Swedes, jihadis & anti-air missiles in northern Syria

by Aron Lund for Syria Comment

A group of jihadi foreign fighters in Syria has published photographs of militants posing with a Soviet-designed 9K38 Igla SAM system, a man-portable anti-aircraft weapon similar to the American Stinger missile. The recently established group, known as Kataeb al-Muhajerin, or ”the Migrants’ Brigades”, appears to have been created by Swedish volunteers, working alongside radical jihadi movements. Its logotype shows a map including Syria, Jordan, Israel and Palestine, the region known in Arabic as ”Sham”, or the Levant.

Earlier, on November 21, a group of Swedish Islamists calling themselves Mujahedeen Fi Ash Sham (”Holy Warriors in the Levant”) had published a Swedish-language video statement calling for a ”jihad” against the Assad regime, and encouraging Swedish Muslims to join them in Syria. (English transcript.) This network seems to have been present in the Turkish-Syrian border region for at least a few months. On a Facebook page, one member of the group has claimed that it is comprised of some forty people, including many from the city of Gothenburg. This figure may be too high: SÄPO, the Swedish security service, has indicated that there are indeed some Swedish volunteers fighting in Syria, but seems to put their number well below forty.

Kataeb al-Muhajerin evolved out of this network, although it may also include other members. ”Kataeb al-Muhajerin was launched on Facebook on December 1 by the Swedish Mujahedeen Fi Ash Sham”, explains Per Gudmundson, a journalist and editorial writer for the Svenska Dagbladet daily, who has tracked the online communication of Swedish jihadis. ”The following day, a separate Facebook account was set up.” Material from the group has also been posted to various online jihadi forums, such as Ansar al-Mujahedin and Hanein.

Using these channels, both the Mujahedin Fi Ash Sham group and Kataeb al-Muhajerin have been posting information about the same operations, including identical photographs. This indicates that the two groups either work very closely together, share members, or are in fact two faces of the same network. Ideologically, the group appears to be solidly salafi. A Facebook post condemns the Free Syrian Army (FSA) leadership for seeking democracy in Syria, arguing instead that Muslims must fight for an Islamic theocracy.

Recently, photographs and reports on websites connected to the network have shown members of Kataeb al-Muhajerin participating in the assault on the 111th Regiment at Sheikh Suleiman, north-west of Aleppo. That base was the last major pro-Assad stronghold in the northern Aleppo countryside, infamous for shelling the surrounding rebel-held villages. By the time Kataeb al-Muhajerin arrived in the area, Sheikh Suleiman had been under siege for weeks, surrounded and continually bombarded by a number of rebel groups active in the area. They had cut all roads to the base, and were using anti-air missiles and AA guns to prevent resupply by air. (Kataeb al-Muhajerin’s SAM missile pictures date from this period, immediately preceding the fall of the base. They seem to have been uploaded on December 7, 2012.)

The Sheikh Suleiman base was finally overrun on December 9, 2012, in a joint operation including several different groups. The force encircling the base prior to the attack included both jihadis, independent rebels, and FSA fighters from local villages. Correspondents speak of numerous foreign jihadis involved in the attack, including Uzbek fighters under the command of one “Abu Talha”. Some reports indicate that FSA units had been active in the siege, but that jihadi groups bolstered by foreign fighters then carried out the final attack. One statement mentions the attacking Islamist groups as Jabhat al-Nosra, Katibat al-Batar, Kataeb al-Muhajerin and Kataeb Muhajeri al-Sham.

While the other three organizations are small and virtually unknown, Jabhat el-Nosra is the most infamous of Syria’s extremist groups. This radical salafi-jihadi organization was recently designated a terrorist organization by the US Department of the Treasury, which accuses it of acting as a local front for Iraq’s al-Qaeda leadership. According to media reports, Jabhat al-Nosra fighters did most of the heavy lifting during the assault, having already claimed credit for downing a helicopter on November 27. In the days following the fall of Sheikh Suleiman, Jabhat al-Nosra seized the base for themselves, including the arms stockpile inside. They then set up a perimeter and prevented outsiders from entering without permission, including other rebels, although it appears that groups allied to them were allowed some access.

