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Dera’a is Falling

Matthew BarberDera’a is Falling
by Matthew Barber for Syria Comment
March 29, 2013

According to an article published yesterday by al-Quds (نائب سوري: مقاتلو المعارضة يسيطرون على اجزاء واسعة من درعا), Syrian MP Waleed Zoubi has asserted during a session of parliament that large areas within the muhafiza (governorate) of Dera’a have fallen under the control of rebels, and that the presence of regime forces is dwindling. His remarks indicate that Dera’a is in the process of falling, and served as a wake-up call to the Syrian parliament about the shift of control in that region. Zoubi countered reports that the highway (which runs from Damascus to the Jordanian border, through Dera’a) is still secured by the Syrian military, declaring that much of it is under the control of armed militants, who also control much of the Syrian-Jordanian border, including near the Golan. He also said that a number of military positions in the muhafiza have been emptied of regime forces for “unknown strategic reasons.”

Waleed Zoubi – Captured image from al-Quds

After the “retreat” that Zoubi alludes to, he said that these positions have been replaced with forces of Jabhat al-Nusra. Though we already knew that Syria near the Golan was under rebel control, Zoubi stated before the parliament that the highway is completely under rebel control from Kherbet Ghazalah to Jordan. He said that the loss of the highway involved the fall of the most important military site in Dera’a (which he wouldn’t name, knowing that the session was being broadcast on live TV), leaving only the 61st Brigade to provide “western cover”—it’s unclear whether he means the entirety of the western muhafiza, or the western highway, since two parallel highways run from Damascus to Jordan through the muhafiza of Dera’a, Kherbet Ghazalah being located on the eastern highway.

Furthermore, today rebels have announced that they have taken Dael, a town north of the city of Dera’a on the western highway. This means that both highways are likely now under rebel control, which would effectively cut Damascus off from the city of Dera’a and the most important stretch of the Jordanian border. Rebels claim that the three checkpoints that secure the center of the town of Dael and its northern and southern entrances have been overrun by militias.

The liwa that Zoubi refrained from mentioning in the parliament’s televised session was the 38th Brigade which was besieged for 15 days by Jabhat al-Nusra and FSA forces, finally being taken by the rebels 6 days ago. This brigade was located in Saida.

Daraa - fall of Dael map

On the map image, the blue and red indicate the western (old) highway and eastern (new) highway, respectively. Kherbet Ghazalah is at the top right, to the east of Dael. Traveling down the eastern highway brings one to Saida, the (former) location of the 38th Brigade (green star) and the point one must turn west to reach the city of Dera’a. MP Zoubi’s concern regarding the fall of Saida to rebel control is easy to understand, since the site can allow or block access to nearby Dera’a from the primary highway. As of today, however, it seems that both of these thoroughfares are in opposition hands. See this stream of latest videos  from Dael, and this stream of videos from Kherbet Ghazala.

The end of the following video shows a tank in the possession of al-Nusra being shelled by regime forces in the vicinity of the 38th Brigade.

Another video shows an interview (Arabic only) with an al-Nusra fighter after they finally won the siege of Saida; a third from Saida shows fighters celebrating; a fourth includes some leaders of the offensive. Now for Dael: Released just a few hours ago is this video in which rebels announce victory in the operation dubbed “The Mother of Martyrs Battle”-“معركة ام الشهداء”; in this one a rebel shows viewers how regime forces blew up one of their own trucks full of ammo with an RPG when defeat drew near, so that rebels wouldn’t have the benefit of using them.

Other Arabic websites have said that MP Waleed Zoubi is from Dera’a. In the session of parliament, he stated that 20 days ago he alerted the presidency and government to the presence of armed militants who were taking control of specific locations, but that no responsive action was forthcoming. His words before the parliament were not framed as a protest but as an alert to Syrians, yet such honesty in the parliament is still uncommon. Zoubi presented his remarks as one concerned about seeing the muhafiza overrun by insurgents. Nevertheless, his open acknowledgment of loss of both territory and the morale of regime forces in Dera’a elicited objections from other MPs who tried to silence him, whereupon he demanded that they not interrupt him.

   Photo from Sana

What remains fascinating is the dance that must be performed around the reality of events on the ground. It’s permissible to say that foreign terrorists are causing havoc in Syria, but it’s not acceptable to acknowledge that the uprising includes Syrian participants, let alone that the uprising is primarily Syrian—that’s been the case from the beginning. But that other MPs would try to prevent Zoubi, even at this late hour, from merely discussing in parliament the practical problem of a very real loss of territory is a telling reminder of the persistence of the Ba’athist cult of unreality. How can the regime fight its war without acknowledging its battles? Is it loyalty to mention terrorism, but treason to admit losses? Is patriotism the acknowledgment of conflict with “unknown” assailants coupled with a simultaneous pretending that no failure is occurring? Zoubi mentioned the descent of Syria into a state of war and warned that “if terrorists prevail, chaos will prevail,” yet apparently, even if an area is falling out of the regime’s control, it is still taboo to acknowledge it directly.

Subsequent Syrian news coverage of the parliamentary session made no mention of Zoubi.

This article was prepared with assistance from Syria Video, a project related to Syria Comment to be unveiled soon.

 

Rebel Mortar Attack Kills Students at Damascus University

 

Today I spoke by phone with the director of the university’s architecture department, a personal friend. Yesterday’s mortar attack hit a cafeteria located just outside the architecture building. The death toll is between 15 and 20, all students, with more than 30 injured. 12 of the dead were architecture students, all studying together in the same department. Mortars have become quite common in eastern Damascus, where attacks launched from Jobar and Qabuun regularly hit the Christian neighborhoods of Bab Tuma and Qasaa’. (In fact, the mortar that killed the university students was only one of at least 6 mortars in Damascus yesterday: friends reported 3 in Qasoor [north of Abbasiyiin] and 2 in Qasaa’.) But for shells to touch down in Baramke (where the university is located) is an emerging phenomenon. (Less than three weeks ago one hit the football stadium in Baramke killing 6 civilians and injuring near 30.) As rebel activity has moved inward into neighborhoods like Yarmouk, the number of areas from which mortars can be fired into the center of Damascus has increased. It is difficult to say exactly where the mortar that killed the students yesterday was launched from, since they supposedly have a range of about 8km. –MTB

Photo from NBCNews

Photo from NBCNews

The story from Reuters  and  BBC

 

The Irresistible Call of Jihad

 

A former U.S. soldier has been arrested and charged with illegally using a weapon on behalf of an al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria.

Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix was arrested Tuesday night by the FBI at a hotel near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. A Justice Department official tells CNN that FBI agents questioned Harroun at the hotel, then took him into custody.

Harroun appeared Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, and was charged in connection with his alleged use of a rocket-propelled grenade in Syria.

The law used to charge him states, “Any national of the United States who, without lawful authority, uses or threatens, attempts, or conspires to use a weapon of mass destruction outside of the U.S. shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or if death results, may be punished by death.”

… The organization he allegedly fought with, al-Nusra Front, is one of several aliases used by the al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist organization. The organization claims responsibility for nearly 600 terrorist attacks in Syria, the Justice Department said.

An FBI affidavit says Harroun crossed into Syria in January 2013 and fought against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. He posted photos and videos of himself on the Internet handling RPGs and other weapons, it said.

The Pentagon declined to comment on Harroun’s arrest. However, “It’s always a concern when terrorist networks in that part of the world and elsewhere seek to recruit Americans, whether they’re in the military or not,” spokesman George Little told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

No, Islamists will not dominate in Syria by Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

“The fast pace of developments in and around Syria in the past week has pushed the country more quickly toward the end of Bashar Assad’s regime, a situation many of us thought was imminent last autumn. He did not fall then for reasons that are evident today. The first is that Assad’s strategy from the start of the uprising against his rule two years ago this month turned out to be that he would, first, bludgeon into submission civilians who demonstrated against him (as his father had done in Hama 30 years earlier). And when that failed he would cede territory to them, but continue to hit their areas hard using air power and missiles. The Syrian government that ruled nationally has disappeared, to be replaced by fortified military bases tightly controlled by Assad loyalists, cousins and desperado fellow Alawites who are prepared to destroy Syria to save themselves.

The second is that this is a losing strategy, because the regime’s circling of its wagons in a few areas makes it more vulnerable than ever to the continued successes of Islamist rebels and the enhanced strengthening of the secular rebels (thanks to aid and training from Arab and foreign powers). As both prongs of the armed opposition advance on the regime’s isolated strongholds, and rockets fall in the center of Damascus, Assad’s constricted bases will panic, and ultimately collapse.” …

Syria could turn into a large Lebanon, should current trends continue for a year or more.

If, on the other hand, the Assad regime falls quickly and is replaced by a legitimate government that receives substantial foreign assistance during the transition and reconstruction period, I would expect two important developments to occur: Syria’s traditional secular nationalism and cosmopolitanism will reaffirm themselves, and this will reduce the influence of those Islamists whose sudden prominence – Presto! Meet the Nusra Front! – is due to their military actions…..

 

Minority Report: Shiites and Druze

 

Syria’s Shiites offer different picture of war – LA Times

Shiite Muslims who fled Syria for Lebanon tell of an ‘ethnic cleansing’ campaign by rebels intent on creating a Sunni-run Islamic state.

Each evening, Ali Jamal and other men in this border town grab their Kalashnikov assault rifles, jump on their motorbikes and ride across the irrigation canal into Syria to protect their homes.

The enemies are Sunni rebel “terrorists,” he says, who target Jamal and his neighbors because they are Shiite Muslims.

“Imagine, these people used to be our neighbors,” said the 40-year-old farmer, perplexed by the transformation. “Now they want to kidnap and kill us.”

Tensions gripping the villages along the border here between northeastern Lebanon and Syria illustrate the increasingly sectarian nature of the 2-year-old Syrian conflict and the risks it poses for the entire region.

The predominant narrative of the Syrian war is that of a tyrannical government largely run by members of a Shiite sect, the Alawites, brutalizing a people yearning for freedom.

However, in the largely Shiite towns and villages of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, people who have fled Syria tell a different story. They speak of an “ethnic cleansing” campaign carried out by rebels intent on creating an Islamic state run by Syria’s Sunni majority.

In the face of rebel attacks, Shiites in dozens of villages just inside Syria have fled here to a part of Lebanon dominated by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, the villagers and Hezbollah representatives say. Those who have been displaced credit Hezbollah, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., with providing shelter and security.

… In the adjacent town of Hermel, Ali Haydar Kheyr Din, 46, recounted how he was kidnapped by rebels on a Syrian road and held for four days. His captors went through his cellphone contacts one by one and accused him of being a Hezbollah operative, said Din, who says his family owns a factory in Homs.

“You’re Shiite, of course you’re Hezbollah,” said one of the captors, according to Din. He said he was blindfolded for most of the time he was captive. “Tell us how you get the arms into Syria,” the rebel interrogator demanded at the home where he was held. …

In Swaida, Kidnappings and Extremists Finally Lure Druze into Conflict – Syria Deeply

Swaida, the Druze-majority province that borders Daraa, has escaped much of the violence in Syria’s brutal conflict, serving as a haven for refugees and a source for humanitarian aid. But a spate of kidnappings, and the rise of jihadist groups such as Jabhat Al Nusra, have left residents to fend for themselves as Syria transforms into a failed state.

And it’s the traditional leaders of society, religious men and prominent civilians, who are stepping in to ease ethnic and sectarian tensions. Swaida’s dignitaries have taken up this role, much as their fellow peacemakers are intervening in conflicts between Arabs and Kurds in the north and east, Alawites and Sunnis in Homs and Hama, and Shiites and Sunnis in Aleppo and Idlib.

The Druze of Syria have largely rejected the movement to topple the Assad regime, but the province of 400,000 people has accepted internal refugees and was a source of aid to besieged neighbors in Daraa. They have also defied repeated requests from one of the sect’s top leaders, Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt, who has urged the Druze to collectively join opponents of the Assad regime.

Swaida’s protest movement has grown in recent months.

Rima Flihan, a member of the National Coalition and a Druze from Swaida, said the province was “the lung [for Daraa], and used to regularly sneak humanitarian aid to Daraa, including medicine and bread through secret routes.” The provincial capital, Swaida, had its first protest on March 25, 2011, and a large protest in Sultan al-Atrash Square in April 2011, but the opposition’s activity was limited there and was instead centered in the smaller city of Shahba, she added.

… Swaida’s meager participation angered Assad loyalists in the province. Supporters of the Assad regime in Swaida mobilized around the government, responding in part to a fear campaign that painted the uprising as a radical Islamist movement that was hostile to minorities such as the Druze, which many Muslims consider a heterodox sect.

“The regime used sectarian language to terrify the Druze about the Salafi threat, using its tools such as [Lebanese Druze pro-Assad politician] Wi’am Wahhab and others” to deliver the message, Zoabi said. This divisive rhetoric was fueled by the scant coverage that Swaida’s opposition activists received from “pan-Arab satellite channels such as Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, which only concentrated on the Sunni areas that rose up against the regime,” he added.

Animosity between the sects increased and turned violent, starting with kidnappings between armed groups in Swaida and Daraa. On May 25, the Mu’tasim Brigade of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), based in neighboring Daraa, kidnapped 14 Druze soldiers from Swaida who were heading to a prison in Daraa. The act was seen as a sectarian provocation in Swaida, and militants there responded by kidnapping over 60 people from different areas in Daraa. …

… The interregnum created by a receding government in Syria forced civilians to act, or risk a spiraling of these types of hostilities. This danger is heightened as the rebellion approaches regions where religious and ethnic minorities are local majorities, such as Swaida, the Mediterranean coast and mountain range, Kurdish majority cities, and Salamiyeh in Hama, and the only answer so far has been for civilian leaders to stem the cycle of violence.

But the introduction of a new element, the jihadist Jabhat Al Nusra in Daraa, has added another layer of complexity to the conflict. In December, Nusra fighters attacked a checkpoint near Swaida but weren’t able to make a clean getaway. Swaida’s pro-regime popular committees, a euphemism for shabiha, killed two Nusra fighters and detained some of its fighters.

Nusra responded by kidnapping 17 people from Swaida including Sheik Abu Khaled Jamal Iz al Din, a respected Druze leader, and refused to release them until its fighters were freed. This YouTube video from Dec. 27 showed the hostages held by Jabhat Al Nusra pleading for Druze religious and tribal leaders, including Sheik Hanaoui, to cut a deal with the group.

Sheik Hanaoui said he led a delegation from Swaida and met with four Nusra fighters in Om Walad village in Daraa province. After hours of talks, the delegation came to an agreement with Nusra to release the hostages, Hanaoui said, but added that Nusra then broke the agreement for unknown reasons.

Nusra hasn’t commented on the incident.

“Solving problems between Swaida and Daraa has become difficult. Our mission has gotten more complicated because of Jabhat Al Nusra. They won’t listen to anybody,” said Ayham Haddad, a political activist based in the U.S. and a member of the first mediation committee.

“Jabhat Al Nusra sees the Druze as infidels, therefore they see attacking and kidnapping them as justified,” said Zoabi, the Daraa activist. The group “has no local reference here, and their excommunicating ideology is catastrophic in societies like Syria.”

 

Opinion

 

Reasons to remain optimistic about Syria by Leila Nachawati Rego for al-Jazeera

… The attempts to push the country toward a self-fulfilled prophecy of sectarianism are extremely dangerous. The fact that the Assad administration has survived this long in its crusade against its own people, and continues to destroy every inch of life and ancient history, is excruciating. The daily loss is unbearable.

While all of this is true, there are many reasons to remain optimistic considering what Syrians have accomplished in two years under extreme pressure. The reasons are related to the internal dynamics of a people desperate for free expression, association and communication after decades of terror and isolation.

… Despite the fact that the regime has not been able to produce any non-violent response to citizen demands, non-violent protests continue to take place all over the country on a weekly basis.

Demonstrations are not the only manifestation of peaceful resistance and civil disobedience. From the strikes to the sit-ins, from the “peace brides” to the celebration of Women’s Day through countless citizen mobilisations, daily resistance against oppression has not stopped.

It is important to be aware of these initiatives, which co-exist with the militarisation on the ground and do not usually receive international attention.

… Much like the emergence of theatre during the army coups of the 50s and 60s, new manifestations of creativity and artistic expression are flourishing in the region in this period of uprisings, regime change and transition.

There is a constant and increasing production of music, graffiti, independent films, poetry, cartoons, video-art, puppet shows and all forms of free expression after decades of art serving the power structures.

