The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias
by Joshua Landis (with invaluable help from A.J.N.)
For Syria Comment, January 4, 2014

A major confrontation has broken out between the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Syria’s other rebel militias. It is being led by two newly organized coalitions, called Jaysh al Mujahidiin and the Front of Syrian Revolutionaries. But many other militias have also declared war on ISIS, insisting that it must abandon its attempt to establish a state and that its fighters must either integrate into Syria’s other militias or quit the country altogether. Fighting between Free Syria Army militias and ISIS has been widespread in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib.

Clashes & protests that have taken place against ISIS by January 3, 2014

The reasons given for the current war on ISIS are numerous as are the reactions of different segments of Syrian society.

The Syrian opposition Coalition claims that ISIS is a regime inspired organization, designed to undermine the principles of the revolution and pervert the meaning of Islam. Chants of “Assad and D`ASH are one” have been repeated at many recent demonstrations against ISIS. (DA`ASH is the acronym in Arabic for ISIS or Dawla al-Islamiyya fi-l `Iraq wa Sham). The Coalition told AP that:

The Syrian National Coalition believes that ISIS is closely linked to the terrorist regime and serves the interests of the clique of President Bashar Al-Assad…. The murder of Syrians by this group leaves no doubt about the intentions behind their creation, their objectives, and the agendas they service, which is confirmed by the nature of their terrorist actions that are hostile to the Syrian revolution.

Hassan Aboud

Hassan Aboud of the Islamic Front and head of its political bureau blamed ISIS for bringing this war on itself. Hassan Aboud explained in an interview with aljazerra:

All this fighting [between rebel forces] will only weaken the revolution and help the regime. We, in the Islamic Front,  did not take the decision to fight ISIS, but whoever did it had his reasons because of the way ISIS treats other groups. ISIS denies reality, refusing to recognize that it is simply  another group. It refuses to go to independent courts; it attacked many other groups, stole their weapons, occupied their headquarters, and arbitrarily apprehended numerous activists, journalists and rebels. It has been torturing its prisoners. These transgressions accumulated, and people got fed up with ISIS. Some of those people have attacked ISIS’s positions, but ISIS was first to attack in other places, bringing this on itself.
Regime supporters are naturally overjoyed at seeing their opponents fighting among themselves, underlined by this cartoon.
Regime soldier telephones for assistance. He replies to interlocultor: "No, not arms and ammo, send Metteh and sunflower seeds so we can watch the rebels fight among themselves."

Regime soldier telephones for assistance.
He then replies to interlocutor: “No, not ammo, send metteh and sunflower seeds. We are watching the Free Syrian Army and Da`ash.”

A long series of ISIS attacks on competing rebel militias, preceded this war, but for the Islamic Front and Hassan Aboud in particular, the spark was the kidnapping and killing of Dr. Hussein al-Suleiman, a physician who was also a commander in the Ahrar al-Sham militia. Dr. Hussein was put in charge of the Bab al-Hawa border-crossing after Ahrar al-Sham troops, fighting under the name of the Islamic Front, took control of it in December 2013. Photos of his mutilated body, showing that an ear had been cut off, teeth knocked out, along with the top of his head shot off, went viral on twitter, provoking widespread horror and outrage.

ISIS had been trying to take control of the supply lines from Turkey to the rebel groups in Aleppo and the surrounding towns by capturing the towns between the Bab al-Hawa crossing and Aleppo. This effort came to a crescendo with the ISIS raid on the Supreme Millitary Command’s Head Quarters in Bab al-Hawa earlier this month, when Chief of Staff Suleiman Idriss was expelled from Syria. Islamic Front militias swept to the rescue, when they were called by Idriss to help. According to Free Syria Army officers who were at the headquarters, Ahrar al-Sham soldiers took the SMC HQ at Bab al-Hawa by force in the name of saving it from ISIS, plundering FSA weapons, cloths and personal belonging. The showdown at Bab al-Hawa, the strategic boarder-town with Turkey, set all parties on a collision course that exploded in the last couple of days, following the ISIS killing of I.F.’s Dr Hussein and Bab al-Hawa commander.

Hassan Aboud has been trying to moderate and limit the confrontation between rebel groups. During his al-Jazeera interview, he added

We tell our brothers on the inside that this is not a fight against Islamists because Islamisms are on both sides. We ask that our muhajiriin brothers be treated well and not harmed. We tell our brethren the muhajiriin and ISIS to fear God when dealing with the people you came to liberate. Aren’t they the ones that liberated Maskana and Atarib and the western countryside of Aleppo? Don’t live in the illusion that all people against you are sahwa (reference to the Iraqi “Awakening” movement that was armed by the US government. Sunni tribes that defeated al-Qaida in Iraq.)
….The infighting serves no one; oppressing fellow rebels serves no one save the regime, thus we call on the groups on the ground to keep their unity and not to get bogged down in internal infighting especially before Geneva II. Because we see that the Syrian situation is being portrayed as a civil war that has no solution but a political one. This is a portrayal that serves the regime and takes us back to the situation that existed before the Syrian revolution broke out, but with a destroyed infrastructure and a population made homeless……
You are fighting the regime. So is ISIS. How will in-fighting effect the future of groups fighting the regime? We would like these [ISIS] brothers to join their brethren in the Syrian revolution. We see them as nothing but another group. They see themselves as a State. They need to drop this illusion that they have come to believe as an established fact. It causes them to treat allies as opponents. Nusra doesn’t differ in ideology and authority from ISIS, but they have been able to work hand in glove with the other militias because they have followed the rule that no objective has a higher priority then pushing back the enemy. So we call on ISIS to follow Nusra’s lead. In this way, we will save the blood of our fighters and bullets of our guns for the front lines.
Aboud makes clear that he views ISIS as a potential partner. He is careful to pave the way for its return to the fold. He explains that ISIS’s goal of an Islamic state is not substantially different than that of the Islamic Front or the many other militias fighting in Syria. Where it does differ is that it sees itself as the unique heir to the state and has begun setting up mini-states wherever it rules, pushing aside fellow militias and refusing to submit to the common Sharia court system that the Islamic Front militias and Nusra have constructed and administer together. He points out how Nusra has agreed to cooperate and defer questions of permanent state-building and ultimate governance until after Assad is defeated. This is a way of putting aside what may be fairly substantial ideological differences between militias despite their common goal of an Islamic state and perhaps more importantly, it defers any contest over ultimate executive power. The Emir of ISIS, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, hopes to assert himself as the Caliph and force the others to give him bay`a or allegiance.  He has also imposed rather draconian sharia punishments and forbidden smoking, music, and other simple pleasures that many find intolerable.  This underlines the great problems that remain for the militias in determining what form and style an eventual Islamic state will take, not to mention who among the militia leaders will ultimately rule.
Islamic Front leaders have been very skilful about finessing questions on governance. The standard answer they give to those who ask what kind of government they intend is that they will call on an assembly of Ulema to decide on the correct form of Islamic government when the time comes.

Maps

Map of ISIS controlled towns before January 3, 2014

Map of ISIS controlled towns before January 3, 2014

Map of ISIS controlled versus FSA controlled towns in Northern Syria following January 4, 2014

Map of ISIS controlled versus FSA controlled towns in Northern Syria following January 3, 2014

 

Timeline of the events of the month.

  • December 7, ISIS tries to attack the SMC HQ at Bab al Hawa, the SMC calls on the Islamic Front to help defend the HQ, after which Ahrar al Sham raided the SMC HQ itself and took control of it.
  • December 15, ISIS kidnaps Brigadier General Ahmad Birri, head of Hama military council in Saraqib, Idlib
  • December 9, ISIS storms and captures the liberated village of Haram in Idlib countryside, promising to punish criminals
  • December 10, ISIS raids and captures Maskana after a dispute with Ahrar al Sham, killing and arresting a number of Ahrar commanders including Bab al Hawa crossing supervisor Dr. Husayn al Sulayman, Abu Rayan.
  • December 15, After failed negotiations, it was made public that the ISIS kidnapped the leader of the Hanano brigade Mohamad Istanboli on his way back from the Homs frontline. Istanboli was on his way to his hometown of Salqin, Idlib
  • December 15, ISIS kidnaps Brigadier General Ahmad Birri, head of Hama military council in Saraqib, Idlib
  • December 18, Kidnapping of two Atareb FSA commanders
  • December 25, ISIS attacks Shada offices in Al Bustan neighborhood in Aleppo after Adnan Al Arour accused them of treason
  • December 27, ISIS emir in Bab al Hawa reaches deal with Islamic Front and SMS to leave the area
  • December 28, ISIS stormed Kafranbel and raided the local council, the local media office and the offices of local radio station, Radio Fresh. ISIS accuses the activists of Kafranbel of being agents of the west. Radio fresh had  interviewed US ambassador Robert Ford on November 28.
  • December 29, ISIS storms Sarmada and raises their flag declaring control of the village from the Islamic front and arresting its members. The Islamic front increases its checkpoint on the Sarmada-Bab al Hawa crossing to keep the ISIS from reaching it. ISIS also raided SMC headquarters near the town and confiscated US aid including helmets and Froot Loops
  • December 31, ISIS hands over the body of Ahrar commander Abu Rayan and the body shows marks of brutal torture and one of the ear was cut off. ISIS also stormed an Islamic Front checkpoint 4 KM away from Bab al Hawa crossing, arrested the IF fighters(Ahrar and Suqor) and start massing a big force at the checkpoint. The situation was resolved and ISIS withdrew from the checkpoint after an agreement betweem the two groups. The agreement was the result of negotiations lead by Saudi jihadi preacher Abdallah Al Muhysini, who has very close ties to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, runs the organisation Preachers of Jihad andhas a verified account on Twitter with 250,000 followers. ISIS also released the head of Hama military council, Brigadier general Ahmad Birri
  • January 2nd, Atareb FSA fight Ali Obeid found dead after he was kidnapped the previous day

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Most interesting videos

Article in al-Mudun,

“Syria: 2014 revolution against Daesh and Assad,” by Fady al Dahook, gives an overview of the situation in Idlib. He provides detail and a timeline for yesterday’s events making it worth translating at some length.

kafrenabel aliens

Kafranbel aliens

The people of Kafranbel did not hide their faces when they protested and drew posters against the Syrian president Bashar al Assad. But the weird irony is that today they raise their banners and posters against “Daesh”, the new tyranny that raided them few days ago, while covering their faces.