At least some of the Swedes in the Mujahedeen Fi Ash Sham/Kataeb al-Mujaherin network took part in the attack. They have posted propaganda images from the base in the aftermath of the battle, depicting themselves with the corpses of regime soldiers, guarding prisoners-of-war, and trying out heavy weapons from the base arsenal. They make no mention of Jabhat al-Nosra, but disparage the FSA’s role in the attack: ”Not only did the Free Syrian Army try to steal our spoils of war, but they have also claimed all the credit in the media…”

These images do not mean that the Swedes have joined Jabhat al-Nosra – most likely, they have not. Jabhat al-Nosra maintains a tight messaging discipline, releasing statements only through its own specialized media wing, al-Manara al-Beida. After a May 2012 controversy involving a fake Jabhat al-Nosra statement, the group has been particularly insistent on this, stressing that any statement on its behalf made outside of the al-Manara al-Beida framework should be considered a forgery. If Kataeb el-Muhajerin were formally part of Jabhat el-Nosra, it is unlikely that they could release statements separately, and under their own banner. It therefore seems likely that the Swedish Mujahedin network has set up shop in northern Syria on their own, and are working independently alongside other fighters who share their ideology, rather than as formal members of a larger group.

In the larger scheme of things, the Swedish group of fighters is tiny and will not be a major influence on the Syrian uprising. But the images posted by Kataeb al-Muhajerin after the attack include heavy weaponry, such as AA guns. ”Judging from the pictures, they’re very happy with the arms captured in Sheikh Suleiman”, notes Gudmundson, interviewed for Syria Comment via e-mail.

The pictures give an idea of the kind of weaponry now available to jihadis in northern Syria. The man shown carrying the Igla SAM launcher cannot be identified, and it is not clear whether he is a member of Kataeb al-Muhajerin or an allied group; probably the latter. But the photos themselves appear to be unique to Kataeb al-Muhajerin, proving that, at the very least, the group has been present where these arms were stored and used. If a small group of Swedish volunteer fighters now has such close access to anti-air missiles, then, clearly, so does Jabhat al-Nosra and other jihadi groups.

The United States and other governments have long worried about the proliferation of modern military technology and know-how among Syrian Islamist rebels, in particular anti-air missiles. They fear that such weapons could be turned against themselves in the future, whether in the Middle East or by returning foreign fighters. While helping to arm the rebellion, these states have therefore held back from providing such weapons to the Syrian rebels, despite their obvious need for a countermeasure to Assad’s air superiority. In recent months, anti-air weapons have started to appear in northern Syria anyway, whether as a result of this strategy being relaxed or for other reasons. However, pictures from Sheikh Suleiman show that heavy weaponry is also slipping into jihadi hands from the other direction – by being captured from Syrian regime stockpiles.

Comments (26)


1. Citizen said:

Quite disturbing video, even if all have been released, it reminds me Anhar Kuchneva !!!!!!!!

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December 18th, 2012, 7:46 am

 

2. Citizen said:

The rate of release of Western correspondents cheaters means the level of influence of the West on the terrorists
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/18/15985279-richard-engel-and-nbc-news-team-freed-from-captors-in-syria?lite

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December 18th, 2012, 7:57 am

 

3. zoo said:

Reposted

For the idealist dreamers who believe that if Bashar goes, Syria will become a paradise. It seems that it is more likely to become an endless hell.

Syria: after Assad falls, what then?

The alliance between foreign jihadists and some Syrians shows the fight for Syria will not end with the fall of the regime

Haytham Manna

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/18/after-assad-falls-what-then

Support for al-Nusra can be seen as both a symptom of the drunkenness of anticipated military victory, prematurely proclaimed, and an attempt to further undermine the political solution the UN still seeks. What happens as a result will not be decided by a conference in Marrakech, but on the ground. One thing is certain: the fight for Syria will last a long time, and will not end with the fall of the regime.

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December 18th, 2012, 8:10 am

 

4. zoo said:

Will Egypt see the first debacle of the Moslem Brotherhood in their role of rulers of an Arab country. Will it discredit them in the rest of the Arab World and the West?

Egypt’s constitution could be Brotherhood’s undoing

Faisal Al Yafai
Dec 18, 2012

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/egypts-constitution-could-be-brotherhoods-undoing#ixzz2FPO0FSDU
Follow us: @TheNationalUAE on Twitter | thenational.ae on Facebook

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December 18th, 2012, 8:12 am

 

5. zoo said:

It seems that the Syrian army is increasingly getting the tacit support from the West to attack the Al Nusra strongholds as these terrorists are getting reinforced by the weapons they are seizing.

