“Jihad in Syria (Part II): The Assad Regime Perspective,” By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Jihad in Syria (Part II): The Assad Regime Perspective
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
for Syria Comment, March 25, 2013

In my previous article I examined the question of how jihadists in Syria conceive of their jihad against the Assad regime. But how does the regime portray jihad?

Earlier this month, many observers were surprised by a statement issued by the Supreme Iftaa Council, whose leader is Mufti Ahmad Hassoun, the most senior Sunni cleric in Syria as Grand Mufti, with strong ties to the regime. The council’s fatwa was a call for jihad to defend Assad’s government.

I provide my translation of the statement below, as quoted by the Syrian Arab News Agency and reproduced on a pro-regime site called Zanobia (named after the empress of the Palmyrene Empire that had seceded from Rome in the Crisis of the Third Century: an apt symbol for the regime’s professed stance of ‘resistance’ to supposed Western imperialism). I highlight parts in bold for my own emphasis:

“God Almighty has said: Those who have obeyed God and the messenger after injury has struck them. To those among them [i.e. the believers] who have done good and feared God is a great reward. Those to whom the people have said, ‘The people had indeed gathered against you [i.e. the believers].’ But it increased them in faith and they said, ‘Our reliance is God and He is the best dispenser’ [Qur’an 3:172-3].

And the Almighty has said: Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought because they have been wronged, and verily is God able to grant them victory [Qur’an 22:39].

And the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) has said: Whosoever fights so that the word of God may be- as it is- supreme, he is fighting in the cause of God [Sahih Bukhari 4:52:65].

And he said: There are two sorts of eyes, which Hellfire does not impair. One eye has overflown [i.e. cried] with fear of God, the other has spent the night guarding in the path of God [i.e. jihad to protect the Ummah: Sunan at-Tirmidhi].

And he said: Whosoever is killed protecting his wealth is a martyr; whosoever is killed protecting his blood is a martyr; whosoever is killed protecting his life is a martyr; whosoever is killed protecting his family is a martyr [Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Number 1421, Sahih].

Sons of Syria the fatherland, sons of our Arab and Islamic nation, in the darkness of the conditions, which the Syrian Arab Republic is witnessing on account of the war that has attacked the nation- the work of a number of states that wish for the fragmentation of the Arab and Islamic nation, through the targeting of Syria’s stances and support for freedom, national self-determination, human dignity and resistance.

The country that has remained lofty through the ages of time in the face of Zionist aggression and its policies of expansionism. Verily there is the targeting of our Syrian people and the brave army; that is, the targeting of steadfastness, resistance, and today our people who bring forth the best of their sons to defend Syria against arrogance, humiliation, subordination and partition for the area; for they wish to break up Syria just as they did to a number of other states.

So verily does the Supreme Iftaa Council in the Syrian Arab Republic call on our Syrian Arab people to the undertaking of the obligation according to the Shari’a. First, that the defense of united Syria and the Syrian people is a duty of all the sons of our people just as it is a duty of all the Arab and Islamic states.

And we implore our people in Syria to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Syrian Arab army and our armed forces and we call on our sons to fulfill the religious duty of joining the Syrian Arab army for the defense of our homeland which the heavens have blessed and which the Imam of the prophets [i.e. Mohammed] called to him.

And we warn about standing in the face of our Syrian Arab army and our armed forces since that constitutes betrayal and contributing to the weakening of its strength that has been made ready and continues to be so for decisive battle against the Zionists and whoever stands behind them that contributes to the achievement of the goals of the enemy.

Second, appeals of affection to our sons in the Syrian Arab army as you boldly embark on battles in defense of our people and our nation by the watch of God Almighty in your Jihad and your defense of Syria, raising high the word of God and righteousness in our precious homeland.

The protection of the land, the homeland, dignity, honor, and wealth, for the art of warfare is a duty of faith and patriotism, in which they have thus protected the blood of the innocents, the sanctity of the land, and dignity.

May your stand be with our Syrian people as a stance of protection and custody for our human, economic, cultural and historical wealth. God aid you in His victory and your stand since in Him are the best of the land, the unity of our land, and the security of our people.

The Almighty has said: Don’t be weak and do not grieve, for you will have the advantage if you are believers [Qur’an 3:139]. Oh God, protect the land of Syria, its people, and its army by your guardianship; and aid us, oh God, in victory and assist us.”

Notable is the opening invocation of a number of Qur’anic verses and hadith traditions. The implication of all of these quotations is the idea of defensive jihad for Syria against the rebellion. I highlighted Qur’an 22:39 in bold because jihadist groups who conceive of their fight against the Assad regime as defensive in nature also invoke this verse.

Before proceeding further, one should dispense of Ammar Abdulhamid’s misleading term “Alawite Jihadism.” While Abdulhamid does explain that “Alawite Jihadism” did not develop as a “strictly religious phenomenon,” it implies that there is some kind of specific religious struggle behind the efforts of Alawites fighting for the Assad regime.

On the contrary, to the extent that pro-Assad Alawite fighters express any sentiment about religion, it is normally in the form of a non-religious bloodline identity, which often includes opposition to Islam, and not merely the Sunni form of it as Abdulhamid implies, though the anti-Sunni rhetoric is undeniable

In the most extreme manifestation, this can give rise to statements like ‘F— you and your prophet [Mohammed].’ A more subtle variation on the anti-Islamic hostility is to ask rhetorically, ‘Who is your God? Isn’t Bashar your God?’ The latter, as I have argued before, does not so much reflect actual worship of Assad (as Abdulhamid seems to think) as simple mockery of the fact that the deity the detainees worship is not saving them from torture and death.

In any event, even if one were to suppose that the Syrian Alawite community at large is still attached to the traditional faith and its practices that remain very much alive in southern Turkey, the fact is that traditional Alawism does not teach jihad as a form of armed struggle.

Rather, as Yaron Friedman noted, jihad takes the form of taqiyya (i.e. not disclosing aspects of the faith to outsiders for fear of persecution) and mystical initiation, while the notion of ‘martyrdom’ (being a shaheed) takes on a metaphorical meaning.

If there were some kind of specific religious zealotry behind the support for Assad with calls for jihad, then it would have been apparent among at least some of Turkey’s Alawites. Instead, what we find is that support for Assad among this community is rooted in perceptions that Turkey is backing extremist armed groups targeting Alawites- with feared potential of leading to spillover into Turkey with sectarian bloodletting.

Coming back to the fatwa for jihad, it actually fits in perfectly well with the Assad dynasty’s approach of ‘Sunnification’: a policy that contributed much to the divorcing of the Alawite community in general from a real religious identity. For the Alawites, as Joshua Landis has noted previously, ‘Sunnification’ meant declaring Alawites to be orthodox Twelver Shi’a, while encouraging apparent religious practices along the lines of orthodox Sunni Islam.

Continuing his father’s own example of public piety, Bashar has the state media make a big deal of his attendance of mosques for special Islamic occasions. Even the manner of prayer captured in photographs is shown to be in conformity with Sunni Islam, contrasting completely with the organization and practice of prayer among Alawites in Turkey (for more on the latter see this book).

While ‘Sunnification’ might seem like a very cynical ploy to disguise a minority-dominated despotism, it is a policy in keeping with Ba’athist ideology, which, as envisioned by Ba’ath party-founder Michel Aflaq (a Greek Orthodox Christian), equated Islam with Arabist identity. This equation is most clearly seen in his lecture “In Memory of the Arab Prophet,” which argued:

We [i.e. Arab nationalists] shall always bear witness to Arabism as the body that hosts the spirit of Islam…The relationship of Islam to Arabism is not like any other relationship between nationalisms and religions. The Arab Christians will be aware of this when their nationalism reaches its complete awakening and they regain their true essence. Islam is their national culture and they need to saturate themselves with it, so they can understand it and love it, so that they protect Islam as they would protect the most valuable of the components of their Arab identity.”

One should compare Aflaq’s remarks with Arab nationalist thinker George Habash’s claim that “Islam…is one of the basic components of Arab nationalism. Similarly, one can say that the culture of a Christian Arab is Islam.”

The ideal Ba’athist regime, just as it should defend Arab identity, should thus uphold the ‘essence’ of Islam, and try as far as possible to bring minorities- Muslim or non-Muslim- within that fold. This is exactly what the Assad dynasty has been upholding, and the question of jihad is no less relevant.

Among the regime-aligned clergy, consider the case of the recently assassinated Sheikh Muhammad Said Ramadan al-Buti. Buti was one of those behind the above fatwa. One thing to notice immediately is that the fatwa does not accept any identity for Syria beyond the Arab one, despite the fact that Buti was Kurdish by heritage: a perfect example of the fulfillment of Aflaq’s Arabist ideology for a state. In his writings, Buti touched on the subject of jihad on more than one occasion.

In a work he wrote back in the 1990s, entitled ‘Jihad in Islam: How to Understand and Practise It,’ Buti tried to characterize jihad as something defensive in nature (for the relevant excerpts if buying the book is inconvenient, google for a free PDF copy of this book, which, whatever you think of its author and conclusions, nonetheless presents al-Buti’s arguments fairly). Several years later, however, Buti wrote the following in commenting on Qur’an 9:5:

“The verse (9:5) does not leave any room in the mind to conjecture about what is called defensive war. This verse asserts that holy war, which is demanded in Islamic law, is not a defensive war because it could legitimately be an offensive war. That is the apex and most honorable of all holy wars. Its goal is the exaltation of the word of God, the construction of Islamic society, and the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth regardless of the means. It is legal to carry on an offensive holy war.”

For the Assad regime, which in keeping with Ba’athist ideology claims to protect ‘true’ Islam, this kind of discourse posed no problem. Jihad as warfare- offensive or defensive- is not only acceptable but also desirable so long as it is directed at the right targets.

Thus there was no real ideological contradiction in sending jihadists into Iraq while playing a part as a torture destination for international terrorist suspects in the CIA’s rendition program: it is just that the latter jihadists were regarded as practicing an illegitimate form of jihad in a posing a perceived threat to Syria itself.

And so it is with the present Syrian civil war: attacking the Assad regime- so the reasoning goes- is not really jihad at all. One should observe that in criticizing the rebels, Syrian state media never attack the concept of jihad per se; instead the jihadist rebels- seen as al-Qa’ida-aligned and working for foreign powers- are denounced as ‘terrorists,’ ‘takfiris,’ ‘Wahhabis’ or agents of ‘Zionism’ (on the last, cf. the fatwa itself).

Instead, those who wage true jihad fight for the regime. Those who wage true jihad will defend the unity of the Syrian Arab nation and thus also the Arab and Islamic nation from the sinister forces that seek to tear both apart.

Now one can understand how a band of Assad loyalists in Raqqah– where the regime as in the Aleppo area forged significant Sunni Arab loyalist ties- vowed to fight ‘true jihad against the Free Army and Jabhat al-Nusra’ in a video that emerged this month during the fall of that city to rebel forces (hat-tip: @Syrian_Scenes).

In conclusion, the Assad regime, like the jihadists, portrays jihad in the current civil war as a defensive enterprise. The fatwa for jihad issued by regime-aligned Sunni clerics may of course be used to play on any potential Sunni Arab disillusionment with treatment at the hands of rebel factions whose behavior may be deemed religiously extreme.

Yet it should not be thought that the fatwa is somehow out of keeping with the regime’s ideology: rather, the very nature of that ideology makes a pretense to the guardianship of what constitutes ‘true’ Islam and therefore legitimate forms of jihad.

The appeal to jihad in keeping with said ideology in turn demonstrates that the regime still thinks it can fight for control over all of Syria and believes it has substantial support spanning all the country’s ethnic and religious groups- including Sunni Arabs, and not merely a tight loyalist Alawite circle.

* 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
E-mail: aaj892@hotmail.com
Twitter: @ajaltamimi

Comments (304)

Visitor said:

As in his previous post, Tamimi is providing falsehoods and misinformation and nothing else:

1) The so-called jihad fatwa by regime stooge Hassoun is of course ridiculous and not worthy of any consideration.

2)Alawite militant Jihadism appeared at the outbreak of the Syrian revolution because Alawite supporters of Assad felt (wrongly I may say) they have the upper hand in the army and other institutions to subjugate the Sunnis due to historical grievances they (Alawites) continue to harbor.

3) The so-called Alawites of Turkey are NOT related whatsoever to those who go by the same label in Syria. I suggest to Tamimi to research his information more thoroughly before making such conflations that can be easily refuted by a high schooler.

4) The false claim of conflating Alawite Jihad with Taqwa is non-relevant at this point in time. Tamimi should know that Taqwa practicing groups are ONLY required to do so when they fear the ruler which is not the case in present day Syria. In fact, Khomeini, declared Taqwa is no longer relevant after he landed in Tehran way in 1980. Alawites may not follow Khomeini, but everyone knows who is calling the shots.

5) The many videos showing Alawites celebrating so-called victories or mourning deaths by incanting religious utterances are clear proofs of the religious undertone of this Alawite Jihadism. I suggest to Tamimi to see those videos. Also he should not forget the one in which the shabih calls his mom for permission to kill his captive.

6) This is not the first time in history where Alawites declare their hatred of Islam in general and NOT only Sunnism. They just happen to do it at this point in time under the cover of so-called bastardized secularism of which they are the most ignorant. It is just a convenience for their purpose. The many fatwas about their Kufr are not based on mirage allegations. There is tremendous amount of truth and facts that support such fatwas. I also suggest to Tamimi to research the subject. It is documented that the first groups in history to desecrate the name of the Al-Mighty were none but those who call themselves today Alawites.

7) The Alawites in general wanted it a Holy War. And a Holy War they will get.

March 25th, 2013, 12:30 pm


Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi said:


***The so-called Alawites of Turkey are NOT related whatsoever to those who go by the same label in Syria***

There is in fact an Alawite minority in Turkey. Unrelated to the Alevis of course; but I never implied that the two communities were one.

March 25th, 2013, 12:41 pm


Dawoud said:

“Syria Comment” editors in their pro-Assad zeal are not reluctant to uncritically (without a clarification note about the organization with which this author is associated and its history of pro-Israeli Islamophobia) publish an article for this author, Mr. al-Tamimi, despite the fact that he is a fellow at Daniel Pipes’ “Middle East Forum,” which is a well-known to be anti-Muslim/Arab and pro-Israel. Shame on “Syria Comment” and shame on Professor Landis! No, I am not asking for censorship, but I am asking of you to make this clarification very clear.

See the Website of Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum: http://www.meforum.org/about.php

P.S.1, Daniel Pipes is the founder of the McCarthyist “Campus Watch,” which is blacklisting professors who dare to criticize Israeli colonialism, occupation, and war crimes!

P.S.2, Free Syria after al-Assad’s demise will NOT be a heaven for terrorists. Syrians are very educated and wise and they will never give control of their country to any leaders who play with Syria’s stability and future. Syrians will not replace al-Assad’s terrorism for al-Qaid’as terror.

P.S.3, Free Syria, Free Palestine, Bahrain is Arab FOREVER!

Please see the following articles:

The Sugar Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate
Max Blumenthal

In late April, Geert Wilders arrived in New York City to tell his quixotic tale to a rapt American audience. The far-right Dutch Party of Freedom leader—perhaps the world’s most prominent anti-Muslim populist—was poised to release Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me, a memoir just out from Regnery, the right-wing US publishing house, in which he recounts his courageous efforts to stop the “Islamicization” of Europe. On his US tour, Wilders proudly portrayed himself as a man on the run—a round-the-clock security detail guarding him against radical Muslims whose violent passions he had supposedly inflamed by his truth-telling—and as a man on the rise: the exodus of his party from the governing coalition had forced new elections in the Netherlands, throwing the country’s ossified establishment into chaos.


Campus Watch: Middle East McCarthyism?
A pro-Israel think tank plans to start an Internet site,” according to a September 18 article in The Wall Street Journal, “to monitor the attitudes of American professors and universities toward Islamic fundamentalism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.” (“Pro-Israel Web Site To Monitor Views Of US Academia”)
“To be launched by the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum,” the article continued, “www.campus-watch.org will maintain what it calls “dossiers” on professors and academic institutions and collect information from students regarding their teachers’ political opinions.”

No strangers, no surprises

The director of the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes, and Martin Kramer, editor of the forum’s Middle East Quarterly are no strangers to those following the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

While openly declaring its support for Israel and United States “interests” in the Middle East, the organization’s website declares that the Middle East Forum “sees the region, with its profusion of dictatorships, radical ideologies, existential conflicts, border disagreements, political violence, and weapons of mass destruction as a major source of problems for the United States. Accordingly, it urges active measures to protect Americans and their allies.”

Pipes and Kramer — marketed on the talk show circuit as authors and “experts” on Arabs, Islam, and the Middle East — frequently make blanket statements enouraging suspicion and sometimes outright hostility towards Arabs and Muslims in the US and the Arab world. Pipes casts the leaders of “most of the Muslim institutions in the United States” as un-American and alien elements with a secret plan to “make the United States a Muslim country” (It Matters What Kind of Islam Prevails, by Daniel Pipes, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 1999.)

In October 2001, speaking at the convention of the American Jewish Congress, Daniel Pipes stated that “the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims…will present true dangers to American Jews.”


March 25th, 2013, 12:55 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

It is not accepted by Syrian to go for jihad against fellow muslems,Syrians know what jihad means,it is against non muslems, hassoun call for jihad would be ridiculed by syrians.
A note about rafidha rejectionists,this originally was not insult, it means they rejected Abu Baker to be khalifa,and wanted Ali instead, later on in Damascus it implied insult as it refer to Shiites who practice dissimulation,they lie to protect themselves,they mean the opposite of what they say.
Again there is huge difference between Alawi and Alavi,they should not be grouped togather.

March 25th, 2013, 1:13 pm


Mjabali said:

Visitor the last word thumbs up Clow…

You are drunk again as obvious from your crap post dude . Hahaaa come up with some logic dude
There are Alawis in Turkey, the same Alawis you have in Syria.

PS: wasn’t it obvious that you gave yourself six thumbs up. What, is your logic that bad that you need a boost .

March 25th, 2013, 1:32 pm


Dawoud said:


Dear Mr. al-Tamimi:

What is your opinion regarding Daniel Pipes’ “Campus Watch?” Do you think that Islamophobia in America is real?



March 25th, 2013, 1:32 pm


zoo said:

Is it an al Khatib’s last minute gesture to salvage the opposition from total disaster, or he changed his mind again?

Al-Khatib to take seat

Meanwhile, Moaz al-Khatib said today he would address the Arab summit in Doha “in the name of the Syrian people,” in a statement on Facebook.

The opposition’s envoy in Qatar, Nizar al-Haraki, told Agence France-Presse that al-Khatib will head the opposition delegation filling the seat of Syria, which has been suspended from the Arab League, at today’s summit.

“After performing … prayers and consulting many trustworthy figures, among them Nizar al-Haraki, I have decided to make a speech in the name of the Syrian people at the Doha summit,” al-Khatib said in a statement on his Facebook page. “This is not linked to the resignation, which will be later discussed,” he added.

Haraki said that al-Khatib “will head the eight-member Syrian delegation at the summit and will occupy Syria’s seat.” The delegation will also include Syria’s interim Prime Minister Ghassan Hitto.

March 25th, 2013, 1:39 pm


zoo said:

“The coalition is on verge of disintegrating,” he said. “It’s a big mess.”

Syrian Rebels Fighting Among Themselves
Doug Mataconis Monday, March 25, 2013


Though Khatib’s suggestion earlier this year that the opposition should negotiate with Assad’s regime met with fierce resistance from other coalition members, he is widely liked by many Syrians inside the country who desperately want to see an end to the violence.

There nonetheless seems to be little doubt that an initiative launched last fall in the Qatari capital, Doha, to create an inclusive and representative opposition body is falling apart, said Amr al-Azm, a history professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio who is Syrian and supports the opposition.

“The coalition is on verge of disintegrating,” he said. “It’s a big mess.”

March 25th, 2013, 1:44 pm


Visitor said:

Mjabali @ 1:32 PM,

Do you have anything of value to contribute besides your usual vulgar behaviour, and your hypnotic fixation with ridiculous thumb scores which you assume will help you lift up your miserable standing here at SC?

Go play with your dog and go with ‘him’ for a walk. May be you should also spend a little more time on your promised revision of the ‘caninical’ edition of your delusion-filled history.

March 25th, 2013, 1:46 pm


Majed97 said:

Is it possible that this whole debacle about Khatib is just a manouver by Qatar to build Khatib’s credibility amongst Syrians as a true independent Syrian standing up to foreign interests in order to boost his popularity among Syrians as an alternative to Bashar for the 2014 election? Hitto may be just decoy.

March 25th, 2013, 2:32 pm


revenire said:

Visitor there is no Sharia law here at SC. Sit back down and observe rather than give orders to people. We’re all tired of it.

March 25th, 2013, 2:37 pm


Uzair8 said:

Sh. Yaqoobi on Riyad al Asad:

تهنئة للعقيد رياض الأسعد بسلامته
نتوجه في هذه الصفحة باسم العلامة الشيخ محمد أبو الهدى اليعقوبي بالتهنئة إلى قائد الجيش الحر العقيد رياض الأسعد على سلامته وندعو الله تعالى له بالشفاء العاجل، ونبارك له جهاده في سبيل الله وجهوده في سبيل توحيد الكتائب المسلحة لتحرير البلاد من عصابة الأسد. ونذكر بحديث النبي عليه الصلاة والسلام:
“ما يصيب المؤمن من وصب ولا نصب حتى الشوكة يشاكها إلا كتب له به أجر”.
إننا نستنكر الهجوم الذي تعرض له العقيد رياض الأسعد، وندعو له أن يحفظه الله تعالى ويحفظ الضباط والجنود الأحرار والمجاهدين وشعبنا المكلوم في سورية من كل مكروه، وأن يعجل لنا بالنصر والفرج


Google translation:

Congratulations to Colonel Riad Assaad its safety
Our on this page as Sheikh Mohamed Abu Al Huda Yacoubi congratulations to free army commander Colonel Riad Assaad for his safety and pray to Allah Almighty him a speedy recovery, and we congratulate him struggle in the way of Allah and his efforts to unify the armed battalions to liberate the country from the gang-Assad.

