The Names of the Revolution

The Names of the Syrian Revolution - Arabic

From the inception of the Syrian uprising, each Friday has been given a special title by activists involved in protests. Fridays were important in the beginning because more protests would occur on that day than any other day of the week. Protests would often take place immediately following communal prayers in mosques where large groups of people would have already congregated together, something impossible in Syria outside of institutionalized contexts like the mosque or a place of education.

Each Friday bore a name such as “The Day of Rage” or “The Day of Defiance” and such titles were picked up and circulated by both the Arab and Western media. The practice of naming the Fridays was started by the “Syrian Revolution 2011” Facebook page, run by Fida’ ad-Din Tariif as-Sayyid ‘Isa, a Syrian activist in Sweden.

Some months into the uprising in 2011, people complained and proposed that the process of naming the Fridays should be democratic rather than performed by a small group of website administrators. A new system emerged whereby a number of options for the next Friday’s name would be posted on the Revolution Facebook page, and visitors were able to vote for the title of their choosing. Each week, multiple thousands vote on these names.

The names have reflected themes that concern the uprising during the particular week that a name is assigned. Back when the uprising was still characterized by protests rather than skirmishes, activists would incorporate the current Friday’s name into the slogans and banners used in demonstrations.

At the beginning, names began as simple, one-word titles such as “The Day of Honor” that were general in scope. Then the names began to express specific ideas, like “The Day of Loyalty to the Kurdish Uprising,” or positions that could be endorsed, like “The Day of No to Peacekeeping Forces in The Land of Sham.” Eventually, names grew unwieldy in length and included statements, i.e. “The Day of Full Preparation for Full Mobilization; Russia is the Enemy of the Syrian People” or “The Day of Allah Is Great: He Supported his Worshipers, Made his Soldiers Mighty, and Defeated the Factions Alone” (an excerpt from a prayer recited on Eid). Some titles employed cleverness: “Revolution University – Martyrdom Engineering.”

We recently collected all of the names given to the Fridays since the beginning of the uprising and list them below with translations. December 9 marked the 1000th day of the revolution; all of the Friday names listed below except the final one (Dec. 13) constitute the first 1000 days of the revolution.

March 18 الكرامة Dignity
March 25 العزة Honor
April 1 الشهداء Martyrs
April 8 الصمود Steadfastness
April 15 الإصرار Persistence
April 22 العظيمة Great Friday
April 29 الغضب Rage
May 6 التحدي Defiance
May 13 الحرائر Free Women
May 20 أزادي Azadi
May 27 حماة الديار Defenders of Homes
June 3 أطفال الحرية Children of Freedom
June 10 العشائر Tribes
June 17 الشرفاء صالح العلي The Honorables – Saleh al-Ali
June 24 سقوط الشرعية Fall Of Legitimacy
July 1 ارحل Leave!
July 8 لا للحوار No to Dialogue
July 15 أسرى الحريّة Prisoners of Freedom
July 22 أحفاد خالد Descendants of Khalid
July 29 صمتكم يقتلنا Your Silence Kills Us
August 5 الله معنا Allah is with Us
August 12 لن نركع We Will not Kneel
August 19 بشائر النصر Beginnings of Victory
August 26 الصبر والثبات Patience and Determination
September 2 الموت ولا المَذلّة Death Rather than Humiliation
September 9 الحماية الدولية International Protection
September 16 ماضون حتى اسقاط النظام We Will Continue until the Fall of the Regime
September 23 وحدة المعارضة Opposition Unity
September 30 النصر لشامنا ويمننا Victory for our Sham and our Yemen
October 7 المجلس الوطني يمثّلني The National Council Represents me
October 14 أحرار الجيش Army Freemen
October 21 شهداء المهلة العربية Martyrs of the Arab Deadline
October 28 الحظر الجوّي No-Fly Zone
November 4 الله أكبر Allah Is Great
November 11 تجميد العضوية مطلبنا The Suspension of Membership Is our Demand
November 18 جمعة طرد السفراء Expelling the Ambassadors
November 25 الجيش الحر يحميني The Free Army Protects Me
December 2 المنطقة العازلة مطلبنا The Buffer Zone is our Demand
December 9 اضراب الكرامة The Strike of Dignity
December 16 الجامعة العربية تقتلنا The Arab League is Killing Us
December 23 بروتوكول الموت Protocol of Death
December 30 الزحف الى ساحات الحرية March to the City Squares of Freedom
January 6 إن تنصروا الله ينصركم If You Support Allah, He Will Support You
January 13 دعم الجيش السوري الحر Support of the Free Syrian Army
January 20 معتقلي الثورة Revolution’s Detainees
January 27 حق الدفاع عن النفس Right to Self Defense
February 3 عذرا حماة سامحينا Sorry Hama, Forgive Us
February 10 النفير العام – روسيا تقتل أطفالنا General Mobilization – Russia Is Killing our Children
February 17 المقاومة الشعبية Popular Resistance
February 24 سننتفض لأجلك بابا عمرو We Rise for You, Baba ‘Amr
March 2 تسليح الجيش الحر Arming the Free Army
March 9 الوفاء للإنتفاضة الكردية Loyalty to the Kurdish Uprising
March 16 التدخل العسكري الفوري Immediate Military Intervention
March 23 قادمون يا دمشق We’re Coming, Damascus
March 30 خذلنا العرب والمسلمون Muslims And Arabs Failed Us
April 6 من جهز غازياً فقد غزا He who has Equipped a Fighter has himself Fought
April 13 ثورة لكل السوريين Revolution for All Syrians
April 20 سننتصر ويهزم الاسد We Will Prevail and Defeat Assad
April 27 اتى امر الله فلا تستعجلوه The Command of Allah is Coming, So Be Not Impatient for It
May 4 اخلاصنا خلاصنا Our Devotion Is Our Salvation
May 11 نصر من الله وفتح قريب Help From Allah and a Close Victory
May 18 ابطال جامعة حلب The University of Aleppo’s Heroes
May 25 دمشق موعدنا القريب Damascus, Our Time Is Near
June 1 أطفال الحولة…مشاعل النصر The Children of Houla are Torches of Triumph
June 8 ثوار وتجار يدا بيد حتى الانتصار Revolutionaries and Merchants, Hand in Hand Until Victory
June 15 الاستعداد التام للنفير العام .. روسيا عدوة الشعب السوري Full Preparation for Full Mobilization; Russia is the Enemy of the Syrian People
June 22 إذا كان الحكام متخاذلين … فأين الشعوب ؟؟؟ If the Rulers are Weak, Where is the People?
June 29 واثقون بنصر الله We Trust in the Triumph of Allah
July 6 حرب التحرير الشعبية People’s Liberation War
July 13 إسقاط عنان خادم الأسد و إيران – الغضب لشهداء التريمسة Toppling Annan, the Servant Of Assad and Iran – Rage for The Martyrs of Tremseh
July 20 رمضان النصر سيكتب في دمشق Ramadan Triumph Will Be Written in Damascus
July 27 انتفاضة العاصمتين Uprising of the Two Capitals
August 3 دير الزور النصر قادم من الشرق Deir Ez-Zor – Triumph Is Coming From The East
August 10 سلحونا الطيران Arm Us With Anti-Aircraft
August 17 بوحدة جيشنا الحر يتحقق النصر With the Union of our Free Army, Triumph will be Achieved
August 24 لا تحزني درعا إن الله معنا Do Not Grieve Dara’a; Allah Is With Us
August 31 الوفاء لطرابلس الشام وأحرار لبنان Loyalty to Tripoli and the Free People of Lebanon
September 7 حمص المحاصرة تناديكم Besieged Homs Is Calling
September 14 إدلب مقبرة الطائرات ورمز الانتصارات Idlib is the Grave of the Air Force and the Symbol of Victories
September 21 أحباب رسول الله في سوريا يذبحون The Lovers of the Messenger of Allah in Syria are being Slaughtered
September 28 توحيد كتائب الجيش الحر Unifying Free Army Battalions
October 5 نريد سلاحاً لا تصريحات We Need Weapons, not Statements
October 12 أحرار الساحل يصنعون النصر The Freemen of the Coast are Acheiving the Triumph
October 19 أمريكا ألم يشبع حقدك من دمائنا America, Is your Animosity not Satisfied with our Blood?
October 26 الله أكبر نصر عبده وأعزّ جنده وهزم الاحزاب وحده Allah Is Great: He Supported his Worshippers, Made his Soldiers Mighty, and Defeated the Factions Alone
November 2 داريا أخوة العنب و الدم Daraya Brotherhood of Grapes and Blood
November 9 آن أوان الزحف إلى دمشق It’s Time to March to Damascus
November 16 دعم الإئتلاف الوطني Support the National Coalition
November 23 اقتربت الساعة وآن الانتصار The Hour Has Drawn Close and it is Time for Victory
November 30 ريف الشام أصابع النصر فوق القصر The Damascus Countryside is the Fingers of Triumph Over The Palace
December 7 لا لقوات حفظ السلام على أرض الشام No to Peacekeeping Forces in The Land of Sham
December 14 لا إرهاب في سوريا إلا إرهاب الأسد There is No Terrorism in Syria Except For The Terrorism Of Assad
December 21 جمعة النصر انكتب عَ بوابك يا حلب The Triumph Was Written On Your Gates, Oh Aleppo
December 28 خبز الدم Bloodied Bread
January 4 حمص تنادي الأحرار لفك الحصار Homs Calls for Liberals to Lift the Siege
January 4 لا للأخضر الابراهيمي كلنا جبهة النصرة No for Lakhdar we are all Jabhat Nusra
January 11 مخيمات الموت The Camps Of Death
January 18 جامعة الثورة .. هندسة الشهادة Revolution University – Martyrdom Engineering
January 25 قائدنا للأبد سيدنا محمد Our Leader Forever, Our Sayyed Muhammad
February 1 المجتمع الدولي شريك الأسد في مجازره The International Community is a Partner to al-Assad in his Massacres
February 8 و اعتصموا بحبل الله جميعاً And Hold Fast, All Of You Together, To The Rope Of Allah
February 15 وكفى بالله نصيرا And Allah Is Sufficient As A Supporter
February 22 الرقة الأبية على طريق الحرية Proud Raqqa is on The Road of Freedom
March 1 أمة واحدة راية واحد حرب واحدة One Nation, One Flag, One War
March 8 لن تمر دولتكم الطائفية Your Sectarian State Will Never Come to Pass
March 15 عامان على الكفاح و نصر ثورتنا قد لاح Two Years of the Struggle and the Triumph of our Revolution has Drawn Near
March 22 أسلحتكم الكيميائية لن توقف مدّ الحرية Your Chemical Weapons Will Not Stop the Tide of Freedom
March 29 و بشر الصّابرين Give Glad Tidings to those who Patiently Persevere
April 5 لاجئون .. والشرف والكرامة عنواننا Refugees… Honor and Dignity is Still our Motto
April 12 سوريا أقوى من أن تقسَّم Syria is too Strong to be Divided
April 19 إيران وحزب الشيطان: ستهزمون مع الأسد Iran, Party of the Devil, You will be Defeated Along with al-Assad
April 26 حماية الأكثرية Protection of the Majority
May 3 بخطوطكم الحمراء يقتل السوريون By Your Red Lines Syrians Die
May 10 بانيـاس -إبادة طائفية وا لغطاء اممي Banias – Sectarian Genocide and International Cover-Up
May 17 استقــلال القــرار السـوري Independence of the Syrian Decision
May 24 دجَّالُ المقاومَة.. القدس ليست في حمص The “False Resistance,” al-Quds is not in Homs
May 31 مبادئ الثورة خطوطنا الحمراء The Principles of the Revolution are our Red Lines
June 7 جمعة الغوطة والقصير إرادة لا تنكسر al-Ghouta and al-Qusayr, Unbreakable Will
June 14 المشروع الصفوي: تهديد للأمة The Safavid project: A Threat to the Umma
June 21 نصرة الشام بالأفعال لا بالأقوال Support of Sham is in Action Not Words
June 28 ثورة متوقدة ومعارضة مقعدة Ardent Revolution and a Paralyzed Opposition
July 5 تنبهوا واستفيقوا أيتها الكتائب Beware and Wake Up Oh Battalions
July 12 حتى نغير ما بأنفسنا Until We Change Ourselves
July 19 رمضان شهر النصر والفتوحات Ramadan is the Month of Triumph and Conquests
July 26 سيف الله المسلول The Drawn Sword of Allah
August 2 إن ينصركم الله فلا غالب لكم Should Allah Support You, No One Can Overcome You
August 9 أبطال الساحل قادمون The Heroes of the Coast are Coming
August 16 دعم ثوار الساحل Support the Revolutionaries of the Coast
August 23 الإرهابي بشار يقتل المدنيين بالكيماوي والعالم يتفرج The Terrorist Bashar Kills Civilians with Chemicals while the World Watches
August 30 وما النصر إلا من عند الله There Is No Triumph Except from Allah
September 6 ليس بالكيماوي وحده يقتل الأسد أطفالنا Not With Chemicals Alone, Bashar Kills Our Children
September 13 القاتل بحماية المجتمع الدولي The Murderer is Protected by the International Community
September 20 وحدهم السوريون من سيحرر سوريا Syrians Alone Will Liberate Syria
September 27 أسيرات بطهر الياسمين

