The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham Expands Into Rural Northern Syria

In the previous post, Aymenn al-Tamimi discussed developments in the relationship between two primary al-Qa’ida affiliates operating in Syria: Jabhat al-Nusra, and the ISIS. Through his analysis he concluded that in some areas the distinction between Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is blurry, while in other areas the two seem to visibly operate as distinctly separate groups. He also believes that though a “grand ideological clash” between the two groups is not impossible, it is premature to point to one at present. Now, in part two, Aymenn delves into the growth of ISIS power in specific communities and discusses the plausibility of predicted FSA – ISIS confrontation.

 

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham Expands Into Rural Northern Syria

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimiby Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi for Syria Comment


Introduction

In a post for Jihadology a few weeks back, I identified how the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) was playing an important role in the fighting on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo and in the surrounding countryside. Since that time, it has become apparent that the group has been seeking to expand outwards and to consolidate control over outlying towns in both the Aleppo and Idlib regions, particularly those of strategic importance along or near the border with Turkey.

Azaz

This initiative has already served to foster division. For example, in the town of Azaz, which is in close proximity to the Turkish border, a protest ocurred on July 1 against ISIS’ entry into the town and its attempt to establish headquarters there. Yet on July 5, Azaz saw a counter-rally in favor of ISIS featuring a slogan common for such demonstrations—‘Labbayka ya Allah’ (‘I am at your service, God’)—accompanied by conspicuous numbers of ISIS flags.

It should be noted that this pattern of division—between those members of Syrian society who support ISIS vs. those who do not—is also observed in the city of Aleppo itself, where ISIS supporters have generally held separate rallies from those of other demonstrators. (I have found one notable exception: a rally on June 4 for the then-besieged city of Qusayr in the area of al-Firdus, featuring both ISIS and Free Syrian Army [FSA] flags).

Resentment over the ISIS presence in Azaz grows. One notable outlet for this disapproving sentiment is a youth activist Facebook page called ‘The Youth of Aleppo—Azaz’ which posted the following status: ‘We ask the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham to establish their state from Iraq [meaning ‘in Iraq’?] since the system of prostitution [there] has not yet fallen.’

The group has also circulated an alleged statement from a local council in the town of Tel Abyaḍ in Raqqah Governorate claiming that the ISIS has confiscated internationally-donated generators intended to provide drinking water for the residents of the town.

On the other hand, ISIS is attempting some outreach to the locals of Azaz, offering Qur’an and Sunnah recitation competitions—among other religious activities—for the population during Ramaḍān.

Jarabulus

As for other towns, here is a photo of the ISIS headquarters in the northern border town of Jarabulus. The banner reads: ‘The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham: Province of Aleppo. Emirate of Jarabulus.’

ISIS headquarters, Jarabulus, Syria

Another photo shows the flag of ISIS flying over Jarabulus:

ISIS flag flies over Jarabulus, Syria

One activist page on Facebook called ‘Jabhat al-Nusra does not represent me’ claims the following to give context to the first photo: ‘Photo from Jarabulus following the seizure of it by al-Qa’ida after battles with the FSA. It is said that ISIS then killed scores of civilians, among them children, during al-Qa’ida’s attempt to occupy the town.’

In a similar vein, on June 15, the Arabic news outlet al-Waie News claimed to cite a local source in Jarabulus on clashes between ISIS and a rebel battalion known as the ‘Family of Jādir,’ which uses the FSA flag.

The source claimed that the clashes started after a member of ISIS was wounded during a round of celebratory gunfire that followed a concord reached between the two groups, giving rise to a renewed violent battle between ISIS and the Family of Jādir for fifteen hours, resulting in ISIS’ seizure of the town, as well as the killing of one ISIS fighter and several from the Family of Jādir.

On 13 June, the leader of the Family of Jādir—Yusuf al-Jādir—released video testimony in which he claimed that ISIS launched an attack on the home of Ahmad al-Jādir and then began shooting at dozens of innocent civilians, resulting in the deaths of several children: among them, Mahmoud Kerkaz, Sheikho Shawish, Ibrahim al-Ahmad, and a young Kurdish girl. He continues by documenting other alleged acts of ISIS aggression in the town.

It thus appears that ISIS seized control of Jarabulus by force. One thing that is important to note from the opposing testimony is the issue of naming. The source for al-Waie News from Jarabulus merely sees ISIS as a new name for Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) in the town, and Yusuf al-Jādir likewise deems the two names interchangeable.

Thus, even if my formulation for the city of Aleppo itself—that ISIS and JN are two separate entities—applies here, the perception of at least some residents of the town nevertheless differs. As in Raqqah, the two may well be interchangeable in Jarabulus.

The concept of interchangeability could make sense here in light of the fact that JN has had an active presence in the northern Turkish border areas in the past (cf. clashes with Farouq Battalions in April on the border in Raqqah Governorate). Certainly, Jarabulus has been known for a JN presence in the past: here is a video of a JN-led rally in Jarabulus from December 14, 2012, featuring the chant of ‘We are Anṣar Allah.’

In this context, one should also note a revealing report from the Damascus Bureau, which actually visited Jarabulus. The reporter, Youssef Shaikho, explains that Jabhat al-Nusra in Jarabulus supported the announcement of ISIS, and most of its fighters in the town are native Syrians, providing a notable exception to the media narrative of ISIS as a group solely composed of foreign fighters.

Further blurring the lines of group-alignment and public sentiment, not all those who, like al-Jādir, use the FSA flag in Jarabulus are necessarily opposed to ISIS’ ideological vision. For example, here is a Facebook activist page from Jarabulus that uses the FSA flag. Yet it has put up a status that laments the loss of the Khilafa (Caliphate) and denounces the UN and its decision-making as a mere front for occupation.

In any event, ISIS is now said to be operating an active Shari’a court in Jarabulus, which has allegedly executed three young men recently on charges of rape and murder. ISIS is also accused of detaining the son of a prominent martyr from the Family of Jādir known as Abu Furāt.

In terms of the reasons behind the Jādir-ISIS clashes, one should be cautious about presenting them as a simple ideological battle. It rather seems to have been a power struggle for control of an important border area. The Kurdish PYD, as the Damascus Bureau notes, also has a small activist presence in Jarabulus, yet it has been left untouched and tolerated by ISIS.

At the same time, ISIS is trying to counter the allegations put out about its conduct in Jarabulus by emphasizing local support in the town for the group, including children.

al-Bab

Another town in rural Aleppo where ISIS is establishing its presence is al-Bab. On July 5, the outlet Saḍa ash-Sham al-Islami put up a set of photos of a meeting for Dawah  held by the ISIS in al-Bab. [Da’wa means “invitation” and often refers to proselytism—the inviting of others to join Islam. In this case, it refers to outreach to Muslims to strengthen their faith.]

