Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded. - Syria Comment

Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded.

The Syrian Army has gone on the offensive, retaking a key town – al-Sfireh – on the south-east of Aleppo. On Monday, the town of Tal Aran, on the Safira-Aleppo road, also fell. The army then secured the area around the city’s airport and retook a strategically important base nearby, named Base 80, a large military position which rebels had held since February. Analysts claim that the base will help regime troops move on opposition-held areas of Aleppo.

The response of rebel militas was immediate. A statement by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) urged “all brigades and Muslims to face off against the enemy.” Liwa al-Tawhid urged people in Aleppo to “face up to regime attacks” and called for a mass mobilisation in Aleppo to halt a government advance. They claimed that government forces backed by fighters from the Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah, Iranian Revolutionary Guards and members of Abu al-Fadl Abbas, an Iraqi Shia militia, had launched a “fierce offensive to reoccupy” Aleppo.

Within a few days, The Syrian Army killed a number of the leaders of Aleppo’s largest militia – Liwaa al-Tawhid. Its top leaders, Abd al-Qader al-Saleh & Abd Aziz Salehmeh were both injured, but are in good condition. The unit commander Youssef al-Abbas was killed. The regime bombed a meeting of Liwaa al-Tawhid leaders, suggesting it has improved its intelligence operations. Liwaa la-Tawhid has about 25-30 unit commanders joined at the top by Saleh/Salame, the majority stationed in the Aleppo region

عبد القادر الصالح، وتمنياتنا له بأن يمنّ الله عليه بالشفاء العاجل. Abdel Qader al-Saleh in hospital. This photo seems to be an old one, taken when he was wounded over a year ago, but the Revolution 2011 Facebook page republished it after the recent injury of Saleh. Many well-wishers have left comments expressing their hope that Saleh has a quick recovery.

 

Abd al-Aziz Salameh in his hospital bed

According to ISIS sources, the loss al-Sfireh was due to fighting between ISIS and al-Nusra, the two main branches of al-Qaida in Syria. This news comes from an article published in Sana al-Sham News, an ISIS aligned weekly newspaper that was recently launched in the northern Aleppo countryside.

Here is the quote:

” قمنا بعملية مهمة في السفيرة ولكن حصل نزاع بيننا وبين جبهة النصرة والله تعالى يقول «ولا تنازعوا فتفشلوا فتذهب ريحكم» فدخل النظام السفيرة مرة ثانية بعد انسحابنا منها. ” [Translation] We carried out an important operation in al-Sfireh but a conflict arose between us and Jabhat al Nusra and Allah says “dispute not one with another lest ye falter and your strength depart from you” and the regime entered Sfireh again after we withdrew from it.

ISIS Leader – `Amr al-Shishani – military Amir of the Northern Region

Included in the new publication is an interview with the Chechen leader and military Amir of the Northern Region of ISIS, `Amr al-Shishani. الأمير العسكري للمنطقة الشمالية في تنظيم «الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام»، عمر الشيشاني

BBC arabic also researched his childhood in Georgia, where a reporter found some interesting information. He had mandatory military service in the Georgian army between 2006-2007 and signed a contract to work with the army after that period. He fought against the Russian army during the last Russia/Georgia confrontations in 2008. He was released from the army in 2010 after coming down with Tuberculosis. He was arrested later for stocking weapons and received a 3 year sentence but was released early due to his deteriorating health condition. He then traveled to Egypt, from where he hoped to go to Yemen to fight. But after some time was able to go to Syria, where he was shocked that people were listening to music, cutting their beards, and smoking cigarettes. Protestors were demanding “democracy and freedom” and not Islam. He went to Syria to apply Sharia Law.

He denies giving Asifat al-Shamal, the militia that hosted John McCain permission to meet McCain. He says the notion that he would permit their meeting is ridiculous because Americans are the enemies of Allah and Islam and there’s only the sword between him and the US. He remains an emir in ISIS and denies rumors that he quit the group. “How can I quit the Dawla Islamiya when it’s the project of the Islamic umma and all Muslims?” he asks. He did not join ISIS because of Baghdadi or Abu al Athir( والي حلب) , he did it for Allah.
ISIS was the main player behind the coast front and is responsible for the latest victories in Hama

Here is a photo of ShiShani with Hajaj al ajmi, one of his main Kuwaiti sponsors. Much like the Kuwaitis who fund Nusra (read Ben Hubbard’s story), private Kuwaitis also raise money for ISIS.

 

عمر الشيشاني جاء ليطبق شرع الله: فوجئت بشعارات كالحرية والديموقراطية

الأمير العسكري للمنطقة الشمالية في تنظيم «الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام»، عمر الشيشاني،

عمر الشيشاني جاء ليطبق شرع الله: فوجئت بشعارات كالحرية والديموقراطية

تنشر «الأخبار» في ما يأتي حواراً مع الأمير العسكري للمنطقة الشمالية في تنظيم «الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام»، عمر الشيشاني، أجرته مجلة «سنا الشام» التابعة للتنظيم، في العاشر من الشهر الماضي، ونشرته يوم 9/11/2013

Homs

The Syrian Army issued a statement announcing major advances in southeastern countryside of Homs and the capture of 3 towns. The villages that they captured fell in rebel hands earlier this month in an attack that included the capturing of an army weapons depot in one of the villages, which was said to be the second largest arms depot in the country.

Cutting Off the Wrong Head

An ISIS fighter cut off the head of a fighter, claiming he was an Iraqi Shiite fighting for the Assad regime.  It turned out that

Militants from al Qaeda-affiliate Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) issued a statement asking for forgiveness after a video was posted online of ISIS fighters brandishing the decapitated head of a commander of Ahrar al-Sham, an ISIS ally who ISIS says it beheaded by mistake.

Here is the Telegraph story about it by Richard Spencer: Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologise after cutting off head of wrong person: Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham militants say sorry for decapitating a fellow extremist rather than enemy

Comments (80)


mjabali said:

The two foreigners who cut the head of the wrong guy accusing him of crying the name of Ali and al-Husayn are most likely either from the Gulf countries, or North Africa.

I think they are from the Gulf but not 100 percent sure.

I think this is the Cultural exchange they were discussing here on this blog.

Wahhabing the world one infidel at a time.

November 15th, 2013, 6:04 pm

 

ziad said:

Over 600 militants of opposition parties have surrendered to Syrian troops in the last 72 hours, the Suriya al-En news agency reports today.

The majority of the rebels lay down their arms near Damascus and Homs, the agency quotes the data of a source in the armed forces command of the SAR.

Syrian military note that the successful tactics of blocking the supply lines of the enemy on the southern outskirts of the capital has led to the desired result. In addition, helicopters are constantly dropping leaflets urging deserters to take advantage of the President’s Amnesty.

Currently, army units began operations on the outskirts of Ilda and Babilla – the last two settlements in the southern direction, which remain in the hands of the rebels. According to the military, the militants are likely to lay down their arms without resistance. On Thursday, artillery actively bombarded the southern outskirts and strikes from the air were delivered on them, too.