Female Prisoners with Jasmine Purity

October 4 شكرًا تركيا Thank You Turkey
October 11 سلاحنا للجبهات لا للمناطق المحررة Our Weapons are for the Fronts, Not for the Liberated Areas
October 18 أنقذوا المعضمية وجنوب دمشق Save Moadamiyyah And Southern Damascus
October 25 الحل في لاهاي لا في جنيف The Solution is in the Hague, not Geneva
November 1 الحصار جريمة إبادة مستمرة The Siege is a Continuous Genocide
November 8 لا للاحتلال الإيراني لسوريا “No” to the Iranian Occupation of Syria
November 15 انفروا خفافاً وثقالاً Go Forth, Whether Light or Heavy
November 22 دم الشهيد عبد القادر الصالح يوحدنا The Blood of the Martyr Abdel-Qader Saleh Unites Us
November 29 يد الله مع الجماعة God’s Hand is with the Community
December 6 كسر الحصار Breaking the Siege
December 13 نقل المعركة لمناطق الاحتلال الاسدي Moving the Battle to the Areas of the Assad Occupation


Inputting all of the above names into a word cloud, we generated images representing the frequency of individual words used in the Friday names. Below is a word cloud in English, and the word cloud at the beginning of the article is comprised of the Arabic names.

The Names of the Syrian Revolution - English

Surveying this list of Friday protest names offers a glimpse of the trajectory of political concerns that have confronted the uprising over its history. Most of the names correspond to larger issues or specific events relevant at the time they were given. Viewing this chronology can help us reflect on the evolution of the uprising, as we continue to consider what is next.

Comments (76)

Elian said:

Anyone can give a straight answer to the position of the US administration toward Syria!
It is undesirable to ask such a question. It will bring up many of the difficult answers the Administration hesitate to admit or take upon itself to solve the dilemma of turning Syria into a new Afghanistan. Radical Islamist are in control of a country which was to some extinct secular where everyone was suppressed by a dictatorship and a clan of Mobs who are surrounding the regime.
It didn’t matter at that time what sect the Mob was, it involved, Sunni and Alawite at the same time.
it is no surprise is married to a Sunni and his wife’s family was party of the Mob ruling Syria.
Now a days, we ended with a broken state, full of foreign jihadists, murders, criminal where most of this were in prison at one time.

