Why were the Turks kidnapped in Lebanon and who are the Liwaa Asifat al-Shamal who are holding the Shiites in Syria.

Aron Lund writes:

Liwa Asifat al-Shamal, or the Northern Storm Brigade, is the main group, or one of the main groups, in Aazaz, north of Aleppo and very close to the Turkish border. They’re a mid-sized faction in the northern countryside – not tremendously important to the revolution in general, but a major force in their core area around Aazaz, which is strategically important for rebel logistics.

Their original leadership was involved with border smuggling before the revolution (the late Ammar Dadikhi, “Abu Ibrahim”), but they took up arms pretty early on. They also seem to be quite seriously involved with fighting in the north, as evidenced by the role they played in the Mennagh siege, and they have relations with the SMC and other legit opposition bodies. So despite some shady business, it’s clearly not a “fake” rebel outfit.

Their main importance comes from controlling the Bab al-Salama crossing into Turkey ever since it was captured in 2012. I assume they’ve used that to wield power over (and perhaps extract money, guns, ammo, aid from) foreign sponsors and other battalions using the crossing. At any rate, they grew into a force to be reckoned with after seizing the border post. They’ve also set up a media center there, and help provide security and services for a lot of international visitors who come from Turkey. There’s been some good articles and tv features by people meeting/embedding with their forces, and they got quite a lot of  attention when John McCain dipped in through Bab al-Salama, if you recall that.

Recently they’ve lost some influence, after Liwa al-Tawhid (a much bigger SMC faction which is also from the northern countryside, but quite busy with the war in Aleppo City) forced them to re-negotiate their division of labor, presumably after applying some sort of pressure. According to the new rules, Asifat al-Shamal will have to share control over Bab al-Salama 50-50 with Tawhid. The terms of the deal mean that they have joint control over border facilities & inspections, as well as the responsibility to run checkpoints along the road down towards Aleppo –  and, although it doesn’t say so, they will presumably split any benefits arising from this. The deal also stipulated that Asifat al-Shamal will have to submit to the Aleppo Sharia Commission (a non-SMC judiciary and proto-government in northern Syria, which Tawhid backs along with more radical Islamist factions) in all legal matters/disputes. They hadn’t done that before. Whether the deal has been successfully applied on the ground yet, or at all, I don’t know.

Asifat al-Shamal is also the group that kidnapped a group of Lebanese Shia, who tried to pass through Bab al-Salama in summer 2012, saying they were pilgrims. They’re still holding them. Originally Dadikhi insisted that the Shia were secret agents of Hezbollah, IRGC or some other hostile organziation, but they later seemed to drop that line, since no one believed it. Nowadays they simply say they want female and other prisoners freed in return for releasing the hostages. In practice I assume they’re just after money at this stage, or if it’s a prestige thing, or simply a way to get press attention. Or maybe they really think they’re Hezbollah. I don’t know. Turkey has allegedly been involved in negotiations.

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This is a few days old, but here’s a very interesting pro-government view from the Nubl & Zahra Shia community, of what happened at Mennagh airport at the time of capture:https://www.facebook.com/zhraa.nubbol.n.n/posts/566600950053289.From this description, it seems like a pretty desperate breakout. The SAA forces left 15 men in a “martyrdom” force behind to cover the retreat – all were killed or captured. The others then split into groups and fled towards the few remaining pockets of government control around Mennagh. One group made it to the Shia town of Nubl, but apparently only thanks to air cover from the government, while another fled towards the Kurdish villages of Afrin, where they were granted asylum by the Kurdish YPG forces.

That last part is interesting. The YPG has let it be known that they “captured” a group of fleeing SAA soldiers from Mennagh, and confiscated all their guns and tanks. But this version, which appears to be written by someone in direct contact with the defenders of the airport, says the Kurds saved them, provided hospital care to the wounded, and even ambushed and annihilated a rebel unit that was tailing them (Jabhat al-Nosra by their account, but they call everyone Jabhat al-Nosra). That’s more or less consistent with how the YPG presents its politics: they will provide humanitarian assistance to everyone in need, and are open to negotiated passage, but try to enter Kurdish areas without permission and you’re dead.

But – the Nubl/Zahra pro-gov version also talks about YPG-SAA coordination before the fall of the base, and speaks warmly of the Kurds as their comrades in arms. This  suggests a level of cooperation between the SAA and YPG which undermines YPG attempts to portray themselves as essentially neutral between the Arab sides.

That said, it concerns a very particular region, Afrin, where both Kurdish and Shia villages have been under Arab (particularly Islamist) rebel pressure. So although the situation might seem similar in other places, I’m not sure you can necessarily extrapolate this to other areas.

(Also, here’s the Islamic State communiqué on the capture of Mennagh, if you haven’t seen it: http://jihadology.net/2013/08/07/new-statement-from-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-and-al-sham-on-the-battle-of-the-last-ten-days-liberating-the-mannagh-airbase-in-the-state-of-aleppo)

 

AN Writes:

There was news that an agreement was reached with Liwa Asifat al-Shamal to where a certain number of female detainees would be released from government prisons in exchange for 2 of the 9 hostages before Eid, but negotiations failed. On Friday, first day of Eid for Shiaa muslims, a Shiaa group calling itself “the visitors of the Imam Al Mortada” kidnapped two Turkish pilots in Beirut because they believe that Turkey has the power to release the hostages and is involved in the kidnapping. After the kidnapping, news came out that earlier this month, Turkey had informed that UN that it will pulling part of its UNIFIL contingency out of Lebanon and limiting its participation to Turkish marine forces. Turkish government asked its citizens in Lebanon to leave the country following the kidnapping.

 

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don said:

Little baby girl Maria’s video gone viral on Liveleak! You gotta read the comments posted from all over the world!

Little baby Girl Mary Kidnapped by NATO’s Death Squads is Saved by SAA in Latakia Syria (video)

Last week a group of foreign mercenary terrorists, mostly Saudis and Libyans, raided three villages in Latakia, killing over 100 villagers and taking hostages. They were repulsed by the SAA and some of the hostages liberated.

NATO Death Squads propagandists called the failed murderous raids
“THE FRONT TO LIBERATE THE COAST”.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=256_1376116735

August 11th, 2013, 12:54 am

 

don said:

Bibi Netanyahu Admits his Country’s Alliance with Saudi Arabia

August 11th, 2013, 2:10 am

 

don said:

Muslim Brotherhood switches its focus from Egypt to Syria

CAIRO — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, ousted from power by the
military, has intensified its participation in the Sunni revolt in Syria.

Islamist sources said the Brotherhood has been recruiting what could
result in thousands of new fighters to battle the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The sources said the Brotherhood was receiving funds from Saudi Arabia to bolster the embattled rebel movement amid the offensive by the Assad regime.

“There are literally tens of thousands of trained Brotherhood fighters who might prefer to receive handsome salaries to fight Assad in Syria rather
than the military in Egypt,” a source said.

Under the year-long regime of Egypt’s first Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, most of the Brotherhood fighters stayed home in expectation of jobs in the government and security forces. But after Morsi was overthrown on July 3, many fighters traveled to the Sinai Peninsula and other locations for insurgency operations that included Al Qaida-aligned forces.

The Brotherhood already has been coordinating with units in Hama,
regarded as the main stronghold of the Islamist movement. The sources said
Hama was used to store weapons and equipment allocated to an
expected rebel offensive later in 2013.

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/08/09/muslim-brotherhood-switches-its-focus-from-egypt-to-syria/

August 11th, 2013, 2:25 am

 

Sami said:

Aron Lund,

“That last part is interesting. The YPG has let it be known that they “captured” a group of fleeing SAA soldiers from Mennagh, and confiscated all their guns and tanks. But this version, which appears to be written by someone in direct contact with the defenders of the airport, says the Kurds saved them, provided hospital care to the wounded, and even ambushed and annihilated a rebel unit that was tailing them.”

This video should clear that up rather easily…

August 11th, 2013, 8:52 am

 

revenire said:

I would like to wish the courageous and beautiful Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad a very happy birthday. May God protect you.

August 11th, 2013, 9:29 am

 

zoo said:

The rise of al-Qaeda proxies in Syria has weakened the FSA and opposition and now threatens Turkey.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/global-guerilla-war-can-infect-turkey.aspx?pageID=449&nID=52292&NewsCatID=409

Al-Nusra’s rise also brought a power struggle within al-Qaeda to the surface; between the headquarters and al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which was formed in 2009 with the merger of the Saudi Arabia and Yemen branches lead by Naser al-Wuhayshi. Serving as private secretary for bin Laden in earlier years, al-Wuhayshi had been arrested by Iran in 2001 and extradited to Yemen, where he was put in prison. He broke out of the prison in 2006 to lead the regional activities, including the piracy in the Indian Ocean and al-Shabbab in Somalia. (Perhaps it should be noted here that Turkish Embassy in Mogadishu was attacked by al-Shabbab on July 28, 2013, killing one police officer and wounding three.) The main discrepancy between the al-Qaeda HQ in Afghanistan and the AQAP is that the HQ insists on hitting global blows to the U.S. and its allies, whereas al-Wuhayshi and followers want to focus on their national problems such as overthrowing the regimes in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. No longer resisting to the popularity of al-Wuhayshi among the organization, al-Zawahiri reportedly appointed recently him as “general manager,” which practically means number two of al-Qaeda.

U.S. intelligence apparently intercepted the communications between them and deducted that al-Wuhayshi was going to do something big in order to prove himself as eligible for the important post. Another piece of intelligence, according to U.S. media are the reports on the possible use of a liquid explosive, developed by Ibrahim al-Asiri, the assumed bomber of al-Wuhayshi that could be soaked into clothes, like underwear, and not easy to detect. Plus, al-Qaeda raided prisons in Iraq, Pakistan and Libya in late July and let hundreds of militants free. All those things lead the U.S. government to put many embassies on alert on Aug. 5, evacuate some of them, including the one in Sanaa, Yemen, and then start launching pre-emptive strikes at al-Qaeda.

This is a new stage of the global guerilla war that started with the al-Qaeda hit of 9/11 in 2011. Turkey was hit by al-Qaeda twice in 2003 in bloody attacks. But because of the deteriorating situations in Syria and Iraq, Turkey can be further infected by this poisonous atmosphere, which means more problems for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan in the near future.

August 11th, 2013, 9:31 am

 

Mjabali said:

Mr Lund good work about a topic many like not to speak about . Or actually they pretend that the sectarian attacks against Nubl and alZahra do not occur .

The Sunni Jihadists and those from the villages around the Shia villages been shelling for over a year so far . It is a sectarian war over there and the kooks here think it does not happen .

Few days ago one of them used the word “conquer” to speak about the Sunni intentions for these two villages who are left. How many Shia villages were there around alleppo who had been eradicated by the Sunnis. Aren’t they doing the same now? Some here on this board has to take their heads out of the sand ( notice I did not use the word they deserve ) and see how this violent Sunni attitude is a Continuation of what they have been doing for hundred of years.

Again mr Lund great work .

August 11th, 2013, 10:02 am

 

Mjabali said:

Observer:

After reading your long and boring outburst I have few simple points to dismantle your logic:

1- you told the Alawis in your posts to get out of ‘your’ towns and ‘villages’. Dude I thought it was your grand father who was speaking . Wasn’t he involved in sectarian cleansing of Alawites and other minorities ? Do you still think that the ottoman gifts are valid these days ?

2- you seem not seeing or bypassing the sectarian aspect of this war in Syria . You are like most of the Sunnis think things with the monitored are great . Dude wake up and read the books that explain the Sunni overall mode of thinking . I recommend reading Fatawa al Thawra al Suriyah it was published this year and not a thousand years ago.

4- mr observer : if you do not agree with me or my ideas sarcasm shows you have no solid response . Last time I checked you claimed that you are well read . What happened ?

5- the hidden text within your response, to apply an Alawi theory on you , shows the continuation of the disdain the Sunnis have for Alawis .

6- ethnically you are a Kurd : how come you consider Damascus as your home and deny it for the Alawis, who ethnically are Syrians . Don’t you see this attitude amongst you Sunnis up till today . Remember how many Alawis lived in and around Damascus till they were exterminated by your exact group? Is it a continuation for the ‘conquer them’ attitude ?

7- as for me and my ideas : it seems you want to forget that I am from day one , and from the day I was born do not like anything but democracy and freedom .

Sorry to post this reply in this thread, but it is a related matter.

August 11th, 2013, 10:24 am

 

revenire said:

Israeli commander: Hezbollah more ready than ever for any war

An Israeli commander has admitted that involvement of Lebanon’s Hezbollah in the fight against Takfiris in Syria has increased the defensive capabilities of the resistance movement for any future aggression by the Israeli regime.

“Hezbollah’s involvement in the war in Syria has not disrupted its preparedness for a war with Israel – the opposite is true,” said Colonel Yaron Formosa, a chief artillery officer of the Israeli regime, in an interview with Ynetnews on Wednesday.

He added that Hezbollah is closely monitoring the Israeli army’s activities along the border.

“We saw them marking the positions of our artillery guns so they can target them in a war,” Formosa said.

He added that Hezbollah fighters have become proficient in the use of advanced weapons due to the fighting against the militants in Syria.

“Hezbollah has tens of thousands of rockets that are aimed at Israel, and we will not be able to operate against them only with artillery fire or the air force.”

The Tel Aviv regime launched two wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. About 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, were killed in the 33-Day War of 2006.

On both occasions, however, Hezbollah fighters defeated the Israeli forces and Tel Aviv was forced to retreat without achieving any of its objectives.

In August 2012, Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the resistance movement has both the capability and the courage to defend Lebanon and that the movement’s missiles are ready to strike back certain targets inside Israel in self-defense if Tel Aviv launches an attack on Lebanon.

“If we are forced to use them to protect our people and our country, we will not hesitate to do so… and that will turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Zionists into a living hell,” Nasrallah said, adding that Hezbollah has fixed its targets.

He also said that a possible future war would be extremely costly for Israel and incomparable with its 2006 war on Lebanon.

DB/HSN/HMV
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/11/318192/hezbollah-ready-to-counter-israel/

August 11th, 2013, 10:27 am

 

Alan said:

Majed ! Are you happy ?

US remains ‘uninterested’ as Kurds massacred by Syria’s militant opposition
http://rt.com/op-edge/us-kurds-massacre-syria-289/

Deadly Onslaught: Kurds in firing line as Al-Qaeda carves out northern
http://youtu.be/APTzMdO9CoE?t=7s

August 11th, 2013, 10:30 am

 

Alan said:

Armed Rebels Hijack Passenger Bus Carrying Armenian Citizens in Northern Syria
The passenger bus was heading to Armenia before its driver and all passengers on board were kidnapped and taken to an unknown location by the terrorist groups.

August 11th, 2013, 10:46 am

 

omen said:

287. Syrian said: Help wanted
Apple mini ”hardly a massacre” is looking for ”moderates Sunnis” to go do the fighting for the minorities rule.
Opposition moderates need not apply.

i am so stealing this format.

August 11th, 2013, 10:46 am

 
 

omen said:

7. Mjabali said: Few days ago one of them used the word “conquer” to speak about the Sunni intentions for these two villages who are left.

“assad or syria burns.”

How many Shia villages were there around alleppo who had been eradicated by the Sunnis. Aren’t they doing the same now? Some here on this board has to take their heads out of the sand (notice I did not use the word they deserve) and see how this violent Sunni attitude is a Continuation of what they have been doing for hundred of years.

you see what took place hundreds of years ago but not what the regime has been waging for the past two years.

August 11th, 2013, 10:58 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Mjabali said:

it seems you want to forget that I am from day one , and from the day I was born do not like anything but democracy and freedom .

Mjabali,

The sad reality is that NO democracy or freedom would be possible without the foreign fighters, who are engaging other foreign fighters like Hezbollah and the IRG.

The opposition wants the same thing you do, and no one here supports the crimes committed by some of these fighters.

I am not sure what your beef is.

August 11th, 2013, 11:12 am

 

Alan said:

Jihadists – Mujahideen !
Take it as entitlement from this soldier!
http://theuglytruth.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/idf2.jpg?w=620
Israel to start building nearly 1,200 new units in West Bank and East Jerusalem

August 11th, 2013, 11:46 am

 

Alan said:

@miniestmini
Zionists are natural thieves, they’ve stolen Palestine, occupied parts of Lebanon & Syria but they’ve still got their eyes on more land.

August 11th, 2013, 12:07 pm

 

don said:

Care to tell us more about who you’re calling TOWEL-HEADS?

15. Akbar Palace from Israel

August 11th, 2013, 12:11 pm

 

ziad said:

Brutality Is “In My Veins,” Says Former Israeli Soldier

Chayut served five years in the Israeli army. He participated in the brutal military Operation Defensive Shield, an attack on the West Bank in 2002.

No longer part of the army, he joined the Israeli organization for military veterans Breaking the Silence in 2004. In his memoir, Chayut reflects on his role in the crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians living under occupation.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35810.htm

August 11th, 2013, 12:21 pm

 

omen said:

akbar, allow me to translate. loyalists suffer from the delusion that the goon was legitimately elected. they are for democracy as long as bashar is permanently installed as president.

August 11th, 2013, 12:22 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Care to tell us more about who you’re calling TOWEL-HEADS?

Don,

Sure. Like I said before, any religious fundamdentalist that doesn’t support basic human rights and free elections, but instead supports thugs, criminals and endless war.

Omen,

I didn’t know Mjabali was a “loyalist”. Mjabali is that true?

Here’s the link to breaking the silence…

http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/

August 11th, 2013, 12:27 pm

 

ziad said:

Palestinian Killed By Army Fire In Gaza

Saturday August 10 2013, Israeli military sources have reported that a Palestinian youth was shot and killed by army fire, near the border fence, east of the Gaza Strip.

http://imemc.org/article/65938

August 11th, 2013, 12:28 pm

 

ziad said:

Stop the Appointment of Death Squad Expert Robert Ford, Kerry’s Choice to Become Next US Ambassador to Egypt

http://tarpley.net/2013/08/10/stop-the-appointment-of-death-squad-expert-robert-ford/

August 11th, 2013, 12:40 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenire
I too wish Asma Assad a happy last and final birthday,

August 11th, 2013, 1:03 pm

 

revenire said:

Those who sell their homeland are not welcome, Palestinians say to Asala Nasri

Occupied Palestine, (SANA)-A security alert state was prevailed with a popular resentment in Bethlehem in the occupied Palestine as singer Asala Nasri visited the city to hold a concert there.

Political activists, members at the popular committee for defending Syria in the occupied Palestine raised placards condemning the singer’s suspicious visit, particularly as the Palestinian people reject normalization with the Israeli occupation and consider any Arab visitor as a traitor to Palestine as she enters Palestine with an Israeli visa.

“Those who sell their homeland are not welcome” one of the placards said… “It is not strange for those who normalize with the Israeli occupation to betray their land,” another placard said.

The most important attitude was occurred by members of the popular committee inside the hall when Nasri started to sing and the activists raised the Syrian flags and hailed Syria and its army.

This led to the embarrassment of Nasri who stopped singing and turned her back to her musical band in a sign for the security of Bethlehem to interfere as a number of men were arrested for several hours.

“We wanted to send a message to anyone who seeks normalization with Israel and to any traitor, not only to that singer which sold her homeland… we issued a statement condemning the visit of anyone who seeks normalization with Israel in general and to that singer in particular,” one Member of the popular committee for defending Syria said.

Mazen
http://sana.sy/eng/28/2013/08/11/496744.htm

August 11th, 2013, 1:14 pm

 

don said:

Saudi Muslim Preacher Issues Fatwa Allowing Jihadis to Rape Syrian Women

August 11th, 2013, 2:04 pm

 

don said:

ANNA News

August 11th, 2013, 2:14 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

SALIM IDRIS visit reef Latakia is a good sign,

Don(Ann) Rape in Islam is punishable by death, no Sheikh can issue a fatwa contrary to Quraan, for a woman to be forced to mary her rapist is double crime in Islam, so please spare us your nonsense

August 11th, 2013, 3:06 pm

 

don said:

Report Sinai militias have SAM-7 closes Israeli tourist airport

TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has closed an international airport
amid fear of a major rocket strike from Egypt.

Officials said Sinai militias have acquired shoulder-fired air defense missiles, including the SAM-7. Eilat has been struck several times by surface-to-surface rocket fire, the last time on July 4.

Eilat airport was deemed a likely target of Al Qaida in Sinai.

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/08/09/report-sinai-militias-have-sams-closes-israeli-tourist-airport/

August 11th, 2013, 3:11 pm

 

revenire said:

Majed we know our women are being raped by the cannibals. They’re not real Muslims. They are apostates. God knows too.

August 11th, 2013, 3:21 pm

 

revenire said:

THIRD POST – AUGUST 11, 2013 – LATAKIA SCENE OF “BIN LADEN’S” DEATH; SAUDI RODENT LEADER KILLED HIDING BESIDE CIVILIANS; ____* ADMIT DEFEAT IN LATAKIA

And just when you thought you could stop guffawing over the silly operation that killed King Kong Ape Usaamaa Bin Laaden, you get to see what his clone looks like with 40 bullets in his simian abdomen. According to Wael, the scene is pretty ugly. This Saudi Scarabian, who fought in Afghanistan, training against Americans, got full support from his quondam adversaries when he switched to Syria. He then became in American parlance, a freedom-fighter. His name?

ABU MAALEK AL-SHAHRI (real name pending)

Oh, he was a right-hand man for the illustrious son of Hashemite Jordan, Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi whose exploits inspired him with scenes of video-taped beheadings, serious looking, bearded men in masks posing like something in a Salafist GQ monthly, and blowing up buildings, well, just for the heck of it. He was called the “Bin Laden of Syria” and, apparently, knew Bin Laden personally. Wow! That must have been inspiring!

Known as a mass murderer and sociopath by everyone who met him (other than fellow sociopaths of whom there are many in Syria), he carved out a niche in the pornographic world of “snuff films”. He particularly liked to kill everyone who was not a Wahhabist/Salafist/Takfiri moron like himself and his child-molesting father.

He was shot by SAA sharpshooters with the same 23mm machine gun cannons our army keeps confiscating from the rats. Good show. Keep up the good work!!

** http://syrianperspective.blogspot.com/2013/08/third-post-august-11-2013-latakia-scene.html

* censored

**please go to the link because I had to censor this one pretty badly to appease the terrorist supporters on staff.

August 11th, 2013, 3:28 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

.

اليوم، يقول المسؤولون الأميركيون إن «الموازين تنقلب» لمصلحة الثوار، «لكن ذلك لا يعني أن موعد الحسم قارب بالضرورة».

إذا، مع تقدم الثوار في سورية، وفتحهم «معركة الساحل» التي صارت تضعهم على بعد عشرات الكيلومترات من مدينة اللاذقية، معقل مؤيدي الأسد، تراجعت إمكانية التدخل الأميركي جوا بشكل كبير.

وفي هذا السياق، قدم ضابط البحرية السابق والخبير في «معهد دراسة الحرب» كريستوفر هارمر دراسة أظهرت أن «سلاح الجو السوري ضعيف جدا أمام ضربة محدودة من قوات البحرية والجو الأميركية تستخدم فيها أسلحة موجهة عن بعد».
والمطلوب حسب “هارمر”، توجيه ضربة صاروخية أولية تعطل قدرة الملاحة استخدامها، أو حسبما تظهر الصور الجوية لهذه المطارات.

ويعتقد “هارمر” أن الضربة الأولية تتطلب استهداف كل واحد من المطارات الستة بـ 12 صاروخا، يبلغ ثمن كل واحد منها قرابة 600 ألف دولار. بعد ذلك، تشن 12 مقاتلة «اف 15 اي» و12 مقاتلة «اف 18 اي» غارة واحدة بمثابة الضربة الثانية.

ويحصي هارمر 109 أهداف في مطارات الأسد الستة، ويعتبر أن عدد مقاتلات الأسد لا يتجاوز المائة، وأن معظم التي يستخدمها في غاراته ضد الثوار والمدنيين معدة للتدريب أصلا بسبب سهولة استخدامها وصيانتها.

ويتابع أن حاملة طائرات «يو اس اس نيميتز» موجودة حاليا «شمال بحر العرب، ويمكنها الانتقال إلى المتوسط في أقل من أسبوع»، وأن على متنها 48 مقاتلة «اف 18»، ويمكنها «شن غاراتها على مطارات الأسد من عرض البحر الأبيض المتوسط من دون الحاجة إلى إذن مرور في مجال الجوي لأي دولة أو مطالبتها فتح قواعدها لاستضافة القوات المهاجمة».

أما مقاتلات «اف 15»، فهي موجودة «في تركيا والكويت والسعودية والبحرين وقطر واليونان وايطاليا»، وأن انطلاقها من هذه القواعد وتحليقها في أجواء هذه الدول متفق عليه مسبقا.

August 11th, 2013, 3:30 pm

 

sf94123 said:

Syrians Sunnis are to blame for the death and distraction of Syria- They sheltered and protected foreign jihadists- In mater fact, hey let them sleep with their wives and kids in the name of Allah- Sunnis who live in relatively safe areas must be treated as suspects until they prove themselves otherwise- No free lunch for you!

August 11th, 2013, 3:52 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Informed analysis showing Assad has won nothing, isn’t winning and lacks the capacity to conclusively win.

“Opposition advances in Damascus”

http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/opposition-advances-damascus

August 11th, 2013, 4:03 pm

 

don said:

My mistake majedkhaldoun(Ann)

I meant to say Saudi Christian Sheikh Muhammed al-Arifi Issues Fatwa Allowing Christian Jihadis to Rape Syrian Women

Again, that’s Christian Sheikh Muhammed al-Arifi not Muslim Sheikh Muhammed al-Arifi

My apologies to the board

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qvo4_hMrF4

28. majedkhaldoun(Ann) said: .. Rape in Islam is punishable by death, no Sheikh can issue a fatwa contrary to Quraan

August 11th, 2013, 4:12 pm

 

revenire said:

Gee, what a surprise from ISW.

Yawn.

August 11th, 2013, 4:14 pm

 

apple_mini said:

On a recent article on Guardian, Joshua Landis made a comment,”Sectarian identity is a large part of Syrians, and it gets imported to America,” he said. “Anti-Assad is just a code word for Sunni, for people who don’t like to speak about it.”

I’m sure Joshua was not referring to those democracy and freedom loving Syrian expats on his site like he really cares.

Since day one when we heard those people hailing military and money support from democracy and freedom loving Qatar and Saudi, we started taking notes for what was really going on.

The situation has reached to the point some of those Sunni have to make a choice. Are they willing to see Syria to disintegrate and part of her being taken over by a bunch of vicious medieval barbarians? Or they will finally have to forsake their narrow-minded and backward religious crap for a while not for the sake of the minorities or humanity but for the sake of themselves?

Those barbarians are truly scum of human race. A religion which can nurture and feed those waste is fundamentally flawed.

August 11th, 2013, 4:32 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Rumors out there that glamor defector Manaf Tlass may head the new Syrian army, accepted by the West and Saudi Arabia and approved by Russia.

And why not. He’d be a ballistic psychological weapon against his former friends the Assad brothers and their sinister Iranian advisers.

Give him plenty of cigars and hair products, a mirror to check how he looks, and don’t require him to do much thinking – it could work.

This might be hard for many in the Syrian opposition to swallow, but much, much harder for the Assad regime.

[Putin’s behind the scenes face saver is that he has no personal allegiance to Assad and just wants to avoid a power vacuum in Syria.]

August 11th, 2013, 4:32 pm

 

Syrialover said:

REVENIRE

Let’s have your intelligible sources to counteract what I’ve posted in #34.

There aren’t any, are there.

August 11th, 2013, 4:35 pm

 

habib said:

To the hypocrites who keep raving on about an “Israeli/Assad alliance”:

Since the FSA and other Jihadis are so close to the Israeli border (even inside Golan), why haven’t they attacked Israel, even once?

And don’t give me “they are focusing on the regime” crap, because then they wouldn’t be fighting the Kurds now, would they

August 11th, 2013, 4:38 pm

 

Tara said:

More defeat for the Syrian army. The Syrian army is only heroic from a distance. Cowardice prevails when they come close.

http://www.aljazeera.net/mob/f6451603-4dff-4ca1-9c10-122741d17432/c274ed91-6eb0-4537-91ea-72f74d49c441

أعلنت قوات المعارضة السورية أنها تمكنت من السيطرة على مستودعات صواريخ في الغوطة الغربية لدمشق، في حين استهدفت تجمعا للشبيحة في العاصمة، على وقع اشتداد المعارك في ريف اللاذقية.

وقال اتحاد تنسيقيات الثورة إن المعارضة اقتحمت كتيبة التسليح والنقل التابعة للفرقة السابعة في غوطة دمشق الغربية، وسيطرت على مستودعات الصواريخ في الكتيبة، التي تحوي عشرات الصواريخ المضادة للدروع من نوع ‘فاغوت’ الروسية الصنع.

وكانت قوات المعارضة قد استولت الشهر الماضي على مستودعات أخرى للصواريخ في منطقة القلمون بريف دمشق.

وفي السياق ذاته أكد ناشطون مقتل أكثر من 40 من عناصر حزب الله اللبناني والشبيحة في تفجير سيارة ملغومة مساء السبت أمام مبنى أمني قرب مكتب الإعلامي المؤيد للنظام السوري ‘رفيق لطف’ في شارع الأمين بحي الشاغور في دمشق.

معارك شرسة
وفي ريف اللاذقية على الساحل السوري، اندلعت معارك وصفت بأنها شرسة بين المعارضة المسلحة وقوات النظام التي شنت هجوما بالطائرات والمدفعية في محاولة لاستعادة بعض المناطق التي سيطرت عليها المعارضة.

من جهته, ذكر المرصد السوري أن اشتباكات جرت أمس في محيط قرية استربة التي يسيطر عليها مقاتلو المعارضة, مشيرا إلى أنباء عن خسائر في صفوف القوات النظامية.

وقال الجيش الحر إنه تصدى في محافظتي إدلب وريف دمشق لرتلين كانا في طريقهما إلى ريف اللاذقية, ودمر دبابات وقتل جنودا نظاميين.

August 11th, 2013, 5:11 pm

 

revenire said:

Syrialover,

I don’t care about the ISW. It is a Western neocon rumor mill. Elizabeth O’Bagy looks like she is about 17. She writes propaganda pieces.

http://www.understandingwar.org/press-media/staff-bios/elizabeth-obagy

If this ISW report helps you then please, by all means, enjoy it.

The war will be won, or lost. After it is over ISW can write more reports like this.

The trouble you have, if I might be so bold, is after years of this everyone had heard these things 1000 times. I imagine you were one of the experts who said Assad would be defeated in a few weeks, or months.

For our edification:

http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/institute_for_the_study_of_war

Founded in 2007, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that has supported long-term U.S. military intervention abroad, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although closely connected to neoconservative advocacy circles, ISW claims to be “a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization” devoted to advancing “an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education.”[1]

As of early 2013, ISW did not publicize on its website the members of its board of directors. However, according to 2011 tax documents, directors included: ISW founder and president Kim Kagan; Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney and founder of the right-wing advocacy group Keep America Safe; William Kristol, editor of the neoconservative flagship magazine the Weekly Standard; Jack Keane, a retired four-star general who coauthored with Kim Kagan’s spouse Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute “Choosing Victory,” a 2007 study that served as a blueprint for the “surge” in Iraq; Dennis Showalter, a military historian; Hal Hirsch; and Bill Roberti.

===

This means ISW is “no good”, lol. I say that so even opposition supporters can understand it.

It is like reading a child’s comic book. If you get all worked up over this stuff that’s nice. I will see you in Damascus.

August 11th, 2013, 5:12 pm

 

revenire said:

Same with the Tlass rumor. Boring and ridiculous.

Why not make up really crazy garbage SL?. It would sound more realistic than coming here to tell us you know what Russia etc. has agreed to because some Twitter clown told you so.

Why not tell me there is a popular revolution of secular forces in Syria? I’d even laugh at that one.

LOL

August 11th, 2013, 5:14 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve,

Ah.. You Have very high standards. Only news reported by Wael and Ziad live up to your media expectations.

How old is Asma now?

August 11th, 2013, 5:18 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Don (Ann)
If Arifi said that then he is Kafir, and should be punished,by exposing him,I did not hear it directly from him

Also the word
نكح تعني تزوج في العربي

August 11th, 2013, 5:24 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

RE: Recent pictures of Asma helping prepare food packs.

*THINKS* Look at her…enthusiastically playing along with the propaganda.

August 11th, 2013, 5:27 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

A lot of serious weaponry is reportedly falling into rebel hands recently with the capture of weapon depots & warehouses.

Perhaps this explains why the US and Russia appear worried and formed an understanding on the urgency in avoiding ‘institutional collapse’ and getting Geneva II done.

August 11th, 2013, 5:52 pm

 

revenire said:

Uzair was that on YouTube or Twitter?

August 11th, 2013, 6:05 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Typical Arab Despot “Do as I say, not as I do” NewZ

From the SANA news network:

“We wanted to send a message to anyone who seeks normalization with Israel* and to any traitor, not only to that singer which sold her homeland… 

*of course Sheppardstown negotiations with Baathist/Assad Syria doesn’t count.

August 11th, 2013, 6:08 pm

 

Syrialover said:

REVENIRE, ouch! did you get stung by that analysis on why Assad can’t win (#34)!

We’re still waiting for an equivalent standard of analysis that supports your jokester assertions.

Likewise the reports about Tlass (#38) have really agitated you. “Boring” eh? Let’s see.

Keep up the clown act. When it’s all over for your “team” we know you’ll just slither back into the cyber shadows, hanging out for another online hoax assignment.

August 11th, 2013, 6:08 pm

 

revenire said:

Syrialover keep waiting.

August 11th, 2013, 6:15 pm

 

don said:

Are you talking about your Arab TOWEL-HEADS again?!

49. Akbar Palace from apartheid Israel

August 11th, 2013, 6:28 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

48. Revenire

‘Uzair was that on YouTube or Twitter?’

Granted the source may not reach their standard but still is of acceptable level:

AJE Syria blog from 9th August:

Kerry and Lavrov press ahead with Geneva 2 peace talk plan despite strained relations.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that he and US Secretary of State John Kerry have agreed to convene the Geneva 2 international conference on Syria as soon as possible.

Kerry and Lavrov held a five-hour meeting in Washington on Friday for so-called “2+2” strategic and security talks on Friday.

“One thing I would emphasise is that while Sergey and I do not always agree completely on responsibility for the bloodshed or on some of the ways forward both of us in our countries agree that to avoid institutional collapse and dissent into chaos the ultimate answer is a negotiated political solution and Geneva 2 conference is a step toward that solution,” Kerry said.

American and Russian ties have been deeply strained over Moscow’s decision to grant asylum to former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Lavrov described the overall mood of the talks as very positive.

August 11th, 2013, 6:28 pm

 

revenire said:

Uzair Al Jazeera – very good. They’re not biased at all. Of course, that one didn’t say anything did it? A meeting.

Both sides will get weapons to kill each other with. The West will continue to arm the rebels.

1000s more civilians will die in the crossfire.

August 11th, 2013, 6:30 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

A wonderful singer

August 11th, 2013, 6:31 pm

 

Ghufran said:

The resentment against damascene people among rebels is growing , there is hardly a day now without mortars fired randomly at parts of Damascus that are under regime control, most of the victims are civilians. Read this fatwa and you will understand why those sheikhs deserve long prison sentences:
( a copy of the fatwa with names and signatures of the thugs behind it is online)
 أصدر  34 عالماً من “علماء دوما” فتوى أباحوا فيها لأهالي دوما وريف دمشق  في سوريا السطو على ممتلكات المسيحيين والعلويين والدروز وغيرهم من بقية الأقليات، إضافة إلى دعوتهم لمقاطعة أهالي دمشق  لأنهم – وحسب العلماء – قد خذلوا “الثوار” وتخلوا عنهم.
وجاء في الفتوى:
أهلنا في دوما وريف دمشق..  عملاً بتعاليم القرآن الكريم وسنة نبينا نعلن لكم القرارات التالي:
–    مصادرة جميع ما تبقى من أملاك النصارى ووضع اليد على مابقي من أملاك العلويين والدروز وغيرهم ممن لا يتبعون سنة نبينا الأكرم، واستخدام جزء منها في شراء السلاح والجزء الآخر يتم توزيعه على الفقراء والأيتام وعوائل الشهداء والآرامل.
–    مقاطعة الدمشقيين من أبناء جلدتنا لأنهم خذلونا وتخلفوا عن نصرتنا فأخذهم الجبن والخوف على حين غرة.

August 11th, 2013, 6:35 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Dear Don

I don’t believe you even introduced yourself to the SC community. 🙂
You went straight into posting articles*. A tad rude?

* spamming

August 11th, 2013, 6:38 pm

 

omen said:

cowardice? or lack of loyalty to the regime?

are they running away but regrouping elsewhere?

weren’t deserters threatened with execution if they attempted to escape before? where are the enforcers?

what are the number soldiers fleeing? hundreds?

August 11th, 2013, 6:44 pm

 

Tara said:

I believe all the fatwas posted on SC are regime fabricated to make it sound like it is a religious war.

The regime and its dupporters are only fooling themselves . The “moderate” opposition ain’t buying it.

The media dept of the opposition should respond in the same fashion and fabricate statement from the regime and its sheiks.

August 11th, 2013, 6:44 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

#54 Revenire

Were you asking about the claims about weapons. I thought you may have asked about the US/Russia ‘institutional collapse’ point.

About the capture of weapons. In recent days there was a video of rebels showing off piles of what was described as significant weaponry. The video was shared on here by someone and also made it on AJE blog.

A few comments ago Tara also shared an AJE arabic piece about presumably another capture of weapon warehouse(s) which I checked on google translate.

Thus my comment about rebels capturing important weaponry and worry in Washington and Moscow.

August 11th, 2013, 6:48 pm

 

Ghufran said:

This is from Douma revolution page تنسيقية دوما

العدالة قادمة هااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااام :: العميد الركن أحمد رحال

أخبار ذات رائحة كريهة تخرج من بعض الجهات وتخص الوضع العسكري بالساحل …. قرارات ذات صبغة خيانية تتخذ عبر قادة لم ولن نعترف بهم ولكن سكتنا حفاظاً على وحدة الصف ولكن ان تمادت فتقارير ادانتهم بحوزتنا والشعب هو من سيحكم عليهم …. إجبار الكتائب على الانسحاب من معركة الساحل هي خيانة وكل من يطلبها خائن وكل من يضغط لسحبهم خائن والاطلالات التلفزيونية والتصاريح الاعلامية لن تمحي خيانتكم وكذبكم على الشعب ولن تمحوا تآمركم على الثورة …. تفريغ الساحل من الذخيرة يعني عودة النظام ليس للمناطق التي تم تحريرها مؤخراً انما هي تسليم لجبلي الأكراد والتركمان والاستهتار بمنجزات الثوار على مدى عامين ونصف وعملية بيع بأثمان بخسة لدماء الشهداء الذين ضحوا بدمائهم لتحرير تلك الأراضي …. تذكروا جيداً أن الثورة قد أزالت الغشاوة عن عيون الأحرار وهي ترقبكم وإن حميتم نفسكم اليوم فمحكمة الثورة ستفتح ملفاتكم وكل تحركاتكم واجتماعاتكم السرية والعلنية لدينا محاضرها ونعلم ما تسرون وتعلنون وستكون بانتظاركم …. اتقوا الله في هذا الشعب ولا تظنوا ان الحق يموت وإن ربح الباطل وجعلكم في مصدر القرار فهذا ليس بضعف منا ولكن لحكمة يعلمها الله وهي كشفكم على حقيقتكم وتعريتكم حتى من ورقة التوت التي تتسترون خلفها …. اللعب بالساحل وإعادته للنظام ستكسر ظهوركم وتحرق كل من تسول له نفسه المس بمقدسات الأحرار …. الكلام واضح وجلي وأُعذر من أنذر .

August 11th, 2013, 6:49 pm

 
 

Uzair8 said:

Regimists don’t seem so keen on elections or voting however they seem ever keen to participate in polls on SC and elsewhere.

You only have to look at previous SC polls (eg about predictions of regime collapse) to see almost always the regimists option is leading in the polls.

August 11th, 2013, 7:20 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Rev

There was a video in recent days showing rebels showing off piles of what was described as significant weaponry captured in warehouse (in Damascus countryside I think). The video link was shared on here by someone and even made it on AJE blog.

Tara shared an arabic AJE article a few comments ago about presumably another weapon warehouse(s) capture.

August 11th, 2013, 7:25 pm

 

don said:

NATOs Death Squads holding women and children hostage and human shields

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=420_1376256912

August 11th, 2013, 7:25 pm

 

zoo said:

The collusion between the FSA and the Jihadists against the Kurds is exposed.

Syrian rebels pass on abducted Kurds to jihadists: NGO

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/middle-east/248542-syrian-rebels-pass-on-abducted-kurds-to-jihadists-ngo.html

BEIRUT: Syrian rebel fighters kidnapped 13 Kurds in the northern province of Aleppo on Sunday, turning them over to jihadist fighters already holding 250 abducted Kurds, an NGO said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 13 were snatched at a roadblock in the Sfeira region of Aleppo and passed them on to Al Nusra Front, a jihadist group affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Al Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), another Al Qaeda-linked group operating in Syria, have abducted more than 250 Syrian Kurds since the end of July.
..
Syria’s Kurds have been battling jihadist fighters for months in northern and northeastern Syria, where the minority hopes to establish an autonomous zone.

The clashes have intensified since mid-July, when Kurdish fighters pushed jihadists out of the village of Ras Al Ain and its adjacent border crossing with Turkey.
..
Rebel groups largely welcomed the arrival of jihadist organisations like Nusra, which includes foreign fighters among its ranks, in the early days of their armed uprising against the regime that has cost more than 100,000 lives since March 2011.

But initial enthusiasm for the supplies and fighting skills of the groups has waned amid accusations of abuses by members of Nusra and ISIS.

August 11th, 2013, 7:27 pm

 

zoo said:

Majed

“SALIM IDRIS visit reef Latakia is a good sign”

Poor guy, all he whined and he begged from the US and he got a tap on the back and the task of building a clean “National” army composed exclusively of Arab Sunnis and paid by Saudi Arabia.
I really feel sorry for him.
Like the others, Ryad al Assad and Cie, he will soon fall on his nose and next into oblivion.

August 11th, 2013, 7:39 pm

 

don said:

ALEPPO MAJOR TERRORIST LEADER CAPTURED! ALI BILLU SPILLS HIS GUTS ON TELEVISION; WHAT A SCANDAL!

REMEMBER HIM? HE’S THE ONE WHO GOT ON AL-JAZEERA AND WELCOMED “ISRAELI INTERVENTION” AND VOWED THAT “AMERICA WOULD JOIN IN AND DESTROY HIZBULLAH”!!!

HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN. HE HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY THE SYRIAN ARMY
MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRANCH IN ALEPPO AND HE’S SINGING A DIFFERENT TUNE TODAY.

He is the virulent bigot, ALI BILLU, who made a name for himself
by operating a criminal racket in Aleppo in which he worked primarily as a shake-down artist for a billionaire mafia boss whose days are numbered.

Billu took protection money in much the same way the Mafia did in Old New York during the early 20th Century. He claimed to have 2,000 fighters in an organization called: “Ahraar Sooriyya” (Free Citizens of Syria). They were not around to help him apparently.

He was uncovered while sleeping during the hottest time of the day in an area just north of ‘Anadaan in Aleppo. The big hero of the “Revolution” was discovered with psychedelic drugs and codeine pills which he told our MI people were for a “serious back problem”. That will be the least of his concerns as MI goes about the business of asking the “questions both ordinary and
extraordinary”. Good show, Military Intel!!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f52_1376255531

August 11th, 2013, 7:42 pm

 

Tara said:

Syrian

” help wanted” post.

Loved it. Smart and funny!

A rare combo among loyalists.

August 11th, 2013, 7:48 pm

 

Ghufran said:

I think it is remarkable that the Ghazal family and alawites in general have abstained from responding to the kidnapping and beating of one of their sheikhs in the manner desired by takfiris. The anger should be directed at the kidnappers and nusra terrorists not against innocent Sunnis in Latakia who are in a very difficult situation now and they deserve support and help like most Syrians who are victims of this unjust war. There will be a day when most Syrians realize that they were used by both the regime and takkfiris.

August 11th, 2013, 7:48 pm

 

Syrian said:

تنسيقية مدينة دوما – الثورة السورية في ريف دمسق
1 hour ago ·
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
لا يفاجئنا النظام الأسدي الباغي كعادته في تزوير الحقائق والتبجح الشديد, حيث قام مؤخراً بتزوير بيان وقع عليه علماء مدينة دوما في بداية الثورة يدينون فيه قتل المدنيين والاعتداء عليهم واعتقالهم والاعتداء على المساجد والحرمات من قبل النظام الظالم, ليقوم النظام باستخدام نفس هذه التواقيع ووضعها على بيان مزور يقصد فيه بث الفتنة بين أهالي الريف وأهالي دمشق وتخويف الطوائف الأخرى, وهذا التصرف الأحمق إنما يدل على افلاس النظام وقرب نهايته بعون الله تعالى.
وإليكم نص البيان الأصلي والبيان المزور:
………

https://m.facebook.com/Douma.Revolution/about?__user=100003131418721

August 11th, 2013, 8:08 pm

 

Syrian said:

Tara
Thanks,
You can add desperate to their resume,now making up fatwas from DON/ANN to Ghuffran.

Omen: it’s all yours, thanks for your great support.

August 11th, 2013, 8:23 pm

 

Observer said:

Mjabali

I loved your comment.

I am always pleased to hear from you a few others on this post.

Let me explain:

1. There is no such thing as a Syrian National Identity. It was gutted after at least forty years of one clan rule.

2. The legitimacy of this and other regimes based on force and in the absence of the rule of law and the will of the people is non existent. Was non existent and is ever more non existent today.

3. I am an atheist, and I have zero Kurdish identity. I grew up breathing and eating and drinking Arab Nationalism. I am not Sunni or anything else for that matter.

4. I would love for the oppressed to be free of oppression. If as it is being proved in front of our eyes and you certainly agree fully with me, that we cannot live together in this illusion of a mosaic of cultures and ethnicities and religious groups under one umbrella of a national identity, then let us spit PEACEFULLY. There is no need for fighting. After two years of pure losers on both sides I would agree fully with you that the realistic thing to have is an Alawi homeland where freedom and security reign.

5. If the remaining Syrians want to be Sunnis and Turkmen and Druze and Shia each in his homeland/canton/province/village so be it. There are many examples of countries that spilt into city states and some are prosperous: Monaco, Singapoor, Macau, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and I would argue Beirut attached to a rump Lebanon.

6. I want the principality of Damascus for example. I want peace and freedom and prosperity and human efforts directed at commerce, science, health, education, entertainment, etc….

7. I agree with you fully that there are extreme ideology on ALL sides of exclusion of the other to justify slaughter, slavery, destruction, etc….

8. The reality is we are going into a fifty year religious war.

You and I are actually in agreement on most anything.

As for my ancestors, I dare say some were great fathers and grand fathers; others were great womanizers, others still were incurable gamblers, some were outright nearly mad with their eccentricities from having eagles and chimpanzees as pets to living nearly in wild conditions most of the year. One even used to go hunting in Africa every other year. Being most likely gay, that was great excuse for him to live nearly 20 years away from his home. Many were alcoholics, but benign ones that never harmed but themselves. Last but not least only my great aunt was religious in a very deep and nearly messianic sense. All the others never prayed or went to the mosque. As a matter of fact I was never taught how to pray at home. The school religious class under the Baath taught me how. To this day, I never understood what that means.

So, I do know that you and I can join hands above and beyond religious bigotry. I am just amazed how an intelligent, erudite, and deep historian like you can get caught in the trap of sectarianism that the fanatics keeping springing in front of us.

There was, is, will never be anything called Syria. There is a medieval clannish country besieged by dark and violent ideologies that are on the wrong side of history.

So join me in a glass of wine in about five years from now to celebrate freedom and prosperity. I say five years being an optimist. More like 10 in reality.

Go forth and prosper as the Vulcan would say in Star Trek.

August 11th, 2013, 8:50 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Joshua is right, the FSA is now able to pose for pictures after terrorists do the dirty work. Rebel supporters were lobbying for an invasion similar to that of Iraq and when Obama refused they cried foul, they said it is unfair that the USA invaded Iraq and removed a Sunni dictator but did notbdi the same when the dictator was an alawite.
This is not a revolution, it is an insurgency fueled by terrorists and their financiers in the GCC.
On the subject of Douma :
Notice how the ” real statement” by Douma sheikhs dodged the issue of property confiscation and how Syrian forgot to include the comment by Sandra Soso about the subject. I do not know of any other religious group that calls religious clerks ” Ulamaa”.
Douma today has no presence of anybody who did not submit to the takfiris, people who did not like the new Talibans were either killed or ran away and left their homes and possessions after that was considered غنائم by the same sheikhs some of you are defending. Sheikhs from the same pool of ibn taymia fans club gave a green light for rebels to bomb Salamiyyah , again. 11 innocent Syrians lost their lives when those animals shelled a busy street in town, I guess this piece of news is ” irrelevant”.

August 11th, 2013, 8:52 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Syrian
Anything that Ghufran says is fabrication and lies, thank you for correcting his fabrications

August 11th, 2013, 9:13 pm

 

Ghufran said:

According to SOHR , an anti regime source, revels arrested Kurds and gave them to nusra:
19:56 المرصد السوري : معارضون سوريون يحتجزون 13 كرديا ويسلمونهم لمقاتلي النصرة
You have to be blind for you not to see that rebels are now a branch of nusra.
Majed and Syrian:
وافق شن طبقه

August 11th, 2013, 9:24 pm

 

Syrian said:

I guess the wrong link I put was the the reasons Guffran is still arguing about the fake edict.
I don’t know who is Sandro also he is talking about.
My post in Arabic was very clear that the regime took a 2 years old signed statement and changed it.
Here is the right link
https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=516549295092657&id=111632495584341&set=a.112197655527825.19958.111632495584341&__user=10000313141872
The most supporting page for the regime has retracted its earlier claim about the facke edict
مساكن الحرس الجمهوري
2 hours ago ·
تنــويــه || تم حذف الصورة السابقة والتي مصدرها شبكة عاجل التي تظهر وثيقة يوقع عليها علماء بمصادرة أملاك مواطنين من طوائف أخرى.

السبب : قيام مواطن من أهل دوما بإرسال نسخة أخرى عن نفس الوثيقة تظهر أنه حدث تلاعب بها وبذلك الوثيقة غير صحيحة أو مشكك بها لذلك تم الحذف .

ادارة مساكن الحرس الجمهوري

Salamiah like every other Syrian city being sheled daily was shelled by the regime.

August 11th, 2013, 9:49 pm

 

Syrian said:

Majed
You’re welcome, it is becoming a full time job.someone has to do it.!

August 11th, 2013, 9:52 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Seriously?
” like every other Syrian city being sheled daily was shelled by the regime”
اذا لم تستح فافعل ما شءت

August 11th, 2013, 9:59 pm

 

Tara said:

Ghufran

Salamieh is shelled by the regime. An apology is due.

—–

Isn’t Salamieh mostly Ismaelis? Please correct me if I am wrong. Aren’t Ismaelis considered a shiaa sect too. Where are the Malalis? Where is Monsieur Hassan?

August 11th, 2013, 10:14 pm

 

Syrian said:

This one time ,doing a Ghuffran i.e. copying a comment from some face book page
Here is an eye witness that says it was the regime who shelled Salamieh today
Anas M. Ebaji
انقل شهادة هذا الشاب … دون اﻻشارة ﻷي طرف:
أبو الفاروق الحموي
شباب في موضوع مهم جدا النظام اليوم كان عم يقصف للمرة الاولى من سفح التلة اللي متمركز عليها اللواء 47 ومن رحبة الدبابات اللي بسريحين وانا شفت بعيني الغبرة اثناء خروج القذائف وهذا الشيء للمرة الاولى يعني المؤكد أن النظام هو من اطلق القذائف التي سقطت في سلمية …القصف بدأ بحدود الساعة 2 ولم يتوقف حتى السابعة والنصف
لو كانت كمرتي معي لكنت صورتلكون القذائف وهي عم تطلع
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August 11th, 2013, 10:17 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran said
اذا لم تستح فافعل ما شءت

That applies to you ghufran

August 11th, 2013, 10:22 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Riyad al-Asaad attacks the FSA and the NC:
بعد فترة من غيابه عن وسائل الإعلام إثر إصابته نتيجة انفجار عبوة ناسفة أطاحت بقدمه، عاد مؤسس”الجيش الحر” رياض الأسعد إلى الدائرة الإعلامية من جديد، ليفتح النار على جميع تنظيمات وتشكيلات المعارضة، مقراً بتقدم الجيش السوري.
وقال “الأسعد”، الذي يتنازع مع سليم دريس على قيادة “الجيش الحر” من المخيمات التركية، ” فشل المسلحون في الجيش الحر بكسب الشعبية ..(..) لقد خسرنا الكثير خلال السنة الماضية وشهدنا تقدما ملحوظا للجيش السوري في العديد من المناطق والسبب في ذلك هو ضعف المعارضة وتفشي الفوضى في صفوفها الأمر الذي أدى ببعض ضباط المعارضة إلى الانشقاق”.
وتابع   ” صار هناك فوضى بالداخل وانتقائية بتوزيع السلاح والمال وصار لدينا أمراء حرب وبدأت قوى تقوى على حساب قوى أخرى”.
وعلى الرغم من عدم معرفة هيكلية ومدى انتشار “الجيش الحر” في الداخل السوري، اتهم “الأسعد” الكثير من قوى المعارضة بالخارج بسرقة اسم “الجيش الحر” والاستفاده منه بما يخدم مصالحها.
وقال” إن المعارضة السورية كانت دون المستوى المطلوب تماما وخذلت الشعب السوري وليس لها وجود في الداخل السوري .. وحقيقة هم أسوأ معارضة شهدها التاريخ”.
وأشار الأسعد الى أن ذهاب الكثير من أطراف المعارضة لتلقي الأموال والمساعدات من الدول العربية والغربية كان له بالغ الأثر في تكوين ولاءات وانتماءات لهذه الدول.
وقال ” بمجرد أن بدأ الاعتماد على الخارج، بدأت تأخذ منحى آخر، منحى الولاءات والتبعية واظهرت للناس وجود فوضى وانقسام في الداخل السوري”.
Tara,
Do you think hizbullah should defend Salamiyyah ?
Shelling civilian areas does not help the rebels, I am not sure what the rebels are trying to do, they are acting like the Talibans .
Pro rebels media policy of blaming every terrorist act on the regime may have worked in the past but it is getting old now, I happen to have two friends who live there, most of us know who bombed that town, some are unable to face the truth.