[Hadith removed in case of mangled translation]

We condemn the attack on Colonel Riad Assaad, call him God to protect him and saves the officers and soldiers Liberals and the mujahideen and the grieving people in Syria from all evil, and hasten our victory.

What a brave man. I feel very bad for him. I wish him a swift and full recovery. My estimation of Mr R Asad has gone up immensely.

These brave heroes are putting their bodies on the line and making sacrifices. Get well soon Sir.

An image of Mr Asad in hospital:


March 25th, 2013, 2:47 pm


Visitor said:

Reverse said

“Visitor there is no Sharia law here at SC. Sit back down and observe rather than give orders to people. We’re all tired of it”.

Actually, everyone is tired of YOU. So take a hike.

March 25th, 2013, 2:50 pm


revenire said:


Our raspberries go out to all those who care about this scoundrel and traitor. Only SyrPer told you the hard facts this morning. Oh, those sly spokesmen for the FSA tried to paint a story of “recovery” for the injured former Colonel. But they couldn’t fool us because we have people right on the scene telling us exactly what happened. Al-As’ad’s car double-parked next to another at Mayaadeen, southeast of Deir El-Zor City. He was not blown up in the city. No. He can’t go there because our troops would arrest him. Then, the other car went “BOOM!” and Al-As’ad was found lying down in the back of the car with his leg blown off and bleeding profusely. There were no doctors around (the terrorists chased them away) and he had to be driven to the Turkish side for some quack treatment. They couldn’t take him to Mayadeen because the city is under SAA control. Like Anthony Shadid, the feckless NYT rodent reporter, he was in inoperable condition at time of his arrival. He is now in a coma. Boo hoo hoo. Boo hoo hoo.


March 25th, 2013, 2:50 pm


revenire said:

Visitor sorry we voted and you’re out > there is the door >>

Adios rat!

To Hell

March 25th, 2013, 2:51 pm


revenire said:

Riad looks like he needs a bigger diaper. Wonder what that tube is coming out of the diaper.

Heard that one of his guards is an Iranian who wants to shoot him to finish the job.

March 25th, 2013, 2:55 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Islamophobia? Not on US college campuses.

Dear Mr. al-Tamimi:

What is your opinion regarding Daniel Pipes’ “Campus Watch?” Do you think that Islamophobia in America is real?




I’m glad you brought up the issue of Daniel Pipes and Campus Watch. Please let me answer your question, although, it wasn’t addressed to me.

There very well may be “Islamophobia” in America. However, racism is AGAINST THE LAW.

Can you say there is not anti-semitism in the arab and muslim world? And is anti-semitism against the law in the arab and muslim world? Something to ponder.

Actually, there are very few instances of anti-muslim discrimination in the US considering there have been quite a few bombings and terrorism directed against the US by arabs and muslims. Check it out.

But we are talking specifically about academia and “Campus Watch”. What many on American campuses are experiencing is the reverse of Islamophobia. Campuses attract leftists and liberals who are mostly pro-arab and pro-muslim. So much so, that often professors will fail or even harass students who oppose the typical arabist line. Many students who are pro-Israel and pro-American wind up being harassed by these professors and/or given grades they do not deserve.

Professor Josh is convered extensively by Campus Watch, and this may be something of interest to this forum (including Johannes):


March 25th, 2013, 2:55 pm


Uzair8 said:

Doesn’t look like he’s in a coma to me.

March 25th, 2013, 2:57 pm


annie said:

The Hostage
It’s every war correspondent’s nightmare: dragged from the car by men with AK-47s; bound, gagged, and blindfolded; fearing torture or execution at any moment. Last December, a quick trip into Syria turned deadly, NBC News’s Richard Engel recalls, when his team of six was kidnapped by the vicious, pro-government shabiha militia and toyed with by a sadistic captor as they fought against their panic—and for their lives.


March 25th, 2013, 3:00 pm


Uzair8 said:

[Caution: Twitter is not news]

Seriously, I’ve wondered previously about the possibility of the regime raising much need funds through drug smuggling. Shabeeha are known for involvement in smuggling (general).

Just came across a related update on YS. It is possible Iran is involved in such things to raise money during these times of sanctions. Perhaps even to help Assad financially. It’s possible such money is used to fund Iranian military projects (arms devlopment) or fund Hezbo:

It seems that Iran and Hezbollah are now cooperating with the Colombian mafias”The Medellin cartel” 2smuggle the cocaine 1/ #Syria #USA #UK

2/ through Venezuela, to the USA or to Europe via West African countries. Where a large members of Hezbollah live there #Syria #USA #UK

3/among the prosperous and influential Lebanese communities. Iran becomes the biggest world “dealer” #Syria #USA #UK

4/ Iran controls a large share of the global traffic of narcotic: the Afghan Heroin and the Lebanese hashish #Syria #USA #UK

March 25th, 2013, 3:09 pm


Uzair8 said:

A typical child, MashaAllah.

They play and play, unaware of their own tirednes and then all of a sudden lay their head down and sleep on the spot.

Here’s an image (from syria) posted on YS yeterday. I was lucky to be able to find it again. Fortunately I remembered the time of the post yesterday.


March 25th, 2013, 3:16 pm


Juergen said:

Yallah Yallah, time to surrender—

Assad soldiers surrender themselves in Saif ad Dawla, Aleppo

March 25th, 2013, 3:18 pm


Dawoud said:

1) Although I agree that Professor Landis’ writings and commentary seemed in the beginning to be apologizing on behalf of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, I know for a fact (I have emailed him) that he is not supporting nor rooting for the survival of Bashar’s Syrian dictatorship. Also, it is to his credit that he is allowing a fellow associated with Daniel Pipes (who uses Campus watch to attack Landis) to post his articles on “Syria Comment.” As I stated above, I wish that Mr. Landis has accompanied al-Tamimi’s article with a note describing the MIddle East Forum’s troubling attitudes on Arabs and Muslims.

2) Mr. al-Tamimi seems to be an intelligent young man with so many academic/outspoken opportunities awaiting him. It is puzzling to me why he chooses to be a fellow at Daniel Pipes’ anti/Muslim/pro-Israel “forum!”

3)More on the person who founded the “forum,” w;hich has made Mr. 2. AYMENN JAWAD AL-TAMIMI its fellow!

Professor Hfamid Dabashi on the person who “has not written something worth reading twice:”

Campus Watch: Interview with Prof. Hamid Dabashi
Following the launch of “Campus Watch”, a new Daniel Pipes project to monitor the views of Middle East Studies lecturers on campuses, EI’s Nigel Parry interviewed academic Hamid Dabashi about how he felt to be one of the professors on which a “dossier” had been opened.
On 29 September 2002, EI noticed that the “dossiers” appear to have been removed from the Campus Watch website, although the basic content and aims of the site remain unchanged.

Nigel Parry: Were you aware of this website prior to this message? If so, how?

Hamid Dabashi: Yes I was. I first heard of it when a reporter from the Chronicle of Higher Education called me and said I was on it. He subsequently wrote a piece exposing it.

Nigel Parry: What are your initial feelings about the project?

Hamid Dabashi: Nothing really. My reputation as a teacher and a scholar over quarter of a century was not made by a dossier to be threatened by a dossier. I have received more moral support and endorsement of my career as a teacher and a scholar over the last couple of weeks than ever before.

Mr. Pipes has asked my students to spy on me and report to him. He is a bit late. My students have been ‘spying’ on me in the sweetest and most precious way ever since my teaching career began. If you go to Columbia website there is a page called CULPA that Columbia students have put together years before failed academics like Daniel Pipes sought to take revenge on institutions of higher learning that deny them access. On that site the students rank the best professors that no one at Columbia should miss. They have a special section they call “GOLDEN NUGGET.” Mr. Pipes should check that page. My students have been “spying” on me. I wonder if he would add their comments to my “dossier.”

This is not to p….

March 25th, 2013, 3:18 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Hassoun is calling for converting to Shiism,accusing Abu Bakr of usurping Khilafeh illegally

Colonel Ryad Asaad is going to be fine, yes he lost his right leg but he will be out of the hospital in one week

March 25th, 2013, 3:21 pm


Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi said:


I’m at the Middle East Forum because they saw my writings and offered me a position as a fellow. They don’t dictate what I write or urge me to push a particular narrative: I’m free to comment as I wish. Of course I disagree with that article by James Kirchick that attacks Landis. I think Syria Comment is an excellent site; and have said so elsewhere.

March 25th, 2013, 3:30 pm


zoo said:

10. Majed97

You give too much credit to the Qatari. They are businessmen and they practice the ‘checkbook foreign policy”. In politics they are amateurs. They are scrambling to save the coalition after the series of blows they got when they tried unimaginatively to recreate the Libyan scenario for Syria.
Al Khatib has publicly exposed them as the main manipulators of the opposition. Like the Libyans and the Tunisia who hate the Qataris, the common Syrian is now developing a profound suspicions toward them.

I think Qatar’s window of opportunity to control and own Syria is gone.

March 25th, 2013, 3:42 pm


Dawoud said:


Dear Mr. al-Tamimi:

There is a well known Arabic saying, which is similar in English: “You know a person by the company that he/she keeps!” I hope that this is not true in your case because, as I said above, you are a very eloquent and intelligent young man. I don’t think that you are so desperate to tarnish your promising reputation by being described as a “fellow” at Pipes’ “Forum.” I respect your choice, but I wish that you have said “NO!” A million other truly reputable intellectual think-tanks would have been honored to offer you the title of “fellow.”

Although you are living in Europe (and might have been born there), Your last name is similar to many of those ethnically-cleansed Palestinians who are now suffering in refugee camps and exile. They are the same Palestinians for whom Mr. Pipes does not seem to have any sympathy.

Honor and dignity are more important for a true intellectual than any short-term opportunity. Given the fact that you seem to be a brilliant young intellectual (regardless of your perspectives and opinions), you can have BOTH! You don’t have to compromise your integrity!

Good Luck,


March 25th, 2013, 3:43 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Mr. Al-Tamimi,

Thank you for sharing with us your experience of being “free to comment” as you wish and without any “dictate”.

No one is saying SC ISN’T an excellent site, what James Kirchick is saying is that Professor Josh was a “schill” for the Assad family for YEARS.

IMHO, an american professor who (hopefully) learned the importance of democracy and freedom in any society, through his/her extensive studies in history and government should know a hell of a lot more than to support a tin-pot dictator like Batta for all those years. I hold people with higher education to a higher standard than some of the thugs on this forum.


College Quiz Question for you:

Who has been treated worse, the Syrian people by the Syrian government, or the Palestinian people by the Israeli government? Please give reasons in each case.

Mr. Al-Tamimi will be grading your answer;)

March 25th, 2013, 3:46 pm


revenire said:

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi why do you say “supposed Western imperialism”? What do you call interference in a nation’s sovereignty? Or arming opponents to a legitimate government?

If Iran, for example, armed the Occupy London crowd or another group in the UK, you know full well the British government would crush them without mercy and more than likely declare war on the country arming them.

Are the Malvinas Islands really part of the British Empire or is it the colonial imperialist heritage in action today?

How about the Iranian coup in 1953? Was that the Iranian’s imagination? Hardly.

You don’t really do history any service by clouding facts.

Syria is under attack by an international conspiracy. Today’s New York Times documents the arming of that conspiracy in great detail.

Smells like imperialism to me.

I call foul on your article above.

March 25th, 2013, 3:46 pm


revenire said:

From today’s New York Times:

“With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.

“The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.”

This is yet more proof of an international conspiracy to overthrow a legitimate government. Not only is this illegal but it is an act of war.

The NYT’s names the parties involved. The usual suspects are all there.

I am laughing that the weakling John Kerry had the temerity to ask Iraq to stop Iranian flights.

March 25th, 2013, 3:53 pm


zoo said:

Syrian Jihadist Fighters Getting Western Weapons


The Jihadist Jabhat al-Nusra militia is managing to secure weapons being supplied by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to rebel brigades affiliated to the Free Syrian Army, the experts say. The Obama administration considers al-Nusra a terrorist organization because of suspected links with al-Qaida.

The weapons include the Croatian-made M79 portable 90 mm anti-tank gun and M60 recoilless anti-tank weapons. Regional experts say Saudi Arabia and Qatar had been supplying such weapons to rebel units more acceptable to the West, mainly secular or nationalist-focused groups such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades fighting to oust the Assad government.

March 25th, 2013, 4:04 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:


“Yohannio, I notice that you’re here to post anti-Assad cartoons, which is fine by me. However, I notice you don’t enter any 2-way discussions”

Interfacing with you people one-on-one is beneath my dignity. You’re all idiots. Begging your pardon but you can all go to hell. Some should go before others. One does have a responsibility to make discriminations.

A New Bashar Cartoon:


March 25th, 2013, 4:04 pm


Tara said:

“American officials have confirmed that senior White House officials were regularly briefed on the shipments. “These countries were going to do it one way or another,” the former official said. “They weren’t asking for a ‘Mother, may I?’ from us. But if we could help them in certain ways, they’d appreciate that.”

Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid

The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.

As it evolved, the airlift correlated with shifts in the war within Syria, as rebels drove Syria’s army from territory by the middle of last year. And even as the Obama administration has publicly refused to give more than “nonlethal” aid to the rebels, the involvement of the C.I.A. in the arms shipments — albeit mostly in a consultative role, American officials say — has shown that the United States is more willing to help its Arab allies support the lethal side of the civil war.
“There are fake Free Syrian Army brigades claiming to be revolutionaries, and when they get the weapons they sell them in trade,” Mr. Aboud said.

The former American official noted that the size of the shipments and the degree of distributions are voluminous.
On a string of nights from April 26 through May 4, a Qatari Air Force C-17 — a huge American-made cargo plane — made six landings in Turkey, at Esenboga Airport. By Aug. 8 the Qataris had made 14 more cargo flights. All came from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, a hub for American military logistics in the Middle East.

Qatar has denied providing any arms to the rebels. A Qatari official, who requested anonymity, said Qatar has shipped in only what he called nonlethal aid. He declined to answer further questions. It is not clear whether Qatar has purchased and supplied the arms alone or is also providing air transportation service for other donors. But American and other Western officials, and rebel commanders, have said Qatar has been an active arms supplier — so much so that the United States became concerned about some of the Islamist groups that Qatar has armed.
The American government became involved, the former American official said, in part because there was a sense that other states would arm the rebels anyhow. The C.I.A. role in facilitating the shipments, he said, gave the United States a degree of influence over the process, including trying to steer weapons away from Islamist groups and persuading donors to withhold portable antiaircraft missiles that might be used in future terrorist attacks on civilian aircraft.


March 25th, 2013, 4:11 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:


“Syrians are very educated and wise”

Educated and wise. Oh right. LOL! The next thing you’re gonna say is, they planned this civil war to catch the Jews off guard.

A typical day in a Syrian household:

March 25th, 2013, 4:12 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:

parties to the “civil” war in syria:

syrian people and its government


amurderka, israel/synagogue of satan, turkey, england, france, the gulf puppets, rats, other external vermin.

in no sense is the war in syria a civil war.

daniel and richard pipes are fanatical to the point of lunacy, jewish supremacists. israel is their state. america is used on behalf of jewry/israel.

the names listed and scrolling across the middle east forum site are zionist and predominantly jewish propagandists. let’s just call ’em, “liars.”

any arab accepting to be part of a zionist group is a fool or much worse.

the ‘much worse’ part is why the prof has given you prominence.

March 25th, 2013, 4:28 pm


Citizen said:

CONFIRMED: US Shipping Weapons to Syria – Al Nusra’s “Mystery” Sponsors Revealed

March 25th, 2013, 4:29 pm


Citizen said:

Shocker: CIA Airlifting Weapons to Syrian Rebels
With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.

The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.
As it evolved, the airlift correlated with shifts in the war within Syria, as rebels drove Syria’s army from territory by the middle of last year. And even as the Obama administration has publicly refused to give more than “nonlethal” aid to the rebels, the involvement of the C.I.A. in the arms shipments — albeit mostly in a consultative role, American officials say — has shown that the United States is more willing to help its Arab allies support the lethal side of the civil war……..

March 25th, 2013, 4:30 pm


Citizen said:

Arabs and Turks have put Syrian rebels 3.5 thousand tons of weapons under the supervision of the CIA
U.S. intelligence agencies have organized a large-scale network, which supplied 3,500 tons of Syrian rebels weapons. Procurement is undertaken in Croatia, the buyers were representatives of the Arab states, and transportation for the movement of boxes across the border has provided Turkey……

March 25th, 2013, 4:35 pm


ALI said:

Must see

This time we chopped Riad’s leg next time is the neck

I’ll add more disturbing videos to remind all of you of the reality, one of the videos he was crying saying “I wanna die I wanna die” heheheh I thought rats love to fornicate virgins in sky

Note: I removed the embedded video function to not disturb the page

March 25th, 2013, 4:39 pm


Citizen said:

Russian diplomats not planning to leave Syria — Embassy
MOSCOW, March 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian diplomats are not planning to leave Syria in the near future, a Russian Embassy official in Damascus told Itar-Tass by telephone on Monday, March 25.
“Representatives of the Embassy have no information about any imminent evacuation of the Russian diplomats,” he said.
The United Nations earlier announced the decision to withdraw at least half of its personnel from Syria following the latest deterioration of the situation in the country, including Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis, Lakhdar Brahimi’s mission in Damascus. It will be transferred to Cairo or Lebanon.
There are about 100 U.N. personnel working in Syria now.

March 25th, 2013, 4:40 pm


ALI said:

Here Riad is crying like kids “I wanna die I wanna die”

March 25th, 2013, 4:41 pm


Uzair8 said:

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
[Dr Al-Wahsh & Mr Assad]

The savage brutality of the regime is well known yet we have what appears as a friendly, civilized, suited-booted, westernised facade.

Dr Jekyll

The syrians are familiar with the al-Wahsh (‘savage animal’) side of the regime. Al-Wahsh being the original surname of the Assad family. Their brutality, savagery and sheer disregard for the people they rule over is not a secret anymore.

Recently Mr Abdul Haleem Khaddam (yes him, I know – but still…) remarked:

21st March

The former VP said that nothing connects the Syrian president to the country’s people, and that Assad feels no sense of responsibility towards his countrymen.

Previously, in an interview with the Cairo Daily conducted by Ahmad Qandil, the former Hama Attorney General Adnan Bakkour described the ‘godless beastmen’ further:

September 21, 2011

[Qandil] How do you see Al-Asad’s style of dealing with the Syrian people?

[Al-Bakur] Bashar al-Asad regards the Syrian people as slaves who have to deify their king continuously. Those who do not do so deserve death. He is prepared to displace the entire Syrian people to the neighboring countries and replace them with another obedient people whom he settles in Syria. The human mind cannot endure the horrendous massacres committed by Bashar and the killing, torture, and brutalization. What this occupying sectarian gang is doing to Syria is difficult to describe. Nothing is forbidden for them and there is nothing to deter them.

[Qandil] How do you describe the Syrian revolution? Does it differ from the Egyptian, Tunisian, and Libyan revolutions?

[Al-Bakur] Yes, it differs from sister revolutions because it confronts a godless regime that believes in no religion or denomination and does not recognize the existence of God. It has security bodies run by individuals who are nothing more than talking beasts. These bodies are considered among the most brutal criminal bodies in the world. This is why the Syrian revolution differs.

Mr Assad

Then there is the apparent human side. Last week we saw the first couple on a humanitarian offensive.

Mrs Assad attended a fund raiser along with mothers of dead servicemen.Image

Her husband followed this with his visit to a school highlighting the issue of teachers missing or affected by the crisis.Images

So there you have the dual nature of the regime.

One face for the benefit of the outside world.
The other for the ‘benefit’ of Syrians.

I wonder how well Dr Bashar has hidden his alter ego from Asma…..?

March 25th, 2013, 4:49 pm


ALI said:

Moaz al-Khatib repeats exactly what Bashar was saying the last two years. He talked about the universal conspiracy against to destroy Syria, Jihadists and terrorist groups, and funding these groups by country GCC.

I’d say now to arrive late is better than never, but why took you two years

So now Moaz is shabeh?

March 25th, 2013, 4:54 pm


ALI said:

People in Tartous are getting on with their life as if there’s nothing happening. Thanks to the government awesome startegy of protecting the coast and thanks to the Christian people in it.


March 25th, 2013, 5:01 pm


Uzair8 said:

Following in the footsteps of the Seinfeld clips, I’m reminded of a funny clip that came to mind a few weeks ago, after some official (Iranian ambassador to Lebanon I think) denied the regime would fall.

Sometimes an official, be it Syrian, Iranian or Russian etc, will out of the blue, without any prompting and not in response to opposition or media claims, deny the possibility of the regime falling and will express confidence in it’s survival.

Perhaps these statements betray their fears and real thoughts during periods of difficult news for the regime..

Reminds me of a clip in which a policeman asks a suspect ‘why are you saying that, I didn’t say that.’

There used to be a popular comedy on the BBC based around a regional radio disc jockey, Alan Partridge. In the following clip he decides with a friend to go and steal traffic cones for a laugh. Dont ask me why, apparently for some reason student’s have a reputation for doing this.


Alan Partridge steals a traffic cone

March 25th, 2013, 5:25 pm


Darryl said:



“Syrians are very educated and wise”

“Educated and wise. Oh right. LOL! The next thing you’re gonna say is, they planned this civil war to catch the Jews off guard.”

JDS for this post I think you deserve a 100 thumbs up. I suppose Visitor (VATY) must be at the negative control button again giving you an immediate 6. Man you should be a stand up comedian or are you?

