Sheikh al-Yaqoubi Elected to the NC—its first non-Brotherhood-aligned religious figure

The Rise of the Sufis

Matthew Barber

by Matthew Barber—This story first appeared on Syria Comment

 

Newly-elected to the Syrian National Coalition, Sheikh Mohammad al-Yaqoubi is moderate, influential, and ready to go to work

 

From the beginning of the uprising, mainstream Syrian Sunni ‘ulema—the traditional scholars who have spoken for Islam for centuries and who most Syrians recognize as the quintessential voices for religious interpretation—have been marginalized in the Syrian opposition, as Islamists of Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood persuasion steamrolled their way to dominance in both the SNC and the National Coalition. But an emerging Sufi current within the Syrian resistance could soon provide an alternative to Muslim Brotherhood hegemony and change the dynamics of the political opposition.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi has just been elected to the National Coalition, the first figure of the Sufi ‘ulema to break through the Islamist exclusivity that has kept them out until now. His appointment will be announced shortly at a National Coalition conference. Along with other Sufi sheikhs, al-Ya’qoubi is heading up efforts to solidify a Sufi bloc of political leadership and nationalist-oriented rebel groups fighting in Syria who give allegiance to the leadership of Sufi ‘ulema. He also supports efforts to train Syrian rebels in Jordan.

Early on in the uprising, the Muslim Brotherhood worked to dominate the political opposition. The SNC primarily consisted of parties loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood. The National Coalition was later created to break this one-sided disparity, but ended up being dominated by others with Muslim Brotherhood connections, as well.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

While this was the reality of the external opposition, an imbalance also formed on the ground inside Syria, as Islamist rebels received more foreign support and rose to prominence. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi feels that the U.S. made the mistake of “leaving of the ‘Syrian file’ to the regional powers,” which allowed this trend to intensify as Gulf powers targeted Islamist groups with their aid. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been primarily involved in arming rebels, but the Saudis recently pulled back their level of support. They have an ambivalent relationship with Islamist movements; on the one hand, they support the proliferation of one of the most extreme and anti-Sufi forms of Islam, Wahhabism, throughout the Muslim world. Simultaneously, they fear Islamist movements such as the MB who pose a political threat to monarchy. As the character of the militarized opposition has evolved increasingly toward Islamism, with a recent climax of Jabhat al-Nusra announcing allegiance to al-Qaida and declaring an Islamic state in Syria, reports suggested that the Saudis decided to cut off support they had been offering.

Declining aid, however, has ironically resulted in the end of much of the support that nationalist-oriented rebels were receiving, and many rebels have complained that the remaining contributions from Qatar are reaching only the Islamist fighters. Continuing trends solidifying Islamist domination of both the political and military oppositions have further weakened the desire of the international community for intervention in Syria, though the fact that several regions are now controlled by al-Qaida-linked groups has prompted some to call for the preparation of a drone strategy for Syria, prompting fears that it will end up looking like another Afghanistan.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi’s entrance into the political opposition marks a development running counter to the dominant Islamist trend. Al-Ya’qoubi is respected as one of the leading scholars and Sufi clerics in Syria, and has been ranked as the second-most influential Muslim religious figure of the country. The brand of Islam he represents is expressed in a statement of sympathy he issued following the Boston Bombing. He studied in the West and is fluent in English and Swedish.

Traditional ‘ulema like Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi served for centuries as the interpreters of Islamic sources and traditions, but after the fall of the last Islamic empire, the process of modernization that accompanied the rise of the nation state presented a challenge to their role of traditional authority. The erosion of their power was further aggravated by the emergence of Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood who introduced new interpretations of Islamic texts, contrary to the classical traditions that had existed for centuries.

Under the Ba’athists, some of Syria’s ‘ulema became seen as coopted figures who stayed close to the regime and lent it legitimacy. Others however, remained at arm’s length from the regime, and when the uprising began, they asserted their criticism of it, as did Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi. In addition to his widespread recognition among Syria’s majority Sunni Muslims, his credibility is bolstered by being the cleric who issued the first fatwa against Bashar al-Assad, in July of 2011.

After publically criticizing the regime’s violence against demonstrators in two sermons delivered at mosques in April and May 2011, he fled Syria and issued his fatwa against the regime. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi represents the kind of moderate, traditional Islam that most Syrians are familiar with, the Islam challenged by both the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists. Though taking an unambiguous stance against the regime’s violence, injustice, and terror, he also continues to exert his influence encouraging rebels to avoid terrorism through fatwas condemning tactics such as car-bombings, kidnapping, landmines, the killing of prisoners, and violence against non-combatants politically aligned with the regime. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi has combatted the fatwas of extremist clerics who have called for the targeted sectarian killing of Alawite women and children by issuing his own fatwas prohibiting the killing of civilians of the Alawite minority. He maintains a very clear position defending the rights of all minorities, including those condemned by extremists as heterodox.

Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi also differs with the Islamist agenda to “Islamize” Syria’s laws. The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups promote a kind of activism that seeks to implement a greater degree of Islamic law in the state. The growing use of “Islamic law” by Jabhat al-Nusra and other Islamist groups in territory controlled by rebels likely prompted the announcement by Mu’az al-Khatib of an effort to introduce a “code” of Islamic law sanctioned by the opposition that the rebels could implement—an apparent attempt to assuage this desire manifesting in a stampede toward “shari’a” while ensuring that such a law would be relatively moderate. Where does Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi stand on this issue? He thinks Syria’s current family laws are just fine, and are already sufficiently compatible with the shari’a. He also believes that legal reform should not be pursued before a constitutionally-based committee can be formed which would tackle any needed changes, after the regime has fallen and a new Syrian government has been created.

Despite being well-known in Syria and playing an important role in the history of the uprising, Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi and other Sufi ‘ulema like him have been excluded from the political opposition. Desperation following the slow, groaning crisis of the opposition’s ineffectiveness, as well as fears that figures like al-Ya’qoubi may band together and form an alternative opposition have led to his appointment to the National Coalition, following a letter he drafted to Mu’az al-Khatib, signed by 25 Sufi sheikhs and containing an ultimatum about the need for their participation in the political process.

One obvious question is: what level of real influence will the Sheikh have? Does his participation mark the beginning of a trend, or will he merely be the NC’s token member of the ‘ulema?

In addition to having already played an important role throughout the uprising, Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi and other Sufi leaders have been building influence lately, working together for about six months to form an umbrella organization for rebel groups comprised of Sunnis and Sufis aligned with Syria’s mainstream values, rather than Islamist agendas. The organization is called the Movement for Building Civilization. He and his peers have produced a charter document which rebels groups can sign, pledging agreement with a set of foundational principles, including:

  1. Removing the regime while not destroying the state—protecting public institutions;
  2. The rejection of revenge, retaliation, and execution during the uprising, keeping the trials of war criminals for after the collapse of the regime and the establishment of a new government;
  3. After the collapse of the regime, rebel groups should cease to carry arms and their members should return to civilian life or join the national army;
  4. All ethnic and religious communities are to be defended as equal citizens under the law;
  5. No ethnic or religious group is to be held responsible for the crimes of the regime;
  6. A future Syrian government must operate according to a separation of judicial, legislative, and executive powers;
  7. The future government must be a democracy of political multiplicity and the 1950 Constitution should be in effect during the interim period until a new parliament is elected and a new constitution is agreed upon.

Many young sheikhs who joined the Syrian uprising are frustrated with their lack of options regarding conservative political movements to be aligned with. The three main options are Salafis, Hezb al-Tahrir, and Muslim Brotherhood movements, none of which well-represent mainstream Syrian Sunnis who look for the legitimacy of ‘ulema leadership. This concern was a primary motivation for the creation of the Movement for Building Civilization. Al-Ya’qoubi and the sheikhs he works with are in contact with over 200 rebel groups who consult them regarding principles, goals, and methods, but many of these groups are disillusioned with the inability of the Sufi and ‘ulema leadership to offer them any kind of practical monetary support. Lacking funding, groups that would like to follow moderate figures of the ‘ulema will remain vulnerable to recruitment by Islamist forces.

The formation of a Sufi bloc within the opposition could provide an alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood, one that would represent far greater numbers of Syrians. Sheikh Ya’qoubi has stated that he supports a government in which the Muslim Brotherhood can operate, but that he opposes a monopoly of any one faction. He told me in a recent conversation: “We may have to deal with an Ikhwaani prime minister in the future Syria. That is democracy. But the real question is: will the government be of all one color, or will it be inclusive?”

There’s no question about which demographic will win this war: the next power in Syria will be Sunni. And the question goes beyond “how big” a Sunni win will occur. The real question is: which Sunni group’s brand of Islam will define the political paradigm of the new state? The influence of ‘ulema who respect Syria’s diversity, promote a tolerant social sphere, and support an inclusive government structure will be extremely important in the nation’s future, and the international community should be in conversation with them.

 

Addendum: see the following post for an update on how Yaqoubi, though confirmed as a new member of the NC, subsequently had his appointment reversed at an opposition conference in Istanbul.

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251. Ziad said:

Nassrallah Speech with English subtitles

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May 25th, 2013, 4:39 pm

 

252. Alan said:

UK’s complicity in Syria is as reprehensible as Woolwich attack
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/24/305183/uk-is-paying-for-complicity-in-syria/

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May 25th, 2013, 4:45 pm

 

253. Uzair8 said:

Checked out Sh. Yaqoubi’s twitter and immediately after the (23rd May) tweet about condemnation of the Woolwich murder were the following tweets:

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda 5h
سؤال برسم الإجابة:
هل الإسلام منحصر فيمن يسمون أويسميهم غيرهم بالإسلاميين؟

Google trans:
Draw question to answer:
Does Islam have been limited to those who called Oasmém the other Islamists?