Ironically, the Syrian army is now doing the dirty job that the USA has been doing in Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan against Islamist terrorists. The difference is that the Syrian army is not only alone to do it, but they are under sanctions…

The great hope of the Islamist terrorists is that Bashar leaves as this will paralyze the Syrian army and give them an easy victory.
Without knowing the coalition is working on the Al Qaeeda agenda now.

That’s why I think Bashar will not be asked to leave until the West finds another way to neutralize the islamists terrorists.
The West priorities are shifting: Get the Islamists out is now priority one, regime change is after.

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December 18th, 2012, 8:26 am

 

6. Tara said:

Zoo,

The article written by Manaa is the stupidest thing I have heard. The enthusiasm for al Nusra is stemming out of necessities and desperation and is not a leisure choice to bring Islamists on nor is it getting drunk with or by its military victory.

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December 18th, 2012, 8:32 am

 

7. zoo said:

صحفي إسرائيلي في ضيافة المعارضة المسلحة في إدلب

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December 18th, 2012, 8:48 am

 

8. zoo said:

#6 Tara

The support of al Nusra by the FSA will not be tolerated by the West.
The highest priority of the West is the war against terrorism much before promotion of democracy, especially when the extremists islamists may get hold of chemical weapons and may threaten Israel.

Necessity or not, by insisting on the ‘innocence’ of al Nusra, the FSA is becoming its accomplice and is signing its death warrant.

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December 18th, 2012, 8:55 am

 

9. Mjabali said:

The West, and the Middle East of course, are going to pay dearly because of this new wave of Jihadis hell bent on destroying.

The scene of these foreign fighters rampaging through the houses in Alleppo is going to be repeated somewhere else soon.

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December 18th, 2012, 9:07 am

 

10. Ghufran said:

Rebels are now busy looting stores and deserted houses in alyarmouk , there is no presence of the army or police in the camp
طز فيكم و به الثوره تبعكن

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December 18th, 2012, 9:07 am

 

11. Tara said:

Zoo,

Remind me as I forgot. Isn’t HA considered a ” terrorist”organization as well as Hamas? Are the west not “tolerating” them? Have that led to their demise?

The responsibility to protect is a universal one. The West fell short of its responsibility to protect the now headless little Syrian girls and the foreign fighters did. I join al Khateeb in calling upon the US to reconsider. Having said that, I would want them to leave once the mission of extracting Bashar from the chair is accomplished.

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December 18th, 2012, 9:16 am

 

12. Hamoudeh al-Halabi said:

Visitor, from the previous post: “It is those who speak against al-Nusra who will be kicked out of the revolution.” Not without a fight, are you willing to sacrifice the future of the country for them? Do you want a Lebanese civil war? It could become like that and Somalia on top of it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf2fw0XEu_U

It is only because Assad’s terror continues to dominate that this hasn’t happened yet, Jabhat al-Nusra on its part just like its Somalian counterpart al-Shabab has already declared war on the Sunnis.

http://freehalab.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/shaykh-yaqoubi-has-the-war-on-sunnis-started/

And on the Kurds for that matter. The silence is that what’s heard before the storm, as soon as Assad falls the charade ends. This because a transitional government will be installed and a new national army formed. If Jabhat al-Nusra insists on its ways after that, despite the many allies it may have formed by then, it will have to face another state. And if that state proves too weak, all of the above applies.

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December 18th, 2012, 9:32 am

 

13. zoo said:

11. Tara

Yes Hamas and Hezbollah are nominated by the USA as terrorists organization. None is affiliated to Al Qaeeda or Salafists. Hezbollah is Shia and Hamas is Sunni Moslem Brotherhood.
The USA has several times tried to crush them using Israel ( Lebanon 2006 and Gaza) but they failed.
Al Nusra is a salafist organization closely linked to Al Qaeeda that gave a big blow to the USA’s invulnerability on 9/11 and still kills US soldiers in Afghanistan. I’s a different beast than HA or Hamas that only threats Israel.

When Israel or the US interests in the region are threatened, be sure it takes the highest priority.
The Syrian army has been and still is the warrant oft Israel’s border security. Thus the West are worried it would collapse.

How can they manage that it survives and remain strong if Bashar leaves is certainly a big question they are struggling to find an answer to.