The Kafranbel paintings in the Friday of “Marty Abo Rayan, victim of treachery” was the most daring of all, when they named one of their posters after the sc-fi horror movie series “Aliens” and drew the monster with “Da`ash” as a caption to underline that they considered ISIS to be alien invaders.

Kafranbel story with the organisation of “al Dawla al Islamiya in al-Iraq w al-Sham” raised voices against the latter. So did the murder incident of doctor Hussain al Sulayman, who died in the prisons of the organisation, under torture. All of this provoked the activists to retaliate by giving the Friday protest an anti “al Dawla” name, which they succeeded in doing, by naming the Friday after Dr. Hussain al Sulayman. a.k.a. Abu Rayan…

Battles with “Daash” are on-going. The result of these clashes so far is that Free Army units in Hazano, a town in the Aleppo countryside, have killed ten ISIS members. 114 ISIS members have been seized following clashes with “Jaysh al Mujahedin” in al Atareb, Qubtan al-Jabal, Aljina, Ibin, Kafr Nuran – all towns of the Aleppo countryside. The ISIS Emir was arrested in al-Atareb. The Free army was also able to capture the villages of Hayan and Bayanun in the Aleppo countryside. The Islamic Front arrested 30 ISIS members in Aleppo’s northern countryside, the majority of whom are Chechen, Caucasian, Tunisian, Libyan and Iraqi. The IF has also besieged the city of al-Dana in the countryside of Idlib.

The battles in Aleppo started in al Atareb, when “Daesh” tried to storm the village after executing the leader of the “Shouhada al Atareb” brigade on Thursday, and it spread in the early hours of Friday after clashes between “al Dawla” and “Jaysh al Mojahidin” who declared its formation 24 hours prior in Aleppo, and its includes “Tajamu Fustaqm Kul Umrat, the 19th Division, Kataib Nour al-Din al-Zinki, Harakat al-Nour al-Islamiya
and other groups”

The battle front then expanded to include all the areas under opposition control in Aleppo and reached Idlib.

In the midst of these battles, “Daesh” didn’t stand cross handed, it arrested 20 Liwaa al Tawhid members at one of its checkpoint. According to “Orient TV”, members of the organization raided field hospitals and arrested a number of wounded in the city of Saraqeb in Idlib countryside, while protests spread across the areas of Idlib and Aleppo, chanting the slogan “Free Army forever stomping Daesh and Assad”

The general coordinator of the “Shuhadaa Badr” brigade, which is part of the Aleppo military council, Mohamad Rafei al Raya, said in an interview with “al Mudun” and he’s close to the battlefront with “Daash” in Aleppo, that the Free army was able to arrest 15 members of “al Dawla” in al Atareb and 7 in the village of Hayaa in Idlib countryside. He explained the reasons behidn grudge against “al Dawla”, saying that a cold war has been ongoing for the last 6 months between the Free Syrian Army groups in Aleppo and the organisation, but it wasn’t big enough to open a battle front with them, and he adds that they are currently fighting with the ISIS in the Castelo area after ISIS tried to break a protest that came out against them.

He adds “I swear by allah, Even if you were in Germany and I told you what they’ve been doing, you would have came here to fight them, they’re assaulting christians and Ismailis, they went to Latakia countryside and killed the people and kidnapped women and children….I carried arms and i rose up to fight the armed man that wants to kill me and my family, i did not rise up to kill children and innocent people and its like they’re scaring the world about this revolution so that the world forsakes it and sees it as a sectarian struggle.”

He continues “We’ve been under siege for two and a half months in the youth dormitories and Ashrafieh. They stole the flour. Any backup that is sent to us will be blocked from entering. Assad is in front of us and ISIS behind us.

In Idlib, explained Abu Iyad, a commander of one of the Kataib, in an interview with “al Mudun”, the situation is under the control of the Free army. And he adds “Daash headquarters in Jabal al Zawia are under control completely, and now the Kateb are preparing to seize the rest of the headquarters belonging to them(ISIS). Abu Iyad explains this step in Idlib as a precautionary measure to protect the Aleppo front and eliminate the possibility of any escalation from the organisation side in Idlib.

And in talking about extremist, we have to pass by Jabhat al Nusra, the arm of Al Qaeda in Syria. The general coordinator of the “Shohadaa Badr” brigade, which is part of the Aleppo military council says: “I speak the truth and I don’t cover up for anyone, we haven’t seen anything bad from the front, contrary to “Daash”, they’re facing the regime in front of everyone, but even with that, we still fear them because of their mystery and our ignorance of their goals”

And he swears, “I swear by Allah that I will kill anyone who comes close to tries to harm this revolution even if he be my father… I have six brothers who are all injured and haven’t left the battlefront for a single day, Daash didn’t do anything for us. It was working with the regime and against the revolution. Anyone that does what they have done will meet the same fate.

Statement of Front of Syrian Revolutionaries (Jamaal Maarouf)

In following the commands of God Almighty and our responsibilities toward the revolutionary jihadi work to overthrow the oppressive regime, we, the Front of Syrian Revolutionaries, care for the blood of the martyrs and rebel accomplishments. The leadership of the Syrian Revolutionary Front has convened its various militia groups in an effort to unite the revolutionary forces and face the criminal regime that strives to kill our people and families across this land. We will hasten the fall of the criminal regime and lift the oppression off of our people.

The organization known as al Dawlat al-Islamiya fi-l-Iraq w-al-Sham hasn’t stopped distracting the rebel mujahidin in side battles and clashes, the purpose of which is to drain our powers and to target the icons of the revolution and the activists and the officers, in a direct service to the regime.
And from their bad deeds against the revolution:
1- Raiding the rebels operation room in the vicinity of Brigade 93 in Ain Issa a short time before the storming of the brigade. And arresting the leaders of the operation and stealing the weapons and ammunition and 2 tanks that belonged to us.
2- Raiding headquarters that belonged to our front in the Haram area and imprisoning 30 mujahedin and stealing their weapons
3- Raiding the headquarters of division 13 in Kafr Nabl and stealing their weapons and ammunition
4- Raiding the media office in Kafranbel and arrested the journalists.
5- Attacking the rebels in Maskana city and stealing their weapons and ammunition and killing a number of them.
6- Arresting the middle man, the mujahid Dr. Abu Rayan and torturing him to death and handing his deformed body to his family.
7- Arresting the officers, brigadier general head of military council in Hama Ahmad Birri, and officer Ahmad Saoud leader of the 13th Division.
8- Raiding the headquarter of the Haya al Sharia and the revolutionary police station in Sarmada and arrested a number of members
9- Setting up checkpoints along the road leading to the Turkish border in the liberated areas, that attack the rebels and civilians and confiscated their weapons and cars
10- Refusing to use Allah Sharia to decide in conflicts with the other factions
11- And last, the seige of a number of villages in Aleppo western countryside and the liberated 46th Regiment which includes the 9th division and Liwaa Saq Qureish both of which belong to our front, in an attempt to raid it. These are only a few of the many violations that ISIS has committed against the revolution and the rebels.
We in the Syrian Revolutionary Front consider these acts to be an attack against us and the aims of the Syrian revolution. Thus we:
1- Ask the Syrian members of Daash to hand over their weapons to the nearest Syria Rebel Front headquarter and to declare themselves innocent of Daash.
2- We ask our Muhajirin brothers who are being fooled to join the Syria Rebel Front or any other group belonging to the Free Syrian Army. They should bring their weapons or hand them over to us and leave the country within 24 hours.

We in the Syrian Revolutionary Front stand firm and will strike with a hand of steal anybody that blocks the movement of the Syrian Revolution. (victories with Allah’s help)

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The Syrian Revolutionary Front says it will turn their backs on Geneva II unless Bashar al-Asad leaves and Geneva I is applied.

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The Jaysh al-Mujahidiin statement, translated by Dabbour on the syria civil war subreddit

(Jaysh al Mujahidiin is a coalition of 7 Islamist factions that announced its formation on January 2, 2014. It claims to be the biggest coalition in Aleppo. It includes: Kata’ib Nour el-Din al- Zinki al-Islamiya, Liwaa al Ansar, Tajamu Fastakim kama amrt, Liwaa al-Huriya al-Islami (idlib), Liwaa Amjad al-Islam. Liwaa Ansar al-Khilafa, Harakat al-Nour al-Islamiya, Liwaa Jund al-Haramin

As the honest Mujaheddin are fighting on the fronts of Syria against the Nusayri (Alawite) army which is supported by the militias of Iran and Hizbollah, ISIS is busy sewing corruption in the land and spreading fitna (civil strife). It threatens the security and stability of the freed areas and wastes the blood of the mujaheddin and pronounces them “infidels.” It kicks them and their families out of the areas that they paid dearly to free; it strips the factories of their contents, stops them from working, and expels families from their homes into the cold, cruel outdoors. They steal civilian cars and their property with dumb excuses and they abduct military and media leaders, kill them and torture them in their prisons. They refuse to abide by God’s law and the ways of his Prophet. They sought to break into the city of Alanareb with canon and tanks.

Abiding by God’s word in his verse: “Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.” (http://quran.com/22/39)

We, the army of Mujaheddin announce that in defense of ourselves, our honor, our money and our land, we declare war on ISIS so long as it refuses to obey God’s law until which time it dissolves and its members join other military groups or they leave their weapons and quite Syria.