August 11th, 2013, 10:27 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Keep lying and hope that people may believe you. The SOHR effectively ended the rebels fabrications that the army shelled Salamiyyah ( a pro regime town):
‫محافظة حماة – المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان ::استشهد ليل أمس عشرة مواطنين على الاقل اثر القصف بصواريخ محلية الصنع الذي تعرض له وسط مدينة سلمية بريف حماة الشرقي وفجر رجل نفسه بعربة مفخخة قرب كتيبة للقوات النظامية غرب سلمية مما اسفر عن مقتل اربعة عناصر على الاقل من القوات النظامية كما تدور اشتباكات بين القوات النظامية ومقاتلين من الكتائب المقاتلة في محيط بلدة مورك وذلك بعد تفجير سيارة مفخخة في حاجز عطشان للقوات النظامية مما ادى الى مقتل وجرحى عناصر الحاجز كما قصفت الكتائب المقاتلة حاجز الجسر في مورك مما ادى الى اشتعال النيران فيه‬
Those of you who still have an ounce of credibility left should try to tell us why the rebels killed civilians in that town.

August 11th, 2013, 10:43 pm

 

don said:

Abu Ayoub al-Tunsi gone to Paradise

Top Salafist Terrorist Killer Killed by SAA in Lattakia Countryside 08 11 2013

Abu Ayoub al-Tunsi, a Tunisian Salafist sheikh, has joined the radicalized battalion, al-Muhajereen which fight in Syrian, has been shot dead by Syrian Army during battles in Lattakia countryside.

Date of kill : 08 11 2013
Headshot by a SAA sniper unit

Well, the great offensive by the so called fsa terrorist does not look so good at all after such great success killing and kidnapping civilian right now the SAA and NFD and the new militia have killed over 1000 terrorists

you terrorists can call yourself whatever you want now you will meet the militia 2000 troops that have joined the fight against NATO’s international terrorism

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=10c_1376254131

August 11th, 2013, 11:33 pm

 

ghufran said:

#Exclusive from @THE_47th: #Italy Foreign Ministry was informed about death of Father Paolo in #Syria

This time I am praying that the news about father Paolo’s execution are not true and are just one more “fabrication” by me. The man did nothing wrong and does not deserve to die.
Syrians may argue all day about who is at fault in this war but the reputation of Syrians as tolerant people has been ruined, foreigners think that we are a group of savage people who hate Christians and hate each other and that we do not value life.

This is a piece from an interview he gave a year ago:
FP: Many people thought that Mr. Bashar al-Assad, with the help of his wife, a very well-educated person, would be able to be the protagonist of the democratic mutation, translation into full democracy for Syria. In fact, the regime was already ideologically empty. The Ba’ath ideology came to the end of its motivations and values. [It] was a clear failure as a project. So far the Syrian regime was more and more just an association of family interests.
And the liberalization of the country from the previous socialist structure, without democratization, facilitated the mafia trend. And so, in spite [of having] more democracy, we have had less state, less consistency, less respect of the law altogether. So the change didn’t come. And the growing of tension: people asking for rights, people asking for the change. The tension was very high in the last years already. The repression on human rights activists, on politicians asking for freedom, was already very strong. So the Arab Spring has been the occasion for the explosion of the situation and also to show this new protagonist, the youth, the Arab youth, an incredible, marvelous protagonist that is the fruit of the big values rooted in families if the society that has been coming up with this astonishing, great expression of political awareness.

Again, Let us hope that the news about his execution are not true.

August 11th, 2013, 11:34 pm

 

Syrian said:

Talk about credibility.
When the regime most violent militia page took a stand and corrected itself in what should have been so obvious fake edict to anyone with half brain, and still not admitting that you made a mistake,it speaks volumes not about only your credibility but also about an out of control ego that is after it bad mouth men of God just to make a fake point it still not willing to admit it made a mistake

August 11th, 2013, 11:41 pm

 

don said:

Syrian Girl: Fatwa Permitting Rape of Syrian Women

Another Islamic cleric has gone public to announce a fatwa that permits US-backed FSA rebels to rape non-Sunni women in Syria as part of a “sexual jihad” that has seen girls as young as 14 transported into the country to service the needs of anti-Assad militants.

“Salafi Sheikh Yasir al-‘Ajlawni, a Jordanian of origin who lived in Damascus, Syria for 17 years, posted a YouTube video last week where he said he was preparing to issue a “legitimate fatwa” making it legal (in the eyes of Islam) for those Muslims fighting to topple secular president Bashar Assad and install Sharia law to “capture and have sex with” all non-Sunni women, specifically naming Assad’s own sect, the Alawites, as well as the Druze and several others, basically, all non-Sunnis and non-Muslims,” reports Human Events.

August 11th, 2013, 11:55 pm

 

ghufran said:

I can not be nice to anybody who took part in destroying Syria and is calling for “Jihad” and supporting a terrorist group (Nusra), it is the rebel’s behavior not regime propaganda that earned them so many enemies and made it possible for the regime to survive, at the end of the day Syrians will reject extremism in all shapes and forms and live where they feel that their families, especially girls and women, are (relatively) safe.
I would rather see Syria gets divided (at least for now) instead of allowing the animals of Nusra to rule the country of first alphabet. Whether Assad survives this war or not is the least of my concerns, I made that very clear from day one. I do not trust the rebels or anybody who supports them, those rebels stabbed the real revolutionaries in the back and decided to act as slaves to Turkey and the GCC, they filled Syria with violent Bedouins who kill and torture to please Allah (their allah)and I do not consider them Muslims. unlike some of you I do not care about people’s beliefs but I do care about what they do,if you guys love Nusra’s ideology and work this much why do not you go and fight with them or send your kids to help their evil Jihad instead of spreading hatred on this blog ?

August 12th, 2013, 12:38 am

 

DAMASCUSROSE said:

UZAIR8 and SYRIALOVER. Long response to ISW article. Apologies in advance but after I started writing, I couldn’t stop…

I started reading the ISW article hoping for some insight and new information. I have never heard of ISW or Elizabeth O’Gady but it sounded like a thinktank type of an outfit and I’ve always found such articles to be illuminating and often well-informed. The article itself is full of holes and completely inaccurate. As I read it, I kept wondering if it was written by a college freshman? It was that bad. Then I read the conclusion and it started to make sense why they put out such an article. If you disagree, please take a look at the citations, most of them are youtube videos and unverifiable (possibly bogus?) interviews. I can tell you the situation in Damascus is a complete stalemate, no one is making any progress but you may dismiss it as just an opinion. The basis of her thesis is completely wrong, but I thought the readers of this forum deserve a better response than a simple reader opinion. Bear with me as I go through some of her claims.

First her map:

1. #1, she says rebels have Jobar and began drive into government neighborhoods. That’s completely false, there’s a stalemate in Jobar, regime forces were the ones trying to push into Jobar and have been stopped. There is no “drive” into government neighborhoods.

2. #2, and #3, she claims Qaboun and Barzeh are contested areas as they were previously under government control 2012, that’s inaccurate as well. Regime forces has been trying to enter Qaboun and Barzeh for months and been repelled every time.

3. #4, she claims the electrical station is in Abbasyeen garages, the station is in Jobar and it is back in regime hands.

4. #6, she claims Salhiya is contested??? Either she’s confused about Damascus districts or she doesn’t know where Salhiya is! Salhiya is firmly in government hands.

5. #7, she claims Bab Touma is contested, completely false. Bab Touma, a mostly a Christian neighborhood, had few mortars fall but it has no fighting whatsoever.

6. #8, she claims that “rebels have made significant progress in putting pressure on regime forces in the vicinity of Mezze airbase..” I don’t know what that means, what’s significant progress in putting pressure??? Mezzeh remains the lifeline of the regime and operations at the airport have increased many folds as more air traffic from Russia and Iran are diverted to Mezzeh, what kind of pressure is she talking about?

Now, let’s examine her citations:

1. Citation #1, al-Qaboun, from the heart of the battle at the doors of eastern Damascus,” youtube video. The citation was made about how the rebels are advancing, while the video talks about the onslaught that Qbaoun is under every day. Completely the opposite of what she was trying to convey, I was now wondering if she understands Arabic (her resume says she studied Arabic).

2. Citation #2 has this sentence to support it: “After major clashes between government and rebel forces, the opposition took control of the Abbassiyeen garages, an important government-controlled facility.” Abbasyeen garages are just that, garages and the fighting is happening around the garages because they’re at the edge of Jobar and straddle major highways, the rebels do not control them (nor does the regime, see my earlier statement about the stalemate). The youtube video shows rebels filming from inside the electrical facility, that was taken back few days later. I don’t know how she can deduce that Abbasyeen garages are under control of opposition from a video about an electrical company?

3. I’m copying and pasting this entire paragraph so I apologize for the length, but please read it carefully:

“On August 7, government forces ambushed an opposition convoy in Adra, a main supply route between Damascus and the eastern Ghouta neighborhood, killing over 60 rebel fighters. Although the government reported that the Jabhat al-Nusra led opposition fighters were on their way to attack a key checkpoint in Damascus, both activists and fighters have denied the claim, arguing that the convoy was carrying humanitarian aid to besieged eastern Ghouta.[12] The government’s targeting of humanitarian aid channels has had near catastrophic consequences in areas that rely heavily on aid as food and medical supplies are increasingly rare in certain districts of the capital. Such actions represent similar government strategies employed in northern Syria, where the government has targeted civilians and activists in response to major rebel victories. Regime retaliation against civilians has been an effective part of the government’s attempts to undermine the opposition’s support base. However, in Damascus, such strategies seem to have an inverse effect so far, and they have caused tension and infighting between government troops forced to carry out such measures.[13]”

She basically claims that the 60 rebels ambushed in Adra were carrying humanitarian aid to besieged Eastern Ghouta and then she makes the connection to how the government blocks humanitarian aid and how this is having adverse effect on government troops??? There are many examples of government forces blocking aid and she decided to choose the ambush killings of the rebels as an example of blocking humanitarian aid? This is very laughable assertion, she can’t possibly expect readers to take her seriously!

4. She writes “In a video posted online, opposition forces from Liwa Islam and the First Brigades destroy a column of tanks along the road to the hospital in Barzeh.[15]” Very impressive at face value, except the video’s title is the destruction of a single tank and it’s not even clear as it’s shot at night and no one can tell what’s going on. Now how can she expect to get away with such a statement “destroy a column of tanks” unless she believes the people this article is targeted at will not bother checking the links and jump to the conclusion, after all, she knows Arabic, right?

5. In the next statement, she writes: “In another video, a unit associated with Ansar al-Islam is seen effectively using an SA-16 in the Ghouta region.[16]”. Here again, her citation #16 is the video from the electrical company not the use of the SA-16. By now, I’m thinking she really believes her readers are just stupid.

6. Again, the following statement goes: “Advanced weapons also helped rebel forces take control of the fifth bridge along the road to Damascus International Airport, and were instrumental in rebel operations against the Abu Zidan checkpoint along the International Damascus Road in Harasta.[17]” Here I was expecting her citation to show one of the many firefights with these advanced weapons (and there are many videos available) but she chose to show a video of 4 rebels in a pickup truck, that’s it. A pickup truck next to the highway!!!

7. She makes several incoherent statements and cites the Liwa Al Islam seizing Surface to Air missiles and then provides inaccurate and unverifiable citations (#18-#22). This is when I thought, a freshman in college would have received a failing grade if they were to rely on such citations to make their assertions. She basically claims that rebels now control the airspace over Damascus because they have seized SA missiles, but she must have forgotten that there are still people that still live in Damascus. If you live in Damascus, you’d know that air raids have significantly intensified in the last few weeks.

8. She makes several statements that sound more like an opinion , she cites #23 “an interview via skype” Wow! Now I’m wondering if she even had someone above her at ISW review this article before it was allowed to be published? This is typically what occurs in reputable organizations, now I’m wondering if ISW is a legitimate outfit…

9. She makes a statement about infighting among government officials, her citation #25 is “Interview with regime source on July 28, 2013.” That’s it!!!

Finally her conclusions are completely baseless though she makes a couple of astute observations about the plight of refugees and the problems encountered in Jordan mainly. She does make wild leaps between some of her false assertions and what she believes should be done in Syria. I’m amazed ISW allowed this essay to be published but then I thought, maybe it was intentional. It is obviously motivated to influence some U.S. policy makers, either in the government or the U.S. Congress, but who and why, and would they buy it? Then I started reading about the makeup of ISW and things have started to make sense. Anyway, there are several more reliable information outlets, this is obviously an uninformed (or disingenuous) writer, I wouldn’t put much into the article.

I repeat, the situation is Damascus is a complete stalemate, no side is able to make any advances and the fighting is getting more ferocious with every passing day. The suggestion in the article that just a little is needed to tip the balance in favor of the rebels is completely false. Unless there’s a revolt in the Army leadership against Assad or an outside intervention (with boots on the ground) to force a political solution, the war will continue for years and even decades. There’s no victory for either side no matter how much more weapons they get, the situation is so much more complicated now.

August 12th, 2013, 1:23 am

 

don said:

New York Times Fuels Anti-Iranian Sentiment

Times editors, columnists and contributors support the worst of US policies. They regurgitate official lies.

They abhor truth and full disclosure. They substitute managed news misinformation. They do so consistently.

They advocate business as usual. They betray their readers in the process. They do it unapologetically.

They march in lockstep with imperial lawlessness. They call aggressive wars liberating ones.They’re in bed with corporate America.

So is Iran bashing. Times editors endorse decades of ruthless US policies. They want Iranian sovereignty destroyed.

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2013/08/11/new-york-times-fuels-anti-iranian-sentim

August 12th, 2013, 1:49 am

 

apple_mini said:

Ghufran, spreading hatred is what those terrorist sympathizers and supporters do. If a person has decent compassion for human lives, that person will definitely reject armed terrorists massacring defenseless villagers or recruiting child soldiers who will be instructed to behead a human being.

Those people are filled with undeniable hatred or vendettas. The most troubling problem with those people is that they are cowards even by the terrorist book. Not only they are feared of their lives, but also they do not even want to give up their favorite drinks, their comfortable lives in a country which is tolerable to any religions and sects.

It has been clear now they are willing to see Syria gets burnt down and Syrians get slaughtered, especially Syrians who are considered to be second class by them.

Those people might be called Syrian expats, but they are Not Syrian. We reject them for their role of destructing Syria.

August 12th, 2013, 1:56 am

 

don said:

Syrian rebels destroy Orthodox church in Al-Thawrah

The Antiochian Orthodox church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus was a landmark of al-Thawrah (also known as al-Tabqah).

According to a story by the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA), it was an impressive, modern structure with a large yard, surrounded by a high wall and well-situated on a main street near the corniche — a well landscaped area hugging the southern bank of Lake Assad which was popular with locals going on an evening stroll.

Its elegant dome, surmounted by a cross, could be seen from all parts of the Third Quarter (also known as Hayy al-Ishtirakiyah), where it was located.

Spiritually, AINA said, this church was under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Aleppo, the metropolitan of which, Boulos al-Yazigi, was kidnapped (and allegedly murdered) on April 22 of this year, along with the Syriac Orthodox metropolitan of the same city, Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim.

AINA said Christian eyewitnesses who fled al-Thawrah, now displaced in other parts of Syria, as well as in Lebanon and Turkey, tell of religious discrimination by the rebels, as well as forced confiscation of Christian possessions and properties, with many items being sold on the black market in order to purchase weapons and ammunition. Even the churches weren’t spared.

“The ‘Free Syrian Army’ demolished the (Sts. Sergius and Bacchus) church,” one refugee said sadly. “They tore up the sanctuary curtains, Bibles and other holy books, and broke all the crosses, chairs and icons of Jesus and the saints. They stole ele ctrical appliances like fans, chandeliers and lights. They took whatever was in the church, and sold it all. There is nothing there now.”

However, AINA said, there is no hope, for the Christians to return and rebuild even if the conflict subsides.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/syrian.rebels.destroy.orthodox.church.in.al.thawrah/33567.htm

August 12th, 2013, 2:16 am

 

Alan said:

33. SF94123 said:
Syrians Sunnis are to blame for the death and distraction…….

Are you under the influence of Bernard Lewis Levy?

August 12th, 2013, 3:00 am

 

Alan said:

Turkey has called on its citizens to leave Lebanon following abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots by armed men in Beirut.
Separately, it has decided to remove its troops from the UNIFIL peacekeeping forces operating in southern Lebanon, according to Lebanese media.

An influx of armed Israeli tourists taking up the slack! 🙂

August 12th, 2013, 3:20 am

 

Alan said:

Life goes on in Syria! Against the evil itself reviled on earth under the name of USA
https://twitter.com/confusion8888/status/366615267280838656/photo/1

Do they look like syrians to you Mr Obama?
https://twitter.com/confusion8888/status/364861237923831808/photo/1

Revealed: What the West has given Syria’s rebels
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/revealed-what-the-west-has-given-syrias-rebels-8756447.html

August 12th, 2013, 6:14 am

 

Uzair8 said:

What’s this about?

I suppose it’s possible for Assad agents disguised as Islamists/rebels to have been responsible or even to have infiltrated Jihadist groups.

I hope the news isn’t true as the father was a friend of the revolution. A friend of truth and justice. I’m upset, sickened and write with a heavy heart.

Posted on Yalla Souriya :<a href="http://yallasouriya.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/pro-assad-group-kills-rev-paolo-dalloglio-in/">about 7 hours ago:

Pro-Assad group kills Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio in North east Syria, Atassi says

Senior Official in the Free Syrian Army have confirmed the execution of Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio, Jesuit Priest in Ar Raqqa, North east Syria.

Lma al-Attasi, Secretary General of the Syrian national Front affirmed to Zaman Alwasl that the prominent Italian Jesuit, Dall’Oglio, who has been kidnapped by an Islamist group on July 29, was killed in Ar Raqqa, North east Syria.

Attasi has accused the Assad Intelligence by penetrating the ranks of the Islamic groups and contributing in the murder. ”The Assad regime should carry the full responsibility.” Some western governments of hiding the news of Dall’Oglio’s killing, she added.

Dall’Oglio was an outspoken supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

[…]

Zaman Alwasl-Exclusive

August 12th, 2013, 7:27 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Posted on Yalla Souriya about 7 hours ago. Also happens to be the last update on YS:

‘#Syria, I am deeply sorry to inform you that I got from a reliable source father Paulo has been executed.. the mercy of Allah on his soul

اعلمكم ببالغ الاسى ما وردني اليوم من مصدر موثوق انه تم اعدام الاب باولو .. رحمة الله على روحه @lamaatassi’

August 12th, 2013, 7:30 am

 

omen said:

this from an activist on the ground in raqqa.

Those who promote the death of FatherPaolo have no morality neither responsibility and are seeking attention only.

even absent this activist refutation, story comes from an outfit nobody has ever heard of, citing a rebel front that doesn’t exist (i don’t think.)

August 12th, 2013, 8:05 am

 

omen said:

no, uzair, that’s being contested.

this from an activist on the ground in raqqa.

Those who promote the death of FatherPaolo have no morality neither responsibility and are seeking attention only.

even absent this activist’s refutation, story comes from an outfit nobody has ever heard of, citing a rebel front that doesn’t exist (i don’t think.)

need confirmation either way.

August 12th, 2013, 8:14 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Damascus Rose

Thanks for the response. I’ve tried to contact Elizabeth O’Bagy through ISW (as I couldn’t find her email address). I’ve sent her the link to your comment.

Moving on.

A couple of Elizabeth tweets:

Elizabeth O’Bagy @lizobagy 31 Jul
Why Dempsey’s letter wasnt entirely accurate:there are scale-able options with limited duration/costs http://goo.gl/BCftaz

Required Sorties and Weapons to Degrade Syrian Air Force
Jul 31, 2013 – Christopher Harmer

[…]

******************

Elizabeth O’Bagy @lizobagy 29 Jul
@joaska_EA I’m still contributing to ISW. In fact, I’m working on a big report on Damascus and preparing for a long research trip.

[I hope the regime allows her in or the rebels provide her the required protection to carry out her work. Can’t wait for the report – unless it was the ISW piece on Damascus shared on here the last couple of days (?).]

August 12th, 2013, 9:09 am

 

omen said:

253. majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir is back to call the rebels rodent, I guess he is ratvenir.

August 12th, 2013, 9:16 am

 

Hameed said:

Real facts of execution and torture in Syria http://youtu.be/-4dsISP8yPg

August 12th, 2013, 9:20 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Omen

You’re right we should wait for confirmation. I hope it turns out false and the father is safe and well.

No revolutionary would ever even consider harming the father. It can only be either the regime (openly or disguised as rebels) or the Al-Qaedists.

If the news is true and it turns out to be the al-Qaedists then it only shows their ignorance of and/or indifference to the revolution. They have nothing to do with the revolution and the syrian people’s cause. Father Paolo had more concern for the revolution than they could ever have. The idiots can go to hell. They’re harming innocents and giving the revolution a bad name. We wouldn’t care about any usefulness to the fight against Assad they may provide.

August 12th, 2013, 9:23 am

 

revenire said:

What those chortling/trolling SC over the ISW report failed to notice, or didn’t care, is that that Institute for the Study of War is a neocon think tank. It is sloppy research to post its “study” without knowing who, and what, ISW is. I think Rose shot plenty of holes in details of O’Bagy’s scribbling (why email O’Bagy? she gets paid to do this and won’t budge). Maybe O’Bagy can sell this to those who *want* to believe it and in right wing circles in the US but that’s about it.

Just Google ISW and read about them. This isn’t secret information. ISW is open about their politics.

Institute for the Study of War
Founded in 2007, the Institute for the Study of War is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that has supported long-term U.S. military intervention abroad, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Led by Kimberly Kagan, the group has increasingly attracted the support of military contractors with active stakes in the wars the group supports prolonging.

http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/institute_for_the_study_of_war

August 12th, 2013, 9:33 am

 

revenire said:

Uzair this priest is no hero. He’s been abducted by the “revolution generation” and more than likely they’ve cut his head off because he’s a nominal Christian.

August 12th, 2013, 9:36 am

 

zoo said:

What game are the Saudis playing in Syria with their proteges, the SNC and the FSA?
Selim Idriss’s visit to Latakia is clearly part of a campaign to boost the FSA image by attributing the offensive in Latakia to the FSA and minimizing Al Nusra’s role.
As there is a new offensive in the East, has the Saudis offered the East of Syria to the Islamists in exchange for their help in invading the West Alawite stronghold, or is it a bargaining chip the Saudis are preparing to press the USA to remove Bashar al Assad by force ahead of the conference?

Russia and the US are determined to have the conference in September. The West and the USA are exerting huge pressure on the opposition( SNC and FSA) to accept to participate without pre-conditions.
They have been asked to unite politically, claim military gains and get rid of the Al Nusra fighters to be able to be in strong posstion during negotiation. They have one month to do that.

In response the opposition has promised they will form a “transitional ‘ government and “National army”.
They have escalated the offensive as well as the propaganda to show how ‘strong’ the military rebels have become and that they are a force to reckon with. The problem is that they made these ‘victories’ thanks to Al Nusra fighters.

Therefore their close association with Al Qaeda is under scrutinity. It is of public domain that the latest incursions in Latakia are the work of the Al Nusra fighters under the cover of the FSA.
The appearance of Selim Idriss in Latakia is part of the propaganda to fool the public opinion. Al Nusra seems to have allowed that, with probably an agreement with the FSA that the Al Nusra and the Islamists will be given exclusive control of the area of Raqqa and the border with Iraq.

Will the West and Ira agrees that the East, close to Iraq become a Islamists-al Qaeda area? I doubt it. This is why Saudi Arabia wants to use it as pressure on the West to get rid of Bashar al Assad ahead of the conference or at least use it as a bargaining chips to be in a strong position during the Geneva conference where they will actively support the SNC.
Time is short so fights will intensify and more Syrians will die. Does any of the USA, the EU, Turkey or Saudi Arabia care anymore?

August 12th, 2013, 9:44 am

 

apple_mini said:

The execution of Father Paolo is so embarrassing and shameful. So the first thing the opposition did was to find a scapegoat and here it is: the regime.

But their fabrication of lie is so weak that even the rebels would think it is laughable.

If the regime had the capacity to send agents to infiltrate the Islamists ranks, would the regime have planned more important figure to assassin other than Father Paolo who had no value for the regime.

The death of Father Paolo is truly a symbol of the death of the “revolution”. Father Paolo had been a beacon for the opposition because he was a Christian and he was harsh on the regime. The irony is for the same reason that Father Paolo being a Christian got him killed by the Islamists.

And the opposition is still trying to lie to the world that they are fighting for democracy and rights to against tyranny and oppression.

Just save it.

August 12th, 2013, 9:46 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

“Zionist” Researchers with Arabic Names NewZ

Reverse,

Thanks for the ISW link. The researchers there seem to have a good bit of valuable experience. Many of them arabic speakers.
Certainly a more professional outfit than the unresearched opinions of “Global Research”:

http://www.understandingwar.org/press-media/staff-bios/ahmed-ali

http://www.understandingwar.org/press-media/staff-bios/isabel-nassief

http://www.understandingwar.org/press-media/staff-bios/elizabeth-obagy

http://www.understandingwar.org/press-media/staff-bios/valerie-szybala

http://www.understandingwar.org/press-media/staff-bios/joseph-holliday

http://www.understandingwar.org/publications

August 12th, 2013, 9:55 am

 
 

Alan said:

Kou Kou!
Saudi Arabian Prince Defected – Saudi torturing and Major Human Rights Violations – Killing Dissidents – U.S. Ignoring

A Saudi Prince has defected. He exposed the Human Rights Violations, Torturing and Killing the Saudi Government is doing against the people of there, who don’t agree with the government.

He says the U.S. is ignoring the abuses.

Isn’t this the exact reason why the U.S. is saying Syria has to be taken over? For human rights abuses? The U.S. ignores Saudi Arabia abuses….. Oh… right – it is due to Saudi Arabia that the dollar is still the Petrol dollar… I guess they can kill their people all they want and it will never be mentioned. Obama will continue to bow down to the Saudi King and Bush will continue to do business and allow the Bin Laden’s to fly when no one else can (after 9/11).

We are at a point and time that Truth is being revealed and can no longer be hidden.

Here is the Saudi Prince on Russia Today about everything going on in Saudi Arabia.
http://youtu.be/g-DsLo3Dwcw?t=9s

August 12th, 2013, 11:19 am

 

Tara said:

One can’t help having a very heavy heart today with the news about father Paolo. Good people die, evil people live forever. It is a sad sad day.

August 12th, 2013, 11:19 am

 

Alan said:

الأمير خالد بن فرحان آل سعود: هناك استفحال للظلم والفساد في المملكة

August 12th, 2013, 11:31 am

 

syrian said:

Of course the regime is responsible for what ever happens to Father Paolo, because it the regime who kicked him out of his dear monastery to begin with just because he spoke the truth about them.

August 12th, 2013, 11:38 am

 

zoo said:

113. syrian

By expelling Paolo Della’ Oglio, the Syrian government actually protected him. But the Jesuit priest who seems to believe he can ‘unite’ the opposed wings of Islam in Syria, came back illegally at his own risk and in an area where the Syrian government could not protect him anymore.
His fate is exclusively in the hand of the rebels who rule Al Raqqa and their political supporters, Turkey, Qatar and KSA.
They’ll bear the full responsibility of his execution.

August 12th, 2013, 11:58 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

أخبار طيبة في طريقها للثورة قريباً

August 12th, 2013, 12:04 pm

 

zoo said:

Lavrov, Ibrahimi send a clear message to the opposition: There will be no pre-conditions to Geneva II

Lavrov, Brahimi agree peace in Syria achievable only through dialogue
Aug 12,2013

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=159616

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) — The only way to end the ongoing violence in Syria lies in dialogue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the UN-Arab League joint envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi agreed in a phone conservation that “only an equal dialogue without any preconditions between Syrian sides would stop violence and launch a substantive discussion about the country’s future.”

On Friday, during a “2+2” meeting in Washington, the U.S. and Russian foreign and defense ministers agreed to host a peace conference on Syria in Geneva as soon as possible.

They also agreed on follow-up discussions over ways to help reduce the growing humanitarian crisis ensuing from Syria’s conflict.

Last week, in the wake of renewed deadly terror attacks in Syria, Moscow accused the rebels of “taking out on vulnerable civilians” for their inferior military position.

According to local experts, the main obstacle for the conference to be convened soon is the constantly shifting military balance in the conflict-torn country.

“Geneva conference is a sort of labor sharing between Moscow and Washington in their joint efforts to coerce the sides in the Syrian conflict to start the peace talks, which can only be achieved by restoring military balance” Alexander Shumilin, an expert with the Russian Academy of Science, said at a recent round table discussion in Russia.

“Otherwise, each side will press forward anticipating military defeat of the other.”

Russia and the United States may take a pause in their relations but not in the case of Syria because people die there in thousands, director of the Public Policy Research Center Vladimir Yevseev said.

Last Wednesday, Lavrov said the priority of the proposed conference on Syria must be re-targeting military efforts toward fighting terrorists.

August 12th, 2013, 12:09 pm

 

zoo said:

Turkey scrambles to deny accusation of complicity in the abduction of the two patriarchs. It will also be pointed at for the murder of Paolo Della’ Oglio.
It appears clearly that arrogant Turkey has zero control on the rebels they allow to cross through their countries and that they support militarily

Turkish Foreign Ministry denies Syrian bishops kidnapped in Aleppo are held in Turkey
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/214500–turkish-foreign-ministry-denies-syrian-bishops-kidnapped-in-aleppo-are-held-in-turkey

12 August 2013

Turkish Foreign Ministry denied Monday allegations that two Christian Orthodox bishops, who were kidnapped last April in Syria, are held in Turkey.

“The allegations are bare of truth. It is of great importance to remind once again that Turkey bristles with indignation the abduction of 2 clerics, and wishes for their safe return in the shortest possible time. We are ready to do our best to secure their release,” the ministry said.

The bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi, were abducted gunmen in the northern city of Aleppo on 22 April. Their whose whereabouts are still unknown.

They were kidnapped as they were on their way back to Aleppo from Turkey. Their driver was shot and killed in the attack.

August 12th, 2013, 12:15 pm

 

Alan said:

أخبار طيبة!كواك كواك!
The Kurdish minority in Syria has reportedly been the target of heavy attacks by radicalists, for over three weeks now, with stories of killings and kidnappings increasing almost daily. 450 civilians were allegedly slaughtered in one incident alone. Although that information is hard to verify due to the chaos and violence engulfing the region. Kurdish journalist Barzan Iso has helped us put together a timeline of what’s been happening.
http://youtu.be/e6y-x_YTZyM?t=3m45s

August 12th, 2013, 12:17 pm

 

zoo said:

When will the USA face the reality instead of repeating these wishful thinking? .

“but jihadi supremacy in the event of an opposition victory is not inevitable. The US and its allies should conduct a robust policy, make a more significant investment in the secular opposition, and articulate clear goals.”

Defusing the Syrian Time Bomb

By Itamar Rabinovich, a former ambassador of Israel to the USA
http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/syria-and-the-threat-to-us-national-security-by-itamar-rabinovich

One school regards Syria primarily as a theater of battle against Al Qaeda and other extremists. Its adherents, preoccupied with the prospect of a jihadi takeover in Syria, argue (sometimes implicitly and sometimes explicitly) that the US and its allies must not support or intervene on the side of the rebels and, in fact, should view Bashar al-Assad’s regime as the lesser evil.

Those who fear a jihadi takeover cite recent events in Sinai. Just a few days ago, Israel closed its airport in Eilat after receiving a warning that jihadis in Sinai planned to attack it with rockets. This, it is argued, is only a dress rehearsal for what can be expected in a post-Assad Syria.

The other school of thought does not take this scenario lightly. Nonetheless, it argues that a victory in Syria by a coalition of Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, and Assad’s regime would pose an even greater danger. Moreover, in the event of the Assad regime’s fall, there would be plenty of ways to deal with the jihadi groups in Syria.

But the most appropriate response to Morell’s statement is that the US does not necessarily have to choose between two sharply defined options. Yes, Syria’s secular opposition is weak and divided, while the jihadis are more dynamic; but jihadi supremacy in the event of an opposition victory is not inevitable. The US and its allies should conduct a robust policy, make a more significant investment in the secular opposition, and articulate clear goals.

Read more at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/syria-and-the-threat-to-us-national-security-by-itamar-rabinovich#8BSixWZOuoyXPU3O.99

August 12th, 2013, 12:24 pm

 

zoo said:

Letta, reports of Father Dall’Oglio’s death unconfirmed

(AGI) Rome, Aug 12 – Prime Minister Enrico Letta has told the press that reports on an Arab website about Father Dall’Oglio’s death in Syria remain unconfirmed. “We are waiting anxiously,” said Letta, “but there is no news and we are seeking information and trying to make contact.” . .

August 12th, 2013, 12:27 pm

 

zoo said:

Zarqawism Lives: Iraq’s al Qaeda Nightmare Is Back
by Bruce Riedel Aug 12, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

The misguided war in Iraq may have finished for Americans, but its violent backlash is far from over. Bruce Riedel on how decapitation just can’t kill al Qaeda

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/12/zarqawism-lives-iraq-s-al-qaeda-nightmare-is-back.html

A rising wave of extreme anti-Shia sectarian violence is sweeping Iraq. Hundreds have died in terror attacks this summer. The mass slaughter of Shia at the hands of al Qaeda threatens to drag the country back to civil war. Worse, al Qaeda in Iraq has now exported its violence to Syria, and Lebanon is not far behind. Not since the Saudi and Wahhabi sack of Najaf and Kerbala in 1806 has sectarian violence in the Middle East been this extreme.

August 12th, 2013, 12:40 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Revenire

I know what your saying about ISW and the neocon thing, however a lot of (or some of) what O’Bagy wrote seemed to correspond with what we (or I) was reading on revolutionary update blogs (like Yalla Souriya). It felt to me she was also a follower of such blogs and was basing her analysis on such reports. The clashes, locations and outcomes seemed to correspond.

So it’s not as if she was making up anything out of thin air in an attempt to push a neocon agenda. Yes you could argue about the reliability of those blogs (from a regimist point of view).

Whatever you may think, people like Professor Landis will not dismiss such (ISW) articles out of hand. They’d give them serious and careful/cautious consideration.

The last ISW article I shared some weeks ago (on Homs/Aleppo) I hoped would make the next News round up. If I’m correct it was some time before the next round up and by then the article may have been forgotten or dropped down the pecking order so not included.

August 12th, 2013, 12:42 pm

 

ziad said:

Israeli Democracy: A Convenient Illusion

America’s the same. So is Israel. They’re pariah states. They’re rogue states. They abhor fundamental freedoms. They prioritize war and instability. They deplore peaceful conflict resolution.

Israel’s an ethnocracy. It’s polar opposite democracy. Israeli leaders refer to “Jewish democracy.” It’s Orwellian. Structural inequalities explain.

Israeli Arabs are citizens. They compromise 20% of the population. They can vote. They can sit in parliament. They’re little more than potted plants.

Jews alone have power. Arabs have no say. The Law of Return affords it to solely to Jews. Arabs are unwanted. They’re persecuted. Institutionalized racism denies them equal rights.

Citizenship and Entry in Israel legislation prohibits Israeli Arab spouses in Palestine or abroad from entering Israel. Residency rights are forbidden. Families are divided. They’re denied fundamental rights.

Israel builds walls, not peace. Fortress Israel is policy. It assures permanent conflict. It justifies occupation harshness. It assures continued repression.

It mocks resolving the longstanding Israeli/Palestinian conflict equitably. It’s a distant dream.

Throughout its history, Israel spurned peace. It’s done it repeatedly. In 1949, it rejected Arab states’ territorial concessions. They were offered in return for letting 100,000 displaced Palestinians come home.

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2013/08/12/israeli-democracy-a-convenient-illusion#more26000

August 12th, 2013, 12:42 pm

 

revenire said:

“By expelling Paolo Della’ Oglio, the Syrian government actually protected him.”

This is a wise observation. I agree 100%.

If this priest had listened to the government and kept his nose out of the den of snakes he’d be alive today.

August 12th, 2013, 1:02 pm

 
 

revenire said:

Uzair yes, I believe I understand but how much of this ISW thing is influenced by what you want to believe rather than facts? O’Bagy’s sources are not so good are they? YouTube videos showing not much and then saying they were proof of this or that? I think you realize that is not proof of anything. I know the ISW has contacts in US intelligence agencies and in government and has a lot of information I don’t but even a layman like me can shoot holes in their report. Damascusrose did a good job of doing just that. In the end, it doesn’t matter. We are on opposite sides and we will not tend to believe anything the other says without corroborating proof and a neocon report doesn’t prove a thing.

Frankly, I don’t put a lot into what Prof. Landis, or his sidekick Dr. Barber, write. They’re both biased. Mr. Landis wrote about Assad living on a Russian ship. He claims this is all sectarian. In 2006 he said there was a US conspiracy against Syria. He was right then. I don’t know what happened to him now. Dr. Barber was talking about if he lived in Syria he’d do this, and do that, because Syria was a dictatorial regime, and he doesn’t sit well with dictatorships, but last time I checked the esteemed Barber lives in the USA and that means he lives under a dictatorial regime. My free advice to out gracious hosts is to clean up their own backyard and leave Syria to Syrians.

Thanks.

August 12th, 2013, 1:11 pm

 

zoo said:

Idriss touring “Latakia” in tee-shirt, baseball cap and sun glasses: A charismatic military leader at his best.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/images/news/201308/n_52398_4.jpg

August 12th, 2013, 1:11 pm

 

revenire said:

The Latakia weddings look very joyous indeed. They don’t look too concerned about the Nusra cannibal-terrorists tossing grenades instead of rice. 🙂

I wish the newlyweds happy and healthy lives.

August 12th, 2013, 1:14 pm

 

revenire said:

Does anyone have the new interview with the disgraced Riad al-Asaad handy? I understand he has said some horrible, if truthful, this about Idriss and the “FSA” mercenaries.

August 12th, 2013, 1:16 pm

 

Tara said:

Marrying today. Slaughtering children tomorrow.

August 12th, 2013, 1:24 pm

 

zoo said:

#126 Revenire

Saudi Arabia is using its money to push its propaganda in the news as part of its role of supporting the Syrian opposition after Qatar withdrew. As KSA does not have an international outlet like al Jazeera, they are feeding the US media with vague and fabricated news.
The aim is to restore the image of the opposition, i.e present the FSA as “clean” and “successful”, the SNC as “united” and “inclusive” and the Syrian Government as civilian murderers.
While the North is under the control of Kurds and Turks sympathizers and hammered by the SAA, Saudi Arabia is now pushing its Islamists allies to move further toward the Syria-Iraq borders. By doing so, they could then threaten Iraq and the USA to allow the creation an area exclusively under the control of Al Qaeda unless the USA acts to precipitate the fall of Bashar al Assad ahead of the Geneva conference.

The Saudis know that the USA and Russia will ultimately make the Geneva conference happen in September, it is for them a matter of credibility. Therefore the Saudis want to prepare as many bargaining cards as they can for their proteges, the SNC and the FSA to have any significance during negotiations.

Propaganda, counter-propaganda, attacks, counter-attacks etc.. will increase until September.

August 12th, 2013, 1:31 pm

 

zoo said:

Happy post-revolution in Tunisia continues: now the Army bombs Sunni Islamist militants

Tunisian armed forces launch air strikes on Islamist militants

Tunisian forces launched air strikes against Islamist militants in the Mount Chaambi area near the Algerian border on Monday, an army source said.

The source also said several militants had been killed and four were arrested in the same region on Sunday. He gave no death toll.

August 12th, 2013, 1:36 pm

 

zoo said:

Pathetic Selim Idriss tries to boast the “victory” in Latakia as his FSA militia’s success. Who is he fooling?.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-sees-new-syrian-influx-with-3000-arrivals.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52398&NewsCatID=352

In the video, Idriss said he was in Latakia to “look into the reality of the important successes and victories that our revolutionary brothers have achieved on the coastal front.”

“We are here today to reassure everybody that the … [FSA] General Command is coordinating completely and continuously with the leaders of the coastal front,” said Idriss. “We will continue to work intensively on the coastal front.”

Underfunded and fragmented, Idriss’ men have been overshadowed by hard-line groups, and some more moderate rebel leaders have been killed in power struggles with al-Qaeda affiliates that include foreign fighters.

August 12th, 2013, 1:44 pm

 

Alan said:

115.
Are you going to bring joy to God by attacking the graves?

August 12th, 2013, 2:31 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

126. Revenire said:

‘…but how much of this ISW thing is influenced by what you want to believe rather than facts?’

Yes there is a bit of that. While pushing a narrative sometimes one ends up using (even borderline) useful articles (which otherwise one would be reluctant to do so) to support ones case. Both sides do that. Not saying the ISW piece was such a case or reached any such significant level.

Frankly, I don’t put a lot into what Prof. Landis, or his sidekick Dr. Barber, write.

It doesn’t matter what you think. Regimist spammers have long tried to influence both Prof. Landis and the next SC main post by dumping favourable articles on here. Now both sides are trying to do this.

A lot of people visit this blog and look out for what Prof Landis has to say on SC or elsewhere. Certainly media folk included. If Prof Landis/Matthew Barber or the news round ups can be influenced then by extention there is possibility to influence the media.

Before and during Ramadan I was trying to describe the growing rebel momentum and hoping it gains traction. I was pleased to see the main post the other day, I’m sure entirely independantly, make the observation (rebel momentum):

Syria Consolidates into Three Cantons as the Opposition Pushes Back, Taking Mengh Airbase and other Strategic Points
Posted by Joshua on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The Syrian Arab Army is on the retreat in the North, Aleppo, Idlib and now some high points East of Latakia as well. The Free Syrian Army is making progress in Damascus countryside as well. These important advances seem to have reversed the momentum that the Syrian regime captured following its successful campaign at Qusair. Many have begun to speculate that roles have been reversed and that the Syrian Arab Army is now in retreat in contrast to few months ago.

Up until then the media was just lazily talking about Assad having the momentum and were repeating Assad’s confident claims of victory. Hopefully now the media will also change it’s tune and talk about the the diminishing regime momentum and the growing opposition momentum.

So it doesn’t matter whether you don’t give importance to what Prof Landis has to say or highlights on his blog (eg ISW article). The blog is very influential.

August 12th, 2013, 3:16 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

‘Follow the Islamic way to save the world,’ Prince Charles urges environmentalists

10 June 2010

Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic ‘spiritual principles’ in order to protect the environment.

In an hour-long speech, the heir to the throne argued that man’s destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all religions – but particularly those of Islam.

He said the current ‘division’ between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialisation, but also by our attitude to the environment – which goes against the grain of ‘sacred traditions’.

[…]

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1285332/Follow-Islamic-way-save-world-Charles-urges-environmentalists.html

August 12th, 2013, 3:25 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Time for a break and to become a silent reader again.

In the meantime keep up the good work revolutionaries.

PS If Elizabeth O’Bagy (ISW) responds to my message I’ll share her response on here (with her permission). Better still I hope she responds on SC in person. Actually I should have invited her over. Nevermind.

Salam

August 12th, 2013, 3:39 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

If Elizabeth O’Bagy (ISW) responds to my message I’ll share her response on here (with her permission).

USAIR8,

Yes, please also ask her if she is a supporter of President Bashar Assad of Syria.

And now, a serious example of Zionist Apartheid…

http://www.israellycool.com/2013/08/11/only-in-israel-10/

August 12th, 2013, 3:44 pm

 

revenire said:

“The blog is very influential.”

With who?

I don’t know how anyone could say it is influential. It is a collection of stories and editorial comment.

Has it influenced the Syrian government to change policy? The US government? Russia? Iran? The UK? France? Writing that has influence changes minds and policies. I see no policies changed because of what is posted at SC. I think Dr. Landis could have effected change but he would have had to go back to his original 2006 TIME magazine view (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1571751,00.html) that Syria is the victim of a conspiracy. I think it is too late for that and that by posting that Assad was living on a Russian ship, saying everything about this war is sectarian and retailing the shameful nonsense of a proposed Alawite rump state on the coast, calling for the US to supply the rebels with anti-aircraft missiles and calling for supra-national (know what that means Uzair) control of Syria Landis has utterly discredited himself.

I seriously doubt that by flooding the comment section with posts it influences what is posted on the main section. The owners have bias toward the war and post accordingly. We all have bias. No one here is neutral.

As far as the media saying Assad is winning my feeling is for years now the Western governments have said it was “five minutes for midnight” for Assad’s government. They had to start posting a more realistic view of it considering the Syrian government is strong and has had very, very few defections. The media, driven by Western governments, was wrong. I think what you refer to just reflects that. They fall back into error with the so-called attack to liberate the coast. I think that was just a propaganda run at it. Send in a few hundred Nusra thugs to murder civilians and claim there is a new front etc. It wasn’t really a new front at all.

August 12th, 2013, 3:45 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

لوية أحفاد الرسول أكدت أن عناصر من القاعدة ينتمون إلى النظام السوري

August 12th, 2013, 4:25 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

#90 Damascus Rose

Just one thing. Something occurred to me.

In length you dismissed the idea of rebels advancing in Damascus (countryside) and you argued against O’Bagy’s claims regarding several districts. You insisted there was a stalemate.

It’s not just O’Bagy or the opposition blogs ‘reporting’ such rebel advances. The section from the SC main post (from 6th August) I quoted in #135 above you can see that even Prof Landis believes rebels were advancing in Damascus countryside.

The Syrian Arab Army is on the retreat in the North, Aleppo, Idlib and now some high points East of Latakia as well. The Free Syrian Army is making progress in Damascus countryside as well.

August 12th, 2013, 4:48 pm

 

zoo said:

Dempsey: The fall of Bashar al Assad’s government will not solve the regional conflict

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/12/dempsey-israel-white/2644031/

“This is a regional conflict that stretches from Beirut to Damascus to Baghdad,” Dempsey said. “It’s the unleashing of historic ethnic, religious and tribal animosities.

“Even if the Assad regime were to fail tomorrow, the issues that fueled it will persist for some time,” Dempsey said.

“It will take a great deal of work and a great deal of time to resolve,” he said. “We really do have to take a longer view than perhaps sometimes are discussed in certain circles.”

August 12th, 2013, 4:58 pm

 

zoo said:

#139 Revenire

Remember a few weeks ago Uzair’s excitment about the renewal of the Daraa’s front after an attack on a outpost in the suburb. It was then followed by the visit of Jarba. Since then total silence.
The West propaganda in favor of the opposition is in full swing again, this time financed by Saudi money.

August 12th, 2013, 5:04 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Zoo #143

Mr Jarba’s visit was just a few days ago on Eid. It was safe for him to visit and pray and speak at a mosque.

August 12th, 2013, 5:13 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Revenire

If Syria Comment isn’t influential what are you doing here wasting your considerable talents on this uninfluential blog? LOL.

August 12th, 2013, 5:21 pm

 

zoo said:

Erdoğan’s troubled days in the Middle East

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogans-troubled-days-in-the-middle-east.aspx?pageID=238&nid=52422&NewsCatID=409
….
Perhaps there is no need to repeat that Turkey still has no relations with Israel and Syria, and only minimal relations with Egypt following the July 3 coup. Syria is becoming a bigger pain in Ankara’s neck every other day.

The PKK wants Turkey to intervene in the fight to stop al-Nusra from killing Kurds in Syria. It is a very hard decision for the government. At first it would be hard to explain to the Turkish public that they have to help the PKK

It is true that photos of Gen. Selim Idriss, the head of the FSA, were released, reportedly showing him near al-Assad’s hometown and stronghold of Latakia. But the FSA and the Syrian National Coalition in general is not as strong as before since the coup in Egypt, which toppled Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamad Morsi; the brotherhood is in decline across the Middle East, in contrast to the rise of al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda is stepping up its presence in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Arabic-speaking Africa, too.
,,,

August 12th, 2013, 5:21 pm

 

zoo said:

#145 Uzair8

The Syrian government will gain nothing of making a martyr out of a Saudi puppet. He is serving Bashar al Assad much better alive.
The same applies to Selim Idriss.

August 12th, 2013, 5:26 pm

 

zoo said:

US sees Syrian violence spill over into Iraq
13/08/2013

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (KUNA) — Violence in Syria is having a “very negative effect” on Iraq, the State department said Monday, as suicide bombers and arms flow into and out of the porous Iraq-Syrian border.
“The situation in Syria has clearly fueled tensions in the region and foreign fighters, many of whom become suicide bombers, like some of the attacks we’ve seen in Iraq, are flowing into Syria and then many more of them are making their way into Iraq,” State department spokeswoman Marie Harf explained to reporters.
Iraq’s Al Qaeda branch has reportedly merged with one of the most powerful Islamist rebel groups in Syria to form The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The group now controls towns and villages in both countries, with access to funds, weapons and recruits.
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility last month for simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons and said more than 500 inmates had escaped in the brazen operation.
During recent bilateral meetings in Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov agreed to hold, “as quickly as possible,” the Geneva II conference to find a solution the Syrian crisis. Both officials agreed to look into furthering humanitarian assistance inside Syria, according to Harf.
“But our goal is to move as quickly as possible when we can have a conference that has the best chance to succeed. We’re not just having a conference to have a conference,” she said.
Meanwhile, Harf responded on recent commends by Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani to defend Syrian Kurds under threat by Al-Qaeda, by urging Barzani and all groups to avoid “any actions that would exacerbate tensions and increase the risk of violence inside Syria and beyond its borders.

August 12th, 2013, 5:29 pm

 

habib said:

97. Uzair8

Lol. Denial of opposition crimes worked in the beginning, but you can only cry wolf so many times.

August 12th, 2013, 5:43 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

PM Erdogan’s big booming voice and rhetoric was reassuring and a great support for the revolution in the early days but went quiet ever since.

Bye for real now.

August 12th, 2013, 5:57 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Uzair8 said Revenir has intelectual talent
Being Rafidi
Zoo said since then(two days) it was total silence, I guess two days is a very long time to him

August 12th, 2013, 5:57 pm

 

revenire said:

Uzair if O’Bagy replies ask her if she’s old enough to order a beer.

Thx.

August 12th, 2013, 6:27 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

LOL

Just a clarification as the reliability of Yalla Souriya (YS) is involved.

Omen

Earlier the YS updates I shared apparently confirming Father Paolo’s fate seemed unconfirmed and premature.

It’s important to point out the user posting under the name Yallasouriya is sitting in for the usual person who happens to be resting:

Posted by user Yallasouriya over 7 hours ago:

Blog is updated for the last 7 hours. We will be back to post if any emergency and to look for Father Paolo’s news. Yalla is still resting. We will let you know when she will be back. Thank you for those who have mistaken me for her. I will tell her

PS: Btw, there seems to be lack of activity on SC. Are people having trouble with posting comments. It takes me several attempts and refreshes to post.

August 12th, 2013, 6:54 pm

 

Tara said:

The US Dempsey acknowledges that battlefield necessity may require cooperation between the FSA and the “radicals”… and therefore I add if the coast/Damascus are liberated with the “radicals” help, that doesn’t mean necessarily that the moderate FSA wants an Islamic Qaeda rule.  I think it is great for the US to reach this understanding.  

  

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/world/middleeast/syria-risks-shape-mideast-visit-by-chairman-of-joint-chiefs-of-staff.html?_r=0

He acknowledged that radical militias, which assumed an ascendant role in the civil war about six months ago, remained a powerful force with some of the best fighters on the rebel side. But in the last six months, he said, the United States has increased its ability to identify moderate opposition leaders, and to begin communicating with them in substantive ways.

Even so, he acknowledged that battlefield necessity may require radical and moderate militias to cooperate for tactical gains against the Assad regime — a convergence that would complicate American and allied policy making.

“It doesn’t surprise me that from time to time they collaborate with each other,” he said. “What we have to be alert for are opportunities to convince the more moderate aspects of the opposition that Syria will be a far better place if the moderate opposition dominates in the end game.”

August 12th, 2013, 7:01 pm

 

Tara said:

Uzair

Can you link the recent Asma picture you mentioned earlier.

August 12th, 2013, 7:07 pm

 

zoo said:

Russia expects int’l conference on Syria to start after September

[ 13 August 2013 02:13 ]

Baku-APA. Moscow foresees the international conference on Syria could start after September only, a high- ranking Russian diplomat said Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

“It would hardly happen in September, because there will be other events, for instance, the UN General Assembly’s ministerial week,” the Interfax news agency reported, quoting Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying.

The Russian diplomat said his country did want to convene the conference as soon as possible.

“But we have to take into account the real circumstances which could affect that forum,” the diplomat said, who disclosed that Russia and U.S. representatives would meet late August to discuss details of preparation for the conference.

August 12th, 2013, 7:11 pm

 

omen said:

74. Ghufran said: Rebel supporters were lobbying for an invasion similar to that of Iraq.

absolutely not true. indication of weakness of argument when you have to resort to building strawmen to knock over.

August 12th, 2013, 7:19 pm

 

revenire said:

“PS: Btw, there seems to be lack of activity on SC. Are people having trouble with posting comments. It takes me several attempts and refreshes to post.”

Yeah, it is all messed up for me too. I thought it was Idriss working his mojo on us Assad supporters? 😉 Is this the Front to Liberate SC? Please, if you behead me send the rest of the body to my wife. She has grown fond of me.

August 12th, 2013, 7:26 pm

 

revenire said:

Capt. Omen I can kick in a few bucks if you want to go help the FSA in Homs in person. I even have an old water pistol I am not using at the moment. You could fill it with bleach and claim it is a regime chemical weapon.

August 12th, 2013, 7:29 pm

 

omen said:

Just Google ISW and read about them. This isn’t secret information. ISW is open about their politics.

while it’s good to be cognizant of their sponsors, this doesn’t refute their credibility.

in order to do that you’d have to go into their research & demonstrate how their analysis wrong.

you don’t because that would take work.

the group has increasingly attracted the support of military contractors with active stakes in the wars the group supports prolonging.

right, like we’re dumping boatloads of weapons on desperately undergunned rebels. or are on the verge of invading syria. not.

nobody profits from the war more than russia & iran.

August 12th, 2013, 7:32 pm

 

revenire said:

Omen no, I don’t have to do anything at all. You believe ISW because you want to and I know that for an absolute fact. You’re no expert on war Omen. Politics is a bit more complex than “ASSAD BAD REBELS GOOD”. If this was Iraq and Bush you’d be on my side and we both know it. ISW is a propaganda mill and has a dog in the fight.

As far as who profits from the war… the same people who drew the maps for the region back when the Ottoman Empire fell. The same people that invaded Iraq and murdered 500,000 Iraqis. Those guys Omen. Listen to me and learn a little. Get off Twitter.

Some of you guys are wound up tighter than a cheap Timex. Just act normal and talk.