March 25th, 2013, 5:29 pm


Tara said:


Ya Lateef!

I was once so ignorant of how much hatred some of these people harbor.

In sunnah, we rever Jesus and Ali. And look how the others demean the traditional Muslim historical figures and at the same time dare to talk tolerance.

March 25th, 2013, 5:46 pm


Uzair8 said:


I’m guessing Muqtadar Sadr is saying good/positive things and the Yasser person is saying nasty things (as usual)(?). I’d be very disappointed if Mr Sadr said negative things.

Muqtadar Sadr although suspected of involvement in Syria, seems a fair minded person in Iraq. Seems to be on the side of the opposition to Mr Maliki’s government.

March 25th, 2013, 5:58 pm


Darryl said:

49. TARA said:


Ya Lateef!

I was once so ignorant of how much hatred some of these people harbor.

In sunnah, we rever Jesus and Ali. And look how the others demean the traditional Muslim historical figures and at the same time dare to talk tolerance.”

If Islam revered the Messiah as you broadcast, then I cannot see how Quraanic verse such as 2:62, 3:55, 5:69 and 5:85 that speak good about the followers of the Messiah; then we get Surat al-towbah (5) verse 29 that speaks about killing them and make them feel belittled.

What has happened to the revering you speak about?

March 25th, 2013, 6:13 pm


ALI said:

God damn Qatar
May Ali burn Qatar with its gas
We will not forgive crossing this red line

The Syrian state falg is replaced by the French mandate one next to the Algerian flag at 1:22

March 25th, 2013, 6:17 pm


mjabali said:


All of your ideas could be summed with two sentences max. I got tired of defeating your texts time after time. You run away like a قرد every time I show how ludicrous your ideas are.

What you write is noise and not knowledge. What you write is propaganda and not knowledge. Knowledge is traveling in the other direction.

Your intellectual weight is Zero. Your debates show your troubled characters, and your method of talking to people prove that you have real problem.

Nevertheless, I really enjoy showing how little you know all the time for example in your comment #1 here you said:

” 4) The false claim of conflating Alawite Jihad with Taqwa is non-relevant at this point in time. Tamimi should know that Taqwa practicing groups are ONLY required to do so when they fear the ruler which is not the case in present day Syria. In fact, Khomeini, declared Taqwa is no longer relevant after he landed in Tehran way in 1980. Alawites may not follow Khomeini, but everyone knows who is calling the shots.”

Dude: the article talks about Taqiyyah التقية and not Taqwa التقوى. hahaahaa you are a real مسطول

ألاتزال تريد مناقشة أمور حساسة؟ ألاترى بأنك لاتدري ماذا تتكلم عنه ؟

PS: when you know what you are talking about call us…

March 25th, 2013, 6:56 pm


zoo said:

Finally exposed: The two regional opposing camps that are destroying Syria

David Ignatius


The regional tension splitting the Syrian rebel movement is between Qatar and Turkey, on one side, and Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Emirates on the other. The former group would like to see an Islamist government headed by the Muslim Brotherhood after the fall of President Bashar al-Assad. The latter group opposes any expansion of Muslim Brotherhood influence into Syria, fearing that the movement could spread from there to endanger Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.

The dangerous aspect of the ascendency of Qatar and Turkey is that they are driving the Arab revolutions further toward Islamist governance. “Do you want to hand post-Bashar Syria to the Muslim Brotherhood?” asks one prominent Arab diplomat. Like many in the Arab world, he fears that the Brotherhood is now inexorably on the march toward regional hegemony.

March 25th, 2013, 7:04 pm


zoo said:

41. Citizen

Maybe the UN personnel should move to the “70% liberated areas” under the governance of Hitto, where they will be able to feel in total security protected by Al Nusra.

March 25th, 2013, 7:13 pm


revenire said:

Riad begging to die is pretty funny.

March 25th, 2013, 7:34 pm


revenire said:

Tara complaining of hatred is also pretty funny considering she wants Syrian soldiers and government officials to die at the hands of the Nusra Front.

March 25th, 2013, 7:35 pm


Jarthouma said:

Revenire it is also a but funny that you haven’t died yet from the resistant tertiary syphilis that you got when you forgot the condom at your tattooed Shabi7 love guru’s shack.

I guess we all are amused on occasions

March 25th, 2013, 7:51 pm


revenire said:

Come on. To see that worm begging to die makes anyone break out laughing. God punished him and isn’t done yet.


March 25th, 2013, 7:55 pm


Tara said:


i do not have mental enegy to answer a question when the intention is not to learn.

March 25th, 2013, 7:58 pm


ALI said:


I knew you would like Riad’s video 🙂

I’m glad he did not die, so he could suffer more pain till we kill him next time

March 25th, 2013, 8:09 pm


Darryl said:

“60. TARA said:

i do not have mental enegy to answer a question when the intention is not to learn.”

Please Tara save this mental energy for the circular arguments with Zoo. And please do not insult me any further with the learning Bull.

March 25th, 2013, 8:11 pm


ALI said:

62. Darryl:

Do you only hate Muslims? do you hate Alawis? do you know about Alawi theology?

March 25th, 2013, 8:20 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

I feel you puposely say things just to blabber,you don’t know how to read Quraan ,you don’t know Arabic,you don’t understand Islam ,you just blabber.

Dear Ozair8
I am sorry that the video in arabic,but you are right,you understood it well.

Dear Tara
They deny that Ali was the fourth Khalifa,just like they deny that the prophet had other daughters than Fatima

March 25th, 2013, 8:20 pm


Tara said:


Come on now. I meant no insult. I told you before I do not dislike you…and I was honest. I did not understand the last statement. What does “do not insult me any further with the learning bull” mean?

Here is another circular argument just for my friend Darryl: I personally ask questions to learn. I may not learn anything after my questions are supposedly answered, still I ask questions with intention to learn. Why did you get insulted with me using the word “learn”? Because it was not your intention to learn. Was it? So what I said was a mere description of your state of mind and not an insult.

And in regard to Zoo, I learn things from him. And I will leave it at that.

March 25th, 2013, 8:21 pm


revenire said:

I enjoy seeing Riad in his diaper with the catheter hanging out of him. Catheters are not really a lot of fun to have inserted but I guess when your leg has been blown off and looks like JAWS bit it off there are bigger “fish to fry” so to speak. Ha ha I am so funny sometimes.

I have saved his video to my hard drive and have it looping. I’ve watched it maybe 300 times by now. My wife told me to stop laughing so hard and come to bed.

I am glad he’s alive too. It is better if he is captured and paraded down the streets before we hang him for treason.

March 25th, 2013, 8:22 pm


ALI said:

66. revenire said:

“I have saved his video to my hard drive and have it looping. I’ve watched it maybe 300 times by now. My wife told me to stop laughing so hard and come to bed. ”

I can’t believe it brother, really really great mind think alike.
We did the same the whole family kept watching this video over and over on the big screen while having dinner. It’s amazing how the scenes did not put us off.

March 25th, 2013, 8:31 pm


ALI said:


Please don’t say just Ali when you refer to almighty.

March 25th, 2013, 8:33 pm


Visitor said:

الى الحمار الجبلي اللي مفكر حالو بيفهم بس بالحئيئة حمار ابن حمار ابر
لك سد بوزك وائبر لانك واحد بلا فهم بلا ادب جاهل وقح

ولا جايي تتفلسف علينا؟
ولا شو معنى التقية وشو معنى التقوي وشو اصل الكلمتين بالعربي؟
خود اقرا ولا سعدان ابن سعدان

1 التقوى في اللغة..
نقول . اتقى يتقي ..وقى يقي من الوقاية. والتقوى بمعنى الستر والصون والحذر. أي وقاية وصيانة كما يقال في الشائع…الوقاية خير من العلاج.

اما في الشرع.
فهي حفظ النفس مما يؤثم وذلك بامتثال الاوامر واجتناب النواهي تبعا لشرع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم.بمعنى ان يجعل العبد بينه وبين ربه وقاية عملية. تقيه غضبه سبحانه وسخطه وعقابه. وذلك كما قلت بفعل الطاعات واجتناب المعاصي.
قال طلق بن حبيب رحمه الله.

التقية في اللغة : الحيطة والحذر من الضرر والتوقي منه ، والتقية والتقاة بمعنى واحد.”

انتا مو خرج منائشي. انتا خرج تدحش شي شحاطة بتمك وتنءلع منهون
العما بقلبك شو بلا فهم وشو بتحب الجدل الارخص من البصل
انتا مفكر بتفهم بامور حساسي.
لك انتا واحد ضيعي جاهل
لك تلحس متل ما قال الاتاسي

March 25th, 2013, 8:45 pm


Darryl said:


bla bla bla bla no one knows anything except you. I agree, there you go two wrongs make a right as your brain likes to think. Man why don’t you just ignore me if you have nothing to say except bla bla bla ….?

March 25th, 2013, 8:51 pm


Uzair8 said:

Just learnt of this New Statesman article from January:

The revolt of the Sheikh

What role will the ‘Ulama’ – the Syrian oppositional scholars – play in a post-Assad Syria?

24 January 2013

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi has become one of Syria’s leading opposition scholars (Ulama). Before the uprising Syrians respected Al-Yaqoubi due to his pedigree. He descends from a line of Damascene scholars originally hailing from Algeria. His father was a famous Sufi mystic whose face is still found on posters in the more religious quarters of Damascus. Al-Yaqoubi would probably have followed in his father’s footsteps had he not stood up on the pulpit of the Grand Umayyad mosque and denounced the regime. He fled his homeland and found himself addressing foreign dignitaries like the King of Morocco and think tanks like the Royal United Services Institute, whilst remaining in close contact with the brigades who regularly consult him on matters of jurisprudence. He is set to play an important role in post-Assad Syria given that Syrian civil society groups are still in their infancy and Syrians might resort to traditional personalities like him for guidance. On a recent visit to raise funds for a hospital I asked Al-Yaqoubi about his role in shaping his country’s political destiny.

Why did you speak out against the Syrian Government?

I spoke out against the regime in defense of the people. It is a religious obligation to support the weak and oppressed and speak up and not hide the truth. When something kills, it is our job to denounce the killing; it does not make it different when the murderer is the government – it actually becomes more incumbent on religious people, since often rulers in the Middle East try to use religion to justify their power.

What did the government do to you after your speech at the Ummayyad mosque?

I delivered two speeches on Friday, both can be found on Youtube. The following Friday after the first sermon – where I denounced the murder of around 300 Syrians, shabiha or secret service men came to the mosque with concealed guns before the prayer started. I assigned one of my students to speak and waited till May 5th when I delivered my last speech in which I denounced the regime and declared my support of the uprising and demanded full withdrawal of their military presence from neighbourhoods, the release of all prisoners and the removal of all military barricades. I described and denounced the way people were being killed at military checkpoints and held the government responsible for all casualties. I had already asked my wife to leave our family home and I immediately after the speech went into hiding. Our neighbors told us that the secret service came for me three times. I left Syria after a few weeks before a warrant for my arrest was issued. Soon after I left my name was on the government’s ‘wanted list’.

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March 25th, 2013, 8:52 pm


Darryl said:

“63. ALI said:

62. Darryl:

Do you only hate Muslims? do you hate Alawis? do you know about Alawi theology?”

No to the first two questions Ali. I do not hate, I like and seek the truth Ali.

Do I know anything about Alawi theology? Not that much, I have lived with them from the part of Syria that I come from and we always got along as they are not very religious similar to the Christians.

March 25th, 2013, 9:01 pm


ALI said:

72. Darryl:

You’re a good man

March 25th, 2013, 9:04 pm


ALI said:


انا بقلك تضب لسانك احسن و حياة الرب و الامام لاقطعو و زتو للكلاب
و بحذرك مرة و مرتين ابدي اسمع هالكلمة (ضيعنجي) العمى بعيونك العمى بقلك تيس بتقلي احلبو هلق هنت ماتلعب بالنار ابتفهم هنت

March 25th, 2013, 9:10 pm


ghufran said:

Michel Kilo on HBJ and Moaz:

March 25th, 2013, 9:30 pm


Tara said:

 Hitto visited rebelled-controlled areas of Aleppo over the weekend in an attempt to boost his credibility and prepare for the establishment of a shadow government. He met local council leaders and members of the Free Syrian Army.


From the Guardian

March 25th, 2013, 9:31 pm


Visitor said:

ولك شو عم تئول ولك علي التيس.

ولا غبي ما بعدني من شي شهرين تلاتي مخرسك وداحشلك الشحاط ببوزك الطويل الوسخ متل الكلب الجربان

قسما بسيدي وسيدك ابو بكر لخليك تشوف نجوم الضهر.

انتا مش عارف عم تتطاول عمين

March 25th, 2013, 9:33 pm


ghufran said:

they can not agree on a flag and they want us to follow them:

دعا حزب التحرير الإسلامي – ولاية سورية إلى الامتناع عن رفع علم الثورة باعتباره علم الانتداب الفرنسي ويرمز للضلالة والعلمانية والكفر.
وطالب الحزب المحظور في سورية في منشور له تم توزيعه في حلب و إدلب برفع ما أسماه راية الخلافة الإسلامية بدلاً من علمي مرحلة الانتداب الفرنسي وما بعد الاستقلال باعتبارهما رايتي “العلمانية والضلال” اللتين رفعتا في أزمنة القهر والفساد والاستبداد.
وعُنون المنشور بالآية القرآنية ” فليحذر الذين يخالفون عن أمره أن تصيبهم فتنة أو يصيبهم عذاب أليم”.
ويعتبر الحزب أن راية الاستقلال رفعت في زمن الانتداب الفرنسي الكافر، وأن العلم السوري الحالي هو الراية التي رفعت في زمن النظام البعثي العميل المجرم .
وكان مسلحو جبهة النصرة قد ألقوا القبض على الناشط وائل إبراهيم بعد رميه راية تنظيم القاعدة، وحكم عليه في محكمة شرعية بالجلد وتم تنفيذ الحكم ومن ثم أطلق سراحه

March 25th, 2013, 9:38 pm


ALI said:

قرد هنت متعرف مع مين متحكي هنت قوت هنت
متفكر ما بعرفك مين هنت انا عرفت شعبة تجنيدك وخلص بدي جيبك لك حيوان و بدي علقق عالجوزة و افقع فيك قتل لحتى متعرف مين بيك من امك
العمى بعيونك العمى لك هنت افيك خير لبلدك لك لحم كتافك من خير الاسد وبس قول الاسد بتوقف على حيلك و بتقول حاضر سيدي
وبعدين متعرف عن اسمك ولا سميك القوت

بتعرفو لتيمورلنك بدي خليك تقول وينك يا تيمور

March 25th, 2013, 9:57 pm


ann said:

Russia opposes expanded UN probe into chemical weapons used in Syria – 2013-03-26


MOSCOW, March 25 (Xinhua) — Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday said that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to expand the mandate of a mission to probe all alleged instances of chemical weapons used in Syria is counterproductive.

“There are no facts proving the use of chemical weapons in Syria except for the incident of March 19,” said Alexander Lukashevich, the spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, in an online comment, insisting Ban’s decision came “under the pressure of some of the UN Security Council’s Western members.”

Lukashevich also stressed the necessity to conduct a ” depoliticised and impartial investigation” into the specific circumstances registered on March 19 in Syria’s Aleppo.

“Attempts to delay the U.N.-led investigation of one of the most pressing issues into an element of additional pressure for changing the regime in the country are unacceptable,” the Interfax news agency quoted the diplomat as saying.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, however, on Monday suggested in his Twitter account that “the story about the use of chemical weapons in Syria should be thoroughly investigated. ”

“We have already warned about the danger of having these weapons fall into the hands of militants, which can take the Syrian crisis to a new level of confrontation,” Gatilov said.



March 25th, 2013, 10:34 pm


ann said:

Is it time to bring in Ahmed Chalabi? 😀

Syrian rebel commander wounded in car bomb blast – 2013-03-25

• Commander of the rebel FSA Riad al-Asaad was seriously wounded in an explosion Sunday
• The attack came a day after Moaz al-Khatib, head of the opposition National Coalition, resigned
• The two incidents would have deep impacts on the wobbling command of the Syrian opposition


DAMASCUS, March 25 (Xinhua) — Commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) Riad al-Asaad was seriously wounded in an explosion Sunday in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, local media reported on Monday.

The car of the former army colonel was hit by an explosive device in the city of Mayadeen, the reports said, adding that the rebels had sealed off the routes to the al-Tib al-Hadeath hospital where al-Asaad was being treated.

Al-Asaad announced his defection before he created the FSA on 29 July, 2011. He went to Turkey’s Hatay province under the patronage of the Turkish army.

Last September, the FSA said that it had moved its command center from Turkey to the “liberated areas” inside Syria.

The attack came a day after Moaz al-Khatib, head of the opposition National Coalition, resigned in protest against the international community’s “slackness” in helping the rebels on the ground.

The two incidents would have deep impacts on the already-wobbling command of the Syrian opposition.



March 25th, 2013, 10:41 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:

54. ZOO

“Finally exposed”

Zoo in his natural habitat >>> http://youtu.be/RB_ossgbd6I

March 25th, 2013, 10:47 pm


ann said:

News Analysis: Exit of Syrian crisis hardly possible in Doha as rift deepens within AL – 2013-03-26


DOHA, March 25 (Xinhua) — Doha can hardly be a place of miracle to turn the protracted Syrian crisis around.

When Arab leaders brainstorm here on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Arab League (AL) summit, they may easily find they are still nowhere close to unity concerning Syria, despite AL chief Nabil al- Arabi’s high hope.

It is “not a normal summit, and my expectations are very high,” he said, while also admitting “Arab countries are taking their issues more seriously” after the region’s unrest in the past years.


Earlier this month, some countries, mainly oil-rich Qatar and Saudi Arabia, both U.S. allies, led a push during an AL ministerial meeting to invite the Syrian opposition to occupy the seat of Damascus in the league, whose membership was suspended in November 2011. But Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria refused to endorse the decision, saying it is against the AL Charter and warning of consequences.

The Arab body also gave the go-ahead for its member nations to arm the Syrian rebels.

“A team of ministers — contrary to the Arab League Charter — is preparing a draft resolution to arm the (Syrian) opposition,” Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said in a statement to local An-Nahar newspaper.

“Do they realize the implications of such a move if approved?” he asked.

Iraq also regards this move as “dangerous precedence” in the history of the AL, which might open other demands by opposition circles in some Arab countries.

The Syrian government, for its part, also strongly protested against the move, calling it “an extremely dangerous step.”


No matter what, resigned head of exiled Syrian opposition coalition Moaz al-Khatib will be a focus of the Doha event.

Frustrated by the international community’s reluctance to support the Syrian opposition in terms of weapons, the opposition leader will deliver a speech during the summit to directly muster more support for the rebels on the ground.

However, his resignation announced (on Sunday) just ahead of the summit puzzles many.

Egypt’s former assistant foreign minister Hany Khallaf attributed Khatib’s resignation to his “obvious disagreement” with the newly-elected Western-backed Prime Minister of the opposition’ s provisional government Ghassan Hitto.

“While Khatib calls for dialogue with the Syrian regime, Hitto stresses boycotting such a dialogue,” said Khallaf, who added that Khatib found that working inside the coalition “extremely difficult” due to domination of liberals, secularists and Western- backed figures whose views did not tally with those of Khatib, being an Islamist.

It is considered that those powers behind the Syrian opposition have already found it hard to agree on a same standard to assist them, while the revealing internal struggle within the opposition sends the “helpers” all the more at lost.


“I do not expect too much from the upcoming AL summit as the Arab World is going through a difficult situation,” said Hassan Wageih, professor of political sciences at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University.

As the AL has no decision-making and supervisory body, like the EU commission, its role in general is limited, Wageih said, adding “nowadays it is more considered as a body gathering all Arab states.”

Meanwhile, as long as arming the opposition remains heavily debated, supporters and opponents, within and outside the region, will only be farther away from arriving at compromises as time passes by.

And no matter whether an agreement is reached or not, illegal weapons will just be able to find its way into the hands of Jihadists to further threat the future of the misery-laden country; and the more this is going on, the more trading of barbs there will be, hence the slimmer the chance is for the two sides in the Syrian conflict to iron out differences.

Moreover, U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent Mideast visit, which apparently aims at reinforcing America’s sway such as urging his key friends Israel and Turkey to normalize ties and providing some with aid, could further deepen the divisions in Arab countries by turning them into submissive U.S./Israel proxy in the region and steadfast anti-U.S. interventionism countries, analysts say.



March 25th, 2013, 10:47 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

In Quraan
{وَلاَ تَرْكَنُواْ إِلَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ فَتَمَسَّكُمُ النَّارُ وَمَا لَكُم مِّن دُونِ اللّهِ مِنْ أَوْلِيَاء ثُمَّ لاَ تُنصَرُونَ}.

The Prophet(PBUh) said the best jihad a word of truth and rightousness infront of injust ruler

This is Islam that I know,not the lies by Bouti,or Hassoun

March 25th, 2013, 11:15 pm


ghufran said:

even a donkey does not make the same mistake twice, arabs are determined to sit on home-made khazouqs:

March 25th, 2013, 11:16 pm


Dawoud said:

Pertinent to my earlier response to Mr. AYMENN JAWAD AL-TAMIMI (which I am re-posting), I had a chance tonight to quickly browse his Website and view his articles. In his brief response to me in Comment # 25, Mr. al-Tamimi wrote:

“I’m at the Middle East Forum because they saw my writings and offered me a position as a fellow. They don’t dictate what I write or urge me to push a particular narrative: I’m free to comment as I wish.”

Unsurprisingly, Mr. al-Tamimi, Daniel Pipes and his anti-Muslim/pro-Israel “Forum” don’t need to dictate to you what to write. You are doing a great job on your own! You are just criticizing Arabs and Muslims WITHOUT any kind of criticism directed at Israeli occupation/colonization/war crimes. Furthermore, although I also agree that terrorism and racism must be criticized and confronted, you are so “eloquent” criticizing the outrageous stuff coming from Arabs, but you never detail the outrageous stuff directed at Arabs, Palestinians, and Muslims. Again, no wonder that Mr. Pipes does not need to tell you what to do. He likely thinks that you are doing a great job on you own!

