 am


ALAN said:

Naturally, the delivery of the first five Su-25 from Russia to Iraq provoked a strong reaction in the Arab world and the media. In addition to the Russian admiration quick response to a request from Baghdad and frustration slowness of Washington, the media also discuss lingering resentment of Iraqis, and so does not yet started the actual delivery of the ordered 36 American F-16. Incidentally, 5 June in the U.S. base in Texas Americans officially at a ceremony passed the first F-16 to Iraqis. But beyond this base in Texas and the first aircraft did not move and remained in the United States. Iraqi Prime Minister said that the supply has become a “long and slow way.” Pentagon was forced to make excuses, noting that the delivery goes according to plan and the aircrafts will start to arrive in the Autumn, as it was negotiated. With regard to the Russian aircrafts, it is expected that soon their numbers in Iraq will be increased up to 12 Su-25 and 2, Su-24 And it is – a real help to the Government of Nuri al-Maliki, who Obama has betrayed and left alone in the face of the invasion of armed extremists. On older aircraft hastily put new engines. Iraqi Air Force Commander said that the aircraft arrived with Russian experts in three or four days to leave Iraq, but in Iraq there is a sufficient number of pilots and maintenance personnel. So, there were officers with experience of piloting Su-25 even during the Iran-Iraq war. It is clear that these machines will be used urgently against proclaimed three days ago militants ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) “Caliphate” in the Iraqi and Syrian territory. But even if their pilots not to be missed, the Iraqis are willing to hire on contract pilots from Russia, Belarus and Iran, because it is not a mercenary, BUT an assisting the legal authorities in the fight against international terrorism, the mastermind who is now the de facto U.S. act

So in Iraq has created a unique situation where the military instructors and U.S. Special Forces may work elbow to elbow with the Russian pilots and officers of the Iranian team, “Al-Quds”, set up for help Hezbollah and for the liberation of Jerusalem from Israel. In addition, at the airbase, “Al-Rashid” near Baghdad Iranians have already established a command post, put electronic intelligence unit and carried out with this database flight their own reconnaissance drones. This is the first former U.S. base, which has moved to the Iranians. In addition, the Iranians concentrated their aviation at bases in western Iran for attacks on ISIS, and according to some reports, Iran has already made his first airstrike targets in Baiji during the battle for oil refining complex.

July 2nd, 2014, 5:56 am


ALAN said:

The Israeli Caliphs in active actions!
المستوطنون الاسرائيلييون اختطفوا فجر اليوم الأربعاء، الفتى المقدسي محمد حسين ابو خضير (17 عاماً) من قرية شعفاط شمال مدينة القدس. المركبة من نوع “هونداي” توقفت قبل آذان الفجر بعشر دقائق واختطفت هذا الفتى وذهبت مسرعة دون التمكن من اللحاق بها.
في وقت لاحقاستدعت الشرطة الإسرائيلية والديّ الطفل للتعرف على جثته المحترقة في غابة قرب قرية دير ياسين غربي القدس المحتلة.

July 2nd, 2014, 9:18 am


ALAN said:

Time for America to hear TRUTH: Stop spending billions on wars you’ll never win. Instead bring your troops & money home to people who deserve it!
You are on a fast track to Hell with Obama and Kerry at the helm.
Do your best!

July 2nd, 2014, 12:04 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

I noticed that the comments section here is very slow and thin lately. I’m quite sure that this isn’t due to the July-August vacations season.
So what is it? fatigue? despair? boredom?

July 2nd, 2014, 3:14 pm


Uzair8 said:

Tweet by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi (2nd July):

“Khilafah state ISIS declared is illegitimate; its followers are deviators. Supporting it is haram. It must be stopped and will be defeated.”

July 2nd, 2014, 3:51 pm


Uzair8 said:

A lengthy piece (29th June):

The Future of the Middle East
by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

مستقبل الشرق الأوسط

الشيخ محمد أبو الهدى اليعقوبي

رغم أن خريطة الشرق الأسط قد استقرت منذ مائة عام على هذه الحدود المصطنعة التي قسمت تركة الدولة العثمانية في الاتفاقية الشهيرة لوزيري خارجية بريطانية وفرنسة سايكس/بيكو ، إلا أن الخرائط البديلة كانت دائما محجوبة عن الأنظار في أدراج دوائر صنع القرار السياسي في الغرب تنتظر الوقت الملائم لتحقيقها. وقد بدأت أولى ملامحها بالظهور في خضم الأحداث المتسارعة التي تشهدها العراق مع التطور المتسارع والتقدم المفاجئ لتحالف الثوار وداعش ، وخروج المعابر الحدودية عن سيطرة القوات النظامية ، وتقدم قوات البشمركة للسيطرة على كركوك وما يحاذيها من المناطق المتنازع عليها .