These independent, often collective productions are part of a new Syrian reality that has flowered without the regime’s consent, and it survives every attempt to silence its expression. Mostly uncovered by mainstream media, it constitutes in itself a ground for optimism. …

 

Comments (167)


Ghufran said:

The State dept and the EU has refused so far to assign blame for the terrorist attack on Damascus univ which usually means that they knew that the rebels were behind the attack.
This is what Haykal said about the acrobatic game at the AL:
قال الصحفي المصري الشهير محمد حسنين هيكل إن قرار حصول سوريا على مقعد معارض في مؤتمر القمة العربية كان خاطئاً وغير لائق.
وأضاف هيكل “تاريخيا لديّ مشكلة مع النظم السورية، لكن لا يمكن أن نتدخل بهذا الشكل في المأساة السورية الحالية، ليس المهم أن تبقى المعارضة السورية في القمة العربية إنما المهم أن تبقى سوريا، وأعتقد أن كل الدول العربية تخلط بين الشعب السوري وبين نظامه، كلها تفكر في إسقاط النظام، والنظام لا بد أن يسقط، لكن ليس بهذه الطريقة التي يُسلخ فيها الشعب السوري يوميا، هذه المقاومة السورية لا بد أن تفرض نفسها”.
وتابع هيكل “هناك دول أكدت على ضرورة حصول سوريا على مقعد معارض في المؤتمر وهذا قرار خاطئ، فلا بد من الانتظار حتى يقرر الشعب السوري مصيره، فالعالم الآن ينظر لنا ويضحك علينا فهو يتصور أن كل ما نقوله عن الأمن والوحدة العربية كله غير صحيح”.
 وقال هيكل:  ذلك يجب أن لا يجعلنا نرضى بأي شكل من الأشكال، عن الأوضاع الدائرة في سوريا، ولا أن نقبل أيضا بالتدخل المأساوي الذي يحدث على أرض سوريا وما حولها أيضاً . وأضاف، إن جميع الدول العربية أصبح لديها خلط بين الشعب والنظام السوري، الذي تريد أن تسقطه بأي طريقة لسبب أو لآخر .
أمر غير لائق
وأوضح هيكل أنه لا يستسيغ فكرة أن تأخذ المعارضة مقعد سوريا في الجامعة العربية، مشيراً إلى أنه قد يكون مفهوماً أن تجمد عضوية سوريا، لكن ليس من اللائق أن يكون هناك وزير خارجية عربي، يدور على كل دولة، ليقنعها بأن تأخذ المعارضة السورية مقعد النظام
وعرج الكاتب الكبير على الدور التركي في المنطقة العربية، مشيراً إلى أننا أصبحنا نعيش في مرحلة تمثل فيها إيران وتركيا سقف الأمة العربية، وقال: إن الأمريكيين لا يريدون إيران، وبالتالي فإن التركيز الآن على تركيا، في وقت أصبحت المنطقة مقبلة على فترة ترتيب للأوضاع . ولفت إلى أن الطرفين الفاعلين خلال الفترة المقبلة، سيكونان تركيا و”إسرئيل”، بينما سنقوم نحن بدور الكومبارس . وقال هيكل: “يقف العرب اليوم متفرجين، فيما آخرون يرتبون لنا “مصائرنا”، مشيراً إلى أن الفترة المقبلة سوف تشهد تحكم كل ما هو ليس عربياً، في كل ما هو عربي،
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم
 
 

March 29th, 2013, 10:01 pm

 

ann said:

American Terrorist in Syria Was Working For CIA, Says Father – March 29, 2013

Army vet who fought alongside Al-Qaeda arrested by FBI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JD7Ki88wwCQ

http://www.infowars.com/american-terrorist-in-syria-was-working-for-cia-says-father/

The father of U.S. Army veteran Eric Harroun, arrested on Tuesday night by the FBI for fighting alongside an Al-Qaeda group in Syria, says his son was working for the CIA.

As we previously reported, in January Harroun slipped into Syria to link up with Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda group that killed U.S. troops in Iraq and is now the leading front line fighting force in Syria, commanding the other rebel groups. Despite being listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department back in December, 29 different US-backed Syrian opposition groups pledged their allegiance to the group.

Harroun was arrested by FBI agents at a hotel near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia on charges of using a rocket propelled grenade launcher on behalf of an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria.

Harroun’s father Darryl Harroun told reporters yesterday his son was “very patriotic” and would never join up with Al-Qaeda, a somewhat deluded claim given that Harroun appears in numerous videos with al-Nusra terrorists in which he brags about helping them take down a military helicopter. Harroun also admitted to FBI agents that he had shot at least 10 people.

However, Harroun’s father let slip what probably represents the key to the entire story when he said, “I know he was doing some work for the CIA over there,” adding, “I know for a fact that he was passing information onto the CIA.”

The CIA’s involvement in aiding, training and equipping rebel insurgents in Syria is no secret. Last week, the New York Times reported how the CIA had worked with Turkey and other Arab governments in the region to oversee a, “secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.”

Harroun’s CIA connection and his role in fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra further confirms the fact that the agency is supporting and even steering the actions of radical terrorists in Syria who have carried out suicide bombings and other attacks targeting schools, universities, as well as engaging in numerous other atrocities such as chemical weapons attacks, torture and gruesome beheadings.

Rebels have also ransacked Christian churches, tortured Christians as part of sectarian reprisals, and have been caught on tape burning US flags, chanting anti-American slogans and singing the praises of Osama Bin Laden while glorifying the 9/11 attacks.

http://www.infowars.com/syrian-rebels-ransack-christian-churches/

http://www.infowars.com/western-backed-arab-spring-leads-to-persecution-of-christians/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iogH78kXccU&feature=player_embedded

The fact that Harroun was arrested by FBI agents despite apparently working for the CIA most likely reflects on the inter-agency rivalry between the two organizations. Before 9/11, an FBI investigation into the Bin Laden family and other terrorists that if seen through may have prevented the attacks was stymied by the CIA itself.

Another American who fought alongside Al-Qaeda terrorists in both Libya and Syria, Matthew Van Dyke, recently returned to the United States and gave lectures in Washington DC earlier this month. Van Dyke admitted that he originally wanted to join the CIA but later became a self-described “freedom fighter”.

[…]

http://www.infowars.com/american-terrorist-in-syria-was-working-for-cia-says-father/

March 29th, 2013, 10:19 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Muaz al-Khatib Condemns Extremists in Syria and States who Support Them

Statement broadcast live on Al Jazeera by Muaz al-Khatib – English translation:

On the subject of terrorism: Oh brothers, we are against every group, every idea, and every weapon that wants to destroy the social fabric of Syria. We are against every Takfiri idea, to be frank. We are against any idea that calls for blood, and that carries its ideas to the people with steel and fire, by using terrorism and compulsion. The holy Quran states “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” We are an open and tolerant society, and these ideas cannot exist among us.

However, we will not allow the exploitation of the issue over and over again, as was done with the ploy of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq which destroyed Iraq. We will not allow nor accept the presence of extremist groups in Syria to be used as a ploy to destroy Syria. The blood of the Syrian people is more precious than all foreign statements, and the decision the Syrian people make will be made by the Syrian people alone.

In regards to those groups that carry alien and extremist views, we say to those states that support them with hundreds of millions of dollars rather than supporting our people, withdraw your groups, there will be no terrorists amongst our people.

The blood of people is more precious than anything. There are youth as young as flowers that are being pushed to our country so that their country can get rid of them. I’m speaking frankly now. There are innocent, devout and pure people who are severely dedicated, who put their souls in their palms for the sake of defending this great, oppressed people. There are states that spend hundreds of millions of dollars in order to send these people to Syria for the purpose of getting rid of them, not for the love of Syria nor for the love of Jihad.

http://darthnader.net/2013/03/29/muaz-al-khatib-condemns-extremists-in-syria-and-states-who-support-them/

March 29th, 2013, 10:21 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

This Moaz Hatib looked cool, but recently he made an Аss of himself. First he resigns in the most idiotic moment conceivable, and now he bashes “t3h takfiriez,” even though Takfiris are the only ones who should be credited for protecting the people of Syria, and for Bashar’s death today.

Nobody else lifted a finger, Ban Ki-mun allowed 70,000 people to die on his watch.

March 29th, 2013, 10:28 pm

 

revenire said:

Is that the same Muaz al-Khatib who begged the US to reconsider naming the Nusra Front as terrorists? Yep. Same guy. He’s quite the liar.

March 29th, 2013, 10:39 pm

 

ann said:

Obama Now Global Head of Al-Qaeda – Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones – March 21, 2013

http://www.infowars.com/obama-now-global-head-of-al-qaeda/

President Barack Obama is now the global head of Al-Qaeda – bankrolling, arming and equipping terrorists around the world in order to achieve his administration’s geopolitical objectives – while simultaneously invoking the threat of terrorists domestically to destroy the bill of rights.

Since it has now been established that those merely suspected of engaging in terrorism, including US citizens, are subject to targeted drone strikes, under the terms of his own prosecution of the fake war on terror, Obama must immediately order a drone strike on the White House because the facts documented below incontrovertibly demonstrate that it represents the headquarters of Al-Qaeda operations worldwide.

The fact that Al-Qaeda was created by western intelligence and has always been controlled by these interests demonstrates that the Al-Qaeda threat is one of the greatest ongoing hoaxes in world history.

The administration has sent nearly half a billion dollars ($365 million plus another $60 million) and is now using US Special Forces to train militants in Syria who have pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda and who continue to carry out grisly beheadings, terrorist bombings targeting innocent civilians and chemical weapons attacks against women and children.

These same militants, backed not only by the US but by every major NATO power, have repeatedly voiced their hatred for and intention to destroy America, as they ransack Christian churches, burn US flags, chant anti-American slogans and sing the praises of Osama Bin Laden while glorifying the 9/11 attacks.

As the New York Times reported, these very same terrorists killed U.S. troops in Iraq and yet western backing for the insurgency against Bashar Al-Assad has enabled violent extremists to seize power in Syria.

As multiple reports now confirm, Jabhat al-Nusra, the main Al-Qaeda group in Syria, is now commanding rebels and is engaged in “the heaviest frontline fighting” in Syria. As the London Guardian reported, rebels in Syria are admittedly being led by Al-Qaeda terrorists, who meet with them “every day” and train them how to make bombs. The top 29 Syrian opposition groups have all sworn allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra. Sheik Moaz al Khatib, head of the Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has also publicly affirmed his support for the terrorist group.

These same terrorists have also vowed to attack the United States once they are finished in Syria, while proclaiming their desire to see the Al-Qaeda flag flying over the White House.

In addition, while Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” have been characterized as terrorists by their own government, US citizens who openly take up arms to join with terrorists in Libya and Syria are allowed to fly around the world with total impunity.

In supporting Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria as part of the effort to impose regime change, the Obama administration is following the same disastrous policy it pursued in Libya, backing the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which also killed U.S. troops in Iraq, to overthrow Gaddafi.

That led to a country ruled by thugs who have rounded up, tortured and executed thousands of black Libyans. It also led to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, which was carried out by some of the very same LIFG terrorists the United States had backed just a year previously.

After the overthrow of Gaddafi, NATO powers aided in airlifting LIFG militants into Syria to continue the fight to impose Sharia law across the region.

Given all this, it’s abundantly clear that the Obama administration has easily outstripped other targets of drone strikes in its zeal to support terrorism around the world.

American citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike simply for producing propaganda videos and communicating with accused terrorists. His 16-year-old son was similarly slaughtered for merely sharing his father’s surname. Other American citizens like John Walker Lindh were imprisoned and tortured in Guantanamo Bay for fighting with the Taliban.

And yet, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai made clear last week, the Obama administration is now colluding with the Taliban while the group carries out suicide bombings in the “service of America.”

By backing terrorists in Afghanistan, Libya and now Syria, Barack Obama has carved out a role as the global head of Al-Qaeda. Wherever on the map his administration wants to dominate geopolitically, Al-Qaeda terrorists flood in to to the dirty work – and it’s all paid for with your tax dollars.

By ordering a drone strike on the White House, Obama would be targeting the primary source now responsible for most of the world’s global terrorism – his own administration.

In closing, it’s important to note that President Barack Obama himself is nothing more than a global crime syndicate mercenary front man for criminal interests that have seized control of the national security apparatus. This article is intended to call Obama and his controllers out as the real progenitors of Al-Qaeda and the synthetic war on terror.

[…]

http://www.infowars.com/obama-now-global-head-of-al-qaeda/

March 29th, 2013, 10:43 pm

 

ghufran said:

القاهرة ـ يو بي اي: أعلن المجلس القومي للمرأة في مصر، الجمعة، أن 12 ألف حالة زواج تمت خلال عام واحد بين لاجئات سوريات ومصريين، معتبراً “أن تلك الزيجات تمثِّل حالات اتجار بالبشر”.
وقال المجلس، في بيان صحافي “إن عدد الزيجات بين لاجئات سوريات وشباب مصري بلغ 12 ألف حالة زواج خلال عام واحد”، مجدِّداً إدانته ورفضه الشديدين لظاهرة زواج اللاجئات السوريات من المصريين.
وأشار إلى أنه طالع ما نشرته المواقع الإلكترونية بشأن المذكرة التى تقدم بها الاتحاد العالمي للمرأة المصرية في أوروبا إلى الرئيس المصري محمد مرسي وطالب خلالها “بالتدخل الفوري لوقف زواج السوريات الموجودات كضيوف بمصر من الشباب المصري مقابل 500 جنيه للزوجة، وانتشار ذلك بمدن 6 أكتوبر، والقاهرة الجديدة، والعاشر من رمضان، ومحافظات الإسكندرية، والدقهلية، والغربية، وقنا”.
وأضاف المجلس أنه أرسل خطابين إلى وزيري الداخلية اللواء محمد إبراهيم، والعدل المستشار أحمد مكّي، طلب خلالهما مساندة الوزارتين لوقف ظاهرة زواج المصريين من اللاجئات السوريات، وعدم استغلال ظروفهن المعيشية السيئة”.
cost of marrying a Syrian girl in Egypt: as low as $ 100
Arab solidarity at its best.

March 29th, 2013, 10:49 pm

 

ghufran said:

القاهرة ـ يو بي اي: أعلن المجلس القومي للمرأة في مصر، الجمعة، أن 12 ألف حالة زواج تمت خلال عام واحد بين لاجئات سوريات ومصريين، معتبراً “أن تلك الزيجات تمثِّل حالات اتجار بالبشر”.
وقال المجلس، في بيان صحافي “إن عدد الزيجات بين لاجئات سوريات وشباب مصري بلغ 12 ألف حالة زواج خلال عام واحد”، مجدِّداً إدانته ورفضه الشديدين لظاهرة زواج اللاجئات السوريات من المصريين.
وأشار إلى أنه طالع ما نشرته المواقع الإلكترونية بشأن المذكرة التى تقدم بها الاتحاد العالمي للمرأة المصرية في أوروبا إلى الرئيس المصري محمد مرسي وطالب خلالها “بالتدخل الفوري لوقف زواج السوريات الموجودات كضيوف بمصر من الشباب المصري مقابل 500 جنيه للزوجة، وانتشار ذلك بمدن 6 أكتوبر، والقاهرة الجديدة، والعاشر من رمضان، ومحافظات الإسكندرية، والدقهلية، والغربية، وقنا”.
وأضاف المجلس أنه أرسل خطابين إلى وزيري الداخلية اللواء محمد إبراهيم، والعدل المستشار أحمد مكّي، طلب خلالهما مساندة الوزارتين لوقف ظاهرة زواج المصريين من اللاجئات السوريات، وعدم استغلال ظروفهن المعيشية السيئة”.
cost of marrying a Syrian girl in Egypt: as low as $ 100
Arab solidarity at its best.
This is Haitham Almaleh on twitter:
على طلاب جامعة دمشق “تقع مسؤوليات عدة ، أهمها العصيان المدني والحداد ، على اعتبار أن البلاد تخوض حربا ، وإن هم لم يستجيبوا ، ستسير جامعتهم على خطى جامعة حلب”
This is me on SC:
Toz feek wa biamthalak ya mujrem

March 29th, 2013, 10:50 pm

 

zoo said:

It seems that Moaz al Khatib has psychotic seizures were he gets a different personality. He is also subject to blatant amnesia episodes.
Who will win Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?

Tomorrow he will thank Qatar and KSA that he just attacked about their support for the extremists with millions of dollars.
He will then praise al Nusra for the military help they are giving to the weak FSA.
The guy is becoming more and more incoherent. He is the mirror of the whole opposition incoherence.

March 29th, 2013, 10:52 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Let’s cut the excited squeals about American Eric Harroun who has been detained back home after fighting with extremist jihadists al-Nusrah in Syria.

1. The guy is brain damaged and on a disability pension after a car accident, after which he converted to Islam

2. He typifies the sad cases and misfits who rush to join jihadist movements in foreign countries – all into fantasies and escapism from loser lives back home.

3. Harroun was only in the US military for several years but never saw any active service before his accident.

4. Working for the CIA? Er, I don’t think so.

5 There will be a lot more like him in the washup from Syria, where their home governments are waiting to crack down on them to remove them from society.

6. They are going to pay for the rest of their lives for playing out their Rambo fantasies on Syrians.

7. Moaz al-Khatib and the rest of Syrians won’t be playing along with or tolerating their violent and juvenile control delusions (see #3 above)

March 29th, 2013, 10:52 pm

 

revenire said:

Khatib always had those eyes you see in a crazy person in my opinion. His behavior is very erratic isn’t it?

March 29th, 2013, 11:04 pm

 

ghufran said:

Yes, Darra may be falling, if it does, a new attack on Damascus will be imminent, that will certainly lead to wide destruction in Damascus and opens the door to partition of Syria.
Rami Abdulrahman, the founder of the Syrian Observatory, said in a telephone interview that the seizure of Dael was significant because it could prevent the military from using the north-south highway for funneling war matériel between Damascus and Dara’a. The highway is also an important doorway to Jordan, which Mr. Abdulrahman said was a point of entry for weapons and ammunition that is channeled to the rebels.
Another ominous sign of what may happen next is new calls from regime media sites about the refugees in coastal areas, most of whom are women and children, a number of people asked whether those refugees are connected to rebels and accused the opposition of having plans to repeat the Raqqa-Aleppo scenario in Latakia and Tartous, there is however one major difference: a battle in the coastal regions will be very bloody and can easily escalate into violent campaign of sectarian cleansing. The next few months are likely to be very dangerous for the country and its civilian population especially that media reports about a US-Russia agreement did not materialize.

