Sheikh al-Yaqoubi Elected to the NC—its first non-Brotherhood-aligned religious figure

The Rise of the Sufis

Matthew Barber

by Matthew Barber—This story first appeared on Syria Comment


Newly-elected to the Syrian National Coalition, Sheikh Mohammad al-Yaqoubi is moderate, influential, and ready to go to work


From the beginning of the uprising, mainstream Syrian Sunni ‘ulema—the traditional scholars who have spoken for Islam for centuries and who most Syrians recognize as the quintessential voices for religious interpretation—have been marginalized in the Syrian opposition, as Islamists of Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood persuasion steamrolled their way to dominance in both the SNC and the National Coalition. But an emerging Sufi current within the Syrian resistance could soon provide an alternative to Muslim Brotherhood hegemony and change the dynamics of the political opposition.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi has just been elected to the National Coalition, the first figure of the Sufi ‘ulema to break through the Islamist exclusivity that has kept them out until now. His appointment will be announced shortly at a National Coalition conference. Along with other Sufi sheikhs, al-Ya’qoubi is heading up efforts to solidify a Sufi bloc of political leadership and nationalist-oriented rebel groups fighting in Syria who give allegiance to the leadership of Sufi ‘ulema. He also supports efforts to train Syrian rebels in Jordan.

Early on in the uprising, the Muslim Brotherhood worked to dominate the political opposition. The SNC primarily consisted of parties loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood. The National Coalition was later created to break this one-sided disparity, but ended up being dominated by others with Muslim Brotherhood connections, as well.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

While this was the reality of the external opposition, an imbalance also formed on the ground inside Syria, as Islamist rebels received more foreign support and rose to prominence. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi feels that the U.S. made the mistake of “leaving of the ‘Syrian file’ to the regional powers,” which allowed this trend to intensify as Gulf powers targeted Islamist groups with their aid. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been primarily involved in arming rebels, but the Saudis recently pulled back their level of support. They have an ambivalent relationship with Islamist movements; on the one hand, they support the proliferation of one of the most extreme and anti-Sufi forms of Islam, Wahhabism, throughout the Muslim world. Simultaneously, they fear Islamist movements such as the MB who pose a political threat to monarchy. As the character of the militarized opposition has evolved increasingly toward Islamism, with a recent climax of Jabhat al-Nusra announcing allegiance to al-Qaida and declaring an Islamic state in Syria, reports suggested that the Saudis decided to cut off support they had been offering.

Declining aid, however, has ironically resulted in the end of much of the support that nationalist-oriented rebels were receiving, and many rebels have complained that the remaining contributions from Qatar are reaching only the Islamist fighters. Continuing trends solidifying Islamist domination of both the political and military oppositions have further weakened the desire of the international community for intervention in Syria, though the fact that several regions are now controlled by al-Qaida-linked groups has prompted some to call for the preparation of a drone strategy for Syria, prompting fears that it will end up looking like another Afghanistan.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi’s entrance into the political opposition marks a development running counter to the dominant Islamist trend. Al-Ya’qoubi is respected as one of the leading scholars and Sufi clerics in Syria, and has been ranked as the second-most influential Muslim religious figure of the country. The brand of Islam he represents is expressed in a statement of sympathy he issued following the Boston Bombing. He studied in the West and is fluent in English and Swedish.

Traditional ‘ulema like Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi served for centuries as the interpreters of Islamic sources and traditions, but after the fall of the last Islamic empire, the process of modernization that accompanied the rise of the nation state presented a challenge to their role of traditional authority. The erosion of their power was further aggravated by the emergence of Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood who introduced new interpretations of Islamic texts, contrary to the classical traditions that had existed for centuries.

Under the Ba’athists, some of Syria’s ‘ulema became seen as coopted figures who stayed close to the regime and lent it legitimacy. Others however, remained at arm’s length from the regime, and when the uprising began, they asserted their criticism of it, as did Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi. In addition to his widespread recognition among Syria’s majority Sunni Muslims, his credibility is bolstered by being the cleric who issued the first fatwa against Bashar al-Assad, in July of 2011.

After publically criticizing the regime’s violence against demonstrators in two sermons delivered at mosques in April and May 2011, he fled Syria and issued his fatwa against the regime. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi represents the kind of moderate, traditional Islam that most Syrians are familiar with, the Islam challenged by both the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists. Though taking an unambiguous stance against the regime’s violence, injustice, and terror, he also continues to exert his influence encouraging rebels to avoid terrorism through fatwas condemning tactics such as car-bombings, kidnapping, landmines, the killing of prisoners, and violence against non-combatants politically aligned with the regime. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi has combatted the fatwas of extremist clerics who have called for the targeted sectarian killing of Alawite women and children by issuing his own fatwas prohibiting the killing of civilians of the Alawite minority. He maintains a very clear position defending the rights of all minorities, including those condemned by extremists as heterodox.

Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi also differs with the Islamist agenda to “Islamize” Syria’s laws. The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups promote a kind of activism that seeks to implement a greater degree of Islamic law in the state. The growing use of “Islamic law” by Jabhat al-Nusra and other Islamist groups in territory controlled by rebels likely prompted the announcement by Mu’az al-Khatib of an effort to introduce a “code” of Islamic law sanctioned by the opposition that the rebels could implement—an apparent attempt to assuage this desire manifesting in a stampede toward “shari’a” while ensuring that such a law would be relatively moderate. Where does Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi stand on this issue? He thinks Syria’s current family laws are just fine, and are already sufficiently compatible with the shari’a. He also believes that legal reform should not be pursued before a constitutionally-based committee can be formed which would tackle any needed changes, after the regime has fallen and a new Syrian government has been created.

Despite being well-known in Syria and playing an important role in the history of the uprising, Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi and other Sufi ‘ulema like him have been excluded from the political opposition. Desperation following the slow, groaning crisis of the opposition’s ineffectiveness, as well as fears that figures like al-Ya’qoubi may band together and form an alternative opposition have led to his appointment to the National Coalition, following a letter he drafted to Mu’az al-Khatib, signed by 25 Sufi sheikhs and containing an ultimatum about the need for their participation in the political process.

One obvious question is: what level of real influence will the Sheikh have? Does his participation mark the beginning of a trend, or will he merely be the NC’s token member of the ‘ulema?

In addition to having already played an important role throughout the uprising, Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi and other Sufi leaders have been building influence lately, working together for about six months to form an umbrella organization for rebel groups comprised of Sunnis and Sufis aligned with Syria’s mainstream values, rather than Islamist agendas. The organization is called the Movement for Building Civilization. He and his peers have produced a charter document which rebels groups can sign, pledging agreement with a set of foundational principles, including:

  1. Removing the regime while not destroying the state—protecting public institutions;
  2. The rejection of revenge, retaliation, and execution during the uprising, keeping the trials of war criminals for after the collapse of the regime and the establishment of a new government;
  3. After the collapse of the regime, rebel groups should cease to carry arms and their members should return to civilian life or join the national army;
  4. All ethnic and religious communities are to be defended as equal citizens under the law;
  5. No ethnic or religious group is to be held responsible for the crimes of the regime;
  6. A future Syrian government must operate according to a separation of judicial, legislative, and executive powers;
  7. The future government must be a democracy of political multiplicity and the 1950 Constitution should be in effect during the interim period until a new parliament is elected and a new constitution is agreed upon.

Many young sheikhs who joined the Syrian uprising are frustrated with their lack of options regarding conservative political movements to be aligned with. The three main options are Salafis, Hezb al-Tahrir, and Muslim Brotherhood movements, none of which well-represent mainstream Syrian Sunnis who look for the legitimacy of ‘ulema leadership. This concern was a primary motivation for the creation of the Movement for Building Civilization. Al-Ya’qoubi and the sheikhs he works with are in contact with over 200 rebel groups who consult them regarding principles, goals, and methods, but many of these groups are disillusioned with the inability of the Sufi and ‘ulema leadership to offer them any kind of practical monetary support. Lacking funding, groups that would like to follow moderate figures of the ‘ulema will remain vulnerable to recruitment by Islamist forces.

The formation of a Sufi bloc within the opposition could provide an alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood, one that would represent far greater numbers of Syrians. Sheikh Ya’qoubi has stated that he supports a government in which the Muslim Brotherhood can operate, but that he opposes a monopoly of any one faction. He told me in a recent conversation: “We may have to deal with an Ikhwaani prime minister in the future Syria. That is democracy. But the real question is: will the government be of all one color, or will it be inclusive?”

There’s no question about which demographic will win this war: the next power in Syria will be Sunni. And the question goes beyond “how big” a Sunni win will occur. The real question is: which Sunni group’s brand of Islam will define the political paradigm of the new state? The influence of ‘ulema who respect Syria’s diversity, promote a tolerant social sphere, and support an inclusive government structure will be extremely important in the nation’s future, and the international community should be in conversation with them.


Addendum: see the following post for an update on how Yaqoubi, though confirmed as a new member of the NC, subsequently had his appointment reversed at an opposition conference in Istanbul.

Comments (454)

Citizen said:

Mr. Barber!
You shed light on the people who Syrian people do not know them !Who is this Ya’qubi? Is he Pakistani? Syrians do not like canned food!!!

May 22nd, 2013, 7:02 pm


Citizen said:

Syria’s failure to lose
Syria has surprised everyone. They were supposed to have collapsed long ago. They didn’t, far from it. There is every indication that the Syrian government is winning what really isn’t a civil war.


Israel continually talks of the threat to Tel Aviv posed by Syrian missile systems. However, the Russian Iskander system places a price tag on Israel’s actions that Israel may not be willing to pay.

The Iskandar can not only take out Patriot III batteries but can quickly cripple Israel’s armored forces and fortification on the Golan Heights.

The Iskandar is powerful, extremely accurate and impossible to stop.

Iskandar batteries, protected by S 300 air defense systems, successfully counter Israel’s air defenses and leave both armor and fortification totally vulnerable,

The most important aspect, of course, is that these are purely defensive systems.


It is increasingly obvious that a political settlement in Syria is going to be needed. Were it not for the interference of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the plotting of the NATO powers, such a settlement conference would be underway.

Too many have died and each death benefits only: Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and NATO.

What is broadly recognized is this fact; the rebel forces as they are currently configured, were they to triumph, would lead Syria into a decade of civil war, one where the current body-count, be it 50,000 or 100,000 would seem insignificant.

One might also ask why Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and their friends would back forces closely aligned with terrorism and extremism.


There is little doubt that a globalist agenda is behind the war on Syria. This is only a stage in a broader war on Iran, followed by subjugation of Afghanistan (good luck with that) and a forced collapse of Pakistan.

The rationale, of course, involves oil and gas. As the planet has proven to be awash with oil and gas reserves, enough for centuries, particularly if alternative energy technologies continue to be suppressed, only total control of supply, delivery and active and criminal manipulation of market pricing structures can offer an adequate return.

Control of world currencies, the Federal Reserve System in the US, the failed financial system of the European Union and the IMF are required.

The methodologies, each representing an attack on the citizenry of the world, driven by outmoded Malthusianistic principles, are intended to deprive billions of basic human needs and, of course, any human rights as well.

It may all be turned around in Syria if the world finally awakens to the real threat.

May 22nd, 2013, 7:15 pm


Tara said:

Again Why is the mix massages?  I do not get it.  If The US supporting The butcher staying in power and having a pseudo-dialogue with its victims, why is the beacon of freedom bothering?  

Exclusive: U.S. To Bring Chemical Weapons Witnesses Out Of Syria
by Josh Rogin May 22, 2013 5:18 PM EDT
The State Department is working behind the scenes to identify medical professionals who have evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria and is planning to help move them out of the country to meet with United Nations investigators in Turkey, officials tell The Daily Beast.

The previously undisclosed effort was authorized by the White House, and is now being prepared by the State Department in conjunction with Syrian non-governmental organizations they have been working with on the ground, two administration officials said. The U.N. team tasked with investigating alleged uses of chemical weapons inside Syria has not been able to enter the country because of a dispute over access with the regime of Bashar al Assad, so the State Department is bringing the medical professionals and physiological samples taken from victims of the attacks to them.

Read more:

May 22nd, 2013, 7:33 pm


ghufran said:

I do not how long it will take for some Syrians to understand that foreign countries could not care less if Syria is ruled by a monkey or a lion, what foreign nations want is to protect their interest and help bring money and investment to their countries even if the price is destroying Syria, look at what Erdo wants to do after all of that harsh rhetoric:
صحيفة ‘الصباح’ التركية المقربة من حكومة السيد رجب طيب اردوغان، احد ابرز الصقور في معسكر المعارضة للرئيس بشار الاسد ونظامه، نشرت امس تفاصيل خطة عمل تتبناها هذه الحكومة وتريدها ان تكون خريطة طريق تتصدر جدول اعمال مؤتمر جنيف المقبل. وابرز افكار هذه الخطة تسليم الرئيس الاسد صلاحياته كاملة لحكومة انتقالية يشكلها النظام والمعارضة، مقابل السماح له، اي الرئيس الاسد، بالبقاء في سورية وخوض الانتخابات الرئاسية المقبلة في منتصف العام المقبل.
هذه الخطة جرى التوصل اليها وصياغة تفاصيلها بعد زيارة السيد اردوغان الى واشنطن، ولقائه مع الرئيس باراك اوباما، وسيطير بها السيد اردوغان الى موسكو الاسبوع المقبل، وطار بها السيد احمد داوود اوغلو مهندس سياسته الخارجية الى مؤتمر اصدقاء سورية في عمان.
ما يؤكد هذه الخطة ان الحكومة التركية لم تنفها مطلقا، بل لا نبالغ اذا قلنا انها اقدمت على تسريبها متعمدة، والأمر الثاني ان الهدف من انعقاد مؤتمر اصدقاء سورية في العاصمة الاردنية هو الاعداد لمؤتمر جنيف الثاني، وفك الغموض المتعلق بنتائج وقرارات اجتماع جنيف الاول. والمقصود هنا مستقبل الرئيس السوري ودوره في التسوية السياسية.
الفارق شاسع بين اعلان ابوظبي الذي صدر عن اجتماع وزراء خارجية ست دول عربية واسلامية (مصر، السعودية، قطر، الاردن، الامارات وتركيا) في 14 من الشهر الحالي، وهو الاعلان الذي اكد انه لا مكان للرئيس الاسد في سورية المستقبل. وهو تراجع اسرع مما توقعه اكثر المتفائلين في دمشق نفسها.
اليوم يقولون ببقاء الرئيس الاسد بلا صلاحيات في القصر، وان يخوض الانتخابات، وغدا يحتفظ ببعضها، وبعد غد كلها، فالعرض التركي هو ارضية اولية للتفاوض، قبل واثناء وبعد مؤتمر جنيف الثاني، ألم يبدأوا الأزمة بالتأكيد مرارا ان الرئيس السوري رئيس غير شرعي، وان ايامه في السلطة معدودة، وتسابق البعض منهم على توفير ملاذات آمنة له ولعائلته.
Erdo came back from the US convinced that Obama is not interested in supporting any military action against damascus as long as israel is not attacked, then Erdo announced that a no fly zone requires a UNSC resolution knwoing very well that Russia will veto such a resolution.
(AB Atwan and other sources)

May 22nd, 2013, 8:44 pm


ghufran said:

It looks like there are leftists in the Lebanese militias fighting along with the Syrian army, one of them is a sunni from Sayda:
صالح الصباغ ، الذي شيع مساء اليوم إلى مقبرة آل عسيران في صيدا بعد أن منعهم مسلحو أحمد الأسير من دفنه في مقبرة “صيدا الجديدة” باعتباره “سنيا يقاتل تحت راية حزب شيعي”! وكان على رأس مشيعي الصباغ المهندس أسامة سعد، رئيس التنظيم الشعبي الناصري وعدد من مسؤولي حزب الله في الجنوب.
when I asked one of my Lebanese friends how is that possible, he said that many Lebanese believe that if Assad falls and Syria is lost to Al-Qaida they will be next, another guy told me a number of stories about how Syrian rebel militias earned the animosity of many Lebanese, shia and sunni, after acting like thugs and thieves and bombing civilian areas in Lebanon at random.
Take this post as an invitation to seek the truth, you do not have to support my position.

May 22nd, 2013, 9:02 pm


mjabali said:

Sufi Islam in Syria is losing the battle. Sunnis are turning more to Salafism instead of practicing their Sufi traditions. Damascus and Alleppo are know Sufi centers. The Syriancountryside is less sufi and more Salafi these days.

The Sunni Sheikhs are turning more radical than Sufi. Also a major factor here is the known hatred the Saudis and Qataris have for the Sufis.

Sufism in the whole middle east is receding in front of the Salafi Tsunami.

May 22nd, 2013, 9:13 pm


revenire said:

Ghufran many Lebanese Sunni are fighting against the terrorists in Syria.

May 22nd, 2013, 9:38 pm


ann said:

British politician compares London machete attack to U.K. policy in Syria – May 22, 2013

This sickening atrocity in London is exactly what we are paying the same kind of people to do in Syria
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) May 22, 2013

Galloway, who opposes his country’s decision to support some rebel groups in Syria, seems to be arguing that those rebels are akin to the machete attackers. While it’s not clear why the two men killed a third in the London neighborhood of Woolwich, one of them later said, with blood still on his hands, “The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth.”

Since making his comment, Galloway has been embroiled in a number of arguments on Twitter over the statement. He has dug in, saying that both Syrian rebels and the Woolwich attackers are “Al Qaeda followers. Sickening murderers. The kind we arm and pay for in Syria.” When one Twitter user responded, “I don’t think we go up to random people, run them over, then behead them,” Galloway shot back, “no, we pay Al Qaeda to do so. In Syria.”


May 22nd, 2013, 10:02 pm


revenire said:

S-300 inspiration…

May 22nd, 2013, 10:11 pm


ann said:

‘An eye for an eye’: British soldier beheaded, killed in barbaric machete attack (PHOTOS, VIDEO) – May 22, 2013

In broad daylight two men in their mid-20s attacked a man dressed in a military uniform killing him and apparently trying to behead him while shouting “GOD IS GREATEST” in Arabic, according to witnesses

A man believed to be soldier has been BEHEADED in a barbaric attack by two men on a street outside Woolwich army barracks in South East London. In the shocking scene, one of the killers addressed witnesses saying “you will never be safe.”

In broad daylight two men in their mid-20s attacked a man dressed in a military uniform killing him and apparently trying to BEHEAD him while shouting “God is greatest” in Arabic, according to witnesses.

Shocking footage recorded by witnesses during the carnage and made public by ITV shows a man holding a MEAT CLEAVER with blood on his hands using jihadist rhetoric to justify the violence.

“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you,” the attacker said, with the body of the victim lying just yards away. “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day.”

“This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

“I apologize that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same,” the suspect, clad in a dark hooded jacket and a black hat, continued in the video. “You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.”


One of the witness to the tragedy, called James and who was one of the first people to call the police, told LBC radio that initially they thought the two men were trying to help the one who was on the ground.

“We thought the two guys were helping him. We then saw two kitchen knives like you would find in a butchers shop, they were hacking at this poor guy literally. We thought they were trying to remove organs or something. One of the black guys then shouted to me and my partner to get in the car. I then moved the car down the road and dialed 999.”

James continued that there was no way a human could take what they did to him. They then dragged the dead man into the middle of the road and then stood on the pavement waving the gun about, as if they were proud of what they had done.


May 22nd, 2013, 10:27 pm


Ghufran said:

This is a government that does not give a dam..about its citizens:
First they increase the price of natural gas by 150% then this:
أصدر مصرف سورية المركزي اليوم الأربعاء قراراً يلزم جميع شركات الصرافة المرخصة صرف جميع الحوالات الخارجية الواردة للمواطنين التي لا تزيد قيمتها عن 5000 دولار بالليرة السورية حصراً.
وشمل القرار جميع الحوالات الواردة إلى سورية بالعملات الأجنبية بـ “مبرر شخصي غير تجاري” بغض النظر عن قيمتها، وكذلك الحوالات التي تزيد عن القيمة المحددة 5000 دولار إذا لم تكن مخصصة لتمويل الأغراض التجارية حصراً، وذلك حسبما ذكرت صحيفة تشرين الحكومية.
كما نص القرار على أن “يتم شراء القطع الأجنبي المبين في الحوالة على أساس سعر الصرف المحدد لهذه الغاية في نشرة وسطي أسعار الصرف الخاصة بمؤسسات الصرافة الصادرة عن مصرف سورية المركزي والسارية بتاريخ تنفيذ الحوالة”.
ويتباين سعر صرف العملات الأجنبية بين نشرة المصرف المركزي والسوق السوداء بشكل كبير في ظل الأزمة التي تمر بها سورية، ففي حين لا يتجاوز سعر صرف الدولار 99 ليرة سورية حسب النشرة الرسمية الصادرة عن المصرف المركزي يصل سعره في السوق السوداء إلى 143 ليرة سورية للدولار الواحد، وذلك حسب أسعار بيعه صباح اليوم، ما يعني أن المواطن سيخسر جزءاً كبيراً من قيمة حوالته عند بيعها “مجبراً” بالليرة السورية حسب الأسعار التي يحددها المركزي.

May 22nd, 2013, 10:29 pm


Dawoud said:

Matthew Barber

Dear Mr. Barber:

First, thanks for making us (the SC readers/commentators) the first recipients of this article! Second, the 7 points are extremely excellent, but I am afraid that it’s too late. For example, the Syrian state has already been destroyed!
I am well-known here on SC as the most vicious anti-Bashar/regime commentator. But, the reality was that until March of 2011, although I was never an admirer of any Arab dictatorial regime (including Bashar’s), I was in many ways a defender of the Syrian state. I wrote and spoke to warn against the neo-cons’ “clean break,” and I resented any attempts to impose anything on Syrians. My attitude toward Syria was similar to my current attitude toward Qatar: I respect their declared and actual support for the oppressed/occupied Arabs in Palestine/Lebanon/etc., and I will criticize them only when they encounter popular domestic demonstrations and they choose to repress it by force. I turned against the Syrian regime when I saw the pictures of Hamza al-Khateeb and the Syrian security forces shooting at unarmed peaceful demonstrators in front of al-Omari mosque in Der’ah. Bashar has decided that he is Syria and Syria is him. His actual motto, whether he uttered it or not (although his supporters have been saying it all the time): “either Bashar or No one,” “Either Bashar or we burn the country” اما بشار او لا حد, أما بشار او بنحرق البلد

Yes, they have destroyed the country and it’s too late to save it. Joshua Landis’ last post was about ethnic-cleansing in order to create a possible Alawi escape/refuge state for Bashar. The Kurds were yesterday arguing with Iraqi Kurdistan’s leader, Barazani, on who should represent Syria’s Kurds, etc……………Landis published a post a few months ago on how the Syrian state was disappearing……………
I am afraid that it’s too late to have a viable Syrian state, regardless of who would win-and I think that Bashar will not be able to stay in power in the Syria that we now know. This Syria might have ceased to exit a few months ago.
The Arab states in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine) may now be entering a new period similar to the Sykes-Picot reconstruction, except that it’s not dictated by occupying European colonialists, but rather by the evils of Arabs’ religious sectarianism (the current involvement of the Lebanese Shia party in the fighting in al-Qusyre with Iranian support only adds to this sectarian tension) and leaders’ struggle form power and wealth at the expense of their disadvantaged and mostly youthful subjects.Iraq is already becoming the next Syria! Israel is powerful and will not give up anything to the Palestinians, unless the United State forces it to do so (good luck with that, AIPAC!). A two-state solution has long seized to be a viable solution, given Israel’s colonization. Soon, Palestinians will realize that they, as the star of the “Palestinian papers” Erekat said at the U.N. two days ago, live in a de facto apartheid state. They will start a revolution to demand equal rights, including the right of return……Israel is defeating itself from within………………
The region will be undergoing a decade or two of upheavals and unrest! Saving a viable Syrian state is only one unattainable goal in the future. Stay tuned!


May 22nd, 2013, 10:34 pm


Dolly Buster said:

Sufism is innovation because there is no word like Suf in arabic.

May 22nd, 2013, 10:38 pm


Dolly Buster said:

2. Citizen said:

Syria’s failure to lose
Syria has surprised everyone. They were supposed to have collapsed long ago.

There are many other examples. Libya was also hailed as “a tough nut to crack, surprising everyone!”
However: if you wait long enough, then the victorious Colonel Qaddafi will be found in a toilet somewhere.

The exact same pattern will be repeated with Putin’s shoeshine boy Bashar.

Afterwards: during the war in Iran in 2015, you will probably be saying: “This time, it is different. Iran is not Syria.”

May 22nd, 2013, 10:57 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Israel is powerful and will not give up anything to the Palestinians…


Didn’t Israel give back Gaza and large parts of the West Bank? What did Egypt and Jordan give back to the Palestinians when they controlled these respective territories?

So yes, if you’re going to keep crying about Palestine, you may want to tell us, BTW, where the border is between Israel and Palestine.

Free Willy!

May 22nd, 2013, 11:24 pm


ann said:

Unedited Version of London Woolwich Murderer Interview + 2nd Video By Another Bystander

The original speech was censored by British press
[makes you wonder who’s in charge of censorship 😉 ]

Video for the item posted earlier by golem:

The edited censored item was posted here:

A chilling video has just been broadcast by ITV apparently showing one of the killers speaking to a video camera as blood drips from his hands immediately after beheading a local soldier.

First video:

“There are many, many ayah throughout the Koran [referring to religious verses] that says we must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I apologize that women had to witness this today but in our land women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.”

Second video:

“You think David Cameron will get stuck in the street, when we start busting our guns? you think your politicians are gonna die? not it’s gonna be the average like you, and your children. so get rid of them. tell them to bring our troops back, so you can all live in peace..”

May 22nd, 2013, 11:30 pm


mjabali said:

Dolly buster:

The word Sufism comes from the word Safa, i.e tranquility. Sufi mean the one who attains tranquility, or tranquility is bestowed on him. If you think the word Sufi comes from Suf, i.e wool, I advise you to up your information.

Sufi is a verb and not a noun as you are thinking. It is: فعل ماضي مبني للمجهول

Would care enlightening us with why you do not see Sufism as a real movement?

May 23rd, 2013, 12:20 am


ghufran said:

Is Kerry making another concession?
أشار مصدر رسمي في عمان لصحيفة “الحياة” إلى أن “وزراء دول مجموعة “أصدقاء سوريا” خصوصا وزير الخارجية الأميركي جون كيري سيطلبون من وفد المعارضة اقناع فصائل المعارضة كافة بقبول مبدأ انعقاد جنيف – 2″.
وأوضحت الصحيفة ان “كيري سيبلغ الوفد ان رحيل الرئيس السوري بشار الاسد لن يتم سوى بعد تشكيل حكومة انتقالية كاملة الصلاحيات، ما يعني ان تخلي الأسد عن السلطة سيكون تدريجياً”.

May 23rd, 2013, 12:20 am


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

14. DOLLY BUSTER said:

“Putin’s shoeshine boy, Bashar”

That’s beautiful, Dolly…

May 23rd, 2013, 1:37 am


Juergen said:


Is Sheikh al Yaqoubi following the Naqshibandi order?

May 23rd, 2013, 2:42 am


Dawoud said:

15. A.P.

AP: “Didn’t Israel give back Gaza and large parts of the West Bank?”

My answer: No, it is just guarding the prison from the outside, instead of having guards on the inside!

A.P.: “What did Egypt and Jordan give back to the Palestinians when they controlled these respective territories?”

My answer: read Simha Flapan’s “The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities.” The British-controlled Emir of Jordan, Abdallah (whose forces were led by the British colonialist Lieutenant-General Sir John Bagot Glubb-a man who likely wanted to implement the disgraceful Balfour Declaration) actually made a deal to split Palestine between the Jewish colonialists and Trans Jordan. Obviously, a Palestinian state wouldn’t be viable if Egypt established only in Gaza. In addition to that, the loss of major Palestinian cities like Acre, Jaffa, Nazerath, Bisan, Safad, etc.; and the ethic-cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 put the focus of the national Palestinian struggle on the the right of return. Every period in history has its own priorities, the 1948 al-Nakbah was too shocking for Palestinians to make them before 1967 give up 78% of their homeland. Heck, now Abbas is OK with 18-19% (and he told Israel’s TV that he was giving up his right to return to his birthplace/childhood city of Safad, which is now in Israel)! Israel says no because the Jewish people, and only the Jewish people (not Palestinian Muslims and Christians) have the right to live in “Eretz Israel!”

May 23rd, 2013, 7:03 am


Tara said:

Assad can’t say no to Geneva conference.  Participate or we will arm the rebels.

US pushes Europe to amend arms embargo on Syrian rebels
John Kerry seeks support for British-led move as means of pressuring Bashar al-Assad to enter into peace negotiations
Ian Black, Middle East editor, Wednesday 22 May 2013 17.31 EDT

Labour’s Douglas Alexander asked: ‘How would the government prevent British-supplied weapons falling into the wrong hands?’ Photograph: Reuters
The United States is lobbying European governments to back a British-led call to amend the EU arms embargo on Syria to put pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to enter into talks with the opposition.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has been urging the EU to reach consensus on a change that would allow weapons to be delivered to the rebels – though without any decision to do so at this stage.

Diplomatic sources said on Wednesday that Britain now has the support of France, Italy and Spain, while Germany is neutral. But Austria, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic are still opposed. Ambassadors of all 27 EU members have been called into the state department in Washington to be told of the latest US position ahead of a crucial foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels next Monday.

Speaking in Jordan on Wednesday, Kerry pledged publicly that the US and its EU allies would step up support for Syrian opposition forces to help them “fight for the freedom of their country” if Assad does not engage in talks with the rebels in good faith. Efforts are under way, with Russian backing, to convene a peace conference in Geneva some time in June.

In Britain, however, plans to amend the EU embargo are being complicated by disagreements between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and a row in Whitehall about the risks of supplying weapons to rebels fighting Assad’s regime.


May 23rd, 2013, 7:40 am


annie said:

Israeli generals preparing the invasion of #Syria should and when Assad falls.

May 23rd, 2013, 8:10 am


Akbar Palace said:

More Pali Intransigence

AP: “Didn’t Israel give back Gaza and large parts of the West Bank?”

My answer: No, it is just guarding the prison from the outside, instead of having guards on the inside!


Excuse me, but your crying about how “Israel is powerful and will not give up anything to the Palestinians” is just plain BS because you require Israel to give up EVERYTHING!

You’re all “black & white” on this issue and you haven’t even said what are acceptable borders for Israel.

Israel can live with a Palestinian state, but you and your ilk cannot live with a Jewish State. Nothing has changed since the rejection of the ’47 partition plan and the ’67 “3 nos”.

And this talk is “prison” is plain propaganda. Gaza is twice the size of Washington DC. And there is a border with Egypt. Chat with them about open borders. On thing is for sure, in a state of war, there is no free border between Israel and Palestine.

You can live with your decisions or you can make peace. Your choice.

May 23rd, 2013, 8:17 am


Syrialover said:

Matthew Barber,

Thank you for the article. Something positive to read.

May 23rd, 2013, 8:20 am


Matthew Barber said:

Sandro Loewe is unbanned per conversation with me, not having seen the announcement, and pledging to abide by a standard of thoughtful debate rather than personal attack.

May 23rd, 2013, 8:25 am


Tara said:


How long is the banning for the other guys?

May 23rd, 2013, 8:45 am


Dolly Buster said:

mjabali said: Would care enlightening us with why you do not see Sufism as a real movement?

Well I got it from Dimashqiah, he is an ‘Aalim.

This is his channel

May 23rd, 2013, 9:45 am


Dawoud said:

Attn: ANN

As a friendly advice (yes, you get those from me sometimes!), if you try to connect to “Syria Comment” and get a server error or bad connection, you are likely using Google Chrome browser. I sometimes get this error message, but when I switch to Firefox or even IE the connection is perfect. It may all be a browser issue if it’s not a low-speed Internet connection. Somehow I have difficulty using Chrome for SC! Does Joshua Landis have a problem with Google? 🙂 🙂 May he should post an article on how Google knows more about all of us than Bashar al-Assad’s Mukhabarat (secret police) 🙂

May 23rd, 2013, 10:01 am


dawoud said:

Very reasonable plan!

Assad foe tells Syrian leader to cede power to officials

(Reuters) – A Syrian opposition leader urged President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday to hand power to his deputy or his prime minister and then go abroad with 500 members of his entourage, without immunity from prosecution.

Assad is likely to reject or ignore the 16-point peace plan proposed by Moaz Alkhatib, who resigned as head of the Western-backed opposition National Coalition in March, particularly given recent military gains by his forces against rebels.

However, Alkhatib’s proposal shows a willingness to work with people associated with Assad throughout the revolt and will be seen as stretching out a hand to members of the government.

May 23rd, 2013, 10:07 am


zoo said:


Thanks for the interesting article.
While the emergence of a representative of moderate Islam within the opposition is more than welcome, I think that Sheikh Al Ayoubi’s presence will trigger more divisions and power struggles among the religious leaders and the countries supporting the opposition. Having Salafis, MB and Sufis united under the same umbrella sounds like a far fetched dream.
Obviously he is working on the Turkish AKP model.
He is creating a ‘sunni’ bloc thus turning a religious creed excluding the others into a political party. Syria is not Turkey. The minorities in Syria will probably not accept a second class citizen role and they may resort to unify within the military structure to oppose the ‘sunni’ bloc.

By the way, what are Sheikh al Ayoubi’s political stand on Palestine, Israel, Iran, the USA?
This would be critical for the international community’s acceptance as it focuses more on Israel’s security and Iran’s threats than on Syria’s future political system.

May 23rd, 2013, 10:11 am


revenire said:

I believe anything the opposition does is worse than meaningless and al-Ya’qoubi is even more meaningless.

May 23rd, 2013, 10:45 am


zoo said:

The game of the conference

The US blackmail to Bashar al Assad has just embolded the opposition to repeat their pre conditions that are now post-conditions. They think that the Syrian government will have no choice than to abide.
They also count that Iran, busy with elections, will not intervene militarily.

The flow of new conditions and provocative declarations coming from the opposition is simply a way to hide their humiliation of having to recant their request for Bashar al Assad to resign ahead of the conference.
It is also to hide their embarrassment in setting up a delegation for the conference in the midst of their deep divisions.
They hope that these aggressive declarations will force the Syrian government to reject the conference, thus cancelling it. Thus they hope the USA will provide the needed weapons to win militarily.
Again they underestimate the political capabilities of Bashar Al Assad and the current military situation.
The Syrian army is regaining strategic locations and the rebels are running out of weapons. Without more weapons, the rebels may be totally crushed.
This is why the Syrian government will probably show little reactions to the flow of the opposition provocations. It will show a commitment to the conference, waiting for the opposition to drink the bitter pill, accept that there are no preconditions, nor post conditions and set up a delegation.
If the opposition fails to do that, they’ll bear the blame of torpedoing the conference and loose their credibility.

Once the opposition is eventually on board, then the Syrian government will go on offensive. It will request a agreed definition of the objectives of the conference and have the opposition recant all the declarations they made previously on the outcome. This may take weeks. In the meantime, the Syrian Army will continue to regain territories.
The game has just started.

May 23rd, 2013, 11:01 am


revenire said:

“Support for Syrian Rebels Is Immoral,” Says Va. Senator Black
End U.S. support for Syrian rebels now

America should end its intervention in Syria or shift its support to President Bashir Assad. Iraq-based al Qaeda militants now control the rebellion. A shadowy terrorist named Baghdadi has moved from Iraq to northern Syria to control al Qaeda’s operations there. He is a grotesque savage, determined to compel acceptance of radical Islam through religious courts and executions.

Under his influence, rebels have begun sharing online videos of atrocities, including public executions of captured soldiers. This week, a rebel leader proudly cannibalized a Syrian soldier for all to see. If Syria falls, these barbarians would unleash rape and bloodletting of epic proportions.

Ten years of Middle East conflict has inflamed radical forces, driving Christians and Jews from lands they occupied for thousands of years. In the time of St. Peter, Damascus may have been the most Christianized place on Earth. And despite hundreds of years of Islamic dominance, Syria still remains 10 percent Christian.

Christians are protected by Mr. Assad, just as they were by his father before him. They and the ruling Alawite Muslims are understandably frightened by the bloodthirsty executions and cannibalism of the rebels.

In Libya and Egypt, the fruits of the “Arab Spring” have proved poisonous. The revolutions destroyed stability, moderation and religious tolerance.

U.S. military intervention ended badly in Libya. Our ambassador was killed, and 20,000 Libyan anti-aircraft missiles went missing; they may still be in rebel hands. If al Qaeda topples Syria, they will capture large stocks of chemical weapons to deploy against Israel and the West.

The United States is reportedly training and equipping the rebels. Requiring GIs to aid al Qaeda directly or indirectly is a despicable betrayal of their years of bloody battles against that terrorist force. Continued support for the Syrian rebels is simply immoral. It is time for the United States to stand down.

Member, Virginia General Assembly
Ashburn, Va.

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May 23rd, 2013, 11:03 am


zoo said:

Does the SNC ex-chief Al Khatib really thinks that Bashar al Assad will obey? Al Khateeb has zero power in the opposition so what’s the point of that declaration.

Syrian opposition leader Al Khatib tells Al Assad to step down and leave

Plan offers them no legal immunity from prosecution

May 23rd, 2013, 11:15 am


revenire said:

The only people who ever gave Khatib any credibility are delusional fools in the West. He is a cartoon character.

May 23rd, 2013, 11:41 am


Ziad said:

Why is the UK pushing the EU to designate Hezbollah as a “terrorist” group?

A distinct increase of negative coverage has been forming in Western and Gulf press. This focus is specifically regarding Hezbollah’s direct involvement in the battle currently raging to take control of the Syrian town of Qusair; its overall role in Lebanon and the region, and its ties to both Syria’s President Assad, and the government of Iran.

As the Syrian conflict has gone on, Salafi/Jihaddi fighters from at least 30 different nationalities have poured through Syria’s borders, with the tacit approval of various state sponsors of the Syrian ‘opposition’. In turn, and for the best part of two years, compliant media have obliged in their attempts to subvert the Salafi/Jihaddi fundamentalist dynamic that has formed the core of the ‘opposition’s’ fighting force; finally relenting and admitting the fact not a single secular force is fighting against the Syrian Government. Contrary to this wilful ignorance or blatant subversion of facts; Western and Gulf media outlets now deem it their utmost priority to highlight not only Hezbollah’s direct involvement; but indeed, go to great lengths to highlight every single Hezbollah death, injury, movement or sneeze inside Syria.

May 23rd, 2013, 11:53 am


zoo said:

Qatar though the AL is trying to impose ‘undisclosed’ proposals obviously aimed at obliging Bashar al Assad to reject them or refuse to participate

Arab league to submit list of peace proposals

Transitional unity government and deployment of peacekeepers included in plan
Published: 19:15 May 23, 2013
Gulf News
Cairo: The Arab League said on Thursday it will submit to the UN Security Council a list of proposals for a June peace conference aimed at ending the conflict in Syria. The pan-Arab body’s Syria committee, which met in Cairo on Thursday, agreed on “several points to help the next international conference in Geneva succeed,” it said in a statement without elaborating.

Qatari Prime Minister Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani, who heads the Syria committee, and League Secretary General Nabil Al Arabi are to “submit the points to the five permanent members of the Security Council”.

May 23rd, 2013, 12:25 pm


Ziad said:

Hind Al Thani tweeted with the concent and approval of the Qatari secrect service

Le vrai faux tweet de Hind Bint Hamad Al-Thani qui dénonce les crimes de son père en Syrie

Plusieurs sites arabes et anglais se sont relayés l’information selon laquelle Hind a critiqué les agissements criminels de son père en Syrie. Certains internautes n’y croient pas. D’autres affirment l’avoir lu dans un tweet posté par la princesse

May 23rd, 2013, 12:34 pm


revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network
Post from our dear member Carlos Jose Martinez:

The Syrian army kills 500 terrorists in Al Qussair other Hundreds Render-

Takfiris 500 terrorists killed in the first phase of the battle of Al Qussair characterized by an attack by the Syrian army. Hundreds of militants surrendered or fled the battlefield before the advancing government forces.

The deterioration of morale and internal divisions between groups takfiris has also led to casualties in clashes occur between these groups in different parts of Syria.

Circles intelligence sources and Western diplomats have expressed concern and irritation by rapid advances of Syrian troops in Al Qussair. Their estimates indicate that Syrian government forces have achieved a clear victory, which very few operations needed to be completed.

May 23rd, 2013, 12:36 pm


zoo said:

Syria rebels get 35-ton KSA arms cargo

in Breaking News 50 mins ago

Militants in Syria receive 35-ton Saudi arms cargo: Top Cmdr.

The top commander of foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government says the militants have received a 35-ton arms shipment from Saudi Arabia.

Brigadier General Salim Idris, the chief of staff of the so-called Free Syrian Army, said on Thursday that the consignment will help armed men in their battles against the Syrian Army.

He added, however, that the munitions are not advanced and sophisticated enough to enable the militants defeat Syrian government forces.

The general noted, in particular, that the weapons will not be able to overpower tanks and planes in the strategic town of al-Qusayr, which is situated about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of the western city of Homs.

Idris further stated that he will not attend the upcoming Geneva conference on Syria unless the United States and its allies provide the militants in Syria with anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.

He acknowledged that the Syrian anti-government gunmen are weak on the ground, saying it would not be fruitful for them to step into peace negotiations with the Damascus government at the moment.

May 23rd, 2013, 2:03 pm


zoo said:

The SNC ridicules itself further in a propaganda movie

A recent propaganda film showing the SNC’s government in action hints at the obstacles it faces in its uphill struggle for credibility.

To a soundtrack of dramatic, Hollywood thriller-style music, the camera shows leading SNC figures hard at work in their boardroom.