27. DAWOUD said:


Dear Mr. al-Tamimi:

There is a well known Arabic saying, which is similar in English: “You know a person by the company that he/she keeps!” I hope that this is not true in your case because, as I said above, you are a very eloquent and intelligent young man. I don’t think that you are so desperate to tarnish your promising reputation by being described as a “fellow” at Pipes’ “Forum.” I respect your choice, but I wish that you have said “NO!” A million other truly reputable intellectual think-tanks would have been honored to offer you the title of “fellow.”

Although you are living in Europe (and might have been born there), Your last name is similar to many of those ethnically-cleansed Palestinians who are now suffering in refugee camps and exile. They are the same Palestinians for whom Mr. Pipes does not seem to have any sympathy.

Honor and dignity are more important for a true intellectual than any short-term opportunity. Given the fact that you seem to be a brilliant young intellectual (regardless of your perspectives and opinions), you can have BOTH! You don’t have to compromise your integrity!

Good Luck,


March 25th, 2013, 11:25 pm


revenire said:

Almost everyone has a price. Thank God Assad doesn’t.

March 25th, 2013, 11:42 pm


MarigoldRan said:

The war, which continues, is now in central Damascus. The regime doesn’t have the manpower to hold off the rebels.

Nor can it protect its senior members from assassination.

What comes around, goes around. Those who believe in violence will get violence back in return.

March 25th, 2013, 11:43 pm


ann said:

‘He who lives by the sword dies by the sword’

March 25th, 2013, 11:52 pm


MarigoldRan said:

Exactly. The regime and anyone who supports it, is getting what it deserves.

And I didn’t click on the link, by the way. It probably has viruses on it.

March 25th, 2013, 11:54 pm


revenire said:

Ha ha ha. This is what the dog gets. Watch the one-legged freak announce Zero Hour and then later beg to die.

March 26th, 2013, 12:21 am


revenire said:


No one from his fake FSA even cares.
No loyalty for the rats.

March 26th, 2013, 12:26 am


Syrian said:

و مين قال أنو بيلزمك رجلتين لتدعس عرقبة بشار..

رجل وحدة بتكفيك عقيد رياض..

March 26th, 2013, 12:26 am


ALI said:

95. Syrian

لك هنت منك سيريان لا والرب لك بدي ركبك على الكرسي الالماني و كسر رجلياتك يا قوت يا مندس
عرف عن نفسك لك حيوان

March 26th, 2013, 12:36 am


ALI said:

You replaced homes by caves, security by fear, stability by terror

بدكن حرية هاي حرية

“Syrians displaced in Roman caves”


March 26th, 2013, 12:41 am


revenire said:

You can bet American jihadi Majed is not living in a cave in Colorado.

March 26th, 2013, 12:47 am


ALI said:

The online Jihadi terrorists on this forum prefers to answer their holy call on their Ipads with Corona on one hand and a hotti on their laps

March 26th, 2013, 12:59 am


ALI said:

Moaz al-Kateib and Michel Kilo are stripping this Zion-American opposition naked.

Can’t wait to see both of them nodding their heads while Bashar is giving his speech in the parliament after being reelected for a new term

March 26th, 2013, 1:01 am


ghufran said:

“We have a leader who resigned, an interim prime minister whose election was conducted without transparency and the formal opposition has failed. I don’t know what happens if Assad falls,” said Rafif Jouejati, a spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists with more than 80 branches throughout Syria.
Jouejati, who’s consulted with the State Department on Syria policy, said key developments to watch were whether the coalition-linked rebel command would live up to its promise of accepting civilian leadership and whether cooperation could improve amid both sides complaining of being sidelined.
“The Syrian opposition needs to look at itself in the mirror and realize it’s been a colossal failure to the Syrian people,” Jouejati lamented. “It’s time for a complete overhaul.”
Landis predicted that the United States will try to restore some type of role for Khatib, who’d fallen out with the Muslim Brotherhood by calling for conditional talks with Assad, a track that the U.S. and Europe are quietly pursuing in hopes of preventing a total collapse of Syrian institutions but that Brotherhood activists reject after decades of heavy losses to the Assad dynasty. It’s in the U.S. government’s interest that the coalition doesn’t totally collapse, especially as a rebel group that the U.S. government has labeled an al Qaida-linked terrorist group, Jabhat al Nusra, gains ground throughout the country.
“It’s going to limp along because they need it,” Landis said. “They need a political organization that’s pro-West.”

Email: hallam@mcclatchydc.com; Twitter: @HannahAllam
(any plan that includes HBJ is a sellout, I would rather see Perez as a moderator than HBJ, at least we know who is perez and where he stands, HBJ is an arab on paper and a zionist Bedouin in reality)

March 26th, 2013, 1:08 am


Syrian said:

ماحدا حيوان غيرك
هربان من سوريا مع انه الحمار بشار اعلن الجهادهههه
مالك شاطر غير بالتجعير من ورا الشاشه
ومع انك اجيت عالشام وصرت تعرف تتمشى بالشعلان
بس حمار وبضلك حمار ومو شاطر غير بللجعار
ما بايدك الطبع غلب التطبع

March 26th, 2013, 1:11 am


ALI said:

It’s only 1 am and everybody gone to bed already!!

My day just started and I’m about to start watching the Syrian news

March 26th, 2013, 1:44 am


Juergen said:

Surely this is how an democratically elected president is treated right? Or its just an tradition dating back to the Zars to kiss the picture of the Zar before running to the battleground?


March 26th, 2013, 2:02 am


ALI said:

102. Syrian

ومع انك اجيت عالشام وصرت تعرف تتمشى بالشعلان”

شو قصدك ولاك أفهمت عليك
لسانك لقصو قص و بعدين قوصك

March 26th, 2013, 2:03 am


ALI said:

قرد يا ريفينير
قوم لنقرقع ضرب المتة بس ممتنسى انقع هالراس بالعرقات المعتقات من عين التينة

March 26th, 2013, 2:15 am


Johannes de Silentio said:

101. Ghuffie

“Hamad Bin Jassimis is an arab on paper and a Zionist Bedouin in reality”

Jesus! You Syrians will believe anything. The weirder it is, the more believable it is. No wonder you’re so fucked up…

New Bashar Cartoons:



March 26th, 2013, 2:27 am


Johannes de Silentio said:

103. ALI

“Everybody’s gone to bed already!!”

No, dumbass. We’re upstairs fucking your ugly girlfriend while you’re down in the basement on the Internet…

March 26th, 2013, 2:36 am


ALI said:

109. Johannes de Silentio said:

” We’re upstairs fucking your ugly girlfriend while you’re down in the basement on the Internet”

Ah the Zionist Israeli girlfriend, oh yeah please fuck her hard and even pass her around. Those filthy Zionists love to gang bang and all weird sh1t

March 26th, 2013, 2:41 am


Juergen said:


Thank you for posting the channnel 4 report, its hard to keep the eyes dry. I think the note of the filmmaker that by targetting civilians the regime follows a finister agenda to radicalize the opposition is quite true, it makes sense.


March 26th, 2013, 2:55 am


Juergen said:

Hi, In The Past 2 Years, You Have Allowed Me To Kill 70,000 People

“Hello. My name is Bashar al-Assad. I am the president of Syria, and in the last two years, you—the citizens of the world and their governments—have allowed me to kill 70,000 people. You read that correctly: I am an individual who has murdered 70,000 human beings since March 2011, and you have watched it happen and done nothing.”


March 26th, 2013, 3:01 am


Mina said:

Egypt is so precious for the ruling powers (its dozens of thousands of tourists generating so much cash) that when an Israeli tourist is kidnapped, it’s not reported in the foreign press!

March 26th, 2013, 3:04 am


Jarthouma said:

Rev isn’t it amazing that sectarian Alawite psychopathic Assadites like get the pleasure out of failed symbolic assassination attempt, yet you forget we are breathing at the door of Mezzah 86, still are in Darya, have come yet again ! Into Jobar and will be soon probably booting you out of Daraa.

Oh I forgot you the worms have got to your head and your paranoid delusions still make you think we are fighting in model villages in Qatar. Oh yeah, please do go to your Qutb Sharief Sha7atah so he can reveal more glorious news from your prophet Batta the f****d.

Hey, if you are a good boy maybe you can get reincarnated as a prominent fungal infection on the left toe of your glorious God incarnate Bathar the awkward when he is going to rule the world…

March 26th, 2013, 3:05 am


Juergen said:

I wonder if Reve loose a leg ( God forbid) and see what he is asking for. Ali may consult Hafez over it, but Reve, I wonder what he will be calling for.

By the way I am going to meet Billy Six a german feelance reporter totally on the regime side who was 83 days in syrian custody and was released only after Oncle Lavrov asked the Lionking for it. I wonder what this guy will tell about his adventure trip to the regimes dungeons.


March 26th, 2013, 3:15 am


Ales said:

Is that “our” Joshua Landis? From Guardian comments (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/25/syria-only-gets-worse-editorial)

Last week I listened to a lecture held at Stanford University Centre for Middle East Religious and Ethnic Understanding by Professor Joshua Landis.

His argument was a breathtakingly horrifying justification for ethnic cleansing in Syria. Here is a major US academic advocating that the best way to solve the Syria conflict is to ethnically cleanse the minorities just as the Turks did to the Armenians and the Greeks, and the Iraqis did to the Sunnis. So that they can consolidate a nationalist movement that will support US/Israeli interests in the region.

He tempered his discourse with the fact that the US would probably not put boots on the ground in Syria because 90% of Americans did not want another war. However, he states that the use of chemical weapons could force the US governments hands.

Lo and behold, I wake up the next morning to allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria and this while Obama is a ‘tourist’ in Israel. Later, without any advice from the UN report the US puts forward the claim that it was the Syrian government. How convenient!

I don’t even think a pulp fiction novelist would have such gall.

March 26th, 2013, 3:50 am


ALI said:

114. Jarthouma:

“yet you forget we are breathing at the door of Mezzah 86, still are in Darya, have come yet again ! Into Jobar and will be soon probably booting you out of Daraa”

Don’t you dare crossing THE read line of Mezzah 86 or (Jabal Alassad as we call it). If any stupid rat thinks of shooting a bullet just one single bullet at Mezzah 86 then it’s like asking for the doors of hell to open. remember that we got all the Sunnis of Mezzah (east, west, autostrade) and Sheik Saad in our fire range from the top of the mountain. Actually the Alawi heroes will come down with knives and machetes not sparing anybody of your people but surely not before raping your women first.

Your terrorist friends understand this fact and that’s why Jabal Alassad will stay intact.

March 26th, 2013, 4:57 am


ALI said:

“isn’t it amazing that sectarian Alawite psychopathic Assadites like get the pleasure out of failed symbolic assassination attempt”

Actually we enjoyed our dinner meal while watching these videos, it felt normal

March 26th, 2013, 4:59 am


ALI said:

Damascus Alassad will not fall

March 26th, 2013, 5:06 am


ALI said:

Damascus Alassad will not ever fall

March 26th, 2013, 5:08 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Thank you Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi for a fascinating read. I’m looking forward for part 3. Thank you!

March 26th, 2013, 5:22 am


Akbar Palace said:

Visitor (or anyone else),

What do you think of the following article:

“Syrian opposition leader asks U.S. to counter Assad’s airpower”


Amir, AIG,

Hag Sameach!

March 26th, 2013, 8:04 am


Syrialover said:

Those posting obsessively above, stop admiring your own feet and filling this forum with stale air and crude insults.

Instead, check out what Moaz al-Khatib said to the Arab leaders in Doha. Read accounts of the positive reaction and pride he’s inspiring.

Scroll through the tweets here: https://twitter.com/rallaf

and here: https://twitter.com/FadiSalem

There’s plenty more.

March 26th, 2013, 8:12 am


Tara said:

Mabrouk to Syrians the seat at the AL.  The seat at the UN is next,,,,  and voilà Jaafari and his daughter no more 


26 March 2013 
Syria’s opposition National Coalition has taken the country’s official seat at the Arab League summit in Qatar.

Mr Khatib called it “part of the restoration of legitimacy” that Syrians had “long been robbed of”.

Syria’s National Coalition was formally invited to assume the seat by summit president, the Emir of Qatar, as the two-day meeting opened in Doha.

Mr Khatib was joined by the opposition’s recently-elected interim Prime Minister Ghassan Hitto and two other prominent opposition figures George Sabra and Suheir Atassi.

The Syrian flag was replaced at the country’s official seat with the flag being used by the opposition.

Mr Khatib gave an impassioned speech in the name of the 100,000 people he said had given their lives in the struggle so far, and the many others who have been wounded, tortured or imprisoned.

He said he had asked the new US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to provide Patriot surface-to-air missiles to help protect rebel-held areas in the north of Syria from regime air strikes.

Mr Khatib rejected attempts by some outside powers to control Syrian decisions, saying the country’s future would be decided by the Syrian people alone, the BBC’s Jim Muir reports.

And he also rejected all the reasons advanced by western powers and others for the reluctance to provide the Syrian opposition with the means to defend the people, our correspondent adds.


March 26th, 2013, 8:19 am


zoo said:

A day of shame for the Arabs. Their leaders have confirmed that despite their claim of dignity, honor and democracy, that are nothing else than the puppets of the rich and arrogant undemocratic emirates.
Syria’s seat in the Arab League has become the seat of a pathetic group of impostors. The AL is now nothing else than another Al Jazeera, a property of Qatar.

Qatar will pay dearly for their vicious game and the Arab leaders and Syrians who lick its feet will never be forgiven.

Al Khatib begging the US for NATO shows again that there is nothing good to come from the opposition.
I am sure many proud Syrians are under the shock of this event.
Bashar al Assad is not only the leader of a proud Syria, he has become the hero of the resistance to the West and GCC hegemony.

March 26th, 2013, 8:33 am


Syrialover said:

TARA #124

Yeah, bring on the day the Jaafaris have to pack up and leave the expensive Manhattan pad the Syrian people have been paying for all these years.

But watch Bashar Jaafari and his clan crawl into some nicely feathered nests they’ve set up elsewhere, living a lifestyle in exile way above what his official UN salary could have provided.

If Bashar Jaafari loses his right to hang out in the US I hope the same rule will be applied to his smartass little daughter Scherezade. The one who was exposed as an intimate and sycophantic adviser to Bashar Assad, now scandalously strutting around as a student at Columbia University at Syrians’ expense.

March 26th, 2013, 8:40 am


ann said:

125 ZOO said:

“”” Al Khatib begging the US for NATO shows again that there is nothing good to come from the opposition “””

Al-Khatib is Ahmed Chalabi version 2.0 😉

March 26th, 2013, 8:45 am


zoo said:


By reducing the scandal in Qatar to your personal dislike of Jaafari and his daughter, aren’t you in fact expressing some secret unpleasantness by the fact that Syria’s honor of being one the major proud founders of the Arab League has been stained by the fact this organization is now Qatar’s property and that Al Khatib and company others are now Qatar’ well paid employees?

March 26th, 2013, 8:51 am


Tara said:


Hate to rub it in but do you think Syrians will get the UN seat soon?

And Shushu no more?

March 26th, 2013, 8:52 am


zoo said:


Chalabi was tough, intelligent and cynical. Al Khatib is modest, weak and sentimental.
His time is over.

March 26th, 2013, 8:54 am


Visitor said:

Akbar Palace @122,

You ask about my opinion with regards to Moaz Al-Khatib asking the US for help particularly in countering Assad’s air force.

You know, Akbar, I have made my opinion clear about the Diaspora Syrian Opposition on more than one occasion. Most of its members are well intentioned. But they are mostly naive, inexperienced in politics and in fact have little or no effect on the ground inside Syria. As for the US, it has been proven time and again, that this US admin. does not have the best interests of the Syrian Revolution or Syrian people at heart. So I would say Jhatib’s request only reinforces the image that has already been created since he appeared on the scene: naive and is not suited for leading the Syrians at this point in time. He may have a role AFTER Assad is overthrown but NOT now.

The Syrian Revolution must be led by people from inside Syria, particularly from the fighting groups that are making the difference.

March 26th, 2013, 8:56 am


zoo said:

Hitto in the Words of Those Who Oppose Him


Here I would like to quote a veteran Syrian opposition figure, who effectively explained the nature of the problem to me. He said, “Mr. Hitto as a person is not the problem, and the objection is not that he is Kurdish. (Abdul Basit) Seda (a Kurd) had been nominated before.
However, does it make sense that after two years of the revolution, not after two weeks or two months, we wake up in the morning at the hotel to be informed that someone named Ghassan Hitto has been assigned prime minister?
Who is Hitto? How will we convince 25 million Syrians that we chose and recommended him for them? How will we explain to the Syrian people that after two years we could not find one single person they are familiar with, so we had to appoint someone they do not know and who was brought in from America, and we don’t even know if he is capable of leading or not?”

March 26th, 2013, 8:57 am


zoo said:

#129 Tara

Forget it… While each Arab country has shown they have a price tag to betray, the UN cannot be bought. No one is fooled by Qatar’s vicious game.

I just hope that will soon fight Qatar as ruthlessly as Qatar is fighting and with any means.

March 26th, 2013, 9:04 am


Syrialover said:

Look at Khatib speak!

He would be the most articulate, alive and impressive speaker that forum has seen.

Commentators say his grasp of Arabic and oratory skills are already putting ALL Arab leaders to shame.

Syrians can feel pride and hope to be represented by such a man.

Here’s a Syrian MAN, a man with a brain, guts and integrity. Contrast him with that weird, sinister squeaky-voiced creature Bashar Assad whose has been a public humiliation and ugly embarrassment to Syrians.

Those MB operators who try to undermine Khatib are being shown up as deadend traitors to Syria, frauds and fools representing nobody.

Listen and feel proud:

March 26th, 2013, 9:07 am


ann said:

132. zoo said:

“”” Who is Hitto? How will we convince 25 million Syrians that we chose and recommended him for them? How will we explain to the Syrian people that after two years we could not find one single person they are familiar with, so we had to appoint someone they do not know and who was brought in from America, and we don’t even know if he is capable of leading or not?” “””

Ghassan Hitto is Ahmed Chalabi version 2.1 😉

March 26th, 2013, 9:07 am


majedkhaldoun said:

We respect Mr. Moaz Khatib, we respect his compassion,his love to the people of Syria,to his patriotism but he sure disaapointed us by his resignation, he is not a leader.
FSA has the right to say they do or they don’t recognize Mr.Hito, but to base that on him being Kurd is not right, Arab or Kurd or any other ethnic community they all syrians and have equal right to be prime minister.to say he has to have the consent of all the opposition,is similar to the US keep saying the opposition has to unite, it is impossible,they have to be practical,we must wait and see his actions and achievements,in a democratic system the temporary leader has to get over 50% of the vote, not 100%.
Colonel Ryad Asaad will always be the founder of FSA,he is the light and spirit of this great revolution, who led this revolution to fight a criminal evil Bashar Assad,those who support Bashar ,they will be defeated,,Deraa will be free,and the road to Damascus is from Deraa.
Assad thugs located in the mountain north of Damascus will be surrounded suffocated and anihiliated,their families in the northwest of Syria should consider them dead.

March 26th, 2013, 9:21 am


Sami said:

“Bashar al Assad is not only the leader of a proud Syria, he has become the hero of the resistance to the West and GCC hegemony.”

Doesn’t this statement show the level of unadulterated idiocy for those that still back this regime?

How can the man responsible for the death of 70,000 Syrians, a man so willing to destroy his own country just for his illegitimate throne be called a hero?

The only thing this buffoon ever resisted is his own peoples will.

Cheer him on and deny his massacres, cheer him on to continue his “cleanup and disinfection”.

At least as “Irritated” you had the tenacity to actually speak your mind rather than hide under this false disguise, pretending to be a “moderate”.

BTW the man you just called “modest, and weak” has asked for ALL political prisoners across the Arab world to be freed in solidarity with Syria:

“Fear God in your treatment of your people, and fortify justice in your countries… break the chain of slavery”

March 26th, 2013, 9:22 am


revenire said:

Sami simply put: we don’t accept your argument regarding Assad. The conspiracy to destroy Syria came from abroad Syria. It is not a homegrown revolt of people seeking freedom.

Just from reading this forum most, if not all, of the anti-Assad posters are either not Syrian – or Syrian expats – or foreigners.

Most Syrians support the government or Syria would have never been able to withstand two years of war against her. That should be obvious to anyone.

March 26th, 2013, 9:27 am


majedkhaldoun said:

What do you say if Syrian ask the Emir of Qatar to become the Emir of Syria too, wouldn’t that be wonderful?

March 26th, 2013, 9:31 am


Syrialover said:


Say whatever makes you feel better, but Moaz al-Khatib cannot be labelled weak – we are consistently seeing the opposite in his speech, thinking and actions.

How inconvenient for the regime that he is so strong, determined, articulate and authentic. That he’s so SYRIAN. Someone with energy and vision, someone Syrians can trust, admire and place faith in.

No more freak shows and creep parades with Syrians represented on the world stage by an illegitimate self-appointed regime.

To quote Khatib the other day: “A little bit of patience, our people. Isn’t the morning near?”

March 26th, 2013, 9:31 am


revenire said:

Sami take for example Majed – he lives in Colorado. If he actually believed anything he posted he would offer his life for jihad. He hasn’t. His jihad is on SC.

I can go down the list:

Juergen is German not Syrian.

Visitor lives in the United States.

Tara is a self-proclaimed expat who would not be allowed legal entry into Syria.

And so on.

Those are a few of the ants. The others – the so-called “leaders” of the opposition – are often men who spend time in 5 star hotels but have not set foot in Syria – outside from a photo-op – for sometimes decades. Ants.

