The Dir’ al-Watan Brand: Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

A logo of Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi

The previous post profiled the emergence of Liwa Dir’ al-Watan (Homeland Shield Brigade) as a Damascus-based militia during the autumn of 2015, complete with its own media office and social media profile. As was also made clear, Liwa Dir’ al-Watan, despite its outward Syrian nationalist appearance, is actually led by the commander of the Iraqi Shi’a militia Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar: Hayder al-Juburi (aka Abu Shahed). A notable and lengthy clarification was later provided to this author by Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar’s spokesman regarding the rationale behind the whole initiative of Liwa Dir’ al-Watan:

“The brigade, by which I mean Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar, has been incorporated under the cover of the Syrian state which has meant that the Secretary General for Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar Abu Shahed al-Juburi is the military commander for the Dir’ al-Watan forces…in other words it is the case that Abu Shahed al-Juburi has assumed two roles in that at the same time, he is the Secretary General for Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar and the military commander for Liwa Dir’ al-Watan…and the important issue is legal cover for Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar, having taken into account media criticism from those who fish in troubled waters, international criticism and the European Union that have asserted that there are Iraqi Shi’a militias fighting alongside Assad…Indeed both Quwat Dir’ al-Watan and Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar are under the cover of the al-Bustan Association [owned by Rami Makhlouf].”

However, it would be erroneous to assume that the devising of Liwa Dir’ al-Watan on this basis came out of no prior groundwork. In fact, the branding of “Dir’ al-Watan forces” (Quwat Dir’ al-Watan) in relation to Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar goes back at least some months before the establishment of Liwa Dir’ al-Watan. In this context comes the importance of noting prior coordination in this framework with pro-Assad Syrian militias in the Damascus area and the wider south. One of the units of relevance here is a militia known as Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi (The Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi Brigade), named for the famous Muslim commander who fought against the Crusaders. The militia, which also appears to advertise links with the al-Bustan Association, is led by one Abu Ahmad al-Ayyubi. Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi has claimed operations in a variety of areas including Zabadani, Jobar, Douma and Kfeir Yabous in the Damascus area, as well as Deir al-Adas in Deraa governorate. The group’s use of the “Quwat Dir’ al-Watan” brand goes back to at least March 2015, around the same time as the emergence of Liwa Suqur al-Quneitra, which also uses the moniker of “Quwat Dir’ al-Watan.” Note this post from Abu Ahmad al-Ayyubi suggesting links with Liwa Suqur al-Quneitra.

Graffiti featuring Quwat Dir’ al-Watan and Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi.

Coordination between Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar and Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi is first mentioned in May 2015, and at the same time reference to Dir’ al-Watan forces as led by Hayder al-Juburi begins to appear. This forms the basis for increasing references to Quwat Dir’ al-Watan in connection with Hayder al-Juburi over the course of summer 2015 with a similar format to the promotion of posts from the Liwa Dir’ al-Watan media office later in the year, as can be seen below.

From a Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar account on 12 July 2015: “The general commander of Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar Abu Shahad al-Juburi and the general commander of Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi Abu Ahmad al-Ayyubi unite forces to realize victory.”

From a Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar account on 4 July 2015 (note the Quwat Dir’ al-Watan logo): “As has happened now…Quwat Dir’ al-Watan and the Syrian Arab Army liberate the al-Tal fortress in the Zabadani area with the killing of many armed men. The Secretary General for Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar Abu Shahed al-Juburi confirmed to us that the men of Quwat Dir’ al-Watan and the guardians of the abode- the men of the Syrian Arab Army- are now raising the flag in the al-Tal fortress and consolidating complete control over it. He added in confirmation for us that the men of God are continuing in the advance to liberate all the areas in which the armed men are present.”

Following the establishment of Liwa Dir’ al-Watan, Abu Ahmad al-Ayyubi has begun to feature a Liwa Dir’ al-Watan graphic in certain postings: e.g.

Abu Ahmad al-Ayyubi wishing a Happy New Year for Syria.

A post by Abu Ahmad al-Ayyubi from January 2016 (notice the interchange of Liwa Dir’ al-Watan and Quwat Dir’ al-Watan): “Breaking: Quwat Dir’ al-Watan advances in Darayya, cuts off Moadhamiya from Darayya, cuts all the reinforcement lines between the terrorists and inflicts losses on them of dozens among killed and wounded.”