Sleeves rolled up, marker pens in hand, a white board covered in writing in the background, they strategise and plan for victory against President Bashar Al Assad.

Interim prime minister Ghassan Hitto gestures with an emphatic gravitas to his ministerial team, a portrayal of the smart, no-nonsense CEO of Syria Inc.

Except the portrait misfires and more often than not, this collection of doubtlessly committed and principled people appears oddly hapless and helpless, like a meeting of a small town council trying to work out how much money to spend on biscuits and tea for the parish fair.

In one telling interlude, the stirring music fades and the words, “We are team executives” – spoken in English – hangs embarrassingly in the air, a moment beyond satire.

It is more David Brent, the delusional self-promoting middle manager of the comedy show The Office, than Che Guevara.
his has not been the SNC’s only Laurel-and-Hardy moment.

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May 23rd, 2013, 2:12 pm


Badr said:

A couple of days ago I posed a question about the profoundness of Kerry-Lavrov accord. Actually, in contrast to the conjecture of a writer I linked to, I tend to believe the meeting of minds is rather superficial.

May 23rd, 2013, 2:12 pm


Matthew Barber said:

Dolly Buster banned for vulgar attack.

May 23rd, 2013, 2:59 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

36. REVERSO said:

“Khatib is a cartoon character.”

A cartoon character. Kind of like you, right, Reverso?

May 23rd, 2013, 3:02 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:


“Dolly Buster banned for vulgar attack”

Thank you, Matt. Dolly is a cynical, hypersensitive, wasted man, incapable of making any nourishing relationships and turning finally to a universe beyond religion. He belongs in the lowest rung of hell, along with Judas Iscariot and Brutus and Cassius…

May 23rd, 2013, 3:09 pm



Are people being banned for intent?

There is a filter for vulgarity; and it is being used. So If the filter works, then the attack never happens.

Disclaimer: This rodent vehemently disagrees with Dolly Buster’s comments. But is also repulsed by knee jerk moderation.

May 23rd, 2013, 3:23 pm


Matthew Barber said:

Hunchback: The banning of a user is not an invitation to start berating him. The idea is end the insults, remember?

Hamster: Childish are commenters who prefer to attack each other rather than debate. Moderation is part of running a website. As you are probably aware, many forums require every comment to pass through moderation before being posted, something that we do not require. And no, the spam filter is not very rigorous here.

May 23rd, 2013, 3:30 pm


Akbar Palace said:

I think we should ban all regime supporters.

So they can get a small taste of what it was like to live under the Assad family for the last 40+ years.

May 23rd, 2013, 3:34 pm


revenire said:

Remember, by this time the impotent SNC was to have formed a government in exile with Hitto as the new leader. It never happened.

May 23rd, 2013, 4:36 pm


revenire said:

Conflict in Syria was born in the media

Kerry downplays Syria government’s gains

US Willing to Keep Assad to Avoid Regional War

Russian S-300 Deliveries to Syria ‘Destabilizing’ – Kerry
Note he doesn’t mention that illegal arms shipments the Anglo-Americans have sent to Syria – only legal shipments by Russia.

May 23rd, 2013, 4:45 pm



1. British Any (real) Parliament
2. Running a website does not require moderation, running a blog does.
4. We are reminded of the lousy spam filter every time ANN posts

May 23rd, 2013, 4:55 pm


Dawoud said:

ATTN: Akbar Palace

There is a legitimate reason why Palestinians rejected the 1947 partition of Palestine. If you were a Palestinian then, you would have also rejected it! I don’t want to write too long, but please see Aljazeera’s Episode 3 about al-Nakbah. It’s in English and the first 4 minutes of it explain how the U.N. voted for partition, and why Palestinians rejected it.I know that I will not win you to my sides regardless of the strength of argument. Similarly, I am Palestinian and I heard first hand the story of Palestine from my parents, who were children during al-Nakbah, and from my grandparents-who put my parents in a shelter in their backyard in their Jerusalem home to escape the bombardment of the Zionists’ Czech-supplied planes. I passed this history to my children, who are like me American-born. They will pass it to their children, and the story of Palestine and its narrative will never die. Zionists will never ever been able to make Palestinians give up their rights. We are highly-educated and tough people, and our determination could be defeated neither by an Israeli F-16 nor by Zionists’ propaganda machine! For example, when a Palestinian-American, who might have never been to Palestine, travels to India and meets another British Palestinians, who might have never been to Palestine, they not only realize that they have something in common and begin to socially connect, they also tell each other the name of their city in Palestine! It’s really tough for Zionists and Russian colonialists (like Avigdor Lieberman) to overcome this Palestinian national and intellectual determination.

May 23rd, 2013, 4:58 pm


revenire said:

The only Arab nation that hasn’t betrayed Palestine is Syria. For decades they’ve kept Palestine and Palestinian rights the forefront of their foreign policy and national stance.

May 23rd, 2013, 5:01 pm


Dawoud said:

…Hafez al-Assad massacred the Palestinians in Tal al-Za’atar in Lebanon, his ally Nabih Berri of the Shia Amal Movement imposed a long war criminal siege on the defenseless Palestinians camps in the mid-1980s after the departure of Abu Ammar and his fighters from Beirut following the 1982 Israeli invasion, Bashar killed Palestinians in al-Ramel Refugee camp in Latakia and the Yarmouk camp in Damascus,….

More importantly, I recently watched al-Jazeera’s re-airing of the 2001 interview with the pre-Assad former Syrian President Amin al-Hafez, who basically believed that Hafez al-Assad should have been charged with treason for cowardly withdrawing from al-Quneitara and not defending al-Joulan (Golan) in 1967. ….I can go on and on…..
Finally, go back to the footage from the early days of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. You will see that the Shia residents of Southern Lebanon (who are now Hizbass suporters/members) welcomed the Israeli invaders and threw rice and flowers on them! They didn’t believe in Palestinians and resistance!

May 23rd, 2013, 5:22 pm


revenire said:

May 23rd, 2013, 5:25 pm


revenire said:

Politics is a bit more complex than that Dave. You can’t deny the support Palestinians have received from Syria with a post on a message forum.

You have a bias toward Assad but you claimed to support Syria before you were brainwashed into believing that Syria harmed its own people (as you stated).

I think you know very well of the Zionist conspiracy against Syria and you know the reasons why too.

For that matter, Iran has done more for Palestine that most Arab nations – especially in recent history.

May 23rd, 2013, 5:28 pm


dawoud said:

من ساندنا على الحق, لا نسانده على الباطل, ولا يمكن ان نؤيد نظاما يقتل شعبه

If somebody saves me from a car accident, I am not obligated to help him rob a bank!

If Syria expressed support for the Palestinian cause, which is universally recognized as a legitimate cause, Palestinians are under no obligation to support the immorality of a dictator killing his own people.

May 23rd, 2013, 5:33 pm


revenire said:

Also Dave, you will have to provide untainted sources if you want me to watch them. Al Jazeera is a propaganda organ of Qatar. Qatar is arming the foreign jihadi terrorists murdering Syrians. Of course they will argue against Assad.

Hamas (no friend of Syria after their betrayal) thanked Iran for the rockets they used to save Palestinian lives. Everyone knows the rockets the resistance uses come from Syria and Iran. The corrupt gulf dictators sent no weapons to the suffering Palestinians. Syria did.

May 23rd, 2013, 5:35 pm


revenire said:

Dave you could not provide the proof for your infamous 95% poll because there is no such poll. I don’t trust you.

Syria will be fine. She won’t fall to the Zionist attack. Her army is strong and God is with her.

May 23rd, 2013, 5:36 pm



Southern Lebanon receives dead from Quseir. It seems they were born for Martyrdom.

May 23rd, 2013, 5:38 pm


Dawoud said:

Al-Qasir is becoming Syria’s “Stalingrad!” Stalingrad defeated the Nazi siege, and al-Qasir will defeat the fascist bloody Syrian regime’s/Hizbass’ siege!

القصير الصامدة.. “نقطة تحوّل” لمصلحة الثوار

لا يحصل في العادة أن يجد ثوار القصير متسعاً كافياً من الوقت للحديث مطولاً إلى الإعلام. من أمامهم قوات النظام ومن الخلف “حزب الله”، وفوقهم طائرات حربية لا تفوت بيتاً في المدينة إلا ويكون هدفاً لها، ظنّاً من الطيّار أن الثّوار يختبئون بداخله، لكن حقيقة واحدة لن يتمكن إعلام النظام و”حزب الله” ومن والاهما من تكذيبها، وهي أن الثّوار خارج البيوت، في ساحات القتال وسط النيران على خط الجبهة الأول.
أصبح جلياً أن سلاح الجو السوري والجنود المشاة الذين لا يجرؤون على القتال إلا من خلف المدرعات، إضافة إلى الخنجر الذي يطعن سوريا من الظهر متمثلاً بـ”حزب الله” ومقاتليه من “حملة مفاتيح الجنة”، لم تقدر كل تلكَ الجيوش مجتمعة من كسر ثوّار القصير أو التقدم أكثر من المربع الأمني، فجغرافية المنطقة تعطي الثوّار الفضل الأول في ثباتهم، ومن بعد الجغرافية التي ساعدتهم، يقولون ان الجميع يقاتل ولا وقت لأحدٍ فيهم لأي شيء آخر يشغلهم عن المعركة.
في محاولة للتحقق من الإحصائيات التي تتحدث عن خسائر “حزب الله” والنظام، أعطانا الثوّار حصيلة الحزب فقط، وعن سبب التكتم حول خسائر النظام قالوا: ” ليسَ تكتماً، إنما اعتيادٌ على هذه الحقيقة – حقيقة أن النظام يخسر – حيثُ ان كلمة خسارة صارت لازمة بعد أي حديث عن معركة يخوضها النظام، ما يهمنا أن يخرج “حزب الله” مكسوراً

May 23rd, 2013, 5:48 pm


zoo said:

#55 Revenire

Unfortunately the main Palestinians leaders showed that the concept of loyalty and gratitude has no meaning for them.
Once they’ll taste Turkey, Qatar and KSA sponsorship, they’ll realized what they have lost in biting Bashar’s hand and turning against him.

In perspective Iran and Hezbollah have always shown loyalty to the Syrian government who stood by them in moments when the whole international community, the Arabs and the GCC countries were plotting against them.
Iran will never forget that, while all Arab countries were helping Saddam Hossein during the 8 years deadly Iran-Iraq war, Syria is the only arab country that stood by Iran against Saddam Hossein.
During the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon when the Sunnis Arab countries and the international community were wishing Hezbollah would be destroyed, Syria and Iran stood by the Hezbollah and brought them to a victory.
That’s the difference between loyalty and opportunism.
Unfortunately the Palestinians who are now opposing Syria will discover the consequences of their choice by themselves.
No one will forget that when Kuwait was invaded by Iraq, the Palestinians who lived there for years, turned against the Kuwaitis. The consequences is that Palestinians are not welcomed in Kuwait anymore.

May 23rd, 2013, 6:00 pm


ann said:

52. revenire

Your links are not working!


May 23rd, 2013, 6:06 pm


revenire said:

There is an old saying: money talks, ________ walks. Let’s change it to “resistance rockets talk, Israel walks” and thank Syria and Iran for being the ONLY states to send the resistance weapons. All the other Arab states postured and argued with each other. Some even stabbed Palestine in the back.

People on message forums can’t change history by citing pro-Zionist rags like Al Jazeera. How many rockets has Qatar sent to Palestine?

I will tell you: ZERO.

I am not sure what would motivate anyone to smear all the Syrian soldiers who fought Israel? Hatred? Dementia? Jealousy? I don’t understand it.

May 23rd, 2013, 6:07 pm


revenire said:

Ann the SC forum has not been working well for me today – lots of errors. Thank you for alerting me.

May 23rd, 2013, 6:08 pm


ghufran said:

Why do we need an initiative like Moaz’ when Geneva conference is only weeks away? Some people think that conference will never see the light of the day, others think that this conflict can not be solved peacefully after more than 80,000 syrians died:

نص مبادرة تقدم بها رئيس الائتلاف الوطني السوري معاذ الخطيب للمناقشة في اجتماع المعارضة السورية في اسطنبول تتضمن طرحا للخروج من الأزمة السورية الحالية.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

مبادرة : ( ومَن أحياها فكأنما أحيا الناس جميعاً )

منعاً لاضمحلال سورية شعباً وأرضاً واقتصاداً وتفكيكِها إنسانياً واجتماعياً نتقدم بهذه المبادرة حقاً لبلدنا وأهلنا علينا، واستجابةً عمليةً لحلٍّ سياسي يضمن انتقالاً سلمياً للسلطة.

هذه المبادرة سوريةُ المنبعِ والهدف، وهي وحدة متكاملة، ومقيدة بجدول زمني واضح، وندعو السلطة في سورية وجميع فصائل الثوار والمعارضة إلى تبنيها مَخرجاً من الكارثة الوطنية في بلدنا، كما ندعو المجتمع الدولي إلى رعايتها وضمان تنفيذها، وَفقَ ما يلي:

1. يعلن رئيس الجمهورية الحالي، وخلال عشرين يوماً من تاريخ صدور المبادرة قَبولَه لانتقال سلمي للسلطة، وتسليمَ صلاحياته كاملة إلى نائبه السيد فاروق الشرع أو رئيس الوزراء الحالي السيد وائل الحلقي.
2. يحلّ رئيس الجمهورية الحالي مجلس الشعب وتُنقل صلاحياته التشريعية إلى الشخص المكلف بصلاحيات رئيس الجمهورية.
3. يعطى رئيس الجمهورية الحالي بعد قبوله الانتقال السلمي للسلطة مدة شهر لإنهاء عملية تسليم كاملِ صلاحياتِه.
4. تستمر الحكومة الحالية بعملها بصفة مؤقتة مدة (مئة يوم) من تاريخ تسلُّم الشخص المكلف صلاحيات رئيس الجمهورية الحالي.
5. يعطى الشخص المكلف كامل الصلاحيات التنفيذية لإدارة سورية، ويُستبعَد من المسؤوليات كل من تشمله لائحة العقوبات الدولية.
6. تقوم الحكومة بصفتها المؤقتة وخلال (المئة يوم) بإعادة هيكلة الأجهزة الأمنية والعسكرية.
7. يُطلَق جميع المعتقلين السياسين من جميع السجون والمعتقلات فور قبول المبادرة، وتحت إشراف دولي، وتُتخَذ كل الإجراءات لعودة المهجرين.
8. تكون جميع الأراضي السورية مفتوحة لجميع أنواع الإغاثة الإنسانية المحلية والدولية.
9. يغادر الرئيس الحالي البلاد، ومعه خمسمئة شخص ممن يختارهم مع عائلاتهم وأطفالهم إلى أي بلد يرغب باستضافتهم.
10. لا تقدم أية ضمانات قانونية للمغادرين لاختصاص الأمر بمجلس نواب شرعي متفَق عليه بين السوريين.
11. يكلِف الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة وسيطاً دولياً للإشراف على المرحلة المؤقتة في سورية، والالتزام بها، ورعاية عملية انتقال السلطات.
12. تلتزم جميع الأطراف بوقف استخدام الأسلحة الثقيلة، وتحت الرقابة الدولية.
13. يعفى عن كل الأشخاص الذين قاموا بأعمال تُعتَبر من الأعمال العسكرية المشروعة في القوانين الدولية زمن الحرب، وبالتالي تُعتبر الأوامر بقتل واستهداف المدنيين، والتعذيب والاغتصاب والاختطاف أعمالاً إجرامية ويخضع مرتكبوها للقوانين الجنائية المحلية والدولية.
14. تشكَّل في كل محافظة لجنةٌ لإدارتها مكونةٌ من خمسة أشخاص يختارهم وجهاءُ المحافظة، وبرعاية دولية، ويكون لهذه اللجنة كامل الصلاحيات لإدارة الشؤون المحلية، وتشمل الصلاحياتِ الإداريةَ والاقتصادية والأمنية والعسكرية، وتتبع مباشرة إلى المكلف بصلاحيات رئيس الجمهورية، أو من يُكلفه.
15. بعد مرور (المئة يوم) وتنفيذِ بنود هذه المباردة، تنتقل جميع صلاحيات الحكم إلى حكومة انتقالية يتم الاتفاق والتفاوض عليها في إطار ضمانات دولية.
16. تتولى الحكومة الانتقالية اللاحقة مهام التحضير والتأسيس لسورية الجديدة.

May 23rd, 2013, 6:12 pm


Dawoud said:

Hizbass’ terrorists killed in Syria. Al-Qasir and Syria will be Hizbass’ quagmire, and its end!

حزب الله لا يتورع عن ارسال عناصره للقتال الى جانب النظام في سوريا، ليعودوا جثثاً هامدة، ولا يستطيع إخفاء حصيلة القتلى والجرحى عن الرأي العام اللبناني ، وهكذا يواصل حزب الله، حصاد ما زرعه من وراء انغماسه وتورطه بقتل الشعب السوري.

In addition to Hizbass’ terrorists, the video also shows Iranian and Iraqi terrorists in Syria! The Free Syrian Army has become the number one hunter of terrorists in the world! Good for them! Kill all the Lebanese, Iranian, and Iraqi terrorists!

May 23rd, 2013, 6:25 pm


apple_mini said:

I was watching the FOS showtime last night. Everyone appeared so solemn and serious. Their words were doing heavy-lifting about humanity and justice. But we know if the US were not in the super power position, they would have not been there showing off their moral higher ground status. Let alone those GCC and Turkey. Everyone is a laughingstock and hypocrite when they open their mouth talking about human rights and equalities.

US would be nothing if it had no super military power and money. But it is Syrians killing Syrians to serve US national interest.

The US government does not want the Syria war end, but they want to see the regime end. If the regime stays with significant strength which is appearing so, the whole enchilada of US’ schemes, plans, money and efforts would be go down in drain.

That is why the US is back on its wagon to rein the plot by demanding Assad to step down also threatening again arming the rebels if the regime refuses to do so. That is why the opposition back on stage after the Tenanus shot generously given by US. If there are still true Syrians in the opposition, we would ask what they want exactly. Are they really doing anything good for the country or just for themselves? Where is the slightest conscience to contribute peace to the country?

The regime is about to clear the mess in Homs and there is work left around Damascus as well. After the regime consolidates its control on the west, militarily the regime will be ready to face off the rebels no matter how well they are western-armed.

The suffering of the country seems no end.

May 23rd, 2013, 6:39 pm


ann said:

Israel is fighting a regional war in Syria – May 23, 2013

The changing internal situation in Syria is putting a new set of plans into motion, which involve Israeli aggression against Syria.

Not only have the US and its allies been trying to militarily buttress the retreating anti-government militias, but now they aim to create a new phase in the conflict where states start asserting leverage against Syria in place of the weakening anti-government forces. In other words, external pressure is being applied to replace the declining internal pressure.

The entry of Israeli troops and the Mossad security service into Syria with repeated Israeli air strikes via illegal use of Lebanese airspace, on the Syrian military research facility in the town of Jamraya clarifies Israel’s role in destabilizing Syria. Israel has also admitted that “intense intelligence activity” is being maintained in Syria by Israeli forces and that it is even thinking of occupying more Syrian territory as a new “buffer zone.” Fox News, which is openly biased in favour of Israel, has released a video of Israeli troops illegally crossing the Syrian border. Reports have also come out of Syria that an Israeli military vehicle was seized during fighting with anti-government forces in the town of Qusair, inside Syrian territory.


The events involving Israel are part of the trend to expand and internationalize the Syrian conflict by creating violent spillovers. In the words of one British newspaper: “If anyone had doubts that Syria’s gruesome [conflict] is already spinning into a wider Middle East conflict, [Israeli attacks in] the past few days should have laid them to rest.”

Turkey and Israel, like the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, are themselves undeniably involved in the fighting as aggressors against Syria. Turkey has conducted reconnaissance work for NATO in Syria, it hosts NATO Patriot missiles aimed at Syria (with the possibility of deployment against Iran and Russia), and openly aids the anti-government forces.

Israel has been the more discreet of the two, but it has sent the Mossad into Syria and built facilities in the Golan Heights to aid the insurgency. Both countries have continuously threatened Syria and pushed for NATO intervention and no-fly zones. All the while, the US has been prodding Ankara and Tel Aviv to continue with the war footing and has even examined selling Turkey natural gas from the US to economically de-link the Turks from Syria’s allies Russia and Iran and the leverage they have over Turkey.

In reality, Syria is merely one front in a broader hegemonic struggle that spans from NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan and Iraq to Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. The Lebanese Republic looks like the next target for destabilization in the broader struggle that Syria is a front in. There are fears that there may be a parliamentary and governmental vacuum in Beirut as a result of the spillover from Syria that could be capitalized to ignite another Lebanese internal conflict. Tensions between the pro-Syrian Hezbollah-led March 8 Alliance and the anti-Syrian Hariri-led March 14 Alliance have been building as a result of the conflict in Syria. Both sides in Lebanon are involved in the Syrian conflict.

Lebanon has been dragged into the conflict, because Syria is being used as an arena for striking and crippling Hezbollah and the March 8 Alliance with the aim of turning Lebanon into a colony controlled by Washington and its allies that will be run by the corrupt Hariri-led March 12 Alliance.

Hezbollah has begun fighting on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian border whereas the March 12 Alliance began sending weapons and funding to the insurgents from the very start of the upheaval in 2011. After months of lying, the Hariri camp in Lebanon was exposed in November 2012 when evidence was provided that proved Hariri’s Future Party member Okab Sakr was behind weapons shipments destined for the Syrian insurgents in coordination with Turkish and Qatari intelligence officers.

In regards to Hezbollah, its members began fighting on the Syrian side of the border under their own initiative. Then the insurgents in Syria began launching attacks on Shiite Muslim villages on both sides of the Lebanese-Syrian border. The anti-government forces in Syria began doing everything they could to provoke Hezbollah into retaliating, including kidnapping Lebanese travelers and, in 2012, deliberately attacking Shiite Muslim shrines in Syria. After the mosque where Hujr ibn Adi Al-Kindi and his son were buried in Syria was desecrated by the insurgents, Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia Muslims were drawn further into the Syrian conflict to protect the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque.

Not only have sacrosanct buildings revered by Shiite Muslims been targeted, Sunni Muslim leaders have been murdered and Christian churches have also been desecrated in Syria. Christian spiritual leaders have also been targeted. Iranian officials have pointed the finger at the US, Israel, and the Saudis for the desecration of these Syrian holy sites and the targeting of minorities.

While the majority of Syria’s Arab population and Sunni Muslim population support the Syrian government against the insurgents and their foreign backers, there is a real push to draw the Syria conflict along the sectarian lines of Arabs versus non-Arabs and Sunni Muslims versus Alawites and the Shiite Muslim community. Various minority groups have been systematically targeted. The Druze, Maronite Catholic Christians, Melkite Greek Catholic Christians, Greek Orthodox Christians, Armenian Orthodox Christians, Syriac Orthodox Christians, Alawites, and Twelver (Jaffari) Shiite Muslims all have all been targeted as religious minorities. Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, and Turkoman have been targeted as ethnic minorities.

Iraq knows all too well about the nightmare that Syria is facing. Many of the insurgents in Syria are from Iraq and linked to sectors of Al-Anbar’s Awakening Movement (or the Sons of Iraq Movement), which was tied to Al-Qaeda and began to collaborate and receive funding from the United States during the Anglo-American occupation. If these militants succeed in Syria, they will eventually return to Iraq and ignite an insurgency against the federal government in Baghdad too.

On the other hand, the conflict in Syria has been the catalyst for a strengthening Russia position in the Middle East and the forging of new ties between Hezbollah and Moscow. In October 2011, Hezbollah sent a delegation to Russia to discuss the fighting in Syria. It is clear now that Moscow is coordinating with the Iranian-led “Axis of Resistance” or Resistance Bloc that includes Syria, Hezbollah, Michel Aoun, and the Palestinians. After holding discussions about Syria in Tehran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s April 26 visit to Beirut, during the absence of a formal Lebanese government, embodies this strategic cooperation. Bogdanov’s trip to Lebanon is important, because it was a clear indicator that Russia has forged direct strategic ties with Hezbollah and recognizes the Resistance Bloc as an extension of its own security sphere.

Like Hezbollah, Iran is also a target of the conflict in Syria. This is one of the reasons that Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, made a rare visit to Tehran on April 29 (after meeting with Mikhail Bogdanov) to discuss a common front with the Iranians. The same group of countries targeting Syria and Hezbollah are also targeting Iran. It has been reported that “Israel is preparing to agree a defense co-operation deal with Turkey and three Arab states aimed at setting up an early warning system to detect Iranian ballistic missiles.” Uzi Mahnaimi has explained that this “proposal, referred to by the diplomats involved as ‘4+1’, may eventually lead to technicians from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan working alongside Israelis in joint command-and-control centers.”

Just as Hezbollah has confirmed that it is involved in the fighting in Syria and promised that Syria’s “real friends”—meaning Iran, Russia, China, and the March 8 Alliance in Lebanon—will not let Syria fall into the hands of the US and its allies, Tehran has told Washington and its allies several times that Syria is the Iranian “redline.” Iranian military commanders have said that Syria is an extension of Iran’s own security parameters. What’s more, the Iranians have openly admitted that they are aiding their Syrian allies and willing to provide further training and assistance to Damascus, as well as intervene militarily to help Syria if the US and its allies attack.


May 23rd, 2013, 6:46 pm



The Revolution has been a success whatever happens next. Nobody ever imagined that a Revolution against the Mafia Police State of Assad could ever take place. And it it ever happened 99.99 % of syrians would have said it could only last 24 to 48 hours before insurgents get bulleted, detained, tortured, killed or sentenced to anonymous life in prison until death.

Instead of being destroyed they have been standing against a whole policial state backed by Russia and Iran f or more than 26 full months.

We, the people of Syria, have become free since the day we stopped fearing the criminal Assad state.

Even if finally the battle is lost the Syrian People will have been free fighting for freedom, dignity and justice. And this is something will be always remebered in history books. All the videos that show how peacefull demonstrations were bulleted by the repression forces will be there forever to explain what really happened.

Meanwhile Assad remnants with the necessary help of external powers like IRAN and RUSSIA fight for keeping power however it be having lost the sense of reality. History has already been written and Assad is the loser.

May 23rd, 2013, 6:56 pm


ann said:

68. revenire

I’m also having lots of problems accessing the blog!

May 23rd, 2013, 6:56 pm


revenire said:

Sandro it is little different than Hama 1964, or later. This time the West tried harder to install their puppets but the result will be the same: Victory for Assad!

May 23rd, 2013, 7:02 pm


Uzair8 said:

Dear Juergen

I believe the Shaykh belongs to the Shadhili Order. However it is possible the Shaykh may have Ijaza from other orders too.

May 23rd, 2013, 7:03 pm


revenire said:

Note John Kerry did not mention HIS foreign fighters in Syria:

Syrian Army detains Saudi, Qatari officers caught aiding rebel forces
Special to

NICOSIA — The Syrian Army has captured scores of foreign fighters,
including those from Qatar and European Union states.
Arab diplomatic sources said the Army detained Qatari military officers as well as a senior ally of the Saudi intelligence community in the rebel-held town of Qusair. They said the Saudi captured near the Lebanese border was identified as an agent of the Saudi intelligence agency.

Syrian rebels prepare to repel a coordinated attack by government forces in Qusair, Homs province on May 19. /AP/Qusair Lens
“Syria has already informed Qatar of the arrests and demanded an
explanation,” a diplomat said.

The sources said the Qatari officers had directed the flow of weapons and funds to the Sunni revolt in Syria. They said the officers were also mentoring rebel operations, which have included thousands of foreign fighters.

A Lebanese parliamentarian said the Syrian Army also captured military advisers from Belgium, Britain, France and Netherlands in Qusair. Assim Qansou, regarded as a pro-Syrian deputy, said dozens of foreign military officers were arrested and interrogated.

(click link for full story)

May 23rd, 2013, 7:05 pm


Uzair8 said:

Denunciation of the Woolwich – London Horrific Murder

By His Eminence Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

7 hrs ago

As a Muslim leader representing many Muslims around the World, especially the UK, I want to express my denunciation in the strongest terms of the inhumain, barbaric killing on the streets of Woolwich, London.

This reprehensible act is an affront to every basic sense of humanity, let alone to the lof…ty moral ideals of religion. The Name of God, and the religion of Islam can never be used to justify insane acts of terror or cold-blooded murder.

The perpetrators of this cowrdless act do not represent but their own criminal minds and inhumain hearts which are full of hatred.
This is why we urge the British societry not to put any burden of guilt on the Muslim communities which live peacefully amongst them side by side. Muslims in the UK are an integral positive component of the British society and carry but love and peace to Britains and to humanity; as the message of Islam is a message of love, peace and mercy.

Muslims in the West know well their duties in being loyal to the countries where they live and to abide by the laws and to be a source of peace in the societies, as Islam teaches and as we have been preaching. We finally remind Muslims of the Words of God in the Holy Qur’an, “anyone who kills a person it is as though he killed mankind.


Comment by the Shaykh (posted 4hrs ago)from the comment section following the above statement:

Why the Ulema have to denounce such actions?

There are few reasons why we have to speak up at such terrorist attacks:

1- You are right, you did not do it, but remember that the person who did it is a Muslim and claimed to have done for Islam.

2- With the campaigns against Islam in the Western media which usually accompany such attacks, there is a more need for us to encounter it by stating the real position of Islam. Repetition is an important means and tactic to make the presence of the position of Islam available more for the public.

3- It is also important for us personally to speak up and tell our opinion and show our position. Our silence may be misinterpreted, especially when some people are ready to fish in still water and portray us as fanatics.

4- This statement is not an apology but a clarification and sympathy, which is needed and is an obligation.

May 23rd, 2013, 7:09 pm



The West and the East have always tried to install puppets in every corner of the world. In the case of Syria the puppet chosen for 40 years was the House Of Assads. West and East felt confortable with them.

But the people of Syria said ¨Enough is enough¨ and nobody could manage to stop it from rejecting Assad Mafia. Even now Israel and US are still making efforts to fins a solution that let the regime remain by changing simply Assad itself and other names.

Assad is now a political detritus of history. It is not East or West, it is the syrian people and the Arab Friends who really made that change possible.

May 23rd, 2013, 7:13 pm



Boston and London ¨islamist terrorists¨ attacks could have been organized by russian secret services as covered operations through its agents in islamist cellules to add pressure on the West about dangers of supporting Al Nusra and other islamic Sunni organizations in Syria, etc.

May 23rd, 2013, 7:17 pm


Uzair8 said:

English translation of a statement from 19th May:

Urgent message from Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

El-Quseir, Syria is in Danger

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

El-Quseir is in danger…El-Quseir seeks help…

The residents of El-Quseir are in constant fear and dread of retaliation from the regime. So support them with duas throughout the day & night, morning & evening, whilst sitting & standing and in every tashahhud and prostration. Support the women, children and elders of El-Quseir with food, drink and medicine. Whoever can treat the wounded; save a child; help an elderly person; plant a smile on the face of a child crying for fear of death; or place tranquillity in the heart of a woman who fears rape then do not delay. Head for El-Quseir O Mujahidin for Jihad. Depart for El-Quseir O doctors to treat the wounded. O traders! Leave for El-Quseir carrying food, drink and medicine. El-Quseir cries out to you! El-Quseir: Once the serene land of Gazelles. Now the regime’s beasts and mercenaries turn to it to prey on the innocent.

We ask Allah Almighty that He aid the Mujahidin in El-Quseir and Homs. The fall of El-Quseir will result in a disastrous situation for Homs and it will increase the pressure on the Mujahidin there. You must make dua and extend your hands to help your brothers there.

{So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers. If a wound should touch you – there has already touched the [opposing] people a wound similar to it. And these days [of varying conditions] We alternate among the people so that Allah may make evident those who believe and [may] take to Himself from among you martyrs – and Allah does not like the wrongdoers} Al-Quran, 3:139-140

May 23rd, 2013, 7:34 pm


revenire said:

There are very few civilians are left in al-Qusayr so who does Yaqoubi want to save? I will tell you: the terrorists. I know people from the town and they do not support the “revolution” and want the army to clean the city out (as it is doing).

May 23rd, 2013, 7:48 pm


Tara said:


Hi. Watching on Alarabia painful images of children dying or losing limbs from the regime bombardment in Talbiseh and Reef Damascus. Can you please post the link of you have an access to it . The savagery of this regime needs to be persistently exposed.

May 23rd, 2013, 8:09 pm


zoo said:


The tempestuous opposition declarations’ only purpose is posturing in the hope that it will dissuade Bashar Al Assad to participate in the conference, thus triggering long-waited US weapon deliveries.
This is a theatrical display of strength before facing the public humiliation of accepting not only that Bashar al Assad has not resigned before the negotiations as the opposition has hammered for 2 years, but that Bashar al Assad may well be in the background of the transition government as well as being a candidate to the 2014 election.
Beggars can’t be choosers.

May 23rd, 2013, 8:09 pm


Ghufran said:

The AL is making an almost U-Turn on Syria after ” consulting” with Uncle Sam:
وأوضحت اللجنة أن الدول العربية وتركيا ترحب بحذر بالمقاربات السياسية الاخيرة بقيادة الاتحاد الروسي والولايات المتحدة”، وتؤكد علي دعمها لجهود الممثل المشترك لجامعة الدول العربية والأمم المتحدة.

وحددت اللجنة آفاق الحل السياسي الذي يضع نهاية بأنها تستند إلي المكونات التالية:
(1) الحفاظ علي السلامة الإقليمية والنسيج الاجتماعي لسوريا.
(2) الحفاظ علي هيكل الدولة ومؤسسات الوطنية السورية.
(3) تشكيل حكومة وحدة وطنية لفترة زمنية محددة متفقة عليها تمهيدا لضمان الانتقال السلمي للسلطة.
(4)تتمتع الحكومة الانتقالية بسلطة تنفيذية كاملة بما في ذلك سلطة علي القوات المسلحة والاجهزة الامنية.
(5) تشكيل الحكومة انتقالية خلال فترة زمنية محددة استنادا لتفاهم جميع الاطراف.
(6) تتضمن الهدف النهائي للفترة الانتقالية صياغة واعتماد دستور وخلق توافق بشأن العملية السياسية لتشكيل قاعدة للدولة السورية الجديدة.
(7) لضمان الاستقرار خلال الفترة الانتقالية سيكون هناك حاجة لقوات حفظ سلامة تابعة للامم المتحدة.
(8) قوات الامم المتحدة لحفظ السلام المزمع ارسالها لمناطق النزاع يتم انشائها عن طريق مجلس الامن تاكيدا لاستمرار السلام والامن والامان للمدنيين.
(9)ضمان دخول جميع المساعدات الانسانية الي جميع انحاء سورية.
وأكدت اللجنة ان هذه العناصر تتطلب مدة زمنية واضحة ومحددة.
Notice the absence of two critical names: Assad and the Syrian army.
By keeping the document vague on these two items, since the AL may argue that the SAA is part of the regime, the GCC is trying to give itself some wiggle room.

May 23rd, 2013, 8:14 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Going in Circles with Dawoud>/b>

I know that I will not win you to my sides regardless of the strength of argument.


You will win me over if you tell me where the borders should be between the 2 states: Israel and Palestine.

The rest is a side-show.

I passed this history to my children, who are like me American-born. They will pass it to their children, and the story of Palestine and its narrative will never die.


Welcome to my world. Jews have a similar outlook. And our whole Torah, religion, and prayers are based on our return to Zion (ya’ani Israel, aka “The Promised Land”).

Free Israel and Palestine from the intolerant

May 23rd, 2013, 8:30 pm


Tara said:

An interview with Jabhat al-Nusra
May 23rd 2013, 16:33 by | RAQQA PROVINCE

How has Jabhat al-Nusra become so powerful?

The reason is the weakening of the other groups. Jabhat al-Nusra gets the advantage because of our ideology. We are not just rebels; we are doing something we believe in. We are not just fighting against tyranny; Bashar Assad is only part of our fight. The other groups are only a reaction to the regime, whereas we are fighting for a vision.

What is that vision?

We are fighting to apply what Allah said to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. We are fighting so people don’t look to other people but only to Allah. We don’t believe in complete freedom: it is restricted by Allah’s laws. Allah created us and he knows what is best for us.
What future do you see for Syria—or do you even see a Syria in the future?
We want the future that Islam commands. Not a country with borders but an umma [worldwide Islamic community of believers] of all the Muslim people. All Muslims should be united.
Syria has long been known for its sectarian diversity. How do you view the other sects?
The other sects are protected by the Islamic state. Muhammad, peace be upon him, had a Jewish neighbour, for example, and he was always good to him. But the power and authority must be with the believers [Sunnis], not the unbelievers.

What about other Sunnis who are more moderate than you?
We will apply sharia law to them.
What about Alawites?

Allah knows what will happen to them. There is a difference between the basic kuffar [infidels] and those who converted from Islam. If the latter, we must punish them. Alawites are included. Even Sunnis who want democracy are kuffar as are all Shia. It’s not about who is loyal and who isn’t to the regime; it’s about their religion. Sharia says there can be no punishment of the innocent and there must be punishment of the bad; that’s what we follow.


May 23rd, 2013, 8:52 pm


dawoud said:

“Elections” in Iran’s brutal and dictatorial theocracy! Yes, “ignoracne!” A REGIME that supports a murderous dictator, Bashar, and asks its sectarian puppets (e.g., Hizbass) to fight for him is IGNORANT!

Iran election: Rafsanjani criticises leaders’ ‘ignorance’

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused Iran’s leaders of incompetence and ignorance, an opposition website reports.

Mr Rafsanjani’s comments come two days after he and another candidate were disqualified from next month’s presidential election.

“I don’t think the country could have been run worse,” he was quoted as saying on the Kaleme website.

The Guardian Council approved only eight potential candidates to stand.

They are all considered conservatives. The Guardian Council, a body of theologians and jurists, is loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“I don’t want to stoop to their propaganda and attacks but ignorance is troubling,” Mr Rafsanjani was quoted as saying in a meeting with supporters.

“They don’t understand what they’re doing.”

Mr Rafsanjani, w

May 23rd, 2013, 9:21 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on the incompetence of Iran’s leaders: “They don’t understand what they’re doing.”

Now we know where Bashar got his ideas on crisis management. As they say, monkey see, monkey do…

May 23rd, 2013, 9:56 pm


revenire said:

Tara I like the part where the Nusra guy talked about men’s brains being bigger than women’s. These are clearly very enlightened people.


Shouldn’t men also cover up to avoid women looking at other people’s husbands?

Our women ask the same question. Some men can’t control themselves and the woman is the source. It’s easier to prevent abuse. The men’s role is to go out and work. Man’s brain is bigger than the woman’s—that’s scientifically proven. Men’s brains have different areas for speaking and thinking, but women’s don’t which is why women they say what they think.

May 23rd, 2013, 10:33 pm


revenire said:

Dave aw, c’mon … Iranian elections are probably cleaner than those in the USA. You know? Money runs the game in the States.

May 23rd, 2013, 10:37 pm


Dawoud said:

Hamid Dabashi on the flawed Iranian presidential elections of 2009 and the repression of peaceful protesters

May 23rd, 2013, 11:23 pm


dawoud said:

Left is wrong on Iran

Who are and who promoted these leftist intellectuals who question the social uprising of the people in Iran, asks Hamid Dabashi*

When a political groundswell like the Iranian presidential election of June 2009 and its aftermath happen, the excitement and drama of the moment expose not just our highest hopes but also our deepest fault lines, most troubling moral flaws, and the dangerous political precipice we face.

Over the decades I have learned not to expect much from what passes for “the left” in North America and/or Western Europe when it comes to the politics of what their colonial ancestry has called “the Middle East”. But I do expect much more when it comes to our own progressive intellectuals — Arabs, Muslims, South Asians, Africans and Latin Americans. This is not a racial bifurcation, but a regional typology along the colonial divide.

By and large this expectation is apt and more often than not met. The best case in point is the comparison between what Azmi Bishara has offered about the recent uprising in Iran and what Slavoj Zizek felt obligated to write. Whereas Bishara’s piece (with aspects of which I have had reason to disagree) is predicated on a detailed awareness of the Iranian scene, accumulated over the last 30 years of the Islamic Republic and even before, Zizek’s (the conclusion of which I completely disagree with) is entirely spontaneous and impressionistic, predicated on as much knowledge about Iran as I have about the mineral composition of the planet Jupiter.

The examples can be multiplied by many, when we add to what Azmi Bishara has written pieces by Mustafa El-Labbad and Galal Nassar, for example, and compare them to the confounded blindness of Paul Craig Roberts, Anthony DiMaggio, Michael Veiluva, James Petras, Jeremy Hammond, Eric Margolis, and many others. While people closest to the Iranian scene write from a position of critical intimacy, and with a healthy dose of disagreement, those farthest from it write with an almost unanimous exposure of their constitutional ignorance, not having the foggiest idea what has happened in that country over the last 30 years, let alone the last 200 years, and then having the barefaced chutzpah to pontificate one thing or another — or worse, to take more than 70 million human beings as stooges of the CIA and puppets of the Saudis.

Let me begin by stating categorically that in principle I share the fundamental political premise of the left, its weariness of US imperial machination, of major North American and Western European media (but by no means all of them) by and large missing the point on what is happening around the globe, or even worse seeing things from the vantage point of their governmental cues, which they scarcely question. It has been but a few months since we have come out of the nightmare of the Bush presidency, or the combined chicaneries of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and John Ashcroft, or of the continued calamities of the “war on terror”. Iran is still under the threat of a military strike by Israel, or at least more severe economic sanctions, similar to those that are responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis during the Clinton administration. Iraq and Afghanistan are burning, Gaza is in utter desolation, Northern Pakistan is in deep humanitarian crisis, and Israel is stealing more Palestinian lands every day. With all his promises and pomp and ceremonies, President Obama is yet to show in any significant and tangible way his change of course in the region from that of the previous administration.