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December 18th, 2012, 9:56 am

 

14. Warren said:

Has Syria Become Al-Qaeda’s New Base For Terror Strikes On Europe?

Exclusive investigation: The terror network in Syria includes dozens of European members, and wants to get its hands on Assad’s stockpile of chemical weapons.

By Florian Flade and Clemens Wergin
DIE WELT/Worldcrunch

A photograph from Syria shows a large man in fighting garb, carrying an assault rifle. His head is wrapped in black cloth, and the sign on his armband indicates beyond a doubt that he is an Islamist. But the man is not Syrian; he identifies himself as “holy warrior Abu Ahmad al-Almani” from Germany.

The picture of him was posted on Facebook. The information the man provides about himself says that he was born in Lebanon, and until recently lived in Germany. He left to join the fight against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

But now “Abu Ahmad” is an Islamic fighter, and he’s calling for German Muslims to join the cause. “Dear brethren, come join our ranks, fight with our brothers as if we were a wall. Faith is the weapon our enemies most fear.”

According to a Die Welt investigation, the fighter from Germany is only one of hundreds of foreigners who have associated with Syrian rebels in their fight against the Assad regime. Most of them are young men from North Africa, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. But more and more Europeans are joining the militia fighters.

Western intelligence agencies believe that there are some 100 Muslims with European passports involved in the war in Syria, Die Welt has learned. A great many of these are fighters, some are radical Islamists, and see it as their duty to join the “Holy War” against the Syrian strongman.

“There could be many reasons for somebody to travel to Syria,” one source told Die Welt. “Somebody might want to help their family. Somebody else might aspire to become a martyr. Some only become Islamists as a result of taking part in the fighting.”

German intelligence views the travel of radical Muslims to Syria with concern. The assumption is that most of them plan to take up fighting against government troops.

From the standpoint of intelligence agents, the situation of the Syrian opposition remains highly opaque. According to the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) – the German intelligence service – the biggest problem for foreign jihadists is the chaotic situation of countless warring parties, citizens’ militias, and rebel groups. Only very few Islamists coming in from Europe know anything about the group they join up with, or what that group’s ideology and goals actually are.

The most radical of the rebel groups is probably Jabat al-Nusra, which has a jihadist orientation and wants to create a theocracy in Syria. Jabat al-Nusra is considered to be a regional branch of al-Qaeda, but the group — which is said to have about 1,000 fighters — has deliberately avoided official affiliation with the terror network so far, for reasons of image and strategy. Intelligence operatives believe that Jabat al-Nusra doesn’t want to give Assad fodder to nourish his claims that the opposition consists of al-Qaeda fighters.

Egypt’s terrain is ripe

Western intelligence operatives say that al-Nusra runs several large training camps in Syria where Islamists with fighting experience – veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – train new recruits, including Islamists from Western countries. In a situation similar to the al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan in the 1990s, hundreds of Islamists are presently being trained in the use of fire arms, bomb-making and hand-to-hand combat in Syrian camps managed by Jabat al-Nusra.

Al-Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri is focusing his efforts on Syria and Egypt, trying to build new structures in these two key countries since many of the established al-Qaeda offshoots no longer listen to the network’s leadership after the death of Osama Bin Laden, according to information from Western intelligence sources.

Al-Zawahiri’s contact in Syria is Abu Muhammad al-Julani, the Jabat al-Nusra leader. In Egypt, Jamal al-Kashef and Sheik Adel Shahato look after al-Qaeda interests. Al-Qaeda’s aim is to fight the “heretical regimes” in both countries; to al-Zawahiri the new regime of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi also counts as one of these. In one of his recent speeches, al-Zawahiri called for attacks on the Egyptian military to help bring down Morsi’s government.

According to intelligence sources, several al-Qaeda leaders who were originally from Egypt have returned there after years of fighting in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Other leaders and active members have been released from prison by the Morsi government. The al-Qaeda cell in Egypt is thought to have been involved in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

On October 24, Egyptian security forces however did raid a “safe house” in Cairo that was used by al-Qaeda members under al-Kashef’s orders. One al-Qaeda fighter was killed, and others were taken into custody. A large weapons depot and explosives were found at the site. In several other raids over the next few days, 20 more al-Qaeda operatives were arrested. Egyptian sources said the cell was directly under al-Zawahiri’s orders and was working to bring the Morsi government down.

