EXCLUSIVE: Moroccan ex-Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Mizouz Identified In Syria

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

So far I have identified two ex-Guantánamo detainees of Moroccan origin fighting in Syria under the banner of Harakat Sham al-Islam: namely, Abu Hamza al-Maghrebi (Mohammed al-‘Alami) and Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir (Ibrahim bin Shakaran). The latter is the leader of Harakat Sham al-Islam: a Moroccan-led mujahideen group operating primarily in Latakia and Aleppo governorates. The group recently played a role in the capture of al-Kindi hospital from regime forces alongside Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front.
Figure 1: Ibrahim bin Shakaran engages in outreach to children in Latakia village of Kafr Najah.

Now I have identified another Moroccan ex-Guantanamo detainee: Mohammed Mizouz, going under the alias of Abu al-Izz al-Muhajir. He appeared only many hours ago in a video where he makes a speech on the necessity for the unity of the mujahideen, appearing alongside fighters from both Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra in Latakia.
Figure 2: Screenshot of video of Abu al-Izz al-Muhajir’s speech. He is in the center under the Harakat Sham al-Islam flag with the Qur’an directly in front of him.

Besides being informed of the identity of Abu al-Izz al-Muhajir with Mohammed Mizouz by a Moroccan jihadi supporter, one should also note that we have other attestations to his appearance. Indeed, the identity is unmistakable.
Figure 3: Video of Mohammed Mizouz in March 2012 in Rabat, Morocco.

You can read more about Mohammed Mizouz here. Originally from Casablanca, he was transferred to Morocco after being released from Guantánamo on no charges.

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a student at Brasenose College, Oxford University. His website is http://www.aymennjawad.org. Email: aaj892@hotmail.com. Twitter: @ajaltamimi

Comments (91)

norman said:

There is no chance to rehabilitate them.

December 22nd, 2013, 7:49 pm


Sami said:

Yet another article highlighting Al-Qaeda, meanwhile a Syrian Palestinian activists has been tortured to death in Assad’s dungeon…

Today Hassan was murdered, murdered by those who pretended to work for the liberation of his occupied homeland “Palestine”, killed by the so-called regime of resistance and anti-imperialism, the 14 security branches of Bashar Al Assad killed him and more accurately, “the military intelligence branch” after arresting him in early October 2013 when he was attempting to leave the camp with his wife, who was released several days after her arrest.

He couldn’t stand this insanity; he was obsessed with finding out new ways to let this energy out of him. So Hassan founded the group “The Palestinian Assembly for Creativity: reaction” with his friends as a reaction to all the mess around him and his world, the camp!


إذا قدرت اشتغل كل سنة بس مسرحية وحدة واعرضها بس بالمخيم ما عندي مشكلة بكون مبسوط وكتير سعيد
وما حدت يعرفني ولا بدي انشهر ولا اصير شي بس بدي اضل عايش بهذا المكان واكون عادي مو اكتر من عادي
بتمنى …….

Hassan Hassan

December 23rd, 2013, 3:55 am


ALAN said:

Washington has suddenly gone from backing a mostly Sunni ‘rebellion’ in Syria to reaching out to Iran. This about-turn stems from the realization that the US has dangerously overplayed its geopolitical game and allowed religious militancy to swell past the point of no return. Neither Washington nor its NATO partners can reverse this trend unaided. Both failed miserably in the decade-long, superficial “war on terror,” which, if anything, helped sow further seeds of extremism.

December 23rd, 2013, 5:18 am


ALAN said:

It is clear that the Israeli-Saudi coordination is not limited to the battlefield. According to the experts, this is being developed on the political front as well. Furthermore, after concluding of the Geneva Agreement on the November 24 of this year, after negotiations inthe format of “five plus one” and Iran on the parameters of the Iranian nuclear activities during the transition period, the Israeli-Saudi coordination, according to experts, has acquired another dimension. It has ceased to take into account, it seems, to the fullest exten tthe interests of its American“boss”. Washington now desperately needs a break to restart its economy, to reset its military and political machine for the confrontation with Beijing, quickly growing in strength. However, for this manoeuver, it is necessary to get out ofthe Middle East swamp, where, admittedly, the U.S. has become bogged down through its own fault.

It seems that Tel Aviv and Riyadh are in no hurry to give the US a helping hand. Israel is strongly inhibiting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, launched in August of this year and sponsored by the United States – thus preventing the attainment of a mutually acceptable peace agreement with the Palestinians. While Riyadh, as world media states, continues to form new groups to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad (now called the “Islamic Front”) for allegedly fighting both against the Syrian regime and Al- Qaeda. This naturally weakens the joint efforts of Moscow and Washington aimed at the upcoming conference on Syria in Montreux, which should start on January 22, 2014. In parallel, Israel and KSA seem to be using all their considerable lobbying power to torpedo the possibility of an agreement on the final settlement of the Iranian nuclear programme through the Europeans(primarily the French), as well as their friends in the U.S. Congress. These efforts are already affecting the toughening of the positions of Washington and the Europeans in the negotiations with the Iranians, which is leading to a sharp reaction fromTehran.

In September of this year, Washington had the courage toresist the pressure of its Middle Eastern allies, “aimed” at the endless confrontation with Iran, to defend its own national interests, which, incidentally, coincided with the interests of most of the world, and as a result, it saw success in both the Syrian and Iranian directions. Does the White House have this courage now?