December 14th, 2013, 8:24 pm


Elian said:

Anyone can give a straight answer to the position of the US administration toward Syria!
It is undesirable to ask such a question. It will bring up many of the difficult answers the Administration hesitate to admit or take upon itself to solve the dilemma of turning Syria into a new Afghanistan. Radical Islamist are in control of a country which was to some extinct secular where everyone was suppressed by a dictatorship and a clan of Mobs who are surrounding the regime.
It didn’t matter at that time what sect the Mob was, it involved, Sunni and Alawite at the same time.
it is no surprise he is married to a Sunni and his wife’s family was party of the Mob ruling Syria.
Now a days, we ended with a broken state, full of foreign jihadists, murders, criminal where most of this were in prison at one time.
I don’t see and near solution to Syria, it is a loss- loss situation and the world has no interest in saving this country, it is not important in anyway.
People who died are a pocket of change for the rest of the world.

December 14th, 2013, 8:26 pm


zoo said:

The revolution latest name is ”disaster’.

December 14th, 2013, 10:32 pm


ghufran said:

Rami Abdulrahman of the SOHR admits and denounces the sectarian war crimes of rebels in Adra:

December 14th, 2013, 11:59 pm


Afram said:

The revolution latest name is:Then there was an FSA,the FSA is nothing more than a name,whose troops have disappeared [ half defected to the government, the other half almost became Jihadis, and the dozen remaining have occupied a 5 star hotel in Istanbul and that is the only place they will defend without “tactical withdrawals”

December 15th, 2013, 12:27 am


Altair said:

I noticed that one of the Friday names was Salih al-Ali, after the great Syrian leader, an Alawi, who resisted French rule in 1918 and united with his Sunni brothers in Halab in opposing the French occupation. Later in 1925, the Druze leader Sultan al-Atrash led another revolt to French rule in favor of Syrian independence.

Could it be that Syrians had more of sense of national identity back then, than they do now, where they are falling deeper and deeper into sectarian hatred? 43 years of misrule, not building proper institutions, discouraging any civilian participation in government (with ignorant slogans like al-Asad ila al-abad to boot) can do that.

December 15th, 2013, 1:52 am


Jim Reilly said:

Syrians in 1920-25 could imagine “Syria” as anything they wanted it to be. Probably Saleh al-Ali’s Syria, Sultan al-Atrash’s Syria and Hasan al-Kharrat’s Syria were different concepts, but because all of these concepts were imaginary (the “real” Syria was a French colony) they could all agree on what and who they were against.

December 15th, 2013, 6:03 am


zoo said:

Shia’s answer to the Sunni Islamic Front promoted by Saudi Arabia and probably soon to be pampered by the USA

Prominent Shiite cleric backs fighting in Syria
BAGHDAD (AP) — A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to fight in Syria’s civil war alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces.

The fatwa by Iran-based Grand Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri, one of the mentors of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, comes as thousands of Shiite fighters mostly from Iraq and Lebanon play a major role in the battles.

December 15th, 2013, 7:53 am


zoo said:


No Western media mentions children in the massacre of Adra, while it always mentions the exact number of children killed by air raids

Were there no children killed in Adra?

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Syrian engineer blew himself and his family members up in a valiant effort to preserve the honor of his family in the face of an intrusion into his home by violent foreign-backed terrorists.

Nazar Hassan, an engineer from the Syrian city of Adra, decided to detonate four grenades in case terrorists gained access to his home, Al-Alam reported Saturday.

Terrorists broke into the house and found Hassan and his wife along with their four children.

That is when Hassan decided to blow up himself along with his wife and children in an apparent bid to preserve the honor of his family, while also killing eight Takfiri terrorists in the process.

After storming the Adra city, militants from the terrorist Jaysh al-Islam group and Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front kicked down doors, broke into private homes, shooting indiscriminately at men, women and kids.

Takfiri terrorists also abducted an unknown number of citizens and executed many in their homes.

December 15th, 2013, 7:57 am


Tara said:

Why does a “Syrian engineer” has 4 grenades in his home?

Was he a shabeeh engineer?

December 15th, 2013, 8:13 am


Altair said:

Maybe they did have different concepts. But that is not likely.

Our best evidence that Syrian leaders had similar concepts of what Syria was remains the report of the American King-Crane Commission of 1919 (the good old days, when the Americans were popular in Syria and not in league with the Zionists).

They mostly agreed that Syria, at that time including what would become Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan, was one country that should become independent. The Syrians who declared independence in Damascus on March 8, 1920 reaffirmed this. Syria was a nation denied, killed in its infancy by the French and the British.

But that was not really my point. My point was that the sectarianism that exists now was not so intense back then, and Syrians of all backgrounds could make common cause. Their biggest sin was being outgunned by the imperialists.

Salih al-Ali allied himself with Ibrahim Hananu in Halab and Subhi Barakat in Antakya. President Shukri al-Quwatli would later make him a guest of honor on Evacuation Day, April 17, 1946.

It is a far cry from the smaller Syria of today, which looks like it can break up even further, something that outsiders have been keen to exploit. It is a shame of immense proportions, and I think, ultimately one that can be partly avoided by Syrians’ knowledge of their own history.

December 15th, 2013, 8:14 am


Tara said:

Tehran news reported on a shabeeh engineer killed after using 4 grenades he has in his home in Adra. It fails to report the 30 civilians killed by barrel bombs in Aleppo.

أفاد مراسل الجزيرة بأن ثلاثين شخصا على الأقل قتلوا في قصف بالبراميل المتفجرة على حي أرض الحمرا في حلب، كما سقط جرحى جراء قصف سلاح الجو مدينة الضمير في ريف دمشق، في حين ما زالت القوات النظامية تواصل قصفها العديد من المناطق التي تشهد أيضا اشتباكات مع قوات المعارضة.

قصف حي أرض الحمراء يأتي بعد ساعات من قصف مماثل بالبراميل المتفجرة نفذه الطيران الحربي التابع للنظام على أحياء في حلب،مما أسفر عن سقوط قتلى وجرحى في صفوف المدنيين.

وقالت وكالة سمارت للأنباء إن عشرة مدنيين، بينهم أربعة أطفال وامرأتان، قتلوا أمس السبت جراء إسقاط مروحيات النظام لبراميل متفجرة على حي الحيدرية في مدينة حلب.

وجاء ذلك بعد ساعات من مقتل ستة مدنيين وإصابة عدد آخر، في قصف مماثل على حي الميسر بالمدينة.

I assume that the shabeeh engineer owned more weapons in his house and now became a property of the FSA.

December 15th, 2013, 8:38 am


Afram said:

The Names of the Revolution:allah allah allah A fairy tale!!!
Blah Blah Blah:Is What To Do When Words Don’t Work

The Cuban Revolution was conducted by Fidel Castro and won with Russian/Soviet Union AK-47 rifles

The Vietnam War:the Vietnamese under Ho Chi Minh also won with Russian/Soviet Union AK-47 rifles

The Syrian regime so far doing fine by using the Russian machine that will win the war‎
What’s that to me?allah is a BIG-TOUZZZZ

* August 5 الله معنا Allah is with Us
*November 4 الله أكبر Allah Is Great
*January 6 إن تنصروا الله ينصركم If You Support Allah, He Will Support You
*April 27 اتى امر الله فلا تستعجلوه The Command of Allah is Coming, So Be Not Impatient for It
*May 11 نصر من الله وفتح قريب Help From Allah and a Close Victory
*June 29 واثقون بنصر الله We Trust in the Triumph of Allah
*August 24 لا تحزني درعا إن الله معنا Do Not Grieve Dara’a; Allah Is With Us
*September 21 أحباب رسول الله في سوريا يذبحون The Lovers of the Messenger of Allah in Syria are being Slaughtered
*October 26 الله أكبر نصر عبده وأعزّ جنده وهزم الاحزاب وحده Allah Is Great: He Supported his Worshippers, Made his Soldiers Mighty, and Defeated the Factions Alone
*February 8 و اعتصموا بحبل الله جميعاً And Hold Fast, All Of You Together, To The Rope Of Allah
*February 15 وكفى بالله نصيرا And Allah Is Sufficient As A Supporter
*July 26 سيف الله المسلول The Drawn Sword of Allah
*August 2 إن ينصركم الله فلا غالب لكم Should Allah Support You, No One Can Overcome You
*August 30 وما النصر إلا من عند الله There Is No Triumph Except from Allah
*November 29 يد الله مع الجماعة God’s Hand is with the Community

December 15th, 2013, 9:44 am


zoo said:

Names of the Syrian opposition rising and falling “stars” that Matthew should also map on an artistic Cloud.
Please feel free to add others that I missed.

