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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401. AMEERA said:

ساندرو لوي

خير ان شالله ليش عفطوك بفرع فلسطين؟ انت فلاسطيني شي؟
كيف اقدرت تطلع من المطار ازا مطلوب

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July 22nd, 2013, 5:12 pm

 

402. revenire said:

“396. SANDRO LOEWE said:
Where is Maher Al Assad hiding, the brave God of the Rats… ?
Anyone saw him after 18th July 2012?”

Ahem. Maybe you missed the memo but our forum leader has banned the use of the word “rat” to describe people.

Can you please follow the rules the rest of us have to? If you can’t do that can you turn yourself in to Air Force Intelligence for interrogation?

Thx.

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July 22nd, 2013, 5:18 pm

 

403. AMEERA said:

ازا محموء كتير هيك مين ماسكك دخيلك روح جاهد معن و بلكي بتشارك بجهاد النكاح و بتساعد ابو هارون الثورجي الحرامي يلا ما خلا بيت الا سرقو و هو عصابتو كتائب ابابيل حوارن ما خلو بيت من يلدا لببيلا لبيت سحم المخيم القدم التضامن عسالي كلون حرامية ولادين حرام

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July 22nd, 2013, 5:22 pm

 

404. Tara said:

Ameera

ياألبي وأنا كمان اشتقتلك

 

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July 22nd, 2013, 5:39 pm

 

405. majedkhaldoun said:

اميرة لا تنخدعي ب امل هي رجل مو مرا اسمه ممتاز الدندشي وهو بروسيا
He was banned several times before

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July 22nd, 2013, 5:42 pm

 

406. majedkhaldoun said:

Ra-veneer
You mean I should not say Ra-veneer?

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July 22nd, 2013, 6:14 pm

 

407. zoo said:

Dempsey Lays Out U.S. Military Options in Syria

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/22/dempsey-lays-out-u-s-military-options-in-syria/2/

Train, Advise, and Assist the Opposition
…The option requires safe areas outside Syria as well as support from our regional partners. Over time, the impact would be the improvement in opposition capabilities. Risks include extremists gaining access to additional capabilities, retaliatory crossborder attacks, and insider attacks or inadvertent association with war crimes due to vetting difficulties.”

Conduct Limited Stand-off Strikes
“This option uses lethal force to strike targets that enable the regime to conduct military operations, proliferate advanced weapons, and defend itself. Potential targets include high-value regime air defense, air, ground, missile, and naval forces as well as the supporting military facilities and command nodes. Stand-off air and missile systems could be used to strike hundreds of targets at a tempo of our choosing. Force requirements would include hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines, and other enablers.

Depending on duration, the costs would be in the billions. Over time, the impact would be the significant degradation of regime capabilities and an increase in regime desertions. There is a risk that the regime could withstand limited strikes by dispersing its assets. Retaliatory attacks are also possible, and there is a probability for collateral damage impacting civilians and foreigners inside the country.”

Establish a No-Fly Zone.
“This option uses lethal force to prevent the regime from using its military aircraft to bomb and resupply. It would extend air superiority over Syria by neutralizing the regime’s advanced, defense integrated air defense system. It would also shoot down adversary aircraft and strike airfields, aircraft on the ground, and supporting infrastructure. We would require hundreds of ground and sea-based aircraft, intelligence and electronic warfare support, and enablers for refueling and communications.

Estimated costs are $500 million initially, averaging as much as a billion dollars per month over the course of a year. Impacts would likely include the near total elimination of the regime’s ability to bomb opposition strongholds and sustain its forces by air. Risks include the loss of U.S. aircraft, which would require us to insert personnel recovery forces. It may also fail to reduce the violence or shift the momentum because the regime relies overwhelmingly on surface fires—mortars, artillery, and missiles.”
Establish Buffer Zones.
“This option uses lethal and nonlethal force to protect specific geographic areas, most likely across the borders with Turkey or Jordan. The opposition could use these zones to organize and train. They could also serve as safe areas for the distribution of humanitarian assistance. Lethal force would be required to defend the zones against air, missile, and ground attacks. This would necessitate the establishment of a limited no-fly zone, with its associated resource requirements. Thousands of U.S. ground forces would be needed, even if positioned outside Syria, to support those physically defending the zones. A limited no-fly zone coupled with U.S. ground forces would push the costs over one billion dollars per month. Over time, the impact would be an improvement in opposition capabilities. Human suffering could also be reduced, and some pressure could be lifted off Jordan and Turkey. Risks are similar to the no-fly zone with the added problem of regime surface fires into the zones, killing more refugees due to their concentration. The zones could also become operational bases for extremists.”