August 12th, 2013, 7:39 pm

 

revenire said:

Uzair send O’Bagy this one and tell her to disprove it using what I am going to start calling “The Omen Test” okay? Get back to me. Thx.

THIRD POST – AUGUST 12, 2013 – ___* TERRORISTS TAKE SATAN’S SCOOTER TO HELL IN HOMS; COMPLETE ANARCHY AMONG TERRORISTS AS ARMY TAKES THEM DOWN ONE BY ONE.

Baab Hood: The Syrian Army has now advanced into 80% of Baab Hood and there is no realistic way for the ___* terrorists to stop the complete annihilation of their positions. Yesterday, Wael reports that 44 of their rodents jumped ship and demanded implementation of the amnesty program. According to their statements, the remaining vermin terrorists are all foreigners, many from Lebanon with some Tunisians and Scarabians.

Their deaths will be appropriate.

An infiltration out of Baab Hood and into Al-Waleediyya School and the Personal Records Building was foiled 2 days ago by alert NDF who opened a volley of intense fire forcing the escaping rodents to return to hopeless positions. NDF claims confirmed 3 dead rodents. Nobody wants to pick up their carcasses.

*censored to not offend the cannibal supporters

August 12th, 2013, 7:43 pm

 

Tara said:

More Shiaa terror organization.  The Badr organization.  Is Aaron Lund taking notes? 

http://jihadology.net/2013/08/12/hizballah-cavalcade-breaking-badr-the-new-season-confirmation-of-the-badr-organizations-involvement-in-syria/  

On another note, how is Harasta doing? I can’t get over how Harasta suddenly became famous. Never paid attention to it as a little girl. Now I think about Harasta often… I want to understand the revelation of the Mahdi showing in Harasta. How did the singer even knew about the existence of Harasta? Was it marIjuana, cocaine or another hallucinogen? I’ll sure walk Harasta next time i am in Damascus. It is replacing my Hamidieh itinerary..

August 12th, 2013, 7:44 pm

 

omen said:

uzair, i wasn’t questioning YS reliability. i follow them on twitter, not the blog. he put out the story with repeated caveats it wasn’t confirmed yet.

i can be calm & objective about it now but initially this news threw us for a loop.

August 12th, 2013, 7:46 pm

 

omen said:

i never claimed to be an expert on war.

The same people that invaded Iraq and murdered 500,000 Iraqis.

neocons are split on this issue. half support intervention, other half, opposed. lunatic daniel pipes is for arming the regime for pete’s sake.

get off your high horse. assad sent fighters into iraq who killed not only american gis but civilians as well.

August 12th, 2013, 7:52 pm

 

revenire said:

Omen go downtown to Gene Scott’s old church tonight and pray God forgives you.

🙂

August 12th, 2013, 8:04 pm

 

omen said:

161. revenire said: I don’t have to do anything at all.

we all know that’s your motto you live by.

August 12th, 2013, 8:14 pm

 

Syrialover said:

OMEN

Your responses are good. REVENIRE is playing standard lazy distraction games with you.

He’s got no alternative credible analysis or information to offer, just the classic weak tactic of attacking the source and making smartass ugly comments.

He also resorts to template anti-American stuff imagining that automatically helps his game.

August 12th, 2013, 8:24 pm

 

omen said:

somebody pls contact barber. page is so hard to pull up nevermind post.

from the activist on the ground in raqqa:

Amazing! Seems FSA were investgating too link between Assad and Al-Qaida/ISIS as we were, and they have now arrested few ISIS people.

August 12th, 2013, 9:13 pm

 

omen said:

UPDATE [17:12 GMT]:

Syrian opposition activist Salam Kawakibi, deputy director at Arab Reform Initiative, told Italian news agency ANSA that, according to a “reliable source” from a “revolutionary group” in ar-Raqqah, Father Dall’Oglio is still alive and is still held as a “guest” by ISIS fighters.

August 12th, 2013, 9:21 pm

 

revenire said:

Jad Bantha is the tweep who said he was sitting with the dead ‘priest’ (except he wasn’t).

Now Assad is the one behind Nusra? And the FSA is arresting some ISIS guys? LOL

Omen you fall for anything.

August 12th, 2013, 9:28 pm

 

ghufran said:

I posted a tweet yesterday from a source claiming that father Paolo was killed by his captors, Amal Hanano said he is alive, the Vatican is not sure, we just do not know:

Vatican City, August 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves
The Holy See Press Office stated that they are still looking into reports that Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who was kidnapped in Syria several weeks ago, was killed by his captors.
“Nothing is confirmed. We are still evaluating the information,” Fr. Ciro Benedettini, vice director of the Holy See Press Office told Vatican Radio. The unconfirmed reports first appeared on Arabic news site “Zaman Alwasi” regarding the Jesuit priest who disappeared two weeks ago in Northern Syria.
Vatican Radio also reported that the citizens of Raqqa, the village where Fr. Dall’Oglio was last seen, took to the streets calling for the release of the Jesuit missionary as well as for those who have kidnapped in the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Killing father paolo would be a huge mistake but Nusra has its own agenda.

August 12th, 2013, 9:56 pm

 

zoo said:

The Islamic State fighters decapitate opponents and distribute toys

Al-Qaeda expands in Syria via Islamic State

=http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/al-qaeda-expands-in-syria-via-islamic-state/2013/08/12/3ef71a26-036a-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story_1.html=

“There are a lot of reasons to worry that Syria will emerge as an even more powerful variant of what Afghanistan was more than 30 years ago,” he said.

areas, such as Raqqah, most Jabhat al-Nusra followers readily acceded to the announced merger, facilitating the Islamic State’s rapid ascendancy. In Hama province, a Jabhat al-Nusra leader who criticized the extremism of the Islamic State was detained by that group’s fighters until he recanted his comments.

In one town close to the Turkish border, al-Dana, Islamic State fighters consolidated their authority by shooting people who demonstrated against them, confiscating the weapons of the local unit of the Free Syrian Army and beheading its commander.
….
The Islamic State also has sought to win hearts and minds. A video posted over the weekend showed them distributing toys, including Teletubbies, at a gathering held in Aleppo to mark the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday.
….
Charles Lister of the defense consultancy IHS Jane’s. “They’re highly organized, and that allows them to present themselves as an organization capable of running a town,” he said.

And unlike in Iraq during the insurgency, Islamic State fighters don’t have to contend with U.S. forces hunting them down, said Brian Fishman, a former director of research at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center who is now with the New America Foundation. “They can plan better and discipline better, and that is dangerous.” he said.

August 12th, 2013, 10:34 pm

 

ziad said:

السعوديـة و مخططاتها الجديدة في سوريـة و لبنـان

أمريكا والرهان الخاسر على السعودية

هل وصل الغباء بالإدارة الأمريكية حد الإعتقاد، أن المملكة الوهابية الرجعية، قادرة من خلال “الإرهاب” على خلق حروب أهلية في سورية ولبنان من شأنها إضعاف محور الممانعة والمقاومة، ومحاصرة النفوذ الإيراني في المنطقة، تمهيدا لإقامة مشروع الشرق الأوسط الكبير..؟

لقد ارتكبت إدارة ‘أوباما’ خطئا استراتيجيا قاتلا عندما أقدمت على خلع ‘الحمدين’ في قطر، اللذان كانا يعملان بخبث وذكاء، ويملكان على الأقل، رؤية حيوستراتيجية ومشروع سياسي طموح لإخضاع كامل المنطقة العربية من المحيط إلى الخليج للهيمنة الصهيوأمريكية، من خلال دعم وصول “الإسلامويين” إلى الحكم بالمال (200 مليار دولار)، والإعلام (الجزيرة)، من بوابة الحرية والديمقراطية، وقبلت بإستبدالهما بصقور السعودية، فسلمتهم إدارة الملف السوري واللبناني، علما أن المشيخة الوهابية لا تمتلك رؤية استراتيجية جذابة ولا مشروعا سياسيا قابلا للحياة في المنطقة، وتمثل الأنموذج التيوقراطي الإستبدادي الفاسد الأسوء في العالم، خصوصا في مجال الحريات والديمقراطية.

ومرد ذلك بالنسبة لسورية، أن طول الأزمة (28 شهرا).. وضعف جماعة “الإخوان” في بلاد الشام.. وتراجع نفوذ “المعارضة العلمانية” على الأرض والذي تجلى في عجزها المطلق عن الحسم في الميدان، سواء من خلال إسقاط النظام في دمشق أو تفتيت الجيش العربي السوري، وفق الأهداف التي وضعت لها.. و بروز نجم العديد من التنظيمات الإرهابية المنضوية تحت لواء “جبهة النصرة” و “القاعدة” بتلاوينها المختلفة.. جعل الإدارة الأمريكية تشعر بالقلق العميق على مصالحها في المنطقة، وتتخوف من إمتداد الصراع السوري ليشمل كافة دول الجوار، وأن تتحول سورية إلى أكبر معقل للإرهابيين في العالم (وفق تصريح نائب مدير وكالة الإستخبارات الأمريكية متم الأسبوع المنصرم)، الأمر الذي سيهدد حتما أمن إسرائيل وأوروبا وأمريكا نفسها، وفق ما تروج له دوائر الإستخبارات الأمريكية والغربية لنية في نفس يعقوب.

من هنا يفهم قرار إغلاق الإدارة الأمريكية لـ 20 من مؤسساتها الدبلوماسية في المنطقة منذ الأحد الماضي، ثم إعادة فتحها، باستثناء سفارة اليمن، مخافة هجمات إرهابية محتملة، بعد اعتراض مكالمة بين الظواهري وزعيم تنظيم القاعدة في اليمن، حيث يعتبر هذا القرار مؤشر قوي على فشل الولايات المتحدة في الحرب التي تدعي أنها تخوضها ضد الإرهاب العالمي، لأنها هي من تتحكم بمخططات الظواهري بعد مقتل بن لادن، وفي ذات الوقت جاء هذا القرار لتغطية دعمها للإرهاب في سورية من باب تضليل الرأي العالم الأمريكي بعد تصاعد الإنتقادات لدورها الغامض والمشبوه في هذا البلد العربي بالتحالف مع قطر والسعودية وتركيا والأردن.

فشل إستراتيجية الفوضى الخلاقة في مرحلتها الأولى بسورية، عُلق إذن على شماعة قطر التي لم تنجح في تحقيق الأهداف التي حددت لها، وأبرزها إسقاط النظام في دمشق من خلال الإرهاب، وتفكيك الجيش العربي السوري من خلال إغراء ضباطه الكبار بالمال والمزايا والوعود المعسولة للإنشقاق أو الإطاحة بالرئيس بشار الأسد، ليتداعى بعد ذلك كل الجسم العسكري والأمني السوري. وهو ما لم يحصل كما كان متوقعا، فتجرعت قطر ومعها الإدارة الأمريكية وحلفائها مرارة الفشل الذريع، بعد أن إكتشفوا أن عقيدة الجيش السوري الراسخة لا تباع ولا تشترى، لأنها متشبعة بماء الشام الذي يجري في جينات الجندي السوري البطل، فيلهبها عشقا للموت في سبيل أن يبقى الوطن.

لم يكن أمام إدارة ‘أوباما’ بعد فشل المرحلة الأولى من خيار سوى تكليف “أمير الجهاد” و “عراب الإرهاب العالمي” المدعو بندر بمعية جناح الصقور في الرياض وبعض أمراء الجيل الثاني المرتبطين بالمخابرات الأمريكية، بتولي مهمة المرحلة الثانية من الحرب في سورية، نظرا لأن المملكة الوهابية وبخلاف قطر، تعتبر نفسها زعيمة التيار “التكفيري” في العالم الإسلامي، وأنها تملك مفتاح الحل السحري لمعظلة الشرق الأوسط، وأن بإمكانها تغيير معادلات القوة على الأرض من خلال خلق ظروف حروب أهلية، مذهبية وطائفية، تحرق سورية ولبنان، وتنهي دور إيران في المنطقة العربية بالكامل، ليتسنى لأدارة أوباما بعد ذلك، التحكم في سياسات ومقدرات الشرق الأوسط من دون منازع أو منافس، من خلال دخولها سورية ولبنان عبر بوابة محاربة الإرهاب، كما تفعل اليوم في باكستان واليمن وليبيا.

وهذا هو المشروع الوحيد الذي يعمل اليوم صقور مملكة آل سعود بكل الوسائل والسبل لتحقيقه في مهلة أقصاها 6 أشهر، حسب ما حدده لهم وزير الخارجية الأمريكية ‘جون كيري’، وفق تقارير إستخباراتية، تنتهي بمتم السنة الجارية، ما استدعى تعليق مؤتمر “جنيف 2″ إلى أجل غير مسمى، بذرائع واهية من قبيل “إعادة التوازن المستحيل على الأرض بين الجيش العربي السوري وقوى المعارضة” و “رفض النظام في دمشق القبول بوزراء من ‘إئتلاف المعارضة’ الجديدة التي شكلتها السعودية برئاسة ‘جربا’، ليعملوا كطابور خامس في الحكومة الحالية من دون إنتظار الإنتخابات المقبلة”.

part (1/2)

http://www.mepanorama.com/327151/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%80%D8%A9-%D9%88-%D9%85%D8%AE%D8%B7%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%80/

part (2/2)

http://www.mepanorama.com/327962/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%80%D8%A9-%D9%88-%D9%85%D8%AE%D8%B7%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%80-2/

August 12th, 2013, 10:40 pm

 

revenire said:

“In one town close to the Turkish border, al-Dana, Islamic State fighters consolidated their authority by shooting people who demonstrated against them, confiscating the weapons of the local unit of the Free Syrian Army and beheading its commander.”

The FSA’s allies. LOL too much.

August 12th, 2013, 10:58 pm

 

ziad said:

Christian Syrian soldier dies defending a Mosque from AlQaeda, refused to leave comrades behind even when wounded

Defending Mosque Barefoot out of Respect

August 13th, 2013, 12:02 am

 

zoo said:

#172 Ghufran

If Paolo della’s Oglio is a ‘guest’ to the Islamic State fighters in Al Raqqa, how happen he has not been allowed to call on phone or be videotaped to prove he is alive.
In the absence of any sign of life, I think the chances are high that he has been executed by his captors.

August 13th, 2013, 12:07 am

 

omen said:

yoohoo ♪

mjabali,

rebels deliver an alawite baby!

https://twitter.com/troublejee/status/367024450501226497

so much for wahhabi ethnic cleansing.

August 13th, 2013, 12:17 am

 

omen said:

zoo, the father sent out an sms to another priest right after his capture.

https://twitter.com/daverck/status/367073067484196864

is the group angling for a prisoner exchange deal?

August 13th, 2013, 12:22 am

 

zoo said:

While Idriss plays the smart tourist in Alawite land…

Al-Qaeda seeks to export the Iraqi chaos in Syria

http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2013/08/12/al-qaida-cherche-a-exporter-le-chaos-irakien-en-syrie_3460325_3218.html

… The strategy of the Islamic State ( ISIS)
لدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام is to drag the country into a vicious cycle of sectarian and ethnic violence, which is the breeding ground for his anti-Shia propaganda, anti-Christian propaganda.

August 13th, 2013, 12:23 am

 

zoo said:

Omen

Della Oglio is not a “guest” of the ISIS, he is a hostage or he is dead.

August 13th, 2013, 12:26 am

 

ziad said:

Zionist/Nazi filth murdering a Palestinian woman carrying a white flag & then laughing about it

Israel’s Collateral Murder?

August 13th, 2013, 12:27 am

 

zoo said:

After Libyan weapons and Croatian weapons , Qatar is buying Sudan weapons to be delivered to the Islamists terrorists with the ‘friendly’ help of hypocrite Turkey

Sudan reported to sell arms to rebels in Syria
August 13, 2013 12:12 am

By C.J. Chivers and Eric Schmitt / The New York Times

Syrian rebels, frustrated by the West’s reluctance to provide arms, have found a supplier in an unlikely source: Sudan, a country that has been under international arms embargoes and maintains close ties with a stalwart backer of the Syrian government, Iran.

In deals that have not been publicly acknowledged, Western officials and Syrian rebels say, Sudan’s government sold Sudanese- and Chinese-made arms to Qatar, which arranged delivery through Turkey to the rebels.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/world/sudan-reported-to-sell-arms-to-rebels-in-syria-699128/#ixzz2bouWEN4I
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August 13th, 2013, 12:31 am

 

zoo said:

Like the Egyptians rejected the Moslem Brotherhood just after tasting them for a year, the Syrians in ‘liberated areas’ are rejecting their ‘liberators’ Al Nusra and their affiliates.
Who will help them to get rid of them for good? The FSA , the SAA?

Syria jihadists lose support as abuses mount
Al-Qaeda linked factions: Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are not welcome and rejected by civilians and residents
AFP , Thursday 11 Jul 2013
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/0/76269/World/0/Syria-jihadists-lose-support-as-abuses-mount.aspx

In the early days of the Syrian uprising, when opponents of the regime were desperate for assistance from any quarter, jihadist fighters were welcomed but a spate of abuses is fuelling a backlash.

Things have changed.

“Out, out, out, the (Islamic) State (of Iraq and Syria) must get out,” protesters shouted at a rally in the northern town of Manbij this week, referring to an Al-Qaeda front group.

The video of the demonstration is one of many showing how civilians and mainstream rebel fighters alike are turning against the more hardline Islamist factions.

The rebel forces seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad are disparate but many espouse political Islam of one form or another.

There are two main Al-Qaeda linked factions, both with Iraqi origins, according to Washington — the Al-Nusra Front, which has operational independence, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a front for Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Numerous other smaller groups, many of them composed almost exclusively of foreign fighters, are also operating on the ground.

Unlike the mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army, which has received weapons from several Gulf Arab governments as well as promises of US arms, the jihadist groups rely on private donations.

But there are enough wealthy benefactors attracted to their fundamentalist vision to ensure a steady stream of weapons, as well as volunteer fighters from around the world, many of them seasoned in other conflicts.

That has helped them become a fighting force out of proportion to their numbers, and they have captured several population centres.

But their imposition of their extreme form of Islam has increasingly alienated civilians.

In Raqa, the only provincial capital in rebel hands, the Al-Nusra Front is accused of detaining dozens of men.

“My father has been held for a month by the Front. They think they’re Islamic… I want my father to be free,” weeps a little girl in one Raqa protest, footage of which was posted online.

“We reject this oppressive brand of Islam… We are Muslims. You’re just fakes,” a woman protester cried in another video from Raqa, demanding the release of the men held by Nusra.

Activists in the city also point to the disappearance of Abdallah al-Khalil, a veteran dissident and human rights activist.

“Khalil was about to open up council elections to the whole of Raqa. Al-Nusra was against the idea. He disappeared the next day,” an activist from Raqa told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

Nizar, an activist from the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, said: “Time is running out for all these (jihadist) groups.

“They use violence and religion to try control us and, although people are afraid to openly express their dissent, no one wants them.”

August 13th, 2013, 12:38 am

 

omen said:

zoo, where did i say guest????????????

i’ve been saying he’s been kidnapped on twitter.

August 13th, 2013, 12:42 am

 

zoo said:

Omen

Not you but others on this blog have said he was a guest.. Now they say nothing, they are embarrassed that their ‘noble’ rebels could detain and maybe execute an anti-regime activist just because he is a ‘heretic’ christian.

August 13th, 2013, 12:49 am

 

don said:

Syria and Kurdish massacres: US backed FSA fighting side by side with Al-Qaeda affiliates

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and al-Nusra are both affiliated to al-Qaeda. Yet despite this President Obama continues to support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) which openly fights alongside both terrorist factions. Currently, the FSA is also assisting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and al-Nusra in their ethnic cleansing of Kurds. Recently, hundreds of Kurds have been brutally killed by forces being supported by major NATO and Gulf powers. This includes the slaughter of vast numbers of Kurdish children. Therefore, not only is Obama tainting America with its alignment with terrorist and sectarian forces which are cleansing religious minorities like the Alawites, Christians, and the Shia; but now the Obama administration is tainting itself just like the Erdogan government in Turkey with the ethnic cleansing of Kurds in the north of Syria.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and al-Nusra are not fully focused on Damascus; on the contrary, they are cleansing religious and ethnic groups in order to install a Sharia Islamic state based on draconian Gulf Islam emanating from Saudi Arabia. This reality means that al-Qaeda, which was behind September 11 and killing thousands of American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, is now an open ally with America in Syria. Of course, Obama and other politicians like John McCain and Lindsey Graham in America can manipulate language openly in order to cover up their deceit. However, video footage and photos clearly show the FSA working side-by-side with al-Qaeda affiliated groups.

Not surprisingly, the recent massacres against Kurdish civilians is being met by denial, silence and trying to cover-up the sectarian and terrorist ratlines. Yet for the Kurds it is clear that certain NATO and Gulf powers are arming their adversaries, while the Kurds in Iraq and the PKK are involved in deals with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey. However, how much longer can Kurdish political leaders in Iraq and the PKK deal with Erdogan given the mass slaughter of Kurds in northern Syria? After all, modern day Turkey is a conduit for military arms and boosting terrorist numbers in Syria which are now slaughtering Kurdish women and children with open glee.

Returning back to the duplicity of the Obama administration and political elites in France and the United Kingdom – then how much longer can these nations get away with supporting al-Qaeda affiliates by stealth? Gulf petrodollars, Jordan and Turkey are regionally supporting terrorist and sectarian forces. While powerful Western states are involved in the arming, logistics, training, planning and other areas of the conflict to various degrees.

The Long War Journal states that “We have reported numerous times that the Free Syrian Army actively colludes with al Qaeda’s branches, the ISIL and the Al Nusrah Front for the People in the Levant. The report of the joint celebration in Aleppo is just further evidence that the Free Syrian Army conducts activities with al Qaeda in Syria. Inexplicably, the US is continuing with a plan to arm the FSA.”

In a recent military battle Col. Abdul Jabbar al-Okaidi, who is supported by America and other outside nations, gave gratitude to “our brothers al-Muhajireen wal Ansar and others….We’re here to kiss every hand pressed on the trigger.”

http://moderntokyotimes.com/2013/08/12/syria-and-kurdish-massacres-us-backed-fsa-fighting-side-by-side-with-al-qaeda-affiliates/

August 13th, 2013, 1:53 am

 

don said:

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party seeks to cover up its support for Middle East wars

In an attempt to salvage what little remains of his “socialist” credentials, Professor Gilbert Achcar, a longtime associate of France’s New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA), has written an essay entitled “Inventive Illiteracy Amidst Petty Sectarianism.”

Working at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and within the NPA-linked Socialist Resistance group in Britain, Achcar has been a leading propagandist for the wars in Syria and in Libya, which he claimed were waged in defense of human rights. Despite the fact that pro-war propaganda has enveloped his political persona with an ineradicable stench.

Though Mr. Achcar does not care to review the record of his political support for the neo-colonial enterprises in Libya and Syria, he cannot be allowed to rewrite his own history. The record is clear: Achcar publicly supported imperialist wars and discussed their prosecution with US and French intelligence assets. He bears political responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

From the outset of the Libyan operation, Achcar played a key role in promoting the propaganda required by imperialism to build a pro-war constituency within the milieu of the “leftish” affluent middle class. In March 2011, two days after the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 authorizing war in Libya, Achcar published an interview praising the war as a humanitarian operation to keep Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime from attacking opposition groups in Benghazi.

Two years later, it is clear that the war Achcar embraced was an act of imperialist plunder. The NATO powers seized Libya’s oil revenues and oil fields, carpet-bombed cities, including Tripoli and Sirte, and killed and wounded tens of thousands of people. It brought to power a NATO stooge regime based on a patchwork of Islamist militias that were NATO’s main proxy force to topple and murder Gaddafi.

In his latest piece, Achcar seeks to distort the facts surrounding his October 2011 meeting in Sweden with Burhan Ghalioun, the president of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC). During this meeting, he advised Ghalioun not to call for a NATO invasion of Syria—which would risk provoking mass popular opposition—but for “indirect” intervention to arm opposition forces.

In the event, this is the policy NATO ultimately pursued, arming the SNC and other Islamist opposition forces, including some tied to Al Qaeda. It led to a devastating proxy war in Syria that, in two years, has claimed over 100,000 lives and forced millions to flee their homes.

In his current article, Achcar denounces as a “canard” claims that “I took part in a meeting of the Syrian National Council (whereas it was actually a meeting of the left-wing National Coordination Council) in order to urge them to call for an imperialist intervention in Syria (whereas my contribution to the meeting was dedicated to exactly the opposite).”

Achcar’s denial is simply rubbish. He himself publicly announced that he had met with Ghalioun and described his advice to the SNC in an article published in November 2011 in the Lebanese daily Al Akhbar. The NPA reposted the article, including on its English language web site, International Viewpoint .

In this article, he wrote: “I was able to attend the meeting of the Syrian opposition that was held on October 8-9 in Sweden, near the capital, Stockholm. A number of male and female activists operating in Syria and abroad joined with prominent figures from the Syrian Coordination Committee (SNC—who had come from Syria for the event) in the presence of the most prominent member of the Syrian National Council—its president, Burhan Ghalioun.”

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/13/achc-a13.html

August 13th, 2013, 2:22 am

 

don said:

Israel’s Erin Boy

Dempsey in Israel, Jordan, to tie last ends before Obama decides finally on US military action in Syria

DEBKA Weekly 598 on Aug. 1:

1. US, British, French, Saudi and United Arab Emirates will establish a no-fly zone over central and southern Syria, stretching from the Jordanian-Israeli borders up to and including Damascus.

2. The Israeli Air Force will provide these forces with air cover from Syrian air space.

3. A 40-kilometer deep military buffer zone will be drawn from the Jordanian-Israeli borders up to the southern and western outskirts of Damascus. The military units controlling this zone will hold the entire area of the capital within artillery range.

4. The southern Syrian town of Deraa, where the Syrian uprising sprang up, will be declared capital of Liberated Syria.

5. President Obama has determined that there will no American troops in the buffer zone or anywhere else on Syrian soil, only special Syrian rebel forces.

6. Those forces will consist of 3,000 fighters trained in Jordan by US military instructors. They will be headed by Jordanian special forces and operate under US officers based in Jordan.

7. To host them, the US Army has just finished building in the Hashemite Kingdom a huge training camp and logistical system, debkafile’s military sources report. All the weapons and equipment required to train and arm the rebel force are already stacked there.

8. The American operational command center for the Syrian operation is already in place in Amman led by US Brig. Gen. John Wright, who at 57 is a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

9. The US air force units for imposing the no-fly zone over Syria are already in position at Middle East locations and ready to go at 36 hours’ notice.

10. A Druze unit trained by US military instructors will be a key component of the special rebel force. It was put up by the million-strong community which populates 120 villages and towns in the Jabal al-Druze area of southern Syria. They are situated in a commanding position overlooking the Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi border triangle.

11. US forces deployed in the Middle East, especially in Jordan and Israel, will stand ready for possible reprisals against American, Israeli, Jordanian or Turkish targets, if ordered by Syrian President Bashar Assad in retaliation for the no-fly and buffer zones.

http://www.debka.com/article/23191/Dempsey-in-Israel-Jordan-to-tie-last-ends-before-Obama-decides-finally-on-US-military-action-in-Syria

August 13th, 2013, 2:36 am

 

don said:

Syrian War Shapes Trip by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

TEL AVIV — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff opened a weeklong visit to the Middle East on Monday for discussions on potential additions of American support to Israel and Jordan, which are both facing border-security challenges from the conflict in neighboring Syria.

The chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, said his talks in Jordan would include an assessment of whether American surveillance aircraft or collaboration on other border-control techniques could help the Jordanians, whose country is the emergency home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees — and, increasingly, a route for black-market weapons transported both ways across the Syrian frontier.

Syria has accused Jordan of acting as a transit point for weapons supplied to Syrian rebels, an accusation Jordan has denied. In recent days, the Jordanian authorities have detained suspected smugglers, including Syrians, accused of attempting to bring antitank missiles, surface-to-air missiles, assault rifles and other arms from Syria into Jordan — possibly part of an attempt by jihadists in Syria to foment unrest in Jordan as well.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/world/middleeast/syria-risks-shape-mideast-visit-by-chairman-of-joint-chiefs-of-staff.html?_r=0

August 13th, 2013, 2:56 am

 

habib said:

Salafistes are now surrounding Israel from Sinai and the Golan, no one is hindering them from attacking Israel

So what are they waiting for? Do what you critisise Assad for not doing! It is the only way they can gain a little respect from me.

Damn hypocrites. If they can attack the Kurds, they sure as hell could attack the Israelis too. But they don’t want to upset their masters in the Gulf, who are direct allies wit the Zionists.

August 13th, 2013, 8:24 am

 

zoo said:

After watching with anxiety what is happening in Iraq and Turkey’s border towns with Syria, Jordan probably prefer to have the SAA instead of the Islamists in control of Deraa.

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/08/article55313396

Fragments of the Syrian conflict hit Jordan yesterday with missiles landing near intelligence headquarters in the border town of Ramtha, reportedly as a result of clashes between government forces and militias affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Clashes have increased since the leader of the National Coalition for the Syrian Opposition forces, Ahmad Jarba, entered the town of Dera’a and visited areas controlled by the opposition forces, where he carried out Eid prayers.

Sources pointed out that the FSA has been trying to take control of Dera’a—close to the border with Jordan—for almost a year. Two shells landed near a military intelligence building yesterday, without any causalities, while a third landed near a populated area.

August 13th, 2013, 9:06 am

 

zoo said:

The SNC “roadmap”: Disarm the armed forces and build a political system based on the 1950 Constitution.
It sounds more like a goal than a roadmap.
Is this is a gimmick to try to counter the “bone in the throat” imposed by the US and Russia, called the Geneva conference, or in the contrary is it an attempt by these pompous announcements to hide the humiliation of having to swallow the bone ?

Syria opposition proposes transition roadmap

Armed groups would be disarmed, demobilised and reintegrated into Syrian society under plan

http://gulfnews.com/in-focus/syria/syria-opposition-proposes-transition-roadmap-1.1219832

August 13th, 2013, 9:16 am

 

zoo said:

#191 Habib

Sunni Wahabbis hate more Shias, Hezbollah and the Moslem Brotherhood than they hate Israel.

By doing nothing on the borders, they try to reassure the West that Sunni Islamists are less of a threat to Israel than Hezbollah or the Syrian government are.

August 13th, 2013, 9:29 am

 

zoo said:

The SNC “roadmap”: Disarm the armed forces and build a political system based on the 1950 Constitution.
It sounds more like a goal than a roadmap.
If this is a gimmick to try to counter the “bone in the throat” imposed by the US and Russia, called the Geneva conference, or in the contrary is it an attempt by these pompous announcements to hide the humiliation of having to swallow the bone ?

Syria opposition proposes transition roadmap

Armed groups would be disarmed, demobilised and reintegrated into Syrian society under plan

http://gulfnews.com/in-focus/syria/syria-opposition-proposes-transition-roadmap-1.1219832

August 13th, 2013, 9:33 am

 

zoo said:

Syria power vacuum could pave way for al Qaeda leadership

(Charlie Rose on video)
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57598252/syria-power-vacuum-could-pave-way-for-al-qaeda-leadership/

(CBS News) Senior U.S. intelligence officials are concerned about the growing presence of al Qaeda terrorists in civil war-torn Syria. In a statement released over the weekend, the State Department said the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) has moved himself and the group’s operations to Syria. A State Department spokesperson also noted that the deadly suicide attacks and car bombings carried out in Iraq in recent days can be attributed to AQI.

CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell warned of the risk of the collapse of the Syrian government — which possesses a considerable stockpile of chemical and advanced weapons — namely, a power vacuum which would leave room for al Qaeda to take hold and take advantage of their weapons cache and technical capabilities.

August 13th, 2013, 9:35 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
Who does not hate Shiaa?everybody hates them

August 13th, 2013, 9:38 am

 

zoo said:

Are the accumulation of upsetting events in Turkey affecting Erdogan’s health? If he does not succeed in becoming am all-power president in 2014 will he withdraw from public life

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-to-travel-abroad-amid-speculation-over-his-health.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52430&NewsCatID=338

Speculation about Erdoğan’s health has been rife since he had surgery to remove polyps from his intestines in late 2011.

Polyps are abnormal growths of tissue that can be cancerous. However, following the surgery, Turkish media cited Erdoğan’s doctor as saying the polyps had been harmless.

Reports published in Yurt newspaper and other Turkish dailies on Aug. 12 said Erdoğan had spent five days in hospital with an upset stomach. The papers provided no source for the reports.

In a statement, Erdoğan’s office called the reports “baseless allegations” and said the prime minister, in power since 2003, would begin his usual schedule this weekend after several days of holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Erdoğan, who normally speaks daily on live television and travels frequently around the country, has not appeared in public over the holiday period.

Power in Turkey has become highly centralized around Erdoğan, who has made little secret about his desire to become president, and rifts have emerged within his party during previous absences.

Two consecutive Cabinet meetings were canceled following Erdoğan’s surgery, fueling speculation about what would happen if the man who has towered over Turkish politics for the last decade were to withdraw from public life.

August 13th, 2013, 9:45 am

 

habib said:

197. majedkhaldoun

Could you answer the question instead of derailing the issue? Why are our brave Mujahids even more passive towards Israel than the Assads ever were?

Are they waiting for the right time and place? LOOOL!

August 13th, 2013, 9:47 am

 

zoo said:

#197 Majed

Yawn…. Your expression of hatred is becoming so repetitive and boring

August 13th, 2013, 9:49 am

 

zoo said:

#197 Majed

Yawn…. Your expression of hatred is becoming so repetitive and boring.
Take a laxative.

August 13th, 2013, 9:50 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
Why are you hungry?

August 13th, 2013, 10:03 am

 

revenire said:

“197. MAJEDKHALDOUN said:
Zoo
Who does not hate Shiaa?everybody hates them”

Majed I’ve never seen a more hateful person. I feel sorry for you.

August 13th, 2013, 10:15 am

 

Sami said:

Habib,

Is it the rebels with all te heavy weapons, Air Force, Scuds, tank brigades or is it Jaysh Abu Shahata?

Please do explain where was yor heroic Jaysh Abu Shahata when Israel keeps flying sorties in and out of Syian airspace while bombing Abu Shahata targets?

What is the rethithtanth waiting for?

August 13th, 2013, 10:20 am

 

zoo said:

Syrian Kurds are on the verge of genocide 13.8.2013
Shakhawan Shorsh — Special to Ekurd.net

http://www.ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2013/8/syriakurd849.htm


The main Kurdish political parties had refused to join the FSA because the FSA had denied the recognition of Kurdish political and cultural rights in a post-Assad regime. However, the Kurds have managed to secure their territory and protect the area form the internal war. Kurdish control over the Kurdish territory disturbs both Turkey and the FSA

But what does this genocidal intention by the Al-Qaida-linked Islamists against the Syrian Kurds tell us? The extreme Islamists not only believe in the rule of Sharia and the creation of an Islamic state, which is comparable with the early Caliphate period, they also believe in the fundamental ideas of the jihad used in the early Islamic expansion period against non-Islam ethnic groups in the Middle East and North Africa in the seventh century. Mohammad the prophet of Islam and his successors regarded the other ethnic groups who refused Islam as Kufar (unbelievers) [i] . A successful strategy that was widely used against the enemies of Islam was to defeat the enemy, take their women, and loot their properties. Women were regarded as war profit, and the Islamic fighters could take them after the defeat of the enemy. The very killing was justified by a suar al-Anfal Quran [ii]. In fact, Arab Islamic forces have totally destroyed the enemy and their religion in some cases, for instance, in the destruction of the followers of Zoroastrian and the religion after the defeat of the Sasanian

Not surprisingly, there is not any condemnation of the crime from Turkey or other Muslim countries. This is not the first time the Kurds have experienced the silence of the other Muslim countries. When the Anfal genocide happened in 1988, not a single Arab or non-Arab Muslim country condemned the genocide, not even for the Kurdish Muslim victims. This tacit support repeated in 2004 when the Janjaweeds, supported by the Sudan government, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Africans in Darfur. They were Muslims too but not Arabs. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) did not condemn the genocide of the Muslim people of Darfur in 2004 [vi].

August 13th, 2013, 10:55 am

 

revenire said:

Sami the SAA has a right to defend itself with any weapons in its arsenal. If you don’t like the results of the war stop demanding violent overthrow of the government. If you okay with the war then stop complaining about SAA weapons being used. You didn’t expect them to shoot flowers at the enemy did you?

August 13th, 2013, 10:56 am

 

zoo said:

Alan Duncan despairs that Syria is ‘insoluble and intractable’
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1b37ecb8-0424-11e3-a8d6-00144feab7de.html#axzz2brWq3DrJ

The conflict in Syria is the most serious and intractable problem in the Middle East, Alan Duncan has said.

In comments that give a rare glimpse into UK government despair over what is happening in the war-torn country, the aid minister said the situation in Syria has now eclipsed that in Israel as the most difficult of the region’s clashes.

His views give a clear sign that the British government is cooling on the idea of arming Syrian rebels, despite having successfully campaigned to lift an EU embargo on doing so.

Ministers increasingly believe giving weapons to anti-Assad forces would not bring a resolution to the crisis and could result in them falling into the hands of extremists.

August 13th, 2013, 11:15 am

 

zoo said:

Majed

Your vulgarity goes well with your hatred. It stinks.

August 13th, 2013, 11:23 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir
I hate the barbaric Prsians, as they support the criminal Assad, and as they always fought against Arab since thousands of years, and as they distorted the very idea and essence of Islam and they are well known to be liers and back stabers

August 13th, 2013, 11:23 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo #208
المعطه

August 13th, 2013, 11:42 am

 

revenire said:

Iraqi forces repel terrorists’ infiltration attempt to Syria

Baghdad, (SANA) – Iraqi forces continued operations against terrorists’ cells affiliated to al-Qaeda in Jazeret al-Anbar area and on Iraqi-Syrian borders and repelled an armed terrorist group’s attempt to infiltrate from Syria to Iraq at Rabia’a border area, killing a large number of its members, while the others escaped.

Iraqi official sources said that the Iraqi forces arrested 800 terrorists, destroyed 22 terrorists’ dens, discovering 41 caches full of weapons and explosive materials and destroying 21 boat used by terrorists to transport weapons and suicidal.

The sources pointed out that the so-called ” Free Army” and the terrorist gangs in Syria provided their counterparts in Iraq with advanced weapons, including anti-aircraft rockets to attack the helicopters of the Iraqi army.

B. Mousa/ Mazen
http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/08/13/496928.htm

August 13th, 2013, 11:46 am

 

revenire said:

Syrian Rebels Destroy Orthodox Church in Al-Thawrah
http://www.aina.org/news/2013089111228.htm

Christian eyewitnesses who fled al-Thawrah, now displaced in other parts of Syria, as well as in Lebanon and Turkey, tell of religious discrimination by the rebels, as well as forced confiscation of Christian possessions and properties, with many items being sold on the black market in order to purchase weapons and ammunition. Even the churches weren’t spared.

“The ‘Free Syrian Army’ demolished the [Sts. Sergius and Bacchus] church,” lamented one refugee, “They tore up the sanctuary curtains, Bibles and other holy books, and broke all the crosses, chairs and icons of Jesus and the saints. They stole electrical appliances like fans, chandeliers and lights. They took whatever was in the church, and sold it all. There is nothing there now.”

There is no hope, however, for the Christians to return and rebuild after the conflict subsides — that’s if it indeed subsides. They were once considered better off than their relatives and friends who still lived in the villages they had migrated from, but are now destitute, having lost everything — their homes, businesses, and even personal belongings.

“Even though I have left,” recounted another Assyrian refugee, “the terrorists still call and text me from there, on my cell phone, to bother me. They recently called and told me: ‘If you attempt to return to al-Tabqah we will cut off your head and display it on the mosque so that all the Muslims there can see it and be proud of it.’ They say other things too, but what they say is so disturbing, that I keep my phone switched off unless I really need to use it.”

August 13th, 2013, 11:50 am

 

zoo said:

The FSA “ally”, ISIS, continue kidnapping pro-rebels activists while hundreds already held

In northern Syria, news broke of the disappearance of an anti-Assad activist known for his chants at weekly protests in the city of Aleppo.

“It is likely he is being held by ISIS,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Amateur video distributed by the Observatory showed friends of Abu Maryam protesting at the gates of ISIS’ headquarters.

ISIS is believed to be holding hundreds of activists in areas where they operate.

Among the missing is Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a charismatic Italian Jesuit priest who went to meet with ISIS’ commanders earlier this month to try to negotiate the release of activists, and has yet to return.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Aug-13/227233-fighting-kills-18-syria-rebels-in-hama-activists.ashx#ixzz2brmeCd2M

August 13th, 2013, 12:18 pm

 

zoo said:

After Lebanon and Iraq, the threats of the Islamists seem about to spread to Jordan. All US options in Syria are the bad ones.

General Dempsey Again Warns on Syria War

August 13, 2013 – 11:08 AM ET
http://www.thenation.com/blog/175729/general-dempsey-again-warns-syria-war#

General Martin Dempsey is at it again. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is traveling in the Middle East, seemingly making it clear that he doesn’t want any part of the war in Syria. As I reported a while back, in a letter to members of Congress Dempsey had earlier warned that all of the options open to the United States in the Syrian civil war are bad ones. At that time, Dempsey drew fire from hawks and from advocates who want more and stronger direct U.S. involvement in the Syrian war.

Now, it appears that both Dempsey and the Obama administration are concerned about the Syrian war spreading into Jordan. In the past, the United States has used Jordan as a launching pad for CIA-trained rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. But the rebellion in Syria is boomeranging, or “blowing back,” as these things usually do.

Following reports that Syrian rebels, especially the radical Islamists, are trying to spread the conflict into Jordan —particularly ironic, since Jordan is funneling weapons to the anti-Assad fighters—The New York Times reports that Dempsey is concerned over the threat to Jordan:

August 13th, 2013, 12:24 pm

 

ziad said:

USAF Chief of Staff’s “Secret” Visit to Israel?

At least two Israeli news sources reported on Thursday that Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, chief of staff of the US Air Force, recently wrapped up a one week visit to Israel where he was hosted by the chief of the Israel Air Force, Major General Amir Eshel. The visit was supposed to have been secret, according to Walla, the Hebrew language news site that first broke the news of Welsh’s visit. The Jerusalem Post, after independently verifying the story, published a summary of the Walla account in English, with very few details.

Walla claimed the US had asked that Welsh’s visit remain confidential, in light of Israeli threats to strike Iran, noting that the Israeli Air Force has been training for an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities for at least ten years. Algemeiner, a hawkish American Jewish news site, inferred from the Walla report that the purpose of Welsh’s clandestine visit was to coordinate an attack on Iran by Israel and the US and headlined its story ”Head of U.S. Air Force Secretly Visited Israel to Discuss Iran Strike”. The revelation of Welsh’s stealthy Israel trip was also picked up by Press TV, a state-run Iranian news site.

Both Walla and the Jerusalem Post noted that Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be arriving in Israel on Monday as the guest of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz. The two are “expected to discuss developments in Iran, Syria and Egypt with Israeli leaders.” The JP suggested that Dempsey might use his visit as an opportunity to discern “Israeli intentions”, convince Israel to “refrain from dramatic decisions” and accord diplomacy a chance to succeed with Iran’s newly inaugurated President Hassan Rouhani.

http://www.lobelog.com/usaf-chief-of-staffs-secret-visit-to-israel/

August 13th, 2013, 12:38 pm

 

revenire said:

Glad to see some sanity in Washington. Dempsey has long been against intervening in Syria.

August 13th, 2013, 12:39 pm

 

ziad said:

A dying Syrian soldier says farewell to his family

من رجال الله .. يودع أهله قبل الشهادة

August 13th, 2013, 12:45 pm

 

ziad said:

Siniora’s National Defense Strategy for Lebanon: Give the Enemy a Warning

On the eve of Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan, an Israeli commando force walked into a trap set for it by the Islamic Resistance near the Lebanese village of Alma al-Shaab. Israel swallowed its tongue, while Hezbollah has chosen to remain silent for its own reasons.

As for the official Lebanese reaction, it was limited to contacting the UN forces stationed in southern Lebanon. Political opponents of the Resistance, like Future Party leader Fouad Siniora, however, decided to chime in to denounce the Israeli violation in the strongest of terms, calling it “a dangerous aggression.”

He demanded that “the relevant Lebanese authorities notify the Arab League of this aggression,” asking the UN “to move quickly to deter Israel and give it a warning.” Siniora’s statement is but a reflection of March 14’s understanding of a national defense strategy, which comes down to notifying the Arab League and asking the UN to issue Israel a warning.

Siniora did not even bother to mention the role of the Lebanese army in preventing the breach, because that would raise the issue of equipping the military to sufficiently deter a powerful enemy like Israel – something that is completely outside the vocabulary of March 14, who wants the army to disarm Hezbollah but not take its place in defending the country.

As for notifying the Arab League, one has to ask whether the regional organization is even prepared to receive a complaint against Israel, much less do anything about it.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/siniora%E2%80%99s-national-defense-strategy-lebanon-give-enemy-warning

August 13th, 2013, 12:49 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Dear Omen

I didn’t mean to suggest you were questioning Yalla Souriya’s reliability..LOL. 🙂 Not that there would be a problem if you did so. Although I addressed yourself, as we exchanged comments on the reports previously, my comment was actually for the benefit of regimists. Just to cover my back as I will likely cite Yalla Souriya in the future and the regimists will pounce on anything to question the reliability of a source they disagree with.

I hadn’t seen Yalla post for a few days, instead it was a couple of other users. Eventually when she appeared to have resumed posting it turned out it was someone sitting in for her. The real Yalla is very experienced and careful/cautious in her posting.

I just wanted to point it out so people don’t make a judgement on the source based on what a caretaker (substitute) author posted.

Take care.

August 13th, 2013, 2:46 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Tara

There was the story of Assad’s Instagram a few weeks ago. At the time it was mentioned there was a photo(s) of Asma on there. I didn’t visit the Instagram so I don’t know if the (same) photos have been around since then.

I actually saw the image I was referring to on AJE blog posted on 4th August.

http://blogs.aljazeera.com/topic/syria/syrian-first-lady-volunteers-damascus

August 13th, 2013, 2:52 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Omen said:

‘Where’s Matthew?’

I presume he’s having trouble logging in.

Moving on.

I’m in a rush so I’ll post the following and read it later.

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi on Jihad and Syria

Tuesday, 13 Aug, 2013

A leading Islamic scholar speaks on the uses and abuses of the concept of jihad

Often heard but widely misunderstood, the use of the term “jihad” in regards to Syria poses questions that trouble policymakers, scholars and fighters alike

[…]

August 13th, 2013, 3:07 pm

 

apple_mini said:

Was at a Sunni professor’s house and he showed me a video clip showing several rebels fighters pouring gasoline over three Kurds then setting them on fire. Those victims were engulfing in flame screaming and jumping disorientedly. A very horrific and disturbing scene to watch.

No one deserves a death like that. Those rebels are just animals and that is what the SAA is fighting against.

We heard a rumor that there will be an airstrike in Der’aa within 36 hours then US will send in 3000 rebels to attack Damascus. Several weeks ago the spokesperson for FSA made a video claiming the rebels wouod attack Lattakia, Tartous, Homs and Damascus within 72 hours since they had acquired many advanced weapons from backers. Then that person disappeared along with his promise. During Ramadan, the rebels claimed the landscape of the battlefield would completely change and they would deliver victory to “Syrians”.

They did deliver death and destruction to many poor rural Alawite villagers. The despicable thing is that the massacre is described as military advance by the western media. They not only completely lost their journalist professionism and ethic, but also put themselves among those barbaric militants in every moral codes.

August 13th, 2013, 3:19 pm

 

mjabali said:

Uzair (Moving on):

I wasted few minutes to read the link you posted to the interview with Sheikh al-Ya’qubi, and it confirmed my ideas: al-Ya’qubi is lost and does not know what year he lives in. We live in the 21st Century in case you, or al-Ya’qubi forgot.

What did he mean by forming a “registry” for the international Jihadists?

I know he wants to conquer the world and make them all Muslims according to his own vision as you could tell. Let us not forget about this expansionist policy.

I know that al-Ya’qubi is not kidding and see the flock of international Jihadists in Syria as the spearhead to conquer the world.

The funniest (actually it could be seen as tragic) part was when he spoke about the rules and regulation of Jihad. I asked you, Uzair, is the tweet by Dr. Shafi al-Ajami of Kuwait abiding the rules and regulations of Jihad? Of course you danced around the topic and never answered. I am not surprised because, although you speak with the Ummah logic, you have no real knowledge of Islam.

When Shafi al-Ajami discussed in his infamous tweets the rules how to rape the Alawite women and how to clean their vaginas: he was truly reflecting what are these rules and regulations are.

August 13th, 2013, 3:47 pm

 

Syrian said:

“Hardly a massacre”Another bankrupted soul spewing his venom, claiming that massacres that happened to Sunnis by Iraqi Shia in 2008 to massacres happens by The FSA against Kurds in Syria 2013
+++18
نشرت قناة العالم الايرانية مقطع فيديو قديم تظهر المليشيات الشيعية وهي تحرق شباب سنة في محافظة ديالى سنة 2006 … المقطع وضعتة على يوتوب على انه “جبهة النصرة تحرق الاكراد” بهدف التحريض وخلق الفتنة بين الثوار… المقطع ماخوذ من فلم 60 دقيقة تظهر جرائم المليشيات الشيعية في المحافظات السنية العراقية ويظهر في الفلم مليشيات شيعية تدعتي انها متطرفين سنة تقتل مرتدين سنة ولكن الفلم كان واضح فيه فبركة وتمثيل واللهجة مثل لهجة اهل جنوب العراق

وهذه هو نفس الفيديو نشرتة قناة العالم الايرانية سنة 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVEYuWZjtxw

هذه هو الفيديو منشور على منتدى البراق من سنة 2008
http://www.alboraq.info/showthread.php?t=41024

August 13th, 2013, 4:00 pm

 

zoo said:

The Syria government invites the refugees to come back to “decent” accomodations and re-iterate that any “viable agreement to settle the crisis” in Geneva must be signed by Bashar Al Assad, while the fight against terrorists will continue

Syria PM calls on refugees to return home
13/08/2013

DAMASCUS, Aug 13 (KUNA) — Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halqi on Tuesday called on the Syrians displaced by the ongoing conflict to come back home.
“Syria can accommodate all her sons and will emerge stronger from the crisis,” he said during a cabinet meeting chaired by him.
“The government is ready to welcome with open arms all refugees and provide them with decent accommodation,” Al-Halaqi said, citing the legal and security guarantees recently adopted by his government for the displaced people.

“The government is ready also to go to the Geneva II Conference provided that the planned dialogue be among the Syrians themselves,” the state-run SANA news agency quoted Al-Za’bi as saying during a meeting in the western city of Tartus.
The minister affirmed that any viable agreement to settle the crisis must be signed by President Bashar Al-Assad.
He added that the quest for political solution must go in parallel with the combat against terrorism, noting that dialogue is possible only with those who lay down their arms.

August 13th, 2013, 4:25 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

‘Syria PM calls on refugees to return home’

Why doesn’t he call on them and tell them in person and also check up on their situation while he’s there? Surely the decent thing to do? He knows they’ll beat the living day lights out of him.

August 13th, 2013, 4:34 pm

 

zoo said:

222. apple_mini

Selim Idriss, by appearing in the Latakia area just after the massacre of 60 women and children occurred, has totally discredited himself. In addition by claiming that this was a “victory” he was proud of, he admitted to be a direct accomplice to the crime. He is burnt and will soon join the scories of the ‘revolution’ Ghaliun, Khatib, Saida and the clique of greedy expats that thought they could fool the Syrians with their claim for ‘democracy’ a la GCC.

August 13th, 2013, 4:36 pm

 

mjabali said:

Uzair the dancer:

You are dancing around my question and sticking your nose in internal Syrian affairs.

The question I asked you is related to your Ummah and Jihad since you posted a link discussing Jihad.

keep on dancing around the real issues.

August 13th, 2013, 4:46 pm

 

mjabali said:

Mr. سنطيحة

Here is a link to al-Jazeera video in which we find the following:

A Libyan is holding Alawite women and children as hostages in their own villages and invoking Allah.

Also: notice the videographer al-Jazeera hired in Syria….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhYf4rYPJdw

If holding these children is not a war crime what is, oh I forgot, Allah told these Jihadis to do this.

Did Salim Edris visit these hostages?

Where is Obama: playing basketball?

August 13th, 2013, 4:52 pm

 

mjabali said:

ماجدخلدون

كبر عقلك يازلمة

August 13th, 2013, 4:53 pm

 

Tara said:

Uzair@226

Thanks for the link. I am sure you made the day for some on SC.

I regard to # 226, had the first lady from Hell ever thought of visiting Zaatari refugee camp and cooking for the refugees or her humanity is a limited one?

August 13th, 2013, 4:54 pm

 

sf94123 said:

Why don’t the Sunnis refugees go back to the liberated Syria under the control of Taliban/FSA so they can live in peace and dignity? Islamists/throat cutters claim that they liberated 70% of Syria – What is the problem! DO NOT take them back to any other parts of Syria, no one wants them there- They will bring back, hide and support islamists and mercenaries in few months- can not be trusted!

August 13th, 2013, 5:25 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Mjabali

I don’t know what you’re asking of me. I’ve already said I condemn any outrageous stuff. If what you say is true about what’s-his-name then I don’t hesitate in rejecting it and condemning it outright. I find those words you claimed that he said repulsive and nauseating. No surprise I don’t want to delve on them.

‘…sticking your nose in internal Syrian affairs.’

It seems this is the crux of the matter. You’ve abstained from going down this line since moderation resumed. I’ve sensed you’ve been holding back. Now you’ve sensed the absence of the moderator you can’t help it. I’ve been expecting this and a few times recently as I ratcheted up my narrative I was anticipating something from yourself and was ready to give you a piece of my mind as I wasn’t putting up with anymore of it.

Be honest, You can’t and won’t pin anything on me no matter how you try? My conscience is clear. What’s riling you is my undoing of regime propaganda and portraying a picture of growing rebel momentum. You’re feeling insecure particularly with the move on Latakia. That’s understandable. I had to do what I had to do to counter the regime line and for the sake of the syrian people. If you found fault you would have showed me or better still brought it to the attention of the moderator.

In the absence of anything substantial you have only the

‘..sticking your nose in internal Syrian affairs.’

card.

I didn’t want to sound harsh but I don’t know what I’ve done wrong.

As for your question or the Jihad related link, well the link speaks for itself. I’m not a scholar and I rely on Shaykh Yaqoubi. If you find fault with the Shaykh then refute his statements.

I don’t get it. The Shaykh’s views are moderate and balanced. You reject the extremists and you also reject the moderates? What do you disagree with the Shaykh on? All you say is he is lost.

