The Suwayda village of Dama and Druze Militias: A Case Study

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

I have previously written about Druze militias in Suwayda province and other areas of southern Syria here and here. To summarize briefly the conclusion of those studies, it is clear that ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ (‘Army of the Monotheists/Unitarians’) and ‘Forces of Abu Ibrahim’ are banners for Druze militias of mainly pro-Assad orientation, working with regime forces via ‘Popular Committees’ that had been set up in coordination with the regular Syrian army; further, the boundaries are not always so clear cut between these militias/banner names and organized regime forces. Indeed, many of the localities where these Druze militia banners are advertised are also identifiable sources of recruits for the Syrian army and the National Defence Force (NDF: an evolution from Popular Committees). Unfortunately though, Wikipedia, in attempting to summarize my work, erroneously presents ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ as a coherent military group spanning localities.

In any event, I present the northern Suwayda province village of Dama as a new case study into the use of the banner ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ for Druze militias: around a month ago (16 August), the locality came under attack from rebel forces, subsequently being occupied by them. These rebels were purportedly from Jabhat al-Nusra, though it should be noted that the source for this claim is regime sourcing and so of course the attack will be ascribed to Jabhat al-Nusra, considering that there is no Islamic State presence in Deraa or Suwayda provinces. The locality was reportedly recaptured from rebel forces in less than 24 hours, albeit with some casualties among the Druze locals. A ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ activist source gives the following ‘martyrs’ list for the “Battle of Dama” (this list also contains ‘martyrs’ for a battle in a nearby locality called Deir Dama):

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To translate, the names of the ‘martyrs’ for Dama are:

Sheikh Danial Yusuf al-Shabali (Jaysh al-Muwahhideen)
Sheikh Yamin Sa’adu Hamsho (Jaysh al-Muwahhideen)
Sheikh Ihab Salman Azzam (Jaysh al-Muwahhideen)
Sheikh Rami Salam al-Khatib (Jaysh al-Muwahhideen)
Nuris Sa’id al-Safidi (Popular Committees)
Milad Jayid al-Safidi (Popular Committees)
Adham Ammar Faraj (Popular Committees)
Naji Saleh Abu Shaqra (Popular Committees)
Adham Saber al-Jaramani (Popular Committees)

Here also are photos of some of those mentioned above:

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Sheikh Yamin Sa’adu Hamsho

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Sheikh Danial al-Shabali

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Adham Ammar Faraj, said to be from the Suwayda village of Ghariya

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Nuris Sa’id al-Safidi

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Adham Saber al-Jaramani

Pro-regime TV claims a variety of forces who helped to recapture Dama from the rebels, including Popular Defence Committees, the Ba’ath Brigades and the Syrian army. Of interest though is the ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ graphic above that distinguishes ‘martyrs’ according to ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ or the ‘Popular Committees’. According to this source in an interview with me, the distinction made between the ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ and the Popular Committees is as follows:

“Jaysh al-Muwahhideen is composed of mashayakh [Druze sheikhs] protecting the land, honor and religion against every attacker- whoever he may be- and is independent. Popular Committees are composed of families supporting the army.”

This re-affirms a familiar line of the Druze militia narrative of strict self-defence and repelling anyone who infringes on Druze land- regime-affiliated or rebel. It should also be noted that on the day of the attack on Dama, Druze militias under a variety of names in Suwayda province (Jabal al-Arab) issued a statement under a Jaysh al-Muwahhideen umbrella banner:

“Jaysh al-Muwahhideen in Syria announces general mobilization and all targets in the line of its fire, and warns that any operations within Jabal al-Arab will be met with a severe response and without mercy.

– Saraya Sultan al-Atrash
– Kata’ib Abu Ibrahim
– Saraya al-Jabal
– Special Forces: Jabal Commandoes
– Saraya Souria al-Assad
– Kata’ib al-Tawheed”

What to make of the testimony relayed regarding the ‘Popular Committees/Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ distinction? It may make sense here at the local level of the village of Dama and the surrounding area: that is, perhaps Druze mashayakh in Dama have organized their own ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ militia intended only for local mashayakh and without help in the first place from the Syrian army. Yet in practice the distinction is meaningless, because there is no evidence of concern about the regime infringing on Druze land in Dama. The natural result is that there will be close coordination with regime forces- in the form of the Syrian army with the Popular Committees- to repel attacks on the area, which will for the foreseeable future be the work of rebels trying to bring Suwayda province out of government control. This translates to an Assad-aligned orientation, which is in fact apparent from the source I interviewed anyway. In short, the case study of Dama reinforces the conclusions from the earlier studies mentioned above.