Control Chemical Weapons. “This option uses lethal force to prevent the use or proliferation of chemical weapons. We do this by destroying portions of Syria’s massive stockpile, interdicting its movement and delivery, or by seizing and securing program components. At a minimum, this option would call for a no-fly zone as well as air and missile strikes involving hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines, and other enablers. Thousands of special operations forces and other ground forces would be needed to assault and secure critical sites. Costs could also average well over one billion dollars per month. The impact would be the control of some, but not all chemical weapons. It would also help prevent their further proliferation into the hands of extremist groups. Our inability to fully control Syria’s storage and delivery systems could allow extremists to gain better access. Risks are similar to the no-fly zone with the added risk of U.S. boots on the ground.”
….
Dempsey stressed it’s better for the options not to considered “in isolation” but as “an overall whole-of-government strategy for achieving our policy objectives in coordination with our allies and partners.”

“All of these options would likely further the narrow military objective of helping the opposition and placing more pressure on the regime. We have learned from the past 10 years; however, that it is not enough to simply alter the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is necessary in order to preserve a functioning state,” Dempsey added in the response to Levin and McCain. “We must anticipate and be prepared for the unintended consequences of our action. Should the regime’s institutions collapse in the absence of a viable opposition, we could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control.”

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July 22nd, 2013, 6:17 pm

 

408. zoo said:

Erdogan refuses to see Syria split in mini-states because a Kurdish Syrian autonomy will give a fatal blow to his current plans of pacifying and keeping the Kurds in Turkey through some constitutional changes. He is even ready to use military violence on the Syrian Kurds to prevent this from happening if negotiation fail.

Yet it is becoming clear to everybody that if Bashar al Assad al Assad goes or establishes an Alawite-Christian enclave in West Syria, the emergence of a Syrian Kurdistan at the border of Turkey will be inevitable.
Therefore Erdogan as well as the West are trapped. If they are not able to build a Syrian opposition politically and militarily capable of preventing the country from splitting, they seem to have no other choice than to allow Bashar Al Assad to stay in power.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-kurdish-phobia-resurfaces.aspx?pageID=449&nID=51195&NewsCatID=416

With such high stakes, the preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity is once again of prime importance for Ankara but will require a radical change to the AKP’s overall game plan. The new plan will also have to involve some form of dialogue with the PYD, as an extension of the ongoing dialogue with the PKK. As matters stand, the PYD is already trying to reach out to Ankara with assurances that it has no ill intentions toward Turkey.

The new game plan will also have to override the AKP’s obsession with the al-Assad regime, especially now that it is apparent that no one – including Britain, France, and the United States – is prepared to help arm the Syrian opposition in a meaningful way.

But given Erdoğan’s hard-line stance, which has proved to be to the detriment of Turkey’s interests, on issues from Gaza to Syria, and now to relations with Egypt, it remains an open question whether the AKP is ready, or even capable at this point in time of revealing a new game plan based on the prevailing realities of the region. It seems things may have to get worse before the AKP realizes it has been flogging a dead horse.

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July 22nd, 2013, 6:44 pm

 

409. majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
Israel attacked syrian military few months ago destroyed liuaa 203, Similar attack to destroy the other two liuaaa’s and an attack on the fourth division west of Damascus,in Sahra area, would paralyse Assad military power in the area around Damascus.
If you remember after Israel attack, the rebels advanced in Ghouta area,Jobar Barzeh and south of Damascus, it was only till Assad troops were supported by HA, iraqi militia and persian weapons till lately the regime advanced a little.The cost of such attack would be small, the idea is to force Assad to accept transitional goverment

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:05 pm

 

410. Tara said:

Were all these calculations made in Kosovo?  