Because of the political turmoil in Egypt, the country has become a stomping ground for global jihadists. A German al-Qaeda fighter, Denis Cuspert, who has threatened attacks in Germany, has gone to Cairo. Many German and European fighters pretend to be going to Egypt to study Islam or Arabic, but then head for al-Qaeda training camps in Egypt, the Sinai or Libya.

Chemical and biological stockpiles

But the most important field of operations for al-Qaeda at the moment is Syria. According to Die Welt’s information from Western intelligence sources, last year al-Zawahiri sent at least three organizers to Syria to create jihadist groups to carry out his instructions.

Particularly worrying for the West are al-Qaeda efforts to get their hands on chemical and biological weapons. Local al-Qaeda operatives have allegedly already been told to find out where these weapons are stockpiled. Intelligence sources also say that al-Qaeda is looking for experts in Syria to train their fighters in how to use the weapons.

Al-Qaeda’s efforts are said to be focused mainly around Deraa in the southwestern part of the country, and Aleppo, where its HQ is thought to be located.

Another major concern for Western intelligence services is al-Zawahiri’s intention to train extremists with European passports in Egypt and Syria so that they can build terror cells in Europe, and to see Syria turn into a kind of Waziristan – a remote part of Pakistan where members can move about pretty much unhindered.

For future attacks in Europe, extremists with European passports are particularly valuable – men like the Spaniard Rachid Wahbi who arrived in Syria via Turkey in June 2012 headed for a training camp for European fighters, or Mehdi al-Harati, a Libyan with an Irish passport. He was one of the founders of the Tripoli Brigade, the first rebel unit in Libya. He now leads the rebels in the north of Syria.

According to Western intelligence sources, al-Nusra commander Abu Mohammad al-Julani is already planning to expand his base of operations to Europe via Turkey. He’s preparing to make Syria – after the fall of the Assad regime – a center of jihadist activity with branches in other countries.

Some of al-Julani’s al-Qaeda cells are already up and running in other countries in the region, and Western intelligence operatives say he is in the process of building additional cells in Europe.

It has been noted that so far Jabat al-Nusra has avoided using European fighters in suicide missions. Apparently these fighters are too valuable to “burn” right now – their European passports will come in good stead when the fighting in Syria is over and the terror network enters a Europe-oriented expansion phase.

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The West now is acknowledging the threat posed by these radical soonites in Syria: the Afghan scenario is being replicated. A convenient alliance between the West and radical soonite islamists against a “common enemy”, will soon sour after the conflict. In fact it’s souring before hostilities end: the West is rightly disturbed by the nature of these soonite insurgents.

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December 18th, 2012, 10:02 am

 

15. erin said:

If Assad goes, Syria is already gone, this is a mute point.
The issue here is that Israel and the USA are playing with arabs like dummies or for better sake like Dumbs, which is what have been going on for the last few hunderd years even before the existance of Israel. Turks treated arabs like sheep and arabs loved it.
Islam is the problem! put Islam in front of anything and you will see how it becomes a returning to stone age mentality, take it off and liberate people, it seems when people ditch religion they become more humans, the killing in the name Allah is keeping muslims below pigs on the scale of humanity even monkeys are above that step.
EGYPT is done, Syria is done and the rest is history,let Islam keep killing each other that is whan counts for Israel and the USA.

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December 18th, 2012, 10:21 am

 

16. zoo said:

#12 Hamoudeh

“Not without a fight, are you willing to sacrifice the future of the country for them?”

It is certainly a worthwhile “purification” sacrifice as it will bring Islam at the forefront of Arab culture and restore the Islamic civilization values that were destroyed by heretics.
Imagine Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and North Africa united under the Islamic flag…

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December 18th, 2012, 10:41 am

 

17. zoo said:

As Palestinians leave, it seems that an air force blitz is planned to annihilate the rebels and their terrorists allies presently looting abandoned homes and shops in Yarmouk.
Will Qatar or Turkey show their solidarity with the Resistance and offer to host 150,000 palestinian refugees?

“One Yarmouk resident told the AFP news agency that the mosques of the camp had broadcast an army ultimatum giving the estimated 150,000 people inside until 12:00 (10:00 GMT) to leave their homes.”

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December 18th, 2012, 11:46 am

 

18. zoo said:

Iranian minister denies Syria’s Assad about to fall

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-syria-crisis-iran-idUSBRE8BH0MP20121218

Iran does not believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government are about to fall, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday.