Da'wah meeting in al-Bab

In contrast to what appears to have been a more aggressive approach in Jarabulus, ISIS seems to be engaging in an active outreach effort to the population of al-Bab. Thus, the local outlet al-Bab Press reported that ISIS is running school bus services for children who have seen their education disrupted for many months by Assad regime bomb attacks. A local FB page in al-Bab also gave an account last month from an ISIS fighter of clashes between ISIS and Assad regime soldiers aided by Hezbollah fighters in the wider Aleppo area.

Manbij

The town of Manbij offers a case contrasting with that of al-Bab. Recently, Manbij has seen a protest rally against ISIS. The demonstration was sparked by two grievances against ISIS: first, ISIS is accused by some local activists of destroying works of art in Manbij, and second, of kidnapping a local sheikh. Protests continued into Friday of last week, on which day ISIS had been holding a daw’ah meeting in Manbij featuring a number of locals in support of the group, as per the photo below.

ISIS holds dawah meeting in Manbij, Syria

Prior to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s announcement of the formation of ISIS in early April, Manbij had been known for an active JN presence in alliance with Ahrar ash-Sham, who together took on the Farouq Battalions in violent clashes in the town at the beginning of the month, resulting in the expulsion of the Farouq Battalions from Manbij.

The clashes began after Ahrar ash-Sham had arrested a certain Abu Khaldun, a friend of the leader of the Farouq Battalions in Manbij. Ahrar ash-Sham and its allies justified the arrest on the grounds that this man had been one of the leading criminal figures in Manbij and had to be put on trial by the Shari’a committee in Aleppo, while emphasizing that there was no fundamental conflict between them and those under the banner of the FSA.

Following the defeat of the Farouq Battalions, Ahrar ash-Sham held a victory rally in Manbij on 6 April with dozens of supporters and allies, featuring the al-Qa’ida flag and a banner reading ‘The Ummah wants an Islamic Khilafa.’ The person who uploaded the video described it as being held in celebration of the expulsion of ‘gangs of thieves’- a common charge leveled against the Farouq Battalions in the north, which unlike the Ikhwaan-aligned Homs division lack ties to any major Islamist groups.

On a side note, the rally itself should illustrate that those who posit a strict dichotomy between supposedly ‘nationalist’ Salafists in Ahrar ash-Sham as opposed to transnational jihadists are mistaken. This rally in Manbij and Ahrar ash-Sham’s statement on JN’s pledge of allegiance to al-Qa’ida show that concepts of the transnational ummah that supersedes “artificial borders” and the nation-state of Syria are often blurred in Ahrar ash-Sham’s ideological thought.

Of course, one also must not generalize in the opposite direction and portray all of Ahrar ash-Sham as bent on an international Khilafa. Yet whenever non-Islamists protest against groups like ISIS, as a rule Ahrar ash-Sham can be expected to side with the latter (cf. the case of Raqqah which I documented last month).

In the context of Manbij, therefore, one should not be surprised about a blurring of distinction between Ahrar ash-Sham’s support base and what is now known as the ISIS presence. Indeed, it is also apparent that there is another virtual mirror front of ISIS active in Manbij: namely, Ansar al-Khilafa, which is composed of a mix of native Syrians and foreign fighters, though exact proportions are unclear.

Ansar al-Khilafa is most prominent in rural Aleppo and Latakia. In the April rally led by Ahrar ash-Sham, it is likely that there were Ansar al-Khilafa supporters among the crowd. Here is a recent mural put up in Manbij in support of the group:

Ansar al-Khilafa mural in Manbij, Syria

ad-Dana

The final case we come to on the subject of ISIS’ expansion is that of ad-Dana in Idlib, near the border with Turkey. Here, a protest rally is said to have taken place against ISIS (though no video footage of it has emerged so far), sparking violent clashes. Yet it is the only case where we have a mainstream media outlet allowing ISIS to give its full side of the story thanks to an al-Jazeera English report (H/T: @khalidelmousoui) from the town. In the report, ISIS fighters claimed that those denouncing their presence were actually agents of the Assad regime.

However, it appears that this testimony is contradicted in an account given by pro-ISIS activists in Idlib, who denounced the clashes as ‘the work of some of the apostates of the Free Army.’ Meanwhile, a pro-ISIS Twitter user complained at the time of the clashes that the ‘malicious Free Army’ was besieging ISIS and expressed concerns about the beginnings of a ‘Sahwa’ movement against ISIS.

As of now, the al-Jazeera report says that ISIS is the only remaining armed group in the town. This is corroborated by local Idlib activist testimony that there are now no armed clashes in the town and reconciliation initiatives are underway. At the same time, claims that ISIS executed dozens of supporters of those identifying under the banner of the FSA—stemming chiefly from an ad-Dana rebel leader’s testimony were denied.

That said, both the rebel leader whose testimony is given by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the al-Jazeera report corroborate each other on the ISIS fighters as being from outside Syria.

Now in control of the town, ISIS is running a school for the children, and the ISIS presence as reported by al-Jazeera is corroborated by a video that has now emerged of ISIS fighters manning the entrance into ad-Dana.

Conclusion

In short, these various cases illustrate ISIS’ growing power in the north of Syria. ISIS is clearly not a force to be dismissed as marginal without any real support on the ground, even as its presence is undoubtedly sparking backlash in many areas. Above all, these recent developments as regards ISIS’ expansion vindicate to an extent my prediction in March in a guest post for Syria Comment about the emergence and establishment of jihadist strongholds in the north and east of Syria.

In terms of the future, one needs to be skeptical of the narrative being put out by Supreme Military Command (SMC) supporters of a looming, grand-scale FSA effort to take on ISIS in the north of Syria in a fundamental clash of ideologies. Resentment at the ideological level is more to be expected from civilian protestors rather than armed rebels.

One should particularly note my distinction here between SMC supporters and those in general who go by the banner of the FSA. While SMC supporters would like to portray all of those under the banner of FSA as opposed to ISIS, the evidence speaks otherwise, exemplified in this recent statement by an FSA military council in Aleppo denying rumors of clashes between their ‘brothers’ in ISIS and JN.

SMC supporters are likely the source of at least some of the allegations against ISIS, including the recent claim that ISIS is planning to declare a wider northern state after Ramaḍān: plausible in light of ISIS’ expansion in northern Syria but as of now uncorroborated in pro-ISIS circles.

Other rumors likely originating from pro-SMC sources include an alleged statement by JN distancing itself from ISIS (not released through JN’s official channel al-Manārah al-Bayḍā, so therefore suspect) and claims that ISIS killed Abu Furāt of Jarabulus, when his funeral actually took place a few months before ISIS was announced.

In particular, the reports attempting to portray JN in open conflict with ISIS are building on a narrative stemming from a Reuters piece in which JN was portrayed as a group of native Syrians disillusioned with the machinations of the foreign fighters of ISIS, hinting at the possibility of JN teaming up with other rebels to take on ISIS.

The motivation for spreading rumors about ISIS is quite apparent: namely, the SMC’s bid to secure Western arms, which will then be supposedly used to take on what Western nations like the UK perceive to be the number-one threat emanating from Syria.