Dempsey Pegs Syria No-Fly Zone at $1 Billion a Month
By David Lerman & Terry Atlas – 2013-07-22T22:23:31Z

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-22/dempsey-says-syria-no-fly-zone-could-cost-1-billion-a-month.html

….
Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said at the hearing that he would block Dempsey’s nomination for a second term heading the Joint Chiefs unless the general revealed his advice to Obama. McCain has led calls in Congress to arm the rebels and establish a no-fly zone to protect the opposition from Assad’s air power.
“We wouldn’t be starting a war,” McCain said. “We would be trying to stop a massacre that’s going on.”
Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who’s chairman of the committee, asked Dempsey to write the letter outlining options in an effort to resolve the committee’s conflict with the general.
‘Unintended Consequences’
“It is not enough to simply alter the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is necessary in order to preserve a functioning state,” Dempsey said in the letter, dated July 19. “We must anticipate and be prepared for the unintended consequences of our action.”
Dempsey said training and advising the Syrian opposition would cost $500 million a year, while the cost of conducting stand-off strikes against Assad’s military “would be in the billions.”
Dempsey’s comments reflect the views of commanders, who have been critical of proposals to intervene in Syria.

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A no-fly zone also would be “very expensive,” Mattis said July 20 at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado. “It will have tankers. It will have fighter planes up constantly. It will drain the Treasury. It will take our hard-pressed military into one more fray. It’s going to require helicopters and special forces to recover the pilots who get shot down.”
“Can we do it? Absolutely,” he said. “And the killing will go on on the ground because they are not using aircraft to do most of the killing.”

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:11 pm

 

411. AMEERA said:

تسلميلي يا تارا انت و ألبك طمنينا عنك ان شالله احسن اليوم؟

انا على حالي مافي جديد يعني برمضان بتعرفي عجقة الفطور و السحور و التراويح و عم تابع تلات مسلسلات

الاول سنعود بعد قليل بس ما خرج بنوب ينعرض برمضان لانو كل تطبيق و سكر و كل عم ينام مع كلو بالحرام. المسلسل مثل عيلة مسيحية الهم بلبنان متل ما الهم بسوريا و الشباب و الصبايا مو موفرين حدا

التاني الولادة من الخاصرة يا امي شو بيخاف و بتزكر هديك الايام بس كان شئفت عنصر مخابرات يهز الدنيا و يزل العباد. بتعرفي قديش بكره المجاهدين و الحرامية الثوار بس لما شوف هالمسلسل بتزكر ليش اجو اصلن لانو العطل من الاساس

التالت مسلسل مصري اسمو موجة حارة كمان فيو مناظر حلوة

انت كيف رمضان معك؟ عم تصومي و تتراوحي؟

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:14 pm

 

412. Tara said:

Ameera,

Today was the first day I am fasting.

Just came back from Iran not too long ago. 😉

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:19 pm

 

413. AMEERA said:

امل طلاس او ممتاز الدندشي

الله لا يعطيك العافية ازا كنت عن جد شب و متخبي باسم بنت و عم تسرح فيني يا شرشوح يا بابا حسن يا ابن اللفاية الهي يبعتلك ابو بريص بمنامك و يئرصك و تعملها تحتك و يضحكوا عليك ولادك

وازا كنتي عن جد امل فدخيلك لا تواخزيني و خلينا رفقات هون بالمنتدى و الهي يبعت ابو بريص لماجد

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:19 pm

 

414. AMEERA said:

ايه عادي كل النسوان بيفطروا اسبوع زمان برمضان وليس علينا حرج هيك نازل القران.

ايران يا ضرسانة لكن بيطلعلك يا عمي العز للرز و البرغل فلق حالو ايه انا ما عرفانة اطلع على برزه .

طمنيني ان شالله انبسطتي؟ وين رحتي على طهران ولا شيراز؟
رحتي شي على قم مطرح المشايخ الشيعة بدرسوا؟

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:26 pm

 

415. SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

أميره .. بالعربي هامستر إسمو أبو جراب

هو بيقرب الجربوع قربه بعيده

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:35 pm

 

416. SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Something is amiss. Follow the logic (Warning, not for fascist d-p lickers)

1. Military leaders in the west are concerned about the so-called advanced air defense system owned by d-p athad sneeker army.