The US Congress, prompted by AIPAC (the American Israel Political Affairs Committee), pro-war vigilantes lurking in the halls of power in Washington DC, and Israeli warlords and their propaganda machinery in the US, are all excited about the events in Iran and are doing their damnedest to turn them to their advantage. The left, indeed, has reason to worry. But having principled positions on geopolitics is one thing, being blind and deaf to a massive social movement is something entirely different, as being impervious to the flagrant charlatanism of an upstart demagogue like Ahmadinejad. The sign and the task of a progressive and agile intelligence is to hold on to core principles and seek to incorporate mass social uprising into its modus operandi. My concern here is not with that retrograde strand in the North American or Western European left that is siding with Ahmadinejad and against the masses of millions of Iranians daring the draconian security apparatus of the Islamic Republic. They are a lost cause, and frankly no one could care less what they think of the world. What does concern me is when an Arab intellectual like Asad AbuKhalil opts to go public with his assessment of this movement — and what he says so vertiginously smacks of recalcitrant fanaticism, steadfastly insisting on a belligerent ignorance.

On his website, “Angry Arab”, Asad AbuKhalil finally has categorically stated that he is “now more convinced than

May 23rd, 2013, 11:31 pm


sf94123 said:

Muhammad al-Yaqoubi looks like a Rabbi more than a Sheikh. As for SANDRO LOEWE, he/she reminds me of Hytham Khoury’s delusional analysis on this blog a year ago. Keep it up Dr. MB.

May 23rd, 2013, 11:43 pm



While the majority of Syria’s Arab population and Sunni Muslim population support the Syrian government against the insurgents and their foreign backers,

This was extracted from one of the trashcans (the source of this trash is of course rt) dumped above. Anyone still needs a definition of vulgarity?

May 24th, 2013, 12:08 am


revenire said:

Hamster if the overwhelming majority of the Syrian population didn’t support the government the government would have been overthrown long ago.

This is just a simple fact.

May 24th, 2013, 12:15 am



not content with conveying trash, the conveyor belt seems to enjoy internalizing it… anyone still needs an explanation of impudence?

May 24th, 2013, 12:27 am



Iranian elections are probably cleaner than those in the USA. You know? Money runs the game in the States.

1. Non Sequitur
2. Overgeneralization
3. Red Herring
4. False Analogy

Four classical logical fallacies in one sentence. Regime propaganda at its best.

May 24th, 2013, 12:42 am



if the overwhelming majority of the Syrian population didn’t support the government the government would have been overthrown long ago.

This is just a simple fact.

1. Argument from Consequences
2. Big Lie Technique
3. Either-Or Reasoning
4. Essentializing

5. Reductionism

And (5.5) a weak attempt at Transfer fallacy

A deep well of logical fallacies.

May 24th, 2013, 1:20 am


Mina said:

why is the media so reluctant to explain that since the 2 London murderes are from Nigeria, their act certainly has to do with the bombing of the Boko Haram strongholds in Nigeria last week?

May 24th, 2013, 2:20 am


Alan said:

Russia Strikes Back in Syria
Putin upbraided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his country’s air attacks on Damascus. Moscow is sending sophisticated anti-aircraft batteries, anti-submarine missiles and other munitions to beleaguered Assad, and has just announced that 12 Russian warships will patrol the Mediterranean.

May 24th, 2013, 3:16 am


annie said:

an inside job

May 24th, 2013, 6:19 am


Tara said:

Comply or else strategy seems to work with Batta. He is attending the conference.

• Russia’s foreign ministry says the Syrian government has agreed in principle to attend next month’s Peace Conference in Geneva. The ministry also criticised what it claimed were attempts to undermine the initiative.

May 24th, 2013, 7:19 am


AKbar Palace said:

Syrian Hamster,

Of course you’re right. No one knows who is popular and who isn’t without a vote.

And totalitarian regimes do a great job of hiding people’s feelings because someone can get thrown into jail without any due process.

This is how regimes like Syria work.

…if the overwhelming majority of the Syrian population didn’t support the government the government would have been overthrown long ago.


I see you’ve smelled the kawa. Enjoy!

May 24th, 2013, 7:50 am


apple_mini said:

Finally, we might get to the stage to see the regime and the opposition to play dirty politics. The dirtiest politics without violence is still infinitely better than violence. At least this will be agreed well by Syrians in Syria.

Whoever rejects to attend the conference will be universally condemned and punished. So we should see both sides finally sit down for the first time since the ugly revolution and counter-revolution started.

The military gain by SAA has provided tremendous help to the regime. They are now in better shape and better position. More bargaining chips and more growing support from the public.

Not only the public can feel security and safety under the regime’ rule. They also give credits to the winners who are genuinely Syrian.

Even if the conference turns out to be almost fruitless, the regime will take back the south and consolidate the west anyway.

Has any news agent or organization given estimate of the population in those areas? Consider about 10 millions in Damascus. We are seeing more than 2/3 Syrians are living in areas under the regime’s control. Under the cruel sanction by the west and constant sabotage and deliberate destruction by the rebels, the regime has been doing quite an impressive job to provide basic needs for those people.

May 24th, 2013, 8:09 am


ann said:

Brent Scowcroft Argues for Diplomacy in Syria – May 23, 2013

Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft said the top U.S. priority in Syria should be to work with Russia to arrange a cease-fire rather than to arm Syrian rebels or establish a no-fly zone in the country, as some in Washington are advocating.

Americans think “instinctively” they ought help put an end to the civil war, Mr. Scowcroft said in a video interview on But, he added, “I don’t see how we can help. If we actively participate, as many say, in Syria, then we’re going to own Syria. And we don’t know how to solve the Syrian problem.”

Asked whether he is advocating arming rebels or setting up a no-fly zone, Mr. Scowcroft replied, “No, I’m not. This is a very difficult situation. If (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) left tomorrow, it would not be all peace and quiet.”

Instead, he endorsed an effort by Secretary of State John Kerry to work with Moscow, an ally of and arms supplier to the Syrian government, to work out an end to the violence.

“It seems to me what the secretary of state is doing is the best thing we can do and that is to try and get the Russians to work with us for a cease-fire,” he said. “Then at least you deal with this very complex political and military situation without people getting killed.”

Russia, Mr. Scowcroft said, is being “very difficult” on the Syria question, in large part because of bitterness over how the West handled a similar uprising in Libya.

In that case, he said, Western nations went to the United Nations and won a Security Council resolution authorizing use of force to protect civilians from the violence growing out of an uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi. “We in fact used force to overthrow Qadhafi,” he said. “They say you can do that once but this regime-change stuff, we don’t go for it.”

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May 24th, 2013, 9:25 am


ann said:


What happens in Syria will have major regional and global repercussions. Attempts to create a sectarian war are part of the logic of divide and conquer. This is part of the US and Israel “constructive chaos” strategy to fragment and re-sculpt the entire Middle East along the lines of the Yinon Plan and rehashed versions of it.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Salehi has warned that if the conflict in Syria is not ended that it will result in the partition of Syria and the spreading of the conflict throughout the Middle East. The same warnings have been echoing from Russia, Syria, and other places.

While the Chinese have kept mostly silent, they realize that the siege of Syria is part of the Pentagon’s roadmap against China. Days before Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to arrive in Beijing, CNN even reported that “China’s foreign ministry spokesman suggested Netanyahu may get a tough, unwelcome message from his Chinese hosts” due to the Israeli strikes on Jamraya.

The situation in Syria is akin to the situation that was created in Iraq during the Anglo-American occupation. It is a continuation of the same process of destabilization that wants to tear the pluralistic fabric of the ancient societies of the Middle East. It is this project that has driven the Christians out of Iraq and destroyed the mixed neighborhoods of Shiites and Sunnis and Arabs and Kurds.

Contemporary Iraq suffers from the virtual realization of both the Yinon Plan and the Biden Plan, which say Iraq should be divided into three sectors. The Kurdistan Regional Government, which is openly working against the sovereignty of Iraq and aligned with Turkey and Israel, is at loggerheads with the federal government Baghdad and has de facto independence. The corrupt leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government have prevented the Iraqi military from manning certain Iraqi-Syrian border crossings in the north used by the insurgents in Syria and they have allowed the Israelis to use Iraqi Kurdistan as a base of operations against Syria and Iran.

Like they did in Iraq during the chaos, the US and its allies are using money and sectarianism. The insurgency in Syria is being financed by the US and members of its anti-Syrian coalition, such as the Saudis and Qataris.

In addition, groups opposed to the Syrian government are being financially co-opted by the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood with the foreign funding it has been receiving to topple the Syrian government. One Damascene opposition figure has admitted that the Muslim Brotherhood “just asked us how much we needed, we told them, and they immediately sent that amount.”

Moreover, foreign funds were not only used to pay what he needed, but the Muslim Brotherhood told activists and government opponents that “they should take one per cent of the funding for their personal salaries.”

There should be no doubt that the insurgents in Syria and Israel are on the same side. The anti-government forces in Syria have even thanked Israel on several occasions and were jubilant about the Israeli attacks on Jamraya. As a result of the embarrassing attention they received for being aligned with Israel, the insurgents in Syria have changed gears and tried to save face by ridiculously claiming that Israel is secretly aligned with Bashar Al-Assad, Iran, and Hezbollah.

It says something of significance when Israeli officials say that they do not see an Al-Qaeda takeover of Syria as a threat to Tel Aviv. Amos Gilad, an Israeli military official, has stated very frankly Al-Qaeda is no concern for Israel and “although [its] elements are gaining a foothold in Syria amidst the chaos of the country’s civil war, the Syria-Iran-Hezbollah axis which preceded it [is] far more threatening” for Israel.

In reality, the governments of Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States are in league with the supposed terrorists that some of them say they oppose or are fighting. They have been using the groups that have been designated as branches of Al-Qaeda as foot soldiers on the ground in Syria and Libya. If successful, they will eventually try to use the same militants to ignite insurgencies in places like the Russia’s North Caucasian Federal District.

While Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, and the Palestinians are being targeted through the destabilization of Syria, the countries targeting Syria are also preparing the flames that they themselves will also burn in if America’s “New Middle East” comes into fruition through a baptism of fire and blood.

Syrian instability and a possible partition of Syria could ignite a civil war in Turkey and even result in the partition of Turkey itself. Jordan too will be consumed by the flames that are burning Syria.

If Syria collapses, the Iranians have delivered an unequivocal warning to King Abdullah II of Jordan about his future. Tehran’s message to Abdullah II, a despot who has foreigners arrested merely for talking negatively about him, but is invited to the White House to talk about democracy in Syria, is simple: “You must be aware that if the US decides to go to war with Syria, your kingdom will go in the process.”

Nor will Saudi Arabia and Qatar be spared from the flames that the House of Saud and the rival House of Al-Thani are stoking for the Obama Administration and Israel in their Syrian gambit that could eventually ignite a major all-out war in the Middle East and beyond.


May 24th, 2013, 9:32 am


ann said:

EU must extend Syria arms embargo – May 23, 2013

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels next week must extend the arms embargo on Syria and push for a political solution to the country’s civil war, British-based charity Oxfam said Friday.

The aid agency said it would be “irresponsible” not to widen the arms ban and warned a failure to do so could extinguish hopes of a breakthrough at the US-Russian peace summit scheduled for June 12.

“Allowing the EU arms embargo to end could have devastating consequences,” warned Oxfam’s Head of Arms Control Anna Macdonald.

“There are no easy answers when trying to stop the bloodshed in Syria, but sending more arms and ammunition clearly isn’t one of them.”

The charity warned that attempts by Britain and France to channel weapons into the hands of rebel fighters could “fan the flames of the conflict and cost lives”.

“There are serious risks arms could be used to commit human rights violations,” said Macdonald.

“Transferring more weapons to Syria can only exacerbate a hellish scenario for civilians.

“The UK and France are charting a risky course of action,” she added. “Diplomacy should be the priority.”


May 24th, 2013, 9:41 am


ann said:

On Syria Chemical Weapons, Kane Has Reporter’s Information, Sellstrom Next

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 — Back on April 30 at the Russian Mission to the UN, a Russian state television reporter who spent eight months in Syria, Anastasia Popova, told Inner City Press that while she had information about the use of chemical weapons in Al-Asal, the UN panel headed by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro had declined to look at it.

Inner City Press wrote the story, and on May 1 asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky if Ban’s prober Ake Sellstrom would be willing to look at Popova’s evidence. Yes, Nesirky said, to the surprise of some.

Now we can report that Popova has said she did share her information with Ban’s High Representative on Disarmament and main negotiator with Syria on chemical weapons, Angela Kane.

And Inner City Press has learned that Kane’s High Representative’s Office has received the material and are converting it into a usable format, and it is being sent to the Head of the Team, Ake Sellstrom.

What will Sellstrom make of it? And …

May 24th, 2013, 9:44 am


ann said:

Austria links UN peacekeepers to Syria arms ban – May 24, 2013

VIENNA (AP) — Austria said Friday that it may rethink its U.N. peacekeeping role in the Golan Heights, if the European Union doesn’t extend its arms embargo to Syria.

Austria’s 377 soldiers make up the largest contingent of the approximately 900 U.N. peacekeepers posted to the Golan Heights separating Syria and Israel.

Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger told The Associated Press on Friday that they could be targeted by Syrian government forces, if EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday decide to allow members to ship arms to rebels trying to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.

‘’We believe there are enough weapons in Syria,” Spindelegger said. ‘’We support a cease-fire, not weapons deliveries.”


May 24th, 2013, 9:49 am


ann said:

Why we oppose US and Israeli intervention in Syria – Statement by ANSWER Coalition – May 23, 2013

Having overthrown the governments in Iraq in 2003 and Libya in 2011, the U.S. government has sought to topple the Syrian government during the past two years. The CIA has been the coordinating agency for massive weapons shipments from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to armed groups fighting to topple the Syrian government.

The conflict in Syria that began more than two years ago was fueled by a wide range of grievances, some legitimate, some reactionary. But the armed rebellion inside the country is today inextricably bound to imperialism and the most reactionary regimes in the Arab world. Its aim is to destroy a secular, nationalist government that U.S. leaders view as an obstacle to their goal of dominating the entire Middle East.

The United States, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been funneling vast quantities of arms, money and supplies to the Syrian opposition, and training thousands of anti-government fighters in Turkey, Jordan and elsewhere. On May 5, Israel heavily bombed an area close to the capital, Damascus.

Harsh economic sanctions have been imposed on Syria. The United States and its allies have waged a worldwide campaign to isolate and demonize the Syrian government.

Outside support has sustained the opposition, but not brought it victory. Thus, the leaders of the U.S.-organized “National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces” and the “Free Syrian Army” have been making repeated and urgent appeals for more direct imperialist intervention, including an air war against their own country. Those appeals have become even more urgent due to losses suffered by the splintered opposition forces in recent weeks.


Stepping up the imperialist-led campaign, on May 22, the so-called “Friends of Syria” met in Amman, Jordan. Led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the other “Friends” at the meeting were the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The open aim of the “Friends” is the overthrow of existing government in Syria. Its concluding statement speaks of “supporting the legitimate rights of the Syrian people” and “a new Syrian constitution with equal rights for all.”

This supposed concern for “human rights” in Syria is nothing but the crassest cynicism.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Jordan are all police-state, absolute monarchies, sustained in power by U.S. support. Saudi Arabia has never had an election, women are forbidden to drive cars and public beheadings are a frequent occurrence. Britain and France are the former colonizing powers in the region, striving to retain their influence today. Germany and Italy shared in the colonial division of Africa; half the population of Libya died under Italian rule during World War II. Turkey has long repressed the Kurdish population inside its borders, as well as unions, leftist parties and other progressive organizations. The Egyptian government is suppressing the opposition as it seeks to consolidate its power.

As the dominant world power over the past 70 years, the United States has carried out genocidal wars from Korea to Vietnam to Iraq, leaving tens of millions dead, wounded and displaced. In addition, U.S. military and intelligence forces have intervened hundreds of times in countries around the world, and today the United States maintains more than 900 military bases on every continent. Death by U.S. drone is today a regular and terrorizing feature of life for people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.

The “Friends” are in reality a criminal gang who have no concern whatsoever for the interests of the people of Syria – or any people anywhere, for that matter.


An international peace conference on Syria has been jointly proposed by Russia and the United States, and is tentatively set to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, in June. It is not clear yet whether it will actually take place.

Regarding the proposed conference, the “Friends of Syria” statement ended by threatening, “[U]ntil such a time as the Geneva meeting produces a transitional government, they [the “Friends”] will further increase their support for the opposition and take all other steps as necessary.” By “transitional government,” the “Friends” mean one absent the present leadership. In other words, until there is “regime change,” they will escalate the war.


May 24th, 2013, 10:05 am


Akbar Palace said:

Dear Dr. Barber,

Respectfully requesting that SC not become an unwanted “news service” full of long articles of propaganda.

Instead, can we just have a one-line quote and a link?

May 24th, 2013, 10:17 am


revenire said:

Tara Assad holds all the cards and I urge you to read the reports on the conference.

Akbar what I do with posts – long or short – I don’t want to read is skip over them. It works really well.

In life we often must look at things that make us uncomfortable. Have a nice day.

May 24th, 2013, 10:23 am


revenire said:

Is Juergen around? I wanted to share the good news.

BND anticipates Syria’s victory end 2013

The German foreign intelligence agency (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) has drastically revised its assessment of the situation in Syria, reveals Spiegel Online [1]

While, on the strength of reports by high-ranking military deserters, they had heretofore predicted the rapid enfeeblement of Bashar al-Assad, today they announced his victory before the end of the year.

The BND believes that the Syrian Arab Army has succeeded in securing its supply lines and in cutting those of the “insurgents” (largely foreign jihadists, backed by NATO and the GCC). The retrieval of al-Qusayir presages that of the entire district of Homs and the collapse of the partition plans, with the possible exception of a Kurdish area.

[1] “Bürgerkrieg in Syrien : BND prognostiziert Vormarsch der Assad-Armee,” by Matthias Gebauer, Spiegel Online, 22 May 2013.

May 24th, 2013, 10:29 am


zoo said:

Saudi Arabia and Qatar competition in the open

The Shadow War Behind Syria’s Rebellion: Foreign Backers Jockey for Influence in Turkey
By Rania Abouzeid / Istanbul

a low-key yet perhaps equally important gathering was being quietly held in Istanbul between Saudi officials and half of the 30 members of the Free Syrian Army’s Higher Military Command, which claims to represent most of the rebels fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The informal talks, which were held at a seaside hotel, marked the first gathering of the rebel group’s Military Command and Saudi officials since, according to senior members of the Military Command, Saudi Arabia stepped up earlier this month to become the main source of arms to the rebels. In so doing they nudged aside the smaller Persian Gulf state of Qatar, which had been the main supplier of weapons to the opposition since early 2012. Saudi officials have simply been meeting with the rebels on their own, without involving the Qataris.

The change is significant because Qatar and Saudi Arabia each favor different rebel factions. The Qataris have backed more Islamist rebel groups, while the Saudis—despite Saudi Arabia’s ultraconservative form of government—have opted to support more moderate groups that may have an Islamist hue but are not considered conservative. The strong conservative Islamist current within rebel ranks may be weakened if support is increased to more moderate factions….

A Saudi representative in the meeting was at pains to stress that there was no such thing as a “separate Saudi and Qatari path,” according to two participants.

Read more:

May 24th, 2013, 11:14 am


zoo said:

Is Bashar al-Assad winning the civil war in Syria?

Dispatch: the Syrian rebels are in disarray and the regime is gaining ground. Two Telegraph correspondents report from the front lines in Damascus and Aleppo

Now Mr Assad is fighting back, to despairing rebel admission. Those same analysts suggest he could be in a position to deal an ultimately fatal blow. Even before the current battle for Qusayr on the Lebanese border, he was making small but strategic gains around Damascus, and in the centre of the country.

Mr Assad has reopened the road to Deraa and Jordan, and brought to a halt the sweeping rebel gains in the north, which began last July with the seizure of half of Aleppo and culminated when the opposition, led by the al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra, swept to the Iraqi border in March.

The German intelligence agency BND, which last year was predicting the regime’s imminent collapse, believes Mr Assad could regain the entire south by the end of the year, according to a report leaked to Der Spiegel. Other Western powers appear to think in similar terms.

The regime may not have regained much territory, but it has taken supply lines, allowing it to hit back at will.

Predictions of an Assad victory might be premature, but the political and military opposition are badly divided between Islamists, militants and secular forces. This is likely to be exacerbated if they do not resume the charge.

May 24th, 2013, 11:18 am


Ziad said:

Widely denounced as ‘propaganda,’ Israel’s report on al-Dura calls attention to 950 other child killings

According to the human rights group B’Tselem, 951 children and teens were killed by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza between 2000 and 2008, yet no government committee was ever established to investigate the circumstances of their deaths. Only in the al-Dura case was such a committee convened. . . .

This report doesn’t lift the fog off this case, if there ever was any. Instead, it raises a more painful issue: the many young people killed by IDF soldiers during the second intifada.

If the government had chosen to investigate that, perhaps it would have been reasonable to include a chapter on the al-Dura incident. But focusing only on him is mere propaganda that won’t in any way improve Israel’s problematic image of being responsible for too many children’s deaths.

May 24th, 2013, 11:41 am


apple_mini said:

I think most people are aware of the path for the opposition if they agree for the conference. Stopping violence and implementing ceasefire are the priority. There would be an agreement in theory for those objectives. But all of us would expect continued fighting against the extremists who will certainly not obey the agreement.

The opposition should be united with those rebel fighters and factions who accept the agreement. In combination with the regime to form the prototype of the new Syria government and army.

The future of Assad and his gangs is up to Syrians to decide. We do hope there will be decency to be displayed by Assad to contribute a conductive role for Syria.

May 24th, 2013, 11:44 am


revenire said:

From Danny Makki:

The fundamental fact is that a conventional national army with no major defections, wanted by Islamist insurgents, Western powers, Israel and NATO has remained steadfast and now on the offensive, contrary to what most ‘observers’ envisaged.

Foreign policy
“After two years of crowing that the end of Bashar al-Assad was nigh, the official and popular perceptions in the United States and Europe of the Syrian president’s staying power have shifted dramatically. There’s a new narrative taking hold, fueled by both media reports and assessments by Western intelligence agencies — that the Assad regime is largely stable, and making significant gains against the rebels throughout the country.”

Washington Post
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are beginning to turn the tide of the country’s war, bolstered by a new strategy, the support of Iran and Russia and the assistance of fighters with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement

The Telegraph
“Now Mr Assad is fighting back, to despairing rebel admission. Those same analysts suggest he could be in a position to deal an ultimately fatal blow. Even before the current battle for Qusayr on the Lebanese border, he was making small but strategic gains around Damascus, and in the centre of the country. Mr Assad has reopened the road to Deraa and Jordan, and brought to a halt the sweeping rebel gains in the north, which began last July with the seizure of half of Aleppo and culminated when the opposition, led by the al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra, swept to the Iraqi border in March.”

The Guardian
“How would you identify those groups among Assad’s opponents who would be legitimate recipients of arms on the ground that their values of democracy and human rights are said to be the same as ours? The range of opponents is both complex and extensive. Radical Islamists are becoming more and more influential and powerful, not least since they are funding their activities by plundering Syrian reserves and selling oil on the black market. They most certainly do not share our values of democracy and human rights. How would you prevent arms from falling into their hands?”

Now look at who is on the ‘right side of history’.

May 24th, 2013, 12:11 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

113. REVERSO says:

“In life we often must look at things that make us uncomfortable”

Wow. That’s deep, really deep.

May 24th, 2013, 12:15 pm


revenire said:

The “opposition” is caught in a trap.

May 24th, 2013, 12:16 pm


Ziad said:

Let Shia and Sunni Muslims Unite against the Salafi/Wahabi deviation

All these horrific crimes have not been committed by Sunni or Shia Muslims! But by Salafi/Wahabis! Osama bin Laden/Anjem Choudary/Abu Qatada/Abu Hamza Masri/Omar Bakri.

May 24th, 2013, 12:19 pm


Tara said:

Batta is brought to his knees and now forced to accept negotiating transition of the chair to interim transitional government that has all the power .

I suspect even if he is granted immunity, divine justice would reach him eventually.

May 24th, 2013, 12:23 pm


Uzair8 said:

Angry Arab’s latest update:

A vulgar and crude shabbih of the Syrian regime joins the “revolution.”. Please enjoy him.

I saw on the station of king Fahd’s brother-in-law, al-arabiyya, that one of the worst propagandists of the Syrian regime, Yahya al-Aridi, who attended Georgetown university with me, and who was a propagandist of Syrian regime TV and dean of the journalism school at Damascus university, has defected. My memories of the man.

Any more news on this story and the individual? He’ll have a lot to say about the lying nature of the regime and his previous work.

Can we expect regimists to all of a sudden attack/dismiss him as a ‘vulgar and crude shabeeha’ just like Angry Arab has done?

May 24th, 2013, 12:24 pm


zoo said:

– Al Khatib 16 points goes to the dustbin, is his role over?
– KSA taking over the SNC after Qatar’s fiasco?
– Is Kilo’s opposition bloc getting on board and will take over the hardliner?
– The candidates for the Coalition: Ghaliun, Tomeh, Sabra?


Much to the frustration of its backers, the coalition has struggled to agree on a leader since the resignation in March of respected cleric Moaz Alkhatib, who had floated two initiatives for Assad to leave power peacefully.

Alkhatib’s latest proposal – a 16-point plan which foresees Assad handing power to his deputy or prime minister then going abroad with 500 members of his entourage – won little support in Istanbul, highlighting the obstacles to wider negotiations.

“He has the right to submit papers to the meeting like any other member but his paper is heading directly to the dustbin of history. It is a repeat of his previous initiative which went nowhere,” a senior coalition official said.

“The international community is walking a little faster than the opposition. It wants to see a complete list of participants from the Syrian side for Geneva and this means that the coalition has to sort its affairs,” a European diplomat said.

Looming large over the Istanbul meeting, which began on Thursday, is the shadow of Saudi Arabia, which according to opposition sources will lead an Arab drive to back the new government financially, after differences with Qatar on how to deal with the coalition were largely settled.

Saudi Arabia is backing a proposal being debated at the three-day meeting to expand the 60-member coalition to 95 by bringing in members of a new liberal political bloc being set up by veteran opposition campaigner Michel Kilo.

The coalition is currently dominated by two blocs: the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies in the Syrian National Council, and a faction loyal to Mustafa al-Sabbagh, a businessman close to Qatar.

“The Kilo bloc, if it is admitted, will end the era of the coalition being decided by Sabbagh and the Brotherhood,” a senior coalition source said.

May 24th, 2013, 1:07 pm


revenire said:

I wonder if the Assad victory will convince the editors of Vogue to do another story on “the Rose of the Desert” the lovely Asma al-Assad?

May 24th, 2013, 1:40 pm


revenire said:

Syria: Assad government backed by popular militia

After many months of fierce fighting with armed terrorists, Syrian government forces have regained control of the strategic city of al-Qusayr, cutting the rebels from support in arms and manpower that reached them from neighbouring Lebanon. Syrian Brigadier General Muhammed Issa told to the Voice of Russia, that government offensive in the Qusayr area was backed by a popular militia.

Symptomatically, even the conservative Arab and other Arabic-language media, including Al-Watan, have acknowledged that Mrs Clinton’s expectations on an early fall of the Assad regime have failed to materialize, with the Assad-led Syrian government continuing to gain ground.

Importantly, the government offensive in the Qusayr area was backed by a popular militia.

The Voice of Russia heard about this from Syrian Brigadier General Muhammed Issa:

“Throughout the two years of the terrorist rebellion, the Syrian army has been backed from the rear by a numerous popular militia. These units enforce security and protect vital installations and population centers.”

The opposition hates and dreads them, branding their valiant volunteer fighters ‘Shabiha’, or ghosts.

General Issa again:

“These volunteers help the army by holding the entire home front. There are lots of women in their ranks. They spare no effort to protect their home villages and city neighbourhoods from terrorism. At present, thousands of militia fighters are helping the army to mop up rebel resistance in the entire El-Guta valley, where many suburbs of Damascus sit.”

Cairo’s Al-Ahram has called attention to the fact that for the first time in modern history, the battle of Al-Qusayr pitched masses of Sunni Sharia warriors from across the Muslim world against a coalition of pro-Shia forces, which included Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

This is what general Issa has to say:

“Hezbollah volunteers are also helping the Syrian army defend Homs and Damascus. Why should we reject their help? Indeed, there are not that many Syrians on the opposition side. The rebel forces mostly consist of Saudis, Qataris, Turks and even European Jihadists”.

Ahmed Ibadov

May 24th, 2013, 1:45 pm


Badr said:

Michel Kilo has every right to be really upset.

!فوضى قاتلة

والثورة، التي كانت ولا تزال طموح شعب يموت في سبيل حريته، تتحول إلى مصطلح يفقد أكثر فأكثر معناه الأصلي/ العملي، وتبرز فيها جوانب تجعلها أكثر فأكثر عبئاً ثقيلاً على الثوار خاصة والمواطنين عامة،
. . .
والمشكلة أن من يدّعون تولي إدارة معركة الحرية والدفاع عن الشعب لا يعترفون بدورهم في أزمة سببتها عقلياتهم وخياراتهم وتدابيرهم، مع أنهم يقرّون من حين لآخر بوجود الأزمة
. . .
والفساد السياسي هو في الثورات أخطر وأحط أنواع الفساد، فكيف إذا اقترن بالاستيلاء على مال الشعب المشرّد والمعذب والمقتول، وبحرمان من يستحقونه منه. بالمناسبة، فإن أخطر مظاهر الفساد السياسي يتجسد في تقديس السلاح وعبادته وربط مصير الشعب به، ورسم السياسات انطلاقاً من احكام مسبقة تزدري الواقع والوقائع، وتفرض عليهما قوالب جاهزة يحشر العقل فيها فيفقد عقلانيته ويتحول إلى عبء على الإدراك والفهم، في حين يتم تجريم واحتقار السياسة كأداة يمكن وضعها في خدمة الثورة، سواء في ما يتصل بضبط مسارها، ام بتقويم حركتها وتعزيز الالتزام بقيمها، وبترجمة ما اراده الشعب إلى خطط عملية قابلة للتنفيذ. وقد شجّع على انتشار هذا النمط من الفساد تخلف القادة السياسي، وتدني وعيهم ومستوى ثقافتهم ونمطها، وقلة خبرتهم وعجزهم عن التأقلم مع جديد الحراك وحملته، واعتبارهم الثورة مجرد انعكاس لما يريدونه او يؤمنون به من ايديولوجيات شمولية، ويعتنقونه من أحكام عشوائية، ويعتمل في صدورهم من انفعالات
. . .
لا عجب أن الفشل السياسي بلغ أوجه، والاستهتار بمصالح الشعب وحياته صار قاعدة العمل العام، لدى هؤلاء الفاسدين، وأن سياساتهم لم تكن شيئاً آخر غير ملاقاة سياسات النظام في منتصف الطريق، وأنهم أسهموا بكل ما لديهم من قدرة على تطييف وعسكرة ثورة سلمية قامت لنبذ الطائفية وضدها، ولم يكن بين مطالبها ما يعلو على مطلب الحرية، الذي تلاشى مع ظهور «امراء الحرب»، الذين أنتجهم أمراء الفساد السياسي. حدث هذا، بينما كان الشعب يصحح بدمائه أخطاء من وضعوا على رأسه وبويعوا قادة له، ولم يكن يعرف أياً منهم، لأنه لم يكن لأي منهم أي دور في ثورته، حتى بعد نشوبها بأشهر عديدة، قبل أن تلملم مخابرات دول اقليمية وعربية بعض هؤلاء وتضع فضائية فتاكة في خدمتهم، وتمدهم بالمال الذي اشتروا به الضمائر الرخوة والرخيصة.
هل يمكن ان تنتصر الثورة بقيادات من هذا النوع، يرفض بعضها . . . مطالبة التيار الديموقراطي بتوسعة الائتلاف الأعرج وإقامته على توازن وطني لا وجود له اليوم داخله، لاعتقاده أن وضعه سيفتضح وعجزه سيبدو جلياً للعيان، إن تمت التوسعة المتوازنة، بدل أن يبادر هو إلى المطالبة بهذا التوازن والعمل لتحقيقه، ليس فقط لأن تحقيقه مصلحة وطنية عليا، بل لأنه أدرك أيضاً ما الحقته عقلية المحاصصة التي اعتمدتها خلال عامين من ضرر بالعمل العام الوطني وبالحراك المجتمعي، وما تطلبته من تضحيات كلفت عشرات آلاف السوريات والسوريين حياتهم وأطالت عمر نظام كان ولا يزال قابلاً للكسر، لكنه يعيش على أخطائها أكثر مما يعيش على حساباته الصائبة وقواه الخاصة؟
. . .
يستعين النظام في التخطيط لعملياته بخبرات روسية وإيرانية على مستوى رفيع من الدراية والمعرفة، ويبادر إلى إزاحة القادة العسكريين الفاشلين واستبدالهم بغيرهم، بينما يأتمر قادة المجالس العسكرية بإمرة اصحاب مهن حرة من معلمي دهان وتلييس وكومجية وخبازين ودكنجية وبائعي خضار وشوفيرية وشرطيين ومربي دجاج وعاطلين سابقين عن العمل وكومسيونجية… الخ، فإن بقي هناك في مكان ما عسكري على قدر من النفوذ كان من جماعة سياسية تمارس الانتقائية في توزيع الأسلحة والمعونات والذخائر وتحرم مقاتلي الميدان الحقيقيين منها!
يتراكم بسرعة نوعان من الخطأ: أحدهما ينجب الفوضى، وثانيهما ينتج عنها. إذا استمرت هذه الجدلية القاتلة، لن يطول الزمن قبل أن نجد أنفسنا امام معادلة مميتة، حدها الأول الهزيمة، والثاني موت أعداد هائلة من شرفاء الشعب المضحين بأرواحهم للحيلولة دونها. ماذا نختار: فعل كل ما هو ممكن وواجب لوقف الفوضى، أم استمرارنا في اتخاذ مواقف لا تكترث لموت شعبنا المظلوم؟

May 24th, 2013, 2:10 pm


Alan said:

reported by Der Spiegal online:

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has fundamentally changed its view of the ongoing civil war in Syria. SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that the BND now believes the Syrian Араб Army is more stable than it has been in a long time and is capable of undertaking successful operations against rebel units at will. BND head Gerhard Schindler informed select politicians of the agency’s new assessment in a secret meeting.

May 24th, 2013, 2:14 pm


Alan said:

132. BADR
enghlish translation?

May 24th, 2013, 2:25 pm


Tara said:

I wonder if the regime supporters feel the humility inflicted on Batta where he is now forced to negotiate his departure.

Sadly, we are used to the regime supporters feeling very proud with anything Batta does including daily physiological functions. I doubt they get it.

Well, sometimes it is a blessing..

On another note, where is Aboud? I miss him. He tormented all the hyenas on SC. He told us once that he will be there when we mention his name. I hope he makes a grand appearance. I am getting bored.

May 24th, 2013, 2:28 pm


majoos said:

Other than Turkish media a one German newspaper there is no coverage about the leaked classified material by the Turkish branch of Annonymous, Red Hack.
The documents directed to local Hatay Jendarmarie inteligence suggest, that Turkish security offices knew of planed bomb attacks by Nusra in Reyhanli.
The Turkish gouvernment has just admitted the authenticity of these documents and detained at least one military official who is giving away the documents.

May 24th, 2013, 2:36 pm


zoo said:

Syria army says rebels trapped in Qusayr’s north

24 May 2013


Syrian troops have captured much of the rebel stronghold of Qusayr, in central Homs province, squeezing opposition fighters into the north of the strategic town, a military officer told AFP on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said regime forces backed by members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group were bombing northern areas of the city, encircling rebel fighters there.

“The armed men are surrounded on all sides, there is no escape for them now,” the officer told an AFP journalist accompanying army forces in the embattled town.

The regime uses the term “armed men” to refer to the rebel forces fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The battle will continue until the complete liberation of Qusayr. We’re in the second and penultimate phase of the fight,” the officer said.

May 24th, 2013, 2:59 pm


zoo said:

Israel, in reassessment, thinks Syria’s Bashar Assad will last a while

JERUSALEM — Israel has reversed its assessment about the staying power of Syrian President Bashar Assad and now thinks he’ll remain in control of at least part of his country for some time to come – a conclusion that makes it likely, a growing number of officials think, that an escalation of violence between the two countries may be inevitable.

Read more here:

May 24th, 2013, 3:05 pm


Akbar Palace said:


I couldn’t find the b’tzelem article. Mondoweiss may not have have been truthful.

BTW, how many children did the SAA kill in the same time period?

May 24th, 2013, 3:36 pm


revenire said:


May 24th, 2013, 3:44 pm


ann said:

Syria says Israeli vehicle entered its territory and was targeted heading to a rebel village – May 24, 2013

UNITED NATIONS – Syria says it targeted an Israeli vehicle that crossed a ceasefire line into its territory earlier this week because it was heading toward a village with a large rebel presence.

In a letter to the U.N. Security Council circulated Friday, Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said his country exercised its right to self-defense and would respond immediately to any other violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Syria accused Israel of violating the U.N. Charter and the separation of forces agreement that followed the 1973 Arab-Israeli war when it sent the vehicle into Syrian territory and launched two missiles on Tuesday.


May 24th, 2013, 3:47 pm


revenire said:

No Resistance and Liberation Day without Syria

To all those pseudo-Palestine solidarity activists and erstwhile supporters of the resistance who now equate the Syrian takfiri counter-revolution with the struggle against Zionism: If it were not for the Assad “regime’s” military and political support for the resistance there would be no Resistance and Liberation Day to celebrate in Lebanon on May 25. And had it not been for this support, there would no war on Syria now, nor would Hizbullah have been compelled to militarily intervene there to help Syria liberate its territory from the enemies of our resistance cause. The war on Syria has never merely targeted Syria, but the resistance axis as a whole and the resistance project in the region.

Hizbullah’s role in Syria today is not merely an “alliance of minorities” fighting for their survival as one journalist suggested to me today [as if to suggest that Hizbullah and the Syrian army is fighting Sunnis rather than takfiris specifically] , it is a strategic alliance of those who refuse to allow this nefarious sectarian scourge to drag us into endless bloodletting and distract us from confronting our Zionist and imperialist enemies, in accordance with the latter’s long-time strategy of divide-and-rule .

By confronting the counter-revolutionary, or rather, counter-resistance, forces, Hizbullah and Syria are defending our resistance cause and the unity of our people.

They used to say disparagingly that “Syria is still in Lebanon”; well now we see that Lebanon is also in Syria. And that is because we always were one people who shared one land and one language and one political identity which no amount of colonial redrawing of our borders, imperialist interventions or takfiri violence can ever undo.

May 24th, 2013, 3:47 pm


ann said:

Syria Accuses Israel of Health Violations in the Golan – May 24, 2013

Health Conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Including East Jerusalem, and in the Occupied Syrian Golan

Syria slams Israel at the UN over the deterioration of the health conditions in the Syrian occupied Golan.

Syria made the accusations against Israel in a report it presented to the UN’s World Health Organization on Monday of this week.

The Syrian report accuses Israel of torturing Syrians held in Israeli prisons, saying they “continue to be held in inhumane conditions of detention.”

It also accuses Israel of using Arab and Syrian detainees for “testing medicines,” after which they are “brutally tortured and coerced into confessing crimes they never committed. Prisoners are also injected with dangerous viruses that cause them to develop diseases and disabilities, even with a fatal outcome.”

The report also accuses Israel of burying nuclear waste in the Golan and “planting the ceasefire line with nuclear and radioactive land mines,” Yisrael Hayom reported.

“Israeli occupation authorities are continuing to bury nuclear waste in more than 20 sites, as well as more than 1,500 barrels of radioactive and toxic materials dumped in secret landfills in the occupied Syrian Golan territories,” the report said.

It asked the WHO “to end inhuman Israeli practices that target the health of Syrian citizens.”

May 24th, 2013, 3:55 pm


Akbar Palace said:


“None”? Yeah sure, we forgot how accurate those Scud missiles are on apartment complexes.

But Ziad’s post reinforces my point that Israel is guilty of everything and Assad is guilty of nothing. That “get out of jail free card” is something we all should have in our wallets.

May 24th, 2013, 4:06 pm


revenire said:

Akbar cite a reliable source for me please and make sure it is not one that has an anti-Assad bias. If you can do that I will buy you a slice of pizza later on.


The Brits were caught using false information before:

BBC News uses ‘Iraq photo to illustrate Syrian massacre’
The BBC is facing criticism after it accidentally used a picture taken in Iraq in 2003 to illustrate the senseless massacre of children in Syria.

Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources.

The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.

It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading

“Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”.
The caption states the photograph was provided by an activist and cannot be independently verified, but says it is “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”.

A BBC spokesman said the image has now been taken down.

May 24th, 2013, 4:28 pm


Alan said:

Obama…”The United States is at war with AL Qaeda and their associated forces”.Then why? is the Zionist occupied U.S funding, arming and using its assets in the controlled media to bolster the barbaric AL Qaeda/Wahhabi assault on Syria.
US alliance, namely, fighting a “war” against an “enemy” in one theater of operations, whilst funding and arming that same “enemy” in another theater of “war”. you are the people looking through a glass!
An Orwellian nightmare!

May 24th, 2013, 4:30 pm


Ziad said:

Akbar Palace #136 said:

“BTW, how many children did the SAA kill in the same time period?”

Your arguments defending the indefensible actions of Israel have one style sheet: “You Arabs do much worse, ergo Israel is benign”. This style sheet is gradually getting stale and dated.