According to the al- Ekhbariya TV station, in Mhina, 85 km to the South-East of Homs, the troops returned under their control military warehouses that are located in this mountainous terrain. After the siege, which lasted for more than three weeks, dozens of armed militants surrendered there.

In Al-Qusayr /to the West of Homs/, Syrian border guards blocked the way of several gangs of terrorist mercenaries, who were trying to force their way to the highland area of Kalamun. The Syrian army blocks all approaches to this large foothold of the militants to the North-West of Damascus.

Today, Syrian servicemen released the city of Tel-Hasil, near Aleppo, inhabited by Kurds. The Surya al-En News Agency reports about the destruction of the headquarters of the Islamic brigade Tawhid in the result of a pointed strike by the Syrian air force. Several field commanders were killed and seriously injured. 19 mercenaries were killed together with them.

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_11_15/Over-600-militants-surrender-to-Syrian-troops-majority-lay-down-arms-near-Damascus-3161/

November 15th, 2013, 6:18 pm

 

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November 15th, 2013, 11:36 pm

 

Ghufran said:

Basel Dayoub, a profile of some of the FSA Shabeehas:
طنبرجيه و مجرمين

«بلال الكن بن دلال الكن» أشهر من نار على علم في حمص. هو أول «قائد ثوري» في المدينة. في سجله العدلي سبع أسبقيات جنائية. حصد «الكنّ» شعبية في أوساط المهمشين والمثقفين معاً، بعدما ظهر في أحد التسجيلات وهو يرغي ويزبد تحدياً ووعيداً، بلهجته المغرقة في شعبويتها، متحدياً الفرقة الرابعة والعميد ماهر الأسد. وسرعان ما أرخى «الكنّ» لحيته وحف شاربيه وظهرت له «زبيبة» على جبينه من كثرة السجود، ووصل به الأمر إلى تعيين أحد الطلاب الفاشلين في كلية الشريعة «مفتياً» لجماعته الجهادية، افتى له بضم نساء «الشهداء» إلى بلاطه. وليس أدل على بؤس الشريحة التي جندها «الكن» معه أكثر من تمجيده بعد موته بترداد قصة «قيام الشبيحة، لشدة رعبهم منه، بنبش قبره للتأكد من موته وإعادة دفنه».
ولم يكن «الكن» حالة نادرة. فعبد الباسط الساروت، الذي لقّبه بعض مثقفي حمص وفنانيها بـ«بلبل الثورة» بسبب قيادته الهتافات في التظاهرات التي لم يتورع خلالها عن المناداة بإبادة جماعية طائفية، انحدر من وسط «طنبرجية» يجوبون الأحياء الشعبية على طنابرهم التي تجرها البغال لبيع المازوت. وقد استقطب الساروت كثيراً من أقرانه بالمال لتشكيل مجموعة مسلحة سرعان ما تضخم عددها مع ازدياد التمويل، وكان شعار هؤلاء «حارة الطنابر عاصمة حمص الثورة»!

«كتيبة بيسو» واحدة من أكثر فصول المأساة السورية إثارة للحزن. جرعة الكوميديا السوداء تبدأ من اسم الكتيبة، وهو لقب «مؤسسها» محمد الياسين في بلدة كفر حمرة القريبة من عندان. اعتقلته دورية أمنية نهاية عام 2011 في ملهى ليلي في منطقة بستان كليب، بتهمة التحريض على التظاهر ومهاجمة رجال الشرطة. لكنه نفى التهم مؤكدا أنه «مجرد صاحب كيف» ولا يفهم في السياسة. أفرج عنه بعد التعهد بعدم الإخلال بالأمن. وبعد أسابيع قليلة بدأ بفرض أتاوات على الصناعيين في الليرمون بحجة «حمايتهم من النظام والشبيحة». وطارت شهرة «بيسو» بعدما زعم أن وحياً جاءه بأن صاحب «معمل زنوبيا للسيراميك» هو «شبيح يقمع التظاهرات ويساعد الدولة، ويجب معاقبته». وبالفعل انتهت «غزوة الرؤيا» بـ«تشويل» (سرقة) المعمل، ونهب ما قيمته نحو 100 مليون ليرة من أطقم السيراميك. «بيسو» وأولاده الأربعة وأبناء أشقائه، أصبحوا اليوم قوة ضاربة في كفر حمرة!
عز الدين جدعان الملقب بـ«الفراتي» هو «قائد ثوري آخر» في «الجيش الحر». وجدعان مغن ٍ شعبي، كان من نجوم قناة «غنوة» الفضائية التي تعرض كليبات رقص «الحجيات»، وهن راقصات «القرباط والنور» في سورية. وقد شكل «الفراتي»، الذي اشتهر بأغنية «حمد وسوسو»، كتيبة أطلق عليها اسم «جند الله»، تختص بالخطف مقابل فدية. وقد أطلق أهالي رأس الجزيرة بعد خطفه أكرادا على كتيبته اسم «كتيبة سوسو»، قبل أن يتخلى عن قيادة «جند الله» ليشكل «لواء الفرات» بدعم من عضو مجلس الشعب السابق نواف البشير.
والى «بيسو» و«سوسو»، مجموعة « أبو عماد زعرور» الذي سلّح أبناءه وأبناء إخوته وشكل عصابة للسرقة والخطف و فرض الأتاوات، ويتندر أهالي حي مساكن هنانو الحلبي عليه بتسميته قائد «كتيبة سخّمني» وهي لفظة حلبية تعني الفاحشة.

حسن جزرة واحد من «أبطال الثورة» ومن أرباب السوابق قبلها. كان من أوائل الذين شكلوا مجموعات مسلحة لحماية «التظاهرات السلمية». تشير التسجيلات المنشورة له إلى مستوى تعليمي يقارب الصفر، وهو شخصية شرسة جداً تخصص بالخطف وسرقة المعامل وبيعها لأصحابها مجدداً وقبض الأتاوات. اشتهر بوقوفه في اليوم الأول لدخول المسلحين مساكن هنانو بالقول: «جايينك يا بشار». وفي تسجيل آخر يظهر مقاتلوه وهم يغنون له «حسن جزرة قائدنا ونحنا الجزرات»!
وقد خرجت تظاهرة في حي الشعار في حلب، في أيار الماضي، تطالب بإعدام الجزرة بعدما ضاق الناس ذرعاً بارتكاباته. وقد حرّكت ما يسمى «الهيئة الشرعية» اتهامات ضده، وبعد التلويح باقتحام مقاره والقضاء على مجموعته التي كانت تعرف باسم «كتائب غرباء الشام»، سلم نفسه الى الهيئة التي أخلت سبيله لاحقاً بعد تسوية برأته من تهم القتل والسلب مقابل دفعه مبالغ مالية كبيرة والتعهد بعدم الإساءة الى «الثورة».
وبعد سيطرة تنظيم «داعش» وتصفيته المجموعات المسلحة، حاصر مقار مجموعة «غرباء الشام». وبعد تواريه لأيام، أصدر جزرة بياناً باسم «كتائب حسن جزرة» مع جماعتي «كتائب الحاج حسين»و«كتائب اليرموك أبو شقرة» طالب فيه «داعش» و«سرايا المغيرات» التي يقودها أبو الليث، وهو من المقربين من «جزرة»، بـ«الاحتكام الى القرآن والسنة وحقن دماء المسلمين». وقد اعتقل تنظيم «داعش» الأسبوع الماضي «حسن جزرة»، وتسربت أنباء عن نية لاعدامه.
ومن «القادة» المشهورين أيضاً ولص معامل «ضاغطة الحفر الفردية» (كومبريسورات) أحمد عفش متزعم «لواء احرار سورية»، وبائع السمك خالد حياني متزعم «لواء شهداء بدر» الذي يدك أحياء حلب بقذائف أسطوانات الغاز. وهو التحق بالثورة بعد ارتكابه جريمة قتل إثر خلاف مع شخص آخر على صداقة مومس، ليروّج انه ثوري قام بـ«تصفية شبيح يقمع التظاهرات السلمية».