In any case, the current PR war between SMC supporters and ISIS supporters will continue. Feeling the pressure, the latter have recently announced the formation of a new forum intended to counter purported media disinformation about the group. Thus can the exchange of claims and counter-claims be expected to intensify. Ascertaining the full truth short of getting on the ground will remain elusive.

 

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a student at Brasenose College, Oxford University. His website is http://www.aymennjawad.org. Follow on Twitter at @ajaltamimi

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201. Ziad said:

MAJEDKHALDOUN #196 said:

“Also I am in no way defending killing innocent people, this is a lie by you, in Islam LA IKraha Fi Aldeen, there is no coersion in Islam, stop lying”

My comment #154 was about takfiris killing innocents. If you do not defend killing innocent people, why did you feel compelled to respond?

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July 20th, 2013, 1:14 pm

 

202. majedkhaldoun said:

Ziad
It is you who is deceiving and fabricating interpretation which are not true
Kazeb is lier and infidel is kuffar
Is it not to Allah that sincere devotion is due,you totally misinterpret the sentence

Throw away your false books,there are many places Shiaa misinterpreted Quran as the last Aya of Israa sourah
God said
و قل الحد لله الذي لم يتخذ ولدا ولم يكن له شريك في الملك و لم يكن له ولي من الذل

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July 20th, 2013, 1:18 pm

 

203. majedkhaldoun said:

It should be الحمد لله
not الحد لله

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July 20th, 2013, 1:35 pm

 

204. don said:

الحمد لله

Syria Kurds expel jihadists, seize weapons: NGO

BEIRUT (AFP) – Syrian Kurdish fighters in the northeast expelled jihadists from a checkpoint on Saturday and seized their weapons and ammunition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The advance comes just days after Kurdish fighters loyal to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) expelled jihadists allied to Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) from the strategic Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain.

In five days of fighting, at least 35 jihadists and 19 Kurdish fighters have been killed, the Britain-based Observatory said.

“Clashes raged during the night from Friday to Saturday, pitting (Kurdish fighters) against Al-Nusra Front, ISIS and other (rebel) groups… near the villages of Tal Alu, Karhuk and Ali Agha,” said the group.

The clashes “ended at 8:00 am (0500 GMT), when the Kurdish popular committees seized control of a… (key) checkpoint” there, said the group.

The Kurdish fighters then seized ammunition, light weapons, a vehicle mounted with a heavy machinegun and a mortar from the jihadists, the Observatory added.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/20/syria-kurds-expel-jihadists-seize-weapons-ngo/

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July 20th, 2013, 1:49 pm

 

205. omen said:

not that i need to tell you this, because you’re pretty cognizant of this already, but you have to learn to read between the lines with these things. who is the author? is he an establishment figure? which interest is he likely to be forwarding, etc.

118. zoo said: Some brilliant New York Times has found the solution to Obama dilemma.

The way to Hezbollah’s heart is through Iran. The Obama administration should bite the admittedly hard bullet and start cultivating Iran as a participant in negotiations for a peace deal in Syria.

i remember being shocked last year when i came across a similar op-eds which insisted the only path to peace was to get iran to buy in. impossible, i thought.

but syria, for monied interests pulling strings, isn’t about human lives but control over oil routes.

only reason assad remains in power is because the west is appeasing iran.

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July 20th, 2013, 1:52 pm

 

206. Ziad said:

Out of the frying pan, into the fire and back

Egypt Punishes Gaza During Ramadan

Thousands of Muslims in the Gaza Strip are practicing their holy month of Ramadan this year with the added strain of economic and social hardship, after Egypt shut the Rafah border crossing and the tunnels vital for the import of goods into Gaza.

Adherents usually prepare for Ramadan in advance by storing large amounts of food and drinks, an activity which has become part of the month’s traditions. But Palestinians in Gaza have experienced a lack of food items, fuel and raw materials due to the surprising and abrupt decision by Egypt to shut the tunnels earlier this month following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

Hundreds of people from all social classes gathered at the central market in the old city of Gaza early on the morning of the third day of Ramadan, July 12, to prepare their needs for the day, but vendors say this is one of the worst years the market has witnessed during the month of fasting.

http://linkis.com/almon.co/Gdi1

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July 20th, 2013, 2:04 pm

 

207. Juergen said:

Zoo
Abdelkes arrest is useless. What do they hope to gain from that?
This man was always 150% against this regime. He spent years in prison, years in exile. He was allowed a safe return after his 10 year exile and they even allowed an public exhibition of his work in the Khan Afsad Pasha in Damascus.( well, that was years before the Assads tried to sell the Khan to the Kempinski hotel chain.)A friend who was present at the exhibition told me that Abdelke was upset when he entered the exhibition. On his way he crossed an wedding party congregation. ” How dare they dance and party when this country is so f***** up? I think many famous critics of this regime were never half as angry as him.

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July 20th, 2013, 2:07 pm

 

208. Ziad said:

The Brotherhood revives its Mehna narrative

, the crucial question is: How do the MB leaders and members perceive the current crisis and what does it mean to the movement’s coherence and solidarity? Surprisingly, it does not seem that the Brotherhood leadership is very bothered or worried about the current confrontation with the army. Indeed, it’s quite the opposite. The movement leaders view this confrontation, at the minimal, as crucial to restore public support and safeguard its internal integration and coherence. It is the only way that the MB can dodge many disputes and divisions over who should be held accountable for the movement’s mistakes over the past year. Moreover, the Brotherhood’s history tells us that the movement thrives under repression. The movement expanded massively and gained political clout under former President Hosni Mubarak despite the systematic repression and exclusion of its members.

Ironically, since it came to power the MB has lost a lot of its credibility and appeal particularly after Morsi’s terrible mistakes over the past year. However, and unlike many might think, the current crackdown against MB leaders would do nothing but enhance their public support and improve their image. The MB has a remarkable record of playing the “victimization” card to broaden its social constituency and network. This was clear after the massacre last week in front of the Republic Guard building in Cairo, which left around 50 MB members dead and 435 injured. Over the past week, I’ve met with dozens of Egyptians who decided to join the MB’s sit-in in Rab’a El-Adawiyya in Nasr City. When I asked one of them why he was there, he forcefully answered: “to protect my vote and defend the oppressed [MB].”

During crisis time, the MB as a social and ideological movement tends to turn inward in order to maintain its unity and solidarity of members. It invokes that tribulation or mehna as a shield to protect the movement from divisions and splits. Indeed, it is the only way the MB could survive the current crisis.

http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/07/15/the_brotherhood_revives_its_mehna_narrative

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July 20th, 2013, 2:25 pm

 

209. Alan said:

Explosive’ NSA Spying Reports Are Imminent
Journalist Glenn Greenwald says new reports from the trove of NSA data supplied by whistleblower Edward Snowden can be expected in the next few days. Speaking on a German talkshow, he said they would be even “more explosive in Germany” than previous reporting.