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These militias that belong to Jaysh al-Mujahidin also signed Statement #1 of the Islamic Bloc back in September along with other groups of the Islamic Front and Nusra

Kataeb Nour el Din Al Zinki al Islamiya
Liwaa al Ansar
Tajamo Fastakim kama amrt
Harakat Al Nour al Islamiya
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The Islamic Front Statement, translated by Refikoglu on the Syria civil war

While the regime is continually attacking South and East of Aleppo and killing its inhabitants, ISIS came to fight some groups in the West of Aleppo in Brigade 46 area. And we direct this statement to ISIS to stop the fighting immediately and withdraw from that area and return all items taken wrongfully and to submit to the Law of Allah by allowing the Shariah Court to settle this conflict and we would like to remind them(ISIS) that they are fighting the people who liberated Atareb and Aleppo countryside. And we would like to remind our brothers who are at the front not to be distracted for whatever reason, because that will be the situation that the Regime wants.

a IF statement on ISIS
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See Juan Cole’s “Iraq’s Sunni Civil War,” for excellent analysis of what is happening with ISIS in Anbar Provence

The attempt launched earlier this week by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) to take and hold city quarters in Falluja, Ramadi and Khalidiya in al-Anbar province has provoked an enormous political crisis in Iraq….

NYT: Qaeda-Linked Insurgents Clash With Other Rebels in Syria, as Schism Grows

The backlash in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria came as the group’s fighters in neighboring Iraq were battling an alliance of Iraqi security forces and local tribal leaders in Anbar Province, which borders Syria and has been an incubator of Sunni extremism in both countries….

I think harakat al nour al islamia was part Ahrar al sham and if i recall correctly, the ahrar guy that was mistakenly beheaded by ISIS was wearing a harakat al nour shirt. And Liwaa Ansar al Khilafa later denied being part of this new coalition.

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Comments (111)


Tara said:

The rebels declared war on ISIS when the regime grown it and kept it protected. While the regime never once bombed ISIS and its strongholds in the north; it arrested, tortured and killed peaceful activists and bombarded civilians on breadlines and in souks.

Isn’t time yet for the pundits in the West examine the organic relation between ISIS and the regime? ISIS kidnapped and perhaps killed father Paolo while leaving Agnus the crow roaming freely and spreading her filth. ISIS is the best asset the regime owns and operates. It was the most powerful tool tarnishing the Syrian revolution and changing the mind of some people around the globe about it. One day the glaring truth will come out and we will all discovered how Batta and the evil Mullastan fooled the world with Da’esh

January 4th, 2014, 2:17 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

It seems ISIS will not fight back but instead evacuate.

From the same salafi-type forum as yesterday. 1 hr ago:

ISIS released a statement giving 24-hour deadline to all those who are behind the killings of muhajireen, ISIS fighters, their families & children etc. to meet three demands:

1- To remove all checkpoints that were set up to target ISIS fighters & muhajireen in the countrysides, cities and places of ribat

2- To stop harming in any way or shape muhajireen from all groups and ISIS fighters

3- To release all muhajireen from all groups that were abducted/detained and ISIS fighters

If these demands aren’t met, ISIS said it would pull all its fighters from all the fronts they fight at in Aleppo and this amounts to 18 fronts.

They said people they and their families (including muhajireen) have been targeted, their being shot at from the front and stabbed in the back and people (like al-‘A’roor etc.) have passed fatwas condoning their killing.

ISIS further added they don’t want to pull out from Aleppo, but they are left no choice as even their families are being targeted now.

http://forums.islamicawakening.com/f18/syria-thread-4-0-read-rules-before-67862/index27.html#post743963

January 4th, 2014, 2:50 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

I believe their apparent leader Zawahiri told ISIS to get out of Syria (and leave it to JN) not long ago which they ignored.

Also Sh. Arour labelled them as ‘Kharji’.

Hope it’s the end for them and hopefully the distraction doesn’t benefit the regime too much.

If they wish to evacuate the 18 frontlines in Aleppo then the rebels should quickly and smoothly fill the vacuum and prevent the regime taking advantage of any vacuum(s).

January 4th, 2014, 2:59 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Last one from me except one.

Updates from Syria:

#While syrian army is fghting 1.5 year long battle in Daraya, rats again captured towns near Otayba in western Ghouta.

&

#A lot of gains have been lost recently. Rats are about to break the Siege of East Ghouta. Be alarmed!

http://www.iranmilitaryforum.net/military-conflicts/updates-on-military-action-in-syria/msg228915/#msg228915

January 4th, 2014, 3:10 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Rabi ul Awal Shareef (Maahe-Noor) Mubarak.

The blessed month of the blessed birth of the blessed Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wa Salam. The Best of Creation. The Mercy to all the Worlds.

Hope it brings good news to all muslims and especially Syrians.

January 4th, 2014, 3:16 pm

 

mjabali said:

ISIS is also causing troubles in the rebel held areas in the mountains north of Latakia.

They had killed few noted local rebels most importantly Abu Basir and Sheikh Jalal Bayerli.

Their leader, according to many including al-3ar3ur, is Aby Ayman al-Iraqi. Local Latakian anti Assad groups warned about a possible hegemony of Isis in the coastal areas.

ISIS has a plan. They say an opening and they took advantage. The Syrians, anti Assad, are the ones who are going to shape things to come.

Remember ISIS saw the fragmentation amongst the Syrian anti Assad groups and took control. The land and resources came under their control is too good to be left out.

January 4th, 2014, 3:22 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Isis and the regime are at odds because one can not exist next to the other, however the regime clearly took advantage of the mistakes made by the rebels and realized early that Isis and Nusra will hurt the rebels chances of winning support from Syrians and the West. Those who sent and welcomed Islamist thugs have only themselves to blame. Rebels leaders showed a great deal of ignorance and lack of long term vision and they are now fighting the bear they brought to their vineyard.

January 4th, 2014, 4:08 pm

 

alan said:

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!
The United States is providing Iraq with missiles and surveillance drones to counter attacks by al-Qaeda, according to US and Iraqi officials. A shipment of 75 Hellfire missiles was sent to Iraq last week and 10 Scan Eagle reconnaissance drones are scheduled to be delivered by March 2014. ‘The recent delivery of Hellfire missiles and an upcoming delivery of Scan Eagles are standard (foreign military sales) cases that we have with Iraq to strengthen their capabilities to combat this threat,’ a State Department spokeswoman said. ‘We remain committed to supporting the government of Iraq in meeting its defense needs in the face of these challenges,’ Jennifer Psaki added. Hellfires are widely used by US forces to target al-Qaeda militants often targeting their hideouts or vehicles. The weapons deliveries come as the US has been accused of adopting double standards and supporting the same militants in Iraq’s neighbor, Syria.

http://news.antiwar.com/2014/01/03/over-100-killed-as-al-qaeda-seizes-most-of-fallujah/

January 4th, 2014, 4:27 pm

 

alan said:

Why the U.S. supply Syrian rebels weapons? Do not order that both sides suffered maximum loss ? This hypothesis raises a former CIA Dennis Lam , in his article on the website The Gazette.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry explains the need to help the rebels consolidate their position in negotiations on ending the civil war. ” This is nonsense ! – Exclaims Lam . – According to this logic , we should arm the Palestinians to strengthen their position in negotiations with the Israelis . ”

“When I read that the Obama administration is under pressure from Congress announced plans for arming Syrian rebels , after the Syrian government significantly surpassing them , I remembered the Truman Proclamation in the Senate June 23, 1941 ” – the article says.

June 23, 1941 , the day after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet territory , Truman said : “If we see that Germany is winning, we should help Russia and if Russia is winning , we should help Germany. We need to give them the opportunity to kill each other as much as possible . ” The author recalls that the U.S. actions in World War II largely conform to this principle, as a result of the Soviet Union suffered huge losses.

Similarly Washington behaved during the Iran -Iraq war of 1980-1988 : “Although the war began in Iraq, we have continued to provide military assistance , including providing precursors for chemical weapons and satellite imagery to stop the advance of the Iranians .”

In the case of Syria is Assad’s military successes have prompted the United States to start arming the rebels and to raise the question about the bombing – allegedly in connection with the use of chemical weapons by government troops . At the same time , Americans knew that sarin and militants could use the “Front – en Nusra ” fighting on the rebel side .

Former Consul General of Israel in New York Alon Pinkas , explained the attitude of Washington and Tel Aviv to the Syrian conflict : “This is the final game in which you need to get both teams lost . But at least you do not want one of them won – why settle for a draw. Let those, and others expire blood – this is a strategic plan . ”

Referring to an article in The New York Times, Lam said that the Israeli lobby , which has a great influence on both parties in the U.S., called on Congress to approve the bombing of Syria.

” The American public has mobilized to save the day ” – says Lam . But the fact that Washington was ready to spend hundreds of millions of dollars not on assistance to refugees , and rocket attacks , says a lot about the sincerity of American politicians , expressing concern about the deaths of civilians , the article says

CIA veteran: Syria bleeds with American help

January 4th, 2014, 4:34 pm

 

alan said:

Another Former Senior CIA Officer Identifies Jewish Lobby as Syrian War Mongers as “Slam-Dunk” Evidence Exposed as a Lie
http://davidduke.com/another-former-senior-cia-officer-identifies-jewish-lobby-syrian-war-mongers-slam-dunk-evidence-exposed-lie/

Writing in Iowa-based The Gazette newspaper, Dennis Lamb, a 30-year veteran case officer and intelligence analyst for the CIA, said that the “American public rose to save the day” to prevent an attack on Syria, but that “ Washington was considering spending hundreds of millions of dollars firing missiles at Syria from miles away rather than on aid to refugees speaks volumes about the sincerity of its concern about Syrian civilian casualties and refugees — and raises questions about its objectives there.”
He then went on to specifically list the people and organizations behind the US’s “objectives” in this way:

******
CIA veteran: Syria bleeds with American help
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry explains the need to help the rebels consolidate their position in negotiations on ending the civil war. ” This is nonsense ! – Exclaims Lam . – According to this logic , we should arm the Palestinians to strengthen their position in negotiations with the Israelis . ”

January 4th, 2014, 4:46 pm

 
 

apple_mini said:

The opposition and SNC sound like heaven sent saints: They are fighting all the evils while conveniently putting them in one box.