Thus, rather than thinking of Liwa Dir’ al-Watan as an isolate entity that simply came into being in October 2015, it is more appropriate to see it as continuity and development from prior coordination and overlap between Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar and certain southern Syrian pro-Assad militias over a number of months under the label of Quwat Dir’ al-Watan. In the grander scheme of things, it reflects a broader initiative to give a more acceptable ‘Syrian face’ to foreign militia involvement on the side of the Assad regime. This paradigm of analysis can be applied in a somewhat similar way to other pro-Assad militias like Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya and Quwat al-Ridha, both tied to foreign militias (the Iraqi Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’ and the Lebanese Hezbollah respectively) but designed to recruit native Syrians (mostly Syrian Shi’a) and give a Syrian face to the concept of the “Islamic Resistance” (al-muqawama al-islamiya).

Comments (47)

Ghufran said:

Nearly 100 rebel groups in Syria agreed Friday to abide by a Russian-US ceasefire for two weeks, hours before it was due to come into force, the country’s top opposition grouping said. “Factions of the Free Syrian Army and the armed opposition agree to respect a temporary truce… for two weeks,” the High Negotiations Committee said in a statement, referring to “97 factions from the opposition.”
until Nusra is sidelined a large scale cease fire is probably going to fail, however local cease fires in areas that have no Nusra presence may still hold. Both sides may use holes in the military control maps to justify violations. As we said before, there was no mentioning of Assad or an international court for war crimes in the interim agreement. There is a definite need for a UN presence in Syria if a long term agreement is to be reached. Elections are a necessity but nobody seems to be willing to talk about elections at this point. Obama and others who insist on Assad departure fail to accept the fact that only syrians have the right to choose their government. Both sides need to acknowledge that freedom means does not guarantee that you will get everything you want, for Syria to get out of this nightmare the syrian people not foreign powers should have the final say about Syria’s future, that is a tall order since the war is now an international game of political football.

February 26th, 2016, 9:29 pm


elian said:

what a joke, a country has all this brigade and never was able to defeat Israel for all this years.
it must be brigades armed with plastic weapons or the fighters are so drunk of on drugs not to be able to move.
this country is doomed and nothing else will bring the middle east back.
Syria, Iraq, Libya, yamen, and many more to come are doomed.
to begin with these countries were made from paper thin structures and now lawlessness is the new reality.
it is time when either people killed, drawn in the sea, or living in tents is new way of life.
reports from Syria and Iraq that people living in an era of the pre stone age, no water, electricity or food. it must be a leap into the darkness of the civilization.
Israel is the most advanced country in the region and moving to be the most advanced in the world and its neighbors living in an era of darkness and uncivilized time.
by the way it seems this blog become irrelevant as its role of Syrian propaganda is over, similar to the Aljazeera channel is closing and its role in the destruction of the civilized arab countries is done.
Islam is the cancer of not the world but also the middle east.

February 26th, 2016, 11:02 pm


Ghufran said:

Sohr poll:
هل تؤيد وقف اطلاق النار في سوريا بين الفصائل المقاتلة و قوات النظام؟
نعم (58%, 84 Votes)
لا (42%, 61 Votes)
عدد المصوتين: 145
Sohr is an anti regime site. 58% of readers who voted supported a ceasefire

February 26th, 2016, 11:23 pm


annie said:

2. ELIAN said:Islam is the cancer of not the world but also the middle east.

I don’t know about Islam but Zionism is without a doubt the cancer of the Middle East and yet you could have brought so much to the region but you are only interested in self and in this case at the expense of the Arabs.

February 27th, 2016, 2:20 am


Majedkhaldoun said:

The cancer in the Middle East is the leaderships that do not represent their people , it is the dictatorship, , it is the injustice , the corruption , it is the deviated mind who blame good religion and support injustice and dictatorship, , when freedom and justice become the rule , cancer will be cured

February 27th, 2016, 7:48 am


ALAN said:

الحكم السعودي و جوقته الخليجية تعطي اشارات بأن الحرب على لبنان عبر حليفتها اسرائيل باتت وشيكة ويعلن عن مناورات عسكرية أمريكية اسرائيلية تحاكي اطلاق مختلف الصواريخ من مختلف الجهات.
ينتهج الحكم السعودي سياسة زعزعة استقرار الدول و نشر الارهاب و بالتالي أصبج عبئا على السلام و الأمن الدولي و بات موضوع التعامل معه أمرا ملحا.
الله يكون بعونك يا لبنان!