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51. Hopeful said:

Let me assume for a minute that Assad truly believed, on day one, that there was an international external conspiracy against Syria and that he truly intended to protect Syria’s sovereignty.

Any leader would tell you that, the first step in defending against the outside, is uniting the inside (core).

So what does he do instead? Divide the core!

Now, more three years later, the country is more divided than ever, half of its citizens are refugees, and everyone and his mother has violated its sovereignty – starting from the foreign jihadis from 80+ countries, to Hizballa, Iraqi militias and Iran, and now the US, UAE, Jordan, and even his biggest nemeses: Saudi and Qatar.

For God’s sake, why are we allowing our beloved country to be led by an incompetent mumbling son-of-a-Pharaoh? Why aren’t there people within his administration crying: “the emperor has no clothes”!

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September 24th, 2014, 12:37 am

 

52. Hopeful said:

#50 Mjabali

I agree with you. ISIS, Alqaeda, and similar ideologies and organizations are pure evil and dangerous. They are not the creation of a single country or a regime. They exist because of five reasons:

1. The strong belief, among tens if not hundreds millions of Muslims around the world, that Islam’s past glorious days will only come back if Muslims “go back to their core” (whatever that means), and establish an Ummah that is ruled by Sharia (whatever that means)

2. The willingness of millions of muslims to fight “jihad” to support the cause above, and even blow themselves up in the process

3. The willingness of hundreds of thousands of muslims, many of them super wealthy flushed with oil money from gulf states, to donate to the cause above

4. The existence of thousands of fiery preachers who can manipulate minds and wash brains, and are able to justify any evil action by reciting a verse of the Quran or a saying of the profit.

5. (MOST IMPORTANTLY) The inexcusable actions (or more precisely inactions) of billions of muslims around the world, who turn a blind eye on these groups’ terrorist acts, when they are targeted against the “enemies”. The people who hailed Usama bin Laden for blowing up the world trade center, who justified the actions of the Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel’s cafes and weddings, who celebrated the release of Samir Kuntar – the killer of a 4-year-old toddler, and the people who justified the kidnapping and killing of Alawii villagers in north Syria.

No nation, country or regime can make or stop this phenomena. It is made, or can be stopped, by the muslims themselves. The white supremacy movement created nazism and World World II. Now it is shunned by most western societies and peoples: its members are shunned, its leaders discredited and its financing dried out. and that’s how it is defeated!

Only Muslims can defeat ISIS and Al-qaeda – from within.

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September 24th, 2014, 1:00 am

 

53. SANDRO LOEWE said:

50. mjarali

You talked as If you possesed superior knowledge. I do know what a chia, a sunni of differents schools (wahabí, hanbali, shafai, sufí, etc), druze, alawi, ismaili, yazidi, etc, is.

But you thinking is too simple. It seems you probably had not born when war Lebanon took place. There you could find druze, sunni and Christian palestinaians, falanges or chia being sponsored by their own enemies just with the hidden purpose of taking them to disaster.

It looks as if you never read about Machiavelli. Assad did.

It is not strange that all people I talk to inside Syria (Aleppo, Edlib, Deir, Hama and Salamiya) tell me that Assad men are who direct and control IS. At the end the people we see unmasked in pictures are poor and miserable beduins, while masked men are those in charge of takinf IS to fight FSA and creating the false image that SYRIAN REVOLUTION IS ALQAEDA.

I do not know why I write all of this because you know it.

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September 24th, 2014, 3:04 am

 

54. SANDRO LOEWE said:

50. mjarali

Last but not least, ASSAD has proben to be much more dangerous tan IS because has killed and provoked the death of innocent people by hundreds of thousands.

Do not manipulate emotions. Let´s be rational.

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September 24th, 2014, 3:07 am

 

55. Badr said:

Why aren’t there people within his administration crying: “the emperor has no clothes”!

Because they must all hang together, or assuredly they shall all hang separately.