August 13th, 2013, 5:38 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Any way. It’s a good time to stop for now as I intended last night.

I’ll be back if I feel the lies and falsehood or the regime are gaining the upperhand. In Sha Allah. Not that the revolution needs me.

August 13th, 2013, 5:50 pm

 

revenire said:

“The Shaykh’s views are moderate and balanced.”

Calling for NATO to attack Syria, potentially murder millions of innocent Syrians in the process, and perhaps start World War III can hardly be described as “moderate and balanced”. I’d call Yaqoubi’s views extreme and unbalanced.

August 13th, 2013, 5:58 pm

 

don said:

You’re too kind Revenire

235. revenire said: .. I’d call Yaqoubi’s views extreme and unbalanced.

August 13th, 2013, 6:30 pm

 

Tara said:

Read FSA activities and enjoy!

Local Coordination Committees in Syria
By the end of Tuesday, the coordination committees were able to document 99 martyrs, among them 9 children, 4 women, and 2 martyrs under torture: 28 martyrs were reported in Hama; 18 in Damascus and its suburbs; 13 in Deir Ezzor; 12 in Idlib; 11 in Daraa; 11 in Aleppo; 4 in Homs; 1 in Lattakia; and 1 in Raqqa

Moreover, the committees have documented 423 points of shelling in Syria: Air strikes by warplanes were recorded in 44 points, explosive barrels were dropped in Al-Bab in Aleppo and Esterbe and Dourin in Lattakia, 4 surface-to-surface missiles were documented, 3 have targeted Jard Talfita in Damascus Suburbs and 1 in Lajah in Daraa, phosphoric bombs have targeted Shehil in Deir Ezzor, and cluster bombs were also documented in Houla in Homs, rocket shelling was recorded in 142 points, followed by artillery shelling in 127 points, and mortar shelling was recorded in 102 points across Syria.

The FSA has clashed with regime forces in 157 points through which in Damascus and its suburbs, it targeted the tank park nearby Abbasiyeen Garage in Qaboun neighborhood, and targeted a regime forces’ site with mortar shells in Jobar neighborhood, the FSA has also targeted the Vehicles’ Management in Harasta in Damascus Suburbs, and targeted regime forces’ sites in Bilalieh in Damascus Suburbs, as well as targeted regime forces’ sites in Ahmadieh in Damascus Suburbs. In Deir Ezzor, the FSA was able to liberate Moumayazoun School’s checkpoint, which is the last regime forces’ center in Hweiqa neighborhood and killed a number of its soldiers and declared the full liberation of the neighborhood, as well as targeted ammunition depots and the Military Petrol Station in Deir Ezzor Military Airport and scored direct assaults, and targeted Tahtouh neighborhood which is considered as a regime forces’ site with dozens of shells. In Hama, the FSA has targeted a military convoy at Harir road between Khanaser and Athariya and killed a number of regime forces as well as destroyed a number of vehicles and a cannon 23 and disabled a T-72 tank, the FSA has also targeted a regime forces’ checkpoint at Salamiyeh-Raqqa highway. In Lattakia, the FSA has targeted Nabi Younis summit. In Aleppo, the FSA has targeted regime’s snipers in the Scientific Researches’ Building and targeted regime forces’ sites in the Civil Defense and Mahlab Barrack. In Idlib, the FSA has targeted Qermid Camp and targeted regime forces’ sites at Ariha Bridge. In Daraa, the FSA has targeted Nusaib’s Bordering Center and liberated 5 bordering points. In addition, the FSA was able to destroy a number of machineries and armored vehicles in different areas of Syria.

August 13th, 2013, 7:50 pm

 

mjabali said:

Uzair:

I do not know if you are following what is going on in Syria:

Foreigners messed up Syria…they always do …You can go through history and learn.

You speak of the Ummah here and there….I know for a fact that this means that Syria has no place in your Ummah map, so whom are you fooling here?

I do not buy your logic because there are enough Syrians doing what you claim you are trying to do.

seriously: how are you helping the Syrian crisis? By quoting Yalla Syria or al-Jazeera live…please respect our minds…

If you want to help Syria wish peace and no blood shed and not be happy and having orgasms with your momentum.

As for my hometown of Lattakia: You as a foreigner who has no clue about the fabric of the city: leave us alone.

I know you would have an orgasm if the International Sunni Jihadis bombed Lattakia. You think it is all Alawis…..

August 13th, 2013, 8:34 pm

 

zoo said:

The Islamists of ISIS have used this strategy to invade Menegh airport: They send a suicide bomber with a huge charge of explosive in a truck and once it explodes they launch their attacks. Then their slaves, the FSA claimed victory.
This time this strategy used in Salamiya failed and the ISIS Chief commander as well as 30 rebels fighters were killed. A great victory of the SAA against Al Qaeda.

Syria: chief of Al-Qaeda-linked group reported killed
Head of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group alleged killed in fighting near Hama on Sunday

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/08/article55313503

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—The commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a major Islamist opposition group fighting the government of Bashar Al-Assad, was killed in the city of Salamiyah near Hama during a failed attack the rebel group launched against government forces on Sunday, Asharq Al-Awsat has learnt.

A member of the Syrian opposition, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on condition of anonymity, said: “Imad Ahmad, a Palestinian national, the commander-in-chief of the ISIS, was killed last Sunday in the eastern suburbs of Hama.”

Although the source did not know “exactly the injury that caused his death,” he said Ahmad “was certainly killed in an attack against a regime battalion in a village near the city of Salamiyah.”

An activist from the city of Salamiyah told Asharq Al-Awsat that if the source is correct, Ahmad was probably killed in a “major attack the ISIS carried out on Sunday against a military point near Salamiyah called Zor Al-Sos on the day the city was bombarded [by the regime.]”

“[ISIS] carried out a suicide attack against a regime checkpoint but the operation failed because the car bomb went off in the wrong place,” he said.

“After the suicide explosion immediately ISIS elements rushed thinking the explosion was successful but the operation completely failed and we were assured that more than 30 elements from the ISIS were killed due to the mistake,” he added.

August 13th, 2013, 9:39 pm

 

zoo said:

The FSA fighters are in the back line. All the assaults are done by Al Nusra and ISIS fighters. Then the FSA fighters come after to claim victory, loot and for the photo-op.

With its collusion with the Islamists, the massacres and the war crimes they are committing regularly, the FSA has become a liability for the opposition.
This is why Jarba has announced the formation of 6000 National Army to replace it ahead of the imminent SNC acceptance to participate in the Geneva conference .

August 13th, 2013, 9:55 pm

 

don said:

Israel seizes Syrian shepherd in Lebanon: source

A Lebanese security source said that Israel had crossed the Blue Line into Lebanese territory on Tuesday and seized a displaced Syrian shepherd.

The source told Xinhua that the 30-year-old Syrian shepherd was herding his cattle, when an Israeli commando unit advanced about 100 meters inside Lebanese territory and “kidnapped” him.

The shepherd, identified as Mohammed Badawi, was from Syria’s Beit Jen region. After fleeing from his war-torn country, Badawi took shelter in Shebaa Farms about a year ago and worked as shepherd ever since.

His relatives called on the United Nations Disengagement Force (UNFOD) observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights to secure his release, as the kidnapping occurred in the UNDOF area of operations.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/803746.shtml

August 13th, 2013, 10:14 pm

 

don said:

Syrian forces kill 18 rebels in clash over highway

President Bashar Assad’s forces killed at least 18 rebels in central Syria in clashes near the country’s main north-south highway, activists said Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Britain said the fighting took place overnight in Hama province near the town of Morek, which straddles the major road that links the capital, Damascus, with the largely rebel-held northern provinces.

http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Syrian-forces-kill-18-rebels-in-clash-over-highway-4730247.php

August 13th, 2013, 10:38 pm

 

revenire said:

FSA is a joke of an army. Always was.

August 13th, 2013, 10:47 pm

 

don said:

JARAMANA

“They came to Syria to do jihad,” said one distraught resident, whose in-law was among 10 killed in the July 25 blast. “Pardon me, but why don’t they go to Israel to do their jihad?”

A black-and-white funeral poster announced the death of a Christian woman, Helweh Hanna, mother of three. She happened to be passing by when the bomb went off July 25, residents said.

The prevalent view among many interviewed here is that the various rebel brigades are working in concert with the West, Turkey and Persian Gulf nations to destroy what little peace remains in this traumatized nation.

“May God destroy their hands,” one disgusted woman said of the anonymous bombers, as she and a friend surveyed a devastated row of shops — including a tire repair spot, a butcher and a vegetable stand — across the street from Alaa’s falafel place. “How can we feel safe anymore?” asked the woman, who, like others interviewed, declined to give her name for security reasons.

“Jaramana will never be a hospitable atmosphere for the armed groups,” said Father Gabriel Daoud, a Syriac Orthodox Christian priest in the area. “They know that if they come here they will perish.”

“How can we provide 100% security, with so many new people fleeing the war coming to live here?” asked Sheik Abul-Latif Kurbaj, a Druze elder in Jaramana, interviewed in his second-floor office above a vegetable shop. “The armed groups have sentenced the people of Jaramana to death.”

“Our young men are ready to defend our homes, in concert with our Christian brothers,” said Kurbaj, a short, stout man wearing traditional baggy trousers and given to lengthy digressions on Druze history and culture. “We want change and democracy and an end to corruption. We have called for these changes for a long time. But we don’t agree with destroying the country.”

Some residents cannot hold back their fury at the U.S. government, which many in Jaramana see as backing groups targeting civilians. Some stressed that the violence only bolstered their support for Assad, a sentiment commonly expressed in pro-government districts.

“I pray a hundred times a day that America will experience the terror that we are experiencing!” shouted an enraged owner of a women’s clothing boutique, situated across the street from the site where a mortar shell, presumably fired by rebels, struck July 25, the same day as the car bombing, killing three passersby. “We are in great pain. We are dying 100 deaths a day in Syria now.”

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-violence-jaramana-20130814,0,5386291.story?page=2

August 13th, 2013, 10:58 pm

 

don said:

Always will be

243. revenire said: .. FSA is a joke of an army. Always was.

August 13th, 2013, 11:03 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

الساحل هي المعركه الافضل سنقضي على الاسد فيها ولن يبقى له مطار هناك

August 13th, 2013, 11:28 pm

 

don said:

Turkey Reconsiders Support For Jabhat Al-Nusra

Turkey had cricized as “premature” the US designation of al-Nusra as a terrorist organization in December 2012, given the advances the group appeared to be securing for the Syrian opposition at the time. During a visit to Washington in January, Turkish Foreign Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu reportedly told his American interlocutors that “it was more important to focus on the ‘chaos’ that Assad has created instead of groups such as al-Nusra.”

Asked about alleged Turkish support for radical Islamist groups, including al-Nusra, Davutoglu angrily denied it, saying that such groups were doing “as much harm to the just cause of the Syrian opposition as the regime was.” He said he considered this to be a “betrayal of the Syrian revolution.”

Other developments — such as the July 27 car bomb attack against a Turkish diplomatic post in Mogadishu, the Somali capital — are also making more people question Turkey’s flirtation with radical Islamist groups and its involvement in seemingly intractable disputes in the Islamic world. That al-Shabab, the militant Islamist group with connections to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the Mogadishu attack has left Islamist supporters of the Erdogan government in Turkey in a quandary. Unable to cope with this fact, some pro-Erdogan papers have gone so far as to claim that the United States was behind the attack, in which six people were killed.

Meanwhile the kidnapping of two Turkish Airlines pilots in Lebanon on Aug. 9, by a group demanding that Turkey secure the release of Lebanese Shiite pilgrims abducted in 2012 by radical elements in the Syrian opposition, is also feeding into Turks’ growing impatience with Ankara’s involvement in Syria.

Whatever the delicate balancing act Erdogan is struggling to maintain in relation to groups like al-Nusra, there is increasing evidence to suggest that the coming period could see more coordination between Turkey and its Western allies, led by the United States, against radical Islamist groups in Syria that have begun to make Ankara’s Syrian headache worse.

http://www.aina.org/news/20130813194543.htm

August 14th, 2013, 12:10 am

 

Mina said:

Ghufran, please don’t stop writing! The kids have been bullying you but pay no attention.
You are the voice of reason here and many people have no time to follow FB and Twitter the whole day, so I really appreciate that you give us what you think is worth reading, even if we all know that about Syria one should wait a few days before knowing the reality of an event.

As for Egypt, here are the MB methods, very easy to understand:
The MB textbook: be very clear when you spread sectarianism and rumours
http://arabist.net/blog/2013/8/12/the-brothers-and-the-copts
but elusive when you “agree” on anything
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/78944/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Muslim-Brotherhood-says-open-to-talks-on-cr.aspx

August 14th, 2013, 6:05 am

 

Observer said:

On the one hand DON is posting a story about the people of Jaramana wishing terror on the US for the insecurity that they are suffering.

On the second hand we have Mjabali lamenting the fate of poor villagers in Latakia province while complaining about foreigners being responsible for messing up Syria all the time. Then he asks and I quote
“Where is Obama: playing basketball?”

So this is exactly why Obama does not want to be involved in Syria and with him the vast majority of the US population. The US does not have a bone in this fight. It has left the area to be filled by Turkey, Iran, KSA, and all the other small players.

Mjabali what do you want Obama to do? Do you want him to intervene to help the Alawi population? Do you want him to stop the so called support of the rebels? A support that is absent so far and as a matter of fact the support was denied for Obama knows that he has no way of controlling what and who gets support on the ground. The US can try to build an army after the collapse of a regime but not try to control an insurgency. It got badly burned by its experience in Afghanistan.

The US is vilified no matter what it does for it is the excuse of the day. As a matter of fact my cousin’s divorce is attributed to the CIA or so she says.

Last but not least, foreigners always mess up the region. But the reason why foreigners can intervene in the region is because it was divided by Sykes and Picot specifically to keep it unstable and to permit endless interventions and internal civil wars.

But then again, the people of the region as long as they have accepted to live like they are living and to refuse to either come together or to part their own ways will continue to suffer endlessly.

Some sources tell me that there are 90 000 members of Nusra now. The vast majority are Syrians not foreigners.

Idriss apparently came to try to halt their offensive to no avail. ZOO is right, there is no such thing as FSA there will be the mirror image of the sectarian barbaric regime fighting it to the death and eventually leading to wholesale massacres of various minorities.

40 year war for for 40 year of dictatorship.

August 14th, 2013, 7:59 am

 

apple_mini said:

The traditional roadmap by the opposition is out. I have no idea where those people are living.

In a country where violence and terrorism are raging and escalating, isn’t the priority stopping the violence?

That is simply an impossible mission for the opposition because Islamic militants are the ones who are calling the shots.

The opposition are simply trying to come up some “plans” and “blueprints” in order to make themselves look legitimate. Here is something considered legitimate to all Syrians: whoever can stop the violence now will be the legitimate leader of the country.

The opposition is truly a self-absorbed phantom who is no more than a paper weight on negotiation table.

We are expecting more dramas from the opposition.

August 14th, 2013, 8:02 am

 

apple_mini said:

For all the suffering and fears which are gripping people in Jaramana, they vent their anger against the parties and countries who are backing those terrorist attackers and wish them would suffer the same what people in Jaramana are experiencing.

Our opposition member on SC ignores the agony and loss of residences in Jaramana and picks up their complaints as veiled terrorist threats.

How could Syrians not adore those revolutionists?

Nowadays you need about an hour and half to get through the check points in Jaramana if you are driving. We just hope residents in Jaramana can have a little more peace and safety.

PS Jaramana has been becoming more mixed with diversified population.

August 14th, 2013, 8:17 am

 

Tara said:

Apple,

Any new lie today?

Yesterday was the opposition burning Kurds, the day before was something else, the day before that was the economic boom in Syria and the people pouring on Zara to buy designer cloths waiting in line 20 min to be rung, and many more…

We got used to one lie a day. Please don’t deprive us.

August 14th, 2013, 8:21 am

 

Mina said:

I fail to understand how the people who kill civilians on a daily basis in Iraq manage to get more recruits through their posts of “heroic deeds” on FB. Just reading the litany of bombings in Iraq every day, and see the same plan being applied in Syria, make me really wonder how it can be so attractive for some people that they travel from far away countries to get blown up somewhere in a crowd of civilians.

August 14th, 2013, 8:26 am

 

mjabali said:

Observer:

Obama met with Idris recently, so what did they discuss? Attacking the Alwite civilians and taking the kids hostages?

Did Idris tell Obama about this plan to attack?

Or did he tell Obama about the Sunni al-Qaeda members participating in the attack?

Did you see the Libyan speaking with all of these hostages behind him? did Obama’s planners see this?

This is a fiasco however you turn it.

The video that shows all of these children as hostages: what do you really think of this. Having 50 children or more under the age of ten as hostages is really a bad look for the US and what it is trying to spread all over the world.

When Obama and his planners support Idris and Mustafa al-Sabagh, who attack civilians here we have a classic case of a war crime supported by none other than the Obama administration.

These children hostages, and their mothers as well as the old men taking hostages should be let go, that is what Obama could do.

Obama could pressure his bodies to release these hostages. This is the least he could do.

I hope you were not happy like Tara and Majed with all of this ….

August 14th, 2013, 8:30 am

 

revenire said:

Happy Hump Day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RZ3v9s1P0w0
Iraqi Abu Fadhl Brigade Training & Song Against FSA Rebels

August 14th, 2013, 9:07 am

 

apple_mini said:

I’m glad my post of the rebels burning Kurds alive generating outcry from the opposition posters here.

On the propaganda front, the opposition and its mouthpieces have never ceased to fabricate lies from the very beginning: Gay girl in Damascus, massacre pictures from Iraq, flower bouquet in rebels’ gun barrel. Let alone those brazen accusations. I remembered after the very first twin explosion in Damascus, the opposition speaker was on PBS accusing the regime had plotted it, the anchor did not even bother to ask why the regime would have killed its own people on its own turf.

Right here on SC, the opposition mouthpieces accused the regime being responsible for shelling town Salamia. Utter shamefully, they even demanded an apology from the poster who only stated the truth.

I think we should use every means to expose the malicious and hypocritical nature of the opposition. Let’s spice up the counter punch.

August 14th, 2013, 9:07 am

 

Tara said:

Apple,

It is not outcry. It is disgust.

Liars have no shame. A decent person would have retracted and apologized when shown their fabrication. You did not. I am not surprised.

August 14th, 2013, 9:29 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Obama met with Idris recently, so what did they discuss?

Mjabali,

– When did Obama meet with Gen. Idris? Wasn’t it McCain?
– What do you have against Gen. Idris?
– Do you prefer Obama meet with Assad?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salim_Idris

August 14th, 2013, 9:30 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Mjabali
Obama did not meet Idris
Holding women and children hostage is less evil than killing them as your Assad idol has done and you never condemned ,

Apple
you are denying the truth as usual and you have no credibility and what you say is not only nonsense, it is pure lies

August 14th, 2013, 9:47 am

 

zoo said:

Another ‘victory’ over the heretics for the Islamist allies to the FSA. Selim Idriss and Jarba and the whole SNC mafia must be really proud and grateful to their helpful friends

Al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels kill Italian priest, says rights group
By: Reuters Published on Wed Aug 14 2013

BEIRUT- Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria have killed an Italian Jesuit priest who disappeared in the east of the country late last month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Paolo Dall’Oglio, a vocal supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and some Islamist rebel groups, disappeared in the rebel-held city of Raqqa on July 29.

August 14th, 2013, 9:48 am

 

zoo said:

#260 Majed

“Holding women and children hostage is less evil than killing them”

Raping, torturing women and children is a lesser evil. Brilliant as usual.

August 14th, 2013, 9:50 am

 

Mina said:

“Torture in the name of Shari’a” on Kuwait TV.
Good news: they have banned the show

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/kuwaiti-sheikhs-show-banned-after-calling-torture-pro-assad-fighters

August 14th, 2013, 9:54 am

 

zoo said:

The FSA’s weapons: Rumors, car bombs and random mortars on Damascus
Syrian President’s house not attacked

Published August 14th, 2013 – 13:26 GMT via SyndiGate.infoNA
http://www.albawaba.com/news/syrian-presidents-house-not-attacked-513587

BEIRUT: President Bashar Assad’s office denied Wednesday reports that the Syrian leader’s residence in Damascus had been the target of an attack, SANA reported.

SANA quoted the media office of the Syrian presidency as saying “all reports on some media outlets on the targeting of the house of President Bashar Assad in Damascus are completely false.”

Several media outlets earlier reported that Assad’s house in the neighborhood of al-Maliki had been targeted.

The reports also said the Iranian and Russian embassies in Damascus had also been targeted.

August 14th, 2013, 9:55 am

 

revenire said:

The “revolution generation” murdered one of their own. Assad tried to save this priest’s life.

Syrian rights group says al-Qaeda-linked rebels killed Italian priest
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/14/Syrian-rights-group-says-rebels-killed-Italian-Jesuit-priest.html

Reuters, Beirut

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria have killed an Italian Jesuit priest who disappeared in the east of the country late last month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

The Observatory urged all Syrian opposition forces to pressure the ISIL fighters to reveal exactly what happened to Dall’Oglio “so his killers can be held to account, and to hand over his body for burial.”

August 14th, 2013, 9:57 am

 

revenire said:

Has Assad been overthrown yet?

August 14th, 2013, 10:01 am

 

revenire said:

Maybe they attacked Assad’s house with FSA Air Force planes? Where is Capt. Omen?

August 14th, 2013, 10:02 am

 

Tara said:

Reports that Batta’s house being targeted? Great!

Time for “balance of terror” being inflicted on them as they have shot down all their senses for too long. If they are concerned about the children, will be happy to host them.

August 14th, 2013, 10:19 am

 

zoo said:

There doesn’t seem to be a any road or any map to in the SNC’s “road map” to get out the stalemate. It is only a post-Assad political plan, under the wishful assumption that the opposition will take over the power in a post-Assad era.

Syrian opposition to release plan for post-Assad Syria
Istanbul meeting expected to see release of “Plan for Democratic Change in Syria”
http://www.aawsat.net/2013/08/article55313559

The director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Radwan Ziadeh, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “after repeated accusations that the Syrian opposition does not have a vision for the phase after the downfall of [Syrian president] Bashar Al-Assad, we are offering today, for the first time, an integrated vision for a democratic future after the revolution.”

August 14th, 2013, 10:28 am

 

Sami said:

Apple “I just witnessed Hardly a Massacre” Mini,

“I’m glad my post of the rebels burning Kurds alive generating outcry from the opposition posters here’

Written like a true Assadists, even after being caught in the lie he continues with it hoping somehow his lie would stick…

“On the propaganda front, the opposition and its mouthpieces have never ceased to fabricate lies from the very beginning”

Kind of ironic lambasting propaganda when you just got caught with your pants down regurgitating propaganda…

“I think we should use every means to expose the malicious and hypocritical nature of the opposition. Let’s spice up the counter punch.”

First of who is we? Is it you and your filthy pal’s at the Jawiyeh taking names? Have you added my name to your pathetic list yet? Need my Jadeh number? hate to have the wrong Sami arrested…

As for the exposing part, I for one rather enjoy your foolish posts that expose you for the cheap propogandist that you are. It really takes no effort for anyone rejecting the barbarianism known as Assad to deduce that your nothing but a mouth piece, and a horribly and hopelessly bad one at that.

I await your next economics lesson, I rather enjoyed the new measuring unit that has replaced GDP and GNP as a means to judge the standard of living, the ZCL (Zara Checkout Line), I am sure economists worldwide have been floored by this wonderful breakthrough…

August 14th, 2013, 10:37 am

 

revenire said:

Sami it’s war – war with guns and war with words.

I am seeing rumors that Father Paolo was beheaded. I have no proof.

August 14th, 2013, 10:43 am

 

zoo said:

Revenire

Now that his house is ‘attacked’ maybe Bashar al Assad should follow Joshua Landis’s advice and move to a Russian ship.

The deadline of Geneva of October is getting closer and the opposition and their main ally Saudi Arabia are getting fidgety as the SNC will be forced to participate while Bashar Al Assad is still in power. That would be a huge humiliation after they have hammered for 2 years they won’t attend unless he resigns.
They have tried all they could but they have not been able to force the president to resign. In order to avoid a humiliating defeat, the aim of the furious Saudis is to use all its means to kill Bashar Al Assad before the conference.
They do not care if the country will fall into a worse chaos, they want their Arab “bedouin” pride to be saved and win.

August 14th, 2013, 10:47 am

 

don said:

Lawyer fears 400 surface-to-air missiles from Libya may be used to attack

Joe DiGenova, a lawyer representing Benghazi whistle-blowers, said Monday that 400 surface-to-air missiles were taken from Libya during the 2012 terror attack, and the American intelligence community is terrified…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4LKoZmMfZE

A former U.S. attorney, Joe DiGenova, who is representing a Benghazi whistleblower, told a Washington, D.C., radio station on Monday that 400 surface-to-air missiles were “stolen” in Libya and given to some “very ugly people,” aka al-Qaeda, and that the biggest fear in the U.S. intelligence community is that one of these missiles will be used to shoot down an airliner.”

The CIA had sent the missiles to Syrian “rebels” who are supported by the CIA and funded by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in an effort to overthrow the al-Assad government. Turkey has permitted the mercenaries to establish bases in its country on the border with Syria.

“It turns out that when you dig deep enough through all of the mainstream media mud, you can start to make sense of things.”

“Even with extremely complex shadow operations like the one we see going on with the Syrian rebels, who are being backed by the Obama administration in what the media pretends is a completely acceptable act of support. In fact, the story now coming from intelligence insiders is that Benghazi was a smokescreen event in order to shuffle in thousands of missiles to the Syrian rebels.”

The Benghazi story was pushed to the forefront of the establishment media spotlight on August 1 when CNN reported that “dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.”

CNN continued:

Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.

It is clear that two U.S. agencies were operating in Benghazi, one was the State Department, and the other was the CIA.

August 14th, 2013, 10:54 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ali Kayyali is the most criminal shabbih, he will be killed

Revenir, Bashar is injured , what would you do when Your idol joins the rodents underground? soon in shaa allah

August 14th, 2013, 10:56 am

 

mjabali said:

Majedkhaldoun:

If al-Assad killed women and children then it is a war crime, there no question about that.

I never stood for anything but peace from day one of this bloody fiasco. You seem to forget this, on the other hand, you call for death for Alawites and Shia across the board, almost everyday.

If you think like me Syria would have been saved. Plain and simple.

I have been saying this from day one: Peaceful political solutions are the way to go. Revenge and bringing foreigners to fight your war is not the answer.

I know that you are happy to see that Libyan holding these Alawites Syrian women and children in Syria and invoking Allah. Dude, leave Allah alone out of this bloody fight, you are tarnishing his name with your bloody revenge.

August 14th, 2013, 10:57 am

 

zoo said:

Paolo Della’ Oglio was executed in prison by the FSA’s and Turkey’s friends and allies. It is a devastating warning to the opposition that its close association with Islamists is now a liability and must end now at any cost.
It also served as an example of the price to pay for a member of a minority to attempt to befriend Islamists.
>

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/499085/20130814/jesuit-father-paolo-dall-oglio-death-confirmed.htm

“Activists in the city, and who are close to Father Paolo, have confirmed to the SOHR that Italian Jesuit priest and the messenger of peace Father Paolo Dall’Oglio has been killed while in the prisons of the ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Levante], where he has been held for over two weeks,” the SOHR said.

“The Syrian Observatory strongly urges all sides of the Syrian opposition to put pressure on the ISIS to uncover the fate of Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, and if it is the case to give his body so that he can be buried in the traditions of his church and family.

August 14th, 2013, 11:01 am

 

mjabali said:

Mina:

Shafi al-Ajami has the title of a Doctor. hahaaaaahaaa comparing him to the doctors on this board like Majed and Tara is necessary.

Shafi al-Ajami has a quarter million followers on Tweeter. He has been spewing his venom for a long time. AS a matter of fact he has been bragging about financing attacks against Alawites and Shia in Syria.

There is a picture of his cousin holding a Shia child that he later put the knife to his neck in Hatla, near Deir al-Zur.

Shafi al-Ajami is a war criminal and the Kuwaiti government banned him after his rotten smell started coming out. Before that he was saying the same things. Probably the Kuwaiti rulers were having an orgasm with his speeches. How can a government like the Kuwaiti government let a criminal like this speak, and not only that, have a TV show.

This SOB should stand in front of an international court along with anyone who committed any crime in Syria.

As you can see, Sunni Islam is in big trouble. If you ask, our resident doctors on this board, they would say that Islam is going to CONQUER the world.

August 14th, 2013, 11:07 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Russia Putin was quoted that he will accept Bashar to leave if Manaf Tlass is replacing him

August 14th, 2013, 11:19 am

 

mjabali said:

Tara:

You supported an attack on the Syrian Alawite civilians. The same way your grandfather was issuing Fatwas for his relatives the Turks to attack and loot the Alawi land.

How many Fatwas did your grandfather issue against the Alawis?

The great thing is that the break in order in Syria is bringing out all of these books that detail how you Sunnis behaved. Care to read one of them or you busy searching for pictures of Asma al-Assad?

You are happy that these Alawite children are being held against their will. You live in America or Afghanistan?

You are happy that these Alawite women are held hostages, and most likely raped, or about to be raped. What year do you live in, 610 AD?

I asked you before about Shafi al-Ajami tween in which he is discussing the rape of these women and you went silent and asked your boy Uzair for a picture of Asma al-Assad’s birthday party.

What balance of terror are you talking about? You seem not to know Syria and al-Assad. Today, yesterday and the day before al-Assad forces torched Salma and Doreen, two Sunni villages in Jabal al-Akrad in retaliation for that attack.

Do you really care about these Sunni Civilians? I guess not. You are deep into your hatred and jealousy from Asma al-Assad.

By the way, I expect this from you. Deep imbedded hatred towards the Alawites for the mere fact that you came from a Sunni Sheikhs family, that came to Syria with the Ottoman invasion. They gave you this with your milk as a child.

August 14th, 2013, 11:30 am

 

don said:

Nope. Morssi the islamist monster was.

265. revenire said: .. Has Assad been overthrown yet?

August 14th, 2013, 11:34 am

 

ghufran said:

According to SOHR, father Paolo is dead and the killers are the ISIS animals, which some of you overtly or covertly support, I can not wait for the terrorists apologists to start applying makeup on this pig, Nusra and ISIS.
Most of what I see on this blog now especially from the anti regime camp, as noble as opposing this regime is, is kids play and material not worth reading, and that is a reflection of how rage and desire for revenge dominate the minds of many Syrians today, this mentality will make it harder for the war to stop.

August 14th, 2013, 11:37 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Mjabali
Why don’t you study about Zahiri Mazhab, Zahiri does not accept fatwa by anyone, it follows Quraan and VERIFIED Hadith only
So please spare us the nonsense about fatwas

August 14th, 2013, 11:49 am

 

revenire said:

“277. MAJEDKHALDOUN said:
Russia Putin was quoted that he will accept Bashar to leave if Manaf Tlass is replacing him”

LOL

August 14th, 2013, 11:51 am

 

don said:

majedkhaldoun always on the money

115. majedkhaldoun said: .. أخبار طيبة في طريقها للثورة قريباً

Egypt bloodshed: At least 95 killed as troops clear pro-Morsi camps

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/14/20016550-egypt-bloodshed-at-least-149-killed-as-troops-clear-pro-morsi-camps?lite

August 14th, 2013, 11:54 am

 

revenire said:

“Now that his house is ‘attacked’ maybe Bashar al Assad should follow Joshua Landis’s advice and move to a Russian ship.”

Ha ha. With the FSA AIR FORCE hot on the trail.

August 14th, 2013, 11:54 am

 

revenire said:

Don – lol – Majed said about two months ago that soon MILLIONS of Egyptians would be heading to Syria, sent by Morsi. He’s a funny guy!

August 14th, 2013, 12:01 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenir
You are lier ,unashamed lier, as lier as devil, I never said soon million of Egyptian will join the rebels in Syria I said there is POTENTIAL for Egypt to send up to a million,
If you don’t understand the difference then you are stupid

August 14th, 2013, 12:07 pm

 

don said:

OH NO! hahahahahaha!

Turkey Says UN, Arab League Must Quickly Stop Egypt ‘Massacre’

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-14/turkey-says-un-arab-league-must-quickly-stop-egypt-massacre-.html

August 14th, 2013, 12:23 pm

 

ghufran said:

More from “liberated” Raqqa:
محافظة الرقة – المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان:: سيطر مقاتلو “الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام “على مقرات ألوية وكتائب أحفاد الرسول في مدينة الرقة، وذلك جراء هجوم عنيف شنه مقاتلو الدولة الإسلامية، حيث بدأت العملية مساء امس بتفجير سيارة مفخخة كانت قد دخلت إلى مقر لأحفاد الرسول في حي محطة القطار شرقي مدينة الرقة، حيث انفجرت بعد وقوفها بدقائق، ومن ثم نفذ مقاتلو الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام هجوماً عنيفاً على مقرات أحفاد الرسول في مدينة الرقة، وسيطروا عليها بشكل كامل، بعد قتل وجرح وأسر العشرات من مقاتلي أحفاد الرسول،
Both factions suffered heavy losses lately in their war with the Syrian army and now they are fighting each other. There are reports from non government sources that ISIS military leader in Syria (Imad Ahmad) was killed in Hama (by the SA)and that Ahfad Arrasoul ( a funny claim) top militia leader was killed in Raqqa (by ISIS.
From what I heard and read, a larger military assault in Latakia Reef is underway, rebels lost most of the villages they took and are on the run now but I think the army wants to control the whole area and not just take back what was lost, that means trying to take Salma, Kinsabbah and Rabee’aa.
The support the terrorist attacks on poor villagers in reef Latakia received from some of you on this blog make you a sunni copy of your stated alawite enemy, regime shabeehas and sectarian militias, all of the talk about Fadeelah and Assunah al-sharifah from those of you who pretend to be religious proved to be as valuable as claims of virtue by terorirts who cut heads and loot private properties in the name of Allah, I would not spend a minute from now on inhaling the hot air coming from balloons like majed who want to “liberate” Syria from their comfortable homes in the US, however there is still a way for redemption:
stop inciting hatred, send money to the poor and make peace with your fellow Syrian friends in your community, you can still do all of that while opposing the regime and working to change it but not through the terrorists on Nusra and ISIS.

August 14th, 2013, 12:28 pm

 

sf94123 said:

In my book you are a terrorist, criminal and evil Authority should investigate you and revoke your license. You shouldn’t be allowed to practice medicine in the US.

August 14th, 2013, 12:34 pm

 

ghufran said:

to our fellow thawrajyyeh:
please do not send money to terrorists, the FBI is watching, send it to family members, if you still have any in Syria, to help feed the hungry instead of sending money to kill other Sytians:

(Reuters) – A U.S. citizen and a foreign national were charged in federal court in Miami on Tuesday with providing financing and recruits to al Qaeda and other foreign terrorist organizations fighting in Syria and other places.

the men sent close to $ 100,000 to terrorist organizations including Nusra using western union.

August 14th, 2013, 12:47 pm

 

revenire said:

Majed you said it. Doesn’t matter. It went into the same file as your predictions of a No-Fly Zone and Assad being overthrown.

Egypt isn’t going to send a million to fight in Syria. There never was a potential for it. Egyptians have risen up and overthrown the Muslim Brotherhood filth.

August 14th, 2013, 12:50 pm

 

ghufran said:

Al-Baradei resigns:
أعلن نائب الرئيس المصري محمد البرادعي استقالته من الحكومة، وعزا هذه الاستقالة إلى أنه كان ولا يزال يرى أن هناك بدائل سلمية لفضّ الاشتباك المجتمعي، وأنه “كانت هناك حلول مطروحة ومقبولة لبدايات تقودنا إلى التوافق الوطني”.
وقال البرادعي في رسالته إلى رئيس الجمهورية المصرية: “لقد أصبح من الصعب عليّ أن أستمر في حمل مسؤولية قرارات لا أتفق معها وأخشى عواقبها ولا أستطيع تحمل مسؤولية قطرة واحدة من الدماء أمام الله ثم أمام ضميري ومواطني، خاصة مع إيماني بأنه كان يمكن تجنب إراقتها”.
وأشار البرادعي إلى أن المستفيدين مما حدث اليوم هم دعاة العنف والإرهاب والجماعات الأشد تطرفاً.
The new leadership in Egypt appointed 18 new governors, half of them are retired generals.

August 14th, 2013, 1:04 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

WWW

August 14th, 2013, 1:07 pm

 

Tara said:

Mjabali,

In regard to your accusation of whether or not I support killing civilians , I don’t. I have already stated this and I refer you back to my reply. Read it again.

I wish I saw you as much inflamed as you are now after the Houla or Banias massacre or even after you saw the headless little girl with white pull ups and blue skirt. You weren’t. I therefore, despite my disapproval, can’t get myself to show you any sorrow or any sympathetic gesture regardless whether or not I feel them.

And please, leave the backward sexist mentality behind, I dislike Asma because of her support of killing 10,000 and displacing millions.

August 14th, 2013, 1:13 pm

 

Tara said:

“Several media outlets earlier reported that Assad’s house in the neighborhood of al-Maliki had been targeted.”

I have not seen a single report to that effect. Albawaba seems to be the only “media outlet” to report that. I believe I have wad a bogus news from Albawaba before. It is a waste of time.

August 14th, 2013, 1:24 pm

 

ghufran said:

According to multiple news sources, the two main squares where MB supporters are stationed are being emptied and a state of emergency has been declared in 13 Egyptian provinces.
notice the hypocrisy of al-Arabiya, a mouth piece for KSA royal family, when it sides with the Egyptian army and throws mud at the MB in Egypt while it spent more than 2 years in a propaganda campaign against the Syrian army and aired many fabricated stories and videos and never cared to make a correction:

Egyptian security forces moved in about 6am local time to clear supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from two areas of Cairo where they have been camped for weeks, demanding his reinstatement. The Muslim Brotherhood claims hundreds have been killed.

(I guess killing supporters of an elected president is justified in alarabiya’s book of ethics, and bombing Sinai is also justified since it is not the Syrian army who is doing the bombing and the killing).
I am not by any means pleased by the bloodshed and the violent response by any side to this dispute but I find it very disturbing that human lives in the arab world is not worth much nowadays and that GCC in both countries , Syria and Egypt, is playing a dirty role and getting away with it.

August 14th, 2013, 1:33 pm

 

ghufran said:

I think I waited long enough to give Mr Jarba the benefit of the doubt but it seems to me that he is just another idiot, Moaz was much better in my judgment:
أشار الجربا إلى “انتصارات الجيش الحر وضرورة مواكبة العمل السياسي للعمل العسكري والتنسيق بينهما، وقد بدا ذلك واضحا في التوسعة الأخيرة للائتلاف عندما ضم أعضاء من الجيش الحر إلى داخله”.
وطالب الجربا “بالابتعاد عن التجاذبات السياسية لمصلحة الثورة، و انه لابد أن يتم تقليل الخلافات باتجاه التركيز على المزيد من العمل لان نظام بشار الأسد في سورية يلفظ أنفاسه الأخيرة وهو في غرفة الإنعاش التي لن يخرج منها سالما بهمة السوريين الأحرار والثوار الأبطال الذين يسطرون في الميدان اعظم الملاحم و الانتصارات”.
وعبر الجربا عن اعتقاده “اننا امام فرصة ذهبية فالمعارضة اليوم موحدة تحت مظلة الائتلاف والجيش السوري الحر يتقدم في اكثر من جبهة وهذا افقد نظام الأسد صوابه فلجأ إلى التشويش وبث الإشاعات والفتن في محاولات يائسة منه لخلق الشقاق والفرقة التي لن ينجح فيها ، فالشعب السوري يعرف نفاقه ودجله وزيف ألاعيبه”.
By misrepresenting the facts on the ground, Mr Jarba can not be an effective or trusted leader, I am particularly amazed by his claim that the opposition is united and that the FSA is in the lead !!

August 14th, 2013, 2:22 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara when Assad gets hit you can come here and check with me to see if the news is real. These rebels you’re in love with – the head cutters – lie about everything. I am a man you can trust.

Assad walks around Damascus with few bodyguards. He drives his own car. He is loved by the people. When that changes you will know the Syria we both love is forever gone. Assad is the symbol of the living, beating heart of Syria. Whomever kills Assad kills Syria.

August 14th, 2013, 2:46 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran
So what bothers you is the fact that Bashar is close to die, it bothers you that the FSA is gaining grounds, it bothers you that your informations are fake and false, what bothers you is the coastal battle where FSA gained more towns today.
Sorry Ghufran you will spend the rest of your life crying, you will not be alone Revenir, Don Zoo sf94123 will be with you, as you will not be able to get back to free Syria, WWW

August 14th, 2013, 2:49 pm

 

revenire said:

Thank God the Egyptian army has moved on the terrorists. If the terrorists could have they’d have destroyed Egypt like they’ve tried to destroy Syria. I hope they arrest every Muslim Brotherhood leader they can. They should outlaw Brothers but that might be hoping for too much.

Gen. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi is Man of the Year in my book. He should get a Nobel prize for this.

August 14th, 2013, 2:51 pm

 

revenire said:

Majed it’s time for your nap. If we believed you the war would be over and the Brothers would be in charge from Morocco to Pakistan.

The only thing your Nusra friends have “won” on the coast is a one way ticket to Hell at the hands of our army.

You’re ridiculous.

August 14th, 2013, 2:54 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

فجع السوريون والعالم أجمع بنبأ اغتيال الأب باولو داليليو، الذي نذر نفسه للخدمة الانسانية في سورية، قبل أن يتحول إلى رسول ثورة الحرية والكرامة في بلدان العالم ومنظماته الانسانية المختلفة. منذ طرده من مار موسى من قبل النظام الفاشي في شهر مارس ٢٠١١، لم يكف الراهب اليسوعي الذي قدم نفسه دائما، وفي جميع المحافل الدولية كسوري، عن الدفاع عن حرية الشعب السوري وحقوقه.

لم يقتل الاب باولو بأيد سورية، مهما كانت جنسية صاحب اليد التي اغتالته، والى أي مذهب ديني أو فكر سياسي انتمى. ولا يمكن لاغتياله أن يخدم أي طرف من الأطراف المناهضة لحكم الأسد وزبانيته. وإنما يشكل أثمن هدية قدمت للنظام الذي يصر على اتهام ثورة شعبه بالارهاب، في الوقت الذي تحول إرهاب الدولة على يديه إلى برنامج عمل رسمي لا يوفر وسيلة عنف، من القتل اليومي إلى الخطف والاغتيال والتعذيب والتجويع والتدمير المنظم للأحياء والقرى والمدن ومحوها من الوجود.

الأب باولو، لم يقتل بيد السوريين، الذين احبوه وتبنوه بمقدار ما أحبهم وتبناهم وأصبح سوري الولاء والانتماء. لقد ذهب ضحية الحبائل الأمنية التي برع في التخطيط لها وتنفيذها، في لبنان والعراق وبلدان عربية وأجنبية عديدة، واليوم في سورية نفسها، نظام الجريمة المنظمة والقتل المتعمد والإبادة والدمار.

إن اغتيال باولو واختطاف المطرانين والاعتداء على العديد من رجال الدين المسيحي، ينبع من الهدف نفسه الذي أوحى بالتخطيط لتفجير كنائس في لبنان، والذي انكشف أمره في السنة الأولى للثورة، أي الدس على ثورة الحرية السورية، وتصويرها للرأي العام على أنها تمرد متطرفين طائفيين ضد الأقليات السورية. وهو يطمح من خلال تكريس هذه الصورة البشعة إلى كسب العطف وتعميق الهوة بين ثورة الشعب السوري على الفاشية والرأي العام العالمي.

وقوف باولو داليليو مع الثورة السورية هو أكبر دليل على طابعها الانساني والسياسي وبعدها عن الطائفية والارهاب. وبسعيه إلى القضاء على باولو، أراد القاتل أن يخفي شاهدا على الحقيقة لينفي الحقيقة ذاتها. لكن مقتل باولو، رمز الشجاعة والأخوة الانسانية والصدق والوفاء، والدليل الحي على الطبيعة الأخلاقية والسياسية لثورة الحرية والكرامة السورية. بدل أن يقضي، كما كان ينتظر، على الشاهد الملك، قدم لثورة السوريين المجيدة شهيدا كبيرا، بحجم الحرية التي ينشدها شعبها العظيم.

باولو شهيد الحرية هو أيضا شهيد السوريين، وكاشف حقيقة القتلة والمجرمين.

August 14th, 2013, 2:56 pm

 

revenire said:

Salafis celebrate the slaughter of a five year old Syrian child.

Kuwaiti Sheikh, al-Ajmi boasts about his cousin slaughtering a Shiite village in Hatla, Syria, including a five year old child.

August 14th, 2013, 3:38 pm

 

sf94123 said:

MAJEDKHALDOUN, Every one including your close friends knows that you sold your soul to the devil and can’t be trusted anymore. On the other hand, It doesn’t matter if Assad was dead or alive- Just an excuse for you and your Nusra friends to spread hate chaos, death and destruction in Syria – Job well-done Dr. Death.

August 14th, 2013, 3:40 pm

 

revenire said:

Dr. Death

August 14th, 2013, 3:50 pm

 

mjabali said:

Tara:

Sexist talk? why because I said that you are obsessed with Asma al-Assad? Do I care about Asma al-Assad: No. I care about how my country Syria is going to hell. I care about how my countrymen are killing each other with ease. I care about the thousand of criminal foreign Jihadis coming to my country fighting in the name of Allah (that goes to all sides).

If you care about women you would have said just ONE nice word regarding these women who are held hostages and most likely raped.

If you care about women you would cared when these foreigners are holding them hostages.

If you cared about women you would spoke one word against the Tweet of Shafi al-Ajami, one of the perpetrators of this ugly attack.

By the way here is another copy of Shafi al-Ajami Tweet and let me see what do you have to say:

Shafi al-Ajami said:

تم الاتفاق على قتل ابناء تلك القرى وسبي نسائهم حسب احكام الجهاد وسبي الكافرات مع الالتزام بعدم نكاحهن حتى استبراء ارحامهن

So Tara, as a woman, what do you think of this? do you have the courage to answer this?

August 14th, 2013, 3:54 pm

 

zoo said:

The FSA fighters say goodbye to Raqa

Jihadists push Syria rebels out of Raqa

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/jihadists-push-syria-rebels-raqa-173154952.html#0RFIT9Q
A jihadist group has expelled rebel Free Syrian Army fighters from their positions in the northern city of Raqa, a watchdog reported on Wednesday.

“Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have taken control of the positions of the Ahfad al-Rasul brigade in Raqa,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

For more than a week, clashes have pitted jihadists against the Ahfad al-Rasul brigade, a part of the mainstream Free Syrian Army, which has the backing of many Western and Arab countries.

The fighting between the two rebel groups erupted when ISIS attacked Ahfad al-Rasul positions in the city, according to the Observatory and brigade officials.

“They wanted to take our munitions and weapons,” an official from Ahfad al-Rasul told AFP on condition of anonymity.

August 14th, 2013, 4:09 pm

 

zoo said:

Majed

Thanks for reporting the joke of the day. It is a change from your daily hateful posts or you dumb predictions.

“Russia Putin was quoted that he will accept Bashar to leave if Manaf Tlass is replacing him”

August 14th, 2013, 4:14 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

SF94123 #304
People like you are evil and criminal, that is what you deserve,

for Your vulgar language I am sure you are one of them, the criminal shabbiha here on SC, join Revenir

August 14th, 2013, 4:21 pm

 

revenire said:

LOL join me where? Majed please, if you get too excited your heart… calm yourself brother.

August 14th, 2013, 4:24 pm

 

zoo said:

300 Majed

Predictions or suggestions? Potential or real?

Please clarify…

August 14th, 2013, 4:26 pm

 

zoo said:

#301 Revenire

I agree. Al Sissi is a great Egyptian who cares about Egypt, who understand the Egyptians rejection of the authoritarian, intolerant and cruel Islam the tiny Qatar and the West have tried to impose on them.
He maybe the new Nasser that Egyptians have been longing for to restore Egypt’s dignity and role in the Middle East.
No bargain with the Islamists terrorists, they must be all exterminated.

August 14th, 2013, 4:36 pm

 

zoo said:

The West’s paralyzing dilemma: Either they accept to keep Bashar al Assad in power with his conditions or their allies in the region ( Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq) will have to deal with a failed state ruled by dangerously armed extremists and terrorists that may destabilize them.

Jordan seeking U.S. help on border with Syria
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/14/jordan-us-help-syria-border/2655237/

Leaders in the region remain concerned about the chaos that would likely follow Assad’s ouster.

Analysts say opposition groups are too fragmented now to be able to assume control of the country if Assad is ousted.

“After Assad is going to be a lot worse than what’s happening now,” said Ramzy Mardini, an independent analyst based in Jordan.

Syria already resembles a failed state in the grips of competing warlords, said a senior Israeli defense official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The official voiced skepticism that any direct military intervention would be helpful.

“You always have to ask yourself … then what?” he said. “Does it create a better reality?”

Dempsey said those viewing the Syrian conflict in the region see a more complex problem than those who view it from a great distance.

“The people who live in the region very clearly see … this is not about choosing one side or the other,” Dempsey said. “It’s about choosing potentially one side among several others.”

“The complexity becomes clearer the closer you get to it,” he said.

August 14th, 2013, 4:52 pm

 

Ghufran said:

I do not know why you guys bother responding to airheads on this blog who are now totally exposed for their support of terrorists and their inability to understand that their violent methods put them in the same camp as almukhabarat and shabeeha, these are the people who have nothing to offer and are unwilling to admit that there are no good players in Syria, there are only victims and a group of war lords. I do not put the army in the same category as mukhabarat because Syria ,regardless whether the regime survives or not, will still need a national body to protect civilians, many Syrians do not trust the army now but most do not trust almukhabarat and the Assad/ Makhloufs clan, Syrians today have to live under the rule of two untrustworthy regimes and since rebels have chosen terrorism as a tool to bring change they will be rejected by most Syrians, however, I do not believe Syrians in areas under regime control will give the regime a blank check, after all this is a regime that looted Syria and imprisoned Syrians for no crime other than refusing to worship القائد الملهم. When this war is over there will be another struggle to end Assad/ Makhlouf dynasty, 43 years is enough, those who rejected the regime but ended up with nusra and Isis have a bigger job to do, Syria will be fractured for the foreseeable future, those who pledged loyalty to Assad or nusra have no vision for the future, the two dominating forces in Syria today are unreformable and should be rejected by all Syrians.

August 14th, 2013, 4:54 pm

 

Tara said:

Erdogan can’t use force to dismiss the protest but Sisi can? And he is hailed as a hero?

What a hypocrisy and what a loss of moral compass.

August 14th, 2013, 5:03 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Where are the thawrajiyyeh ” analysts” to explain this:

Security officials said senior Brotherhood figures Mohamed El-Beltagi and Essam El-Erian were arrested, joining Mursi himself and other Brotherhood leaders in jail. Beltagi’s 17-year-old daughter was among the dead.
Before he was arrested, Beltagi warned of wider conflict, and singled out the head of the armed forces who deposed Mursi on July 3 following mass protests.
“I swear by God that if you stay in your homes, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will embroil this country so that it becomes Syria. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will push this nation to a civil war so that he escapes the gallows.”

The truth is that the slogan of a Sunni- Shia war was just a tool to recruit foot soldiers who died and are still dying for nothing.

August 14th, 2013, 5:15 pm

 

sf94123 said:

Dr. Death, You are a supporter of Nusra and a die- hard advocate for bombing Syria since day one -Can’t fool people anymore- You are a disgrace to your family and to the Muslim community in the U.S.

August 14th, 2013, 5:39 pm

 

revenire said:

Hard to believe such a hateful man is a doctor.

August 14th, 2013, 5:44 pm

 
 

don said:

Rep. Eliot Engel insists on his less expensive pound of Syrian flesh

Congressional Democrats challenge Pentagon Syria assessment

Leading members of the House and Senate have dismissed the assessment by the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the cost of any U.S. military intervention in Syria.

The lawmakers, ranking members of major committees, asserted that the assessment by Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey ignored U.S. military power.

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/08/12/congressional-democrats-challenge-pentagon-syria-assessment/

August 14th, 2013, 5:48 pm

 

AMEERA said:

اليوم مبسوطة وطاير عقلي بشوفت الحرب الاهلية بمصر يلا يلي من ايدو الله يزيدوا و عقبال منشوف الحرب بلبنان و الاردن و تركيا و كل دول كلاب الخليج و كل دولة ما اعطت فيزا للمعترين السوريين

August 14th, 2013, 5:53 pm

 

Alan said:

The Belarusian and Moldavian girls captured in a north of Latakia by bandits!
forced to read the written text of the paper! ridiculous and idiotic!

http://youtu.be/hGWpRiF69iw?t=34s

August 14th, 2013, 5:56 pm

 

mjabali said:

I am sorry about this disturbing video..my friend just sent this link to me while saying look at what we reached in Syria….

In this video and under the name of Allah these Sunni fighters execute two teen age boys…because they are Shia…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hgmnUpFJO-s

this is how some on this board want to take care of the Alwite kidnapped children….

Of course Obama is watching some TV or at a JAY Z and Beyonce concert

August 14th, 2013, 6:00 pm

 

Alan said:

321. AMEERA
تمنوا الخير للآخرين ، تجدونه في دياركم !

August 14th, 2013, 6:02 pm

 

AMEERA said:

ازا ممكن في مجال حدا يترجم للانكليزي

الى ضابط الاف بي ايه و كل محللين اجهزة المخابرات الموجودين في هذا المنتدى

يرجى التحقق من شخصية و ارتباطات المدعو ماجد خلدون و الذي بيشتغل دكتور في كولورادو

هذا الشخص يرتبط فكريا مع فكر المنظمات الارهابية و عباد الفرج متل جماعة النصرة المصنفة منظمة ارهابية في امريكا كما يقوم بالدعم المالي لتسليح الارهابيين عن طريق حولات ويسترن يونين و حولات بنكية نظامية الى شركاء في الاردن و تركيا و لبنان تحت غطاء معونات اغاثية علما انه يجمع تبرعات نقدية من المراكز الاسلامية و المساجد في مدينته

يرجى الانتباه انو ما في دليل ملموس على ادعائي بس الافضل اتخاذ اجراءات احترازية مثل التحقيق معو و مراقبة ايميلو و حسابو البنكي للتحسب و من اجل مصلحة البلد الامنية

August 14th, 2013, 6:11 pm

 

AMEERA said:

ايه ها يا هيك كتابة التقارير يا بلا

من زمان نفسس اكتب تقرير كيدي بس ما بطلع بايدي بس كتابة تقرير بشخصية افتراضية غير موجودة شعور حلو كتير

August 14th, 2013, 6:13 pm

 

zoo said:

#319

It is terrifying that a doctor supposedly educated to save life has only in mind killing anyone who doesn’t follow his Islamist ideology.
If he keeps threatening of death the ‘barbaric persians’ and the Shias, he is a public danger.