February 27th, 2016, 10:36 am


Ghufran said:

The Indian ambassador to Syria from 2009-2012, VP Haran recalls the initial uprising:
“The opposition could not get the people of Aleppo to protest, so they sent busloads of people to Aleppo. These people then burned things on the streets and went back. Journalists then reported it and said Aleppo had rebelled.”

February 27th, 2016, 10:51 am


Akbar Palace said:

Elian my friend, Israel is lucky. Events in the the ME can change on a dime.

Listen to Majedkhaldoun. If Arab and Muslim leaders were responsible and created opportunity and freedom, Israel may now be facing an arms build-up on their border a la 1973.

Not that a scenario like 73 is what I want; I’m pro-Israel. With the collapse of the Middle East, there could be an opportunity to fix it like never before. I hope Muslims, Arabs and Jews can finally live in peace together. If life in Israel is any indication, they can.

February 27th, 2016, 11:32 am


Ghufran said:

Support for Nusra and isis is widely underestimated for lack of knowledge and under reported for political reasons because the anti assad camp (especially GCC and Turkey) want the international community to focus on Assad regime and Iran and make people believe that Wahabbis are not the problem in the Middle East. GCC money is not enough to explain the unprecedented advances made by the two terrorist groups from 2011-2015, these advances were only possible because of help from locals including tens of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi muslims who truly accepted the myth that Kufr (blasphemy) is the problem and Islam is the solution. Read posts on this blog from 2011 and you will see educated people spreading terrorist propaganda in the name of free speech.
Western governments were alarmed by reports from their intelligence agencies which indicated that political Islam and militant Islam have millions of followers in the Middle East and those chiefs advised obama and others to try to build bridges with those people in an effort to protect western interests in the region, that explains the hesitance of obama and others to confront islamists in the region especially after seeing Morsi of Egypt win elections and Islamists in Tunisia rising to the top.
Erdogan in particular was key in “advising” his western friends to ” listen to the people”. In Erdogan’s dictionary, and some people on this blog, that meant allowing the thugs of Muslim Brotherhood and undercover Alqaeda agents to control the Middle East.

February 27th, 2016, 1:44 pm


Majedkhaldoun said:

The truce in Syria is very fragile, but it is not because of Putin that we have truce , Putin never wanted to stop bombing , he is under pressure from US and he succumbed to US order. But why Obama decided to push for truce ? It is clear Obama wants to say he arranged for this truce so his democratic front runner in the election , Hillary Clinton can boast about it,
I hope the truce last but Assad can not tolerate truce, can he tolerate peacefull demonstrations? Certainly no, , let us remember in Hama , over 300,000 demonstrated at the beginning of the revolution .
So how long Assad can tolerate truce?

February 27th, 2016, 1:48 pm


ALAN said:

shared interest, and believes that the current Russian position only represents a movement to put pressure on him, its goals being evident, and that this position will not persist in force, given Russia’s ties to interests with Western countries and the countries of the Gulf.
If it pleases Your Highness, I support the idea of entering into a profound dialogue with Russia regarding its position towards Syria*, holding the Second Strategic Conference in Moscow, working to focus the discussion during it on the issue of Syria, and exerting whatever pressure is possible to dissuade it from its current position. I likewise see an opportunity to invite the head of the Committee for International Relations in the Duma to visit the Kingdom. Since it is better to remain in communication with Russia and to direct the media not to oppose Russian figures and to avoid insulting them, so that no harm may come to the interests of the Kingdom, it is possible that the new Russian president will change Russian policy toward Arab countries for the better. However, our position currently in practice, which is to criticize Russian policy toward Syria and its positions that are contrary to our declared principles, remains. It is also advantageous to increase pressure on the Russians by encouraging the Organization of Islamic States to exert some form of pressure by strongly brandishing Islamic public opinion, since Russia fears the Islamic dimension more than the Arab dimension.
In what pertains to the Syrian crisis, the Kingdom is resolute in its position and there is no longer any room to back down. The fact must be stressed that in the case where the Syrian regime is able to pass through its current crisis in any shape or form, the primary goal that it will pursue is taking revenge on the countries that stood against it, with the Kingdom and some of the countries of the Gulf coming at the top of the list. If we take into account the extent of this regime’s brutality and viciousness and its lack of hesitancy to resort to any means to realize its aims, then the situation will reach a high degree of danger for the Kingdom, which must seek by all means available and all possible ways to overthrow the current regime in Syria.
As regards the international position, it is clear that there is a lack of “desire” and not a lack of “capability” on the part of Western countries, chief among them the United States, to take firm steps