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September 24th, 2014, 3:36 am

 

56. ALAN said:

Remember:
Micro nukes can be mass produced fast and cheap when needed. Just assemble and test. Cruise missiles weighing less than 1,000 lbs., not 4,000 lbs. Any plane can drop one. Even a Cessna 150 can be turned into a drone. Mortars and tanks can shoot the rounds. Man-pad / RPG micro nukes are just around the corner. Nuclear tipped hand grenades and 36 mm rounds are next.
http://journal-neo.org/2014/08/11/economy-of-war/
Remember:
The throw dirty bombs on Syrian territory is an act of aggression and should deter by available possibilities.
Remember:
On the United States and it allies to STOP the cholera transfer into the Syrian territory only and no more than that.
Remember:
I unlike you never to allow a foreign aggression to my homeland.
Remember:
The west has turned the world into a fearful place unfit for a normal life! the world has become brutal and scary. F*ck Your western civilized-Brute World gentlemen.

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September 24th, 2014, 4:28 am

 

57. ALAN said:

The American bank targets eclectic as it is limited to all who did not obey the will of the American and Israelies.
Generally/ It is a prelude to send more of thousands of new “Moderates” fighters, who are in training now. and to this topic there is continuity ….

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September 24th, 2014, 5:13 am

 

58. ALAN said:

Clearly, a “buffer zone” is the next step for Western designs aimed at exacting regime change in Syria and would be a move the Syrian government would not readily agree to. It was also a step that merely needed a pretext to move forward. In 2012, fabricated border incidents with Turkey were being used to help implement this strategy but failed. Now the threat of ISIS is being used to resell the exact same scheme.

While Turkey and Israel continue applying pressure on Syria’s borders, America’s assault on Syrian territory itself will begin carving out the safe havens and corridors described by Brookings in 2012.

Before Syria and its allies could fill the geostrategic void Western-backed terrorists created in eastern Syria and northern Iraq, the West has moved – but perhaps what would have become a trap for Syrian, Iranian, and other regional forces, may end up a trap instead for Western forces and their “Arab partners.” This however, depends entirely on Syria and its allies’ ability to mire the West in protracted fighting – fighting that may eventually lead to America’s Persian Gulf allies’ doorsteps.

For now, Syria and its allies must formulate carefully a strategy that resists overreaction to immense provocations, understand the true nature of America’s aggression, determining whether it was exercised from a position of strength or immense weakness, and devise countermeasures that accommodate long-term consequences of America’s current campaign. A balance between allowing the West to exhaust its last desperate options, but preventing long-term entrenchment of Western-backed proxies must be struck.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2014/09/24/15024/

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September 24th, 2014, 5:51 am

 

59. Alan said:

غفران :
هل يوجد عقلاء في الولايات المتحدة ؟

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September 24th, 2014, 12:09 pm

 

60. Badr said:

Как он мог знать? Он живёт в США.

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September 24th, 2014, 1:11 pm

 

61. ALAN said:

The absurdity of the US actions is evident. No one is capable of destroying the Islamic radicalism and terrorism with air and rocket strikes.
After the United States attacked Syria, it plunged herself into a hornet’s nest! It may actually gambled its security around the world! And terrorism will increase by accession sleeping terrorism potential cells and not surprised that the United States will licking the ass for help from all its opponents!
It is obvious that Stupid Obama is not about fighting the Islamists, he is simply trying to increase his critically low approval rating within the country in the light of the upcoming Congress elections. He chose to show the American public a “tough guy”, especially against the backdrop the utter failure of the US policy
But if the Islamic state islamists and their allies will carry out a number terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe, then no one would doubt the thinking behind them. And then Obama should not be surprised if he’s going be be impeached. seems that the Stupid Obama is less aware of the possible consequences of his adventurous actions in the Middle East.

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September 24th, 2014, 1:27 pm

 

62. Juergen said:

hidden cam report by a women in Raqa/Syria

French TV

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September 24th, 2014, 2:16 pm

 

63. Observer said:

I watched the France 24 debate yesterday on Syria and a Ms. Emma or Lamma Suleiman was present.
I also watched the PBS newshour where Dr. Landis and Andrew Tabler were discussants.

I am struck by one observation from both discussions: the recognition by all participants that for the Sunni world to come on board this campaign they have to have a stake in their future at the end. These people were not talking about the ruling Sunni clans and families. They were talking about the average Sunni in the streets.

This is a clear demonstration once again that the so called Arab Street ever so dismissed by rulers and Western powers is no longer to be dismissed.

Another article in the NYT today exposes at length the re emergence of anti semitism in Europe with right wing parties that are xenophobic and see the ME conflict as fueling the migration of Muslims to Europe and left wing parties sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.