But who massacred hundreds of Alawites and Druzes in Adra, the regime or the ISIS?

Or another evil which the opposition overlooked?

January 4th, 2014, 8:09 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Iraqi Justice Minister “exposes” the great terrorists escape. No wonder Iran’s propagandists on this site never bring such things up.

January 5th, 2014, 6:32 am

 

Observer said:

Well well here are three other important articles that came out recently that are most important to this post in my opinion

The first was already sent to JL but for some reason was not included the other two came out today and hence I add them to the reading

The one from FP clearly shows that factional fighting is expected at some time in any civil war. Shifting alliances and betrayals and warlord fiefdom fighting are common. We saw that in both Lebanon and Iraq and in the former the entry of Syrian troops postponed the final showdown and in Iraq the Awakening campaign which is unfolding in front of our eyes was instrumental to bringing the rebels to the US side but of course it took Maliki’s genius to undo everything as sectarianism ( pointed out in the NYT article has taken hold )

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/world/middleeast/power-vacuum-in-middle-east-lifts-militants.html?hp&_r=0

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/19/the_political_science_of_syria_s_war?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2012.20.13#sthash.lXWaTaHz.KNroD6y2.dpbs

http://www.juancole.com/2014/01/lindsey-graham-falluja.html

Conclusions from the events:

The regime cannot control the country

The regime cannot defeat ISIS without the Sunni population

The regime benefits from an ISIS presence on various fronts

The regime has no troops to conduct offensives

The war is certainly arriving in Lebanon

The Sunni Shia war has started

The borders are disintegrating in front of our eyes

The US is defeated for a good generation or two in the ME and may never come back especially with energy independence on the horizon

Europe is too busy absorbing new entities

Russia is dying of population decline despite Putin’s dreams of glory

We will all speak Mandarin in 50 years

January 5th, 2014, 8:06 am

 

Mina said:

Alan #10
This confirms what I thought since the beginning. Western countries make juicy profits from their relations with backward Israel and KSA.
With the excuse of a religion they have deprived of any meaning, these countries give little rights to workers and help women stay at home to breed instead of figuring in unemployment rates. Not to mention the weapon business. After all, religion is about “whe should love each other” but as a rule, follows a “we have enemies” pattern. Because it is unacceptable for Western opinions to consider as “normal” these backward and racist regimes, the West is now helping the Middle East transform into a collection of theocracies, as if it was the norm for this region.

January 5th, 2014, 9:44 am

 

Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Today’s irony: Now, sheikh 3rur is a moderate.
.

January 5th, 2014, 11:38 am

 

ghufran said:

Barzeh is on the right track now, the army entered town, took charge of heavy weapons. 200 men decided to put down their weapons and take advantage of an amnesty program that is not perfect but is better than war.

ISIS suffered heavy losses in the last 3 days and is asking for a cease fire and threatening to give its positions to the Syrian army:
طالب تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية فى العراق والشام “داعش” بهدنة فورية بعد أن تكبد خسائر فادحة فى القتال بينه وبين فصائل أخرى فى المعارضة السورية.
وذكرت هيئة الإذاعة البريطانية “بى بى سى” أن التنظيم المرتبط بالقاعدة كان قد فقد السيطرة على مدينة أتارب فى محافظة حلب، وتفيد التقارير بأن العشرات من مسلحى “داعش” قتلوا أو أسروا، وأمهل التنظيم فصائل المعارضة 24 ساعة لوقف المعارك وإلا فإن قواته ستنسحب من المواجهات مع القوات الحكومية السورية فى حلب.

January 5th, 2014, 12:18 pm

 

Tara said:

The FSA is publishing photos showing regime intelligence and security officers with members of ISIS.

January 5th, 2014, 2:19 pm

 

ghufran said:

A lot of ordinary people and many politicians are now in damage control mode after realizing that the heroes they hailed for three years are seen as terrorists by others, This is why you hear hilarious statements from political pimps like Rifi and Daher of Lebanon and burnt figures in the Syrian “opposition” such as : Hizbullah bombed itself in Addahiyeh, Hizbullah is the other face of ISIS, and that ISIS was made by the Syrian intelligence, etc.
The bottom line is still the same, for Syria to have a chance, hardliners need to be sidelined and the two main hurdles for a settlement (Assad inner circle and the Islamists) should not be in the driving seat. I do not know why it is considered a sin by Assad supporters to even talk about ending the man’s 14 years in power next year and why thugs with beards and guns are supposed to represent Syria’s 18 million Sunni !!

(BTW, it looks like rebels killed more Syrians and other rebels than the regime did since the beginning of the year, the picture is so grim that facebook pages which support the regime are joking that the only supplies Syrian soldiers want now it Matte and Nuts since they just need to watch their enemies kill each other)

January 5th, 2014, 2:40 pm

 

Wim Roffel said:

My guess is that ISIS has sent many fighters to Iraq and that the IF is taking advantage of its temporary weakness.

We saw something similar when Raqqa was conquered. That involved many fighters who had been transferred from the Western regions and as a results the government troops had some successes there.

January 5th, 2014, 3:32 pm

 
 

ghufran said:

Faisal Al-Qasem brought to light an excellent statement from a Western public figure from the 19th century:
لن يرتاح العالم إلا عندما ينزع المسلمون النقاب عن وجوه نسائهم، ويغطون به القرآن”.
The world will not rest until Muslims take Niqab off their women’s face and cover the Quran !!

January 5th, 2014, 7:51 pm

 

annie said:

The Battle Against ISIS

This is a little difficult to process for those infantile minds that think the Syrian revolution is “all al-Qa’ida”. The Free Army and the Islamic Front are engaging in battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria all across the north, while protestors across the country demonstrate against the al-Qa’ida franchise. Valerie Szybala writes a good summary:
http://pulsemedia.org/2014/01/06/the-battle-against-isis/

January 5th, 2014, 11:48 pm

 

Juergen said:

a good article drawing comparisons between Germany’s struggle for unity and Syria’s fight against a oppresive brutal regime

Democracy and civil war

Robert Blum and the struggle for Syria

“The fact that people are willing to Syria to die for freedom, they are now often interpreted as fanaticism. The Syrians are sacrificing – Thanks to the propaganda of the regime and interference Al Qaeda – with extremist jihad warriors lumped together. Yet the days where you could clearly see anywhere in the country to the contrary, only months back.
A large part of the Syrian population demanded nationwide democratic change with the slogan: “The people is one … Dear death than humiliation”. If the fanaticism, were Robert Blum and his colleagues probably also fanatics. But the Germans will recognize: It was good that they were there.”

http://translate.google.de/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zenithonline.de%2Fdeutsch%2Fpolitik%2F%2Fartikel%2Frobert-blum-und-der-kampf-um-syrien-003990%2F

January 6th, 2014, 1:43 am

 

Thomas the Doubter said:

@Observer: The Chinese are dying too. Their one child policy killed their future. They are getting old before they got rich. The whole world is dying, except maybe India but they don’t seem in the mood to expand beyond their own borders. The great curse of the Industrial Revolution: survival got easier, but children became expensive.

And it would be a good thing if the borders in the Mideast disappeared; they were drawn on maps by men who had no idea while the British army was eliminating the last traces of an empire that had stood for four centuries. And they have nothing to do with reality. The people of the Middle East will end up drawing their own borders and do not need our help.

January 6th, 2014, 2:22 am

 

alan said:

Meaning and the conclusion are in the results!
To evaluate the results of invasion of foreign warriors Syrian territory, it is necessary to compare them with the results of the invasion of the Mongols and Tatars.

January 6th, 2014, 6:24 am

 

Alan said:

Police officers removed after stopping truck allegedly carrying weapons to Syria
Police officers who followed and stopped a truck that was allegedly carrying weapons to Syria have been removed from their positions.

The officers, who stopped the truck near the Reyhanlı district in the southern province of Hatay on the border with Syria, were removed from their positions when they were still on the scene upon the prosecutor’s demands……………
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/police-officers-removed-after-stopping-truck-allegedly-carrying-weapons-to-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=60522&NewsCatID=341

January 6th, 2014, 10:51 am

 

Alan said:

These young people are the lever of right, which was based upon falsehood!
Trading, the interests of foreign countries, anarchy, militias, guerrilla war etc……

Exiled from Syria’s Revolution VIDEO
Three friends fought for democracy in Syria until they faced death threats from people they thought were on their side.
http://www.globalpost.com/video/6029700/location-video-exiled-syrias-revolution

January 6th, 2014, 11:01 am

 

Mina said:

Alan
I suspect the French didn’t want this truck to be searched! They are the last guys on board with the terrorists.

January 6th, 2014, 12:47 pm

 

Tara said:

With the recent showdown between the rebels and ISIS which lead to the withdrawal of ISIS from multiple strategic points in the North and in Raqqa, the regime lost its propaganda card that it is fighting terrorism. It is becoming more and more clear that the west is safer with the revolution than with Bashar. Batta is now merely a warlord who is fostering terrorism.

I believe his days are numbered.