عبد الوهاب الخلف الذي يتخذ لنفسه لقب «ميماتي» (شخصية شهيرة في مسلسل «وادي الذئاب» التركي) ضابط شرطة صغير جرفته الأحداث. ظهر على «قناة سما» لينفي خبر انشقاقه، قبل أن يلتحق بـ «ثوار منبج». «زير نساء» اقنع شرطياً يدعى محمد دقاق بالانشقاق معه، وشكلا معاً، بالاشتراك مع مهرب آثار يدعى أبو خالد النيفي، «الشرطة الثورية في منبج». وما لبث النيفي أن انشق عنهما ليشكل «هيئة الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر» التي يسميها اهل المدينة «هيئة الأمر بالمنكر والنهي عن المعروف».
شارك «ميماتي» في ارتكاب مجزرة مروعة في مضافة الشيخ جمعان الخفاجي في بلدة مسكنة القريبة من نهر الفرات في محافظة حلب. فقد ذبح الشيخ وابن أخيه وآخرون أثناء توسطهم لحل مشكلة خطف بين «الجيش الحر» و الأهالي. والمفارقة أن أحد المذبوحين مع الشيخ هو شقيق قاتل ابن الشيخ الذي عفا عنه حقناً للدماء. «ميماتي» يقبع اليوم في أحد سجون «داعش».
ولا يذكر «ميماتي» في منبج من دون ذكر «البرنس» نورس العبد قائد «كتائب الفاروق» في المدينة، والتي تتخذ من مدرسة حكومية مقرا لها. هو الشخصية الأكثر إثارة للاشمئزاز في المدينة، إذ يتهم بارتكاب الكثير من الموبقات. تعرضت كتيبته للسحق على يد «جبهة النصرة» في نيسان الماضي، حيث اعتقل واقتيد إلى حلب، وأعلن عن ذبحه، ليظهر في أيلول الماضي في منبج وهو يحرق علم الجبهة بعد أن تمكن من الهرب.
On the other hand, coastal region is full of pro regime shabeehas who also has little or no education.
Syria, my friends, is today a Shabeehaville.

November 15th, 2013, 11:53 pm

 

Hopeful said:

Mjabali (from previous post) said:

“Yes, they send some kids to American and British Universities, and now they are bringing American Universities to Saudi Arabia and Qatar: But: that does not mean we do not see the real behind this glossy exterior. Also: what type of Agenda these people are pushing in Syria? Is it a liberal agenda? or a sectarian one? Is Syria these days the location where Saudia Arabia and the rest of the Gulf countries are settling their vindictive sectarian grudge with Iran?”

My original post/rebut to Ghufran was ONLY about characterizing Syrians as “civilized” and GCC nationals as “bedouins”. I suggested that this characterization is racist and incorrect. My argument had nothing to do with GCC’s involvement in Syria, or with human rights problems in Saudi Arabia.

Here is my original post:

“These generalizations are not only unfair and ignorant, but are also naive and self-defeating. While the “civialized” Syrians have been stupidly and brutally killing each others, the GCC nationals are acquiring education and expertise that will allow them in a generation or two to sail by the supposedly civilized “other” Arabs. Mark my words.”

You seem to have inadvertently confirmed my argument above. GCC nationals are acquiring good education and expertise. What you call “emulating”, I call “learning”. Sending kids to the best schools, or bringing the best schools to your kids is nothing to be ashamed of.

I argue that the best investment any government/generation/parents can ever make is providing the best education to their younger generations. We now have millions of kids in Syria growing up either without education or with education filled with hatred, violence, and revenge. The “bedouins vs. civilized” argument will soon be reversed. “Civilized thinking” is not a genetic trait. It is education.

November 16th, 2013, 3:16 am

 

Mina said:

Never too late! WSS has seen the light and seems convinced that the rebels are probably behind the false flag CW attack on the Ghouta. Would be hard to support them that far for him, I guess.
Here in the comments
http://whoghouta.blogspot.fr/2013/11/response-to-dan-kaszetas-chemical.html#comment-form

November 16th, 2013, 3:41 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Iran-Russia-Assad forces are pushing to victory with the obscure and hidden cooperation of US Administration and Germany.

Now it is time to Syria to be freed from their inhabitants. The 75 % of sunni populations will be mostly pushed out from their land. Iran will be given control over Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Later in the future years or decades a total war will be unchained on Iran and Syria, in the future occupied by mostly chia populations, will be occupied by Israel forces.

This is the screenplay to be developed.

November 16th, 2013, 8:56 am

 

Mina said:

Sandro, your badly translated fairy tales are not convincing anyone these days. Look for another scriptwriter. “Mostly sunnites”? What about the Christians, atheists, Druzes, Sunnite Kurds, etc? If the Salafis can’t live with anyone else unless when they emigrate to the Western eldorados, let them go and set up businesses in Mecca, Kuwait, Qatar and elsewhere. After all, generations of people from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, etc. have made big business there.

November 16th, 2013, 10:03 am

 

mjabali said:

Hopeful:

I wish your hopes and narrative is true. I am happy when the kids from the Gulf countries become part of a larger universe. But, my friend the reality is different.

The rulers of these countries are funding wars in other countries. The rulers (the families that rule since it is families only) are funding a harmful aggressive religious agenda. They claim that Allah is asking them to do this. This do not suit the modern world mr Hopeful. If you have hope it should come from overthrowing these families and using their money for the right things.

Their citizens are funding wars in other countries. Their kids are blowing themselves up in other countries.

They want to change to borders of other countries.

All of this while they do not give rights to their minorities: women and workers.

November 16th, 2013, 11:00 am

 

mjabali said:

Mina:

I see that the Guided Thumps Up Kingdom of Lunatics is showering you and this blog with their Guided wisdom. These VISITORS are weak in their logic and all they can do is give you thumbs down.

November 16th, 2013, 11:02 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

MINA

You and your russian spies and mass media controlled are opening the door to the end of Syria and its occupation by Israel. This is the revenge of history against the stupid communists and their heirs the noveau rich capitalists of russian, syrian, iranian mafias.

Russia secret services you are all around and you can feel it by the smell of vodka.

November 16th, 2013, 11:03 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

I see there are still many potential mass killers writing in the internet fórums until the Judgement Day.