2. Israel has 100% strike success rates in syrian air-space and 0% losses so far in all of its raids against d-p athad military installations.

Possible Explanations:

A. Regime has squat and all the talk about advanced air-defense system is simply distraction, and the regime is thus nothing but treasonous mafia who stole the billions slated for defense through dealing and wheeling with their Russian mafia buddies

B. Regime does have strong advanced systems that it is too afraid to use against Israel and it is then treasonous cowards, especially if measured by the “rethithanth” camp brohaha and the crap about their national “honor”.

Either way the end result is that d-p athad should be tried for treason, and thrown to its miserable fate so well deserved. So should all who support it.

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:48 pm

 

417. AMEERA said:

ما بيطلع من خاطري ناديك ابو جراب او الجربوع السوري فخلينا على الهامستر.

انا بحترمك كتير يا استاذ هامستر يا ريتك تئدر تسحبني على امريكا باي طريقة. في شي برنامج لجوء او معاناة انسانية بقدر قدم عليعا بامريكا؟

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July 22nd, 2013, 7:54 pm

 

418. Sami said:

Simo,

The fact you reverted to using someone else’s argument to prove me wrong somehow shows how simplistic your rhetoric is. I will not waste my energy on you any longer regarding this matter.

As for the whole chicken coop reference we have a saying in Arabic: “حمار معبى ببنطلون” A donkey stuffed in pantaloons, stays a donkey.

Hope you enjoy your next vacation in Grozny, say hello to these Putin inspired thugs that are the face of “a rebuilt” Grozny:

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July 22nd, 2013, 8:29 pm

 

419. zoo said:

It sounds like a loose-loose game for the USA and the West
Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey offers bleak view of U.S. military options in Syria

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/22/197385/joint-chiefs-chairman-dempsey.html#storylink=cpy

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July 22nd, 2013, 8:31 pm

 

420. Sami said:

Amal/Don/Ann,

Your “attacks” mean nothing to me. Dirt has more value to me than anything you can ever vomit on here.

How pathetic to hide behind several names to make a point. And what point is that exactly? That you have no life?

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July 22nd, 2013, 8:33 pm

 

421. ghufran said:

Somebody in al-Arabiya does not like the king of KSA, watch and laugh:

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July 22nd, 2013, 8:52 pm

 

422. revenire said:

The United States is not going to ride to the rescue. Deal with it.

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July 22nd, 2013, 8:55 pm

 

423. ghufran said:

Egypt will try to ban religious parties:

A growing backlash against Egypt’s political Islamists looked set to intensify over the coming weeks as the nation’s revolutionary forces outlined demands to ban religious parties and outlaw political campaigning from mosques (source: CNN)

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July 22nd, 2013, 9:13 pm

 

424. don said:

You posted the link at 8:52PM. 10 minutes later they erased it!

419. ghufran said:
Somebody in al-Arabiya does not like the king of KSA, watch and laugh:

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July 22nd, 2013, 9:16 pm

 

425. majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo Ra-veneer, Ghufran and Don and Amal
They all ignored mentioning that Europe said HA is a terrorist organization.
Why the silence, now Qa-ida and HA are both terrorists

Also they all ignored the terrorist act in Bahrain today

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July 22nd, 2013, 9:21 pm

 

426. Ziad said:

The only reason the EU put the military arm of HA on the terrorist list is because they don’t know what to do about Syria. The whole world knows that HA has nothing to do with the attack in Bulgaria. It is an empty meaningless move by losers.

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July 22nd, 2013, 10:03 pm

 

427. Ghufran said:

I do not support targetting civilians regardless of who is the aggressor and who is the victim but I definitely think that hypocrisy takes a life on its own when it comes to western politicians. If you want to denounce terrorism you need to start with Israel which was founded by terrorists wanted by the Interpol and is still practicing terrorism as a state policy since 1948. When it comes to terrorism in the middle east the only party that can compete with Israel is nusra. Alqaida and the rest of the Takfiri groups some of you support openly or covertly. This decision by the EU is further evidence that European governments are irrelevant , they do what uncle Sam and father Shlomo ask them to do. Justice should be blind, in this case justice has one eye that can only look at chosen targets.