January 6th, 2014, 12:53 pm

 

Alan said:

These young people are the lever of right, which was based upon falsehood!
Trading, the interests of foreign countries, anarchy, militias, guerrilla war etc……

Exiled from Syria’s Revolution VIDEO
Three friends fought for democracy in Syria until they faced death threats from people they thought were on their side.
http://www.globalpost.com/video/6029700/location-video-exiled-syrias-revolution

January 6th, 2014, 2:08 pm

 

alan said:

Syrian Perspective reporting SAA-FSA truce agreement in Barzeh never happened
http://www.syrianperspective.com/2014/01/first-post-january-6-2013-terrorist.html

January 6th, 2014, 2:41 pm

 

alan said:

Why can’t ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra just be friends? Stop arguing over who has beheaded more apostates!
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdUMCeeCQAA-D_1.jpg

January 6th, 2014, 2:45 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Quote of the Day:

“You have a forest fire that’s raging and you’re calling in some of the arsonists … to discuss the best way to put it out,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group. “It’s mind-numbing.”

http://www.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=2481204.proteus.fma

January 6th, 2014, 5:08 pm

 
 

Alan said:

Near the venal Doku Umarov Hamatovich 1964 have always arabs of Bandar Ben Shaitan. 1992 wanted in the area Tyuminskoy for lawsuit №: 49285
for Killing 2 people and seriously wounding a third! He togather with Daoud Ahmidov and Salim Khan Yanderbiev are components of gangs funded by Arab special services!
Ask Saudi intelligence, where is this rat?
Documentary Doku Umarov, Chechnya
http://youtu.be/rFUKl1How4U

January 6th, 2014, 6:56 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Labwani is mad at the NC and comparing it to albaath:

قال المعارض السوري كمال اللبواني إن انتخابات الائتلاف الأخيرة ليست مع مصلحة الشعب السوري و لكن مع المال السياسي.
و أكد اللبواني أن ” هناك أصوات كثيرة كانت معروضة للبيع و قد بيعت و الكثيرون صوتوا بعكس مصلحة شعبهم للأسف “.
و قال اللبواني أن ذلك أمر طبيعي فـ ” الائتلاف مزيف  وتمثيله للثورة مزيف، و هناك درجة عالية من الانتهازية و التمسك بالكراسي على لا شيء “، و أضاف : ” للأسف هذه الانتخابات كانت للذي يدفع أكثر “.
و لفت اللبواني المستقيل إلى جانب العشرات من أعضاء الائتلاف الذين قال ناشطون عنهم أنهم استقالوا بسبب خسارة رياض حجاب أمام الجربا ( و هم محسوبون على الأول )، إلى أن الائتلاف سيذهب إلى جنيف جسداً و يبقى يقول ” لا ” و هو على طاولة جنيف، مثله مثل حزب البعث الذي يقول انتصرنا، مؤكداً أن ” الائتلاف نسخة أخرى عن حزب البعث فهو يمتلك شعارات و ينفذ عكسها “.
Labwani is accusing members of the NC of putting their votes for sale.
For the records, many here at SC have established that fact 2 years ago.

January 6th, 2014, 10:11 pm

 

ghufran said:

And now it is Moaz’ turn to trash the NC and accuse Jarba of buying votes and being illegally elected as head of NC:
قال الشيخ معاذ الخطيب ان اعادة انتخاب احمد الجربا في رئاسة الائتلاف السوري المعارض عملية غير شرعية وفقا لدستور الائتلاف المتفق عليه بين الاعضاء المؤسسين، حيث ان اعادة الانتخاب جرت في اجتماع لم تحضره الاكثرية المطلوبة لهكذا عمل مفترض ان يمثل الديمقراطية السورية المبتغاة في حين ان ما حصل يماثل ما يحصل في انتخابات النظام السوري.
وتسائل الخطيب على صفحته في موقع التواصل الاجتماعي: ” كم هو ثمن تعيين الجربا مجددا ” مشيرا الى حالة الرشوى المنتشرة في صفوف القيادات السورية المعارضة التي تبيع المواقف المصيرية لدول الخليج مقابل المال.

January 7th, 2014, 12:07 am

 

Juergen said:

Those who burn books will burn people too.

Lebanon Loses 78000 Books To Terrorism: Tripoli’s “Al Sa’eh” Library Burned

“2014 is off to a horrible start in Lebanon. The explosion that took place in Beirut yesterday, in the year’s first few days, has been paralleled by another act of terrorism in Lebanon’s northern capital, where extremist gunmen torched the city’s biggest library, Lebanon’s second, burning it to the ground.”

http://stateofmind13.com/2014/01/04/lebanon-loses-78000-books-to-terrorism-tripolis-infamous-al-saeh-library-burned/

January 7th, 2014, 1:53 am

 

Juergen said:

Has someone in the HB interests in organ trade? Its unbelievable a state like Lebanon has an orgaized black market for organs, its seems like some big fellas with beards are into the game as well.

Lebanon’s black market in refugee organs

“Today kidneys are sold in Beirut for 1 million Lebanese Pounds; that’s around $670, a very tempting sum for desperate Syrian refugees. Three years down the line of the conflict in their own country, Syrians in neighbouring Lebanon are exploited in many ways; they are especially vulnerable to the illegal trade in human organs, which is going through a boom period.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/blogs/lifestyle/9067-lebanons-black-market-in-refugee-organs

January 7th, 2014, 1:56 am

 

Alan said:

37. GHUFRAN
38. GHUFRAN
الطباخ جعيص سيشبع الشعب السوري مرقا ! 🙂

January 7th, 2014, 8:01 am

 

amal said:

Syrian opposition spring

January 7th, 2014, 12:35 pm

 
 

Andrew said:

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Calls For Truce With Syrian Rebels

http://www.rferl.org/content/syria-alqaeda-rebel-truce/25223060.html

January 7th, 2014, 1:06 pm

 

Alan said:

On Christmas Eve, a Wahhabi raises Athan on the roof of the Kazan Cathedral in Red Square (06.01.14)

About how the process of Syrian settlement affects on Russia, best evidenced by the cries of “Allah! Akbar! “That yesterday from the roof of the Kazan Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow under the camera shouting aspiring Guinean-Islamist. Let me remind you that the perpetrators of terrorist acts in Volgograd underwent military training in Syria.

http://youtu.be/1MNrgTiixyQ?t=1s

January 7th, 2014, 3:24 pm

 

Alan said:

Terrorism with a “Human Face”: Rebranding the Public Image of Syria’s Al Qaeda Brigades
http://www.globalresearch.ca/terrorism-with-a-human-face-rebranding-the-public-image-of-syrias-al-qaeda-brigades/5364184

January 7th, 2014, 3:30 pm

 

ghufran said:

274 people died in 3 days due to fighting between rebels according to SOHR:
أفاد المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان، الثلاثاء، أن 274 شخصاً على الأقل لقوا مصرعهم بينهم مدنيون في المعارك الدائرة منذ الجمعة بين تشكيلات من مقاتلي المعارضة السورية من جهة، وعناصر جهاديين من “الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام” داعش.
وقال المرصد “ارتفع إلى 274 عدد الذين قضوا منذ فجر يوم الجمعة الثالث من الشهر الجاري وحتى منتصف يوم امس الاثنين وذلك خلال الاشتباكات بين مقاتلي الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام من طرف، ومقاتلي كتائب إسلامية مقاتلة والكتائب المقاتلة من طرف آخر”.

January 7th, 2014, 7:44 pm

 

habib said:

The ridiculous conspiracy theory that ISIS/Nusra/etc. was created by Assad is most welcome. It will do nothing but further inter-rebel distrust.

Keep up the good work, Tara and co.!

January 7th, 2014, 8:02 pm

 

habib said:

And don’t forget that the ISIL claims the Sunnis who fight against them are the same as the pro-American “Awakening movement” of Iraq.

Can both be right? Who cares? They believe it anyway!

January 7th, 2014, 8:28 pm

 

sami said:

As much as minhebaks would like to portray the revolution as Al-Qaeda vs Syria these recent developments just shows you how much Syrians would like to end tyranny in Syria when they are willing to fight not one sadisticly maniacal backwards regime but two of them.

Bashar and ISIS are two sides of the dagger that is bleeding Syria, the sooner the dagger is removed the sooner rhe jealing starts.

January 8th, 2014, 12:38 pm

 

alan said:

Russia expanded its agenda to the global level trying to stabilize the situation and get off the ground what has been stymied for many years. The Arab world has said the Russia’s regional clout is growing while the US reputation is falling down. Americans don’t argue. A recent Pew Research Center conducted in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations showed that full 70% of Americans believe the United States is less respected than in the past. The public also disapproves of Obama’s handling of Syria, Iran, China and Afghanistan by wide margins…

January 8th, 2014, 12:43 pm

 

Badr said:

Irrespective of its origin, the ISIL has been an invaluable help to the Assad regime.

January 8th, 2014, 1:20 pm

 

alan said:

why should Syria allow any international anything in our country. The same people behind Geneva 2 are the same people who sent AlQaeda in there!
NON-INTERVENTIONISM should be the policy of others!

January 8th, 2014, 3:24 pm

 

alan said:

The old Western ruse of “enemy” exposed

The old Western ruse of “enemy” may have worked a few years back. But now the contradictions are playing simultaneously and in neighboring countries in such way that the ruse is exposed as a blatant lie.
US top diplomat John Kerry must have taken us for fools. Earlier this week, speaking in Saudi Arabia, he warned that al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq are “the most dangerous players in the region.”

The US secretary of state vowed Washington’s support for the Iraqi government in its fight to regain control of towns in its western province taken over by militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

That’s rich. The government of Syria is battling to root out these same al-Qaeda-linked militants. But in that country, Washington offers no such support. In fact, the priority there for Washington is to sack the government of President Bashar Al-Assad.

So, how does Kerry square that contradiction? In Iraq, al-Qaeda is a threat that needs to be defeated, whereas in Syria the very same organization is apparently not a threat, but the Syrian government is.
http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/01/07/the-old-western-ruse-of-enemy-exposed/

January 8th, 2014, 3:34 pm

 

Sami said:

Alan,

“why should Syria allow any international anything in our country.”

Unless it is Russia, Iran, Iraqi Militias, and Hizballah Militias of course…

January 8th, 2014, 4:06 pm

 

alan said:

55. SAMI
symphony must meet the initial notes! from the numbered first days, already numbered all!
* Fridaies are numbered,
* how many must be killed are numbered,
* refugees are numbered ,
* weapons and insurgents are numbered and financed,
* Israeli and American aggressor missiles attacks are numbered,
* gang formation of: 1-Bandar BenGorion,2- CIA, 3-SAS are numbered!
* U.S., England ,France Germany, Turkey , Israeli fleets are numbered also! all of them are numbered! but there are bone in the throat: Russian Federation prevented! alas! did not work for you this time!

