The New Druze Militia Factions of Suwayda Province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

As the Syria civil war has progressed with both rebels and the Islamic State [IS] encroaching on the territory of Suwayda province from the west and northeast respectively, more distinct militia factions centred on particular personalities have emerged competing for support among the predominantly Druze population: a picture quite different from 1-2 years ago when Druze militias were primarily known by generic brands such as ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’ or the familiar pro-Assad Popular Committees. This post looks in-depth at these factions.

Dir’ al-Watan

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Translating as ‘The Homeland Shield’, Dir’ al-Watan is the most recent major pro-Assad faction to have emerged in Suwayda province. It should be noted that Dir’ al-Watan is a name and brand used by other pro-Assad formations in the country, such as the Liwa Suqur al-Quneitra (Quneitra Falcons Brigade) out to the west near the border with Israel. The concept of ‘shield’ forces has also been taken up by newer militias like the Coastal Shield Brigade affiliated with the Republican Guard in Latakia.

One of the founders of Dir’ al-Watan in Suwayda is Sheikh Yusuf Jerbo, one of the leading pro-Assad figures in Suwayda. In an interview in June, Jerbo affirmed: “Our protection is through the Syrian state…our protection is the Syrian state and our rule of law is the Syrian regime.” Tying Suwayda’s protection to other parts of the remaining regime rump state, he added: “Protection of Suwayda is protection for Damascus, Damascus countryside and Deraa.” On the formation of Dir’ al-Watan, he affirmed: “The establishment of a force called Dir’ al-Watan has become an urgent necessity in view of the latest threat that the province has witnessed from the Islamic State, and the attempt [to penetrate] by fighters from the Jabhat al-Nusra organization.” Dir’ al-Watan was also said to be under the leadership of retired Syrian army officers, with a rationale for its existence being that the Syrian army has been fighting for some 4 years and cannot defend every area at once.

Since its inception, one of the main activities of the Dir’ al-Watan has been to engage in outreach and visits to localities across Suwayda province. For example, in the photo below from the village of Barik, including Jerbo and Syrian army brigadier general Nayef al-Aqil, the latter of whom, according to pro-opposition media outlet All4Syria, was already reportedly in charge of forming pro-Assad ‘Hashd Sha’abi’ forces in Suwayda earlier in 2015. This Suwayda version of Iraq’s ‘Hashd Sha’abi’ (Popular Mobilization) that is a brand name for mostly Shi’a militia formations is in reality identical with Dir’ al-Watan.

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On left: Sheikh Jerbo. On right: Nayef al-Aqil.

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Dir’ al-Watan outreach to the village of al-Janina to the northeast of Suwayda city. Note the portrait of Bashar al-Assad.

Of interest in this context are the ties between Dir’ al-Watan and a local Druze militia in the area to the northeast of Suwayda city known in full as “Burkan al-Jabal Al Nu’aim” (‘Volcano Mountain: Family of Nu’aim’). Like Dir’ al-Watan, Burkan al-Jabal has demonstrated firm loyalty to Assad. On 10 July, the Tel Fara area near al-Janina village came under attack from IS, which was repelled at the cost of three fallen fighters for al-Janina: Osama Muhammad Saliha, Qasi Saytan al-Sahnawi, and Iyad Majid al-Sahnawi.

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Sheikh Jerbo and Nayef al-Aqil with Burkan al-Jabal militiamen

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Burkan al-Jabal militiamen with Ba’ath Party officials

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Iyad Majid al-Sahnawi and Qasi Saytan al-Sahnawi