1.250 years ago some killings and mental limitations led to a great disaster in the islamic empire. Today huge mistakes and ambitions will led to the submnission of Chia for the coming 1.250 years.

November 16th, 2013, 11:10 am

 

ziad said:

SANDRO LOEWE #007 said:

”Iran-Russia-Assad forces are pushing to victory with the obscure and hidden cooperation of US Administration and Germany.”

Few people are capable of coming up with such downright gobbledygook without extensive training. You write like Omen.

November 16th, 2013, 11:12 am

 

zoo said:

That’s how the opposition deals with its looming defeat: Kill each others.

Syrian rebels’ competition for limited money and weapons turns brutal
Kidnapping for ransom has become common between Syrian rebel groups competing for weapons to fight the Assad regime.

http://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/r14/World/Middle-East/2013/1116/Syrian-rebels-competition-for-limited-money-and-weapons-turns-brutal

Antakya, Turkey — Rebel leader Riad al-Ahmed did not die in battle against the Syrian Army, like so many fellow Free Syrian Army fighters. He was killed by other rebels in a clash over money and weapons.

As the war grinds on, resources for the opposition are in increasingly short supply, fueling clashes between factions over a share of the dwindling funds and arms. The competition for weapons across the border in Turkey is growing fiercer. Groups are resorting to kidnappings for ransom to bring in much-needed cash. Most of that money, rebel fighters said, goes toward purchasing weapons.

Syrian rebels’ competition for limited money and weapons turns brutal

Kidnapping for ransom has become common between Syrian rebel groups competing for weapons to fight the Assad regime.

November 16th, 2013, 11:21 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Congratulations to the russian secret services, the mujahideen of Iran and Hezb Zbelleh and the Assad thugs who can make Assad Etern and Imperial getting Obama to the sewerage system.

Assad is the victorious criminal dictator who will rule Syria for the coming decades under the umbrela of China, Russia and Iran. Syrians have died (probably 400.000) or left (probably 10.000.000) and many will leave soon or die. Syria is now a pice of land in the hands of Russia and Iran under the control of Assad criminals. It will remain a Criminal´s Land for many many years to come. Congratulations to Assad and his wife Asma, mother of the coming presidents of Syria.

November 16th, 2013, 11:24 am

 

zoo said:

Hopeful

You said:
“Civilized thinking” is not a genetic trait. It is education.

That’ my reply:

‘Education’ with intense religious brainwashing is worthless.
Wahabism is a genetical disease that is maintained and fed by an education build around its alleged ‘superiority’

We heard that not later than in 1939 with very ‘educated countries’, didn’t we?

November 16th, 2013, 11:29 am

 

ziad said:

خطبة قوية وغير متوقعة من شيخ خليجي يفضح القرضاوي

November 16th, 2013, 11:31 am

 

zoo said:

OMG! Keep Turkey as far as possible, they only bring disasters

ANKARA

Turkey said, on Friday, it has proposed to mediate a long-running dispute between Baghdad and its autonomous Kurdistan region over dividing oil revenue.

“The system we will establish will certainly help resolve the dispute between the Kurdish regional government and the central government,” Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters in Ankara.

November 16th, 2013, 11:34 am

 

zoo said:

“President Bashar Assad will be heading any transitional stage in Syria, like it or not,” Omar Ossi, a member of Syria’s parliament, told The Associated Press.

Syrian government gaining ground in war, strengthening hand ahead of proposed peace talks

By Ryan Lucas, The Associated Press November 16, 2013 9:00 AM
http://www.canada.com/news/Syrian+government+gaining+ground+strengthening+hand+ahead+proposed/9175256/story.html

BEIRUT – Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have firmly seized the momentum in the country’s civil war in recent weeks, capturing one rebel stronghold after another and triumphantly planting the two-starred Syrian government flag amid shattered buildings and rubble-strewn streets.

Despite global outrage over the use of chemical weapons, Assad’s government is successfully exploiting divisions among the opposition, dwindling foreign help for the rebel cause and significant local support, all linked to the same thing: discomfort with the Islamic extremists who have become a major part of the rebellion.

The battlefield gains would strengthen the government’s hand in peace talks sought by the world community.

November 16th, 2013, 11:39 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

The only thing that can step Assad aside from transitional phase that would transfer power from Assad to Assad is a heart attack or his brain implosion. God will decide.

November 16th, 2013, 11:43 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

OBAMA you are the real piece of excrement in the screenplay. You were not elected to end wars. You were chosen to bring justice and order where there is chaos, corruption and death. And by inaction you promote more deaths, chaos and unjustice.

November 16th, 2013, 12:04 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Only if 1% of the criminal, corrupt and abusive behaviour of Assad Regime was implemented by any european or northamerican government the whole systems would revolve against their presidents.

But hipocrisy let european and american systems to allow in Syria what any free citizen would never accept. For me Europe and US are the first moral and political responsible for permitting Russia and Iran mafias rule and destroy the Middle Eastern populations.

November 16th, 2013, 12:35 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

After all I have seen in Syria I just get to one conclusion. It is better for the world that Syria disappears from the map. Syrians do not deserve a country. Half of them spent decades spying the other half, half of them hated the other half for religious reasons, half of them are still supporting or at least permitting the regime kill the other half. This is not a nation, this is just a prison for crazy people in disarray and chaos. Better for them to disappear because there will be no peace and rest in the coming 100 years.

November 16th, 2013, 12:52 pm

 

ghufran said:

While Muslims and Arabs were busy hating each other and working with NATO and Israel against strategic interests of their own countries, pro-Israel lobbies were busy perfecting their dirty work, they almost took the US to war that can only help Israel.
This is an initial piece on AIPAC that some people on this site do not want you to read:

AIPAC operates with a budget exceeding $50 million and has several hundred full time staff. Let there be no mistake about what the organization is and what it stands for: it wants the United States to start what almost certainly would quickly escalate into a major war on behalf of another country as a prelude to yet another war against yet another Middle Eastern country. AIPAC is a tax exempt foundation which claims to be educational, though anyone on Capitol Hill would be able to testify that it is anything but. President John F. Kennedy, recognizing the danger it posed, tried to get it listed by the Treasury Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act but was killed before he could complete the process. AIPAC does indeed have the right to organize and express any view that it sees fit but it should not be able to do so on the taxpayer’s dime as an exempt organization and it should be clearly understood that it is an organization that exists to support its own perception of Israeli interests first and foremost. Congressmen should be able to tell AIPAC lobbyists to go away without fear of reprisals.

November 16th, 2013, 1:05 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

GHUFRAN

Assad is not a muslim nor an arab, is he also getting paid by AIPAC for leading Syria into destruction and scrapping?

November 16th, 2013, 1:15 pm

 

Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded said:

[…] Syria Comment: The Syrian Army has gone on the offensive, retaking a key town – al-Sfireh – on the south-east of Aleppo. On Monday, the town of Tal Aran, on the Safira-Aleppo road, also fell. The army then secured the area around the city’s airport and retook a strategically important base nearby, named Base 80, a large military position which rebels had held since February. Analysts claim that the base will help regime troops move on opposition-held areas of Aleppo. […]

November 16th, 2013, 1:16 pm

 

William Scott Scherk said:

MINA says:

Never too late! WSS has seen the light and seems convinced that the rebels are probably behind the false flag CW attack on the Ghouta. Would be hard to support them that far for him, I guess.