January 8th, 2014, 6:25 pm

 

habib said:

50. sami

So now you’re elevating what is basically just petty gang-wars to some kin of moral battle? Lol! You guys crack me up with your delusions of grandeur.

52. Badr

Divide and conquer, ever heard of it?

January 8th, 2014, 7:48 pm

 

Tara said:

I watched the YouTube link JL posted in regard to ISIS executing prisoners held in the hospital in Aleppo before their withdrawal. The images are not different than the YouTube images of the massacre in Sydnaia prison at the hand of Maher al Assad!

Who are these people? What a land of evil have we come from? I just can not believe the evilness that Assad regime and the so called Islamists of ISIS have revealed. We lived with those animals?! While the Alawi Shabeehas were able to massacre Sunnis including woman and children because of historical hatred, what kind of deviant minds those Islamists have to justify this animalistic brutality . Damnd any and all religions. Damn this evil land called Syria.

What could possibly lead a normal person in becoming an ISIS member? And all the killing ? These people were probably born to normal parents, have brothers and sisters, went to school, watched TV, played soccer on the street and also Dahal… What made them animals? How is it possible that some freaking preacher turned them into human monsters? I read the same Quraan, prayed the same salat, invoked the same god, fasted the same Ramadan, and indoctrinated into the same teachings. What went wring with these people. I condemn them, and condemn their freaking religion. What they are calling for is not a divine religion, it is a satanic one.

I don’t think anyone has an answer. We call them terrorists and we move on. They are indeed terrorists but calling them terrorists and moving is not helping. What goes wrong when a seemingly normal Syrian becomes a monster…?

January 8th, 2014, 8:17 pm

 

Alan said:

Bandar Ben Gorion!
That’s another Chechens on petrodollars and deception leave this life!
http://youtu.be/i3W-B4PCJ6M?t=4m8s

January 8th, 2014, 8:23 pm

 

habib said:

With ISIL away from the battlefield, the rest will be an easy mop up operation for the Syrian army.

ISIL had loads of experience fighting the Americans in Iraq, which made them quite a foe, probably the best fighters of the opposition. FSA has nothing.

Divide and conquer in the making.

January 8th, 2014, 8:58 pm

 

Syrialover said:

#58 TARA

I feel the same shock and fury as you about the cruelty and stupidity of those fantasist power trip “holy warriors”.

But no need to be mystified about them. There is a lot of information out there now about the profiles of al quaeda recruits. If you take members of ISIS and check their background and life history you will find a pack of misfits and rejects who have problems in normal society.

A substantial percentage have some form of mental illness, irrational hangups or emotional problems. Others are outlaws or dropouts from school or the workforce, some are just criminals and bullies, others young, ignorant and recklessly looking for thrills.

I am willing to say that in the case of some of the Syrian recruits they may have joined after being driven mad by their experiences in the current conflict. Others already had tendencies that matched ISIS behaviors and delusions.

Interesting that for aspiring “holy warriors” or terrorists in non-conflict countries increasingly those who report them to the authorities are family members. They want them stopped on their dead end journey and sobered up.

January 8th, 2014, 9:07 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Isis and other Islamist rebel groups are different shades of the same color, it just happened that Isis has become a political liability and a greedy thief that refuses to share the revenues from stolen oil , wake up and smell the flowers, you can not make chicken soup out of chicken poop.

January 8th, 2014, 11:11 pm

 

Juergen said:

Syria inside The Comedy Documentary

January 9th, 2014, 2:14 am

 

habib said:

How come the Gulf degenerates and their Salafist dogs all over the world are not going to Israel en masse?

“An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/nov/16/israel2

January 9th, 2014, 5:12 am

 

Observer said:

The conflict is degenerating into the same one in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In that conflict 4 million people died. No one is interested in this conflict any longer. I do not read anything on Syria in Manar or in Mayadeen or CNN or NYT that makes me think that the public of these sources cares one bit about this fight.

I predicted this huge violence and disintegration of the country. Remember I called it Somaria Alathad a reference to Somalia’s disintegration with one caveat this one is made by the Alathad mafia.

The regime is now one of many mafias. It has a flag and J’amuse Jaffari as the only difference.

Where are Zoo and ANN and DON and ALI and others? This blog is stale now.

January 9th, 2014, 7:47 am

 
 

Badr said:

Habib,

Have you by any chance come upon the quote “Any excuse will serve a tyrant”?

January 9th, 2014, 1:46 pm

 

ghufran said:

This is why they can kill but they will never win:

(armed rebels killed and beheaded a young unarmed christian man near Homs)
لم يمت فراس نادر ( ٢٩ عاماً ) ليروي تفاصيل مقتل صديقه فادي مطانيوس متى ( ٣٤ عاماً؛ عازب؛ يملك معهد لتعليم اللغة الألمانية ), حيث كان فراس يقود سيارته, قادماً من حمص إلى القرية المسيحية، مرمريتا، ومعه صديقه فادي حين ظهرت أمامهما عصابة مسلحة, يعتقد أنهم من منطقة الحصن التي تضم تجمعاً لإرهابيين إسلاميين , وقاموا يإطلاق النار على السيارة التي انقلبت, وأصيب فراس ليبدو ميتاً وينجو من قبضتهم, بعد أن تظاهر بالموت طيلة تفاصيل قتلهم لصديقه فادي الذي غرست العصابة صليباً في جسده ثم قاموا بقطع رأسه وأخذه معهم فيما تركوا الجثة وأخذوا جميع الأوراق الموجودة في السيارة وحاولوا إحراقها, لكنهم فشلوا,فتركوها.
فراس الذي ظل متظاهراً بالموت حتى رحيلهم, تمكن من السير حافياً بعد أن أخذوا حذاءه واتجه نحو بلدة المشتاية, ليفقد وعيه أمام الباب ويسقط مغشياً عليه بعد أن وصل لبر الأمان, فتم إسعافه من قبل أصدقائه إلى مشفى الباسل بطرطوس. فيما ذهب قسم آخر من أصدقائه إلى السيارة وأخذو جثة فادي دون رأسها إلى مرمريتا حيث شيعت اليوم
Islamist rebels kidnap and kill Christians and burn their churches then they wonder why Christians (and the West) do not like them !!

January 9th, 2014, 2:03 pm

 

Ghufran said:

This is a decree by Sharia Court in Al-Bukmal, Syria. I particularly liked the part about banning beauty shops, the drcree says that any beauty shop that is found open will be burned !!
Where are the liberated pro rebels Syrian woman when you need them ?
محافظة دير الزور – المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان:: أصدرت الهيئة الشرعية في مدينة البوكمال بياناً طلبت فيه من أئمة المساجد تبليغه لأهالي المدينة، وينصّ البيان على 3 نقاط وهي::
يمنع إطلاق النار أثناء الاعراس وأي مخالفة تحجز الأسلحة شهراً كاملاً.
يمنع ذبح الأغنام والأبقار إلا في المسلخ، وفي حال وجود لحم في الأسواق غير ممهور، فإنه يحرق بإشراف الهيئة.
إغلاق جميع صالات التجميل في البلد، وفي حال ضبطها فاتحة فإنها تحرق
Source: SOHR

January 9th, 2014, 2:29 pm

 
 

alan said:

Jad ! any news?

January 9th, 2014, 5:36 pm

 

alan said:

هيئة التنسيق: حزب الاتحاد الديمقراطي ليس بحاجة إلى «صكوك الغفران» من الائتلاف السوري
http://welati.info/nuce.php?id=12296&niviskar=521&cure=3

January 9th, 2014, 5:38 pm

 

alan said:

Russia regrets Syrian opposition continues insisting on preconditions for Geneva forum
http://en.itar-tass.com/world/714046

January 9th, 2014, 5:56 pm

 

habib said:

67. Badr said:

So what is supposed to be the excuse here?

January 9th, 2014, 8:34 pm

 

Majed97 said:

Zoo, where are you?? This blog is not the same without your contribution.

Not sure what’s going on with this site, but it has surely been dull lately. Any explanation?

January 9th, 2014, 10:41 pm

 

annie said:

Doctors, Faith and Human Rights Leaders Gather at UN to Announce International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria, Demand Lifting of Military “Starvation Siege” This Friday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. a working group of leaders representing the Syrian American Medical Society, the Syrian Nonviolence Movement and the Minnesota-based Friends for a NonViolent World will hold a press conference in the United Nations Plaza to announce an International […]

http://pulsemedia.org/2014/01/09/call-for-immediate-aid-to-syrians-dying-of-starvation-due-to-siege/

January 10th, 2014, 1:43 am

 

Mina said:

Observer,

Strange that you ask about people who have been regularly insulted because they were trying to explain why all the elements would necessarily lead to a catastrophe.
Apparently you and other posters have special powers that you can use from your armchair in directing wars thousands of kilometers away, so why don’t you show us?
It is rather the voice of the early “thinkers”, which Landis has interviewed during in 2011 (one in Sweden, one in Maryland, who else…?) that you should seek for explanation.

The Egyptian army has in the latest months did JUST THE SAME as Asad did in March-May 2011. But because KSA gave full support and more importantly, because of its strategic location, we don’t hear a chorus from France, UK, USA, Turkey, Qatar, telling us that the generals are going to fall within weeks.
Here is Aswani, who was certainly never pro-Mubarak, pro-Police or pro-Army, turned into a nationalist, simply because he is a REALIST (and not a cynical ‘pragmatic’).
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/01/why-egypts-liberal-intellectuals-still-support-the-army.html

To meditate, next time ‘well-intended’ Western governments give you a kitchen-knife to fight Russia and Iran (or KSA, for that matter, in case the revolution turns ‘secular’). If that was the idea, why didn’t the “thinkers” in Sweden and Maryland say so openly?