Another notable area of outreach by Dir’ al-Watan has been the town of Salkhad, featuring at the end of July the whole array of main figures involved with Dir’ al-Watan: Sheikh Jerbo, Sheikh Hamoud al-Hanawi, Nayef al-Aqil and Mamdouh Malak (another Syrian army figure). The meeting led to a newly formed local militia and ‘social faction’: al-Zaghaba. In its founding statement, the group warned of the “dangers, conspiracies and sources of strife agitating to shake the security of our region and our proud mountain [Jabal al-Arab/al-Druze],” affirming that “what concerns us is waging war on those sources of strife and protecting the security of our land and public possessions that are for all its sons rather than the differences in their opinions, desires and political and thought stances, and [what concerns us is] protection of land and honour, for we have found today that this region is exposed to danger from anarchic, barbaric groups that have no religion and creed except the Shari’a of the jungle and slaughter, and have no political or reform aim but rather their aim is destruction, kidnapping and maltreatment.” Therefore, “our opinions and points of views agreed to form a faction from the youth of this town recruited for service, and this faction is armed with what types of weapons are available to it.” Though officially denying affiliation with any party, its alignment with Dir’ al-Watan is clear from the sequence of events that culminated in its founding.

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From the meeting in Salkhad: Sheikh Hamoud al-Hanawi.

Notice the man in Syrian Social Nationalist Party [SSNP] clothing besides Hanawi. The SSNP is another active pro-Assad faction in Suwayda whose affinity has been advertised with Dir’ al-Watan in social media, as per the graphic below. The SSNP in Suwayda has played an active role in fighting, most notably claiming two ‘martyrs‘ in June in fending off the rebel assault on Tha’ala airbase, and has claimed multiple other ‘martyrs’ from Suwayda province before, some of whom appear to be jointly claimed by the Syrian armed forces and the SSNP.

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Pro-Assad factions of Suwayda, including Dir’ al-Watan and the SSNP.

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Maher Ghassan Hamoud, originally of Suwayda province. Note the SSNP logo on this poster for him. His ‘martyrdom‘ was announced on 28 July 2013 and presented by the “general administration for the army and armed forces.”

Thus it can be seen how closely intertwined Dir’ al-Watan is with already existing pro-Assad factions in Suwayda province, undoubtedly pushing back against the rise over the past year of Sheikh Abu Fahd Waheed al-Bal’ous, about whom more below.

Rijal al-Karama

Translating as “The Men of Dignity,” Rijal al-Karama refers to the following of Bal’ous, who first emerged in early 2014 as a dissident sheikh within Suwayda province. Notable for his fiery rhetoric that seemed to imply overthrowing the regime, Bal’ous then went quiet for a time but has since re-emerged in public, commanding support both on the ground and on social media. However, it must be said that there has been a good deal of mischaracterization of what Bal’ous and his faction are actually pushing for. It is true that Bal’ous and his supporters have attracted the ire of recognisable pro-Assad Druze figures and social media, but there seems to be a conception that they are pushing for the downfall of regime authority over Suwayda province, either creating his own separatist Druze administration or striking a deal with ‘moderate’ rebels to take over.

In reality, Bal’ous’ earlier bellicose statements were just rhetoric (in this assessment, I am agreeing with my friend Tobias Lang, who focuses in-depth on Syrian and Middle Eastern minorities). In reality, no one can seriously advocate the downfall of regime authority over Suwayda province, because there does not exist a viable alternative to it, with provision of jobs, public administration, and so forth. Handing over administration to opposition factions in particular would be unthinkable, as there is no model of rebel administration in the south to go by and there is no guarantee that the likes of Jabhat al-Nusra could be kept out. Indeed, one should not overlook the impact of the forced conversion of the Druze in Idlib to Sunni Islam at the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra, a fact still generally omitted in media and reports and about which many rebel factions and opposition supporters remain in denial.

What Bal’ous can push for though is his own political influence within the remaining regime rump state, focusing on greater autonomy for Suwayda province and more management over security placed in his hands, while reinforcing refusal for conscription in far-away fights that have no favourable outcome. This is quite different from overthrowing regime authority in Suwayda province. To begin with, as will be seen below, it should be noted Bal’ous and his supporters on social media still use the flag of the Syrian regime, and refer respectfully to the “Syrian Arab Army” and the “Syrian Arab Republic.”