إن تصوير وسائل الإعلام الغربية ما حدث بالمفاجأة إنما هو مادة إعلامية لاستهلاك الشعوب ، فالغرب لا يؤمن بالمفاجأة ، وساذج هو من يظن أن الغرب قد تفاجأ بهذه الأحداث ، فمطابخ السياسة الغربية تؤمن بصنع الأحداث وتتوقع النتائج وتوجه المسار لتصل إلى ما رسمت من الأهداف ، ولذلك أسباب ليس هذا محل التوسع في بيانها لعل أهمها سبق الوصول إلى المعلومات ، واختراق معظم الحركات والثورات والتنظيمات والحكومات ودراسة نماذج التغيير السياسي في تاريخ العالم ، مما يصبح معه أي مشهد جديد معادلة رياضية أو قياسا منطقيا لا يحتاج إلا إلى ترتيب المقدمات للوصول إلى النتائج الحتمية .

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July 2nd, 2014, 4:02 pm


Playing the innocent said:

– 56. Amir in Tel Aviv said:
Yes. Israel bombed SAA targets, and hell, we should have done this. This is a clear message to this collapsing region: we are not one of you.

You are not one of what? Are we talking about human beeings or uebermenschen, when we talk of you?
– Coming in for the assist is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The group announced it will unfold an all-out effort on Capitol Hill, a landmark move for an organization that has sat out rounding up members for votes on other resolutions in the past.

Everyone knows that this scenario would have led to a big mass murdering inside syria and according to every information source, it was your favourite one. But maybe, or possibly in your thoughts, some of the syrians could have survived. Depending on your wish, surely.


July 2nd, 2014, 5:25 pm


ALAN said:

83. UZAIR8
why your dear cleric is not called John Bren­nan, who has played a key role in the creation and rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)by name?

July 2nd, 2014, 5:26 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Mohammad Zoabi, a relative of the infamous Kenneset member Haneen Zoabi speaks out

his FB

July 2nd, 2014, 6:26 pm


habib said:

80. Amir in Tel Aviv

Dirty Salafis killing other dirty Salafis gets boring after a while. But hopefully there’ll be some action in Israel soon, third intifada?

The Zionist monsters versus Hamas traitors? Syria’s enemies are weakening themselves.

July 3rd, 2014, 1:18 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

91. Habib,

“…Dirty Salafis killing other dirty Salafis gets boring after a while”.

Not when this is happening in your homeland, the country that you supposedly love. This is exactly the attitude of apathy and indifference to common causes, that brought your Arab states to the degree of “failed”.

So Habib, you hate the Salafis, you hate the Zionists, you’re indifferent towards your homeland. Is there something you love (besides yourself)?

July 3rd, 2014, 9:54 am


ALAN said:

Kidnapping and murder is Israeli BS. This was a plot to lay blame on Palestinians so Monster Natenyahu and it’s satanic forces could kill at will and blame Hamas.. This psychopath bombed and shot randomly, killing and murdering Palestinian children mothers and babies. A very sick society, worse the Hitler…. a crazy nut job with an army supplied by the west. This is the shame and guilt all Americans must endure that we helped this satanic force murder and kill children. America will have to answer for her crimes against humanity.

US-financed “IDF” sectarian terror group moving militants towards Gaza,7340,L-4537501,00.html

July 3rd, 2014, 11:32 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

A new survey among west bank and gaza Arabs:

Please state your view about the MAIN palesinian goal for the next 5 years:

** To work towards reclaiming ALL of historic palestine from the river to the sea = 60%

** To work for a one state solution, in all of the land, a state in which Arabs and Jews will have equal rights in one country, from the river to the sea = 10%

If you were Israeli, would you give them a palestinian state?

July 3rd, 2014, 4:48 pm


SimoHurtta said:

Amir in Tel Aviv when “they” (the future forms of ISIS) come in hundreds of thousands will you become Amir in Warsaw or Amir in Boston or Amir swimming towards Cyprus? Or will you become Abdul in Yāfā?