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda 5h
Is Islam restricted to Islamists?

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda 5h
جماهير الشعب يريدون الإسلام ، ولكن القليل منهم يؤيدون الإسلاميين، يجب أن نفرق بين الإسلام والإسلاميين؟ والسؤال هو من الذي يمثل الإسلام؟

Google trans:
Masses of the people want to Islam, but few of them support the Islamists, must distinguish between Islam and Islamists? The question is who represents Islam?

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May 25th, 2013, 4:49 pm

 

254. SANDRO LOEWE said:

Nasrallah: we cannot side with the beheaders in Syria…

…neither he could side with peacefull popular demonstrations in the streets asking for freedom, justice and dignity from march 2011. He simply cannot ask anything contrary to Iran-Russian mafia interests in the region.

And he will pay for it.

Palestinians organization fastly turned positions but Hezb zballa cannot change without permission from Ayatollah Gof Messenger in Earth.

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May 25th, 2013, 5:41 pm

 

255. revenire said:

Sandro Loewe that isn’t what happened. There never were any peaceful demonstrations not infiltrated by Al-Qaeda and other agents of the West.

As far as threatening Nasrallah goes, I somehow doubt he reads Syria Comment.

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May 25th, 2013, 5:49 pm

 

256. Ameera said:

اسمع كلامك يعجبني اشو تصرفاتك استغرب

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May 25th, 2013, 6:03 pm

 

257. zoo said:

Ziad

Excellent speech from Nasrallah warning about the kind of the neighbors Lebanon and Jordan may have if some courageous people are not eliminating Al Qaeeda and Islamist terrorists hiding in Al Qusayr. The USA is probably condoning that operation by not giving much of an ear to the Qatar’s Arab league calling for a UNSC emergency session.

Erdogan may soon have to switch the Turkish army from fighting the Kurds to fight the Islamists extremists he has fed and settled in Syria and who are now in Turkey waitinf for their moment to hit.

That’s why he is building a wall of 2km on the Syrian border to prevent ‘infiltrations’. What he seems to forget is that the criminals who killed Turks and Syrians in Reyhanli were Turks.
The serpents he fed to remove Bashar Al Assad are already inside his country and will give him hell.

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May 25th, 2013, 6:08 pm

 

258. Ameera said:

يا شباب و صبايا
حدا بعرفلوا شي مهرب ابن حلال و مضمون يوصلنا على السويد بدون مشاكل؟ كل المهرببين نصابين عم يطلبو نص المبلغ مقدما و بعدين يا فكيك فص ملح وداب.

كل السفارات عم ترفضنا بدون دعوة رسمية فيا جماعة الخير في حدا خرج يبعتلنا دعوة انا و امي و ابي؟ والله أأرفنا و تعبنا ويا حسرتي ما النا حدا الا ابن خالتي بالسعودية بس مو طالع بايدو

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May 25th, 2013, 6:11 pm

 

259. Akbar Palace said:

Reverse,

The jihadists that Assad is fighting are not “western created”. That’s like saying Aipac is “Syrian created”.

You are very creative.

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May 25th, 2013, 6:56 pm

 

260. The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

249. MONSIEUR ZOO said:

“Excellent speech from Nasrallah”

A predictable comment from a Bashar Bootlicker…

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May 25th, 2013, 6:57 pm

 

261. Dawoud said:

235. AKBAR PALACE

“Dawoud,

Nus-lira said if Syria falls, so will Palestine.”

Although this fu@@ing Bast@@d Hasan the Devil حسن نصر الشيطان knows that his sectarian siding with Alawi dictator (he believes that the Sunni majority should never rule Syria) has lost him 90% of his Arab/Muslim admirers, he still talks about Palestine because it’s the most effective way to win back support for his selfish cult-of-personality. It’s not working for him! All major Arab news and social media Websites are full of curse angry words about his bad As@ after today’s speech. His father didn’t defend his own land, the Golan, and only a disabled Syrian tank delayed the fall of al-Quneitira for several hours. EX-president Hafez al-Amin said in 2001 that Hafez should have been tried for treason. He withdrew his troops to Damascus in order to consolidate his minority/dictatorial rule instead of defending Syrian, if not Palestinian territory. Only now, with the prospect of Bashar’s downfall, that Israel is beginning to build a wall in the Golan and arm its settlers. No wonder Israel has always thought of Hafez and Bashar as their “men in Damascus” for 43 years of Golan quietness.

As a Palestinian, I don’t believe that Syrians should be ruled by a dictator who kills and humiliates them, regardless of whether he is good or not to Palestine. As I have just said, though, he isn’t! There are 16 million Palestinian under occupation and in diaspora/exile, but there are 23 million Syrians. I believe in freedom for all, including for Jews who would live in a one secular/democratic state for all!

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May 25th, 2013, 6:57 pm

 

262. Dawoud said:

Yes, the Geneva 2 conference will fail! Turkey’s plan B will be needed!