The best sense of Bal’ous policy can be gathered from the relevant parts of this document, an apparent set of notes of a conversation between Bal’ous and the “Men of Sheikh Abu Fahad Waheed al-Bal’ous” page (the only claimed official page for him), beginning with the classic Druze narrative of strict self-defence. Interestingly, there is claimed support from Druze in “Palestine” [i.e. Israel], but cooperation with the Israeli state is rejected:

“Our arms are not directed internally but rather at anyone who attacks us and the lands of the mountain, and our disagreement with the corrupt one in the homeland is general, not with a particular side…The project of arming the mountain is among the principles we work upon and we have begun this work through what has come to us till now from our monotheist [Druze] brothers in Palestine, but we reject arming from Israel, this Zionist state that dispossessed our people in Palestine and is an enemy of the Arabs and this is what signifies it is our enemy. And we affirm to all that we have reached the time at which opposition and loyalty have come to an end, and we want to protect what remains of this homeland and encourage the hand of all who are trying to rebuild Syria.”

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From “The men of Sheikh Abu Fahd Waheed al-Bal’ous”: “We are not loyalist or opposition, but human nationalists of the people.” Note the Syrian regime flag.

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From the same page as the above graphic. This time here in support of the staunchly pro-Assad Druze village of Hadr in Jabal al-Sheikh that has been attacked multiple times recently by rebels: “Hadr of heroism and manliness: joy of victory of the men of Hadr and the Syrian Arab Army.”

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In practice Rijal al-Karama could not manage Suwayda security wholly on its own, accordingly cooperation and an anti-fitna stance must be stressed even with pro-Assad factions: “The National Defence, Popular Committees, Ba’ath Brigades, Syrian Arab Army, Factions of the Mashayakh al-‘Aql and Rijal al-Karama: hand in hand to defend the land of the mountain.” Note that the “Factions of the Mashayakh al-‘Aql” refer most likely to Dir’ al-Watan and its associates, which are endorsed by the three main mashaykh al-‘aql in Suwayda (Jerbo, Hanawi and Hikmat al-Hijri). The same emphasis on cooperation has been affirmed with regards to defending Tha’ala airbase.

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Ayan Nayef al-Awam, a ‘martyr’ for Rijal al-Karama. Note the Druze insignia on his weapon and clothing.

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However, his ‘martyrdom’ poster has the Syrian regime flag on it.

None of the above in graphics and photos is to gloss over differences between Rijal al-Karama and the likes of Dir’ al-Watan. Though respect is paid to the Syrian flag and it is used as appropriate, on the field Rijal al-Karama certainly places much more emphasis than the pro-Assad factions on the use of the Druze flag. This is also apparent in the other Druze militias claiming affinity with Bal’ous and Rijal al-Karama.

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Rijal al-Karama and aligned mashayakh in Shaqqa to the northeast of Suwayda city.

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One of the new Druze militias aligned with Rijal al-Karama and visited by Bal’ous: Bayraq Al Nu’aim (Banner of the Family of Nu’aim: cf. Burkan al-Jabal Al Nu’aim), which renamed itself in July Bayraq al-Nidal, named after Syrian army brigadier general Nidal Mu’adha Nu’aim, who was killed in Khanaser in Aleppo province on 10 July 2013 while trying to dismantle IEDs.

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Bayraq Al Nu’aim fighters: note their distinct armpatches. The militia has been involved in defence of eastern Suwayda localities like Qeisemah against potential and real IS threats and al-Tha’ala to the west against rebels.

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Bayraq al-Haq, linked to Bayraq Al Nu’aim. Both groups also extended condolences to two army soldiers killed in Tellat al-Sheikh Hussein in Deraa.

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Bayraq al-Basha, another Rijal al-Karama aligned militia, taking its name from historic Druze leader Sultan al-Atrash. Bal’ous has visited this militia in the village of Mughayyir. The militia also has influence in the southern Suwayda village of al-Ghariyyeh (near the border with Jordan).

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Quwat al-Fahd/Bayraq al-Fahd (named for Bal’ous): an apparent unifying banner for the Rijal al-Karama militias advertised this month.