March 29th, 2013, 11:06 pm

 

Visitor said:

As I stated under the previous thread, the successes of the FSA led by the holy warriors of Nusra Front in the Dera’a areas are impressive. The videos, linked in the main post, clearly show that these victories are Divinely ordained as the Nusra leader eloquently explained. He clearly proved that only few holy warriors, who are dedicated, organized, disciplined, efficient and steadfast in their faith and determination remained steadfast in the battle until victory was achieved with the Unseen Help from the Al-Mighty.

These battles should be remain the guiding light for all the fighting units of the Revolution to draw lessons from.

March 29th, 2013, 11:15 pm

 

Syrialover said:

DOLLY #4 and others who share your thinking. Come on, peer out from inside the box.

Many see Moaz al-Khatib as politically astute and acting to break the stalemate, stir up stagnant waters and sideline the MB.

“Mr Al Khatib has simply done what politicians do; sought to outmanoeuvre and embarrass his enemy. It was a rare attempt at deft politics from an opposition that had previously seemed incapable off such basic strategy.” (excerpt from excellent article linked below)

No, he’s no ass. And frustratingly for ZOO and co he’s no liar, stooge, weakling or failed power tripper.

He’s emerging as the most impressive, articulate and authentic public figure the Middle East has produced for a long time.

DOLLY, you disagree with what he said about extremists who are out to control Syrians? He’s reflecting what most Syrians think.

Here’s an article analysing Khatib’s strategies which might give you a fresh perspective:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/syria-rebel-leader-al-khatib-in-an-odd-limbo#ixzz2OzKyfi7y

March 29th, 2013, 11:18 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

The regime thinks it can win a war by sticking its head in the sand and denying basic facts. Which is an absolutely WONDERFUL quality to have… for the benefit of its enemies.

The war continues.

March 29th, 2013, 11:28 pm

 

Observer said:

My dear ghufran you wrote: “The next few months are likely to be very dangerous for the country and its civilian population especially that media reports about a US-Russia agreement did not materialize”

So for the last two years with nearly 80 000 dead and more than 2 million buildings destroyed and the value of the pound down from 45/$ to 125/$ and the presence of 1 million outside refugees and 4 million internal refugees and you think the country is not in danger?

Is this because the coastal areas are somewhat “special” in your mind? Is it because the chicken are coming home to roost as they say? Is this because the so called elites are going to suffer a bit?

Are you being selective about this “danger”?

The report by Zoubi at the Majlis is an interesting phenomenon. It seems that the policy of divide the people and make their daily living a struggle to induce corruption and to induce extreme individualism to divide and conquer has led to a mental state whereby if Qaboon is where the fighting is then things are OK as Malki or Abou Rummaneh are safe.

How about the Mezzeh? if things are OK there but fighting is going on in Kafr Sooseh then there is no danger right?

In the meantime the Valiant Revolutionary Forces of the Great Democratic Republic of North Korea are on full alert and are in a state of readiness to attack the Imperialist American bases in the renegade South Korea and Russia’s Laughvrov is asking for negotiations.

It seems Laughvrov is only good at doing Geneva accords incapable of enforcing them. Is this not a nice distraction from the disaster of its foreign policy in Syria or what.

It seems that Dera’a is going to bring the criminals who abused and killed Hamza Alkhatib to justice.I hope and pray that it is in a court of law and with international supervision.
I wonder where Atef Najib is these days. Can you find out for us please.

Perhaps Mr. Zoubi from Dera’a can be chosen to start a TRUTH and reconciliation committee for Dera’a what says our friends here.

There is really very effective treatment for schizophrenia these days with simple medications without any need for institutionalization you know.

Repent the end is near.

March 29th, 2013, 11:29 pm

 

Observer said:

Visitor writes that these victories are divinely ordained. Hogwash. Where was God when Hamza was tortured to death and mutilated and his parents forced to shut up?

There are no nations in the ME just sects and clans and families with flags and security services.

Revenge is not justice. Truth and Reconciliation now before it is too late. All of us are guilty one way or another by omission or commission by neglect or silence by action or inaction.

March 29th, 2013, 11:33 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Every day, Moaz al-Khatib is proving to be a bigger problem for the pro-Assadists than they expected from an Opposition figure.

Woof, woof, they go trying to insult him, but their bark is faint against the widening awareness and appreciation of his strengths.

If you want a good laugh, imagine a live televised election debate of Bashar Assad versus Khatib!

March 29th, 2013, 11:36 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

 
You will agree that Vladimir ‘ibn Haram’ Putin will not listen to the language of human rights.

So the answer is: fighting. And who will do the fighting? Ban Ki-moon? Obama? Amnesty International? No, the extremists will.

Therefore we mustn’t criticize the only ones who can bring victory for the good side.

March 29th, 2013, 11:40 pm

 

Syrialover said:

DOLLY #19 it’s not as simple as that, and if you had to actually live in Syria you’d sure know it!

There are a majority of non-extremists fighting in Syria and for the right reasons.

And as-Nusrah can’t be simplistically described as”bringing victory for the good side” . Unfortunately they make clear they are fighting for their own agenda of controlling Syrians themselves.

March 29th, 2013, 11:54 pm

 

Syrialover said:

This is really funny. I can’t help laughing.

Look at these shabiha witches screeching that they were picked on at a demonstration in New York.

What a horrible bunch. The best the regime can muster out there?

They are so dumb they even make their opponents look good in the headline in their youtube video “Democratic protesters beat up pro-Assad Syrians in NY ”

March 30th, 2013, 12:04 am

 

ann said:

5. revenire said:

Is that the same Muaz al-Khatib who begged the US to reconsider naming the Nusra Front as terrorists? Yep. Same guy. He’s quite the liar.

Yep, the same man who was desperately begging NATO to bomb and destroy his country so that he and his Al Qaeda friends can rule Syria.

A man of God. A religion of peace. 😀 😀

CHEERS

March 30th, 2013, 12:09 am

 

revenire said:

Observer says the same thing each time he posts. Weird.

March 30th, 2013, 12:12 am

 

Syrialover said:

“ANN” #22 attempts another feeble woof, woof, whine.

That al-Khatib guy is becoming quite a challenge for your team, isn’t he. Very inconvenient.

March 30th, 2013, 12:15 am

 

revenire said:

Syrialover how is Khatib a problem? He’s nothing except something pumped up in the media. You saw the glum faces here when he quit.

The video headline above seems to be a play on words but you’d have to ask Mimi about that. I guess it went over your head.

March 30th, 2013, 12:16 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Revenge is not justice
It is correct statment in peace time where reason is expected, but during war it is not correct,in a chaotic time revenge is thought to be justice
The fall of Deraa if became true,indicates the regime has no troops to send to Deraa and he no longer has enough fuel to send tanks to assist his loyal troops there.
As I said before,Qassioun mountain is where Assad thugs are launching artillaries ,bombarding parts of Damascus, The rebels must turn around this mountain to kill those thugs,that will save Damascus
If Deraa falls Logically Damascus is next,Assad sending troops to try to get Homs and Hama will prove to be a military mistake,he needs those troops in Damascus,it is a dillema to Assad.
Let us see how Abu Lahab will spin this

March 30th, 2013, 12:23 am

 

Visitor said:

I am observing increased desperate attempts by certain suspicious posters whose only aim is to piggy back on the victories handed over to the holy warriors of Nusra in order to advance an agenda which does not serve the Syrian Revolution or the people.

This is expected especially when it comes fom unbelievers and impostors who claim to be revolution supporters but in fact are not real supporters. The proof has become clear. Nusra holy warriors are the leaders of ths revolution because they are responsible for all the major victories. Un-believers do not like that True Believers are victorious. So the un-believers plot mischievously. But believers know that Allah’s Plan will come to pass and will make the believers ABOVE the un-believers in this life AS WELL AS in the hereafter. The unbelievers and the hypocrites will only receive disgrace and dishonour in both worlds.

The un-believers and the hypicrites will be sifted out of this glorious revolution and they will end up in the empty wilderness where the only response they will receive to the loud barks they are capable of making due to the barking function encoded into their genes will be the empty echo of the air surrounding them. Thus, they will recede into utter oblivion and irrelevance.

March 30th, 2013, 12:31 am

 

apple_mini said:

Not quite yet about imminent threat to Damascus. Waleed Zoubi also said that a number of military positions in the muhafiza have been emptied of regime forces for “unknown strategic reasons.”

If the regime simply let go Deraa and leave the south of Damacus expose to the rebels all the way to Jordan border, then the regime would have lost the war long time ago.

Jordan border crossing most likely is a new weapon smuggling rout. But is Jordan becoming home front for the rebels like Turkey? What is the estimate of number over there?

Even though Damascus is constantly under mortar attack, the regime has been making progress around Damascus by knocking off the arc of offensive line by the rebels.

We shall be closely watching what will happen next. It is too early to draw any conclusion.

Defending a large rural area like Deraa against guerrilla attacks would be very costy and I think it is the main reason to let go of it, in particular population in the area is predominately Sunni.

I am not sure the regime has plan to set up another defense line outside Damascus. If they have correct assessment of the strength of rebels in the south, they might just use their force to contain the rebels. It is easier to contain the rebels when they come closer to Damascus since the rebels will have to converge to form attacking force. Infiltration for the rebels into Damascus has long gone.

March 30th, 2013, 12:39 am

 

ann said:

Syria’s cultural heritage under attack – March 29, 2013

Much of the theft also includes illegal digging at major archeological sites, where cash-strapped Syrian rebels have reportedly made off with gold, statues and other treasures that can be sold on the black market

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/29/syria-cultural-heritage-at-risk-amid-bloody-two-year-battle/

More than 12 of the country’s 36 museums have been raided and at least six historical sites have been damaged – including the Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers – since the uprising began in March 2010, according to several international groups tracking the destruction.

Aleppo – one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East and a crossroads of Christian, Jewish and Arab cultures – is among the hardest hit by the fighting between regime forces and rebels.

In the nation’s capital of Damascus, once described by Mark Twain as the city that “has seen all that has ever occurred on earth,” historic buildings and landmarks are at increasing risk of damage.

“It’s painful to see the bombardment of the oldest city in the world and the theft and destruction that has followed,” said Abdal-Razzaq Moaz, Syria’s former deputy minister of cultural heritage, who escaped the country in January and is now in the U.S. teaching at Indiana University.

Moaz said some of the earliest objects stolen include a golden statue from the Aramaic period – snatched from the museum in Hama in July 2011 – and marble figurines and tablets taken from the museum at Apamea. Pottery dating back to the third millennium BC was also seized last May from Qala’at Jabar Museum in Raqqa.

Other missing artifacts of immeasurable value include at least 30 carpet mosaics from the Roman period, 18 of which depict scenes from Homer’s “The Odyssey.” Moaz told FoxNews.com that eight of the mosaics have since been seized by Lebanese authorities at the border.

Much of the theft also includes illegal digging at major archeological sites, where cash-strapped Syrian rebels have reportedly made off with gold, statues and other treasures that can be sold on the black market.

Several international organizations are involved in recovering the stolen artifacts, including UNESCO, INTERPOL and the International Council of Museums, which has created an emergency “Red List” of cultural objects at risk.

Daniel Thorne, chairman of the California-based Global Heritage Fund, said the illegal antiquities trade is rampant and sophisticated – especially in a war-torn country with deteriorating security.

“These things aren’t sitting in someone’s house in Damascus or Aleppo,” Thorne told FoxNews.com. “They are clearly being taken out of the country and into underground art-dealing networks.”

“The artifacts end up in places where there are collectors and money,” he said. “People interested in classical Greek and Roman art are mostly Europeans and Russians – not so much the Chinese.”

March 30th, 2013, 12:45 am

 

Johannes de Silentio said:

13. VAT

“As I stated under the previous thread, bla bla bla bla and bla”

YAWN ZZZZZZZZZZZ

March 30th, 2013, 12:46 am

 

Johannes de Silentio said:

29. SPAMMIE ANNIE

“Syria’s cultural heritage under attack”

Ann, I read somewhere that your body has been designated an historic and cultural edifice….because it’s so old…

March 30th, 2013, 12:49 am

 
 

Johannes de Silentio said:

“as Syria transforms into a failed state”

A place where Mossie can exercise his Assadist peculiarites with reckless abandon…

A New Bashar Cartoon:

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/562084_553227141374362_1398850640_n.jpg

March 30th, 2013, 1:03 am

 

ann said:

A bipartisan abdication of the war powers act – March 30, 2013

“President Obama has arguably established the authority of the president to intervene militarily virtually anywhere without the consent or the approval of Congress, at his own discretion and for as long as he wishes.” — Jim Webb

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/bipartisan_abdication_eCQbN9Aug6zlwXNoXhCWHP

As America tiptoes toward a fourth intervention in an opaque and uncontrollable conflict — now Syria, after Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya — Webb’s words require two minor modifications: Obama has demonstrated a power, not an authority; only the Constitution authorizes. And as Webb understands, Obama has been able to do so only because Congress has become too supine to wield its constitutional powers.

Webb, a Virginia Democrat who declined to seek a second Senate term, vents his dismay in the essay “Congressional Abdication” (in The National Interest), a trenchant indictment of the irrelevance of an institution to which the Constitution gives “certain powers over the structure and use of the military.” The president, Webb says, is commander in chief but only in “executing policies shepherded within the boundaries of legislative powers.” Those powers have, however, atrophied from a disuse amounting to institutional malfeasance as Congress has forfeited its role in national-security policy making.

Webb, a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam and Navy secretary for Ronald Reagan, remembers when Congress was “fiercely protective of its powers.” Webb vigorously opposed the invasion of Iraq before he entered the Senate, which he departed disgusted by Congress’ self-made irrelevance.

In December 2008, in its final hours, George W. Bush’s administration signed with Iraq a Strategic Framework Agreement that was, Webb says, “not quite a treaty” requiring two-thirds Senate approval, but neither was it merely implementing current policy and law. It outlined the US role in defending Iraq from internal and external threats, in promoting reconciliation and combating terrorist groups.

For more than a year, the SFA was negotiated and finalized, but there was no meaningful consultation with Congress, no congressional debate on its merits and none sought by congressional leaders. In contrast to Congress’ passivity regarding policy toward “an unstable regime in an unstable region,” Iraq’s parliament voted on the SFA twice.

Noting that in foreign as well as domestic policy Obama is “acutely fond of executive orders designed to circumvent the legislative process.”

Webb notes that presidents now act as though they have become de facto prime ministers, unconstrained by the separation of powers. This transformation was dramatized in the Libya intervention:

“Was our country under attack, or under the threat of imminent attack? No. . . Were we invoking the inherent right of self-defense as outlined in the UN Charter? No. Were we called upon by treaty commitments to come to the aid of an ally? No. Were we responding in kind to an attack on our forces elsewhere, as we did in the 1986 raids in Libya after American soldiers had been killed in a Berlin disco? No. Were we rescuing Americans in distress, as we did in Grenada in 1983? No.”

Instead, “we took military action against a regime that we continued to recognize diplomatically, on behalf of disparate groups of opposing forces whose only real point of agreement was that they wished to rid Libya of [Moammar] Khadafy. This was not even a civil war” because there was “no cohesive opposition facing a regime.” The result? “Rampant lawlessness” perhaps related to the murder of the US ambassador and three other Americans, and “the region wide dispersion of thousands of weapons from Khadafy’s armories.”

The question, Webb says, is whether in “a world filled with cruelty,” presidents should be allowed to “pick and choose when and where to use military force” by merely citing the “undefinable rubric of ‘humanitarian intervention.’”

Imperial presidents and invertebrate legislators of both parties have produced what Webb correctly calls “a breakdown of our constitutional process.” Syria may be the next such bipartisan episode.

[…]

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/bipartisan_abdication_eCQbN9Aug6zlwXNoXhCWHP

March 30th, 2013, 1:11 am

 

ann said:

“Rebels” rising mortar attacks against Syrian capital reflect eagerness for civil disobedience – 2013-03-30

• “Rebels” have opted to escalate their mortar attacks to push the people to obligatory civil disobedience.
• Mortar shells have increasingly hit government institutions, schools and residential buildings alike.
• Syria blames terrorists for the strikes that are relatively new in Damascus.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/30/c_124522282.htm

DAMASCUS, March.29 (Xinhua) — After several unsuccessful attempts to storm the Syrian capital Damascus or at least to paralyze the daily life in the busy city, rebels in Syria have seemingly opted to escalate their mortar attacks on several parts of the city to push the people toward a compulsory civil disobedience.

Mortar shells have increasingly hit government institutions, schools and residential buildings alike, terrifying people, killing many while forcing most of Damascenes to stay indoors.

On Friday, one person was killed and others wounded when two mortars slammed southern Damascus’ suburb of Jaramana.

A day earlier, the faculty of architecture engineering in Damascus University was hit with twin mortars that killed more than 15 students and injured 20 others.

Syria’s Special Judicial Investigation Committee ordered on Friday the judicial police to accelerate the investigation regarding the “criminal acts” against Syrian citizens, including the university incident.

Quoted by Syria’s state-run news agency SANA, Judge Ahmad Zaher al-Bakri said that the committee asked the judicial police to expand the investigation regarding firing mortar shells at the Architecture Faculty to reach any information that help identify the terrorists.