Assad is a hero to the Arab World and to Syrians. He is the LAST real Arab leader and a giant among them not because he is special (but he is special) but because the Saudis, Qataris, etc. are so small and so weak.

March 26th, 2013, 9:35 am


revenire said:

If Moaz al-Khatib isn’t weak why does he beg Israeli allies – the US – to put Patriot missiles in northern Syria?

Why does he beg from the Saudis, Turks and Qataris?

He’s a quitter and a coward.

He said that a government would be installed in Syria by now. INSIDE Syria. Where is it?

In a hotel room in Doha.

March 26th, 2013, 9:38 am


Tara said:

So what is the regime next step? Declaring Syria an Iranian state?

Can’t wait to hear the official response.

March 26th, 2013, 9:43 am


revenire said:

I see this slippery character Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi doesn’t like to answer the tough questions. It must be nice to live in ivory towers.

March 26th, 2013, 9:47 am


Syrialover said:


Khatib has not gone away. Don’t be so quick to despair. Read some of the informed commentators and watch that space.

His resignation move was a protest to distance him from the MB.

He’ll lead when there is something to lead, not waste energy fighting the MB pack operating like high school mean girls, people with no real skin in the game trying to hijack the revolution.

March 26th, 2013, 9:47 am


Hanzala said:

As long as Moaz al Khatib keeps on calling the US and NATO for help then personally I can never accept him. You call a butcher of Muslims to come to the aid of Muslims?

March 26th, 2013, 9:48 am


revenire said:

Tara the official response to the Arab League? I think SANA is official right? Or any of the other Syrian news media. They’ve all commented on it. You read Arabic right? If not let me know and I will translate their response for you.

March 26th, 2013, 9:48 am


AIG said:

The Rabbit of the Golan has promised for years to free the Golan. Where is he, the coward? Too busy killing his own people?

Moaz al-Khatib is very impressive. I understand why Syrians finally feel proud to be represented by a real man instead of a bunch of whining weasels with no integrity.

March 26th, 2013, 9:49 am


revenire said:

Tara >

سي آي إيه تشارك بتشكيل جسر جوي لنقل الأسلحة للمسلحين بسورية…آل ثاني هددوا الخطيب بفضائح ما لم يحضر قمة الدوحة فخضع لهم

عربي ـ دولي>>السفير أحمد: إحلال الجامعة العربية لكيان مسخ فاقد لإمكانية الحياة محل دولة شرعية سابقة غير قانونية

March 26th, 2013, 9:52 am


AIG said:

“I see this slippery character Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi doesn’t like to answer the tough questions. It must be nice to live in ivory towers.”

Are you volunteering to answer questions now? Good, here are a few:
1) Why have the Golan and Lebanese border been so quiet for the last 6 years? Why haven’t Nasrallah and Assad stage ONE “resistance” operation?
2) Why didn’t Assad even fire back at the Israeli planes that recently bombed him?
3)If the rebels are foreigners, why didn’t the revolution start many years ago? What changed that allowed foreigners suddenly to come into Syria?

Let’s begin with that. Since you demand others answer questions, I am sure you will give us thoughtful answers 🙂

March 26th, 2013, 9:54 am


revenire said:

Sometimes Al-Khatib makes sense: Al-Khatib has been described by The Guardian and The Economist as a moderate Islamist, though Al-Khatib has accused the West for propping up Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt, explaining that “the collapse of the Egyptian regime is the beginning of the international regional system’s descent…” and that “the collapse of Egypt itself is an enormous Israeli desire [emanating] from its frightening project to split the region into repugnant sectarian entities.” He also made claims that some European countries are committing ethnic cleansing of Muslim minorities.

Now if we just substitute what Al-Khatib the word “Egypt” with “Syria” above we are dead on the money.

March 26th, 2013, 9:55 am


Syrialover said:

I know REVENIRE is having great fun saying whatever comes into his head.

But he should stop giggling at his own outrageousness, and instead explain if Bashar Assad is so strong why does he need the Iranians to wipe his backside and spoonfeed him hourly instructions. For the alien dictator Mullahs, Hezbollah, and the Russians to come in and help him burn Syria and protect him from his “own people”.

March 26th, 2013, 9:57 am


Tara said:


No I never read SANA. It is all lies.


Just read your other post. Reducing the scandal to my personal like or dislike or not, I would like very much that Shushu’s pictures are hanged no more. Sorry but I am full of joy this second. .. 😉

March 26th, 2013, 10:01 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Dear Syria lover
Mr.Khatib speech was very intelligent and emotional, he is great orator, but why did he resign? we love him he can be the most adorable person ever in Syria,he is quick to withdraw HARAD, he is the right person to lead if he quit this HARAD

March 26th, 2013, 10:02 am


Visitor said:

Akbar Palace,

In addition to my reply to you @8:56AM, you may want to have a look at this analysis, by David Ignatius, which appeared in the WP,

“The biggest surprise is how little the U.S. has been willing or able to influence the Syrian political maneuvers in recent months. U.S. frustration with the old Islamist-dominated opposition led to the creation last fall of a new umbrella organization, headed by Khatib. But it’s mostly been downhill since then.

Washington tried two weeks ago to head off appointment of a prime minister. The U.S. proposed that instead of asking the Arab League to recognize an interim government, led by a prime minister, the League should grant recognition to a small “executive authority” headed by Khatib. That approach was endorsed by Britain, France and Germany; but under Qatari and Turkish pressure, this moderate plan was swept aside.”

Read the rest here,


According to Ignatius, Fredrick Hoff, argues as I replied to you earlier. He seems to be one rare voice of reason within this US admin, which frankly screwed up big time on Syria since day one. The writer, however, is pessimistic, and implies that the US has very little else to do and has lost on Syria.

The analysis also shows the real motives behind the recent maneuvers, which further proves that Khatib is NOT suitable for a political role at this point in time.

Critics of US policy in the US, however, have only one card to play. They keep raising the fear mongering issue of ascendant Islamism. Well they should be aware when the tide comes, there is very little that you can do except to put up or shut up.

March 26th, 2013, 10:12 am


Hopeful said:

#138 Rev said: “It is not a homegrown revolt of people seeking freedom.”

This is the attitude that started this whole mess. By not accepting the reality that a lot of people in Syria (especially the young men and women inspired by the Arab spring) were demanding change, the regime effectively led Syria to destruction.

Of course there are people in Syria who support the regime: some benefit from it, others are afraid of what comes next, and yet others do believe there is a global conspiracy against Syria. But from day one, these people not only dismissed the fact that there is genuine revolt in the country against 40+ years of dictatorship and corruption, but they turned a blind eye to the brutality of the regime, and in many cases supported and encouraged it.

Syria is in a mess because some Syrians decided, as they have been doing for 40+ years, to suppress people’s aspirations and desire for freedom, dignity and the rule of law – the basic human rights that most people around the globe enjoy today.

March 26th, 2013, 10:22 am


revenire said:

Syrialover you’ve seen the thousands of dead Libyan rats, the dead Chechens, the dead Saudis, etc. our army has sent to Hell. If the West can send their pro-Zionist mercenaries to murder Syrians can’t Syria’s friends help?

It reminds me of the hypocrisy of Kerry asking Iraq to stop Iranian overflights when Kerry is arming the mercenaries.

Your point is as ridiculous as you are. You are yet another American jihadi on SC. If you feel you’re winning go to Syria to celebrate. The guns of our army wait for you.

March 26th, 2013, 10:23 am


revenire said:

Hopeful that is errant nonsense. Most Syrians support the government or there would be no Syrian government. They came out by the millions to show their support.

The so-called “Arab Spring” was created by the West’s backing dictators in countries and economic collapse. I can get a mob of thousands quite easily if they have no jobs and no future.

Why no “Arab Spring” in Saudi Arabia or Qatar? Both are ruled by despots yet we see nothing and any demonstrations are crushed by American arms.

People vote for change at the ballot box not with a gun. There was never a Syrian revolution. Syria was free. Syria was safe. Syria was a paradise compared to what it is now.

You are yet another American jihadi on SC with no ties to Syria at all.

March 26th, 2013, 10:27 am


revenire said:

Hopeful many millions of Syrians believe as I do and you won’t change our minds with a gun. We don’t HAVE to accept your nonsense and we WON’T accept your nonsense. We will happily kill every rat that seeks to destroy Syria. Our army is strong.

March 26th, 2013, 10:30 am


AIG said:

Let’s repeat the questions for every regime supporter:
Why are foreign fighters able to enter Syria now but not before, what changed?
How can foreign fighters survive unless they are backed by the local population?
How come most of the rebel deaths are of Syrians?

Waiting for a thoughtful answer 🙂

March 26th, 2013, 10:33 am


AIG said:

“Our army is strong.”

So strong that it surrendered Raqqa. So strong that it cannot subdue Der’a, or capture back Aleppo, or hold on to the numerous bases that have fallen to the rebels.
So strong that it has not fired a shot in the Golan for 40 years.
So strong that the Golan and in the last 6 years also the Lebanon border have been Israel’s most quiet borders!

March 26th, 2013, 10:39 am


Jasmine said:

Where are you SNP?
I would like to hear your comment at the recent news.

March 26th, 2013, 10:39 am


ghufran said:

I watched Moaz speak to the AL Dinosaurs asking them to support democracy and to treat their people with respect and love. Moaz speech reflects his background as a preacher and his genuine love for his country, Syria will be served well if this man is given a position that requires a man who will put the interest of the country above his own individual politics, I do not see him as a shrewd politician but I consider him a patriot and a good man, I was disappointed by the lack of vision in his speech, a speech that came short on solutions, I guess the man like most of us is out of ideas, the only thing on most people’s mind today is to overthrow the regime and stop the blood shed, however, as essential as these two goals are, the country will descend into chaos if the opposition does not get united , come up with a plan to preserve law and order and extend an olive branch to those who many not have supported the NC but they were not engaged in violence and atrocities. The GCC pimps will oppose any political initiative and any real election in Syria because they know they will be NEXT.

March 26th, 2013, 10:40 am


Akbar Palace said:


Thanks for the reply. I don’t know enough about the details to offer a comment.

March 26th, 2013, 10:47 am


Syrialover said:


Khatib resigned from something that is on a path to likely oblivion and lacks sustainable support inside Syria. Anything where the MB has elbowed its way into the drivers seat will run out of gas and lose a wheel before it gets to the first bend in the road.

There will be many other steps and structures ahead. Many see his resignation as stepping clear of a transient mess and refusing to compromise and accept the MB’s manipulations and mischief. He has a vision and determination that is increasingly shared and respected by others.

Here’s a powerful call for reform in the Coalition: http://www.facebook.com/hassansquared/posts/10152680221040537

March 26th, 2013, 10:49 am


revenire said:

Syrialover why do you guys always use adjectives like “powerful” to describe your impotent calls of reform? You weaklings can’t even reform your Puppet Coalition but want to “reform” Syria?

I tire of seeing “must read” “powerful” etc. from Wahabi apes that live in the Stone Age.

Could you show some respect to Dr. Assad and Syria and stop this hysteria? Your puppets are looked upon as clowns no matter how many 5 Star Hotels they stay at.

March 26th, 2013, 11:05 am


revenire said:

“Foreign Jihadis as hilariously portrayed in UK animated sketch show.”

This is really funny and very truthful. LOL apes.

March 26th, 2013, 11:06 am


zoo said:

By calling NATO to shoot the Syrian army planes and by coming back on his resignation from the SNC, Al Khatib has shown that he is either naive or stupid or both. In any case he lost the little credibility Syrians may have had for him.
By publicly selling his soul to the US and especially to Qatar that he did not even dare criticize openly when he had the chance, he has shown that he is just a pathetic coward and a traitor to Syria.
That was his last chance to show he has guts, now he is just another obedient employee of Qatar Revolutions Inc. parroting what his boss is saying.

He better quit politics and go back to preach the word of God in mosques, not the word of Qatar in the Arab league.i

Khatib suggests using Patriots in Turkey to counter Assad’s airpower


March 26th, 2013, 11:09 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

“Our army is strong”.

OMG … That’s a good one, pls don’t stop.


Akbar, Shukran lak. Happy Pesach to all who celebrate Passover.
I wish all Syrians, rats and not rats, what we Jews use to congratulate one another, From Slavery to Freedom.

March 26th, 2013, 11:13 am


Syrialover said:

So, REVENIRE I’m an American jihadi with no ties to Syria at all! You are as hilariously wrong and fanciful on that as everything else you state – and you know it.

Here’s a great tweet from a Libyan writer:

“Know what’s the most disturbing thing about despots? You can see the child in them” (https://twitter.com/hishamjmatar)

It’s so true about Bashar Assad!

I see his weak face with its donkey ears, in diapers and bib, clutching a bottle and being wheeled around in a pram by the Iranians. And legless Maher Assad alongside him, maybe being pulled in a little cart.

Since you demanded I show Bashar Assad respect, here I am, showing him more respect than he deserves.

And as usual, HOPEFUL states the truth very well in #156.

March 26th, 2013, 11:16 am


zoo said:


“Mabrouk to Syrians the seat at the AL. The seat at the UN is next,,,, and voilà Jaafari and his daughter no more”

That’s what you said… Even if you try to deny them, your personal resentful feelings take precedence to anything else.

Don’t try anymore, you have shown all along that the satisfaction of your revengeful hatred count much more than saving Syrian lives.

March 26th, 2013, 11:31 am


zoo said:

#39. majedkhaldoun

What do you say if Syrian ask the Emir of Qatar to become the Emir of Syria too, wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Oh yes, I’ll love that, as he will be end up hanged by his feet on the Ommayad square like a big emasculated bull.

March 26th, 2013, 11:39 am


AIG said:

My, my, Zoo is becoming desperate. Tsk, tsk. Take control of yourself. Threatening Qatar, Jordan, Nato, Israel and maybe I forgot a few others.

Your vile hypocrisy is showing again at full blast. You wish death on other Syrians who don’t support your views while criticizing Tara for merely wanting to see the despicable current UN representative of the murderous regime replaced. Have you not noticed the sadistic and genocidal rantings you and the other regime supporters post?

The “beating heart of the Arab world” has been shown to be fake and has been rejected by the Arab world. Assad and his regime have suffered a great humiliation. They are not considered Arab any more. Don’t worry, they can join the Persian League. I am sure he will be popular there.

March 26th, 2013, 11:49 am


zoo said:

NATO replies to Khatib, Casper the friendly ghost

NATO says has no intention of intervening in Syria

Reuters , Tuesday 26 Mar 2013

NATO said on Tuesday it had no intention of intervening militarily in Syria after a Syrian opposition leader said the United States should use Patriot missiles to protect rebel-held areas from President Bashar al-Assad’s airpower.

March 26th, 2013, 11:51 am



“Don’t try anymore, you have shown all along that the satisfaction of your revengeful hatred count much more than saving Syrian lives.”

You seem so concerned and worried about saving syrian lives, where was this concern in the beginning when your regime miserably tried to crush the legitimate peaceful protest movement by sheer violence and brutality?

You are dishonest, don’t try to convince us that your concern is ‘saving syrian lives’.

Your regime is the exact reason why the concern of saving syrian lives exists in the first place.

March 26th, 2013, 11:54 am


zoo said:

Syrian army recaptures symbolic Baba Amr district in Homs

Syrian pro-government forces regained shattered district in western Homs governorate after more than two weeks of continuous fighting
Reuters , Tuesday 26 Mar 2013


March 26th, 2013, 11:54 am


revenire said:

SYRIALOVER correct – you have no ties to Syria at all. You’re American.

Anyone can come here and claim to be Syrian, or claim to be a victim of Assad, or claim to be a Zionist. It is as meaningless as your puny tweets.

You spend far too much time on Twitter chattering away with other idiots. I know who you are.

March 26th, 2013, 11:59 am


zoo said:

#175 Georges

I certainly don’t try to convince anyone, especially dummies.

March 26th, 2013, 11:59 am


Ghat Al Bird said:

As mentioned in my previous comment…..”its back to the future” according to the Doha summit:-


March 26th, 2013, 12:00 pm


revenire said:

I can remember the apes saying that they’d take Homs. I remember this one-legged ape Riad threatening Damascus with his Zero Hour. I remember the Zionists saying Assad would collapse in two weeks. I remember the hateful Tara talking about the FSA Air Force. She was giddy at the prospect Assad’s children would be murdered by NATO rats (no untrained country boys with pop-guns can fly a MiG).

The people of Syria HATE the “FSA”. They hate what they did to Aleppo. Even former supporters of them now hate them.

You rats murdered an 85 year old cleric – blew him to pieces. All Syria hates you for that. You have no support. You fear open elections because you know Assad would win.

March 26th, 2013, 12:04 pm


Hopeful said:

# 158 Rev

I do not care about what happens or does not happen in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. I care about Syria and Syrians.

If I am a jihadi, I would be the first agnostic jihadi on record.

Sure the west is behind the Arab spring and behind the mess in Syria. Arabs, on their own, cannot be expected to be smart enough to look all around them and see how most people around the globe live in dignity and freedom. They are too dumb or too submissive to want to live in dignity. Is that what you think? I, for one, do not agree.

March 26th, 2013, 12:07 pm


AIG said:

It took 2 weeks to capture ONE neighborhood that was already previously captured? That means it will only take another 1,566 years to take the rest of Syria. What a strong army, 2 weeks for one isolated neighborhood that was in fact already taken and then infiltrated because the syrian alawite milita could not hold it!

March 26th, 2013, 12:09 pm


revenire said:

Hopeful the West treats Arabs like the British Empire treated India. Most of the Arabs respond as pet poodles. That is what I believe.

I believe aside from geopolitical concerns regarding Syria-Iran-Hezbollah-Iraq-Russia-China the West personally hates Assad because he is INDEPENDENT and a thorn in their side.

It is an attitude of “How dare this dirty little Arab Assad stand up to us the mighty West!”

Most of us know what Skyes-Picot was. Most of us know these games didn’t end just because a page, or two, on the calendar changes.

The British hate any darker-skinned former colony standing up to them, as do the French.

Morsi is tolerated because he got in line with the plans and sucked up to the IMF and aligned himself with the program of sectarian war that will never end leaving the entire Arab world prostate and weak. The biggest sectarians are the West. You can hardly find a map of the region in Western media that is not divided along sectarian lines. They’ve brainwashed idiots, like you see on this forum, to hate along sectarian lines.

There is no Alawite state or army. Syria was never this way. Aside from a Muslim Brotherhood uprising (not a Sunni uprising but a Muslim Brotherhood uprising) Hafez put down Syria never experienced this sort of sectarian hate. The West foments this stuff in a divide and conquer way. The idea is to create weak micro-states: Kurdistan, an Alawite state on the coast, a Sunni state. You hear people discuss this constantly and most of them are from the West. Academics like Landis discuss it but so do the Western think tanks.

The Syrian puppets fighting against Assad, aside from being traitors to Syria, are stupid. They’re dying as part of a Western plan to make them slaves.

Every man has his price – except Assad. He won’t bow and for that they want him and anyone who believes as he does to be killed by the animals you call rebels.

March 26th, 2013, 12:44 pm


Hopeful said:

#184 Rev

I lived in the US for over 20 years. I was never mistreated or humiliated by a US citizen, government official, or company employee… And they all knew I was an Arab.

I lived in Syria for 20+ years before, and I was constantly mistreated and humiliated by security service personnel, government bureaucrats, inept teachers, etc., and was constantly told to shut up and follow orders by either the dicatorial regime or religious leaders.

In short, it is we who mistreat and humiliate each other. Stop blaming the west for our problems. We created them.

March 26th, 2013, 12:56 pm


revenire said:

Hopeful I would say the people of the US are abused by their government. Arabs in the US are abused by the US government. We don’t need to debate that obvious fact.

And, America arms the Zionist occupier. Syria has always stood by Palestine and the Palestinian people. You know that.

I have no idea of your history. Are you a criminal? Perhaps you broke laws. I apologize but why would I believe a word you say? You are against the government so in my eyes would tell any lie.

I doubt you believe me either.

Geopolitical concerns can’t be dismissed either. They are paramount here.

March 26th, 2013, 1:06 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo is mad
His irrational unrealistic analysis and expectations did not materialized, he was expecting that Khatib criticises Qatar,instead Khatib praised Qatar,who is he mad at? ,,TARA

March 26th, 2013, 1:22 pm


Visitor said:

As usual, our KSA brothers are the most honest supporters of the Syrian people in their struggle against the criminal thuggocracy represented by Evil-possessed Assad,


We must always remember that the KSA, both government and people, came first to the aid of Syrians in the diplomatic as well as in the humanitarian and the military arenas.

We should also not forget that it was the King of KSA himself who first coined the term Killing Machine to accurately describe the true nature of the abomination occupying Damascus and the ever-shrinking parts of Syria under its yoke.

Thank you KSA always.

March 26th, 2013, 1:26 pm


Akbar Palace said:

I lived in the US for over 20 years. I was never mistreated or humiliated by a US citizen, government official, or company employee… And they all knew I was an Arab.


You are not helping those who want to hear about “Islamophobia” and racism in America.

March 26th, 2013, 1:26 pm


revenire said:

Let’s not talk about racism in Israel. It is supposed to be a secret. Shhh.

March 26th, 2013, 1:35 pm


Hopeful said:


I do not know your history either, but the fact that you have no idea how the majority of Syrians live leads me to believe that you had an army serving you growing up.

No I was not a criminal.

I do not care if Assad stands up or does not stand up to anyone. Assad’s number one job was to build his country and serve the people of Syria. Instead, he destroyed it, divided its people and collapsed its economy. If that is not a failed leadership, I do not know what is.

By the way, the only “abuse” we get from the US government is collecting taxes from us. I dream of the day when someone in the US government abuses me because I am an Arab, because then I know I have it made and will collect millions in compensations in the court of law. The easiest money to make!