January 10th, 2014, 3:40 am

 

Badr said:

Not Just About Us

By Thomas Friedman
NY Times

“For the Arab awakening to have any future, the ideology that is most needed now is the one being promoted least: Pluralism.”

January 10th, 2014, 7:07 am

 

Observer said:

Why so strange. I am for full freedom of expression no one should be banned.

Also I am not sure who these people are. The ones that are pro regime have used circular logic to justify the brutality.

As for Egypt all of these autocracies are finished and the turn of KSA is coming.

My position remains that the place is inherently unstable and created to be unstable and the people there will continue to suffer this instability unless they do something about.

They are and it will be messy and long and will result in Somalization but even that will not last for ever. Germany used to be more than 400 principalities and yet they got their act together.

Death to Sykes Picot is what we are witnessing.

In the meantime these regimes will be uprooted and thrown into the dustbin of history. The regimes coming after will also need to be uprooted again and thrown into the dustbin of history just as the Shah is gone the Mullahs will follow.

In the end these entities will fail unless they start really becoming truly representative and open to all

In the meantime Manar and Mayadeen and Cham Press and RT and others seem to me to be regretting the demise of ISIS and now we are finding rumors that their members are members of security services.

January 10th, 2014, 7:22 am

 

Ghufran said:

Poor alawites die in the battle field while the rich and connected flee to the ” evil” west :

Ghazi Kinaan daughter who is married to jamil Alassad son moved to England after depositing 750,000 pound per family member in a British bank and bought a property for 1.5 million pound according to press reports.
Meanwhile, our rebel friends are busy killing infidels in Syria. Their last ghazwah was detonating a car bomb in an Ismaili village killing 17 civilians
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم

January 10th, 2014, 11:54 am

 

Observer said:

Ghufran sources please. I heard that more than on member of the Assad family is now out of the country.

I also note that the FSA is now being called terrorists

I also note that an ISIS defector noted that they often attacked FSA positions much more often than regime sites

I also heard that there are regime security men in ISIS and that not a single time an ISIS position was bombed by the regime.

Good news indeed thank you thank you

January 10th, 2014, 1:27 pm

 

Alan said:

U.S. plans for Syria
http://youtu.be/4upZ8HfmGiw?t=1s
http://youtu.be/4iYlBEZfGFM?t=1s
and Israel plans for Syria
current events in the Middle East could escalate into a major regional conflict involving many countries and greatly increases the likelihood of the use of unconventional weapons and move on principle “domino”!
West is going to overcome the global economic crisis with the help of large and very large war, as I said earlier! Syria is in the epicenter of these wars!!
Total War! House huge! world on fire, main goal – china!

January 10th, 2014, 1:47 pm

 

Alan said:

Syria must be equipped with hi-tech weapons of deterrence immediately upon completion of the disposal of chemical weapons!!!

January 10th, 2014, 4:11 pm

 

amal said:

Syrian opposition
^

January 10th, 2014, 4:16 pm

 

Mina said:

“As for Egypt all of these autocracies are finished and the turn of KSA is coming.”

Well I guess my attempt to drive you towards “realism” made a flop.

I guess you own weapon factories? You have a few tankers and aircraft careers on the Red Sea?

Piece of cake, as three years ago.

What is your take on the current situation in Tunisia and Libya?

January 10th, 2014, 4:24 pm

 

Alan said:

84. AMAL
I do not think that Israel take the words of David Weinberg seriously! Sold some talk in order to applause! ! He seemed to need to retire!

January 10th, 2014, 5:26 pm

 

Alan said:

@HamoHusso
Apparently shot on Turkish border; jihadi rats flee to Turkey (jihadi safe haven) during infighting
http://youtu.be/DvRVqfd4IxI?t=1s

January 10th, 2014, 5:49 pm

 

ghufran said:

ISIS is launching counter attacks now and it does not look like the war for power, oil and loots among Islamists will end any time soon. In one incident, ISIS made good on its threat and withdrew from a town near Aleppo allowing the army to take it without a fight. Raqqa is now the likely next major battle field, ISIS lost its chief there and Golani of Nusra is said to be in Raqqa , Golani’s men and Zuhair Alloush thugs (financed by KSA)stole Christian artifacts from Maloula including a statue for Jesus and destroyed a major statue for Virgin Mary. Stolen Syrian antiquities are said to be in the hands of smugglers and black market merchants in Turkey and Italy.

A new but predictable line of stories is emerging regarding Jihadists in Syria, this is from NY Times:
WASHINGTON — Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to Al Qaeda are trying to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home, according to senior American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.
(this is probably going to be repeated often in the coming weeks and months and used to justify decisions that will be taken by NATO regarding Syria and Iraq)

January 10th, 2014, 6:20 pm

 
 

ghufran said:

The human tragedy at the Yarmouk is a disgrace and an indication of how ugly and evil Syria has become. Aljazeera and anti regime media predictably want people to believe that the suffering of Syrians and Palestinians there is simply due to a blockade by regime forces. I happen to know quite a bit about the disaster in Yarmouk for personal reasons, and the truth is that Yarmouk, like most of Syria, is suffering because fighting parties, including some Palestinian fighters, have stopped caring about people who do not carry guns or have money. Yarmouk was fine, carefully said, until rebels came in uninvited and occupied buildings and streets, they looted many houses and even hanged a number of Palestinians accused of collaborating with the regime. There is no presence of the Syrian army inside the camp now and it looks like God decided to forget about Yarmouk also. Tara opened an old wound but I had to respond because people need to realize that there are no good players in this war and pointing the finger at one side in Yarmouk case is not just wrong it is dishonest (not referring to you tara).

January 10th, 2014, 9:27 pm

 

Mina said:

Some people simply don’t want to understand that their taxes are used to “produce failed states”:

Remember Bosnia?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/apr/22/warcrimes.comment
http://dalje.com/en-world/current-bosnian-politicians-out-of-their-depth-says-us-diplomat/492566

January 11th, 2014, 8:50 am

 

Tara said:

Asma al Assad orders her children western food in large quantities so they are not used to the Syrian cuisine only while kids are dying from starvation in Yarmouk camp. May god curse you Asma and Bashar for the death and misery.

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/ea7540ca-1c06-4fe6-b883-601c62f77cd0

January 11th, 2014, 9:35 am

 

Alan said:

Russia rejected a UN Security Council draft statement tabled by Britain on the situation in Syria as “Unbalanced and doesn’t mention the crimes of the opposition”.
Russian diplomatic source told ITAR TASS Thursday that Russia rejected a draft statement proposed by Britain, which calls for condemning the Syrian government, but does not refer to the crimes of the opposition.
The source pointed out that Russia described the draft statement as “unbalanced’, asserting that “amendments should be made in the draft statement as it should mention the opposition’s crimes”.
Members of the UN Security Council failed to coordinate a draft statement on the situation on Syria for the second time this month.
Earlier, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov told the Chinese TV that his country will strongly reject any attempts to issue UN resolutions justifying foreign interference in Syria.
من السياسة يصنع الحدث و البث و التجييش لماذا الآن ! أين غزة؟ أين
فلسطين ؟
طمس و تشويه و منقلب صورة ! أين فلســـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــطن؟

January 11th, 2014, 11:38 am

 

Ghufran said:

More on Yarmouk :
تعثّر مسار التسوية في مخيّم اليرموك مراراً بسبب «رفض الأطراف الفلسطينية المتشدّدة من الطرفين، فالقيادة العامة وحماس لم تتّفقا في تاريخيهما على شيء بقدر رفض المصالحة»، يقول سند الشهابي، وهو ناشط في مجال الإغاثة في المخيّم. ويصف مشهد الاجتماع الذي ضم ممثلين للفصائل الفلسطينية في المخيّم، يوم الجمعة الفائت، بـ «المؤسف»، إذ أن «عناصر القيادة العامة أمطروا ممثلي حماس بوابل من التهديدات، وفي المقابل استثمر مقاتلو حماس ذلك كي يُبقوا المخيّم كهامش أمان ومساحة فصل لحماية ظهر إخوانهم من جبهة النصرة في بيلدا وببيلا». ويضيف الشهابي: «الأنكى من ذلك أن جبهة النصرة في يلدا وببيلا لم تعترض على قرار بقيّة فصائل المعارضة المسلّحة السماح لبعض المدنيين بالمرور إلى الضفة المقابلة، وبلغ عددهم 1500 مدني تقريباً، بقدر رفضها لمصالحة المخيّم، الذي لا ينوبه إلا الكلام، ويبقى بلا تسوية». كلام الشهابي تؤكّده تظاهرة انطلقت في المخيّم في الثامن من الشهر الجاري، حيث ظهر في فيديو على «يوتيوب» عشرات الشبّان الفلسطينيين من داخل المخيّم يهتفون بشعارات مثل «يا للعار يا للعار؛ حرامية صارت تجار؛ شعب اليرموك عم بيموت؛ من عنا طلع القرار؛ ضد السلاح وضد النار؛ لا تقلي اصبر عالجوع». ويجري ذلك على خلفيّة سقوط أكثر من 12 قتيلا ضحيّةً للجوع، منهم حسن إبراهيم قصيني، الشيخ الستيني الذي قضى قبل أيام. وتفيد المعلومات الواردة من داخل المخيّم بأن الأهالي يعتمدون في التدفئة على حرق الأخشاب والأبواب، وأن الغذاء الأساسي أصبح «السلق» الذي يباع بكؤوس ثمن الواحدة منها 150 ليرة، ويجري بيع قطع شوكولا فاسدة بثمن 100 ليرة، سُجّلت إثر تناولها العديد من حالات التسمّم، وأصبح سعر كيلو الأرز والسكر حوالى 4000 ليرة، والخبز 1500 إلى2000 للربطة الواحدة.
Many people here are still in denial, they accuse one side of the conflict of being responsible for the misery on hand and ignore the fact that it took two sinners to produce this bloody dance called the Syrian War. The plan from the beginning was to destroy Syria and end its diversity and secular character and me it a divided dysfunctional state, or states. Many Syrians were simple tools who were recruited with the belief that the other side is there to get them.
كل ثوره و انتم بخير

January 11th, 2014, 12:50 pm

 

Sami said:

Ghufran,

“The plan from the beginning was to destroy Syria and end its diversity and secular character and me it a divided dysfunctional state, or states. Many Syrians were simple tools who were recruited with the belief that the other side is there to get them.”