Wrong and wrong, MINA. Sorry to disappoint. Engaging with WhoGhouta/Sasa Wawa at her blog does not equate to sharing her conclusions that rebels were complicit in the August 21 chemical attacks.

I assume, perhaps wrongly, that you yourself believe in rebel guilt for the atrocity, and that you accept that the only plausible scenario is a ‘false flag.’ More power to you if you could construct a convincing narrative yourself.

A lot of crazed conspiracy tales have been amassed on the subject of the chemical attacks. WhoGhouta’s attempts to provide support for the ‘rebels did it’ scenario is marked by a relatively civil tone, and a relative openness to correction and counter-arguments. It is a process, not a goal (I hope).

Because she preserves her absolute anonymity, she has not been able to engender full discussion with those who argue against her ‘findings’ such as Dan Kazseta and Eliot Higgins. It’s too bad she has not been able to demonstrate her bona fides to the two gentlemen — doing so would both raise her game and allow her ‘findings’ to reach a larger audience and attention from the larger media. I am especially intrigued by her ‘rebuttal’ to Dan’s latest analysis found at Brown Moses. Would that she could engage the experts.

My position has been clear here at SC, and it has not changed. One aspect of my position that I explore in my latest WhoGhouta comment is the lack of a comprehensive narrative that details the presumed chain of events culminating in a ‘rebel attack.’

I wrote that I “haven’t seen a narrative that tries to sketch out the entire operation, with all its entailments. I could try for something like that after I get to where I want on the current exchanges.

Perhaps this part of my comment suggested to you, MINA, that I support such a scenario or narrative. I do not. The Principle of Charity compels an interlocutor to give the best (most positive) estimation of an opponent’s argument, for the purpose of discussion. It does not imply agreement, only an attempt to clearly comprehend the opponent’s argument. The devil is in the details.

On another note, I share ZOO’s and others’ distaste for HEADSUP’s bigoted and tedious boilerplate. The very notion of a ‘guided (by gawd)’ kingdom is an emetic. Added to the repetitive insults to the blog owner and contributors, it makes for a repulsive read.

November 16th, 2013, 1:52 pm

 

ALAN said:

15.SANDRO LOEWE
Are you Lebanese?

November 16th, 2013, 1:53 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

No I am not lebanese, Lebanon suffers same schizophrenia due to Assad intervention. After Syria probably Lebanon should be blown up too. It was infected by Assad virus long time ago. I am Tamerlangi.

November 16th, 2013, 1:58 pm

 

ALAN said:

Sandro!
Are you Israeli ? Or Lebanese serves Israel?

November 16th, 2013, 2:08 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

ALAN

Keep on asking, as if my nationality can give you any clue… You are a simple mind with racist tendencies.

I will tell you just who I am not. I am not a stupid who serves a mafia of dust covered perverted and corrupted ex-communist become world wide drugs, weapons and energy mafia.

November 16th, 2013, 2:29 pm

 

ALAN said:

ٍSandro !
What is your food? Are you fed hatred! The level of hatred you have more than reasonable!

November 16th, 2013, 2:39 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Me, like 95 % of syrians for the last 40 years have been fed SHXXXT from your beloved Assad, also from Russia, Iran, Israel and the United States. Yes, all four powers who enabled Assad to keep on fuxxxing syrian and lebanese population.

These world powers are responsable for all the disgraces of people living in Afganistan, Chechniya, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan and a long so on…

They will keep on crushing wild frontiers until they have to crush their own populations and their own agents like Assad.

November 16th, 2013, 2:47 pm

 

ALAN said:

ٍSandro
Do not make yourself as a mouthpiece of Syrians!They do not need you!All what you have is a extensive of hatred! And the hatred thing fatally dangerous!the hatred is growing increasingly steadily in amplitude!

November 16th, 2013, 3:12 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

Sorry Alan, I am syrian, what are you saying about us? Please take your cows in Texas and take a ride.

November 16th, 2013, 3:24 pm

 

ALAN said:

34. SANDRO LOEWE
wich Texas?
we pray for a wisdom language in Texas to prevail!

November 16th, 2013, 3:35 pm

 

zoo said:

Syrian army launches offensive near Lebanon border

http://www.nbc4i.com/story/23986394/syrian-army-launches-offensive-near-lebanon-border

The Qalamoun region is a main rebel supply route for weapons and fighters from neighboring Lebanon. Government forces appear to be trying to regain control of the whole border with the country.

Hundreds of Syrian men, women and children have crossed the border into the Lebanese town of Arsal seeking refuge from the fighting, the town’s former mayor Bassel Hojeiri told The Associated Press by telephone.

“We have a major crisis,” Hojeiri said about his hometown, already thronged with thousands of refugees from the past two years of violence in Syria. “Most of those who fled came yesterday from Qara.”

The Lebanese army said in a statement that troops captured nine Syrians as they tried to cross into Lebanon carrying weapons and grenades. It said an Algerian was also detained near the border and had no legal permit to stay in Lebanon.

Syrian army launches offensive near Lebanon border

November 16th, 2013, 4:16 pm

 

zoo said:

#33 Sandro Loewe

Poor you…

November 16th, 2013, 4:20 pm

 

zoo said:

@WSS

Headsup’s posts are so pompous and caricatural that they only discredit and add more ridicule to his/her already pathetic ‘benefactors’/

Maybe that’s Headsup’s real goal?

BTW, as I predicted, the opposition has dropped its pre-conditions and will attend Geneva II in the weakest state they have ever been, thanks to the bad “advices” they got from their ‘benefactors’.

November 16th, 2013, 4:23 pm

 

zoo said:

This ‘revolution’ promised Freedom and Dignity?

Begging in Beirut: Young refugees from Syria’s war scramble to survive on the streets

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/16/21494947-begging-in-beirut-young-refugees-from-syrias-war-scramble-to-survive-on-the-streets


While there is no official data on the number of children and adults working on the streets of Lebanon, estimates range from 50,000 to 70,000. In wealthy districts of Beirut, children and adults are on nearly every block begging, scavenging from the trash or offering pedestrians a shoe shine.

November 16th, 2013, 4:35 pm

 

zoo said:

In view on a probable attack on Qalamoun, civilians in Qalamoun area flee to Lebanon to avoid being killed in crossfires or used as human shields by the rebels.

Thousands seek refuge in Lebanon

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/12c82c6b-6470-43ee-8553-e8d184121bbb.aspx

BEIRUT: Thousands of Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon over the past two days as fighting between government forces and rebels has flared near the border, a Lebanese official said on Saturday.

The refugees were fleeing the Qalamoun mountains north of Damascus, a strategic border district with a mixed Sunni Muslim and Christian population where both sides have been massing forces.