– Ryad Hijab, planned to be the new PM
– Al Khatib
= Ghaliun and his sister in law
– Sabra
– Sayda
– Tlass
– Ryad Al Assaad
– Mustafa al-Sheikh
= Hitto
– Mounzer Makhous, Syrian opposition ambassador to France
– Walid Safur, Syrian opposition ambassador to London
– Nizar Haraki Syrian opposition ambassador to qatar.
– Tomeh
– Jarba
– Riad Seif
– Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal


December 15th, 2013, 10:05 am


zoo said:


Maybe they should try invoking Buddha, it may work better.

December 15th, 2013, 10:11 am


Jim Reilly said:

@11 Altair

Agreed, political sectarianism did not loom so large in 1920. Politicized sectarian consciousness developed later, when the Syrian state was consolidated and various networks (including confessional ones) banded together to influence it or to gain control of it. But I don’t know how deeply rooted the idea of “Syria” was back then. Yes, the King-Crane Commission spoke with the political leaders of the day, and these figures spoke the language of “Syria,” but did their Syria really include the villagers and historically marginalized rural confessional populations? I think that “Syria” was still a vague concept, thus allowing everyone to agree that they were for Syria (and against colonialism) without really defining what that would mean. As it turns out, it meant different things to different groups of people who found themselves in the territory defined as Syria after 1920.

December 15th, 2013, 10:24 am


zoo said:

The Kurdish controlled areas are the entry point to the UN aid for the north of Syria

The first United Nations aid flight from Iraq to Syria took off on Sunday after being delayed for several days due to bad weather, an AFP journalist said.

The plane departed the Arbil airport in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region around 3:30 pm (1230 GMT), and was expected to arrive in Qamishli in northeastern Syria some 40 minutes later.

“Over the next few days, we will be sending to Qamishli… 400 tonnes of food,” Abeer Etefa, senior Middle East spokeswoman for the UN World Food Programme, told AFP.

The flight on Sunday was carrying about 40 metric tonnes of aid, Etefa said.

December 15th, 2013, 10:24 am


ghufran said:

This is from the NY Times:

BAGHDAD — A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to fight in Syria’s civil war alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces.
The fatwa by Iran-based Grand Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri, one of the mentors of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, comes as thousands of Shiite fighters mostly from Iraq and Lebanon play a major role in the battles.
The call likely will increase the sectarian tones of the war, which pits overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim rebels against members of Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. The situation has worsened with the influx of thousands of Shiite and Sunni foreign fighters.
Al-Haeri is based in the holy city of Qom, Iran’s religious capital. Among his followers are many fighters with the feared Shiite militia, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or Band of the Righteous, an Iranian-backed group that repeatedly attacked U.S. forces in Iraq and says it is sending fighters to Syria. That militia is headed by white-turbaned Shiite cleric Qais al-Khazali, who spent years in U.S. detention but was released after he was handed over to the Iraqi government.

(The war between Iran and KSA on Syrian soil can last decades if no compromise is reached. Watch for those who insist that their side can win, these are the people who want the blood shed to continue and are sectarian regardless of what they say, this war can not be won on the battle field, and any victory in it will not be decisive or long-lived)

December 15th, 2013, 10:34 am


Observer said:

Tara and SL

Here is the NYT today with the news that a prominent cleric has issued a call for Shia to go fight in Syria from his place in Qom. He is Iraqi and is claiming that the fight is for the defense of………. Islam.

So we now have a most prominent cleric asking his followers to go defend Islam in Syria and be allies with a supposedly secular state fighting Islamist Jihadi fighters.

Here is the article

Now this is not made in Zionist land or CIA basement or in some MI6 conspiracy. It is made in Iraq-Iran and the 50 year Sunni Shia war is off to a good start.

As for asking for help; our historian in residence has actually told us before my dear Tara that
1. He wished the collaboration with the Crusaders was deeper

2. He admits that the ancestor asked France to grant them a state

3. The Sykes Picot agreements came to the fore when the Bolsheviks wanted to payback the English and French showing that they always wanted to carve out the Ottoman empire.

4. The various communities have asked for protection each from its patron country the Orthodox from Russia and the Protestants from Britain and the Catholics from France and Italy.

Once again no one really reads carefully what I write and if they do they really do not seem to understand. I wonder whether my prose is at fault.

There is no question that the Ottomans ruled with oppression. There is no question that minorities suffered. There is no question that minority rule like the Sunni in Iraq or the Sunni in Bahrain has failed in bringing in a modern state. But the worst failures are those of Maronite minority rule in Lebanon and Alawi rule in Syria whereby the opportunity to usher in a modern state and a true Arab Secular Identity for after all they were champions of Arab Nationalism has failed totally because the previous oppressive period has rendered them immune to modernity and immune to transcendence.

They will have a resentful Sunni population for 50 generations

Now for the record I do not know if God exists and I do not think for one second that the religions of the world today offer any explanation but they do offer strife and intolerance unfortunately.

I see no end in sight. I just finished watching Al Ikhabaria from the regime side. Things are not going well at all for them these days.

For the cleric in Qom to issue an edict to go fight in Syria is telling.

Let us see what the IRGC will do.

December 15th, 2013, 10:42 am


ghufran said:

SOHR is the only opposition source that exposed and condemned the sectarian killing committed by rebels in Adra. This is an update from SOHR saying that 32 civilians were killed on the hands of rebels:
محافظة ريف دمشق- المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان:: ارتفع إلى 32 عدد المدنيين، الذين قضوا إثر هجوم نفذته جبهة النصرة و عدة كتائب إسلامية مقاتلة صباح يوم الأربعاء الفائت، على مدينة عدرا العمالية، بينهم طفلان على الأقل و 4 سيدات، غالبيتهم من الطائفة العلوية، كما وردت معلومات عن وجود عشرات المفقودين في مدينة عدرا العمالية،
Western governments have been watching since 2011 only to discover that rebel forces can not be trusted. Make no mistake about it, nobody likes the Assad regime but most people have decided that rebels represent a bigger and more dangerous monster. Having said that, no solution will come until the regime is changed to become more inclusive and Assad-free, a timetable for Assad’s departure should be a priority but it is not as far as we know, he is a decisive figure and his presence will fuel the insurgency and help recruit new Jihadists.

December 15th, 2013, 10:57 am


Uzair8 said:

Great main post. Gonna go through the list more closely later. Some of the names immediately stand out. One in particular.

Another suggested friday name:

The Street Fighting Years

Let Assad feel the intensity. Some intense times ahead…

December 15th, 2013, 11:06 am


mjabali said:



Leave Syrian affairs alone and do not pour gas on the fire. In case you did not notice the Syrian streets been burning for 3 years now. Of course it is not your country so it is easy for you to cheer and wish this mayhem.

Speaking of Mayhem, was wondering what are the latest news from your War on Russia?