Try to come up with more creative arguments. Furthermore comparing what is going on now in Syria with Israeli brutal actions in occupied Palestine is like comparing bananas with streetcars. In Syria there is right now a civil war. Syrians’ actions are comparable to those of the Spanish or Americans in their respective civil wars. Israel barbaric actions on the other hand should be compared to how American dealt with native Indians, or the French with native Algerians.

May 24th, 2013, 5:03 pm


Tara said:


Can you answer my question in regard to the duration of banning?

To all, now that most anti regime were banned and the rest quit in protest, thanks to our vigorous moderation policy, care to vote for changing SC name to Reve’s comment? Or may be Reve and Ann’?
I think that would be more telling of what this site has become.

May 24th, 2013, 5:04 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Get out of Jail Free Card (con’t)


Thanks for the pizza offer, by the time I get it, it will be stale.

But again, why should we believe your POV when you support a regime that never had freedoms? Never had freedom of the press, never had freedom of speech, or free elections.

May 24th, 2013, 5:04 pm


Akbar Palace said:

GOJFC (con’t)


Yes of course! Assad’s little war is sooooooo much different than those dirty Israelis! Streetcars and bananas no less!

Of course the Syrian demonstrators didn’t fire thousands of rockets into population centers. And Israel didn’t kill over 80000 souls!

In case ur wondering, it means “Get out of Jail Free Card”

May 24th, 2013, 5:16 pm


revenire said:

HRW has also shown its anti-Syrian pro-terrorist bias Akbar. I know you have no source that isn’t biased against Syria. And, yes, Israel’s hand is bloody with nearly all the Syrian deaths – all 80 or 100k.

Not a single rocket was fired into civilian population centers. That’s ridiculous.

May 24th, 2013, 5:20 pm


Ameera said:

نيالو الآخد شاميه

متهني بالميّة ميّة بيصحى على قولة ياروحي بيغفى على زند الحنيه.. نيالو الاخد شاميه..

نيالو ما أصفا باله حتى لو داقت احواله ترضى بالمرّ كرماله تدعيله صبح وعشيه نيالو الاخد شاميه..

انضف من فلّه وياسمينه صالونها , ومطبخها زينه, وفنجان القهوه من ايدها يارب تديمو وتزيدها..وفته وكبه وملوخيه. نيالو الاخد شاميه..

امه امها.. اهله اهلها.. بتلقاهم بالاهلا وسهلا َ والليله اللّمه ما احلاها والعشا جاهز عالصينيه والمحلي تسلم دياتها احلا من المحلي حكياتها كنافه بقشطه وألماسيه..نيالو الاخد شاميه..

ولما بهل استقبالها وبيجتمعوا الحلوين قبالها وبترن الضحكه الفضيه على رقصه ستي وغنيه معسل اركيله عجميه نيالو الاخد شاميه.

May 24th, 2013, 5:21 pm


Ameera said:

مين عبود؟ وأولتك بيطلع من خرجو لريفرن يلي ما حدا أدران يسكتو

شو رأيك ببوست البنت الشامية؟ شي بفرفح الألب مو هيك

May 24th, 2013, 5:29 pm


revenire said:

Tara Matt posted the rules and gave all a fair chance to start with a clean slate. Everyone had a chance to read the rules and then each decided whether to abide by them or flaunt them. I decided to respect our hosts and obey the posted rules. After all, it isn’t my forum. It is the forum of Joshua Landis and his captain Matt Barber. I don’t agree with Landis, or Barber (who I asked whether he believes Assad should surrender Syria to cannibals more than once), on political matters but respect this is their forum and I am here as their guest. They are each probably nice men to have a barbecue or a beer with. 🙂

A few perennial violators decided to flaunt our gracious host’s policies and were banned. I suspect several were professional trolls who had no “dog in the race” as far as Syria goes but have no proof so I will say no more on that subject.

I hope we can all leave the personal things – despite the emotion of war – at the door and stick to the politics of the matter. I think we all want peace in Syria but are in conflict as how to achieve that goal.

PS – I must admit that I like the sound of “Revenire’s Comment” and like “Ann’s Comment” even more. 😉

PPS – I hope you have a nice weekend Tara.

May 24th, 2013, 5:39 pm


Tara said:


I am so happy you are here today. I am pretty bored. I am invited later tonight to a 20 year wedding anniversary of an Iranian couple but do not feel like going. Aboud was something else. He is a Homsi. He lived in Homs I think for more than a year after the beginning of the revolution and was a first class debater. Far and beyond… I used to get very worried about him posting anti regime material when he lived there. He moved to KSA afterwards and changed his name to Amjad of Arabia. I also liked True. Aboud was banned by Alex, an ardent regime supporter who runs Creative Syria after he expressed an opinion in regard to the First Lady from Hell. True quit SC in disgust. Aboud and True moved temporarily to The Wall.

May 24th, 2013, 5:44 pm


Tara said:

Ameera@ 149

I never heard this poem before… I am impressed with your knowledge. It is funny but I think it is very true.

May 24th, 2013, 6:01 pm


Ghassan Karam said:

Syrian Dictatorship On A Path To Perdition.

The popular adage “What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander” is meant to be a populist easy way to restate the Golden Rule which was best expressed by Mathew 7:12 as “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets” is also seen as the foundation of ethical reciprocity. An excellent illustration of this norm is practiced by the young in their first few years of schooling during birthday celebrations: one person cuts the cake while the other chooses which portion to take. If only grownups can keep these lessons alive as they grow up. Maybe some of us try to practice what we preach and attempt to be fair and consistent. Not the Syrian Government and not Bashar Assad though. How can they be just when their total existence from the inception of the regime is based on force, tyranny and illegitimacy? Their constant fear of truth must be the only logical explanation why they pretended to have elections. They forgot though that election proper rests on the intrinsic right to free speech and free expression. Elections are supposed to be a contest between various individuals who have different priorities about how to improve the level of welfare of the public at large. These candidates will explain to their constituents the various plans that they have and then the voters will weigh these programs and determine which they think is best for them. Elections in Syria have been a sham, every single one of them and the reason must be that those who were ruling forcefully and illegitimately did not trust those that they governed.

All dictators are afraid of the truth and that is why they set up these elaborate police systems in order to spread fear among their citizens. Well the Syrian dictatorship is one of the worst. It has lasted for over forty years by setting up what many have called the most cruel Stasi machine outside of the then GDR, East Germany. Actually the Syrian police whose role is to oppress, exploit and scare decent citizens was set up with the help of East Germany. Where is East Germany now? It has bitten the dust and as history teaches us all dictatorships will eventually bite the dust including the Syrian rulers.

The Syrian uprising has been going on for over two years that have resulted in an abnormally high level of destruction, thanks to the selfish Syrian dictatorship that is willing to pay any price to continue its rule of terror. The losses, the real losses are not limited to the destruction of city quarters and infrastructure but have resulted in over 80,000 deaths so far. Even that grotesque price becomes small when compared to the price that the future generation will have to bare. This war is robbing the youth of their future and nothing, absolutely nothing, can be crueler than that.

This monstrous regime is not satisfied to mete out its terror, which has also resulted in about a 1.5 million Syrians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and at least an equal number of refugees within the country, but has the temerity to use an illegal militia from a neighbouring country in order to launch well coordinated attacks with heavy weapons on a city that had been overrun over a year ago by the opposition. This regime seeks the aid of a well equipped and well trained illegal militia while it is lambasting the opposition for its use of foreign fighters. The double standards do not stop here either. This same Syrian administration has been complaining to whoever would listen about light arms smuggling that has been coming into Syria to help arm the FSA and its supporters level the field against the Assad killing machine but yet this same administration has been smuggling, yes smuggling, sophisticated weapons to arm militant groups in Lebanon. It does not dawn on this administration apparently that if they have the rights to destabilize others then maybe the Syrian people have the right to obtain some arms to protect themselves from the common massacres committed against them by the Syrian forces.

The irony does not stop here either. This same Syrian government was proud to encourage and facilitate the crossing of Jihadists from all across the Moslem world into Iraq but now that some of these jihadists want to cross the border in the opposite direction this activity has become abominable.

As for those that believe the constant refrain that this Syrian reign of terror is justified because it is what is keeping Al Qaeda and other extremists from taking over Syria I have fertile land for sale in the Syrian dessert not to mention bridges in NYC. The Syrian people are asking for a chance to write a new constitution with guarantees their individual right to free expression, multiparty systems and open and free elections. They are entitled to elect whoever they choose. If they so happen to elect an extreme Islamist then so be it. The essence of democracy is to accept the will of the people. If they find out that their choice did not deliver what was promised then they will vote them out of office in the next round, they will not be forced to accept a leadership that passes from father to son. The common Syrian has the right to be heard and she will.

Dictatorships are always on a path to self destruction. There is a limit to how much the public will take. Eventually enough courageous people will ask for their freedom and will shout from rooftops that the emperor has no cloths and that no one can enslave them because they are born free. The truth shall set them free. The Syrian dictatorship is not any different; it has been on its road to perdition for over four decades. That is inevitable.

May 24th, 2013, 6:31 pm



Assad forcing the Arab League to apologize in front of the Mafia Regime….. Oh no……

What else will Assad ask to justify or to find a reason not to attend the Gevena Summit ?

He knows he has nothing to diallogue in Geneva since he and his arms are forbidden in the meeting rooms.

May 24th, 2013, 6:40 pm


Ziad said:

راتب سهير الأتاسي 10,000 دولار .. بكفّو لعمليات التجميل والحمد لله .. وكل ذلك فداء للوطن ولنساء الوطن مشان ما يقولو عن السوريات بشعات !

May 24th, 2013, 6:48 pm


revenire said:

We Syrians love our president. No foreign conspiracy will succeed.

May 24th, 2013, 7:00 pm


ann said:

The Gravy Train Makes A Stop in Jordan

World Bank to help Jordan with Syrian refugees – 2013-05-24

The World Bank on Thursday (May 23rd) said it will provide the Jordanian government with $150 million to help the kingdom with the cost of hosting at least 500,000 Syrian refugees, The Jordan Times reported.

The aid package is expected to take the shape of a program of emergency support to help the Jordanian authorities finance public service expenditures. [nothing for those poor Syrian refugees?!!!]


May 24th, 2013, 7:45 pm


revenire said:

FSA reinforcements arrive in Qusayr?

May 24th, 2013, 7:48 pm


ann said:

Tajiks, Kyrgyz confirmed fighting in Syria – 2013-05-24

DUSHANBE – Tajik and Kyrgyz nationals have been fighting alongside Islamist rebels in Syria, Tajik and Kyrgyz officials have confirmed, according to a May 24 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) report.

Three Tajiks recently were killed in combat in Syria, Dushanbe said.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyz security personnel this week repatriated two Kyrgyz men who had been fighting alongside Islamist rebels in Syria, Bishkek said.


May 24th, 2013, 8:13 pm


Akbar Palace said:


Aboud was a very interesting fellow and we agreed on many things.


Please don’t tell us how much Syrians love Assad when you have no election to prove it and 80000 are “no shows”.

May 24th, 2013, 8:14 pm


ann said:

Friday Of The 12 Dead Chechen Mercenary Islamist Terrorists

12 Chechen fighters killed in central Syria: activists – 2013-05-25

DAMASCUS, May 24 (Xinhua) — A total of 12 fighters from Chechnya were killed Friday in Syria’s central Hama province, activists said.

The fighters were killed when two rockets landed in the al- Hamra village in the eastern countryside of Hama, the Britain- based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The report spelled no more details.

The Syrian government has long been charging that foreign fighters are joining the battles alongside the opposition rebels, accusing regional countries, such as Turkey, of facilitating the flow of those jihadists into Syria.


May 24th, 2013, 8:34 pm


Juergen said:


Since my days in the army in Bosnia I have a growing disgust for the work of such parts of the government like BND or the state run Verfassungsschutz. Nonevertheless they depend more on human scources than lets say the CIA, but human scources could always have motives as we all know.

May 24th, 2013, 8:50 pm


ann said:

Kerry Complains About Hezbollah Fighters in Syria – Kurt Nimmo – May 22, 2013

Secretary of State says nothing about CIA’s foreign mercenaries, including al-Qaeda

During a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman, Secretary of State John Kerry said Hezbollah is fighting alongside al-Assad’s soldiers in Syria with Iranian support, according to Reuters.

On Tuesday, ahead of Kerry ‘s visit, a senior State Department official said the “Syrian Government is welcoming Iranian help and Hezbollah help.”

The unnamed official also said the U.S. knows Iran and Hezbollah cooperate in a number of countries, “not just in Syria. And so it is not a surprise that Iran would be there with Hezbollah on the ground. We do have consistent reports of Hezbollah fighters on the ground.”

The official also said the United States government has reports “from several of the commanders that Hezbollah fighters are directly engaged in fighting literally on the streets.”

The State Department declarations about Hezbollah fighters and Iranian assistance ignores the fact that the CIA is arming and supporting foreign mercenaries in Syria. In addition to CIA sponsored mercenaries, the presence of British and Qatari troops have been reported in Syria. “There is ample evidence that this armed insurgency is directly supported by the US and NATO. There is also evidence that these armed groups are responsible for killing civilians and carrying out terrorist acts,” Michel Chossudovsky noted last February.

In April, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service Director Viktor Ivanov said around 20,000 foreign mercenaries financed by Afghan drug trafficking are attempting to overthrow the al-Assad regime in Syria.

“Transnational organized crime groups can ensure an inflow of a huge number of criminals and mercenaries from certain countries to any part of the world with proceeds from heroin sales,” Ivanov told the Ria Novosti news service.

Afghanistan’s drug trade “is funding insurgency, international terrorism and wider destabilization,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in 2011. In 2009, we reported that the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a suspected kingpin of the country’s booming opium trade, had been on the CIA payroll for years prior to his assassination.

During the CIA’s successful effort to defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the agency institutionalized drug production. “In order to augment their funds, rebel chieftains began to grow poppies, refine opium into heroin, and sell the drug in the U.S. and Europe,” Robert Friedman wrote in the early 1990s.

Ivanov’s statement coincided with remarks by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. “Syria’s transformation into a center of attraction for international terrorists is becoming an alarming reality,” he told the Interfax news agency.

“Field reports from the ground inside Syria point towards a difficult and complex situation, with the country teeming with foreign mercenaries, including westerners, with outside forces using Saudi, Turkey and Qatar as proxies to support minority groups and destabilize the status quo,” Russia’s Pravda reported on Tuesday.

Since the beginning of the effort to overthrow al-Assad and install a more complaisant government in Syria, the United States, the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey have “sent billions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into Syria along side known-terrorists from Libya, Chechnya, neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq,” writes Tony Cartalucci.

Finally, al-Qaeda in Iraq has taken over the foreign financed and CIA-supported effort to depose al-Assad. “The most feared and effective rebel group battling President Bashar al-Assad, the Islamist Nusra Front, is being eclipsed by a more radical jihadi force whose aims go far beyond overthrowing the Syrian leader,” Reuters reported last week. “Many Syrians turned a blind eye to the growing presence of foreign and Arab jihadi fighters in its ranks.”

The foreign presence within the ranks of mercenaries in Syria is epitomized by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda affiliated group. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has relocated to northern Syria to take control of al-Qaeda forces inside the country.

Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. government support al-Qaeda in Syria …


May 24th, 2013, 9:05 pm


dawoud said:

152. TARA

Thanks for your useful information. Funny that there was a time when a commentator was banned on SC for expressing an anti-regime opinion. Things have changed in the last 2 years since I began visiting this Website. No wonder that this site receives a lot of pro-regime commentators/visitors. Last year, one pro-regime commentator was so surprised that Landis called Bashar “dictator!” I take a little a credit for this change and tolerance of us, anti-dictator commentators, because I repeatedly sent emails to Professor Landis and the moderators. Besides, the regime’s atrocities and war crimes have become so obvious that even the most pro-Bashar SC moderators (I don’t know if the moderator whom you mentioned is still here, but his pro-dictator bias and “analyses” were beyond biased/emotional/subjective, and might have qualified him for a position in Bashar’s ministry of [mis]information) couldn’t defend with a straight face!

Today, Aljazeera Arabic’s leading video on al-Qasir featured an old man in the besieged city in front of his destroyed house curing “Hasan,” the leader of the invading/occupying Lebanese Shia terrorist party, Hizbass!

May 24th, 2013, 9:32 pm


revenire said:

Juergen I knew you would dislike the BND message. Oh well. There are winners and losers in war and this one will have its winners and its losers. We will be just. Not to worry.

If you ever get to Lebanon be sure to visit Mleeta. We are very proud of it.

May 24th, 2013, 9:37 pm


ann said:

Syria – TV crew Russian state TV with Syrian troops in Qusayr footage 23/05

WARNING: contains footage of dead Al-Qaeda Islamist Terrorists

May 24th, 2013, 9:40 pm


dawoud said:

Today, Aljazeera Arabic’s leading video on al-Qasir featured an old man in the besieged city in front of his destroyed house curing “Hasan,” the leader of the invading/occupying Lebanese Shia terrorist party, Hizbass!
قال ناشطون إن قوات النظام السوري ومقاتلي حزب الله يصعدان من حملة غير مسبوقة على مدينة القصير بريف حمص، لليوم السادس على التوالي. في المقابل، أفاد ناشطون بأن مسلحي المعارضة حققوا تقدما في قرية الجوسية بالقصير.

May 24th, 2013, 9:43 pm


dawoud said:

165. Juergen

I really appreciate it if you start using the right and well-deserved name to refer to this terrorist Iranina-puppet Lebanese Shia party HIZBASS, Party of the Devil,

حزب الشيطان


May 24th, 2013, 9:48 pm


dawoud said:

I agree with this editorial criticizing the involvement of the Lebanese Shia terrorist party Hizbass in Bashar’s ongoing war crimes in Syria, particularly in al-Qasir.

“حزب الله” يرشح .. سمّاً

لوهلة، عندما يستمع المرء إلى منظّري “حزب الله”، من قيادات ونواب وإعلاميين، يظن نفسه أمام حزبٍ بات أشبه بأيقونة ترشح زيتاً، كما لو أن أفلاطون فصل “المدينة الفاضلة” كي تحيا بفضل “حزب الله” !.
ما يحق لـ”حزب الله” لا يحق لغيره. كل ما يفعله يرمز إلى قداسة ما، ليته يفعل ما يرمز إلى سيادة ما، سيما وأن مجرد التشكيك به من قبل الشركاء في الوطن، معناه أنهم “كفرة” و”خونة” و”عملاء”، و”خوارج” حتى . فحرب تموز “نصر إلهي” تحقق من حيث “لم يعلم” السيد حسن نصر الله. و7 أيار “يومٌ مجيد”. المتهمون باغتيال الرئيس الشهيد رفيق الحريري “أيقونات مقدسة”. التورط في قتل الشعب السوري “كي لا تسبى السيدة زينب مرتين”، واللائحة تطول.
أستعين بجملتين للنائب محمد رعد، قالهما بالأمس تعليقاً على ما يحدث في طرابلس، لما ينطويان عليه من توصيف دقيق لحال “حزب الله” اليوم. يقول رئيس كتلة “الوفاء للمقاومة”: “هناك ابتذال في استخدام ارواح الناس. هذا الامر مقلق في الحقيقة ويجب على الذين اخرجوا الثعابين من اوكارها ان يتحملوا مسؤولياتهم في اعادة تلك الثعابين الى جحورها”.
كما لو أن المقصود بكلام رعد هو “حزب الله”، بعدما تجاوز “الإبتذال في استخدام أرواح الناس” الحدود اللبنانية إلى داخل الحدود السورية، في القصير وغيرها من المدن السورية، تأكيداً على أن 7 أيار لم يكن صناعة لبنانية وحسب، بل “صناعة أسدية إيرانية”.
ليت الإبتذال لدى “حزب الله” اقتصر على استخدام أرواح الناس، بل تعداها إلى استغلال عقولهم، بتبريرات من هنا، وحجج من هناك، لسقوط القناع عن “مقاومة” هي بالأصل “مقاومة مصادرة”، باتت اليوم أشبه بـ”الثعبان” الذي اُخرجوه من وكره، وراح يلدغ اللبنانيين والسوريين بالسم القاتل، وأصبح لزاماً على قياديي المقاومة أن يتحملوا مسؤولية إعادة هذا “الثعبان” إلى جحره، قبل أن يقتله فائض السم الذي حقنوه إياه، بحيث يبدو عاجزاً عن تصريفه، بحسب مجريات غرق “حزب الله” في الرمال السورية، وسقوطه في امتحان القصير.
ليس ثمة من يفتري على “حزب الله” بقدر ما يفتري هو على نفسه، وعلى اللبنانيين. كل إطلالات أمينه العام السيد حسن نصر الله، بما فيها إطلالة اليوم في “عيد المقاومة والتحرير”، ينطبق عليها المثل القائل :”مادح نفسه يقرئك السلام”. تراه ماذا يقول اليوم، وكل مساحيق التورية لم تعد تنفع، ووعوده الصادقة بالنصر دائماً أمست عرقوبية، مع قوافل قتلى عناصره الوافدة من سوريا، حيث يسقطون على مذبح الدفاع عن نظام الأسد، بأعداد لوحظ للأسف، أنها فاقت، في بضعة أيام، أعداد “الشهداء” الذين سقطوا، على مدى سنوات، على مذبح تحرير الأرض، ضد العدو الإسرائيلي.
أي مقاومة، حتى لو كانت “مصادرة” مثل مقاومة “حزب الله”، تمسي “أوهن من بيت العنكبوت”، مهما تسلمت سلاحاً كاسراً للتوازن، طالما أنها تعتدي على من يقاوم بحق، دفاعاً عن حريته وكرامته وأرضه، وطالما أنها تعاكس المنطق والتاريخ والجغرافيا، بأن طريق تحرير القدس يمر في القصير، وبأن طريق تحرير الجولان يمر في مقام السيدة زينب !.
قد يكون من الضروري أن تصل “قصاصة ورق” إلى السيد نصر الله، من مستشاريه، مكتوبٌ عليها، أن “الرد الصادق” على كل حججه الواهية بالتورط في قتل الشعب السوري، جاء في بضع كلمات لناشطين على مواقع التواصل الإجتماعي، مفادها :”يا ريت مقام السيدة زينب بفلسطين” و”يا ريت في شيعة بفلسطين”، لأنه من الضروري جداً، أن نسمع تعليق السيد نصر الله على هذا الرد، إلا إذا كان سيمسي على قاعدة تبريره “الرد الاستراتيجي” لنظام الأسد على العدوان الاسرائيلي الذي استهدفه مؤخراً.
تراه ماذا يقول على تسميته من قبل ثوار سوريا بـ”دجال المقاومة “، بعدما كان في نظرهم “سيد المقاومة”؟!
لن يسلم نصر الله الجرة في كل “مغامرة” يهرب إليها متكئاً إلى غرور سلاحه إو إلى الإستكبار الإيراني. في النهاية، ثمة ثمنٌ سيدفع، ولطالما دفع “المنتصرون دائماً”، مثلما يصور نصر الله نفسه، أثماناً باهظة، على مر التاريخ، جراء غرورهم وجنونهم، من دون أن يعلموا حتى.
جلّ ما نريده اليوم، أن يعلم “حزب الله” أن ما بعد القصير يختلف عما قبله، بالنسبة لدوره الداخلي ولمقاومته التي أمست “مقاولة بالدماء”، بنظر الكثير من اللبنانيين

May 24th, 2013, 9:55 pm


ann said:

Al-Qusayr-Syria – Entire FSA terrorists brigade sent packing by the Syrian Military – English subtitles – 1 hour ago


May 24th, 2013, 10:03 pm


dawoud said:

So, if Palestine had Shias or Shiites (and it had the Zainab temple), would Hasan the Devil حسن نصر الشيطانof
Hizbass have sent his armed men to “liberate” Palestine? No, he is just following the orders of his Iranian masters and willing only to kill innocent civilians and poorly-armed courageous Syrian freedom fighters. In 2006, he almost apologized to Israel by saying that had he thought Olmert would start an all out war, he (Hasan the Devil) would have not authorized the operation that resulted in the kidnapping of the 2 Israeli soldiers. What a hypocrite and Coward!

Nasrallah: We wouldn’t have snatched soldiers if we thought it would spark war
Hezbollah chief: Wouldn’t have snatched soldiers if had known would spark war; says not heading for second round of war.
By Haaretz Service and Agencies | Aug.27, 2006 | 12:00 AM

Hezbollah would not have abducted two Israel Defense Forces soldiers on July 12 had it known that the action would lead to war in Lebanon, the movement’s secretary general Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview on Lebanon’s NTV Sunday.

“We did not think that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude. You ask me if I had known on July 11 … that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not,” he said.

Nasrallah also said he did not believe there would be a second round of fighting with Israel, and stated that Hezbollah would adhere to the cease-fire despite what he called Israeli provocation.

The interview with the TV station that had supported Hezbollah during the war was held at Nasrallah’s hideout, and according to the female reporter that did the interview, she had been rushed to the location on very short notice.

This was the longest interview Nasrallah had granted since the outbreak of fighting and he took advantage of the opportunity to discuss at length his general outlook on developments in southern Lebanon.

The Hezbollah leader said that the events that followed the abduction of the soldiers were also unexpected, and added that the IDF operation in which a tank entered Lebanon and was destroyed by a mine complicated the situation with the deaths of more Israeli soldiers.

May 24th, 2013, 10:08 pm


ann said:

Massive FSA death in alqusair homs – 2 hours ago

they are really taking a beating i’ve never seen anything like this before

WARNING: contains footage of dead Al-Qaeda Islamist Terrorists

May 24th, 2013, 10:10 pm


ann said:

Syria – Idlib – 3 hours ago

Horrible ending for those who chose to die for fat persian gulf emirs

WARNING: contains footage of dead Al-Qaeda Islamist Terrorists

May 24th, 2013, 10:22 pm


Dawoud said:

Hasan the Devil is an apologistic terrorist, AND a coward attacking Syrian civilians and their lightly-armed defenders!

Free Syria, Free Palestine!

Hezbollah leader apologizes to Lebanon

Michael Totten (who has been living in and blogging from Lebanon) thinks that Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, failed to convince a majority of the educated and independent-thinking Lebanese population that Hezbollah really “won” the recent war with Israel. So to save face, Nasrallah recently declared:

“[W]e did not believe, even by one percent, that the captive operation would result in such a wide-scale war, as such a war did not take place in the history of wars. Had we known that the captive operation would result in such a war we would not have carried it out at all.”

Interesting. That doesn’t sound at all like the rhetoric of a victorious leader doing the will of God.

And RedBlueChristian has much more regarding the pyrrhic victory of Hezbollah:

Mona Fayed, a prominent Shiite academic in Beirut, wrote an article also published by An-Nahar last week. She asks: Who is a Shiite in Lebanon today? She provides a sarcastic answer: A Shiite is he who takes his instructions from Iran, terrorizes fellow believers into silence, and leads the nation into catastrophe without consulting anyone.


While the radical Shi’aa Islam preached by Iranian leaders certainly has a stranglehold on southern Lebanon, it is comforting to know that fundamentalism and extremism is abhorrent to many others in the rest of the nation, and that Hezbollah’s $100 bill handouts are seen as an insult rather than as the blessings of Allah.

This is the only way that war in the Middle East can be peaceably averted.

May 24th, 2013, 10:27 pm


Dawoud said:

Free Syria, Free Palestine, Stop Hizbass terrorism in Syria!

Hezbollah leader apologizes to Lebanon

Michael Totten (who has been living in and blogging from Lebanon) thinks that Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, failed to convince a majority of the educated and independent-thinking Lebanese population that Hezbollah really “won” the recent war with Israel. So to save face, Nasrallah recently declared:

“[W]e did not believe, even by one percent, that the captive operation would result in such a wide-scale war, as such a war did not take place in the history of wars. Had we known that the captive operation would result in such a war we would not have carried it out at all.”

Interesting. That doesn’t sound at all like the rhetoric of a victorious leader doing the will of God.

And RedBlueChristian has much more regarding the pyrrhic victory of Hezbollah:

Mona Fayed, a prominent Shiite academic in Beirut, wrote an article also published by An-Nahar last week. She asks: Who is a Shiite in Lebanon today? She provides a sarcastic answer: A Shiite is he who takes his instructions from Iran, terrorizes fellow believers into silence, and leads the nation into catastrophe without consulting anyone.



May 24th, 2013, 10:29 pm


revenire said:

Ann thanks for those important video lessons. This is the fate of those who would take up arms against the Syrian Arab Army.

May 24th, 2013, 10:36 pm


Dawoud said:

Hizbass terrorist killed! Good Riddance!

May 24th, 2013, 10:39 pm


Dawoud said:

A Video shows recent Hizbass terrorists killed in al-Qasir by the Syrians defending their city from Hizbass’ occupying terrorists:

May 24th, 2013, 10:41 pm


Ameera said:

طبعا حبيبتي تارا روحي و انبسطي وهزي هالخصر وانسي هالحياة المئرفة وازا في كوكتيل اشربي و انسي ليش لأ. شو بدي إلك البنات الايرانيات المؤصات حلوين كتير يعني هيك بتحسي ادمهم اكابرية ومكياج عيونن مرتب وصدور متل البدور يعني متل حلم اي صبية مو هيك و شبابن لزيزين بس بحطو كتير جل على شعرن.

ايه حبيبتي دورت بالهيستوري على عبود و على ترو والله الظاهر انو كانو مشبحين ومو مخليين حدا من جماعة النظام يفتح تمو بنوب خصوصا هالمسكين سوريا نو كندهار وجاد و سريان كوماندو. لك على فكرة وين راحو الصبايا شيلا و زنوبيا و اوف زا وول؟ ليش تركوكي لحالك مع هالضباع؟

May 24th, 2013, 10:45 pm


revenire said:

Ha ha ha.

May 24th, 2013, 10:47 pm


ann said:

Friday Of Liberated Jdaidat al Fadhel

victory march.. by the people of newly liberated town from Al-Qaeda Islamist terrorists – 5 hours ago

The town is called Jdaidat al Fadhel, Damascus Suburbs..

they need electric and water services to come back on line as soon as possible.. they seem really happy to see the Syrian army in their town

May 24th, 2013, 10:57 pm


Dawoud said:

Good way to say Good Night: Free Syria Song, “We Don’t Want al-Assad’s Rule, We Want Freedom!”

May 24th, 2013, 11:02 pm


Dawoud said:

Good way to say Good Night: Free Syria Song, “Salute Syria and its Revoutionaries”

May 24th, 2013, 11:04 pm


revenire said:

Those people look thrilled to see the SAA. Wow.

Assad is a hero!

May 24th, 2013, 11:22 pm


ann said:

Syria – Recent Daraya battle scenes by ANNA News – 11 hours ago

No one screaming ALLAHU AKBAR. Just brave Syrian soldiers doing their best to eradicate Al-Qaeda Islamist Terrorists.

May 25th, 2013, 12:03 am


Tara said:


مافي ولا واحدة حلوة بيناتهن

ما بعرف بس صاير خلقي ضيق شوي وما بيعجبني العجب. بقلبي زعل كتير علي عم بيصير وعالناس اللي ماتت وعل الأطفال اللي تيتموا

May 25th, 2013, 12:07 am


ann said:

Syria opposition talks face collapse – 25 May 2013

ISTANBUL – Syrian opposition talks aimed at presenting a coherent front at an international peace conference to end the civil war faced the prospect of collapse after President Bashar al-Assad’s foes failed to cut an internal deal, opposition sources said on Friday.

The failure of the Syrian National Coalition to alter its Islamist-dominated membership as demanded by its international backers and replace a leadership undermined by power struggles is playing into the hands of Assad, whose forces are attacking a key town as his ally Russia said he would send representatives to the conference, coalition insiders said.

After two days of meetings in Istanbul, senior coalition players were in discussions late into the night after veteran liberal opposition figure Michel Kilo rejected a deal by Syrian businessman Mustafa al-Sabbagh, who is the coalition’s secretary-general, to admit some members of Kilo’s bloc to the coalition, the sources said.

Kilo has said that his group wants significant representation in the opposition coalition before it will join.

“There is a last-minute attempt to revive a kitchen-room deal. The coalition risks undermining itself to the point that its backers may have to look quickly for an alternative with enough credibility on the ground to go to Geneva,” a senior opposition source at the talks said.

While the opposition remained wracked by differences, a major assault by Assad’s forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies on a Sunni town held by rebels near the border with Lebanon over the past week was shaping into a pivotal battle.

“It is ironic that Lebanon’s civil strife is playing itself out in Syria. The opposition remains without coherence and the regime is intent on taking back anything it promises with violence,” said one diplomat.

Washington and Moscow have been compelled to revive diplomacy by developments in recent months, which include the rise of al Qaeda-linked fighters among rebels and reports of atrocities and accusations that chemical weapons are being used.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet privately in Paris on Monday to discuss their efforts to bring Syria’s warring parties together, U.S. and Russian officials said.

Russia said the Syrian government had agreed in principle to attend the planned peace conference, which could take part in Geneva in the coming weeks.


May 25th, 2013, 12:33 am


Dawoud said:

The pro-dictator/Hizbass commentator, who posted a preposterous conspiracy theory video for the crazy Glen Beck claiming a Saudi connection to the Boston terrorist bombing, should read this article:

Saudi man investigated after Boston Marathon speaks out

By Caitlin Dewey, Published: May 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The “easy-going, good humored” Saudi Arabian student who briefly became an object of intense suspicion after the Boston bombings broke two months of silence this week, telling The Islamic Monthly that media attention since the attacks “double injured” him.

Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi’s interview, which is worth hearing in full, sheds more light on the messy investigative aftermath of the attacks, which saw several men — many of African and Middle Eastern descent — wrongly accused in the media and on the Internet.

Alharbi, a Saudi Arabian student who won a full scholarship to study English in Boston, was injured in the blast and questioned immediately on his arrival in the hospital. He told TIM that more than 20 FBI agents and Boston police officers surrounded him, demanding his name, address and Facebook password even as nurses tried to stop his bleeding.

May 25th, 2013, 12:44 am


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:


“We Syrians love our president”

And we hope to kiss a pig…

May 25th, 2013, 1:02 am


ghufran said:

قال إمام جامع الزيتونة الأعظم في تونس الشيخ حسين العبيدي إن “ما يحدث في المنطقة العربية منذ سنتين هو سايكس بيكو جديد لتفتيت المنطقة العربية بمشرقها ومغربها”.
وفي حوار مع صحيفة “التونسية” المحلية نشر الجمعة أوضح الشيخ العبيدي أن “الجهاد في الإسلام لا يكون ضد المسلمين الآمنين في بيوتهم، والجهاد الحقيقي يكون في فلسطين”، مضيفاً “بناء على ذلك فالجهاد في سورية المسلمة والدولة ذات السيادة ليس من الدين في شيء وكل من ذهب إلى سورية لقتال السوريين المسلمين الآمنين في وطنهم بكل مكوناتهم يكون ارتكب جرم الانتحار وخسر دنياه وآخرته ومصيره جهنم وبئس المصير لأنه يقتل نفسه، وقتل النفس في الإسلام حرام”.
وتساءل الشيخ العبيدي “تحت راية من يجاهد هؤلاء؟” مؤكداً أنهم أكبر خطر على الإسلام لأنهم سيخربون الأمة الإسلامية.
الشيخ العبيدي توجه بالحديث للشباب التونسي “المغرر بهم” قائلاً “أنتم تجاهدون لأغراض سياسية استعمارية لا دينية، أنتم مغرر بكم لو جاهدتم في بناء وطنكم وطاعة والديكم لكان أفضل لكم عند الله في الدنيا والآخرة”، مؤكداً على أن العنف والإرهاب حرام في الإسلام وهذا لا جدال فيه.
وحذر العبيدي من المؤامرة التي تستهدف العرب جميعاً، مؤكداً أن “العدو مشترك وهو نفس العدو الذي حاربناه منذ قرون، إنه الإستعمار القديم المتجدد فالناتو فاتح فمه كي يبلعنا ونحن نتلهى بالنظر واحدنا في عيني الآخر فكل ما يحدث وما حدث هو تنفيذ لأجندات استعمارية معادية للعرب”.
وحول انتقال تونسيات إلى سورية للمشاركة فيما يسمى “جهاد النكاح” قال إمام جامع الزيتونة إن هذا ليس جهاداً وهو محرم شرعاً، مؤكداً أن الجهاد هو لنصرة دين الله لا نصرة المتعة وهذا لا يجوز بتاتاً في الإسلام”.
Sheikh Hussein Al-Ubaidi Imam of Al-Zaytouna-Tunisia speaks out against foreign jihadists in Syria

May 25th, 2013, 1:06 am


Ameera said:

والله فهمانة وبعرف انو ألبك من الحمض لاوي بس الله يرضا عليكي لا تخلي الهم و الغم يركبك وحطي ببالك انو شو ما صار هو من عند الله بعدي اسمو مشان هيك غسلي وجك بآيات الرحمن و حاولي تبكي شوي
اديش حابة افتحلك تلفون ونعد لبكره الصبح احنا عم نحكي الي لألك

May 25th, 2013, 2:30 am


Juergen said:

The SNC has published an booklet for the opposition forces, trough animated videos they try to spread the knowledge of international standards when it comes to warfare. Their campaign: Fighter not killer aims for officers serving in the FSA. They encourage the forces to obay these rules, even when the Assad forces break them everyday.

There are twelve videos in which they highlight what is not allowed in warfare.( with english subtitles)

This is their brochure:

the videos:

May 25th, 2013, 2:35 am


Juergen said:

Assads forces do what they can do best: shoot civilians, this time a young man at a checkpoint

May 25th, 2013, 4:02 am


apple_mini said:

We know there are still a significant number of dissents/opposition inside Syria who reject violence. They are genuine and true opposition to the regime. For their non-violence ideology and practice, I hold them in the highest regard. For their courage to continue pursuing equalities and justice, they earn the utmost respects.

Yet, they are sidelined, prosecuted by the regime. Also they are ignored and neglected by those foreign backers for their zero contribution to the interests of those foreign backers.

The voice and power of the foreign backed opposition come from their violent partner: the rebels. The regime is willing to negotiate with them is because the regime cannot eradicate those rebels. And it makes governing the country almost impossible.

We have been hoping and pushing the opposition to participate a peace talk with the regime so we can have the violence stopped.

We really do not know much about the opposition’s real political ideology and agenda. We do hope they can form a force to push the country closer to democracy which might be able to do a lot good for the country.

We can only hope so. In my mind, those people like May Skaf and others using their voice and thoughts to stand up against the regime are the true hope of this country.

May 25th, 2013, 7:26 am


Ziad said:

Row on arming Syria rebels deeply divides EU, Britain and France loose support

A fierce row over whether to arm Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces has left the European Union deeply divided days before the bloc needs to decide on renewing existing sanctions.

After months of bitter argument the issue comes to a head next week, with EU foreign ministers pressed for an answer at talks Monday, their last get-together before the expiry at midnight May 25 of far-reaching EU sanctions against the Assad regime, including an arms embargo.

Britain and France want the arms embargo maintained against Assad but relaxed against the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC). At best, they said, it would be lifted entirely for the rebels; at worst changed, with “some very serious amendment that allows us to send them more assistance.”

But other EU nations and aid groups are vehemently opposed to any change, citing the huge risks involved.

“Transferring more weapons to Syria can only exacerbate a hellish scenario for civilians,” said aid organisation Oxfam’s Anna Macdonald. “The UK and France are charting a risky course of action. Diplomacy should be the priority.” After a flurry of negotiations, held daily at different levels over the past week as the May 31 deadline nears, Brussels diplomats and officials say the 27 EU nations have split into three groups over the question.

Should the bloc fail to agree a joint position by May 25, the whole sanctions regime including the arms embargo would lapse, allowing the delivery of weapons to both rebels and the regime.

“We haven’t taken the decision to supply arms but we believe member states should have the flexibility to do so,” said a UK diplomat who asked not to be identified.

Sweden, Austria oppose move

Violently opposed to the demands by Britain and France, which appear to have lost the support of Italy and Spain, are Scandinavian nations led by Sweden as well as Austria and the Czech Republic.

They want the current sanctions regime simply rolled over as it stands on the grounds that more weapons will cause more bloodshed and could end up in the hands of the growing numbers of radical Islamists joining rebel ranks.

The third group of nations, some of whom complained of being held to ransom by Britain and France, are seeking a compromise to avoid an embarrassing EU split.

“It’s of paramount importance for the EU to come up with a common position,” said German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Friday.

“The worst would be to for Europe to show its divisions to Syria. That would likely very much please the Assad regime.

May 25th, 2013, 10:52 am


revenire said:

Juergen I hope one of the videos includes a cook book for cannibals.

May 25th, 2013, 10:56 am


ann said:

Syria opposition say regional power games stall meeting

By Serene Assir (AFP) – 1 hour ago

ISTANBUL — Regional bids for influence over Syria’s divided opposition have stalled progress at a key meeting of the war-torn country’s main opposition group, blocking discussions on whether to hold peace talks with the regime, opposition members told AFP Saturday.

“You have Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pushing to include up to 30 new members in the National Coalition. Their goal is to downsize the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence over the group,” a Coalition member said on condition of anonymity.

“On the other hand you have Turkey, Qatar and to an extent France backing the Coalition as it stands,” he added, describing perceptions that Islamists control the Coalition as “exaggerated”.

Referring to Saudi Arabia and the United States, another Coalition member told AFP: “We are being threatened that they will not give us any money or even weapons, and even that (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad will stay in power if we don’t allow this expansion.

“This is scandalous. This competition for power is killing the Syrian opposition,” he said on condition of anonymity.

The Coalition, which depends on foreign backing, has long been marred by regional rivalries that play out through disagreements among its members.

Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group, while conservative Saudi Arabia is seeking to reclaim its historic role of regional powerhouse, opposition figures say.