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July 22nd, 2013, 10:13 pm

 
 

429. Ziad said:

Syria: The “Western Faces” Behind The Terror

While Daly was quite right in censuring Obama for his criminal policies, including aiding terrorists in Syria, it is worthwhile noting that Obama is merely a willing instrument; the faces and factors behind his handlers and the policies merit greater scrutiny and exposure.

Backing and arming the so-called Syrian opposition distracts from the threat posed by Israel and its expansionist agenda by internalizing the enemy in order to weak the State. As former Israeli Intelligence Chief, Amos Yaldin told the audience at the Israel Policy Forum in February 2013: “And this military [Syrian], which is a huge threat to Israel , is now also weakening and, in a way, disintegrating. We still have risk from Syria– a risk of being an AlQaeda country, a Somalia-type country — but from military point of view, each one of these are less dangerous than the Syrian regular army.”

Perpetuating adversaries to kill each other is a time-tested tactic – one which was used during the bloody eight year Iran-Iraq war; a war which according to Leon Wieseltier was a “distraction” when Israeli boots were on the ground in Southern Lebanon. In that war, the United States was providing arms and intelligence to both sides. When asked what the logic was in aiding both sides in the bloody war, a former official replied: “You had to have been there’’. But why Syria ?

http://www.finlandtimes.fi/column/2013/06/29/1544/Syria:-The-%E2%80%9CWestern-Faces%E2%80%9D-Behind-The-Terror

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July 22nd, 2013, 10:19 pm

 

430. Ghufran said:

Why the EU move against Hizbullah is pointless by Thanassis Cambanis- The Atlantic:

First, it eliminates communication with Hezbollah, putting even further out of reach meaningful diplomacy on the Syrian conflict and on Lebanon. It also necessitates foolish gymnastics for states that continue their relationship with the Lebanese government as if Hezbollah weren’t the primary power within that government. Effectively, it amounts to a blanket ban on dealings with Hezbollah, since the Party of God does not make any distinction between its military, political and social work; the organization is seamlessly unified, its fighters as distinct from the supreme leadership as America’s Pentagon is from the White House.

Second, it ties the EU’s hands in acting as a regional broker. How can the EU leverage its power across the Levant’s many conflicts if it won’t talk to one major player, and in fact has taken the step of branding it a terrorist group while leaving alone other factions who engage in similar violence?
In a reality where Hezbollah is a key central player, it makes little to no sense to erect a cone of silence around them (already some governments, like Britain, don’t talk to Hezbollah officials, following the U.S. lead). Any significant political accord in Lebanon must include Hezbollah, just as any political resolution of the Syrian conflict will have to include Iran and Hezbollah, along with the other states that sponsor the rebels and the government. Any other approach is simply a denial of reality and doomed to fail.

Third, the designation will hardly dent Hezbollah. Already Hezbollah operatives linked to violence or terror plots in the West are subject to prosecution in Western courts. Already, Hezbollah’s operations in the West are underground. If agents of Hezbollah are raising money for the group by trafficking narcotics in South America, or are training sleeper cells in Germany, how will the designation stop them? These already are secret, illicit operations; law enforcement and intelligence work might thwart them, but not blacklists.

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July 22nd, 2013, 10:30 pm

 
 
 