December 23rd, 2013, 6:06 am



Assad, Russia and ¨Obama & Iran Co.¨ have caused 300 civilian dead in Aleppo only in the last week.

Congratulations to the US, Rusia and Iran citizens and ¨democracies¨. Good job, it takes guts to stare at you.

By the way UN has stopped recount on victims 12 months ago. They stopped at 120.000, now they could be 250.000.

December 23rd, 2013, 9:32 am


Syrian said:

EXCLUSIVE: Hizbula admit to a new field mercenary to get killed in Syria
حزبولا ينعي قائدا ميدانيا

المجموعة: سورية اليوم
نعى حزبولا اليوم الاثنين القائد الميداني علي ضرغام فارس الملقب بـ”أبو علاء” وهو من بلدة نحلة البقاعية و”قضى أثناء قيامه بالواجب الجهادي المقدس” على ما جاء في بيان النعي !

December 23rd, 2013, 10:00 am


Syrian said:

EXCLUSIVE: The FSA of eastern Ghouta capture 2 tanks after liberating a town
‫#‏ريف_دمشق‬ ‫#‏الغوطة_الشرقية‬

الجيش الحر يغتنم دبابتين T72 و bmp ومضاد طيران وشيلكا بعد تحرير بلدة القاسيمة في الغوطة الشرقية بريف دمشق ولم يتمكن النظام واعوانه من الهروب بهم الى العتيبة

http://youtu.be/ZEmyyf424l4 اغتنام دبابتين T72 وبي ام بيه ومضاد طيران
http://youtu.be/2vLAbpMYFyw لحظة تشغيل الدبابات واغتنامها
http://youtu.be/6MzAX9GfYhY فرحة المجاهدين بغنائم الاسد الثقيلة 1
http://youtu.be/1gy2_qtDncc فرحة المجاهدين وتحويل الدبابة لأرجوحة 2

December 23rd, 2013, 10:19 am


Sami said:

A school was barrel bombed in Marea, Aleppo yesterday. I guess the wish to destroy every building is coming true!

Who remembers the Na7no Al-Nusoor Airforce song that was played on TV?

December 23rd, 2013, 10:26 am


Sami said:


The first photo is more likely a DIY Air Fuel Bomb. While the people of Aleppo are freezing for the lack of fuel, Assadists drop bombs filled with fuel on top of them.

The sick disgusting irony is not lost on anyone!

December 23rd, 2013, 10:44 am


Syrian said:

You are right these barrel bombs actually come from the oil refinery in Homs.
I googled DYI air fuel bomb and found this from brown Moses blog
“Oil barrels are turned into TNT barrels in Homs
The most important oil refinery in Syria is the one of Homs, capital of the revolution. Dozens of barrels are transferred from this refinery to the provinces in Syria including Tartous Port to export oil. During the revolution the regime turned these barrels into explosive bombs, dropping them on the cities and towns in Syria. The regime transported these big explosive barrels using military aviation. Each one contains 200 kg of TNT explosives. These barrels are dropped, by the regime, on the residential buildings and houses to destroy them completely and turn them to open ground, uninhabitable and impossible to hide in. The barrels explode after being dropped, the fuse ignites when it hits the target. The barrel falls in less than 5 seconds, making a huge bang, and when it hits the target both the target and the surrounding area are completely destroyed due to the large amount of the explosive. In Homs – 5 cases were reported , where 2 barrels were dropped in a single sortie. For protection, it is advisable to run to safe places when hearing helicopters sounds , it takes 5 minutes for the helicopters to fly over the target .”


December 23rd, 2013, 11:11 am


ALAN said:

peacekeepers = Syrian regime collapse!
Jimmy Carter elderly person can say anything!

December 23rd, 2013, 3:07 pm


ALAN said:

Syria child soldiers: rebels recruiting teens as young as 12 years old
Rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have enlisted children to their ranks, a video uploaded to the internet by the Middle EastMedia Research Institute (MEMRI) shows. The video is made up of a collection of videos that have been filmed throughout the past year in various parts of Syria. It shows that even the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, which is considered moderate, has enlisted children. Some of the children speak about “jihad for the sake of Allah.”
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_12_23/Syria-child-soldiers-rebels-recruiting-teens-as-young-as-12-years-old-0189/

December 23rd, 2013, 3:35 pm


ALAN said:

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

The Moroccan who came to Syria with his kids for “jihad” was an ex-drug dealer.


December 23rd, 2013, 3:46 pm


ALAN said:

Highly interesting piece on Saudi strategy of exporting its extremists to wage war on the world & keep peace at home
“Saudi Arabia is playing a dangerous double game—turning a blind eye to the jihadists flocking from Riyadh to Syria while assuring the West of its commitment to fighting terror.”

December 23rd, 2013, 3:57 pm


ALAN said:

Anbar province in Iraq overshadowed by the specter of al-Qaeda

December 23rd, 2013, 4:03 pm


amal said:

Merry Christmas to all the peace loving people of Syria.
May you obliterate all those foreign islamist invaders soon.

December 23rd, 2013, 4:15 pm


Uzair8 said:

Is Assad the biggest recruiting seargant for the revolution and in particular the extremists?

I say yes.

People (incl Jimmy Carter) are talking about Assad staying, rehabilitating him and even proposing the unrealistic suggestion that the opposition should join hands with Assad to fight the extremists.

Assad’s presence and response to the uprising from day one has only pushed syrians to join the struggle and encouraged foreign fighters and extremists to head to Syria after seeing the horror on the TV screens.