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-316477-davutoglu-turkey-us-have-a-plan-b-on-syria-if-geneva-meeting-fails.html

Davutoğlu: Turkey, US have a Plan B on Syria if Geneva meeting fails

25 May 2013 /CELİL SAĞIR/ABDÜLHAMİT BİLİCİ, İSTANBUL
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey and US have an alternative option, a Plan B, if the upcoming Geneva meeting fails to provide a viable political solution to the two-year-old Syrian conflict.
Speaking to a group of Turkish reporters on Friday, Davutoğlu talked about the recent developments in Syria at a time when Ankara faces a pile of challenges with regard to the intractable crisis in the Middle Eastern country.

Denying criticism suggesting that Turkey shifted its policy and was forced to back initiatives for a diplomatic solution as result of a strong pressure from the US and Russia, Davutoğlu said Turkey has always backed a diplomatic solution, adding that while other countries described the Bashar al-Assad regime illegitimate from the very beginning, Turkey has struggled to persuade Assad for a political solution for nine months.
[…]

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May 25th, 2013, 7:10 pm

 

263. revenire said:

Akbar of course they’re Western created just as Al-Qaeda is Western created. Read about the Arc of Crisis as put forth by Zbigniew Brzezinski. The strategy was used to try to defeat the USSR. These were the fighters the West armed and trained in Afghanistan who later turned on the West like the Frakenstein monsters they are. Many of them are in Syria now. They are mercenaries.

Fomenting sectarian warfare is nothing new in history Akbar. You just don’t have a grasp of this history and this lack of basics cripples any rational thought.

You didn’t even know who Nahum Goldmann was.

I urge you to read a few books and broaden your understanding of our world.

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May 25th, 2013, 7:11 pm

 

264. Dawoud said:

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-316477-davutoglu-turkey-us-have-a-plan-b-on-syria-if-geneva-meeting-fails.html

‘West’s denial of military support to FSA contributed to al-Nusra’s growing clout’

Turkish foreign minister also touched upon the radical opposition al-Nusra Front, which currently appears to be the most coherent and capable militant forces among the fractured and disparate opposition fighters at a critical time as forces loyal to Assad seems to be ascendant on battlefield over the past two months.

Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US and is seen as a primary factor for the West’s reluctance of arming the opposition forces. The West is apparently uneasy with the growing presence of radical elements on the ground.

According to Davutoğlu, the chief cause of al-Nusra’s ascendancy among opposition forces is the approach of the West towards the Syrian opposition fighters. He stressed the fact that the denial of military assistance to the moderate groups such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) led by Gen. Salim İdris fuelled the support to Nusra-like units.

Davutoğlu further stated that designating the al-Nusra Front as a terrorist group produced the opposite of the desired effect and contributed to its growing presence.

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May 25th, 2013, 7:12 pm

 

265. Tara said:

Ziad,

From now on, there will be a charge for those interested in providing me with psychological analysis. 😉

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May 25th, 2013, 7:17 pm

 

266. revenire said:

Akbar you really have no clue, or you do and are simply playing a game. The fact the “Syrian” rebels – the cannibals are a creation of the West, armed by the West and funded by the West is well-documented. The Friends of Syria etc. received funds from the West and Western proxies such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia – dictatorships themselves.

This is an old game. If you were a student of history you would recognize the term the Great Game and simply move it over to the Levant and use the millions of unemployed Muslim youth as mercenaries – after you brainwash them with Takfiri ideology.

Even Wiki tells the tale of the US using the Pakistani ISI to fund the same thing decades ago:

“Years later, in a 1997 CNN/National Security Archive interview, Brzezinski detailed the strategy taken by the Carter administration against the Soviets in 1979:

“‘We immediately launched a twofold process when we heard that the Soviets had entered Afghanistan. The first involved direct reactions and sanctions focused on the Soviet Union, and both the State Department and the National Security Council prepared long lists of sanctions to be adopted, of steps to be taken to increase the international costs to the Soviet Union of their actions. And the second course of action led to my going to Pakistan a month or so after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, for the purpose of coordinating with the Pakistanis a joint response, the purpose of which would be to make the Soviets bleed for as much and as long as is possible; and we engaged in that effort in a collaborative sense with the Saudis, the Egyptians, the British, the Chinese, and we started providing weapons to the Mujaheddin, from various sources again – for example, some Soviet arms from the Egyptians and the Chinese. We even got Soviet arms from the Czechoslovak communist government, since it was obviously susceptible to material incentives; and at some point we started buying arms for the Mujaheddin from the Soviet army in Afghanistan, because that army was increasingly corrupt.’