The Russians prepared their army for you and all you brought was a Sting song…LOL…

By the way you should call your first Friday during your attack against the Russians: The Sting…

PS: Names for Uzair’s Fridays during his attack on Syria and Russia:

First Friday: 80’s Friday.
Second Friday: Takbeer…(for you Afram)
Third Friday: Sting
Fourth Friday: The Clash
Fifth Friday: Star Wars
Sixth Friday: The Friday of Tara
Seventh Friday: Lord of the Rings Friday

December 15th, 2013, 11:59 am


mjabali said:

The Syrian Identity did not come from out of space. It has foundations and HISTORY. It also has a language.

The consecutive occupations of SYRIAN land did fight this identity. I do not expect people who came to the SYRIAN land, in the last few hundred years to support this. They has nothing to do with the Syrian identity. They happened to be in that place when it became what we know today as the Syrian Arab Republic. The Syrian land is far more than the current borders of this Syria. Ask the “Turks” about this.

Saleh al-‘Ali knew this and that is why he stood for a Syria he believed in. He did not share the beliefs of many Alawites, who wanted independence. He believed in the Syrian identity.

December 15th, 2013, 12:05 pm


Uzair8 said:


‘Speaking of Mayhem, was wondering what are the latest news from your War on Russia?’

Actually I take back my words on Rusia. I believe they will qualify from their group behind Belgium. If I remember correct they play well as a team and are very industrious. They have a good manager in Capello. Guus Hiddink before him will have prepared them well.

I revise my prediction for the world cup and here is my list of favourites to win the world cup:

Alemania (Germany)

December 15th, 2013, 12:20 pm


Uzair8 said:

Iran continues it’s fight to hold on to it’s 31st province. In this struggle it is aided by powerful local warlord Kim Jung Assad. The Syrian people have surprised everyone (including Iran) with their display of relentless doggedness and street fighting spirit. There appears no end in sight for the conflict as Iran faces its very own Vietnam.

December 15th, 2013, 12:31 pm



Assad will get fuxd up by US in the coming years. Now Obama is letting syrians die massively and slowly in large amounts for some years to come. Then US will come back to recover the Middle East when Russia-Iranian-Assad-Chia mafias have destroyed everything and no future for syrian economics is possible. Even Lebanon will come under fire and probably some parts of Irak too.

It is a question of time. Assad will not win. But syrians by then will have lost everything due to Assad and dirty assadists mess.

December 15th, 2013, 12:35 pm


Afram said:

@ 15. zoo said:

Maybe they should try invoking Buddha, it may work better.
Zoo,When It Rains freedom,muslims Bring their Umbrella!

Muslims say they are the slaves of Allah?I find this disturbing. we all cherish freedom.Slavery of any form is distasteful to us.

Muslims are inflicted with a psychological phenomenon
The phenomenon is called fear of fairy tale allah so they
stuck in it’s cocoon and couldn’t emerge at all,most muslim names begins with ABED/SLAVE
Nelson Mandela,s name has no ABED,a real shocker?!
Thanks mjabali, Takbeeeeer it,s!

December 15th, 2013, 12:40 pm


zoo said:


When daily fatwas were coming from Sunni sheikhs to destroy the heretics Shia, everybody found it natural: the oppressed Sunnis needed help against the heretics..
Now we have the Islamic Front, a 100% Sunni military organization been groomed by the USA thus encouraging further the divide and the sectarian conflict.
The aim of the Islamic Front is to create a Sunni Islamic State controlled by Saudi Arabia and reduce the Shias and the non-Moslem minorities to second class citizens as they are in the “Guided Kingdom” . A goal enthusiatically supported and funded by Saudi Arabia and to certain degree by Turkey and Qatar.

As the other religious minorities are too weak to react, the obvious response to the Sunni Islamic Front is a Shia Islamic Front.
Bashar al Assad has become just a minor actor in an open and large confrontation between the Shia and the Sunnis.
As the USA and the West are, “Allah” must also be confused about which side he should support…

December 15th, 2013, 12:43 pm


Tara said:

Not only the FSA, I too the expulsion of HA terrorists from the Arabic gulf. HA is a treacherous party. Their loyalty is to Iran. Traitors should be imprisioned or expelled.

If I was a Gulf politician, I would organize an international conference on treachery to define what it is. I would invite international figures including few fro Iran. I would then Declare HA as such according to the definition agreed upon at the end of the conference. I then would legally prosecute HA members according to the law. The evidence is ample. A televised admission of Nasrallah pledging allegiance trumps the evidence.

December 15th, 2013, 12:51 pm


Tara said:

Banned and reappeared Christian Affram,

You said Allah is a big Tozz to you in #13

How about Affram if someone says the same about Jesus?
You are a hateful person Affram.

You should be banned and never allowed to come back.

December 15th, 2013, 12:57 pm


Uzair8 said:

Afram has to go for that. Unacceptable and disgusting.

Heads-Up was banned not long after his shocking comment looking forward to the destruction of the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (RA).

This shrine isn’t shia property. It belongs to all muslims and means a lot to Sunnis. I can’t comprehend anyone even imagining the destruction of such sites other than the ‘shrine vandals’.

December 15th, 2013, 1:30 pm


Afram said: a Turkish word,Meaning> TABLE SALT!!!

Usually once the whole truth is revealed you realize you were happier being clueless.

December 15th, 2013, 1:30 pm


mjabali said:


Although you are still insulting me, speaking in your strange language, apparently fabricating things here and there, flip-flopping, and speaking in riddles, I can not fight the temptation to respond. I really do not want to bore the readers because you are making me repeat the same things again:

Here is my usual fire special for you “dr.” observacion

1- I MJABALI had said on this board that the Shia are going to be coming to fight in Syria. That happened when YOU, amongst others, thought that violence is the way to throw al-Assad out. I told you guys and gals hold your horses, this man is fully armed and has friends who are going to join in if he became in danger. It is not amateur hour here.

2- AS for the Crusades and the Alawites, besides you calling the Alawites traitors, you never proved your claim that the Alawites had helped the Crusades. All you did was repeating what the Salafi say. Then you pretended you do not know Ibn Taymyah who used this point to cleanse Damascus and its suburbs from the Alawites. Ask your family about this.

3- Waiting for your proof that the Alawites helped the Crusades.

4- I, repeat what I say and believe in, say that if the Alawites had helped the Crusades they did not helped them enough. I wish they helped them more. Maybe modernity would have reached us in time. See Obeservacion, the structure that brought you to Damascus is a failed one compared with that of the Europeans. See there is no comparison between the Crusades VS the mix of Turks and Kurds and Arabs…I would go with the Crusades…. You guys are into different things…

5- Again: You are fabricating things about me when it comes to the Alawites and the French: I said it made no sense to me that Hafez al-Assad’s fathers name would be on that document. I say that this is another fabrication by the Sunnis…I always said this…they did this to smear Hafez al-Assad. The truth is that Hafez al-Assad’s father was not an important man in al-Qurdaha. He was most likely did not know how to read and write, he was from a generation that suffered a lot at the hands of the Ottomans and the World War 1. Most likely he did not know how to read and write….al-Qurdaha had the Othman family and Ismail Family who were dominant, as for religious affairs: it was al-KHayyer…

6- The document that Observer and the Sunnis always bring was signed by no more than 15, amongst them was a Christian and a Sunni…The Alawite State was not that bad, because the area started getting schools in the mountains, and hospitals, plus roads…Many wanted the Alawite State…For Observacion this is treason….

7- The Sunnis, like Observer, always neglect the OTHER DOCUMENT that was signed by hundreds of Alawites, Christians and Sunnis asking to join Syria. They neglect this important document and always bring the one that is signed by few.

8- Observer said: “He admits that the ancestor asked France to grant them a state.”

Here you lie simply because I never mentioned anything about my immediate family, and if they did vote. Also, Mr. Observer, you live in a democratic country and you should respect each person wishes. Do not call them traitors. Who are you?

9- The minorities called for protection because of your bloody violent history and hegemonic mentality. History proves this.