What do you think the current horrific barrel bomb onslaught on Aleppo and elsewhere is going to achieve? It’s only gonna provoke the people of the targeted areas to join the fight against Assad and with pictures of the aftermath of these barrel bomb attacks beamed across the region even more foreign fighters and extremists will be caused to join the fight.

Don’t blame the revolution. Assad is the root cause. Like others have said (incl. Tara) the extremists can be dealt with later.

Here is what Berislac posted on Iran Military Forum today alongside several videos of the aftermath of the barrel bomb attacks:

This is after attack of Syrian fighter planes on Wahhabi held districts of Aleppo. The airstrikes are being used on rebel positions according to Wahhabis as revenge for Adra and according to me because Syrian army does not have enough soldiers on the ground. Any way this is one big mess Saudis are enjoying this for sure.



December 23rd, 2013, 5:47 pm


Uzair8 said:

Saw this earlier on Yalla Souriya:

#Syria #ISIS –

@MajdArar 21 Dec

#Syria-n Islamic Organizations (mainstream scholars) issue statement against ISIS actions & behavior http://islamicsham.org/letters/1431 (Arabic)


December 23rd, 2013, 5:50 pm


Uzair8 said:

A few days ago I saw the following video on a forum. Didn’t watch it as it’s in arabic.

Apparently prominent Syrian Sunni/Sufi scholar welcomes the formation of the Islamic Front. Uploaded on Youtube on 22nd November:

Sheikh Usama Rifai welcomes the formation of Islamic Front

December 23rd, 2013, 5:55 pm


Uzair8 said:

Is it true about the regime bankrolling the film? I did wonder the other day. Not that I’m against such a film but I’d have a problem with the motive and timing.

Not a spy ‏@finriswolf 6h
#Syria : Many Regime soldiers are no longer receiving pay – especially in the East

Aboud Dandachi ‏@AboudDandachi 6h
@finriswolf Meantime the regime bankrolls a crappy 3rd rate film about a saudi king to the tune of $7 million @Partisangirl

December 23rd, 2013, 6:12 pm



Hezballah admits his mercenaries die everyday in invaded Syria.

Hassan Nasrallah says sunni (Al Aqeda) arabs are the main objective of Iran Hezballah even before Israel.

Heretic Clown Criminal Hassan Nasfallah admits he is a dog at the service of Israel.

December 23rd, 2013, 6:26 pm



There is something that has been happening to me for the last 2 years. I would like to know if someone experienced the same.

When I call to someone I know in rebel areas which are out of Syriatel coverage (Daraa, Qalamoun, Edlib) and even disconnected by the state, although I know there is no coverage, I keep on trying in the expectation and line could return, normally there is no signal but sometimes it happens that the phone rings and a voice of a woman answer. She speaks asking ¨who calls¨, Ï cannot hear¨, ¨who are you¨. etc. then she smiles, and repeat same kind of sentences. I have tested many times and got to the conclusion that it is a registered system that works automatically.

It has been designed to create confussion among people and to create chaos while letting people stop searching for relatives, beloved and friends in rebel areas.

First times I thought there was a problema with the line but finally I discovered it is a system ideated by the regime.

They not only control Al Qaeda members coming from Chechnia and Afganistan, they also create total chaos and desperation among isolated populations.

December 23rd, 2013, 7:07 pm


habib said:

And they will soon be landfill, Santa Claus-willing.

December 23rd, 2013, 7:10 pm


Diane Pettress said:

each night as I watch the news reports of the brave women, men and the children of Syria fighting for their freedom and their dignity, I am struck that this country and her people have been destroyed, simply because one man ,Assad wants to stay in power at any and all costs. One man feels his needs are greater than anyone else. The news scenes break my heart !

December 24th, 2013, 1:48 am


Uzair8 said:

Apparently Buthaina Shaaban’s office confessed..

Sara Khan, the sister of Dr Abbas Khan who died in Syria, on claims he had been killed

December 24th, 2013, 3:11 am


Syrian said:

EXClUSIVE to the comment section.
From the Washington post Editorial Board

President Obama’s empty boast on Syria
By Editorial Board, Published: MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 7:07 PM ET

“IT WAS astonishing to hear President Obama, in the preamble to his end-of-year news conference last week, cite Syria as one of his foreign policy successes.”

“Mr. President, Syria is in the process of giving up its chemical weapons, as you say. At the same time, it’s been more than two years since you both predicted and demanded the resignation of Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad. Yet he has strengthened his position and continues to commit war crimes.

His forces are besieging hundreds of thousands of people, deliberately starving them to death, according to your secretary of state. His helicopters are dropping ‘barrel bombs’ on apartment buildings in Aleppo, bombs ‘typically packed with screws, scrap metal, old car parts, blades and explosives,’ as one activist told the Wall Street Journal. More than 9 million Syrians — better than a third of the country — have been driven from their homes. Is this record consistent with ‘standing up for our interests around the world’?”
Read more,

December 27th, 2013, 12:38 am


sami said:

Lebanon fires back at an Assadists jet violating its airspace and attacking Arsal.

December 30th, 2013, 9:06 am


habib said:

28. Diane Pettress

Each night I read comments from random westerners who have chosen an arbitrary cause to support, I scratch my head in wonderment of the pure ignorance.

For one, Assad is irrelevant as a person, a large part of the Syrian population simply doesn’t want to be ruled Taleban types. Assad is merely a front for this huge segment of the population.