Asked after talks in Moscow about Western suggestions that Assad and his government might soon be ousted, he told Reuters through a translator: “We have serious doubts about that. The Syrian army and the state machine are working smoothly.”

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December 18th, 2012, 11:48 am

 

19. Tara said:

Bombarding the Yarmuk camp is another black chapter added to Batta’s terror accomplishments. I wish that he experiences the same terror he inflicted on people before he takes his first step to Hell.

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December 18th, 2012, 12:10 pm

 

20. Visitor said:

Syrialover from previous post and HH from this post
I was extremely busy today but her it is:

First SL, listen guy, you only speak for yourself and that is all you can do. You are not going to come here and pretend speaking for anyone else but yourself. Understood? Otherwise, you know what…

When i speak about your duplicitous talk, you should listen carefully. When You speak duplicitously, and bring in assholes like Robert Ford, then there will be no room for you and so-called secularism in this revolution, and if Moaz speaks in similar term then to hell with him and any one like him. So far he did not and that is good for him. Otherwise he will become trash.

Al-Nusra fighters are now very popular in Syria even more so than the FSA itself because they have shown discipline, the will to fight, the ability to fight and they are not corrupt as many defectors turned out to be. The Nusra members are mostly Syrians and they chose this Nusra front because they believe in it. They know that the other side has chosen to fight an existential war. Thus they chose the appropriate path to confront it.

You and your so called secularism can go to hell. Even, the reguar FSA commanders, none of them endorsed anything but a civil state and none of them mentioned secularism or even came close to it.

DO NOT Speak ill of Nusra or you and whoever agrees with are out. Period.

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December 18th, 2012, 12:26 pm

 

21. Humanist said:

Per Gudmundsson belongs to the “counterjihad movement” and is known as a hardcore zionist.

To put it simply: this guy doesn’t really seem to like muslims (and for that reason he is loved by right-wing extremists in Sweden).

G. first even claimed the norweigian mass killer was a muslim, but it turned out Breivik was a counter-jihadist and ultra zionist just like him…

So don’t take everything he says seriously!

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December 18th, 2012, 12:34 pm

 

22. Hamoudeh al-Halabi said:

Visitor, you are not the Amir of this revolution to kick anyone out, but when the charade is over nothing will come without a fight. Unless OUT is the majority and IN is a minority, you have it turned around. Look how you are talking about the FSA, about the coalition, about Shaykhs, about people who sacrificed far more than you sitting there. If that is what you want, your choice, but it won’t be any less existential than it is today. Whoever declares war on the Awliya, Allah declares war on them.

The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa-alihi wa-sallam said:

“There would arise in this nation a people and you would hold insignificant your prayers as compared with their prayers. And they would recite the Qur’an which would not go beyond their throats and would swerve through the Deen (as blank) just as an (swift) arrow passes through the prey. The archer looks at his arrow, at its iron head and glances at its end (which he held) in the tip of his fingers to see whether it had any stain of blood.”

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December 18th, 2012, 4:22 pm

 

23. Syrialover said:

VISITOR #20,

Your shadowboxing war cries don’t get my attention unless spoken from behind the ranks of the FSA, standing outside rubble of your home, or in a 1 km bread line in Damascus.

I am closer to these things than you seem to realize. Shall I send some people I know in those situations your personal long distance message that they “out of the revolution” because they don’t want foreign salafists running their lives?

And I see that Moaz al-Khatib had better behave in your books or he will be “trash”.

Your version of al-Nusrah is extremely excited and upbeat.

But I agree with TARA who says: “The enthusiasm for al Nusra is stemming out of necessities and desperation and is not a leisure choice to bring Islamists on nor is it getting drunk with or by its military victory.”

I urge you to take advantage of living in the west. Instead of telling us here, go and run a serious public campaign to tell western government and aid organizations to “stick up their ass” any aid and assistance they offer in rebuilding post-Assad Syria.

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December 18th, 2012, 7:30 pm

 

24. Aron Lund said:

# 21 Humanist – Ultra this and ultra that. What exactly is it you think that Per Gudmundson is wrong about, regarding Kataeb al-Muhajerin? If you think he’s making a false statement in the interview, I’ll be happy to ask him again and post the results here. Simply complaining about how you don’t like his politics isn’t really going to get us anywhere.

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December 18th, 2012, 7:38 pm

 

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