August 14th, 2013, 6:17 pm

 

zoo said:

Egypt is entering in a confrontation between the National army and the Islamists and their sympathizer calling for an Islamic ‘democracy’.
“Peaceful” protesters use deadly weapons against the police. Turkey have declared the new interim government illegitimate and are encouraging the confrontation as they did in Syria. Sounds familiar?

The minorities in Egypt who have unanimously sided with the army are been threatened of genocide. Turkey ( and probably Qatar) may send weapons to the Islamists to ‘defend’ themselves from the ‘brutal’ Egyptian army. Sounds familiar?

Live updates: Egyptian president declares state of emergency, curfew amid deadly violence
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/79000/Egypt/Live-updates-Egyptian-president-declares-state-of-.aspx
Ahram Online, Wednesday 14 Aug 2013

“Armed men in both camps fired at police forces once they started dispersing the sit-ins … police were able to control Nahda and are still combing the surrounding area,” the interior ministry said in another statement on its official Facebook page.

“The police forces only used tear gas despite being attacked by live ammunition [from protesters].”

August 14th, 2013, 6:34 pm

 

Ghufran said:

أهلين أميره
للأسف في كتير من السوريين ما في براسن الا القتل و الدبح

August 14th, 2013, 6:47 pm

 

Syrian said:

In this you tube video, Alawait army officers and soldiers while wearing the “heroic” Syrian army uniform, beatto death 10 members of the Alhamar family including teen agers.
While they were armed and could have killed them instantly ,they opted to use their boots and hitting their heads to the wall.
One of teen agers got an extra beating because he had blond hair,
http://youtu.be/NVfwUxJX8Ik
Where is Mari Gold Run to see his 2 famous prediction comes true.
What goes around comes around
And the war continue

August 14th, 2013, 7:08 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

WWW
We Will Win

August 14th, 2013, 7:10 pm

 

Syrian said:

God bless America.

August 14th, 2013, 7:10 pm

 

Tara said:

I call on Matt Barber to warn/ ban SF Number for his attempt to bully Majedkhaldoun while calling for Sunni ethnic cleansing, displacing them and stealing their properties. Syria comment should not be a free place for criminal.

August 14th, 2013, 7:23 pm

 

Tara said:

Mjabali

What you fail to grab is the Kuwaiti sheik only represents himself. Anyone can anytime anywhere YouTube himself and release a fatwa. Although I acknowledge the “freddom of fatwa” is a big problem in sunni islam that needs to be handled and restricted, I argue that the issuance of sectarian fatwas is an individuals act and not the revolution policy as opposed to Assad and his Alawi sect institutionalized policy of ethnic cleansing.

What you also fail to understand is that your failure to show similar outrage when Sunnis women were raped and Sunni children were tortured makes you unqualified partner for a discussion in this matter.

August 14th, 2013, 7:32 pm

 

sf94123 said:

Tara الدجّال No one is calling for Sunni cleansing- You and your kind are experts in doing just that throughout history since Islam was introduced some 1400 years ago– your grandfathers should remember the Armenian ethnic cleansing – ask them why Sunni Turks kill 3 million Armenians?? … You built your mosques over churches and force Christians and Jews out of their land and stole their properties- You are the thief and the biggest fraud in the history of mankind-

August 14th, 2013, 7:51 pm

 

revenire said:

Oh geez, not the banning talk again. How pedestrian of you Tara.

August 14th, 2013, 7:58 pm

 

revenire said:

Syrian that video is probably a year old. I’ve seen it dozens of times and each time it has a new description. We’re tired of these stupid videos that are supposed to show “regime” crimes.

During a war people get hurt. If you don’t like war put down the guns. If you hang onto the guns and get shot don’t come to SC to cry about it.

August 14th, 2013, 8:02 pm

 

revenire said:

“Sunnis women were raped and Sunni children were tortured”

Yes, yes they were. They were raped and tortured by other Sunnis. By Nursa, by every sort of animal that you “revolution generation” fools accepted in your fight against Assad.

What goes around comes around.

The war continues.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

August 14th, 2013, 8:06 pm

 

Ghufran said:

الرأي الآخر
التلفزيون السوري
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tylVfA6bxw
Let us hope that the guy does not spend the rest of his life in assad’s prisons

August 14th, 2013, 8:09 pm

 

habib said:

315. Tara

Lol, say that to the West.

Syria can’t protect itself from armed terrorists, but Egypt can attack unarmed mobs?

August 14th, 2013, 8:15 pm

 

revenire said:

Syria has the right to kill every single person shooting a gun at its soldiers. It always had that right.

Egypt is doing the right thing.

August 14th, 2013, 8:21 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

You built your mosques over churches and force Christians and Jews out of their land and stole their properties- You are the thief and the biggest fraud in the history of mankind

sf,

And Assad? How many mosques has he destroyed? What has he stolen? What cities has he destroyed? How many homeless has he created?

The issue isn’t religion. The issue is freedom and equal rights. Something Assad and most of the ME have yet to discover.

August 14th, 2013, 8:30 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve

“I am a man you can trust”

Trust in what? getting me jailed in Assad’s dungeon? Nevertheless, it was funny. You made me smile. Thanks.

May be it is me but it is getting dull in here and funny comments are always welcome.

August 14th, 2013, 8:34 pm

 

revenire said:

Ha ha Tara you know I am always at your service. I think after the revolution you and I will be great friends.

August 14th, 2013, 8:39 pm

 

sf94123 said:

AKBAR PALACE, you know better and you are smarter than that!
Assad was naïve- Ordogan and HBJ were his closest advisors. There was a “mosque boom” during his watch.
By the way, there is no “freedom and equal right” in Islam even among themselves- let’s don’t fool anyone!

August 14th, 2013, 8:41 pm

 

mjabali said:

Tara:

I said this many times. If al-Assad and his forces killed any civilian it is a war crime. No question about this. They should stand court.

My “outrage” for the Alawites stems from the fact that the Alawites do not have anyone to speak for them. al-Assad do not represent all of the Alawites. The Alawites are getting massacred by all parties. Do you understand this? It is very simple.

I stated this many times: I am for the minorities of Syria because they have no one to stand up for them. Let me be the first. This point is very easy to understand.

The killing is from both parties, make no mistake.

As for the Fatwas: I disagree with you for the simple fact the the Sunni Fatwa history with the minorities is nothing but shameful and was done not for personal reasons but for the benefit of a huge class of Sunnis. That is why you have a Fatwa against the Alawites, and other minorities from the days of Ibn Taymiyah till now. Ibn Taymiyah did not issue his Fatwas for himself, but for his master the ruler. Islam was manipulated to rule and take the land of minorities, who in the case of Syria are the original inhabitants of the land. The Fatwas were done for material gain, for taking land and for sectarian cleansing to bring the same ethnicity of the ruler. Salh al-Din is an example for this.

The Sunnis of Syria made sure that the stream of Fatwas keeps on going.

From Ibn Taymiyah to al-Eiji to al-Imadi to al-Qari to al-Haskafi to al-Muradi to Ibn Abdeen (father and son) to al-Hamzawi…

The stream of Fatwas kept on coming to rape the properties of the minorities and enslave them. Yes enslave them: they even have Fatwas how to buy and sell those captured from these minorities. This is what we have today: a continuation of the same policy: issue a Fatwa against those minorities and let us take their land and woman and kids, of course kill their men. Do you want the text of these Fatwas.

The Sunnis of Syria made sure to ratify these Fatwas. These Fatwas became the policy and the mode of thinking of the Sunnis.

If anyone needs to make the Middle East a place for HUMANS to live in: they should lock up around 1000 Sunni Sheikhs today.

Look at Sudia Arabia and their formal Dar al-Ifat’ (the place that issue Fatwas) don’t you think that according to modern laws these animals should be locked up or what?

The Muslims did not do well in the Middle East in the land they invaded. This is a scientific fact. The incidents of today (Syria, Egypt, Iraq) proves beyond doubt that this place needs therapy for some and jail for many.

August 14th, 2013, 8:51 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Mjabali
let me tell you, Sunni are different mazhabs Zahiri Mazhab believes in Quraan and VERIFIED hadith, and does not believe in any fatwa,

August 14th, 2013, 9:00 pm

 

Syrian said:

Rev.
Exactly, that is a one year old video, that video was for Jabali, who posted a video of “Sunnis” killing 2 guys,the reason I posted this one year old video is to tell him that his people have been doing worse for over a year,so you better tell him what you told me

“During a war people get hurt. If you don’t like war put down the guns. If you hang onto the guns and get shot don’t come to SC to cry about it.”

I assure you we don’t cry anymore,our tears have dried up loooong time ago,

Also my comment on 332 was in response to Ameera’s request on MK which I don’t expect you to get it since you need to be a Syrian to know what is it about.

August 14th, 2013, 9:00 pm

 

mjabali said:

The Muslims came to Syria 1400 years ago and destroyed the place for its original inhabitants.

The stream of Muslim invaders kept this aggressive destructive legacy alive.

What happens today is a proof of this.

The way most of the Sunni Muslims of Syria view those who are not Sunni Muslims shows that what had developed from Sunni Islam is not compatible with this day and age.

August 14th, 2013, 9:01 pm

 

Syrian said:

“The Muslims came to Syria 1400 years ago and destroyed the place for its original inhabitants.
Look at what your people did to Syria In just 2 years, after they got hold of it for only 40 years,
If one really reflect on your way of ruling a country,one must really come to the conclusion that the people of the past,knew more than us of what you are capable of. And they were right all along.

August 14th, 2013, 9:14 pm

 

ghufran said:

This is from the comment section at aksalser in response to the murder of father Paolo:

الاسم : ابو مصطفى .
العنوان : الله يرحمك يابطل (6) (2)
ياحرام … من اول المعارضين .. اصطف الى جانب المظلومين .. لطيف ومحب للناس .. هيك تكون نهايته .. ياحرام .. والله .. واللله يا اخ باولو دمك برقبتنا كلنا … كل السوريين سينتقمون لروحك الطاهرة من هؤلاء الكفرة المجرمين … وعد … وعد وعهد … الله يرحمك كنت مسلم حقيقي … انت المسلم ونحن الكفرة .. نم قرير العين يابطل …

August 14th, 2013, 9:31 pm

 

mjabali said:

So called “Syrian”:

It is not a competition here….you and I will lose in this game….most importantly Syria has lost…

Just go to you tube and…search using the words : إعدلم علوي

you will see wonders….good luck…

August 14th, 2013, 9:47 pm

 

zoo said:

The hopeless and aimless wanderings of the SNC under Saudi Arabia influence continues…

“Wasn’t it Einstein who said that it would be insanity to do the same thing over and over, expecting different results?” asked Aron Lund, an expert on the Syrian uprising and Islamist movements.”

Plan to overhaul Syria rebel forces risks stirring dissent

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Plan+to+overhaul+Syria+rebel+forces+risks+stirring+dissent/-/1840392/1948626/-/item/1/-/hqe5dg/-/index.html

Posted Wednesday, August 14 2013 at 22:13

A call by Syria’s opposition chief Ahmed Jarba to restructure rebel forces into a National Army has stirred rage among jihadists, and even criticism among his ranks.

The plan will reportedly retain General Selim Idriss, the current head of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a force made up of army defectors and civilians who took up arms against President Bashar al-Assad.

In an interview on Monday, Jarba said the new force was needed to combat elite fighters loyal to Assad’s regime and to form the backbone of a future army.

“We need this army so that it becomes the foundation of a new army, that has air defence capabilities… tanks, logistical support, medical units,” said the head of the National Coalition.

He also acknowledged the need to combat “extremist thinking,” an apparent reference to jihadists who want to create an Islamic caliphate.

“There needs to be a clear and total rejection of any extremist thinking, and of any action that harms civilians, and any targeting of civilians on the basis of religious or ethnic affiliation,” Bahra said.

Lashing out against the ineffectiveness of the foreign-based National Coalition, many dismiss the proposed new force as an irrelevant project unlikely to bear fruit.

Others see the National Army plan as a bid to convince the West to funnel weapons directly to the rebels, by building a more coherent force clearly separate from the jihadists.

But it remains unclear how successful any reorganisation would be, with analysts pointing out the effort would be the latest in a string of bids to unify and streamline the rebels.

“Wasn’t it Einstein who said that it would be insanity to do the same thing over and over, expecting different results?” asked Aron Lund, an expert on the Syrian uprising and Islamist movements.

The conflict has become so localised that it will be difficult to reorganise the rebels, dividing moderates from extremists, he said.

“Many of the biggest groups aligned with Selim Idriss, groups like Liwa al-Tawhid, have said they may not share the ideology of the (Al-Qaeda affiliate) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but that they are also not interested in fighting them,” Lund told AFP.

August 14th, 2013, 9:52 pm

 

observer said:

Mjabali

I am surprised you did not comment on my response to your comment. I loved yours and your points you make.

Now you seem to be disappointed with Obama as you both accuse him of colluding with Idris and of not coming to the rescue of the minorities.

I am not sure that Obama cares one bit. He said that he did not feel that there should be an intervention in the Congo or in Liberia for that matter.

He rightly understands that the US can help build an army and a police force within the structure of a viable state but that the US has learned its lessons hard in Afghanistan trying to control an insurgency with AL Qaeda and the Talibans.

The US has no bone in this fight, has no strategic interest, no freedom agenda, no superpower prerogative, no interest in the outcome, no faith in the protagonists be they regime or rebels, after all the regime sent Jihadists to Iraq to thwart the US, so it is payback time big time for the Americans.

The powers have no friends they have interests. The US sees none in Syria, Russia is just a wannabe superpower that wants to score points and no one gives a hoot about it scoring points in Syria of all places.

In this, the fate of the minorities will be inconsequential to the interests of the US.

I admire your belief in a Syrian identity yet I am puzzled at your selective indignation but understand that you feel for your community. This is actually a good proof of my contention that there is no such thing as a true national Syrian identity as the veneer of that disappears quickly when it comes to clan, ethnic group, of sect.

I guess if one sees the satellite photos of the destroyed cities of Syria one has to unfortunately expect the worst. Nowadays we have none but counter fanatics that have the ascendency. The regime fanatics that imprisoned the moderates and stifled any talk of freedom and democracy especially from people like you are now finding a mirror image in the fanatics of the other side. Well, if HA comes and raises a flag of Ali, even if not true but perceived as true, then it is only natural that that the other side raises a flag of Omar or Yazid for that matter in response. The regime wanted it that way thinking that it could repeat the 80’s narrative and bring to its side the urbanites and the minorities but it did backfire.

I am sorry to tell you that a US retreat from the region is exactly what needs to happen. Damn if we do and damn if we do not. The travails of the Arab Islamic world are not to end soon and we will have 80 years of war for 80 years of dictatorial regimes which have governed the region since the 1918 armistice day.

No one is able to fill the void and in the meantime I have to confess that with the conflict contained within the borders of Syria there is every indication that keeping the fanatics fighting each other for another 15 years is actually desirable.

Here in the US no one is talking about the ME, very few people care what happens, there is an Iraq syndrome and the few McCain nuts are of no influence.

So a genocide here or there is not going to stir anybody to the rescue. It is sad and abhorrent but it is the truth.

I deeply regret that any child is sleeping hungry and is afraid exploited and that any person is humiliated or tortured or killed or deprived of liberty and freedom and the rule of law. Alas we have to go through our Medieval times, very dark and very destructive but I do not see any hope anytime soon.

As for my and TARA ancestors’ shortcomings and inequity, we are not responsible surely an erudite and sophisticated person such as you understands that simple concept.

In the final analysis, the only way to avert massacres now is for the community to bring to the table the head of the regime on a platter ( figuratively speaking of course ) without which the entire community I am afraid will suffer its fate.

Good night and good luck

August 14th, 2013, 10:13 pm

 

zoo said:

Decentralization or partitioning?

Syria’s future may impose more decentralization
August 15, 2013 12:21 AM
By David Ignatius

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Columnist/2013/Aug-15/227402-syrias-future-may-impose-more-decentralization.ashx#ixzz2c0J0veX8

What this means, says Taqi, is that any attempt to broker a diplomatic solution must begin with a cease-fire, and with combatants holding different slices of territory. The future Syria that emerges will have to be a more decentralized state, reflecting the intense feelings of communal separation and rage that have emerged over the past two years of war.

“It may not be possible to re-establish a national convention based on a central state,” warned Taqi in a recent research paper. “We need … a state where all regions have a high percentage of decentralization.”

Taqi argues that as the Alawite-led regime and the Sunni opposition hunker down in the regions they control, they are turning to external powers for political and economic lifelines.

The Assad regime depends on its patrons in Iran and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in neighboring Lebanon.

The Sunni-led opposition is similarly turning to its regional patrons. Taqi notes that Syrian olive-oil producers moved their presses to Turkey. Likewise, the wheat harvest in northern Syria has gone to Turkey, while petroleum is being shipped to either Turkey or Iraqi Kurdistan. Economic activity in the liberated Sunni regions of southern Syria around Deraa is now linked to Jordan. Damascus isn’t the country’s economic hub any longer.

These regional players, with their own agendas, will keep pulling Syria apart until a functioning national government can be re-established. Taqi’s point is that these regional players shouldn’t be allowed to make the situation even worse for their own selfish reasons.

August 14th, 2013, 11:15 pm

 

Syrian said:

Jabali
If this was a competition you will lose big time, your tube video did not load so I did not watch it, while I’m sure if is horrible video you will have to understand that after we posted 100s of horrible videos we became numbs to them , I hope this thing finishs before you get tired of posting videos like we did.

August 14th, 2013, 11:42 pm

 

zoo said:

Syria’s war has exposed the hypocrisy of western powers

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/14/syria-australia-battle

The conflict has become an ugly proxy battle between innumerable outside forces. If the Australian government is so worried about terrorism, it should stop backing it in Syria
….
Carr was rightly condemned for his comments, yet he ignored another harsh reality: when it comes to Syria, the US and its Saudi Arabian and Qatari allies are backing Islamic fundamentalism under the guise of defeating the west’s key Middle East villain, Iran. Al-Qaida is now thriving, and the number of beheadings and other assorted acts of extreme sectarian violence have been steadily rising. It’s like the funding of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan never happened, or that the lessons learned after the west armed what became al-Qaida under Osama Bin Laden were wiped from the record.

By June this year, Carr accepted the necessary presence of Assad in any successful peace negotiations. Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop urged for a “negotiated settlement” in February, but refused to condemn the role of western-backed jihadis.

Meanwhile, foreign fighters are flooding into Syria – and they’ve become some of the fiercest and most successful insurgents against the Assad regime. US officials talk of the country becoming an extremist haven. Blue-eyed jihadists from Europe recently told Foreign Policy that they were committed to establishing an Islamic state inside the nation

August 15th, 2013, 12:14 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Something is going on in Damascus

August 15th, 2013, 12:22 am

 

don said:

Here’s what’s going on in Damascus

Syrian PM says countdown of rebels’ collapse started

DAMASCUS, Aug. 14 — Syrian Prime Minister Wael al- Halqi said Wednesday the countdown of the rebels’ collapse has started.

“Syria is facing a military, economic, media and political war that tries to target its structure as a state and the unity of its people,” al-Halqi said during a cabinet meeting.

Slamming the West’s biased stance in favor of the Syrian opposition, al-Halqi said the pro-Syrian opposition countries “have opted to target the economy of Syria after the failure of their tools on ground to achieve any victory.”

The prime minister’s remarks coincided with a report by the state media that declared the victory of the Syrian army in al- Khmais Mountain in the northern countryside of the coastal province of Latakia on Wednesday.

Checking on military outposts in Latakia Wednesday, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said “the victories achieved by the Syrian army will bring the ultimate victory against the armed terrorist groups in all Syrian provinces,” hailing the “heroism and bravery” of the army, according to the state media report.

The SNC’s old-new demand was always met with a rejection from the Syrian government which repeatedly said any political solution should start with unconditional dialogue. Yet, the opposition seems determined to stick to its adamant stance, which, according to observers, would not be conducive to establishing a common ground for negotiation with the Assad administration.

While stressing Syria’s readiness to resolve the crisis politically to preserve its sovereignty and independence, al-Zoubi said “the opposition has one aim represented by toppling the state without any political project, while the Syrian state works to defeat the armed opposition linked to the United States and Israel, with commitment to finding a national opposition which has productive presence as it is a mirror to the government.”

He said the Syrians would not accept any political solution if it was not approved by Assad, considering that the political solution has to go in parallel with confronting terrorism.

http://english.eastday.com/e/130815/u1a7594587.html

August 15th, 2013, 3:10 am

 

SimoHurtta said:

342. Akbar Palace said:

You built your mosques over churches and force Christians and Jews out of their land and stole their properties- You are the thief and the biggest fraud in the history of mankind

sf,

And Assad? How many mosques has he destroyed? What has he stolen? What cities has he destroyed? How many homeless has he created?

The issue isn’t religion. The issue is freedom and equal rights. Something Assad and most of the ME have yet to discover.

Wow an Israeli Jewish right-wing extremist lecturing. Again.

One thing is Akbar since 1948 Israeli Jewish leaders have destroyed and stolen more mosques than Assads ever. How many homeless have those Polish, Ukrainian, German etc invaders who robbed Palestine created. Certainly more than Assads.

Saying that it is not about religion is naive, when religious groups are managed to start to fight against each other. Israel’s nationalism is and has been driven purely with religion, because the religion is the only what unites Jews. Palestinians use religion in such form as all nations/tribes do when being attacked. But Pals would do it if even they were Hindus. For them the resistance is not motivated by their religion. The motivation is the bad treatment Jews offer them.

Sure in the beginning Syria’s problems were not the religious differences, but now they are thanks to those who did throw petrol in the fight, the religious/ethnic differences matter. One thing is certain Israeli Jews are certainly not annoyed of that.

When a hard-core Zionist says “The issue isn’t religion. The issue is freedom and equal rights.” and goes back to his post guarding a settlement, shooting schoolgirls and arresting 5 year old children, the rest of the world can’t keep politely their poker-face – they laugh loudly.

August 15th, 2013, 7:24 am

 
 

Alan said:

Israeli Defense Minister called for the U.S. war in Syria, announced a new “axis of evil”
http://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fcas1961.livejournal.com%2F2072356.html&sandbox=1

August 15th, 2013, 7:43 am

 

Ghufran said:

More than 500 people died in one day in Egypt, a country where Sunnis are killing Sunnis and Christians are getting attacked by Islamist thugs and a national army that is now being accused of treason, shiaism is not a factor in this fight, indeed Iran is more upset with the army than the MB, only erdugang seems to have enough testosterone to scream but not enough testicles to do anything else. Egyptian tv channels, official and private, are talking and acting like SANA ,and their analysts are the Egyptian version of Sh’hadeh and Aboud in Syria.
Syria is not unique ,and militant Islamists are not going to stop after Syria or Egypt, they are a disease that keeps spreading aided by the GCC , Turkey, and evil sheikhs. Keep in mind that corruption and oppression are essential factors in feeding this monster,

August 15th, 2013, 9:00 am

 

zoo said:

Will the new “transitional” government promised by Jarba move to Raqqa, the “only provincial capital in rebel hands”?

Syria: Islamist infighting sweeps Raqqa

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/08/article55313705

After two years of fighting, the city of Raqqa, located in the eastern Jazira region of Syria on the banks of the Euphrates, is the only provincial capital currently in rebel hands.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights announced that elements linked to ISIS seized the Ahfad Al-Rasul Brigade’s headquarters in Raqqa after a suicide car bomb went off near the building, causing dozens of casualties. The SOHR added that at least “18 elements from Ahfad Al-Rasul were executed after their headquarters were stormed.”

An opposition activist from Raqqa, Ibrahim Msallam, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the dispute between the two Islamist groups began as ISIS demanded that all rebels pay homage to its leader, as the group intends to declare Raqqa an Islamic emirate by the end of the month.

August 15th, 2013, 9:05 am

 

zoo said:

” A major diplomatic effort is needed

The changing war

http://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/syria-long-war-0

The central role of jihadist paramilitaries in the operation is a notable part of the capture of Minnagh. In fact, these groups are coming to dominate the civil war as a whole. The same Jane’s Defence Weekly article says: “Every major offensive in the region has been announced, led and coordinated by Islamists. This is also increasingly the case elsewhere in the country.”

Alongside the expanding role of Islamist paramilitaries in the war, are three further trends. The first is the increasing supply of modern weapons, anti-armour missiles, to these paramilitaries. The weapons now include supplies from Sudan, paid for by Qatar, and reportedly moved by Ukrainian transport-aircraft to an airfield in Turkey and thence into northern Syria (see C J Chivers & Eric Schmitt, “Arms Shipments Seen from Sudan to Syria Rebels”, New York Times, 12 August 2013).

The second is the rapid rise in the number of foreign fighters joining the Islamist groups among the rebels. Total numbers are uncertain and range from United States estimates of 6,000 (see Anne Barnaed & Eric Schmitt, “Syria risks being extremist haven as fighters flow in”, International Herald Tribune, 10 August 2013) http://iht.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx through to a Lebanese government source that gives a figure of 17,000 (see Liz Sly, “Al-Qaeda expands in Syria via Islamic State”, Washington Post, 13 August 2013) Both calculations indicate a foreign involvement at least as large as that which joined the war against the Americans in Iraq in 2004-07.
..
The dangerous future

All this means that the Syrian civil war has entered a new phase which essentially pitches the Alawi regime of Bashar al-Assad against Islamist paramilitaries, with the more secular elements of the rebellion becoming far less important. This in no ways diminishes the proxy nature of the war but it is likely substantially to diminish support offered by western countries to the rebels, meaning that the role of Qatar and (especially) Saudi Arabia is becoming central to the war.

This argument was made in an earlier column in this series (see “Syria’s war, a new phase”, 13 June 2013). Since then, more effective weapons have been arrived in the hands of the Islamist groups and the ISIL connection has been revealed. These developments are still in their early stages, and their full impact yet to be known. But they imply that the war will have many months if not years to run, and that its most likely outcome is a divided Syria in which significant territory and centres of population will come under Islamist governance. The only way to avoid this would be to involve the centres of power in Riyadh and Doha, as well as Tehran, in a major diplomatic effort.

August 15th, 2013, 9:09 am

 

zoo said:

#364 Gufran

The West has pampered the Moslem Brotherhood under the illusion encouraged by Turkey and Qatar that they were the ‘moderate democratic’ future of the Arab world and that they can be easily controlled.
Qatar’s main manipulator HBJ is now out in the wild and Erdogan is struggling for his shaky future political career.
Without these two, the MB has no chance to survive. Now that it is weak, it is time to crush it totally. Nobody will come to their rescue.
The Islamists in Egypt need a significant defeat that will paralyze them for the next decades.
There is no bargain possible with a virus. It needs to be eradicated ruthlessly even if it implies weakening the patient.

August 15th, 2013, 9:20 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

One of the last images I remeber from Syria, with the revolution already ongoing by august 2011 was the picture of Basshar Al Ass…ad wearing army clothes fixed on the rear window of a Service with the words:

Ouyoun Assad

Pff aleikum. The militar dictatorships are showing their real nature in Syria as in Egypt. They are the criminal, absolutists, they destroyed the economics via clientelism and corruption. Fxxx all the militar regimes.

Here we come Habibi la tkhaaf. Yalla ‘al Malki.

August 15th, 2013, 9:45 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Severe battle in Zainab .
FSA attacked Assad criminals thugs in reef Latakia.

WWW,we will defeat Assad and his thugs and break their heads, Syria will be free,will be democracy, and those thugs that defend Assad here on SC will be humilliated,they are supportive of criminal Assad so they are criminals and thugs the same for supporters of HA and the rest of barbaric persians like the criminbal SF94123

August 15th, 2013, 9:50 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ameera
You obviously worship Ass.ad, and your language is not fit for a woman from Damascus, they are polite and they don’t say bad words like you, Damascus will reject you,you are not damascene

August 15th, 2013, 9:58 am

 

mjabali said:

Observer:

I am sorry that I did not continue and answer your post. I like the part in which you talk about your family. It reminded me with some novels I have read.

I will read it again after work and respond to both of your posts. It is good at this time to have a dialogue.

Have a good day

August 15th, 2013, 10:28 am

 

mjabali said:

So called Syrian:

The video I linked to shows how the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham killed with cold blood two teen age Shia boys.

AS for Islam in the middle East and comparing it to al-Assads 42 years rule: I will answer this later tonight because you insisted to linking me to al-Assads, just because you think I am an Alawite.

One thing before I go: Even my dog knows that al-Assads do not represent the Alawis and they just use them as a tool for their own personal agendas.

Even my dog knows that al-Assads NEVER worked for any Alawite “agenda,” like your Sunni world domination ideas floating around since the days of your prophet till now.

If you, the Sunnis, understood this, this Syrian crisis had been over a long time ago.

August 15th, 2013, 10:35 am

 

zoo said:

#369 Majed

“those thugs that defend Assad here on SC will be humilliated’

Suggestion or prediction?

August 15th, 2013, 10:53 am

 

zoo said:

#Majabali

This is the report behind the video. These people are vicious and sick. They have no place in Syria

Islamist rebels execute two Shi’ite youths in Syria: monitoring group
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:22am EDT

http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCABRE97E0PB20130815?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=401

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two youths from Shi’ite villages in northern Syria have been executed by members of an al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebel group, according to a video uploaded to the Internet on Wednesday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The British-based monitoring group, which is opposed to President Bashar Al-Assad, said the execution took place on Tuesday or Wednesday in Aleppo province.

The executions are the latest incident of sectarian violence in Syria’s nearly two and a half year civil war, which began with peaceful protests but has descended into sectarian hatred, pitting Sunni majority rebels against Assad’s Alawite sect and Shi’ite Hezbollah.

In the video, two blindfolded youths kneel before a masked man who reads a statement in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, one of the strongest rebel groups in Syria.

The man identifies the youths as coming from Nubul and al-Zahra, predominantly Shi’ite villages in the mostly rebel-held countryside northwest of Aleppo city. He says the group kidnapped them to exchange them for prisoners but was now executing them in response to the failure of that exchange.

The man exits from view after finishing his statement and voices off camera shout “God is great” before the youths appear to be struck by more than twenty rounds of gunfire and fall to the ground motionless.

August 15th, 2013, 10:56 am

 
 

zoo said:

#370 Majed

Ha ha ha! You better go to Raqqa to stay among you criminal buddies. They are very polite, they invoke Allah after every of their murder. They’ll love you.

August 15th, 2013, 11:06 am

 

zoo said:

New Saudi-supplied missiles boost rebels in south Syria

Suleiman Al-Khalidi Reuters

10:44 a.m. EDT, August 15, 2013

AMMAN (Reuters) – Rebels in southern Syria have fired newly acquired anti-tank guided missiles supplied by Saudi Arabia in a significant boost to their battle against President Bashar al-Assad, rebel, intelligence and diplomatic sources say.

Several Russian-designed Konkurs anti-tank weapons were used in a rebel attack this week on an army position in Deraa city near the Jordanian border, said a source in a rebel brigade linked to the Western-backed Supreme Military Council.

August 15th, 2013, 11:12 am

 

zoo said:

After Syria, now the twin Moslem Brotherhood supporters, Qatar and Turkey, call to refer Egypt to the UNSC

Turkey’s ‘unfortunate UN attempts’ unlikely to succeed: Egypt

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-unfortunate-un-attempts-unlikely-to-succeed-egypt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52586&NewsCatID=352

Egypt has expressed “dismay” at what they said were “unfortunate” attempts by Turkey and Qatar to refer developments in Egypt to the U.N. Security Council.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called today for an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting over Egypt’s bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which has left hundreds dead.

Erdoğan’s office said Aug. 14 he had spoken to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and separately to all permanent members of the Security Council this week about the crisis.

According to a report from Egypt’s al-Ahram, Egyptian diplomats expressed “dismay” at what they said were “unfortunate” attempts by Ankara and Doha to refer developments in Egypt to the U.N. Security Council, adding that this effort was unlikely to succeed.

Turkey’s stance has infuriated Egypt’s interim government, which last month voiced “strong resentment” at Erdoğan’s comments backing the ousted Morsi.

August 15th, 2013, 11:30 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
Good news from you about Deraa, hopefully we can smash Ass.ad forces there,,we will invite you to our victory celebration, and feed you Pepper and bitter

The Sisi are criminal group, why don’t you go there?

August 15th, 2013, 11:49 am

 

Syrian said:

A huge explosion in southern Beirut, next to hozboola head quarter.
Someone. somewhere from Qusir and Set Zineb is handing out sweets in the street.

August 15th, 2013, 12:00 pm

 

apple_mini said:

The death toll seems high in Egypt, but considered the number of hell bent Islamists and MB members it is not off the chart.

When NYPD went in Zuccotti park, those OWS activists were not determined to be martyrs. Those cops were not shot at either. Otherwise, there would have been bloodshed as well.

No government would allow defiant anti-government protesters sit in and grow their numbers and influence.

For strategic reasons, Egyptian army will not be ditched by the west. The army just needs to play their PR campaign subtly. The most important thing is to clear up the mess ASAP.

There will be no civil war simply because the Islamists and MB do not have access to weapons to chanllenge the army. Unlike Syria, no players in the neighboring countries dares to send in weapons to arm the opposition.

August 15th, 2013, 12:36 pm

 

sf94123 said:

Yes…go and join your criminal buddies in al Raqqa and have a Throat- Cutter/ Cannibalism Party (eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings- you will be useful in identifying organs) or better yet have a church burning party (so far you and your people have burned 52 Churches in Syria) – Yahoo—We are very close to liberate Syria, restore our dignity and enjoy equal rights…. Job well done Dr. Death

August 15th, 2013, 12:44 pm

 

Tara said:

Syrian

HA and its base had it coming. What goes around comes around.

The only way I see to stop the violence is for Lebanese Shiaa to lay down their arms, denounce terrorism, exile Narallah, and come to the negotiation table with the rest of the Lebsnese. HA is a terrorist organization and should be exterminated.

August 15th, 2013, 12:50 pm

 

Alan said:

Dempsey ! You are commander of nothing until Congress passes a declaration of war. If you insist Americans will arrest you and try you for treason !” The result…no Vietnam or Korea or Desert Storm ect. No murder of the President with the military complicit in that! It would have been a lot different country if the military had really defended America instead of attacking it! 🙂

August 15th, 2013, 1:30 pm

 

Ghat Al Bird said:

Why is it so hard for intelligent and honorable people to resolve their differences without murdering each other?

The only poeple that as far as any intelligent person can determine that benefit from the destruction of Syria are non-syrians.

It also should be quite evident after over 100,000 dead that its time to stop and talk it out.

Don’t continue to benefit others such as…..

http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-the-killers-of-peace/5345805

August 15th, 2013, 1:36 pm

 
 

majedkhaldoun said:

SF94123
said Job well done
It is not well done till you face court at the hands of rebels

August 15th, 2013, 2:59 pm

 

syrian said:

Tara.
That what should really happens, but they(same as BAtta) are addicted to power.and will not give up untill they go through the same pains they inflctud on others.

August 15th, 2013, 3:20 pm

 

syrian said:

About the video so called” Jabali” have mentioned, the word on the net is , there were an agreement of prisoners exchange between ISIS and the people of Nabel, twice the deal did not go through and in 2nd attempt the people of Nable ambushed the ISIS and killed few fighters, So the ISIS killed the 2 hostages in retaliation

August 15th, 2013, 3:36 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

There are insider news from Sweida officials in the ASSAD’S SYRIA ARMY that predicts the end of the army in less than one year. The state of desperation, lack of morals, deficit of recruitments as well as lack of legitimacy and popularity makes of ASSAD’S SYRIA ARMY is near to collapse, maybe real collapse this time. This is according to some officials in Sweida serving to ASA.

August 15th, 2013, 4:10 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Hezballah the great rebel party of poor and miserable shiites of Lebanon created by Khomeini and Hafez Al Assad in the early 80’s is receiveing the same drug they used to administrate in the past. Massive car bombs at their’s homes doors.

When all sons of most HA leaders are rich boys with last model Porsches, etc. then it came the time to get back the results of what their parents planted. And the worst thing is that these stupid rich boys will not be able to defend anything and fight like their fathers did. They will get swallowed by flames of hate.

August 15th, 2013, 4:29 pm

 

sf94123 said:

MAJEDKHALDOUN post 386 on August 15th, 2013, 2:59 pm said ”
SF94123
said Job well done
It is not well done till you face court at the hands of rebels”
———————-
Simply you want to kill me!I’ll take your direct THREAT seriously- Dr. Landis and his people should take a note of your threat- I shall report your threat to authorities in your jurisdiction.

August 15th, 2013, 4:37 pm

 

revenire said:

Considering the rebels behead people it comes off like a death threat. This Majed character is out of control.

August 15th, 2013, 5:41 pm

 

revenire said:

Sharmine Narwani ‏@snarwani 4m
Listen up, you monumentally stupid western journalists: Dahiyeh is a #Beirut suburb with mostly Shia CIVILIANS – not “Hezbollah stronghold.”

August 15th, 2013, 5:42 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Sf94123
Please make complaint in Denver Colorado,I am waiting for that,

August 15th, 2013, 6:07 pm

 

mjabali said:

So called “Syrian:”

عذر اقبح من ذنب

What a justification for the killing of those two children under the name of Islam. This is your true colors. Islam as I said brought nothing to Syria but death. Wait till I finish work to show you the history of your religion in my country Syria. What a shameful history! keep on hiding it.

August 15th, 2013, 6:36 pm

 

Sami said:

Oh now Sharmine talks about civilian casualties while she tried miserably to write off Syrian civilian deaths.

What a pathetic excuse of a journalist. She is nothing but a failed hack that will only be relevant to those stupid enough to digest her backwards and simplistic narratives.

Please someone remind me where does this “Journalist” live again? Kind of ironic to lambast western journalist while she her self is a wanna be western journalist. I would say it is an extreme case of jealousy only I don’t think this dimwit has the proper brain capacity for that…

August 15th, 2013, 6:45 pm

 

Tara said:

The FSA is advancing in Qaboun district in Damascus.

August 15th, 2013, 7:02 pm

 

Syrian said:

So called “Jabali”
obviously you have a problem reading, I never said it was justified, I said before it must be a horrible video.
I’m all for the regime who supported the same group 10 years ago in Iraq to go fight them to death.
As for teaching me about the history of Islam, you can save your time, I’m not waiting on a hater to teach me anything,
Your inner hate and the obvious miserable state you are in is a reminder to me to thank God on the gift of peace of mind I have,
Good luck to you

August 15th, 2013, 7:06 pm

 

revenire said:

Martians have landed in New York.

August 15th, 2013, 7:16 pm

 

Syrian said:

Handing out sweets in Syria’s streets

http://youtu.be/6L5emcPt4NI

August 15th, 2013, 7:33 pm

 

zoo said:

Dr Death and his friends on SC must rejoice, 20+ “heretics” less on earth

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/15/199501/blast-hits-hezbollah-area-in-beirut.html#.Ug1mRzdk34s

Blast hits Hezbollah area in Beirut, showing spread of Syria conflict

BEIRUT — A large suspected car bomb exploded Thursday in the southern part of this city in a neighborhood controlled by the militant group Hezbollah, signaling another encroachment of the Syrian civil war into Lebanon.

The blast killed more than 20 people and wounded scores of others in streets crammed with offices and military posts for the Shiite Muslim group. Several 10-story apartment buildings burned for more than an hour.

Thursday’s explosion was notable because it struck the busy residential Rweiss neighborhood. That’s well within what Hezbollah considers its “security zone,” an area where it maintains an overt and aggressive buffer around the homes and offices of its leadership.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/15/199501/blast-hits-hezbollah-area-in-beirut.html#storylink=cpy

August 15th, 2013, 7:40 pm

 

zoo said:

Israel sounds exactly like our SC Shia-haters

Nasrallah not looking quite so smart now

http://www.timesofisrael.com/bombed-nasrallah-not-looking-quite-so-smart-now/

The purported Hezbollah strategic genius has got himself into a war with al-Qaeda-linked extremists who might just be even more evil than he is

August 15th, 2013, 7:49 pm

 

Tara said:

Syrian

Notice in your link the hustle and bustle of Raqqa city life?. I wish I can visit. It appears very warm environment. Would be nice to stroll down and take in the happy atmosphere of the Raqqans. .

August 15th, 2013, 7:50 pm

 

revenire said:

Isn’t Raqqa where they murdered Father Paolo?

August 15th, 2013, 7:55 pm

 

revenire said:

Isn’t Raqqa where the ISIS tossed out the FSA?

August 15th, 2013, 7:58 pm

 

Syrian said:

Tara.
I noticed it too, but little late.I posted the clip after I only watched the first few seconds then watched the rest of it. I was thinking I should have watched it all 1st.
Thanks for bringing attention to it.i’m sure regime supporters will be very disappointed to find out that it not what they were claiming it to be!

August 15th, 2013, 8:17 pm

 

revenire said:

Syria and Egypt are fighting the same enemy: the Muslim Brotherhood. The Western media has already started talking about massacres in Egypt.

August 15th, 2013, 8:27 pm

 

revenire said:

It’s a great tourist destination!

“Jad Bantha ‏@JadBantha 10h
Intense clashes between #ISIS and #FSA after #ISIS had assassinated a religious scholar Mohammad Deibo in #Raqqa #Syria”

🙂

August 15th, 2013, 8:37 pm

 

Ghufran said:

It says a lot about Syrian expats who celebrate or justify the murder of civilians in Beirut when hizbullah’s political enemies in Lebanon condemned the bombing and called it terrorism. The attack came after hizbullah commemorated istael’s failure in 2006 and days after 4 Israeli soldiers were ambushed while trying to sneak inside Lebanon. Today a senior Israeli official declared that Israel will not allow the new ” axis of evil” to win in Syria amid attempts by Israeli generals to convince the USA to bomb Syria. Rebels received treatment in Israeli hospitals while Syrian military targets were bombed three times by Israel. Whether it was the Mossad or their Takfiri agents in Lebanon who detonated the car bomb, the truth is that takfiris ,who are the backbone of Syrian rebel force today, and Israel are and have been on the same page, this is why those terrorists have not fired a bullet against Israeli targets in the last twenty years but have been busy killing Iraqi and Syrian civilians. The response of hizbullah to Israeli attacks in the past was not by throwing press conferences or making empty threats, it was by directing all efforts to fighting Lebanon’s natural enemy: Israel , the comments on the terrorist attack in Beirut by some of you is both predictable and pathetic.
Israel and its Takfiri friends are inseparable, wake up and do not act surprised when these two terrorist forces act in harmony.

August 15th, 2013, 9:03 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

They attack us we fight back, this is self defence,

Death to the crimnials,WWW

August 15th, 2013, 9:14 pm

 

revenire said:

This is the kind of thinking Assad is fighting:

“Amr Tarik ‏@UtterMarooner 29m
MB official page says that the Pope participated in #Morsi overthrown and wonders how people still ask why do they burn the churches. #egypt”

The Muslim Brotherhood is pure evil. Hafez Assad and Nasser knew how to deal with them.

August 15th, 2013, 10:56 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

It seems that the southern rebels in Deraa have acquired some weapons, Prince Salman Ibn Sultan is in Amman worked on this deal.
General Dempsey was in the ME.
WWW, We will win

August 15th, 2013, 11:00 pm

 

AMEERA said:

يا عيني شو كان حلو منظر الاخونجية و هني غرقانيين بدمن و عقبال منشوف الجهاديين و عباد الفرج متخوزقين بالمرجة على عامود فيصل

August 15th, 2013, 11:04 pm

 

AMEERA said:

شوفو مين عم يحكي شوفو
والله صار للشوحة مرجوحة و لابو بريص قباب و انت يا ماجد ابو بريص
قبل ما تعد تنظر علينا و تحلل دم هاد و قتل هديك روح انكب و اتضبضب و استحي على شيبتك لك يا حوينة الدكترة فيك لك انك بدك شهادة تور مو دكتور

و بعدين تشكل آسي مين انت لتوزع شهادات شامي و شامية كلك شئفة جربوع من ريف حلب يعني بدك مية سنة لتعرف شو هي الشام و مين هني الشوام لك تفو على هيك ناس و يا ضيعان ترباية امك فيك

August 15th, 2013, 11:11 pm

 

zoo said:

Revenir

As the pro-rebels expats have realized that Damascus will never be ‘liberated’ and Aleppo is still contested, they now accept that Raqqa will the capital of their future mini-Syria.

August 15th, 2013, 11:46 pm

 

zoo said:

Ameera

Bravo!

August 15th, 2013, 11:47 pm

 

ghufran said:

A video showing women and children who were taken as Sabaya by the terrorists in Reef Latakia, the intention was to beautify the ugly face of those animals:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=XPwPzNOpNv8

The photographer with the beard is a known terrorist who worked for Aljazeera which seems to be using his “services” again.
أُلقي القبض عليه في أندونيسيا قبيل تفجيرات “بالي” التي راح ضحيتها المئات بين قتيل وجريح وفي حوزته أموال وخطط وصور تشير إلى تحضيرات لعملية إرهابية.
حينها قال رضا صيام في التحقيقات إنه يعمل مصور “فري لانس” لصالح قناة “الجزيرة” الفضائية
(The name is Rida Siyam)

This is one response the video received:
ahmnader 4 hours ago
ولك يا طايح الحظ والشرف …..النساء وألأطفال مقابل ((( رجال)) …….عجزتم عن مواجهة الرجال فأسرتم النساء..ولك انتة مسلم أنتة ..اين في تاريخ ألأسلام المحمدي ان قام رسول الله بأسر النساء بدل الرجال …يا احمق ..يا سفلة ..انتم وجزيرتكم الخنزيرة اللعينة …لعنة الله عليكم وعلى ابن تيمية الذي علمكم كل فعل خسيس ونذل انكم على شاكلة هذا اليهودي النجس ..الله ورسولة براء منكم ومن افعالكم يا أبناء الحيظات ….
This is what is left of the “revolution”

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August 15th, 2013, 11:49 pm

 

zoo said:

6 March 2011 / Syrian opposition members agree on a road map

1 April 2012 / The opposition agrees on a roadmap

Syrian opposition members said they have agreed on a roadmap on how to proceed with a transitional government for the post-Assad era in their İstanbul meeting ahead of a key gathering of Friends of Syria planned for April 1 in the city.

15 Aout 2013 / The opposition to agree on ( the same) roadmap in a meeting planned in Istanbul on 15 August

….. 2014 /the opposition agrees on a road map? Where?

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/default.aspx?pageid=438&n=syrian-opposition-agree-on-a-road-map-2011-06-03
http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=275969
http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/153964/syria-opposition-draws-up-transition-road-map.html

August 15th, 2013, 11:56 pm

 

revenire said:

This “revolution” is dirty, all its supporters are dirty.

August 15th, 2013, 11:57 pm

 

zoo said:

The meeting of the opposition in Istanbul to present the ‘roadmap’ planned on the 15 August seems to have been missed by the press, postponed or cancelled.
I have not seen any reporting that it took place…

The roadmap ‘agreed’ by the opposition will celebrate its third birthday but it seems in arrested development.

August 16th, 2013, 12:09 am

 

ghufran said:

This is the response from sheikh Ghazal’s family to his kidnapping and beating by the terrorists in Reef Latakia:
(by sheikh Zulfiqar Ghazal)
أكد الشيخ ذو الفقار غزال أن لا انزلاق إلى فخ الفتنة، حيث أن المطلوب هو الوقوع في الفخ وتفجير الموقف في البلاد من بوابة اللاذقية.
أكد الشيخ غزال أن الميليشيات المسلحة اختارت افتعال المجازر في ريف اللاذقية، لأن مقتل سوريا من اللاذقية، منوها «لقد حذرنا من اليوم الأول لبدء الأحداث في سوريا، أنه من أخطر الأمور هو نقل أحداث الأزمة إلى اللاذقية بعد أن بدأت في درعا، وذلك لمحاولة جعل حييّن متجاورين يقتتلون فيما بينهما،أشار الشيخ غزال إلى أن «المجموعات المسلحة هي شريرة ولا تعرف دينا تنتمي إليه، ونحن نريد إخراج الشر من قلوب الناسن اللاذقية تمثل ألوان سوريا جميعها».
عمي الشيخ بدر هو شخص طيب وهلول، وليس له مواقف سياسية على الإطلاق، كما أننا لا نعتبره أهم من باقي المخطوفين، والمعلومات التي لدينا هي أنه بخير برفقة المخطوفين الآخرين، وعملية عودته برفقة البقية هي مسألة وقت بإذن الله».
The hostages taken by the terrorists are being used as human shields to stop the army from advancing to certain areas and as a bargaining chip to win the release of some rebel prisoners. There are attempts to end this tragedy peacefully but I think the fight in north latakia will not stop until the area is free from all foreign fighters.
Syrians who carried arms may eventually find a way out and go back to their villages and cities but non Syrian jihadists will not have the luxury of staying, nobody wants them in the area including the sunnis in al-haffeh.

August 16th, 2013, 12:32 am

 

revenire said:

Road-map to nowhere.

August 16th, 2013, 12:45 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

AMEERA

و بعدين تشكل آسي مين انت لتوزع شهادات شامي و شامية كلك شئفة جربوع من ريف حلب يعني بدك مية سنة لتعرف شو هي الشام و مين هني الشوام لك تفو على هيك ناس و يا ضيعان ترباية امك فيك

And you wonder why Aleppo country side is up in arms and so hateful of “urbanites”.

I can understand zouzou chearing such a racist comment, but i am beyond disappointed it came from you. If you come to the States, somehow i have a feeling that you will be one of those “Airabs” who call blacks “slaves”.

Have a good life.

August 16th, 2013, 2:52 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

I was disgusted at nus-lira and dog-poop athad sniffers for handing out sweets in celebration of death, and I am disgusted at anyone who does that. So in that regard, i will reiterate what I wrote on QN’s site, anyone bringing baqlawa around me in celebration of death will leave my side wearing “صينيه” as a hat and will have its face indistinguishable from the baqlawa it is trying to serve.

Now the real issue is that one never heard a protest from the dog-poop sniffers when nus-lira thugs were handing out sweets in celebration of death. Thus, one has to be disgusted with sniffers like zouozou, and the troll pretender for their fake, disgusting, and pathetic indignation.

Humanistic values are absolute and make no distinction between lobbing scuds at Syrian cities and exploding a car in al-dahya in Beirut. Tell that to dimwit narwani before she chokes on her own hyperbole.

August 16th, 2013, 3:10 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

And the above goes for those who are happy about seeing others soaked in their blood. How disgusting.

August 16th, 2013, 3:29 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

اميرة كلامك البذيء هو كلام شاضومه و ليس كلام شامية المعروف عنها الادب و الاخلاق الحميده

August 16th, 2013, 6:02 am

 

don said:

It’s “Friday Of Rage” in Egypt hehehehe!

Happy Friday, and many returns.

August 16th, 2013, 6:05 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

Freedom for Me, not for You Alert

This “revolution” is dirty, all its supporters are dirty.

As he said from his comfy home in California…

August 16th, 2013, 7:24 am

 

revenire said:

Hamster Ameera seems quite reasonable to me.

August 16th, 2013, 9:23 am

 

zoo said:

7000 refugees flee the unsafe ‘liberated areas’ where FSA-Al Nusra-Kurds are fighting into Iraq Kurdistan

Syrian refugees pour into Iraq at new crossing: UN

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2013/08/16/syrian-refugees-pour-into-iraq-at-new-crossing-un

Most were families with women, children and the elderly, mainly from Aleppo, Hassakeh and other embattled areas of Syria where fighting has intensified in the civil war, now in its third year, that has driven nearly two million refugees

August 16th, 2013, 9:34 am

 

zoo said:

The Thumbs hacker is back

Suddenly the spamming of the thumbs up and down has restarted again. Is the chief spammer Visitor back?

August 16th, 2013, 9:38 am

 

zoo said:

>Turkey “spiritual leader” Gulen tells the AKP that it has failed to establish harmonious relation with the region and that it should return its attention to the EU.

Turkey needs to cooperate with EU, Islamic scholar Gülen says

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-needs-to-cooperate-with-eu-islamic-scholar-gulen-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52631&NewsCatID=341

Gülen, a self-exiled theologian living in the United States’ Pennsylvania and the leader of the “Hizmet” (Service) Islamist religious movement, was defined as a “Turkish religious spiritual leader.”
..
Good relationships and influence depend on love, respect, and good will, and collaborating around mutually agreeable goals. Is Turkey doing these fully today or not? This is a question that deserves discussion. If Turkey is indeed able to develop good diplomatic relations in the region, I believe it will be in the interest of Europe, the United States and the world.

But I don’t think Turkey is doing what it can toward this end at the moment,” he said.

August 16th, 2013, 9:53 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenire said
“Hamster Ameera seems quite reasonable to me.”
Reasonable To YOU,so ,you yourself insulted yourself
اميرة لازم تغسل فمها بنهر اليط

August 16th, 2013, 10:03 am

 

Tara said:

Damascus will eventually be liberated. It will never be part of Alawistan. It will always be a the Umayad capital,

August 16th, 2013, 10:10 am

 

don said:

Jerusalem and Tel Aviv will be liberated.

August 16th, 2013, 10:16 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

With the rebels fight in around Qurdaha, I doubt there will be Alawistan

August 16th, 2013, 10:27 am

 

revenire said:

Sean Connery will always be the best James Bond.

August 16th, 2013, 10:30 am

 

revenire said:

It is Nusrah, it is all Nusrah, it is just Nusrah
Groupies of the Syrian “revolution” in the West have a cute tactic: they are willing to admit that war crimes and sectarian thuggeries are being committed in Syria but they blame all such crimes on the Nusrah Front. In reality, most of the rebel thuggery in Syria is being committed by the US-backed (and “moderate”) variants of the Fee Syrian Army.

http://angryarab.blogspot.com/

August 16th, 2013, 10:33 am

 

Alan said:

When Putin said No, Bandar reverted to his fallback position; the only way out in Syria is war – and Moscow should forget about the perennially postponed Geneva II peace conference because the “rebels” will be a no show.

Bandar Bush’s visit to Moscow simply could not have happened without a green light from Washington. So what’s the (muddled) master plan?

http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2013/08/15/bandar-bush-weaponizer-in-chief-liberator-in-chief-of-syria/

———————————–

The Egyptian army is just an army, a militia in fact, and VERY well regulated. It has no political power but it has economical power. And the generals are kept in check by their underlings; the army itself isn’t planning on shooting or killing their own people. The army as a whole would absolutely refuse such an order.

Is the US government targeting Egypt for destabilization – and eventual destruction?
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/08/14/rford/

August 16th, 2013, 11:36 am

 

Sami said:

Someone get Asa’ad Abu Khara some Imodium he is spewing Khara again!