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Quwat al-Fahd Emblem

Conclusion

The dynamics of Druze militias in Suwayda province have shifted considerably and grown in complexity over the past two years with the rise of Bal’ous in particular, but it would be a mistake to characterize these changes as a strict pro/anti regime dichotomy or as marking the verge of the downfall of the regime in the province as some excited observers and commentators wished to propose. Rather, the developments reflect the same trend as in other remaining parts of Syria held by the regime whereby actors beyond the regular armed forces exert influence as militias and attempt to stake out their claims in the political landscape of what is left of regime-held Syria. To an extent, the regime has already conceded to the likes of Bal’ous with the entrenchment strategy that focuses on defending vital areas. As of yet, the opposition still lacks a convincing alternative for the Druze of Suwayda, and so the framework of politics in Suwayda operates on the assumption of continued functioning of regime authority and administration.

Comments (72)


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51. ALAN said:

Sandrow
I count on your good reading
Analyst Phil Butler notes in his article /above posted by me/, as far as at the time he was struck by an open letter of Vladimir Putin, in one of the largest US newspapers, and now it affects the aggressive nature of the actions of Barack Obama.
Many researchers have noted that the rulers of the Third Reich and Hitler as a whole, in particular, served as a sort of demigod, who remained “absolutely infallible” in spite of everything.
Despite the fact that Vladimir Putin was the main ideologist of the Syrian chimical disarmament in 2013, when the government of Bashar al-Assad geted rid of inventory of mass destruction, given credit for Barack Obama fully ascribes to himself.
Phil Butler notes that the current US policy is much worse Nazis, because they will bloody war does not stop for a moment in the Middle East and other regions of the world. The only hope for Syria today – is Vladimir Putin, who became a symbol of resistance to the “new American Reich” continued his aggressive attack

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August 10th, 2015, 2:47 am

 

52. SANDRO LOEWE said:

August 10th, 2015, 3:26 am

 

53. Tara said:

Why didn’t Assad soldiers fire on the peaceful demonstrators in Lattaki?! Where are العصابات المسلحة that fired on the peaceful demonstrators in Daraa and all other Syrian towns ? Do they not exist? Where are the snipers shooting little Alawi girls in the eyes? And where are the Shabeehas beating and torturing demonstrators ?

Sectarian sect and criminal government.

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August 10th, 2015, 7:10 am

 

54. Observer said:

So I see you are following the events on the ground and looking at the maps to see the outlines of Alawistan and which village or town is being threatened.

Again there is no such thing as Syrian National Identity: that village is not worth my time it is Sunni and good riddance if it bombed and oh my Lord this village is Alawi and the terrorists have bombed today.

He he he he let us see if he can meet out some justice as he promises the mother of the dead colonel who perished in a traffic jam. I guess if he were Sunni he would have been forgotten and his killer would have been glorified.

Have a popsicle

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August 10th, 2015, 7:21 am

 

55. mjabali said:

al-Shaykh al-Fadel Observer:

Of course we all follow events on the ground in Alawite areas. Who doesn’t?

Your Sunni Jaysh al-Fath is around. We all know that. They want to take revenge for you and the other Sunnis, we all know that too…

When they are getting the chance they are killing many Alawite, so, do not worry…

Also, Nusra, Chechens, Moroccans, Saudia…etc Sunnis from all over the world…the names of their groups are well known..many are holding hundreds of Alawite women and children..so do not worry Observer your Sunni troops are going after them…

Unlike you and the dude “Syrian,” I know my country very well, especially the areas around where I came from. al-Ghab is not 15 km from Latakia… also, anti Assad forces are inside the governate of Latakia…they are in Salma in the east and in Rabia..North….