10- Observarcion said: “They will have a resentful Sunni population for 50 generations” The Sunnis have been resentful from day one, from generation number ONE, so they are going to be the same in the future. صح النوم

December 15th, 2013, 1:33 pm


ALAN said:

The root causes of the Syrian crisis: The coalition that supported the opposition – Camille Otrakji

December 15th, 2013, 1:35 pm


Tara said:


Tozz is a table salt? Ok then I dare you say Tozz to Jessus….

Come on.

Say it or get banned.


December 15th, 2013, 1:41 pm


Uzair8 said:

Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O’Toole) has passed away.

What would he have made of the situation in the Heartbeat of Arabism. I wonder what strategy he’d have suggested in liberating the 31st Persian province?

December 15th, 2013, 1:42 pm


Tara said:

The radical Shiaa jihad cleric C.V. Who issued a fatwa for Shiaa to fight with Assad in Syria killing civilians is telling. A stud who was indoctrinated in Qum and who had issued a previous fatwa legitimizing killing Baathists in Iraq without a due process. See the fatwa under the header “Jihad” in his CV

وقُبيل سقوط النظام البعثيّ الغاشم واحتلال العراق وبعده أيضاً واصل سماحته إرشاداته بإصدار بيانات هامّة متناسبة مع الأحداث، ومن جملتها بيانه المعروف في إهدار دم رموز البعثيّين في العراق

December 15th, 2013, 1:42 pm



a hundred innocent civilians were murdered by barrels of death today in Aleppo. Nary a whimper from the regime lackies on SC. 32 of those murdered were children and non of them were killed by their parents lobbing four grandees at their own family.

It is such behavior that demonstrates the type of sick minds of loyalists possess. The will to live will be stronger than all the evil forces of the corrupt and greedy assad clan and their supporters.

At this stage, the continued ethical and moral failure of those propping up the assad criminal regime no longer surprise me. Criminal intent, racist attitude, and scared sick minds make us all suffer. Disgust doesn’t even come close.

The sick mind of assad and its handlers of sectarian backward vultures, are more than illustrated by their use of defunct syrian coins with the emblem of the original thug as fillers for the barrels of death. This family must be eradicated for the sake of humanity. Its loyalists must pay heavy price for the crimes against humanity they have been supporting and cheering and for the false, mean, and sick moral equivalencies they have been trying to peddle here and elsewhere.

I am not a religious person, but I happen to believe that the curse of humans is far stronger than the curse of gods. Millions now curse the regime and its loyalists. The sad thing is that, they themselves have cursed the future of their own children. The Price will be very heavy for it will take many a generation for the hate that they have leveled on Syrians to dissipate.

How I fear rabid dogs hunting day, for it is usually a merciless and brutal, and revolting event, and the hunters, pained by their losses, may spare not a healthy puppy. But the assads and their loyalists and supporters insist on being hunted after they have haunted millions for decades. ISIL is heading in the same direction, and Syrians will eventually have to rid their land of all rabid animals be them dogs or hyenas.

December 15th, 2013, 1:46 pm


ALAN said:

How many names needed for Mr. Gandhi Revolution to get rid of the English colonization? What the cost of the revolution? What is the impact of sincerity and Indians to revolt? How much petrodollars was spent on the Indian revolution?

December 15th, 2013, 1:51 pm



Here is the domain information for the hyena sectarian trumpet of murder alhaeri. Write to the ISP provider and inform them that they are hosting the domain of a person who in all likely hood is liable for crimes against humanity. If they refuse to pull the plug on the thug, then there may be a slight probability that the company is a hezbulla agent in the US, and there are quite many of these terrorists with some legitimate IT fronts aiming primarily to serve enemies of humanity.

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December 15th, 2013, 1:56 pm



The root causes of the mayhem in Syria are people like Otrakji and his sectarian fans. Their masks were blown to smithereens on the first day of the revolution. Some people sow that far earlier.

Otrakji is a regime appologist trying to give himself a “civilized” face. In reality, he is a sectarian bully hiding his sectarianism with a mask of fascist Syrian Nationalism. His agnes the crow like apologist stance make him a partner with the assads in their crimes against humanity. This latest piece being peddled here is worth exactly the worth of his honesty…. Nothing.

December 15th, 2013, 1:59 pm


ALAN said:

always a bad dancer Testicles prevent
Sectarianism is in the mind of Bernard!!!

December 15th, 2013, 2:06 pm


Afram said:

Origin of the Name Allah

The Encyclopedia of Religion says: “‘Allah’ is a pre-Islamic name … corresponding to the Baylonian Bel” (ed. James Hastings, Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1908, I:326).

I know that Muslims will find this hard to believe so I am now going to make many citations and present the archaeological evidence to prove conclusively that is true. Though this data will be painful for many of our readers, it is necessary to face the truth. Facts and facts, and unless you are willing to desert all logic, reason and common sense, and the evidence of your eyes, they must be faced.

◦”Allah is found … in Arabic inscriptions prior to Islam” (Encyclopedia Britannica, I:643)

◦”The Arabs, before the time of Mohammed, accepted and worshipped, after a fashion, a supreme god called allah” (Encyclopedia of Islam, eds. Houtsma, Arnold, Basset, Hartman; Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1913, I:302)

◦”Allah was known to the pre-Islamic Arabs; he was one of the Meccan deities” (Encyclopedia of Islam, ed. Gibb, I:406)

◦”Ilah … appears in pre-Islamic poetry … By frequency of usage, al-ilah was contracted to allah, frequently attested to in pre-Islamic poetry” (Encyclopedia of Islam, eds. Lewis, Menage, Pellat, Schacht; Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1971, III:1093)

◦”The name Allah goes back before Muhammed” (Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, “The Facts on File”, ed. Anthony Mercatante, New York, 1983, I:41)

◦The origin of this (Allah) goes back to pre-Muslim times. Allah is not a common name meaning “God” (or a “god”), and the Muslim must use another word or form if he wishes to indicate any other than his own peculiar deity” (Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, ed. James Hastings, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1908, I:326)

December 15th, 2013, 2:07 pm



Dear Afram,

Are you discovering America?

The name Ilah is previous to Islam, Christianism and Judaism. The concept Ilah is obviously pre-monotheist. So we can asure that is is at least 3.500 to 4.000 years old. Probably asyrian.

End of comment.

December 15th, 2013, 2:15 pm


Tara said:

Christian Affram

So you couldn’t get yourself to say Tozz to Jesus while you had no issue saying the same to Allah as you associate the word Allah to the god of Muslims not the Christians. And when I mentioned banning, you replied Tozz means salt in Turkish.

You see Christian Affram, I pity you.

And you should be banned.

December 15th, 2013, 2:16 pm


ALAN said:

War on Syria begins with mass vaccination program

Before the first official bomb lands on Syria, the New World Order plans to vaccinate 2.2 million Syrian children under the age of five, reportedly to protect against polio. The global plan now includes all of the Middle East, seeking to vaccinate 23 million children under the age of five…

……. Overdrive … all disorder, hostility, … vaccinations diseases
need that goyim have not seen a different outcome to resort
our cash and total domination …
S.Nilus, “Minutes of meetings of the Elders of Zion”

Bioterrorism and Agroterrorism – a real threat to the security of society

Terrorism in its various manifestations and use of weapons of mass destruction – the threat of a global nature, and individual countries can not resist her alone. Different states have to work together , ensuring the elimination of global terrorist networks , denying them the ability to organize and prepare attacks……

December 15th, 2013, 2:29 pm


Uzair8 said:

Afram relying on the spurious sounding ‘salt’ defence may possibly get away with it, however, he may well be put on a probationary period with moderation keeping a close eye on him.

Moving on. At #25 my world cup favourites list, what do the initials spell?