What secular character is that exactly? And would you call the state run by baathists and Assadists as functional?

What is going on today is a culmination of the backwardness that Baath and Assadists have etched into Syria. This revolution was inevitable and the longer it took to happen the bloodier it would’ve gotten.

Had people like you dared to speak up when the atrocities in Hama happened in ’82 this regime wouldn’t have thought they can get away with it again. The arrogance of Assad or We burn the country is a direct result of the callous silence that you my parents and every Syrian old enough to speak out but chose not to.

I don’t hope for a better Syria. I strive for a better Syria, just as I don’t hope for a better future for myself and my family because they are worth more than hope.

Hope means it is out of our hands, when in reality Syria’s future is in our own hands. Today might be ugly but bukra 2ahsan, and the day after that and the day after that…

January 11th, 2014, 1:42 pm

 

ghufran said:

I congratulate Burhan Ghalioun for his courage:
كشفت حركة الانسحاب الجماعي لأكثر من أربعين عضوا في الائتلاف، من دون إعلان أوحوار مسبق أوتفسير، عن أخطر ما تعانيه النخبة الجديدة الطامحة للحكم من المرض العضال الذي خلفته سياسة الحكم القائم وتربيته، أعني: انعدام روح المسؤولية، وغياب مفهوم الوطنية والمصلحة العمومية، مقابل استفحال روح المصلحة الخاصة وحب الذات والقتال الأعمى عن المطامح الشخصية وفرص الظهور. وهوالمرض الذي دمر سورية ولا يزال يدفع بأبنائها إلى المحرقة حتى اليوم”
Mr. Ghalioun is admitting that Syria’s problems today are not only due to the presence of a brutal and corrupt regime but also due to the failure of the opposition to come up with a national agenda that unites Syrians and ends the war. Most of what I am hearing from both sides is exclusionary statements that are full of hatred and vengeance, there will be no hope for an end to this war until Syrians decide whether they want to divide the country or accept their differences and live under one roof, in either way this war needs to stop and Assad family’s reign of power should come to an end.

Sami’s angry response is justified as long as we all understand that for the Assads to do what they did for 44 years they needed the help of many Syrians who were neither alawites nor baathists,
I have no respect for accidental thawrajiyyeh, and there are many, who were part of the corrupt system but suddenly had a “religious awakening” and discovered that this regime is bad and that Islam is the solution, there is a lot of blame to go around and there will be a day when people who are smarter and less biased than most of us write about Syria’s war but for now, I suggest that we do what we can to help people in need, most Syrians in my judgement are victims.
There is no doubt that this corrupt regime, as a whole and not as a certain sect or group, produced many ills and made Syrians poorer and unable to practice their god-given right to choose their leaders but the remedy provided by rebels and their supporters was worse than the disease.

January 11th, 2014, 4:27 pm

 

ghufran said:

Here is Ridwan Ziadeh, the “think tank” among thawrajiyyeh, who 2 months ago was begging for NATO to bomb Syria admitting that there is no military solution without a foreign military intervention.
Mr Ziadeh and his likes waited 3 years and after the death of 130,000 Syrians to “discover” that this conflict should not be solved with guns:
بكل تأكيد فإن الثورة تشعر بأنها أصيبت بجرح عميق، فبعد كل الذي جرى وما قام به الأسد يطلب من الشعب السوري أن يتفاوض مع جلاده وقاتله، وهو بكل تأكيد من الصعب فهمه فضلا عن تقبله، لكننا يجب أن نعترف بأننا لن نستطيع تحقيق نصر عسكري دون تدخل عسكري، وطالما أنه ليس هناك أي تدخل عسكري في الوقت الحالي فلابد من اتباع طرق أخرى من أجل تحقيق الهدف ذاته وهو إسقاط النظام عبر الوسائل السياسية، فجنيف معركة سياسية أكثر صعوبة من المعركة العسكرية على الأرض، لكن إذا نجحت المعارضة السياسية في كسبها فإنها ستحقق نصرا حقيقيا، لا سيما وأن الكلمة المفتاح في جنيف والتي اتفقت كل الأطراف عليه هي تشكيل جسم انتقالي، سواء فهم الروس أن الأسد جزء منه أو لا، فإن الأطراف الدولية اتفقت كلها على أن سوريا لن تحكم عبر الأسد في المرحلة الانتقالية، وإنما من خلال هذا الجسم الانتقالي، فإذا ما نجحت المعارضة السورية في تركيز كل المفاوضات القادمة في جنيف على تشكيل هذا الجسم يكون إسقاط النظام قد تحقق عبر وسائل سياسية، يبقى تطبيق هذا الاتفاق عند إنجازه، وهنا غالبا ما تلعب الأطراف الراعية أدوارا في تنفيذه لأن مصداقيتها في عقد المؤتمر تتعلق بقدرتها على تنفيذ توصياته، وقد نجحت مسبقا في إجبار الأسد على تنفيذ الاتفاق الخاص بالسلاح الكيماوي وتسليمه، وبالتالي فهناك فرص كبيرة ربما تتحقق في إجبار الأسد على التنازل عن السلطة لصالح هذا الجسم الانتقالي صاحب الصلاحيات الكاملة التنفيذية والتشريعية، بما فيها الصلاحيات الأمنية والعسكرية، وأن هذا الجسم سيعود من جنيف إلى دمشق للحكم كما ذكر الإبراهيمي، وبالتالي المعركة الحقيقية بين المعارضة يجب أن تكون حول نذهب أم لا نذهب إلى جنيف، أو من سيذهب إلى جنيف ومن لا يذهب؟ وإنما المعركة الصادقة كيف ننجح في إنجاز هذا الجسم الانتقالي ذي الصلاحيات الكاملة بالسرعة القصوى لسحب الشرعية السياسية والقانونية من الأسد وحكومته وتسليمها إلى هذا الجسم، فالمعرفة الحقيقة هي تشكيل وتحديد أسماء وصلاحيات هذه الهيئة الانتقالية التي ستحكم سوريا المستقبل من دون الأسد.

January 11th, 2014, 6:17 pm

 

Alan said:

The horrors reported each day from Syria and Iraq are enough to make one cry; in particular, the atrocities carried out by the al-Qaeda types: floggings; beheadings; playing soccer with the heads; cutting open dead bodies to remove organs just for mockery; suicide bombers, car bombs, the ground littered with human body parts; countless young children traumatized for life; the imposition of sharia law, including bans on music … What century are we living in? What millennium? What world?
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Terrorism_as_an_Instrument_of_Imperial_Conquest._From_Afghanistan_to_Syria%2C_America_Supports_Al_Qaeda/31900/0/0/0/Y/M.html

January 11th, 2014, 7:11 pm

 

Tara said:

May God inflict the same pain on those who caused or cheered those who caused this man’s pain. Amen!

http://www.aljazeera.net/file/get/08ec6837-9c18-423a-b9fc-2b3175f10c13

January 11th, 2014, 7:57 pm

 

Ghufran said:

ISIS seems to be back in control of Raqqa
“داعش” تقتحم حي رميلة في الرقة آخر معاقل “الجيش الحر” في المدينة
This comes after Isis terrorists took over Tal Abyad all the way to the borders

January 12th, 2014, 1:16 am

 

Mina said:

You’ll be glad to know that Facebook can help a small weapons dealer make a living.
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/lebanon-arms-sales-eased-dealers-go-online

January 12th, 2014, 5:27 am

 
 

Alan said:

American instructors in Syria 11/01/2014
US Army, Gen. Paul Vallely

http://youtu.be/jzCqzZuEFag?t=3m11s

January 12th, 2014, 11:20 am

 

ghufran said:

SOHR update on the war between Islamist militias in Syria:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1j3-4PLt5go
(this is a war inside a war and it is unlikely to stop any time soon)

January 12th, 2014, 11:28 am

 
 

Alan said:

104. GHUFRAN

But this West and the Monarchy are blame for that militants in Syria since the beginning of 2014 killed 700 their own, cut the funding! The fight is for The sharing of power and the influence ,

January 12th, 2014, 11:57 am

 

Alan said:

Acting in Syria Islamist group “Dzhebhat en-Nusra” having a close relationship with “al-Qaeda”, kidnapped in the Syrian city Maalyulya Archbishop Abdo Arish – brother Metropolitan Melkite Catholic Church in Homs
ITAR-TASS

January 12th, 2014, 12:17 pm

 

Alan said:

The West and the “Friends of Syria” is not parted with plans to replace the ruling Syrian regime. Just after the elimination of chemical weapons to make it easier and safer.

January 12th, 2014, 12:21 pm

 

Adam Neira said:

Yarmouk is a test case/microcosm. The Assad Regime must allow aid in by road or airdrop ASAP. A ceasefire nationwide must take root.

Prayers for Syria.

January 12th, 2014, 1:21 pm

 

Tara said:

http://www.aljazeera.net/File/GetMobImageCustom/5f4f4130-55f9-4073-a4c4-d8e77e9b63c3

May God curse you Batta and those who cheer his atrocities against the people.

January 12th, 2014, 1:31 pm

 

Alan said:

109. ADAM NEIRA
What do you want the test? The fall of the Yarmouk lead to the fall of Damascus! This played a thimble!
Before you
One commentator often prayed
Has been deleted for the misuse of prayer!

January 12th, 2014, 2:21 pm