But by Saturday, despite countless hours of official and sideline meetings, members were still deadlocked over whether or not to expand the group.

Though several lists of some 200 dissidents’ names have been proposed, the one with the strongest backing is a 25-member list proposed by veteran secular dissident Michel Kilo.

Dissidents say Saudi Arabia and its ally the United States want Kilo’s list to join the group.

The list reportedly includes several women as well as members of Syria’s numerous ethnic and religious minorities.

The Coalition has long been accused by Syrian opponents of having a poor record of inclusiveness.

“We definitely need to include more women. Right now, only three of our members are women, and that is not right,” said Coalition member Samir Nashar.

“Of course we need to expand. But the regional fights for influence and over who gets to go to Geneva 2 is the real issue here,” said one of the Coalition members who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Coalition in its current shape is dominated by main opposition bloc the Syrian National Council, in which the Muslim Brotherhood plays a key role.

“If Kilo’s list gets accepted, then it will dominate the Coalition. The reason for this deadlock is because everyone wants to call the shots when the Geneva 2 negotiations start,” said a dissident from northern Syria who is not a member of the Coalition.


May 25th, 2013, 10:56 am


Ziad said:

Why we oppose U.S. and Israeli intervention in Syria

“Friends of Syria”: another face of imperialism

Stepping up the imperialist-led campaign, on May 22, the so-called “Friends of Syria” met in Amman, Jordan. Led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the other “Friends” at the meeting were the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The open aim of the “Friends” is the overthrow of existing government in Syria. Its concluding statement speaks of “supporting the legitimate rights of the Syrian people” and “a new Syrian constitution with equal rights for all.”

This supposed concern for “human rights” in Syria is nothing but the crassest cynicism.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Jordan are all police-state, absolute monarchies, sustained in power by U.S. support. Saudi Arabia has never had an election, women are forbidden to drive cars and public beheadings are a frequent occurrence. Britain and France are the former colonizing powers in the region, striving to retain their influence today. Germany and Italy shared in the colonial division of Africa; half the population of Libya died under Italian rule during World War II. Turkey has long repressed the Kurdish population inside its borders, as well as unions, leftist parties and other progressive organizations. The Egyptian government is suppressing the opposition as it seeks to consolidate its power.

May 25th, 2013, 11:01 am


Dawoud said:

The invading terrorist Lebanese Shia party Hizbass commits a massacre in Syria’s al-Qasir! Shame on حسن نصر الشيطان
Hasan the Devil!

May 25th, 2013, 11:02 am


Dawoud said:

P.S., Thanks George Sabra (the interim leader of the opposition) for accurately describing the Hizbass terrorists in Syria as invading Iranian agents. He also accurately said that Hizbass’ fate will be similar to that of all invaders of Syria: Syria will become their graveyard!

May 25th, 2013, 11:06 am


Dawoud said:

watching now on Aljazeera Arabic the live speech of the Lebanese invading terrorist from Hizbass, Hasan the Devil (the fu**kinG Bast@@d)! His hypocrisy has so far made me say all f and indecent words that I can say! The F. BasT@@d hypocrite is reading from the holy Quran! What an F. hypocrite!!!!!!!!!!!! As a Palestinian, I ask you Bast@@d Hasan the Devil don’t mention the 1948 al-Nakbah because my people know that you are causing another Nakbah in Syria! The Devil is still talking about my Palestine so that people forget about his ongoing war crimes in al-Qasir and Syria! His terrorist militia has so far killed more Syrians in al-Qasir than Israel killed in besieged Gaza in the last Zionist war of 2012

May 25th, 2013, 11:11 am


Dawoud said:

……….I am running out of indecent curse words to say while watching on Aljazeera Mubasher Arabic the live speech of Hasan the Devil, the terrorist from the Lebanese Shia Hizbass!!!!!! His hypocrisy and cult-of-personality propaganda is beyond imagination. Many of his terrorist supporters are probably NOT watching because they are busy burying their dead terrorists, who were killed while occupying al-Qasir!

May 25th, 2013, 11:31 am


ghufran said:

A new Fox News poll finds that nearly a quarter of voters (23 percent) thinks the U.S. should get more involved because it’s a humanitarian crisis and Syria is a strategically important country. However, nearly three times as many, 68 percent, say the U.S. should stay out because it’s a civil war and the U.S. could actually end up helping anti-American extremist groups.
Syria is a rare instance of agreement across the political spectrum: majorities of independents (65 percent), Democrats (69 percent) and Republicans (70 percent) agree the United States should stay out of Syria.
Voters who have served in the military also say the U.S. should not intervene (67 percent).

May 25th, 2013, 11:59 am


revenire said:

Sayyed Nasrallah is on live now.

He is detailing the crimes of the Takfiris.

What an amazing man.

May 25th, 2013, 12:00 pm


revenire said:

Former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is taking a beating for his wild predictions that Assad would fall quickly.

After recapping Barak’s foolishness, reporter Yakov Katz writes in May 23 Daily Beast:

“Israel’s assessments were grossly inaccurate. Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister until two months ago, predicted in June 2011 that Assad would fall by the end of that year. When that turned out to be wrong, Barak again tried to predict what would happen, saying in February 2012 that Assad would fall within weeks.”

Ironically, it was Barak who fell long before Assad.

May 25th, 2013, 12:05 pm


revenire said:

Ghufran while that poll might be correct it would not matter to a dictator like Obama – who uses the government to harass and silence opposition to his murderous plans.

May 25th, 2013, 12:07 pm


ann said:

Iraq launches massive operation to curb flow of Sunni fighters to Syria – 2013-05-25

Some 20,000 troops attack hideouts of fighters linked to Sunni groups, including Al-Qaeda as they look to secure key road leading to Syria

BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces mounted a massive operation on Saturday to better secure the country’s western desert amid concerns it is being used by Sunnis heading to fight in neighbouring Syria.

Some 20,000 troops attacked suspected hideouts of fighters linked to Sunni militant groups, including Al-Qaeda, and looked to secure a key road leading to Syria, top officers said.

Troops were also moved to the 600-kilometre (375-mile) border with Syria.

“The operation is large and backed by the air force,” Staff General Ali Ghaidan Majeed, the head of ground forces, said. “It has resulted in the arrest of several Al-Qaeda members and the destruction of some of their strongholds.”

“The target of the operation is also to clean the desert of the terrorist elements that exist there.”

Two senior commanders in Al-Qaeda’s local front group, the Islamic State of Iraq, were among those killed.

Majeed did not say how many troops had been sent to the border.

The operation is being carried out in parts of border provinces Anbar and Nineveh, where Iraqi and Western officials are concerned that Sunni militant groups opposed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and to Iraq’s Shiite-led government have set up camp.


May 25th, 2013, 12:09 pm


gufran said:

We talked about this when NATO attacked Libya, now you see what type of freedom NATO brought to Libya:
باريس, (ا ف ب) – قال خبراء ان الجنوب الليبي الذي قدم منه مسلحون اسلاميون هاجموا الخميس ارليت واغاديز في النيجر، تحول في الاشهر الاخيرة الى احد معاقل تدريب خلايا القاعدة في المغرب الاسلامي بعد الهجوم الفرنسي في مالي.
وفي هذه المناطق الصحراوية المترامية الاطراف الخارجة عن كل سيطرة، اصبح المسلحون المتطرفون يملكون قواعد جديدة يهددون منها بلدان المنطقة وخصوصا الدول التي ايدت فرنسا في هجومها في مالي.
ويقول محمد واغاغا احد قادة تمرد الطوارق في النيجر بين عامي 2007 و2009 والشخصية التي لا تزال مؤثرة في المنطقة، ‘حتى قبل حرب مالي كانت ليبيا معقلا للارهابيين’.
واوضح ‘ان الحدود بين النيجر وليبيا يصعب جدا مراقبتها انها نافذة سهلة الاختراق’ مضيفا ‘لا يمكن لاي قوة عسكرية ان تدعي القدرة على السيطرة عليها مهما كانت الامكانات التي تملكها (..) الارهابيون يعرفون تماما المنطقة ويمكنهم التسلل كما يحلو لهم بلا مشاكل وبما انه يبدو انهم على اطلاع جيد عن الاوقات المناسبة (للتسلل) يمكنهم التحرك باي وقت’.
ولما فوجئوا بسرعة وقوة التدخل الفرنسي في مالي، اختار عدد قليل من عناصر القاعدة وحلفائهم المقاومة، لكن معظمهم تفرقوا في المنطقة وفضل الكثير منهم التوجه الى الجنوب الليبي المعروف بانه معقل تهريب منذ القديم.
وقال الان رودييه مدير البحوث في المركز الفرنسي للبحوث حول الاستخبارات لوكالة فرانس برس ‘قبل العملية الفرنسية في مالي بل وقبل الثورة الليبية، كان الجنوب الليبي منطقة مفتوحة جدا (..) والقاعدة تستخدم منذ زمن بعيد طرقاته وهي تعرفها معرفة جيدة جدا’.
واضاف ان ‘السلطات الليبية لا تسيطر الا على طرابلس ونواحيها لا غير. وليبيا بحالة فوضى تذكر بوضع الصومال. وقد ابرمت بعض القبائل في الجنوب الليبي اتفاقات مع جهاديين على قاعدة +نسمح لكم بالمرور
وتتركونا وشاننا+ وهناك آخرون لا يملكون القوة لمواجهة’ عناصر القاعدة
You can not make chicken soup out of chicken poop

May 25th, 2013, 12:18 pm


revenire said:

The liberation of al-Qusayr proceeds: “I’ve never seen a day like this since the battle started,” activist Malek Ammar told Reuters news agency from the town. “It’s like they’re trying to destroy the city house by house.”

Glory to the heroes of the SAA and Hezbollah.

May 25th, 2013, 12:21 pm


zoo said:

No “massacre” in Qusayr, just slow eliminations of the Al Nusra terrorists and their Salafi allies.

Rebels are largely surrounded in Qusair, a town of 30,000 that has become a strategic battleground.
More than 22 people in opposition-held areas have been killed, most of them rebels, and dozens were injured, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A fighter from Hezbollah forces in Qusair told Reuters that advances were happening at a very slow pace.

“We are in the second phase of our plan of attack but the advance has been quite slow and difficult. The rebels have mined everything, the streets, the houses. Even the refrigerators are mined.”

May 25th, 2013, 12:28 pm


Ziad said:

“And enough of this we are sectarian. We lost martyrs in Bosnia fighting for the right. And they are majorly Sunni. Not Shia.”

Hassan Nassrallah

May 25th, 2013, 12:41 pm


revenire said:

The so-called opposition are the ones who have murdered Sunni – both soldiers and civilians. Most of the army is Sunni and at least 35% of the casualties are army soldiers. The dead civilians – murdered by car bombs and mortar shells – have been slaughtered by the terrorists.

Assad protects the nation.

May 25th, 2013, 12:46 pm


annie said:

من المسجد الاقصى و نهاية الشبيح ابو عرفة المؤيد للنظام السوري في جمعة 24-5-2013

May 25th, 2013, 12:58 pm


revenire said:

Amal Saad-Ghorayeb: “I have been waiting for these words of assurance for two years now from the Seyyid and he finally said them: ‘As I promised you victory before [in July 2006], I promise you victory again!’ Now I know Syria will be liberated. Allahu Akbar!”

May 25th, 2013, 1:08 pm


ann said:

Syrian troops regain airbase in central city – 2013-05-25

DAMASCUS, May 25 (Xinhua) — The Syrian troops regained a rebel- held airbase in the central strategic city of al-Qussair on Saturday, local media said.

The al-Daba’a airfield was stormed by the troops Saturday after intense fighting had flared up in al-Qussair a week ago.

Saturday’s battles concentrated on a number of northern areas of al-Qussair, reports said.


May 25th, 2013, 1:14 pm


Tara said:

France rules out Iran joining in Syria peace talks By JPOST.COM STAFF05/25/2013 18:29

Ahead of meetings with US, Russian counterparts, France’s foreign minister says Tehran involved in crisis, no desire for peace.

May 25th, 2013, 1:18 pm


revenire said:

Tara France has nothing to say about anything except what goes on INSIDE France. They are a weak former colonial power and back terrorism in the world.

I enjoy hearing them spout off.

Long live President Assad!

May 25th, 2013, 1:50 pm


revenire said:

Nasrallah defends Hezbollah fighting extremists in Syrian town of Qusayr

Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has defended the Lebanese resistance movement’s decision to fight foreign-backed militants in the Syrian border town of al-Qusayr.

Nasrallah made the remarks on Saturday during a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of the withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon, known as the Liberation Day.

The Hezbollah leader said if foreign-backed militants win the war on Syria, they will turn their weapons on Lebanon.

Nasrallah further pointed out that the extremist Salafist groups form the backbone of the unrest in Syria, adding that the US-backed armed groups are also a threat to all Lebanese communities.

The Syrian army pressed ahead to liberate al-Qusayr in Homs Province fully from the foreign-backed militants on Saturday, seizing al-Daba’a military airport north of the town.

The army also regained control of the Ba’ath Party headquarters in the strategic town that borders Lebanon, killing large numbers of foreign-backed militants. The government forces have inflicted losses on the militants and destroyed their weaponry and equipment.

Nasrallah said the ongoing war in Syria is part of an American project to change the balance of power in the region in favor of the Israeli regime.

He, however, promised victory against the Salafist groups in Syria.

“I say to all the honorable people, to the Mujahedeen, to the heroes: I have always promised you a victory and now I pledge to you a new one” in Syria, he said.

“We will continue along the road … bear the responsibilities and the sacrifices. This battle is ours … and I promise you victory,” he said.

The leader of the resistance movement also dismissed accusations that Hezbollah is a sectarian movement.


May 25th, 2013, 2:10 pm


zoo said:

Syrian opposition talks in stalemate as Geneva peace conference looms

Syrian opposition talks in Istanbul have so far failed to unite liberal leaders and Islamists of the Syrian National Council. The opposition risks being unable to present a coherent front at the forthcoming Geneva conference, making it irrelevant.

The two opening days of negotiations of the Syrian opposition have been fruitless as the Islamist-dominated Syrian National Coalition refused to admit liberal opposition leaders into its ranks.

Also, the opposition failed to elect a new leader of the coalition, which remains without a chief since the resignation of Moaz al-Khatib, a former Damascus religious leader, in March.

“We are back to square one,” a source in the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) told Reuters before the start of the third day of negotiations.

When Russian FM will meet his American counterpart next week, they will have to coordinate the list of participants of the future peace conference. However the question now is who among the Syrian opposition ranks would have authority to speak on behalf of all variegated opposition groups.

May 25th, 2013, 2:13 pm


Dawoud said:

217. annie

Thanks Annie, too many memories! I prayed so many times with my grandfather inside al-Haram al-Sharif المسجد الاقصى المباركin occupied Jerusalem. I know that my Palestinian people, as this video you are posting shows, do NOT support the murderous Bashar who is killing his people.

May 25th, 2013, 2:30 pm


zoo said:

Al Zawahiri echoes Sabra in calling for Jihadists to rescue al Qusayr

In Turkey, the acting president of Syria’s main opposition group harshly criticized Hezbollah for its role in Qusair. “Some Lebanese are being sent to Syria as invaders in order to return back home in coffins draped with shame,” said George Sabra of the Syrian National Coalition.

“Oh Syrians, come and rescue Qusair, Maadamiyeh, Daraya and eastern Ghouta so that Syria remains, as it is today, a graveyard for invaders,” Sabra said, referring also to suburbs of the capital Damascus where Syrian troops have been on the offensive over the past weeks.

In an indication that the rebel’s weeklong stand is also becoming a symbol outside Syria, Mohammed al-Zawahiri, who is the brother of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and is himself a prominent jihadi figure in Egypt, issued a statement alongside 19 other ultraconservative Islamists and former militants to all Muslims to “help our people in Qusair.”

“It is the duty of each Muslim to repel this aggression and stop the injustice, first by jihad with arms,” the statement carried by a militant website said.

May 25th, 2013, 2:34 pm


Dawoud said:

Palestinians in Ramallah rally in support for Syria and its blessed Revolution!

Chanting: “We and Syrians One One People,” “From Ramallah to al-Assad’s house: Syria wants freedom,”……….”Salute from Ramallah to Der’ah, Homs, etc.

من رام الله لدير الزور: شعب سوريا ما بنهان
من رام الله لدير الزور: يسقط حزب الديكتاتور

May 25th, 2013, 2:42 pm


Dawoud said:

Occupied Palestinians and Oppressed Syrians rally in support for each other: A message from besieged Gaza to Free Syria:

مظاهرات دعم متبادلة بين سوريا وغزة‬‎

May 25th, 2013, 2:47 pm


Tara said:

The story of hopeless opposition. Who is refusing to unite? Why can’t they get exposed and paraded by names? Get Suhair Attasi to be the president and let her protected by y
the US negotiates Assad’s exit. Damn them all for they are becoming an enemy to the Syrian people.

Syrian opposition resumes tough talks on unity for peace push
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis
ISTANBUL | Sat May 25, 2013 2:17pm EDT

“The coalition risks undermining itself to the point that its backers may have to look quickly for an alternative with enough credibility on the ground to go to Geneva,” a senior opposition source at the talks said.

May 25th, 2013, 3:00 pm


Alan said:

12 Chechen Fighters Killed in Central Syria
Chechen Rebels Have Flocked to Syria to Fight Russian-Backed Govt
Rocket attacks in the Hama Province have killed 12 rebel fighters today, according to opposition spokesman, and all 12 have been identified as Chechens who came to the country specifically to join the rebellion.

The report didn’t provide details on which faction they belonged to, but large numbers of Chechen fighters have been flocking to Syria for months, mostly to join the Islamist factions in the country.

While Syria is among the most active wars for Islamist fighters it isn’t entirely happenstance that they are choosing to go there. The Syrian government is extremely close allies with Russia, and many of the Chechen fighters are the same ones who resisted the Russian occupation of Chechnya.

The deaths underscore the growing foreign element within the rebellion, something the Assad government has sought to emphasize. At the same time, Assad is relying increasingly on foreign fighters from Hezbollah in battles along the Lebanese border, showing just how regional this war is becoming.

May 25th, 2013, 3:10 pm



This site was created by regime propagandist extraordinaire. Its main “consumers” are regime propagandist. Joshua Landis and his sidekicks will not abandon their “clients”. When he dared, the response was a swift callous and unethical outing of the moderator.

Good to see the honorable Ghassan Karam posting.

May 25th, 2013, 3:18 pm


Hanzala said:

Whatever the Kuffar do, they are always faced with the ever vigilant Muslim, who neither tires or gives up hope! Allahu Akbar

Militants, Chased From Mali, Pose New Threats

Four months after French troops cleared Islamist fighters from the desert towns of northern Mali, U.S., French and African governments see a worrying new trend: Many of the same militants are regrouping in neighboring countries.

May 25th, 2013, 3:37 pm


Hanzala said:

Al-Qaeda seizes territory in Yemen’s Hadramawt

ADEN, Yemen: Fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda have seized control of villages near the Yemeni port city of Mukalla in an apparent bid to take over swathes of the southeastern province of Hadramawt, the interior ministry and residents said on Friday.

May 25th, 2013, 3:38 pm


Uzair8 said:

Sorry if this article has been posted already. I’m short of time and will catch up on unread comments later.

From Foreign Policy Blog:

Is Assad really winning?

Friday, May 24, 2013

After two years of crowing that the end of Bashar al-Assad was nigh, the official and popular perceptions in the United States and Europe of the Syrian president’s staying power have shifted dramatically. There’s a new narrative taking hold, fueled by both media reports and assessments by Western intelligence agencies — that the Assad regime is largely stable, and making significant gains against the rebels throughout the country.

Not so fast. While the regime has made progress on a few fronts, its actual territorial gains are so far rather minor. And in other parts of the country, it’s the rebels who are still on the offensive. The Syrian war isn’t turning into a regime rout — the stalemate is only deepening.


May 25th, 2013, 3:40 pm


Ziad said:

TARA is having bouts of depression because the fake world she constructed where Bashar and Assma are bad and the source of every evil act in the world, and the revolution is good and unified and strong and humane and will be supported to victory by Qatar, KSA, Turkey, and FUKUS is collapsing in front of her eyes.

May 25th, 2013, 3:44 pm


Mina said:

Tara, you didn’t get it: the one thing Iran and Jabhat al Nusra and the MB agree on is that a woman can’t be president.

May 25th, 2013, 3:47 pm


Uzair8 said:

Sh. Yaqoubi’s response to Mr Nasrallah’s speech:

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda 1h
Hezbollah was born in Lebanon, fostered in Iran; and will soon be buried in Syria.


Google translation of facebook response:

Sheikh Abul Huda Yacoubi declares:
Hassan Nasrallah’s speech a declaration of war on the Syrian people and the Sunnis, and if Hezbollah was born in Lebanon and baby and grew up in Iran, it would be buried in Syria, the power of God and Jihad heroes.

May 25th, 2013, 3:48 pm


Ziad said:

Nasrallah: we cannot side with the beheaders in Syria

There are two major security threats currently facing Lebanon: Israel, and the presence of radical salafis fighting to overthrow the Syrian government, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Saturday.

Nasrallah, speaking on the 13th anniversary of the liberation of South Lebanon from Israel’s 18-year military occupation, justified Hezbollah’s continued armament by insisting that the Lebanese state has not prepared for a future attack by Israel.

“We have a state which cannot stop the bloody confrontation in Tripoli. We have a state that cannot agree on on an electoral law, a state of confessionalism,” Nasrallah said, adding that the resistance is the only force capable of defending the country.

“After the 2006 war I said build a capable state, and we will fight under the state,” he added.

Israel and its allies want to prevent Lebanon from building a strong state, he added, because they know a robust Lebanese army with modern weapons could not be co-opted by the West like other Arab armies.

May 25th, 2013, 4:02 pm


apple_mini said:

An interesting observation: News about Syria on Yahoo site used to have a slight edge by anti-opposition and anti-rebels posts and comments over pro-opposition ones.

Nowadays, anti-opposition and anti-rebels dominate every piece of news with about 8-1 ratio of thumb-up against thumb-down. Also, those posts no longer differentiate the rebels from Al Qaeda.

This probably does not mean much. But the tide on PR front has completely changed in favor of the regime for its tough fighting against extremists. This is true on every news media and polls.

If the regime can show some sincere and honest initiatives to end the violence, enough for them to score more political chips. On top of military gains, I doubt the opposition and the rebels will ever be able to regain momentum inside Syria or outside.

Let us face it. None of the agitators in the west can really risk there extremely unpopular policy of backing the rebels and opposition without considering political fallout and blowback.

We are still watching the eccentric Erdogan approaching panic attack.

May 25th, 2013, 4:03 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Dr. Barber,

You said Sheikh Yacoubi is a “moderate”.

Define “moderate”.


May 25th, 2013, 4:06 pm


ann said:

Syrian opposition in knots over Muslim Brotherhood: dissidents – 4 minutes ago

By Serene Assir (AFP)

ISTANBUL — A Saudi-led bid to dilute the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence over Syria’s main opposition has thrown the group into disarray, dissidents said Saturday, with some even warning that the power tussle is “killing” the group.

But a bid by Saudi Arabia to weaken the Muslim Brotherhood and to hold sway over the Coalition has overshadowed the debate, dissidents said.

“You have Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pushing to include up to 30 new members in the National Coalition,” said one Coalition member on condition of anonymity.

“Their goal is to downsize the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence over the group,” he said.

“On the other hand you have Turkey, Qatar and to an extent France backing the Coalition as it stands.”

Another Coalition member told AFP that Saudi Arabia and the United States have even threatened to cut off support if the opposition refused to admit the new members they were backing.

“We are being threatened that they will not give us any money or even weapons, and even that (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad will stay in power if we don’t allow this expansion.

“This is scandalous. This competition for power is killing the Syrian opposition,” he said on condition of anonymity.

The National Coalition is currently dominated by the Syrian National Council, in which the main political bloc is the Muslim Brotherhood.

Qatar and Turkey, whose leaders are close to the Brotherhood, back the Islamist movement.

Conservative Saudi Arabia however, opposes it and supports more radical Islamist rebel groups on the ground.

Opposition figures see Saudi Arabia as simply seeking to reclaim its historic role of regional powerhouse.

In Istanbul, Saudi Arabia and its allies are pushing the Coalition to admit a new list of members proposed by veteran secular dissident Michel Kilo. If accepted, the Muslim Brotherhood would lose its sway in the Coalition.

One Coalition member, Samir Nashar, described Kilo’s allies as “too ready to dialogue with the regime, and that’s why we resist his entry”.

But the official command of the rebel Free Syrian Army backs Kilo’s bid.

“Yesterday we were in a meeting with (FSA command chief) Selim Idriss, Michel Kilo and several other patriotic personalities from Kilo’s list. We saw he is a fighter, a patriot,” FSA political and media coordinator Louay Muqdad told AFP.

Kilo’s list reportedly includes several women as well as members of Syria’s numerous ethnic and religious minorities.

“The regional fights for influence and over who gets to go to Geneva 2 is the real issue here,” said a Coalition member who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“If Kilo’s list gets accepted, then it will dominate the Coalition. The reason for this deadlock is because everyone wants to call the shots when the Geneva 2 negotiations start,” said a dissident from northern Syria who is not a member of the Coalition.

The Coalition, which depends on foreign backing, has long been marred by regional rivalries that play out through disagreements among its members.


May 25th, 2013, 4:24 pm


revenire said:

The Western-created “opposition” is falling apart. I’ve heard reports of suicide attempts by its leaders. I won’t mention names until it is confirmed but it is well known George Sabra suffers from depression.

May 25th, 2013, 4:33 pm


Ziad said:

Nassrallah Speech with English subtitles

May 25th, 2013, 4:39 pm


Alan said:

UK’s complicity in Syria is as reprehensible as Woolwich attack

May 25th, 2013, 4:45 pm


Uzair8 said:

Checked out Sh. Yaqoubi’s twitter and immediately after the (23rd May) tweet about condemnation of the Woolwich murder were the following tweets:

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda 5h
سؤال برسم الإجابة:
هل الإسلام منحصر فيمن يسمون أويسميهم غيرهم بالإسلاميين؟

Google trans:
Draw question to answer:
Does Islam have been limited to those who called Oasmém the other Islamists?

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda 5h
Is Islam restricted to Islamists?

Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi ‏@Shaykhabulhuda 5h
جماهير الشعب يريدون الإسلام ، ولكن القليل منهم يؤيدون الإسلاميين، يجب أن نفرق بين الإسلام والإسلاميين؟ والسؤال هو من الذي يمثل الإسلام؟

Google trans:
Masses of the people want to Islam, but few of them support the Islamists, must distinguish between Islam and Islamists? The question is who represents Islam?

May 25th, 2013, 4:49 pm



Nasrallah: we cannot side with the beheaders in Syria…

…neither he could side with peacefull popular demonstrations in the streets asking for freedom, justice and dignity from march 2011. He simply cannot ask anything contrary to Iran-Russian mafia interests in the region.

And he will pay for it.

Palestinians organization fastly turned positions but Hezb zballa cannot change without permission from Ayatollah Gof Messenger in Earth.

May 25th, 2013, 5:41 pm


revenire said:

Sandro Loewe that isn’t what happened. There never were any peaceful demonstrations not infiltrated by Al-Qaeda and other agents of the West.

As far as threatening Nasrallah goes, I somehow doubt he reads Syria Comment.

May 25th, 2013, 5:49 pm


Ameera said:

اسمع كلامك يعجبني اشو تصرفاتك استغرب

May 25th, 2013, 6:03 pm


zoo said:


Excellent speech from Nasrallah warning about the kind of the neighbors Lebanon and Jordan may have if some courageous people are not eliminating Al Qaeeda and Islamist terrorists hiding in Al Qusayr. The USA is probably condoning that operation by not giving much of an ear to the Qatar’s Arab league calling for a UNSC emergency session.

Erdogan may soon have to switch the Turkish army from fighting the Kurds to fight the Islamists extremists he has fed and settled in Syria and who are now in Turkey waitinf for their moment to hit.

That’s why he is building a wall of 2km on the Syrian border to prevent ‘infiltrations’. What he seems to forget is that the criminals who killed Turks and Syrians in Reyhanli were Turks.
The serpents he fed to remove Bashar Al Assad are already inside his country and will give him hell.

May 25th, 2013, 6:08 pm


Ameera said:

يا شباب و صبايا
حدا بعرفلوا شي مهرب ابن حلال و مضمون يوصلنا على السويد بدون مشاكل؟ كل المهرببين نصابين عم يطلبو نص المبلغ مقدما و بعدين يا فكيك فص ملح وداب.

كل السفارات عم ترفضنا بدون دعوة رسمية فيا جماعة الخير في حدا خرج يبعتلنا دعوة انا و امي و ابي؟ والله أأرفنا و تعبنا ويا حسرتي ما النا حدا الا ابن خالتي بالسعودية بس مو طالع بايدو

May 25th, 2013, 6:11 pm


Akbar Palace said:


The jihadists that Assad is fighting are not “western created”. That’s like saying Aipac is “Syrian created”.

You are very creative.

May 25th, 2013, 6:56 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

249. MONSIEUR ZOO said:

“Excellent speech from Nasrallah”

A predictable comment from a Bashar Bootlicker…

May 25th, 2013, 6:57 pm


Dawoud said:



Nus-lira said if Syria falls, so will Palestine.”

Although this fu@@ing Bast@@d Hasan the Devil حسن نصر الشيطان knows that his sectarian siding with Alawi dictator (he believes that the Sunni majority should never rule Syria) has lost him 90% of his Arab/Muslim admirers, he still talks about Palestine because it’s the most effective way to win back support for his selfish cult-of-personality. It’s not working for him! All major Arab news and social media Websites are full of curse angry words about his bad As@ after today’s speech. His father didn’t defend his own land, the Golan, and only a disabled Syrian tank delayed the fall of al-Quneitira for several hours. EX-president Hafez al-Amin said in 2001 that Hafez should have been tried for treason. He withdrew his troops to Damascus in order to consolidate his minority/dictatorial rule instead of defending Syrian, if not Palestinian territory. Only now, with the prospect of Bashar’s downfall, that Israel is beginning to build a wall in the Golan and arm its settlers. No wonder Israel has always thought of Hafez and Bashar as their “men in Damascus” for 43 years of Golan quietness.

As a Palestinian, I don’t believe that Syrians should be ruled by a dictator who kills and humiliates them, regardless of whether he is good or not to Palestine. As I have just said, though, he isn’t! There are 16 million Palestinian under occupation and in diaspora/exile, but there are 23 million Syrians. I believe in freedom for all, including for Jews who would live in a one secular/democratic state for all!

May 25th, 2013, 6:57 pm


Dawoud said:

Yes, the Geneva 2 conference will fail! Turkey’s plan B will be needed!

Davutoğlu: Turkey, US have a Plan B on Syria if Geneva meeting fails

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey and US have an alternative option, a Plan B, if the upcoming Geneva meeting fails to provide a viable political solution to the two-year-old Syrian conflict.
Speaking to a group of Turkish reporters on Friday, Davutoğlu talked about the recent developments in Syria at a time when Ankara faces a pile of challenges with regard to the intractable crisis in the Middle Eastern country.

Denying criticism suggesting that Turkey shifted its policy and was forced to back initiatives for a diplomatic solution as result of a strong pressure from the US and Russia, Davutoğlu said Turkey has always backed a diplomatic solution, adding that while other countries described the Bashar al-Assad regime illegitimate from the very beginning, Turkey has struggled to persuade Assad for a political solution for nine months.

May 25th, 2013, 7:10 pm


revenire said:

Akbar of course they’re Western created just as Al-Qaeda is Western created. Read about the Arc of Crisis as put forth by Zbigniew Brzezinski. The strategy was used to try to defeat the USSR. These were the fighters the West armed and trained in Afghanistan who later turned on the West like the Frakenstein monsters they are. Many of them are in Syria now. They are mercenaries.

Fomenting sectarian warfare is nothing new in history Akbar. You just don’t have a grasp of this history and this lack of basics cripples any rational thought.

You didn’t even know who Nahum Goldmann was.

I urge you to read a few books and broaden your understanding of our world.

May 25th, 2013, 7:11 pm


Dawoud said:

‘West’s denial of military support to FSA contributed to al-Nusra’s growing clout’

Turkish foreign minister also touched upon the radical opposition al-Nusra Front, which currently appears to be the most coherent and capable militant forces among the fractured and disparate opposition fighters at a critical time as forces loyal to Assad seems to be ascendant on battlefield over the past two months.

Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US and is seen as a primary factor for the West’s reluctance of arming the opposition forces. The West is apparently uneasy with the growing presence of radical elements on the ground.

According to Davutoğlu, the chief cause of al-Nusra’s ascendancy among opposition forces is the approach of the West towards the Syrian opposition fighters. He stressed the fact that the denial of military assistance to the moderate groups such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) led by Gen. Salim İdris fuelled the support to Nusra-like units.

Davutoğlu further stated that designating the al-Nusra Front as a terrorist group produced the opposite of the desired effect and contributed to its growing presence.

May 25th, 2013, 7:12 pm


Tara said:


From now on, there will be a charge for those interested in providing me with psychological analysis. 😉

May 25th, 2013, 7:17 pm


revenire said:

Akbar you really have no clue, or you do and are simply playing a game. The fact the “Syrian” rebels – the cannibals are a creation of the West, armed by the West and funded by the West is well-documented. The Friends of Syria etc. received funds from the West and Western proxies such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia – dictatorships themselves.

This is an old game. If you were a student of history you would recognize the term the Great Game and simply move it over to the Levant and use the millions of unemployed Muslim youth as mercenaries – after you brainwash them with Takfiri ideology.

Even Wiki tells the tale of the US using the Pakistani ISI to fund the same thing decades ago:

“Years later, in a 1997 CNN/National Security Archive interview, Brzezinski detailed the strategy taken by the Carter administration against the Soviets in 1979:

“‘We immediately launched a twofold process when we heard that the Soviets had entered Afghanistan. The first involved direct reactions and sanctions focused on the Soviet Union, and both the State Department and the National Security Council prepared long lists of sanctions to be adopted, of steps to be taken to increase the international costs to the Soviet Union of their actions. And the second course of action led to my going to Pakistan a month or so after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, for the purpose of coordinating with the Pakistanis a joint response, the purpose of which would be to make the Soviets bleed for as much and as long as is possible; and we engaged in that effort in a collaborative sense with the Saudis, the Egyptians, the British, the Chinese, and we started providing weapons to the Mujaheddin, from various sources again – for example, some Soviet arms from the Egyptians and the Chinese. We even got Soviet arms from the Czechoslovak communist government, since it was obviously susceptible to material incentives; and at some point we started buying arms for the Mujaheddin from the Soviet army in Afghanistan, because that army was increasingly corrupt.’

“The supplying of billions of dollars in arms to the Afghan mujahideen militants was one of the CIA’s longest and most expensive covert operations. The CIA provided assistance to the insurgents through the Pakistani secret services, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), in a program called Operation Cyclone. At least 3 billion in U.S. dollars were funneled into the country to train and equip troops with weapons. Together with similar programs by Saudi Arabia, Britain’s MI6 and SAS, Egypt, Iran, and the People’s Republic of China, the arms included Stinger missiles, shoulder-fired, antiaircraft weapons that they used against Soviet helicopters. Pakistan’s secret service, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was used as an intermediary for most of these activities to disguise the sources of support for the resistance.”

May 25th, 2013, 7:21 pm


Tara said:


Thanks for providing us links with the Palestinian support of the Syrian revolution. It is good to know that Palestinian will not betray the people of Syria and please rest assure that the people of Syria will not betray the Palestinians.

May 25th, 2013, 7:21 pm


Tara said:


Propagandist extraordinaire! I thought he was genuine. I lost respect when WSS was outed. I challenged him to provide a convincing reason. He failed.

Matt should realize that using his judgement is making SC a hyena farm. Knowing JL, I doubt that is what he wants, and I personally do not know how long I can live on a hyena farm. I tried that once…in Syria. I couldn’t.. I left knowing that I will never return. I did return March 2011..

May 25th, 2013, 7:29 pm


revenire said:


Cheer up the SAA is here to protect us.

May 25th, 2013, 7:45 pm


ann said:

Syrian opposition fails to reach decision on Geneva talks – 2013-05-26

ISTANBUL, May 25 (Xinhua) — Syria’s opposition in Istanbul on Saturday failed to reach a consensus on whether to participate the forthcoming Geneva conference.

“We are exchanging opinions, we are yet to make a decision,” said Syrian National Coalition (SNC) spokesperson, Khaled Saleh.

The Syrian main opposition group has held talks since Thursday in Istanbul to discuss its stance in the upcoming Geneva II meeting, which is initiated by Russia and the United States.

However, Syria’s opposition has agreed on general principles on the expansion of the SNC.

Three parties from the Syrian National Kurdish Council have newly joined the SNC, Saleh told reporter in a press conference on Saturday.


May 25th, 2013, 7:49 pm


revenire said:

Wow Ann – the SNC is a mess isn’t it? I doubt anyone inside Syria has ever heard of these puppets of the West.

Thank God we support real Arab heroes – Assad and Nasrallah.

They’re winners.

All Syria feels safe when they see these two men.

May 25th, 2013, 7:50 pm


revenire said:

Dave that’s pretty funny! Plan B!! LOL

Thanks buddy.

Free Palestine! (Syria is already free) 🙂

PS Davutoğlu’s moustache and features give him the appearance of some sort of creature I can’t put my finger on. Poor guy doesn’t know how to pick a winning horse does he?

Have a great night.

PS – When can we hope to see your two favorite videos? You know .. the ones you’ve posted maybe three dozen times. 🙂

May 25th, 2013, 7:54 pm


ann said:

Divided Europe imperils Syrian arms embargo – Sunday 26 May 2013

With only days before sanctions expire, foreign ministers argue over sending weapons to “rebels”

“It would be the first conflict where we pretend we could create peace by delivering arms,” the diplomat said. “If you pretend to know where the weapons will end up, then it would be the first war in history where this is possible. We have seen it in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Weapons don’t disappear; they pop up where they are needed”

British diplomats have stated that the UK position is to push for an amendment to the embargo that keeps sanctions against the regime in place. They stress that no decision has yet been taken in London to arm rebel factions.

There are deep divides in Europe over how an amendment can be achieved without escalating the conflict. The Scandinavian nations, Poland and the Czech Republic are also believed to be resisting amendments, with the Germans trying to foster a compromise. Options include authorising a list of weapons still banned from the conflict zone, or a provision for arms “for the protection of civilians”.

But one European diplomat warned that sending weapons would go against the EU’s fundamental aim of preventing the proliferation of arms. The complexity of the Syrian opposition, with many rebel factions linked to extremist Islamist groups, reinforces these concerns.

“It would be the first conflict where we pretend we could create peace by delivering arms,” the diplomat said. “If you pretend to know where the weapons will end up, then it would be the first war in history where this is possible. We have seen it in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Weapons don’t disappear; they pop up where they are needed.”

French officials, however, have said they have the capacity to monitor weapons to make sure they do not end up in the wrong hands.


May 25th, 2013, 8:16 pm


zoo said:

The hunchback who sounds like Sami

The lickers are now meeting in Istanbul extending the licking session to 4 days. They don’t lick Qatari and Saudi sandals, they like something much more tasty.

May 25th, 2013, 8:16 pm


ann said:

266. zoo

😀 😀 😀

May 25th, 2013, 8:20 pm


ann said:

264. revenire said:

PS – When can we hope to see your two favorite videos? You know .. the ones you’ve posted maybe three dozen times. 🙂

😀 😀 😀

May 25th, 2013, 8:23 pm


Dawoud said:

259. TARA

Thanks sister Tara! We (Syrians and Palestinians) are ONE people, and one day both of us will be free!

May 25th, 2013, 8:38 pm


Tara said:


Interesting return as a hunchback. I wonder what kind of obsession you have that you can’t stay away?

May 25th, 2013, 8:42 pm


Dawoud said:

Again, as usual, I would like to say Good Night to you Tara and my fellow anti-dictator/Hasan the Devil حسن نصر الشيطان the usual Free Syria song: “Salute Syria, and its Revolutionaries!” “When Der’ah’s Child screamed, he shook rocks with his sound!”

Free Syria, Free Palestine, End the the terrorist occupation of Syria by the Lebanese Shia Hizbass!

May 25th, 2013, 8:44 pm


Dawoud said:

Oh, I forgot this free Syria song: “We Don’t Want al-Assad’s Rule, We Want Freedom!”
I love repeating this song the one above until Syria is Free, which it WILL!
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

May 25th, 2013, 8:46 pm


Tara said:

Good night Dawoud,,

One day soon inshaallah we will exchange good night on a victory song.

May 25th, 2013, 8:48 pm


Dawoud said:

273. Tara

Yes, Good Night sister!

May 25th, 2013, 8:50 pm


zoo said:


I found this. It answers your question about Davutoglu.

May 25th, 2013, 9:15 pm


Tara said:


My dad studied in Sweden. Nothing there except winter sports (Sorry Mr. Lund). Come to the US if you can.

May 25th, 2013, 10:16 pm


Sami said:


“The hunchback who sounds like Sami”

You see unlike you I do not hide behind multiple nicknames trying to deceive, that is the specialty of propagandists that support filth. If I want to address something to you I won’t hide behind multiple accounts in order to do so, unlike you I am not ashamed of my position and post under my real name Sami Al-Midani, even though that might bring harm to my family from the filth you support. But glad to see I torment you even when I don’t post anything…

May 25th, 2013, 10:45 pm


ann said:

Boston and the CIA ‘Snafu’: The grey eminence behind Turkey’s Erdogan and AKP – 25 May 2013

In the first part, geopolitical analyst William Engdahl discussed the role of CIA’s Graham Fuller in creating the policy of using angry Jihadist Muslims as trained terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere against the Soviet Union. Herein—largely drawing on the revelations made by FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edwards—Engdahl throws the spotlight on the entire CIA-sponsored Islamic Jihadist operations run through Fetullah Gülen across Turkey into Central Asia and Russia and China

The open press statement of denial by senior reportedly former CIA official Graham Fuller in April of a link between the Boston Bombings and the CIA, labeling the reports “absurd,” may go down in history as one of the worst intelligence blunders [1] in the past century. The public admission by Fuller, on a website reported tied to the CIA, of his relationship to the Uncle of the alleged but not ever convicted Boston bombers opened a can of worms the CIA might well wish never had been opened.