NOTE: Sunnis in areas close to Turkey started to accept Turkish money. Soon you start speaking Turkish instead of Arabic…going back to your roots…

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August 10th, 2015, 10:17 am

 

56. SANDRO LOEWE said:

MJABALI,

You are the model of disgusting sectarian syrian. This is the worst side of the regime of the House of Assad. They tried to hide sectarian attitudes to their beneffit while they were the first sectarian actors and used the sectarian feelings to develop mafia attitudes, clientelism and corruption.

I do not think people like you can asume one day the fall and destruction of Assad.

Alawites were poor and ignorant people and they are still being after 40 years in power. Because the rise of Assad only beneffit a percetage of the alawites. Worse even, now most of them are sectarian.

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August 10th, 2015, 10:57 am

 

57. mjabali said:

Sandro Low:
عدو الروافض

If there is a sectarian person on this board it is you. I speak in a new language meant to solve things by facing them directly, try to get it , if not do not curse you may give yourself a heart attack.

Grow up and call things how they are. You are like a little boy who can not deal with an adult problem, so he curses right and left.

By the way, If we look at almost every post you write, we see the Shia and Iran as your obsession. Whom are trying to fool.

If you do not like my logic do not curse at me, you are showing that you can not answer with real knowledge. Just screams and curses….

عصفورية

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August 10th, 2015, 1:20 pm

 

58. Juergen said:

Does anyone know how many money suitcases were sent with the son of Boushra to pay for the slain of Hassan al-Sheikh?

By the way, Mazen Darwish was released from prison. He must be lucky to have survived this ordeal, apparently he was too well-known to disappear forever…

https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/565711-syrian-activist-mazen-darwish-released-after-three-years-in-jail

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August 10th, 2015, 2:52 pm

 

59. Uzair8 said:

16. Ghufran said:

“…that is beyond my crystal ball’s ability.”

25. Observer said:

“Use your calculator Ghufran…”

*********

Hmm…we may be on to something here…

Perhap’s Matthew should restore the mathematical test if only to encourage our friend to invest in a calculator.

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August 10th, 2015, 5:12 pm

 

60. syrian said:

Uzair8.
Talking about Ghufran and calculator,
watch how Ghufran manipulate the numbers of the civilian casualties to white wash the regime crimes and turning the numbers around to make the regime the one who suffered more
in his comment #35 @12:09 Pm
he posted the Numbers in Arabic but his conclusions in English,(same as when he only curse in Arabic to go around Mathew’s rules) any way he said the total death in Syria is 240,381 and the civilians are 111,624 which by his own numbers will make the percentage around%46 but in English he said that the percentage is %18, he got that %18 by only counting women and children and deducting the civilian men from the total casualties, even though he knows well that losing the man in the family in Syria has a lot more effect than the west because 90% of the time the men are the sole provider to the family and his lost do a lot more damage to the family than any other member,
same with rest of his numbers in english, all minpulated to serve his propaganda , A propaganda that Joseph Goebbels can sit and watch Ghufrran in Awe and take few pointers

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August 10th, 2015, 6:26 pm

 

61. Tara said:

The rebels is negotiating with Iranian delegation over Zabadani fate!

Bashar should be prosecuted for. الخيانة العظمى to his country and should be hanged!!

I yet have to hear about a king or a president who sells his country to a foreign power

مافيه احساس هالزلمة

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August 10th, 2015, 6:59 pm

 

62. Observer said:

Here is my response an article about the so called debate within the Alawi community that we are told is not 100% Assist

ابن هلال الأسد (ابن عم بشار) تتفاعل في أوساط المؤيدين, الذين انقسموا فيما بينهم حول المصير الذي يستحقه (سليمان الأسد), فمنهم من رفع سقف مطالبه بإعدام سليمان وكل من يعتدي عليهم، حتى ُطرحت أسماء أخرى من عائلة الأسد وشاليش ومخلوف، وآخرون رأوا ضرورة تبرئة (سليمان) كرامة لأبيه “الشهيد هلال” كما يصفونه، والذي قتل عند اقتحام الثوار لبلدة (كسب) الحدودية العام الماضي كما قيل حينها… وأيضاً لابن عمه بشار رأس النظام واعتبروا أن المس بأي فرد من أفراد الأسد هو مسّ ببشار و”الأبد القائد حافظ”, معتبرين أن الاثنين قاما بانتشال الطائفة العلوية من “الفقر والحاجة” كما يزعمون!