It is rather astonishing that Israeli Jews do not understand that there are some 5-6 million Jews (though most with a second passport) in Israel + 6-7 million living elsewhere. There are 450 million Arabs and 1.2 billion Muslims. Marching around Israel and Jerusalem shouting “Death to Arabs” is not a very clever thing to do, when you are surrounded by Arabs. Not even if you have a second passport in hip pocket. High tech US army did not perform well against Iraqis and Talebans.

July 3rd, 2014, 5:21 pm


Playing the innocent said:

Hey Amir. I am waiting for your answer.

Take another link for your mass murder wish “We strike syria”
There are hundreds of serious reports like this on the net.

But meanwhile let’s focus on actual developments on the golan heights:

“With the Nusra fighters, the Israelis have no problem. On the contrary: They treat injured Nusra-warriors in their military hospitals. It displeases them only when they are photographed by UN observers, when they smuggle the rebels through the security fence.”

(Just a report of UN troops on the heights, nothing else,

Bombing moderate people in Gaza and taking care of the extremists against Syria in hospitals.

Sure. You don`t have anything to do with that. Nothig, but don’t forget to play the innocent victim.

July 3rd, 2014, 5:48 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

96. Playing the innocent,

No one outside the medical core within the IDF knows who are the Syrian individuals that are being treated in Israeli hospitals. This is a policy created to protect those individuals. I don’t think that we treat the Islamists there, but I don’t know. Neither do you or any one else.

Personally I believe that Israel is assisting the Druze people, who live in the Syrian part of the Golan, and many women and children, the victims of the fighting there.

July 3rd, 2014, 9:58 pm


Passerby said:

What if Cuba was launching thousands of rockets at Miami and kidnapping US kids and killing them? Or Georgia was doing it to Russia, or Taiwan to Communist China, or the Taliban to Iran, or any other country on earth, except Israel?

They would inflict sufficient harm to make it stop once and for all, period.

But Israel has to sit there and tolerate it, like their lives are of no importance. And these poor souls are the Great Conspiracy, that are the responsible party for all your failings?

July 3rd, 2014, 10:31 pm


Passerby said:

How come Iran isn’t infuriated with Assad for rather obviously supporting ISIS?

I mean, they might think it’s a cute trick to plant them there, exactly like Saddam planted them in the no-fly zone, history repeating itself. A great trick to destroy anyone even remotely moderate, and ISIS/Al-Qaeda in Iraq/Islamic State/Crispy Critters, is no problem in that part of Syria no one wants anyway.

But cutting off the heads of the Shia they get their hands on, that has to stick in Iran’s craw.

Still haven’t blown up the Shrine in Samarra. For whatever reason. They probably wouldn’t be thrilled with that either.

Sure seems like Assad would be expected to do a 180 on ISIS or get Iran infuriated with him. Why isn’t that happening? Does Iran need Assad that much? Seems like it’s the other way around.

July 3rd, 2014, 10:45 pm


Juergen said:

I think this is the most plausible article on the sad killings of these yeshiva students.

The men Israel blames for the deaths of Israeli teenagers and their violent family history

July 4th, 2014, 2:23 am


SimoHurtta said:

Jürgen could three Hitler Jugend boys have walked around occupied France, Poland or Warsaw Ghetto unharmed in the middle of night? I doubt that. Israeli Jews seem not to understand that it is not wise to send their children in the middle of very pissed of people who have been severely humiliated, exploited and murdered by Jews for halve a century.

Could you as a German walk around Israel with a text in your t-shirt: “Ich bin ein Deutscher und Ich bewundere was Adolf Hitler hat getan”. History and occupation have the price tag also for those who did not directly participate in the past events. Israeli settler boys in occupied area are a such “t-shirt text” for Palestinians.

On the other hand Israeli settlers and army have killed during the last decade hundreds of Palestinian teens and children. Palestinians have the “right” to revenge and resistance much more than the oppressors side. What is “funny” when Jews murder a Palestinian boy, that is in Israeli press called a nationalist motivated attack, when Palestinians do anything from trowing a stone it is always called terrorism.

Video showing the kidnapping of murdered and burned Palestinian boy. And the Jewish police can not “find” the Jewish murderers in a city full of cameras. Come-on.

July 4th, 2014, 7:39 am


ALAN said:

occupation? desire in occupied territories to live peacefully? oppress Palestinians constantly? Nazi! real Nazi!
On Israel’s genocidal nature

July 4th, 2014, 8:42 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


Usually I don’t debate with rude people.