Are new revelations from the NSA data trove going to drop in the next few days? Speaking on a political talk show on German public broadcaster ARD on Thursday night, Glenn Greenwald said he expected stories to appear in the coming days that would be even “more explosive” in Germany than reports previously published about cooperation between the National Security Agency and German intelligence authorities./……/……
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/journalist-says-explosive-reports-coming-from-snowden-data-a-912034.html

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July 20th, 2013, 2:45 pm

 
 

211. revenire said:

Ziad I am not sure if you are aware of this but Majed blames Assad for the death of his brother. I am not sure of the details but I believe this goes a long way toward explaining Majed’s bile.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:02 pm

 

212. Alan said:

209
The Way Anglo-Saxons Spy on Germans
http://www.voltairenet.org/article179498.html

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July 20th, 2013, 3:04 pm

 

213. omen said:

139. zoo said: Abdeldeki is a political cartoonist who has been openly opposed to the government since he came back to Syria in 2009 and has been actively supporting the rebellion.

the man signed a petition.

He can be an artist but in a country facing a civil war, he also an agitator… Being an artist does not give immunity in times of war.

how brittle is a regime that cannot withstand splashes color of paint???

Being an artist does not give immunity in times of war. which devolves into…Being human does not give immunity in times of war.

zoo, you’re turning into a nazi.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:08 pm

 

214. zoo said:

207. Juergen

As Syrians soldiers are dying of the country and others dying of hunger, nobody needs an ‘artist’ who throw oil on the fire with provocative and demeaning cartoons.
In the circumstances Syria is going through, he should just shut up or go back to France.
Obviously he has not understood that.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:12 pm

 

215. Ziad said:

“The oldest and most valued US ally is Saudi Arabia — that is where most of the oil is and Saudi is the probably most extreme fundamentalist Islamic tyranny in the world and main US ally. In fact, most of the time the US is supporting radical Islamists against secular nationalists.”

Noam Chomsky‏

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July 20th, 2013, 3:13 pm

 

216. omen said:

zaid, a regime employing hezbollah & waging sectarian genocide cannot be characterized as secular.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:21 pm

 

217. zoo said:

Jarba refuses to allow Bashar al Assad to remain in power

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/syria-opposition-chief-sets-arms-priority-150830060.html#gEGZnFG

“My first and foremost priority is securing arms for the Free Syrian Army fighters as soon as possible,” Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat quoted him as saying.

“We are facing gangs that are launching an war of extinction against the Syrian people and arms are the only means of facing them and ending their massacres,” Jarba said.

Jarba said the opposition supports “a political solution that would achieve all the aims of the revolution while organising the transfer of power peacefully.”

However, any settlement allowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or figures of his regime to remain in power is “completely unacceptable,” he told the daily.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:24 pm

 

218. zoo said:

Egypt cools on Iran

Signaling a return to cooler relations between Egypt and Iran after an attempt at rapprochement under Mursi, Egyptian security forces on Saturday raided the Cairo office of the Iranian Al Alam Arabic satellite channel.

The channel’s director was detained and equipment seized, Al Alam said. A security source said the outlet lacked a license.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/20/us-egypt-nile-ethiopia-idUSBRE96J07S20130720?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&rpc=401

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July 20th, 2013, 3:25 pm

 

219. Ziad said:

ما يحزنني في اعتقال يوسف عبدلكي وشركاه،
أنه هو، عضو هيئة تنسيق الخونة، يعتقل،
بينما شركاؤه الأهم مثل حسن عبد الناتو ومنذر الخدام وغيرهما أحرار طلقاء!

هكذا ببساطة،
دعوت وما زلت إلى اعتقال كل من يعتبر الثورة الصهيووهابية في سورية “ثورة حرية وكرامة”،
وكل من يعادي الجيش العربي السوري ويعتبره “طرفا” مقابل “ثورة”،
وكل من عمل أو يعمل بأي شكل من أجل الحصار الاقتصادي ضد سورية، أو من أجل أي شكل من انتقاص سيادتها..

لكنهم لن يعتقلوا،
لأن من لن يعتقلهم هم شركاؤهم في النظام،
شركاؤهم الذين حموهم وحموا غيرهم من القتلة الإرهابيين..

واعتقال عبدلكي قد يكون له ما له، لكنه ليس بالتأكيد جزءا مما أقوله.

“الرأي” الذي يدعم الإرهابيين في سورية تحت أي مسمى، هو ليس “رأيا”، بل فعلا إجراميا إرهابيا،
مثله مثل فعل المسلحين،
ومثل فعل المجرمين الخونة داخل النظام نفسه.

Bassam AlKAdi

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July 20th, 2013, 3:26 pm

 

220. Ziad said:

RIP HELEN THOMAS. Thank you for your courage to stand up against injustice.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:31 pm

 

221. omen said:

216. US has been known to support both sides of a conflict.

some tyrannical secularist nationalist US has supported in the past: saddam hussein, pol pot, the regime in algeria.

america is on its knees to curry favor with brutal secular china.

one can argue the west has lent its support for assad regime before. madeline albright blessed bashar taking power before he ran for election.

evidence of continued support: it refuses to topple assad, funnels money to regime via ngos, fails to block iran/russia from arming regime while blocking opposition from growing in power.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:35 pm

 

222. Ziad said:

US paying ‘craziest terrorists’ in Syria

US troops are training in the state of North Carolina to move into Syria, should President Obama give the green light, and secure the chemical weapons that Washington alleges Syria has.

“You’re seeing these phony things of the chemical weapons being used. Of course Assad, particularly when things are kind of changing and he’s kind of winning, the last thing in the world he would do is give the West some reason to invade because of the chemical weapons,” Dean noted.

“To me, it sounds like another disinformation, one with they’re trying to trigger some type of intervention from the West but we can’t see any invasion from the US going in there at all. The military, everybody is against it,” he added.

Recently, some US lawmakers in Congress have raised concerns over Obama’s pledge to arm militant groups in Syria and the new talk of a potential military action against the Middle Eastern nation.

http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/314748.html

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July 20th, 2013, 3:37 pm

 

223. zoo said:

Interview with Jabra. He sings the same old song: NFZ, advanced weapons, toppling Bashar Al Assad, promises of unity and transparency, a hint of accepting to go to Geneva and a bit of ‘philosophy’…

SNC president on arms, Assad, and Geneva II

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/07/article55310547

SNC president says priority is to secure advanced weapons for fighters on the ground

Otherwise, we in the SNC will become like the Roman philosophers who were arguing about the meaning of life while the walls of Rome were under attack and the city falling.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:38 pm

 

224. ghufran said:

AA Khayyer’s friends are not aware that he died:

نفت هيئة التنسيق السورية المعارضة اليوم أن يكون القيادي في الهيئة عبد العزيز الخير مصاباً بمرض السرطان، وأنه توفي بالمعتقل كما روجت وكالة الأنباء الألمانية وقناة العربية.
وقالت الهيئة أن قناة العربية أذاعت خبراً منسوبا لأوساط معارضة، عن وفاة الدكتور عبد العزيز الخير في السجن من جراء مرض السرطان، وحسب الهيئة فإن الخير لم يكن مريضا بالسرطان أو غيره، وأضافت “لا نعلم من هي هذه الأوساط المعارضة التي استندت إليها سواء العربية، أو الوكالة الألمانية، التي أذاعت الخبر لأول مرة ونقلته عنها مواقع التواصل الإجتماعي”.
وطالبت هيئة التنسيق السلطات السورية بالكشف عن مصير الدكتور الخير ورفاقه.
من جانبه قال رئيس هيئة التنسيق في المهجر هيثم مناع أن “وسائل إعلام قليلة الاحترام لمصداقيتها (يقصد قناة العربية) قالت بأن عبد العزيز الخير قضى ضحية إصابته بالسرطان”.
وقال مناع “ليس ثمة أية مؤشرات لإصابة الخير بأي مرض خبيث”.
وطالب مناع بالكشف عن مصير عبد العزيز الخير وإياس عياش وماهر طحان ويوسف عبدلكي وعدنان الدبس وتوفيق عمران وخليل معتوق وبدر منصور ورامي الهناوي وباسل خرطبيل وغيرهم من المعتقلين.

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July 20th, 2013, 3:48 pm

 

225. Ziad said:

“FSA” commander: “..We’re fighting a war on their behalf (the Gulf rulers). Give us just half of the B$12 what you gave to Egypt to get rid of MB.”

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July 20th, 2013, 3:49 pm

 

226. omen said:

i’m sorry about your friend, ghufran, may he rest in peace.

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July 20th, 2013, 4:05 pm

 

227. ghufran said:

Mubarak from prison:

مبارك قبل يونيو وبعدها كان قليل الحديث فى الشأن العام والسياسة مع المرافقين إلا فى بعض الأيام التى كان يذهب فيها لحضور إحدى جلسات المحكمة، غير أنه أحيانا يتكلم بفضفضة ويقص حكايات عن تاريخه العسكرى وخدمته لمصر لسنوات طويلة قضاها فى القوات الجوية وأخرى قضاها فى الرئاسة.
وبحسب التسريبات من داخل سجن طرة فإن مبارك شاهد الفيلم التسجيلى لجموع الشعب المصرى التى نزلت الشوارع فى 30 يونيو تطالب بمرسى وشاهد كلمات مرسى وتعليقاته على المتظاهرين بأنهم معارضون وأنه كما يوجد معارضون فيوجد أيضاً مؤيدون له محتشدون بميدانس رابعة العدوية وباقى ميادين الجمهورية، وأنه كان يبتسم ساخراً من خطابات مرسى الطويلة هامساً ربنا يقدره.
وقت مشاهدة مبارك للمشاهد قال لمرافقيه: «الشعب فعلاً بينتفض ضده وعليه أن يأخذ قراراً عاجلاً لاحتواء الموقف ثم أضاف: دول أكتر كتير من اللى طلعوا فى يناير».
ورد أحد مرافقيه بعفوية «فيه غمامة سودا على عينهم»، انتهى المرافق من كلمته، نظر له مبارك كأنه فوجئ ثم قال «صحيح.. بس الناس فى المظاهرات كتير فعلاً».
استعاد مبارك شريط الذكريات عن ثورة يناير وكيف كانت فى البداية تظاهرة بسيطة ضد التعذيب والداخلية وتزوير الانتخابات تحولت إلى ثورة شعبية بفضل أدائه السيئ ورموز نظامه واستهتارهم بها، وقال مبارك لمرافقه: لا أحد يعتبر انتخابات 2010 زى سيطرة الإخوان على التأسيسية والبرلمان والإخوان فى سنة بقول أكتر من الحزب الوطنى فى سنين بيوزعوا المناصب على الإخوان وكانوا بيتكلموا على جمال لاقوا الشاطر أكتر وأكتر»، ثم قال لمرافقيه: «مشكلة الإخوان الحقيقية أنهم معندهومش رجال دولة».
مواقف أخرى لمبارك فى سجن طرة مع مرافقيه تضمنت تعليقا عن ثورة 30 يونيو، لا تتعلق بالملايين فى ميادين مصر ولكن بالجيش والفريق أول عبدالفتاح السيسى الذى أعلن منح القوى السياسية مهلة 48 ساعة ثم اتخذ قراراً بعد انتهائها بعزل الدكتور مرسى وتعيين رئيس المحكمة الدستورية العليا رئيساً مؤقتاً للبلاد.
قال مبارك لمرافقه إنه خاف على مصر ونزيف دماء شبابها على الأرض، فحرص على التنحى حتى لو إن الإعلان عبر نائب رئيس الجمهورية آنذاك عمر سليمان وذلك لأن التنحى يبعد البلاد عن الفتنة، على عكس مرسى الذى رفض انتخابات رئاسية مبكرة ورفض قبول عرض القوات المسلحة بإقالة الحكومة، وعندما عزله الجيش والشعب أصر مؤيدوه وأنصاره أن ما حدث انقلاب وقال مبارك: أنا ما قلتش على الجيش أبداً وقال مبارك: «الجيش المصرى له وضعية خاصة غير دول كتيرة فى العالم وعلاقته بالشعب ممتدة وإذا لم يتحرك لإرادة الشعب مش هيكون كويس وان القرار فى الجيش مش قرار فردى لكنه قرار جماعى وباعتبارى راجل عسكرى أعرف أن الجيش صعب يواجه الشعب ويكون مجنون الحاكم اللى يخلى الجيش فى مواجهة الشعب لأن الشعب هيتهمه بالخيانة ثم إنه بيغامر بالجيش.
قضايا أخرى تحدث فيها مبارك مع مرافقيه وأبرزها قضية سيناء وما يدور بها من عمليات إرهابية تكاد تكون بشكل يومى، وقال مبارك: سيناء لم تكن أبداً مكانا للإرهاب مثلما تكون تلك الأيام ووقت حكمى كان فيها خارجين عن القانون لكن كان وضعها أفضل بكثير، والتاريخ لن يغفر لمرسى ما فعله فى سيناء.
الحوار بين مبارك ومرافقه امتد إلى جانب من الخيال، وسأل المرافق مبارك، هو ممكن يا سيادة الرئيس مرسى يدخل السجن؟
رد مبارك قائلاً: أستبعد محاكمة مرسى لأنه حتى الآن من تاريخ عزله لم توجه إليه أى اتهامات ولم تحقق معه أى جهة قضائية والجيش أكد أن مرسى ليس محتجزا ولكنه فى مكان آمن حفاظاً على حياته من أى مخاطر يتعرض لها».
(Omen, we still do not know if AA khayyer is dead or not, Assad thugs arrested him for no obvious reason other than seeing him as a potential competitor to Assad among alawites)

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July 20th, 2013, 4:09 pm

 

228. SANDRO LOEWE said:

The behaviour of most Hezballah Party supporters in Lebanon is typical of brain washed people. When they see their leader Nasrallah they see the light and their rational part in their brains (if they ever had it) stops working automatically.