Syria blames “terrorists” for the strikes that are relatively new in Damascus, which is still moderately far from the violent attacks that hit other parts of the country. In return, opposition activists contended that the government tries to play the Damascenes against the rebels.

Observers believe that the Damascenes have vexed the rebels because of their silence and rejection to join their ranks, noting that the rebels are fully convinced that had the Damascenes revolted against the regime, it would have collapsed long time ago.

What have buoyed this conviction are the too many calls by the opposition for civil disobedience in the capital to hasten the downfall of the current administration.

In a recent televised appearance, Syrian Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi, told the state-run TV that the rise in the mortar attacks comes in the framework of “carrying out a foreign order of terrorist escalation to the farthest extent.”

Al-Zoubi said this escalation aims to give an impression that ” terrorists are attacking in the middle of the capital and that as if the state is unable to protect the civilians.”

He pledged that these attacks will not continue.

The minister said that the “foreign order” comes “in parallel with the Arab League’s decision to give Syria’s seat to the “Doha coalition,” in reference to the National Coalition for revolutionary forces and the Syrian opposition.

The Arab summit, which was held Monday in Doha, also confirmed the right of the Arab countries to arm the opposition.

Yet, it’s unlikely that the Damascenes will heed the call and declare civil rebellion, contrary to the rebels’ prospects, observers said, suggesting that residents of the capital are increasingly getting impatient with the rebels’ attacks and are now more confident that the area the rebels enter would be ruined, an issue they won’t ever tolerate.

However, the Western-backed rebels seem following a systematic method as part of their efforts to bring down the capital.

On March 17, Syria’s al-Watan daily revealed in a special report that hundreds of jihadists equipped with light and medium machine guns, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons as well as four- wheel drive vehicles had entered Syria from Jordan through the southern province of Daraa.

“Thus, Jordan has succumbed to the United States and Gulf States’ pressure to become, like Lebanon and Turkey, a passage to the jihadists and arms into Syria,” the paper said.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/30/c_124522282.htm

March 30th, 2013, 1:40 am

 

Marigoldran said:

The regime can spin it all they want but the rebels are forcing them back from one area after another. The rebels have made it too “costly” for the regime to try and to hold Daraa.

Liberation of Daraa means a direct conduit of weapons to Damascus from Jordan. Recent gains in the south are due to increased Arab support in terms of anti-tank and anti-air weapons.

March 30th, 2013, 1:44 am

 

MarigoldRan said:

Thanks to the millions of refugees, the Jordanian government have no CHOICE except to support the rebels. They can’t pay for the refugees forever, so they have to help them win so the refugees can return to Syria.

The war continues.

March 30th, 2013, 1:51 am

 

ann said:

Russia opposes Syrian opposition seat at UN – 2013-03-29

• Russia opposes attempt to seat Syrian opposition as representative of Damascus at United Nations.
• Any representative has to be the legitimate representative of that country, Churkin said.
• Churkin said the AL move “creates all sorts of problems for the role of the AL” and Lakhdar Brahimi.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/29/c_124517072.htm

UNITED NATIONS, March 28 (Xinhua) — Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday Moscow opposes any attempt to seat the Syrian opposition as the representative of Damascus in the world organization.

The statement was made by Churkin, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, who has been serving as the president of the Security Council this month, in answering a reporter’s question about a possible motion the Arab League might bring forward to advocate the opposition taking up a seat at the United Nations. The Arab League has recognized the Syrian opposition as the sole representative of Syria.

“We will oppose it. We’ll oppose it very strongly,” Churkin said, quickly adding, “But you know I don’t think it is going to happen because I think that most of the members of the UN are responsible members of the United Nations. They value this institution and they understand that if something of this sort were to happen that would really undercut the standing of the United Nations.”

He explained that the world organization is an intergovernmental organization and “You do not simply seat opposition groups who have gone through no proper process of legitimization.”

Any representative has to be the legitimate representative of that country, said the ambassador from Russia, a member of the UN credentials committee.

Earlier this week, Sheik Moaz al-Khatib, Syria’s opposition coalition leader, formally took the vacant seat of Damascus at an Arab League summit in Dubai.

Churkin said the Arab League move “creates all sorts of problems for the role of the AL” and Lakhdar Brahimi, the joint AL- UN special envoy for Syria.

“I think it’s clear that the AL basically has taken itself off our joint efforts, joint efforts by the international community — at least those who believe in the need to stop violence as quickly as possible and to work for a political settlement in Syria,” Churkin said.

“I believe they have undercut the efforts of Lakhdar Brahimi as a joint AL-UN representative,” the Russian ambassador said. “So, it’s a very unfortunate new development which damages the stand of the AL in the case of the Syrian crisis and in fact they are beginning to act more and more as a negative rather than positive force.”

“You can’t have a situation when you have problems with a certain country and simply appoint somebody to become ambassador .. to become ambassador of that country,” he said. “Of course you can do that. You can have tea with him every day but that does not mean that you are really dealing with that country.”

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/29/c_124517072.htm

March 30th, 2013, 1:53 am

 

ann said:

New scandal threatens Obama, Hillary – March 27, 2013

Report confirms what well-placed sources have been saying

http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/new-scandal-threatens-obama-hillary/

TEL AVIV – Has the White House been misleading the public by repeatedly denying it was coordinating arms shipments to the rebels in Syria, insurgents known to consist in large part of al-Qaida and other jihadist groups?

Other top U.S. officials and former officials, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have implied in congressional testimony that they didn’t know about any U.S. involvement in procuring weapons for the rebels.

Now, a starkly different picture is emerging, one that threatens the longstanding White House narrative that claims the Obama administration has only supplied nonlethal aid to the rebels.

Confirming WND’s exclusive reporting for over a year, the New York Times two days ago reported that since early 2012, the CIA has been aiding Arab governments and Turkey in obtaining and shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels.

While the Times report claims most of the weapons shipments facilitated by the CIA began after the latest presidential election, Middle Eastern security officials speaking to WND have said U.S.-aided weapons shipments go back more than a year, escalating before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi.

Aaron Klein’s New York Times bestseller, “Fool Me Twice,” is more relevant than ever.

In fact, the Middle Eastern security officials speaking to WND since last year describe the U.S. mission in Benghazi and nearby CIA annex attacked last September as an intelligence and planning center for U.S. aid to the rebels in the Middle East, particularly those fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The aid, the sources stated, included weapons shipments and was being coordinated with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Recruiting jihadists

Days after the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, WND broke the story that Stevens himself played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Assad’s regime in Syria, according to Egyptian and other Middle Eastern security officials.

Stevens served as a key contact with the Saudis to coordinate the recruitment by Saudi Arabia of Islamic fighters from North Africa and Libya. The jihadists were sent to Syria via Turkey to attack Assad’s forces, said the security officials.

The officials said Stevens also worked with the Saudis to send names of potential jihadi recruits to U.S. security organizations for review. Names found to be directly involved in previous attacks against the U.S., including in Iraq and Afghanistan, were ultimately not recruited by the Saudis to fight in Syria, said the officials.

Now the New York Times has bolstered WND’s reporting, citing air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders describing how the CIA has been working with Arab governments and Turkey to sharply increase arms shipments to Syrian rebels in recent months.

The Times reported that the weapons airlifts began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanding into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows.

The Times further revealed that from offices at “secret locations,” American intelligence officers have helped the Arab governments shop for weapons, including a large procurement from Croatia. They have vetted rebel commanders and groups to determine who should receive the weapons as they arrive.

The CIA declined to comment to the Times on the shipments or its role in them.

The Times quoted a former American official as saying that David H. Petraeus, the C.I.A. director until November, had been instrumental in helping set up an aviation network to fly in the weapons. The paper said Petraeus had prodded various countries to work together on the plan.

Petraeus did not return multiple emails from the Times asking for comment.

Both WND’s reporting, which first revealed the U.S.-coordinated arms shipments, and the Times reporting starkly contrast with statements from top U.S. officials who have denied aiding the supply of weapons to the rebels.

Last month, the White House flatly denied involvement in arming the Syrian rebels, going so far as to say the Obama administration rejected a plan by former Secretary of State Clinton and then-CIA Director Petraeus to help arm the rebels.

‘Nobody has ever raised that with me’

Further, in testimony during the Benghazi hearings, Clinton claimed she did not know whether the U.S. was aiding Turkey and other Arab countries in procuring weapons.

The exchange on the subject took place with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Paul asked Clinton: “Is the U. S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?”

“To Turkey?” Clinton asked. “I will have to take that question for the record. Nobody has ever raised that with me.”

Continued Paul: “It’s been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that may have weapons, and what I’d like to know is the annex that was close by, were they involved with procuring, buying, selling, obtaining weapons, and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries, any countries, Turkey included?”

Clinton replied, “Well, Senator, you’ll have to direct that question to the agency that ran the annex. I will see what information is available.”

“You’re saying you don’t know?” asked Paul.

“I do not know,” Clinton said. “I don’t have any information on that.”

In testimony last month, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked then-Defense Secretary John Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whether they had supported a plan “that we provide weapons to the resistance in Syria.”

“We do,” Panetta replied.

“You did support that?” McCain asked again.

“We did,” added Dempsey, who was sitting next to Panetta.

Neither Dempsey nor Panetta elaborated on their positions or commented on any actual arms shipments.

Rebel training

This is not the first time WND’s original investigative reporting on U.S. support for the Syrian rebels was later confirmed by reporting in major media outlets. Other WND reporting indicates support for the Syrian rebels that goes beyond supplying arms, painting a larger picture of U.S. involvement in the Middle East revolutions.

A story generating worldwide attention by the German weekly Der Spiegel earlier this month reporting the U.S. is training Syrian rebels in Jordan was exclusively exposed by WND 13 months ago.

Quoting what it said were training participants and organizers, Der Spiegel reported it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms or were with the U.S. Army, but the magazine said some organizers wore uniforms.

The training in Jordan reportedly focused on use of anti-tank weaponry.

The German magazine reported some 200 men received the training over the past three months amid U.S. plans to train a total of 1,200 members of the Free Syrian Army in two camps in the south and the east of Jordan.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper also reported U.S. trainers were aiding Syrian rebels in Jordan along with British and French instructors.

Reuters reported a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department declined immediate comment on the Der Spiegel report. The French foreign ministry and Britain’s foreign and defense ministries also would not comment to Reuters.

While Der Spiegel quoted sources discussing training of the rebels in Jordan over the last three months, WND was first to report the training as far back as February 2012.

At the time, WND quoted knowledgeable Egyptian and Arab security officials claimed the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region.

Any training or arming of the Syrian rebels would be considered highly controversial. A major issue is the inclusion of jihadists, including al-Qaida, among the ranks of the Free Syrian Army and other Syrian opposition groups.

[…]

http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/new-scandal-threatens-obama-hillary/

March 30th, 2013, 2:15 am

 
 

annie said:

21.SYRIALOVER The video did not make me laugh. The anti-batta were wrong in attacking them.

March 30th, 2013, 3:42 am

 

Juergen said:

Ahmed, the eight-year-old boy on the front line of Syria’s civil war
It is one of the most shocking images from the Syrian war. An eight-year-old boy draws deeply on a cigarette, the small fingers of his other hand clutching a an AK-47 rifle that balances awkwardly against his chest.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9961945/Ahmed-the-eight-year-old-boy-on-the-front-line-of-Syrias-civil-war.html

March 30th, 2013, 3:50 am

 

Citizen said:

396. DOLLY BUSTER said:

/The arrogance of the old World order/

/So they are the true representatives of International Community/.

You will need 100 years to recover lost moral authority of the state. bankrupt country with a powerful military-industrial complex, which spreads death and suffering! do not be ridiculous!

March 30th, 2013, 4:59 am

 

Syrialover said:

ANNIE #41

Did they attack them? Who attacked who? The whole thing seems like a farce.

With those people “doing their duty for Bashar”

March 30th, 2013, 6:31 am

 

apple_mini said:

Yahoo: Turkish police seize firearms cache on Syrian border. The firearms – including more than 5,000 shotguns and rifles, starting pistols, gunstocks and 10,000 cartridges.

A rather strange news, everyone knows what Turkey did to let weapons freely cross its border. So what is this stunt about?

We do not believe there is a U-turn policy in town. A PR show, maybe. Another possibility, those terrorists backers are shifting their front to Jordan border. Turkey is making a symbolic fading image to be the staunchest supporter of the rebels.

Situation in Aleppo is not in the rebels’ favor. Consider how much efforts and money Turkey and GCC have poured into Aleppo, Damascus is not within the reach of the rebels even Deraa falls.

Even people make comparison between Damascus and Aleppo without considering Damascus overall is much pro-regime, those rebel fighters believe they can take over Damascus while they are basically stuck in Aleppo?

The regime force in Damascus is many times stronger than in Aleppo.

March 30th, 2013, 7:05 am

 

apple_mini said:

The rebels have committed another blatant atrocity: Armed rebels beheaded a pro-government Muslim imam in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, state media said Saturday.

After beheading Sheikh Hasan Saif Addien, the armed groups hanged his head atop the minaret of al-Hasan Mosque in the strategic town of Sheikh Maksoud in northern Aleppo, the report said.

Those terrorist and barbaric acts will only drive away the opposition supporters and turn more neutral Syrians into supporters of the regime.

Somehow I believe the rebels are aware of that. But their barbarian nature overpowers their collective human behavior.

It feels like what Syrians are fighting against is a group of backward monsters from medieval age.

March 30th, 2013, 7:41 am

 

Syrialover said:

“Boys and girls protest together in Raqqa, giving Jabhet Nusra the middle finger” – picture

https://twitter.com/NuffSilence/status/317904413945630721/photo/1

March 30th, 2013, 8:17 am

 

Observer said:

Visitor, your point of view is as fanatical as that of the fundamentalist Baathist that apostates any believer. One apostates the other in the name of God and the other apostates the other in the name of Secularism or Arab Nationalism.

Victories and defeats are the products of human action. I would argue with you that if God sent the Prophet Muhammad as the last of the prophets, then he actually is saying to the human race: there you go, I have sent you the last of my messengers with the idea that now you have to work out your issues and problems and you are FREE to take it or leave it.

Belief according to Sunni Islam is belief in one God his Books and his messengers and the angels and the day of judgement. Therefore, any Muslim by definition is also a Jew and a Christian.

So if you believe and you clearly do, do not impose your world view on others.

There is now no outcome but a destructive one, the regime may continue to choose
to fight till the end as Kaddafi did.

To be able to rebuild after the destruction, I repeat for the retard on board this post that the opposition is now in need of a truth and reconciliation commission and that the retard of a Prethident should have asked South Africa to come and help with that.

Iran is escalating the help, exactly what the West wants, an exhaustion of Iran in Syria.

Truth for the retards means telling the truth about what happened from both sides as Majbali has pointed out to all of us mistakes and crimes done by both sides

Reconciliation for the retards means justice where justice is due and a working on healing the wounds that will take generations and it means accepting the other.

There is no one above or below anyone.

From one retard to the other, no wonder Syria is imploding.

March 30th, 2013, 8:31 am

 

Syrialover said:

News just in of a Jabhat al Nasra commander killed under order of tribe leader in Derizor Syria -Tweet on 28 March. https://twitter.com/AlexanderPageSY

Anyone have any more on this?

March 30th, 2013, 8:41 am

 

Syrialover said:

Positive and inspiring. Something to keep hope warm in our hearts:

“When I go back to Syria” – beautiful collection of comments

http://leilanachawati.net/2013/03/when-i-go-back-to-syria/

and tweets: https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23whenIgobacktoSyria&src=typd

March 30th, 2013, 9:00 am

 

revenire said:

Ask Rami about it.

March 30th, 2013, 9:00 am

 

zoo said:

Apple_mini

Turkey worries about arming the Syrian PKK

Stopping the weapons at the borders is maybe a sign that Turkey is realizing that some are ending up in the Syrian PKK hands. In his crucial bid for a deal with the PKK in Turkey, he worries the Syrian PKK will not follow and raise arms against Turkey.
Arming the Syrian PKK may create serious problems for Turkey. This maybe encouraged by the Syrian government as the Syrians Kurds are more of a threat to Turkey than to Syria.

March 30th, 2013, 9:03 am

 

Hanzala said:

This is a video I think Prof. Landis may have missed?

Nusra commander giving a speech after they took Liwa 38 in Saida, Daraa.

The decapitated body is Mahmoud Darwish the commander of Liwa 38 from Qurdaha..

March 30th, 2013, 9:03 am

 

Syrialover said:

“When I go back to a stable Syria, I want to rip these ranks off of my shoulders and live a free human in our free country.”

Tweet from Gen. Dr. Salim Idriss, Chief of the Free Syrian Army
https://twitter.com/Gen_Idriss

March 30th, 2013, 9:04 am

 

zoo said:

SL

Not a single young girl without Hijab in Raqqah. That’s the right way all Syrian women should dress, isn’t?

March 30th, 2013, 9:06 am

 

Hanzala said:

Also would like some of the Damascus posters to take a look at this video. Here is the top comment:

يا شباب يلي ما بيعرف عن كراج البولمان .. هاد ما في بينو وبين تاني اكبر ساحات الشام وهي ساحة العباسين غير 200 م … يعني لما تشوفو الجيش الحر وصل لهون معناتو عرفو انو بشار طلع برات الشام او متخبي بشي جحر

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=virodVl3kKM

Supposedly this station is extremely near to Abasiyeen Square?