But since you are among the “elders” here on SC I’ll answer you.

You ignore the rich Jewish history of this HolyLand. Every stone you pick, and every dust you dust, you find evidence for the great Jewish history of this land. Most Arab villages and towns, their names are derived from the older name in Hebrew. We didn’t colonize this land. We reclaimed this land from the Arab colonizers who stormed it from the Arabian desert, many years ago.

As for me, I have no intention of becoming a refugee. Defiantly not a Jewish refugee in Europe. Do I have to remind you the shameful treatment, you did treat your European Jews? Like Finland (were you come from, if I remember correctly), who betrayed it’s Jews by willingly cooperating with the Nazis.

For me, it’s living here or dying while fighting for my land. There’s no third option.

July 4th, 2014, 9:10 am


ALAN said:

Gilad! Well concluded at 15:50! BRAVO!

July 4th, 2014, 9:34 am


ALAN said:

If Israel was actually shooting to kill, there would be dead bodies covering the streets.” If Israel thought it could get away with it without upsetting the EU and the US too much then there would be a quick mass genocide of Palestinians. However the slow drip drip of no more than three kids a day is the preferred option that the Zionist controlled media can live with without its silence becoming too embarrassing and obvious to the general public.

The bombing of a house Amer Abu Aisha at the traffic circle

July 4th, 2014, 10:55 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

The 16 y/o young Arab who was kidnapped and murdered in Jerusalem, was gay. He was murdered by his own family in what is notoriously known as “honor killing”. Israel, “settlers” and Jews have nothing to do with this tragedy.

This is very sad of course, and it demonstrates the brutal faith of minorities (gays among them) in a Muslim Arab environment.

July 4th, 2014, 10:56 am


ALAN said:


July 4th, 2014, 11:02 am


ALAN said:

savage beating by Israeli police in neighborhood where murdered teen was kidnapped
Israeli police beating Palestinian in Shuafat, Jerusalem

July 4th, 2014, 11:41 am


ALAN said:

one of the American defense companies announced the recruitment of civilians for dummies “documenting operations on the territory of Abkhazia.” From applicants for jobs requires ownership opened the Abkhaz language, the presence of acting skills and willingness to work in hot spots. Given the rich history of “attacks,” the White House fabricated in Syria and in other states, another “incident” is planned to fabricate in relation to Abkhazia, which, according to Washington’s plans, should stir up the world community and give the West a pretext for new sanctions against Russia. With research website you can find here.,-translators,–linguists-or-culture-advisors-for-various-cultures/job?mobile=false&width=946&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false
if conflict erupts again in Abkhazia Russia will be blamed by the international community. Mobius International has been advertising for Russian crisis actors for a lot longer than Georgian ones. You have been warned! ALERT WARNED !

July 4th, 2014, 1:11 pm


ALAN said:

الطبيعة العنصرية لهؤلاء الميؤس من اصلاحهم

July 4th, 2014, 4:42 pm


SimoHurtta said:

Amir in Tel Aviv (for a while) is Yigal Amir your relative? Yigal Amir was that Jewish “hero” who assassinated the Jewish prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Amir only your tribe can at once invent, that the murdered Arab boy was a homosexual and murdered by his own family. “Amusingly” that rumor, which was very fast, effectively and in organized way spread by “your kind”, came from the Israeli Jewish police (despite that there is gag order about the investigations), anonymously naturally. Have the Jews arrested “family members” and accused them for the crime? No they haven’t. By the way Amir still for a while in Tel Aviv the murdered boy was an Israeli like you (Israeli citizen) being from East Jerusalem. And you over nationalistic religious nuts claim, that Israel is not a worst kind of a Apartheid state.

As for me, I have no intention of becoming a refugee. Defiantly not a Jewish refugee in Europe. Do I have to remind you the shameful treatment, you did treat your European Jews? Like Finland (were you come from, if I remember correctly), who betrayed it’s Jews by willingly cooperating with the Nazis.