This is clear that Israel and its right wing coalition today is as fanatic as that of IS or HA. They are also self righteous eternally complaining of their victimhood to exclude and dehumanize the other.

As for the debate on TV I mentioned above I was struck by the fact that the discussants on both channels recognize now that sectarian discourse is the only one prevalent in the region. Even Dr. Landis was expressing his concern that the destruction of Syria will reach Damascus and Banias and Latakia the heartland of Alawi rule; and it seemed to me that the realization of sectarining the conflict by the regime has now backfired fully with the regime and IS being both put in the same category of evil.

I shudder to think of what is coming and I do think that fanatisicm is going to increase rather than be blunted by these attacks. Today the Daily Star has shown persistent advance of IS despite the airstrikes.

It is also clear that Russia is more interested in Ukraine than in the iPad retard.

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September 24th, 2014, 3:46 pm

 

64. ALAN said:

After the listening to an interview with Mr. Landis, I feel sorry for this level of evaluation. The Professor flattening threads and not looking at it in a real form to assess the panoramic spatial dimensions and especially when the search for a legitimate defense of America against terrorism by marketing aggression against Syria.

Is this academic assessment? Is dealing with the affairs of vital areas such as the subject is cut and paste? Something defective.

that is not the honor to ally with the monarchies of the Gulf, which will come out of them who will blow up your cities? Why America must pass a challenge to convince the Arabs goats? Is the money the goal?

Either reshape your new policy in line with the year 2014 and not 1992 or more will receive a disappointment

America is limp and lacking in fitness and it is not correct to delude listeners that the terrorism will end by the flight on Syrian territory. The war on terrorism is a global sincere effort . Stop hiding behind your imagination.

http://youtu.be/Acc_R8AM6zI?list=UU6ZFN9Tx6xh-skXCuRHCDpQ

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September 24th, 2014, 5:39 pm

 

65. mjabali said:

Sandro:

Yes I have a superior-than-yours knowledge when it comes to Jihadi movements, especially ISIS.

You can educate yourself. The material is available online. Also, since you speak, and read Arabic you could find way much more info. The Jihadis made sure to make their material available.

Giving examples from the Lebanese Civil War does not apply to ISIS, because, the latter group is playing in the open. You could read what ISIS say about your claims. The actions of ISIS makes all of your theories false and incredible. Your theory is based on gossip. Yes, you could sell it to some people but not me.

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September 24th, 2014, 6:57 pm

 

66. Mjabali said:

Hopeful:

You brought many valuable points about how and why people join ISIS or any other violent Jihadi group. The most important point you brought is that only Muslims could defeat ISIS, that is true because these Muslims are the ones who know the flows in the logic (if there is any) of ISIS.

But: one point you missed, and I would add and which is the most important thing that supports groups like ISIS: Sponsorship.

Without sponsorship ISIS and other groups can not exist.

What makes the ideas of the fiery preachers reach all of these masses. Remember, that many of those preachers have limited means: what makes their ideas and books that important?

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September 24th, 2014, 7:09 pm

 

67. Hopeful said:

#66 Mjabali

In my book, “sponsorship” is a means not a cause. It falls in the same category of excuses such as: poverty, Israel, imperialism, Assad, etc….

The main “sponsors” are the Muslim masses donating money and people to the Jihadi cause. Everything else is transient, temporary, unreliable…

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September 24th, 2014, 11:28 pm

 

68. ghufran said:

After scores of islamist rebels were lost in Ghouta and areas around Damascus, there are new efforts to force Hadi al-Bahra to resign and a fresh campaign to remove all military chiefs under FSA umbrella. parts of Jobar and most of Douma are still in the hands of rebels but I believe this will change soon especially if behind the scenes attempts to broker a cease fire start to bear fruits.
ISIS lost many fighters despite being given plenty of time to leave their bases, now we are told that Tabqa air base may be empty soon and other areas like Myadeen can follow, I yet have to hear about who might be coming to fill the void, Nusra and ISIS terrorists are following rebels example and hiding in heavily populated areas. western press and SOHR reported over a dozen civilian death from US bombing in Syria in 48 hours.
70% of identified ISIS dead were NOT Syrian, remember when opposition leaders were claiming that less than 10% of rebels were foreigners ?
foreign fighters are now in every rebel held area not just where ISIS dominates, locals from all over Syria reported seeing fighters from north Africa, Chechnya, GCC countries and even the far East, foreign fighters are also favorites for leadership positions and are considered more brutal and vicious, they are not fighting their own people and many have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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September 25th, 2014, 12:40 am