August 16th, 2013, 11:44 am

 
 

majedkhaldoun said:

Ameera said
و بعدين تشكل آسي

In Shaa Allah

August 16th, 2013, 1:12 pm

 

Alan said:

McCain and Graham’s Strange Egyptian Adventure
What was President Obama thinking? Last week’s trip to Egypt by the neoconservative dynamic duo, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, seemed like an improbably bad idea from the start.

In the highly delicate situation inside Egypt, where the military is expected at any moment to initiate another bloody crackdown against supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, Graham and McCain would not be most people’s choice to smooth tensions.

Nevertheless it was reported that they traveled at the request of the US President in attempt to diffuse the increasing anti-American sentiment in all sectors of the Egyptian political universe. Indeed, the one position unifying nearly all political factions in Egypt is a deep disgust with the current US administration. Perhaps it is that commonality that the two senators hoped to build on. If that was the case, they certainly did not dissapoint.

The strangeness began immediately, as these envoys of the president proceeded to contradict Obama and his State Department’s position on Egypt.

According to US law, financial aid to Egypt must cease should the country undergo a military coup. Avoiding that term has led the administration to savagely torture the English language. It was no coup, the Egyptian military was actually “restoring democracy” by overthrowing an elected president, said Secretary of State John Kerry.

State Department spokesman Jen Psaki explained how the administration decided to avoid making a determination of what is obvious to everyone: “we have determined that we do not have to make a determination” as to whether or not a coup took place in Egypt, she said last week. It is an imperial voice.

Nevertheless, speaking in Cairo on Tuesday, McCain utterred the “C” word: “[T]he circumstances of (Morsy’s) removal was a coup,” he said.

Then later in the day, the Egyptian Cabinet responded by Tweet (in Twitter language) that: “McCain remarks from inside the Egy territory to the W.Post insults the Egy sovereignty.we consider him persona non grata.an unwelcome person.”

McCain and Graham further alienated the Obama Administration from the current ruling regime by demanding that they begin to release from prison the members of the Muslim Brotherhood who had been detained as the Muslim Brotherhood-led government was overthrown by military action.

Lest the two be accused of traveling to Egypt to side with the ousted Morsi government, the senators also identified with those who overthrew the Morsi government. Senator McCain said in Cairo that, “[W]e share the democratic aspirations and criticism of the Morsi government that led millions of Egyptians into the streets.” In other words, it was a coup, the winners are behaving badly, but we support it anyway because its genesis was people in the street.”

The US Administration then proceeded to publicly dissociate itself from the statements made by the President’s own envoys to Egypt, with Psaki stating,

“Senators McCain and Graham are certainty entitled to their opinions, just as any member of Congress is…the US government has stated what our opinion is.”

No wonder the Egyptians are confused.

Upon their return, the two senators penned an op-ed in the Washington Post in which they systematically identified themselves with each and every coup in Egypt since the “Arab Spring”:

We are longtime friends of Egypt and its armed forces. We have fought as hard as anyone over many years to maintain our vital foreign assistance to Egypt.

Translation: We were pro-Mubarak and supported his repressive regime.

We were early supporters of the 2011 revolution and have consistently spoken up for the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people.

Translation: We then supported those who, trained by the US, undertook to overthrow Mubarak.

We were among the strongest critics of former president Mohamed Morsi’s undemocratic actions, and we sympathized with the millions of Egyptians who took to the streets last month to protest Morsi’s abuses of power.

Translation: Then we supported those who undertook to overthrow the democratically-elected president who succeeded Mubarak, whose political orientation was very different from the US-supported Egyptian youth protestors in the “Arab Spring.”

But as we said again this week in Cairo, we find it difficult to describe the circumstances of Morsi’s removal from office as anything other than a coup.

Translation: But now we are supporting those who seek to undermine those we recently supported who came to power in a coup that we also supported……….

http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/19027

August 16th, 2013, 1:37 pm

 
 

zoo said:

Is Turkey elegantly calling ‘smugglers’ the thousands of armed Islamists who are trying to flee the fights and return Turkey where they came from?

Turkish troops fired at after stopping smugglers

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Turkish troops came under fire near the Syrian border after confronting a group of 750 to 1,000 smugglers, officials said.

The troops stopped the smugglers Thursday morning near the village of Kusakli in the Reyhanli district of Hatay province, Today’s Zaman reported.

It was unclear whether the smugglers were on the Syrian or Turkish side of the border.

After stopping the smugglers, the troops then came under rifle fire from the village, the Turkish military said in a statement.

The smugglers, which included up to 1,000 people on foot, 150 on horses and 40 vehicles, fled the scene, leaving behind 35 diesel drums.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/08/16/Turkish-troops-fired-at-after-stopping-smugglers/UPI-17011376671787/#ixzz2c9j6N7XE

August 16th, 2013, 1:54 pm

 

Alan said:

اعتبر عضو الكنيست الإسرائيلي عفو اغبارية في حديث لـ”روسيا اليوم” من ام الفحم ان “كل امكانية لضرب قوة حزب الله او الجيش العربي السوري او الجيش المصري او اي جيش عربي، وتفكيك الدول العربية واشعال الفتنة والتناحر الطائفي فيها، وبالذات في سورية ولبنان، يصب في مصلحة اسرائيل بالطبع ونهجها العدواني”.

http://arabic.rt.com/news/624326/ :روسيا اليوم

August 16th, 2013, 1:55 pm

 

zoo said:

Jordan is hosting a Saudi war operation room against Syria and is clearly an accomplice in the smuggling of heavy weapons bought by the Saudi money for the Islamists rebels on the Syria-Jordan borders. The squeezed little king is playing with fire

http://www.abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&id=452274

Experts also noted there are signs that recent deliveries may be the start of a major supply line to southern Syria led by Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally and foremost of several regional countries supporting the militants in Syria.

The report posted on The Daily Star stated also that “Middle Eastern security, rebel and diplomatic sources cite the hands-on role of Prince Salman bin Sultan, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah and senior security official. Salman heads an operations room in Amman with allies, regularly meeting and instructing top Syrian operatives.”

“Even before the first shipment of Konkurs, Salman’s pressure on Amman secured the supply of rocket launchers and other lethal equipment, they said, a step up from previous supplies from Jordan which rebels complained consisted mainly of surplus ammunition and rudimentary AK-47 rifles,” it added.

It follows close Saudi-American-Jordanian intelligence coordination to vet and track weapons to keep them out of “the wrong hands” of “Islamist fighters,” a regional diplomatic source and an Arab security source told Reuters.

August 16th, 2013, 2:02 pm

 

zoo said:

The double language of the Saudis: While actively backing ‘terrorisms’ against Syria’s rulers, Saudi king backs Egypt’s rulers against ‘terrorism’

Saudi King Badullah says the Arab Gulf country stands by Egypt ‘against terrorism’

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/79223/Egypt/Politics-/Saudi-king-backs-Egypts-rulers-against-terrorism.aspx

Saudi King Abdullah called on Arabs on Friday to stand together against “attempts to destabilize” Egypt, in a message of support for the military leadership and an attack on the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people and government, stood and stands today with its brothers in Egypt against terrorism,” he said in a message read out on Saudi television, in an apparent reference to continuing clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood and police.

“I call on the honest men of Egypt and the Arab and Muslim nations … to stand as one man and with one heart in the face of attempts to destabilize a country that is at the forefront of Arab and Muslim history,” he added.

August 16th, 2013, 2:13 pm

 

zoo said:

The USA and EU are a bind: their Arab oil-rich allies (except Qatar) are totally supportive of the crackdown on the Moslem Brotherhood and are 100% behind the Egyptian military despite the death toll.
The UNSC will be paralyzed and the USA amd EU will have just to watch the civil war danger growing in Egypt without being able to do much.
As for Syria, there are no neutral outsider who could bring the crisis to its end. We will see the threat of the usual western tools: sanctions and the poisonous interference of all neighbors.
Israel is in a state of intense anxiety, as if the West turns its back to Egypt’s new rulers and impose sanctions, the Egypt-Israel will be threatened of cancellation.
Syria is becoming a lower priority…

August 16th, 2013, 2:26 pm

 

zoo said:

Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah accuses and warn the Takfirists about the terror acts on civilians in Lebanon

According to Nasrallah, the members of these groups are of Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian origin. “All the evidence shows that these groups have committed the attack on Roueiss Thursday, he added. It is certain that these groups are paid by Israel and its allies.”
….
The Shiite leader also called on his supporters to exercise restraint. “Criminals want you to believe that Sunnis are responsible, he said. These Takfirist criminals want to provoke a sectarian conflict. Do not fall into the trap, do not attack innocent people who have nothing to do (with the bombing). Syrian and Palestinian refugees are not responsible, your fellow Sunnis are not responsible for these crimes, “he stressed. “The attacks and killings will not lead us to the dissent,” he further said.

Shiite leader nevertheless launched a serious warning to the perpetrators.

“We will win the battle against the Takfirists, he promised. If you work for Israel, there is no problem, we’ll find you one day or another. But if you claim to defend the Syrian people and we are punished for our involvement in Syria I would say two things: you are the most violent groups against the Syrian people, you kill the religious Christian opposition, you execute the children, you attack the mosques and secondly you do not defend the Syrian people, “he said.

http://www.lorientlejour.com/article/828198/attentat-de-roueiss-nasrallah-accuse-des-takfiristes-a-la-solde-disrael.html

August 16th, 2013, 2:42 pm

 

Badr said:

An intelligent political and cultural conversation with Yassin al-Haj Saleh

alraimedia.com
بيروت – من ريتا فرج

Here is my translation of a few ideas expressed by him:

I’d rather talk about a cultural revolution, i.e. a revolution at the level of conscience and morality, and at the level of sensitivity and imagination, as well as the grade of knowledge and thinking, and as a result, it will be possible to make the necessary break with the past, and to demote the cultural heritage to a lower rank.

We can not say then, that Islam does not change and has not changed. In fact, it keeps on changing. There is constantly an unconscious restructuring for it, driven by the needs of Muslims, highlighting principles which were less visible, and setting aside others that were prevailing.

I think that what happened in Egypt offended the Egyptian revolution a lot, and complicated the political and intellectual development there. It was a coup not only agaist the Muslim Brotherhood, but also the millions who objected to their rule. It is more of a coup against the latter rather than the former. The Egyptian Islamists were on the road to failure, but the coup rescued them. Then it returned them to the victim role, and is revitalizing their grievances. The most important gain from the rule of Egyptian Islamists was its erosion by their transition from the oppressed to the oppressor. The Egyptian popular protests against the rule of Muslim Brotherhood deserved what was better than a military coup, and a dishonorable political and ideological performance of the Egyptian opposition.

If it is meant for Syria to be formed as a national state, the first thing needed is a separation of the state from the clan, or liberating the state from the clan. This is the essence of the Syrian revolution.

August 16th, 2013, 2:48 pm

 

syrian said:

The mafia regime in one of his daily massacres hit one of Aleppo residential areas today, killing at least 40 civilains.So far it didn’t make any of the major news outlets, and don’t expect those “Syrians’wailing about the 20 Lebanese to even mention it.
( lots of pictures included in the link)

http://www.aksalser.com/?page=view_articles&id=e612c8ae6e07d66d2a9ada7ad610268d&ar=44628039

قال مراسل عكس السير في مدينة حلب ان طيران النظام قصف حي بستان القصر بالبراميل المتفجرة بعد صلاة الظهر مخلفا عشرات الضحايا .

واكد المراسل ان الحصيلة الاولية لعدد الضحايا ٤٠ شهيدا واكثر من مئة جريح وما تزال فرق الانقاذ رغم قلتها بالتعاون مع اهالي الحي بانتشال الشهداء والجرحى من تحت الانقاض .

وعُرف من أسماء الشهداء الذين قضوا نحبهم في مجزرة بستان القصر بحلب :
1_مصطفى كروك
2_ يحيى حسون
3_ أحمد أزرق
4_ إبراهيم دباس
5_ محمد أسعد جال

August 16th, 2013, 3:25 pm

 

Tara said:

Regimists and friends on SC must rejoice, 40+ all civilians”Sunnis terrorists” less on earth….

A step closer to complete extermination of civilan “Sunni terrorists”

August 16th, 2013, 4:38 pm

 

revenire said:

Nasrallah blames Takfiri groups for deadly Beirut car bomb attack

Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has blamed Takfiri groups for a car bomb attack which left 24 people dead in southern Beirut.

Addressing thousands of Hezbollah supporters on the occasion of the end of the group’s 33-day 2006 war with Israel in the southern village of Aita al-Shaab, Nasrallah said on Friday that according to investigations carried out by the resistance movement, Takfiri groups are behind the recent deadly attacks in Lebanon.

He added that those carrying out the attacks were not Israeli spies, but stressed that it is clear that US and Israeli intelligence agencies have infiltrated into these Takfiri groups and are using them to achieve their own goals.

He also told the Lebanese that anyone who thinks that the Takfiri groups only target Shias is wrong, adding that they kill Sunnis, Shias and Christians the same because they “are killers who do not belong to any religion or sect.”

Nasrallah also rejected allegations that the Thursday attack was a punishment and a response to Hezbollah’s support for the Syrian government, adding that Takfiri groups are trying to destroy Lebanon and push the country into a civil war.

He addressed those behind recent wave of attacks in Lebanon, saying that nothing can change Hezbollah’s path and the resistance group will continue its support for the Syrian government. He said such attacks would only reinforce Hezbollah’s determination to fight Takfiri groups in Syria.

“Our response to any such bombing is that we will double our fighters in Syria. If before the attacks we had 100 fighters in Syria after these attacks we will make it 200 ….,” Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah added that if necessary he and all the group’s members are ready to go to Syria to fight against Takfiri groups.

“I will go myself to Syria if it is so necessary in the battle against the Takfiris,” Hezbollah leader noted.

He told Takfiri groups that “if you want to start a war with us, we are ready, and as we achieved victory in all our wars with Israel, we will defeat you, we have the final say.”

August 16th, 2013, 5:18 pm

 

Tara said:

Sisi is criminal and should be executed for killing civilians.

August 16th, 2013, 5:37 pm

 

Sami said:

Badr,

Thanks for sharing Yassin Hajj Saleh’s latest, he’s as usual very informative and runs counter to all the rather pathetic rhetoric regimists try to paint all those that oppose Assad and the barbarianism that grew as a byproduct if this heinous regime.

August 16th, 2013, 6:19 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

There is no difference between Sisi and Assad, both are criminals.

Zoo is rejoicing the death of Sunnis at the hands of the Barbaric persian regime of Assad

Now you ask those criminal supporters for response they will say IF and if, if this is true, they cry for detention of few Alawis and rejoice for killing Sunnis, stupid double standard

August 16th, 2013, 6:23 pm

 

Syrian said:

While making funny comments,2 guys in the Latakia mountains filming Assad’s militias running away from the important town of Biet Shakohi using buses, taxis,ambulances buses and on foot.
http://youtu.be/oo7iOBSjsY0

August 16th, 2013, 6:46 pm

 

habib said:

So where are the calls for arming the pro-democracy Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?

Or is it not a problem when the government killing them are Sunnis too?

Why are we not seeing Zionist and western Salafist clowns flooding Egyptian Internet fora yapping about democracy?

August 16th, 2013, 7:07 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

WWW, thank you syrian

August 16th, 2013, 7:20 pm

 
 

Syrians said:

You forgot to finish with 3 claps then shouting عروبه

August 16th, 2013, 8:33 pm

 

Tara said:

I bet that Assad in Sep 2014 wil no longer be the president of Syria.

August 16th, 2013, 8:33 pm

 

Syrian said:

You’re welcome Majed.

BTW 462 was for Habib.

August 16th, 2013, 8:56 pm

 

Ghufran said:

There is no doubt that the regime committed and continue to commit atrocities and a lot of civilians are getting killed for nothing. Only naive people believed that a war can be clean and glamorous, this is why this war should not have started in the first place. It is true that the regime is the top culprit when it comes to civilian casualties but that is half of the story, the other half that many of you CHOSE to ignore is the fact that inviting foreign jihadists was a choice and invading Aleppo and hiding in civilian areas was a choice too. The unforgivable strategic mistakes made by Syrian rebels in these two areas, among others, are now openly being discussed in western media but they are rarely discussed in Arab media because denial and pride are two loved qualities of the Arab psyche, these qualities are not limited to the rebels, you can easily see that in much of the pro Assad media discussions. I think ,especially after Egypt, it is abundantly clear that this disease is not limited to Syria, Sunni or Shia. Enjoy the wreckage and keep pretending that your misery is somebody’s else fault, ignore Libya ( the liberated) and Israel’s gradual but steady domination of the Middle East and give yourself a dose of tranquility by talking about Hizb al- shi’a tan, those evil Shia then come back and try to explain the position of his majesty the king of ksa ( and most gcc rulers) about egypt, then come back and make threats and predictions that will only certify your status as a helpless and confused soul, this is not a good time to be an Arab or a Muslim, we are now the butts of jokes of every nation.
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم

August 16th, 2013, 9:13 pm

 

Sami said:

Tara,

Only in the crosseyed view of minhebaks Assad is president, to the rest he is nothing but a thug wearing raybans in a fancy suit.

August 16th, 2013, 9:51 pm

 

don said:

How did today’s “Friday Of Rage” go?

What’s next Friday’s slogan?

Battles across Egypt, and alarmed comparisons to Syria and Iraq

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2013/0816/Battles-across-Egypt-and-alarmed-comparisons-to-Syria-and-Iraq

August 16th, 2013, 10:41 pm

 

don said:

Is Egypt the New Syria?

Is Egypt the new Syria? Will it become a country not only at war with itself, but a battlefield attracting combatants from all over the Muslim World?

It has that sad potential.

We wanted elections and the Egyptian people elected a party that promised moderation and inclusiveness and instead arrested dissenters, purged military leaders, marginalized other parties and supported further persecution of Coptic Christians.

Democracy is not about destroying the losing party and jailing its supporters. Democracy is the peaceful transfer of power from one party to the next. After two or three times, you may have a democracy. Morsi’s election was not proof of democracy but a first (and likely last) step in that direction.

In Egypt, Mubarak was replaced by the military. Then Morsi declared a quiet war on the military — the only fully functioning institution in Egypt. So, the generals overthrew him, both to protect themselves and to keep Egypt from drifting rapidly toward hard-line Islamist policies. The Brotherhood was better in opposition and not in power. Outside they could be idealistic and inclusive. Their promises could be grand and proposed solutions attractive. But once in power, they chose not to govern but to rule. They utterly failed and alienated many former supporters.

http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20130816/is-egypt-the-new-syria-jonathan-dobrer

August 16th, 2013, 10:59 pm

 

Ghufran said:

داهمت القوى الأمنية فجر الخميس فندق “SunSet” في المعاملتين الذي لم يكتف أصحابه بوجهته السياحية، بل فضلوا استخدامه مركزاً للدعارة، وأقفلته بالشمع الأحمر.
وعملت عناصر الأمن خلال شهر على رصد شبكة الدعارة، ودهمت الفندق وألقت القبض على 43 شاباً و28 أمرأة .
22/ 28 women and 12/43 were Syrian. MTV was quick to point out that most of the accused prostitutes were Syrian women because that fits in the popular theme of ” those evil Syrians”, the fact that Beirut has been a haven for pervert khaliji sheikhs and the capital of prostitution in the Arab world since the 1960s seems irrelevant to the “sexful” tv station.
Public resentment against Syrian refugees is not limited to Lebanon, it is now strong in Egypt and Jordan.

August 16th, 2013, 11:00 pm

 

zoo said:

The hypocrite snake Erdogan is cornered and must decrease his support for the Islamist terrorists, while Jordan is taking over that vicious role

Ankara Reconsiders Backing for Islamist Syrian Rebels

http://www.voanews.com/content/turkey-reconsiders-backing-for-islamist-syrian-rebels/1731395.html

August 16th, 2013, 11:06 pm

 

zoo said:

Crisis spurs Islamist call to arms across region

Article by: ERNESTO LONDONO , Washington Post
Updated: August 16, 2013 – 9:48 PM
http://www.startribune.com/world/220007351.html

Jihadists in the Middle East and beyond are moving to capitalize on the political crisis in Egypt, arguing that the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood vindicates their long-espoused view that democracy is a dangerous proposition.

As blood has poured down Egyptian streets and civilians have clashed with security forces, a chorus of Islamists have urged Egyptians to embrace violence to further their political goals.

The call to arms has the potential to fuel hard-line military movements that have taken root in Egypt’s Sinai region and could prompt rank-and-file Muslim Brotherhood members to break with their group’s pledge of nonviolence. The prospect of further radicalization, analysts warn, threatens to undermine a key U.S. goal in the region: drowning out extremist voices by boosting moderate, democratic ones.

Extremists “couldn’t have wished for a better example of how democracy doesn’t work,” said Rita Katz, the director of SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi groups. “Muslim Brotherhood members feel especially vulnerable now. They feel that they have been cheated. Radical rhetoric will likely be more acceptable to them now than before.”

August 16th, 2013, 11:12 pm

 

zoo said:

Aren’t the Egyptian army soldiers Sunnis and aren’t they killing others Sunnis?
Strange, according to our specialists on SC, they claimed that that only “wicked Alawites”, “heretics Shias” and ‘barbaric Persian” would kill Sunnis.

August 16th, 2013, 11:21 pm

 

revenire said:

Exactly. And, it isn’t because this Syrian war is a sectarian war. The Takfiris kill more Sunni than anyone.

Sayyed Nasrallah to Takfiris: We will Capture You, We will Put an End to Terror

“If you claim you are defending the Syrian people and punishing Hezbollah over its intervention in Syria, I tell you two things: You, the Takfiri groups are the harshest killers of the Syrian people. You even kidnapped and killed Christian priests who supported the opposition. You kill children and explode mosques.”

“As for us, we fight with our values. We have never killed a captive, while you prosecute captives in daylight. We have never killed citizens, and in some of our battles, a larger number of martyrs fell in order to protect citizens, and all what is said about massacres committed by us are lies and fabrications.”

Criticizing the fabrications of some Arab media stations, he assured that “the world will witness that we have only fought Takfiri groups in Syria.”

Finally, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “One of our responses to such explosions is: If we had 1000 fighters in Syria, they will become 2000, and if we had 5000, they will become 10 000, and if the battle with those terrorists required that I go with all Hezbollah to Syria, we will all go for the sake of Syria and its people, Lebanon and its people, Palestine and Al-Quds, and the central cause.”

“We put an end to the battle, and we set a time for this battle to end, and as we triumphed in all our wars with Israel, if you wanted us to enter a fierce battle with you, I assure to everyone that we will triumph against Takfiri terror. The cost of the battle will be high, but the least cost is being slaughtered like ewes and waiting for the murderers to come into our house.”

August 16th, 2013, 11:30 pm

 

zoo said:

“My greatest fear seems to have come true,” the activist says. “The Egyptians no longer see the authorities as their opponents. The enemy is now those Egyptians with other views.”

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/egyptian-elite-succumb-to-hate-virus-a-916921.html

August 16th, 2013, 11:32 pm

 

zoo said:

Revenire

An extraordinary powerful speech from Seyyed Nasrallah. Just compare it to the hysteric nonsense of pathetic Erdogan.

August 16th, 2013, 11:34 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Egypt is in turmoil, the only solution is that all sides accept the return to voting booths,this could bring back the MB back, but all sides must respect democracy, otherwise Egypt will fail and radicals from all sides will flock to Egypt,Sisi must resign, and leave Egypt, a military coup is expected,to oust him.free election, and true democracy is the solution.

US can not deal with turmoil in several countries, a quick solution to Syria is needed.

KSA made mistake

August 16th, 2013, 11:50 pm

 

Syrian said:

Zoo
in a country that is 85 millions with a fully secular army you will find enough Sunnis to kill Sunnis, but even at that as your friend apple mini said the numbers are not off the charts so far .because if you take the ratio of the Egypt population to that of Syria. You will have to wait until half a million to 600 thousands Egyptians get killed to start taking the blame off your supporters.

August 16th, 2013, 11:52 pm

 

Syrian said:

What is missing in Ghffran long story @462، is the huge role Iran have in the misery of the Syrians.
By accident or by design he never mentions the billions Iran has spent to support Assad. If it was not for Iran,the Assad regime would have collapsed way before the Islamist came in to Syria.
When it come to why Saudi support Syria revolution while it support the army in Egypt, this is just their own interest and not out of their hate to Assad himself, they worked with his father and had an alliance with him, but the idiot son who did not know how to play the game decided to sell Syria in full to Iran.even going as far as supporting Alqaeda to fight the Americans in Iraq which his father would have never done. on the contrary the father joined the American in 1992 got $3 billion in cash and a whole country to play with called Lebanon while still getting oil from Iran at half price.
so the Saudis are not helping because they love the Syrians but because they hate the idiocy of Bashaer who let Iran and HA controls him like an idiot that he is.

August 16th, 2013, 11:57 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the most criminal organization in the middle East said he wants to send more troops to fight Syrians.
He is shouting and yelling as a very crazy terrorist, He would not do that except that he has lost several members, they fell non martyrs, can he send 20,000,leave him unprotected in his Beirut suburb, Syria will be the cemetry for those HA terrorist.
Listen to him he talks nonsense,one day blame Israel for the terrorist attack, next day he blames Sunni,I don’t think he reads Quraan,God in Souret Zumer called his people infidels liers, and now he is mad man,he needs to be put in mental institution.

August 17th, 2013, 12:29 am

 

zoo said:

Syrian

“so the Saudis are not helping because they love the Syrians but because they hate the idiocy of Bashaer who let Iran and HA controls him like an idiot that he is.”

The Saudis are helping because they are panicking as the days of the Saud ruling family seem counted and Iran’s Shias and Turkey moderate sunnis are becoming more threatening to KSA’s monopoly on Islam.

Their efforts both in Syria to encourage terrorists and in Egypt to fight terrorists are doomed. They are like someone drowning, hitting in the air many direction in total incoherence and indifference toward human casualties.

August 17th, 2013, 12:31 am

 

Syrian said:

Zoo
That might be on long term, but will the regime last till then ?
The price of Syria for the big powers to let it go to Iran is its nuclear program,
Is Iran willing to pay that price for Syria While Salafi Pakistan already have it?
That is what is it all boiled down to,

Me personally I think the Iranian the ever merchants will try to get both. With the nuclear program as their # 1 goal and Syria their 2nd.
Ask for us your friends how long are they from their#1 goal?

August 17th, 2013, 1:16 am

 

Mina said:

Zero-problem policy of Erdogan: add a few zeros and a unit number.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-rebels-move-hq-from-egypt-to-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52699&NewsCatID=352
“The headquarters of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) is being transferred from Egypt to Turkey, as the new administration that toppled President Mohamed Morsi has limited the movements of the Syrian opposition, according to the coalition’s Turkey representative. (…)”

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypts-envoy-to-turkey-warns-of-economic-impacts-of-ankaras-posture.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52710&NewsCatID=352
“Salahaddin stressed that the statements made by Turkish officials were not “making a good impression” in Cairo, adding that this posture could well disrupt not only Turkey’s economic ties with Egypt, but also its relations with the Gulf countries.”

August 17th, 2013, 4:21 am

 

Alan said:

The Syrian Army has made more gains against foreign-backed militants during operations in the west of the country, killing a top militant commander Walid Oweissi of Libyan nationality
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/16/319092/syrian-army-says-has-made-more-gains/

August 17th, 2013, 6:51 am

 

don said:

Wow Mina! Eye opening explosive material! Thank you

August 17th, 2013, 6:52 am

 

Alan said:

/Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the most criminal organization in the middle East/.
Are you a spokesman for Israel?

The US battles “Islamists” in Afghanistan while arming and funding them in Syria. They are pawns in the Illuminati’s Great Game
http://henrymakow.com/2013/08/Bin-Laden-Hamas-Islamists-CIA-Mossad-Tools%20.html

August 17th, 2013, 7:02 am

 

don said:

CNN call it “Friday Of Rage”, and BBC call it “Friday Of Anger”. Which one is right? What’s next Friday theme in Egypt please?
Thank you

August 17th, 2013, 7:12 am

 

Alan said:

Israel considers the Lebanese resistance as the strongest enemy near borders. Moreover, military viz-a-viz war was not effective to destroy Lebanese resistance since 1982. Meanwhile, regional sectarian conflict is the most effective method for the US administration, Israel as well as Saudi royal family to weaken and even destroy their enemies, including Lebanese resistance. From military and political views, US-Israel-GCC axis believes that internal chaos in Lebanon will scatter Hezbollah’s military capabilities and the resistance will no longer able to resist Israel as well as to support Syrian regime and so the party will be local Shiite militia versus Sunni militia leaded by Lebanese Sunni Hariri dynasty.
Hezbollah alongside Syrian regime defeated Syrian rebels in al-Qusayr battle, months ago to likely outweigh Syrian Army against anti-government rebels in Syria’s battle, so the US-GCC axis seeks to stop Hezbollah and subsequently defeat Syrian regime.
Saudi dynasty excluded Qatari-backed Syrian opponents of what-so-called ‘Syrian Coalition for opposition’ to appoint Ahmad al-Jarba, who is affiliated to Saudi dynasty. As political indicator for rising Saudi influence over Syrian opposition on the expense of Qatari influence. Furthermore, Saudi dynasty supports Michel Kilou, Syrian opponent who is introduced as secular democratic personnel heading one of opposition bloc in Syrian Coalition for opposition. Bandar Ben Sultan, former Saudi Ambassador in Washington, DC and one of close George W. Bush friends and previously served Saudi intelligence has come back years later to head Saudi intelligence. Many reliable articles exposed his role in Iraq. He supported al-Qaeda-affiliated groups to fight shiite militias and subsequently to face the Iranian influence. Moreover, He has experience in Lebanon through political and sectarian assassinations. In addition, Saudi dynasty lost one of its strongest security men, Wisam Al-Hassan, the head of Lebanese information branch and he was responsible for sending foreign fighters to Syria as well as offering logistic facilities side-by-side with Oqab Saqr, one of Hariri-affiliated Al-Mustakbal parliamentary bloc.
Unknown Salafist group claimed responsibility for Bombing .
Conclusion:

Israel as well as Saudi dynasty have the strongest reason to attack Hezbollah popular base via Salafist (Wahhabi) group. Saudi prince, Bandar Ben Sultan the head of Saudi intelligence has previous experience in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan.
http://arabworld360.com/2013/08/16/analysis-beiruts-bombing

August 17th, 2013, 7:13 am

 

don said:

Al-Qaeda loyalist rebels! Hmmm Looks like AFP is changing it’s tune!

17 dead as Qaeda attacks Syria Kurd town: watchdog

BEIRUT (AFP) – Al-Qaeda loyalists attacked a mainly Kurdish town in northeastern Syria sparking fighting in which 17 people were killed, two of them ambulance crew, a watchdog said on Saturday.

The assault on the strategic border town of Ras al-Ain, from which the jihadists were expelled by Kurdish militia last month, sparked an exodus of civilians into neighbouring Turkey, an activist said.

The attack on the town was part of a wider offensive by Al-Qaeda against several Kurdish majority areas of northern and northeastern Syria that began on Friday and was continuing on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Four Kurdish militiamen and 11 jihadists made up the rest of the dead, the watchdog said.

Syrian Kurd activist Havidar said civilians had fled “in waves into villages in Turkey.”

“Intermittent clashes are continuing to take place till now, in the Asfar Najjar area and the outskirts of Tal Halaf,” Havidar told AFP via the Internet.

Elsewhere in Syria, rebels attacked a pro-regime militia checkpoint in a majority Christian area of Homs province, killing six civilians and five militiamen, the Observatory said.

State news agency SANA said all those killed were civilians, and described the attackers as “terrorists”.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/08/17/17-dead-as-qaeda-attacks-syria-kurd-town-watchdog/

August 17th, 2013, 10:13 am

 

revenire said:

It sure looks like Egypt has come back to Syria.

If the US attacks Syria I expect Egypt to send support to Syria.

If I were a Syrian, and a traitor, and I was in Egypt right now I’d be very, very careful. You could end up arrested, or worse.

August 17th, 2013, 10:26 am

 

zoo said:

#484 Syrian

Iran will never renounce to developing nuclear technology for civil usage even it frightens the West. This policy is supported by all the Iranians.
The USA is worried about the nuclear in Iran exclusively because they think it will weaken Israel’s deterrence capabilities against its regional enemies. The West has applied no sanctions on Pakistan and India because these two countries are no threat to Israel.
Iran has been under heavy sanctions for more than 25 years, a few more years won’t make a difference especially that the USA is now hated by most Arab countries after their messy foreign policy in the region and their blind support for a rogue state, Israel.
You are right, I don’t see why Iran will not pursue their nuclear and energetic goals while remaining loyal to their long time friends, Syria and Hezbollah. After boosting and then swiftly dumping their friendly dictators in the region, the USA has shown that they are no loyal friends to count on in time of trouble, their only loyalty is to Israel, for the rest, especially the Middle East, they are just opportunists.

August 17th, 2013, 10:27 am

 

zoo said:

Alan

I agree. Saudi are so terrified and humiliated by the growing power of Iran and the Shias that they will use even Satan himself to stop that.
Their support for Al Qaeeda is obvious. They have done that in Afghanistan to get rid of the atheist Soviets and replace them by ‘friendly’ sunni Talibans.
They don’t care if people die, they want to stop the Shias wave at any cost. They share that goal with the USA and Israel. This is why they are cooperating with them on weakening Syria, Iran and the Hezbollah.
Only time will tell if they are not underestimating Iran’s capabilities to retaliate by creating trouble for the Saudi and its allies in the region.

August 17th, 2013, 10:44 am

 

don said:

Shooting unsuspecting unarmed civilians after midnight a trademark of the lowest form of religious hate

Attacks on Syria Christian towns ‘kill 11’

GUNMEN have shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, in central Syria, the state-run news agency and opposition activists say.

The opposition Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nine of those killed were Christians.

SANA said the attack occurred after midnight on Saturday on a road linking the Christian villages of Ein al-Ajouz and Nasrah in the central province of Homs.

Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of Syria’s population, say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence sweeping the country of 22 million people.

A resident in the area told the Associated Press that the gunmen randomly opened fire on a street as Christians were celebrating a feast day.

He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

The witness said many of the dead were refugees from the central city of Homs, which witnessed heavy clashes between rebels and troops over the past two years.

Tens of thousands of Christians left downtown districts in Syria’s third largest city because of the fighting.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/attacks-on-syria-christian-towns-kill-11/story-fn3dxix6-1226699051931

August 17th, 2013, 11:03 am

 

don said:

Norway: Man detained for raising Syria money

Oslo: A man has been detained in Oslo on suspicion of raising money for Syria which could have gone to a terrorist group, Norway’s domestic intelligence service said on Saturday.

Martin Bernsen, a spokesman for the police security service, said the man was detained yesterday and released, though he remains a suspect and faces a preliminary charge of financially supporting a terror organisation. Preliminary charges are a step short of formal charges and a conviction on that charge carries a maximum prison sentence of six years.

“We are worried that the money that is gathered and send to Syria could end in the hands of al Qaeda or al Qaeda- related persons,” Bernsen said. “Every year, large sums leave the country. We are talking about millions.”

Police did not identify the suspect, but Norwegian broadcaster TV2 said he was Farid Bendriss of the Al Furqan Relief group.

The organisation said on Facebook that police seized 300,000.00 kroner (USD 50,730.00) yesterday. Bernsen declined to comment.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/norway-man-detained-for-raising-syria-money_869743.html

August 17th, 2013, 11:14 am

 

Juergen said:

I am sorry to hear Father Paolos fate is still unclear, the worst has to be expected.

Syria: Hopes for Jesuit Priest Paolo Dall’Oglio Fade as Death Reported by Human Rights Activists

“Hopes for the safe return of a Jesuit missionary abducted in Syria last month have dramatically receded, after his killing was reported by a prominent activist group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims Father Paolo Dall’Oglio has been executed by jihadist rebels in the city of ar-Raqqah, although the Italian foreign ministry has still not confirmed the report.”

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/499085/20130814/jesuit-father-paolo-dall-oglio-death-confirmed.htm

August 17th, 2013, 11:15 am

 

revenire said:

Juergen when you lie down with snakes don’t be surprised if you’re bitten.

Your friends murdered this deranged priest. No getting around that.

August 17th, 2013, 11:37 am

 

Alan said:

491. ZOO
Al-Saud, descendants of Mordechai Ben Avraham Ben Moshe Eldonma?

August 17th, 2013, 11:40 am

 

revenire said:

Isn’t it funny how the terrorists barricade themselves in mosques and when the army (be it Egypt or Syria) clears the mosque we hear cries of massacre?

The Brothers in Egypt are not true Muslims.

August 17th, 2013, 11:43 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Persia HA and .Assad regime are the Barbaric persian alliance, anyone that supports them is criminal terrorist.

Juergen
If Paolo is dead the ISIS must be fought with all possible force, they are terrorist organization,just like HA

Revenir is calling for Egypt to send troops to fight along Assad forces, there is nothing sillier than this idea

August 17th, 2013, 11:44 am

 

Alan said:

Americans will soon be locked into an unaccountable police state unless US Representatives and Senators find the courage to ask questions and to sanction the executive branch officials who break the law, violate the Constitution, withhold information from Congress, and give false information about their crimes against law, the Constitution, the American people and those in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Guantanamo, and elsewhere. Congress needs to use the impeachment power that the Constitution provides and cease being subservient to the lawless executive branch. The US faces no threat that justifies the lawlessness and abuse of police powers that characterize the executive branch in the 21st century./../…
http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/14-08-2013/125382-humanity_drowning_washington_criminality-0/

August 17th, 2013, 11:45 am

 

revenire said:

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri’s younger brother arrested in Egypt, sources say

CAIRO – The brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has been arrested by police in Egypt, security sources said Saturday.

Mohammed al-Zawahri, the younger brother of the terror network leader, was detained at a checkpoint in the Cairo suburb of Giza, the sources said.He has been a vocal supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi,

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement and the more extreme group to which he belongs, Al Gama’a Al Islamiya.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/17/20064539-al-qaeda-leader-ayman-al-zawahris-younger-brother-arrested-in-egypt-sources-say?lite

Al-Zawahiri’s brother arrested by Egyptian authorities

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have arrested the brother of al-Qaeda chief Aymanal-Zawahiri for backing ousted President Mohammed Morsi, an official said today.

Mohamed al-Zawahiri, leader of the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafist group, was arrested in a sweep in Cairo, a high-level security source at the Interior Ministry was quoted as saying by state-run MENA news agency.

His group was allied with ousted President Morsi, whose supporters are protesting the removal of the elected government by the army on July 3.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/al-zawahiris-brother-arrested-by-egyptian-authorities/articleshow/21882293.cms

August 17th, 2013, 11:48 am

 

revenire said:

Majed Syria and Egypt fought together several times against the Zionists.

Today the Zionists are attacking Syria, using Takfiris. The same Takfiris are attacking Egypt. Why wouldn’t Egypt come to the aid of Syria if Washington intervened to aid their Takfiri allies? That is far more plausible than your fevered dream of a million Egyptians coming to help your Takfiri friends.

The SNC is leaving Egypt – they are no longer welcome. Its Egyptian allies are being arrested by the patriotic Egyptian military. The Egyptian people support the Egyptian army.

August 17th, 2013, 11:52 am

 

apple_mini said:

The attack and killing of 11 people in Wadi Al-Nasara in rural Talkalah are pushing more support to the regime.

There were some Christian militias among the dead, but they were never engaged in any active fighting with the rebels. They were there simply guarding their neighborhood.

Do the opposition and the rebels always claim they started to pick up weapons and fight in the first place was because the regime and SAA attacked their neighborhood?

Several weeks ago, it was Alawite villages under attack by the rebels. And now a Christian neighborhood which used to be relatively quiet and free from any violence.

Peace through negotiation is one thing. Under current situation, a real peace can only be achieved by eliminating those insurgents and cutting off their backing.

August 17th, 2013, 11:55 am

 

Sami said:

How can one talk about peace only to end his sentence with eliminate?

You have to be some really sick minded person to intertwine peace with genocidial rhetoric.

Can this wretched person that denies massacres get any worse!

August 17th, 2013, 12:02 pm

 

revenire said:

Sami peace will come when all the Takfiris are neutralized.

August 17th, 2013, 12:39 pm

 

apple_mini said:

Looks like the crackdown in Egypt is a gambit. The army and the new government are determined to hit the MB to go underground.

In a nutshell, it is fighting for power, only this time the majority hate MB and Islamists in general.

Egyptian army took the risk but their strength and favorable position by the major backers can guarantee their objectives will be accomplished.

Syria does not have those advantages. But since the ME is getting messier and bloodier, the smaller fish might have higher chance to survive in muddy water.

August 17th, 2013, 12:42 pm

 
 

zoo said:

Will the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood and their supporters be crushed for good like they were in Hama in 1982?

August 17th, 2013, 1:11 pm

 
 

Mina said:

Zoo, #507
Bi izni Llah! (but not like in Hama, no need)

August 17th, 2013, 1:51 pm

 

ghufran said:

A late confession by a thawraji sheikh, Muhammad Dahman:
“الثوار” كانوا أول من استخدم السلاح ضد النظام وأجهزة الأمن ، سواء في درعا أو بانياس أو جسر الشغور أو غيرها ، وليس النظام وأجهزته الأمنية .
Early attacks on security forces and the army in Syria are well documented and the evidence is irrefutable, that does not exonerate the regime but it helps explain why the rebellion in Syria failed to win public support.
الشيخ محمد باسم دهمان ، وهذا اسمه الكامل ، كتب أمس على صفحته في موقع “فيسبوك” يقول :
“كنا أول الثورة نستمع للجزيرة فقط حول احداث درعا وجسر الشغور وبانياس وتل كلخ . وكنا نصدق الجزيرة لمعرفتنا بإجرام النظام . وبعد أشهر استطعنا التواصل مع اهلنا هناك بشكل مباشر وكانت المفاجأة : لقد كان البادئ للاسف الثوار (فقد) ذبحوا العشرات من الأمن قبل ان يطلق عليهم طلقة …. فكانت ردة الفعل من النظام ان قتل من قتل من النساء والاطفال بعد فرار الرجال انتقاما منهم . وقد ذكر الإعلام السوري ما فعل الثوار بصدق ولم يذكر ما فعل هو بالنساء والأطفال ، وها هي الأحداث تتكرر اليوم في مصر …. وبنفس الطريقة …. وبنفس الإعلام”
On the issue of attacking “secular armies” in Syria, Egypt and Algeria:
لمصلحة من جرهم الى صراعات داخلية .. ان لم تدمرهم استنزفتهم واضعفتهم” قبل أن ينصح قائلا : لا يقولن احد : وما نفعهم او انهم لا يقاتلوا اسرائيل .. او او او ، فكل الحجج لا تبرر ان تدمر بيتك عليك .. او تخرب بيتك بيديك .. او تقاتل ابناءك في جيشك الذي هو لي ولك ولنا جميعا .انا اعلم ان كلامي قد لا يعجب البعض .. ولكن هذا رأيي ، والله اعلم” .
The claim that this is a war by shia against sunni fell apart when the MB and islamist terrorists started burning buildings in Cairo and shooting at the Egyptian army, the situation is bad enough in Egypt that the MB may be declared as an illegal party by the new regime in Egypt, something the Syrian regime did in the 1980s.

August 17th, 2013, 1:53 pm

 

syrian said:

ZOO @490
In relation to the situation in Syria,the nature of Iran nuclear program is of no importance at this point. the west doesnt belive Iran and that what matter.
India and Pakistan were not signatory to the nuclear treaty, Pakistan was under heavy sanction, but 9/11 saved them,Iran for the last 25 years was only under sanction from the US, while the EU till this year and the rest of the world had normal relation with Iran.
In the end,if what you are saying that Iran will go ahead with it nuclear program, then Saudi arabia and Turkey has a better chance in winning in Syria, because we all agree that the west will not allow Iran with nukes to have influence at Israel border.
your dilemma is having to support Assad Jr who screwed up everything his father has built and your future is hanged on the value of Syria to Iran,

August 17th, 2013, 1:53 pm

 

don said:

The new axis of evil: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Neo-Cons

August 17th, 2013, 2:15 pm

 

zoo said:

#514 Syrian

I don’t see how Saudi Arabia and Turkey have a better chance to win in Syria. They hate each other and Saudi will never allow Turkey to have any influence in an Arab country. They have totally opposite visions on the region political future. On Egypt they are openly divergent, and on Syria as well.

Saudi Arabia has failed everywhere it intervened. Yemen is a total mess, Bahrain a time bomb, Iraq a mess and Lebanon shaky. The Saudis are as dumb politically as the Qataris.
While Saudi Arabia is in a state of panic and Erdogan worried about the mess that his policy in Syria has caused to his popularity, Iran is politically stable and will surely improve economically as it is adapting to the sanctions as it did for 25 years.
I have no dilemma at all, for me it is clear like water. Iran is getting stronger by the day as the Arab countries are crumbling in internal disorders and Turkey is shaken by its loss of leadership in the Arab countries. Now in Egypt Sunnis are killing other Sunnis. That’s a new element that proves to me that the unity and the coherence of the Shias under Iran’s and Iraq’s leadership will be rewarded while the Sunnis divisions will weaken them further and with them the two heads of the Sunnis in the region, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. As Syria’s government is aligned with Iran, it will come out winner, despite KSA efforts to counter that.
In September or October, totally weakened by the Saudi Arabia failed military adventure, the opposition will bow to the pressure and go to Geneva while Bashar Al Assad will remain in power.

I think you don’t have a dilemma, you have a serious problem.
Relying on KSA and Turkey to solve the problem of Syria will lead you straight to a failure.

August 17th, 2013, 2:31 pm

 

revenire said:

It never was Sunni vs Shia was it? It was always the voices of moderation and justice vs the Takfiris.

Maybe Josh Landis, and his sidekick Matt Barber, will have to rename their blog to something that fits the reality more closely?

August 17th, 2013, 2:56 pm

 

syrian said:

ZOO
well, it is not up to me nor to you for that matter how things are unfolding,I’m just being real in a real world, there are no permanents friends nor enemies only national interests,you read events from your perspective I read them from mine,and that is how I read them, it dose not mean I agree with them or disagree,
All your points can be rebuttled,maybe later,

August 17th, 2013, 3:32 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

It was always a conflict between people who want freedom and justice against a corrupt barbaric regime who is deeply sectarian, depending on very small sect against the majority of Syrians
describing it any other way is wrong and intentionally misleading, it was never Sunni against Shiaa, however Barbaric Persia support to this barbaric regime and the introduction of the terrorist HA made it appears as sectarian fight.
The barbaric persia will never win,the barbaric evil persia is fighting against 80% of the Syrian people, Persia will lose and We will win WWW

August 17th, 2013, 3:40 pm

 

zoo said:

Majed

Who is “we”? I guess you mean you and your friends the Shia-haters, the ‘civilized’ Takfiris.
Keep dreaming and predicting if it helps you keep what is left of your sanity after 3 years of failed predictions.

August 17th, 2013, 4:00 pm

 

zoo said:

#518 Syrian

No one knows how things will unfold, but the trend are becoming clearer in the last few months.
Right from the start I said that by welcoming the jihadists in their ranks with the hope they will help them out of their failures, the opposition has signed the end of the revolution and its morphing into a bloody civil war.
Advised by morons like HBJ, Erdogan and Ford, the opposition went from mistakes to failures while Syria advised by Iran and Russia has stood strong and coherent. Now Saudi Arabia has taken over the ‘counseling’ of the opposition. The SNC has change its master but it will face the same failures, as only Syrians can deal with Syrians to solve a Syrian crisis.
October is the moment of truth with the Geneva conference ( if it happens). We will know who won.

August 17th, 2013, 4:09 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Egypt.

The current military/’government’ regime’s strategy seems to be on shaky ground. US backing isn’t concrete and the europeans are even more rhetorically hostile to the regimes behaviour. The regime even coming out criticising the US reaction.

What will they do next? Continue on this course and escalate? Very risky.

Don’t rule out a counter coup from within the military to rectify the situation and/or to save face.

The term ‘anti-coup’ is beginning to gain traction and the ‘anti-coup’ feeling is seemingly beginning to gain momentum.

The MB has called for a week of anti-coup protests so expect them to continue and grow.

August 17th, 2013, 4:12 pm

 

zoo said:

Erdogan does it again

Egypt committing state terrorism, al-Sisi and al-Assad are same: Turkish PM

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypt-committing-state-terrorism-al-sisi-and-al-assad-are-same-turkish-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52723&NewsCatID=338

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Egypt’s interim rulers of committing state terrorism and compared army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad as scores more were killed in a crackdown and hundreds were besieged in Cairo’s al-Fath Mosque by security forces.

August 17th, 2013, 4:13 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

what would happen if Saddam was still president of Iraq?
I think Assad would not have lasted this long,I think Saddam would have supported the Arab spring in Syria.Kurdistan would not have formed,

Turkey was the main loser ,so Turkey must try to regain influence,Turkey should not wait long,Erdogan needs to act soon.

August 17th, 2013, 4:14 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Is it possible (or realistic) to reconcile (or negotiate) with the Shabeeha? With those traitors who unleashed the Shabeeha and Hezbo on the Syrian people?

August 17th, 2013, 4:26 pm

 

zoo said:

#524 Majed

Turkey is loosing popularity in the Arab world. Despite repeated promises, Erdogan never visited his friends in Gaza. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt will soon boycott Turkish businesses and goods, if Erdogan continues calling for the return of Morsi and the hated MB.

Humiliated, Turkey has no choice than to return to its old allies, Israel and to beg the EU to accept it.
Its role in the region is over.

August 17th, 2013, 4:30 pm

 

Syria said:

Here is the obituary of 6 of the men apple mini is talking about,
They are all in the army wearing uniforms.
Under each name it says” congratulations on his death is welcome for a week”
So apple .if their families are happy that they died for Assad, why are you so upset.

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151661748298591&id=83383548590&set=a.92026643590.85497.83383548590&__user=100003131418721

August 17th, 2013, 4:39 pm

 
 

syrian said:

ZOO
Who did what can go on for ever,It is all ancient history now. where we stand today is what matter, the opposition seems to be in a better shape than few month ago,it will take some time to adjust to the new benefactor of the revolution,It is kind of early to tell the kind of commitment S.A,will provide. their recent success in Egypt might give them extra confidence,also there was a big movement in Jordan last week with talk of new Army being formed that will not include Islamist in Dara, so things is still developing and by October there will be a better picture.

August 17th, 2013, 5:16 pm

 

revenire said:

Nasrallah declares open war on takfiris and their backers

In July 2006, Seyyid Hassan Nasrallah declared an open war on Israel and shattered the myth of the Zionist army’s invincibility. Today, Nasrallah declared an open war on the takfiris and —in alluding to their instrumentalization by Israeli, western and Arab [Saudi] intelligence agencies—shattered the myth of al-Qaeda’s ideological and organizational impenetrability. And yet many continue to bark about how Hizbullah is essentially a sectarian movement fighting “fellow Muslims” in Syria— a euphemism for this foreign takfiri implant which has no organic relationship with Arab populations or grassroots support and hence, is neither representative of Sunnis nor mainstream Muslims. Not only is this reality completely overlooked and/or distorted by the opposite side, but Hizbullah’s history of fighting fellow Shia like the AMAL movement in defense of overwhelmingly Sunni Palestinians in the War of the Camps in the late 1980s, and subsequently, the years of military assistance and political support which it lent to [Sunni Islamist] HAMAS, is completely effaced.

Today Nasrallah did not pledge to protect a minority sect in Lebanon or to fight a rival sect in Syria; today he pledged to defeat a Saudi-financed, US-Zionist penetrated force which poses an existential and strategic threat to the Resistance and all those who support it, irrespective of their sect. In declaring an open war on the takfiris, and promising heavier involvement in Syria, Nasrallah was merely expanding the scope of the open war he declared against the Zionists in 2006.

http://resistance-episteme.tumblr.com/

August 17th, 2013, 5:28 pm

 
 
 

zoo said:

Syrian rebels still waiting for delivery of U.S. arms

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/08/17/syrian_rebels_still_waiting_for_delivery_of_us_arms.html

WASHINGTON—More than two months after they were promised, U.S. weapons and ammunition have not reached America’s allies among the Syrian rebels, and their delivery date remains unclear, according to the Syrian opposition and Middle Eastern diplomats.

Khalid Saleh, an official of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, said in a telephone interview from Turkey that, while U.S. officials continue to promise arms, “nothing has come through yet, and we haven’t been given a specific date when we’ll see them.”

The rebels, who have been pressing for months for anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, have still not been told what kind of military aid they will receive, he said.

The White House announced June 13 that, in light of its conclusion that the Syrian government had used lethal chemical weapons in the two-year-old civil war, the administration would provide “military assistance” to the rebels.

The deliveries, which White House officials promised in “weeks, not months,” were seen as a step toward greater U.S. military involvement. U.S. agencies have so far provided only non-lethal equipment, such as mobile radios and $1 billion in humanitarian aid.

But, as the slow pace of the arms deliveries underscores, the administration remains conflicted about the move. Fearing that the arms could fall into the hands of Islamist militants who make up a growing part of the rebel forces, officials have been moving carefully to vet potential recipients of the arms.

The weapons are expected to be small arms and not the more powerful anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles rebels want. Saleh said coalition officials, who are in daily contact with U.S. officials, “have made our needs well known.”

The rebels are already receiving arms from Persian Gulf countries, and U.S. shipments are not expected to shift the balance in the war. But the move was intended to strengthen Washington’s ties to the rebels and send a message to the Syrian government, as well as its Iranian and Russian allies, that the United States could increase its involvement.

August 17th, 2013, 5:51 pm

 

zoo said:

#529 Syrian

Yes, I wait and watch.

August 17th, 2013, 5:53 pm

 

syrian said:

Uzair 8.
when all end well for the Syrians. The heads of the shabihas are all millionaires, they will leave the country to either live with Refaat Alassad in Spain or join Bushara in Dubai, the foot shabiha soldiers will be left to fend for themselves, who ever survive will most likely ends up driving a taxi or small bus, because most are uneducated and this profession needs only a driver license.

August 17th, 2013, 5:59 pm

 

zoo said:

Who was behind Beirut recent attacks?
Ersal is the headquarter of the terrorists whose group is “affiliated to a group operated by the security services of a major Gulf state.”

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/two-options-lebanon-deterrence-or-collapse

According to sources in the investigation, the following information has been obtained:

The group that fired rockets on the southern suburbs consists of Palestinians, including Ahmad Taha, who is currently hiding in Ersal. Taha’s handler is a leader in a known Palestinian Islamic group. The rockets were purchased from a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut.