March 26th, 2013, 1:39 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Moaz KHatib said
عـمـر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه أوقفته امرأة في الطريق فقالت له اتقّ الله يا عمر .. فقالوا لها أتقولين هذا لأمير المؤمنين .. فقال دعوها فلا خير فيكم إن لم تقولوها ولا خير فينا إن لم نسمعها
وأنا أقول لكم بصفتي أصغر اخوتكم اتقوا الله في شعوبكم وحصّنوا بلادكم بالعدل والإنصاف وازرعوا الحب في كل مكان
شعوبنا تتوق للمزيد من الكرامة والعدل والمساواة
This is freedom we seek,this is Islam I know,the world has a lot to learn from Islam

March 26th, 2013, 1:47 pm


revenire said:

Hopeful an honest person can’t talk of Syria without taking into the last 100 years of history – at least. It is too complicated and too simple to blame Assad – either father or son.

March 26th, 2013, 2:00 pm


Observer said:

As usual I went to the pro regime sites

The video of the meeting of the political forces in Syria was great filled with grim faces sitting like school children waiting for the teacher to tell them what to do.

I also noted the complete absence of any reference to the AL meeting.

I also saw the interview of Youssef Alahmad on Mayaddeen again talking about the conspiracy project to serve the Zionist entity and to normalize relations with it as the basis of the current uprising in Syria.

I also noted that there are no videos or pictures of Baba Amr in regime hands as it was completely destroyed at this stage. Destroy the village to save it kind of operation.

I also noted SANA that for the last three or four weeks has not posted the International airport traffic report and the other fact is that the exchange rate to the dollar has not budged for over a month.

I also noted on Cham Press that the price of gold has broken all records and it is attributed to guess what ” actions by the US treasury”

So my review of the pro regime sites is very telling.

I see very long faces and very dire consequences for the regime and its supporters and I do notice that the RT in Arabic is no longer refraining from news that are detrimental the regime.

I also note that there were casualties in the mortar attacks on the Opera house and on the SANA offices.

I also read with great care the diatribes of the pro regime trolls ALI and Reverse gear back to the ZOO of Thouria Alathad and take solace in the bravado of these people.

Hiwar of the Himar from the Duck who could not shoot straight a Scud.

The end is near, repent and pray for forgiveness.

Truth and Truth and Truth and reconciliation now.


March 26th, 2013, 2:01 pm


ghufran said:

The minute those patriots missiles fire on Syrian jets from Turkey,missiles will start flying in the opposite direction. This is a regime that will benefit from a war with Turkey or a war that involves NATO, that is why NATO was quick to say NO to Mr Moaz request. Moaz is outraged that Syrian jets are firing on civilian areas, even if those areas have rebels, but he is wrong in asking NATO to repeat what it did in Libya. The best way to handle this problem is not to allow air force to bomb heavily populated areas, I am surprised that many of you are not willing to face the reality of the situation in Syria where violence is taking the country to Terror Land instead of the promised land of freedom and democracy, most people in Syria could not care less if Bashar stays until June 2014 or get killed tomorrow, they are busy trying to stay alive and find food for their kids.
Nizaam Zift wa thawra azfat, ya haram ya balad

March 26th, 2013, 2:04 pm


Syria no Kandahar said:

Alkateb speech was a 100 gms of honey coating 100 tons of poison.The guy is
A preacher and his Arabic language skills are suprem and that covers up many
Lies and fabrications he has injected into his speech.He may will be a good human being with good intentions however he is blind and poor analytic of what
Is happening in syria.One major reason for his superficial judgement is that he is
داعيه إسلامي which will make him the last person to be able to clean and see the
Worms of jihadists infesting Syrian cadaver(using his words).I don’t hate the man
But syria needs someone like Manaa who really knows and reads events in syria
And has enough courage to resist regime and GCC manipulations.The guy blessed jihadists in Syria and called them guests while 24 hours before that stated
That jihadists are sent by west to syria to clean the west from them ! He has only
2 words to Minorities : see what the regime did in Lebanon! If it was not for the regime Palastinians and junbalat would have cleansed Lebanon from every Christian ! His prison and torture stories are true for all Arab countries and especially true for Turkey which is directly responsible for most of Syrian blood
,He knows that Turkey is the no 1 jailer of journalists in the world and that
Qatar and KSA has few months ago send people to prison with decades terms
Because of some writings.He asked all attendee to free جميع المعتقلين!!same way
His bodies in JN release all killers and criminals from Alraqa prison and joined them in Aljihad!!How can any one asks for release of all prisoners without specifying political ones!!His support for jihadists and JN makes him an actual
Terrorists supporters regardless of any other facts If he had any real national
Or even Islamic Shami vision (not wahabi ones)he should have foreseen that
This (Arabic Spring) has been the worst thing which happened in the Middle East
Over the last 2000 years and has transformed Islam into an actual terrorist religion and removed all the goods in it and homogenized all the ugliness inside it.If he really has any sense of the Syrian and Arabic streets he will know that
Most of the holly worriers are hated by almost all Syrians and Arabs .He has
A selective brain and an Islamic vision which doesn’t see any thing which he can’t
Blame Assad for or he must blame Islamists for.

March 26th, 2013, 2:11 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Burhan Ghalioun
http://t.co/9I2EV2DN0m via @youtube
شكراً شيخ معاذ .. ما يخرج من القلب يقع في القلب .. وما يخرج من اللسان تنساه الآذان .. … إلا أن كلمة الحق لا يختلف عليها اثنان . «أ لم تر كيف ضرب الله مثلا كلمة طيبة كشجرة طيبة أصلها ثابت و فرعها في السماء تؤتي أكلها كل حين بإذن ربها» .. والله محي ثوار سوريا والله محي الجيش الحر …
I want to add
All Arab leaders listened attentively to Mr.Khatib,with their hearts and their minds, everyone says this speech was great

March 26th, 2013, 2:19 pm


Visitor said:

The most positive outcome of the Doha Arab summit is the confirmation of the right of each Arab State to arm the FSA,


I expect that the FSA will grow stronger and stronger very soon as a result. More victories against thuggocracy will soon become the norm.

Thank you KSA. Thank you Qatar. Thank you HBJ.

As for those who have poisoned minds and utter such hypocracies and heresies like Shami Islam and so-called Wahhabi Islam, I say to them you are the enemies of the Ummah of Islam. There is no such things except in your sick minds. As for Sheikh Mihammad Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab (Allah Yirhamo and give him the highest place in paradise), he was one of the greatest Muslim schoars in history. But ignorant people are not expected to understand such great men.

March 26th, 2013, 2:26 pm


zoo said:

By giving the Syrian seat to its proteges, Qatar has succeeded temporarily to hide the three blows that it got recently;
1) The rejection by the EU to remove the arms embargo to the rebels, despite Qatar’s client, France insistence.
2) The invalidation by the FSA of Hitto
3) The resignation of Casper, the SNC president

After the huff huff the Arab League’s empty calls for NATO and other meaningless calls, the reality of the divisions and the irrelevance of the SNC and its baby, Hitto will become obvious again. Nobody is fooled.

Qatar’s next step will be to push for a UNSC resolution allowing NATO to protect the ‘liberated areas’ because Hitto and his cowboys are supposed to move there. (a la Libya)
Unless this is done, Hitto and his cowboys will stay in Turkey and never get the chance to ‘administer’ the liberate areas and loose their credibility.

It is clear that Russia and China will never allow such a UNSC resolution. It may then be a unilateral decision from France and the UK to do it. Qatar has been able to buy off the Arab countries, let’s see if it will be able to convince its allies to do the job.

March 26th, 2013, 2:36 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Shhhhh! Be vewy, vewy Quiet. It’s Wabbit Season!

Let’s not talk about racism in Israel. It is supposed to be a secret. Shhh.


Checking this blog, we talk about racism in Israel every day.

Of course, most of us don’t have a clue, but that never stopped anyone!





From Radio Islam: Christians bowing down to their Jewish Masters…


March 26th, 2013, 2:46 pm


zoo said:

Partitioning Syria at the Doha Summit


A central military objective has been defined: to fully occupy Aleppo as a prelude to proclaiming the new Syrian state in the north.

– The world presented with a fait accompli in the form of an “interim government.” This reflects the total submission of the Islamist opposition, be it Muslim Brotherhood or Salafi, to Gulf leadership, and the collusion of military commanders on the ground. The idea is for this body to be able to request foreign assistance in various forms.

– The Syrian government’s allies, whether in Iraq, Iran or Lebanon, are to be threatened by means of additional funding for civil conflicts that are liable to preoccupy them.

The conspiracy against Syria being hatched at the Doha summit is a massive gamble, as well as a historic crime. The Gulf sheikhs, in conjunction with Western and Arab capital, are launching a step-by-step process of partitioning Syria.

Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.

March 26th, 2013, 2:59 pm


Majedkhaldoun said:

عاااااجل :دمشق. تحرير فرع الجوية فـي حرستا وتحرير المعتقلين واعتقال الضباط بالفرع.

قام اليوم الجيش السوري الحر باستهداف وكالة سانا التي تبث اخبار النظام …بقذيفتي هاون وتم تحقيق الهدف بالاصابة المباش…رة

وفي هذا الحين قامت العصابات الأسدية باستغلال ذلك الحدث وذلك الوقت لتقوم بمتابعة القصف على محيط جامعة دمشق موهمة المدنيين ان ذلك هوو اتمام لعمليات الجيش الحر في قصفها
مما اثار الرعب والذعر بين صفوفو الطلبة وادى الى جرح مالايقل عن15 واستشهاد عدد من الطلاب والمدنين

فعلى الجميع العلم انا القصف الذي استهدف محيط جامعة دمشق كان من النظام السوري الأسدي ليوهم الجميع ان الجيش الحر الذي خراج مدافعا عن المدنيين يستهدف المدنين اليوم ولكنه خسئ في ذلك وسنظل ماضون في تأيدنا للجيش السوري الحر المدافع عن الشعب وحما الوطن

March 26th, 2013, 2:59 pm


5 dancing shlomos said:


spoken like a true fouad ajami type arab.

you will get your opinions heard on tv and middle east forum and next to krauthamer at the wa post.

bootlicking done freely best for success.

March 26th, 2013, 3:54 pm


Akbar Palace said:

At Least Ajami can Sbeak his Mind NewZ

bootlicking done freely best for success.

5 Ahmads,

Nothing is “done freely” in the “Resistance Utopias” of Hamastan, Hezbostan, Syriastan, or Iranistan.

Maybe you can convince freedom lovers like Ajami through a different tact. Is the food better there?

March 26th, 2013, 4:23 pm


zoo said:

Raqqa soon to be called the capital of the Islamic Emirate of Syria? Maybe Casper should have asked for drone instead of NATO patriots

The Islamists, secular rebels battle in Syria over Nusra Front’s call for Islamic state

By David Enders | McClatchy Newspapers

TAL ABYAD, Syria — Two Syrian rebel groups – one seeking an elected civil government, the other favoring the establishment of a religious state – are battling each other in the city of Tal Abyad, on the border with Turkey, in a sign of the tensions that are likely to rule this country if the government of President Bashar Assad falls.

The rivalry between the groups has become increasingly apparent as Nusra raises the volume of its calls for Islamic law. Recently, it suggested it might declare Raqqa, the largest city under rebel control, the center of an Islamic emirate. Last November, the group clashed with members of Kurdish militias after it seized the border crossing at Ras al Ayn.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/03/26/186970/islamists-secular-rebels-battle.html#storylink=cpy

March 26th, 2013, 4:35 pm


revenire said:

Here is to our army killing all 6000 rats.

DAMASCUS: ALERT: It is estimated that over 6,000 rats are now massing in the Adra industrial area after suffering ruinous losses in Jawbar, Douma, Daarayya and the East Ghouta. We have received confirmed Intel that the Syrian Army HQ is planning to make this a final message to all the rats. The Pied Piper of Hamelin is coming accompanied by the Orkin Man and Monsieur Terminix with Raid Spray cans in hand. This is Das Ende! Residents are being encouraged to evacuate the area. SAA High Command strategy is just brilliant.


March 26th, 2013, 4:38 pm


Tara said:


ايه ماتزعل.

اللي بيقتل شعبُه خاين

It was an expected outcome. What is in his future is even worse.

March 26th, 2013, 4:42 pm


Citizen said:

Outsiders are killing Syrian People, destroying Churches and mosques – Christian Bishop

Zionists, Freemason, Wahhabis, illuminatis and Salafis are conspiring against Christianity and Islam in Syria!

March 26th, 2013, 4:42 pm


zoo said:

Swedish scientist to head U.N. Syria chemical weapons probe
March 27, 2013 1:54am

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom to head the U.N. investigation into allegations that chemical weapons were used in Syria, Ban’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

Ban made clear on Thursday that the investigation would initially focus on the Aleppo incident, in which the government and rebels accuse each other of firing a missile laden with chemicals, killing 26 people.

March 26th, 2013, 4:47 pm


Citizen said:

the strongest army in the mind of AEG !!!!! מה אתה עושה?
IDF crackdown on soldiers’ social media activity a ‘problem of free speech’

March 26th, 2013, 4:52 pm


Citizen said:

Ten years after Iraq was inflicted with ‘Shock and Awe’, the target is now Syria. It’s Marx all over again – history repeating itself as a double tragedy and double farce.

Let’s start with that Stooge Central; the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), which is nothing but a US State Department/Qatar concoction.

The head of the SNC, Moaz al-Khatib, resigned this past Sunday, blaming Qatar for trying to “control” it. Al-Khatib, crucially, was in favor of civilized negotiations with Damascus, as he told Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

So he had to disagree with the new “interim Prime Minister” invented by Washington and Doha; one Ghasan Hitto, a Syrian-American IT business executive based in Texas who has not been to Syria for three decades.

It’s the same old story. This Syrian Ahmed Chalabi [President of the Governing Council of Iraq in September 2003 who spent most of his life in the United States and the United Kingdom – RT] – in itself a deadly joke harking back to those heady pre-Shock and Awe days in 2002 – already had a Libyan counterpart; Abdurraheem el-Keib, a US citizen involved in the oil industry and the Prime Minister installed in Libya after NATO “liberated” it via humanitarian bombing.

Along with al-Khatib, the collection of gangs known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) also refused to recognize the Syrian Chalabi. And still, it’s this Qatar-approved entity who is representing the Syrian “rebels” in the widely discredited Arab League summit dedicated to Syria on Tuesday in…Qatar.

Washington/Doha’s game is to de facto legitimize a puppet “Free Syria” enclave in the north – a bunch of scrawny villages – and thus totally discard any possibility of a negotiated solution for the Syrian civil war tragedy; the UN’s Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi might as well pack up and go home.

What Washington/Doha want – which is what the Muslim Brotherhood wants – is, in the Big Picture, what the NATO-GCC compound wants; regime change. The feudal ‘petro-monarchies’ of the GCC – Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as Gulf Counter-Revolution Club – are essentially an annex to NATO.

Blowback, it goes without saying, will be horrendous. The top warring actors in Syria are Iraqi-Syrian jihadis. Jabhat al-Nusra – which Washington regards as a terrorist outfit – strictly follows the modus operandi of Iraqi jihadis. Iraqi tribal clans are up to their necks in their operations – as in the tribal confederation Aqidat, the largest in eastern Syria, stretching all the way to Saudi Arabia.

This is how the GCC directly interferes inside Syria; weapon smuggling is controlled by powerful Sunni clans. In the future, when jihadis return from Syria, they will raise hell inside Iraq.

That Desert Storm feeling
By now everyone knows that most “Syrian revolutionaries” are remote-controlled by Washington and Doha.

Yet it gets worse. Not only because in early March the proverbial “US official” leaked that the CIA has been training “rebels” in Jordan since 2012. The notion that the CIA, the Pentagon and the State Department are successfully “vetting” militias in Jordan and Turkey and only supporting “friendly” incarnations of “freedom fighters” is ludicrous. The fighters that really matter are weaponized directly, privileging from Saudi, Qatari and Emirati funds.

With a Syrian Chalabi and an army of mercenaries in place, the only piece missing for full regime change would have to be a ‘Shock and Awe’ remix. And that’s exactly what US European Command head Admiral James Stavridis confirmed last week to the Senate Armed Services Committee; the Pentagon and NATO – which is essentially the Pentagon in Europe – are practically ready to roll.

Stavridis spelled it out as the US “being prepared if called upon to be engaged as we were in Libya.” This implies a NATO-imposed no-fly zone, which in Libya immediately translated into war. NATO is at the stage of “discussing” a no-fly zone.

In the main stage, we’re actually getting closer to an imminent false flag – certainly involving Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. US President Barack Obama has already framed any chemical weapons movement as his “red line” .

Diplomats in Brussels told me this process does not mean NATO acting as a whole; it’s essentially Britain and France. David “of Arabia” Cameron and Francois “Desert Storm” Hollande have already called an emergency EU foreign minister meeting this week to plug their new war – starting with the EU lifting their arms embargo, the first step towards a no-fly zone.

Denmark might be tempted. Germany is resolutely against it, stressing the only ones to benefit will be jihadis. What’s troubling is that Cameron “of Arabia” and “Desert Storm” Hollande are even threatening to go around the EU.

A Syrian man escorts a boy away from fumes as a street covered with uncollected garbage is fumigated in the northern city of Aleppo.(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)

Even though Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey still refuses a “military option” , two senators in Washington, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Iraqi war fanatic John McCain, are already leading the Capitol Hill army.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has already imparted his blessing;

“The United States does not stand in the way of other countries that made a decision to provide arms, whether it’s France or Britain or others.” And ominously, rising from the dead, the Foreign Policy Initiative – the successor to the infamous, Iraq war-peddling, neo-con Project for a New American Century (PNAC) – started spewing out war cheerleading press releases.

Obama, among all the hysteria, gives the impression of a (glamorous) deer caught in the headlights on a desert highway. Before posing as a tourist in Petra, Jordan, he warned about the danger of post-Assad Syria becoming a jihadi paradise.

And still the President is clueless; ten years after ‘Shock and Awe’ , many in the Washington-Brussels axis dream of a remix that can only lead to the outcome he apparently dreads.

March 26th, 2013, 4:55 pm


zoo said:


Console yourself with this worn out mantra.
For me, the traitors are the ones who sell their country to foreign and greedy land promoters.
They will pay dearly in a way or another, be sure of that.

March 26th, 2013, 4:56 pm


Syrialover said:

REVENIRE, You are trying so hard to insult me. It’s funny. Americans would be amazed to hear me called one of them. And I have never posted a word online except on SyriaComment. Not a single tweet.

But lets wonder if Iranians would be surprised to hear you identified with them and how many other ids you use online in various forums.

BTW I have said harsher things here about foreign jihadists than you have. You just call them silly names and make death threats, while making big jokes about how you worship Bashar Assad. You are interestingly soft on the MB – but so are the Iranian leaders.

March 26th, 2013, 5:04 pm


Jasmine said:

Jihad in Syria (part 2)?
Is the next headline going to be Regime change (part 3)?

March 26th, 2013, 5:05 pm


Citizen said:

How can a Jewish State be a democracy?

Can the Jewish people know true liberation while a “Jewish” state deprives the Palestinian people of their freedom?

How can we pass over the occupation of Palestine while we tell the story of the liberation of the Jewish people?

When you say “next year in Jerusalem” who is it that you imagine has a right to return?

March 26th, 2013, 5:14 pm


Hanzala said:

Another day in Baba Amr. Send these mountain apes back to their caves. Homs being cleared of Assadist, rebels ahve taken a new neighborhood today as well.

March 26th, 2013, 5:22 pm


annie said:

I know this is a repeat but his speech deserves it. I do hope he does not quit. Maysaloon comments:

Probably one of the most eloquent Syrian political figure in generations, Muath al Khatib gave a speech at today’s Arab League meeting today, taking over the seat for the Syrian Republic from the Assad regime.

This is a significant political defeat for the Assad regime, and in spite of speculation about divisions in the Syrian opposition they managed to put a unified front behind Khatib. Looking every bit the statesman, his appearance after resigning as head of the Coalition will no doubt calm those who believe that the opposition still cannot get its act together, and he reiterated his support for the Hitto interim government and all measures that would help remove this regime.

There is a long way to go, but for many people today’s speech will represent a significant milestone.

Posted by Maysaloon at 11:12 am


March 26th, 2013, 5:26 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo said
For me, the traitors are the ones who sell their country to foreign and greedy land promoters.
Just like Bashar who sold Syria to Iran
Bashar is expected to make speech soon

March 26th, 2013, 5:27 pm


MarigoldRan said:

Syria’s Arab seat has gone to the opposition.

At this point the regime is nothing more than a large Alawite militia.

The Arab states can now officially support the Syrian people against the Iranian aggressors and their regime lapdogs.

March 26th, 2013, 5:28 pm


AIG said:

“How can a Jewish State be a democracy?”
It already is.

“Can the Jewish people know true liberation while a “Jewish” state deprives the Palestinian people of their freedom?”

Sure, just come to Israel and see.

“How can we pass over the occupation of Palestine while we tell the story of the liberation of the Jewish people?”

Because we know where we came from and how we got here and why there is no Palestinian state.

“When you say “next year in Jerusalem” who is it that you imagine has a right to return?”

The Jews of course. And if you don’t like it, build a better country of your own instead of complaining how bad the Jewish one is. Maybe Arab countries would look a little better if instead of wasting all your energy complaining about Israel to no avail, you would actually work to improve your own country.

March 26th, 2013, 5:32 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Mr. Khatib is sunni,George Sabra is christian,Ghassan Hito is kurd, Suhair Atassi is a woman
This revolution is not sectarian

March 26th, 2013, 5:44 pm


Uzair8 said:

The regime is being disgraced by Heaven.

All it’s arab nationalism (‘beating heart’), resistance, secular, ‘civilised’ facade is being exposed and stripped away in front of the whole world.

It lost it’s seat at the Arab League which has now been handed to the syrian people.