مسيرة أم مظاهرة!؟
احتدت النقاشات بين الموالين من الطائفة العلوية حول تسمية الاحتجاج الذين خرجوا به عند دوار الزراعة في مدينة اللاذقية أمس الأول، بين “مسيرة” أم “مظاهرة”, ذلك لأن للكلمة دلالات عميقة عند المؤيدين. فالمسيرة هي هتاف بروح القائد الملهم, أما المظاهرة فهي تشبّه بـ”الخونة” الذين خرجوا في بداية عام 2011.
من هذه النقاشات ما كتبه حسن البيروتي على صفحة “لا لإجرام سليمان الأسد” الذي دعا المؤيدين لأن يكونوا “أوعى من هيك” على حد تعبيره: “انو هلق اذا طلعت مظاهرة رح تدب فيه النخوة لسليمان ويسلم حالو مثلا… اكيد مو فارقة معو.. ونحنا عم نحمل قيادتنا عبء لازم نكون اوعى من هيك” إلا أن أحد المتواجدين في الاحتجاج رد على حسن ليؤكد له بأنها مسيرة: “خيي هيدي مو مظاهرة….هيدي كانت مسيرة اذا كنت موجود… .وكانت اعتصام راقي جدا ما طالبت العالم بشي غير براس هالكلب (سليمان الأسد)…وبس”.

الجبهات أولى أم الاحتجاجات؟!
“نعم لإعدام سليمان ولا لخرب البلد”, هكذا علّق أحد الموالين معبراً عن انغماسه العميق بالهم السياسي العام.. ومذكراً: “هلق نسيتو كل شي صاير بالبلد واستلمتو هالموضوع ….
وبلشتو تطلعو مظاهرات وبتحريض من هالكلاب اللي خربو البلد …
كونو اوعى… هيي مشكلة جنائية والرئيس مابيرضى بالظلم والقاتل لازم يتحاسب …بس شعبنا احيانا شهامتو بتوصل ….هوي الاعتصام كلو ليوصل الموضوع لسيادة الرئيس والحمدلله وصل … بقى مافي داعي تفضي شهامتك بساحلنا الغالي…. واذا ماعندك شي وفاضي تطلع مظاهرات روح قاتل عالجبهات ……معا لمحاسبة سليمان الاسد … مو لنخرب البلد”. فجاءه الرد من أحد المؤيدين بأن التواجد في الاحتجاج أولى من التواجد على الجبهات “خيي بربي هالحركة ابدى من الجبهة ….. خيي الله يساعد اهل الساحل …. ولك كلشي طالبو فيه ينعدم هالجردون (سليمان الأسد)….مابدن شي بالعالم غير هيك……ولك خيي اخ اخ….”

فعلاً “شعب جحش”!
يحب أن يطلق مؤيدو النظام على من خرج مطالباً بحريته وكرامته: “عرعوري- خائن- عميل”, ولم تتغير هذه الصفات تجاه معارضي النظام بل وحدتهم ضد الثورة. إلا أنه كان لافتاً ما كتبه (ذو الفقار مخلوف) معتبرا ما يجري “إثارة للبلبلة” قائلاً: “هلق المظاهرات وإثارة البلبلة بالبلد أبدى من القتال عالجبهة!!!! انا بعد اللي صار باللادقية بلشت افهم ليش الازمة صرلا 5 سنين.. اذا نحنا اهل الساحل هيك عم نعمل شو خلينا للعراعير و الدواعش!!!! كلام غريب”. وعاد (مخلوف) ليكتب رداً على أحد المعلقين واصفاً حتى المؤيدين بأنهم: “شعب جحش فعلاً” فقال: “سيادة الرئيس عم يقود معركة ضد الارهاب العالمي على ارض سوريا الحبيبة بدك يا يترك المعركة و يلحق فلان و علان بس لانن قرايبينو… في جهات مختصة شغلتا تحقق و تحاسب و الي الو حق رح ياخدو … بس فعلا شعب جحش …”. وآخر دفعه حماس التأييد لبشار أن يكون “صرامي بيت الاسد احسن ما نكون صرامي ال سعود و اردوغان”.