“The supplying of billions of dollars in arms to the Afghan mujahideen militants was one of the CIA’s longest and most expensive covert operations. The CIA provided assistance to the insurgents through the Pakistani secret services, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), in a program called Operation Cyclone. At least 3 billion in U.S. dollars were funneled into the country to train and equip troops with weapons. Together with similar programs by Saudi Arabia, Britain’s MI6 and SAS, Egypt, Iran, and the People’s Republic of China, the arms included Stinger missiles, shoulder-fired, antiaircraft weapons that they used against Soviet helicopters. Pakistan’s secret service, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was used as an intermediary for most of these activities to disguise the sources of support for the resistance.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zbigniew_Brzezinski#Afghanistan

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May 25th, 2013, 7:21 pm

 

267. Tara said:

Dawoud,

Thanks for providing us links with the Palestinian support of the Syrian revolution. It is good to know that Palestinian will not betray the people of Syria and please rest assure that the people of Syria will not betray the Palestinians.

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May 25th, 2013, 7:21 pm

 

268. Tara said:

Hamster,

Propagandist extraordinaire! I thought he was genuine. I lost respect when WSS was outed. I challenged him to provide a convincing reason. He failed.

Matt should realize that using his judgement is making SC a hyena farm. Knowing JL, I doubt that is what he wants, and I personally do not know how long I can live on a hyena farm. I tried that once…in Syria. I couldn’t.. I left knowing that I will never return. I did return March 2011..

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May 25th, 2013, 7:29 pm

 

269. revenire said:

LOL

Cheer up the SAA is here to protect us.

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May 25th, 2013, 7:45 pm

 

270. ann said:

Syrian opposition fails to reach decision on Geneva talks – 2013-05-26

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/26/c_124763780.htm

ISTANBUL, May 25 (Xinhua) — Syria’s opposition in Istanbul on Saturday failed to reach a consensus on whether to participate the forthcoming Geneva conference.

“We are exchanging opinions, we are yet to make a decision,” said Syrian National Coalition (SNC) spokesperson, Khaled Saleh.

The Syrian main opposition group has held talks since Thursday in Istanbul to discuss its stance in the upcoming Geneva II meeting, which is initiated by Russia and the United States.

However, Syria’s opposition has agreed on general principles on the expansion of the SNC.

Three parties from the Syrian National Kurdish Council have newly joined the SNC, Saleh told reporter in a press conference on Saturday.

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/26/c_124763780.htm

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May 25th, 2013, 7:49 pm

 

271. revenire said:

Wow Ann – the SNC is a mess isn’t it? I doubt anyone inside Syria has ever heard of these puppets of the West.

Thank God we support real Arab heroes – Assad and Nasrallah.

They’re winners.

All Syria feels safe when they see these two men.

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May 25th, 2013, 7:50 pm

 

272. revenire said:

Dave that’s pretty funny! Plan B!! LOL

Thanks buddy.

Free Palestine! (Syria is already free) 🙂

PS Davutoğlu’s moustache and features give him the appearance of some sort of creature I can’t put my finger on. Poor guy doesn’t know how to pick a winning horse does he?

Have a great night.

PS – When can we hope to see your two favorite videos? You know .. the ones you’ve posted maybe three dozen times. 🙂

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May 25th, 2013, 7:54 pm

 

273. ann said:

Divided Europe imperils Syrian arms embargo – Sunday 26 May 2013

With only days before sanctions expire, foreign ministers argue over sending weapons to “rebels”

“It would be the first conflict where we pretend we could create peace by delivering arms,” the diplomat said. “If you pretend to know where the weapons will end up, then it would be the first war in history where this is possible. We have seen it in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Weapons don’t disappear; they pop up where they are needed”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/divided-europe-imperils-syrian-arms-embargo-8632376.html

British diplomats have stated that the UK position is to push for an amendment to the embargo that keeps sanctions against the regime in place. They stress that no decision has yet been taken in London to arm rebel factions.

There are deep divides in Europe over how an amendment can be achieved without escalating the conflict. The Scandinavian nations, Poland and the Czech Republic are also believed to be resisting amendments, with the Germans trying to foster a compromise. Options include authorising a list of weapons still banned from the conflict zone, or a provision for arms “for the protection of civilians”.

But one European diplomat warned that sending weapons would go against the EU’s fundamental aim of preventing the proliferation of arms. The complexity of the Syrian opposition, with many rebel factions linked to extremist Islamist groups, reinforces these concerns.

“It would be the first conflict where we pretend we could create peace by delivering arms,” the diplomat said. “If you pretend to know where the weapons will end up, then it would be the first war in history where this is possible. We have seen it in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Weapons don’t disappear; they pop up where they are needed.”

French officials, however, have said they have the capacity to monitor weapons to make sure they do not end up in the wrong hands.

[…]

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/divided-europe-imperils-syrian-arms-embargo-8632376.html

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May 25th, 2013, 8:16 pm

 

274. zoo said:

The hunchback who sounds like Sami

The lickers are now meeting in Istanbul extending the licking session to 4 days. They don’t lick Qatari and Saudi sandals, they like something much more tasty.