Previously people were terrified to express anything that could anger the regime. Now for two years people have openly discussed and exposed the reality of such claims of representing ‘resistance’ and ‘secularism’.

The regime is being stripped naked. It better take head as worse is to come. Assad and his aides risk facing horrible deaths.

Utter humiliation!

We all have a reality. However, if we transgress boundaries and go too far, and ignore repeated warnings, then God Almighty exposes our reality for all to see.

May Allah Almighty protect us all and cover up our shortcomings.

March 26th, 2013, 5:45 pm


Uzair8 said:

Was it hacked?
[Perhaps related to the rumours of Assad being shot the other day]

This is pro-Assad Al Dunya TV’s website posting news about Assad being injured. It was deleted later!!‎

March 26th, 2013, 5:59 pm


Citizen said:

219 قنينة !
Do you think he said a letter from gold? If yes, why was aimed at a gathering of garbage dump?
Do you believe this Darrat it is decides to distract Russians from Syria! To swallow his tongue this asshole!

Syria has recently begun the work of the Russian-Syrian trade center. Correspondents IA “ANNA-News” prepared an interview with the given center, a member of the commercial and industrial city of Homs, a retired Brigadier General Ali Ahmad.

(4000 plant was stolen by gangs working for Turkey)

March 26th, 2013, 6:06 pm


ALI said:

Someone please tells me that it did NOT happen

I’m still in shock, what does that mean? did we lose our embassies?

It did not happen, it was just a nightmare

The Syrian seat at any Arab summit is only for Assad not for second class people.

March 26th, 2013, 6:35 pm


ALI said:

I’m over this sh1t, this is not fair

Do you want to fight come and fight but you can’t just go and take what we own, you can’t get advanced weapons. you can’t keep getting political support from others. this is not fair.

come and face us face to face

March 26th, 2013, 6:38 pm


ALI said:

كلمة حق قالها بشار الأسد
**سوف يتمنى كل مواطن عربي أن يكون مواطناً سورياً**

March 26th, 2013, 6:40 pm


Observer said:

My understanding is that 40% of the Syrian regular army is stationed in the South of the country.

If as it appears to be the case, the army in the South is in retreat, it is only a matter of time before more rebels besiege Damascus.

The land route to Homs is barely open. The question is what response do we have from Iran.
We saw a hardening of the HA action in Lebanon as it insisted on having the head of the internal security services be replaced with very own person formerly accused of the Hariri assassination.

The resignation of Mikati may have been not the expected outcome but it also may have been wanted by the Hizb to paralyze the country as it sends forces to Syria.

The main question is whether we are going to see SA missiles to bring down the air force and stop the campaign.

The other is how far will the regime go in responding to the latest challenge.

Tons of weapons are waiting to be delivered both North and South and now we have the green light.

I would say that there is no point of return.

I would like to ask the pro regime people here to please elaborate on the following

How are you going to bring the so called traitors to your justice and “make them pay”

The second question is how do you envisage the AL dividing Syria? North and South? Rural or City? Sunni and other?

I also would like to ask all those Arab Nationalists whether they believe in preserving the Sykes Picot divisions of the region and if not, then why not break up these stupid artificial countries and allow them to re coalesce into natural groups?

Perhaps we need an Alawi state, a Druze state, a Christian Orthodox state, and so on and so forth.

The Truth and again a million times the Truth and then reconciliation.

March 26th, 2013, 6:40 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Can you seperate the ingredients of Tabbouleh after you mix it?

March 26th, 2013, 6:46 pm


zoo said:


The Arab league is only one step. What counts is the UN.

Qatar is now going to use the Arab League to force the UN to give Syria’s seat to Hitto and the MB cowboys.

It’s going to be a tough struggle as Syria has strong support in the UN, but we know that the UN has been manipulated for Iraq and Libya’s war. Qatar could very well manipulate it so it wins Syria as another of its properties.

Then as Majed said, Syria may become an emirate extension to Qatar and totally loose its identity.

March 26th, 2013, 6:48 pm


Syrialover said:


I read attentively what you said. But nobody in this situation can fully comprehend what there is to know, who knows what and what they want to happen and why.

But let’s agree on one thing: the only people of worth at the moment are those who are focused on solutions to stop the nightmare and enable Syrians to regroup and rebuild.

This is why Syrians urgently need to bulldoze out of the way and bury all those only obsessed with positioning themselves to get control and build their own power at Syria’s expense.

The MB and al-Nusrah along with the Assad regime collaborators and enablers are all toxic power-hungry forces without authentic interest or care for Syrians.

But at this stage with the fighting and destruction continuing they need to be handled, not head-butted. Moaz al-Khatib appears to be attempting this.

Is Khatib incompatible with Haytham Manna contributing and playing a role? If he (Khatib) can win the respect and trust of Syrians by showing he has the interests of Syrians in his heart it makes it more possible for the right people to get involved in Syria’s future.

No opposition figure who has lived their adult life in Syria is going to present the right credentials and ideology to please everyone. But at this stage they have infinitely more appeal, relevance and credibility inside Syria than opposition figures who have spent decades in the west.

The latter will be stuck arguing and speaking rhetorically to empty halls unless they can work with and show alignment with credentialled insiders like Khatib who know how to speak to and for Syrians.

Here’s a nice tweet:

“Behind Alkhatib in the Arab League Summit sit a woman, a Christian and a Kurd. This the Syria we know!” (from Hani‏@Ugariti_Homsi12h)

March 26th, 2013, 6:53 pm


AIG said:

“Do you want to fight come and fight but you can’t just go and take what we own, you can’t get advanced weapons. you can’t keep getting political support from others. this is not fair.”

What a cry baby. When Assad gets weapons from Iran it is “fair”. When rebels get weapons it is not. Suck it up and keep “winning”.
And why don’t you follow your own advice? If you want to fight Israel, come and fight. What are you waiting for? Your diaper is full?

March 26th, 2013, 6:54 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:

224. UZAIR8

“The regime is being disgraced by Heaven. All its arab nationalism (‘beating heart’), resistance, secular, ‘civilised’ facade is being exposed and stripped away in front of the whole world”

You’re half right, uzie. And the key word you used is “facade.” The so-called beating heart, the so-called resistance, the so-called civilized. It’s all a facade covering a savage, artless, primitive conceit that’s going nowhere. It is, as you say, being disgraced by Heaven. For good reason. God has grown tired of Bashar. He’s pulling the plug on Syria.

A New Bashar Cartoon:


March 26th, 2013, 7:00 pm


Visitor said:

“228. ALI said:

Someone please tells me that it did NOT happen

I’m still in shock, what does that mean? did we lose our embassies?

It did not happen, it was just a nightmare

The Syrian seat at any Arab summit is only for Assad not for second class people.”

YES علي التيس البغل . It did happen.

I told you yesterday. You will be made to see the stars at midnoon.

From now on no more nice guy with your ilk.

All the way down you will go. There is no bottom low enough to stop you.

Bashar will be trampled upon by the only foot of Riyad that was left.

March 26th, 2013, 7:04 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:

233. ZOO

“What counts is the UN”

You delusional, demented cretin. The UN was castrated twenty years ago. And it was your country that held the knife.

Zoo at home:

March 26th, 2013, 7:11 pm




Amazing, what a cluttered mind..

March 26th, 2013, 7:15 pm


Juergen said:

Alex Thomsons view on Syria today

See the relief work this regime is doing for traumatized children, silly sloganchanting, kullu bi khair, its ridiculous.


Dietmar Ossenbergs( german tv) report in Damaskus, interesting video, he went to the Tabele area, in Dwelaa, to film The Mar Josef church, a church I have visited quite often when I was in Damascus.


March 26th, 2013, 7:19 pm


Tara said:

Khatib’s future

The Syrian opposition is behaving as if Khatib’s resignation never happened.

It has just put out a statement saying that he will open the Syrian opposition “embassy” in Doha as president of the coalition on Wednesday. Ghasssan Hitto, the man elected as interim prime minister, will also be there, the statement said.

From the Guardian

March 26th, 2013, 7:19 pm


Tara said:

Supporters are losing their touch. This was the first defeat they did not claim as a victory.

March 26th, 2013, 7:24 pm


revenire said:

The Arab League? It is more boring than you might imagine Tara.

You get excited by these things. You always do. You did the same about the FSA Air Force.

Was there some sort of surprise that Qatar bought a seat? Wasn’t this known before it became official?

March 26th, 2013, 7:30 pm


revenire said:

Tara you should listen to reason.

This is a humiliation for the Arab League not for Syria.

It is a media event – like most of the “victories” the rats claim. You can’t buy votes with guns. Assad has the support. He always will.

March 26th, 2013, 7:32 pm


Syrialover said:

#228. ALI,

Calm down. You are very confused. Assad’s creepy presence as a dictator “representing” Syrians has been a deep scandal and tragedy for Syrians.

At last the world is seeing a Syrian who speaks with a normal masculine voice, is able to grow a mustache and has an active brain and authentic personality. Khatib is an engaging and impressive person, but also miraculously normal.

Come on, join the rest of us in rejoicing at being rid of the public shame of having Bashar Assad squatting and defiling the seat labelled Syria.

March 26th, 2013, 7:33 pm


revenire said:

Go ahead party goers, watch the video I just posted. If you’re drunk on TV reports about the Arab League like it means anything but defeat for your rats this will sober you up.

March 26th, 2013, 7:35 pm


revenire said:

Syrialover you’re wrong. You see that when you watch but the world doesn’t. You are in some sort of fantasy world consisting of those who post at this forum and your small circle of friends.

March 26th, 2013, 7:36 pm


Tara said:


You do not understand ya Reve. Today, Batta’s regime has officially lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the Arab countries and thus transformed to Alawi militia and tomorrow, the regime is going to officially lose its legitimacy internationally at the UN to become a terrorist militia.

March 26th, 2013, 7:37 pm


Juergen said:


They even announced the Jom Kippur war (1973) a success and a proof of the iron will of Hafez, what a lame joke this regime is. Today they tried to talk honestly about Jerusalem and Palestine on state tv and how Syria always fought for this cause, and the biggest news to shadow out the Doha conference was the death of a Syrian through the hands of the Bahrain government, blessed are the stupid.

March 26th, 2013, 7:37 pm


revenire said:

Ali the expected antics at the Arab League meeting is meaningless to the war. They can send no more weapons than they’ve been doing the entire time. They GCC has been flooding Syria for almost two years, as has Turkey and the West. Short of DIRECT Western intervention – which I seriously doubt will happen due to Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, etc. and Syria’s strong military – the rats have ZERO hope of winning or setting up a government in a divided Syria. The opposition is run by the Muslim Brotherhood and splintered. Terrorists on the ground announced they would not recognize Hitto. Moaz begged for more foreign terrorists to come to Syria and kill more Syrians. Read his speech from today – no one here has noted that part of his ridiculous rant for Patriots etc.

March 26th, 2013, 7:44 pm


ann said:

213. Citizen

Do you have a link to that article please?

Thank you

March 26th, 2013, 7:45 pm


revenire said:

Tara no one can take Syria’s legitimacy from her.

Tomorrow what is going to happen? The seat at the UN is going? LOL

March 26th, 2013, 7:46 pm


revenire said:

Ann this is the link for Citizen’s post:

March 26th, 2013, 7:49 pm


ann said:

253. revenire

Thank you REVENIRE 😉

March 26th, 2013, 7:51 pm


Syrialover said:


Come on, let’s show kindness from the winners benches.

Those thinking like SNK I believe should be offered a bit of counselling and leadership to help recalibrate their brains and start afresh.

Young ALI is another anxious one who needs guidance to get through this quickly and enjoy the new and better reality.

March 26th, 2013, 7:52 pm


revenire said:

Tara go ahead – watch the video and then come back and talk about the Arab League.

The trouble with you Tara is you allow what you want to believe and your emotions to overtake your brain. It blinds you.

It gets boring day after day being told “we’re winning” when we see your leaders fighting each other and killing each other. I am bored with the Arab League story. It doesn’t rate much from me. It is dismissed by patriots.

Nothing’s changed. Assad is president and come 2014 will be reelected. The only change by then will be 50,000-80,000 more dead rats.

March 26th, 2013, 7:57 pm


ann said:

NATO: No intention to intervene militarily in Syria – 03/26/2013

Syrian opposition asks for US forces to help defend civilians in rebel-controlled areas in north Syria with Patriots


NATO said on Tuesday it had no intention of intervening militarily in Syria after a Syrian opposition leader said the United States should use Patriot missiles to protect rebel-held areas from President Bashar Assad’s airpower.

“NATO has no intention to intervene militarily in Syria,” a NATO official said after opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said he had asked US Secretary of State John Kerry for American forces to help defend rebel-controlled northern parts of Syria with Patriots.

Alkhatib clarified the assistance the Syrian National Coalition seeks is:

“not to fight but to protect lives.” 😀 😀



March 26th, 2013, 8:01 pm


Tara said:

I think it is quite a logical request. The Patriot missiles range should extend to cover the liberated Syria so the new PM can govern and manage the liberated territory so people there can live in peace while the FSA liberates the rest of Syria.

• Syrian opposition figure Moaz al-Khatib has urged Nato to protect rebel-held areas of northern Syria. Speaking at the Arab League summit in Doha, after leading an opposition delegation into Syria’s vacant seat at the summit, Khatib said: “I have asked Mr Kerry to extend the umbrella of the Patriot missiles to cover the Syrian north and he promised to study the subject. We are still waiting for a decision from Nato to protect people’s lives, not to fight but to protect lives.” Nato said it had no plans to intervene.

March 26th, 2013, 8:02 pm


revenire said:

Tara (or anyone) where is the liberated territory specifically?

What you want is for NATO to declared a No-Fly Zone because your rats can’t do it (win) themselves. It isn’t going to be happening Tara.

March 26th, 2013, 8:07 pm


ann said:

They want the United States of America to provide protection for AL-Qaeda in Syria 😀 😀 😀

U.S. rules out deploying Patriot missiles in Syria – 27/03/2013


WASHINGTON, March 26 — The U.S. government on Tuesday ruled out deploying Patriot missiles in Syria to protect the opposition there despite such request from Syria’s resigned opposition head Moaz al-Khatib.

“Well, we are aware of the request and, at this time, NATO does not intend to intervene militarily in Syria,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney at a briefing.

“I think that a Patriot missile battery would fall within the definition of military assistance,” he told reporters, stressing that the Patriot missile batteries currently deployed in Turkey are only to defend “its territory and people.”



March 26th, 2013, 8:17 pm


revenire said:

From Amal Saad-Ghorayeb

There are no words to describe the absurdity of Moaz al-Khatib seated at a panel entitled “Syrian Arab Republic”. There are no words to describe the irony of hearing the Qatari Emir decry the “oppression and repression of the people” in Syria. There are no words to describe the oxymoronic notion of a US-Saudi backed “revolution”. There are no words to describe the treason of Syrians and Arabs who shamelessly support a movement which is begging John Kerry to rain down NATO Patriot missiles on Syria. There are no words to describe the gruesome images of severed heads “rebels” proudly flaunt before the cameras. There are no words to describe the irrationality of the state-sponsored sectarian scourge that has plagued our region and which threatens to dismember Syria and its neighbours. All this as Syrian and Arab opposition supporters cheer on. There are no words left…

March 26th, 2013, 8:29 pm


ann said:

NATO: ‘No Intention to Intervene Militarily in Syria’ – March 26, 2013

Washington instead relegates itself to a proxy war in Syria


“NATO has no intention to intervene militarily in Syria,” a NATO official said in response to a request from Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib for American forces to defend rebel fighters with Patriot missiles.

“I have asked Mr Kerry to extend the umbrella of the Patriot missiles to cover the Syrian north and he promised to study the subject,” Alkhatib said.

While the US has all but taken direct military action off the table, it has been increasing its involvement in the Syrian conflict by proxy, helping send arms from throughout the region to rebel fighters and even training some in neighboring Jordan.

The Obama administration claims these efforts to arm and train the Syrian rebels are intended to bolster the so-called moderate elements of the opposition, but intelligence officials have previously criticized America’s capacity to do so.

US interventionism in Syria is contributing to a proxy war being played out by virtually all the region’s players. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey and others aggressively back the Syrian rebels, many of whom would prove dangerous if brought to power.

The moderate political and military command structure the U.S. has been trying to foster within the Syrian opposition appears to be fracturing, a victim of bitter Arab regional rivalries,” writes The Washington Post‘s David Ingatius, with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states promoting Sunni jihadists and Qatar and Turkey pushing for an Islamist-led government by the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria.



March 26th, 2013, 8:30 pm


revenire said:

Again from Amal Saad-Ghorayeb

“Only after witnessing today’s spectacle in Doha can one properly visualize what “being Arab” would mean if we took Syria out of the equation. There is no Arabism without Syria, only disgrace, humiliation and oppression in Arab headdress.”

March 26th, 2013, 8:31 pm


Uzair8 said:


I understand you believe the AL decision is meaningless.

You’re not even angry?

March 26th, 2013, 8:32 pm


Syrialover said:

REVENIRE wrote in #252, joking as usual:

“no one can take Syria’s legitimacy from her”

The Assads did. By force.

March 26th, 2013, 8:37 pm


Syrialover said:

REVENIRE keeps quoting Amal Saad-Ghorayeb.

Another joke?

Go to that site and see what a shouting conspiracist nut she comes across as.

In her world, if it’s not Hizbollah it doesn’t matter.

March 26th, 2013, 8:49 pm


Uzair8 said:

Continued from previous post about the regime being disgraced.

#260. Revenire quoted:

‘There are no words to describe the oxymoronic notion of a US-Saudi backed “revolution”.’

If you transgress and don’t take heed Heaven can punish (disgrace) you through your enemies. Heaven may open the way for your enemy to invade and/or overpower you. This is consistent with Islamic sources.

It’s futile to complain. It’s too late. The regime was warned about it’s behaviour.

March 26th, 2013, 8:52 pm



LOL, sectrian nus-lira shrill Amal Saad-Ghorayeb is upset at the declining influence of the mullahs in the AL. She should be, the idiot impolite nus-lira minister of foreign affairs left the meeting today, in the presence of his boss, the president of Lebanon, leaving al-maliki sectarian regime as the only left agent for the mullahs in the room along with the shy potential recruit from Egypt.

Unlike this shrill, I have a word for her callousness and hate of Syrians and for her agent-like attitude…. SECTARIAN SHRILL, buying and selling a rotten meat that has poisoned the Arab world for very long under the guise of nationalism. No wonder she gets along with the other shrill narwani.

March 26th, 2013, 8:54 pm


Uzair8 said:



Ali sounds furious at todays decision. At least it shows he really cares.

March 26th, 2013, 8:55 pm


revenire said:

Uzair8 am I angry about the Arab League? No, not really. I am bored by it and all the Twitterverse and SC proclamations of victory. I am confident in our army and president.

The Arab League is nothing. It proved it is nothing. Well, perhaps it is something .. something Qatar has in its pocket.

No more.

Why would I be angry at that? It is funny in a way and pathetic in another.

Perhaps you feel euphoria from it but honestly it bores me.

You can only shout on SC so long about air bases being overrun, defections, victories and the like. It starts to look even more ridiculous after hearing it dozens of times.

Each day you people come here to tell each other – who else? – that Assad is a dead man walking. I sometimes wonder if those saying it have to say it or they’d start crying because after two years of war Syrian is standing strong.

If NATO attacks Syria directly I will get worried but short of that the rabble fighting our army has no chance of victory.

So Qatar and the US bought themselves some puppets. I can do that for my daughter any day of the week. Right?

Read what the other side has said. Then you have my answer as well.

March 26th, 2013, 9:00 pm


revenire said:

Syrialover no, you’re wrong – Assad didn’t take Syria’s legitimacy from her. Nothing can take Syria away from its people. Its people support Assad. You can kill our leaders like al-Bouti but you won’t stop us from winning.

March 26th, 2013, 9:02 pm


ann said:

US pours cold water on Khatib Patriot missiles request – 2013-03-27

White House says it will not provide Patriot missile batteries to protect rebel strongholds in Syria


“We are aware of the request,” White House spoksman Jay Carney said.

“At this time, NATO does not intend to intervene militarily in Syria,” Carney said.

“I think that a Patriot missile battery would follow the definition of military assistance,” Carney said, adding that Patriot anti-missile batteries in Turkey were for self-defense only.

Carney added however that the White House was constantly reviewing its policies in Syria, which have seen Washington give hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid but stop short of providing “lethal” military help.

A top State Department official was also cool to Khatib’s demand for the Syrian opposition coalition, which he heads, to take up Syria’s seat at the United Nations, saying that would be up to the UN.

“We recognize the Syrian Opposition Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people,” Ventrell told reporters.




March 26th, 2013, 9:05 pm


revenire said:

Uzair8 question: Are you some sort of religious nut? Just curious given the way you pontificate about Heaven etc. Does God only speak to you and not Syrians that support Assad? The millions of Syrians that support Assad are all Godless? Hardly.

Please spare me your crazy ideas of religion. I am convinced you could not hold your own in a discussion of theology.

Your Salafist pigs and pedophiles have perverted Islam.

March 26th, 2013, 9:07 pm


Syrialover said:

REVENIRE in #270 gives us more satire.

I guess it’s easier to make a joke of what’s happening in Syria than deal with the reality.

March 26th, 2013, 9:09 pm


Ghufran said:

Shelling civilian areas with mortars will not ” liberate” Damascus, the only outcome of this deplorable action is killing civilians and increasing despair among the public who for the most part believe the rebels are behind those attacks . A lame Facebook announcement here and there does very little to change anybody’s mind. Whoever ordered rebels to do that is stupid and evil, stupid because it does nothing to hurt the regime , and evil because innocent Syrians are dying from it. Rebels who are advancing in the south are rehearsing for another ” Ghazwah” on Damascus. Damascene people are bitterly expressing their disapproval of these random acts of violence, I consider those attacks a form of terrorism.