The group that planned and carried out the bombings along the Chtaura-Masnaa and Chtaura-Zahleh roads is based in Majdal Anjar. The group has been monitoring all roads that directly lead to Syria or Baalbeck, and kept tabs on the vehicles it believes were being used to move Hezbollah cadres or fighters to Syria along these roads. A list of suspects and their details is now in the possession of the army intelligence directorate. The directorate tried to arrest some of them several times, but was faced with stiff resistance indicating that the suspects are in fact “hunkered down” in Majdal Anjar.

The group tasked with preparing and detonating car bombs in Dahiyeh and the explosive devices along the Hermel road is operating out of Ersal. Lebanese army intelligence has obtained detailed information on the group’s members, including several who were named in the defense minister’s statement yesterday. One of the most prominent of these suspects is H. al-Houjeiri, who personally placed the explosive in Bir al-Abed on July 9.

The preliminary findings of the investigations indicate that the same group is behind both explosions in Dahiyeh, despite the attempt at deception by having different groups claim responsibility.
The armed men then carried bags containing explosives to the car, before driving it toward Dahiyeh. The woman who owned the car reported the car stolen at a police station nearby, providing descriptions of the men and the other car they were driving.
..
Members of the same group stole a BMW and rigged it with a large quantity of explosives. One member of the group then drove the car to Roueiss on Thursday, and parked it near a barbershop there. The car exploded 15 minutes after he left the area, according to the investigations.

The preliminary findings of the investigations indicate that the same group is behind both explosions in Dahiyeh, despite the attempt at deception by having different groups claim responsibility.

Investigations have also revealed that oversight of the entire operation has been entrusted to individuals from Ersal. These suspects are not affiliated with any Islamic group, but report to three individuals – a Syrian, Palestinian, and a Saudi – who are in charge of financing, planning, and choosing targets for operations. The trio is reportedly affiliated to a group operated by the security services of a major Gulf state.

August 17th, 2013, 6:03 pm

 

revenire said:

Majed your friends are going down the toilet back into the sewers they crawled out of.

Muslim Brotherhood faces ban as Egypt rulers pile on pressure
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/17/us-egypt-protests-idUSBRE97C09A20130817

August 17th, 2013, 6:12 pm

 

Ghufran said:

قُتل عمار محمد بديع نجل المرشد العام لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين بمصر بعد مقتل عدد آخر من أبناء قادة الجماعة، بالإضافة إلى مصابين ومعتقلين من بينهم.
وجاء في بيان صادر عن حزب الحرية والعدالة المنبثق عن جماعة الإخوان المسلمين أن بديع تلقى نبأ استشهاد ابنه المهندس عمار متأثرا بطلق ناري في أحداث “جمعة الغضب” بالقاهرة أمس، إثر تلقيه رصاصتين في الرأس والعين.
والمهندس عمار هو الابن الأوسط للمرشد العام، ويعمل مهندس كمبيوتر، وهو متزوج وله طفلان.
ومن جانبه أكد محامي الأسرة حسن كريم أنه تقدم ببلاغ إلى رئيس نيابة الأزبكية يتهم فيه الفريق عبد الفتاح ‫السيسي وزير الدفاع المصري بقتل عمار.
وتأتي وفاة ابن المرشد العام بعد مقتل عدد من أبناء قادة الإخوان خلال الاحتجاجات، ومنهم أسماء ابنة محمد البلتاجي وحبيبة ابنة أحمد عبد العزيز مستشار الرئيس المعزول محمد مرسي وابن خالد الديب وإصابة أبناء د. صلاح سلطان أحد قادة التحالف الوطني لدعم الشرعية.
The EU is now struggling to come up with a response to the bloodshed in Egypt after the unsc held a meeting about the situation. Official statements from the Egyptian government remind me of SANA, the only thing that separates the trouble in Egypt from becoming syrianized is the lack of foreign jihadists but that may change if borders with Sudan, Tunisia and Libya are not controlled. Notice how ksa is sending anti tank missiles to the rebels in Syria while calling protestors in Egypt ” terrorists” !!
Alwalid bin talal is joining his king in attacking the MB:

أعلن مالك قناة الرسالة الفضائية “البليونير السعودي الأمير الوليد بن طلال” اليوم في تغريدة له على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “تويتر”، إقالة مدير عام القناة الدكتور طارق السويدان لانتمائه لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين، وهو ما اعتبره يخالف توجهات قناة الرسالة القائمة على الوسطية بحسب ما أعلن.
وجاء نص تغريدته: “لا مكان لأي إخواني في مجموعتنا، مرفق إقالة الإخواني (طارق السويدان) الذي اعترف بانتمائه للحركة الإخوانية الإرهابية”.

August 17th, 2013, 6:34 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Fsa leaders, except idris, may not be acceptable to KSA and the USA due to their ties with nusra and Islamist rebels:
دعا الناطق الرسمي باسم القيادة العسكرية العليا للجيش السوري الحر قاسم سعد الدين، الائتلاف الوطني السوري إلى “التنسيق مع الجيش الحر في مسألة تشكيل الجيش الوطني”، مشددا على أن “ما نريده هو أن نكون الذراع العسكرية للائتلاف”.
واكد سعد الدين في حديث لصحيفة “الشرق الأوسط”، أن “القيادة العليا للجيش الحر لا تعلم شيئا عن الجيش الوطني الذي يتم الحديث عنه سواء لناحية عديده أو ضباطه أو الجهات التي تدربه”.
KSA wants a force that pledges loyalty to KSA not nusra, such a force may receive support from Jordan and the USA. Alarabiya reported that KSA sent anti tank missiles to rebels through Jordan.

August 17th, 2013, 7:04 pm

 

revenire said:

Oh, there were foreign jihadis in Egypt. Syrians. They’re running for the exits now because they face arrest. It is delightfully funny.

My God, if they don’t run I can imagine some of them being shot for aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.

August 17th, 2013, 7:39 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Good news.
Congratulation to Zoo and Revenire
three aircraft were downed two in Damascus and one in Reqqa

August 17th, 2013, 7:57 pm

 

zoo said:

Verified: Obama supplied weapons now in hands of Al-Qaeda allied terrorists

http://www.examiner.com/article/verified-obama-supplied-weapons-now-hands-of-al-qaeda-allied-terrorists
August 17, 2013

“With many al-Qaeda leaders now operating in Syria…”

The Middle East-centric Assyrian International News Agency as well as the right-of-center news portals The Blaze and the Cybercast News Service have all verified on Aug. 16, 2013 that the long promised weapons from the United States, Saudi Arabia and various Western European and Persian Gulf nations have finally made their way to the al-Qaeda allied terrorists in Syria.

With the various militia factions seeking the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad generically referred to as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the pledged weapons couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

August 17th, 2013, 8:18 pm

 

zoo said:

A glimpse at the nightmare of living in divided Aleppo

Aleppo: A city where snipers shoot children
By Hannah Lucinda Smith Bustan al-Qasr, Aleppo, Syria

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23696829

This is a city of fiefdoms. Last week Bustan al-Qasr belonged to the criminals. Today it belongs to Ahrar Sureya. And next week, who knows?

The rebels take me to meet Abu Yassin, a senior official in the rebel-held part of the city’s Sharia Court police force, who is now in charge at Bustan al-Qasr.

On a corner where the main street meets a side road he points to the buildings where the snipers are stationed, in a government-owned tower block, in an apartment building, in a minaret.

“There are 72 snipers aiming towards us,” he says. “And they only ever shoot at civilians.”

August 17th, 2013, 8:49 pm

 

zoo said:

#542 Majed

If this is true, it just confirms that Al Qaeda and Cie got the right weapons from Saudi Arabia. No wonder you are jubilating: Your friends, the Islamists terrorists, got stronger thanks to the hypocrite Wahabbis.
All the areas controlled by the rebels are rotting with corruption, abuses and religious extremism, they’ll fall by themselves. No member of the SNC would dare stay more than one hour in any of thse ‘liberated’ places..
It is significant that the SNC meeting in Istanbul to announce the ‘transitional’ government for liberated areas and the transformation of the ‘good’ FSA into a ‘national army’ has be reported sine die.
Instead they resuscitated the ever agreed post-Assad roadmap. Pathetic.

August 17th, 2013, 9:01 pm

 

zoo said:

It is interestingd to realize that Syria is no more isolated in acting the way it did. The resemblance of the situation is Egypt is growing by the day with some notable differences. Like in Syria Turkey and Qatar are siding with the Moslem Brotherhood and the Islamists encouraging violent uprising in the name of ‘democracy’ , while, contrary to their position in Syria, Saudi Arabia and the GCC are siding with the army trying to restore security and eradicate the Moslem Brotherhood.
The USA and the EU who had recklessly condoned the Moslem Brotherhood rise in the Arab spring country, are now in a total confusion, not knowing where to side and save their face

Egypt has the right to use force to restore security: Presidency
A presidential spokesman told journalists that Egypt was battling terrorism
Dina Ezzat, Saturday 17 Aug 2013
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/79308/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-has-the-right-to-use-force-to-restore-securi.aspx

Mostafa Hegazy, spokesman for Egypt’s interim president, stressed Saturday that authorities have the right to do what is needed to defend the country’s sovereignty, even by using firearms if necessary.

In a press conference held at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo and attended by a good number of Egyptian and foreign reporters, Hegazy conveyed the president’s message in both Arabic and English.

“All sovereign states have the right to use force to restore law and order,” he said.

August 17th, 2013, 9:14 pm

 

zoo said:

Gunmen kill 11 near Syrian Christian villages
August 17

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE
The Associated Press

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/17/4416845/11-killed-in-attacks-near-syria.html#storylink=cpy


Attacks against Christians have not been uncommon in Syria since the country’s crisis began more than two years ago. Two bishops were abducted in rebel-held areas in April and an Italian Jesuit priest, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, went missing last month while on a trip to the rebel-held northeastern city of Raqqa. On Monday, a bomb explosion killed an eight-year old Christian girl in Homs province.

Also Saturday, a bomb exploded near a Kurdish Red Crescent ambulance in the northeastern province of Hassakeh, killing two paramedics and wounding another, the Observatory said.

Hassakeh, which borders Turkey has been witnessing almost daily clashes between Kurdish gunmen and members of al-Qaida-linked groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra or Nusra Front over the past months that left scores of people dead.

The Observatory said Friday’s clashes in Hassakeh left four Kurdish gunmen and 11 jihadis dead.

Kurds, the largest ethnic minority in Syria, make up more than 10 percent of the country’s population, and have seen their loyalties split in the conflict between pro- and anti-Assad groups.

On Friday, the U.N. refugee agency said an unusually large wave of Syrian families has been pouring into Iraq’s Kurdistan region this week.

August 17th, 2013, 9:23 pm

 

zoo said:

The same applies to Syria
It’s Time to Hold Our Nose and Back Egypt’s Military
by Leslie H. Gelb Aug 17, 2013 7:56 PM EDT

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/17/it-s-time-to-hold-our-nose-and-back-egypt-s-military.html

If Islamists regain control in Egypt, all hope for democracy is lost. So as unsavory as it may feel, working with the moderate-aligned military is our only hope, writes Leslie H. Gelb.
Let’s get real and tamp down the moral posturing about democracy in Egypt. Freely elected President Morsi and his now-deposed Muslim Brotherhood government weren’t practicing democracy. They were co-opting the laws and slowly destroying all possible opposition. Besides, they were aligning with America’s jihadist enemies in Syria, Gaza, and elsewhere. Egypt’s military leaders, no democratic sweethearts either, are aligned with moderates, need Washington more than the Islamists, and back U.S. interests on the Suez Canal and Israel. Americans rightly can’t stand the military street slaughters. For sure, bloody casualties will mount. But the United States has some modest chance to influence the military in right directions. It has little or no chance of saving Egypt for democracy if the Islamists return to power.

August 17th, 2013, 9:33 pm

 

Sami said:

A 16 min documentary about jailed Syrian artist Youssef Aldelke:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=374353739360474

And another documentary about the Alawi Syrian activist Abdul Aziz AL-Khair:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDcHOeSPWSk

The story of both of these gentlemen is a testament that this abomination of a regime is rotten to its very core. Neither one of these two men ever carried a gun in their resistance against the Assad thuggery yet they languish in jail.

So much for dialogue… And anyways what kind of dialogue can you have with those that intertwine peace with genocide!

It took only the simple words to shake this regime to its core and make it unleash one of the most barbaric responses documented in modern history:
الله سورية حرية

August 17th, 2013, 10:11 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Persia is supporting Mursi, Zoo is supporting the coup and Sisi, so is there explanation?

August 17th, 2013, 10:13 pm

 

Sami said:

أقُولُ وَقَدْ نَاحَتْ بِقُرْبي حمامَة ٌ: أيا جارتا هل تشعرين بحالي ؟
معاذَ الهوى ‍! ماذقتُ طارقة َ النوى ، وَلا خَطَرَتْ مِنكِ الهُمُومُ ببالِ
أتحملُ محزونَ الفؤادِ قوادمٌ على غصنٍ نائي المسافة ِ عالِ ؟
أيا جارتا ، ما أنصفَ الدهرُ بيننا ‍! تَعَالَيْ أُقَاسِمْكِ الهُمُومَ، تَعَالِي!
تَعَالَيْ تَرَيْ رُوحاً لَدَيّ ضَعِيفَة ً، تَرَدّدُ في جِسْمٍ يُعَذّبُ بَالي
أيَضْحَكُ مأسُورٌ، وَتَبكي طَلِيقَة ٌ، ويسكتُ محزونٌ ، ويندبُ سالِ ؟
لقد كنتُ أولى منكِ بالدمعِ مقلة ً؛ وَلَكِنّ دَمْعي في الحَوَادِثِ غَالِ!

August 17th, 2013, 10:31 pm

 

zoo said:

#549 Majed

Iran was first satisfied to see a ‘moderate’ Moslem government in Egypt replacing an USA puppet, but Egyptian religious, pushed by KSA were horrified to see an invasion of Shias that would convert Sunnis and objected to more closeness. At the same time the USA also disapproved Mosri’s government openness to Iran and were putting pressure on Morsi to slow down.
It became clear for Iran that establishing a good relation with Morsi’s Egypt was not going to be a piece of cake. Then came the military coup.

Iran is suspicious of coups as they see the hands on the USA behind them. The CIA coup that removed the first democratic government in Iran, Mossadegh’s, is still in their mind. So their first reaction was negative.
Now, they are glad to see that the Egyptian Army is crushing the Islamists that are violently anti-Shias. They expect that Al Sissi’s foreign policy toward Iran will not be as negative as it used to be during Mobarak’s time. Therefore they have tempered greatly their original criticism and now play low key while Turkey has increasing its calls for a return to Morsi, perceived by the Egyptians as a direct interference in their internal affairs.

I don’t expect the new Egyptian government to have a foreign policy totally dictated by the US government. Turkey is becoming a pariah in Egypt and may loose all its investments , therefore despite Saudi Arabia direct intervention in Egypt, I expect an improvement of Egypt’s relation with Syria and Iran as well as Russia.

Overall, after 25+ years without diplomatic relation with Egypt , Iran is patient enough to wait for the situation to stabilize as in any case it can’t be worse than Mubarak’s time.

August 17th, 2013, 11:40 pm

 

Ghufran said:

I have not seen an endorsement by sheikh al-Azhar but this is still significant:
قال الدكتور أحمد كريمة، أستاذ الفقه المقارن بجامعة الأزهر، إن مجلس علماء الشريعة أعلن خروج جماعة الإخوان المسلمين عن الملة والطريقة الحنفية وأنهم أصبحوا مرتدين.
وأضاف كريمة في بيان لعلماء الشريعة: ‘يجب أن يؤخذ من أموال جماعة الإخوان المسلمين وأشياعهم ما يكفل بإصلاح المتلفات التي أتلفوها كما قرر فقهاء الشريعة’.
Alazhar is undoubtedly the most respected body of Islamic scholars in the Muslim World.
Videos on the net, confirmed by western press, showed the flags of al-Qaida in one of the demonstrations in Cairo, other videos showed terrorists shooting on the army and attacking public buildings:
سلميه. سلميه !!
I do not consider Iran as a positive force in the middle east but I do not think they are evil, Iranians are way ahead of Arabs in almost every aspect, they look after their own interests and they use others to their advantage , Arabs have been followes for the last 800 years with rare exceptions.

August 18th, 2013, 1:14 am

 

omen said:

tara, this is like the argument you’ve made before re iranian treatment of women.

photo:

https://twitter.com/RezaAsadi/status/368897335935258624

August 18th, 2013, 2:13 am

 

Juergen said:

This is how syrian refugees are treated in Italy. The EU has often spoken out against the bad treatment of refugees in Italy, I think action has to be taken fast.

In this video the police beats refugees when they tried to speak out with italian press. One man said then loudly,:” Bashar Al Assad has more dignity than you guys.”

August 18th, 2013, 3:01 am

 

SimoHurtta said:

550. omen said:

tara, this is like the argument you’ve made before re iranian treatment of women.

photo:

https://twitter.com/RezaAsadi/status/368897335935258624

Do you remember, what you Omen wrote in Twitter to that picture?

omen ‏@omen_99 2h

@RezaAsadi ok israel, u can bomb the mullahs now.

Do you hope, that France and GB nuke Israel because women are forced to the back of buses in Jerusalem and religious Jewish men spit on women if they do not obey? They even have had separate pavements for women in Jewish extremist regions.

Do you Omen know what is the difference with the picture situation with Saudi Arabia and Iran? First is that in Saudi Arabia there are no inaugurations for presidents and the second difference is if there would be a such inauguration no women would be allowed there.
Members of the Shura Council attending the inauguration ceremony headed by King Abdullah

—–

Majedkhaldoun do think that your constant using of the name Persia instead of Iran will irritate the Iranians and Shias in general? And give us outsiders a “mental image” of a barbaric state. Well that does not work.

August 18th, 2013, 5:07 am

 

mjabali said:

Syrian said:

“Who did what can go on for ever,It is all ancient history now. where we stand today is what matter, ”

Your logic is wrong for the following reasons:

1- The bad blood of the past is brought up now. They want to score fights of the past.

2- The history you learned and believed in always written by the “victor.” There are many lies in it, or not telling bout many things.

3- The fighters of today (here mostly the opposition) are stuck in the past with their ideas, source for ratification, and aspiration. They are like the time machine want to take back to the past.

August 18th, 2013, 7:27 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

New axis of Evil: brainwashed of Hezbzbelleh, Amal, Muqtada Sadr, Assad’s Criminal Mafia and The Man of the Mountain in Iran.

“Kill them all” is an extended demand between populations of Irak, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. Finally the overhwelming majority will make great gains on the ground and Sunna will regain its natural position with christians, druzes and ismalilis living side by side as minorities. Demographics is always the winning card. Alawites will face troubles for long years to find a place to live in peace.

August 18th, 2013, 7:44 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Simo
The name of Barbaric Persian is the name Arab refer to the despicable people there,they where THE enemy of Arab for thousands of years , changing the name would not erase the nature, the devil stays devil even if you change his name.

Ghufran
The Arab has always been better than the Barbaric Persian in many ways, that is why the few good Persian followed the Arab, Arab has higher morality than the Barbaric Persians, Islam spread in that area,it is Arabic religion.

As for edicts by some Sheikhs, remember All edicts are non religious, they are political,or social, you will find one sheikh issues Fatwa ,where another sheikh issues fatwa opposite to the first fatwa, those sheikhs who are Sultan sheikhs are common ,example the stupid Hassoun , Mufti of Syria.
Ask most of religious sheikhs they tell you Azhar is no longer following the true spirit of Islam, it is becoming political.

That is why I follow the Zahiri Mazhab, this Mazhab considers Quraan and verified hadith as the accepted Fiqh, and denounces all edicts, unless it is 100% accepted by Ulamaa

August 18th, 2013, 8:52 am

 

Tara said:

Assad’s Instagram:  a smart move?  Hahaha!

Assad’s Instagram: Syria Account Backfires
11:21am UK, Sunday 18 August 2013

http://news.sky.com/story/1130083/assads-instagram-syria-account-backfires

An online charm offensive by the Syrian president has backfired after critics left scathing comments on his Instagram account.

Bashar al Assad’s office took to the social media site last month to post pictures that include the embattled leader greeting supporters and his British-Syrian wife Asma comforting children and the injured.

Some comments on the Instagram account praise Mr Assad for “fighting terrorism” and describe the First Lady as a “beautiful soul”.

But others are far from complimentary, calling him as a “monster” and his wife a “devil” and “gold digger”.

Many of the Instagram users employ sarcasm to condemn the couple and and blaming them for civilian deaths in Syria.

On a photo of Mrs Assad – a former banker who grew up in Acton, west London – kneeling with children, olisyah said: “I love ur designer clothes and shoes #asmaalassad, paid for by the blood of your people! Seriously, u make Marie Antoinette look like an angel compared to you!!”

On this Instagram image, user _brittmonique commented: Kissing the devil

_malooka__ said: you sick person (all images from Syrian presidiency)
And on a photo of Ms Assad giving a child a doll, out4bling said: “Here kid sorry about your parents dying but I’m sure this doll will make it all better, it can be ur new mommy.”

The United States has already denounced the account as “repulsive”, saying it does not reflect the reality of the Syrian civil war.

“This is nothing more than a despicable PR stunt,” US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

August 18th, 2013, 8:56 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo
Your answer is still very confusing and vague.
Persia is still supporting Mursi, and the new regime in Egypt is a follower of KSA who is against Persia

August 18th, 2013, 9:16 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Iran denounces Egypt’s military coup –

Egyptian coup could hurt Iran – WND –

August 18th, 2013, 9:23 am

 

zoo said:

Al Qaeda now running the opposition…

Iran, Hezbollah now running Syria: opposition
August 18, 2013 01:38 PM

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-18/227719-iran-hezbollah-now-running-syria-opposition.ashx#ixzz2cKOI0j6g

August 18th, 2013, 9:42 am

 

zoo said:

Majed

What more do you want to show that Iran is undecided and is smartly waiting:

Iran did not call the toppling of Morsi a ‘coup’ and is now just worry about a civil war in Egypt. They have a very nuanced and intelligent reaction while Turkey has openly taken side with Morsi and after loosing Syria, will pay dearly by loosing Egypt for good.

Iran: Morsi overthrow ‘improper’
Published July 07, 2013
Associated Press

TEHRAN – Iran, in its first official reaction to the toppling of Egypt’s democratically elected president by the military, is calling the move “improper.”
….
Araghchi did not call the move a “coup.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/07/iran-morsi-overthrow-improper/#ixzz2cKOtX3Ng
================
Iran’s Khamenei wary of civil war in Egypt
August 09, 2013 10:08 AM
Agence France Presse

Read more: http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-09/226807-irans-khamenei-wary-of-civil-war-in-egypt.ashx#ixzz2cKPGcUMo

August 18th, 2013, 9:49 am

 

omen said:

simo, surprise ♪ i’m for taking out saudi royals too.

wonder if i’ll see it in my lifetime.

August 18th, 2013, 9:57 am

 

Tara said:

Omen,

What a picture. They are really uncivilized.

They should learn how to treat women from my husband.

So happy I am not an Iranian.

And they also alternate taking garbage out with their wives…

August 18th, 2013, 10:01 am

 

zoo said:

Egypt holds a very crucial bargaining card: the peace treaty with Israel. Any move for sanctions by the EU and the USA may result in its cancelling.
The West is trapped and will let the Army rule the country as long as it respects the treaty, whatever the number of Egyptians die as long as not a single Israeli dies.
It is clear that signing a peace deal with Israel is a warranty of immunity.

August 18th, 2013, 10:02 am

 

Syrian said:

MJABALI
My quote was in a different context, my conversation with Zoo was about the 3 powers fighting now for Syria.Iran, S.A and Turkey, what happens in the past in Syria to them is an ancient history.
On the ground in Syria it is a different matter.

August 18th, 2013, 10:10 am

 

Sami said:

“It is clear that signing a peace deal with Israel is a warranty of immunity.”

If only Besho signed one….

Muqawameh card is nothing more than a cheap excuse to suppress for minhebaks.

August 18th, 2013, 10:26 am

 

revenire said:

Sami you sound frustrated. Sleep okay?

August 18th, 2013, 10:28 am

 

don said:

Death Squads leaders unite

Robert Ford and Jeffrey Feltman in Egypt, all that’s missing now is Elliott Abrams to complete the three stooges act

UN’s Jeffrey Feltman to travel to Egypt next week

The United Nations is sending its political affairs chief to Egypt next week to meet with a range of officials including representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood amid the ongoing violence

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=115281

August 18th, 2013, 10:31 am

 

revenire said:

Omen you should really work on “taking out” the bad guys in your own country first. I don’t know where you live but I’d guess the US. Posting 50,000 tweets really doesn’t do much of anything except waste bandwidth.

August 18th, 2013, 10:31 am

 

revenire said:

Tara are you suggesting didn’t Assad know he’d get all sorts of comments on Instagram? It seems rather childish of anyone, and especially the Sky News reporter who wrote the story, to think Assad is this naive. All world leaders get these kinds of comments. It’s the Internet! If you had followed Obama’s Facebook page you’d see many, many more comments from Egyptians alone, accusing Obama of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood’s terrorism.

August 18th, 2013, 10:43 am

 

Alan said:

Under an existing aid agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv signed in 2007, $30 billion of American taxpayers’ money is currently flowing to Israel.
Israelis are concerned with increasing US arms sales to countries in the region and are asking Washington for a surge in its advanced military aid.
This money is an incentive for Israel to create more enemies, to suck more money out of the US taxpayer. When Americans have a government willing to stop signing those checks, Israel will calm down.
* * *
The Syrian Arab Army need more defensive deterrent weapons. The ongoing war in Syria will not stop until the emergence of a larger war. take care Mr Putin !

August 18th, 2013, 10:48 am

 

Tara said:

Reve

Of course he will have lots of positive comments. All of which will come from his Alawi sect, Iranians, Lebanese and Iraqi Shiaa, and some misguided others who hail him as a hero when he performs physiological functions.

The point is his stunt at PR fooled no one except his usual audience.

August 18th, 2013, 11:02 am

 

zoo said:

Egyptian anti-Morsi activist to Obama: “keep your money and go to hell”

http://news.yahoo.com/egyptian-youth-leader-backs-army-battle-brotherhood-154656126.html

And he has a message for U.S. President Barack Obama, who has expressed alarm at the violent crackdown on the Brotherhood that has led to more than 700 deaths: “Don’t lecture us on how to deal with the Brotherhood’s terrorism.”

As for aid money, he says, Obama can keep it – and “go to hell”.

August 18th, 2013, 11:08 am

 

zoo said:

Revenire

Such a silly article… The media is trying to find just anything to diminish Bashar Al Assad’ extraordinary charisma, resilience and stature.
Unable to even create his long promised ‘transitional’ government and his ‘national army’ Jarba is becoming as hysterical as Erdogan as he calls for more weapons and for Bashar’s removal before the conference. It seems the opposition is under heavy pressure and panic striken: the Geneva conference is advancing and unless something dramatic happen, they will have to bow and accept to attend without any pre-conditions and with Bashar still in power.

August 18th, 2013, 11:18 am

 

zoo said:

Don

UN’s Jeffrey Feltman? OMG! This arrogant moron again?
“Success” guarantee..

August 18th, 2013, 11:21 am

 

Alan said:

SC!
Are you welcome the terms of murder and killing in this forum?
(554) SANDRO LOEWE is speaking as Hitler!

August 18th, 2013, 11:21 am

 

revenire said:

Tara no, I didn’t mean that. I meant Assad knew he’d get every kind of comment – negative and positive. I don’t think it was a PR stunt. It just seems like something any president does and the comments reflect that. Assad is the president of Syria – a country involved in a war. Thus, he gets all kinds of comments. If it was peacetime citizens would complain about the cost of mazoot or food or wages. This is natural.

Also, let’s not forget the US State Department funds Internet operations against Syria – both paying for and training “activists” – so for all we know every negative comment is from such types (with the assorted deranged nut here and there). I know there is a vocal minority that hate Assad.

There is plenty of evidence of the US State Department funding online “activists” against Syria:

Meet the international revolutionary geek squad
http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/06/22/meet-international-revolutionary-geek-squad/HP4iljWroxdBods6d9kD5I/story.html

State Dept Says 7,500 Internet Activists Funded
http://cryptome.org/2012/01/0019.htm

Syrian Opposition Targets the Regime Online
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/syrian-opposition-targets-the-regime-online

U.S. Funds Help Democracy Activists Evade Internet Crackdowns
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-20/u-s-funds-help-democracy-activists-evade-internet-crackdowns.html

August 18th, 2013, 11:24 am

 

Mina said:

Soon the UN will explain they have never heard about Hasaka, Qamishli, and Deir al Zor
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23745201

August 18th, 2013, 11:30 am

 

Ghufran said:

Iran is rule by a theocracy which is more modern and flexible than a Saudi or taliban-type government, they give women the right to drive, work and go to school but they are still a theocracy and it is just natural that they will sympathize with similar governments and movements , they have dealt with the Talibans before and have supported Hamas for years, both are Sunni movements. The mullah do not want the anti MB ( or anti islamists in general) movement to sweep the arab world because they may be next. The attacks on Iranians and Iranian women on this blog are based on bias not facts, while Arabs act like tribes and keep fighting each other and many get stuck with ibn taymia’s regressive fatwas, Iranians maintained a level of unity and are largely independent and self sufficient, despite the problems with mullahs , Iranians are in a much better shape than most Arabs who may have succeeded as individuals but failed miserably as a group.

August 18th, 2013, 11:34 am

 

zoo said:

Syrian Kurds are brutally displaced by the Al Qaeda fighters with the cooperation of the FSA in order to create a ‘liberated’ Islamic Caliphate. Will the Iraqi Kurds remain silent/

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/18/thousands-of-hungry-and-scared-syrian-refugees-enter-iraq/

Faced with brutal violence and soaring prices, thousands of Syrian Kurds have poured into Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, seeking respite from privation and fighting between Kurdish fighters and jihadists.

The sudden influx of Syrians across the border, the vast majority of them women, children or elderly, has forced the UN refugee agency to scramble aid to the region.

They are being housed at a camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil that is still under construction and lacks many basic services.

But for many, it provides a welcome respite from the fighting ravaging their home districts in a deadly spin-off from the Syrian civil war.’

Government forces pulled out of most Kurdish-majority areas of northern and northeastern Syria last year, leaving Kurdish groups to run their own affairs.

But Al-Qaeda loyalists, who have played a significant role in the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, see the region as a vital link to fellow jihadists in Iraq and have been locked in deadly fighting with Kurdish militia in recent months.

The UN says between 5,000 and 7,000 refugees crossed into Iraq in the latest influx, but Kurdish officials put the number at around 15,000, with more expected to follow.

August 18th, 2013, 11:37 am

 

zoo said:

15,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing areas hit by Islamists

http://static.olj.me/images/news/large/828415_137336056593.jpeg

August 18th, 2013, 11:44 am

 

don said:

Mediation vs meddling in Egypt

According to the general guidelines of a reconciliation plan originally proposed by EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, later developed by US Undersecretary of State William Burns and supported by the foreign ministers of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, MB leaders should be allowed a safe exit to a foreign country — Qatar has offered to play host — along with their families and their money.

The scheme was refused by Cairo. Al-Sisi, say Cairo-based Western diplomats, warned foreign interlocutors that the plan could provoke waves of public anger.

It is not the only scenario that Al-Sisi, sometimes with the support of civilians within the current ruling system, has turned down. The head of the Armed Forces also refused a proposal made by Gulf states to allow Morsi to publicly delegate his authorities to a prime minister appointed with the consent of the Muslim Brotherhood.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/Print/3695.aspx

August 18th, 2013, 11:51 am

 

Alan said:

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: EGYPT SENDING DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO RUSSIA
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/08/16/Report-Egypt-Sending-Diplomatic-Mission-to-Russia

Russia is offering the Egyptian government fighter jets and other military equipment. This week, President Obama announced that the US is suspending its planned joint military exercise with the Egyptian army. It seems the Russians are jumping in to fill the void left by the Americans.
….
Loses Egypt, loses their place in the world! “Look at the Greeks, the Romans, the British, the Russians and, now, the US. Obama…McCain, they are giving it away.

August 18th, 2013, 12:06 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

عرب أحوازيون يفجرون خط غاز إيراني، ويهدون العملية لإخوة السلاح في سوريا!
Ahwaz is Arabic province , occupied by the barbaric Persians,1925, many Shiaa in Ahwaz are converting to Sunni, it is rich in oil

August 18th, 2013, 12:25 pm

 

revenire said:

Majed you remind me of the funny, old uncle that sits in a corner during weddings and rants and raves about everyone he hates.

August 18th, 2013, 1:13 pm

 

Alan said:

Great Game Around Egypt
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/08/15/great-game-around-egypt.html
….
Abd al-Galil al-Sharnubi, a former “brother” who left the organization’s ranks to openly challenge the Islamists, says, “It’s an open secret the Muslim Brothers operate under the financial and ideological “umbrella of Washington”. They are desperately trying to save the situation. The international organization is fully discredited in Egypt, but it’s important to preserve at least part of its worldwide structure”.

The Persian Gulf monarchies have their own game to play in Egypt. The country has been visited by Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Qatar’s official met the Egyptian Muslim Brothers leadership in an attempt to put an end to strike actions and street violence in exchange for setting free Islamist leaders. The reports about the Qatar’s activities can be trusted; the government sets its position soberly assessing the situation. The core goal pursued by Qatar is to preserve the main Islamist forces and save them from a serious defeat.

Whatever it is, the period of uncertainty in Egypt is over. The country on the Nile with the population of 85 million has stepped into an open conflict on August 14. Now a lot will depend on the Egyptian government which should take decisive and well-calculated actions to prevent an Islamist revolt…

August 18th, 2013, 1:20 pm

 
 

Alan said:

أثناء اللقاء مؤخراً في موسكو بين الرئيس بوتين والأمير بندر بن سلطان دار الحديث أساسا عن سورية. لكن تسربت معلومات تفيد بأن الأمير بندر عرض بناء على طلب العاهل السعودي، كما يُزعم، على الرئيس الروسي قيامه بزيارة إلى القاهرة. وحتى لم يستبعد تمويل سعودي لمشتريات السلطات المصرية الجديدة من الأسلحة الروسية. على أي نحو ستبنى العلاقات بين موسكو والسلطات في القاهرة؟ هل ستقدم موسكو إلى مصر المساعدة المالية والاقتصادية؟ وهل يشكل عرض السعوديين الدفعَ مقابل شراءَ مصر للسلاحَ الروسي جزءا من صفقة أوسع نطاقا غايتُها بلوغ مخرج توافقي للمأزق السوري؟

http://arabic.rt.com/prg/telecast/658557/ :روسيا اليوم

August 18th, 2013, 2:08 pm

 

Tara said:

الجربا: الحسم في سوريا خلال شهور

اعتبر رئيس الائتلاف الوطني السوري أحمد الجربا أن الأشهر القليلة المقبلة ستكون حاسمة، وأن النظام ‘انهار’، وأن البلد يحكمه في الواقع حزب الله اللبناني. فيما قال الرئيس بشار الأسد من جهته إن نظامه مصمم على اجتثاث ما وصفه بالإرهاب.

وقال الجربا في مقابلة مع صحيفة الحياة نشرت اليوم الأحد إن قوات المعارضة تسيطر على حوالي نصف مساحة سوريا، داعيا إلى الإسراع في تشكيل جيش وطني.

ويخوض الجيش السوري الحر وفصائل إسلامية أكثر تنظيما معارك ضارية على عدة جبهات بما في ذلك في ريف اللاذقية على مقربة من مسقط رأس الأسد.

وتحدثت تقارير متطابقة في الأيام القليلة عن تلقي الجيش الحر أسلحة متطورة تشمل خصوصا صواريخ مضادة للدروع، مما مكن مقاتليه من تحقيق تقدم في درعا ومناطق أخرى.

وفي المقابلة نفسها، رفض رئيس الائتلاف السوري المعارض إشراك الأسد أو أيًّا من أركان حكمه في أي تسوية، مطالبا بضرورة محاكمته بتهمة ارتكاب جرائم حرب. وأضاف أنه يعتقد أن الأسد ‘المجرم والقاتل’ لم يعد له وجود سياسي لأنه ‘انهار’.

واعتبر الجربا أن الأسد لا يحكم في الوقت الراهن، وأن الحكام الحقيقيين هم قادة الحرس الثوري الإيراني ومقاتلو حزب الله اللبناني، مشيرا إلى أن المعارضة تقاتل جيشا من الحرس الثوري وحزب الله والحوثيين (أتباع عبد الملك الحوثي باليمن) مجهزا بأحدث الأسلحة.
,,,
http://www.aljazeera.net/mob/f6451603-4dff-4ca1-9c10-122741d17432/6b71c4e9-91cb-475f-af9c-31e6057892b6

August 18th, 2013, 3:04 pm

 

SimoHurtta said:

561. omen said:

simo, surprise ♪ i’m for taking out saudi royals too.

wonder if i’ll see it in my lifetime.

So Omen you want Israel (= Jews) to take out Saudis royals and Iran. Hmmm why am I not surprised. Do you Omen use your kippah (yarmulke) when writing your countless tweets (nearly 40,000 now)?

555. majedkhaldoun said:

Simo
The name of Barbaric Persian is the name Arab refer to the despicable people there,they where THE enemy of Arab for thousands of years , changing the name would not erase the nature, the devil stays devil even if you change his name.

Well Majedkhaldoun it is a matter of taste which are seen more barbaric the nomads of Arabian Peninsula or the numerous civilizations of Persia. Persia has actually in west a rather recognized image, at least for those of us who did not sleep in the school during history lessons. Persia is certainly not the synonym for barbarism for us. Saudis at the same time are not seen as the beacons of civilization…

Majedkhaldoun are really an American citizen and living there? Your harsh and constant hate speech against Persia and Shias is not normal for a normal person. If people like you hate your fellow Muslims with slightly different views so much, how much do you hate us Christians, especially us Protestants? Can we coexist? Should we?

August 18th, 2013, 3:05 pm

 

revenire said:

Omen has nearly 40,000 tweets. LOL what a life.

August 18th, 2013, 3:40 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Simo
I am sure you slept during history lessons,
Simo
This revolution is for freedom and dignity,and whoever attacks us,we will fight him back,the barbaric Persians are attacking us.
Many christians are unlike you ,are good people and support this revolution, only the hateful are against this revolution,
You are living in the west,under free and democratic system, yet when it comes to Syria you are against freedom and democracy there, this is unexplainable,you are taking advantage of freedom ,yet you are against it in Syria, you should be ashamed of yourself.

August 18th, 2013, 3:52 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

A rearticulation of my point on Egypt yesterday.

For the Egyptian military regime the situation is not going according to script*. Soon it may come to a fork in the road and have a difficult decision to make.

1. A humiliating reversal of course.

2. Dig their heels in and continue course/escalation into the unknown. Like I said it’s currently not going by the script and who knows where this will lead to.

If they decide on the latter, then a military counter coup is a real possibility.

*-US and in particular EU response.

-Resignations including of El Baradei and the National Salvation Front’s (NSF) spokesman.

-Muslim Brotherhood and supporters determination.

-Media (wide) exposure of regime behaviour and holes in narrative.

Etc Etc.

August 18th, 2013, 4:06 pm

 

omen said:

aww, isn’t that cute? nazis of a feather flock together. simo, you’ve reduced rev into a giggling school girl.

yes, simo, you’ve busted the entire board. we are all mossad. even yourself. you just don’t recognize it yet. you’re a sleeper agent.

account is four years old. how many tweets should i have instead?

let’s compare, simo, rev. where are your accounts?

you wont divulge because you guys are cowards, only willing to throw punches from the shadows.

what kind of weirdo critique is that anyways? y’all are grasping at straws. how about putting up a decent argument instead?

August 18th, 2013, 4:07 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

575. Alan

SCI

I do not say I want to kill them all or it is good to kill anyone specially when it affects a whole community, race or creed whose most members will be innocent.

I am just describing a reality I dicover day after day when talking to syrians who flee from Syria due to missiles and rocket attacks from both sides but specially from Assad Mafia.

August 18th, 2013, 4:16 pm

 

omen said:

re earlier discussion of isw:

Syrian government lacks the capacity to conclusively defeat insurgency despite increased assistance from external allies.

August 18th, 2013, 4:20 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

575. Alan

Learn to read and disclose the meaning of a message before you launch accusations without basis.

Maybe you need a moukhabaraati system at your orders to penalize people without reason.

August 18th, 2013, 4:20 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Some guys from Sweida informed me two days ago there are official there serving to the Assad Army give less than 9 months to the national institution due to lack of recruitments, big loses, lack of legitimacy between population, etc .

August 18th, 2013, 4:24 pm

 

Syrialover said:

This is fun.

Story: “Nasrallah says ready to fight in Syria himself”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/16/us-lebanon-explosion-syria-idUSBRE97F0PP20130816?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

COMMENT: Go Hassan, go boy!

But take off all the layers of fancy gear and or you’ll trip while running.

The rebels will be terrorized and run for their lives when they see they are facing the big gun himself – a baby-faced, soft-bodied man in his fifties who has never done an hour’s physical work or training in his life.

A paid servant of the Iranians who has been living a lie and betraying Arabs.

A man who may as well die a martyr to an ugly pointless cause because there is no future for him.

August 18th, 2013, 4:26 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Some good news from Syria.

Story: Over 9,000 Syrians to Sit Opposition-Run Baccalaureate Exam

More than 9,450 Syrian students will sit their baccalaureate exam Friday under opposition administration and monitoring, in the liberated areas of Aleepo, Raqqa, Idleb, Deir El- Zor and in the refugee camps of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

An opposition source from the rebels-held areas of Aleppo said it was expected that the exam will be recognized internationally.

“We confirm that our exams meet the high standards of fairness and accuracy, and are held under the supervision of the directorate of examinations,” the source said.

http://www.syrianobserver.com/News/News/Over+9000+Syrians+Sit+OppositionRun+Baccalaureate+Exam

August 18th, 2013, 4:35 pm

 

omen said:

sl, nasrallah took off his fancy gear, he’s been training.

behold, simo’s object of affection.

photo:

https://twitter.com/emmasuleiman/status/368777843049656322

August 18th, 2013, 4:38 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Meanwhile, paranoid, dumb and desperate security services make life for the suffering citizens of Damascus even more impossible by banning bicycles!

Story: “Bicycles are being confiscated on the basis they may be transporting fugitives or illegal goods”

http://www.syrianobserver.com/Features/Features/Banning+Bicycles+on+the+Streets+of+Damascus

August 18th, 2013, 4:42 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Horror in Egypt : Saying it once, saying it again
17 Aug 2013

Tariq Ramadan

http://www.tariqramadan.com/spip.php?article13046&lang=fr

August 18th, 2013, 4:44 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Omen
#600
That is funny picture of Nasrallah

Today another aircraft was downed over Salma town

August 18th, 2013, 4:55 pm

 

apple_mini said:

Do the opposition and its laughable mouthpieces really need to lie to our faces?

We are here right in Damascus. We walk through the city everyday and we see many people riding bicycles and we even saw some serious cyclists with serious gears. We never saw any of them got stopped because of their bicycles.

Dear opposition,

Please just shovel those trashy lies into your own mouth.

August 18th, 2013, 4:59 pm

 

Syrialover said:

OMEN #600

Thanks for the link to that brilliant photo of Hassan Nasrullah.

Yeah, he’s sure ready for something (censored).

It’s made my day.

Let’s see if we can get it made into mass posters for Syrians to enjoy as a replacement for all those regime posters showing Nasrallah cosy with Bashar Assad.

August 18th, 2013, 5:01 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

I watch the Egyptian situation unfold and my mind shouts out ‘echoes of syria’. ‘Syria all over again’. Just read that Tariq Ramadan article for example.

Elsehwhere I hadn’t commented on Egypt however many of those skeptical of the Syrian revolution (due to ignorance of the early days and how the situation unfolded) happen to be following the Egyptian situation (or ‘early days’) closely and pointing out the horrors and the lies of the Egyptian regime and it’s supporters.

I can’t help but think/expect vindication regarding Syria. I’m certain of it. Truth emerges. For a surety. The doubters will on their own discover the truth about Syria through Egypt.

In Sha Allah.

Just an observation.

There won’t be any ‘I told you so’.

Don’t care if the entire universe was skeptical. I’d proudly stand by this just cause even if on my own.

August 18th, 2013, 5:02 pm

 

Syrialover said:

APPLE_MINI #6004 protected species like you in your happy part of Damascus are probably being given all the confiscated bicycles to play with.

Enjoy yourself and your delusions or whatever while you can.

August 18th, 2013, 5:08 pm

 

Syrialover said:

UZAIR8 and others struggling with parallels between Egypt and Syria, this is worth reading. It hits on some basic truths.

Authoritarianism is not the solution in Egypt.

http://www.al-bab.com/blog/2013/august/egypt-authoritarianism-not-the-solution.htm#disqus_thread))

August 18th, 2013, 5:14 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Though Mr Nasrallah is my enemy I couldn’t endorse such an image or insult him in that way. I had no issue with him before Syria.

My comment is at those who created such an image not at anyone else.

Sorry. Just my opinion which I felt I had to state. We are people of honour In Sha Allah. We wouldn’t accept our revered or scholarly figures portrayed that way. It’s going too far.

August 18th, 2013, 5:18 pm

 

revenire said:

Omen gets his kicks out of bad Photoshop images of Arab heroes. He calls this a “life” LOL

August 18th, 2013, 5:31 pm

 

Syrialover said:

My disgust at events in Egypt is at those on both sides who are nasty cowards going for soft targets.

Violently attacking vulnerable groups that have no role in the current crisis.

Hysterical animal mobs enjoying themselves.

1. Those who are terrorizing and stirring up trouble against the displaced and desperate Syrians in Egypt with the idiotic accusation that they support the Muslim Brotherhood. (Their brains are too small to remember the welcome mat was put out to Syrians before the MB came into power)

2. The Muslim Brotherhood mobs who have been smashing up and burning hundreds of Coptic Christian churches and in other ways further terrorizing this already suffering minority group (accelerating what they were doing in slow motion while the MB was in power and smilingly standing by).

The Egyptians I know are deeply angry and ashamed by these actions.

Both groups have dirtied their own version of the revolution.

August 18th, 2013, 5:40 pm

 

Syrialover said:

UZAIR8 #609

If you think that image of Nasrallah is unfair and disrespectful, you are obviously too remote from the realities of Syria and Lebanon.

His backside has been exposed just like in the photo. He is no Arab hero. He is a prostitute to the Iranians who is prepared to have his supporters kill Syrians and die themselves just to keep his external sponsors happy.

August 18th, 2013, 5:46 pm

 

Tara said:

Syrialover and Omen

“– a baby-faced, soft-bodied man in his fifties who has never done an hour’s physical work or training in his life.”

LOL!

The description match the picture perfectly. And sadly, it is an accurate description.

August 18th, 2013, 5:46 pm

 

SimoHurtta said:

591. majedkhaldoun said:

Simo
I am sure you slept during history lessons,
Simo
This revolution is for freedom and dignity,and whoever attacks us,we will fight him back,the barbaric Persians are attacking us.
Many christians are unlike you ,are good people and support this revolution, only the hateful are against this revolution,
You are living in the west,under free and democratic system, yet when it comes to Syria you are against freedom and democracy there, this is unexplainable,you are taking advantage of freedom ,yet you are against it in Syria, you should be ashamed of yourself.

I am not against any revolution. I am against religious extremists advocating mass murder of those with different religious and political views and starting religious civil wars, which will last decades. And that is what you and your bearded friends are advocating and doing. Creating a new Somalia and Afghanistan. You Majedkhaldoun are living in USA so do not lecture me about freedom and democracy. It is “easy” for you to advocate religious wars in Middle East and enjoy western safety.

If a Finnish Muslim convert gets paid to travel to Syria and is paid to fight there (he died in Aleppo) we all can ask ourself what revolution is that. Syrians are not paying for the religious fighters streaming to Syria from all over Europe and Muslim world. Others are and give them the weapons and ammunition. It is not a social or political revolution, it has become a religious war with the unspoken intend to wipe out the “wrong Muslims” and Christians.

Not even the most naive optimist could believe, that after Assad is kicked out the bearded militias will give up their weapons and the power they have achieved. Also it is naive to believe that from some where emerge those 300,000-500,000 soldiers demanded to keep order in Syria and disarm the militias.

600. omen said:

sl, nasrallah took off his fancy gear, he’s been training.

behold, simo’s object of affection.

photo:

https://twitter.com/emmasuleiman/status/368777843049656322

Emma Suleiman:
currently in charge of the Syrian Coalition press office/ France

Omen will Syria’s future president be Majedkhaldoun and foreign affairs minister Emma Suleiman? The brightest “Syrian” intellectuals …

PS
Omen was it Emma herself with a Nassrallah mask in that picture? Can you ask her via Twitter? Or was that hmmmm well formed lady in the picture you Omen? Well anyway a cheap way to make excellent high level political propaganda. 🙂

August 18th, 2013, 5:53 pm

 

Syrialover said:

And UZAIR8, I am open to hearing how if Nasrullah is such a fine and serious representative of his religion he is supporting Assad and the Mullahs in Iran and not the citizens of those countries.

And happy to use the Shia in Lebanon as cannon fodder and sitting targets for things that do not really involve them.

Like all violent authoritarian “leaders” in the Middle East he created a fake image built on “resisting Israel”.

August 18th, 2013, 5:55 pm

 

omen said:

i knew you were a coward, simo.

August 18th, 2013, 6:04 pm

 

zoo said:

While Jarba in Turkey is spitting invectives, predictions and deadlines as ridiculous and pathetic as his predecessors, the Syrian Army is getting rid of more terrorists.

Syrian president confident of rooting out terrorism
Aug 19,2013
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=161074

DAMASCUS, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday his country is capable of rooting out terrorism, as government troops reportedly regained almost all of the contested countryside area of the coastal city of Latakia, the heartland of his rule.

Assad made the remarks when meeting with a visiting Mauritanian delegation, during which the embattled leader stressed that Syria welcomes all of the constructive efforts to solve the crisis and is determined to work jointly to beat terrorism that has engulfed the country for over 29 months.

The president’s confidence is built on the army’s recontrolling of the countryside of Latakia, which is deemed as the heartland of the Assad administration, according to media reports.

State-run SANA news agency said the army on Sunday regained the villages of Hambushieh, Ballotta, Sheikh Nabhan, al-Kharatta, al- Khanzorieh, Barouda, and Shaban Mountain in the northern countryside of Latakia.

Sunday’s victory came a day after the army recaptured the strategic villages of Beir al-Shakohi, Abu Makkeh in Latakia countryside.

August 18th, 2013, 6:07 pm

 

omen said:

sorry, uzair, i should have posted a not-suitable-for-work warning.

August 18th, 2013, 6:08 pm

 

zoo said:

The opposition is on a collision course with their last active Arab supporter, Saudi Arabia, because of their diverging view on Egypt: Saudi Arabia fully supports Al Sissi, the SNC says he is a criminal. Will the opposition loose their last ally?

Coup in Egypt has strengthened the hand of al-Assad, SNC’s Turkey representative says

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/coup-in-egypt-has-strengthened-the-hand-of-al-assad-sncs-turkey-representative-says.aspx?pageID=238&nid=52752&NewsCatID=352

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
It once seemed likely that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would quickly fall in Syria’s uprising, but increased Russian and Iranian support, and now the coup in Egypt, have given him a new lease on life, according to a senior member of the Syrian National Coalition. Arab rulers are trying to protect the status quo, Khaled Khoja says

yrian President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly back in business thanks to Egypt’s coup against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, according to Syrian National Coalition (SNC) Turkey representative Khaled Khoja.

Egyptian coup leader Gen. Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi is taking al-Assad as an example as the Arab world and international community hesitates on supporting Syria’s opposition, he recently told the Hürriyet Daily News.

How will the coup in Egypt affect the situation in Syria?

It will affect it negatively, and it indeed already has. The movement of the Syrian opposition in Egypt is being limited [by the new rulers] and opposition figures are leaving the country. We are moving the headquarters of the Syrian National Coalition from Egypt to Turkey.

Politically, Bashar al-Assad has become a role model to Arab dictators. What al-Assad and the Shabiha [armed men in civilian clothing who support al-Assad] are to Syria, [Gen. Abdel Fatteh] al-Sisi and axmen [armed groups] are to Egypt.

A conviction is going around among Arab dictators that somehow the Arab Spring can be stopped. They include Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, which are in the group of the Friends of Syria. All of them have supported al-Sisi.
..
So do you say they have now changed sides?

There is a tendency to get rid of al-Assad but keep the regime. Maybe it was their policy line from the beginning. But the current findings and their support for al-Sisi show that what countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, et cetera fear is true change in the region. They are scared that if the Arab Spring reaches its aim, the wave will come to their shore. It is now crystal-clear that their tendency is about safeguarding the regimes in the region.

Would you say the coup has strengthened the hand of al-Assad?

Yes, because when you look at what al-Sisi is doing, he is taking al-Assad as an example. Al-Assad wanted to force the opposition to take up arms; so he sent armored vehicles in on people. He would then have an alibi [to oppress the uprising]. Al-Sisi is doing the same thing.

Al-Assad has used everything a regular army uses. Now he has changed strategy. He is using foreign fighters for irregular warfare.

August 18th, 2013, 6:15 pm

 

zoo said:

Saudi warns against pressurising Egyptian military over Islamist crackdown
August 18, 2013 10:37 PM
Reuters

PARIS: Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned the West against putting pressure on Egypt’s military-backed government to halt a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

“We will not achieve anything through threats,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, told reporters through an interpreter during a visit to Paris.

The Saudi official made his comments after meeting French President Francois Hollande, who on Thursday called for a swift end to a state of emergency imposed by Egypt’s military authorities.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-18/227784-saudi-warns-against-pressurising-egyptian-military-over-islamist-crackdown.ashx#ixzz2cMUWCzEs
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

August 18th, 2013, 6:18 pm

 

zoo said:

Majed

Can you explain with you deep knowledge of Sunni Islam what your Saudi Arabia friends are doing in Egypt? They are supporting the violent crackdown on the Islamists who are Sunni civilians. Shias and Christians are spared…
Don’t you think it is ‘haram’ coming from a country that is the craddle of Islam?

August 18th, 2013, 6:22 pm

 

zoo said:

It’s getting crowded in the jihadist Paradise

Advancing Syria army kills jihadist emir in Latakia

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=60792

Fierce fighting rages in Latakia province on Syria’s coastline as army pushes advance and kills jihadist leader.

“Scores of foreign (jihadist) fighters are being killed in the Latakia fighting,” he said.

Among them was a Libyan emir or local leader of ISIS, said the Observatory.