March 30th, 2013, 9:07 am

 

zoo said:

While “Dera’a is falling”, several prominent leaders of rebels brigades are eliminated in the Edlib province.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – On Friday, the army said it killed many Jabhat al-Nusra-linked militants in Maaret al-Numan in Idlib and seized their weapons, the official SANA news agency reported.

A unit of the Syrian Army also killed many militants in the villages of al-Amoudiyeh and Heesh in the governorate.

Abdul-Razzaq Omar al-Zouzo, leader of the Khattab Battalion, Abdul-Hamid Hikmat al-Badawi, leader of the Al-Tawhid Brigade, and Abo al-Saad, leader of the Al-Khadraa Battalion were identified among the dead.

March 30th, 2013, 9:12 am

 

Syrialover said:

The young men here might be caught up on the wrong side of history with the Syrian Army, but they are a healthier and less sinister sight than the “tough mofos” of al-Nusra in #53

https://twitter.com/ProudSyrian10/status/317924016503521280/photo/1

When I see the faces of these normal Syrians who are soldiers I can imagine reconciliation, but my hopes sink with the al-Nusrah fantasists and control freaks.

March 30th, 2013, 9:23 am

 

zoo said:

Revenire

The anti-regime on SC are hanging on Al Khatib whatever he does. That’s seem to be a sign of the desperation of not finding a leader after two years of confusion.
The most curious is that Al Khatib, contrary to them, has called for an unconditional dialog with the regime. Of course he was shut up by Qatar and his call diluted in wishy-washy explanations, but he was the only one who did it.
So it seems the Al Khatib supporters worship the guy but do not agree with him.
Since then he seems to have been in a state of a deep psychological confusion giving passionate nationalistic speeches while calling for foreign powers to help.

If Al khatib reiterates his call for an unconditional dialog with the regime to save Syrian lives, then he is a great man, but if he continues to say “I asked Kerry..” then he has become a worthless and shameful puppet and he should disappear.
He has until may to show who he really is.

March 30th, 2013, 9:27 am

 

revenire said:

When Sheik Hassan Seif Addin, the Imam of AlHassan mosque, refused to call for Jihad, the FSA killed him. Later they maimed the body, beheaded him and hang the head from on the minaret he used to call people for prayers from. The murder happened in Sheik Maqsood – Aleppo. Aleppo’s Oqaf (Islam Affairs) called for the Syrian Arab Army to stop such crimes and to restore peace to Syria.

Video showing FSA announcing the “liberation” of Sheik Maqsood area yesterday:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBiLdkwjLKM&feature=youtu.be

http://www.syrianews.cc/fsa-killed-beheaded-sheik-hassan-seif-addin-aleppo/

March 30th, 2013, 9:29 am

 

zoo said:

#58 SL

Don’t be surprised, Al Nusra will have their word. The FSA called for them for help and allow them to create deep roots in Syria now.

The Islamists are here to stay until drones and the US army kick them out since you refuse that the Syrian army does that job.

You didn’t expect that, did you? I did. Syria, contrary to Egypt and Tunisia, was not ripe for a revolution and it failed lamentably.

March 30th, 2013, 9:34 am

 

zoo said:

Revenire

Any comment from Al Khatib?

March 30th, 2013, 9:38 am

 

revenire said:

Zoo Khatib does seem confused. I remember when he demanded an apology from Russia late last year.

I was looking at Twitter yesterday and was half-way surprised to see Josh Landis getting his “news” from a site called “Enduring America”. The site is run by a fellow in the UK and one American and appears to be a collection of Twitter posts that fall on the side of the terrorists. There wasn’t one army victory on the entire site in two years. Of course, the site is also very anti-Iranian.

Think everyone has heard about the big push of psyops – ala “Dera’a is falling” etc. (you can go back well over a year and see intense fighting in the south because Jordan allows terrorists to enter after being trained and supplied by the West).

It is funny to see a “covert” operation announced in the press but that is what has happened.

March 30th, 2013, 9:38 am

 

revenire said:

No comment from Khatib on the beheading. No. Not one word.

March 30th, 2013, 9:41 am

 

AIG said:

“The Islamists are here to stay until drones and the US army kick them out since you refuse that the Syrian army does that job.”

Here you go lying again Zoo. Didn’t you and the other regime supporters keep saying that Assad was “winning”? Well, which is it?
Are you conceding that Assad cannot win? Or are you really saying that Assad is asking permission from the opposition to fight them? It is time to get your propaganda straight.

And why are you asking questions about people the FSA killed when you are not willing to discuss the the many innocents the regime has murdered? We know why, because you are a vile hypocrites.

March 30th, 2013, 9:52 am

 

ann said:

62. zoo said:

Any comment from Al Khatib?

He’s waiting for his masters in `israel to tell him what to say 😀

After all he’s a man of God of a peaceful religion 😀

Let’s not forget he was democratically elected by 45 Syrians 😉

March 30th, 2013, 9:54 am

 

zoo said:

Revenire

JL is as puzzled as everybody else in the opposition. They just can’t understand how Bashar al Assad has been able to stand strong while facing an overwhelming assault on all sides.

March 30th, 2013, 9:55 am

 

revenire said:

They hung Sheik Hassan Seif Addin’s head on the minaret that he used to call people to prayer from.

March 30th, 2013, 9:59 am

 
 

Syrialover said:

And this fresh airstrike on a densely populated area is supposed to achieve …what?

Prove that Bashar Assad will keep burning the country if he can’t run it?

The regime’s mentality is one of panicked depravity, cowardice and spite.

Aftermath of an air strike of Syrian Forces in Ansari 30/3/2013

March 30th, 2013, 10:16 am

 

zoo said:

After Al Buti in Damascus, now another Sunni Iman murdered in Aleppo: The war to divide further the Sunnis has started.

Rebels kill Aleppo cleric, parade body: Watchdog

BEIRUT – Agence France-Presse

Syrian rebel forces killed a pro-regime Sunni cleric in the city of Aleppo, with some reports suggesting he was beheaded, and then dragged his body through the streets, a watchdog group said on March 30.

Sheikh Hassan Seifeddin, imam of a mosque in the northern Aleppo neighbourhood of Sheikh Maqsud, “was killed overnight March 29 by rebel fighters in the east of the area and his body was dragged through the streets,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
..
Sheikh Maqsud is a majority Kurdish district of Aleppo, and fierce battles between rebels and regime forces have been raging since March 29 in its eastern quarter where much of the district’s non-Kurdish Sunni residents live.

March 30th, 2013, 10:22 am

 

AIG said:

Zoo,

What people cannot understand is why a leader of a country is willing to wreck his own country and become an Iranian puppet.

What people cannot understand is why Assad did not reform for 11 years and then decide to shoot a peaceful protesters.

What people cannot understand is why the regime has killed hundreds if not thousands in its jails without Assad condemning this fact.

What people cannot understand how you can support a murderous tyrant that kills his own people and bombs his own cities.

March 30th, 2013, 10:32 am

 

zoo said:

SL

Your invectives against Bashar Al Assad sound hollow.

France and the UK don’t want to send weapons anymore. The USA neither. Don’t you see what is happening?
It is becoming increasingly obvious to the West that the regime in actually on the defensive against Islamist extremists who have overtaken the rebels.

The rebels have become the puppets and the accomplice of Al Nusra.
They will treated the same way. The Syrian Army has the right to defend itself in any ways possible.

Don’t waste your time showing bombings, Youtube is saturated with them, they lost their value.

March 30th, 2013, 10:32 am

 

revenire said:

Syrialover unless you’re very stupid you know there is a war on and the air force can attack whomever they want. If you want to stop them beg NATO to do it because clearly the terrorists don’t have the weapons to do so and if they get them all it will mean is the SAA can break out the “big stuff” and you will be posting 1000 videos a day of dead rats.

No one bombs their own country out of spite. What an idiot you are SL.

March 30th, 2013, 10:36 am

 

Syrialover said:

Quote: “[al-Nusrah] has no local reference here, and their excommunicating ideology is catastrophic in societies like Syria.”

EXCERPT from “In Swaida, Kidnappings and Extremists Finally Lure Druze into Conflict ”

…But the introduction of a new element, the jihadist Jabhat Al Nusra in Daraa, has added another layer of complexity to the conflict. In December, Nusra fighters attacked a checkpoint near Swaida but weren’t able to make a clean getaway. Swaida’s pro-regime popular committees, a euphemism for shabiha, killed two Nusra fighters and detained some of its fighters.

Nusra responded by kidnapping 17 people from Swaida including Sheik Abu Khaled Jamal Iz al Din, a respected Druze leader, and refused to release them until its fighters were freed.

Sheik Hanaoui said he led a delegation from Swaida and met with four Nusra fighters in Om Walad village in Daraa province. After hours of talks, the delegation came to an agreement with Nusra to release the hostages, Hanaoui said, but added that Nusra then broke the agreement for unknown reasons.

Nusra hasn’t commented on the incident.

“Solving problems between Swaida and Daraa has become difficult. Our mission has gotten more complicated because of Jabhat Al Nusra. They won’t listen to anybody,” said Ayham Haddad, a political activist based in the U.S. and a member of the first mediation committee.

“Jabhat Al Nusra sees the Druze as infidels, therefore they see attacking and kidnapping them as justified,” said Zoabi, the Daraa activist. The group “has no local reference here, and their excommunicating ideology is catastrophic in societies like Syria.”

http://beta.syriadeeply.org/2013/03/swaida-kidnappings-extremists-finally-lure-druze-conflict/

March 30th, 2013, 10:39 am

 

revenire said:

Syrialover and, of course, your video comes from none other than Rami Jarrah and we all know Rami is a paid liar. What a moron.

March 30th, 2013, 10:40 am

 

revenire said:

“Syria Deeply” is a garbage site. They run a 24/7 mental ward for pro-terrorist propaganda. Dismissed.

March 30th, 2013, 10:41 am

 

Syrialover said:

REVENIRE joked in #74: “No one bombs their own country out of spite”

That was the paradigm in world history until Bashar Assad came along and smashed it.

ZOO #73, you and I obviously read different things. I note there is now a growing flow of weaponry and foreign intelligence to strengthen the moderate FSA.

March 30th, 2013, 10:49 am

 

Syrialover said:

It’s hilarious. Jokester REVENIRE childishly dismisses all quality sources carrying information that’s uncomfortable and inconvenient for him.

His best effort is to post video nasties or junk by weirdos and conspiracists.

March 30th, 2013, 11:03 am

 

AIG said:

Hey regime idiots, can you explain why the fact that there are Islamists forces in Syria justifies bombing civilians? Do you really think you can dismiss the clear video evidence like little children? Why no condemnation for Assad for killing innocent people?

And why the whining like little kids? You are “winning”, no? Except of course you are losing badly and can’t even admit it to yourselves. And also, you liked the Islamists when they were working for Assad, so what are you complaining about? Suck it up and keep fighting instead of trying in a roundabout way to try to convince the West to help you. No one is going to do that.

March 30th, 2013, 11:05 am

 

ann said:

80. AIG said:

WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? …

BOO HOO! I’M SOOO LONELY! BOO HOO! CAN SOMEONE TALK TO ME PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

I’M FROM `israel I WANT YOUR LOVE!

BOO HOO! SNIF! SNIF!

😀 😀 😀

March 30th, 2013, 11:14 am

 

zoo said:

Where will the Turkish PKK fighters will go when they leave Turkey according to the deal Erdogan did?

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/militants-should-lay-down-their-arms-before-withdrawing-pm-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=43938&NewsCatID=338

Erdoğan emphasized that the question of what those militants will do after their withdrawal is more the problem of the country who receives them than Turkey’s. “Perhaps they will go to Iraq, perhaps to Syria, or perhaps to Europe, particularly the Scandinavian countries. I cannot know that. What’s important to me is peace in my country. The thing I know is that when they go, the atmosphere of my country will change when we realize the economic boom in the east [after the withdrawal],” he said.

March 30th, 2013, 11:18 am

 

zoo said:

#78 SL

The weapons in question

Only Qatar and KSA are sending weapons, but the passages to Syria are becoming more difficult.
The Turks are now stopping them for fear they end up with the PKK.

The flow of weapons is mostly happening in the south from Jordan. That explain “Dera’a is falling”.
Al Nusra is just across the border with Jordan and be sure they are intercepting all weapons getting across to Syria. Therefore the Jordanians will have to stop the passage of weapons sent by Qatar and KSA for fear they will fall into Al Nusra’s hands.

That’s also the reason why France, the UK and the USA have changed their mind when they realized that all the border points where weapons could pass are controlled by al Al Nusra and other Islamist extremists. It meant that weapons had very little chance to reach the ‘good’ fighters.

If the trend continues, I believe that the weapons flow to the rebels coming from Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon will dry very soon.

You can still enjoy one or two months of amunition…

March 30th, 2013, 11:20 am

 

revenire said:

SL there is no moderate FSA or for that matter even a FSA. The FSA is a media creation. There are terrorists of differing shades of extremism fighting against Syria. Syria’s army has the absolute right to bomb – shell – hunt – and kill them all. I applaud each rat death.

I now see why you wanted to know more about the killing of the Nusra Front rat. You could have gone to Jarrah’s Twitter account and asked him but came here? Don’t you and Rami get along? Whatever the answer is to that you seem to believe there is this great moderate force of the revolution pulsing hot to snatch victory away from pigs like JAN etc.

Frankly, that reminds me of the plot of a comic book.

March 30th, 2013, 11:22 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

Just to warn you in regard to your next vacation destination. There is fair amount of women in Montreal who wear hijab. I guess that would be too painful to your sensitive eyes.

March 30th, 2013, 11:25 am

 

revenire said:

Ann AIG the Hasbara rat does seem rather desperate to get someone – anyone – to speak to him. It is funny and pathetic to watch a filthy Zionist, with blood dripping from his fangs, beg for attention.

Perhaps he ran out of Palestinian children to murder.

March 30th, 2013, 11:26 am

 

zoo said:

Al Barzeh inhabitants, a poor suburb near Damascu say that they have received threats of chemical attacks from the rebels if they don’t leave their homes

Chemicals threats have become one more way to create fear in the psychological war the rebels are waging against the Damascus population.

March 30th, 2013, 11:26 am

 

revenire said:

Syrian Perspective
When Sheik Hassan Seif Addin, the Imam of AlHassan mosque, refused to call for Jihad, the FSA killed him.

Later they maimed the body, beheaded him and hang the head from on the minaret he used to call people for prayers from.

The murder happened in Sheik Maqsood – Aleppo. Aleppo’s Oqaf (Islam Affairs) called for the Syrian Arab Army to stop such crimes and to restore peace to Syria.

Video showing FSA announcing the “liberation” of Sheik Maqsood area yesterday:

Via Arabi Souri

http://www.syrianews.cc/fsa-killed-beheaded-sheik-hassan-seif-addin-aleppo/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBiLdkwjLKM&feature=player_embedded

https://www.facebook.com/SyrianPerspective

March 30th, 2013, 11:31 am

 

zoo said:

#85 Tara

Don’t worry, as long as there are no Al Nusra lovers, Salafists and Moslem brotherhood fans, the rest is unimportant

In any case I have noticed that a nice colorful or white hijab can make some ugly woman less ugly. For the real ugly ones, I am all for the niqab. It makes it less ‘painful for my sensitive eyes’

March 30th, 2013, 11:33 am

 

AIG said:

As usual all the regime idiots can do is resort to personal attacks without answering even one point. Curse and forth at the mouth as much as you want. All it does is show people what the Assad regime is all about. So thank you very much for your posts that illuminate what the people in Syria who want freedom and dignity have to deal with. And of course, keep bombing and killing your own people and cities and then keep justifying it. That will really help your cause.

And just a reminder, everything is really quiet in the Golan and on the Lebanese border. Aren’t you mixed up in the direction you are shooting your SCUDs? Where is the Rabbit of the Golan when you need him? Not only do you “ignore” my posts you also “ignore” Israel and kill your own people. You are “geniuses” and great “patriots”. How dumb can you get????

March 30th, 2013, 11:36 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

Colorful hijab makes ugly women less ugly?

I can’t agree more. I say that every time I see Iranian women.
—–

March 30th, 2013, 11:37 am

 

Tara said:

Zoo,

Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

I do not think that way. But your love to anything Iranian annoys me.

March 30th, 2013, 11:38 am

 

AIG said:

Do the regime idiots really think that they can just ignore the overwhelming video evidence of Assad bombing innocent Syrian people? I guess they do believe that. Complete moral depravity and child like behavior.

March 30th, 2013, 11:41 am

 

AIG said:

“Al Barzeh inhabitants, a poor suburb near Damascu say that they have received threats of chemical attacks from the rebels if they don’t leave their homes”

While you and the other regime idiots are just threatening with carpet bombing. What a vile hypocrite. You are really such a whiner. Suck it up and keep “winning”.

March 30th, 2013, 11:43 am

 

zoo said:

Will Kerry ask Morsi to search the ships?

Secret Iranian weapons ship crossing the Suez for Syria – reports

Published March 30th, 2013
http://www.albawaba.com/news/iran-weapons-syria-ship-480820

A ship raising a Tanzanian flag and carrying Iranian arms cargo is expected to cross the Suez Canal within six hours, an opposition source told Al Arabiya Saturday.

‘The ship is said to be carrying 8,500 tons of weapons and ground missiles from Iran to be given to the Syrian regime,’ the source said, adding: ‘It is scheduled to make a ‘fuel stop’ at a Syrian port where it will unload its cargo.’