 

69. annie said:

From Maysaloon

US Strikes In Syria
Since 2011 Assad has progressively escalated his war against the Syrian people. His regime set the daily killing quotas, they escalated from small arms fire to tanks, cannon, rockets and airplanes. As the days turned into weeks and the months turned into years we were subjected to the same diatribe demanding that innocent unarmed people die for the principles of those watching them from a thousand miles away. Anybody who thought otherwise was dismissed as a warmonger. The chemical attacks came, and still the world did nothing. Then ISIS emerged, it almost overran the north of Syria before the Free Syrian Army along with Jabhat al Nusra pushed it out, and it went on to overrun most of Iraq. Then the world took notice but that was only because ISIS were about to commit the mother of all massacres against the Azidis of Iraq. Nobody complained about the airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. Today those airstrikes began in Syria, and like earthworms after the rain the people who were silent before have now appeared and are able to speak.

Now they wring their hands in anguish. They pray for Syria. They wish there was another way. They worry about the innocents whose lives would be lost if the US led strikes against Syria materialised. Maybe to them a death by a US made bomb is a far worse fate than being killed by a Russian made one. So they shake their heads, “No, this won’t do at all. It is one thing to watch a country bleed white over the course of three years, but to have the United States cauterise the cancer that is ISIS immediately, well that’s just outrageous”.

There’s only one reason why the United States is bombing ISIS in northern Syria, and that’s because the Assad regime gunned down innocent protesters in 2011. In his first speech after the protests in Deraa, and when his regime could no longer pretend like nothing was happening, he ranted and raved about a terrorism that didn’t exist in Syria yet. He warned, no he threatened, that Syria will turn into another Afghanistan. He abandoned the north east of Syria, he struck oil deals with ISIS, he deliberately avoided bombing their headquarters whilst raining his wrath on the parts of Syria in control by the Free Syrian Army. His army obliterated parts of Homs, and eviscerated Aleppo, in a scorched earth policy that his soldiers spray-paint christened as “Assad or this country burns”. If there is anybody who holds the moral blame for all that has befallen Syrians since then, it is this bankrupt regime and its Russian and Iranian backers.

Syrians have had three years of this murder. Three years of his apologists using smoke and mirrors and every trick in the book to paralyse the international community and prevent it from doing anything about the barrel bombs and the chlorine bombs dropping on the heads of civilians. Again and again the spectre of Iraq is raised, not so that anybody can learn anything, but to frighten anyone from action, however much needed, to help Syrians. The anti-imperialist camp must, at any cost, oppose intervention in Syria and they are pathologically incapable of comprehending its necessity. Others will get on to the moral high horse and say that strikes on Syria will lead to innocent lives being lost. Of course, they don’t seem to mind much that the very next day those lives could be lost either by an overzealous ISIS fanatic enforcing his apocalyptic vision of a utopian society, or that death could come by Assad’s barrel bombs or rocket attacks or air strikes. No, for that they can only offer the potential victims a lot of moral anguish, hand wringing and anxiety as they are crushed between Assad and ISIS. Heaven forbid that anybody interfere, that anybody try to do something.

Last year many of those same people cheered with joy that strikes against the Assad regime were averted after he used chemical weapons against the Syrian people. Since then the death toll in Syria has risen to over 200,000. But they have nothing to say about that. They’ve been too busy spending the last year basking in the warm glow of their own self righteousness. Since then Assad and his Shiite allies have managed to push back the Free Syrian Army (without ever challenging ISIS seriously) and ISIS has emerged from a fringe lunatic group to a lunatic messianic state controlling an area larger than the size of England. The non-interventionists are responsible for this turn of events, and they are responsible for the rise of ISIS. They offered no solutions, only obstacles. They don’t have a position you can criticise. They just insist that nobody have a position either, that Syrians die for the principles of somebody else; somebody who can rubber-stamp the revolution and say, “Yes, you’re a bonafide revolution and we approve of you”, and say to them, “We will sing your praises in post-graduate Middle East courses across the Western world for all time, and write books about your sacrifices”.