“Confirmed reports emerged of the killing of a Libyan ISIS emir while fighting in Jamusiyeh village,” said the Britain-based monitoring group.

August 18th, 2013, 6:27 pm

 

Syrialover said:

SIMOHURRTA #614

There you go, attacking the messenger to distract from the message.

It will make a brilliant poster. Laughter and mockery is the best torture that can be inflicted on Nasrullah and his kind.

They deny other humans freedom, respect and dignity. So why shouldn’t they be stripped of their own self-important version of dignity.

Here it is again for anyone who missed it:

https://twitter.com/emmasuleiman/status/368777843049656322

August 18th, 2013, 6:33 pm

 

mjabali said:

Observer:

I posted two responses to you few days ago, and for some reason they did not appear.

I could sum up my points in this:

1- You and I agree on MANY basic things regarding our country Syria: democracy and freedom. I could tell that you are a liberal person at heart. Some people could fake it, but, you seem to me a person who respects modern law and human rights. My beef with you is that we do not see the history of our area in the same manner.

2- As for the Syrian Identity: You seem to lean more to an “Arabic” identity for us Syrians. I see that unfair to my past as a person from the heartland of Syria. The Syrian identity was not born with Sykes Pickot, but before. It even existed before Islam and the invasion of Arabbness. There is even a language called Syriac, there are Assyrians. The word Syria came from one of those. The Greeks before the Romans called that land Syria, that was of course bigger than current Syria. I do not see my self and my family to come with the Arab invaders, or the Turks, or the Seljukes, or the Ottomans, or…. I see a connection to my past before that. The language my family speaks has the traces of pre Islam Syria.

3- As for what the Sheikh class had done in Syria: they have done what the ruler wanted them to do. As a matter of fact, most of them came with the rulers. Remember, these guys had too many kids, and they were privileged to study in the many schools in Damascus, for example, and later became the clergy. This class of clergy made sure to be hostile to the minorities. They took their land and brought people from other places: NOT ARABS. This is what causes problem till today, because no one stood against it, or challenged it to see how fit is this to this modern day and age.

4- I am not sectarian, but, I like to talk about sectarian issues in a new manner. I am very harsh on Islam, because of violent history with my group, which makes people hate my texts. We live in a new era and should speak in a new language that challenges the roots of the problems heads on. No beating around the bushes or dancing around. I grew up with Sunnis. Women in family are married to Sunnis. Men in my family married to Christians, and so on. I am from the new generation that knows that there are good people amongst all the sects.

5- Your invitation to work with you and others above the bigotry of sectarianism is a good call. I have no problem with this logic. I will participate. There are people on this board should join you also: people who are smart and love their country and do not stand for violence.

6- AS for what Obama could do for Syria: it is very simple: find a way to stop the war and have the Syrians sit together and reach a deal. This is simple. How you could do it: find a way, or get the people who are smart enough to do it. America is very strong in this time and age and should lead this turbulence away from Syria, a country that always provided fist class people into the American society. Syrians, as you know, are a good group of people and deserve their country to be saved from these maniacs ( from all parties) leading it to destruction.

7- The people of the region still live with the fights of the past. They should find a way to reach a modern law equals them all. This is the only solution to squash this sectarian, elitist, ethnic…etc problems. When you have them all equal and there is a policeman/women and a judge you reach safety.

August 18th, 2013, 6:34 pm

 

Syrian said:

Encouraging news about father Paolo
http://youtu.be/xMRJMzfYFxI

August 18th, 2013, 6:35 pm

 

mjabali said:

Tara:

Damascus was the Capital of the Ummayads. They were deposed by a public revolution. They were chased out and none of their kids came alter to claim a thing. They were foreigners to Syria, came by appointment. They were from the ARabian peninsula. Do you want someone form Saudi Arabia to rule Syria now? Isn’t this the ideas of the Jihadists?

The Ummayads were nothing but low cultured freaks who came to a very civilized place and destroyed it. When the Ummayads came to Syria: Syria was a very advanced Roman province that produced even Emperors for Rome: What did the Ummayads do to Syria: treat it like their own farm, while buying and selling the poor amongst the natives, making other Syrians pay tax to them and many other bad things.

On the other hand: let me examine your connection to the Ummayads: Nothing. You and your family came to Syria hundreds of years after the last Ummayds was killed. You came in maybe the 5th or 6th wave after the Ummayads.

How many invaders came to Syria since the Ummayads?

So, please stop fooling yourself.

August 18th, 2013, 6:41 pm

 

Mjabali said:

Syrian:

The history you know is mostly fake. The ruler always wrote it. They told many wrong things about what really happened. We live now in an age where the past is getting examined in many new manners.

What we are finding is that Islam was nothing but a tool for the ruler to either extract money from the natives by the excuse of taxation (Jiziyah), oppress the minorities, oppress women, make the population busy from achieving real education by making them believe in the supernatural more than since, and of course to put plans to dominate the world.???

The heroes you grew up idolizing are mostly criminals on todays standards.

August 18th, 2013, 6:46 pm

 

Syrialover said:

ZOO in #621 said about violence in Egypt: “Christians are spared”.

Huh? What?

Here’s your chance to unconfuse yourself and ditch that silly argument.

http://nilerevolt.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/1198/

One of many, many sources on what the Copts are suffering from Egyptian MB mobs.

The Saudis are against the MB. A bad thing?

Nowhere near as bad as the Iranian leadership sponsoring and directing Bashar Assad’s burning of Syria and its people.

August 18th, 2013, 6:46 pm

 

omen said:

625. Syrian said:

Encouraging news about father Paolo
http://youtu.be/xMRJMzfYFxI

what is being said???

August 18th, 2013, 6:47 pm

 

omen said:

Rebels have reportedly caputred the pilot of the MIG fighter jet downed earlier on Sunday evening after he parachuted down into the shrubs, according to our sources. Rebels immediately set on the tracks of the fallen pilot and eventually captured him alive.

[site wont let me post webpage.]

August 18th, 2013, 6:53 pm

 

Syrialover said:

# 626. MJABALI

If you are going to talk about racial groups and descendants and who belongs where and when, you should first get yourself one of those DNA ancestry tests.

You may be surprised. People usually are.

No excuses, get it done.

August 18th, 2013, 6:56 pm

 

Tara said:

Mjabali,

People genetic lineage is all mixed.  There is no “pure” genetic composition to any group of people.  Damascenes are the ancestors and heirs of the Umayads “by choice”.  The Umayads that built a huge empire from China to Spain and produced the nucleus that the Western civilization built on it its current civilization.  Damascenes can never be part of Alawistan.  They identify with the Arabic culture and the Arabic civilization and proud of it.

August 18th, 2013, 7:04 pm

 

omen said:

only a bigoted supremacist could turn a blind eye to assad slaughter.

right, mjabali?

August 18th, 2013, 7:04 pm

 

Syrian said:

Omen that he was about to be released twice last week, but internal conflicts within different groups have prevented it so far, so from the clip it appears that is alive, hopefully he will be a free man soon.

August 18th, 2013, 7:08 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Dear Syria Lover and Omen

🙂

On seeing the image that was my instinctive reaction which I thought I should register (and move on). I hesitated as I didn’t wish to (or appear to) contradict revolutionaries on SC or appear to be lecturing the revolution. I understand with what they have gone through and are going through if the Syrian people wanted to portray Mr Nasrallah in that way.

I had to avert my eyes of course. The nudity doesn’t help and may not go down well amongst many in the revolution and their supporters. Wouldn’t give a good impression of the revolution. Didn’t seem necessary.

I don’t regard Mr Nasrallah as any religious figure or arab hero.

Part of me wondered if this was Heaven humiliating him for his behaviour and particularly his recent determination to continue on his current course (and threats to escalate).

If that is the case then I pray to God Almighty to protect the lives and honour of those who are on HAQ (truth) and to humiliate those who are oppressing the people of Syria.

I didn’t wish to be a spoilsport or to argue. I may be right or I maybe wrong. Allah Knows best.

August 18th, 2013, 7:09 pm

 

omen said:

hope u dont mind me quoting you!

August 18th, 2013, 7:09 pm

 

Syrialover said:

This is a long excerpt to post but it says so much that is worth hearing and thinking about. A clear voice in the chaos.

Article: “A bad day for four leading Arab cities”

By Rami G. Khouri

EXCERPT:

Thursday of this week was a bad day in modern Arab history. The four leading Arab cities of recent eras – Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo – were simultaneously engulfed in bombings or urban warfare, mostly carried out with brutal savagery and cruelty against civilians in urban settings.

Even more problematic is that the carnage was predominantly the work of Arabs, not foreign invaders. Our four greatest modern Arab cities are now routinely depicted around the world with scenes of bomb craters, flames and rows of dead bodies. Other Arab lands, such as Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Tunisia, Bahrain, Algeria and Sudan, are only slightly less chaotic. This is a dramatic and telling moment, but a moment that tells us what, exactly? Have we collectively failed the test of statehood? Modernity? Civility? Democracy? Independence? Sovereignty? Secularism?

We have had few real endings in this region in the past 6,000 years of urban life, but only perpetual transformations and reconfigurations of how identity, power and governance mesh together and evolve slowly year after year.

For those who do like neat historical markers, though, Thursday could easily be seen as a symbolic moment that marked a serious pause, a slight shift and a momentary regression in the uprisings and transformations that began in December 2010 in Tunisia, but really had started a generation earlier.

The old autocratic Arab order that had prevailed since the mid-20th century started to fray at the edges and atrophy in its center in the 1970s, as ruling elites turned into security regimes, and nationalist and developmental states turned into showcases of consumerism and corruption.

The overthrow or challenge of former regimes have not led to smooth transitions to democratic and pluralistic societies governed by the rule of law in any Arab country – yet.

The most important lesson we can learn from our messy transitions – this is the meaning of the suicide bombings or snipers’ bullets Thursday in Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo – is that the six dominant regional phenomena that have defined the modern Arab world are totally inappropriate for creating modern pluralistic democracies. These six are religion (mainly Islamism), armed forces, resistance, sectarianism, Arabism and tribalism. These powerful shapers of personal identity and immensely effective instruments for mass mobilization and street activism are also utter failures as entry points into stable democratic states.

Egypt’s striking lesson today is that its two most powerful, organized and trusted groups – the Muslim Brotherhood and the armed forces – both proved to be incompetent in the business of governance. This is not because they do not have capable individuals and smart and rational supporters; they have plenty of those. It is rather because the ways of soldiers and spirituality are designed for worlds other than governance and equitably providing services and opportunities for millions of people from different religions, ideologies and ethnicities.

Our societies probably must pass through these moments of seeing military, religious, tribal and other groups try their hand at governing, and then also fight each other politically and militarily. They must do this and fail, as the military and the Muslim Brothers are doing in Egypt, in order to confirm over and over again that none of them are qualified to govern, or, more importantly, mandated by a majority of their citizens to rule on their own. The lack of other organized and credible indigenous groups of citizens that can engage in the political process and shape new constitutional systems is largely a consequence of how military officers, members of tribes, and religious zealots have dominated Arab public life for decades.

So it is no surprise that Egypt and other Arab lands have moved very quickly from revolutionary moments to civil wars. From these events, new and more rational political actors ultimately will emerge who can shape more stable governing orders – after entire societies are frightened, embarrassed and then humbled by the experience of their homegrown killing sprees and political immaturity.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Columnist/2013/Aug-17/227591-a-bad-day-for-four-leading-arab-cities.ashx#ixzz2cMfXOOq0

August 18th, 2013, 7:11 pm

 

zoo said:

Syrian

I meant that the Egyptian army is not crushing the Christians or the Shias, they are crushing exclusively the Sunnis allied to the Moslem brotherhood.

I applaude anyone crushing the MB and other extremists. That’s why I applaude not only the Egyptian army, but also the Syrian Army and the Kurds in their courageous fights against these deadly viruses.

August 18th, 2013, 7:14 pm

 

zoo said:

As Islamist rebels rise in Syria, liberal activists take a step back Is it for a U-turn?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as-islamist-rebels-rise-in-syria-liberal-activists-take-a-step-back/2013/08/17/fa95d2e2-043a-11e3-bfc5-406b928603b2_story.html

BEIRUT — Two years ago as he hung cuffed to a wall in one of the Syrian intelligence service’s notorious detention centers, Anas Ghaibeh couldn’t have imagined a day when he’d doubt whether the regime should fall immediately. But now he says, he’s not so sure.

Like many youth activists who took to the streets to demand President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster in the spring of 2011, Ghaibeh, who is 28, says he feels as though the revolution has been hijacked, with al-Qaeda-linked foreign fighters playing an increasingly prominent role in challenging government forces. If the regime falls today, it is likely to bring only more chaos and bloodshed, he says, a difficult admission for someone who has already sacrificed so much in seeking its end.

They now have to fight on two fronts, they say — not just against the government, but also against extremist Islamist rebel groups, which, despite their supposedly shared aims, are increasingly targeting secular activists.

At a protest in Aleppo last week, demonstrators demanded the release of several activists detained by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the newly expanded al-Qaeda in Iraq. The squeezing out of moderates is playing into the argument of Assad’s supporters that the only choice facing Syria is between his rule and that of Islamic extremists, says Mustafa Haid, the Beirut-based director of Dawlaty,

August 18th, 2013, 7:21 pm

 

zoo said:

After Idriss, Jarba ridicules himself with incoherent rants about the “collapse” of Bashar al Assad and ends up by begging for the magic wand of Western ‘sophisticated’ weapons that will save the opposition from its own “collapse”

BEIRUT: Opposition leader Ahmad Jarba says Syria is now being run by regime allies Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, with President Bashar Al Assad out of the picture.

In an interview with Saudi-owned newspaper Al Hayat published yesterday, Jarba said Syrian rebels had seized control of “at least half” of the country, 29 months into an anti-Assad uprising.

Assad is “a killer and a criminal, and… he has collapsed,” the National Coalition chief charged.

Assad “no longer runs Syria. The real rulers of Syria are the Iranian (elite) Revolutionary Guard… with the participation of (Lebanese Shiite) Hezbollah fighters,” Jarba said.
….

Jarba said that supplying the rebel Free Syrian Army with sophisticated weaponry would “change the course of the revolution.”

August 18th, 2013, 7:28 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Simo said
“It is not a social or political revolution”,
Who is the naive? Simo you are either Naive or distorting facts because of your prejudice, I think the later.
You live in free country and democratic one yet you don’t want freedom for Syrian, the revolution started and still is for freedom and democracy, have you seen the FSA leaders or the SNC say it is anything but that?, you never uttered any condemnation of Assad even after the numerous massacres, even that you know for sure Assad and his regime have killed 150,000 Syrian and over 100,000 in jail, most likely the majority of them are dead, you blind yourself on facts and you hate Syrians and your hate to their religion is obvious.you are prejudiced person.
It is Assad who depicted this revolution as religious sectarian one.

August 18th, 2013, 7:32 pm

 

Syrian said:

Majabli
You are right about the history being written by the victor, because everything you learnt in Syrian Schools that we all read was written by the Ba’ath party members whom never mentioned any of the real modern Syria history pre Hafiz Alassad coup.And omitting the real heroes of Syria’s independence and made few gangsters the heroes of modern Syria.

Now about Islam, the biggest Muslim country Indonesia refute all your claims. Not one soldier set a foot in it and Islam spread through merchants. There are so many other examples but I won’t debate Islam with you .this is not the time nor the place.
And another thing you can not apply today’s standards to historical events. Jefferson was a slave owner. King Solomon or David had 99 wives,the Virgin Mary was pregnant at 12. and on and on.

August 18th, 2013, 7:37 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Nasrallah is supplying us with some good laughs this week.

Here’s a comment on a story about the Hezbollah mercenary militia king reacting to the bombing in Lebanon by blaming Israel while threatening to double Hezbollah forces in Syria:

“Nasrallah suggested there were two theories for the explosion. The first points the finger at Israel and the second at takfiri groups

“I think I’m finely starting to get it, the Israeli Hezbollah are fighting the Israeli Al-Qaida but according to the Israeli Turks the Israeli Persians are to blame for the whole mess! all the while the secular Israeli Egyptians are fighting the Israeli brotherhood in Egypt. So basically if Israel stops fighting it self there will be peace in the middle east :), I apologize if I left any other Israeli groups out.”

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/08/nasrallah-double-forces-syria.html

August 18th, 2013, 7:38 pm

 

zoo said:

The witch hunt on Moslem Brotherhood members in the GCC is on. Will Qatar offer them shelter or would they go back to the sewage?

Saudi prince sacks TV chief for Muslim Brotherhood ties
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Twitter feed Prince Alwaleed tweeted a copy of the letter explaining Mr Suwaidan’s dismissal

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23747381

A well-known Kuwaiti preacher, Tareq al-Suwaidan, has been sacked from his job as the director of a Saudi religious TV channel because of his links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Channel owner Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said there was no place for Muslim Brotherhood members in his business.

Mr Suwaidan has been a fierce critic of Egypt’s military-backed government.

Saudi King Abdullah has, however, given strong backing to the new Egyptian administration

August 18th, 2013, 7:40 pm

 

revenire said:

I can’t wait for Majed to tell us that the Egyptian army isn’t Sunni.

August 18th, 2013, 7:42 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Syrian
Thanks for the news

Mjabali, You keep telling us your version of history , ignoring facts, was Zennobia not Arabic? she rulled 2300 years ago, Are the Ghassasineh and Manazera not Arabic?your distortion of history will not be believed spare yourself trying.

Is there any evidence that the Alawi mountain area has cities surrounded by walls سور before 2500 year?, that is why Syria was named after,

Uzair
You are a good person

August 18th, 2013, 7:42 pm

 

omen said:

you have to be a twisted **** to watch assad slaughter 200,000 people with your only reaction is to bitch about zionist plots.

here, have a napkin, simo. you have to wipe off the slobber after you rant.

August 18th, 2013, 7:44 pm

 

revenire said:

Omen Assad didn’t slaughter anyone.

August 18th, 2013, 7:47 pm

 

zoo said:

Irony: The OIC chief is Turkish . Turkish government says that Morsi would have been a second Erdogan and saved Egypt, that’s why he was kicked out

Turkish government furious against OIC chief, calls for resignation

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-government-furious-against-oic-chief-calls-for-resignation-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52736&NewsCatID=338

Senior Turkish government officials have taken aim at the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Turkey’s Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, for the organization’s inaction over the Egyptian army’s heavy crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters, calling on him to resign for “dishonorable passivity.”

…İhsanoğlu, a Turkish citizen, was elected as the secretary-general of the 57-member OIC in 2005 for a nine-year term after Turkish government exerted great effort for his election to the important international organization.

According to the deputy prime minister, both the OIC and the Arab League have failed on the Egyptian test, arguing that the OIC was not the organization of kings but of Islam. “Its original name contains the word Islam. How can an organization named after Islam remain silent against this kind of cruel killings of hundreds of women and children,” asked Bozdağ.
….

‘They don’t want second Erdoğan in Egypt’

For Bozdağ, an alliance of powerful Arab countries and Western countries has been built to prevent Egypt from becoming a “second Turkey” in the Middle East and to prevent Morsi from becoming a “second Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”

August 18th, 2013, 7:48 pm

 

revenire said:

It’s funny to see them gnashing their teeth over Egypt. This has only strengthened the hand of Assad and Syria.

August 18th, 2013, 7:50 pm

 

Syrians said:

Zoo@638
I believe Your post should be addressed to Syrialover.

August 18th, 2013, 7:53 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Mjabali
Zenobia was 1800 year ago, her tribes Arabic tribe were there over 2000 year ago, long before Islam
Alawi did not exist before Ali, They started in the city of Taloqan 1200 year only,

August 18th, 2013, 8:11 pm

 

omen said:

I didn’t wish to be a spoilsport or to argue. I may be right or I maybe wrong. Allah Knows best.

amen.

August 18th, 2013, 8:28 pm

 

omen said:

227. zoo said: Selim Idriss, by appearing in the Latakia area just after the massacre of 60 women and children occurred, has totally discredited himself. In addition by claiming that this was a “victory” he was proud of, he admitted to be a direct accomplice to the crime.

do you have video evidence?

August 18th, 2013, 8:37 pm

 

Mjabali said:

Majedkhaldoun:

Alawis were another religion before they converted to become Alawis. Their main guys were based in Baghdad and Allepo, plus the missionary on the road. These cities you are inventing are the product of your imagination. Their story is easy to trace.

Before the Romans Syria did not speak the Arabic language that we call today Standard Arabic.

When the Muslims came to Syria, it was a different story. This is the truth you want to hide about Syria. Like Islam, they taught us that before Islam in the Arabian Peninsula it was “Jahiliyah” and in reality it was a different story.

The history books you learned are incorrect. I advice you to write new ones.

August 18th, 2013, 8:43 pm

 

mjabali said:

Omen:

You are trying to engage me in conversations all the time and you see that I am not interested in anything you say. You and I have nothing to talk about. I am in a different world than yours.

August 18th, 2013, 8:48 pm

 

mjabali said:

Syrialover:

It is important to know who is who when talking about Syria because there is Sectarian and ethnic cleansing happening. Syria is breaking up into possible ethinc lines (Kurds), or religious lines (Alawi State), so I guess we need to be open a little bit more.

They always tried to tell us that we, Syrians, are Arabs. We are not. They tried to implement many ideas, that were not true. Now, with this war going on, the real intentions of all are being shown. So, why not talk about things in the right manner?

August 18th, 2013, 8:52 pm

 

mjabali said:

Majedkhaldoun:

I have a surprise for you:

The Alawite Khayatin claim they are from the Ghassassaneh, and to tell you the truth their language may prove this claim.

August 18th, 2013, 8:56 pm

 

omen said:

40. Since the FSA and other Jihadis are so close to the Israeli border (even inside Golan), why haven’t they attacked Israel, even once?

habib, fsa doesn’t have enough fronts to fight on, they have to take on israelis too? why aren’t you on the battle front if you are so eager for a fight?

but now you’ve peaked my curiosity. i saw someone else raise this same question. what are fsa doing near there. are they working to establish another supply route?

And don’t give me “they are focusing on the regime” crap, because then they wouldn’t be fighting the Kurds now, would they

i didn’t like rebels being there either back when homs was being pounded. however, the fact of the matter is the regime is still being feed by oil reserves based in kurdish regions. so you cannot posture as if the the kurds are separate from the regime.

oh, there were some theories offered to your golan question.

https://twitter.com/RamiAlLolah/status/369159353481179136

August 18th, 2013, 8:59 pm

 

omen said:

mjabali, i never expect you to respond back. i enjoy goading you. live with it.

i do note, however, failure to deny a charge as tacit admission.

August 18th, 2013, 9:03 pm

 

Mjabali said:

Syrian:

1- The Ba’ath party version of history is funny to me, because the Ba’athists are not that educated to write history. But, I do not believe your conspiracy theory that they omitted figure and made heroes out of zeros. I do not think that Hafez al-Assad was reading the newest version of the history books. Baa’this logic is based on Stalin: not that much knowledge.

2- We are not talking about Indonesia. We are talking about Syria where many battles took place. Islam came to Syria with the invaders, why was there no Islam before they came? Historical studies, and you know the Romans had a very developed system when the Muslims arrives, never mentioned any form of Islam before the Muslims stormed. It was not Indonesia or Senegal. I heard this before. It is Syria. The Syrians paid taxes to the Muslims who came through the use of Force.

August 18th, 2013, 9:07 pm

 

mjabali said:

Tara:

The Ummayads were bad dictators. You love them because the represent the enemies of the Shia. It is very obvious. As for your link to them: I do not buy it. Your connection to them is like my connection to the Japanese.

Damascus is the Capital of the people from the part of the world that existed even before the Ummayads.

By the way: There were many Alawis in and around Damascus and they were cleansed from their and replaced with people from Asia and who knows where, do you really know this?

Do you know that there were hundreds of campaigns from Damascus to kill and displace the Alawites from around Damascus?

Do you know about the Fatwas of the 14th and 15th and 16th and 17th and 18th and the 19th and even the 20th C. on how you can not eat the food of the Alawis and how they could be even bought and sold?

Do you know that there are even Fatawas about why Allah permitted the cutting of the trees of the Aalwites around Damascus?

Do you know how many Alawite villages were there in the Golan and Southern Syria in the 11th and 12th C?

Where are they now? Who live there now?

Do you think we do not know the real history of Syria?

August 18th, 2013, 9:17 pm

 

mjabali said:

Omen:

If you read what I write you would know where i stand. I know where everyone stands in this board. Almost all of us here know where almost everyone stands but you? So, why should I talk to you?

I told you we belong to two different worlds. You remind me with al-Assad’s TV: it use to start the 8;30 news many nights with a letter of condemnation for an even in far away land. Syrians would understand me more than you. We have nothing in common.

To the Syrians: How many times you heard this on the news:

إستنكرت القيادة القطرية لحزب البعث العربي الإشتراكية الممارسات…

أرسلت القيادة القطرية رسالة استنكار حول ممارسات ال…

August 18th, 2013, 9:26 pm

 

omen said:

you’re a snob, a bigot & a supremacist, mjabali. of course it’s beneath you to talk to me.

it’s this very attitude of superiority that’s fueling the killing of thousands. sunnis are a sub species.

now go back to your lecture about how you are the world’s biggest victim.

August 18th, 2013, 9:42 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

MJabali
Do you deny also that the Ghassanide were Arab?,and they were in Syria long before Islam?

What brought Greek and Romans to Syria? it was military invasion, can you deny that? Romans invaded Syria which was Arabic, it is natural for an Arabic Islamic forces to kick the Romans away, it was a liberation act

August 18th, 2013, 9:49 pm

 

omen said:

191. habib said: Salafistes are now surrounding Israel from Sinai and the Golan, no one is hindering them from attacking Israel…Damn hypocrites. If they can attack the Kurds, they sure as hell could attack the Israelis too. But they don’t want to upset their masters in the Gulf, who are direct allies wit the Zionists.

speaking of alliances…

Iran-Iraq pushing for Syria’s balkanization

Quoting from Kuwait’s al-Seyassah newspaper, Baghdad’s Shafaq News reported August 9, “Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki notified KRG President Masoud Barzani that the Assad regime is not against Peshmerga forces entering northern Syria to defend Syrian Kurds against attacks by al-Qaeda.
“A highly-placed Kurdish source in Baghdad said Iranian leaders, together with the Iraqi premier, are putting pressure on Barzani to stop supporting the Syrian revolution and back Assad’s regime… especially that al-Qaeda poses a threat to both Irbil and Baghdad.”
All this highlights the potential for Peshmerga, Syrian Kurd, Iranian and Iraqi forces banding together to help Assad win his presumed war on Takfiris, Jihadists and al-Qaeda — at least in Western Kurdistan.
Israel
Separately, Lazar Berman wonders in his think piece for The Times of Israel this week: “Is a free Kurdistan, and a new Israeli ally, upon us?”

August 18th, 2013, 9:50 pm

 

omen said:


Alawites in Turkey
:

BBC: Alawite’s representative in England says they’re not part of Islam. Interesting show!

August 18th, 2013, 10:06 pm

 

Tara said:

Mjabali

“You love them because the represent the enemies of the Shia”

Incorrect. Like all Syrians I know, I do not have a sectarian drop of blood in me. I never thought of myself as a Sunni until the Sunnis experienced ethnic cleansing at the hand of your sect aided by Shiaa Lebanese and somewhat by Shiaa Iraqi under the auspice of the Malalis in Iran. It is only then, like other Syrians, when I developed awareness of being Sunnis and resentment towards those who supports Assads mostly Alawis, Shiaa, and Christians. It is only now that I would not want to do anything with Alawis lest they cheered and supported the killing.

Play a victim all you want. You will not be taken seriously. The whole world now knows who is oppressing who.

August 18th, 2013, 10:08 pm

 

Syrian said:

Majbali:
1-I still remember how in the school history book talked about Syria’s history from 1945 to 1970 with ,2 sentences, it said “from 1945 to 1971 there were many military coups then the glorious revolution of march 8 happened in 1970 hafiz Alassad made the correction movement”
2; in your earlier post you talked about Islam and you did not mention Syria once, that is why I brought that example.

Now about Islam being spread by force,it is a fact that no more than 50 to 75 thousands fighters came out from the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century to “invade” the world not just Syria,within less than 60 years they controlled half the old known world,so now tell me how can this small group force all these populations by force? while at the same time fighting the Byzantine empire for another 800 years?
why right now Islam is the fastest growing religion while it is at is weakest point in its existence?
now about Syria, Syria is 90 years old there was no Syria before that, there was the Levant that included Lebanon Jordan and Palstian.It was Hafiz Alasad who pushed the arabsim down our throat, not the other way around, and he who erased Syria’s identity, so sects within Syria doesn’t get to know each other better.But now you are blaming Islam for all Syria’s ills,
finally a piece of advice don’t live too much in the past, the past is dead and will not come back.

August 18th, 2013, 11:08 pm

 

revenire said:

Syria’s Assad determined to ‘eradicate terrorism’; army killed jihadist leader
http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_08_18/Syrias-Assad-determined-to-eradicate-terrorism-army-killed-jihadist-leader-5766/

Assad made his remarks during a meeting with a visiting delegation of Mauritanian party leaders in Damascus.

He said “the cohesion between our heroic army and the people” would help Damascus defeat the rebellion, according to SANA.

Assad’s latest remarks come two weeks after he promised in a rare speech to strike out “terrorism” with an “iron fist”.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_08_18/Syrias-Assad-determined-to-eradicate-terrorism-army-killed-jihadist-leader-5766/

August 19th, 2013, 12:03 am

 

Ghufran said:

Jarba is saying that the next few months will be decisive and that rebels will finish the regime and force it to leave on his terms. We have heard this before from the previous 3 heads of the SNC and the NC but we have not seen any game changing victory for the rebels who lost Q’sair , could not control aleppo and only managed to alienate the Kurds and their own supporters in the West. One has to wonder what objectives jarba and his backers have to end this war, from what I see it looks like the regime and the rebels are getting closer to dividev Syria or keep the war waging for another 3 years or longer, the faster the two parties realize that it is better to stop now the better but all indications point to the latter scenario. Jarba said the rebels, we all know he meant nusra, controlled 50% of Syria ( rebels used to say 70%), to me that is enough to achieve a ” balance” unless jarba thinks that the regime and its friends will allow the other half to fall . The delay of Geneva 2 was a way to give fighters from both sides another few months to score more victories but I doubt that either side will get what they want, jarba and assad need to start preparing their friends to talk to the enemy unless they want to destroy what is left of Syria, the attack on Latakia failed and I think the rebels will end up losing more territories and the coast may become Q’sair 2, downing a Mig or destroying few tanks is too little too late, the biggest challenge will be how to get rid of those terrorists jarba’s friends brought to Syria. Syrians will eventually understand that they need to stop fighting but that is not true for Islamists who believe they can not lose because God is on their side !!

August 19th, 2013, 12:23 am

 

Syrialover said:

Hey guys, get it straight. The Romans had long faded as a force in the Middle East before Islam was even created.

And MJABAIL is fretting about what happened to Alawis way, way back. But it seems they came later but got a more lasting deal in the region than Christians and Jews, both of which had deeper, wider and earlier roots there than Alawis.

Christianity went on to become the world’s biggest religion, but what happened to the lines of Christians who originated in the Syrian region, were there in larger numbers than anywhere else and had some of their earliest and most significant churches there? They would have been converted or been edged out by various Muslim forces who came in waves from outside the area.

And everybody took a beating from the Mongols.

History will probably show the worst turn of fate for the Alawis was Hafez Assad’s coup which branded and captured them into an identity that has put them in hell today. It might have given some a quick ride to unearned riches and power and guaranteed employment but also served other Alawis badly.

August 19th, 2013, 12:25 am

 

omen said:

the biggest challenge will be how to get rid of those terrorists jarba’s friends brought to Syria.

then why am i reading from analysts that the gulf states are pressuring jarba to fight nusra/isis? hinging promises of support & delivery of arms on the condition fsa do so?

August 19th, 2013, 2:47 am

 

apple_mini said:

Thanks MJABALI for your extensive knowledge about Syria and her people. You did stir up hornet’s nest among those Syrian expats and international “volunteers”.

Of course we really don’t care about some hornets. We do hope more Syrians could be aware of the history and have more understanding about local religions and sects. Therefore they could have more tolerable views regarding their neighbors.

August 19th, 2013, 5:45 am

 

Akbar Palace said:

I Stand for Accurate Ancient Syrian History NewZ

If you read what I write you would know where i stand.

Mjabali,

I have no clue about where you stand. Here’s a challenge for you: Why don’t you tell us “where you stand” in one or two sentences?

Drum roll please….

August 19th, 2013, 7:19 am

 

don said:

You call us TOWEL-HEADS on Syria Comment and you want a drum roll! You little insignificant Israeli racist!

675. Akbar Palace said: .. Drum roll please

August 19th, 2013, 7:36 am

 

Uzair8 said:

666 Omen

Dear Damien

LOL. It isn’t necessary to comment however I couldn’t resist this rare alignment. I may as well say a little more.

It was just a case of personally distancing myself from any controversy. I read (or particpate in) a few Shia forums (incl Shiachat) and I know there will be many Shiite people around the world who oppose Assad and Hezbo involvement. There are a couple of users on Shiachat who hold such a stance and their fair minded approach goes a long way in embarrassing the stance of the Assad supporters. An image like that could put them in an awkward situation. Others may respect Hezbo/Mr Nasrallah though strongly oppose their involvement.

[Shia] Assad supporters may in their usual twisted way try to use the image to portray the revolution and it’s supporters as immoral. They’ll try to gain the moral high ground however they can’t do it with me as I can say to them with honesty I’ve distanced myself from the image (on SC). I can continue to engage with them on the real issues and avoid their attempts to conveninently distract (said image) from Assad and Hezbo crimes.

We try to pin them down and pressure their weak stance however irrelevant/unnecessary stuff gives them a distraction, an escape route.

Majed Khaldoun

Dear Majed. I wish I was a good guy. You guys are the real heroes.

August 19th, 2013, 7:50 am

 

Hopeful said:

It is obvious that the majority of the participants on this forum are expats who have been living in the West for a long time.

What is shocking to me is the sectarian nature of the current discussions. If the expats are dealing with the crisis in this manner, after living for years in open free societies that respect human rights and the rule of law, what do we expect from the people who have lived under a repressive regime and the rules of nepotism and sectarianism?

I have made it very clear where I stand: I blame the regime first and foremost for its utter failure in managing the crisis, for its brutality and disregard for basic human rights, for turning friends into enemies, and for failing to transition Syria out of a 50-year rule of a repressive regime at a time when the rest of the world have managed to move into a new era.

Having said that, I am keenly aware that the current crisis is also a result of deep social, economical and religious problems that simmered under the surface for decades, and we are sticking our heads in the sand if we pretend otherwise. When I was in college in Damascus in the 80’s, it was inconceivable for a middle class Sunni woman from Damascus to get engaged to an Alawi, a Christian, a Palestinian, a Kurd, a “villager” or even a Sunni man from another city in Syria. I hear things got even worst in the 90’s and 2000’s. So what kind of tolerance and co-existance are you guys talking about?

Many topics were taboo’s: religion, sex, Israel (other than bashing it), Arab identity, Islam, etc. It was not the regime that banned these discussions, it was the Syrian society itself.

The Syrian society had many illnesses. The suppressive regime only made it worst, but it did not create many of them.

For hundreds of years, European nations fought wars among themselves and within themselves. They had similar diseases. It took two major bloody wars and millions dead to cure these diseases and start raising new generations who’ve learned the true meaning of tolerance and co-existence. I fear a similar fate for the Middle East.

August 19th, 2013, 7:54 am

 

zoo said:

Idriss’s militias’s “fiasco for the liberation of the Syrian coast”

http://www.france24.com/en/20130819-syria-army-recaptures-all-rebel-positions-latakia

Syrian army recaptures all rebel positions in Latakia
© AFP
The Syrian army has recaptured all rebel-held positions in President Bashar al-Assad’s home province of Latakia, state media said Monday. A Syrian security force said the army still had to retake the Salma region, a key area on the Turkey border.

The Syrian army has recaptured all rebel-held positions in Latakia, President Bashar al-Assad’s home province, state-run SANA news agency reported Monday quoting a military source.

“The army retook control of the Nabi Ashia mountain range and adjoining areas in the north of Latakia province,” the source said, of villages seized in early August by rebels trying to topple Assad.

On Sunday state television reported that the army had reclaimed rebel-held villages in the coastal province, hinterland of Assad’s minority Alawite community.

A Syrian security force, however, told AFP the army still had to recapture the Salma region, a strategic area along the border with Turkey that has been in rebel hands since the end of last year.

Rebels positioned in remote enclaves in Latakia’s mountains launched the “battle for the liberation of the Syrian coast” about two weeks ago.

August 19th, 2013, 8:02 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Shabeeha and Shopping Malls

Was there recent mention of shopping malls opening up? Folk (and shabeeha) rushing to the opening day offers and general life being back to normal?

Couldn’t help think of a Clash number. The first half of the third line sums up the Shabeeha. Happy shopping, Shabeeha.

Lost In The SupermarketClash

I’m all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer, guaranteed personality
I wasn’t born so much as I fell out, nobody seemed to notice me
We had a hedge back home in the suburbs over which I never could see
I heard the people who lived on the ceiling scream and fight most scarily
Hearing that noise was my first ever feeling, that’s how it’s been all around me
I’m all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer, a guaranteed personality

[…]

August 19th, 2013, 8:05 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Duplicate

August 19th, 2013, 8:05 am

 

Syrialover said:

Story: Iranians split on supporting Assad

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/08/iranians-split-on-supporting-assad.html

Comment: Most Iranians don’t know what is being done in Syria with their resources and in their name. It’s a topic that’s censored in their domestic press and about issues most Iranians don’t care about or aren’t aware of.

August 19th, 2013, 8:10 am

 

zoo said:

676. omen

That’s exactly the point. Saudis and the West are pressuring Jarba to stop looking at Al Nusra as friends but as enemies and fight them. That is the condition they are putting to supply heavy weapons.

Knowing how weak and limited the “good” FSA fighters are, Jarba is aware that without Al Nusra fighters, the whole FSA will be crushed either by the Syrian Army and by the Al Nusra itself with or without ‘magical’ weapons.
Thus his hesitation waltz and his call for ‘national army’.
For me, he is trapped and the FSA is doomed.

August 19th, 2013, 8:13 am

 

zoo said:

685. Syrialover

What about Turks? Egyptians?

August 19th, 2013, 8:14 am

 

zoo said:

More military fiascos for the rebels, more boasting on ‘blows’ to the regime. .

http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/217138–aa-broadcasts-assads-last-castle-in-aleppo

Commander of the front Abu Hamza, who carried out an operation to Minnig military airport, told AA in an exclusive interview that they dealt a blow to the regime by obtaining the significant military area in the north.

August 19th, 2013, 8:20 am

 

zoo said:

Hopeful

Of course all old societies have their flaws and their inertia. Among the neigbouring countries, Syria stood as a much more open and tolerant society than Jordan, the GCC, Turkey and Iran.
Most foreigners visiting from other neigboring countries were surprised to see how Syrians were much more relaxed about social tabus and gender equality.
Even Turkey that claim to be ‘modern’ in Istanbul and Bodrun is still a very backward society as far as social, religious and gender tabus.
I don’t think the Baath party increased the social tabus, I think it did quite the contrary. Bashar Al Assad a alawite gave a good example by marrying a Sunni and mixed marriages are very common in Syria. I don’t know how much this is true in Turkey, Kuwait or in Saudi Arabia.
Where the Baath party failed is in economical justice as, keeping the monopole of power for too long, it naturally got corrupted.

August 19th, 2013, 8:41 am

 

zoo said:

Has Lebanon finally decided to retaliate on rebels rockets hitting its territory?

Lebanon Army ordered to respond to Syrian attacks
August 19, 2013 02:25 PM (Last updated: August 19, 2013 03:05 PM)
By Nafez Kawas

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Aug-19/227846-lebanon-army-ordered-to-respond-to-syrian-attacks.ashx#ixzz2cQ1mimzo

August 19th, 2013, 8:50 am

 

zoo said:

Al Qaeda group tells Israel not to worry

It was surprising, therefore, to hear a spokesman of the group – which is suspected of having links to al-Qaida – talk over the phone to correspondents of the Times of Israel, promising that “(t)he Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade has no international aspirations; we are only in conflict with the Assad regime.” The spokesman, Laeth Horan, even went a step further: “There is nothing between us and Israel. We only have demands of Assad, even after the war.”

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/08/19/2637103/uri-dromi-history-and-the-war.html#storylink=cpy

August 19th, 2013, 8:56 am

 

zoo said:

Iran foreign ministry: “The region and the world need to prevent further spread of radicalism”

Interview with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif:

http://www.payvand.com/news/13/aug/1128.html

Unfortunately, we have been witnessing a severe escalation of domestic conflicts in Egypt during the past few days in which hundreds of innocent people have lost their lives. As a result, it is not only incumbent on us to find a way to put an end to the ongoing crisis in Egypt, but a more serious need of the region and the world is to prevent further spread of radicalism by taking advantage of the indigenous models of democracy.

August 19th, 2013, 9:08 am

 

zoo said:

Even the OIC believes that the Turkish officials are getting paranoid about Erdogan’s international isolation on the subject of Egypt

OIC head rebuffs criticisms of Turkish officials

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oic-head-rebuffs-criticisms-of-turkish-officials.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52801&NewsCatID=359

The chief of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu has rebuffed criticisms from senior Turkish government officials over his stance on Egypt’s crackdown.

The secretary-general said that what was happening in Egypt was disproportionate force and a violation of human rights. “I demanded the release of Mr. [Mohamed] Morsi a day after his ouster on July 3 and offered mediation but they chose the European Union … I’m astonished how they criticize and sentence us easily by not taking into account those statements and incidents,” İhsanoğlu wrote.

August 19th, 2013, 9:18 am

 

zoo said:

Is the opposition in Syria heading in the same direction?

“Egyptians have turned from looking at the Muslim Brotherhood as a political organisation to looking at it as a gang of killers who have been holding people hostage”

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/xenophobia-on-the-rise-in-polarised-egypt-1.1221600

August 19th, 2013, 9:24 am

 

apple_mini said:

A travel agent we know of told us today that they recently have many clients coming back from Egypt and Jordan. Partially due to worsened situations in those areas.

And for some reasons the magic lure of Damascus is irresistible for Damascenes. Even the war is still raging, as long as the regime is confidently holding the area, people do trust the regime and the SAA for security. And they won’t hesitate to come back.

Nowadays, rent in Damascus keeps climbing up. People who rent out their properties constantly in touch of realty agents to keep their rents updated. Not so kind for others who don’t own their home.

Market rules. Price of properties did not crush as some had feared.

August 19th, 2013, 9:48 am

 

revenire said:

Jarba won’t be able to create a “national army” – this is delusional thinking. It is for show, for the West’s dreams.

August 19th, 2013, 10:07 am

 

revenire said:

Akbar Palace after calling Muslims “towel heads” why do you even bother coming here any longer?

August 19th, 2013, 10:11 am

 

apple_mini said:

Earlier this year, we made comments and predictions that if the rebels decided to attack Lattakia, they would not be able to succeed from the mountain areas. The landscape did not provide advantage to those militarily poorly equipped and commanded but zealous insurgents. Unlike some Sunni villages where the rebels can set foot and build bases. Alawite regions have no support for the insurgents.

This time what the rebels have achieved militarily? Having massacred hundreds of poor villagers and destroyed their ancestry homes, the rebels provoked even hardened determination by the regime and SAA to crush them and further alienated themselves from even more Syrians.

After SAA retakes Salma, the rebels will lose more than what the started.

August 19th, 2013, 10:13 am

 

Uzair8 said:

Apple-Mini

You really ought to trim that hedge obstructing your view. It’s been long overdue.

August 19th, 2013, 11:15 am

 

revenire said:

The only thing the “revolution generation” will get in Latakia is their death.

August 19th, 2013, 12:27 pm

 

Syrian said:

As I predicted last week, the coastal battle is a win win situation for the Oppositions,the latest figures from the Tishreen military hospital morgue in the city Latakia are 900 dead mostly militia fighters from that area, while the latest figures from Jehadi sites are 160 mostly forigners from Jordan and chichnia,
in the main time the new Syrian army is being prepared carefully.

This preview to the future liberation of the coast have shown very interesting points,
1 The orignal defenders of the mountain had run away at the 1st sign of trouble,
2, Assad had to pull big forces from other areas to protect his home turf.
3 Assad will use the same strategy of destroying a village to liberate it even if it’s in his supporting areas.

August 19th, 2013, 1:26 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Syrian
there is another point
The regime and its Dunia channel and propagandists are not telling the truth,because the news are demoralising

August 19th, 2013, 1:46 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

In Egypt the court said now Mubarak will be freed tomorrow
That is what the new coup is all about

August 19th, 2013, 1:54 pm

 

Mjabali said:

Syrian:

Your “analysis” of what had happened in the coast is missing these points:

1- Sunnis are hurt because of your adventure. Salma and Doreen are getting destroyed. The number of casualties amongst the Sunnis, Civilians and fighters is high. Many many foreigners were killed.

2- There are many Alawite and Murshidi refugee from the twelve or so villages that were attacked. They are in Lattakia now adding to the other refugees taking shelter in Lattakia and its immediate surroundings. This adventure, planned by a bunch of kooks constituted more danger for the Sunnis too, as anyone could see.

3- The Alawite hostages are still in the hands of the kidnappers, but al-Assad’s forces is sparing no time destroying the most beautiful part of Syria.

August 19th, 2013, 1:57 pm

 
 

mjabali said:

Akbar Palace:

I have no idea why you are trying to chat me up and want to know where I stand. I read two sentences of yours and could tell you where you stand.

But, I will spare you today the toil of using your brain and will put it in front of your eyes:

I am an independent like many Syrians who does not like most of the parties in this fiasco that is taking my country to the bottom of hell.

August 19th, 2013, 2:01 pm

 

Tara said:

Yup.

Refugees are returning back from Egypt and Jordan and they are hitting Zara. You are now waiting an hour to be rung at the cash registry. Zara corp should be contacted on behalf of the Syrian government and should be asked to open a second branch.

August 19th, 2013, 2:10 pm

 

Mjabali said:

Tara:

LOL

You said in the same paragraph that you are not sectarian yet later came back and said why you hate all of those other sects and accuse the Alawis with sectarian cleansing.

Here are some points to you:

1- al-Assad does not represent the Alawis. He and his group represent themselves, and their family. He has many Sunnis working for him from day one.

2- al-Assads father and son never adopted anything that could be called an Alawi ideology. They tried to pass themselves as Sunnis, to the Sunnis, who never accepted them as such.

3- The Sunnis always looked at al-Assads as Alawites, Kafirs who are supposed to be killed. The line of Fatwas the Sunnis has from the days of Ibn Taymiyah till today is a witness to what I say. There was always decrees to kill the Alawis.

4- al-Assad, till today is doing what he is doing for the namesake of Syria. He is using all bluffs to keep his role. You should know this, but the sectarian way of thinking makes you never accept this and always look at al-Assads as peasants nothing more ore less.

5- There are many Sunnis in al-Assad Forces.

6- Your sectarian rants against the Shia Iranians are witness to how you think.

7- The Fatwas your ancestors kept are the real witness to the ethnic and sectarian cleansing of the natives of Syria.

8- I represent myself and no one else, and in a larger group I am an ordinary Syrian citizen whose religion is not the business of anyone.

9- You stated your support to terrorizing Alawite civilians. I never and will never advocate any terror against any civilian no matter what party they are on.

10- Criminals from all parties should stand in front of an international court.

August 19th, 2013, 2:13 pm

 

mjabali said:

Omen:

Stop whining and kicking like a child while calling me names. You have no logic or knowledge to engage someone like me about Syria. We are in two different worlds.

I am not interested into wasting my time with a freak like you.

We have two different interests and they do not meet.

Again you remind me of the Ba’thi newscast.

August 19th, 2013, 2:16 pm

 

Syrain said:

Majed:
I’m more surprised that you still watch Dunia than the news about it.

August 19th, 2013, 2:31 pm

 

mjabali said:

Syrialover:

The Alawis became Alawis around the 11C. They were Christians, or some other old religion before that. They did not come from the moon. If you read their main book for example you will see how the Alawi missionaries used myth from the old beliefs to make them believe in the Alawi way. Read al-Hidayah al-Kubra by al-Khasibi and see the influence of other local religions mixed with the new interpretation.

August 19th, 2013, 2:32 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

One thing will have impact on Syria and Egypt, it is blocking the Sues Canal, it will be devastating to Egypt economy, it will cause increase in the price of oil,,which will benefit Russia,and Libya, and Hurt KSA and the Gulf states and Persia.
Obama will consider that damaging to US security and will interfere.

August 19th, 2013, 2:33 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Syrian
I rarely watch Dunia,we have Mini apple here it is Dunia channel

August 19th, 2013, 2:36 pm

 

syrian said:

Majbali
this is not my Adventure,but I’ll forgive your poor choice of words,

It seems like someone tricked the jehadist into this battle, by supporting them at the start then cutting them off afterword,why I dunno, is it to test Assad defences,is it to get ride of Jehadist.or is it to allivate the pressure on other places? , not clear yet.

Too bad Assad is destroying that beautiful area,I know it very well.

August 19th, 2013, 2:40 pm

 

revenire said:

Majed Obama is already interfering in Egypt.

August 19th, 2013, 2:45 pm

 

revenire said:

Muslim Brotherhood must be removed like Nazis, Egypt’s ambassador to Britain says

Exclusive: Egypt’s ambassador to Britain has said the military-led offensive on the opposition set out to be no different from the British response to the 2011 London riots, but turned bloody when the Muslim Brotherhood started firing on the security forces.

“Morsi was elected president and held office for one year but in that time he tried to make everything Muslim Brotherhood controlled. Egyptian culture over 5,000 years is a mix of religions and civilisations in which the Islamic religion is one ingredient of the Egyptian character,” he said. “The Muslim Brotherhood are like a Nazi group that demand that everything changes and people everything to their way.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/10252399/Muslim-Brotherhood-must-be-removed-like-Nazis-Egypts-ambassador-to-Britain-says.html

August 19th, 2013, 2:49 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

ثبوت استعمال الأسلحة الكيماوية في اي نزاع او صراع او حرب يجعل مجلس الامن قادراً على اتخاذ اي قرار بمواجهة تلك الدولة ولا يحق لأي دولة عضو من الاعضاء الدائمين بالمجلس استعمال حق النقض او الفيتو لافشاله او الحيلولة دون صدوره وهنا تكمن خطورة المسألة واهميتها.

August 19th, 2013, 3:20 pm

 

Tara said:

Mjabali,

Resenting Alawis and others who are committing ethnic cleansing against the people in Syria is not sectarianism. It is rather an expected reaction and is normal. Sectarianism is hating people because of their religion or sect not because of their crimes. Please use the dictionary and look up what
sectarianism means.

And again stop playing the victim. Exposing the Alawis crimes against the people in Syria is just stating the facts. It is not sectarianism . You are trying to hide behind your minority status and accuse people of sectarianism when they are merely describing facts on the ground. Do you think one’s minority status should prevent non-minority from calling spade a spade?

And by the way, I do find you sectarian. Not because you keep mentioning Ibn Taymieh and related fatwas, rather because you are blaming the current Syrian Sunnis for it. You hate the current Sunnis not because of what they did, you hate them because they are Just Sunnis by birth and that is sectarianism at its glory.

I introduced to you a very simple concept. Please let me know if you have a difficulty understanding the difference.

August 19th, 2013, 3:24 pm

 

revenire said:

There are no Alawi crimes against the Syrian people. Suggesting there are is precisely why you are one of the biggest sectarians here Tara (you’re also quite arrogant and try to deride anyone who disagrees with you).

The majority of Syrians support Assad and the SAA or they would have been defeated years ago. The majority of the army is Sunni.

August 19th, 2013, 3:40 pm

 

Syrialover said:

HOPEFUL #678

Thank you for your thoughtful and informed comment.

I always look for your posts when I come to this forum. Your insights and observations are a refreshing relief in the mess of other comments here.

What you say about Syrian social attitudes is true to some extent, but such things are a symptom of social and economic stagnation and underdevelopment. And where there is little openness and sharing of ideas and a poor education system.

You even got ZOO inspired to admit in #686 that the Assad regime failed in economic matters.

The post-Assad leadership has a responsibility to help create a change of attitudes and perspectives of people. For example by doing things like stamping out corruption and giving people an alternative vision and hope for the future. Especially to the younger generation who are the vast majority of Syrians.

Syria is going to need leaders who are 5,000% stronger intellectually, morally and in emotional maturity than those idiots who took the helm in Tunisia and Egypt.

August 19th, 2013, 3:46 pm

 

Tara said:

Reve,

You do not even admit that Batta has killed anyone. Do you?

If your answer is no he hasn’t, there is no point of this discussion.

Calling spade a spade is not sectarianism. It is merely stating facts. Attempt to bully people from stating such facts is attempting to use one’s minority status to achieve impunity.

August 19th, 2013, 3:47 pm

 

revenire said:

Tara I’ve known you for a long time and know how you operate. You are on one side: the sectarian one.

You deny the army is majority Sunni?

August 19th, 2013, 3:58 pm

 
 

Hopeful said:

#717 Syrianlover

Thank you.

You are correct on both accounts. Unfortunately a new generation is currently being raised on sectarian hatred and violence, not just in Syria but all over the Arab world. I grew up drinking hatred and resentment towards the Jews, and glorifying fighting wars against Israel. It took me years to cleanse my soul from this nonsense. Now Syrian kids on all sides are growing up with hatred towards other sects and celebrating the glorious battles against them. The regime did manage to turn the revolution into a sectarian civil war, and unfortunately I see and hear many in the opposition today row the boat in the same direction.

August 19th, 2013, 4:29 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

705. Mjabali

Although you are deeply sectarian defending the alawite medieval tribe I agree with you JABALI, ASSAD as all the criminals should stand in front of an international court.

August 19th, 2013, 4:45 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

In Lebanon Hezb Zballah is nervous. From one side they are losing in the syrian front lots of men that took long years to prepare, and that will cost millions of dollars in terms of compensations to their families. From another side they are under attack in their own home without enough men to keep security measures. For the first time in 30 years this so-called Shiite Party that acts like a Mafia, is being targeted the way Hezb Zballah has been targeting all their political rivals. Do not forget all the good and brilliant men killed by HA in Lebanon and in Syria too, specially with car planted bombs and pistolers . Now it is the turn of the Mafia HA to receive what they have been causing for 30 years, death, chaos and disgrace. They thought their rivals were not brave enough as to come and kill them. Now all has changed.

August 19th, 2013, 4:53 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

720. revenire

Take a rest, you need some sleep. Tomorrow you will see clearer that Assad is over and his supporters too.

August 19th, 2013, 4:56 pm

 

don said:

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