Random westerners need to understand this quickly, or stay out of business that is not theirs.

December 30th, 2013, 2:01 pm


habib said:

31. sami said:

Only because the Leb army just received 3 billion in bribes by the Saudists.

Funny, since the only faction that has been attacking Lebanese soldiers in recent years are Salafists, like those nesting in Arsal, so the Leb army has basically been paid to weaken itself.

December 30th, 2013, 2:03 pm


Uzair8 said:

If Isreal hadn’t taken out the suspected nuclear facility (al-Kibar) in 2007, then 6 yrs later Qardahan warlord Kim Jung Assad may well have been dropping crude (dirty) miniature tactical nuclear barrel bombs on syrian towns and cities.

December 30th, 2013, 2:06 pm


Uzair8 said:

Was gonna mention the £3billion but Habib beat me to it.

Hezb should be feeling nervous right now. It seems the Saudi’s are serious, determined and angry. Good move.

Iran cannot (financially) match/neutralise this move as it is already financially carrying the Assad regime and feeling it’s own sanctions burden. That is unless the west lifts sanctions and frees up Iranian billions.

December 30th, 2013, 2:16 pm


habib said:

35. Uzair8

Lol. You think even ten trillion would make the Leb army any better?

What matters is motivation and training, not money and equipment.

December 30th, 2013, 3:46 pm


Juergen said:

melodramatic as always, but it seems at least some of the victims are real and have real stories to tell

December 31st, 2013, 9:30 am


Juergen said:

I hope the new Year brings at least an end to the bloodshed.

I wish for all here an good start in 2014.

Since its a german tradition to end the year with some laughter, here is one video by Bassem Ferghaly on Dalida’s return to her childhoodhouse in Egypt.

December 31st, 2013, 9:33 am


Ghufran said:

The atrocities committed by terrorists and rebels in Adra leave no doubt about the nature of the rebels and their supporters and why Islam and violence have become interchangeable terms in the eyes of most non Muslims and many Muslims.
What Islamist thawrajiyyeh did was responding to regime violence with terrorism making them untrustworthy and unfit to govern especially in areas with diverse population.
Designating any Syrian who is either non Sunni or not supportive of rebels as a legitimate target for murder, rape and robbery has sealed the fate of this ” revolution” .

December 31st, 2013, 9:56 am


ziad said:

التيارات الدينية في العالم العربي لا تختلف عن جحافل الغزو ، وفي أقل من عام من حُكم الإخوان كانت تل أبيب ترقص فرحة بمرسيها، وواشنطون تسترخي لأن رجالها حلوا محل جمال عبد الناصر في القصور الجمهورية، وبؤر الإرهاب تناثرت على رمل سيناء، وميليشيات مسلحة وملثمة تستعرض عضلاتها في كل مكان، ورئيس متخلف عقلياً كلما زار بلداً هبط بالمصريين درجة وترك انطباعا أن ديمقراطية صندوق الانتخاب تعني اختيار الأجهل.
المهاجرون الذين يشاهدون وطنهم من الخارج يعانون غربة مواطنيهم في الداخل ، والسوري والعراقي واليمني والمصري والليبي والسوداني والتونسي الهائمون على وجوههم في شوارع باريس وجنيف واستوكهولم وروما وسيدني وهيوستون وبرلين وأثينا وكوبنهاجن يعيشون عذابات الوطن مضاعفة حتى لو لم يكن من بينها أمن وسكن ورغد الغيش وأسرة وأولاد وصحة وعلاج و ….

اللصوص المحترفون يسرقون من المواطنين كتبهم المقدسة قبل أن يستولوا على الوطن، ويزعمون أن ملكية الأرض حصلوا عليها بموافقة السماء، فإذا وصل الكذب والتزوير والتزييف إلى أقصى المدى أقسموا أن الله شاهد على أعمالهم ويخفون حقيقة أن رب الكون العظيم شاهد على جرائهمم.

لو أخفى كل العرب خلف ظهورهم ولمدة عامين فقط المذهب والدين والطائفة والعقيدة والحزب والفرقة والجبهة والجماعة لأسقاهم الله ماءً غدقاً، ورزقهم من حيث لا يحتسبون.

كلما حدثني عربي عن تقواه وإيمانه وتمسكه بعقيدته رأيت بوضوح دماءً تسيل من أنيابه.

العقيدة الوحيدة التي تقف مدافعة عن الوطن والمواطنين هي الصمت ، وما عدا ذلك فمزايدة دينية قبل قطع رقاب خصومهم.

محمد عبد المجيد

December 31st, 2013, 11:43 am


Uzair8 said:

Syrian Coalition: President Hollande Confirms Assad’s Support of Extremists

Monday, 30 December 2013

French President Francois Hollande’s confirmed today “that Bashar al-Assad supports extremists to distort the image of the moderate opposition.” In response to Holland’s satement, Political Committee member, Fayez Sarah’s stated that “at last there is someone who is telling the truth which has long been ignored by the international community. This truth cannot be hidden, and it will eventually prevail. Hollande’s statements are based on information and data not on mere speculations or political analysis.”



December 31st, 2013, 1:11 pm


Syrian said:

The great Hadi Abdel Allah interviewing 3 captured Iraqis merssenries with clips from thier own cell phones

December 31st, 2013, 5:53 pm


Syrialover said:

HABIB displays his big time confusion – and pointless delusion – in #32.