December 15th, 2013, 2:43 pm


ALAN said:

Syrian Islamist rebels to meet U.S. officials: opposition sources

December 15th, 2013, 2:44 pm


ALAN said:

Occupied Palestine: site Yediot: large forces of the Israeli army are combing the border with Lebanon and nearby settlements

The beginning Note of the Symphony! it will be noisy and perhaps insight into the ears! Mr. Vinogradov Wear your glasses! It’s okay to extend your eyes even to the bedroom!

December 15th, 2013, 3:57 pm


ghufran said:

Bulgarian TV ch. 7 aired a video about rebels that sheds light on their crimes and how they used women as prostitutes in the name of Shria:

December 15th, 2013, 4:54 pm


ghufran said:

Bulgarian TV ch. 7 aired a video about Islamist rebels that sheds light on their crimes against unarmed victims and how they used women as prostitutes in the name of Shria:

December 15th, 2013, 4:56 pm


Tara said:

125 is the latest number of the civilian casualties from Barrel bombs in Aleppo.

December 15th, 2013, 4:56 pm


ALAN said:

The Israeli army Asks military intelligence estimate of the situation before responding to fire across the border with Lebanon

December 15th, 2013, 5:12 pm


ghufran said:

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrels laden with explosives on residential districts of Aleppo on Sunday, killing dozens of people, including 16 children.
In the worst bombing raids against the city in more than six months, local residents said the attack targeted at least nine different parts of the rebel held city, the TNT decimating shops, roads and entire apartment blocks.
“The doctors have all of today because what is happening in Aleppo is a massacre,” said Ammar Zakaria, a doctor in the Aleppo City Medical Council, a co-ordination body for field hospitals in opposition held districts there. “They are appealing for anyone with medical experience to come and help.”

(the brutality of the regime and its enemies leave most people doubtful that this war is about to end or whether reconciliation is even possible. I do not think that the families of those who were killed on both sides and the people who became refugees or lost every thing can or are willing to forgive, however, without forgiveness (Ghufran) Syria can not stand again)

December 15th, 2013, 6:18 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Toz Abraham Toz Izak Toz Jacob Toz Jesus Toz Mohammad, and faak the Toz of all who are fighting in their names. Here I said it Tara.

December 15th, 2013, 6:25 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:

BTW, Faak in Turkish means “eat the baklawa”.

December 15th, 2013, 6:27 pm


zoo said:

Who is encouraging the killing of Syrians and lying?

Documents show Turkey sent guns to Syrian rebels

Turkey has sent over 47 tons of weaponry to the Syrian rebels since June, according to documents filed under the United Nations trade records, despite repeated denials from government ranks.

The U.N. records show that Turkey has sent varying amounts of guns to the Syrian rebels over the past few months, with the highest amount reaching nearly 29 tons of weaponry in September alone.

Turkey has repeatedly denied providing military assistance to the Syrian rebels, despite several reports claiming otherwise.

December 15th, 2013, 7:02 pm


zoo said:

@55 Ghufran

The brutality is now on both sides. To a massacre of loyalists, the response is a even more violent punitive action on the rebels.
While the Syrian government has officially accepted to negotiate a political solution, the main rebels factions have declared they reject it and will go on fighting.

Fabius stupid remark that he does not have much hopes in Geneva has triggered a renewed excitment among the weakening rebels as they hear that France is in favor of a military solution on the ground instead of a political one in Geneva.

That may explain the renewed air raids of the Syrian Air Force all over Syria. By doing so, the Syrian government is sending a clear message to the West and to Saudi Arabia that if they are discreetly preparing the new rebels (the Islamic Front) for more military confrontations instead of pushing them for a political solution, that is a taste of the overwhelming military response they will get.

In the meantime the average Syrians are wondering in which endless nightmare they have fallen.

December 15th, 2013, 7:23 pm


zoo said:

The joke of the day.
What about freeing Bishops and nuns first?

Syrian rebels promise to work for journalists’ safety

The leaders of Syria’s main Western-backed moderate rebel faction said they would do everything in their power to protect journalists on assignment in the country and work to secure the release of those who have already been abducted.

December 15th, 2013, 7:34 pm


zoo said:

Baby Bandar gets another polite NIET.
BB wants to have more time to build up his new proteges, the Islamic Front. Putin knows the song and BB is definitely not a mermaid.

Report: Bandar asked Putin to delay Geneva II conference
December 16, 2013 12:27 AM

Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to extend the date of Geneva II peace conference on Syria, scheduled for Jan. 22, after their talks on the Syrian war failed to reach a final conclusion, according to a diplomatic report received by Lebanese officials.
Bandar offered Putin Saudi assistance in fighting radical Islamists and preventing the expansion of their influence inside the Syrian opposition or in the ongoing battles with the regular Syrian Army in exchange for Russia’s help in removing President Bashar Assad from power in the future, the report said.

Putin did not give a final answer, renewing Moscow’s position on the need to ensure the main components for the convening of Geneva II conference, the report said.

At this point, Bandar cited the Saudi conditions for the success of the Geneva II conference, at the forefront of which is Iran’s nonparticipation in the peace talks in order to prevent Tehran from exploiting its nuclear agreement with the West to bolster its position in support of the Syrian regime, the report said.

The second Saudi condition, according to the report, is to extend the period for preparations for the Geneva II conference because Saudi Arabia believes that it can improve its negotiating position with the Syrian regime through military successes by the armed factions it directly supports, which are fighting on two fronts: The Syrian Army on the one hand, and hard-line jihadists from the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) on the other.

Third, Bandar stressed that the actual translation of the Geneva I conference means the setting up of a transitional authority with full executive powers and therefore, the Geneva II conference should uphold this idea, contrary to conditions set by the Syrian leadership that it will not go to Geneva II to transfer power, the report said.

Putin, according to the report, faced Bandar with reservations over the Saudi terms, particularly the setting up of a transitional authority.

However, despite the differences, there were points of convergence between the Russian and Saudi sides: First, on confronting the terrorist movements in Syria and the region; second, on giving priority to a political solution to the Syria crisis; and third, on following up dialogue between Russia and Saudi Arabia through high-level officials or the creation of relevant committees by the two countries, the report said.

December 15th, 2013, 7:42 pm


Syrian said:

Iran again is using Shiaa Arabs in its war to dominate Syria, of all of the thousands of Persian shiaa clerics they picked an Iraqi Arab to issue the new edict, who also happened to be “mentor” of Moqtada Alsader who has refused numerous times to get involved in Syria.
A question now about the thousands of Hizbula and Iraqi militia Shiaa fighters who were killed before the this new fatwa, what is their situation? Would not they be condemned for fighting without an official fatwa? Or is this new fatwa just meaningless like ضراط على البلاط

I agree with observer this war has just started, very soon those whom mother nature have selected from the 3 million refugee camps kids will join the battle, very hardened,bitter and merciless, will make the regime and its supporters feel sorry that they did not negotiate with the FSA when they had the chance.
Here is a picture of the refugee’s kids

December 15th, 2013, 7:44 pm


Observer said:

Mjabali I was not talking about you. I was actually mentioning your educated history lesson.

Once again, he who has a shard under his skin feels it at bedtime and cannot sleep each time it is touched.

The grand father of the retard you told us asked for France to give him independence. Others did as well.

How about a fertile crescent where all are minorities what says you11

December 15th, 2013, 7:58 pm


Tara said:


I have no problem with your statement. It is your freedom of speech.

Affram is hateful sectarian. When I called him out on it, he shied away from associating Toz with Jesus. He is exposed for what he is.

Pro-revolution freinds and AP/Amir,

Check out this video on YouTube:

December 15th, 2013, 8:01 pm


Observer said:

I am a Sunni Mjabali I am not an Arab I am not a Kurd I am not Syrian I am not Lebanese I am not Turkish I am not Bosnian I am not Iraqi I am not anything.

I have left the place for the likes of iPad retard and his criminal father and his criminal gang and his criminal clan and his criminal sect and his criminal history.