This unrational behaviour and their education for martyrdom is the key to success … for their enemies.

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July 20th, 2013, 4:46 pm

 

229. Alan said:

Israel initiate the displacement of the Negev Bedouin

Unanimously events of political and human rights in the Palestinian territories to warn of the repercussions of “scheme Prafr”

http://www.o2worldnews.com/en/2013/05/27/%D8%A5%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%8A%D9%84-%D8%AA%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%91%D8%B9-%D8%AA%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D8%AF%D9%88-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D9%82%D8%A8/

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July 20th, 2013, 5:18 pm

 

230. SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

A single pen/brush-stroke from Youssef Abdelki is worth far more than the entire career of certified fascist alkadi and worth all the words ever written or uttered by anyone conveying such raw sewage from such a dastardly pit of excrement and an intellectual midget like alkadi and all the worthless useless lives of the four who voted up ziad’s sewer conveyance.

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July 20th, 2013, 6:15 pm

 
 

232. zoo said:

Hardline Islamists hiding behing numbers

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/20/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE96J06D20130720?rpc=401

Hardline Islamist rebels also appear to be leading the fight to seize Khan al-Assal. Western powers such as the United States are alarmed about the rising power of radical Islamist groups, particularly since Washington has pledged to offer military support to Assad’s opponents.

No military aid has been given yet due to political deadlock over the Islamist issue in the U.S. Congress.

“Perhaps the Islamists are trying to stay out of the spotlight. They’ve been regrouping and naming themselves with numbers, things like ‘the 9th Division’ and so on, but these are the same Islamist radical groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham or the Islamic Front to Liberate Syria,” one opposition activist said, declining to be named.

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July 20th, 2013, 6:38 pm

 

233. zoo said:

Has Ali Farzat made anymore direct anti-Bashar cartoons since he is in exile?

http://creativesyria.com/farzat.htm

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July 20th, 2013, 6:53 pm

 

234. don said:

Analysts: Absent strong U.S. policy on Mideast, nations compete for influence

“The Gulf states and the Turks thought they would own the Syrian problem in the early period of the uprising,” said Emile Hokayem, a Bahrain-based analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies who’s just written a book about the Syrian war. “Then they realized the limits of their power and begged for U.S. leadership, figuring the U.S. could harmonize the various approaches toward Syria and de-conflict them.” But the United States wants only to manage the Middle East crises “at the margins,” he said. Both men spoke in telephone interviews.

Saudi Arabia is trying to step in with arms and funds to make up for the lack of U.S. military and civilian aid. But the oil-rich kingdom isn’t able to deliver all the necessary arms at a time rebel forces have sustained major setbacks at the hands of forces loyal to Assad, aided by arms deliveries, training and financial aid from Russia, Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and Turkey “are huge,” Hokayem said.

Shaikh predicted that the competition “in the end of the day will come back to haunt them,” for an unstable Egypt “is not good for any of them.”

In principle, the United States backs the coalition, said Fayez Sara, a writer and journalist who’s now a member of the coalition’s political committee. However, he said, “until now, no money has been received from the U.S.”

When the U.S. offers advice, “it is inconsistent,” he said in an interview.

“In the morning, they say, ‘Unite.’ In the afternoon, it’s ‘Fight terror groups.’ In the evening, they say, ‘Work for a political settlement with the regime.’ ”

He said there was a contradiction in the U.S. message, which declared on one hand that “Assad must go” and on the other demands of Assad’s opponents that “You have to arrive at some sort of agreement with him.” Sara says that when he points this out to U.S. officials, he receives different responses. Some say, “You’re right,” and others “just walk away,” he said.

“We’re going to see an Assad surviving in a weakened fashion, more dependent on Iran and Hezbollah, with no strategic gain,” Hokayem said. There will be “a range of radical groups, whose identity we don’t know, which will be very difficult to contain.”

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/07/19/3100954/analysts-absent-strong-us-policy.html

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July 20th, 2013, 7:12 pm

 

235. Tara said:

Qum vs. Najaf.  

http://news.yahoo.com/syria-war-widens-rift-between-shiite-clergy-iraq-111442568.html

By Suadad al-Salhy

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – The civil war in Syria is widening a rift between top Shi’ite Muslim clergy in Iraq and Iran who have taken opposing stands on whether or not to send followers into combat on President Bashar al-Assad’s side.

In Iran’s holy city of Qom, senior Shi’ite clerics, or Marjiiya, have issued fatwas (edicts) enjoining their followers to fight in Syria, where mainly Sunni rebels are fighting to overthrow Assad, whose Alawite sect derives from Shi’ite Islam.  Shi’ite militant leaders fighting in Syria and those in charge of recruitment in Iraq say the number of volunteers has increased significantly since the fatwas were pronounced.

The Syrian war has polarized Sunnis and Shi’ites across the Middle East – but has also spotlighted divisions within each of Islam’s two main denominations, putting Qom and Najaf at odds and complicating intra-Shi’ite relations in Iraq.

In Najaf, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who commands unswerving loyalty from most Iraqi Shi’ites and many more worldwide, has refused to sanction fighting in a war he views as political rather than religious.  Despite Sistani’s stance, some of Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite political parties and militia, who swear allegiance to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have answered his call to arms and sent their disciples into battle in Syria.  “Those who went to fight in Syria are disobedient,” said a senior Shi’ite cleric who runs the office of one of the top four Marjiya in Najaf.

“SHI’ITE CRESCENT”

The split is rooted in a fundamental difference of opinion over the nature and scope of clerical authority.  Najaf Marjiiya see the role of the cleric in public affairs as limited, whereas in Iran, the cleric is the Supreme Leader and holds ultimate spiritual and political authority in the “Velayet e-Faqih” system (“guardianship of the jurist”).

Khamenei and his faithful in Iraq and Iran regard Syria as a important link in a “Shi’ite Crescent” stretching from Tehran to Beirut through Baghdad and..

Answering a question posted on his website by one of his followers regarding the legitimacy of fighting in Syria, senior Iraq Shi’ite cleric Kadhim al-Haeari, who is based in Iran, described fighting in Syria as a “duty” to defend Islam.

Militants say that around 50 Iraqi Shi’ites fly to Damascus every week to fight, often alongside Assad’s troops, or to protect the Sayyida Zeinab shrine on the outskirts of the capital, an especially sacred place for Shi’ites.  “I am following my Marjiiya. My spiritual leader has said fighting in Syria is a legitimate duty. I do not pay attention to what others say,” said Ali, a former Mehdi army militant who was packing his bag to travel from Iraq to Syria.  “No one has the right to stop me. I am defending my religion, my Imam’s daughter Sayyida Zeinab’s shrine.”