February 27th, 2016, 2:52 pm


Majedkhaldoun said:

Assad did not comply with the truce, not even one day

Is Putin words that Assad WILL comply , worthless in Assad mind?
Or is it that Putin is not trustworthy

February 28th, 2016, 8:04 pm


Ghufran said:

Samih Saab-Annahar language reflects the new order in Syria, do not believe the babbling of Jubair and the Turkish mafia:
الاتفاق الاميركي – الروسي على وقف الاعمال القتالية، لم يأت من فراغ ولم يكن عملاً ارتجالياً وإنما هو ثمرة جهود بذلتها واشنطن وموسكو للخروج بسوريا من دائرة القتال الى مرحلة تتيح ولوج المسار السياسي على رغم كل تعقيداته. ومن الطبيعي ان تتعرض العملية الجدية الاولى لوقف النار للكثير من الاهتزازات والخروقات وان يرافقها الكثير من التشكيك من هذا الطرف أو ذاك.
كما انه لا يزال من المبكر تلمس معالم التسوية السورية، ولن يكون ذلك ممكناً قبل هزيمة الارهاب ممثلاً بالتنظيمات الجهادية والى حين هزيمة هذه التنظيمات يجب إقناع أردوغان أولاً بأن عليه ان يطبق القرار 2253 وان يقفل حدوده ذهاباً وإياباً امام “داعش” و”جبهة النصرة”. وهذا أمر لن يقدم عليه الرئيس التركي قبل ان يحصل على الثمن المتمثل في قطع الولايات المتحدة علاقتها بأكراد سوريا. ومن المستبعد ان تتم مقايضة كهذه. كما ان تركيا ليست وحدها في المعسكر الذي لا يزال يرى ان الدور الوظيفي للجهاديين لم ينته بعد. لذلك سيتواصل اطلاق النار على اتفاق وقف اطلاق النار!
Aljazeera and its mouthpieces are drooling for an end to ceasefire but sohr is reporting that violence has been reduced a great deal except in areas where Nusra and isis have presence.
Jabair if KSA is full of hot air and nobody takes him seriously, the GCC can only influence people on its payroll, two goatish emirates in the GCC are stopping syrians with legitimate visas and established residence from entering the GCC.
يا امة ضحكت من جهلها الامم

February 29th, 2016, 8:18 am


Ghufran said:

You can not fix stupid:
A few days ago, the CNN team attended a protest where people were carrying signs reading, “the ceasefire is a betrayal of our martyrs.”
The demonstrators were chanting over and over again “we must keep on fighting” and “we must unite,” Ward said. Even the local imam, or Muslic cleric, used his weekly sermon to urge his followers not to participate in the ceasefire and to keep fighting.

February 29th, 2016, 9:03 am


ALAN said:

Breeding ground of terrorism in Libya will be under the grip of Putin. Until it reaches to the main upstream. مااااااع

Bombshell: Russian Military Reveals Details of ISIS-Daesh Funding, Turkey’s Role in Supporting the Terrorists, Complete Transcript, Videos, Documents

February 29th, 2016, 2:06 pm


ALAN said:

Mr. Putin
You know that our brave Kurds can give a deadly response in all over turkey!! muslim brotherhood Erdogan must step down.

February 29th, 2016, 2:30 pm


Ghufran said:

I think isis is on the decline and you will see defections along with current and future executions of isis fighters by isis itself. This is why Ksa and Turkey are nervous, they need terrorists to stay relevant.

February 29th, 2016, 7:58 pm


Ghufran said:

Turkey and Isis jointly attached Tal Abyad and failed. Isis lost over 120 fighters and Turkey declared that it will bomb Kurdish areas at will.