March 26th, 2013, 9:28 pm


revenire said:

Wasn’t making a joke.

March 26th, 2013, 9:29 pm


revenire said:

ALL the pronouncements here, or on Twitter, and all the idiotic videos of every ape and his cousin forming a “brigade” has all the power of a fart.

March 26th, 2013, 9:31 pm


Syrialover said:

Read this clear account of al-Nusrah in action as out-of-control enemies of the Syrian people:


American assistance to Syria should include access to Guantanamo prison as a place to dump them when they are rounded up and chased out of Syria.

March 26th, 2013, 9:33 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

At the UN Russia can not veto anything, over 136 nation will recognize the Coalition as the sole representative of Syria, Bashar Jaafary has to close his books and say the famous sentance, THE GAME IS OVER, he will leave to ,,IRAN
Then the next step,the new Syrian representative will call the interpol to arrest Bashar as a criminal fugitive

March 26th, 2013, 9:35 pm


Ghufran said:

From almundassah :
على الجميع أن يفهم أنّ العسكري في سوريا يعيش ظرفاً منهكاً نفسيّا وعقليّاً وجسديّاً. هو إنسان مأمور، لا يملك من قرار سوى إنهاء خدمته العسكرية بسلام أو الإنشقاق والتنازل عن مستقبله. إن أردنا أن نشجّع العساكر على الإنشقاق لا يمكن أن نكذب بما يخصّ المواجهات المسلحة أو أن نخترع أخباراً لنغطّي على أمور حصلت وتحصل على الأرض.
مشكلتي الأساسيّة في العقليّة التي تبرّر الكذب من أجل الوصول إلى غاية ما. العقليّة التي تبثّ الخلافات بالجملة بين أفراد الشعب جميعاً.
أنا أرفض السلاح، وقد تعرضت لخطر الموت من أجل التظاهر، أي أنّني لست صاحب دعوة فارغة. منذ البداية يحاول النظام بأي طريقة جرّ الشارع إلى السلاح وقد نجح في حالات كثيرة، لكنه لم ينجح إلى حدّ “يبرّر” العنف المفرط. فلم يتسخدم العنف المفرط بحسب منطقه. إن نجح في هذا فسأحاول مثل الكثيرين الحفاظ على حياتي فلن أتظاهر سلميّاً لأنّ صوت السلاح يخرس الجميع، وسنرى كم سيتضائل إبداع الشباب وحماسهم عندما تقمع الانتفاضة المسلّحة (إن حدثت) بوحشيّة.

March 26th, 2013, 9:36 pm


revenire said:

Majed yes and Mighty Mouse will arrest him. 🙂

March 26th, 2013, 9:40 pm


Syrialover said:

“The truly fascinating and relevant point across the region these days, especially in North Africa, is not the rise of Islamists, but rather their incompetence and decline in the face of their being held accountable politically by their own people. Syria will follow suit in due course.”

Article: No, Islamists will not dominate in Syria

By Rami Khoury


“…I sense that the political and military ascendance of Islamists is a short-term phenomenon that reflects their military prowess, the substantial aid they receive from abroad, and the parallel weaknesses of the secular nationalist opposition.

“The heart and soul of Syrian society for a century has been neither sectarian nor religious. But in the face of state collapse and widespread insecurity, Syrians will naturally turn to sect and faith if that is their key to survival. If the fighting and destruction continue for a long time, sect and faith will reshape the country that emerges, probably laying the foundation for long-term tensions that provide structural entry points for others in the region to interfere in Syrian affairs. 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.

“The truly fascinating and relevant point across the region these days, especially in North Africa, is not the rise of Islamists, but rather their incompetence and decline in the face of their being held accountable politically by their own people. Syria will follow suit in due course.

“Some Syrian Islamists who enjoy local legitimacy for nonmilitary reasons (tribal links, proven service delivery, response to moderate indigenous Islamic values) will help shape the new Syria that will soon emerge. As in all the other uprisings and revolutions across the Arab World, the single most important criterion to look for in spotting the likely new leaderships and regimes is not military might, financial capability, media attention, or foreign political support. Rather, it is the irreplaceable factor that shapes all credible and stable governments around the world, and that has now mercifully entered the Arab public political sphere in small doses: indigenous legitimacy, expressed through the principle of the consent of the governed.


March 26th, 2013, 9:45 pm


Uzair8 said:

Last clip from me.

One that reflects the conspiracy mindset of regimists, in particular their suspicion of mainstream media.

Gangster wannabe Ali G had his own weekly comedy show that included a short interview with an important or professional person. I remember one with a former US Surgeon General. One particular question was hilarious. You’d choke on your tea on hearing it. This (question) along with the Alan partridge clip I posted yesterday are probably my 2 funniest comedy moments.

I wont forewarn you of the exact time of the particular question in order to not lessen it’s impact. I’ll link the exact time after the video:


Exact time

PS Not saying I’m a fan of his. His material is frequently inappropriate. Just remebered that clip from younger.

Just had a funny thought of him interviewing Assad. How bizzare would that turn out?

March 26th, 2013, 9:55 pm


Ghufran said:

At this rate, Israel WILL establish a security zone in southern Syria:
أثار قائد القيادة الشمالية في الجيش الإسرائيلي الجنرال يئير جولان في مقابلة نشرتها أمس صحيفة «اسرائيل هيوم» احتمال إقامة منطقة عازلة في سورية بالتعاون مع قوى محلية تشعر بالقلق من الجهاديين الإسلاميين في حال سقوط نظام الأسد.
وقال الجنرال إن «مئات كثيرة» من الإسلاميين المتشددين يقاتلون في الحرب الأهلية المستمرة منذ عامين في سورية وقد «يرسخون اقدامهم» في سورية إذا سقط الأسد. وأضاف أن الجيش الإسرائيلي يعمل على فرضية أن هؤلاء المقاتلين سيشنون في نهاية المطاف هجمات على إسرائيل التي احتلت مرتفعات الجولان في حرب 1967.
وزاد: «الإجراء الذي لا يمكننا بالتأكيد استبعاده هو اقامة منطقة امنية على الجانب الآخر من الحدود».
ولم يذكر جولان الذي يشرف على القوات الإسرائيلية على الجبهتين السورية واللبنانية ما اذا كان يفكر في نشر قوات إسرائيلية في مثل هذه المنطقة العازلة.
ولفت الى ان السوريين «الذين لهم مصلحة مشتركة في التعاون معنا» ضد المقاتلين الإسلاميين المتشددين سيكونون الحلفاء الطبيعيين لإسرائيل في حالة إقامة تلك المنطقة العازلة. وأضاف: «إذا سنحت فرصة، وهو ما لم يحدث بعد، فيجب ألا نتردد». وتابع: «يجب عمل كل ما يلزم بحكمة وسرية مع مراعاة حقيقية لمصالح الجانب الآخر».
وأشار جولان إلى نموذج «المنطقة الامنية» التي أقامتها القوات الإسرائيلية لمدة 15 عاماً في جنوب لبنان بهدف معلن هو ابعاد مقاتلي وصواريخ «حزب الله» عن حدود إسرائيل. وخلص الى ان المنطقة العازلة في لبنان «كانت واحدة من اهم الاستثمارات الامنية التي قامت بها دولة إسرائيل على الاطلاق» في إشارة إلى منطقة كثيراً ما تعرضت فيها القوات الإسرائيلية لهجمات ورحلت عنها في عام 2000.
I do not know what rebel leaders achieved by attacking remote army posts on Israel- Syria borders, you can not fix stupid !!

March 26th, 2013, 9:56 pm


apple_mini said:

AL basically shut the door for the opposition to find a political solution with the regime.

Inside Syria, people do not care about the opposition. They do know more about the rebels. Especially, in Damascus everyday those rebels routinely send their “gifts” which can explode with a deafening boom.

Trying to get recognized by UN is quite a delusional wishful thinking. If UN could speak like a human, this is probably what would come out “Over my dead body”. Indeed, suppose the west and its puppets will vehemently support the idea, but the voice against it will come from at least BRICS and that is over 3/4 of world population. Of course, you would see UN literally break up into pieces right in front the opposition of Syria.

No surprise here, the opposition has shown us how low they can do intelligently on analyzing reality and how high they can get on hysterical hallucination.

Arab league, what is that? Any credibility or achievement from AL on international arena? Almost none. What people think about ME, oil, Islam and conflict.

It is actually quite sad. The opposition sold Syria, begging for money, for weapon and for recognition. By doing so, the opposition
brings shame to all Syrians. The opposition and its backers both know they are using each others. Well, the opposition is far from winning any real power in Syria. But the west and GCC can safely declare they are winners already.

Syrians who care about suffering of Syrians know it well if any country truly cares about Syria, that country will do its best to promote peace talk other than fueling the war.

March 26th, 2013, 10:10 pm


Uzair8 said:

I remember the Spanish Civil war feeling there was earlier.

Hopefully foreign fighters, now that they are there, will remember why they are there. It was to help in response to cries from their defenceless brethren. They must avoid pursuing any agendas (foreign or otherwise) that are alien to or against the will of the syrian people.

March 26th, 2013, 10:17 pm


Ghufran said:

While the feelings of most AL dinosaurs were hurt by Moaz speech, a grim independent report indicated that Syria may need 25 years of average growth to go back to the pre March 2011 era, the report points to the fact that Syria lost most of its foreign currency reserve just to support the Lira and to cover army expenses.
ظهرت على ملامح بعض الزعماء العرب علامات ‘الامتعاض’ أوعدم الرضا ليس فقط من دخول الخطيب كلاعب جديد لمؤسسة القمة ولكن أيضا من أسلوبه الخطابي وتحذيراته لهم بضرورة مراعاة تقوى ألله بشعوبهم والإفراج عن جميع المعتقلين.
ملاحظات الخطيب أزعجت بعض الزعماء العرب بعد مفاوضات ماراثونية قفزت به إلى قمة الدوحة.
لكن الغالبية العظمى إحتفظت بمشاعر الانزعاج بعدما سادت بالأجواء القناعة بضرورة التعاطي مع الواقع الموضوعي الذي يقول ببساطة بأن نظام الرئيس بشار الأسد خرج من العباءة العربية تماما بسيناريو قطري خاطف ودعم سعودي ومصري كبير ومساندة تونسية وليبية وتحفظ جزائري وعراقي ولاحقا أردني ولبناني وسوداني ويمني.
وبمجرد إقرار الجميع بالأمر الواقع استرسل بعض الزعماء العرب في توجيه رسائل ‘ملغمة وملغزة’ لبعضهم البعض يمكن قراءتها في باطن بعض العبارات والمواقف مع التقاط بعضها عبر الأروقة والكواليس.
كاميرا تلفزيون قطر التي انفردت بالتغطية لجمهور الصحافيين على مدار الساعة نقلت بذكاء إلى ولي العهد السعودي ثم أمير الكويت ونائب رئيس الإمارات عندما برزت الرسالة الأهم عمليا من الرئيس المصري محمد مرسي الذي خاطب بحدة وانفعال مقصود مع إشارة بأصابعه زعماء القمة محذرا من التدخل بشؤون مصر الداخلية قائلا: على الجميع أن يعي ذلك.
مرسي قال بأن بلاده لا تتدخل بأحد وارتفعت درجة صوته وهو يقول: لن نسمح لأحد بأن يتدخل بشؤوننا.. هذا من المحرمات.
عنصر التلغيم في تحذيرات مرسي ينطلق عمليا من إعلانه قبل حضوره لقطر بأن ثلاثة أطراف خارجية- لم يحددها- تتدخل في بلاده.
سياسيا قرأ المراقبون رسالة مرسي باعتبارها موجهة عمليا لدول محددة تتهمها صحافة الأخوان المسلمين بدفع الأموال للمساس باستقرار حكم الاخوان المسلمين في مصر.
رسالة ملغمة أخرى تظهر إنزعاج بغداد من تسليم مقعد سورية الشاغر للمعارضة برزت مبكرا عندما حاول نائب الرئيس العراقي خضير الخزاعي لفت نظر القمة الى ان البند الثامن من ميثاق الجامعة العربية لا يجيز لدولة عضو التدخل في نظام حكم دولة أخرى وهي ملاحظة تجاهلها رئيس القمة أمير قطر بمجرد تسلمه الرئاسة ودعوة الخطيب ورفاقه للمقعد الشهير إياه وسط موجة حارة من التصفيق.
العاهل الأردني الملك عبد الله الثاني بدوره وفي كلمته القصيرة وجه رسالة تظهر نسبيا ‘عدم رضا’ الأردن عن اتجاه قمة الدوحة وقراراتها خصوصا بالمسار السوري عندما تحدث عن حلول سياسية بين جميع أطراف المعادلة في سورية ملمحا ضمنيا الى ان نظام بشار الأسد ينبغي أن يكون بين هذه الاطراف محذرا من الدم والقتل والدمار في سورية.
I agree that the AL is now irrelevant until those promised billions start coming to build Syria. The report estimates that 6 million Syrians now no source of income after 1.5 million Syrians lost their jobs. Do not wait on the GCC to start pouring money on Syria, those Bedouins can only buy sport clubs and prostitutes.

March 26th, 2013, 10:36 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:


“Bashar has to close the books and say the famous line, “THE GAME IS OVER” and leave for IRAN”

That poor fuck Bashar, guest of the Mullahs. Poor Asma will have to cover up in a Burka and the little brats will have to go to one of those hideous madrasas. It will be a total clusterfuck for the Assads. And it also means that Mossie and Zoo will have to get jobs and go back to work:

March 26th, 2013, 10:38 pm


Ghufran said:

اعتبر عضو هيئة كبار العلماء في السعودية الشيخ عبدالله المنيع أنه “لا جهاد في الحروب الأهلية وأن ما يحصل في سورية وبلاد الثورات ما هو إلا حروب أهلية لا جهاد بها”.
واستنكر المنيع، في تصريح لصحيفة “الرياض” السعودية على موقعها الإلكتروني اليوم الثلاثاء “الفتاوى التي تستثير شباب المملكة للقتال في سورية تحت مسمى الجهاد”.
وقال إن “من أركان الجهاد موافقة ولي الأمر والدولة لم تأذن بالجهاد ..ينبغي للإنسان في مثل هذه الحروب أن لا يتصرف إلا في إطار رأي ولي الأمر وكون أنه يستقل في نفسه ورأيه هذا لا يجوز شرعا”.
وأضاف أن “الفرد لا يستطيع تقدير المصلحة العامة كالدولة والحكومة فلا ينبغي ولا يجوز للإنسان أن يستقل بنفسه ورأيه مما يسبب إحراجاً لدولته وإزهاقاً لروحه إلى جانب أنه لا يجوز الدخول في الحروب الأهلية لما فيها من الآثار السلبية وإشعال الفتن والشرع يسعى لإخماد الفتن”.
Where are the fans of KSA and jihadists?

March 26th, 2013, 11:05 pm


Ziad said:

عضو هيئة كبار العلماء بالسعودية يقول إن ما يحصل في سورية حرب أهلية لا جهاد بها

قال عضو في هيئة كبار العلماء بالسعودية إن ما يحصل في سورية وبعض الدول العربية هو ‘حروب أهلية لا جهاد بها’، رافضاً الفتاوى التي تستثير الشباب السعودي وتحثه على الجهاد في سورية.


March 26th, 2013, 11:07 pm


ann said:

Jordan shuts Syria border crossing – 03/25/2013

Main border crossing with Syria closed for the first time


AMMAN – Jordan closed its main border crossing with Syria on Monday after two days of fighting there between Syrian troops and “rebel fighters”, Jordan’s information minister said.

Border traders said passengers were turned back at the Jordanian border crossing of Jaber and prevented from entering in the first such closure of the crossing since the revolt against President Bashar Assad’s rule started two years ago.

“The border post is effectively closed because there have been clashes since yesterday and they are continuing,” minister Samih Maaytah told Reuters.

The crossing is a thoroughfare for passengers and was transit route before the Syria conflict for hundreds of trucks daily carrying goods to Turkey from the Gulf and vice versa.

Situated near the Jordanian border, Syria’s southern Deraa province is a vital battleground. “Rebels” in the last month have stepped up fighting for control of the border area and Deraa town after gaining territory in the countryside.

They have also over-run several towns near the Golan, fueling tensions in the sensitive military zone.



March 26th, 2013, 11:24 pm


MarigoldRan said:

The retard’s a troll. He only gets upset when people insult HIM.

Such as, for example, calling him retarded and a loser, and by all indications: unemployed and unlikely to be gainfully employed anytime soon.

March 26th, 2013, 11:31 pm


MarigoldRan said:

Also, I’d like to point out that “Syria no longer exists.” The so-called regime at this point is little more than an Iranian puppet.

March 26th, 2013, 11:34 pm


ann said:

In Syria, the “Rebels” Have Begun to Fight Among Themselves – March 26, 2013


Later on Sunday night, Abu Azzam’s sister and other female relatives crossed into Turkey in the dark, along with their children. They were taken to Abu Mansour’s home. Two Farouq men sat outside the front door, guarding it although they were both unarmed. One, a man in a black and gray tracksuit, sat on the stairs. With deep sadness, he said that the day’s events had made him want to forget about the revolution.

“If this is what it has come to – to us fighting each other – then I want to sit at home and support Bashar,” he said.



March 26th, 2013, 11:48 pm


ghufran said:

Alex Thomson-channe 4 UK:

“I am staring at it right now from my hotel bedroom, the impact zone, about 400 yards away across a mix typical of a city centre: a busy dual-carriageway, a museum, office blocks and the tree-lined avenues of the university campus.
Somebody decided this was a target. If they are Damascene, then they will know how crowded with students, street-food sellers and traffic this entire zone is. If they are Syrian, or from abroad, or even from Pluto, they will know this area is full of Syrians – civilian Syrians.
I personally saw the fins of three mortars, two of them dug from the tarmac by soldiers intent on removing the evidence that the city centre of their capital is now a free-fire zone for the rebels trying to reshape Syria by force.
There are large pools of blood and the usual red footprints you get at these situations where people helped broken and shattered and bleeding people to waiting cars, vans, whatever, before the ambulances would be on the scene – and they are pretty fast around here.
In the past three days, incoming mortars have hit private flats, a church, a city centre park, the Sheraton Hotel, Syrian TV, the SANA news agency and its next door neighbour, the law faculty of the University of Damascus”
(some of you have no shame)

March 26th, 2013, 11:49 pm


Johannes de Silentio said:


“Syria no longer exists”

Actually, it never existed, other than as a geographical expression. Or as a fictional reference to a horrid place where ghouls and goblins live. And if you were sent there, it was like a sentence of death. Actually worse than death, because the subhumans living there would do unmentionable things to your corpse.

Mothers in civilized countries would tell their children, “Eat your vegetables or Daddy will ship you off to Syria.”

March 26th, 2013, 11:52 pm


revenire said:

“If this is what it has come to – to us fighting each other – then I want to sit at home and support Bashar,” he said.


Allah Syria Bashar

March 26th, 2013, 11:55 pm


mjabali said:

Visitor النتن

شتمت والدي الكريم البارحة ونعتتني بالضيعجي. أولا: لن أرد على شتيمتك بشتيمة لأن هذا ليس من شيمي، ولكن من شيمي وخصائصي تحطيم أفكارك الضعيفة بسرور.

وعندما ينعتني أحمق مثلك بالضيعجي لايسعني سوى الضحك على مستواك ياقرد.

مستواك ضعيف وأخلاقك زفت والحمد لله وإذا قارنا أخلاقك مع مايدعيه الاسلام نراك منافقا، معتدياً، مختالاً، مخبولاً ومهزوزاً ياقرد.

ألايدل هذا على مستوى والدك ومستوى تربيتك ياقرد

بمناسبة التكلم عن مستواك الأخلاقي لايسعنا سوى التكلم عن مستواك الفكرى:

ياأيها الأخرق أليس من المعروف أن مفهوم التقية الذي تكلم عنه المقال مختلف عن التقوى التي تكلمت عنها ياقرد.

التقية عند الشيعة لاعلاقة لها بما خرفت ياجاهل…

كلبي العزيز يملك من الفهم أكثر من عائلتك ياقرد

عندما ينعت قرد مثلك شخص مثلي بأنه ضيعجي هل تظنني أزعل أم أعتقد بأن قرد مثلك لامكان له في العالم المتحضر وإنما مكانه بين مهابيل عبد الوهاب…

ضيعجي مثلي يعلم عائلتك ثقافة وحضارة فماهو مستواكم ياقرد؟

طز في تربياتك وفي من رباك

March 27th, 2013, 12:20 am


Visitor said:


March 27th, 2013, 12:28 am


Visitor said:

MJabali @12:20AM,

You have been insulting everyone here nonstop for as far as I can remember. So you should not complain when you get some payback. Actually I still owe you a lot. What you got yesterday was not even enough to cover the ‘interest’ on your long term ‘investment’ in insulting.

It is good for you to be on the receiving end once in a while. Unfortunately, I do not have enough time to pay you back one for one.

March 27th, 2013, 12:31 am


mjabali said:

Visitor النتن

أيها القذر:

من الواضح عقم تفكيرك ومحدودية معلوماتك.

في إنتظار ماستقوله حول التقية والتقوى

تهربك من الاجابة يدل على عقل محدود ليس لديك قدرة على المناقشة وبالطبع ليس لديك سند معرفي تستند عليه افكارك.

من خصائصك الاخرى: الكذب…

لنرى ماهي صفاتك الشخصية حتى الان: وقح، كذاب، غبي ونتن..

طز فيك وفي اللي رباك

March 27th, 2013, 11:08 am


Mina said:

Unless shari’a starts to implement laws on brothels, all the countries of the Arab spring may soon compete with Afghanistan (world’s number 1 in violence against women):


(as usual the BBC has nicely censored any details about the pro-Palestinian convoy)

March 29th, 2013, 2:30 pm


Ziad said:

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