November 16th, 2013, 4:42 pm

 

ghufran said:

Rebels were dependent on outside help for their survival and were able to win support from some Syrians in certain areas, but things have changed now. Foreign powers are not interested in supplying arms and spending money on people who cut heads and act like the Talibans but can not rule and dominate, and most Syrians, as much as they dislike the Assad regime, realized that the new kids in town are dirtier than the old ones. The NC and SNC are not much better with their reliance on foreign financiers for their expenses, so they will have to do what those financiers tell them to do or go hungry.
In summary, Syrians are screwed, and most of that is due to the actions of Syrians especially those at the helm who were supposed to protect the people not bomb them with explosive barrels.
Admit that if this was a test for civility we as a group have failed and that our label as a third world country is well-deserved. Islam in this conflict and most conflicts since 2001 was a negative force to the point that young Muslims today have the right to be ashamed.

November 16th, 2013, 5:22 pm

 

ALAN said:

Foreign affairs journalist and author Robert Harneis explains why Paris would probably have to agree if asked.
http://youtu.be/2DMiPd6CzFQ?t=1s

November 16th, 2013, 7:22 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Heads-Up,

Guess who else is giving up on the Obamanation?

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4454161,00.html

November 16th, 2013, 7:24 pm

 

Heads-up said:

Akbar Palace,

It looks like Obama needs to worry about more than Hollande.

He is being deserted by his own democrats on his Obamacare.

The Guided Kingdom on the other hand has had him squared off regarding ME nukes. The Guided Kingdom has the last word.

November 16th, 2013, 7:36 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Heads Up,

Looks like we’re on our own. Obama is too busy writing IOUs.

November 16th, 2013, 8:29 pm

 

Heads-up said:

Akbar Palace,

So you agree the issue is regional before it is an issue for far away capitals?

In this case, why doesn’t Netenyahu seek Guidance from the Guided King of the Guided Kingdom?

November 16th, 2013, 8:45 pm

 

ALAN said:

For the sake of world peace, of Israel and Iran, and, above all, of the United States, these negotiations must succeed.
http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2013/11/israel-lobby-killing-iran-negotiations/

November 16th, 2013, 8:56 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Heads Up,

The issue of Syria and Iran SHOULD be international, but no one wants to act. So, it seems to me those that will act are the ones most affected by the outcome.

I think the Guided Kingdom and Guided Hebrews are discussing important issues in both arabic and english;)

November 16th, 2013, 9:07 pm

 

ALAN said:

Why no one will act?
Israel has repeatedly said it would ACT alone! ?Is it a recurrent hot air ? Or it think that the kingdom of good will is already on its behalf?

November 16th, 2013, 9:25 pm

 
 

zoo said:

The ‘debacle’ of Turkey’s policy toward Syria, blinded by arrogance and political naivety

Turkey confronts policy missteps on Syria with rise of al-Qaeda across the border

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/turkey-confronts-policy-missteps-on-syria-with-rise-of-al-qaeda-across-the-border/2013/11/16/e6183f12-4e27-11e3-97f6-ed8e3053083b_story.html

KILIS, Turkey — A group affiliated with al-Qaeda controls the road leading south into Syria from this key border crossing on the front line of the debacle that Turkey’s Syria policy has become.

For more than a year, Turkey turned a blind eye as thousands of foreign volunteers from across the Muslim world streamed through the country en route to fight alongside Syria’s rebels, perhaps calculating that the fighters would help accelerate President Bashar al-Assad’s demise.
Now the extremists whose ranks the foreigners swelled are gaining ascendancy across northern Syria, putting al-Qaeda on NATO’s borders for the first time, raising fears of cross-border attacks and exposing how terribly Turkey’s efforts to bring about Assad’s removal have gone awry.

Meanwhile, in Damascus, Assad is showing every sign that he will ride out the revolt and perhaps remain in power for years, sustained in part by Western alarm at the rise of the extremists. The United States has served notice that it has no intention of intervening militarily, and Turkey, once the most vocal proponent of action to oust Assad, has been left to confront the consequences of what appears to have been a grave policy miscalculation.

“This was not the outcome Turkey wanted,” acknowledged a Turkish official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the subject of Syria is so sensitive.

November 16th, 2013, 10:05 pm

 

zoo said:

Ghufran

Egyptian were lead to believe that their country would be better under a Moslem Brotherhood islamic system. It was encouraged by Turkey and Qatar dreaming to have this big country under their domination to exploit it economically.
It took less than a year for the Egyptians to realize they have been cheated. Now they are divided , in disarray and in a economical disaster.
In Syria, it took 2.5 years, 120,000 death, millions of displaced and billions of dollars of destruction to come to the same conclusion.

In both case, the blame falls principally on the die-hard supporters of the Moslem Brotherhood, Turkey and Qatar and on the vicious game the Western powers played.

Egyptians like Syrians are the victims of these criminals who have put the brothers to fight and kill each other under a claimed pretexts of ‘liberation’ and ‘democracy’

Now we see Turkey backing off, Qatar neutralized and the West in a totally confusion.
For a ‘revolution’ that was supposed to bring freedom and dignity, it is a shameful disaster.
Bashar al Assad has shown that he is not a coward and weak leader that can be manipulated, like Mobarak and Ben Ali.
Quite the contrary.

November 16th, 2013, 10:24 pm

 

zoo said:

The Saudis spread their ideas around the world – why don’t we?

15 November 2013
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/edwest/2013/11/the-saudis-spread-their-ideas-around-the-world-why-dont-we/

This happens because the most authoritarian strains of the religion (as with all religions) presume to state that only theirs is authentic Islam, and unfortunately we tend to take them at their word, even though we would never agree for the leaders of the Catholic or Anglican churches to decide who is a Christian.

Much of the intolerance in Pakistan stems from the influence of the Saudis, who are trying to reshape Islam in their image, and are helped by Westerners because of their vast reserves of money. Shamefully the British Museum put on an exhibition on Mecca funded by the Saudis, even while those iconoclasts were vandalising the city; I can’t think of anything so contrary to the spirit of that fine institution.

But they’re not the only ones – universities and organisations all over the West take Saudi money, and they should be publicly shamed, just as tax dodgers are. Likewise countries that do not allow freedom of religion should be made pariahs; in Qatar apostasy is still technically a capital crime, although it has never been enacted and one gets the impression the rulers only keep it there to appease the head-bangers. But why isn’t the world boycotting the 2022 World Cup until this law is changed? Why isn’t David Cameron going for a drink to discuss that?

At the heart of the problem is that we’re too scared of even admitting that the problem is within Islam, perfectly illustrated by the BBC’s coverage of events.

November 16th, 2013, 10:32 pm

 

zoo said:

Qatar took a “beating”…

Qatar loses clout amid fading Arab Spring

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/qatar-loses-clout-amid-fading-arab-spring/2013/11/13/f3072b64-46ea-11e3-95a9-3f15b5618ba8_story.html

DOHA, Qatar — Qatar has been dreaming big for years.

The gas-rich Persian Gulf state, which is slightly smaller than Connecticut, wanted to host world-class sporting events; to build a network of top-tier universities and museums; and to push, tweak and manipulate regional politics to reshape the Arab world to its liking.
At the moment, that last priority isn’t going so well.