433. Ghufran said:

The day when all Syrians rise against Islamist terrorists is coming:
(Isis killed a messenger who was trying to mediate the simultaneous release of Kurds and Islamist terrorists)
تل أبيض – نقل لواء جبهة الأكراد على صفحته في موقع التواصل الاجتماعي الفيس بوك أن دولة الاسلام في العراق وبلاد الشام “تنظيم القاعدة” قامت بذبح المقاتل علاء اسماعيل شيخو أثناء قيامه بعملية التفاوض لإطلاق سراح الأسرى المدنيين لقاء تسليم أبو مصعب أمير تنظيم القاعدة في تل أبيض.
ونقل لواء جبهة الأكراد ” بعد احتجازه أمس إثر مشاركته في المفاوضات بين طرفي القتال في المدينة تم قتله بعد انتهاء المفاوضات واطلاق سراح المدنيين وتسليم الامير ابو مصعب” وأضاف اللواء أن المقاتل علاء “كان مشاركاً في المفاوضات والاتفاق والصلح لكنهم غدروا به بعد تخليص أميرهم المزعوم”.
وذكر اللواء أن “الأمير أبو مصعب وبحجة أن المجاهد علاء اسماعيل شيخو كافر وزنديق تم ذبحه أمام أهالي تل أبيض وقطع رأسه”.
و على اثر الحادثة طلبت وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية دعم و مؤازرة من كافة المناطق الكردية من اجل القيام بحملة عسكرية كبيرة ضد تنظيم القاعدة خارج مدينة تل ابيض .
Joulani of Nusra warned against any attempt to reach a political solution to the conflict, that puts him in the same camp of some of you.

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July 22nd, 2013, 10:44 pm

 

434. zoo said:

House Intelligence Committee signs off, with reservations, on administration’s call to arm Syrian opposition
Published July 22, 2013

The House Intelligence Committee signed off Monday on the Obama administration’s call to arm the Syrian opposition, while continuing to voice serious reservations about a policy they’d held up for weeks.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/22/house-intelligence-committee-signs-off-with-reservations-on-administration-call/?test=latestnews#ixzz2ZppWEaEQ

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July 22nd, 2013, 11:20 pm

 

435. zoo said:

Head of Syrian Jihadists: We Support an Islamic Caliphate

The leader of the jihadist Al-Nusra Front has declared that his group is in favor of establishing an Islamic caliphate

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/170180#.Ue32jDdWq1kin Syria.
7/23/2013

The leader of the jihadist Syrian rebel group Jabhat Al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) has declared that his group is in favor of establishing an Islamic caliphate in civil war torn Syria.

In an audio recorded that has been disseminated over the past several days, Abu Mohammad al-Julani stresses that he strongly opposes parliamentary elections or any political settlement in the country which would be achieved through international intervention.

“Being Muslims, we do not believe in political parties or parliamentary elections, but rather in an Islamic regime based on the Shura (advisory council) and which implements justice … Our heading towards the establishment of Islamic law (Sharia) is jihad in Allah’s way,” Julani says in the recording.

Al-Nusra Front several months ago pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and has blacklisted by the United States and the United Nations as a terrorist again.

In the recording, Julani is unfazed by his organization being blacklisted and, in fact, says he is proud to be blacklisted by the U.S.

Julani attacked the Hizbullah terror group which is assisting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in fighting the Syrian rebels, saying, “We thank Allah for the stupidity of the leader of this organization (Nasrallah) who revealed the organization’s disguised hatred against Sunni Muslims.”

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July 22nd, 2013, 11:22 pm

 
 

437. don said:

Al-Qaeda is poised to declare an Islamic state in northern Syria with an announcement timed to coincide with the end of Ramadan

West Throws Syrians To The Wolves

Syria is now a magnet for various shades of extremist militias from Jabhat Al-Nusra that has sworn allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri, to fighters from Al-Qaeda in Iraq that battle alongside the Free Syrian Army. In Assad’s camp are Hezbollah’s military wing, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and militant Iraqi Shiite groups. The regime has rightly been condemned for committing war crimes and for using chemical weapons, but the inescapable truth is that atrocities — torture, mass executions, beheadings, car bombs, forced conscription of child soldiers — are also being committed by Assad’s opponents who’ve also been indicted for chemical weapons use. The sight of an FSA rebel cannibalizing the corpse of a government soldier, captured on video, was a blow to the Syrian National Council’s (SNC) moral platform.

If anyone thought the situation couldn’t get any more confused, they were wrong. In recent times, outright enmity between The Free Syrian Army and Al-Qaeda rebels has developed. The FSA is said to have armed “Al-Qaeda in Iraq” fighters which turned those same guns on an FSA commander, Kamal Hamami, for suggesting that Al-Qaeda wasn’t welcome within opposition forces. The FSA announced a declaration of war against Al-Qaeda and its co-ideologues Jabhat Al-Nusra. Likewise, Kurdish gunmen from northeastern Syria have been battling to expel Al-Qaeda from the province of Hassakeh and have faced off against Jabhat Al-Nusra jihadists close to the border with Turkey. According to one of Asharq Al-Awsat’s sources, Al-Qaeda is poised to declare an Islamic state in northern Syria with an announcement timed to coincide with the end of Ramadan.