Well I suppose nobody here wants you here to Europe. We have enough nuts here. Finland did not give a single of our “own” Jews to Germany, even Germany demanded. Jews here served in our army like all others in the wars against Soviet Union. Finland gave a couple Jewish refugees, from Austria if I remember right, to Germany. Jews have here been real equal citizens with full rights. The richest Finn is – surprise – a Jew (though it is a bit unclear how his family became so rich in a so short time – arms trade and drugs say some – well …). Two members of Finnish parliament (200 members) are Jews, considering that there are little over 1000 Jews here a remarkable achievement. Shameful treatment indeed …

July 4th, 2014, 5:33 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


But you do not deny that Finland willingly cooperated with the Nazis, although the Fins knew what was Nazi ideology and their intentions towards European Jews. Finland also helped the Nazis by supplying them with materials and finances, banking and manpower.

And you have shity weather.

July 4th, 2014, 7:40 pm


Sami said:


While I am against separation or the dividing of Syria, increasingly the argument of a Federated Syria is becoming a viable alternative to the status quo. If Quebec in canada can be a distinct society with its own laws that conform to the Canadian Federal laws such as the Canadian Bill of Rights then perhaps the same can be done in Syria. It can be away where the various sects are well protected within their own community but still remain part of the Syrian society.

July 4th, 2014, 9:53 pm


Sami said:

“We reclaimed this land from the Arab colonizers who stormed it from the Arabian desert, many years ago.”

Many Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrians have genetics that trace them to Phoenicians and Caananites. Both of whom are from the Bronze Age. Before the advent of Monotheism.

Abraham the father of Judaism and Monotheism was from Ur in Mesopotamia which is somewhere in Iraq/Turkey/Syria border region. He was instructed to leave his Native land of Ur and go to the “promised Land”.

July 4th, 2014, 10:16 pm


Passerby said:

Russia Today is just mindless Nazi screed, Alan, it’s not news, much less evidence of anything. Why would anyone want to watch some video of theirs? I mean, unless they are Nazis too.

July 5th, 2014, 8:35 am


Passerby said:

Nah, the only ones related to Phoenicians in the Middle East are the Hebrews (Jews and Samaritans) and the Alawites, who were originally the Phoenicians who weren’t run off by the invading Greeks.

The Muslims slaughtered the Samaritans wholesale if the didn’t convert so there’s some Samaritan genetics in those areas, but it’s a trace.


Yeah, it’ only a few million Hebrews, but that few million invented Thermonuclear Weapons over half a century ago. What they have invented since is a secret. All animals with a backbone, in all hostile countries, survive by their grace.

July 5th, 2014, 8:45 am


Passerby said:

The instant I saw that picture of him, I figured he was a homosexual killed for that. Interesting it’s occurred to others too.

July 5th, 2014, 9:08 am


Passerby said:

Before farming it was cannibalism, in about half the hominid bones we’ve found, (fire made it safe). Afterwards, virtually all societies went through a human sacrifice period, but it was particularly intense in the area of Canaan, and worse yet, it was their own children. It goes back 10,000 years. Always burned them too, started with bronze bowls and ended with metal Moloch statues. We have the bones of the burned children in the thousands.

Being a Canaanite, when the Hebrews arrived from Ur, led by Abraham, with his famous story preaching against sacrificing your children, is nothing to be proud of. How many in the area are descendants of those original Canaanites? It’s so mixed it’s hard to say. But the Cohen gene in 12% of Jewish men (and 60% named Cohen), and approaching 100% in Samaritan men, and them splitting 2,700 years ago, and originating 3,400 years ago, definitely plants the Hebrews there long before 2,700 years ago, with the 3,400 matching the Moses story, inferring Abraham at 4,000.

If there’s any actual scientific evidence of pre-4000 year ago genetics in the area, other than the Hebrews, I haven’t seen it.

We have the silver scrolls physical evidence of the Torah 2,600-2,700 years ago and the pottery shard at 3000 years ago in Jerusalem summarizing the moral laws of the Torah, the first physical alphabetic writing on earth still in existence.

They are certainly entitled to a little postage stamp sized piece of land there. There is certainly evidence for that. Let it go.

July 5th, 2014, 9:39 am


Passerby said:

“Recounting their departure from Tikrit to Mosul, one of them said the ISIS militants actually hurried them into the bus to safety when a bomb attack occurred just as they left the hospital building where they had been trapped. About five nurses sustained minor injuries to their hands in the process.

They were fed and looked after, they reiterated. One nurse said the insurgents provided biscuits and juice.”

It’s the Saddam Regime, just like Al-Nusra says, (a broken clock is right twice a day.)