If 2011 was the tiny state’s year for victory laps — its flag flying high alongside the Libyan rebels, as the revolution there raged with Qatari support; its satellite channel Al Jazeera praised among Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square; and everybody wanting a bag full of Qatari cash — 2013 has been a year for losses.

Qatar is taking a beating as the Arab Spring revolts, which ushered in Islamist governments in Egypt and Tunisia and empowered upstarts across the region, yield to a reassertion of power by the region’s old heavyweights.

November 16th, 2013, 10:37 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Peace Process Silver Lining News

I guess we can thank the Supreme Leader.

“The Saudis are furious and are willing to give Israel all the help it needs,” an unnamed diplomatic source told the paper.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-said-to-be-working-with-saudi-arabia-on-iran-strike-plan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

November 16th, 2013, 10:44 pm

 
 

omen said:

graphic:

“an alawite fsa member jalal khalil the regime tortured to death in tadamon, damascus.”

maybe he find reward in heaven.

may a soon free syria be blessed by his sacrifice.

November 17th, 2013, 1:49 am

 

don said:

Putin promises Syria medical aid

Big News Network (UPI) Sunday 17th November, 2013

MOSCOW — Russia is responding to a request by Syrian President Bashar Assad for medical aid, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.

Dmitry Peskov said Assad and Putin discussed the Syrian crisis in a telephone conversation Thursday, RIA Novosti reported. Assad described a “difficult health situation,” Peskov said.

Russia plans to send first-aid kits, pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies, Peskov said.

http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/218448864/scat/a1e025da3c02ca7c/ht/Putin-promises-Syria-medical-aid

November 17th, 2013, 3:24 am

 

Mina said:

WSS,
I guess I was too optimistic. But it’s just like the fake “Gay Girl of Damascus”, you’ve probably not read all the evidence, be it on Who attacked Ghouta blogspot or on the Closer Look on Syria Wikicommon page.
The discrepancies in the number of victims statements? The problems of trajectory of the missiles and of the places they were launched from? The same kids appearing in different videos?
Or you just want to help Canada’s PR towards the extremist groups?

November 17th, 2013, 4:28 am

 

don said:

Syria, Rabi’a area – Conflict between ISIS and FSA ended lethal, 6 captured FSA fighters executed by ISIS

Syria, Latakia province, Nov.11, 2013: The SOHR (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) received footage showing the bodies of 6 rebel fighters from the al-Hijra ila Allah battalions who were executed by the ISIS after detaining them in the Rabi’a area of Jabal al-Turkman. The ISIS accused the victims of killing 4 non-syrian ISIS fighters in the same area after stopping them on a checkpoint in the town of Rabi’a.

On Sunday an ISIS leader executed a member of the Shari’a Court who went to mediate and stop the fighting between the two groups.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=190_1384628172

November 17th, 2013, 5:24 am

 

don said:

Syria in HD

A brief look at the beautiful and secular country of Syria before the death squads invasion of the Israeli criminal Regime

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=aed_1384606142

November 17th, 2013, 5:53 am

 

don said:

Source: 600 Saudis Fighting Along with Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria
November 17, 2013 – 13:29
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Six hundred Saudi nationals are fighting in Syria along with Al-Qaeda terrorists affiliate to the so-called Islamic Government of Iraq and Levant (ISIS), Syrian sources said.

http://www.tasnimnews.com/English/Home/Single/194412

November 17th, 2013, 6:23 am

 
 

don said:

End of the road for death squads of the Israeli criminal regime

WARNING:Graphics

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b90_1384641695

November 17th, 2013, 7:15 am

 

don said:

Four suspected jihadists arrested in France

PARIS, Nov 15, 2013 (AFP) -Four men aged between 22 and 35 have been arrested in the Paris region for allegedly belonging to a jihadist network sending fighters to Syria, informed sources said Friday.

The arrests by investigators from France’s intelligence agency DCRI took place on Tuesday and the presumed leader of the network is a 24-year-old man, according to sources close to the case.

At least two of the other men went to Syria to fight for the Al-Nusra Front. A woman was also arrested but released later.

Three of the men were born in France and one in Morocco.

An informed source said about 440 people from France were either currently fighting in Syria, planning to go and fight or had recently returned.

http://algeria.news24.com/Regional-News/Four-suspected-Syria-jihadists-arrested-in-France-20131115

November 17th, 2013, 8:20 am

 

zoo said:

The opposition shows again and again its criminal incompetence and naivety

Syrian opposition fighters demand ISIS leave Latakia

Al-Qaeda linked group ordered to leave province and surrender its regional leader following recent clashes

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Sources close to the Syrian opposition in the Latakia region told Asharq Al-Awsat that Free Syrian Army (FSA) and independent Islamist fighters have joined forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to force the group out of the area and ensure the surrender of its leader Abu Ayman Al-Iraqi, following recent clashes.

The sources said the refusal of ISIS to abide by agreements reached in efforts to mediate in recent clashes between armed opposition groups in the area “may lead to a wide war between the two sid

November 17th, 2013, 8:53 am

 

zoo said:

Turkey now kill Syrians fleeing their country, while they help terrorists to enter Syria

Three Syrians shot dead while crossing Turkish border

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/three-syrians-shot-dead-while-crossing-turkish-border.aspx?pageID=238&nID=58041&NewsCatID=352

Three Syrians have been killed by border troops while seeking to cross into Turkey through the southeastern province of Mardin.

The Syrian intruders, who were trying to walk over a mined area on the border, were shot dead on Nov. 17 by Turkish soldiers, according to Doğan News Agency.

An armored vehicle opened fire at around 1.30 a.m., after the Syrians ran toward the Turkish border village of Yeniyol, despite repeated warnings from soldiers to stop, the agency reported.

November 17th, 2013, 9:00 am

 

zoo said:

Coming out of a surgical operation, has the Sunni rebel faced a “revelation” and converted to Shiism before being swiftly decapitated?

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=13375

The incident happened in the northern city of Aleppo, where two fighters were videotaped displaying the severed head to a crowd on Wednesday, the activists said. The men claimed the head belonged to an Iraqi Shiite fighter allied to the government of Bashar Assad, but residents later recognized it as belonging to a rebel commander.

Activists said the ISIL fighters found the wounded rebel in a hospital after a battle with government forces on Wednesday. As he emerged from anesthesia, he called out the names of saints recognized by Shiites, an Islamic sect whose members have largely sided with Assad, one of the activists said.

November 17th, 2013, 9:08 am

 

don said:

Syria opposition chief ‘very interested’ in Moscow meeting

November 17, 2013

“President Jarba received an invitation from (Russian Foreign) Minister (Sergei) Lavrov for an official visit to Moscow for talks”, he said.

Jarba “expresses a high interest in the Coalition for relations and talks with Russia as well as his interest in visiting Moscow”, Aqbiq said.

The comments come a day before a Syrian government delegation is set to arrive in Moscow.