The US, Britain and Europe don’t have clean hands either. They were quick to throw support behind the SNC and its Free Syrian Army, gleeful at the prospect of the toppling of Assad perceived as a fly in the ointment of their regional hegemony as well as a threat to their ally Israel. With the West applauding their efforts and promising success, the SNC believed its goals were guaranteed. After all, what regime could endure against the US and its allies who didn’t hesitate to “free” Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya from dictatorship? By comparison, ousting the Assad regime would be a genuine cakewalk – or so its antagonists must have hoped in those heady early days of the SNC’s formation. Most of the world, including the majority of UN Security Council member countries and the Arab League that gave Syria’s seat to the opposition — strongly backed them.

Unfortunately, the optimists in Washington and London failed to foresee that Moscow, whose geopolitical influence and economic interests were undercut by the 2003 Iraq war, would stand firm against Western military intervention. In an attempt to bypass Russia’s red line, Israel has launched several attacks on Syrian military facilities to goad Assad into retaliating which would have paved the way for an Israeli onslaught under the banner of self-defense, allowing the US and NATO to rush to Israel’s aid. But, until now, Assad has been too savvy to take the bait.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/23072013-west-throws-syrians-to-the-wolves-oped/

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July 22nd, 2013, 11:48 pm

 

438. don said:

An S-300 missile fired from Damascus will blow away an aircraft over central Tel Aviv in about 107 seconds, giving the Israelis virtually no reaction time. Source: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

The legacy of the venerable SA-2 and SA-6 missiles continues through their modern successors, including the S-300, S-400 and the astounding S-500. Because it can directly as well as indirectly influence the outcome of a war, the new generation Russian SAM is considered a strategic weapon. This is remarkable for a non-nuclear missile.

Indeed, it is a measure of the S-300’s fear factor that both Israel and the United States are strongly against its sales to Syria and Iran.

Weaponised in the 1970s to replace the first generation SAMs, the S-300 is an easy to use, fire-and-forget road mobile system designed to repulse massive air strikes. With a range of 5-150 km, the system can track up to 12 targets and engage six of them separately. In terms of accuracy, the Russians claim a single shot kill probability of 80-93 percent against aircraft.

No existing aircraft can outrun the missile which travels at 7200 km/h and has a maximum altitude of 98,000 ft. Also, the latest versions of the S-300 can hit aircraft and missiles flying as low as 20 ft – from above.

http://rbth.asia/business/2013/07/22/s-300_natos_nightmare_and_perhaps_russias_too_48107.html

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July 23rd, 2013, 12:05 am

 

439. majedkhaldoun said:

The best news this week is Europe decision that HA is a terrorist organization, this include Hasan Nasrallah as chief terrorist,just like Bin Laden , ,may be we will see Khamenei on the list of terrorists,

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July 23rd, 2013, 12:07 am

 

440. SANDRO LOEWE said:

US, Israel, Russia and Iran are the motherfxxx leaders of the weapons world mafia today. There is nothing to do, they control political action all around and will crush any people like the syria people that cross their paths.

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July 23rd, 2013, 1:02 am

 

441. Sami said:

“An S-300 missile fired from Damascus will blow away an aircraft over central Tel Aviv in about 107 seconds, giving the Israelis virtually no reaction time. “

Hmmm…

Report: Israel behind recent strike on missile depot in Syria’s Latakia

Israel’s Damascus attack kills ‘at least’ 15 troops from Bashar al-Assad’s elite Republican Guard

DONANNAMAL where was this great strategic weapon on those occasions?

From the looks of it a rebel armed with a pocket rocket is more of a threat to Israel than Assad with an S-300 rocket.

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July 23rd, 2013, 1:24 am

 

442. Sami said:

Raqqans continue to defy ISIS/JAN and demand they free all prisoners imprisoned by them!