A high-ranking Shi’ite cleric who runs the office of one of the four top Marjiiya in Najaf said the protection of Shi’ite shrines in Syria was used as a pretext by Iran to galvanize Shi’ites into action.

“SHI’ITE PROJECT”

In the 10 years since Saddam’s fall, Iran’s influence in Iraq has grown and it has sought to gain a foothold in Najaf in particular.  Senior Iranian clerics have opened offices in Najaf, as well as non-governmental organizations, charities and cultural institutions, most of which are funded directly by Marjiiya in Iran, or the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, local officials said.  The Iranian flag flies over a two-storey building in an upscale neighborhood of Najaf, which houses the “Imam Khomeini Institution”, named after the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The Imam Khomeini Institution is one of many Iranian entities that have engaged in social activities in Iraq, focusing on young men, helping them get married, and paying regular stipends to widows, orphans and students of religion.  Some institutions also support young clerics and fund free trips for university students to visit Shi’ite shrines in Iran, including a formal visit to Khamenei’s office in Tehran, Shi’ite politicians with knowledge of the activities say.  “We have a big project in Iraq aimed at spreading the principles of Velayet e-Faqih and the young are our target,” a high-ranking Shi’ite leader who works under Khamenei’s auspices said on condition of anonymity.  “We are not looking to establish an Islamic State in Iraq, but at least we want to create revolutionary entities that would be ready to fight to save the Shi’ite project”.

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July 20th, 2013, 7:54 pm

 

236. ghufran said:

Tara,
I hope you had a nice vacation.
the subject of Iranian shia versus arab shia was discussed here on SC last year. Iran has regional ambitions and can not understand, or does not care, why arab shia need to get along with their Sunni brothers. National feelings among many shia are stronger than their requested loyalty to Wilayet Al-Faqeeh but Iran takes advantage of bad regimes that treat shia like second class citizens. Most of the hatred and bitter division among Muslims will disappear when they are free in their own countries politically and economically, most people if given the chance will prefer to live in peace with their neighbors and be loyal to the country they live in, Iran’s influence is directly linked to the conflict with Israel and the lack of freedom in the arab world.

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July 20th, 2013, 9:04 pm

 

237. don said:

U.S. Military Intelligence Warned No Quick Fall for Assad

The U.S. military intelligence agency warned the Obama administration early in the Syrian uprising that dictator Bashar al-Assad would be able to hold onto power for years even in the face of widespread opposition, the deputy head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said.

The DIA predicted Assad would remain in power until at least the start of 2013, a classified assessment more pessimistic than the early public statements by administration officials.

David Shedd, No. 2 in the Defense Intelligence Agency, said today that the Syrian civil war is now likely to continue for years, whatever Assad’s fate. The country faces the prospect of “unfathomable violence” and growing power there by Islamic radicals, including those allied with al-Qaeda, he said.

“My concern is that it can go on for a long time, as in many, many months to multiple years,” he said, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado. “And the civilian casualties, the enormous flow of refugees and the dislocation and so forth and the human suffering associated with it will only increase in time.’‘

There are 1,200 opposition factions in Syria, which highlights what has been the administration’s concern about being able to sort out secular moderates from radical Islamists for aid, Shedd said. The radicals, such as the al-Nusra Front, are the most effective opposition fighters, he said.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-20/u-dot-s-dot-military-intelligence-warned-no-quick-fall-for-assad

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July 20th, 2013, 9:10 pm

 

238. don said:

Ramadan Kareem

Islamist-Kurdish fighting spreads in rebel-held Syria

(Reuters) – Clashes between Islamist rebel forces and Kurdish militias spread to a second Syrian province on Saturday, activists said, as factional tensions rose in the north of the country.

The fighting is further evidence that the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule has splintered into turf wars that have little to do with ousting him and highlight the risk of regionalized conflicts that could have an impact on neighboring countries.

The new round of fighting broke out in Tel Abyad, a border town near Turkey in the rebel-held Raqqa province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes began after Kurdish militias in the area discovered fighters from an al Qaeda-linked rebel group trying to rig one of their bases with explosives.

The Kurds retaliated by kidnapping several fighters, including the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, one of the most powerful Qaeda-affiliated forces fighting in Syria.

Security sources have said Assad’s next move will be to push on to rebel-held territories near the border areas of northern and southern Syria, for which they are slowly trying to build up forces in the area.

Elsewhere in northern Syria, Assad’s forces launched a third day of heavy air strikes on the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province.

Some activists suggested the army may be trying to hammer areas near a critical road leading to Aleppo in order to distract the rebels and bring in supplies to its forces.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/20/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE96J06D20130720

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July 20th, 2013, 9:26 pm

 

239. don said:

Transfer the monster to Damascus NOW!

Kurds capture jihadist commander in north Syria: NGO

BEIRUT (AFP) – Syrian Kurdish fighters in the north fought fierce battles against jihadists and captured a commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) late Saturday, a monitoring group said.

“Battles pitting fighters from the Kurdish Fighters brigade against ISIS and other groups are raging on in several areas of Tal Abyad in Raqa province, after (Kurdish) fighters captured ISIS’ emir in the town,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP the emir’s nom-de-guerre is Abu Musab, though it was unclear whether he is Syrian or foreign.

The development comes just days after fighters loyal to the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) expelled Al-Nusra Front and ISIS from the strategic Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain in Hasake province.

The clashes in Tal Abyad, which lies on the Syrian border with Turkey, broke out after jihadists ambushed a school that Kurdish fighters in the town were using as a base, said the Britain-based Observatory.

Earlier Saturday, Kurdish fighters in the majority Kurdish province of Hasake expelled jihadists from a checkpoint and seized their ammunition.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/20/kurds-capture-jihadist-commander-in-north-syria-ngo/

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July 20th, 2013, 10:00 pm

 

240. zoo said:

U.S. Intelligence Official Says Syrian War Could Last for Years

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/world/middleeast/us-intelligence-official-says-syrian-war-could-last-for-years.html?_r=0

ASPEN, Colo. — A senior American intelligence official on Saturday warned that the Syrian conflict could last “many, many months to multiple years,” and described a situation that would most likely worsen regardless of whether the Syrian leader, President Bashar al-Assad, fell.

The comments by David R. Shedd, the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, were one of the strongest public warnings about how the civil war in Syria has deteriorated, and he seemed to imply that the response from the United States and its allies had so far been lacking.

Mr. Shedd suggested that in addition to strengthening the more secular groups of the fractious Syrian opposition — which the Obama administration has promised to arm with weapons and ammunition — the West would have to directly confront more radical Islamist elements. But he did not say how that could be accomplished.

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July 20th, 2013, 10:55 pm

 

241. don said:

Tango chat service hacked, 1.5 terabytes of phone, contact, and email data reportedly compromised

“The Syrian Electronic Army has reportedly hacked the popular video chat app Tango. Since announcing the hack on Twitter yesterday, the group has posted a series of photos supporting their claims, and state they’ve acquired 1.5 terabytes of data.