لعن الله كل مسلح!
أما زبدة القول، في هذا السجال الذي يقول لكل من يأملون خيراً في أن يكون هذا الاحتجاج “بداية صحوة” فكان لصفحة “لا لاجرام سليمان الأسد” حيث كتب أحدهم: “ألى مدعي الثورة: لعن الله كل مسلح فيهم, انتم اقذر خلق البشر وانتم عار هذا الوطن, دعاكم الرئيس للاصلاح في كل خطاب, دعاكم للمصالحه والعوده لحضن الوطن كل يوم, أنشأ وزارة للمصالحه لكم ولم تعدلو عن فجوركم, انتم لم تخرجو في درعا كرامة لطغيان عاطف نجيب, أنتم خرجتم طمعا بالحكم واعتبرتم ما حصل مطيه لافعالكم, انتم ومع الايام اثبتم انك مبتغي سلطه انكم طائفيين ولستم دعات حقوق لانكم لم تستجيبو لصوت المصالحة, نحن اهل الساحل سنخرج لنؤيد الرئيس ضد بطش اقربائه حتى يكون قادرا بوساطة القاعده الشعبيه ضده”.

Apparently the geography is well known and following the rout of the regime is the latest hobby.

There will be revenge unfortunately instead of justice but this concept has fled the region more than 1400 years ago only to be replaced by sectarian hatred.

I am not sure but rumors has it that if you are called Omar you will be killed no matter how young you are: this was the fate of the children of Qusair. I think it is just rumor and propaganda but in view of the hatred spewed on this blog I think it would allow for the gullible to easily believe such tales therefore the only way forward and again unfortunately is revenge.

I have written before he who sows the wind harvests the storm.

Cheers.

PS my ancestors have nothing to do with today, that is the problem: continuing to go back 1400 and other dates before to dehumanize the other in preparation for his/her slaughter.

Ibn T in reverse, in retrofit, in old fashion, in new fashion but Ibn T nevertheless.

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August 10th, 2015, 8:43 pm

 

63. Majedkhaldoun said:

حكوا لي بعض الناس ان بشار في الفترة الاخيرة يلبس كلسونات لونها بني، قال هو خايف كثير بس ما بدو يُبين عليه انه خايف

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August 10th, 2015, 8:48 pm

 

64. Juergen said:

A miracle has happened. Sulaiman Hilal Assad was arrested.
I assume this is the 1st time in history someone with the name Assad is convicted of a crime by the regime. I think this is more a move to ease the feelings than to really bring that thug to justice. He will more or less still have a five-star prison cell, may be with access to his night adventures with his buddies.

https://twitter.com/SANA_English/status/630871833739403264

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August 10th, 2015, 11:38 pm

 

65. Juergen said:

Ribal Al-Assad interview on the BBC. Highlights

1) Rifaat accepted to leave Syria on one condition: If Hafez would promise him to make Syria a democracy (yup)

2) Rifaat had nothing to do with what happened in Hama or in Palmyra prison

3) In 1985 French President Francois Mitterand asked Hafez to allow Rifaat back if he is to visit Damascus. When Rifaat arrived “MILLIONS” greeted him at the airport (yes, millions)

4) Manaf Tlass told common family members that Bashar Assad was initially going to offer reforms that the whole world would have welcomed, but after the Makhlouf family intervened, he scrapped initial speech and instead offered much less.