February 29th, 2016, 11:02 pm




Are you over 18 years old? Are you a boy or a girl? Your comment really look like a real Putin groupie …

We are shitxxx and you are the brave man but sure you do not dare to unveil your identity.

March 1st, 2016, 2:18 am


Observer said:

Iran is against the ceasefire


March 1st, 2016, 8:10 am


Ghufran said:

The new axis of evil:
Ksa and GCC provide the money
Turkey provides logistics
Militant muslims provide blood
Local turkish media reported that the Greek Coast Guard detained a Turkish ship carrying a large cache of weapons destined for Lebanon on Monday. The ship reportedly took off from the Turkish city of Izmir on February 4; it was boarded with six containers, two of them holding weapons and munitions. The Greek authorities also arrested all the crew members who were identified as six Syrians, four Indians, and a Lebanese national.

March 1st, 2016, 2:00 pm


Majedkhaldoun said:

Turkey is strong against ISIS , just like the Rebels , Turkey has its national security that Erdogan is trying to protect , the Kurds has a right of forming their semi independent province ,but they have no right of extending it west of Euphrates river
Assad has deals with ISIS , distorting facts will get you no where , it is established that Assad has oil and wheat deals with ISIS , Iran is not against ISIS too , Turkey has the right to fight the expansionist Kurds, US co operation with the Kurds is just temporary, with the alliance between Turkey and KSA , it would be a major mistake if US abandone Turkey for the sake of Kurds, Turkey can reduce the flow of water through Blikh and Khabour river, Turkey can settle Syrians along Syria borders with Turkey,

March 1st, 2016, 2:15 pm


ALAN said:

/Turkish ship carrying a large cache of weapons destined for Lebanon on Monday/
pleas any more ditailes? links with KSA and Qatar? links with Pentagon? How long these rogue states will remain outside the scope of punishment?
Shame on the international system

March 1st, 2016, 4:51 pm


Ghufran said:

The Saudi appointed opposition team and France dropped their demand about Assad as a precondition and the USA is not about to let Erdogan get everything he wants especially after intelligence reports confirmed what we knew for years about turkey’s support for terrorist groups and direct military involvement in the war. Kurds may not get an independent state but they will not go back to the conditions before 2011. Chances of a land invasion by Turkey and direct Saudi military campaign in Syria are very slim, nobody wants a wider war at this point, NATO now realizes that the new realities after Russia came in require an adjustment in NATO’s demands.
The syrian side continues its campaign agsinst Nusra without any real opposition from the U.S. which is blaming the opposition for taking Nusra, a terrorist organization, as an ally. Similarly the press reports about a no fly zone and a security zone are not more than wishful thinking. Turkey should not be allowed to control any part of Syria and those who are loyal to Erdogan can emigrate to Turkey and enjoy life under an ikhwanji regime.

March 1st, 2016, 6:53 pm


ALAN said:

Israel has granted a U.S. company the first license to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports.

A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy — which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch — will now have exclusive rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights.

March 2nd, 2016, 3:42 pm


Ghufran said:

I do not support hizbullah or any religious organization but for the corrupt and autocratic GCC, which is the mother of Wahhabis and the main artery for Alqaeda and Isis, to officially label the only Arab force that stood against Israel and is fighting Nusra as a terrorist group is a joke and a new reminder why this is a failed nation. Hariri, KSA pimp in chief in Lebsnon, called hizbullah a criminal enterprise with terrorist behavior. KSA is obviously trying to put Lebanon on a boiler, my own opinion is that they want to force hizbullah to act militarily inside Lebanon and invite Israel to join the fight. It is a risky game which I believe will backfire in a serious way. The reason behind all of this disgusting play is the military setbacks in Syria and the costly and uncertain campaign in Yemen. It may be time for the GCC to see the real cost of translating words into actions, if they win a lot of people will celebrate and if they lose millions of people will feel vindicated. The funny part is that KSA is dragging the whole GCC into the mud created by the senile Saudi King and his immature son.