A Damascus official had earlier this week said the government delegation will be made up of Assad’s advisor Buthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad and Ahmad Arnous, the ministry’s senior official on European affairs.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/syria-opposition-chief-very-interested-in-moscow-meeting

November 17th, 2013, 9:11 am

 

don said:

Bibi eat your heart out!

Gaza offers homes, financial aid to Palestinians fleeing Syria

Every family returning from Syria will be offered a one-time $500 in urgent assistance, an apartment in the Qatari-funded Sheikh Hamad housing project and free education for their children, Haniyeh said.

“The arrival of Syria-based Palestinians in Gaza does not mean that they would settle here. All Palestinians would return to their original home towns, including Ramla, Haifa and Yafa [inside Israel now],” Haniyeh insisted.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=123122

November 17th, 2013, 9:43 am

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

I wonder if the Ayatollah´s teocrathic dictatorship in Iran is going to offer some modern solution to its population. Until now detentions, torutres and killings were the only solution they have given in 34 years of ISLAMIC REVOLUTION.

I DO NOT BELIEVE IN THESE SATANIC AYATOLLAHS.

If God exists he should destroy them. If not then Netanyahu will do the job.

November 17th, 2013, 11:07 am

 

Heads-up said:

Akbar Palace,

The US under Obama is a disaster waiting to happen just like in the movie Gravity. Everyone onboard the US Obama shuttle will perish as a result if they do not abandon ship before the disaster strikes.

The Guided Kingdom is taking measures to steer away from this disaster-in-waiting, as you can see here,

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Saudi-and-French-forces-carry-out-joint-military-drill-331790

November 17th, 2013, 11:25 am

 

don said:

71. SANDRO LOEWE said:

If God exists he should destroy them. If not then Netanyahu will do the job.

נתניהו והוא פחדן

November 17th, 2013, 11:36 am

 

zoo said:

Counter-Terrorism: The Best Friend And Worst Enemy Of Islamic Terrorists

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20131117.aspx

November 17, 2013: Saudi Arabia has long supported Islamic conservative groups. Yet the Saudis came out against the Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt this year and against al Qaeda two decades ago. Yet the Saudis have no problem supporting Islamic radicals in Syria, including some who belong to al Qaeda. What is going on here? It’s simple.
The Saud family has always supported Islamic radicals, but only those who agreed that the Saud family should be in charge (of Saudi Arabia and as a leader of the Islamic world). Islamic radicals that changed their minds about this arrangement were crushed. Thus the Saudis supported al Qaeda until al Qaeda decided that the Sauds were not Islamic enough to be in charge. That led to a dispute in the 1990s that escalated in 2003 and, so far, the Sauds are winning.
The Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt has always been hostile to the Sauds, and that has been reciprocated. This was made worse by the fact that the current head of al Qaeda was once a leader in the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood. This was made worse as the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood won a recent election in Egypt and got cozy with Iran, the archenemy of Saudi Arabia and Sunni Moslems in general.

Iran is especially feared by the Sauds because the Iranians are not Arabs (but rather Indo-European, like most Europeans and Indians) and are openly hostile to the majority (80 percent) form of Islam (Sunni) espoused by the Saudis. The Iranians are Shia, a smaller (about 10 percent of Moslems) sect that conservative Sunnis consider heretics. After several major wars over the issue, for the last few centuries Moslem leaders have played down this antagonism. But the mutual hatred remains and in the last few decades Iranian Shia leaders have become increasingly aggressive in claiming that Shia should control the Moslem holy cities of Mecca and Medina as well as all that oil the Arabs now possess. The two holy cities are in Saudi Arabia and have been administered by the Saud family for nearly a century. Saudi Arabia also contains the largest oil reserves in the world. The Sauds want to keep things the way they are and have been increasingly aggressive in blocking Iranian moves. That’s why the Sauds support Islamic radicals in Syria, even though many of these Islamic terrorists want more radical Moslems running Saudi Arabia (and removing “Saudi” from the name of Arabia). Despite all this opposition the Sauds continue to hold firmly onto power. This is all because on one man.

November 17th, 2013, 11:55 am

 

zoo said:

Is Turkey preparing for a U-turn on Syria?

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-331671-is-turkey-preparing-for-a-u-turn-on-syria-by-hasan-kosebalaban-.html

It is extremely unlikely that the new opening with Iran will lead to a major policy change in Turkey regarding Syria. Ankara knows quite well that abandoning the legitimate Syrian opposition would not be without major consequences.
Now that it has heavily invested in what it believed to be the inevitable collapse of the Baath regime, it is intolerable for Ankara to coexist with a very hostile regime in Syria, with which Turkey shares its longest land border. It would also mean the total and brutal elimination of the opposition force at the hands of the Assad regime.
The extremist Salafi groups would appear to be the only credible hope to fight the regime and survive for a long time, yet this, too, would have serious security implications for Turkey. Saudi Arabia appears to be uncompromising in its stance on Syria and reportedly enlists the training support of Pakistani military advisers.
Furthermore, the fate of the Syrian Kurdish opposition group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), given its links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), will present a new situation for Turkey. This could be exploited to Turkey’s advantage if the Kurdish democratization process continues, but if that effort ends in failure, Turkey will find itself in a more disadvantageous geopolitical situation with regard to the Kurdish question.
A resurgent Iran whose power is recognized by the US and Europe may force a recalculation of interests by the PKK leadership. Finally, the collapse of the Syrian revolt will irreversibly destroy prospects for a democratic future in the Middle East, especially given the serious setback in Egypt.
This also means an end to Turkey’s ambitions to play a key role in the region, as democracy is the only power asset for Turkey. Turkey would be sandwiched between a reluctant but expanding Europe, a powerful Russia and a resurgent Iran. Syria is the critical issue that can turn the tide for Turkey in order to avoid this fate.

November 17th, 2013, 11:59 am

 

zoo said:

That’s a an excellent new carried by the desperate opposition “Defense Minister”

Iran to recapture rebel-held areas in Syria

http://www.albawaba.com/news/iran-syria–533978

Iran has launched an “organized invasion” of the suburban areas of the capital Damascus, the Syrian opposition Defense Minister Asaad Mustafa told Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday.

Mustafa said the suburb of Ghouta – where a chemical weapons attack took place in August – had been the subject of an offensive involving large military forces and “heavy” shelling.

“It is clear which forces are behind the organized invasion,” said Mustafa. “It includes the Iranian forces, Hezbollah and the Iraqi forces,” he added.

The opposition minister said that foreign groups loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime were responsible for most of the offensive.

“They are the ones fighting and the regime forces are only there to ‘picture’ it,” he said.

November 17th, 2013, 12:05 pm

 

SANDRO LOEWE said:

I think all religions deserve to be destroyed and all those speaking in the name of any God should be crushed and incinerated, beginning by Obama, Israelis and of course the Pope of Rome and all the islamic authorities including Assad, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc so on. Fxxxx them all. Power to the people.

November 17th, 2013, 12:20 pm

 

don said:

Syria troops continue push against militants in Aleppo

Syrian army troops continue their push to free more areas from militants’ control in the northwestern city of Aleppo and near the capital Damascus.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8b7_1384662585

November 17th, 2013, 12:28 pm

 
 

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