The public admission by Fuller, on a website reported tied to the CIA, of his relationship to the Uncle of the alleged but not ever convicted Boston bombers [2] opened a can of worms the CIA might well wish never had been opened.

A deeper look into Fuller’s role reveals him to be a key figure in what FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds terms American Deep State rogues. Edmonds worked as an FBI translator from Turkish, Azerbaijani and Farsi languages during and after September 11, 2001 when she uncovered damning email and other evidence of criminal networks linking the actors of 9/11, drug networks out of Turkey and terrorists in and around Al Qaeda together with senior Pentagon and other US Government officials. [3]

As later identified, among the people uncovered by Edmonds’ translation efforts at FBI were notorious neoconservative Richard Perle, Iraq war architect who headed Bush’s Defense Policy Board advisory committee in 2001; Douglas Feith, neocon Under-Secretary of Defense under Bush-Cheney; Anwar Yusuf Turani [4], key figure in the anti-Beijing Uygur separatist operations under the name East Turkistan National Freedom Center in Washington DC. East Turkistan is their name for China’s Xinjiang Province where Uygur riots took place several years ago. Turani modestly calls himself President-in-exile, East Turkistan (Xinjiang), though it’s by no means clear who if anyone elected him.

In her classified translations Edmonds discovered that a criminal network had penetrated the highest levels of the US Government including Pentagon and FBI, and were engaged in illegal sales of weapons, including nuclear, of drugs and more. Criminal activities were being protected by claims of State Secrets, she asserted. Repeated attempts to call attention inside the FBI to what she was convinced was a conspiracy against the United States from within came to no avail. Her gripping account to bring attention to an alarming rogue network inside Washington is the subject of her autobiography, Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story. [5]

Attorney General John Ashcroft went all the way to the Supreme Court to muzzle her under a little-used Doctrine of State Secrets. Edmonds, suffering under an unprecedented Bush Administration gag order, was banned from revealing the complicity of high-ranking US and Turkish figures uncovered by her and duly reported at FBI before she was fired in 2002 for “blowing the whistle.” She partly got around the Government gag by posting photos with no comment on her website. Others filled in the names. [6]

Graham Fuller was one of the 21 American Deep State rogues Edmonds posted.

In 1995, according to investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker, the uncle of the alleged Boston bombers, Ruslan Tsarnaev, “incorporated the Congress of Chechen International Organizations in Maryland, using as the address listed on incorporation documents 11114 Whisperwood Lane, in Rockville Maryland, the home address of his then-father-in-law.” [7] Father-in-law was Graham Fuller whose daughter was married to Uncle Ruslan.

Chechnya, an autonomous province of Russia deeply involved in oil pipelines from the Caspian Sea, has been the scene of Islamic jihad terrorists since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 1995 when Uncle Ruslan founded the Congress of Chechen International Organizations from Graham Fuller’s home, the Islamist Jihad terror war against Moscow was raging full-force in Chechnya. Putin and Russian intelligence have repeatedly claimed the terrorism was being fed from outside.

As more is coming out on the role of Fuller, the evidence points to the conclusion that the Chechnya terrorists were also a project bearing the footprints of the “former” CIA political Islam expert, Graham Fuller. By 1988 Fuller had formally moved from a very senior post at CIA to the neo-conservative think tank, RAND Corporation, where he officially worked on the “Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and problems of ethnicity and religion.” [8]

While at RAND Fuller played a key role gaining asylum for a Turkish national in the USA. Fetullah Gülen, a Turkish national who was forced to flee in 1999 and seek asylum, won his US residence permit due to the intervention of two senior CIA or former men. One was Graham E. Fuller. [9]

Foreign Policy Journal describes the role of Fuller and the CIA in getting indicted Turkish fugitive Gülen asylum in the USA: “Fethullah Gülen became a green card holder despite serious opposition from FBI and from Homeland Security Department. Former CIA officers (formally and informally) such as Graham Fuller and Morton Abromovitz were some of the prominent references in Gülen’s green card application.” [10]


From his new luxurious heavily-guarded estate in Saylorsburg, a remote part of eastern Pennsylvania, Gülen launched a series of fundamentalist Salafist mosques and madrasses, not only in his native Turkey where he was the alleged power behind Turkey’s AKP regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, himself a product of Gülen’s schools, but across the Islamic regions of Central Asia as they separated from the Soviet Union in the chaos after 1991. [11]

According to Edmonds, an authority on the subject, “US Islamization Operations in Central Asia via Gülen started in late 1997, early 1998. That brings me to …Graham Fuller.” [12]

A memoir by former head of Turkish intelligence, Osman Nuri Gundes, claims that Fethullah Gülen’s worldwide Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s, and that in the 90s, the movement “sheltered 130 CIA agents” at its schools in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan alone. [13]

Gülen schools in Russian Chechnya and Dagestan regions, both locations of fanatical Jihadists since 1991, were ultimately banned by Putin. The Russian government has banned all Gülen schools and the activities of the Gülen-linked Nurcu sect in Russia. Over 20 Turkish followers of Gülen were deported from Russia in 2002-2004. In 1999 Uzbekistan closed all Gülen’s Madrasas and shortly afterward arrested eight journalists who were graduates of Gülen schools, and found them guilty of setting up an illegal religious group and of involvement in an extremist organization. In Turkmenistan, government authorities placed Gülen’s schools under close scrutiny and have ordered them to scrap the history of religion from curriculums. [14]

Responsible Turkish journalists I’ve met with relate that Gülen-loyal police tied to Edrogan’s AKP have infiltrated the Turkish police, intelligence services and other key state institution and are systematically arresting, purging or silencing all nationalist military, trade union and other secular figues opposed to creation of an Islamic Sharia state in Turkey, uprooting ninety or more years of Kemalist legal foundations. More than one hundred Turkish journalists have been arrested for writing critically about the actions of Gülen’s AKP.


May 25th, 2013, 10:51 pm


revenire said:

Zoo ha ha yes, he does remind me of that.

May 25th, 2013, 11:16 pm


revenire said:

This was of Nasrallah’s best speeches. I was proud to hear it. I was proud to see Syrian flags being waved. I feel as if Syria has turned a corner and is on the road to victory.

May 25th, 2013, 11:20 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

Ali Rizk, the Beirut bureau chief for Press TV, the satellite channel of Hezbollah’s patron Iran, said Mr. Nasrallah had revealed that “Hezbollah is in it militarily and is in it very deeply.” Noting that Mr. Nasrallah, who had long equivocated about the depth of the group’s involvement, promised victory, Mr. Rizk said, “Victory means you’re in it to the very end and you’re going to go all the way. Hezbollah is going to go all the way.”

Congratulations, Hassan Nasrallah, you just won the booby prize, your own personal Vietnam. Let’s hope you’ve stocked up on body bags. You’re going to need them…

May 26th, 2013, 12:39 am


Juergen said:

The Metamorphosis of Nasrallah: From a Freedom fighter & Liberator in Lebanon to a Butcher of Women and Children in Syria

May 26th, 2013, 12:44 am


Juergen said:

News go that Russia has agreed not to deliver the S300 to Syria in exchange that Israel will no more attack Syria in the future.

I bet that this is just wishful thinking, Israel will always strike when they fear for their security.

May 26th, 2013, 12:46 am


revenire said:

Oh my, I’m going to faint at all the Internet bravado. Someone hold me.

May 26th, 2013, 1:15 am


ann said:

Russia and China Will Attend Syria Conclave in Tehran – Sunday May 26, 2013

Tehran, May 26 (PL) Russia and China will attend the international conference on the Syrian crisis on Wednesday here, meeting convened by the Persian authorities preceding the so called Geneva II, agreed by Russia and the United States, confirmed an official source here.
Countries with different positions (on the conflict in Syria) have been invited to the meeting, including Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, added Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, reported this weekend the official IRNA news agency.

On them depends accept or decline the invitation; Iran welcomes the participation of representatives of the three countries, he said.

The invitations were circulated online correspondence with Tehran to encourage regional cooperation to help solve the Syrian conflict, said Amir-Abdollahian.

Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, after talks in Jeddah with his Saudi counterpart Saud al Faisal stated that there are prospects for improving relations with the country of the Arabian Peninsula, but it will take time to materialize.

Iranian-Turkish relations, especially in trade, are flourishing, although both states have divergent views on ingredients and methods to resolve the crisis in the Arab state.


May 26th, 2013, 1:15 am


ann said:


Personal Friend Of Mullah David Cameron and His Sidekick Carpetbagger William Hague!

”Hezbollah Kills 500 FSA Rebels in 3 Hours” – Adnan Aroor Goes Crazy

English Subtitles

May 26th, 2013, 2:00 am


Hanzala said:

Iraq car bomb kills 6 Iranian pilgrims, 1 Iraqi

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two Iraqi police officers say a car bomb has exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing six Iranians and one Iraqi.

Our brothers at Islamic State of Iraq are making sure that these filthy majoosi incest born mut3a sons, have a taste of an eye for an eye.

May 26th, 2013, 2:00 am


revenire said:

Hanzala the intent by the West and Israel is to balkanize the entire region.

May 26th, 2013, 2:03 am


Juergen said:

“Hezbollah was born in Lebanon, fostered in Iran; and will soon be buried in Syria.”

– Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

May 26th, 2013, 2:19 am


ann said:

John Kerry’s “Syrian Rebels”!

Al-Qaeda Terrorists from Azerbaijan Conducting “Jihad” in Syria & Inviting More to Come – May 25, 2013

A jihadist belonging to ‘Jaysh al-Muhajireen w al-Ansar’ (Army of the Immigrants and Partisans) appears masked in a video sitting in front of the al-Qaeda flag with an RPG and a shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missile calling for his brothers to leave Azerbaijan and go to Syria – like he did – to conduct Jihad, by killing Syrian civilians in their own land.

“As I sit in a comfortable home in Turkey, I am calling on you DUMMIES with no brains to travel to Syria and be killed by the MIGHTY Syrian Arab Army for the sake of the USA and Israel. I am hoping you are stupid enough to listen to my call, and leave your life and families to be killed for the global NATO and their agenda against us for their NWO. I pray you cannot think for yourself and listen to me… Ameen!”

May 26th, 2013, 2:20 am


ann said:

NATOs Al-Qaeda Allahu Akbar Islamist Terrorists Last Stand

May 26th, 2013, 2:47 am


Juergen said:

Decadence and death inside Damascus city walls
Damascus is a schizophrenic place, writes Ruth Sherlock. It is a city hunkered down in war, blighted by shellfire, blitzed by warplanes – and a thriving capital where business continues and the parties go on.

“The party at the Damas Rose hotel in Damascus was in full swing. The ladies had coiffed their hair, applied blusher to their cheeks, and wore corsets and tight, silky, dresses with stiletto heels. At the edges of the grand parlour, groups of friends sat in booths upholstered with red velvet. Lovers wandered out to the poolside and rested on loungers below the starlit sky.
A few streets away Red Crescent volunteers washed the blood from a stretcher and hosed down an ambulance. A sniper’s bullet had smashed the taillight. They had just returned to base after delivering the lifeless body of a young man, shrapnel in his brain, back to his parents.”

May 26th, 2013, 2:56 am


ann said:

NATOs Al-Qaeda Allahu Akbar Islamist Terrorists Crawling Out Of The Sewer

May 26th, 2013, 3:38 am


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

A Hezbollah member writes to Ayatollah Ali Khameini, Iran’s Supreme Leader or Jurisconsult (Wali al Fiqeh) who the party often consults on religious issues and political matters:

“Dear Leader Khameini, I am a crack dealer in Beirut who has recently been diagnosed as a carrier of the HIV virus. My parents live in the suburb of al Dahiyeh and one of my sisters, who lives in Jounieh, is married to a transvestite. My father and mother have recently been arrested by Hezbollah security for growing and selling marijuana in their small garden and are currently dependent on my other two sisters who are prostitutes in Maameltein.

“I have two brothers. One is currently serving a non-parole life sentence at Roumieh for the murder of a teenage boy in 1994. The other brother is currently being held in the Trablos Jail on charges of money laundering and counterfeiting US $100 dollar bills. I have recently become engaged to marry a former Thai prostitute who lives in Jiyeh and, indeed, is still a part-time working girl in a brothel.

“My problem is this: I love my fiancée and look forward to bringing her into the family and of course I want to be totally honest with her.

“Should I tell her about my uncle who voted for 14th of March in Lebanon’s recent election?

“Signed, ‘Worried about my reputation’”

May 26th, 2013, 3:42 am


Citizen said:

Hezbollah and the Syrian Pit
This week, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted overwhelmingly to arm elements of the Syrian opposition with a recommendation to “provide defense articles, defense services, and military training” directly to the opposition throughout Syria. American policy in Syria is to de facto assist allies of al Qaeda including the US “Terrorist-listed”…………

May 26th, 2013, 4:32 am


Dawoud said:

Hasan the Devil حسن نصر الشيطان of the Lebanese Shia terrorist party Hizbass declares war on the Syrian people!

Hezbollah Commits to an All-Out Fight to Save Assad

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The leader of the powerful Lebanese militant group Hezbollah decisively committed his followers on Saturday to an all-out battle in Syria to defeat the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. He said the organization, founded to defend Lebanon and fight Israel, was entering “a completely new phase,” sending troops abroad to protect its interests.

“It is our battle, and we are up to it,” the leader, Hassan Nasrallah, declared in his most direct embrace yet of a fight in Syria that Hezbollah can no longer hide, now that dozens of its fighters have fallen in and around the strategic Syrian town of Qusayr. Outgunned Syrian rebels have held on for a week there against a frontal assault by Hezbollah and Syrian forces.

The speech signaled a significant escalation in Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria, deeply enmeshing the group in the war across the border
It could put new pressure on the Obama administration and on Europe, where more countries have begun pushing to list the group as a terrorist organization as the United States does.

It was also likely to further inflame tensions in Lebanon, where Syria’s civil war has spilled over in explosions of sectarian violence

Hezbollah chief defends group’s involvement in Syrian war

BEIRUT — The leader of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah on Saturday defiantly defended sending his fighters to support President Bashar al-Assad’s army in neighboring Syria and proclaimed that they would be victorious.

Hasan Nasrallah’s televised address provided the clearest public acknowledgment to date that his men are fighting alongside Assad’s troops and will continue to do so. As he spoke, Hezbollah and government forces were escalating an assault on the strategically important Syrian town of Qusair.
A staunch ally of Iran as well as Assad, Hezbollah has deepened its involvement in Syria’s two-year-old civil war in recent weeks, leading the push to drive rebels out of Qusair, near the Syria-Lebanon border. The group has long justified its stockpile of weapons as necessary to the “resistance” against Israel, and its growing role in Syria has stirred controversy in Lebanon.

“We will bear all responsibilities,” Nasrallah said of Hezbollah’s activities in Syria. Addressing his fighters, he added, “I have always promised you victory, and I promise victory again

تسجيل صوتي لاستنجاد عنصر من حزب الله في القصير بقادته
طلب مزيداً من الدعم بعد أن حاصره هو ورفاقه مقاتلو الجيش الحر من كل الجهات
الأحد 16 رجب 1434هـ – 26 مايو 2013م

دبي- قناة العربية –
بث المركز الإعلامي السوري تسجيلاً صوتياً لمحادثة تم اختراقها عبر جهاز اللاسكلي بين أحد مقاتلي حزب الله في القصير وغرفة عمليات الحزب.

وأظهر الحوار بين الطرفين استنجاد أحد مقاتلي حزب الله على جبهة القصير بقائده على الجانب الآخر، ومطالبته له بمزيد من الدعم، بعد أن حاصره مقاتلو الجيش الحر من كل الجهات.

وقال المقاتل لقيادته إنه لا يستطيع أن يرى مقاتلي الجيش الحر، بينما هو ورجاله مكشوفون من الجهات الأربع للجيش الحر.

“المستقبل” اليوم

هل يستطيع أي لبناني في الذكرى الثالثة عشرة لتحرير الجنوب من الاحتلال الاسرائيلي أن يتجاهل واقع ان المقاومة صارت في القصير ضد الشعب السوري؟
وهل يستطيع أي لبناني أن يغفل عن مواكب الجنازات التي تحمل شباناً لبنانيين سقطوا ويسقطون بالعشرات في الساحة الغلط والزمن الغلط والقرار الغلط، خدمة للطاغية في دمشق وأصحاب السلاح في طهران؟
لقد ثبت بالملموس والمحسوس ان الوظيفة الوحيدة لسلاح المقاومة اليوم صارت ردف الطغيان وحماية الاستبداد وإعانة الظالم والجلاد على المظلوم والضحية.. لأن أصحاب هذا السلاح قرروا أن يحوّلوا المقاومة الى مهنة وليس الى قضية، وأن يؤجّروا خدماتهم الدموية لبشار الأسد والمشروع الايراني الباحث عن مصالحه أولاً وأخيراً على حساب الشعبين اللبناني والسوري.
في الذكرى الثالثة عشرة للتحرير، ماذا بقي من ذلك الألق النضالي التحريري الأول، وماذا فعل أولياء السلاح بالإرادة اللبنانية الواحدة الموحدة التي وقفت الى جانب المقاومة، بل ماذا فعلوا قبل ذلك بشعاراتهم وتضحياتهم وأين صرفوها وكيف ولحساب من وُظّف ذلك الانجاز وتلك الدماء الزكية، وكيف يمكن لهم بعد اليوم تبرير دعم الطغيان والظلم بالمقاومة، وتحميلها أوزار وخطايا دم الشعب السوري المظلوم والمقهور، عدا دماء الشهداء الأبرار الذين قضوا في لبنان على مذبح السيادة الوطنية والحرية المقدسة والاستقلال الناجز؟!.

Battle for Syria’s Qusayr intensifies

At least 40 people reported killed in what residents say is the worst fighting since the start of the civil war.

Last Modified: 26 May 2013 02:54
Syria’s western border town of Qusayr has come under fire for a seventh straight day as government forces backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah movement battled to drive out rebel fighters, witnesses have said.

At least 40 people were reported killed on Saturday in what residents told Al Jazeera was the worst fighting they had seen since the start of the civil war.
The shelling by government troops began early on Saturday, forcing residents into crammed bomb shelters in the strategic town that links Damascus, the capital, with the Meditaranean.

Rifaie Tammas, an activist inside Qusayr, told Al Jazeera that government forces were shelling the town indiscriminately.

“On average, about 40 shells per minute hit the town,” Tammas said.

“They also used land-to-land missiles with huge destructive capacity. The shelling lasted about six or seven hours. Hezbollah fighters and government troop then started to make advances inside the city.”

القصير تحترق» في أعنف هجوم لقوات النظام وحزب الله والثوار ما زالوا ينتظرون النجدة

دمشق، لندن، اسطنبول – القدس – احرزت قوات النظام السوري والقوى التي تقاتل الى جانبها، خصوصاً “حزب الله”، تقدماً امس على جبهة القصير وصف بالحاسم، بعدما شنت هجوماً ضارياً للاستيلاء على المدينة. وجاء هذا التقدم بعد سبعة ايام من القصف بكل انواع الاسلحة، شارك فيه الطيران السوري وادى الى تدمير جزء كبير من ابنية القصير. وكتب المتحدث بلسان الهيئة العامة للثورية السورية هادي العبد الله من القصير على صفحته على موقع “فيسبوك” على شبكة الانترنت “القصير تُدمر وتحترق بالكامل، مئات القذائف والصواريخ بمختلف أنواعها تسقط علينا من دون توقف، المنازل تحترق وتُهدم. يا الله يا الله!”.

ويشكل التقدم على جبهة القصير تغييراً كبيراً في التوازن العسكري على ارض المعركة لمصلحة النظام، في الوقت الذي تجري التحضيرات لمؤتمر “جنيف -2″ وعشية اللقاء المتوقع غداً في باريس بين وزيري الخارجية الاميركي جون كيري والروسي سيرغي لافروف. وفي وقت يبحث “الائتلاف الوطني” في مسألة المشاركة في المؤتمر خلال اجتماعاته المستمرة في اسطنبول. ونقلت وكالة “رويترز” عن مصدر في المعارضة يشارك في الاجتماعات ان “الائتلاف يواجه خطر تقويض نفسه إلى الحد الذي قد يضطر معه داعموه إلى البحث سريعاً عن بديل يتمتع بمصداقية كافية على الأرض للذهاب إلى جنيف”.

ويسعى النظام السوري وحلفاؤه الى توظيف معركة القصير لتحسين وضعهم في مؤتمر جنيف، واذا وافقت المعارضة والاطراف الاخرى على المشاركة. وتعود اهمية ذلك الى ان المطلب الاساسي للمعارضة وحلفائها في المنطقة هو ابعاد الرئيس السوري عن اي دور خلال المرحلة الانتقالية.

وشدد وزير الخارجية السعودي الامير سعود الفيصل امس خلال مؤتمر صحافي مع وزير خارجية الهند على ضرورة ألا يكون للرئيس “بشار الأسد وأركان نظامه المقربين الذين تلوثت أيديهم بدماء الشعب أي دور في مستقبل سورية”، ودعا الى منح الحكومة الانتقالية “صلاحيات واسعة تمكّنها من إدارة شؤون البلاد، وإعادة أمنها واستقرارها”.

ومن جهة اخرى استبعد وزير الخارجية الفرنسي لوران فابيوس مشاركة إيران في مؤتمر جنيف، وقال إن “طهران متورطة في الصراع في سورية ولا ترغب في السلام”. ويخالف هذا الموقف ما دعت اليه روسيا من ضرورة مشاركة طهران. ورد فابيوس على ذلك بالقول: “نعم الروس يريدون مشاركة إيران، لكننا نعارض لأن إيران لا تسعى الى حل سياسي بل على العكس أقحموا أنفسهم مباشرة في تلك المعركة”. واضاف إن السماح بمشاركة إيران سيعقد المفاوضات وإن وجود إيران في سورية من خلال ضباط يقومون بـ “الإشراف على العمليات” ومن خلال “حزب الله” الموالي لها يوضح أنه لا مكان لها على طاولة المفاوضات.

غير ان وزير الدفاع الايراني احمد وحيدي نفى مشاركة قوات لبلاده في سورية، وقال ان ايران “لن تقوم بذلك ابدا”، واضاف ان “ايران لا تؤمن بارسال قوات عسكرية الى سورية استنادا الى سياستها لحل النزاع السوري”.

وعلى الصعيد الميداني اقتحمت قوات النظام و”حزب الله” مطار الضبعة العسكري الذي يُعد خط الدفاع الرئيسي المتبقي لمقاتلي المعارضة المتحصنين في شمال القصير. وكان مقاتلو المعارضة سيطروا عليه في نيسان (ابريل) الماضي. واكد ناشطون معارضون ان القوات الخاصة السورية مدعومة بمقاتلين من “حزب الله” اقتحمت المطار وتشتبك مع مقاتلي المعارضة.


Gunmen face off in Tripoli as sectarian battle escalates

Fierce fighting between Alawites and Sunnis has turned Tripoli, Lebanon, into a battleground – and brought the Syrian war home

Mazen Zred was one of the 30 lucky ones yesterday morning.

He doesn’t feel it, strapped up in his bed at the Nini Hospital, swathed in bandages, two bottles of painkillers pumping into him. He was driving his motorcycle on Thursday night from Badawi past the end of Syria Street – an aptly named thoroughfare that divides Tripoli’s two warring neighbourhoods of Bab el-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen – whence came a single sniper’s round.

“It hit me in the buttock and the side but I kept driving to safety, 200 metres and the pain was terrible, but I made it to a shop doorway where I collapsed.”

The bullet came from Jabal Mohsen, the Alawite ghetto of Tripoli. Zred is 27, a Sunni Muslim and a caretaker working at the very same hospital in which he lay yesterday, talking slowly and painfully of how the war in Syria had caught up with him in Lebanon. But he is alive.

عيون وآذان («حزب الله» يخطئ)

جهاد الخازن

الأحد ٢٦ مايو

عيون وآذان («حزب الله» يخطئ)

جهاد الخازن

الأحد ٢٦ مايو ٢٠١٣

أؤيد «حزب الله» ضد إسرائيل ثم أختلف معه على كل أمر آخر وموقف وسياسة.

بقي «حزب الله» سنوات بمنأى عن أخطاء وخطايا سقطت فيها حركات تحرر وطني أخرى، من فلسطينية وغيرها، ووصلنا إلى وضع لا يخرج «حزب الله» فيه من خطأ حتى ينتقل إلى غيره، من سورية إلى البحرين ودول عربية أخرى وغربية، وكأنه لا يرى ما يُلحق من ضرر بقضيته الوطنية.

حكومة إسرائيل تصلي كل يوم أن يمارس «حزب الله» إرهاباً حول العالم، وقد ألصَقَت بالحزب ظلماً عمليتي إرهاب في الأرجنتين، إلا أن العالم لم يصدقها. غير أن عدداً من العمليات المسلحة في الخارج من بلغاريا إلى أذربيجان وغيرهما تبع مقتل عماد مغنية في سورية، وارتبط بعضها بالحزب والحرس الثوري الإيراني، وأتعلق شخصياً بحبال الأمل وأرجو أن تثبت في النهاية براءة «حزب الله» من أي إرهاب خارجي لأن نتائجه ستكون وبالاً وشراً على المقاومة ضد إسرائيل.

«حزب الله» حلَّق عالياً بالتصدي للعدوان الإسرائيلي سنة 2006، ورغم ما لحق بالبنية التحتية للبنان من دمار في حرب ذلك الصيف، فإن «حزب الله» خرج منتصراً وعلَّم الإسرائيليين درساً لا يُنسى.

ورأيت بعد ذلك صور السيد حسن نصرالله في كل متجر في خان الخليلي في القاهرة، بل رأيتها في جامعة الأزهر. اليوم لم تبقَ للسيد صورة واحدة في أي مكان أرتاده في مصر.

أسمع أن رئيس «حزب الله» مسيَّر لا مخيَّر، وأنه لا يستطيع أن يخرج على تعليمات آيات الله في قم. غير أن تجربتي الشخصية مع السيد ومتابعتي عمله رسمت له صورة في ذهني عن رجل ذكي حذر يلعب اللعبة السياسية بمهارة.

اليوم لا أرى مهارة في موقف الحزب من الانتخابات النيابية وتشكيل حكومة جديدة في لبنان، بل تعطيلاً للعبة السياسية، ثم لا أرى سبباً لذلك فـ «حزب الله» له قاعدة شعبية عريضة تضمن أن يفوز مرشحوه في أي انتخابات قادمة، وتضمن بالتالي أن يبقى نفوذه العالي داخل أي حكومة جديدة.

انتقدت «حزب الله» بعد «العَرَاضة» المسلحة في شارع الحمراء، وقلت في حينه وأقول اليوم إنني أؤيد الحزب، أخطأ أو أصاب، ضد إسرائيل فهو في الأصل حركة تحرر وطني قبل أي شيء آخر.

ربما ما كنت كتبت هذه السطور لولا إرسال الحزب شبابه ليقاتلوا مع النظام في سورية ضد المعارضة. وكنت أعرف مدى إعجاب الدكتور بشّار الأسد بالسيد ورجوت أن يهدي السيد الرئيس إلى ما ينقذ سورية فلم يفعل.

أرجو أن يكون واضحاً تماماً لكل الأطراف في سورية وخارجها أن معارضتي التدخل في سورية كانت هي هي لو أن «حزب الله» انتصر للمعارضة السورية ضد النظام.

في سورية حرب أهلية والطرفان يمارسان القتل، أي يقتلان مواطنين سوريين غالبيتهم العظمى من المدنيين الأبرياء. كيف أصبح «حزب الله» طرفاً في حرب أهلية، وهي أسوأ أنواع الحروب؟

حزب الله.. كذبة الإعلام العربي

الجرائم في معارك منطقة القصير بسوريا، حيث يشارك في تطهير طائفي بشع، زادت حنق العرب وكراهيتهم لحزب الله. وبسبب ذلك اضطر رئيسه حسن نصر الله إلى الظهور أمس للدفاع عن سمعته الملطخة بدماء الأطفال والنساء وآلاف الأبرياء المذبوحين.

من أجل استمالة جمهوره الكاره له اجتر خطبه القديمة، الموجهة أمس للسنة العرب، بالحديث عن الجبهة الموحدة ضد إسرائيل والغرب، وأنه حارب من أجل الفلسطينيين رغم أنه ليس بينهم شيعة، وحارب في البوسنة في التسعينات وهم أيضا مسلمون سُنة!

هل أقنع نصر الله ملايين السوريين، ومائتي مليون عربي، أنه يقاتل في سوريا إلى جانب قوات الأسد حقا من أجل فلسطين والقدس، كما يزعم؟ أستبعد أن يكون قد أقنع أحدا، لأن أخبار المجازر والقتل على الهوية الطائفية في سوريا أصبحت أعمق من أن يعطرها بأحاديث الماضي المشترك المزور.

الحقيقة أن حزب الله اليوم هو حزب الله الأمس، لكن ما تغير هم معظم العرب، الذين اكتشفوا الحقيقة متأخرين جدا. حزب الله، عندما ولد في عام 1982، هو حزب الله اليوم مشروعا وبرنامجا وأهدافا، لكن لأن العرب المحبطين مستعدون لتقبيل رأس كل من يرفع علم فلسطين، فإنهم ساروا وراء هذا التنظيم الإيراني، الذي رُسم في قم، وبني في لبنان كجزء من أدوات الصراع الإقليمي المتعدد الأقطاب.

في نفس عام ميلاد حزب الله دخلت قوات الجزار الإسرائيلي إريل شارون لبنان، وفاجأت الجميع بتوجهها إلى بيروت العاصمة، حيث حاصرتها ودمرتها، وأخيرا قضت على القوة الفلسطينية الوحيدة، فتح، التي حاربت 88 يوما صعبة، وأخيرا استسلمت وأبحر رئيسها ياسر عرفات مهزوما مكسورا على سفينة إلى قبرص، ثم إلى المنفى الأخير تونس. حزب الله ولد بديلا لمنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية، وكان الإيرانيون قد قرروا استخدام القضية الفلسطينية مدخلا للعالم العربي، والرد على دعاية صدام حسين، الرئيس العراقي الذي كان يشكك في نيات إيران، ويقاتلها على الحدود.

ولو راجعنا بذهن صاف ما فعله حزب الله في ثلاثين عاما لوجدنا أنه كان يعمل ككتيبة إيرانية ضمن صراع إيران مع دول المنطقة بما في ذلك ضد اللبنانيين والعرب وإسرائيل. لقد ألغى القوى الوطنية اللبنانية، والفلسطينية، وصار سدا يحمي إسرائيل، باستثناء بضع مواجهات معها، كانت الغلبة فيها لإسرائيل. أما لماذا كان حزب الله دائما يبدو منتصرا وقلعة صامدة في وجه إسرائيل؟ السبب في الدعاية العربية المزورة التي اعتادت على تزوير الحقائق وقلبها. ومعظم حروبه كانت لصالح إسرائيل.. في عام 85 قامت حرب المخيمات واشتركت القوات السورية مع حزب الله و«أمل» في ارتكاب مجازر ضد الفلسطينيين، إلا أن الإعلام العربي وقف إلى جانب المجرمين ضد الضحية. وكرر المجمع نفسه ارتكاب المجازر ضد الفلسطينيين في العام التالي. وتكررت أيضا عمليات التأديب الإسرائيلية ضد حزب الله في معركتين، عام 93 و96، وحسمت باتفاقيات قدم فيها حزب الله تنازلات وتعهدات لإسرائيل، لكن الإعلام العربي زعم أن حزب الله ينتصر. حتى عندما قررت إسرائيل الانسحاب من الجنوب في عام 2000 بعدما صار هادئا لم يكن الحزب طرفا، بل هدد بأنه لن يسمح بانسحابها، ثم اخترع قصة مزارع شبعا ليبرر احتفاظه بسلاح، كما يسميه، سلاح المقاومة، وهو كان ولا يزال سلاحا ضد اللبنانيين، والآن ضد السوريين.. الدليل أن السنوات اللاحقة صارت كلها حروبا ضد القوى اللبنانية الوطنية؛ باغتيال الحريري وآخرين من زعامات البلاد في مخطط للهيمنة الإيرانية على لبنان.

Jordan’s Invisible Refugee Crisis

After fleeing violence at home, Syrians struggle to eke out a new life in Jordan’s cities and towns.

Elizabeth Whitman

Nestled in a mass of concrete houses in a poor neighborhood in Amman, Jordan, is a bare two-room apartment, home to a 30-year-old Syrian named Maher, his 24-year-old wife Nour, their young son and daughter, and five members of his wife’s family. Only a few rays of sunlight filter into the apartment’s damp outer room, and all nine people sleep in the more habitable inner room on cushions given to them by their neighbors. Maher’s family has a small combination heater-stove courtesy of a charity organization, no refrigerator, and a four-foot-square bathroom with a squat toilet. The walls are peeling so badly that picking at the paint is a pastime for the children.

Maher, who asked that their real names not be used for the sake of family still in Syria, fled his hometown of Homs, Syria, with his wife and children in mid-February of last year, after the Syrian Army began shelling the area. The four of them moved to another city in Syria before fleeing in January to Jordan. They wound up in Za’atari in northern Jordan, the country’s biggest camp for Syrian refugees. Maher once had a Kia and a job installing satellite dishes, but now he spends his days looking for work in Amman or helping friends find aid organizations from which he, too, has sought cash assistance, blankets, heaters and clothing.

Qusayr under blitz

BEIRUT: Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad shelled a strategic western town yesterday in their heaviest barrage of a week-long battle to dislodge rebels from there, activists said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 22 people including 18 rebels were killed in the fighting, and dozens wounded.
Pro-Assad troops, including fighters from the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, have been trying to push rebels out of Qusayr. The Syrian state media has said troops steadily gained ground, including yesterday. Local activists have denied regime gains and said rebel fighters are defending positions.
Qusayr is important to Assad because it sits on a land corridor linking two of his strongholds, the capital of Damascus and towns on the Mediterranean coast. For the rebels, holding Qusayr means protecting a supply line to Lebanon, 10 km away.
Yesterday’s barrage of rockets, mortar rounds and tank shells began after daybreak, said Qusayr activist Hadi Abdullah and the pro-opposition Observatory. Both said it was the most intense shelling since the regime launched its offensive there a week ago. They also reported heavy gunfire.
The intense shelling could be heard in Lebanon’s border areas and in the Syrian city of Homs, some 25 km away.
In Turkey, the acting president of Syria’s main opposition group harshly criticized Hezbollah for its role in Qusayr. “Some Lebanese are being sent to Syria as invaders in order to return back home in coffins draped with shame,” said George Sabra of the Syrian National Coalition.
“Oh Syrians, come and rescue Qusayr, Maadamiyeh, Daraya and eastern Ghouta so that Syria remains, as it is today, a graveyard for invaders,” Sabra said, referring also to suburbs of the capital Damascus where Syrian troops have been on the offensive over the past weeks.
In an indication that the rebel’s weeklong stand is also becoming a symbol outside Syria, Mohammed Al-Zawahiri, who is the brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri and is himself a prominent jihadi figure in Egypt, issued a statement alongside 19 other ultraconservative and former militants to all Muslims to “help our people in Qusayr.”
“It is the duty of each Muslim to repel this aggression and stop the injustice, first by jihad with arms,” the statement carried by a militant website said.

May 26th, 2013, 5:26 am


Dawoud said:

The Lebanese Terrorist party of Hasan the Devil declares war on the Syrian people

May 26th, 2013, 5:29 am


Dawoud said:

Shame on the war criminal Hasan the Devil for killing innocent Syrians in al-Qusir!

May 26th, 2013, 5:33 am


Dawoud said:

Palestinians in Jerusalem rally against the Syrian dictator!
Free Syria from Bashar and Hizbass!

May 26th, 2013, 5:43 am


Dawoud said:

Free Syria from Bashar the Dictator and Hasan the Devil of Lebanon’s terrorist Hizbass!

May 26th, 2013, 5:44 am


Citizen said:

Hatred is clear! Often kill its owners!

May 26th, 2013, 6:57 am


Citizen said:

The following is being released by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy

May 26th, 2013, 7:05 am


Citizen said:

the stroking of western predator hegemon skin is a thankless job !

May 26th, 2013, 8:35 am


Tara said:

vowing victory over the bodies of women and children will bring on his destruction.

Rockets hit south Beirut after Hezbollah vows Syria victory
Sun May 26, 2013 12:54pm BST

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two rockets hit a Shi’ite Muslim district of southern Beirut on Sunday and wounded several people, residents said, a day after the leader of Lebanese Shi’ite militant movement Hezbollah said his group would continue fighting in Syria until victory.

It was the first attack to apparently target Hezbollah’s stronghold in the south of the Lebanese capital since the outbreak of the two-year conflict in neighbouring Syria, which has sharply heightened Lebanon’s own sectarian tensions.

One rocket landed in a car sales yard next to a busy road junction in the Chiah neighbourhood and the other hit an apartment several hundred metres away, wounding five people, residents said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Brigadier Selim Idris, head of Syria’s Western-backed rebel military command, told Al-Arabiya Television that his forces had not carried out the attack and urged rebels to keep their conflict inside Syria.

But another Syrian rebel, Ammar al-Wawi, told Lebanon’s LBC Television the attack was a warning to authorities in Beirut to restrain Hezbollah. “In coming days we will do more than this. This is a warning to Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government to keep Hezbollah’s hands off Syria,” he said.

May 26th, 2013, 9:17 am


Tara said:

Col. Abdul-Jabbar al-Aqidi, commander of the Syrian rebels’ Military Council in Aleppo, appeared in a video this week while apparently en route to Qusair, in which he threatened to strike in Beirut’s southern suburbs in retaliation for Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria.

“We used to say before, ‘We are coming Bashar.’ Now we say, ‘We are coming Bashar and we are coming Hassan Nasrallah,'” he said, in reference to Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.

“We will strike at your strongholds in Dahiyeh, God willing,” he said, using the Lebanese name for Hezbollah’s power center in southern Beirut. The video was still online on Youtube on Sunday.

May 26th, 2013, 10:04 am


revenire said:

Dave you posted the same video twice within 10 minutes. Congratulations.

May 26th, 2013, 10:06 am


Sami said:


With ever rising involvement of Hizbollah and Iran I am afraid Jihadis will starting flocking to Syria to fight them rather than Assad.

Damn the Assadists for doing their best into turning this into a sectarian war when all we wanted was a little of dignity and freedom.

I feel as though between all these religions and sects rising up to fight each other our country is drowning in a sea of Gods, all because the buffoon cared about his throne more than the Syrian people.

هذا مو نظام اسمه هذا اسمه فوضى

May 26th, 2013, 10:25 am


revenire said:

It is absured to say “all we wanted was a little of dignity and freedom” when American intelligence agent’s proxy Al-Qaeda was present at the very start shooting civilians and soldiers to incite war.

The West wanted Assad gone for the reasons he and Nasrallah have stated.

May 26th, 2013, 10:39 am


Dawoud said:

Stop the Lebanese Shia party’s terrorism in Syria! Stop Hizbass’ and Hasan the Devil’s terrorism!

May 26th, 2013, 10:44 am


zoo said:

More days for the opposition to prepare itself to drink the bitter of pill of humiliation. They are making contradictory statements and reiterating their absurd conditions by the hour. A very tough time for this impotent and incompetent group.

Amid concerns that the Syrian opposition meeting in İstanbul might fail to present a coherent front at the upcoming Geneva conference, opposition sources said on Sunday that the main opposition coalition’s meeting, which was intended to last for three days between May 23 and 25, might stretch to two or three more days.

“We accept the possibility that Assad will stay in power at the beginning of the transitional process, yet our condition is that he should be toppled at the end of it. In Geneva II, we do not want Assad or those around him ‘who have blood on their hands’ at the negotiation table,” he said. When Khoja was asked if it was possible to guarantee Assad leaving power at the end, the coalition member said this was the framework accepted by international bodies such as the Friends of Syria and the Arab League, and therefore the Assad regime should conform to the framework.

May 26th, 2013, 10:45 am


revenire said:

“We accept the possibility that Assad will stay in power.” SNC

All those dead people. For what? What did they get?

May 26th, 2013, 10:52 am


annie said:

Radio Free Syria

Turkey, 24-05-2013: Turkish troops have seized a truck reportedly driven by an Iranian, which was transporting thousands of lethal scorpions, seen in the video, to a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, where the deadly creatures were to be released.

This is not the first such incident, with another truckload of scorpions seized a few weeks back en route to a Syrian refugee camp in Kurdistan, northern Iraq.

عبد الرحمن عمر الخطيب

{ كن الاعلام البديل ، وشارك معنا في حملة المئة 100 ألف مشاركة على الفيسبوك ، ليرى العالم مستوى الحقد الفارسـي على مُسلمي الشآم }

ألقت القوات الكوردية القبض على شاحنة محملة بالعقارب السامه يقودها ايراني كانت متجهة للمخيمات السورية في اقليم كوردستان ، لقتل اللاجئين السوريين ..
عندما يَعمي الحقد البصيرة ، و تنعدم الإنسانية
… الله يـرد كيـدهم فـي نحـورهم ..