March 2nd, 2016, 4:53 pm


Majedkhaldoun said:

HizbAllah is a terrorist organization, it is now known all over the world that it is terrorist entity as bad as ISIS, fighting terrorism must include fighting HA as well as ISIS , Iran is sponsor of HA, Iran is supporter of terrorism , both entities would not be in Syria without Assad, removing Assad is necessary to defeat both terrorist entities ,
Without the money that come from the Gulf , Iran now has to pay more, or else Lebanese economy will collapse , that could lead to either more Iranian control, or another civil war, in Lebanon,
Supporters of HA are now supporters of terrorism , HA is an Iranian military base in the heart of the Arabic land, Nasrallah is an Iranian stooge , he kissed the hands of Khaminei, he is
Not loyal to the Arabic cause , he is loyal to the enemy of Arab , to Iran, HA is heavily armed just like ISIS , it will take strong military action to remove these two terrorist organization , Syria will not know peace till we get rid of ISIS and HA and Assad, till the Arab get rid of their sponsor in Tehran, the center of terrorism and the provider of money to all these terrorist entities
KSA can not do it alone, that is why it should be done piece by piece, and with the co operation of many states, that seems the future in the M. East.

March 3rd, 2016, 6:51 am


Observer said:

There are persistent and repeated ad hominem arguments on this post: attack the messenger as being not trustworthy to deflect from the message itself. It does not matter who is doing the accusation; do the facts support or do not support the argument and does the argument stand on a logical follow through from its premise and is the premise correct or not.
Today there is huge Syrian State terrorism and its allies are as guilty of it. The accusation could be coming from whomever this is the reality

March 3rd, 2016, 7:11 am


Jasmine said:

Elian @2
Israel is the cancer of the ME,and you have Iran at your border now.
You will not enjoy your little apartheid sucker of a state for long,do not assure yourself,you will be suffocated soon,what you saw,you will harvest.

March 3rd, 2016, 1:59 pm


Ghufran said:

Regardless of how people see hizbullah the only practical outcome of ksa’s attack on hizbullah and lebanon will be weakening the already weak Lebanon and throwing it in Iran’s hands. Israel not the Arabs is the only beneficiary of ksa policies. Lebanon will be better without the meddling of Iran and Ksa in its affairs but isis is clearly a much bigger threat to all due to its ideology and expansionist terroristic activities. NATO will not play along with ksa because they want the deal with Iran to last and can not afford more refugees and terror acts on their soil. Ksa may find itself alone is a battle nobody wants to join.

March 3rd, 2016, 7:41 pm


Elian said:

Doesn’t matter, it is the source of cancer cells, starts with KSA, GCC, turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, and the list is endless.
Israel is the winning country and will take over Syria, part of Iraq.
it is a religious war and the Nile and the Euphrates are the border of the Zionist state.
like it or not it is happening and Trump as a president of the USA will ensure it happens.
He probably will even consider dropping a nuclear bomb in the middle of KSA to annihilate all the Wahhabis cancer cells living in the gulf counties.
Islam is proven again and again can’t accept others people from different way of life.
it is matter of time for WWW3.
but this time the fighting people are not Christians among themselves as it was in WWII but it is others against Islam including India, china, Russians.
Islam couldn’t live with others in any part of the world, regardless if it is connected to the Arab Israeli conflict or not. china, India, Russia and Africa are the prime examples.

March 3rd, 2016, 9:30 pm


Jasmine said:

You are dreamer,Israel is in a very deep hole surrounded by some dreadful people and vile ideology.
As long as Russia and Iran are protecting Syria,from the Nile to Euphrates hallucination ,will turn into disappointment.
I wish if Trump can nuke SA,it is about time.
Islam is used and abused,it is not about religion,do not pretend to be stupid.

March 4th, 2016, 12:46 am


Amir in Tel Aviv said:


As an oncologist who specialises in cancer, I’d like to ask you, if Israel somehow disappeared, will Sunnis and Shites begin to love each other and live happily ever after?

March 4th, 2016, 3:23 pm


Tara said:

the ceasefire is on and the Friday demonstrations are back again

What a wonderful group of people I belong to

يلا ارحل يا بشار

May jasmine’s wish affect Her and Her loved one . Some people are pure evil…

March 4th, 2016, 3:37 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Israel is the cancer of the ME,and you have Iran at your border now.


Israel is a cancer because she makes Arab and Muslim theocracies and kleptocracies look bad.