The mad dog thing is to instill fear in their enemies and those on the fence, and attract more mindless zombies. They’ve been very careful who they attack in Syria all along. If it was mad dogs running it, not just being the shock troop zombies of the Saddam Regime, that shrine in Samarra would have been hit by artillery, or whatever, long ago.

Every single solitary thing ISIS has done is what the Saddam Regime would do. It passes the Turing Test.

July 5th, 2014, 10:33 am


sami said:

Greeks, Persians, Egyptians and most of Africa are just a few…

And most Palestinians are genetically closer to the original “chosen people” than most Jews, especially European and North American Jews.

July 5th, 2014, 10:38 am


sami said:

Its amazing how some people can tell if a child is gay by a picture!

July 5th, 2014, 10:43 am


ALAN said:

Take action: Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine

Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to the ongoing assault on Palestine and the Palestinian people, including the murders of Palestinians (including 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, murdered brutally by Israeli settlers), the bombing of Gaza, the mass arrests of over 600, and the raids, attacks, tear-gassing, invasions and closure that Palestinians are being subjected to.

July 5th, 2014, 3:15 pm


ALAN said:

where are our Syrian anti-Sionizm Jews ! please go ahead ! you are missing here!
where are our Kurdish anti-Sionizm Jews ! please go ahead ! you are missing here!
where are our Syrian anti-Sionizm Drous ! please go ahead ! you are missing here!

July 5th, 2014, 3:19 pm


ALAN said:

Bla bla bla!

July 5th, 2014, 4:19 pm


ALAN said:

Bla bla bla!

July 5th, 2014, 4:19 pm


Akbar Palace said:


Don’t waste your time with Sim. You can always smell an anti-semite, when they have one standard for arabs and another for joos.

BTW – seems there is some video footage of the kidnapping of the Palestinian boy. How do you know he was gay? I think some investigative work is in order.

July 5th, 2014, 4:22 pm


ALAN said:

124. SAMI
Do not be surprised!Zionists with the chosen DNA special plaiting are witty!

July 5th, 2014, 4:39 pm


ALAN said:

Woman ‘Horrified’ By Son’s Alleged Beating at Hands of Israeli Police

July 5th, 2014, 5:20 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


I also forgot to thank SimoHurtta on behalf of all the Jewish people, for allowing those nasty Jews in their pure Finnish parliament. Very noble of them. And not just one, but TWO..WOW!

July 5th, 2014, 5:48 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


About the young Arab teen who got murdered (he was in fact burned alive), I’ll be very surprised if the investigation shows it was a Jew who did it. There’s a gag order, so nothing in the news. There’s a photo circulating in the web that shows him (allegedly), wearing women’s dress.
If a Jew did this, he/she has to be punished in a way that we say in Hebrew “למען יראו וייראו” (for others to see and fear).

July 5th, 2014, 6:10 pm


ALAN said:

A blacklist of anti-Semitism has been prepared and your name will be in it!! Whether keep spaghetti hanging on the ears??

Video shows faces of suspected killers of Palestinian teen

July 5th, 2014, 6:28 pm


Akbar Palace said:


Yes, I agree. A powerful punishment is in order, especially if it was a Jewish thug.

Of course, arab despots like Assad and Saddam can kill as many innocent arabs as they want and we won’t hear a “chirp” from the anti-semites and resistance pros. Oh well.

July 5th, 2014, 11:41 pm


ALAN said:

Watch: Israeli forces fire on TV crew in Jerusalem
بالفيديو: إصابة مراسل فلسطين اليوم الزميل أحمد البديري في كتفه وبطنه والمصور أحمد جابر بعينه وتقني جراء إطلاق قوات الاحتلال القنابل الغازية تجاه
فريق عمل الفضائية أثناء تغطيتهم المواجهات في حي الطور بالقدس المحتلة

Israel arrests suspects in murder of Palestinian teen!

July 6th, 2014, 7:02 am


Observer said:

Well this is very nice indeed. I have just returned from the ME and I can say that the situation is wonderful indeed.

Statelets are springing up in all corners of this wonderful land.

Now, in North Lebanon we have a beginning of an implantation of the IS ideology there. The base from which bomb making is established. The suicide bombers come on airplanes now and do not cross the Syrian Lebanese border. So all of the effort of the HA to secure it is for naught.

The political instability in Lebanon gives a mood of pre civil war. Cafes are empty, hotels closed, traffic after dusk is minimal, patrols everywhere, and people are ever more partisan in their thinking.