May 26th, 2013, 10:52 am


zoo said:

The Syrian Army captures Israeli military Jeep in Qusayr

Almayadeen TV Channel showed an exclusive footage for an Israeli military Jeep in Qusayr, near Homs which was used by the military opposition.
A Syrian soldier said that they found military uniforms and installations inside the Jeep which explains communications interference between the Syrian soldiers, according to him.

May 26th, 2013, 11:01 am


revenire said:

A truckload of scorpions? LOL

Annie that sounds very bizarre. It reminds me of when you issued an alert the Internet was to be cut and massacres would start.

Maybe switch to decaf?

May 26th, 2013, 11:02 am


Dawoud said:

322. annie

Bashar, Hasan the Devil, al-Maliki, and their Iranian government masters are ALL murderous TERRORISTS! Nothing surprises me from these murderous terrorists!

May 26th, 2013, 11:13 am


Dawoud said:

22 occupying Shia Lebanese murderous TERRORISTS from Hizbass were killed yesterday in Syria’s al-Qasir! Good Riddance!

22 عنصراً من “حزب الله” قضوا في القصير أمس

قتل 22 عنصراً من “حزب الله” اثناء مشاركتهم في المعارك الى جانب قوات الجيش السوري في مدينة القصير أمس، بحسب ما افاد مصدر مقرب من الحزب “وكالة فرانس برس” اليوم.
وقال المصدر “سقط 22 شهيدا السبت، احضرت جثث تسعة منهم في اليوم نفسهم، في حين نقل الباقون الى الاراضي اللبنانية اليوم”.
واليوم، افاد مصدر عسكري سوري ان قوات الجيش السوري “احكمت حصارها حول مطار الضبعة” الذي يشكل منفذا اساسيا للمقاتلين المعارضين المتحصنين في شمال المدينة.
واشار المصدر الى ان “الاشتباكات تدور الآن بين وحدة من الجيش (السوري) دخلت المطار والمسلحين المتحصنين بداخله”، معتبرا ان “حصار الضبعة يعني انقطاع التواصل بين المسلحين المحاصرين في الحي الشمالي من القصير، والمجموعات التي باتت محاصرة داخل المطار” الذي اقحمه الجيش السوري مدعوما بحزب الله أمس”.
وبحسب المصدر عينه، ارتفع عدد عناصره الذين قضوا منذ بدء مشاركته في المعارك داخل سوريا قبل اشهر، الى 110 عناصر.

May 26th, 2013, 11:25 am


DAWOUD said:

Good Riddance to these Shia Lebanese occupying Terrorists! Instead of giving his videotaped cult-of-personality speeches, Nasrass should attend these funerals!

BAALBEK: Twenty-two Hezbollah members were killed in fighting alongside Syrian government forces against rebels for control of the town of Qusayr, a source close to Lebanon’s movement said on Sunday.

“There were 22 killed on Saturday. Nine bodies were repatriated the same day and the rest on Sunday,” the source said, declining to be named.

The Syrian army announced that on Saturday its forces had infiltrated Dabaa military airport, a rebel post north of Qusayr, a week into a Hezbollah-backed offensive to recapture the strategic central town near the Lebanese border.

May 26th, 2013, 11:30 am


Matthew Barber said:

In response to the buzz, I will reaffirm that no user has ever been banned (by me, at least) for their views, but only for personal attacks or inappropriate language. Not closely following conversations between users, I have been sometimes unaware of “which side” the banned users have belonged to (or whether or not they are what Hamster called “non-native natives”—our users come from around the globe, I never try to determine their origins, and it plays no role in moderation). It is unfortunate, in fact, that discussion would be viewed as a contest between only two camps. One would think that a multiplicity of perspectives would be found, rather than a reduction to two positions with rigid boundaries (either of which perceives an instance of moderation as a political attack on their faction).

The duration of banning is contingent upon a user’s personal communication with me. Users that don’t contribute material of value to the conversation don’t need to return to the forum.

Hanzala (comment #296), your statement appears to indicate approval for the killing of civilians and also seems to attack an entire people group (suggesting that they should be killed, no less). I consider this an “expression of glee at the deaths of others,” something that I said I will not tolerate. You have posted many useful comments in the past and I hope you continue to participate here. Please consider this a warning.

(If some of you feel that “pro-revolution commenters are targeted for moderation,” then please just consider Hanzala’s comment. It is the kind of posting that invites moderation, not because of any political alignment, but because of its violation of the standards I described. If a majority of users who you perceive as pro-opposition post such messages, they will represent the majority of those being banned. And likewise, if pro-regime users post such messages, then they will represent the majority of those banned. It’s up to you—and it’s not a campaign to silence anyone.)

May 26th, 2013, 11:30 am


Tara said:


Poisonous scorpion sent by Iran to kill Syrian? This is hate beyond imagination. Iran is an evil country and its nuclear program must be bombed. If true , this will be paraded all over the world.

May 26th, 2013, 11:31 am


Dawoud said:



You seem to be a fair person. I am not talking about you, but last year this blog was too overtly pro-dictator. I was warned for being disrespectful of Hizbass terrorist chief, Hasan the Dveil. Calling him حسن نصر الشيطان was too much for the editors, who thought of him as “God!”

May 26th, 2013, 11:40 am


Sami said:

Who would’ve ever imagined that the Lebanese would be interfering in Syrian affairs…

Geagea: Hezbollah intervention in Syria caused Dahiyeh incident

May 26th, 2013, 11:49 am


revenire said:

“The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is always with the people and their legitimate and just demands, but the latest developments in Syria clearly indicate that there is a US-Turkish-Saudi alliance with the goal of destroying and weakening Syria as a country, because it has said ‘no’ to the US and has not signed agreements with the Zionist entity, and hosts half a million Palestinian refugees.” Palestinian hero Leila Khaled

May 26th, 2013, 11:50 am


revenire said:

Dave instead of asking for help why not make arguments on their own merit and let them stand or fall?

For example, you made the wild unsubstantiated claim that 95% of Palestinians supported the Zionist attack on Syria and said there was a poll proving that. I asked at least 10 times for a link to this poll – you’ve never provided one.

Palestinians thanked Iran for their help and their rockets when the Zionists attacked Gaza last year. What did Saudi Arabia or Qatar send? Even a single bullet? No. Nothing.

I call foul on your claim and ask you again to prove what you say and if you can’t apologize like a man.

That is what a forum is all about not asking for help – like the Western puppets beg NATO because they have no chance on their own.

God is great.

May 26th, 2013, 11:52 am


Sami said:


“I am not talking about you, but last year this blog was too overtly pro-dictator.”

I can’t but laugh at this statement.

Dawoud you are accusing me of supporting things I do not support, as I was the moderator at that time. As I told you then that there are Shia that support the revolution and as such it would be wrong to group them with those that oppose your political view. To vilify an entire sect based on the actions of a few is wrong plain and simple.

Even if all the Shia but one person were supporting Assad that won’t permit the vilification of an entire sect.

Personally I support my brothers and sisters from the various minorities in Syria that risk their lives for this revolution, without them Syria would be lost. Their heroism is what keeps Syria alive with the promise of a better future. The steps that they had to take to overcome the predetermined fate that was imposed on them is something no Sunni can ever imagine, and I salute them for it. The spread of hate and sedation is a venom injected into this revolution by the Assadists, for it is the only way they can have a glimmer of hope to survival.

May 26th, 2013, 12:08 pm


revenire said:

Annie I note the source of this crazy claim of a busload of Iranian scorpions is a page that shows people being beheaded (it was so graphic I could not look for long).

What a surprise the video originates with the beheaders.

I have to say I am not surprised – not at all.

May 26th, 2013, 12:10 pm


ghufran said:

(the sectarian garbage on this blog does not help promote the cause of freedom as advertised by rebels suporters, indeed it does the opposite and gives regime propaganda more credibility)

Here is a serious document, some do not like it:

نص مشروع الميثاق الوطني السوري:

يشكل هذا الميثاق المؤسس، في حال إقراره في المؤتمر الدولي في جنيف، مرجعاً للمبادئ الدستورية للمرحلة الانتقالية وكتابة الدستور السوري الجديد.
ـ الشعب السوري شعب واحد، تأسّست لحمته عبر التاريخ على المساواة التامّة في المواطنة بمعزل عن الأصل أو اللون أو الجنس أو اللغة أو الإثنيّة أو الرأي السياسي أو الدين أو المذهب، على أساس وفاق وطني شامل، الدين فيه لله والوطن للجميع. لا يجوز لأحد فرض دين أو اعتقاد على أحد، أو أن يمنع أحدا من حرية اختيار عقيدته وممارستها. النساء متساوون مع الرجال، ولا يجوز التراجع عن أي مكتسبات لحقوقهن. كما يحق لأي مواطــن أن يشغل جميع المناصب في الدولة، بما فيها منصب رئيس الجمهورية، بغض النظر عن دينه أو قوميته، رجلا كان أم امرأة. هــكذا يفخر الشعب السوري بعمقه الحضاري والثقافي والديني الثري والمتنوع، مما يشكل جزءاً صميماً من ثقافته ومجتمعه، ويبني دولته على قاعدة الوحدة في التنوع، بمشاركة مختلف مكوناته، من دون أي تمييز أو إقصا
ـ الإنسان هو غاية العلاقة بين أبناء الوطن الواحد، التي تتأسس على الالتزام بالمواثيق والعهود الدولية لحقوق الإنسان، أي الحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والسياسية والمدنية والثقافية والبيئية التي كرستها البشريّة. وضمان التمتع بهذه الحقوق للمواطنين والمقيمين على السواء.
ـ الشعب السوري حر وسيد على أرضه ودولته، وهما وحدة سياسية لا تتجزأ، ولا يجوز التخلي عن أي شبر فيها، بما في ذلك الجولان المحتل. وللشعب السوري الحق في النضال من أجل استعادة أراضيه المحتلة بكل الوسائل الممكنة.
ـ تشكل الحريات الفردية والعامة والجماعية أساسا للعلاقة بين أبناء الوطن الواحد، وتكفل الدولة الحريات العامة، بما فيها حرية الحصول على المعلومة والإعلام، وتشكيل الجمعيات غير الحكومية والنقابات والأحزاب السياسية، وحرية الاعتقاد وممارسة الشعائر، وحرية التظاهر والإضراب السلمييْن. وتضع قواعد لصون هذه الحريات من هيمنة عالم المال أو السلطة السياسية. كما تكفل الدولة السورية احترام التنوع المجتمعي ومعتقدات ومصالح وخصوصيات كل أطياف الشعب السوري، وتقر بالحقوق الثقافية والسياسية لكل مكوناته وتطلعها للتطور والرعاية.
ـ يضمن الدستور إزالة كافة أشكال التمييز ضد المرأة، ويسعى لخلق المناخ التشريعي والقانوني الذي يؤمن تمكينها سياسياً واقتصادياً واجتماعياً في ما يتفق مع كل المواثيق الدولية ذات الصلة بما يتناغم مع الثقافة المجتمعية.
ـ تقر الدولة السورية بوجود الشعب الكردي ضمن مكوناتها، وبحقوقه القومية المشروعة وفق العهود والمواثيق الدولية ضمن إطار وحدة الوطن السوري. وتعتبر القومية الكردية في سوريا جزءاً أصيلا من الشعب السوري. كما تقر الدولة بوجود وهوية وحقوق قومية مماثلة للقوميتين السريانية الأشورية والتركمانية السوريتين وتعتبران جزءاً أصيلا من المجتمع السوري.
ـ سوريا هي جزء من الوطن العربي، ترتبط شعوبه بوشائج الثقافة والتاريخ والمصالح والأهداف الكبرى والمصير المشترك. وسوريا عضو مؤسس في جامعة الدول العربية، تتطلع إلى توثيق مختلف أشكال التعاون والترابط بين البلدان العربية.
ـ يلتزم الشعب السوري دعم الشعب الفلسطيني وحقه في إنشاء دولته الحرة السيدة المستقلة، وعاصمتها القدس.
ـ تربط الشعب السوري بجميع الشعوب الإســلامية الأخــرى جذور تاريخية مشتركة وقيم إنسانية مبنية على الرسالات السماوية.
ـ سوريا جزء من المنظومة العالمية، وهي عضو مؤسس في هيئة الأمم المتحدة والمنظمات المتفرعة عنها، ولذا فهي ملتزمة بميثاقها، وتسعى مع غيرها من دول العالم لإقامة نظام دولي بعيد عن جميع النزاعات المركزية والهيمنة والاحتلال، نظام قائم على التوازن في العلاقات وتبادل المصالح والمسؤولية المشتركة في مواجهة التحديات والأخطار العامة التي تهدّد أمن وسلام العالم.
ـ الشعب هو مصدر الشرعية والسيادة التي تتحقق من خلال نظامٍ جمهوري ديموقراطي ودولة مدنية، يسود فيها القانون وتقوم على المؤسسات، ولا يجوز فيها الاستئثار بالسلطة أو توريثها بأي شكل كان.
ـ تقوم مؤسسات الحكم في الدولة السورية على أساس الانتخابات الدورية والفصل التام بين السلطات التنفيذية والتشريعية والقضائية، وعلى مبدأ التداول على السلطة عبر الانتخاب السري والحر، واحترام نتائج الانتخابات التي يقررها صندوق الاقتراع مهما كانت.
ـ يقر دستور جديد أسس النظام الديموقراطي التعددي المدني، ونظاماً انتخابياً عصرياً وعادلاً يضمن حق مشاركة كافة التيارات الفكرية والسياسية، ضمن قواعد تؤمن أوسع تمثيل للشعب واستقرار النظام البرلماني، وتضبط بشكل دقيق الموارد المالية وإنفاق الأحزاب والجماعات السياسية.
ـ الجيش السوري هو المؤسسة الوطنية التي تحمي البلاد وتصون استقلالها وسيادتها على أراضيها، تحرص على الأمن القومي ولا تتدخل في الحياة السياسية.
ـ تعتمد الدولة مبدأ اللامركزية الإدارية، بحيث تقوم الإدارة المحلية على مؤسسات تنفيذية تمثيلية تدير شؤون المواطنين والتنمية في المحافظات والمناطق، بهدف الوصول إلى تنمية مستدامة ومتوازنة.
ـ تصون الدولة الملكية الخاصة، التي لا يجوز الاستيلاء عليها إلا للمنفعة العامة ضمن القانون ومقابل تعويض عادل، من دون أن يعاد تجييرها لمصالح خاصة.
ـ تصون الدولة المال العام والملكية العامة لمنفعة الشعب، وتقوم سياستها على العدالة الاجتماعية والتنمية المتوازنة المستدامة وإعادة توزيع الدخل والثروة عبر النظام الضريبي بين الفئات الاجتماعية وبين المناطق، وكذلك على ضمان حرية الاستثمار والمبادرة الاقتصادية وتكافؤ الفرص والأسواق ضمن ضوابط تكافح الاحتكار والمضاربات وتحمي حقوق العاملين والمستهلكين.
ـ تلتزم الدولة السورية إزالة كافة أشكال الفقر والتمييز ومكافحة البطالة بهدف التشغيل الكامل الكريم اللائق والإنصاف في الأجور، وتحقيق العدالة في توزيع الثروة الوطنية، وتحقيق التنمية المتوازنة وحماية البيئة، وتأمين الخدمات الأساسية لكل مواطن: السكن والتنظيم العمراني، ومياه الشرب النظيفة، والصرف الصحي، والكهرباء، والهاتف والانترنت، والطرق والنقل العام، والتعليم والتأهيل النوعيين، والتأمين الصحي الشامل ومعاشات التقاعد وتعويضات البطالة، بأسعار تتناسب مع مستويات المعيشة
Qsair for many is far more important than a political document, even if the city does not fall as quickly as some want, it will take a lot of fire power to reverse the gains made by regime troops who now surround Qsair from all directions, one may hope that a negotiated settlement can be reached that can spare civilian lives, but how can anybody negotiate with Nusra, SOHR is saying that Nusra is part of the fight in Qsair.

May 26th, 2013, 12:17 pm


Dawoud said:

336. Sami

Thanks for confessing your pro-dictator censorship and bias. I never say “shia terrorists” WITHOUT saying “from Lebanon’s Hizbass” etc. I don’t implicate all the Shias because not all of them support the murderous dictator. In fact, I quoted a Lebanese Shia scholar al-Amin who rejected Hizbass terrorism in Syria. Furthermore, I posted from Hizbass’ ex-cheif al-Tafeeli who also opposes Hizbass’ ongoing war crimes in Syria.

Now, to deny that the moderators and editors of this blog are biased in favor of a brutal dictator AT LEAST UNTIL LAST YEAR, is like denying the existence of the Atlantic Ocean! Please remember that when we talk about Syria we are talking about a hereditary brutal dictatorship, which began to kill innocents WHEN THE REVOLUTION IN DER’AH WAS PEACEFUL AND CALLING ONLY FOR REFORM-NOT REGIME CHANGE! Not to be so “biased” against this war criminal dictatorship in the 21 Century is by itself a bias in favor of a brutal murderous dictatorship.

Now, you say that you care about the Syrian minorities and I commend you for that. But, why is this conflictual with the Syrian Sunni majority? If you reject the tyranny of the majority, you should also reject the tyranny of the minority! I posted about George Sabra and Michael Kilo, who are Christian and support the revolution. I also posted about an Alawi actress who supported the Revolution!
My perspective, and of course you can disagree with it, no nation should be ruled by a murderous dictator and his murderous son for 43 years!

May 26th, 2013, 12:21 pm


revenire said:

Qusayr is a done deal – it has already fallen. Those who remain inside are waiting for the Grim Reaper to enter and collect their souls for Jahannam.

They have no hope.

Then the people of Qusayr will return and celebrate the heroic victory of the SAA and Hezbollah.

May 26th, 2013, 12:25 pm


dawoud said:

336. SAMI

I realize that you are anti-dictator, but my above comment is in my view very correct!

P.S., I don’t admire a person just because he shares my anti-dictator views. For example, I don’t care about what Samir Geagea (whose views you posted above) thinks about Syria because he is a murderous terrorist himself. He killed so many innocent Lebanese during the civil war, and he also cooperated with occupying Israelis.

May 26th, 2013, 12:46 pm


revenire said:

Just like you do Dave. Anyone attacking Syria is an Israeli proxy (whether they know it or not).

May 26th, 2013, 12:59 pm


revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network
The Iraqi Army has declared the Border with Syria full secured.



May 26th, 2013, 1:28 pm


ann said:

Aleppo : From Resistance to Victory – May 26, 2013

SyriaTube | Aleppo : From Resistance to Victory / حلب: من المقاومة إلى النصر

May 26th, 2013, 1:32 pm


revenire said:

Qusayr being liberated from the beheaders.

May 26th, 2013, 1:32 pm


Dawoud said:

Top Secret Video released showing a video of Hasan the Devil حسن نصرالشيطان showing him propagating for “one Islamic state in the world ruled by Wilayat al-faqih!” I guess his speech yesterday wasn’t unexpected from a filthy sectarian! He also said that his allegiance is NOT to Lebanon, but to Iran’s Wilayat al-Faqih Shia theocracy!

آخر تحديث: الأحد 16 رجب 1434هـ – 26 مايو 2013م KSA 18:39 – GMT 15:39
حسن نصر الله: “الولي الفقيه” هو حاكم البلاد الإسلامية
قال إن لبنان جزء من الجمهورية الكبرى التي يحكمها صاحب الزمان ونائبه الخميني

لوجه الذي ظهر به الأمين العام لحزب الله، السيد حسن نصر الله، ليلة السبت إلى الأحد، حيث اعترف بالقتال لأول مرة في سوريا، أي خارج حدود دولة لبنان، له رواسب “عقائدية” عمرها عقود من الزمن، بالنسبة لشخص يرى في لبنان جزءاً من “الدولة الإسلامية الكبرى” وليست دولة مستقلة أو حتى دولة إسلامية.
وفي فيديو منشور على الإنترنت، اعتبر حسن نصر الله أن الولي الفقيه هو الحاكم الفعلي لكل البلاد الإسلامية، وهي البلاد التي يوجد بها مسلمون أينما كانوا، حيث قال: “بخصوص صلاحية ولاية الفقيه في تعيين الحكام ويعطيهم الشرعية في جميع البلاد الإسلامية، فنعم، لأن ولايته ليست محدودة بحدود جغرافية، فولايته ممتدة بامتداد المسلمين”.
وتزامن خطاب نصر الله، عن سوريا ليلة السبت إلى الأحد، مع نشر نشطاء على الإنترنت فيديو يظهر فيه حسن نصر الله وهو يشرح استراتيجية حزب الله وعلاقته المتينة مع إيران، وأكثر من ذلك، أظهر حسن نصر الله ولاءه التام لـ”الولي الفقيه” وصاحب الزمان.
استراتيجية الحزب
وفي هذا الإطار، قال حسن نصر الله رداً على مجموعة أسئلة تخص استراتيجية الحزب، إن “مشروعنا الذي لا خيار لنا أن نتبنى غيره، كوننا مؤمنين عقائديين، هو مشروع دولة إسلامية وحكم الإسلام، وأن يكون لبنان ليس جمهورية إسلامية واحدة وإنما جزء من الجمهورية الإسلامية الكبرى، التي يحكمها صاحب الزمان ونائبه بالحق، الولي الفقيه الإمام الخميني”.
ويظهر في كلام نصر الله إلغاء تام لفكرة الدولة المدنية في لبنان، فهو يرى أن لبنان ليست سوى جزء من دولة إسلامية كبرى تقودها إيران. وحاكم هذه الدولة هو “صاحب الزمان”، وله نائب بالحق اسمه الإمام الخميني. وقياساً على القاعدة، فنائب “صاحب الحق” اليوم هو مرشد الثورة الإيرانية علي خامنئي.
ورداً على سؤال يخصّ علاقة حزب الله بالجمهورية الإسلامية بقيادة الثورة الإسلامية في إيران، قال نصر الله: “هذه العلاقة أيها الإخوة بالنسبة لنا، فأنا واحد من الذين يعملون في مسيرة حزب الله، وفي أجهزته العاملة، لا أبقى لحظة واحدة في أجهزته لو لم يكن لدي يقين قاطع بأن هذه الأجهزة تتصل عبر مراتب إلى الولي الفقيه القائد المبرئ لذمة الملزم قراره.. بالنسبة لنا هذا أمر مقطوع ومُطمأن به”.
ويظهر هنا لدى حسن نصر الله إيمان راسخ بولاية الفقيه، وبسلطته المعنوية عليه شخصيا وعلى تنظيم حزب الله.

May 26th, 2013, 2:01 pm


MAJOOS said:

Other than Turkish media a one German newspaper there is no coverage about the leaked classified material by the Turkish branch of Annonymous, Red Hack.
The documents directed to local Hatay Jendarmarie inteligence suggest, that Turkish security offices knew of planed bomb attacks by Nusra in Reyhanli.
The Turkish gouvernment has just admitted the authenticity of these documents and detained at least one military official who is giving away the documents.

May 26th, 2013, 2:07 pm


MAJOOS said:

Why is nobody discussing the leaked documents from Redhack about the explosions in Reyhanli last week?

May 26th, 2013, 2:08 pm


MAJOOS said:

The most intersting part of this is that not even apparently “pro-Assad” sites such as press tv or rt. etc. did a coverage on the leak.
BTW the childish behaviour of some commentaters is a ridiculing of the uncountable victims.

May 26th, 2013, 2:46 pm


Ziad said:

رسالة من الشعب السوري إلى مثقفي الشتات ……الإعلامية مها جميل الباشا

على مدى عامين ونصف والكثير من الشخصيات والأسماء التي كانت تعتبر نفسها أنها الريادية في الحياة السياسية والثقافية ثبت بأن من السهل شراؤها وإغراؤها وهي التي تقبع في فنادق الخمس النجوم في عواصم الدول المتآمرة على سورية.
اجتماعات ومداولات تجري في هذه المرحلة بين الساسة الدوليين والإقليميين يبحثون عن الحل السياسي للأزمة في سورية من خلال انعقاد مؤتمر جنيف 2 وبشروط سورية….
يا مثقفي الشتات يا من خنتم وطنكم ، فكيف سيثق الشعب السوري فيكم وكيف سيتأمل بكم خيراً لا بمؤتمر جنيف 2 ولا بجنيف 10، حيث ينطبق عليكم المثل الإنكليزي القائل: من يدفع للعازف هو من يختار اللحن. وبما أنكم أنتم العازفون حرصتم على آذان أولياء النعمة وأذواقهم ؟!
لن نغفر لكم ولن يرحمكم التاريخ لأن خيانة الوطن جريمة ما من عرف أو دين أو عقيدة أو فكر يبرر لكم ذلك . إنه العار نفسه أن تخونوا وطنكم ، إنه عار لن يكتفي أن تلبسوه وحدكم بل حتى جميع أهلكم وذريتكم ، سوف ينظر الناس لكم شزرا ، سوف يزدرونكم ، ليس لأن الناس أشرار ، بل لأن الجرم الذي اقترفتموه عظيم ، وعظيمٌ جداً ، لذا فأنتم به تظلموا أنفسكم وأهلكم فوق ظلمكم لوطنكم وأهل وطنكم ، وما من شيء يغفر خطيئة خيانة الوطن ، للأسف ما من شيء أبدا .

May 26th, 2013, 3:18 pm


apple_mini said:

When the west are saying they are very concerned about the Syria war spilling into Lebanon and Iraq, they kinda use this argument to warn the regime and looking for excuse for direct intervention. But in reality, we know for sure unrest and war will spill into Iraq and Lebanon if the rebels wins in Syria. On the other hand, if the regime can hold its ground, Iraq and Lebanon will do just fine. I would say those countries will be almost problem-free.

When the opposition accuse the regime and Hezbollah for agitating sectarian conflict, do they know the very reason that Hezbollah being involved in Syrian conflict is that the overwhelming my dominating Sunni rebels have been raging a sectarian war in Syria.

May 26th, 2013, 3:29 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:


“Qusayr is a done deal – it has already fallen. Those who remain inside are waiting for the Grim Reaper to enter and collect their souls for Jahannam. They have no hope.”

Not so fast, slick. There might be a power out there ready to intervene on behalf of the defenders. The Turks, for example. Or those al Qaeda lads in Iraq. Or the Sunnis in Lebanon. Like the song says, the darkest hour is just before dawn.

May 26th, 2013, 3:37 pm


Juergen said:

Tripoli Lebanon, this is what Shabiha finds is a child worthy game

May 26th, 2013, 3:50 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

More on Generalissimo Reverso’s Battle for Qusayr

…a well-placed source reported that Sheikh Nasrallah has initially tried to minimise his group’s involvement in Syria. But after receiving orders from Iran, Hizbollah’s deputy leader, Naim Qassam, sanctioned military operations without Nasrallah’s full consent. The missile strikes against Hizbollah in Lebanon will add to the sense of urgency at a high-level meeting on Syria in Brussels on Monday, where Britain will attempt to persuade other European nations to relax the EU embargo on arming Syrian rebels. William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, believes that arming more secular factions of the rebel movement is now necessary to curb the rising influence of groups linked to al-Qaeda.


May 26th, 2013, 4:01 pm


ann said:


11 killed as “Syria rebels”, Kurds clash – May 27, 2013

KURDISH militants are battling rebels in northern Syria near the border with Turkey a day after deadly clashes killed 11 insurgents

Sunday’s fighting in Ras al-Ein village near the border with Turkey pitted militants of the People’s Protection Committees (YPG) – the armed group of the main Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) – against rebels battling to overthrow Assad’s regime, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“It came after an attack launched last night (Saturday) by the (jihadist) Al-Nusra Front against an YPG position and abductions by Kurds of the jihadists,” the Observatory said in a statement.

“Fighting last night in the Afrin region between PYD armed wing the People’s Protection Committees (YPG) and rebels left 11 dead and 20 wounded” among rebel forces.

A YPG militant told AFP the fighting erupted when the pro-Muslim Brotherhood armed group, Liwa al-Tawhid, “stormed our village and demanded they take over one of our checkpoints”.

“They accused YPG fighters of allowing resident of Nabel (a majority Shi’ite village) safe passage across the checkpoints,” the Kurdish militant said.

The Kurdish militant said Liwa al-Tawhid insurgents pounded their positions, wounding several YPG fighters.

The Observatory also reported clashes in the same area of Aleppo province several days previously at a checkpoint installed by rebel forces south of the town of Kubani, without saying whether there were any casualties.


May 26th, 2013, 4:14 pm


revenire said:

SAA on manhunt for the wounded cannibal!

Syria Report Source: Syrian army elite unit is “looking forward” to capturing the notorious “cannibal” Abu Sakkar who was recorded eating the internal organs of a dead Syrian soldier. Army engineers are dealing with a booy-trap IED in a house, referring to it as an “Al-Qaeda Death Trap”. The battle for the final 20% of the city continues.

May 26th, 2013, 4:31 pm


Tara said:


The appropriate thing for you is not to say alhamdulilah. It is: praise Jesus.

May 26th, 2013, 4:32 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

The darkest hour is just before dawn…

May 26th, 2013, 4:35 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

The darkest hour is just before dawn…

Click on ‘Watch on YouTube’

May 26th, 2013, 4:40 pm


ann said:


West concerned as Europe Muslims join Syria fight – 05/26/2013

Intelligence information indicates a rise in European Muslims travelling to Syria to join Islamic groups fighting the Assad regime

Western leaders are concerned about the increasing amount of European Muslims who are fighting in Syria for ideological reasons. Since the fall of 2012, intelligence information indicates a rise in European Muslims travelling to Syria in order to join Islamic groups fighting the Assad regime. Hundreds of Muslims from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Belgium, among other places, are reported to have left for Syria over the last year. In the Netherlands, the amount has increased from a few dozen a couple of months ago, to at least one hundred in April 2013.

In March 2013, video footage appeared of Dutch-speaking Islamist fighters active in Syria. About a hundred Dutch jihadists are said to have joined radical combat groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra, which they themselves refer to as ‘an Islamic resistance army.’ Their objective in travelling to Syria is to help “their brothers and sisters” in their struggle against the Assad regime. Among them are boys and girls in their twenties, especially but not exclusively from the cities of Delft, the Hague and Rotterdam. So far, at least two Dutchmen have been killed in Syria, the 21-year old Mourad and the 20-year old Soufian.

The jihadists are from various ethnic backgrounds – Moroccan, Turkish, Kurdish or other – but also include converts to Islam. One convert planning to travel to Syria told his story during an interview on Dutch television in March. The 26-year-old Rogier converted to Islam two years ago and quickly radicalized. In a recording that he had prepared by a way of a farewell message to his parents, he declared that he had answered Allah’s call and had left in order to stand by the Muslims who are suppressed in Syria. In the interview, he explains that he “could not sit and watch his sisters in Syria being raped and his brothers being beheaded,” convinced that it is his duty “to defend his brothers and sisters.” Radical youth romanticize the battle in Syria but are likely to be disillusioned once they arrive, often having barely any knowledge of Arabic and lacking combat experience. The parents they leave behind have stated in interviews that they are extremely worried. One Belgian father personally travelled to Syria to find his 18-year-old son, contacting leaders of rebel groups in a desperate attempt to locate his child.

The Dutch government fears that that those who leave for Syria will return to the Netherlands traumatized, even more radicalized, and trained in the use of weapons and explosives, posing a threat to home security. The shooting attack in Toulouse in 2012 is seen as a precedent for possible incidents: the perpetrator, a Muslim of Algerian origin, is said to have radicalized both in prison and as a result of his journeys to Afghanistan and Pakistan. German and Austrian police have already carried out arrests among jihadists who have returned from Syria and are suspected of planning attacks on European soil. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans expressed worries about the trend during a meeting with European colleagues, noting that “once this youth returns, they are likely to be traumatized and brainwashed, and may pose a potential security risk in the Netherlands.” The Belgian and Danish ministers shared his concerns. However, no concrete measures have been taken on the European level to counter the trend.

The Dutch General Intelligence Security Services (AIVD) and counterterrorism experts give several possibilities regarding the means of recruiting jihadists for the war in Syria. It is believed that youth are primarily attracted by Internet propaganda. It has also been reported that Dutch radical Islamist movements such as Sharia4Holland, Street Dawa and Behind Bars play an active role in promoting the jihad in Syria among Dutch Muslims. The same phenomenon is apparent in Belgium, where Sharia4Belgium has been distributing pamphlets and reaching out to youth in and around the mosque for the same purpose.

As for the role of mosques, the Dutch security services estimates their involvement limited to a facilitation of the goals set by radical Muslims themselves. According to security officials, recruits are likely to have ‘self-radicalized’, while the mosque may have facilitated their plans by providing them with contacts or travel instructions once they have already made their decision to leave. Moreover, Dutch imams have recently started to explicitly call on Muslims not to travel to Syria. Yet, there are exceptions too: for instance, the ‘Al-Qibla mosque’ in the Dutch town of Zoetermeer, which is run by an Iraqi imam, is suspected of having played a role in radicalizing the 21-year old Soufian who has been reported death.

The Dutch AIVD closely monitors people suspected of planning to travel to Syria. Over the past months, a handful of suspects has been arrested and prevented from exiting the country. However, the liberal Dutch legislation imposes limitations on taking strict measures against Dutch Muslims seeking to join the fighting in Syria. Members of Dutch Parliament have called for the withdrawal of the passports of people who are caught – not necessarily implying the withdrawal of their citizenship.


May 26th, 2013, 4:42 pm


ghufran said:

The involvement of Hizbullah in Qsair is not good for anybody even if it produces short-term gains, however, that involvement was a disaster waiting to happen after the influx of jihadists from Lebanon and the attacks on shia villages and people. There are people who have a genuine interest in making this a sunni-shia war to benefit Israel and weaken Iran, freedom and democracy are empty slogans now,that adds one more reason to negotiate an end to this war.
The NC has not given an answer about Geneva yet, KSA is said to be pushing for a more inclusive NC to make the US happy, but Turkey and Qatar are not interested, this clearly shows how the expat opposition operates and why it is irrelevant today.
The honey moon between rebels and the kurds may be coming to an end, two serious incidents reported in the last 24 hours, this is one of hem:
محافظة الحسكة – المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان:: تدور اشتباكات عنيفة بين وحدات حماية الشعب والكتائب المقاتلة على حاجز تل حلف في مدينة رأس العين، وأنباء عن استشهاد أربعة مقاتلين من الكتائب المقاتلة، بعد هجوم للكتائب المقاتلة على حاجز لوحدات حماية الشعب في قرية بعيرير القريبة من بلدة أبو راسين بين مدينتي تل تمر ورأس العين، كما كانت اشتباكات قد اندلعت بين الكتائب المقاتلة ووحدات حماية الشعب في منطقة عفرين بريف حلب، واستشهد مقاتل من وحدات حماية الشعب الكردي خلال اشتباكات اليوم في المنطقة ، حيث لا تزال الاشتباكات مستمرة بشكل متقطع حتى الآن
Kurds supreme council wants to participate in Geneva, but as of now the NC does not want them to be part of their team !!

May 26th, 2013, 4:45 pm


Uzair8 said:

An interesting comment on a radio discussion on the aftermath of the Woolwich attack:

Imam Asad Zaman:

In terms of connecting religion with what’s happened and these sort of people that indulge in this sort of behaviour, MI5’s own Behavioural Science Unit in June 2008 said ‘Far from being religious zealots a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practice their faith regularly. And indeed more interestingly..’ they continue to say ‘…very few have been brought up in strongly religious households. There is evidence that a well established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation.’

Comment at 2:14:16 on BBC Radio 5:

May 26th, 2013, 4:49 pm


Tara said:

The involvement of HA and Hassan’ vows for victory will trigger a universal call ipon Muslims for Jihad to protect the people. The responsibility to protect is universal and the “hadd” is now established.

May 26th, 2013, 4:51 pm


ann said:

Humanitarian AID To Al-Qaeda in Syria 😉

Germany to send bulletproof vests to Syria militants: Report – Sunday May 26, 2013

A report says that Germany plans to send hundreds of bulletproof vests to militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

According to the report due to be published in Der Spiegel magazine on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government also plans to send medical supplies, known as “Medipacks,” to the foreign-backed militants.

This comes after the head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Gerhard Schindler, visited Syria to discuss the presence of German extremists in the Arab country.

On May 10, Schindler met with the chief of the Syrian national security agency, Ali Mamluk, and other Syrian officials in Damascus.

The visit comes after Berlin expressed concerns about the return of German extremists who have been fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad along with foreign-backed militants including the terrorist al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.


May 26th, 2013, 4:54 pm


revenire said:


Bashar Assad and a loyal Syrian army continue to make gains in the battle against terrorist bands sponsored by the US, NATO, the Gulf Cooperative Council, Turkey and Israel. If you do not understand why this is important for the prospect of democracy in your nation, you need to hear the story.

Syria is the front line against expansion of the global corporate Empire that is seeking to create a permanent fascist New World Order. If they succeed, freedom and democracy will die everywhere and the only means of resistance will be violent. Such a world society would be the end of civilization as we know it.

Join us on SFPI Radio on May 25 at 10 AM PST/ 1 PM EST. Our guest will be Syrian-American attorney, Ba’ath Party member, PhD candidate in Mideast Studies and blogger Ziad Fadel. He will help us put this bewildering series of actions into context.

Check out Ziad’s blog Syrian Perspective here for more information.

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May 26th, 2013, 5:02 pm


revenire said:

Ghufran no, the involvement of Hezbollah is GOOD for everyone. I knew you were against Syria but you played your cards close to the vest for a long time. Now we see your true colors.

May 26th, 2013, 5:05 pm


Dawoud said:

Attn: Mathew Barber


The story that I am posting below about the leader of the Lebanese terrorist militia, which is now invading al-Qasir and Syria, is very important. Given the current unfortunate sectarian divisions in Syria and the Middle East, this story about him is very relevant to his involvement in Syria. You should write a whole post on it! When a leader says that Iran’s Wilayet al-Faqih is more important to him that Lebanon, one should keep this in mind while analyzing the Lebanese Shia terrorist militia’s current involvement in Syria!

Please make Professor Landis aware of it.


Top Secret Video released showing a video of Hasan the Devil حسن نصرالشيطان showing him propagating for “one Islamic state in the world ruled by Wilayat al-faqih!” I guess his speech yesterday wasn’t unexpected from a filthy sectarian! He also said that his allegiance is NOT to Lebanon, but to Iran’s Wilayat al-Faqih Shia theocracy!

آخر تحديث: الأحد 16 رجب 1434هـ – 26 مايو 2013م KSA 18:39 – GMT 15:39
حسن نصر الله: “الولي الفقيه” هو حاكم البلاد الإسلامية
قال إن لبنان جزء من الجمهورية الكبرى التي يحكمها صاحب الزمان ونائبه الخميني

لوجه الذي ظهر به الأمين العام لحزب الله، السيد حسن نصر الله، ليلة السبت إلى الأحد، حيث اعترف بالقتال لأول مرة في سوريا، أي خارج حدود دولة لبنان، له رواسب “عقائدية” عمرها عقود من الزمن، بالنسبة لشخص يرى في لبنان جزءاً من “الدولة الإسلامية الكبرى” وليست دولة مستقلة أو حتى دولة إسلامية.
وفي فيديو منشور على الإنترنت، اعتبر حسن نصر الله أن الولي الفقيه هو الحاكم الفعلي لكل البلاد الإسلامية، وهي البلاد التي يوجد بها مسلمون أينما كانوا، حيث قال: “بخصوص صلاحية ولاية الفقيه في تعيين الحكام ويعطيهم الشرعية في جميع البلاد الإسلامية، فنعم، لأن ولايته ليست محدودة بحدود جغرافية، فولايته ممتدة بامتداد المسلمين”.
وتزامن خطاب نصر الله، عن سوريا ليلة السبت إلى الأحد، مع نشر نشطاء على الإنترنت فيديو يظهر فيه حسن نصر الله وهو يشرح استراتيجية حزب الله وعلاقته المتينة مع إيران، وأكثر من ذلك، أظهر حسن نصر الله ولاءه التام لـ”الولي الفقيه” وصاحب الزمان.
استراتيجية الحزب
وفي هذا الإطار، قال حسن نصر الله رداً على مجموعة أسئلة تخص استراتيجية الحزب، إن “مشروعنا الذي لا خيار لنا أن نتبنى غيره، كوننا مؤمنين عقائديين، هو مشروع دولة إسلامية وحكم الإسلام، وأن يكون لبنان ليس جمهورية إسلامية واحدة وإنما جزء من الجمهورية الإسلامية الكبرى، التي يحكمها صاحب الزمان ونائبه بالحق، الولي الفقيه الإمام الخميني”.
ويظهر في كلام نصر الله إلغاء تام لفكرة الدولة المدنية في لبنان، فهو يرى أن لبنان ليست سوى جزء من دولة إسلامية كبرى تقودها إيران. وحاكم هذه الدولة هو “صاحب الزمان”، وله نائب بالحق اسمه الإمام الخميني. وقياساً على القاعدة، فنائب “صاحب الحق” اليوم هو مرشد الثورة الإيرانية علي خامنئي.
ورداً على سؤال يخصّ علاقة حزب الله بالجمهورية الإسلامية بقيادة الثورة الإسلامية في إيران، قال نصر الله: “هذه العلاقة أيها الإخوة بالنسبة لنا، فأنا واحد من الذين يعملون في مسيرة حزب الله، وفي أجهزته العاملة، لا أبقى لحظة واحدة في أجهزته لو لم يكن لدي يقين قاطع بأن هذه الأجهزة تتصل عبر مراتب إلى الولي الفقيه القائد المبرئ لذمة الملزم قراره.. بالنسبة لنا هذا أمر مقطوع ومُطمأن به”.
ويظهر هنا لدى حسن نصر الله إيمان راسخ بولاية الفقيه، وبسلطته المعنوية عليه شخصيا وعلى تنظيم حزب الله.