We see even Hollande in France knows far more about the reality in Syria than HABIB in #41.

And while we’re on HABIB, here’s a link to that story that’s making him so agitated:

“Saudi Arabia grants Lebanese army $3 billion”


Comment: Good idea. But note that Iran is estimated to be still spending around $1 billion a month on Hezbollah.

December 31st, 2013, 6:27 pm


Syrialover said:

So Guantanamo didn’t do the job, as we see in the lead article above.

I’ll bet anything the world will be creating bigger and meaner Guantanamos to deal with all the al quaeda trash that is going to be flooding out of Syria when the fantasy is no longer fun.

Has anyone seen a roundup of what their various home governments have in mind for those “boys” when it’s over and they head back to their failed lives? If so please post it here.

I gather going to fight in Syria has been made a crime with a 25-year sentence in some countries, and other junk terrorist “holy warriors” will be forbidden re-entry to their homeland.

December 31st, 2013, 6:43 pm


Juergen said:

I find this New Year wish of a friend noteworthy:

Happy New Year,

But in Syria, where ordinary people have endured a level of civilian violence which is unimaginable, may the bastards run out of ammunition and the innocent find safety.

January 1st, 2014, 2:01 am


Juergen said:

New year wishes from Syrian children

January 1st, 2014, 6:34 am


alan said:

It turned out that at the train station in Volgograd was the goal of the terrorists – killed engineers working on strategic missiles “Topol”. And who killed the scientists in Iran?

Do you remember the plane crashed with Russian nuclear
scientists who adjusted their NPP in Iran?


January 1st, 2014, 11:36 am


Uzair8 said:

An extremely worried shabeeha delegation rushed to Damascus for an urgent meeting with Assad. They left the capital reassured that steroid stockpiles were not part of the UN chemical weapons destruction process.

January 1st, 2014, 1:16 pm


Uzair8 said:

Syria Op-Ed: Why Assad and Hezbollah Are in Trouble
December 30, 2013

written by Elias Frankel

Only a year ago, many Middle East experts were predicting the imminent demise of the Assad regime. In hindsight, those predictions were wildly unrealistic.

Or were they?


January 1st, 2014, 1:39 pm


Alan said:

51. UZAIR8
Why do not you talk about the huge inventory of the various weapons of mass destruction owned by the State of Israel in the Middle East? Do you have a satisfying answer? I think that Mordechai Vanunu is more brave than you, without a doubt!!!


Get out of the predicament gives the experience, expertise and the intensity of valor!

January 1st, 2014, 2:06 pm


Alan said:

Syria Insurgents are being Directed by NATO, Gulf Officers from a Secret Command HQ in Jordan

January 1st, 2014, 4:03 pm


Alan said:

Jawad Al-Tamimi is broadcast at 20 Tweets on Twitter continuously! This reflects the nature of his work, such as conveyor belt and not as a researcher or student! Pathetic!

January 1st, 2014, 4:17 pm


Andrew said:

Michel Kilo: It is time to take a stand


January 1st, 2014, 9:17 pm


Alan said:

The Russian-Saudi Showdown at Sochi
……… / Putin warned Saudi Arabia of potentially severe consequences – suggesting military retaliation – if Bandar’s implied warning was followed up by actual terrorist attacks like the ones in Volvograd on Monday, killing more than 30 people./…
V.V.Putin : it is time for red card publication. Terrorism can be buried in his hometown.

January 2nd, 2014, 6:46 am



curious to know if Matthew is banning email addresses or IP addresses as well.

January 2nd, 2014, 3:24 pm


Tara said:

An explosion has taken place in Dahya today. Few were killed and many were wounded. HA should move out of residential areas and stop using human shield to protect its existence.

January 2nd, 2014, 5:06 pm


Syrialover said:

UZAIR8 #52

Assad may still be managing to survive with the massive assistance of Iran and its militia groups. But he no longer prevails in the country he calls Syria and never will again.

Incidentally, the stinking disaster engineered by the Assad regime now has Shia foreign fighters allegedly outnumbering Sunni foreign fighters in Syria:


New slogan: “Assad AND his own personal brutal foreign extremists burn the country”

January 2nd, 2014, 6:02 pm


Syrialover said:

ALAN you are on distraction overdrive! Anything but discuss what is happening in Syria.

So things are not going well there in your view – subject better avoided?

January 2nd, 2014, 6:13 pm


Syrialover said:

Something is different here. Has ZOO taken early retirement, got a new role somewhere, or just taking a long happy Christmas holiday?

Either way, it’s hard on ALAN being left to do all the heavy lifting and distracting (plus all the spam thumbs up).

January 2nd, 2014, 6:17 pm


Observer said:

I think this article from foreign policy is infinitely more accurate and scientific than any political pundit on Syria has ever said. Intervention no intervention right wrong legitimate illegitimate mumbo jumbo we read on this blog are nicely clarified by the following:

Very grim indeed. The best description is that of the DRC in Congo and its long civil war.

It is also clear that the regime is now acting fully as just another warlord and that the infighting is happening in both sides with difficulties between the regime and its supporters.

It is also clear that the war has now reached Lebanon and its Iraqisation is slowly evolving. As the traditional politicians end up unable to provide solutions the radicals take over just as the Mufti of Lebanon was heckled severely at the funeral of the young man killed at the Khashogi mosque and slogans for the election of Assir as Mufti were called in his presence; we have the extremist HA with its militant leader saying that its policies are essential for its existence and that at the expense of Lebanon if need be. Once again destroy the country to save the party; something the Baath did in both Syria and Iraq.