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May 25th, 2013, 8:16 pm

 

275. ann said:

266. zoo

😀 😀 😀

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May 25th, 2013, 8:20 pm

 

276. ann said:

264. revenire said:

PS – When can we hope to see your two favorite videos? You know .. the ones you’ve posted maybe three dozen times. 🙂

😀 😀 😀

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May 25th, 2013, 8:23 pm

 

277. Dawoud said:

259. TARA

Thanks sister Tara! We (Syrians and Palestinians) are ONE people, and one day both of us will be free!

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May 25th, 2013, 8:38 pm

 

278. Tara said:

D-a-l-e

Interesting return as a hunchback. I wonder what kind of obsession you have that you can’t stay away?

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May 25th, 2013, 8:42 pm

 

279. Dawoud said:

Again, as usual, I would like to say Good Night to you Tara and my fellow anti-dictator/Hasan the Devil حسن نصر الشيطان the usual Free Syria song: “Salute Syria, and its Revolutionaries!” “When Der’ah’s Child screamed, he shook rocks with his sound!”

Free Syria, Free Palestine, End the the terrorist occupation of Syria by the Lebanese Shia Hizbass!

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May 25th, 2013, 8:44 pm

 

280. Dawoud said:

Oh, I forgot this free Syria song: “We Don’t Want al-Assad’s Rule, We Want Freedom!”
I love repeating this song the one above until Syria is Free, which it WILL!
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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May 25th, 2013, 8:46 pm

 

281. Tara said:

Good night Dawoud,,

One day soon inshaallah we will exchange good night on a victory song.

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May 25th, 2013, 8:48 pm

 

282. Dawoud said:

273. Tara

Yes, Good Night sister!

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May 25th, 2013, 8:50 pm

 

283. zoo said:

Reve

I found this. It answers your question about Davutoglu.

http://img1.imagilive.com/0513/mickey_davutoglu847.jpg

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May 25th, 2013, 9:15 pm

 

284. Tara said:

Ameera

My dad studied in Sweden. Nothing there except winter sports (Sorry Mr. Lund). Come to the US if you can.

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May 25th, 2013, 10:16 pm

 

285. Sami said:

Zoo/Irritated/Bronco/Why-Discuss,

“The hunchback who sounds like Sami”

You see unlike you I do not hide behind multiple nicknames trying to deceive, that is the specialty of propagandists that support filth. If I want to address something to you I won’t hide behind multiple accounts in order to do so, unlike you I am not ashamed of my position and post under my real name Sami Al-Midani, even though that might bring harm to my family from the filth you support. But glad to see I torment you even when I don’t post anything…

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May 25th, 2013, 10:45 pm

 

286. ann said:

Boston and the CIA ‘Snafu’: The grey eminence behind Turkey’s Erdogan and AKP – 25 May 2013

In the first part, geopolitical analyst William Engdahl discussed the role of CIA’s Graham Fuller in creating the policy of using angry Jihadist Muslims as trained terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere against the Soviet Union. Herein—largely drawing on the revelations made by FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edwards—Engdahl throws the spotlight on the entire CIA-sponsored Islamic Jihadist operations run through Fetullah Gülen across Turkey into Central Asia and Russia and China

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178623.html

The open press statement of denial by senior reportedly former CIA official Graham Fuller in April of a link between the Boston Bombings and the CIA, labeling the reports “absurd,” may go down in history as one of the worst intelligence blunders [1] in the past century. The public admission by Fuller, on a website reported tied to the CIA, of his relationship to the Uncle of the alleged but not ever convicted Boston bombers opened a can of worms the CIA might well wish never had been opened.

The public admission by Fuller, on a website reported tied to the CIA, of his relationship to the Uncle of the alleged but not ever convicted Boston bombers [2] opened a can of worms the CIA might well wish never had been opened.

A deeper look into Fuller’s role reveals him to be a key figure in what FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds terms American Deep State rogues. Edmonds worked as an FBI translator from Turkish, Azerbaijani and Farsi languages during and after September 11, 2001 when she uncovered damning email and other evidence of criminal networks linking the actors of 9/11, drug networks out of Turkey and terrorists in and around Al Qaeda together with senior Pentagon and other US Government officials. [3]

As later identified, among the people uncovered by Edmonds’ translation efforts at FBI were notorious neoconservative Richard Perle, Iraq war architect who headed Bush’s Defense Policy Board advisory committee in 2001; Douglas Feith, neocon Under-Secretary of Defense under Bush-Cheney; Anwar Yusuf Turani [4], key figure in the anti-Beijing Uygur separatist operations under the name East Turkistan National Freedom Center in Washington DC. East Turkistan is their name for China’s Xinjiang Province where Uygur riots took place several years ago. Turani modestly calls himself President-in-exile, East Turkistan (Xinjiang), though it’s by no means clear who if anyone elected him.