How many times can u say “apartheid” in one day?

March 4th, 2016, 6:10 pm


Majedkhaldoun said:

The repeated violations by Assad regime to this truce prove over and over again that Assad can not be trusted,
The demonstration all over Syria this Friday calling for the downfall of Assad , these peaceful demonstrations prove that Syrians are insisting on getting their freedom , in spite of Iran and Russia , and Obama policy, what a great revolution, only disgusting people denounce and oppose this revolution , Syrians will win
Assad and his cronies has done great service to Isreal , Isreal never dreamed of.

March 4th, 2016, 6:31 pm


Mina said:

Idea for a poll:

“Do you have friends in Turkey/KSA ?
If yes, do you talk about democracy, democratic practices, local laws putting democracy in dangers on the phone? by email? by email from their working places?”

March 4th, 2016, 11:38 pm


ALAN said:

It appears the EU and Turkey have reached a blood bargain – if the Euros look the other way on the Kurdish “problem,” Erdogan will cut refugee flows into Europe.
Below is a report from Russian TV about the “anti-terror” operation going on in Turkey against the Kurds – whose militia is in fact one of the strongest forces opposing the savage terrorists of ISIS. Turkey’s support for ISIS has been well established.
Tatiana Zdanok is a member of the European Parliament from Latvia best known for her fight for equal rights for ethnic and non-ethnic (Russian speaking) Latvians. With four other MEPs she visited the areas of Turkish Kurdistan where Erdogan is waging a war against people merely for speaking a different language.
— What is the strongest impression you got from the trip to Kurdistan?
— It was not the sound of gunfire nor the iron fences, or even the smoke rising over the bombed out blocks…As we were saying goodbye to the Kurdish activists and leaders, we were informed of the Turkish ultimatum: the Kurds had to surrender or be bombed. By the time this interview is published, some of our companions may have been killed in this civil war in eastern Turkey.
In the capital of Turkish Kurdistan –Diyarbakır – there is an old section called Sur. It is surrounded by a fence and under curfew, with Turkish artillery ‘working’ along the perimeter. The Deputy Mayor of Dzhizra, Leila Imret, managed to get out to meet with us, with special permission from the military besieging the city. She had not been out for three months. The city is in ruins and people hide in their basements. Leila gave us a list of 167 civilians killed.

Most places in Turkish Kurdistan look surreal: there are metal fences, armed soldiers against a background of huge posters depicting Turkey’s leaders – Erdogan and Davutoglu. Apparently the mixture of the bombardment and the portraits are expected to promote love of the government among Kurds…
—What can and should the European Parliament do to achieve peace in Turkish Kurdistan?
—The situation drastically worsened last fall when EU leaders exchanged 3 billion euros in financial assistance in return for Turkey halting the flow of refugees to Europe. In addition to the money, they apparently promised Turkey not to interfere in the Kurdish issue. We strongly disagree with this deal. Turkey depends on Europe, and the EU should take advantage of this to put to an end the bloodshed and force the Turkish ruling party and Kurdish politicians to negotiate.

March 5th, 2016, 3:25 am


Ghufran said:

With the whole respect to those who speak against Israel, and I am certainly in agreement with much of what is being said about israel, I find it useful to remind people about why israel is doing much better than most arab countries. There are elections in Israel and there is a lot of power given to the judiciary system. Israel’s main weakness today is not its arab enrmies, it is its occupation of Arab land and its suppression of Palestinians and the demographic snow ball that gets bigger every year. Peace in the ME is good for average Israelis and Arabs but it is not good for corrupt and autocratic Arab regimes and militant zionists. An environment of animosity and conflict benefits radicals and people who thrive on arms trade and military build ups. Forget about throwing Israelis in the sea, it is arabs who are being thrown in the sea. Arabs failed in building democratic and progressive states and the result is three generations of impoverished and oppressed citizens. If Arabs want to become relevant again they need to embrace the principles that built Israel minus the policies that Israel adopted against Palestinians and its Arab neighbors.