Some of the chants:
الهيئة الشرعية صارت جوية

الرقة حرة حرة والدولة تطلع برا

سرقونا باسم الاسلام

This among many other demonstration have been organized by an activist group called Haquna (حقنا)

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July 23rd, 2013, 1:33 am

 

443. arabi said:

Syria comment is now hosting this nonsense from jihadology?

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July 23rd, 2013, 3:20 am

 

444. majedkhaldoun said:

Syrian opposition wants
Hezbollah leaders put on trial July 23, after HA was blacklisted

US and Europe will push for the lebanese army to disarm HA now that HA is recognized as the most terrorist organization in the world

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July 23rd, 2013, 6:17 am

 

445. Uzair8 said:

Rebel momentum update.

From AJE Blog 25 minutes ago:

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has said that its fighters have killed about 60 regime forces during fierce fighting in the south of Aleppo.

The FSA said on Tuesday that rebel fighters had also taken control of several areas in the city.

[…]

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July 23rd, 2013, 6:31 am

 

446. Uzair8 said:

AJE Blog update 36 minutes ago:

Activists say a group linked to al-Qaeda has warned civilians not to use a road linking central Syria with the northern province of Aleppo,declaring it a military zone.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Centre said on Tuesday that Jabhat al-Nusra, or the al-Nusra Front, had threatened to target any vehicle using the road starting from Wednesday. A copy of the warning was posted online.

Activists have reported heavy fighting near the road, which links the central province of Hama with the embattled city of Aleppo.

The regime uses the route to ferry supplies to its forces in the north because the rebels already have severed the main north-south highway that connects Damascus with Aleppo. – AP

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July 23rd, 2013, 6:38 am

 

447. Akbar Palace said:

Ghufran Justice Alert

Justice should be blind, in this case justice has one eye that can only look at chosen targets.

Ghufran,

Per your Post 425, what kind of justice do you think is appropriate for a leader and his family who have prevented the 22 million people they “lead” basic human rights, flattened coutless villages and neighborhoods, caused 1.7 million to flee all at a cost of over 100,000 premature deaths?

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July 23rd, 2013, 7:07 am

 

448. majedkhaldoun said:

Tal Mallouhi has a facebook page

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July 23rd, 2013, 7:36 am

 

449. zoo said:

Syrian National Coalition welcomed EU decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s military wing, called for taking deterring measures.
23 July 2013 14:13
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/207184–syrian-national-coalition-welcomes-eus-blacklisting-hezbollah

The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Tuesday welcomed the European Union’s (EU) decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s military wing.

The EU’s decision was “a step taken in the right direction”, said the Coalition in a written statement, adding the EU should take measures against stopping Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria.

The statement also said, “Free world countries should take deterring measures against Hezbollah leaders and supporters who collaborate with those who shed blood of Syrians.”

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July 23rd, 2013, 8:21 am

 

450. zoo said:

Shia-Sunni conflict grows at Saudi Arabia’s door

Yemenis battle for mosques in Sunni-Shiite divide

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2013/07/22/Yemenis-battle-for-Mosques-in-Sunni-Shiite-divide.html

The Zaidi rebels, also known as Huthis after their late leader Abdel Malek al-Huthi, rose up in 2004 against the government of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, accusing it of marginalising them politically and economically.

Thousands of people were killed in the uprising before a ceasefire was agreed in February 2010.

“The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists want to take control of all mosques,” including those in Saada, “where they have their own places of worship as well as the biggest centre for terrorism in Dammaj,” he told AFP.

Zaidi rebels in late 2011 laid siege to Dar al-Hadith, an Islamic institution that trains Sunni preachers and believes in the strictest and most draconian interpretations of Islam, in Dammaj near Saada.

A Salafist delegate to the national dialogue, Mohammed Shibiba, accused the Zaidis of being tools in the hands of Iran and likened them to Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.

“Hezbollah is present in Yemen under the name of Ansarullah. They are backed by Iran which is trying to dominate Yemen,” he said, charging that the Zaidis “receive military training” in the mountains.

But their frustration was compounded by the rise to power for the first time in Yemen’s history of a Sunni president, according to a participant in an ongoing national dialogue.

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July 23rd, 2013, 8:29 am

 

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