The fact is non-interventionists have no right to talk about who may or may not get hurt in Syria, to pretend to be concerned for the innocent, and they have no right to hold the moral high ground after the debacle we’ve seen in Syria for the last twelve months. This is a disaster, step aside and let someone do something about it.
source : http://www.maysaloon.org/2014/09/us-strikes-in-syria.html

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September 25th, 2014, 12:57 am

 

70. SANDRO LOEWE said:

JABALI

Please give us all your knowledge as expert in jihadism and ISIS (I wonder how anyone can be a specialist in a movement that is 15 months old) and answer is you can the following questions:

1) Are false news of May 2013 that a caravan of islam extremist prisoners were sent from Sayndaya and Abu Ghreib to Raqqa, escorted by Malki and Assad milicias?

2) Why did not Assad attack a single time Raqqa in 15 months?
Worde even, why Assad let hi battalion in Tabqa fall in the hands of Raqqa whitout shooting a single bullet?

3) Why Assad opened ways to ISIS so ISIS could attack FSA?

4) WHO ARE THE MEN HIDDEN UNDER THE MASKS, IF YOU ARE EXPERT IN REAL JJIHADISM YOU MUST KNOW A JIHADIST IS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING OR ANYONE….

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September 25th, 2014, 1:34 am

 

71. mjabali said:

Sandro:

The Islamic State is not a 15 month old organization as you claim, it is a group that was present years ago.

They are the reincarnation of the ideas that has been around for a while. They were able to be strong and successful because they are more organized, and rich, than the others.

As for Your claim that Assad and Maliki sent men in buses and taxis driven by 4th division officers is like a James Bond film to me all fiction, or like Maqaleb Ghawar if you want a reference from your culture: fiction.

Why didn’t Assad bomb them is not a correct question. He bombed them whenever they fought, but he did not engage them in a massive fight, and they did not engage him in a massive fight alone. Each has his own agenda, why they did not cross to your liking is something else. Next time Assad and the Islamic State should take into consideration what you want. Please Sandro, you asked me the other day if I was old enough to know and decipher what is going on. It seems that you should ask yourself the same question.

And as for who are the men behind the masks? Please Sandro go read more about how the Islamic State work and operate, their outfit is a very calculated matter and to be behind the mask is a part of the experience.

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September 25th, 2014, 7:21 am

 

72. ALAN said:

For the attention of professor.
http://youtu.be/EuDlJe02BRs?t=1s

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September 25th, 2014, 2:27 pm

 

73. Badr said:

“Ghufran” wrote: “70% of identified ISIS dead were NOT Syrian, remember when opposition leaders were claiming that less than 10% of rebels were foreigners ?”

Here is a basic arithmetic problem for you “Ghufran”:

Let’s say that out of 100 rebels, there are:
86 Syrians from groups other than isis
9 foreigners from isis
4 Syrians from isis
1 foreigner who is not with isis

Can you “Ghufran” find out if the numbers above give both the 10% and 70% assumed percentages?

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September 25th, 2014, 2:41 pm

 

74. ALAN said:

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration’s foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war-makers and destruction of ever-shifting “enemies.”
The fact can’t be refuted: ISIS was born of Western intervention in Iraq and covert action in Syria.

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September 25th, 2014, 5:15 pm

 

75. Badr said:

Take from my previous comment only that the 10% and 70% figures do not necessarily contradict each other.

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September 26th, 2014, 6:21 am

 

76. SANDRO LOEWE said:

71. mjabali

Your answers add nothing new and give no light to any of my questions. You even deny facts that can be find on-line and no one with a brain can deny.

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September 26th, 2014, 8:17 am

 

77. ALAN said:

The “Islamic Emirate” initially displayed its Arab origin. This organization sprang from “Al-Qaeda in Iraq” who fought not the US invaders, but Iraqi Shiites. It became the “Islamic Emirate in Iraq” and the “Islamic Emirate in Iraq and the Levant.” In October 2007, the US Army seized 606 records of foreign members of this organization near Sinjar. The records were inventoried and examined by experts from the Military Academy at West Point….
..However, when NATO has installed chaos everywhere in the Arab world, including its Saudi ally, it will turn the “Islamic Emirate” against the two great developing powers, Russia and China. That is why these two powers should intervene now and nip in the bud this private army being constituted and trained by NATO in the Arab world. Otherwise, Moscow and Beijing will soon have to confront it on their own soil.
http://www.voltairenet.org/article185364.html

hmmmm …
US has hit the Syrian refineries. Admittedly they are under ISIS control. Is there any proof of destruction of any ISIS tanks or artillery? Only empty buildings? I think that Obama has worked in pursuit of Brzezinski’s sort of goal of destabilising Russia and China with the help of ISIS. As Thierry Meyssan has observed, the leadership of ISIS seems to have recently been made over. “Its principal officers are no longer Arabs, but Georgian and Chinese. . . . this mutation shows that NATO ultimately intends to use the “Islamic Emirate” in Russia and in China.”