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August 11th, 2015, 12:01 am

 

66. Syrian said:

The protesting bug has moved to Tartous, the heart of Assad support region over the unknown fate of the Alawies officers on Aleppo
Pictures in the link
http://www.aksalser.com/news/2015/08/10/تخوف-من-سيناريو-مطار-الطبقة-موالون-يت/

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August 11th, 2015, 12:11 am

 

67. Majedkhaldoun said:

Russia will go into recession as price of oil hit $ 44 per barrel’,

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August 11th, 2015, 7:10 am

 

68. Syrialover said:

Oh SyriaComment!

I take a break and come back to find it dominated by an endlessly long over-the-top glorification of a nasty militia group.

We all know young Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is deeply obsessed with such things. He’s going to be lost when it’s all over. He’ll have to find new nasty gangs to get excited over and promote.

I am still disgusted by the way this site repeatedly gave him a gallery for displaying massive pictures of dead jihadists.

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August 11th, 2015, 11:53 am

 

69. Syrialover said:

JUERGEN #65, there needs to be a blackout of mention of sleazy liar Ribal Al-Assad.

He has a spreading damp patch on his trousers about current legal efforts in Europe to bring his vicious thief father Rifaat, Hafez’s brother, to justice.

All his father’s money stolen from Syria will be going on legal fees.

Poor little Ribal, his fantasies of replacing his cousin Bashar and preposterous lies and claims to be a “democrat” show he’s got the pure strain of low-IQ, nasty DNA of the Assad family.

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August 11th, 2015, 12:15 pm

 

70. Syrialover said:

Update on Bashar’s classy friends.

Apart from both having corrupt, incompetent, brutal,terrorist governments that act in every way against the interests of their citizens – including pointlessly supporting Bashar Assad – Iran and Russia now have something else in common.

Iran now joins Russia in having a serious social problem with alcoholism (added to Iran’s status as one of the highest rate of heroin addiction in the world).

And that’s in an Islamic country where alcohol is banned. Iran’s depressed and desperate citizens are getting drunk on home brew.

“Alarm bells were raised last year when the World Health Organisation said Iranian drinkers consumed 24.8 litres of pure alcohol a year, far more than the average drinker in Russia, Germany or the UK.”
(http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c1ec16f2-3b49-11e5-8613-07d16aad2152.html#ixzz3iWLom0Vq)

More than Russia!

Russia’s alcoholism rates will soon catch up as it slides into deeper recession and repression.

The news is the Russian economy has contracted by almost 5% in the last year, which must be catastrophic for the average Russian, accelerating the economic and social setbacks under Putin’s brilliant management.

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August 11th, 2015, 12:53 pm

 

71. Majedkhaldoun said:

The southern storm in Deraa is reactivated ,this is after Mamlook visited KSA, AlJubayr, FM of KSA is boldly clear calling for Assad removal first, he repeated that loudly in Moscow, this is not a coincidence, as we see also Turkish hawkish maneuver in the north , also Successes in Yemen ,also AlIbadi in Iraq suddenly dismissing Nouri AlMalki and the cabinet,
All the sudden KSA is becoming very active, KSA thinks they have short period to maneuver, it is the period before the congress in USA have a chance to vote for the U.S. Deal this is the time when U.S. Will release the Iranian money , US is confiscating, that is the time Iran will receive the money and give part of it to Assad
The Rebels will try to take Deraa ,and take over Ghab, if successful, Assad have to give concessions, if not it would be a defeat for KSA strategy, It is very important period

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August 11th, 2015, 9:22 pm

 

72. SANDRO LOEWE said:

I looks Ibn Al Hafyaneh is going straight to the edge of the world.

It seems the Iran Deal has precipitated developments, now that Iran Nuclear Potential is hand-tied:

* Yemen falls to Arabia
* Turkey enters war against ISIS and PKK
* The oild price reaches 42 $, and can break Russian economics
* Russia fails to get any agreement for saving Assad
* Rebels in Syria advance clearly
* UK and US start to pump more money and weapons to the rebels
* Terror in Tartous and Lattakia provoke first demonstrations against Assad, they can see the death is coming to Assad.

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August 12th, 2015, 1:42 am

 

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