The group claims that the stolen data contains phone numbers, contact info, and emails from millions of Tango’s users. With 120 million active users as of last month, it’s still unclear exactly how much of Tango’s user base this will impact and how severely. It is also not clear if the compromised data is encrypted or not.”

http://www.oodaloop.com/osint/cyber/2013/07/20/tango-chat-service-hacked-1-5-terabytes-of-phone-contact-and-email-data-reportedly-compromised/

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July 20th, 2013, 11:00 pm

 

242. zoo said:

Whatever the West will decide, Russia will make sure that the Syrian army has the military advantage

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/turkey/2172591.html

There have also been moves made from the Western community, including the US and the EU, implying that they would like to increase military aid to the opposition in a plan to influence the progress of the civil war. The US has given several signals that it would provide military aid to the opposition. Meanwhile, the message coming from Russia is that it would provide game-changer S-300 air-defense missile systems to the Syrian regime — a message that has attracted great attention. This is in direct conflict with the heavyweight’s long-term priority of finding a political solution in Syria.

“Such a mixed message was Russia’s way of implying that, in order to ensure an ongoing military advantage of Assad, it would not stay silent on any military support to the armed opposition,” Hasan Selim Ozertem, an analyst on Eurasia and energy security at the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), said in comments to Today’s Zaman.

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July 20th, 2013, 11:07 pm

 

243. don said:

Syrian rebels sandwiched between govt troops, Kurds

Syrian state media said Saturday that government troops had launched an operation in the country’s northeast, amid reports that Kurdish fighters also seized an opposition checkpoint in the region.

Government troops carried out “a series of qualitative operations” in the northeastern province of Hasaka, killing and injuring a number of opposition fighters, state-run SANA news agency reported.

SANA quoted local sources as saying that the operation covered a wide range of locations including al-Siha, Twineh, al-Khamael, Qana and al-Karmeh and al-Saad al-Janoubi.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/797667.shtml

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July 20th, 2013, 11:26 pm

 

244. Ziad said:

An open letter to pres Al-Assad. Constructive criticism is a sign of honest pariotism.

رسالة مفتوحة إلى الرئيس .. بقلم : ناهض حتر

تشكلت، جراء تفاعل هذه المعطيات، كتل اجتماعية جماهيرية، قاد الإفقار بعضها إلى وعي ديني طائفي فوضوي، ولاحقاً تخريبي واجرامي، وقاد اليأس بعضها إلى القبول بالغزاة، وقادت المحنة بعضها إلى النزوح أو الجمود. لكن بعضها الأخير، نهض، من زنزانته وقهره وفقره، يقاوم دفاعاً عن الوطن.
وكنّا نتطلّع، ولا نزال، إلى الوجه الإيجابي من الحرب؛ أن تكون مرحلة الأخطار والآلام، فرصة تاريخية لإنجاز التغيير الشامل، نحو الحريات والمشاركة السياسية، وتصفية الفئات الكمبرادورية، ووقف التداخل الفظ بين التجارة والإمارة، وتطهير الدولة من شبكات الفساد.
ولعله آن الأوان؛ فحين تلوح بشائر النصر ـــ بدماء أبناء الكادحين في الجيش العربي السوري ـــ سيكون علينا ألا نسمح للمعطيات الثلاثة التي سهّلت للعدوان، أن تستعيد سطوتها.

http://www.champress.net/index.php?q=ar%2FArticle%2Fview%2F23736

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July 20th, 2013, 11:29 pm

 

245. Uzair8 said:

146. Ziad said:

‘I personally, when I close my eyes after taraweeh prayers and reflect on human barbarism, the image of those takfiris comes first to my mind.#

Link

An atheist who performs taraweeh prayers?

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July 20th, 2013, 11:31 pm

 

246. don said:

Clashes between Syrian Armed Groups Expose Serious Rifts, Many Surrender

Armed groups in Syria continue at each other’s throats in battles for territory, manifesting the wide and incoherent rifts between these groups. Battles that led to many deaths and injuries begin to show that fighting isn’t directed at the Syrian Army anymore.

Violent clashes took place between two armed groups in Idlib Province’s Ariha city when some gunmen were determined to turn themselves in to the Syrian Arab Army’s checkpoints in the city’s outskirts.

http://english.alahednews.com.lb/essaydetails.php?eid=23767&cid=386

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July 20th, 2013, 11:42 pm

 

247. don said:

Saudi Chemicals with Syria Armed Groups, Army Advances in Damascus, Homs

http://english.alahednews.com.lb/essaydetails.php?eid=23718&cid=386

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July 21st, 2013, 12:03 am

 

248. don said:

Syrian Kurdish leader denies independence plan

DAMASCUS, July 20 – A Syrian Kurdish leader on Saturday denied a plan to form an independent Kurdish government within Syria.

Salih Muslim, a high-ranking official of the country’s opposition party Democratic Union Party (PYD), said that the circulating rumor saying the Syrian Kurds are seeking independence from Syria is completely false.

According to Muslim, the Kurds, a dominating ethnic group in Northeastern Syria, are planning on launching a series of relief programs to help the people. He stressed that there is no intention among the Kurds to form their own government, nor to secede from Syria.

Earlier on Saturday, Qatar-based al-Jazeera quoted Muslim as saying that the Kurds are considering forming their own government in Northern Syria, and that a self-governing body in the “Western Kurdistan” is urgently needed as the Syrian conflict is showing no sign of abating. And the body would be temporary and would resolve after the Syrian conflict ends.

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July 21st, 2013, 12:14 am

 

249. don said:

Egypt to enhance relations with Syria, urges political solution: minister

CAIRO, July 20 – Egypt’s newly installed Foreign Minister Mohamed Nabil Fahmy on Saturday expressed intentions to improve relations with Syria, a reverse of Egypt’s previous position when Mohamed Morsi cut diplomatic ties with Syria.

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July 21st, 2013, 12:20 am

 

250. Ghufran said:

Ziad,
This war spared the rich and powerful on both sides, most of those who died were poor Syrians who I am afraid lost their lives to defend people or countries that do not care about them, even when the dollar went up to 300 lira a lot of connected people piled millions when most Syrians could not afford to buy meat and vegetables.
Without a real revolution that institutes an acceptable level of social and economic justice we will not see the rise of the Syrian nation .
Assad regime figures allied themselves with business and merchant class to get richer and stay in power, those who said NO lost their lives, left the country or went to prison, I have no respect for people to defend this regime ( I am not attacking any particular person here) or worked to replace the regime thugs with a new class of thugs using religion or any other vehicle to give their rhetoric a moral cover.
Uzair,
Many seculars still honor and practice Islam but they do not want religion to be mixed with politics, I personally know many Syrians who became more religious after the war, I happen to be one of them, there is nothing wrong in trying to find comfort and refuge in religion or God, however, people who advocate violence and embrace hatred are not religious and they do not worship the same God who we believe is merciful and forgiving.

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July 21st, 2013, 1:00 am

 

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