There is panic in the Christian communities as the ability of the authoritarian regimes to protect them is fading rather quickly. Georges Corm wrote an article in Vivre Ensemble in French in which he blasts the West for its broken promises to the Kurds and Assyrians and Armenians and the lack of denouncing both Israeli apartheid and Jihadist ideology and yet asks for the help of the West to preserve the Christian population. Once again, as in 19th Century Ottoman times there is an appeal to protect the Christians and entangle the West once again in a 1400 year old feud.

HA and its organs of propaganda are now very subdued. There is no talk of Syria or its battles and travails and there is a complete shock that Iraq is disintegrating in front of their eyes.

Iran has bitten more than it can chew. Two reports came out this week one in Le Monde about the previous administration polluting the atmosphere with terrible quality gasoline with an estimated 4000 killed in Teheran alone from this pollution in the last decade and the other about the fact that water resources are drying up fully in this arid land. Several lakes are at 5% of their former water capacity.

The sanctions are biting hard. As for Syria there is a de facto break up of the country now. Iraq is on its way to a de facto break up and then a formal one as the Kurds seize the moment. Turkey is supportive and the US cannot do anything about it.

Iran will see it as a blow to its ability to keep the Kurds happy and the Syrian Kurds will ally with the Iraqi ones. Turkey will see a new Kurdish state as a nice buffer with its southern border.

Egypt as Ehsani2 said before is lurching from crisis to crisis and Libya has reverted to tribal coalition. Tunis is doing great.

The 100 year Sunni Shia war has started. IS has oil, water, electricity and an ideology to boot. On this president’s watch we see the emergence of a new Jihadist state and as I predicted the new Jihadists will make Zawahiri look like a boy scout.

Another one will re emerge in Kabul in 2016 when the Pashtun will take back the country with or without Taliban undertones.

The ideology of an Islam under siege similar to the very early days of the Muslim community when they were being threatened with death and exile has taken root. The compass by which the Jihadists think is in these terms and the way of life that they adhere to is one of constant militancy until the entire earth is under the rule of God according to their beliefs.

Now of course, if you listen to the Qaumajieh it is all the doing of the CIA Mossad MI6 combinations.

I am most cynical about Putin who now has an IS close to home, a base from which the millions of muslim youth in the former Soviet bloc and in the Russian federation are going to go get training and indoctrination. He wanted to support the iPad retard to spite the West but he cut off his nose to spite his face as we say here.

Very good news indeed. Now we have to choose between the Alawi based rule or the IS based rule. Perhaps when faced with the mirror images of these two abominations people will come to their senses and get their act together. But wait a minute, we are talking about age old sectarianism that is the most alive ideology today.

Some would accuse me of being a nihilist but my response is what is your solution then?

Lebanon is next. Mark my word. The politicians are debating the sex of the angels while the fanatics rule.

July 6th, 2014, 8:42 am


Akbar Palace said:


Thanks for the report. It doesn’t sound very good.


Today’s news reports state that both jewish and Palestinian extremists have been arrested for the murders of the Palestinian and jewish teens, respectively. To me, this is another example indicative of the need for a two-state solution.

Still, in terms of the whole ME, the Arab – Israeli conflict is a tiny side – show of dysfunction.

July 6th, 2014, 9:50 am


ALAN said:

Bass and solos guitars of AIPAC !
It is amusing to witness the energy and effort mainstream news outlets are investing in diverting attention from the fact that the current mess in ME is the direct outcome of Jewish political domination of the West for the last two decades.

July 6th, 2014, 10:24 am


Akbar Palace said:


FYI, the AIPAC excuse has run its course. No one in the Arab world is paying attention to it. AIPAC isn’t killing tens of thousands of Muslims. Can AIPAC force you to pick up a gun and shoot a fellow muslim?

July 6th, 2014, 10:46 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

It appears that the murderers of Muhammad Abu Khadir, the young Arab who was kidnapped and burnt alive, are Jewish.

I am calling the authorities to treat them the same way we treated the Arab murderers. This includes the demolition of their homes, and a severe punishment of life in prison.

July 6th, 2014, 11:30 am


ALAN said:

/Can AIPAC force you to pick up a gun and shoot a fellow muslim?/

The topic of debate is not personal! It is an Israeli-Palestinian ! unsuccessful maneuver.
by the way: have you a topic more productive than the (force you) (gun) (shoot)? or all this environment of your living environment?

July 6th, 2014, 12:27 pm


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