In her classified translations Edmonds discovered that a criminal network had penetrated the highest levels of the US Government including Pentagon and FBI, and were engaged in illegal sales of weapons, including nuclear, of drugs and more. Criminal activities were being protected by claims of State Secrets, she asserted. Repeated attempts to call attention inside the FBI to what she was convinced was a conspiracy against the United States from within came to no avail. Her gripping account to bring attention to an alarming rogue network inside Washington is the subject of her autobiography, Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story. [5]

Attorney General John Ashcroft went all the way to the Supreme Court to muzzle her under a little-used Doctrine of State Secrets. Edmonds, suffering under an unprecedented Bush Administration gag order, was banned from revealing the complicity of high-ranking US and Turkish figures uncovered by her and duly reported at FBI before she was fired in 2002 for “blowing the whistle.” She partly got around the Government gag by posting photos with no comment on her website. Others filled in the names. [6]

Graham Fuller was one of the 21 American Deep State rogues Edmonds posted.

In 1995, according to investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker, the uncle of the alleged Boston bombers, Ruslan Tsarnaev, “incorporated the Congress of Chechen International Organizations in Maryland, using as the address listed on incorporation documents 11114 Whisperwood Lane, in Rockville Maryland, the home address of his then-father-in-law.” [7] Father-in-law was Graham Fuller whose daughter was married to Uncle Ruslan.

Chechnya, an autonomous province of Russia deeply involved in oil pipelines from the Caspian Sea, has been the scene of Islamic jihad terrorists since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 1995 when Uncle Ruslan founded the Congress of Chechen International Organizations from Graham Fuller’s home, the Islamist Jihad terror war against Moscow was raging full-force in Chechnya. Putin and Russian intelligence have repeatedly claimed the terrorism was being fed from outside.

As more is coming out on the role of Fuller, the evidence points to the conclusion that the Chechnya terrorists were also a project bearing the footprints of the “former” CIA political Islam expert, Graham Fuller. By 1988 Fuller had formally moved from a very senior post at CIA to the neo-conservative think tank, RAND Corporation, where he officially worked on the “Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and problems of ethnicity and religion.” [8]

While at RAND Fuller played a key role gaining asylum for a Turkish national in the USA. Fetullah Gülen, a Turkish national who was forced to flee in 1999 and seek asylum, won his US residence permit due to the intervention of two senior CIA or former men. One was Graham E. Fuller. [9]

Foreign Policy Journal describes the role of Fuller and the CIA in getting indicted Turkish fugitive Gülen asylum in the USA: “Fethullah Gülen became a green card holder despite serious opposition from FBI and from Homeland Security Department. Former CIA officers (formally and informally) such as Graham Fuller and Morton Abromovitz were some of the prominent references in Gülen’s green card application.” [10]

JIHAD SPREADS TO CENTRAL ASIA

From his new luxurious heavily-guarded estate in Saylorsburg, a remote part of eastern Pennsylvania, Gülen launched a series of fundamentalist Salafist mosques and madrasses, not only in his native Turkey where he was the alleged power behind Turkey’s AKP regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, himself a product of Gülen’s schools, but across the Islamic regions of Central Asia as they separated from the Soviet Union in the chaos after 1991. [11]

According to Edmonds, an authority on the subject, “US Islamization Operations in Central Asia via Gülen started in late 1997, early 1998. That brings me to …Graham Fuller.” [12]

A memoir by former head of Turkish intelligence, Osman Nuri Gundes, claims that Fethullah Gülen’s worldwide Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s, and that in the 90s, the movement “sheltered 130 CIA agents” at its schools in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan alone. [13]

Gülen schools in Russian Chechnya and Dagestan regions, both locations of fanatical Jihadists since 1991, were ultimately banned by Putin. The Russian government has banned all Gülen schools and the activities of the Gülen-linked Nurcu sect in Russia. Over 20 Turkish followers of Gülen were deported from Russia in 2002-2004. In 1999 Uzbekistan closed all Gülen’s Madrasas and shortly afterward arrested eight journalists who were graduates of Gülen schools, and found them guilty of setting up an illegal religious group and of involvement in an extremist organization. In Turkmenistan, government authorities placed Gülen’s schools under close scrutiny and have ordered them to scrap the history of religion from curriculums. [14]

Responsible Turkish journalists I’ve met with relate that Gülen-loyal police tied to Edrogan’s AKP have infiltrated the Turkish police, intelligence services and other key state institution and are systematically arresting, purging or silencing all nationalist military, trade union and other secular figues opposed to creation of an Islamic Sharia state in Turkey, uprooting ninety or more years of Kemalist legal foundations. More than one hundred Turkish journalists have been arrested for writing critically about the actions of Gülen’s AKP.

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http://www.voltairenet.org/article178623.html

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May 25th, 2013, 10:51 pm

 

287. revenire said:

Zoo ha ha yes, he does remind me of that.

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May 25th, 2013, 11:16 pm

 

288. revenire said:

This was of Nasrallah’s best speeches. I was proud to hear it. I was proud to see Syrian flags being waved. I feel as if Syria has turned a corner and is on the road to victory.