The source also said that the vessel is owned by Syrians, although he did not specify to whom he was referring. He, however, said that the boat was registered in Lebanon and had links to the Syrian- and Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

March 30th, 2013, 11:45 am

 

Visitor said:

Hanzala @53,

Yet, another great video from you. As the great commander of the holy victorious Nusra warriors made it clear with the banner of the Prophet (PBUH) high behind him,

العزة لله ولرسوله وللمؤمنين ولكن المنافقين لا يعلمون

This is a historic event and without any doubt the victory is divinely ordained.

Please bring in more such videos so the impostors on this site will get more envious, jealous and frustrated.

They (impostors and hypocrites) plot evil plots but Allah has the best plan for the believers and will make them victorious despite America’s evil plots and its tails in Europe and those it goes to bed with like the Assads.

March 30th, 2013, 11:50 am

 

zoo said:

#91 Tara

I thought you were planning to visit Iran soon. Why would you? You hate it and while I think Iranian women are beautiful with or without hejab, you repeated that iranian men are ugly.

I think that Al Raqqah or Aazaz are a more suitable destination for you in view of your dangerous and alarming sympathy for Al Nusra and Co.

Sorry, despite its problems, I still prefer Iran.

March 30th, 2013, 11:51 am

 

ghufran said:

بيروت- (ا ف ب): قتل مسلحون سوريون معارضون إمام مسجد حي في مدينة حلب (شمال) تقطنه غالبية موالية للنظام ويشهد منذ ساعات اشتباكات عنيفة، بحسب ما افاد المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان ووسائل اعلام سورية رسمية السبت.
وقال المرصد في بريد الكتروني “قتل إمام مسجد موال للنظام بعد اسره من الكتائب المقاتلة في حي الشيخ مقصود شرقي” الواقع في شمال المدينة، ناقلا عن مصادر في الحي ان الشيخ “سحل بعد قتله”.
One Nusra belly dancer on this blog performs and the other congratulates him,I indeed find that harmonry humerous,however background music from Nusra supporters and their eager drummers does not change the main theme:
this uprising is now dominated by islamist thugs who have no plans for Syria except killing as many “infidels” as possible and taking Syria back to the middle ages.
This is how SOHR reported the crime:

March 30th, 2013, 11:52 am

 

revenire said:

Ha ha lots and lots of good news today…

DAYR EL-ZOR: Big time defeat for rodents and their allies. At Al-Bukamaal’s Petro-Station T-2, the Syrian army dealt Tarot cards with the Grim Reaper on them. Of the 17 confirmed kills, only these could be identified:

Hassan Al-Saaleh Al-‘Aluw (?)
Tareef ‘Eed Al-Ash’ab
Raakaan Naafi’ Al-‘Alaawi (?)
Yaasser Jaaser Al-Shawwaakh
Nizaar Al-Turki

These bozos belonged to the hilariously named: “Allahu Akbar Brigade” (Yawn)

Muhammad Al-‘Atiyya

He belonged to the “Liwaa’ Ahl Al-Athar” (Yawn)

Al-Huwayqa: Constant gun battles in this suburb with the SAA always winning. The following cutthroats were dealt a bad hand by the SAA:

Khaaled Al-Maalek (of the “Soldiers of Al-‘Azeez Battalion” (yawn))
Alaa’ Al-Hussayn Al-Hamad
‘Ubayda Al-‘Akli

In Dayr El-Zor City, a militiaman trounced a running rodent:

Ali Issa Al-Jarrah

Al-Masaareb, where residents defended themselves against a gang of thieves and highwaymen and killed every one of them. Monzer reports that citizens “executed” the ones who surrendered and burned their bodies with fuel. No names of rodents as the residents were not keen on any ceremonies for the rats.

http://syrianperspective.blogspot.com/2013/03/first-post-march-30-2013-syrian-army.html

March 30th, 2013, 11:54 am

 

AIG said:

“Sorry, despite its problems, I still prefer Iran.”

Excellent, all regime supporters should be kicked out of Western countries and not allowed to visit there. They should all go to Iran. Wait, the idiots posting here actually live in the West! What a bunch of vile hypocrites. It is time to start a campaign to deport them from the West.

March 30th, 2013, 11:55 am

 

revenire said:

LOL

March 30th, 2013, 11:56 am

 

AIG said:

Another good alternative is to give the regime supporters in the West the same rights Assad gave to Syrians. Let’s see them complain about that, the vile hypocrites. It is time to call out the vile hypocrisy of the idiots that claim Iran is “great” while living in the West they curse. Off to Iran with the lot of you.

March 30th, 2013, 12:00 pm

 

zoo said:

#84 Revenire

When people get desperate they hang on any illusion they find to keep hoping.
Dreaming of the white dressed FSA knights saving Syria is one of these illusions. The reality they refuse to see is much uglier.

March 30th, 2013, 12:01 pm

 

AIG said:

“The reality they refuse to see is much uglier.”

Are you referring to Assad winning which is of course a very ugly reality, or are you referring to the Isalmists?

Logically, it must be the former because you have said many time that Assad is “winning”. So it turns out you think that Syria ruled by Assad is an “ugly reality”. Good to know.

March 30th, 2013, 12:04 pm

 
 

zoo said:

Despite denials from some countries, Egypt-Iran relation are improving. Soon Iranian tourists will pour into Egypt and Egyptians to Iran as no-visa is required for Egyptians visiting Iran

Iran-Egypt relations on the mend: 1st Tehran-bound flight leaves Cairo
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/0/68036/Egypt/0/IranEgypt-relations-on-the-mend-st-Tehranbound-fli.aspx

After 34 years of severed political relations Tehran and Cairo inch closer by opening a flight on Saturday between the two capitals
Ahram Online, Saturday 30 Mar 2013

Egypt and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March promoting cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector, in a development that was seen as unprecedented.

Egypt’s tourism minister, Hisham Zaazou, headed to Tehran in late February Sunday to discuss enhancing touristic exchanges between the two countries.

For his part, Iranian foreign minister Ali Salehy had announced in February that Egyptian tourists and merchants coming to Iran will be exempted from visa requirements.

March 30th, 2013, 12:18 pm

 

ann said:

Obama’s Syrian rebels behead imam in Aleppo – 2013-03-30

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/30/c_132273493.htm

DAMASCUS, March 30 (Xinhua) — Armed rebels beheaded a pro- government Muslim imam in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, state media said Saturday.

After beheading Sheikh Hasan Saif Addien, the armed groups hanged his head atop the minaret of al-Hasan Mosque in the strategic town of Sheikh Maksoud in northern Aleppo, the report said.

Some pro-government media accused al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front of killing the imam whose lectures and preaches had focused on national unity and denounced the “huge conspiracy” plotted against Syria.

Arabi Press’ website said the rebels stormed Sheikh Maksoud but were later driven out by the Syrian army.

Attacks on pro-government clerics have recently become rampant in the “rebels”‘ two-year-old revolt against President Bashar al- Assad.

On March 21, prominent Muslim scholar Mohammad Saed Ramadan al- Bouti and his grandson, along with 49 others, were killed by a suicide bomber who detonated himself inside al-Eman Mosque in al- Mazraa neighborhood of the capital Damascus. The deadly blast also left more than 80 people injured.

Following the bombing, the Syrian government vowed to punish the perpetrators of the crime and accused al-Qaida of orchestrating it.

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/30/c_132273493.htm

March 30th, 2013, 12:24 pm

 

Johannes de Silentio said:

Reason # 23 on why Syria has no right to call itself a country:

Medical personnel and hospitals are being deliberately targeted and treated by all parties to the conflict as military objectives.

March 30th, 2013, 12:32 pm

 

ann said:

Complete blackout hits in Syrian capital – 2013-03-30

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/30/c_132273537.htm

DAMASCUS, March 30 (Xinhua) — Electricity completely went out in the Syrian capital of Damascus and its suburbs on Saturday, pro- government Sham FM radio reported.

The reason behind the blackout is not immediately known. This is not the first time that a large-scale blackout has hit Damascus.

In January 2012, “rebels” attacked a key power line near Damascus, causing a blackout in the capital and much of southern Syria.

Damascus’ 2.5 million residents have grown used to frequent power outages

[…]

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/30/c_132273537.htm

March 30th, 2013, 12:38 pm

 

AIG said:

“Despite denials from some countries, Egypt-Iran relation are improving.”

So now you are for Muslim Brotherhood governments? Boy are you mixed up and confused. You used to post how Morsi was constantly “humiliated”. What are you for and what are you against? You and the other regime idiots have not one principled bone in your body. You are just flailing around.

March 30th, 2013, 12:39 pm

 

revenire said:

Watch how the trash make up their lies:

March 30th, 2013, 12:46 pm

 

ghufran said:

Rebels-repeatedly told story that they exist to protect civilians and establish a new free and democratic Syria is falling apart.
Despite more than 20 months of rebels activity and Jihad, rebels only succeeded in multiplying the suffering of Syrians by 10 folds and forcing many Syrian women into prostitution and slavery while they,the rebels, miserably failed to win support from millions of Syrians.
Rebels are more interested in beheading opponents and smuggling goods and gas than taking care of millions of refugees they themselves help to create by using civilian areas as bases for their fighters and insisting on invading areas where residents did not want them there in the first place, add the Nusra-terrorism factor and support from GCC and you will understand why Islamist rebels will never be able to form a government, sustain a government or liberate Syria.
It tells a lot about the true nature of GCC when khaliji men are more interested in buying or renting Syrian girls than feeding hungry Syrians, the words of support some idiots on this blog express for khaliji thugs tell a lot about those bloggers and their true motives, I perfectly understand why most Syrians oppose the regime but I definitely do not see how some Syrians support Islamists and the GCC pimps.

March 30th, 2013, 12:47 pm

 

AIG said:

“Complete blackout hits in Syrian capital”

Yes, Assad is “winning”. If he can’t make sure the lights are on in Damascus, what is he good for at all? This is a big slap in the face and a huge humiliation for Assad.

March 30th, 2013, 12:47 pm

 

ann said:

No takbir! No alahu akbar! Just dead `israel and NATO mercenary terrorists.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6c9_1364652789

Oh! I almost forgot!

CHEERS

March 30th, 2013, 12:50 pm

 

AIG said:

Ghufran,

The flip side of the story is that Assad is responsible for the Islamists because he did not reform for 11 years and he answered the call of his people for freedom and dignity with gunfire. What did you expect to happen in this case? He opened the gates of hell even though he knew Syria may fall through them. If you don’t like Al-Nusra, go fight them just as you fought Assad (or not).

March 30th, 2013, 12:51 pm

 

Citizen said:

US adds Islamic Caucasus Emirate to list of terror groups
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/05/us_adds_islamic_cauc.php

Chechen commander forms ‘Army of Emigrants,’ integrates Syrian groups
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/03/chechen_jihadist_for.php#ixzz2P02FK2Og

http://youtu.be/2mPyJV5lSN8?t=4s

March 30th, 2013, 12:52 pm

 

AIG said:

“israel and NATO mercenary terrorists”

When was the last time Assad killed an Israeli let alone shot at one? He is busy killing his own people and cannot be disturbed. Thank you for posting these videos that show what a low life you are and what regime supporters are all about, blood and gore.

March 30th, 2013, 12:54 pm

 

ann said:

How They Lie About Syria (Must see)

March 30th, 2013, 1:00 pm

 

Ziad said:

A zionist dog barks after every new comment on SC and no body pays attention to him. I am loving it.

March 30th, 2013, 1:03 pm

 

Citizen said:

You will not be able to cover the sun!Deserve pity you with one eye!

http://youtu.be/0eyVlwpUQFU?t=9s

March 30th, 2013, 1:03 pm

 
 

Uzair8 said:

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda 7h
قصف الجيش الحر لدمشق خطأ وأنا أدعو إلى وقف ذلك فورا والإعداد لاجتياح بري لدمشق حفاظا على أرواح السكان. محمد أبو الهدى اليعقوبي

Google translation:

Free army shelling of Damascus error and I call to stop it immediately and prepare for a ground invasion of Damascus in order to preserve the lives of the population. Mohammed Abul Huda al-Yacoubi

March 30th, 2013, 1:26 pm

 

Visitor said:

MajedK @121,

Those women are UGLY with or without the hijab and regardless of the color.

March 30th, 2013, 1:27 pm

 

Citizen said:

سورية بوابة الشمس
http://youtu.be/mrClxPH3YbY?t=2m24s

March 30th, 2013, 1:28 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

A Shaykh Yaqoubi statement from 28th march. Seems to be about Sh. Buti assassination. I don’t understand it however I’ll share it for the arabic readers. Seems interesting.

مَنْ قَـتَـل الصَّـبِـيّـة ؟

الشيخ محمد أبو الهدى اليعقوبي

[…]

March 30th, 2013, 1:30 pm

 

ghufran said:

Tayfour the ikhwanji is reportedly OK with partition of Syria:
“غزة كانت محاصرة من قبل إسرائيل وحسني مبارك ، ومع ذلك استطاعت أن تقيم حكومة وأن تطرد حركة فتح وأن تقيم دولة عادلة . ونحن لدينا دولة مجاورة حليفة لنا اسمها تركيا ، ولدينا دول العالم ، ومسلمو العالم سيدعموننا ، والحدود مفتوحة مع تركيا على امتداد 800 كم . ومن سيحاصر في هذه الحالة هو بشار الأسد وليس نحن . لذا علينا أن نقيم دولة حتى لو بقيت بضع سنوات . ولن تكون هناك مشكلة ، ففي النهاية سيسقط بشار ونتوحد من جديد” .
وعندها سأله أحد المسلحين الحضور : “وإذا بقيت الدولتان وتكرس الانقسام ، ما العمل” ؟ فما كان من القيادي الأخواني سوى أن أجابه بأن “دولة بشار ستكون دولة الكفر ودولتنا ستكون دولة الإيمان والإسلام” !!!؟
Tayfour took part in terrorist acts in Syria in the 1980s, he is now a “leader” at the SNC and was instrumental in pushing another islamist to head a government in exile.

March 30th, 2013, 1:32 pm

 

Citizen said:

Eric Harroun arrested because obama afraid he’ll tell about U.S. gun running to Al Qaeda in Syria. Congressional Investigation required!

March 30th, 2013, 1:35 pm

 

Citizen said:

Free Syrian Army commander praises Al Nusrah Front as ‘brothers’
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/03/free_syrian_army_com.php

March 30th, 2013, 1:38 pm

 

Ghat Al Bird said:

Please define what a CAPCHA IS?

March 30th, 2013, 1:45 pm

 

ghufran said:

This is Libya after the revolution:
(gang rape of two UK girls in Libya who were trying to go to Gaza to help people under siege)
طرابلس- (ا ف ب): اغتصب خمسة رجال في بنغازي بشرق ليبيا شقيقتين بريطانيتين ناشطتين في الدفاع عن الفلسطينيين كانتا ضمن قافلة انسانية متجهة إلى قطاع غزة، بحسب ما اعلن الخميس عوض البرعصي نائب رئيس الوزراء الليبي.
وقال المسؤول الليبي في بيان على صفحته على موقع فيسبوك إن البريطانيتين “اغتصبتا بطريقة وحشية أمام ابيهما”.
واضاف البرعصي انه زار الضحيتين الخميس في بنغازي، مشيرا إلى انهما بريطانيتان من اصل باكستاني.
وكانت المرأتان بصحبة والدهما في طريقهم إلى مصر حين تم توقيف قافلتهم التي تشرف عليها منظمة غير حكومية تركية تعمل على رفع الحصار عن قطاع غزة منذ سنوات، عند الحدود من قبل السلطات المصرية.
وقرر عندها الأب ان يعود مع ابنتيه وبريطانيين آخرين إلى بنغازي للسفر بالطائرة من مطار المدينة. وعند وصولهم إلى بنغازي تم خطف المجموعة من خمسة مجهولين.
The girls are probably Muslims. Notice how the ikhwanji regime in Egypt would not let them go to Gaza.
From east to West, Islamists failed to provide people with security and freedom, countries under their rule are in chaos.

March 30th, 2013, 1:55 pm

 
 

ghufran said:

Rebels attacks on Syria’s borders with Israel should make every Syrian suspicious because those attacks have no value from the stand point of toppling the regime, instead, they will only help to invite Israel to establish a security zone inside Syria similar to south Lebanon before 2000, rebels and some locals may then be employed by Israel the same way Saad Haddad of SLA was in the 1980s. Notice that islamist rebels have had access to occupied Golan for months and have not fired a single bullet against the Israeli army, almost every incident that took place was a mere “mistake”, this will change when israel is ready to invade southern Syria, then expect to see a staged attack followed by an israeli incursion associated with statements from the West expressing ” concerns” but also “understanding” of Israel’s rights and security needs !!

March 30th, 2013, 2:10 pm

 

Tara said:

Seeing Majed’s link, did not take much to prove my point. My sensitive eyes are now hurting.

March 30th, 2013, 2:10 pm

 

Citizen said:

The international service – According to the American TV channel CNN, NBC, the clashes between the terrorists and the forces of Damascus involved a group of American mercenaries and veterans. American veteran Matthew Dyaks, a resident of Baltimore, a record which has a six-month participation in the war in Libya, in an interview with the TV channel called, expressed ignorance about the exact number of Americans fighting in Syria, with government forces.

March 30th, 2013, 2:12 pm

 

5 dancing shlomos said:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34444.htm

“Evidence Shows Syrian Rebels Behind Chemical Attack”

By Raven Clabough

notes: house rep mike rogers is a bought and paid for yapping dog for american jews. infiltrated terrorist rats not rebels.