March 6th, 2016, 1:13 am


Ghufran said:

Turkey adjusts its official stance on Syria but actions speak louder than words:
هناك اتفاق حول خمسة نقاط، الأولى هي إظهار إرادة سياسية قوية لحل مسائل المنطقة من قبل الأطراف الإقليميين”.
وأشار، أن النقطة الثانية تتمثل في “عدم السماح بالتفريط بوحدة التراب السوري، بغض النظر عن شكل الحل”، مبيناً أن تلك النقطة تشكل أرضية اتفاق مهمة للغاية.
“أما النقطة الثالثة تكمن في دعم وقف إطلاق النار من أجل عدم تخريب الجو السياسي الذي سيتشكل، لأننا على قناعة أن المفاوضات السياسية ستهيئ أرضية لإيقاف نزيف الدم السوري”.
النقطة الرابعة، متعلقة بالإدارة في سوريا “أن لا تكون البنية السياسية في سوريا، خاضعة لعرق أو مذهب واحد، بل أن تبدأ مرحلة جديدة يتم فيها تمثيل كافة مكونات الشعب السوري”، مشيرا أن أنقرة وطهران متفقتان بهذا .
النقطة الخامسة تتركز على التعاون دون شروط أو قيود أو حدود في مسألة الإرهاب، بما يشمل (داعش) وامتدادات تنظيم (بي كا كا) في سوريا”، (في إشارة إلى ب ي د، وذراعه العسكري، ي ب ك).
Rejection of the division of Syria. Supporting a political solution and a pleural system and fighting terrorism. Turkey wants two things: restraining the Kurds and protecting Turkish economic interests. Erdogan will sell his Syrian friends, mark my words.

March 6th, 2016, 1:45 am


ALAN said:

Turkey Falls Under Boot of Dictatorship
With the violent police seizure of Turkey’s biggest independent newspaper this weekend, the country has finally crossed the line to become a fully-fledged dictatorship.
For many months now, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been cracking down on media as part of a wider move towards an increasingly authoritarian regime under his ruling Justice and Development Party.
Under Turkey’s state constitution, freedom of media is supposed to be guaranteed from government interference.
Clearly, Turkey can no longer pretend to be a democratic state.
The constitution has been sacked in the most graphic way.

It is now a dictatorship where those who criticize the “ruler” are liable to receive prison sentences because they are either “terrorist supporters” or “insulting” his ego.
The increasingly despotic nature of Turkey under Erdogan is intimately bound up with his regime’s criminal aggression towards Syria.
Over the past five years, Erdogan has moved from covert sponsorship of terror proxies in Syria to a blatant role in waging aggression… … …
“Consorting with terrorists” is the blanket charge that Erdogan is throwing at other independent Turkish media. Dozens of journalists have been arrested on similar charges. While other media outlets have been likewise closed down by Erdogan’s ruling party.
You can’t get more absurd than that. EU leaders pander to Turkey after the latter has played a leading role in destabilizing Syria and triggering the refugee crisis. And when this same regime cracks down on independent media exposing its criminal collusion with terrorism, the EU says or does nothing of importance.
Turkey is embracing fascist dictatorship; and Washington and its European minions are smitten by the same embrace.
Only last week, the French government censured Le Monde newspaper for reports on France’s “secret war” in Libya.
Erdogan’s regime is marching all over democratic rights as Turkish media succumbs to the jackboot of dictatorship. Not far behind and in lockstep are Washington and the European Union. Their cynical silence is their indictment.

March 6th, 2016, 10:58 am


Akbar Palace said:

they need to embrace the principles that built Israel minus the policies that Israel adopted against Palestinians and its Arab neighbors.


Yes, Arabs should not be allowed to defend themselves. And they should not enter peace negotiations with their enemies like Israel has. Btw, define “militant Zionists”. Lol.

March 6th, 2016, 11:38 am


ALAN said:
I would maintain that Rojava is the most progressive large-scale community on the planet today. And the fact that it gets so little attention in the alternative/progressive press is a serious short-coming. Rojava has proven itself to be the most effective fighting force against ISIS in the region and it has established itself as a community that can no longer be ignored by anyone. And I don’t understand why anyone interested in human progress would even think of ignoring it. In a darkening world where the USA/NATO/ Israel alliance is on a catastrophic collision course with the China/Russia/Iran alliance, the Rojava Revolution is a true beacon of hope.

هل طمطوم لا يزال يطمطم؟

March 6th, 2016, 4:13 pm


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