Coming to power by force will bring force so wait a minute the guy is well armed and he has friends and so does his opponents.

I revise my estimate 80 years is my estimate of the sectarian war.

Cry Havoc and Let Loose the Dogs of War or so said the famous poet and the one who started all this was none other than Hafez and his brother.

December 15th, 2013, 8:05 pm


zoo said:

An excellent analysis of the situation and where it is going

Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and the Collapsing Free Syrian Army

Omar Dahi tells Paul Jay that there is widespread belief among many Syrians that Geneva II is going to be a way to preserve the Syrian state and create a front for fighting al-Qaeda

-Now joining us to talk about all of this is Omar Dahi. He’s an associate professor of economics at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and he’s a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

But the coalition forces have very few options. They have basically, in effect, surrendered their autonomy since the very beginning, the national coalition of what is considered the external opposition. They have heavily depended on their backers coming from the Gulf. And those backers are increasingly under severe pressure by the U.S. and by Europe to come to the negotiating table and to abandon these preconditions.

This doesn’t mean that Assad will stay for sure. There’s increasing evidence that perhaps if the right deal for all the different sides is on the table, Assad’s fate might be that he steps down, that he doesn’t run for reelection, and so forth. That’s yet to be determined. But the basic agreement is going to have to preserve some of the interests of Iran. And that is why the U.S.-Iranian rapprochement has been so keen towards making this step happen.

Now, it’s very complex to make this happen, and there won’t be a single-day ceasefire. But in terms of the al-Qaeda type groups, the key is to begin to marginalize them. But the only way to marginalize them is to have a meaningful transition. And that’s why there has to be some meaningful transition in Geneva II.

Absent that, why should the opposition cooperate in trying to marginalize and eliminate al-Qaeda groups if they don’t see themselves getting anything? The only thing they’ll be doing is going to Geneva to commit political suicide, because if they already gave up the precondition of Assad leaving and there is no actual transitional government in Geneva, then they basically haven’t achieved anything.

But both sides have to be forced to compromise. And the only way this will happen is through beginning the political process, because the other thing that’s going to do is that new voices are going to begin to emerge. Syrians are wary of war. And you have people, both people who support the regime as well as people who oppose the regime, resentful of both of those sides, resentful of the fact that both sides seem to be continuing to drag the country to total destruction, continuing to use the rhetoric of victory, of annihilation of the other side, which has resulted in a real catastrophe for the country, and everyone knows that it has to stop.
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia now sees itself isolated, and they’re going to be forced to change their line sooner or later because of the fact that they have picked battles with almost all of their allies.
…They managed to cross with or break with Turkey, because they supported the coup in Egypt and Turkey stood against the coup. So their relations with Turkey deteriorated. They have a rivalry with Qatar from the very beginning, and over the past year, Qatar was marginalized on behalf of Saudi Arabia. And now, with U.S.-Iranian rapprochement, they’re fuming, because they see the U.S. basically doing the opposite of what Saudi Arabia had hoped they would do, but the U.S. doing what is the rational thing to do, which is a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

So sooner or later Saudi Arabia is going to have to toe the line. And I think over the next couple of months they’re going to be making a decision whether or not to attend Geneva II and to support the process. But I think they’re going to have to sooner or later.

December 15th, 2013, 8:47 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


That’s a great YouTube channel, I like this guy!
If you recall, I was pro [peaceful] revolution. I believe that if it stayed peaceful, Assad would have been in the trash-bin of history by now. I’m sorry, I’m no longer pro-revolution. I cannot support those barbarians, those hijackers, who are the face of the (so called) revolution. This is no longer a revolution. This is a slaughter house.

December 15th, 2013, 8:56 pm


Ghufran said:

What was the military value of many of the buildings that were leveled in Aleppo and some other places in Syria ?
I was among the first people to denounce the rebels tactic of using civilian areas as bases and launching pads for their attacks but the answer is not indiscriminate bombing of places that have women and children. It seems to me that violence did intensify before Geneva 2 because fighting factions want to score before a cease fire is requested or imposed.
Like many, I have serious doubts that Geneva 2 will work, even if it does it is likely to be a long and bloody route.
(Amir, I totally agree)

December 15th, 2013, 9:00 pm


zoo said:

If the Islamic Front refuses to go to Geneva, will Baby Bandar be forced to follow his predecessor HBJ in the dustbin of the Syrian aborted revolution?

December 15th, 2013, 9:10 pm


Tara said:


Like Hitler would have stopped slaughtering Jews of they revolted peacefully?

Your change in heart is Assad’s propaganda in action. He wanted the world to believe he is fighting global jihad and unfortunately he was successful to a certain degree. Batta unleashed those jihadis from his dungeons and is using them to validate his position. Isis is a creation of the regime and Assad’s stupid brutality is what made jihadists flock in to join ISIS.

My opinion is that as long as Batta is in power, jihadis are in Syria to stay. It is only when Batta is perished that Syrians would unite against them. It is a pity that only Syrians can see this.

December 15th, 2013, 9:10 pm


mjabali said:


Again you slander a whole sect and call them criminals.

This is an outright fabrication Doctor Observacion: Yes there are many criminals amongst the Alawites, but for sure they are not all criminals.

As for the father of Hafez al-Assad and the document he signed asking the French to stay is also a fabrication. When you repeat these fabrications with certainty, I have to put you in the same class as those who fabricated this story.

The ones who signed for the Alawite State to stay are:

Ibrahim al-Kinj (he was the head of the Parliament in the Alawite State)
Wadi’ Si’adeh: Vice president of the Alawite State Parliament.
Mohamamd Sulayman Ahmad (Badawi al-Jabal himself)
Muhammad Junayd.
Saqer Kheirbek
Aziz Hawash
Yusuf Hamed
Sulayman al-Murshid
Amin Mulhem Raglan
Sidiq Allis
Muhey al-Din Ahmad.

الموقعون: إبراهيم الكنج، رئيس المجلس النيابي، وديع سعادة نائب رئيس المجلس النيابي، إلياس عبيد، محمد سليمان أحمد، محمد جنيد، صقر خيربيك، عزيز هواش، يوسف حامد، سليمان مرشد، أمين ملحم رسلان، صديق الياس، ومحي الدين أحمد

Again as you can see the father of Hafez al-Assad’s name is not on the list.

Again: I am still waiting for your proof mr. Observacion to back up your fabrications….

December 15th, 2013, 9:20 pm


zoo said:

@68 Ghufran

Maybe the attacks in Aleppo were aimed at strategic buildings, but I see them more as an eye for an eye punishment for the attack on civilians in Adra that killed 35 persons, among them women and children. It is also a display of the determination of the Syrian army to get rid of the terrorists and their allies at any cost, now that Saudi Arabia is boosting their new rebels force, the Islamic Front whose intentions are sinister.
I do no condone any escalation of violence. I have repeatedly said that killings must stop and the first step is to say yes to unconditional negotiations.
While the Syrian government said yes, the rebels repeatedly said no.

December 15th, 2013, 9:26 pm


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


If it stayed peaceful, the Assadist propaganda of “armed terrorist gangs”, which at the beginning was indeed propaganda, would have been exposed as regime propaganda.

I blame those who started the armed thing. And I don’t agree with you that this “Jihadi” thing was created by Assad. Those, who started the armed phase of the revolution, created instability. this instability attracted the Jihadies, who thrive in an instable environment.

“It is a pity that only Syrians can see this”. You have no right in speaking on behalf of “Syrians”. You’re not in Syria. You don’t suffer from this disaster.

Bottom line: the opposition screw*ed the [just] revolution.

December 15th, 2013, 9:38 pm


Paul Kennedy said:

Thank you so much, Mr. Barber. An utterly fascinating and important contribution to the history of the Syrian Uprising.

December 15th, 2013, 11:29 pm


zoo said:

AMIR in Tel aviv

I agree with you.

December 16th, 2013, 7:15 am


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