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May 25th, 2013, 11:20 pm

 

289. revenire said:

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May 25th, 2013, 11:36 pm

 

290. The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

Ali Rizk, the Beirut bureau chief for Press TV, the satellite channel of Hezbollah’s patron Iran, said Mr. Nasrallah had revealed that “Hezbollah is in it militarily and is in it very deeply.” Noting that Mr. Nasrallah, who had long equivocated about the depth of the group’s involvement, promised victory, Mr. Rizk said, “Victory means you’re in it to the very end and you’re going to go all the way. Hezbollah is going to go all the way.”

Congratulations, Hassan Nasrallah, you just won the booby prize, your own personal Vietnam. Let’s hope you’ve stocked up on body bags. You’re going to need them…

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May 26th, 2013, 12:39 am

 

291. Juergen said:

The Metamorphosis of Nasrallah: From a Freedom fighter & Liberator in Lebanon to a Butcher of Women and Children in Syria

https://twitter.com/agh_yan/status/338486510523383809/photo/1

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May 26th, 2013, 12:44 am

 

292. Juergen said:

News go that Russia has agreed not to deliver the S300 to Syria in exchange that Israel will no more attack Syria in the future.

I bet that this is just wishful thinking, Israel will always strike when they fear for their security.

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May 26th, 2013, 12:46 am

 

293. revenire said:

Oh my, I’m going to faint at all the Internet bravado. Someone hold me.

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May 26th, 2013, 1:15 am

 

294. ann said:

Russia and China Will Attend Syria Conclave in Tehran – Sunday May 26, 2013

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1449381&Itemid=1

Tehran, May 26 (PL) Russia and China will attend the international conference on the Syrian crisis on Wednesday here, meeting convened by the Persian authorities preceding the so called Geneva II, agreed by Russia and the United States, confirmed an official source here.
Countries with different positions (on the conflict in Syria) have been invited to the meeting, including Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, added Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, reported this weekend the official IRNA news agency.

On them depends accept or decline the invitation; Iran welcomes the participation of representatives of the three countries, he said.

The invitations were circulated online correspondence with Tehran to encourage regional cooperation to help solve the Syrian conflict, said Amir-Abdollahian.

Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, after talks in Jeddah with his Saudi counterpart Saud al Faisal stated that there are prospects for improving relations with the country of the Arabian Peninsula, but it will take time to materialize.

Iranian-Turkish relations, especially in trade, are flourishing, although both states have divergent views on ingredients and methods to resolve the crisis in the Arab state.

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http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1449381&Itemid=1

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May 26th, 2013, 1:15 am

 

295. ann said:

BOZO THE BEARDED PEDOPHILE CLOWN!

Personal Friend Of Mullah David Cameron and His Sidekick Carpetbagger William Hague!

”Hezbollah Kills 500 FSA Rebels in 3 Hours” – Adnan Aroor Goes Crazy

English Subtitles

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May 26th, 2013, 2:00 am

 

296. Hanzala said:

Iraq car bomb kills 6 Iranian pilgrims, 1 Iraqi

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two Iraqi police officers say a car bomb has exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing six Iranians and one Iraqi.

http://news.yahoo.com/iraq-car-bomb-kills-6-iranian-pilgrims-1-171543548.html

Our brothers at Islamic State of Iraq are making sure that these filthy majoosi incest born mut3a sons, have a taste of an eye for an eye.

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May 26th, 2013, 2:00 am

 

297. revenire said:

Hanzala the intent by the West and Israel is to balkanize the entire region.

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May 26th, 2013, 2:03 am

 

298. Juergen said:

“Hezbollah was born in Lebanon, fostered in Iran; and will soon be buried in Syria.”

– Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

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May 26th, 2013, 2:19 am

 

299. ann said:

John Kerry’s “Syrian Rebels”!

Al-Qaeda Terrorists from Azerbaijan Conducting “Jihad” in Syria & Inviting More to Come – May 25, 2013

A jihadist belonging to ‘Jaysh al-Muhajireen w al-Ansar’ (Army of the Immigrants and Partisans) appears masked in a video sitting in front of the al-Qaeda flag with an RPG and a shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missile calling for his brothers to leave Azerbaijan and go to Syria – like he did – to conduct Jihad, by killing Syrian civilians in their own land.

“As I sit in a comfortable home in Turkey, I am calling on you DUMMIES with no brains to travel to Syria and be killed by the MIGHTY Syrian Arab Army for the sake of the USA and Israel. I am hoping you are stupid enough to listen to my call, and leave your life and families to be killed for the global NATO and their agenda against us for their NWO. I pray you cannot think for yourself and listen to me… Ameen!”

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May 26th, 2013, 2:20 am

 

300. ann said:

NATOs Al-Qaeda Allahu Akbar Islamist Terrorists Last Stand

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e45_1369542187

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May 26th, 2013, 2:47 am

 

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