May 26th, 2013, 5:16 pm


Dawoud said:

358. Tara

Yes, or the pro-dictator Ann should say: “praise Ali Khameini” 🙂

May 26th, 2013, 5:20 pm


revenire said:

Dave your video didn’t embed. Maybe try one of your favorites – we’ve only seen them 48 times already.

May 26th, 2013, 5:32 pm


Citizen said:

at the trebune of terrorism: in the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism Our Russian Sergey Kurginyan with the difficult English is trying to drain the juice of brain !

May 26th, 2013, 5:45 pm


revenire said:

This made me laugh because it is so true:

“Hizbullah fighters and sources in Western media
The citation of Hizbullah fighters FROM Qusayr, mind you, has been comical. Basically, Hizbullah fighters have been calling Western reporters, especially those who are close to Israel and its interests, like Nicholas Blanford, to basically tell them this: we are in deep sh_t. We are really not doing well. This is a mess. The other side are brave and great fighters. We are cowards and suffering a lot. And they end each call with this: Hizbullah approves this message.”

May 26th, 2013, 6:30 pm


dawoud said:

More on the terrorist Hasan the Devil: He wants Imam Khomeini the Iranian to rule Lebanon!

May 26th, 2013, 6:49 pm


revenire said:

That would be okay with me.

May 26th, 2013, 7:01 pm


ann said:

Aleppo : From Resistance to Victory – May 26, 2013

SyriaTube | Aleppo : From Resistance to Victory / حلب: من المقاومة إلى النصر

May 26th, 2013, 7:16 pm


ann said:


Report: Rocket fired from Lebanon toward Israel – 11 minutes ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency says a rocket has been fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel.

The news agency said the rocket was fired late Sunday night from a location near the southern town of Marjayoun, about six miles (10 kilometers) north of the Israeli border.

It was not immediately clear who fired the rocket or whether it caused any damage or casualties. There was no immediate comment from Israel.

In addition to the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group, militant Palestinian groups are known to operate in south Lebanon.


May 26th, 2013, 7:25 pm


ann said:

FSA [Terrorists] Denies Involvement In Beirut Rocket Attacks – May 26, 2013

The Free Syrian Army chief of staff denied that his organisation had any involvement in the rocket attacks that struck southern Beirut on Sunday morning, Al Arabiya reported.


May 26th, 2013, 7:32 pm


ann said:

6 killed in car bomb blast near Syrian capital – 2013-05-27

DAMASCUS, May 26 (Xinhua) — At least six people were killed and 10 others wounded when a booby-trapped car went off Sunday evening in a southern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, the pro-government Sham FM radio reported.

The blast’s exact location couldn’t be determined but the car bomb went off in the southern suburb of Kisweh, according to the report.

Similar explosions used to target military checkpoints and the government always blames al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front of being behind them.

The blast came as the Syrian army was making strides in battling the western-backed rebels, particularly in the central city of al-Qussair where at least 50 rebels were killed on Sunday alone.


May 26th, 2013, 7:39 pm


Dawoud said:

A principled courageous Shia cleric, Ali al-Amin, criticizes the participation of the Lebanese Shia TERRORIST party Hizbass of Hasan the Devil حسن نصر الشيطان in Syria fight!

علي الأمين ينتقد مشاركة حزب الله في القتال بسوريا
فتفت: نصر الله هو المستفيد الأول لما حدث في لبنان وتصريحاته غير مسؤولة

انتقد المرجع الديني اللبناني، علي الأمين، تصريحات الأمين العام لحزب الله، حسن نصر الله، المتعلقة بخوض عناصره القتال في سوريا.
وحذر الأمين، في حديث لـ”العربية”، من مشاركة أحزاب لبنانية، لا سيما حزب الله، في القتال في سوريا، متوقعاً أن ينتقل القتال إلى لبنان.
وفي حديث لـ”العربية” قال النائب في البرلمان اللبناني، أحمد فتفت، إن “ما حدث هو جريمة فعلية، وهذا ما رأته جميع القوى السياسية في لبنان”، مؤكداً أن “المستفيد الأول حسن نصر الله، الذي يريد أن يبرهن على وجود قوة تريد الشر بالطائفة الشيعية”.
وأضاف “هناك شك كبير بأن الصواريخ التي أحدثت التفجير مصدرها حزب الله”، مستنداً بذلك إلى وجود الحزب في منطقة التفجير وسيطرته عليها خلال أحداث مايو/أيار 2008، متسائلاً: هل افتعل حزب الله القضية لمكسب سياسي؟
وأوضح فتفت أن ما قاله نصر الله “كلام غير مسؤول”، موضحاً أن القتال اللبناني في سوريا سيتسلل إلى داخل لبنان، الأمر الذي يريده نصر الله، لاعتقاده بأنه يملك الإمكانيات، فمنذ سنوات وحسن يسعى لتدمير الدولة اللبنانية، وفرض سيطرته عليها، بحسب تعبيره.
من جهة أخرى، هناك أطراف سياسية وتحليلية شيعية تقول إن حزب الله ليس بحاجة إلى أن يقوم بهذا العمل حتى يستقطب التعاطف، فضلاً عن أن هناك جهات أخرى مستفيدة لتفريق الشيعة، أو رداً لما قاله نصر الله “حاربونا في سوريا وليس في لبنان”، وهو سنحاربك في لبنان وسوريا.

May 26th, 2013, 7:42 pm


revenire said:

Preach it brother Dave!

May 26th, 2013, 7:49 pm


Dawoud said:

More on Hasan the Devil. The Lebanese TV presenter exposes the hypocrisy of Hasan the Devil of Hizbass by showing that he supports the Syrian dictator, whose forces beat Syrian demonstrators and force them to say prayers the murderous Syrian dictator (they force them to say “there is no God, but Bashar al-Assad!” Shame on them and shame on the Lebanese Shia Terrorist Hasan the Devil for supporting him. The TV anchor warns viewers that the pictures are very graphic and children should not see them!

May 26th, 2013, 7:54 pm


dawoud said:

Hasan the Devil’s Hypocrisy. The Lebanese TV presenter exposes the hypocrisy of Hasan the Devil of Hizbass by showing that he supports the Syrian dictator, whose forces beat Syrian demonstrators and force them to say prayers the murderous Syrian dictator (they force them to say “there is no God, but Bashar al-Assad!” Shame on them and shame on the Lebanese Shia Terrorist Hasan the Devil for supporting him. The TV anchor warns viewers that the pictures are very graphic and children should not see them!

May 26th, 2013, 7:57 pm


Dawoud said:


P.S., my above post/comment shows that I am NOT against ALL Shia or Shiites, I am ONLY against Shiite who support the Syrian murderous dictator-like Hasan the Devil and his Lebanese terrorists.

May 26th, 2013, 8:12 pm


dawoud said:


—–P.S., my above post/comment shows that I am NOT against ALL Shia or Shiites, I am ONLY against Shiites who support the Syrian murderous dictator-like Hasan the Devil and his Lebanese terrorists.

انا لست ضد كل الشيعه, أنا فقط ضد الشيعه الذين يدعمون ديكتاتور سوريا المجرم, مثل حسن نصر الشيطان

May 26th, 2013, 8:13 pm


revenire said:

Gee, Dave what political association could that Lebanese fellow be part of? The US-backed March 14 Alliance?

The Future Movement of Saad Hariri, himself implicated in arming Takfiri terrorists in Syria, right Dave?

Now why would anyone believe THAT?

May 26th, 2013, 8:22 pm


revenire said:

Dave put a sectarian spin on this one. Maybe say the Iraqi army is “Shia” or something?

HNN Homs News Network

Special Black Forces from the Iraqi Army have seized control of the largest Al-Qaeda Terrorist Training Camp in the “Al-Anbar” Desert near the border with Syria, in a major stealth Operation which began yesterday, and involved more than twenty thousand Troops to secure Al-Anbar desert from Al-Qaeda Terrorists …


Syria24 Arabic

May 26th, 2013, 8:51 pm


revenire said:

“With just two words, I can muster tens of thousands of volunteers to fight for Bashar Assad.” – Sayyed Nasrallah

Nasrallah said that he receives daily letters from parents begging him to send their only sons to fight in Syria.

To victory!

May 26th, 2013, 9:22 pm


Ghufran said:

Ford according to reports spoke in Arabic , at the end 8 new members were added to the nc including Jamal Slaiman who has not said anything yet about his inclusion in the nc.
Even after ford pressured the nc to add few women, less than 10% of the nc higher body are women:
قال رئيس المكتب الاعلامي “لهيئة التنسيق الوطنية لقوى التغيير الديمقراطي المعارضة” منذر خدام الاحد٢٦/٥/٢٠١٣، إن السفير الامريكي السابق في دمشق روبرت فورد وصف الائتلاف الوطني لقوى الثورة والمعارضة بأنه “حيض”.
وكتب خدام في صفحته على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “فيسبوك”: “البارحة تابعت السيد زهير سالم الناطق الرسمي باسم جماعة الاخوان المسلمين على قناة الحوار التلفزيونية وقد بدا متوترا، بل معصباً، وهو يجيب على أسئلة مضيفه حول مواقف الإتلاف من مؤتمر جنيف2”.
وأضاف المعارض السوري: “لقد إستخدم (سالم) عبارات غير مألوفة منه وهو يتحدث عن تدخل الأخرين في شؤون الإئتلاف(…) أغلب الظن ليس هذا هو السبب الحقيقي فالإئتلاف كما المجلس قبله لم يملك يوماً إرادة سياسية مستقلة وهذا ما جاهر به بعض قادته”.
وأشار خدام إلى أن “أغلب الظن إن السبب وراء تعصيب زهير سالم هو نعت روبرت فورد الإئتلاف بأنه “حيض”.” مضيفا “ولو خسئت يا سيد روبرت فورد، معقول هالكلام منك !!!!”.

May 26th, 2013, 9:49 pm


revenire said:

The Failed Syria Army is going to take on THESE guys?

May 26th, 2013, 10:09 pm


Ziad said:

Rand Paul: Senate Is Arming Al-Qaeda and Rushing to War in Syria

“This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda.”

That was the declaration Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.; pictured) made on May 21 during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Paul’s comments were directed at his colleagues, nearly all of whom voted to send arms to Syrian rebels.

May 26th, 2013, 10:23 pm


Ziad said:

حسين مرتضى – تقرير ميداني من القصير 26-05-2013

May 26th, 2013, 10:30 pm


Ziad said:

REV #387

Nice interview. Fawwaz Trabulsi is great. Thankx for posting it.

May 26th, 2013, 10:43 pm


Dawoud said:

Free Syria, Free Palestine, Stop Hizbass terrorist occupation of al-Qasir!

May 26th, 2013, 11:03 pm


Ziad said:

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is reported to be clinically dead as the monarch is not recently seen in the public.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah clinically dead: Report says

A Saudi journalist working for London-Based Asharq Alawsat says the Saudi monarch has been clinically dead since Wednesday.

He also quoted medical sources in Saudi Arabia as saying that the king’s vital organs, including his heart, kidneys and lungs, have stopped functioning.

Doctors are said to have used a defibrillator on him several times. He is also reported to be alive with the help of a ventilator.

May 26th, 2013, 11:11 pm


Dawoud said:

6 days of resisting the terrorist occupation of Lebanon’s Shia Hizbass and the dictator’s air force/artillery: besieged al-Qasir is still resisting the terrorist Hizbass occupiers!

22 Hizbass terrorists killed today in al-Qasir! Good Riddance to terrorist sectarian occupiers!

آخر تحديث: الأحد 16 رجب 1434هـ – 26 مايو 2013م KSA 21:19 – GMT 18:19
حزب الله اللبناني يسجل خسائر بشرية جديدة في القصير
الجيش الحر ينجح في صد هجوم جديد لقوات الحزب في اليوم السادس على التوالي

لقي 22 مقاتلاً من حزب الله اللبناني مصرعهم في المعارك الدائرة في القصير بريف محافظة حمص السورية، بحسب ما أفاد مصدر مقرب من الحزب.
وأشار المصدر إلى ارتفاع عدد قتلى الحزب منذ بدء مشاركته في المعارك داخل سوريا قبل أشهر إلى 110 عناصر.
وذكرت المصادر الإعلامية للمعارضة السورية أن الجيش السوري الحر يتصدى لليوم السادس على التوالي لمحاولات حزب الله والنظام اقتحام المدينة.
وتركزت محاولات الاقتحام الأخيرة من جانب قوات حزب الله على قرى الضبعة والحميدية الواقعة في الريف الشمالي للقصير، لكن قوات الجيش الحر نجحت بصدهم وإبعادهم عن القرى.
كما شهدت تلك البلدات خمس غارات جوية لطيران النظام، 3 منها على مطار الضبعة المحرر، الذي نفى ناشطون ما نقله الإعلام الرسمي التابع للنظام السوري عن اقتحامه من قبل الجيش السوري.
وإلى ذلك، تشن قوات النظام السورية غارات على القصير كغطاء جوي لقوات حزب الله الذي يحاول التوغل في المدينة.
ونجح الجيش السوري الحر، ليل السبت، في صد محاولة اقتحام المدينة، وقتل 8 عناصر من الحزب و3 من قوات النظام، ليرتفع عدد قتلى الحزب في القصير إلى أكثر من 130 عنصراً، وهي حصيلة بحسب مصادر المعارضة ووكالة الأنباء الفرنسية.

May 26th, 2013, 11:14 pm


zoo said:

Turkish opposition leader accuses Erdogan of training terrorists

“You have no idea about Reyhanlı, you do not know their problems. You do not know the locals’ crafts issues. You are the man who trains members of terrorist organizations and sends them into Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, you are the terrorist leader for Syria,” Kılıçdaroğlu said May 26 in Antalya where he met the leaders of his party’s regional city branches.

Kılıçdaroğlu also said he knew that Erdoğan would file a claim for compensation for his words likening him to Syria leader Bashar al-Assad, but added Erdoğan would be “a coward” if he would not do so.

May 26th, 2013, 11:36 pm


zoo said:

The pathetic Syria opposition is now caught in a fight between Qatar and KSA over who will influence the opposition…

Syrian Opposition Disputes Prevent Decision on Peace Talks

VOA News

May 26, 2013
Syria’s main opposition coalition has held an unscheduled fourth day of meetings in Istanbul (Turkey) as internal disputes prevent it from deciding whether to join a U.S. and Russian-backed peace conference with Damascus.

Syrian National Coalition members on Sunday said the main dispute concerns whether to grant Saudi Arabia a bigger role in the group, by expanding its membership to include Saudi-backed opposition figures such as veteran dissident Michel Kilo. They said the Qatar-backed Muslim Brotherhood faction of the coalition is resisting such an expansion.

May 26th, 2013, 11:42 pm


ghufran said:

Fareed speaks with Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, about the state of the al-Assad regime in Syria.

Does Assad have an incentive to make peace?

Yes, I think he does. Of course, on his own terms. He wants a political solution. He wants, basically, Syria to be in charge of this particular political solution. He wants the outside opposition to be marginalized.
He basically believes that the external powers, particularly Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are funding the most extremist elements in the opposition.

And obviously he wants to stay in power.

Oh, absolutely. I’ve no doubt in my mind that he and his associates believe that they are winning the fight. They have survived more than two years a very powerful campaign by regional international powers. They have gone on the offensive. They tell you, if you meet with Assad’s people, they tell you they are winning this war. And any political settlement will most likely reflect the balance of power on the ground inside Syria. That’s what it means.

And do you buy that? You’ve been there. You know lots of people. On the ground right now, do you think Assad has regrouped and is actually in a stronger position?

Well, look, I have to say, Assad is not winning, but the opposition also is not winning. Assad has survived some of the most two brutal years any particular dictator can face. His military machine remains intact.
In fact, he has gone on the offensive. He has made some major gains on the ground. His allies, Hezbollah and Iran, are deeply committed to his survival. Iran and Hezbollah have made it very clear, Assad is a red line. The Russians are deeply invested in Syria and he has a social base of support. And the emergence of radical elements within the opposition, I would argue, has consolidated the social base of support for Assad.

May 26th, 2013, 11:50 pm


The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

392. ZIAD said:

“A Saudi journalist working for London-Based Asharq Alawsat says the Saudi monarch has been clinically dead since Wednesday.”

That’s nothing. Hafez al Assad has been clinically dead for thirteen years.

May 27th, 2013, 12:18 am


Ziad said:

Assad makes small but strategic gains in Syrian civil war as rebels begin to lose hope

The rebels are in disarray and the regime is gaining ground. Two Telegraph correspondents report from the front lines in Damascus and Aleppo

May 27th, 2013, 12:33 am


revenire said:

Seen on Twitter: “The so-called ‘Syrian National Coalition’ doesn’t really have to convene, since all the decisions are made by the US. SNC only reads them.”

May 27th, 2013, 12:46 am


ann said:

George Sabra’s Al-Qaeda Friends Admit To The Kidnapping

“Syrian Rebels” Says Kidnapped Arch Bishops OK – May 26, 2013

The two Orthodox Bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji, who were kidnapped at the end of April, reportedly near the town of Kafr Dael, near Aleppo in northern Syria, are good in health as an official of the Syrian opposition said in Istanbul, without being able to give any news on their whereabouts.

“Two or three days ago, a doctor visited the two bishops. They are in good health,” said Abdul Ahad Steipho, member of the main opposition’s National Coalition and of its committee established to follow up on the kidnappings. That was on May 16.

Steipho said that the committees’ efforts to communicate with the bishops by telephone failed. He also said: “We are receiving a lot of contradictory information on the identity of the kidnappers and their demands for ransom.”


May 27th, 2013, 12:49 am


ann said:

Syrian troops advance in al-Qussair city, killing 50: report – 2013-05-27

• Syria’s government troops continued to advance in al-Qussair Sunday, killing 50 rebels
• Clashes were still going on in the southern part of al-Qussair
• Army seized road connecting al- Daba’a military airport with al-Qussair, cutting off all rebels supply lines

DAMASCUS, May 26 (Xinhua) — Syria’s government troops continued to advance in the strategic city of al-Qussair on Sunday, killing 50 rebels, pro-government Sham FM reported.

The troops regained the al-Hamidieh town in northern al-Qussair on Sunday, while clashes were still going on in the southern part of al-Qussair, where violent and decisive battles have been raging on for over a week already.

Also in al-Qussair, the army fully seized the eastern entrance of the city’s northern neighborhood and the road connecting al- Daba’a military airport with the city, cutting off all supply lines of the rebels, according to the report.

The army dismantled tens of explosive devices planted by the rebels along public roads and residential buildings in the focal point city, demolished many trenches in the area, and also destroyed a number of dens in al-Haidariya, Arjoun, al-Dhabaa villages in the countryside of al-Qussair.

The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV placed the overall number of rebels currently fighting against the government troops in al-Qussair at 3,000.


May 27th, 2013, 12:49 am


revenire said:

Dave where are your two favorite videos? For the past 3-4 weeks you’ve posted them 2-3 times a day. What happened? Slowing down?

C’mon Dave!

Free Palestine (except you won’t lift a finger to do so and are against the ONLY Arab nation that has fought for Palestine), Free Syria (already free), Bahrain is Arab forever (keep the Shia out right ‘non-sectarian’ Dave?)!

May 27th, 2013, 12:58 am


ann said:

Rand Paul: Senate Is Arming Al-Qaeda and Rushing to War in Syria – 25 May 2013

“This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda”

That was the declaration Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.; pictured) made on May 21 during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Paul’s comments were directed at his colleagues, nearly all of whom voted to send arms to Syrian rebels.

Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) co-sponsored the bill that authorizes “critical support to the Syrian opposition through provision of military assistance, training, and additional humanitarian support.”

The bill sailed through the committee, passing with bipartisan support by a vote of 15-3.

Senator Paul offered two amendments to the bill — officially styled the Syria Transition Support Act — one that would have forbidden the transfer of weapons to the rebel forces fighting to oust the government of current Syrian president Bashar al-Asad, and another that would have prevented the use of U.S. military armed forces in Syria.

Both of Paul’s amendments were rejected by the committee.

Apart from supplying lethal and non-lethal weaponry to Syrian opposition forces, the Menendez-Corker bill contains several other regime-toppling provisions, all of which are boastfully reported by Mendendez on his website. They include:

• “Creation of a $250 million transition fund each year through FY2015 drawn from funds otherwise appropriated for regional transition support”;

• “Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Assad: Targeting any person that the President of the United States determines has knowingly participated in or facilitated a transaction related to the sale or transfer of military equipment, arms, petroleum, or petroleum products to the Assad regime.”; and

• “Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act: To allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and certain terrorism and WMD criteria have been met.”

Neither Paul’s warnings nor his amendments were enough to counteract the powerful politicians pushing to arm the Syrian rebels. A cadre of lawmakers from seemingly distinct bands of the political spectrum lined up behind the move to add Syria to the list of Middle Eastern countries with U.S.-approved ruling parties. As in the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, these dictators-in-waiting will walk a path to power paved with American money and likely covered in the blood of American soldiers.

Senator Corker tried striking a less hostile tone, arguing that arming rebels vetted by Congress — as called for in his bill — would prevent U.S. weaponry from being funneled into more radical segments of the coalition of anti-Asad armed forces.

Seing through Corker’s false dilemma, Paul responded, saying, “It’s impossible to know who our friends are.” He later said that the vote was nothing more than a “rush to war.”

In an exclusive interview with The New American, Senator Paul pointed out the irony in the fact that the original Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) enacted after September 11, 2001 called for finding and destroying al-Qaeda, while the legislation passed on May 21 by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would arm known associates of that very organization.

“These people [Syrian rebels] will say they love America knowing that that’s how to get weapons. They lie to us and then shoot us in the back,” Paul explained.

Another bit of irony apparently lost on 15 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is the fact that the United States has walked this road before. In the 1980s, Congress voted to arm militant Islamic forces under the pretext that the enemy of our enemy was our friend. Then, within 20 years, the very beneficiaries of U.S. military largesse in Afghanistan seized control of that country and reportedly sheltered and trained the men who carried out the attacks of September 11.

One wonders how (or if) the Senate fails to appreciate the destruction that will surely come from once again sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind that comes from arming those who would do us harm. Some senators, however, seemed determined to deploy troops in every corner of the planet, regardless of the fact these young men and women could be killed by militants armed with weapons supplied by their very own government.

Rand Paul has been banging another drum, however. During the hearings on the attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya, Paul brought up the possibility that the Obama administration was covering up the existence of a gun running pipeline running throughout the Middle East.

Paul, in fact, tried to get answers to these questions from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Senate’s investigation of the Benghazi raid that left four people dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Addressing Secretary Clinton, Paul asked directly, “Is the U. S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?”

Clinton demurred, claiming that she’d never heard about that allegation.

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

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

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

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

Americans have a right to know, however, who’s receiving millions in tax dollars taken from them.

A Reuters article from last August, which detailed a secret order signed by President Obama providing support to Syrian rebel forces opposing the regime of Bashar al-Assad, noted, “Recent news reports from the region have suggested that the influence and numbers of Islamist militants, some of them connected to al Qaeda or its affiliates, have been growing among Assad’s opponents.”

Later, The New American covered the same story, writing that “Western governments, brutal Sunni-Arab dictatorships, an assortment of terror groups including al-Qaeda, and other powerful interests have all been backing the uprising since long before violence even broke out last year.”

In a story covering the violence of the Syrian uprising, the BBC added credibility to the accusations:

The al-Qaeda-styled group in Syria is Jabhat al-Nusra li-Ahl al-Sham (the Front for the Protection of the Syrian People).

Like other al-Qaeda affiliated groups, al-Nusra’s statements and videos are usually issued by its own media group, al-Manara al-Baida (the White Minaret) in Syria.

Al-Nusra has claimed responsibility for several attacks against the Syrian army, security and shabiha (state-sponsored thugs) since it announced its formation early this year.

Finally, under a headline reading “Al-Qaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria,” the Guardian (U.K.) reported:

They try to hide their presence. “Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags,” said Abu Khuder. “They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?” But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs and IEDs [improvised explosive devices].

According to Abu Khuder, his men are working closely with the military council that commands the Free Syrian Army brigades in the region. “We meet almost every day,” he said. “We have clear instructions from our [al-Qaida] leadership that if the FSA need our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations.” Abu Khuder’s men had a lot of experience in bomb-making from Iraq and elsewhere, he added.


May 27th, 2013, 1:07 am


revenire said:

حزب الله يودع شهدائه | 26-05-2013 | البقاع – بعلبك – الضاحية – القصر

May 27th, 2013, 1:16 am


Ziad said:

REV #403

When Dave says Free Palestine, he is calling for it to be free of its Arab citizens.

May 27th, 2013, 1:18 am


revenire said:

Ha ha Dave told me Israel wants Assad to remain in power. Well, they have a funny way of showing it.

I guess that makes Hezbollah and Israel allies – they both want Assad to remain in power.

Ha ha.

May 27th, 2013, 1:38 am


ann said:

Iran begins ‘massive’ deployment of long-range missile launchers – May 26, 2013

As the Islamic Republic of Iran prepares for presidential elections next month it is fielding a “massive” number of new long-range missile launchers, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying the new weapon systems give Iranian forces the ability to “crush the enemy” with the simultaneous launching of long-range surface-to-surface missiles, according to Fars, the semi-official Iranian news agency.

The report did not specify the type of missile that would be fired, or provide details on the number of launchers allegedly deployed.

Iran’s military does possess surface-to-surface missiles that are capable of traveling over 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles), able to reach of targets inside Israel and US bases in the region.

Vahidi did not specify who was the “enemy,” and emphasized that Iran would never start a war.

Although Tehran occasionally announces military achievements that cannot be independently verified – like the claim it developed a state-of-the-art stealth drone capable of evading enemy radar – they come in the face of relentless external pressure.

Only last year, as the United Nations slapped Tehran with another round of harsh sanctions, Iran threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, through which 18 million barrels of oil flows every day – roughly 35 percent of the world’s total. Any disruption of this supply route would have a huge impact on oil prices, and by extension the global economy.

The stand-off resulted in a tense military parade as the US sent three full US carrier groups, each accompanied by dozens of support vessels and carrying more aircraft than the entire Iranian air force, to participate in the Hormuz exercises. Tehran watched with apprehension as the fleet came and went.


May 27th, 2013, 1:40 am


revenire said:

SNC meeting has fallen apart, begs the question Assad always poses: who would Syria negotiate with?

Syrian opposition shake-up falters ahead of peace conference

May 27th, 2013, 2:03 am


ann said:

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May 27th, 2013, 2:17 am


majoos said:

You guys shouldn t spent your times arguing or even moving on Dave and Tara, there are just here to distract you from the real issues, probb. working on a low scale for security services.
What you should rather ask yourself is why didn t Russia step in in 2011 and protect the Syrian-Turkish border?
They could have just announced som sort of an Defence Alliance with Syria which would ve stoped Erdogan from setting up training camps at the border and …

May 27th, 2013, 3:18 am



Ali Ferzat at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2013

May 27th, 2013, 4:46 am


Juergen said:

Le Monde journalists stayed in Syria for 4 months and collected evidence for the usage of chemical warfare by the regime against rebel controlled areas

Chemical warfare in Syria

“In the second half of April, gas attacks became almost a strange kind of routine in Jobar. On the front lines, the rebels of the Free Syrian Army got used to keeping their gas masks beside them. They held regular eye-washing sessions and had syringes ready with a special serum. The aim of the attacks seemed to be essentially tactical at this stage – an attempt to destablise rebel units in areas where government soldiers have been unable to dislodge them, and at the same time a test. If Syrian army forces could dare to use chemical weapons in their own capital without setting off a serious international reaction, would that not be an invitation to pursue the experiment a bit further? So far, cases of the use of gas have not be isolated. The only ophthamologist in the region, who was trained abroad, sees patients in a small hospital in Sabha which he prefers not to identify. He said he had seen 150 people affected by gas in the space of two weeks. Near the zones most exposed to gas, he has organized a system of showers so that rebel fighters exposed to chemical products can wash and change clothes to avoid contaminating health workers at clinics.”

May 27th, 2013, 6:03 am


Dawoud said:

Another Syrian regime’s chemical attack? Do Bashar the murderous dictator need any more reasons to call him war criminal? NO

Free Syria, Free Palestine, End the terrorist occupation of al-Qasir by the terrorist invaders from Lebanon’s Shia Hizbass!

Syria fighting rages amid reports of chemical attacks

(Reuters) – Heavy fighting raged on Monday around the strategic border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus, amid renewed reports of chemical weapons attacks by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Opposition activists said Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters were advancing in areas around Qusair, pressing a sustained assault on a town long used by rebels as a way station for arms and other supplies from Lebanon.

For Assad, Qusair is a crucial link between Damascus and loyalist strongholds on the Mediterranean coast. Recapturing the town, in central Homs province, could also sever connections between rebel-held areas in the north and south of Syria.

May 27th, 2013, 9:04 am


dawoud said:

Evidence of Syrian regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons! What the fuc$ happened to Obama’s “red line?”

شاهدان يؤكدان استخدام سوريا أسلحة كيمياوية

أكد مراسلان لصحيفة لوموند الفرنسية كانا في عين المكان، أن الجيش السوري استخدم أسلحة كيمياوية ضد مقاتلي المعارضة في ضواحي دمشق خلال شهري أبريل/نيسان ومارس/آذار الماضيين، ونشرت الصحيفة شهادتهما.

وقال المراسل جان فيليب ريمي إنه كان مع زميله “شاهدين لعدة أيام متتالية” على استعمال متفجرات كيمياوية، ورأيا مفعولها على مقاتلي المعارضة على جبهة حي جوبر الواقع عند مدخل دمشق والذي دخلته المعارضة في يناير/كانون الثاني الماضي، حسب الشاهد.

وشاهد المصور لوران فان درستوك يوم 13 أبريل/نيسان الماضي كيف أن المقاتلين “بدؤوا يسعلون ثم وضعوا أقنعة واقية من الغاز ببطء” فسّره المصور بتأثير الغاز. وقال “جلس بعض الرجال القرفصاء وهم يختنقون ويتقيؤون”.

وجمع الصحفيان شهادات عن استعمال تلك المواد “في محيط أوسع بكثير” من حول العاصمة السورية.

ووصف مقاتلون وطبيب في تسجيل فيديو صوره فان درستوك وهو منشور على موقع لوموند الإلكتروني، الأعراض التي تتسبب فيها تلك المواد، وهي عبارة عن صعوبة في التنفس وصداع وضيق في حدقة العين مع الغثيان، و”إذا لم يعالج الأمر مباشرة فهو الموت” كما شرح طبيب طلب إخفاء هويته بمستشفى الفاتح في كفرطنا بالغوطة.

وأكد تقرير الصحفيين نقلا عن أطباء أن عينات أخذت من بعض الضحايا ويجري تحليلها حاليا.

وكتب ريمي أن “الغازات المستعملة على الجبهات تستخدم من حين لآخر تفاديا لانتشارها بكثافة، مما قد يشكل أدلة دامغة”، غير أن النظام السوري ينفي استعماله أسلحة كيمياوية.

وقد استند تقرير الصحفيين إلى “مصدر غربي حسن الاطلاع” أفاد بأن السلطات السورية تلجأ -من أجل التعمية- إلى “خلط مواد مثل الغازات المدمعة ليصعب التعرف على طبيعة المواد المستعملة عبر ملاحظة الأعراض”.

May 27th, 2013, 9:09 am


zoo said:

The ‘love ‘ for Qatar expressed by Egypt song with a large orchestra

May 27th, 2013, 9:16 am


Dawoud said:

Le Monde’s investigation of Syrian regime’s usage of chemical weapons.

videos pictures after clicking on the link:

Chemical warfare in Syria
Le | 27.05.2013 à 05h58 • Mis à jour le 27.05.2013 à 10h49

eporters for Le Monde spent two months clandestinely in the Damascus area alongside Syrian rebels. They describe the extent of the Syrian tragedy, the intensity of the fighting, the humanitarian drama. On the scene during chemical weapons attacks, they bear witness to the use of toxic arms by the government of Bashar al-Assad.

Jobar, Syria, by our special correspondent, Jean-Philippe Rémy

A chemical attack on the Jobar front, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, doesn’t look like anything much at first. It’s not spectacular. Above all, it’s not detectable. And that’s the aim: by the time the rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army who have penetrated furthest into Damascus understand that they’ve been exposed to chemical products by government forces, it’s too late. No matter which type of gas is used, it has already produced its effects, only a few hundred meters from residential areas of the Syrian capital.
At first, there is only a little sound, a metallic ping, almost a click. And in the confusion of daily combat in Jobar’s Bahra 1 sector, this sound didn’t catch the attention of the fighters of the Tahrir al-Sham (‘Liberation of Syria’) Brigade. ‘We thought it was a mortar that didn’t explode, and no one really paid attention to it,’ said Omar Haidar, chief of operations of the brigade, which holds this forward position less than 500 meters from Abbasid Square.

May 27th, 2013, 9:17 am


zoo said:

As the opposition meeting is a disaster and the EU has not agreed on stopping the weapons embargo to rebels , the “chemical” and ‘human rights’ pop up again from France and Qatar as desperate distractions.
Big yawn….

May 27th, 2013, 9:45 am


Tara said:

One more casualty of HA.  She could very well died from indiscriminate shelling of HA.

Syrian TV reporter killed covering conflict
Government blames death of Yara Abbas, war correspondent for state-owned Al-Ikhbariya, on rebel attack in Qusayr.

May 27th, 2013, 11:07 am


revenire said:

More chemical weapons stories? Yawn.

May 27th, 2013, 11:30 am


revenire said:

For all the cannibal fans: there will be no lifting of the arms embargo on Al-Qaeda. It takes unanimous consent of all 27 EU members.

God is great.

May 27th, 2013, 11:35 am


Dawoud said:


Bahrain bans political groups from contacting Hezbollah
Gulf state’s foreign minister brands Nasrallah a ‘terrorist’ after Hezbollah leader proclaimed that his fighters would help deliver victory for Syria’s Assad
Published: 05.27.13, 18:01

Bahrain on Monday banned political groups from making any contact with Lebanese movement Hezbollah, a day after the Gulf Arab state’s foreign minister called the head of the Shiite Muslim group a “terrorist.”

The move reflected sectarian tensions within Bahrain and across the Sunni Muslim-dominated Gulf region stoked since 2011 by Syria’s civil war, and exacerbated further after Hezbollah’s leader openly acknowledged it was fighting on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s side against mainly Sunni rebels.

May 27th, 2013, 11:47 am


Ziad said:

آخر تقرير للشهيدة يارا عباس – حماة الديار يلاحقون فلول الارهاب في القصير

She was killed by an FSA sniper on her way from Qusair to Homs.

May 27th, 2013, 11:48 am


Dawoud said:

So, Hizbass through its al-Mayadeen propaganda outlet (and one three-lettered named SC commentator) claimed that a missile was launched from the Hizbass-occupied Lebanon toward Israeli colonies. We now know that this was false because Hizbass only wants war with fellow Arabs (that’s if Hizbass considers itself Arab not Iranian) who can’t defend themselves. Only a distraction so Arabs think that Hizbass is a “resistance” movement.

May 27th, 2013, 11:52 am


revenire said:

It is sickening to see those who claim to be for freedom cheer the death of a reporter.

May 27th, 2013, 11:52 am


Tara said:

دجال المقاومة the Iranian boy

نصرالله يقاتل الى جانب نظام قاتل ومجرم

He rushed to use the Palestinian cause sensing that his credibility is lost.  No one in the Arab world bought his speech yesterday.  He represents the chief thug of a sectarian militia that does not acknowledge the Lebanese government, the Lebanese army or any one else.  How could HA be part of the political body in Lebanon when his allegiance is to Iran?  

May 27th, 2013, 11:54 am


Dawoud said:

424. Ziad

I heard that she was killed by one of Hizbass indiscriminate shells. I also heard that she had been subjected to repeated sexual harassment by the Hizbass occupying terrorists in al-Qasir.

May 27th, 2013, 11:55 am


revenire said:

Dave can you share where you heard that from? Or is that Top Secret?

I don’t believe you and I say you’re lying. How would anyone know such things?

May 27th, 2013, 12:08 pm


revenire said:

Tara I will relay your message to Sayyed Nasrallah. I am quite sure he is very concerned with your opinions of the Resistance.

May 27th, 2013, 12:09 pm


Ziad said:

Qatar seeks to send Yemen’s military elite to fight alongside the Free Syrian Army

May 27th, 2013, 12:29 pm


Ziad said:

Obama: Defending the Indefensible, Heckled during Speech: ‘Will you apologize to Muslims you’ve killed?’

May 27th, 2013, 12:41 pm


zoo said:

Sounds familiar. It was expected after Erdogan’s business trip in Saudi Arabia.

Hezbullah should change its name to ‘Hezb-evil’, Turkish Deputy PM

May 27th, 2013, 12:55 pm


DAWOUD said:

Yes, it should change its name form Hizbass to Hizb-evil! This Lebanese Shia terrorist party is EVIL

May 27th, 2013, 1:01 pm


zoo said:

#429 Revenire

Like most of the anti-Assad, Dave has a wild imagination and an acute sense of persecution.

May 27th, 2013, 1:06 pm


zoo said:

Tensions build over coalition
Monday 27 May 2013

The developing crisis in the Syrian opposition ranks deepened today when a Western and Arab-backed bloc was offered only token representation in the Islamist-dominated Syrian National Coalition.

To the dismay of the Western and Arab nations which had been attempting to manipulate four days of opposition talks in Istanbul to reduce the Islamist influence, the 60-member coalition thwarted a deal to admit a bloc headed by opposition campaigner Michel Kilo, described as a “Marxist secularist” with up to 22 new seats.

His group received an offer of only five seats after a session that stretched nearly to dawn.

Mr Kilo said: “We were talking about 25 names as the basis for negotiations, then there was agreement on 22, then the number dropped to 20, then to 18, to 15, then to five.

“I do not think you have a desire to co-operate and hold our extended hand. We wish you all the best.

May 27th, 2013, 1:12 pm


Tara said:

I find it an infantile argument to dismiss the revolution supporters categorically as having some sort of mental problem. Would the regime and its supporters ever grow up?

Had the regime acknowledged from day one the legit calls of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity and not tried to morph it into a cosmic conspiracy, we would not have gotten here.

May 27th, 2013, 1:17 pm


majoos said:

Two points to reconsider for every1:

1. Erdogan is as Barzani a devout member of the Naqshabandi Sufi Order, whose chief “Sheik” Nazim proclaimed that “King” Hüsseyin should be the next Khalifa.

2. Even though Salafi/Walafi preachers ask “Muslims” to shave their mustaches, Qatars “King” as the Saudi “King” do otherwise.
Kind of reminds me of catholic priests who wear a kippa in church and ask regular christans to take of their headgear.

May 27th, 2013, 1:21 pm


revenire said:

The chemical weapons story is so boring now. Everyone knows this is a pretext for intervention. It is ridiculous.

Dave has proven himself less than honest over and over. He is sectarian to the extreme. He could not back up his wild claims about Palestinians. His news sources are most often the Saudis and Qataris.

Tara many would describe your beliefs as delusional regarding Syria.

I have no proof that anyone supporting Al-Qaeda/Nusra is mentally ill but to support cannibals you would have to be crazy wouldn’t you? Sane people don’t stand with beheaders and liver-eaters.

The war continues. 🙂

May 27th, 2013, 1:22 pm


zoo said:


I guess the puppets shamefully fighting in Istanbul about choosing between Qatar or KSA as their main boss and puppeteer, are really only concerned by the ‘freedom and dignity’ of the Syrians…

May 27th, 2013, 1:48 pm


majoos said:

Some commentators are obviously afraid to get dizzy when looking behind their nose.
First rule in Middle-East politics is to assume always the exact opposite of what your are told! There is no enmity between Assad, Erdogan, Netanyahu, Abdallah, Ahmadinajad, Nasrallah, Thani,,,,
There are all united in their stance of dividing and suppressing the people.
There s nothing as false or right religious!

May 27th, 2013, 1:52 pm


majoos said:

It s also interessting how Europe s salafi group were bolstered up by many converts some of them, like Pierre Vogel or Sven Lau are now considered as the leaders of this movenment in Germany. As soon as 2006 they got prominently presented in Germany´s leading talk shows.
For most of the muslim community it s more than evident that they are working for the German interior secret service, whose sole purpose is to raise hatred and rage against Germanies/Europes Muslim communities.

May 27th, 2013, 2:07 pm


majoos said:

wiki quote: Graham Fuller
After government
Fuller left the CIA in 1988 for the RAND Corporation, remaining as a senior political scientist until 2000.[8][10]
An active author and media spokesman, Fuller is an adjunct history professor at Simon Fraser University.[10]
After the Boston Marathon bombings, it was revealed that Fuller’s daughter Samantha Ankara Fuller was married to Ruslan Tsarnaev (Tsarni), the terrorists’ uncle.[15]

May 27th, 2013, 2:09 pm


Ilya said:

Here its now USA openly supporting terrorists

McCain visits rebels in Syria
Sen. John McCain visited rebels in Syria on Monday, his communications director confirmed to CNN, making the Arizona Republican the highest ranking elected official from the United States to visit the war-torn country.

May 27th, 2013, 2:12 pm


Hopeful said:

So Hizballah is now fighting foreign jihadis in Syria which is bearly surviving economically through financial support fom Iran, and politically though aid from Russia, all the while a US congressman enters Syria without the knowledge of the Syrian government.

So much for sovereignty and independence Mr. Assad. Supporters, why the hell are you still hanging your hopes on this loser of a leader? what a joke!

May 27th, 2013, 2:35 pm


maxdaddy said:

You say the Saudis are turning off the aid spigot. Reuters today says its the Qataris. Really, what’s the evidence that either one is reducing aid in any serious way? Why would either one wish to do that, especially right now?

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