March 28, 2013 “Information Clearing House” -“The New American ” – Reports of a chemical weapon attack in Syria’s Aleppo Province last week provoked leaders and politicians, particularly in the West, to advocate more fiercely for the overthrow of the Assad regime, despite the vague details surrounding the attack. Current data seem to suggest, however, that it was not government forces behind the attack, but rebel forces.

AntiWar.com reports:

The attack, intelligence sources appear to agree, was launched by rebel fighters and not government forces. Since the victims were overwhelmingly the Syrian military, this was not a huge shock, but is important to reiterate.

Likewise, the Assad forces called upon the United Nations to launch an investigation into the attack.

Evidence also indicates that the attack involved lachrymatory agents, not nerve agents, and that the deaths were caused by suffocating on chlorine-based gas injected into the warhead. The significance of this information, as noted by AntiWar.com is that “it is not the sort of weapon Syria has in its arsenal, rather it is a lower-tech solution.”

The Telegraph reports that a “trusted and hitherto reliable source who does not wish to be identified” states that the military believes the “locally-manufactured rocket” contained a form of chlorine, which is available as a swimming pool cleaner, dissolved in saline solution. The warhead was fired at a military checkpoint near the entrance of the town of Khan al-Assai, which has been in government control since mid-March. Khan al-Assai, however is an area where much fighting has occurred and certain areas in the region frequently witness changes of control. According to the source, rebel Sunni groups with al-Qaeda sympathies have been attacking the town.

Because the weapon is believed to have contained chlorine, it is not considered a “chemical weapon” based on terms defined by international treaties.

The Telegraph’s trusted source also asserts that the military believes the rocket to have been fired from somewhere near Al-Bab, a district near Aleppo controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra, a jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda.“Just to the east of Aleppo, there is a rather nondescript factory whose purpose is to produce chlorine,” the source said.

Another source, a medic at the local civilian hospital, reportedly witnessed Syrian soldiers helping those who were wounded and dealing with the fatalities at the scene.

Still, regardless of evidence to the contrary, House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers is pointing to the incident as a reason to invade Syria.

“I think that it is abundantly clear that that red line has been crossed,” Rogers told CBS on Sunday. “There is mounting evidence that it is probable that the Assad regime has used at least a small quantity of chemical weapons during the course of this conflict.”

And President Obama expressed skepticism last week at the notion that it was in fact the rebels who launched the attack.

“I am deeply skeptical of any claim that, in fact, it was the opposition that used chemical weapons,” he said. “Everybody who knows the facts of the chemical weapon stockpiles inside Syria as well as the Syrian government’s capabilities I think would question these claims.”

The President also took the opportunity to state that such a move by Assad would be a “game changer.”

Just how these leaders will respond to increasing indications that the attack was in fact launched by the rebels remains to be seen. RT opines, “Although Washington has worked with regional allies to prepare in the event that the Assad regime resorts to the use of chemical weapons, it doesn’t seem it has any contingency plan in the event that the militant opposition, which it is so determined to support, gets its hands on these very real weapons of mass destruction.”

This is not the first time that the rebel forces have committed heinous acts in their war on the Assad regime.

Last October, the rebel forces were responsible for four suicide bombings in Aleppo that killed approximately 40 civilians and wounded many more. The Daily Mail explained that the square targeted by the suicide bombings was in a government-controlled district in western Aleppo. According to the Mail, “Rebels have resorted to bomb attacks in areas still controlled by President Assad.”

Jebhat al-Nusra, a group linked to al-Qaeda, has taken credit for the bombings.

Additionally, the rebels were also responsible for the massacre of over 90 people in Houla last year. Immediately following that event, the United States, France, Great Britain, and Germany blamed Assad for the killings and expelled Syria’s ambassadors from their countries in protest. Later reports, however, pointed to evidence that the massacre was in fact carried out by anti-Assad rebel forces.

March 30th, 2013, 2:20 pm

 

Observer said:

AIG there is no point, there is a dialogue of the deaf. They are just posting in front of a mirror. I do believe that some of them are inner circle people who have mastered the circular argument narrative that you have with the Duck that could not shoot straight a Scud being the prime example.

I just listened to a pro regime Lebanese expert who says that there are still 90% of the 12 Divisions that the country has and the additional 14 Battalions intact and that the air force with close to 400 aircraft are still capable of inflicting a lot of damage and that the regime army is now concentrating on a triangle of locations for the defense of Damascus with Qatana and Qtaifah being important hubs.

Keeping the roads open for supply is apparently vital and we have every attempt being made to keep the road to the coast open as the airports are less than secure.

Now I think this so called expert is delusional for on paper there is even close to an additional 450 000 reserves but you and I know that the regime can rely on about 80 000 troops and even at that many of them are of poor quality and ill trained and are being used as cannon fodder.

So you will not get any response except childish rants here and there.

Revenge is not justice and especially in times of war otherwise there is nothing but mob rule and there is no difference between regime torturers and murderers and those fighting for freedom.

I just finished reviewing the regime sites and the news are not good for our friends here.

Notice how they are concentrating on Khatib, now that they know he will replaced Freddo Corleone.

Cheers.

March 30th, 2013, 2:31 pm

 

Visitor said:

Observer @48 said blah blah blah…

“Victories and defeats are the products of human action. I would argue with you that if God sent the Prophet Muhammad as the last of the prophets, then he actually is saying to the human race: there you go, I have sent you the last of my messengers with the idea that now you have to work out your issues and problems and you are FREE to take it or leave it.

Belief according to Sunni Islam is belief in one God his Books and his messengers and the angels and the day of judgement. Therefore, any Muslim by definition is also a Jew and a Christian.”

Sorry mr. observer, you are wrong.  What you said is not what Allah told us.  Learn and educate yourself, otherwise remain atheist.  No one cares the least.  This is what Allah told us,

معركة “حنين”. وهي المعركة التي كانت فيها أدوات النصر متوفرة – بشكل جيد – للجماعة المسلمة ورغم ذلك لم يتحقق النصر، {وَيَوْمَ حُنَيْنٍ إِذْ أَعْجَبَتْكُمْ كَثْرَتُكُمْ فَلَمْ تُغْنِ عَنْكُمْ شَيْئاً}[التوبة:25]، وكادت أن تُختتم المعركة بالهزيمة لولا أن الله تدخل لإنقاذ الموقف، {ثُمَّ أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَى رَسُولِهِ وَعَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَأَنْزَلَ جُنُوداً لَمْ تَرَوْهَا وَعَذَّبَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا}[التوبة:26]. مما يعني خطأ وخطورةَ تلك النظرة التي تتعلق قلبيا بعالم الأسباب أو تتعامل معها وكأنها فاعلة بذاتها في تحديد نتيجة المعركة

We are also told, وما النصر الا من عند الله

We are also told,

قال الله تعالى :{ إنا كل شيئ خلقناه بقدر } (القمر). وقال الله تعالى :{ وخلق كل شيئ فقدره تقديرا } (الفرقان)

We are also told,

وعن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال : كنت رديف رسول الله  صلىالله  عليه وسلم فقال لي رسول الله  صلىالله  عليه وسلم:” ياغلام الا اعلمك كلمات ينفعك الله بهن ” فقلت: بلى. فقال: ” احفظ الله يحفظك احفظ الله تجده امامك (اي اطعه ينصرك). تعرَف اليه في الرخاء يعرفك في الشدة. إذا سألت فاسأل الله واذا استعنت فاستعن بالله. قد جف القلم بما هو كائن فلو ان الخلق كلهم جميعا ارادوا ان ينفعوك بشيئ لم يكتبه الله عليك لم يقدروا عليه وإن ارادوا ان يضروك بشيئ لم يكتبه الله عليك لم يقدروا عليه. و اعلم ان الصبر على ما تكره خير كثير وان الصبر مع النصر وان الفرج من الكرب وان مع العسر يسرا” رواه الامام احمد. فإذا لا نافع ولا ضار على الحقيقة إلا الله .

Observer also said blah, blah blah….

“So if you believe and you clearly do, do not impose your world view on others.

So, what exactly are you saying?  You want to impose atheist worldview instead?

Did any one one tell you not to say what you want to say?   Why don’t you want others to say what they want to say?

What happened in the Dera’a areas was nothing less than Divinely ordained victories.  Allah is ever present even after He sent his Messenger (PBUH).  If you fail to recognize Him, as you, an atheist, obviously do, He will leave you to your devices and then bring you to account down on your knees begging when your time comes.  Then there will be no forgiveness and you will abide in the utter darkness of Jahannam for ever and ever.

It is you who should NOT impose your views on others by using labels or by promoting your own world view of atheism which is obviously rejected by all Syrians.  Because, you are a failure by all accounts a True Muslim abide by.  Syrians, are good Muslims and are by no means atheists, and will NEVER subscribe to such worldview of none but satan.

March 30th, 2013, 2:39 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Tommorows News Today

North Korea seems to be ratcheting up the aggression. One commentator said it is probably, at least partly, the regime trying to quickly beef up the young leaders credentials. It was said the regime was very concerned at the unpopularity of the young leader at home. How people hadn’t embraced him as they’d like. They want to show the people he is a strong and competent leader like his father and able to make the tough decisions on (eg) war and peace.

Sometimes such things are hard to backtrack from, even if they were meant for some other reason.

Reminded me of some predictions from Sh. Daghestani (d.1973), the Shaykh of Sh. Nazim. Apparently some have occured. Time will tell about the rest:

– ‘ “I see England entering Islam.” He predicted that a royal family in Europe is going to support Islam, because in their bloodline is the blood of Arabs. “This will draw them into spirituality and arouse in them an interest in many faiths, and draw them towards the Divine Presence.” ‘

– China splitting into different small countries.

– Problems in the Korean Peninsula and great powers intervening to stop the conflict.

– “A non-Arab Middle Eastern country will attack the Persian Gulf area, which will put the whole world into fear that the source of petroleum will be cut off.”

– Cairo to sink under water. The Aswan Dam has been recently found to contain loose underpinnings.

– Cyprus to sink under water. Mount Olympus to erupt.

– “There will be a big change in the approach of Arabs to politics, and one powerful regime is going to change to a better way of government.”

Plus more.

See ‘His Prediction’ section at bottom of page.

Allah Almighty Knows best.

March 30th, 2013, 2:51 pm

 

Citizen said:

Vice President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems Vladimir Anokhin says.
“I believe that this was caused by serious pressure from the US. At present the League of Arab States looks more like a section of the US Department of State than the champion of Arab countries’ interests. This is a big mistake. The Charter of the League of Arab States does not allow the League to exert an influence on changing the state structure or political regime in any of its member-states. In the current case the Arab League has exceeded its authority by trying to please those countries that are set on overthrowing Bashar al-Assad.”

March 30th, 2013, 3:07 pm

 

Mjabali said:

Visitor التتن

All of what you wrote is cut and paste . The realities we see tells us that, unlike your claims, progress is being made with the help of weapons and men coming from known help.

You hallucination about جنود من الأشباح does not make sense to a scientific mind that lives today . The rock you came from under is calling you .

Still can not understand how come a giant like you can not distinguish between taqiyyah and taqwah?

غبي

March 30th, 2013, 3:08 pm

 

Tara said:

Happy Easter.

March 30th, 2013, 3:24 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

The pictures I posted show typical Iranian women,with ugly faces ,short, flat breasts,I was in a plane in New York heading to Europe, Many passengers started to complain in the back and I saw the hostess asking couple passengers to leave,they were Iranians,later I asked the hostess what was the problem, she said they smell very bad, I guess that is why Zoo like Iranian women.they don’t take shower every day,and they don’t wash their hands except rarely,I wonder if they ever brush their teeth.
Mabrook Alaik Iranian women Zoo

March 30th, 2013, 3:33 pm

 

Visitor said:

MajedK @142,

Only ugly women would really complain about hijab, because they know they have very little chance of attracting men. Even though, some women who are unattractive and do not behave like the fallen ones, will find their mates. Allah told us,

(الطيبون للطيبات والخبيثون للخبيثات)

These ones are خبيثات

And of course Zoo (or WarrenZoo) is خبيث

March 30th, 2013, 3:45 pm

 

ghufran said:

an interesting but probably insincere and certainly too late of an admission that the MB hurt the “revolution”. There is no revolution, there is a war that destroyed half of Syria and failed to topple the regime. Most military wins by the anti regime forces were the work of terrorist groups like Nusra and similar unions of talibans, not the FSA:

هاجمت القيادة العامة للجيش الحر و قياديان من المعارضة السورية جماعة الأخوان المسلمين في سوريا اليوم السبت، متهمة أياها بسرقة الثورة و الهيمنة على القيادة السياسية للمعارضة، بالإضافة إلى السيطرة على أموال الإغاثة.
و تتعرض جماعة الأخوان لانتقادات جماعات المعارضة و المستقلين منذ بدء الثورة السورية لكن البيان الذي أصدره الجيش الحر يعد الأبرز.
و قالت القيادة المشتركة للجيش السوري الحر عبر متحدثها الإعلامي فهد المصري أنها تحمل ” الاخوان” مسؤولية تأخر انتصار الثورة وتشرذم المعارضة، موضحة أن البيان ” لم يصدر إلا بعد أن طفح الكيل لدى الناس في العديد من المدن السورية وعلى رأسها دمشق وريفها من تصرفات وسلوكيات الجماعة منذ بداية الثورة وحتى الآن وبشكل خاص الهيمنة والسيطرة على المجلس الوطني ومن ثم الائتلاف والهيمنة ومحاولات الهيمنة على الشؤون والقضايا الإغاثية والعسكرية”.
و خاطبت القيادة جماعة الاخوان بالقول :”هناك صدام عميق وكبير بينكم وبين مجمل القوى المدنية والثورية والوطنية والعسكرية والسياسية أيضاً. فالقلوب أصبحت ممتلئة أكثر مما تظنون وتعتقدون وهذا سيكون له تداعيات سيئة للغاية على الثورة وسورية الوطن وعلى مستقبل الجماعة في علاقتها مع الناس فلا يحق لكم الركوب على الثورة أو قيادتها أو محاولات التحكم بها ونحن الآن في مرحلة مفصلية سيترتب عليها الكثير من الأشياء”.
و لفت البيان أن “الكل يعلم تماما كيف تم تشكيل المجلس الوطني وكيف تم انتقاء اعضائه وكيف منحت صفة شخصية وطنية للبعض الآخر بمعنى تغيير طرابيش لكن الرأس واحد وهذا أمر مرفوض فلستم من يقرر صكوك الوطنية لأحد فالجميع في سلة واحدة وكلنا أولاد تسعة فلا تتشاطروا وتتذاكوا على الناس فهم ليسوا بحمقى ولا يحبون من يستغبيهم”.
و ذكر البيان الجماعة بإن “التركيبة السكانية والدينية والمذهبية لسورية لا تسمح ولن تسمح بالأساس لهيمنة جماعتكم على الثورة الآن أو السياسة السورية في المرحلة الانتقالية ومن ثم الديمقراطية”.
و أوضح البيان أن هناك حالة انزعاج كبيرة من تحركات “الإخوان” التراكمية والمستمرة حتى الآن والتي بدأت منذ فترة طويلة في الولايات المتحدة ومن التفاهمات التي عقدوها على حساب باقي أطراف المعادلة الوطنية والسياسية.
و دعا البيان الجماعة إلى الاتعاظ من فشل الاخوان في حكم مصر، مشيرا إلى أن موقفهم من النظام قبل الثورة وتجميد معارضتهم له حتى أيام قليلة قبل انطلاقها، مؤكدا أن”من كان له هذه المواقف الانبطاحية أمام النظام لا يوزع صكوك الوطنية والعمل الثوري على أحد”.
و أضاف البيان بأن :” الجميع يعلم كيف ركبتم المجالس المحلية والعشرات من التنسيقيات والهيئات والأشكال بألوان مختلفة لكنها في النهاية تصب في بئركم العميق ونعلم كيف وصلت ملايين الدولارات والتبرعات والهبات من الدول ومن الأفراد والتي تعتبر أموالاُ عامة من أموال الشعب السوري والتي سيحاسب الناس كيف صرفت ولمن وكيف؟، ونعرف كيف يتم تلميع أشخاص وتقديم أشخاص أو تأخيرهم واستبعادهم”.
و أكد البيان أنه وبناء على احتقان الشارع ضد الجماعة فأن حكومة السيد هيتو لن ترى النور حتى ولو كان أعضاؤها من الملائكة، موضحا أن الجميع يعلم كيف تم اختياره وفرضه من طرف الجماعة بمسرحية إعلامية ساذجة، مشيرا إلى أن الشارع سيسقط هذه الحكومة حتى ولو كانت دول العالم كلها تريده.
و تدعو بعض قوى المعارضة رئيس الحكومة المؤقتة غسان هيتو بـ”مرشح قطر”. و جمد عدد من المعارضين البارزين عضويتهم في الائتلاف و استقال رئيسه بعد انتخاب.
ورفض حوالي سبعين معارضا سوريا في بيان ارسل الى القمة العربية الأخيرة في الدوحة “السيطرة الاستبعادية” التي يمارسها احد تيارات الائتلاف، في اشارة واضحة الى جماعة الاخوان المسلمين.
و في شأن متصل، اتهم مالك قناة “أورينت” المعارضة قيادات الأخوان المسلمين بتكفير معارضيها، متهما الجماعة بـ” جعل الدين ثوبا خالصا لهم فقط ! ومن مواقفهم السياسية مواقف ربانية الاهية مقدسة”.
و أضاف غسان عبود على صفحته في موقع الفيس بوك أن “الديمقراطية في أن تنتقد غيرهم ! فاعرف أين تضع خياراتك. من الغلو والتطرف…”.
إلى ذلك، أوضح شلال كدو، عضو المجلس الوطني الكردي والقيادي في حزب اليسار الديمقراطي الكردي في سوريا، تشتت المعارضة و عدم انضمامهم للمجلس الوطني و الائتلاف يعود إلى خلاف ايديولوجي وسياسي وثقافي بين الأكراد و جماعة الاخوان.
و بين أن جماعة الإخوان المسلمين يتبعون سياسة انكارية بحق الأكراد، وبحق مكونات أخرى، ويهدفون إلى السيطرة على السلطة ليس الا، وبالتالي يسعون من خلال الثورة إلى استبدال نظام شمولي بعثي بآخر شمولي إسلاموي، في حين أن الأكراد لا يرضون بأقل من نظام ديمقراطي تعددي برلماني فيدرالي في سوريا المستقبل، على حد وصفه.
وأضاف: “ايديولوجية الإخوان قائمة على الغاء الآخر المختلف سياسيًا وثقافيًا واثنيًا وطائفيًا، وعلى صهره في بوتقة العروبة والاسلام، الامر الذي يرفضه الأكراد جملة وتفصيلًا لأنه يناقض ثقافتهم السياسية والانسانية
To readers who wonder about the thumbs down/ thumbs up feature on this blog:
discount thumbs down for every anti Nusra post on this blog by a multiple of six, a Nusra supporter Gulaam (home boy) on this blog have nothing better to do than to try to make anti Nusra posts seem unpopular, most of you know better, most Syrians are moderates , they do not want Assad but they will not allow a group of islamist thugs to rule them.