It is high time to stop banning on this blog it has become stale and to change the rules so that posts are not cut and paste but substantive arguments But it is essential to let everyone say whatever they want to say.

Happy New Year

January 3rd, 2014, 9:13 am


Observer said:

Have fun

January 3rd, 2014, 9:29 am


ghufran said:

Israel, Wahhabi militants and the GCC sheikhs are the real axis of evil. Majed almajed of KSA may provide evidence of deeper involvement of “the guided kingdom” in terrorism. I am afraid KSA ruling mafia will try to kill him or buy his release. On paper he is wanted by the Saudi police, in reality he is part of the ruling establishment in Sandy Arabia.
This is from The Telegraph:

Al-Qaeda leader held in Lebanon ‘raised funds for anti-Assad militants’:

Muhammad al-Majid, whose Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed a double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut last year, is believed to have been a key fundraiser for militants in Syria.

January 3rd, 2014, 9:58 am


alan said:

Not bad if you feed this dish! Train may eventually have to replace Presenters TV !caricature in eye glasses

January 3rd, 2014, 9:58 am


alan said:

After over a year of anti-Assad hype, lies, fiction peddled as truth, false flag events, manipulation of facts and photographic evidence, the west has gone suddenly silent on Syria. What is going on, and who or what is the west supporting? Those playing soccer with the heads of their victims?
who is responsible for these atrocities and upon what authority do the western powers, together with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar, intervene? Saddam al-Jamal, dead of the Eastern Front of the Free Syrian Army, has claimed that FSA representatives meet regularly with their peers from Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the USA, along with the Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Salman bin Sultan. Al-Jamal claims that a huge amount of money has been delivered to Syrian opposition forces by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

After reading these lines, perhaps those in charge of these countries should be held responsible for the actions of those they aid, abet, equip and finance

Terrorists in Syria play soccer with heads of civilians

January 3rd, 2014, 10:19 am


elain said:

It was said previously, that the Syrian ground is nothing but a theater to collect all the terrorists from all over; perferrably the western world and also from eastern side and have them innhiliated in Syria.
Putin vows to do that in Russia! The USA is doing this on the Syrian ground, the only sad part that there are innocent people who are being the collectible damage and sometime the scape goat.
I am not against Obama having all this terrorists speeding up their journey to meet whores in the heaven but I am disgusted with the innocent people living situation.

January 3rd, 2014, 11:17 am


alan said:

I hope that the international community, led by the Russian Federation in the Security Council to fulfill its obligations as a guarantor of peace in the world. to investigate a list of encourager, sponsor, trainer and exporter the terrorism in the region especially after that the terrorism has become a series of foreign policy of some countries in the Middle East

January 3rd, 2014, 11:27 am


habib said:

45. Syrialover

I didn’t write #41.

In any case, the opposition’s/Saudists’s biggest problem in this conflict has been their own hubris and underestimating their enemies (as exemplified by the pompous propaganda by Syrialover and others, that never reflect facts on the ground).

That will be their downfall, no amount of dirty money and badly trained Salafists will change this.

January 3rd, 2014, 4:25 pm


Uzair8 said:

I was reading a Salafi type forum yesterday and saw a lot of criticism and tough questions (theological, ideological etc) thrown at ISIS.

The one or two who tried to argue on behalf of ISIS really struggled.

Today the discussion has continued and it’s not looking good for ISIS.

People have questioned how the hell are they a ‘state’?

Also asking how they can proclaim a state without local consent?

Who gave them authority?

Their torture and killing of a rebel leader has been siezed on and ISIS defenders are struggling to make any defence.

It seems other rebel factions and protests are targeting ISIS and this could be the beginning of the end for them. I hope so anyway. Even heard they destroyed a Sufi shrine the other day.

The latest post on that forum from a user called Layth, who I believe is a moderator or admin says this (his previous comments in the recent discussion were pointing out how one ISIS critic talked most sense):

People are revolting against them. It seems that they have learned nothing from the past ten years, Allahul musta’aan.

[Al Jazeera link]


I post this as I’ve seen a tweet by Prof Landis to which Aboud responded. The tweet was about ISIS.


January 3rd, 2014, 4:52 pm


Alan said:

Suleiman therefore is trying to “hoodwink” the people of Lebanon by signing a Faustian deal with twin forces that are supporting the demise of the rich mosaic of the Levant.

January 3rd, 2014, 6:04 pm


Alan said:

” We bow our heads before the victims of the cruel terrorist attacks,” Putin said in the speech. ” We will continue fighting terrorists in a tough and relentless manner until they have been completely eliminated.”