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September 26th, 2014, 9:30 am

 
 

79. ALAN said:

Hussein Hitler Obama! do you think that Russia is a banana republic? Russia is a first nuclear country in the world ! if you’re a man with testicles try to start a war with it! probably you going to attack Russia stage by stage! at your finger tips, step by step, is not it?
, Stop the arrogance, the militants will be able to shoot down your aircraft in Syria? It’s a matter of time and you would sink in the quicksand

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September 26th, 2014, 6:59 pm

 

80. Ghufran said:

Adra as a whole is ready to fall in the next 24 hours according to rebel sources. In Jobar the only side fighting on the rebels side is Nusra terrorists, most others withdrew to Douma.
Erdogan wants a no fly zone in the north, if NATO agrees expect a new phase of violence in the region, the US is denying that it supports the idea but that can change if the USA decides to put its own “moderate rebels” in areas that may be evacuated by Isis.
The so called NFZ is a fancy term to cover the real intention:
Annexing parts of Syria and preventing any potential move by the Kurds to establish a state or a semi state in Kurdish areas.

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September 26th, 2014, 7:23 pm

 

81. ghufran said:

A video showing Syrian refugees in Ersal-Lebanon demonstrating in support of ISIS and Nusra, near the end of the video people asked Nusra chief to enter Beirut !!
http://youtu.be/I8y0cidZRLQ

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September 26th, 2014, 9:17 pm

 

82. SANDRO LOEWE said:

ALANCOMMENT,

Your defense of massacres of poor syrian human beings is repulsive and offensive. I hope you or your children receive the same treatment.

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September 27th, 2014, 3:58 am

 

83. Alan said:

Sandro
I will pray for you. Take care.

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September 27th, 2014, 5:28 am

 

84. Uzair8 said:

‘I hope you or your children receive the same treatment.’

It may be difficult but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, even on our worst enemies.

This hopefully will make Alan realise the wrongness of his positions.

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September 27th, 2014, 4:00 pm

 

85. Uzair8 said:

Who is behind ISIS?

Yvonne Ridley
Saturday, 23 August 2014

[…]

The question to ask is this: Who really benefits from the unfolding ISIS spectacle? The big winners are sitting within the Assad regime.

[…]

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/middle-east/13675-who-is-behind-isis

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September 27th, 2014, 4:04 pm

 

86. Uzair8 said:

EXCLUSIVE: Shaikh Hassan Abboud’s final interview

Yvonne Ridley
Monday, 22 September 2014

Just hours before an explosion wiped out the entire
leadership of one of the most powerful rebel groups in Syria, the head of Ahrar Al-Sham Brigade spent four hours talking to Yvonne Ridley about his vision for the future. In an amazingly frank interview, this is what he told her.

[…]

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/resources/interviews/14279-exclusive-shaikh-hassan-abbouds-final-interview

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September 27th, 2014, 4:08 pm

 

87. Uzair8 said:

As UK was readying for action, BBC Radio 4 asked a couple of guests including Anas al Tikriti whether ISIS could be wiped out.

The World Tonight – 25/9/14

Listen from 13:35 minutes (~6 min long)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04hz7s2

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September 27th, 2014, 4:29 pm

 

88. ALAN said:

A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-25/look-inside-secret-deal-saudi-arabia-unleashed-syrian-bombing


Saudi players in attendance for the Sept. 11 meeting included Prince Bandar bin Gorion, who as the king’s spymaster last year ran afoul of Mr. Kerry over Syria and Iraq policy. U.S. officials interpreted his presence as a sign the king wanted to make sure the court was united, U.S. officials said.
Actually, his presence is a sign that the same puppetmaster who pulled the strings, and failed, in 2013 to remove Assad, and as noted above was at least officially removed from the stage subsequently, is once again the person in charge of the Syrian campaign, only this time unofficially, and this time has Obama entirely wrapped around his finger.

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September 27th, 2014, 4:50 pm

 

89. ALAN said:

85. UZAIR8
I do not have enemies.
You’re talking about your own enemies, right?

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September 27th, 2014, 5:21 pm

 

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