March 30th, 2013, 3:45 pm

 

Citizen said:

Syria – West prepares Libyan scenario “PS” 03/30/2013

http://youtu.be/CkARkaCU2BM?t=1m26s

March 30th, 2013, 4:14 pm

 

Visitor said:

The Martyrs of Douma Brigade announced that they killed Bashar in one of his palaces over ten hours ago, and challenged him to appear in public,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9jw8-mTqHA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Bashar has two more hours left to prove he’s still alive, otherwise lov-u-gang, like WarrenZoo and his ilk, are in deep trouble. Our heroes killed their ‘god’.

March 30th, 2013, 4:14 pm

 

Citizen said:

I don’t know where this stupid Adm. Stavridis’s comes from; maybe he is one of those spoiled Annapolis graduates. US are supporting al-Qaida (rebels) to overthrow the Assad regime; this doesn’t make sense. But then again US, in new military posture, have generals & admirals to do the politician biddings; their positions & promotions come first; they will not hesitate to “shake hands with the devil.”
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/20/294536/nato-reveals-syria-intervention-plans/

March 30th, 2013, 4:32 pm

 

ghufran said:

Mikhael Saad:

كان طلبي للحصول على جواز سفر قد رفض عام ٨٦، وكنت بحاجة ماسة له للسفر والعمل. تدخل أحد الأصدقاء وعرفني على رئيس اتحاد الفلاحين في حماه، فدعوته على الغداء ورويت له القصة، فعرفني بعد ذلك بدوره على نقيب المعلمين في حماه، فدعوته بدوره مع رئيس اتحاد الفلاحين على الغداء كي أروي له قصة جواز السفر. عرفني الأخير على أحد الموظفين في مكتب المحافظ ثم قائد الجيش الشعبي ثم كان لنا سهرة عند النور في حمص في جورة العرايس، أخيراً تعرّفت على رئيس قسم التحقيق في فرع المخابرات في حماه، الذي هو من يقرر منحي جواز سفر أو لا. وفي إحدى زياراتي لهذا الضابط سمعت منه مباشرة شهادة حية عن عدد الذين قتلهم بيده في حماه. كان في مكتبه فلاحان من قرية تقع على طريق حمص، وقد اختلفا أكثر من مرة مما انعكس خلافاً حاداً بين عشيرتي القرية، فقال لهما ضابط الأمن حرفياً كما أذكر: ليكن بعلمكما أنني قتلت بيدي هاتين اثنين وخمسين حموياً، وفي المرة القادمة التي تختلفان فيها سيكون الرقم اربعة وخمسين، يالله انقلعوا من هون.
حصلت على جواز سفري بعد عام، وقد كلفتني دعوات الغداء تلك ٢٢ ألف ليرة سورية في ذلك الوقت وقطع آلاف الكيلومترات ومئات الكذبات والابتسامات والمجاملات ووووووووكل ما يعرفه السوريون !!.
any questions about why Syrians do not want this regime?

March 30th, 2013, 5:16 pm

 

Visitor said:

What will be the title of the next post by Landis?

1). Damascus is Liberated.

2). SAA Collapsed.

3). Bashar is Dead.

4). All of the above.

March 30th, 2013, 5:27 pm

 

revenire said:

HAMA:

Qassaareen east of Hama City. The Jabhat Al-Nusra took the 5:00 p.m. bus to Erebus courtesy of Old Scratch. SAA caught them in a semi-circle and massacred the vermin. All 47 were killed with no fatalities for the SAA. Of the Jabhat Al-Nusra freaks, only 8 were carrying identification. A huge arsenal of weapons, courtesy of Prince Fatso, was found. Monzer estimates value at around $2,000,000.00. Too bad.

Muhssen Hassan Al-Qaari’
Abdul-Hameed Muhammad Jabbaar
Mahmoud Hussayn Al-Qajji
‘Abbaas Al-‘Awadh
Salaahuddeen Habbaal
Youssuf Abu-Jabaara
Muhammad Hajj-‘Ali
Ali Wadee’ Sumaydi

Kafr Nabooda: Another weapons cache was seized with its guardians killed to a rat:

Hassoon Al-Ajdhab (indeed he was!)
‘Abdul-Haleem Moussa ‘Asfour
Wajdi Bardaweel
Khayri Mustafa Al-Muhssen
Ma’roof Al-‘Alibaasha

Another 6 remain unidentified. Wael writes that this group was allowed to collect its weapons as they came from Turkish-Occupied Hatay and were surveilled by SAA drones. Good show.

Al-Mudayq in Syria’s Bekaa Valley – the Waadi Al-Ghaab – foreign grubs were rubbed out and deposited in the local sewer. One was Egyptian:

“Abu Yahya Al-Masri” (id pending. Egyptian national confirmed)
Abdul-Kareem Nizaar Al-Rasheed (SANA)

F`

https://www.facebook.com/SyrianPerspective

March 30th, 2013, 5:33 pm

 

revenire said:

LOL @ Bashar is dead. Josh should run that as a headline next to the one saying Bashar is living on a Russian ship.

March 30th, 2013, 5:36 pm

 

Syrialover said:

What do we have here, the Dirty Old Mens Club, whose taste in female beauty is based on porn images?

I think the behaviour of those bare breasted protesters is a bit extreme and likely to cause public offense, but I would not class them as physically ugly – they are just normal, healthy young women.

There are some lovely Iranian actresses and Egyptian women who have posted naked pictures of themselves to protest against religious extremism, so you would you also have to call them “ugly” and make racist remarks about them. Or would they pass your fantasy image test?

In many senses, they are more normal, sophisticated and healthy in their attitude to their bodies than women who go around trussed up in hijabs to avoid “inflaming men”. Which I guess is the protesters’ theatrical point.

Things are very screwed up and confused in the Middle East. Only there do we see young women with their hair modestly covered but wearing pants and tops so tight fitting and revealing they look like they have been sprayed onto their bodies.

As the story points out, women have gone topless for many different public issues – so it’s just one currently popular way of getting attention for a cause. One I don’t agree with, but I am not going into condemning normal-looking women for the way God made their bodies.

A secondary point, the Iranian people are not “physically ugly” – in many cases you could argue the opposite. The ugliness is with their Government NOT the people.

PS If any of you guys have normal daughters under 30 who are living in the west or influenced by modern popular culture, I can imagine your life is likely to be one big round of yelling threats and pleadings about “shame”. And sons of the same age who don’t know what you are carrying on about.

Here’s the link again:
http://rt.com/news/femen-iranian-topless-protest-stockholm-767/

March 30th, 2013, 6:31 pm

 

Tara said:

Syrialover,

In my opinion, there is nothing normal about women going topless to protest something. It really is very abnormal.

And in our defense, judging Iranians not to be beautiful in general is a matter of taste not a matter of racism. Really!

I have said before, I once watched an Iranian movie and the only attractive man among all the actors happened to be an Arab. It was perhaps a reflection of may own taste but there is no racism about it. It is just how I perceive the physical beauty of a man or a woman.

And by the way, I think Afghan women are very beautiful.

March 30th, 2013, 6:56 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Maybe Bashar is not yet dead or hiding on a ship, but he’d be infinitely better off being either of those things than tied on a leash and guarded by Iranians to who he’s handed control of Syria.

March 30th, 2013, 6:57 pm

 

Syrialover said:

TARA, the frustrating news is a lot of people these days who are younger than us don’t think going topless in a protest is “abnormal”. Ask around.

Nor do many young ME women think covering their hair while flaunting their bodies in skintight lowcut clothing is “abnormal”. Look around.

March 30th, 2013, 7:04 pm

 

Syrialover said:

New thread started

March 30th, 2013, 7:12 pm

 

Syrialover said:

There’s a new thread started

March 30th, 2013, 7:14 pm

 

Tara said:

Syrialover,

Yes, I noticed that when I visited Syria.

We were having dinner in a restaurant in old Damascus when a hijabed young woman in very tight jeans started dancing solo. It was on Um Kalthum tunes and she was a master.. The dance was very seductive and left the whole audience quite. I was kinda stunned. I thought it was very different from when I first left Syria. I am convinced that this young woman was forced into wearing hijab and her dance was a way to express her individuality. I am against forcing women into hijab. It must be a choice. But at the same time I do not believe that a woman with a normal psych can go topless to protest. It is like prostituting one’s body for a cause.

March 30th, 2013, 7:22 pm

 

ghufran said:

women rights is a crucial issue that will determine whether new regimes are an improvement over secular dictatorships or not.
women status in arab countries where islamists are either in charge or gaining influence:

Egypt:
Women stood shoulder to shoulder with men in Tahrir Square in 2011. Now they are back on the streets, opposing a new constitution that sweeps away their rights and opens the way for girls of 13 to be married. And in Cairo’s slums, life grows harder as the gulf between the sexes widens

Libya:
A guarantee of equality has been removed from the new constitution written after the revolution in 2011. There has been a rise in sexual assaults on the streets. Amnesty International claims discrimination against women “remains in law and practice”.

Yemen:
Women were prominent during the 2011 uprisings but demonstrators today segregate themselves by gender. Discrimination is still enshrined in law. A quota of 30% for women in jobs in state agencies has been proposed but not yet debated. Child marriage remains legal with 52% of women marrying under 18.

Morocco:
Reforms promised by King Mohammed VI are inching forward. A law that allows rapists to escape jail if they marry their victim is expected to be amended this year. Child marriage is illegal but has been on the rise over the last two years and there are moves to reduce the legal age from 18 to 16. There is only one female minister.

Tunisia:
Women’s legal rights have not changed since the revolution in 2010-11 but it took street protests before the new constitution was rewritten to enshrine full equality. The ruling Islamist Ennahda party has 42 women among its 89 MPs and only 3% of teenage girls are married. Some are worried about a rise in hardline conservatism
(The Guardian)

March 30th, 2013, 9:14 pm

 

zoo said:

Hundreds of Israeli Druze said anxious to join the fight against rebels in Syria

IDF veterans in the community determined to defend their coreligionists against al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels, Maariv reports

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-druze-said-set-to-join-the-fray-in-syria/

With rebel forces having consolidated control over much of Syria’s border with Israel, hundreds of Druze IDF veterans reportedly wish to cross the border into the war-torn country to defend their brethren against the anti-Assad forces that have attacked them in recent weeks.

Members of the Druze community in Syria are seen as largely pro-Assad, like their coreligionists in Israel. Last week, rebels from the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front targeted the Druze village of Khadr, near the Israeli border, and killed seven villagers, a member of the Druze community was quoted by Maariv as saying on Sunday.

March 31st, 2013, 9:10 am

 

zoo said:

Any update from the “Martyrs”? Are all your sources as accurate?

146. Visitor said:

The Martyrs of Douma Brigade announced that they killed Bashar in one of his palaces over ten hours ago, and challenged him to appear in public,

March 31st, 2013, 9:47 am

 

zoo said:

Arab tourists will soon compete with Israelis tourists for hotel rooms in Turkey

After Israeli apology, Turkey dreams of new tourism boom

Published: March 31, 2013
http://tribune.com.pk/story/529120/after-israeli-apology-turkey-dreams-of-new-tourism-boom/

ISTANBUL: The air-clearing apologies were both made and accepted.

Now, Turkey’s tourism industry is holding its breath and hoping that Israel’s apology for a deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla will translate into a new love affair that will bring Israeli holidaymakers back to its beach resorts.

“After the apology, I think we’ll reach 500,000 (Israeli) tourists this year,” said Timur Bayindir, the president of the Association of Hotel Owners in Turkey (TUROB), convinced that any grudges between the two allies were erased thanks to last week’s diplomatic breakthrough.

And he is not the only one who is optimistic.

“Before the apologies, we pushed very hard (for) Greece and Bulgaria, but since last week we try to do our best to push Turkish products,” Eyal Kashdan said, the chief executive of Flying Carpet Travel, one of the market leaders in promoting Israeli tourism in Turkey.

March 31st, 2013, 9:57 am

 

revenire said:

Syrialover Bashar is doing fine. He is relaxed and enjoying the day with his beautiful wife and family. He isn’t sitting on an web forum, on his knees, begging NATO to attack his country like you.

March 31st, 2013, 10:54 am

 

AIG said:

Zoo,

And tourism is bad because??? It is quite difficult to understand your demented mind. I have vacationed in Turkey in the past. It is very nice and the Turks were great hosts. I would certainly consider going again now.

By the way, do you know that Israel is a popular destination for Russian tourists? Almost 500,000 came in 2011:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Israel#Foreign_visitor_arrivals_in_2011

March 31st, 2013, 10:56 am

 

AIG said:

“He isn’t sitting on an web forum, on his knees, begging NATO to attack his country like you.”

Assad does not need to beg anybody to bomb Syria. He does it himself. That is very true. What an idiot.

March 31st, 2013, 11:00 am

 

Dolly Buster said:

This is the latest Democracy Index list.

http://country.eiu.com/article.aspx?articleid=1080324092

Number 1 is Norway again, and Syria is 164th.
That is the abysmal leadership of the criminal Shiites.

March 31st, 2013, 11:20 am

 

Dominique said:

From al-Jazeera:

“The attempts to push the country toward a self-fulfilled prophecy of sectarianism are extremely dangerous. The fact that the Assad administration has survived this long in its crusade against its own people, and continues to destroy every inch of life and ancient history, is excruciating. The daily loss is unbearable.

It continues:

“While all of this is true, there are many reasons to remain optimistic considering what Syrians have accomplished in two years under extreme pressure. The reasons are related to the internal dynamics of a people desperate for free expression, association and communication after decades of terror and isolation.”

al-Jazeera is, yet, another Anglo-American tool, owned by Qatar, the 55th state of the US, behind Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and Israel.

In 1949, the CIA backs the first coup. Then, the US puts the senior Assad in power in Syria, and, now, this tool from al-Jazeera tells us how bad it has been, and is, under the two Assads?

Now, the US supports another overthrow of a Syrian government. How bad will the next regime be, if it succeeds?

And this piece-of-garbage propaganda piece tries to illicit sympathy for the Syrian people (which they deserve) by citing other trouble in the region. How many CIA operatives were behind those troubled spots? Israel? Iraq, going back to the 1950’s, and Iran, with the installation of the Shah. Saudi Arabia’s regime is the most oppressive, yet no mention of that US state.

If anyone wants peace in the region, don’t count on the US to provide it; the situation just turns into revolving oppressive regimes, as long as these puppets comply with US wishes, of course. Hussein and Qaddafi both made the mistake of planning to ditch the US dollar as payment for oil–the petrodollar scheme. The Libyan gold-backed dinar and the Iraqi plan to drop the US dollar as payment for Iraqi oil brought US proxies into those two countries.

Now, the US wants Iran. But before Iran, Iran’s no. 1 ally, Syria, must fall. Download, “Which Path to Persia?” another masterpiece from the Brookings Institution.

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2009/6/iran%20strategy/06_iran_strategy.pdf

According to Brookings, Iran is a PROBLEM. How would the US react to Iran installing a puppet in the US for Iranian interests? And Iran is the problem, according to the fine prostitutes at Brookings.

Tell al-Jazeera that you know it’s a propaganda rag for US interests, as well. Never mind telling everyone how bad Assad is. Of course, he’s no fine fellow, but who put him there? How about the superpower imperialist piece-of-garbage of “freedom,” the US? It’s the problem, not Assad; he’s a US dog. Don’t blame a dog for its master’s mistakes.

Google US involvement in military coups and juntas; it’s fascinating reading. And Hugo Chavez was THE bad guy in Venezuela? Pinochet in Chile was a fluke?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covert_United_States_foreign_regime_change_actions

Add Syria 2013 to the list on Wiki.

March 31st, 2013, 10:14 pm

 

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