January 3rd, 2014, 6:36 pm


ghufran said:

The SNC decided not to attend Geneva2
قرر المجلس الوطني السوري اليوم الجمعة عدم المشاركة في اجتماع جنيف2 المزمع عقده في 22 يناير/كانون الثاني الحالي لمناقشة حل الأزمة السورية، وذلك في اجتماع عقدته أمانته العامة في مدينة إسطنبول التركية، وناقشت فيه موقف المجلس من المشاركة في الاجتماع المرتقب

January 3rd, 2014, 8:28 pm


Sami said:

Map of Non-violence opposition inside Syria:

January 3rd, 2014, 9:59 pm


Ghufran said:

A powerful description from al- Quran of people who behave at a lower level than animals when they fail to use the best gift of all : the human mind
قوله تعالى : أم تحسب أن أكثرهم يسمعون أو يعقلون إن هم إلا كالأنعام بل هم أضل سبيلا . أم ، في هذه الآية الكريمة هي المنقطعة وأشهر معانيها أنها جامعة بين معنى بل الإضرابية ، واستفهام الإنكار معا ، والإضراب المدلول عليه بها هنا إضراب انتقالي .
والمعنى : بل تحسب أن أكثرهم يسمعون أو يعقلون ، أي : لا تعتقد ذلك ولا تظنه ، فإنهم لا يسمعون الحق ولا يعقلونه ، أي : لا يدركونه بعقولهم : إن هم إلا كالأنعام ، أي : ما هم إلا كالأنعام ، التي هي الإبل والبقر والغنم في عدم سماع الحق وإدراكه ، بل هم أضل من الأنعام ، أي : أبعد عن فهم الحق وإدراكه .
[ ص: 60 ] وقوله تعالى في هذه الآية الكريمة : بل هم أضل سبيلا ، قال الزمخشري : فإن قلت : كيف جعلوا أضل من الأنعام ؟
قلت : لأن الأنعام تنقاد لأربابها التي تعلفها وتتعهدها ، وتعرف من يحسن إليها ممن يسيء إليها ، وتطلب ما ينفعها ، وتجتنب ما يضرها ، وتهتدي لمراعيها ومشاربها ، وهؤلاء لا ينقادون لربهم ولا يعرفون إحسانه إليهم من إسارة الشيطان الذي هو عدوهم ، ولا يطلبون الثواب الذي هو أعظم المنافع ، ولا يتقون العقاب الذي هو أشد المضار والمهالك ، ولا يهتدون للحق الذي هو المشرع الهني والعذب الروي ، اه منه .
وإذا علمت ما دلت عليه هذه الآية الكريمة ، فاعلم أن الله بينه في غير الموضع ، ; كقوله تعالى في سورة ” الأعراف ” : ولقد ذرأنا لجهنم كثيرا من الجن والإنس لهم قلوب لا يفقهون بها ولهم أعين لا يبصرون بها ولهم آذان لا يسمعون بها أولئك كالأنعام بل هم أضل أولئك هم الغافلون [ 7 179 ]
in that sense, Wahhabi Islam should be classified as psychosis with violent tendency which makes affected victims a danger to themselves and others, however, Wahhabi psychosis is untreatable.

January 4th, 2014, 12:12 am


alan said:

what causes and what they have instead?

January 4th, 2014, 5:08 am


Observer said:

Nice video today

January 4th, 2014, 8:04 am


alan said:

why Saudi Arabia in its fight for the interests with Iran destroys Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, etc. .. ? time will come when KSA will pay!

January 4th, 2014, 8:24 am


alan said:

*Nice video today*
visit the vegetable base, or village Friday trade Fair and there are more political elite orators for SC!

January 4th, 2014, 8:38 am


Tara said:


Thank you for the link.

Long live the Palestinians! They could have sold out the People of Syria easily. They did not! They chose aerial bombardment, arrest, torture and starvation than to post pictures of Batta.

And that we shall never forget.

January 4th, 2014, 9:38 am


Uzair8 said:

#71 Uzair8

‘The latest post on that forum from a user called Layth, who I believe is a moderator or admin..’


I don’t think he’s a mod/admin. I mixed him up with someone else.

January 4th, 2014, 11:03 am


ghufran said:

I posted a piece on Majed Almajed the Saudi terrorist who was captured in Lebanon and was the head of a terrorist group that was involved in terror acts in Lebanon and Syria and I was worried that KSA may buy his release or even get him killed, and now this:
افادت الوكالة الوطنية للاعلام بانزعيم كتائب عبد الله العزام الارهابي ماجد الماجد قد توفي منذ بعض الوقت، اثر تدهور حالته الصحية، بعدما تم القبض عليه منذ ايام من قبل مخابرات الجيش اللبناني.
كما اكد مفوض الحكومة لدى المحكمة العسكرية القاضي صقر صقر ان زعيم عبد الله عزام ماجد الماجد توفي اليوم اثر تدهور حالته الصحية .
clearly, majed knew too much and he had to die.
On a positive note, Barzeh may now be ready to follow Muaddamiyyeh’s steps after rebels agreed to give their weapons in return for amnesty, I hope to hear good news that will give the good people of Barzeh a break in a day or two.
on your question about the SNC’s decision not to attend Geneva2, we need to remember that the SNC was never an independent national body, it is an extension of the MB which has decided to use violence in Syria, Egypt, Libya and other countries, those thugs do not have the word “compromise” in their dictionary.

January 4th, 2014, 11:08 am


Uzair8 said:

Jad Bantha ‏@JadBantha 5h
#FSA takes over all ISIS bases in Maaert Numan and detain all their fighters #Idlib #Syria

Abdul ‏@al_7aleem 15h
Lol @ ISIS fans calling out IF and FSA leaders as “Shabiha”. Hahhaha.

January 4th, 2014, 11:16 am


Sharialover said:

ناقش:: جلد أحد المتخلفين عن صلاة الجمعة في حي السكري حلب +18

January 4th, 2014, 1:41 pm



Here you go, what a fraud

George Galloway paid £80k for joining ‘pro-Syria’ TV channel

Galloway, who once described President Assad’s regime as “the last bastion of Arab dignity”, has started presenting a fortnightly show, A Free Word, for the Beirut-based broadcaster al-Mayadeen.

