The Families of Qardaha; Hizbullah Fighters Killed in Syria; Iran’s Currency Collapses from Sanctions
Posted by Joshua on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Selon les informations disponibles, une altercation est donc intervenue, vendredi 28 septembre, dans un café de Qardaha, entre des membres des familles Al Assad et Chalich, d’une part, et des familles Al Khayyer, Othman et Abboud, de l’autre. Le “seigneur de la montagne” n’a pas supporté d’entendre un membre de la famille Al Khayyer dénoncer à haute voix la gestion calamiteuse du pays par son cousin, le chef de l’Etat, et réclamer le départ de Bachar Al Assad. Son incompétence avait déjà détruit et ruiné la Syrie. Elle risquait de provoquer le désastre et la mort jusque dans sa ville natale. Fidèle à sa réputation, Mohammed Al Assad a aussitôt sorti son pistolet et tiré sur l’impudent qui tenait de tels propos. Mais il a manqué sa cible et l’autre, plus adroit, l’a grièvement blessé par un tir de riposte. S’est ensuivi un affrontement généralisé qui a provoqué plusieurs morts et blessés dans les deux camps…..
Le Monde has put together what is known about the fighting in Qardaha.
The Al-Khayyer, Othman and Abboud families, who it is believed fought with the Assad family, are well respected within the Alawite community. They have produced many lawyers, engineers and doctors, unlike some of the other families of Qardaha.
Dr Abdel-Aziz Al Khayyer, who is featured in this le Monde article was married to my mother-in-law’s cousin, Mona al-Ahmad. He fled Syria after Hafiz al-Assad’s police accused him of being “too Communist”, a catch-all accusation that was used to condemn many critics of the regime. Because the regime could not imprison Abdelaziz al-Khayyer, they arrested his wife, Mona, to try to induce him to give himself up and to dissuade others from dissent. He never did give himself up, and Mona remained imprisoned for many years.
She was tortured in prison and became paranoid and disturbed. When she was finally released, my mother-in-law along with others tried to help Mona get medical help for her paranoia. Mona believed that relatives were out to get her. Her son, Majd, had to be taken care of by his grandmother, who was a strong woman and succeeded in getting herself educated. Her sister, my wife’s grandmother, was married off at the age of 13, and remained illiterate for the rest of her days despite her daughters’ encouragement to return to school. All of her 10 children got advanced degrees and made something of themselves. The story of Mona’s torture and unjustified imprisonment has festered in the family for decades, causing tensions between different branches of the family and much sadness and guilt among those who were unable to help. Unfortunately, every Syrian family has a similar story tucked away – some have many.
Syria’s Kurds prepare for life after Assad
By Loveday Morris in al-Hassaka, Syria, FT
… At a party youth rally in Derik, the speaker rouses the crowd with a message from Mr Ocalan to the Syrian Kurds, which he says was given to a lawyer on a recent prison visit.
“You must not be with Assad, you must not be with the opposition, you must be the third power in Syria,” he quotes Mr Ocalan as saying. “You must prepare 15,000 soldiers to protect the Kurdish areas. If you don’t take this strategy you will be crushed . . . Every young Kurd must prepare themselves to join up and protect their motherland.”…
Kurds – largely concentrated in the country’s north-east, which holds a significant portion of Syria’s limited but vital oil reserves – have been quietly preparing for a post-Assad future, opening police stations, courts and local councils that they hope will form the foundations of an autonomous region.
The proliferation of newly hung Kurdish flags and signs in the mother tongue in al-Hassaka province give the impression of liberation after years of rule under the Ba’ath party, which expropriated land in Kurdish areas, suppressed expressions of Kurdish identity and arrested thousands of Kurdish activists, especially after riots shook the Kurdish areas in 2004.
But the effort at self-governance is taking place while the regime troops maintain a presence in many of the region’s towns and cities, appearing to turn a blind eye to what would have previously been an unthinkable threat to its power.
Mr Turkmani points to a building a few hundred metres away, where the two-starred Syrian state flag flutters overhead.
“Bashar’s police station,” he says. “They just play cards all day. They have nothing to do.”…
Note from a Syrian friend:
The way Syria has been maltreating its Kurdish citizens is a disgrace. In an a-la-Iraq configuration, Syria’s Kurds should have autonomy. The name of the country should drop the word “Arab” to become the Republic of Syria, which was the name before the racist Baath Party stole power in 1963.
A Hezbollah commander and several fighters have been killed inside Syria, a Lebanese security official said Tuesday, a development that could stoke already soaring tensions over the Lebanese militant group’s role in the civil war next door. Hezbollah’s reputation has taken a beating over its support for the Syrian regime, but [...]
Syrian state TV lashes out at Hamas leader, calling him a traitor
New York Times, 02 Oct 2012
The New York Times reports: State television in Syria issued a withering attack late Monday on a longtime ally, the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Khaled Meshal, declaring him an ungrateful child and a corrupt traitor, saying he was having a “romantic emotional crisis” over the Syrian uprising and accusing him of selling [...]
Syrian rebels’ backers block arms cache until bickering factions unite
Posted: 02 Oct 2012
The Independent reports: Stockpiles of arms, including anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, are being held in Turkey for use by rebels in Syria’s civil war, but their distribution is being held up because of disunity and feuding between the different groups of fighters, The Independent has learned. In high-level discussions, Qatari and Turkish suppliers told opposition [...]
Oct. 2, 2012 (Xinhua) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the West has launched an economic ” battle” against the Islamic republic.
Civilians plead with Syrian fighters – al-Jazeera
Residents of al-Raqqa, known as ‘hotel’ of the revolution, tell combatants to spare them as rebels plan to take city.
More than 500,000 people are estimated to have fled to the northern city of al-Raqqa over the year-and-a-half long conflict in Syria.
That influx of internally displaced Syrians has doubled al-Raqqa’s population.
Now, as opposition fighters say they plan to take the city from the forces of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, civilians are pleading with the fighters to spare them the violence that would ensue.