According to the Register of Members’ Interests, Galloway will earn £3,000 an episode – or a yearly income of £78,000 – on top of his MP’s salary. The TV station will also cover the cost of regular trips to Lebanon to pre-record the programme.

January 4th, 2014, 1:41 pm


ghufran said:

ISIS is under attack according to multiple sources:

قتل العشرات من عناصر “داعش” ومناصريهم خلال اشتباكات عنيفة جرت مع المعارضة السورية المسلحة في ريفي حلب وادلب شمال سوريا، حسبما افاد “المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان”، فيما اعلن “جيش المجاهدين” الحرب على “داعش” في سوريا.

وذكر مدير المرصد السوري رامي عبد الرحمن لوكالة فرانس برس ان ” 36 عنصرا من الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام ومناصريها قتلوا خلال اشتباكات جرت مع مقاتلي المعارضة السورية في ريف حلب الغربي وريف ادلب الغربي الشمالي”، مشيرا إلىالمعارضة المسلحة تمكنت من اسر ما لا يقل عن 100 من عناصر “داعش” خلال الاشتباكات المستمرة منذ فجر يوم امس الجمعة في المنطقة.
هذا اعلن “جيش المجاهدين” الذي تم تشكيله مؤخرا، الحرب على ما يسمى بـ”الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام” (داعش) التابعة لتنظيم القاعدة.
وذكر الاتحاد الذي يضم ثماني كتائب مسلحة “اسلامية وغير اسلامية” في بيان نشر الجمعة على موقع فيسبوك للتواصل الاجتماعي “نعلن نحن جيش المجاهدين الدفاع عن انفسنا وعرضنا ومالنا وارضنا، وقتال تنظيم دولة الاسلام في العراق والشام الباغي على حكم الله”.
واعلن الاتحاد الحرب على التنظيم “حتى اعلانه حل نفسه او الانخراط في صفوف التشكيلات العسكرية الاخرى او تركهم اسلحتهم والخروج من سوريا”.
واتهم الاتحاد في بيانه التنظيم “بالإفساد في الأرض ونشر الفتن وزعزعة الأمن والاستقرار في المناطق المحررة”، كما اتهم التنظيم بالقيام بعمليات سرقة وسطو وبطرد المدنيين من منازلهم “وخطفهم للقادة العسكريين والإعلاميين وقتلهم وتعذيبهم في أقبية سجونهم”.
The question is how the Assad regime will respond to calls for a power sharing agreement and an Assad-free Syria when all eyes are on Islamist terrorists and rebels are on the retreat. I think that a large segment of the opposition signed their own political death certificate when they chose to copy the regime’s violent methods and allowed foreign jihadists to desecrate Syria’s hospitable and beautiful land.

January 4th, 2014, 1:43 pm


alan said:

Opposition Chaos Escalates in Syria

Syrian opposition groups attacked one another on both the battlefield and social media as a seething animosity that had been building for months burst wide open, further complicating the nearly three-year war to unseat the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict between rebels like the Islamic Front, a recent coalition of seven rebel groups, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a more hard-line Al Qaeda affiliate, has escalated this week after the torture and death of a rebel Syrian doctor near Aleppo.
And the opposition groups are blaming the ISIS for his death.


January 4th, 2014, 1:59 pm


alan said:

Are those thugs do not have the word “compromise” in their dictionary?

Obama administration has six “Brothers” , who managed two years to change U.S. policy and transform America ” in the largest and most important sponsor,” the Muslim Brotherhood ” .”
The administration work following representatives ” Muslim Brotherhood ” :

Arif Alikhan , Assistant Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security . Alikhan – one of the founders of the Islamic World , which the magazine called ” subsidiary ” Brotherhood ” .” Alikhan allegedly responsible for the ” Arab direction ” in the administration and the direct contact between the U.S. and the ” Arab Spring .”

Elibiari Mohammed , a member of the Advisory Council on National Security . Eliabari – known admirer of the founder of modern Muslim fundamentalist Sayyid Qutb , hanged by the Egyptians in 1966. The magazine claims that Eliabari ” merges ” secret database of the Ministry of National Security Islamists. Eliabari too – one of the creators of Counter-Terrorism Strategy Obama. Eliabari allegedly wrote that Obama’s speech , in which the U.S. president demanded the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.

Rashid Hussain, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference . He has extensive ties with Muslim fundamentalist organizations in the United States . It is known that he participated in the American Muslim Council , who led a convicted terrorist financing Abdulrahman Alamoudi .

Salam al- Marayati , founder of the Muslim Council of Public Relations (MPAK). Al- Marayati – one of the most influential American Muslims . According to the magazine , it is closely connected with the ” Muslim Brotherhood .”

Imam Mohamed Magid , head of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA established members of the ” Brotherhood ” . In 2011, Obama appointed Majid Ministry of National Security Adviser . He also alleged the FBI and is an advisor to the State Department.

Eboo Patel , a member of the Presidential Council of Religious Cooperation. Patel – each Hani Ramadan , grandson of the founder of the ” Brotherhood ” Hassan al – Bana and a member of the Association of Muslim students that magazine calls ” large organization ” Brotherhood ” .”

The first reports in the Arab press that the U.S. and Islamists agreed , appeared in November 2011. More information can be found in the article ” Frankfurt Pact .”

January 4th, 2014, 2:10 pm


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